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  1. One Direction reunites — in wax at Madame Tussauds in Orlando

    Florida

    All five original members of the British boy band One Direction have reunited — in wax.

    Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Zayn Malik of  One Direction in happier times, at the American Music Awards in November 2014. (Invision/AP)
  2. Glazer Children's Museum offers summer admission deal

    Events

    The Glazer Children's Museum is celebrating its fifth birthday this summer by giving out buy one, get one free admissions through September. Go to the museum's website at glazermuseum.org and print your BOGO coupon for a free museum admission that can be used Monday-Friday through September with one paid admission. …

    TP_328655_WALL_childrens_4 (09/25/2010 Tampa) Donald Tobin (CQ), 5, marvels at the air power station, where tubes of blowing air hover foam balls the kids place in the airflow. The Glazer Children's Museum opened to the public on Saturday at noon. [DANIEL WALLACE, Times]
  3. Crayons abound as Crayola Experience opens in Orlando's Florida Mall

    Kids

    ORLANDO — Snipping a ribbon of uncut yellow crayon wrappers, Crayola executives on Wednesday officially opened the Crayola Experience, a wildly colorful celebration of artistic creativity at Orlando's Florida Mall.

    Crayola executives on Wednesday officially opened the Crayola Experience, a celebration of artistic creativity at Orlando?s Florida Mall.
  4. 5 non-exploding ways to entertain kids for July 4

    Events

    For the littlest ones, especially those younger than 5, it can be hard on July Fourth to find diversions that capture their attention, but don't involve lighting something on fire. Some alternatives:

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

    Events

    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.
  6. Legoland Florida's expansion Heartlake City, aimed at girls, opens today

    Florida

    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.)
  7. Crayola Experience interactive play zone opens July 1 in Orlando

    Florida

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

    Florida

    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)
  9. Lots of love (and free admission) for dads for Father's Day

    Events

    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

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  10. Review: Brainy 'Inside Out' among Pixar's best films

    Movies

    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.