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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 12

International Santa Celebration: It's Christmas in … May? Nearly 300 professional Santas descend on Tampa this week for a trade show, but they're inviting the nice list to judge a sleigh showcase with free rides on a cyber sleigh Thursday at the Doubletree Hotel by near the airport. (813) 230-9254.

Date night

There's plenty of music in the bay area, including at Vinoy Park on Saturday as the annual 97X Backyard BBQ brings headliner Bastille, Sleeper Agent, Kongos and more; free (ticket drop), $20, $50 VIP. (727) 579-2000. Then there's a R&B throwback Gladys Knight at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday [$55-$150; (727) 791-7400] and hot country trio Lady Antebellum at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Saturday [$110-$374; (813) 740-2446]. If you want something a little crazier, cartoon collective The Aquabats — dressed as masked superheroes — will spin a zany brand of ska at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on Friday [$18-$20. (727) 895-3045].

Mother Lode: It's not too late to celebrate Mother's Day. Taking a break from gender-bending play The Mikado, comedy duo Matthew McGee and Scott Daniel present a zany "mother-son" lounge act tonight at the Freefall Theatre, complete with sequined costumes and bouffant wigs. $20. (727) 498-5205.

Teacher's Lounge: Remember last year when The View named Osceola Middle civics teacher Mike Rivera "America's Most Hilarious Teacher"? He's taking his jokes out of the classroom Wednesday night and to Improv Comedy Theater in Tampa. $10. (813) 864-4000.

Kids and Family

Disney on Ice: Let's Celebrate: Disney characters invite you and the kids to an Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter and a Hawaiian luau with Stitch. But wait, are there any Frozen characters? Shows are Thursday through Sunday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa. $12-$75. (813) 301-6500.

Sid the Science Kid: Based on the TV show, inquisitive Sid uses comedy to tackle basic science principles and explain why things work Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater. $22.50-$42.50. (727) 893-7832.

Clearwater Threshers vs. Jupiter Hammerheads: Take a swing at Florida State League baseball at Bright House Field this week, Tuesday to Thursday. There are play areas for kids and a tiki bar in the outfield for grownups. $5-$9.50. (727) 467-4467.

more to explore

We've got deals to stretch your entertainment dollar at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

International Santa Celebration: It's Christmas in … May? Nearly 300 professional Santas descend on Tampa this week for a trade show, but they're inviting the nice list to judge a sleigh showcase with free rides on a cyber sleigh Thursday at the Doubletree Hotel near the airport. (813) 230-9254.

Date night

There's plenty of music in the bay area, including at Vinoy Park on Saturday as the annual 97X Backyard BBQ brings headliner Bastille, Sleeper Agent, Kongos and more; free (ticket drop), $20, $50 VIP. (727) 579-2000. Then there's a R&B throwback Gladys Knight at Ruth Eckerd Hall on Thursday [$55-$150; (727) 791-7400] and hot country trio Lady Antebellum at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre on Saturday [$110-$374; (813) 740-2446]. If you want something a little crazier, cartoon collective The Aquabats — dressed as masked superheroes — will spin a zany brand of ska at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg on Friday [$18-$20. (727) 895-3045].

Mother Lode: It's not too late to celebrate Mother's Day. Taking a break from gender-bending play The Mikado, comedy duo Matthew McGee and Scott Daniel present a zany "mother-son" lounge act tonight at the Freefall Theatre, complete with sequined costumes and bouffant wigs. $20. (727) 498-5205.

Teacher's Lounge: Remember last year when The View named Osceola Middle civics teacher Mike Rivera "America's Most Hilarious Teacher"? He's taking his jokes out of the classroom Wednesday night and to Improv Comedy Theater in Tampa. $10. (813) 864-4000.

Kids and Family

Disney on Ice: Let's Celebrate: Disney characters invite you and the kids to an Unbirthday Party with Alice and the Mad Hatter and a Hawaiian luau with Stitch. But wait, are there any Frozen characters? Shows are Thursday through Sunday at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa. $12-$75. (813) 301-6500.

Sid the Science Kid: Based on the TV show, inquisitive Sid uses comedy to tackle basic science principles and explain why things work Sunday at the Mahaffey Theater. $22.50-$42.50. (727) 893-7832.

Clearwater Threshers vs. Jupiter Hammerheads: Take a swing at Florida State League baseball at Bright House Field this week, Tuesday to Thursday. There are play areas for kids and a tiki bar in the outfield for grown-ups. $5-$9.50. (727) 467-4467.

more to explore

We've got deals to stretch your entertainment dollar at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

Things to do in Tampa Bay for the week of May 12 05/11/14 [Last modified: Sunday, May 11, 2014 10:42pm]

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