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Kids & Family

  1. A different kind of scream fest: One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer

    Music & Concerts

    About a year ago, my daughter Ava, 10 going on intense, taped a crinkled Tiger Beat picture of One Direction's Harry Styles on her bedroom wall. He was her newest crush, adoring Taylor Swift's ex-BF with giggly bursts of OMG.

    One Direction will perform at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
  2. Disney will stoke 'Frozen' fever at Christmas theme park events

    Florida

    No shocker here, given that Frozen is now the most successful animated film of all time: Disney plans to cash in on Frozen fever at its theme parks this Christmas. The frosty world of the 2013 hit film will play a big part in the park's annual holiday events, from turning Cinderella's Castle into an ice …

    An image released by Disney shows Elsa the Snow Queen, voiced by Idina Menzel, in a scene from the animated feature "Frozen." [Associated Press]
  3. Review: 'The Boxtrolls' is one boring monstrosity (w/trailer)

    Movies

    The Boxtrolls is a visually repellent pile of stop-motion animation, populated by grotesques and filmed in the palette of an exhumed casket's interior. It can frighten small children and bore anyone, with its cracked, cackled British wit. Pip pip, dreary-o.

    Eggs (center, voiced by Isaac Hempstead Wright) is a human raised by the boxtrolls, squat in stature and gibberished in speech — Minions without personality — who wear boxes as clothes.
  4. Blood bank: Elaborate Halloween haunts pay off for Florida theme parks

    Florida

    Elaborate haunted houses have become a bloody bank of profits for Florida theme parks, with crowds for Halloween-themed special events now dwarfing the spring break hordes.

    Universal's Halloween Horror Nights.
  5. Theme parks, attractions offer less-scary Halloween options

    Florida

    Other major attractions in Florida offer Halloween parties that are less ghoulish than Universal and Busch Gardens, which pride themselves on in-your-face scares. Some options:

  6. Water park offers Florida residents unlimited ticket deal

    Florida

    As long as this heat keeps lingering, we can appreciate the deal Wet 'n Wild Orlando water park is offering Florida residents: For $36 (already $20 less than admission) you can have unlimited visits to the water slides through Dec. 31. The park this year debuted the new Aqua Drag Racer, Florida's tallest and fastest …

    A rendering of the new ride coming to Wet 'n Wild this summer, the Aqua Drag Racer.
  7. 'Dolphin Tale 2' reviews lukewarm, but expected to be box office whale

    Movies

    Dolphin Tale 2 opens in theaters nationwide this weekend and though reviews of the family film set in Clearwater Marine Aquarium are as lukewarm as the Gulf of Mexico, it is predicted to do well in the box office.

  8. Six million reasons to go to Fanboy Expo

    Events

    No offense to the record-setting Tampa Bay Comic Con, but as far as pop-culture geekfests are concerned, have you seen the celeb lineup for this weekend's Fanboy Expo? To name a nerd-drool few, Linda Blair (The Exorcist), Scott "Hershel" Wilson (The Walking Dead), Lee Majors (The …

    Actor Lee Majors starred in the Six Million Dollar Man.
  9. Review: 'Dolphin Tale 2' goes along swimmingly (w/video)

    Movies

    An easy sequel to Dolphin Tale would simply do again what worked before, finishing what it adorably started. The grownups hook up and the kids share a first kiss while tailless Winter offers more underwater uplift. Only the last part happens in Dolphin Tale 2, and likely not the way you expect. "Inspired …

    Sawyer Nelson (Nathan Gamble) and Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) have grown up, and the human focus is now on their friendship as a new aquatic relationship grows between Winter and Hope.
  10. 'Dolphin Tale 2' puts faith in Christian marketing

    Movies

    Dolphin Tale 2 features a new aquatic star named Hope, and a box office future banking on faith.

    Winter and Hope are the dolphin stars in Alcon Entertainment’s family adventure Dolphin Tale 2, a Warner Bros. Pictures release.