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  1. St. Petersburg College opens observatory for striking view of Venus, Jupiter duet


    A close conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest planets in the sky, has generated several inquiries at the St. Petersburg College planetarium, so the observatory will be open to the public (weather permitting) 8:45 to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday for free telescope viewings.

    You’ll be able to see Venus and Jupiter simultaneously in a telescope early next week.
  2. Legoland Florida's expansion Heartlake City, aimed at girls, opens today


    Legoland Florida's newest attraction, Heartlake City, opens today at the Winter Haven theme park, bringing in the Lego Friends product line aimed at girls that was first introduced in 2012. It's all modeled after the five Lego Friends characters Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea. The theme park now has an …

    Kids at Legoland Florida take a spin on Mia's Riding Adventure, part of Heartlake City, the theme park's expansion based on the popular Lego Friends characters.  (Photo courtesy of Merlin Entertainments Group Inc.)
  3. Crayola Experience interactive play zone opens July 1 in Orlando


    Orlando is about to get more colorful next week when the Crayola Experience opens as a family attraction where art, chemistry and digital technology combine in 25 hands-on attractions. Spread across 70,000 square feet at the Florida Mall in Orlando, the attraction lets kids color outside the lines as well as sculpt, …

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  4. Busch Gardens unveils Howl-O-Scream theme, ticket deal


    Busch Gardens on Wednesday put tickets on sale for this year's Howl-O-Scream fright fest themed "Unearthed."

    From left to right, Jack Holland, Brian Jordan, Greg Wirth and Dan Wirth scream in one of the Haunted Houses at Busch Gardens' Howl-O-Scream in 2005.   (Photo  courtesy of Busch Gardens)
  5. Lots of love (and free admission) for dads for Father's Day


    Dad gets free admission and other perks at events all over the Tampa Bay area this weekend. If you need a last-minute gift, spending time with the old man can't be beat.

    Dads get in free

    Fabulous Fathers
  6. Review: Brainy 'Inside Out' among Pixar's best films


    A train of thought runs through Inside Out. Seriously, there's an actual train chugging through the candy-colored mindscape of an 11-year-old girl, an ingenious new frontier for Pixar's brand of magic and Disney's magical brand.

  7. Free swim lesson aims for Guinness record, safety message


    A city pool in New Port Richey will kick off swim season with a free swim lesson that aims to break the Guinness world record of more than 36,000 people getting a swim lesson in a 24-hour period. The event at the Recreation and Aquatic Center located at 6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey, is limited to the first 100 …

    With instruction from lifeguard Stacy Swezey,  left, Veronica Case practices her stroke as she and 48 other kids participate in the "World's Largest Swimming Lesson" at the New Port Richey Recreation & Aquatic Center in 2013. The pool will be part of an effort to set a new world record this year.
  8. Metrocon vendors bring hard-to-get items to anime convention


    Coins will drop all over the Tampa Convention Center this weekend as Tampa Bay anime fans weave through this year's Metrocon.

    Local shop Anime Fix will roll out rare $300 Mikasa Ackerman posable figures from the series Attack on Titan.
  9. St. Pete cupcake creators poised to compete for bragging rights again


    Bakers, start your ovens! Now in its fifth year, the Great St. Pete Cupcake Contest brings out the creativity in both amateur and professional bakers who will show off their best-tasting and most artistically decorated creations in a bid for the coveted handmade glass cupcake trophy. A $15 entry fee and six cupcakes are …

    (2011) Cathy Kochan's Lemon Blueberry cupcake at the Great St Pete Cupcake Contest in 2011.
  10. Additions at MOSI will let you ride driverless shuttle, pilot drones and code robots


    Additions to the Innovate exhibit at Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry will allow visitors to ride a driverless shuttle, pilot drones and code robots beginning as early as next week. The intelligent and electric Meridian Shuttle opening June 13 will be the first of its kind open to the general public in the United …

    MOSI is located at 4801 E. Fowler AvenueTampa, FL  33617