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On your radar: Visit the fish, visit ancient Egypt, visit the Bolts or get ready for the Outback Bowl

Hope you have the week off, because there are lots of fun things going on. The Florida Aquarium has extended hours starting today–Friday. It's $15 after 4 p.m. and it's open until 8 with fun activities and a light show. The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg is also staging events daily (build your own pyramid today) in conjunction with its Egypt exhibit. Sunset Cinema at Pier 60 in Clearwater is showing free movies every night. And the Lightning is hosting the Flyers and an HBO crew from its 24/7: Rangers vs. Flyers series on Tuesday. The Outback Bowl is being played at Raymond James on Jan. 2, but before that you can enjoy Beach Day at Pier 60 on Friday at 11 a.m. and a parade in Ybor City on Saturday, featuring bands and cheerleaders from competing teams Georgia and Michigan State. It starts at 5:30 p.m. and runs along Seventh Avenue. Both are free. And Clearwater's free Blast Friday will feature Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane) and a screening at the Capitol Theatre ($5) of Trading Places. And subscribers, don't forget to save your Saturday paper as a souvenir. It's the last with the name St. Petersburg Times on it. We become the Tampa Bay Times on Jan. 1

Date night

Major New Year's Eve events on Saturday include St. Petersburg's First Night (buttons are $12, $6), featuring Michael Lynche and Suite Caroline, Channelside's annual fireworks and a new event in Tampa at the Convention Center ($125–$350 in advance) featuring lavish food and amenities, plus DJ Colleen Shannon. (Find elaborate parties and more fun at And the concert venues are hopping, too. On Wednesday, Cee Lo Green (Forget You) lands at the Mahaffey Theater. Expect a visual spectacle from The Voice judge. Our pick for Saturday is the diva fest of Gloria Gaynor (I Will Survive), Maxine Nightengale (Right Back Where We Started From) and Sister Sledge (We Are Family). The disco ball starts twirling at the Mahaffey at 7 p.m. Also playing Saturday: Isley Brothers at the Club at Treasure Island; Cheap Trick: Dream Police at Jannus Live; and Matisyahu at the Straz.

Kids and family

The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus is warming up for its appearance Jan. 4. Tuesday, are children are invited to "Paint Like an Elephant" alongside a pachyderm at Curtis Hixon park. Start lining up at 8 a.m. for a chance to be one of 50 kids selected to paint. (You can still watch if you aren't selected.) The event is at 10:30 a.m.

More to explore

Win tickets to the Lightning game on Saturday, plus a chance to ride the Zamboni! Details at

On your radar: Visit the fish, visit ancient Egypt, visit the Bolts or get ready for the Outback Bowl 12/26/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 26, 2011 9:03am]
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