Thursday, January 18, 2018
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5 things to do under $5 May 15-21

1 Meet TV stars: Fans of Animal Planet's hit series Tanked can meet stars Wayde King, Brett Raymer and Heather King during a merchandise and book signing at Guy Harvey Outpost, a TradeWinds Beach Resort, on Saturday. And legendary fisherman and artist Guy Harvey will be there, too. They are all in town to see the progress of Harvey's RumFish Grill, for which the TV show built a 33,500-gallon "snorkel aquarium" that will overlook the dining room. The show, which specializes in building over-the-top fish tanks for celebrities, will feature the restaurant in Friday's episode. The St. Pete Beach restaurant expects to open to the public at the end of May at 6000 Gulf Blvd. You can get photos or autographs Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., when parking is free in the short-term lot at the Outpost and at the TradeWinds Island Grand.

2 Tampa Bay Boat Show: We finally shook off that way-too-chilly spring, so it's time to hit the water. This three-day show offers boats on display, boating and fishing supplies, and plenty of other seaside accessories. It's free from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. (727) 893-8523.

3 Family Beach Bash: Florida's only spring-fed water park with a white sandy beach and a kiddie pool area is going to be the setting Saturday night for this fundraising party for a new splash park. Geared toward elementary school children and younger, the beach bash will have water activities, music, raffles and prizes. It's just $5, free for 2 and younger from 6 to 9 p.m. at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. (352) 592-5656.

4 Burg is the Word Art Show: The city of St. Petersburg is the artists' muse at this art show that also celebrates local blog iLovetheBurg. The fun collective of Bluelucy Creative Designs organized this new exhibit, and they always throw a great party for the openings. It's free at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bluelucy, 653 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The show runs through June 14.

5 Some museums free: On Sunday, there's free admission to the Tampa Museum of Art and the Ringling Museum of Art and lots of family activities at the Dunedin Historical Museum, part of a nationwide effort by museums to highlight the role they play in communities. The Tampa Museum of Art, which is currently showcasing the exhibit "Graphicstudio: Uncommon Practice" and "Utility and Esthetics in Ancient Art," will have hands-on activities for children and live music at 120 Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa. Ringling will have docents stationed throughout the galleries at 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, to highlight their fantastic collection of baroque art. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, the Dunedin Historical Museum will have in-depth tours and at noon a local comic artist will be available for a Q&A in the exhibit Comics: The Superpowered History. Regular activities such as the Kids Corner and Pirate Flag station will also be open. At the Railroad Station you can learn about the history behind the building that houses the museum. Admission is $2 and free for kids under 6 at 349 Main St., Dunedin.

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

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