Kids & family

  1. Florida Orchestra to geek out with rePlay: A Symphony of Heroes video game show

    Stage

    Back in the 1980s, the notion of an orchestra playing music from video games would have been laughable. A flute flourish when the duck bites it on Duck Hunt? A violin crescendo when Frogger rides a crocodile off screen?

    The concert will feature music from God of War.
  2. Evan Longoria home runs will once again benefit animal shelter

    Events

    As the Rays prepare for their first home stand against the Yankees this season, All Star third baseman Evan Longoria will once again be swinging for the puppies. For the third season, Longo has promised that every home run he hits will benefit the Pet Pal Animal Shelter, a no-kill, nonprofit shelter in St. Petersburg. …

  3. Watch: 'Dolphin Tale 2' trailer debuts online, in theaters

    Movies

    And so it begins. The marketing drums for Dolphin Tale 2 began beating Friday with the release of the first trailer for the family flick filmed in Pinellas County. Find it online at tampabay.com/things-to-do, or see it before Rio 2 in theaters. Keep tissues handy because this one takes heartwarming up a …

  4. Florida Blueberry Festival takes over Brooksville

    Events

    The juicy trend locally: blueberries. True, they can't touch the amount of citrus and strawberries grown here, but the area of blueberries harvested in Florida has roughly tripled in the past 10 years. And wouldn't you know the berries are ripening just in time for the Florida Blueberry Festival this weekend in …

  5. William Shatner beams into Tampa for sci-fi convention

    Events

    William Shatner, the original Star Trek captain, will join his fans at the Hilton Tampa Airport Westshore this weekend for an intimate sci-fi convention along with several other actors and authors, while actor Leonard Nimoy (Spock) will be making a convention presentation via Skype.

    William Shatner will be signing autographs.
  6. Shamu show returns to SeaWorld this weekend

    Florida

    After a three-month hiatus for pool upgrades, the Shamu show "One Ocean" is returning to SeaWorld in Orlando on Friday. The iconic killer whale show was closed in January while Shamu Stadium's main pool was repainted and the clear panels that separate the animals from the audience were replaced. The "Dine With Shamu" …

  7. New baby dolphin makes a splash

    Florida

    ORLANDO – Discovery Cove welcomed a new baby last month.

  8. Disney hikes parking fees, makes MyMagic+ available to all

    Florida

    If you've seen those fancy wrist bands that act like credit cards at Disney World, the theme park giant this week announced that it has expanded its MyMagic+ program to include theme-park guests not staying in a Disney hotel. In other Disney news, it will now cost you more to park there, up to $17 from its current $15. …

  9. Enjoy story time, free snacks in the name of protecting children

    Kids

    TAMPA — In recognition of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month and of the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign, the Children's Board Family Resource Centers will stage events throughout the county.

    Diana Cardona and Gabriala greet Sister, the Berenstain Bear, at a story time in Ruskin. Many more such gatherings are planned.
  10. Actor Mark Hamill makes first Disney Star Wars appearance

    Florida

    Star Wars' Luke Skywalker, otherwise known as actor Mark Hamill, will be making his first appearance at Disney's Star Wars Weekends this year, the theme park has announced. Hamill will appear the weekend of June 6-8 and will take part in the daily motorcade and a featured talk show discussing the Star Wars