Kids & family

  1. 5 things to do under $5 for July 31-Aug. 6


    1 Tampapalooza: This inaugural two-day festival aims to celebrate everything local, including bands, food, beer and lots of vendors. It encompasses a lot. The Tampa Bay Buccaneer Street Team will present NFL Play 60 youth football drills on Saturday, plus there will be a farmers market, inflatable …

    Heritage Village offers two-hour programs for kids to spend time in the old-Florida piney woods, participate in daily life activities, play games and hear stories. Starts at 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Fridays through Aug. 8 at 11909 125th St., Largo. Adult supervision required.
  2. Crayola to open kiddie attraction at Florida Mall in Orlando


    Crayola appears to be taking a page from the Lego playbook and turning its toy brand into a play land.

    Photo courtesy of Crayola

  3. Epcot fills out concert lineup for Food and Wine Fest


    In addition to eating and drinking your way around the world, Epcot's Food & Wine Festival has an "Eat to the Beat" concert series during the festival's run from Sept. 19-Nov. 10. Fan favorites like Boyz II Men, left, (Nov. 3-5) and Rick Springfield (Sept. 24-25) return and new-to-the-festival acts recently announced …

    Boyz II Men
  4. Mavi the elephant turns 1 with pool party


    Mavi the adorable elephant calf turns 1 year old, so Lowry Park Zoo is throwing a pool party. Good thing the elephants are bringing their trunks! The herd will get special pool-side treats, while the human guests will get Radio Disney entertainment, activities and keeper talks. The party runs 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday …

    Mavi the baby elephant at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa. Photo from Lowry Park Zoo
  5. Next Generation Ballet brings 'Summer Fantasy' to the Straz


    Want to give ballet a twirl? Check out the Patel Conservatory's Next Generation Ballet on Friday when it presents Summer Fantasy, featuring more than 200 ballet students from around the world led by siblings Jeffrey and Lia Cirio from the Boston Ballet. The dancers, chosen from a pool of more than 1,000 …

    Jeffrey Cirio and Hannah Beach practice Next Generation Ballet’s Summer Fantasy, which opens Friday at the Straz with more than 200 dancers.
  6. 5 things to do under $5 July 24-30


    1 Dalí and Beyond Film Series: This week the surreal film series shows the Fantastic Mr. Fox, a stop-motion animated feature about a wily fox who outsmarts three feeble-minded farmers resorting to extreme tactics to protect their chickens. Stars the voices of George Clooney and Meryl Streep. …

    Fox Searchlight Pictures
  7. Plan your Christmas at Epcot with celebrity narrators at Candlelight Processional


    Christmas in July promos remind us that now can be a good time to plan your Christmas entertainment before tickets sell out. Held every year at Disney's Epcot, the Candlelight Processional is not to be missed. There's a mass choir, joined by a 50-piece live orchestra and a celebrity narrator who tells the story of …

    The giant Christmas tree at Epcot, seen with the park's iconic Spaceship Earth attraction behind it, is the centerpiece of the holiday celebration at the theme park. [Photo by Garth Vaughan]
  8. Rays give out Hulk-like Balfour figure for Comic Con night July 25


    The Tampa Bay Rays are hosting their first salute to Tampa Bay Comic Con on Friday, and with a special ticket package you can have a figurine of Grant Balfour raging like the Hulk, splitting the seams on his baseball uniform. The 7:10 p.m. game against the Boston Red Sox features special Press Level tickets and the …

  9. Kids get a turn to play in the mud Thursday


    Last weekend adults got to battle it out in the mud at St. Petersburg's Spa Beach, and on Thursday, the kids get a turn when middle and high school students can show up for Extreme Mud Wars. They can bring their own teams of 10 to 12 (minimum of four females per team) to compete in the mud or just sign up individually …

    "We got beat bad," said Matthew Mitchell of Pittsburgh. "Those guys were body builders or something. Dirty and defeated, but still all smiles Mitchell was able to joke about how badly they lost the Mud Tug (tog of war in a mud pit). Members of Team Rando Goes Commando competed in eight muddy and wet events during America II Extreme Adult Mud Wars at Spa Beach, in downtown St. Petersburg on Sunday afternoon.
  10. Disney villains get their own night at theme park


    More than 50 baddies will be unleashed at Disney's Hollywood Studios for a new separate-ticket event Aug. 23 called Villains Unleashed. Disney found out it was on to something when it kicked off Halloween season last September with a special night of villains on Friday the 13th. It was so popular the Hollywood Studios …

    Darth Vader, 20th Century Fox