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5 things to do under $5 March 6-12

1 Dunedin Youth Guild Playground: With the weather getting so much nicer, now is a great time to check out one of the most unusual-looking playgrounds in the region. It opened in August and its design was inspired by Dunedin naturalist Dr. Willis Blatchley, who would sit on a viewing platform in a live oak tree there and record his observations of nature. Kids will find a slide extending from what looks like a tree house. Swings hang from pretend tree trunks. There's a big model of an ant hill to climb through, a big egg to rock in and giant butterflies and caterpillars to ride on. There's even a mushroom table. The playground is in Weaver Park, 1258 Bayshore Blvd., on the east side of Bayshore close to the Pinellas Trail. There are signs bearing educational messages about nature, making this a nice combination of imagination, play and nature appreciation.

2 Valspar Championship: The PGA Tour's stop in Tampa Bay, Monday-March 16 at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor, will have a few free admission days for spectators as the competition gets under way. This tournament is played during the "Florida Swing" portion of the PGA Tour schedule, and it's also the one where John Daly pulled then-Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden from outside the ropes to caddie for him during part of the first round in 2008. It draws big names in golf and in the spectator crowd and is televised on the Golf Channel and NBC Sports. Admission is free Monday to watch the Pro-Am at the 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. And on Tuesday it's free to watch Professional Practice Rounds, so you might be able to see Vijay Singh (who holds this championship's 72-hole record of 266 in 2004) practice his putting. Tickets for the tournament are $30 single day, $65 week pass; 15 and younger free.

3 Tampa Bay Boat Show: This three-day event features the area's top boat dealers and manufacturers with the latest in boating and fishing supplies and accessories. Some of the area's top fish guides and local experts will be on hand to share tips, secrets and stories. It's free from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. (727) 893-8523.

4 Seminole Pow Wow Festival Parade: Wear red, white and blue to show your national pride at this year's event, themed "Those Who Serve." All units must be decorated to salute the military, first responders and firemen. Dress up your puppy in theme for a short Bow Wow Parade before the Pow Wow Parade (9:50 a.m.). The main parade starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, moving down 113th Street from Seminole Mall to the city's recreation center. That's followed by a carnival with midway rides ($20 for an all-you-can-ride armband), live music and fireworks at 9 p.m. Free. Seminole Recreation Center, 9100 113th St. N, Seminole.

5 Florida Conversations Lecture Series: In conjunction with the Suited for Space exhibit, a Smithsonian collection on the history of space suits at the Tampa Bay History Center, this month's free talk after the museum closes features NASA astronaut and Clearwater resident Nicole Stott as guest speaker. Free at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 801 Old Water St., Tampa. (813) 228-0097.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Time staff writer

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