Saturday, January 20, 2018
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North Pinellas offers options for day with dad

If you're a procrastinator, a bit forgetful or just on the indecisive side, we want to remind you Sunday is Father's Day. But don't fret. We've put together a list of five activities you and Dad can both enjoy for some awesome togetherness time. Each has garnered the TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence, which means they consistently earn great reviews. Pair each one with a movie Dad loves and he'll think you're the coolest kid on the block.

m Tampa Bay Grand Prix and Days of Thunder (1990): Tom Cruise met Nicole Kidman on the set of this NASCAR race movie and fell in love with both the star and stock car racing. We think Dad will be equally awestruck with a trip to Tampa Bay Grand Prix, an indoor go-kart facility at 12350 Automobile Blvd., near Largo. (They also have another facility at 3404 Cragmont Drive in Tampa.) Prices start at $16 for a 16-lap race for adults and $12 for a 12-lap race for juniors, 48 inches or taller. Dad will feel like the real deal as he zooms around the track at speeds of up to 50 mph, while viewing his lap times on a big screen. Give Tampa Bay Grand Prix a call at (727) 527-8464 or visit its website at www.tampabaygp.com.

m The SimCenter Tampa Bay and Armageddon (1998): Remember how adoring father (Bruce Willis) must leave his daughter (Liv Tyler) to save the planet from an asteroid the size of Texas? Then he sacrifices his own life so her fiance (Ben Affleck) can live and marry his little girl. Are you crying now? Put away the tissues and let Dad experience his own heroic space adventure with a virtual reality trip through the solar system at the SimCenter Tampa Bay. "We have the only 360-degree space simulator (designed for entertainment) on the planet that I know about," said owner Peter Repak. Prices start at $25. Dad can also pilot a Boeing 737 or go on a combat mission with an F-16 or F-35 simulator. There's also a Formula One race car simulator and a kiddie race track for the wee ones. Now here's the tricky part: The SimCenter is moving from its current location at 18350 U.S. 19 N in Clearwater to Clearwater Beach. The exact move date hasn't been firmed up so be sure to phone ahead. Call (727) 643-1781 or visit www.simcentertampabay.com.

. Baseball game at Bright House Field and Field of Dreams (1989): Harken back to the magical time where a mysterious voice whispers into Kevin Costner's ear, "If you build it, he will come." Costner's character promptly mows down his Iowa cornfield, builds a baseball diamond, and rekindles his relationship with his deceased father. Fortunately, Bright House Field, 601 N Old Coachman Road, is already built and home of the Clearwater Threshers. TripAdvisor reviewers loved its family atmosphere and small town feel, reasonable prices, and Saturday night home game pyrotechnics. Ticket prices range from $6 to $10. Special events, Feeding Frenzies, are held each Monday and this upcoming Monday evening adds a Wing Fest with more than a dozen restaurants vying for bragging rights. Fans who buy a Feeding Frenzy ticket ($13 includes game and all-you-can-eat concession food) get to sample wings and vote for their favorite. Check out www.threshersbaseball.com or call (727) 467-4457 for ticket information. For other inquiries, call (727) 712-4300. m Clearwater Beach and Finding Nemo (2003): All fathers struggle with knowing when to protect and when to let go, just as Marlin the clownfish did when his son Nemo was captured in this popular animated film. You and Dad can go find Nemo in the waters of Clearwater Beach, TripAdvisor's Travelers' Choice 2016 Winner and the number one pick of reviewers in the Clearwater Things to Do category. Travelers rave about the clear blue waters, the white sugar sand, the Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival, Beach Walk and the abundance of activities and restaurants. The only downside, as we all know, is traffic and parking so impress Dad with how smart you are and hop on the Clearwater Jolley Trolley www.clearwaterjolleytrolley.com or take the Clearwater Ferry www.clearwaterferry.com to the beach.

m The Ultimate David Bowie Concert Experience, Space Oddity and The Sound of Music (1965): Christopher Plummer, widowed father of seven, comes across pretty grumpy at the movie's start, but when it comes to picking the world's greatest stepmom, duping the Nazis, and crossing the Alps to freedom, he climbs to the top of our mountain. Give your Dad his own unique sound of music with tickets to the "Ultimate David Bowie Experience, Space Oddity," starring David Brighton. Billed as the "world's best David Bowie impersonator," Brighton brings on the many faces of Bowie from pop phenomenon to alien Ziggy Stardust. The concert is at the Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Saturday, June 25, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $29-$50, available at the Ruth Eckerd Hall Ticket Office, 1111 McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater or by calling (727) 791-7400. Patrons may also purchase tickets at www.AtTheCap.com.

   
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