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5 things to do under $5 Sept. 19-26

1 Skipper's 33rd Birthday Party: The Skipperdome is "a little bit older and none the wiser," so that calls for a free daylong celebration Saturday from noon to midnight. Some of Skipper's favorites will be taking the stage, including Rev. Billy C. Wirtz (boogie-woogie blues and comedy), Gumbo Boogie Band (zydeco), Daniel B. Marshall (pop-rock), the Applebutter Express (ukulele funk) and the indie folk of Poetry 'N' Lotion before the jam band Cope wraps things up. Skipper's is at 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. Free.

2 Glazer Children's Museum Birthday Party: Another birthday party this week, this one for this hands-on museum turning 3, and like any toddler's birthday it calls for dancing, games and cake. It's a free day of play Sunday in Curtis Hixon Park where there will be an outdoor dance party with the Baby Loves Disco DJ. Fit Kids Playground will have activities for the children, and there will be food trucks, vendors and, of course, birthday cake. On the other side of the park you can watch the amateur Ashley Whippet disc-throwing competition for dogs. If you want to get out of the sun, head to the museum where admission is free. It runs from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday at 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. Visit or call (813) 443-3861 to learn more.

3 Air Potato Picking Contest: We have to hand it to the clever folks at George C. McGough Nature Park in Largo. They're taking a call for volunteers to help get rid of a pesky weed and disguising it as a contest. Brilliant! Starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, pick as many air potatoes as you can in an effort to stop the invasive exotic plants from choking out native vegetation. Prizes will be awarded for most picked, ugliest and largest potatoes at the park at 11901 146th St. N, Largo.

4 St. Pete Beach Community Wide Yard Sale: Take advantage of others' spring cleaning and pick up some bargains at this huge yard sale at St. Pete Beach on Saturday. More than 50 vendors will also be there selling hand crafted items. It runs from 8 a.m. to noon at the community center at 7701 Boca Ciega Drive. Free admission.

5 Family Day: Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland holds its annual Family Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, with free admission for everyone. Families can explore art through activities and art projects. Entertainment will include Luis Campaneria's magic show, storyteller Rick Olivo, free face painting, balloons and quick portraits. New this year is Didgeridoo Down Under, a high-energy, Australia-themed show of music and character lessons. School-age children will receive a bag of free back-to-school art supplies, while they last. The museum is at 800 E Palmetto St. in Lakeland. (863) 688-5423;

Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times staff writer

5 things to do under $5 Sept. 19-26 09/16/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 6:17pm]
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