1Teen Beach Bash: There's a free teen beach party today in Treasure Island for grades 6 to 12 with live music, rock climbing, water slides, a bungee bounce, water wars and more. It's free from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Treasure Island Municipal Beach, 11260 Gulf Blvd.
2Story Time at the Thrift Store: On Mondays in July at the Hope Thrift Store in Clearwater, parents get a break while shopping. Parents can shop in peace while their child is watched over and entertained by store staff reading them a children's story. The store is at 2881 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd., Clearwater.
3Azalea Community Fresh Market: It's an experiment to see if the west side of St. Petersburg can support a fresh market as enthusiastically as downtown. The new Azalea Community Fresh Market opens Saturday with vendors, fresh produce, activities for kids, arts and crafts, music and a variety of food venders. It runs 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Azalea Recreation Center, 1600 72nd St. N, St. Petersburg.
4Pools and movies: Sitting outside in humid Florida to watch a movie can be sweaty and buggy this time of year. Luckily there are three "dive-in movies" to choose from this week so you can soak in the pool while you watch. Friday at 8 p.m. is Surf's Up, a perfect title for the Dive-In Movie at St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center, where they charge $4 to play in the pool and watch the animated movie at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. It's Flicks and Fins and The Smurfs at the Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N on Friday at 7 p.m. Bring an inflatable to relax and $4, $3 child, for non-members. At Largo's huge Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool they will have themed games for Friday night's feature Zookeeper, plus free hot dogs, contests and crafts. It opens at 7:30 p.m. and the movie starts about 9 at 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. Price: $5, $4 resident.
5Park Ranger Program: The weekly educational program at Tampa's Lettuce Lake Park is always a nice way to show kids the wonders there. But this week's program has special appeal since it's called "Let's Make Home Made Ice Cream and Eat It." Yes, let's do. It's $5 per child, adults with children free, or for adult only it's $5 (cash only). Lettuce Lake Park is at 6920 E Fletcher Ave., Tampa. The program is at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer