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  1. Watch otters play in the snow Monday at Florida Aquarium


    If you are visiting the Florida Aquarium in Tampa on Monday, make sure you head to the otters on the Wetlands Trail on the second floor because handlers are going to be giving the critters a big pile of snow to play in. They really went to town on the snow pile last year, aquarium spokeswoman Katherine Claytor said, and …

    Times files (2011) An otter at the Florida Aquarium.
  2. Disney World announces dates for Star Wars Weekends


    Star Wars actors, stormtroopers and other characters will once again be stationed at Walt Disney World in May and June for the 2015 edition of the popular Star Wars Weekends at Disney's Hollywood Studios. The lineup of celebrities hasn't been released yet, but nerds at least know now that on Fridays, Saturdays and …

    Walt Disney World guests of all ages are attracted to the annual sci-fi fan-fest Star Wars Weekends with meet-and-greets, Star Wars parades, autograph sessions, Jedi Training Academy and more. Walt Disney World Resort
  3. Review: 'Annie' makeover is adorably different (w/video)


    The first face on screen is the Annie to whom we're accustomed: carrot-haired, freckled and white. "Annie A.," to classmates ignoring her corny show and tell. Might be an orphan but not for long with that chipperness.

    Wealthy candidate Will Stacks (Jamie Foxx) figures Annie (Quvenzhané Wallis) can help his campaign.
  4. Legoland offers some Christmas deals


    Legoland Florida is offering a couple of Christmas deals that will get you a free second day. If you visit the Winter Haven theme park by Dec. 27, you get a free ticket to return between Jan. 1 and Feb. 28. Simply show your paid ticket at the park turnstiles for processing before Dec. 27 to claim your free ticket. And …

  5. Your guide to holiday parades by land, sea


    This weekend is packed with holiday parades, both by land and by sea. So if you are wondering why all of Pinellas Park's traffic around Park Boulevard will come to a halt Saturday afternoon or why the bridge at Johns Pass is tied up Saturday night, you might as well stop and watch.

Boats light up the night Dec. 5 on Boca Ciega Bay, South Pasadena, during the annual St. Pete Beach Holiday Boat Parade.
  6. Christmas musical all about 'Heart'


    A New Heart for Christmas, a Broadway-style Christmas musical on stage Monday at the Mahaffey Theater, will feature a choir of 150 voices from area churches.

  7. Dazzling Chinese lantern exhibition coming to Tampa zoo


    The Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa will get a dazzling display of custom-made light structures in February for a three-month exhibition called Zoominations, A Chinese Lantern Festival of Lights. Anticipated to be one of the largest lantern festivals ever held in the United States, Zoominations will also feature performances by …

    The Lowry Park Zoo is going to be getting huge Chinese lantern structures, like these built for the Longleat Safari & Adventure Park in Wiltshire, England, for a three-month exhibition called Zoominations, A Chinese Lantern Festival of Lights. It debuts Feb. 28 in Tampa. Credit Longleat Festival of Light for photos
  8. Find the snow, holiday parades in Tampa Bay


    To kick off the holiday season, Clearwater and St. Petersburg will let Florida kids play in the snow and Tampa will have its popular Rough Riders parade this weekend.

    You'll find snow around the bay area this weekend. [Douglas R. Clifford, Times]
  9. Review: 'A Christmas Carol' is back with new thrills at Freefall Theatre


    ST. PETERSBURG — To best measure the strength of a holiday classic, watch it unfold on the faces of young people.

    David Mann lends a gruff bark as Ebenezer Scrooge with Daniel Schwab as Fred in A Christmas Carol at Freefall Theatre.
  10. Legoland hotel coming next summer with themed rooms, 'disco elevator'


    Legoland Florida recently unveiled details on the hotel opening next summer for the Winter Haven theme park aimed at families with young kids, and is now offering a free second day for reservations made before Christmas. Still under constructino, it will be a 152-bedroom hotel, with themed interiors "like a large Lego …

    At the first Legoland Hotel at the California park, a Lego bellhop greets guests. The Florida hotel will open next June.