Sunday, December 17, 2017
Kids & Family

Skate bash, costume party, health fairs and other events promote new year

Events

A healthy start: It's only $5 to visit the Glazer Children's Museum and get tips on health, wellness and safety while enjoying games, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon artists, informative speakers, karaoke and workshops. The first 150 kids get a goodie bag filled with school supplies. 9 a.m. Aug. 10, 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.

Skate bash: This all-ages contest at the Skatepark of Tampa on Aug. 10 will have divisions from 8 and under to 16 and up, with free barbecue for contestants. Open practice at 8 a.m.; 8 and under starts at 10:30 a.m. Registration is $25 in advance, $30 day of event. Register online at skateparkoftampa.com/events. 4215 E Columbus Drive.

Hang out before heading back: Here's a chance to get together, listen to music and have some fun. Picnic food will be sold and a few surprises, including giveaways, will be at Hope Presbyterian Church. Free. 6 p.m. Aug. 10. 1698 S Belcher Road, Clearwater.

Student health fair: Free physicals, sports participation exams, immunizations, hearing screenings and vision screenings. Meet the Pinellas Park medical community as you view health exhibits and emergency vehicles. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 10. St. Petersburg College Caruth Education Center, 7200 66th St. N, Pinellas Park.

Back in the groove: It will be Getting Back in the School Groove Day on Aug. 10 at First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill. Starting at 10 a.m., you can get free haircuts, backpacks, health screenings, food, games and face painting. Free at 9344 Spring Hill Drive.

Back to School Fun Night: Students in the Disston Heights and Lealman area can prepare for the year with school supplies, some character building events, drawings for bicycle helmets and other activities on Aug. 10 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. The event is free and there will be school supplies, games, food and prizes at St. Petersburg Community Church, 4501 30th Ave. N, St. Petersburg; gracetograce.org.

For ZIP code 33616: On Aug. 10 the Back to School 33616 Celebration at Kwane Doster Park will have free school supplies, food, games, prizes and more. The park is at 7506 S Morton St., Tampa.

Skating Party: The SpinNations Skating Center in Port Richey will have a Back to School Skating Party on Aug. 11 and Aug. 18, both starting at 2 p.m. with free admission and free raffles of backpacks filled with school supplies. Bring your own skates or rent skates for $3 at 8345 Congress St., Port Richey.

Mentor recruitment fair: To recruit 500 mentors or tutors for Pinellas County students, this fair will be a "one-stop" event where prospective volunteers can register, learn more about different schools and programs, go through the background screening process and attend the mandatory mentor training workshop. There will be food, entertainment and a "Stuff the Bus" with school supplies at the fair. 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater, 12600 Roosevelt Blvd.

Costume party: Goin' Postal and Hut No. 8 host this party from 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 14 at Zephyr Park, 4941 Fourth St., Zephyrhills. All ages are welcome and supplies will be provided at no cost. Children must be accompanied by a parent. Guests should park in the nearby municipal lots next to Alice Hall Community Center, Waterplay and Plum Street. There will be no parking available on-site during the events. Snow cones and pizza will be available for $1 each. (813) 782-1500 ext. 104.

Pool party: A water bash with DJ music, games, a picnic dinner, backpack raffles, safety tips, after-school program information and literacy promotion. $2. 6-9 p.m. Aug. 16 at Highlander Pool, 1937 Ed Eckert Drive, Dunedin. (727) 298-3266.

Free haircuts: The first 40 Hernando County Head Start students age 3 to 7 will get free haircuts and manicures at Anew Dawn Salon in Spring Hill from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 17. Call the salon at (352) 610-4340 for information. It's at 11219 Spring Hill Drive. Bring proof of Head Start registration.

Riverview bash: St. Stephen Catholic Church in Riverview is holding a Back to School Bash on Aug. 18 starting at 10:45 a.m. There will be inflatable slides, a bounce house, photos with the Mustang Mascot, a DJ, games, prizes, raffles and food. Incoming families can participate in the uniform exchange, which is a way to purchase previously worn uniforms at a steep discount. 10424 Saint Stephen Circle. Free.

Supply crafts: Stop by the Play2Go Toyshop at the Glazer Children's Museum Aug. 19-31 and pick up a free school bag or pencil case and then decorate it in the Art Lab. Included with museum admission, which is $15 for adults, $9.50 for children at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.

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