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  1. Orlando's Crayola Experience a fascinating wonderland of color, technology and nostalgia



    Fred Rogers' sweater is a hue Crayola might call Forest Green, or maybe Aquamarine, or maybe Illuminating Emerald. He sketches a simple rainbow on an easel in his modest TV living room, the one decorated like childhood, and turns to the camera.

    A “crayonologist” creates a batch of crayons for Crayola Experience visitors.  “This brand has certainly evolved and changed,” Crayola president and CEO Mike Perry (not pictured) says. “But that mission of sparking the creative spirit of a child has never changed.”
  2. 11 things to do indoors on a rainy day in Tampa Bay


    The new Vertical Ventures indoor climbing gym picked a great week to open in St. Petersburg. With stir-crazy kids (and parents), the place has been packed this week with families desperate to find some rainy day fun. But they aren't the only indoor play zone in town.

    Keenan Sweeney, 8, of St. Petersburg climbs a boulder at Vertical Ventures, a climbing gym in St. Petersburg, as his mother, Bethany Sweeney, watches. The massive new rock gym in St. Petersburg has been packed this week on rainy days.
  3. Willow Shields of 'the Hunger Games' brings star power to the Shops at Wiregrass


    As she climbed down a huge set of stairs on the set of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, carrying a cat, completely drenched, Willow Shields had an epiphany.

    Willow Shields as Primrose Everdeen in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1.
  4. Ease into the school year with these happenings



    USO School Supply Drive

    The USO Central Florida is hosting its second annual Back to School Drive. Supplies collected will send more than 700 military children back to school ready with supplies. They are looking for the following: spiral notebooks, black and blue pens, composition …

    Willow Shields, who plays Primrose Everdeen in the Hunger Games films, will be at Saturday’s event in Wesley Chapel.
  5. Things to Do Planner: Meet Grumpy Cat, the Bucs and Willow Shields



    Grumpy Cat, the Internet celebrity with the perpetual scowl, got an endorsement deal from PetSmart and Friskies.
  6. How to dress for Tampa Bay Comic Con with little effort


    My first Tardis trip into the world of comic conventions was Orlando's MegaCon a few years back. It was a deep-end "nerd-u-cation."

    Have gun, will con: Stephanie Hayes went to a convention as Rose Tyler from Doctor Who.
  7. Cosplay bingo: Tampa Bay Comic Con's best accessory


    Convention season is upon us, and venues all across the country are opening their doors to droves of spandex-clad, mask-wearing, LARPing comic and pop culture enthusiasts. This weekend, it's Tampa Bay's turn. I took a drive down to Miami for Florida Supercon to do some research on the popular convention costumes this …

    Behold, the Tampa Bay Times' cosplay bingo card! If you spot all the characters on the card, you are a cosplay connoisseur.  [CAMERON COTTRILL | Times]
  8. Tampa Bay Comic Con lands three grande dames of geek


    What's better than one queen? Tampa Bay Comic Con is hedging bets on three.

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  9. Tips for navigating the madness at Tampa Bay Comic Con


    Tampa Bay Comic Con drew some 44,000 fans in superhero regalia in 2014, shattering attendance records at the Tampa Convention Center. This year could be poised to topple last year's record, with Saturday alone expected to draw close to 30,000 people. � Here are some tips to help you navigate the scores of …

    Customers shop for comics, artwork, memorabilia and apparel at the 2013 Tampa Bay Comic Con at the Tampa Convention Center.
  10. $15 days coming to zoo for 15 days in August


    For 15 days, it will be only $15 for Florida residents to attend Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. Adults must present valid state-issued identification at ticket windows to purchase tickets at this rate for ages 3 and up from Aug. 2-16, and it cannot be combined with any other discounts. Single day admission to the zoo is …

    One of the sea lions sticks their tongue out after a dress rehearsal for a daily presentation that will be a part of a new exhibit called Sea Lion Splash at Lowry Park Zoo on Friday, February 28, 2014. The exhibit will begin on March 1.