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 tampasdowntownonice.com.
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.