Junior League's annual care fair
For more than 20 years the Junior League of St. Petersburg has brought together local providers for this annual event to prepare students in grades K-12 for the upcoming school year. The street in front of the community center will be closed for a family friendly street fair. Children can receive medical exams, screenings, nutrition information, free bicycle helmets and backpacks stuffed with school supplies. Free. Enoch Davis Center and Park, 1111 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-5018. 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.
Great Explorations back-to-school night
A night of fun before the kids head back to the classrooms includes gift bags for the first 100 families, light food, open exhibits and lunch packing tips. $10, 1 and younger free. Great Explorations Children's Museum, 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992. 5:30-8 p.m. Aug. 5.
Countryside Mall scavenger hunt
Families can get information on school resources, health and wellness services, after-school programs, learning centers and safety resources while enjoying meet and greet sessions with area mascots, princesses and superheroes, entertainment, hands-on activities and free school supplies. The first 250 kids completing a scavenger hunt get free full-sized back packs. Free. Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 674-1464. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday .
Donate supplies at Park Station
Park Station in Pinellas Park is accepting donations of school supplies to help children get ready to go back to school. Collections are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Aug. 1. 5851 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park.
Expo at Dunedin recreation center
Get your family ready for school at this expo at the Dunedin recreation center with free school supplies, hands-on activities, games and information on health, wellness, safety and finances. The event runs from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, 550 Laura Lane, Dunedin.
Healthy help at Azalea event
The Florida Department of Health and numerous community service organizations team up to help kids get ready to return to the classroom. On Aug. 4-5, parents are asked to bring their child's current shot records and get immunizations, eye and hearing exams and sports physicals. On Aug. 5, start the year off right with school supply giveaways, haircuts, information and resources, food and entertainment. The event runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 4 and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 5 at Azalea Middle School, 7855 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Note: Parents must be registered by 2 p.m. Aug. 4 and by noon Aug. 5 for health services. Free.
Festival at performing arts center
Kids can prepare for the upcoming school year at this festival with K-9 demonstrations, free school supplies, prizes, DJ dancing, exercises, activities and a bike raffle. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 5 at the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. Free.
Wellness and more at Highland Rec Complex
Bring the family for this kid-centric festival with back-to-school goodies and wellness exams. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 5. Highland Recreation Complex, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo
Fill a backpack with supplies for free
Kids are invited to BYOB (Bring Your Own Backpack) to fill up with necessary school supplies while checking out a Touch-A-Truck and enjoying refreshments at the Law Firm of Carey Leisure and Neal, 622 Bypass Drive, Clearwater. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 6. Free.
Autographs, supplies and prizes
Former Major League Baseball player Orestes Destrade, now a Tampa Bay Rays broadcaster, will be signing autographs at this back-to-school event at Almased Weight Loss, 2861 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. With interactive games with Raymond and the Rays Street Team, prizes, and free school supplies while supplies last. Free. 11 :30 a.m.-12-:30 p.m. Aug. 8.
Kids can swap stuff in Safety Harbor
Kids ages 5 to 15 are encouraged to clean out their rooms and sell their new or gently used items at this flea market-style event run by kids for kids at the Safety Harbor Community Center, 650 Ninth Ave. S, Safety Harbor. 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Aug. 12. Free for shoppers, $10 for sellers. (727)724-1530.
ACROSS THE BAY AREA
Donate school needs, get an oil change
Donate $15 worth of new school supplies and get a free oil change. Supplies will first be donated to children from the Joshua House and the Children's Home. All remaining supplies go to area schools in need. Ice Cold Air, 410 S Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 879-0600. Open 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 5.
Westshore Plaza plans school fair
Westshore Plaza Mall will have entertainment, hands-on activities, workshops, exhibits and speakers. The first 500 kids get a free book bag. 250 Westshore Plaza, Tampa. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 5.
Tampa Yankees plan back-to-school party
It will be a Back-to-School Party when the team plays St. Lucie at 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 12, with post-game fireworks. Tickets are $5-$8 at George M. Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa. (813) 673-3055.