Thursday, December 14, 2017
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5 things to do under $5 Sept. 1-7: Museum discounts, cactus show, Celebrate Oldsmar

NOTE: The Celebrate Oldsmar event listed below has been changed since this item was first posted. To avoid the rain from the tropical weather system, Friday events were moved to Sunday.

1Free Tuesday at Glazer and $6 admission: The first Tuesday of the month brings the Glazer Children's Museum's monthly perk of free admission 2 to 7 p.m., thanks to the Children's Board of Hillsborough County. But the rest of the month brings a bonus, too. In celebration of the museum's sixth anniversary, everyone gets $6 admission Tuesday through Sept. 30 at the museum, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa. (813) 443-3861.

2Celebrate Oldsmar: Bring blankets and chairs for a Labor Day weekend salute and family fun with carnival rides, games, live music and fireworks (9:30 p.m. both nights) from noon-10 p.m. Saturday and 6-10 p.m. Sunday. Food, beer and wine will be for sale. It's free, but rides are additional. R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar. (813) 749-1267.

3Cactus and Succulent Sale: Looking for some plants that are forgiving? A free day at the University of South Florida Botanical Gardens brings in the Central Florida Cactus and Succulent Society for its 22nd annual display and sale of easy-to-grow cacti and succulent varieties. Experts will help you choose the right plant for the landscape or inside the home, and provide tips on how to care for your plant 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. It's free admission at 12210 USF Pine Drive, Tampa, with free parking across the street. (813) 974-2329.

4First Friday: Downtown St. Petersburg has owned the First Friday party scene for almost two decades, but Tampa's First Friday at the Plant Museum classes up the end of the week, letting you explore the Victorian railroad resort museum at no cost. While browsing, you can also enjoy live music on the veranda, activities and a tasting table from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the museum, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. But if you do want to go to St. Pete's Get Downtown block party this Friday, residents in South Tampa are organizing a shuttle. The pick-up point is W Azeele Street and S Howard Avenue at 6, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday for a safe ride to and from the celebration in downtown St. Petersburg. Shuttle returns at 10:30, 12:30 p.m. and 2 a.m. (This breaks our $5 limit because the shuttle is $20, but the block party is free.) (813) 777-2685.

5Discount museum entrance: It's only $5 after 5 p.m. Thursdays to see the art at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, where admission is normally $17. The museum's permanent collection includes works by Monet, Gauguin, Renoir, Morisot, Cezanne, Rodin, O'Keeffe, as well as ancient Greek and Roman, Asian, African, pre-Columbian and American Indian art. Among the visiting displays there right now are abstract yet narrative paintings by Mernet Larsen, a recipient of a regional NEA Grant and a Florida Individual Artist Fellowship. Don't miss the kitschy humor of Shana Moulton. Her "Journeys Out of the Mind" exhibit takes New Age approaches to self-improvement in the forms of pore strips, massage, neti pots and even the Avon lady. The critical exploration of the commercialism of wellness therapies and products includes interactive video installations. The museum stays open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays at 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg. (727) 896-2667.

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