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Fun abounds in downtown Tampa today

Dan Roseblade helps his daughters Mia and Teya around the rink at Downtown on Ice at Curtis Hixon Park. The rink is open for tyros and pros.

DANIEL WALLACE | Times (2011)

Dan Roseblade helps his daughters Mia and Teya around the rink at Downtown on Ice at Curtis Hixon Park. The rink is open for tyros and pros.

If you've got some days off, make the drive downtown today and take in some of the sights and sounds.

Young early risers can paint alongside a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey elephant outside the Glazer Children's Museum at Curtis Hixon Park. The event takes place at 10:30 a.m. Up to 50 kids can participate in this unique opportunity.

Or you can you just visit the children's museum or Tampa Museum of Art, currently exhibiting the photography of Henri Cartier-Bresson.

You also can stroll the Riverwalk and check out the newly installed busts of Tampa pioneers like Clara Frye, Eleanor McWilliams Chamberlain and Vicente Martinez-Ybor.

Or you can waltz onto a skating rink in the park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. today. Each 90-minute session includes skate rental at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N Ashley Drive. The price is $10.

You also can skate from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day through Jan. 5. Sunday hours are noon to 10 p.m. Go to

Bring a blanket for family movie night. Puss in Boots will screen for free at 7 p.m. in the park. Popcorn and candy will be for sale.

Fun abounds in downtown Tampa today 12/27/12 [Last modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 3:30am]
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