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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Tracey Henry and Suzannah DiMarzio

Free and cheap things to do with kids this week

manatees.jpgIf ever there was a time to find cheap diversions, 'tis the season. Luckily there’s free holiday action rolling as well local fun like manatee watching, left, or penguin appreciation. Read on for this week’s picks for things to do with the kids:

Got relatives in town for the holidays? Nothing impresses Northerners more than a herd of manatees lolling about (yes, the sea cows are collectively called a herd). TECO’s Manatee Viewing Center is once again open to the public to see the gentle lugs congregate in the warmer waters near the Big Bend power station. The center is closed Thanksgiving Day but otherwise open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Best of all, it’s free at 6990 Dickman Road in Apollo Beach. See tampaelectric.com/manatee for live web cams. …

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Group blasts children's book for 'sneaky ads'

Mercer Island Books also questions the practice asking, "Don’t you think sneaking ads into the pages of a kids book is questionable, to say the least?"

Back iun 2001 the publishing world was appalled to learn a novelist had

 

 

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Free and cheap things to do with kids this week

I hate to break it to you, but Christmas events are already popping up, but on the bright side they are fun and usually free. We also have some fun fall festivals this week and lots of wallet-friendly options this week as you try to block out the coming holiday season from your memory banks: …

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Free and cheap things to do with kids this week

I hate to break it to you, but Christmas events are already popping up, but on the bright side they are fun and usually free. We also have some fun fall festivals this week and lots of wallet-friendly options this week as you try to block out the coming holiday season from your memory banks: …

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Great American Teach-In is coming next week

schoolzone.jpgParents, grandparents and community members will be school classrooms next Thursday, Nov. 15 in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties to share their work, hobbies and life experiences with students. It's called the Great American Teach-in and it's a fun day for kids because it's a day filled with firefighters, dog trainers, cake decorators,  wrestlers, basketball coaches and more.

They'll talk about what they do and also how school got them there and the components of their success. It's a good way to show kids where education can take you, but it's also a good way for parents to appreciate what teachers do.

The first time I did it a few years back, I came home with even greater respect for teachers, if that's possible. First of all, it's hard to talk about anything for more than five minutes, so you need to be prepared. An easy out is to give them your story and then take questions. But be prepared for questions that have NOTHING to do with what you talked about. …

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Free haircuts for kids who recycle

Next Thursday, Nov. 15 is America Recycles Day, so Darren Pena Salon in Tampa is getting into the spirit with free haircuts for kids who care about the environment.

From 2 to 6 p.m. Nov. 15, every child who  brings in a recyclable donation of paper, plastic or glass will receive a free haircut. They also will have free refreshments, yummy snacks,and face painting. And you can enter to win giveaways such as gift cards to restaurants, tickets to attractions, gifts from local retailers, spa treatments and more.

And mom and dad can get 50 percent off a haircut while they are there. Kids have to be 12 years or under and the adult cut price break is good for event only. Must be present to receive a gift.

Please call to schedule ahead for kids cuts, adult cuts, and face painting. Phone:

Call (813) 969-2420 to sechedule hair cuts and face painting. The salon is at 10330 N Dale Mabry Highway Tampa.

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A gift for mom: Set the clocks back

clock.jpgDaylight Saving Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4. Can you hear the rejoicing?

As our dear friend Tracey Henry, the Suburban Diva reminded us once, the Daylight Saving Fairy must be the patron saint of parents. Because it doesn’t occur at 11 a.m. when you could get an extra hour of time at work or on the treadmill. It doesn’t commence at 3 in the afternoon for an extra hour of car line. No, we are given our additional hour at drowsy 2 a.m., when we are sleeping.

It’s the one day of the year that living on borrowed time is a good thing.

So when we awake on Sunday morning to that beautiful, innocent joy of knowing that it is really 7 a.m. instead of 8 and roll back over and wrap up tightly in the sheets, we’ll not know for a blessed moment if it is just another day in October or Christmas morning.

It’s a gift of sleep before our worn-out selves get ready for Thanksgiving.

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