1Tampa Bay Boat Show: Three days of the best boats and fishing supplies will be lined up all in one spot at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Plus, some of the area's top fish guides and local experts share tips, secrets and fun stories on how to "catch the big one." It runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. It's free admission, with $5 parking at the fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa.
2Splash and Dash: It's a biathlon for kids. The St. Pete Beach Community Center is hosting this pool swim and fun run through the park for ages 5 to 12. Stick around for the post-race Splash Bash with music, games, water slides, contests and prizes. It costs $5 on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. St. Pete Beach Community Center and Horan Park, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive.
3Planetarium Shows: Ages 5 and older are invited to the "star theater" at St. Petersburg College, where a professor points out what you can see currently in the Tampa Bay sky. The nifty ceiling can accurately simulate the night sky at any time or location. There's a free show at 7 and 8:15 p.m. Friday, and after the 8:15 show, weather permitting, you can go to the roof and look through the telescopes. The planetarium is on the second floor of the Natural Science building on the St. Petersburg Gibbs campus, by the corner of 69th Street N and Fifth Avenue.
4Friday Extra Concert Series: Why not wind up your week with a free show? This week, the popular outdoor concert series brings Fire and Rain, a James Taylor tribute band. Another folkie, Jun Bustamante, opens. It's free at 7 p.m. Friday at Lowry Park, 7525 N Boulevard, Tampa.
5USF St. Petersburg Campus Open House: Taking advantage of its waterfront location, the USF St. Petersburg campus invites the public to try paddle boarding, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, swimming, scuba diving in the 100-foot pool or to take a dolphin tour. All for free Saturday starting at 2 p.m. at 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg.
Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer