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  1. Lowry Park Zoo to tame Halloween scares this year with daytime ZooBoo


    ZooBoo, the Lowry Park Zoo's annual not-so-scary Halloween event, will be even gentler this year as a daytime activity.

    Let’s not forget all the fun the animals have with pumpkins, too.
  2. Zoo deal gives free admission for kids on Saturdays in September


    Saturdays in September will be a deal for kids at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, where Hispanic Heritage Month means free admission for up to four kids for every adult admission on Saturdays.

    A child brushes the goats in the petting area of the Wallaroo Station at Lowry Park Zoo.
  3. Art Planner: Fashion meets art in Dunedin, St. Pete; plus cheap family fun at Tampa Museum of Art

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    Its age has earned it the description "venerable," but Wearable Art 11 at Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd., Dunedin, on Saturday is anything but. In the past, guests have been treated to couture made with raw meat and pyrotechnics, for example, so each year the …

    Work by Lina Teixeira, who designed this dress, is in Wearable Art 11.
  4. Universal Orlando will add 'Fast & Furious' attraction to theme park


    Universal Orlando will open a new ride based on the popular Fast & Furious movies, the theme park announced Wednesday.

    Universal Orlando will open a new ride based on the popular Fast & Furious movies, the theme park announced.  Fast & Furious: Supercharged is slated to open some time in 2017. The seventh film in the Furious franchise made $1.5 billion at the box office worldwide this year. And Universal Studios Hollywood debuted a ride tied to the franchise in June.
  5. 'Star Trek' foam finger comes with Rays ticket deal


    You can live long and prosper with a special ticket deal for Star Trek Night at the Tampa Bay Rays game Friday. Buy your $25 ticket online by midnight Thursday (, and you'll get a Star Trek foam finger set in the split-fingered salute made famous by …

    Another in a series of Tampa Bay Rays special events packages, this foam finger is the giveaway for Star Trek Night
  6. Disney will bring Star Wars half marathon to Orlando in April


    Star Wars fans, you have been heard.

    California got the first Star Wars Half Marathon weekend at Disneyland in January. Now, the California run will channel “the Light Side of the Force,” while Orlando gets the Dark Side.
  7. Things to Do Planner: Beer fests, last blast before school, fun at a new water park



    It’s a great weekend around the Tampa Bay area for beer snobs to be beer snobs.
  8. Universal will hold its third Harry Potter fan fest at its theme parks in January


    Universal Orlando Resort announced Wednesday that it will hold its third Celebration of Harry Potter, a three-day fan fest at the theme park with actors and production designers from the films, interactive exhibits and the return of the Harry Potter Expo. The special gathering will take place Jan. 29-31 and vacation …

    A dragon breathes fire from atop Gringnotts Bank during a preview of Diagon Alley at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando, Thursday, June 19, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux) FLJR104
  9. Things to Do Planner: Fetish Con, Summer of Rum Fest, Summer Nights at Busch Gardens



    Do you really want to hurt me?

    If you see a lot of pearl clutching in downtown St. Petersburg this weekend, it's because Fetish Con has moved its kinky karaoke and latex seminars from its home in Tampa for nearly a decade to the genteel 'Burg. The annual bondage and adult …

    This year, Fetish Con changes venues to the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront. The annual bondage and adult entertainment convention and trade show starts today.
  10. Parts of Tampa's popular Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park closing for repair


    TAMPA — Parts of Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park are closing for repairs that will cost a total of $2.1 million, city officials said Tuesday.

    But not all of the park will be closed.

    The popular Louver Fountain at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa has been closed for several months because of a major pump failure, city officials say. It is expected to re-open within two weeks. Meanwhile, the city is closing the park's paved walkways and main lawn for drainage and other repairs that will cost $2.1 million.