Scare up some cheap things to do this week
Spent all your money on World Series tickets? Too tired from midnight strikeouts to think about how to entertain your rookies? We've got you covered with this week's roster of free and cheap things to do with the kids:
Guavaween! Consider it a dress rehearsal for next Friday. Not only is the boozy bacchanal the mama of all Halloween parties, but the Guavaween Street Party and Mama Guava Stumble are free. It takes over the streets of Ybor City on Saturday ,and the G-rated version gets started at 10 a.m. with a parade and lots of free activities for the kids. Get crafty for your kids because the best costume gets a Nintendo Wii system worth $599.99. There will be prizes for runners up, including an iPod shuffle worth $119.99. Judging will be at the entertainment stage at the southwest corner of Seventh Avenue and 15th Street. (813) 248-0721; See the web site for details.
The Halloween buildup continues this weekend with the Halloween Horror Picture Show Friday through Sunday at the Beach Theatre in St. Pete Beach. Co-produced by the Gasparilla Film Festival, it offers free family-friendly movies for kids in the afternoons, from "Ghostbusters" to Vincent Price classics. (Scarier movies at night for the grownups cost $7.) Go to the theater's web site and click â??Coming attractions.â?? Free.
Do some early trick-or-treating at Guppyween with childrenâ??s activities and carnival treats at the Florida Aquarium. Why go door to door when you can go tank to tank? Kids in costume are free; age 12 and older are $12. Limit four kids per adult from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the aquarium at 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000.
The Times Festival of Reading offers loads of free diversions on Saturday at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. In addition to author talks from more than 60 writers and a book market, there is a free kids play area with inflatables, crafts and storytime from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg. See the special section in todayâ??s paper or check here for a schedule of author talks and venue map.
Gotta love a title like the Fourth Annual Free Festival, that says it all. The Jewish Community Center event features food, music, carnival games, inflatables and drum circles. It's from noon-3 p.m. Sunday at Walter Fuller Park, 7891 26th Ave. N, St. Petersburg.
Check out more than 125 exhibitors at the free Heritage Village Country Jubilee. The annual Pinellas County Historical Society fundraiser features traditional craft demonstrations, living-history activities and more at the park at 119th Street between Ulmerton and Walsingham roads. There's a ride free shuttle. It runs from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N, Largo. Free. (727) 582-2123.
FOX TV anchor John Wilson and pianist Ray Luck will perform a concert of classical songs children will love at 3 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown St.Petersburg to benefit student programs sponsored by the St. Petersburg Music Teachers Association. Tickets are $10, $3 for children at the church, 701 Beach Drive NE, for the 45-minute concert featuring Sergei Prokofieffâ??s "Peter and the Wolf," and Camille Saint-SaÃ«nsâ?? "The Swan, and The Story of Babar, the Elephant" by Francis Poulenc. Tickets can also be purchased in advance at Adams Pianos in Tampa, Bringe Music Center in St. Petersburg and The Music Galleryin Clearwater.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne and Sherry Robinson