Friday, December 15, 2017
Events

Top things to do in Tampa Bay for Aug. 17

Shriners Twilight Parade: Bring lawn chairs for a Shriners parade in Ybor City headed by Imperial Potentate Rochelle Julian and Imperial Commandress Alicia Chisolm. This is part of this week's national convention in Tampa for members of the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order of the Mystic Shrine (Masonic Order). 6:30 p.m., steps off at E Seventh Avenue and N 14th Street and runs to N 20th Street. Free.

Tampa Bay Rays: It's $2 hot dogs today when the Rays play the Padres. 1:10 p.m., Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg. Ticket prices vary by game. Toll-free 1-888-326-7297.

Ybor City Wine Society: Expand your wine palate in weekly wine tasting class with food pairings. Registration preferred. 7 p.m., Ybor City Wine Bar, 1600 E Eighth Ave., Tampa. $20. (813) 999-4966.

Tampa Yankees: Every Wednesday night home game, kids 14 and under get a free hot dog, Cracker Jacks and small drink with the purchase of a lower reserved ticket ($5) purchased at the field box office. The team plays Clearwater at 7 p.m., George M. Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive, Tampa. $4-$6. (813) 673-3055

Doug Almeida: The comedian performs at 9:30 p.m., Coconuts Comedy Club at MJ's, 5501 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. $18-$20. (727) 360-5653.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Itty Bitty Splashtime: Children ages 5 and younger enjoy the cool waters of the pool's splash area. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 9:35 a.m., Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. $1.50. (727) 518-3016.

Olympics at MOSI: To celebrate the Summer Olympics, MOSI has created 11 indoor versions of some favorite events that also sneak in some science lessons. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI), 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. $26.95, $25.95 seniors, $20.95 ages 3-12; 2 and younger free. Parking is $5. (813) 987-6000.

The Beach Tampa: Part art installation, part science lesson, you can play in an ocean of 1.2 million white plastic balls in a 15,000 square foot architectural installation. Free timed tickets and parking vouchers also available through thebeachtampa.com. Open through Aug. 25. Noon, Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. Free with timed ticket. (813) 301-2500.

TO WATCH

Another Period, 10 p.m., Comedy Central: Lillian (Natasha Leggero) mourns her mother's death by drinking too much and Dodo (Paget Brewster) challenges Chair (Christina Hendricks) to a duel.

Mr. Robot, 10 p.m., USA: Elliott (Rami Malek) actually tries to make nice with the hallucinatory title character (Christian Slater). Something tells us that won't work out well.

MORE TO EXPLORE

We have loads of date night ideas at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

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