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5 things to do under $5 for July 31-Aug. 6

1 Tampapalooza: This inaugural two-day festival aims to celebrate everything local, including bands, food, beer and lots of vendors. It encompasses a lot. The Tampa Bay Buccaneer Street Team will present NFL Play 60 youth football drills on Saturday, plus there will be a farmers market, inflatable obstacle course, zip line, helicopter rides, Radio Disney, pirates, hidden treasure and more children's activities. It all starts at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. Free admission.

2 Target Tuesday: Once a month you and the kids get the opportunity to join the masses of wee folk at the Glazer Children's Museum for free. The good times run from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, with a bonus: appearances by Buddy from Dinosaur Train! If you've been under a prehistoric rock, Buddy is the curious Tyrannosaurus Rex who explores his time period with his dino friends on a train on the PBS children's show. Meet him at 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.

3 Passport Adventures: Haven't harangued your offspring lately about how good they have it? Good news. Heritage Village offers two-hour programs for kids to spend time in the old-Florida piney woods, participate in daily life activities, play games and hear stories. They'll have so much fun they'll text photos to their friends. Starts at 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Fridays through Aug. 8 at 11909 125th St., Largo. Adult supervision required. $3. (727) 582-2125.

4 History of American Ice Cream Scoops: Dip into the past with collector Don Kaufman for a tale sprinkled with ingenuity and resourcefulness — all for that essential summer tool, the ice cream scoop (first patented about 1876). Ice cream will be served, of course. And this is an adult class, so you don't have to share. It's free at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Seminole Heights Branch Library, 4711 Central Ave., Tampa. Registration preferred: (813) 273-3652.

5 Comedy in the Raw Open Mic: Think you're funny? Prove it. Signup begins at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday for this 10 p.m. show at the Improv Comedy Theater, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. Space is limited to 15 to 20 comedians, each of whom gets up to five minutes of stage time. Free, if you don't mind leaving your dignity at the door.

Kelly Smith, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 for July 31-Aug. 6 07/30/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 10:47am]
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