Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Top things to do in Tampa Bay for April 16

Wednesdays By the Water: Each week in April, the 360-degree waterfront bar features a themed party with special drink pricing, food and activities. This week it's trivia. Teams compete in trivia games for gift cards and other prizes starting at 5 p.m. at Sail Pavilion on the Riverwalk, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. Free (food/drink additional).

Four Days of Dance: Celebrating the variety and diversity of dance in the Tampa Bay area, tonight's performance is at 7:30 p.m. at Hillsborough Community College Ybor City Campus Art Gallery and Mainstage Theatre, 14th Street and Palm Avenue, Tampa. $10, free students/staff with ID. (813) 259-6589.

The Wizard of Oz: Developed from the original film screenplay, Andrew Lloyd Weber's production contains all of the songs from the Academy Award-winning score. It's at 7:30 p.m. at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$100. (727) 791-7400.

The Wiz: Pack a picnic basket and ease on down the road with this modern take on the seven-time Tony Award winning musical as American Stage's annual play in the park. It takes place outdoors in Demens Landing starting at 8 p.m., 100 First Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. $13. (727) 823-7529.

KIDS AND FAMILY

Lunch with Peter Cotton Tail: Kids ages 5 and younger can hop on over to Largo for lunch with Peter Cotton Tail. Activities include themed crafts, games and story time at 11:30 a.m. at Southwest Recreation Complex and Pool, 13120 Vonn Road, Largo. $8. (727) 518-3125.

TO WATCH

Melissa & Joey, 8 p.m., ABC Family Mel's father (guest star Christopher Rich) comes to town to help her announce a run for the state senate. Some helper: Dad promptly sends out an inappropriate selfie.

SEASON FINALE Toy Hunter, 9:30 p.m., Travel Jordan finds his own personal Holy Grail: a James Bond attache case from 1965, but there's a catch.

MORE TO EXPLORE

We have reviews of movies, local plays and local restaurants at tampabay.com/things-to-do.

 

Coming up

Easter events: This year, the Easter Bunny is fearless. He's going for a dive in the Florida Aquarium tanks Friday-Sunday, with opportunities for photos, a scavenger egg hunt and mermaid performances. Included with aquarium admission. Then it's the kids turn to dive for eggs at the Underwater Egg Hunt and Spring Festival at the St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center on Saturday ($4 egg hunt; free for festival). Also Saturday is the Dog Easter Egg Hunt at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay in Tampa ($5) and the Glow in the Dark Egg Hunt at the Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center in Largo ($8).

Mainsail Art Festival: The 39th annual show's waterfront setting in Vinoy Park in St. Pete rivals the beauty of the art. There are about 270 artists vying for $60,000 in prize money, kids art and food vendors. It runs Saturday and Sunday.

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