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  1. Kids triathlon at Adventure Island includes free water park ticket


    Adventure Island lets kids show their muscle in a triathlon for tykes, and the first 450 who sign up get a free "stay and play" ticket for the Tampa water park. Set for March 21 at 7:15 a.m., the Tampa Bay Kids Triathlon sends kids off to run, bike and swim in the park's lazy river, Rambling Bayou. The athletes at this …

     Adventure Island in Tampa. (Times files)
  2. Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival opens Wednesday with 'Frozen' scene


    Wednesday is opening day for the springtime Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, running daily through May 17 with elaborate topiaries and gardening presentations by HGTV stars.

    The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Photo by Disney
  3. Court Jesters: Harlem Globetrotters bounce into town Wednesday


    The iconic team still yucks it up on the basketball court.

    The Harlem Globetrotters.
  4. Tips for seeing the best of the 2015 Florida Strawberry Festival


    Now in its 80th year, Plant City's Florida Strawberry Festival is steeped in Americana. Part county fair, part music festival, it's not just about the strawberries. There's also a midway, animals, exhibits, lots of food on a stick and no alcohol anywhere. Tickets are $10, $5 ages 6 to 12, 5 and younger free. Concert …

    Laria Manginelli, 9mo is held by her mother, Brittani, of Plant City during the annual Strawberry Festival’s baby contest at the Festival Fairgrounds on Sunday, March 02, 2014 in Plant City, Florida.
  5. Disney ticket prices rise, others may follow; $139 Florida resident deal still on


    Sunday Walt Disney World broke the $100 barrier, announcing a $6 price hike that puts Magic Kingdom admission at $105, but other prices at the world's most popular tourist destination also spiked.

    Fireworks and confetti fly over Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom, in 2012. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel)
  6. Chinese artisans creating huge lantern festival at Tampa zoo (w/ video)


    More than 40 highly skilled artisans from the city of Zigong in China's Sichuan province have been working for weeks at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo to create a dazzling display of custommade light structures.

     A pile of silk pandas awaits workers to place them around the carousel at the Lowry Park Zoo for the Zoominations Chinese Lantern Festival of Lights which will open February 28, 2015.  Zoominations is a nighttime event at the zoo that features lanterns and pagodas assembled into 30 spectacular scenes over 26 acres of the zoo.
  7. Tampa expands summer camp programs and scholarships


    TAMPA — Tampa parks and recreation will expand its summer day camps and quadruple scholarships for needy kids, Mayor Bob Buckhorn announced Wednesday.

  8. Clothing drive at 'Annie' shows will help local kids


    For Annie's run of performances in Tampa, you can help kids having a hard-knock life in Tampa Bay by bringing primary school uniforms and other children's clothing to a donations bin set up at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. The donations will go to Metropolitan Ministries, the charitable organization that …

    Sunny as Sandy and Issie Swickle as Annie. Photo by Joan Marcus.
  9. Adventure Island's Colossal Curl water slide to open March 7 (w/video)


    Adventure Island announced Friday that its new thrill ride, Colossal Curl, will open March 7 for the start of the Tampa water park's 2015 season, the second announcement in as many days from Busch Gardens about expanding its Tampa offerings.

    Workers install Colossal Curl, which opens March 7 for the start of Adventure Island’s 2015 season.
  10. Ticket prices announced for Orlando Eye observation wheel


    Merlin Entertainments announced Tuesday that the colossal Orlando Eye observation wheel on International Drive will open May 4. The neighboring Madame Tussauds wax museum and Sea Life Orlando Aquarium will also open the same day.

    Workers at The Orlando Eye installed the final passenger capsule on the 400-foot tall observation wheel Thursday, Feb. 5. (JIM DAMASKE   |   Times)