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  1. Chick-fil-A Cow Appreciation Day

    Editor's pick

    Chick-fil-A WestShore

    Westshore : 241 West Shore Plaza, Tampa, 33609

    Visit any Chick-fil-A restaurant dressed as a cow from head to hoof and you'll be rewarded with a free meal. A partial costume receives a free entree.

    Price: Free.

  2. Chihuly Anniversary

    Chihuly Collection

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 400 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    The collection is celebrating its fourth anniversary with discounted admission, which also includes entrance to live glassblowing demonstrations at the Morean Glass Studio & Hot Shop and to the contemporary art and clay at the Morean Arts Center for Clay.

    Price: $5.

  3. Metrocon

    Editor's pick

    Tampa Convention Center

    Downtown Tampa : 333 S Franklin St., Tampa, 33602

    The focus of Metrocon is anime, the style of flashy Japanese animation and artwork familiar to anyone who has seen Speed Racer or Sailor Moon. But the event covers all elements of pop culture that have been influenced by anime, from video games to pop music to games like Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! Al …

    Price: $10-$100.

  4. Inventing Van Gogh

    Shimberg Playhouse at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    In this Jobsite Theater production, a contemporary painter is hired to forge Van Gogh's final self-portrait, which has never been seen until now. Through Aug. 3.

    Price: $28.

  5. Dive-In Movies

    Editor's pick

    St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center

    South Pinellas beaches : 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach, 33706

    This popular summertime activity is back at the St. Pete Beach city pool with its huge Olympic swimming lanes, a spray play area for kids and two large water slides. Bring your noodles, floats and chairs for movie watching. Gates open at 8 p.m. and the movie starts after sunset.

    This week features Disney's Cars 2.

    Price: $4.

  6. Free Golf for Kids

    Ace Golf Brandon

    Brandon : 820 S Kings Ave., Brandon, 33511

    Kids ages 5 to 15 can get out of the house and onto the putting green. Every day through the end of August, they can sign up to receive a free small bucket of range balls to hit on the Ace Practice Ranges in Brandon and Riverview, or at the Pebble Creek Golf Club in New Tampa, Wentworth Golf Clu …

    Price: Free.

  7. Free Admission for Blue Star Museums Initiative

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

    University Area : 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa, 33617

    MOSI joins more than 2,000 museums across the country to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from May 26 (Memorial Day) through Sept. 1 (Labor Day). This is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department  …

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  8. Benefit Rummage and Bake Sale

    First Baptist Church of St. Petersburg

    Pinellas Park : 1900 Gandy Blvd., St. Petersburg, 33702

    The event features a wide variety of gentle used household item, clothing, crafts and jewelry. There will be guided tours of the Church, and baked goods, hot dogs and drinks for sale. Proceeds benefit Impact International Mission trip fund for Costa Rica and Haiti.

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  9. Summer Nights

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Busch Gardens celebrates the arrival of summer with extended hours, the Kinetix rock-fueled acrobatic show, fireworks and DJ dancing. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Included with regular daily admission.

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  10. Free Ice Cream

    Albertson's

    Largo : 10500 Ulmerton Road, Largo, 33771

    In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, the Blue Bell Ice Cream special events truck will serve up free hand-dipped ice cream.

    Price: Free.

  11. Passport Adventures

    Heritage Village

    Largo : 11909 125th St., Largo, 33774

    The two-hour hands-on program offers children a chance to spend time in the old Florida piney woods, participate in daily life activities, play games, hear stories and participate at "EnterAction" stations. The program runs Wednesdays through Friday through Aug. 8. Adult supervision re …

    Price: $3.

  12. "Circle of Life" Teen Summit

    Lakewood High School

    Pinellas Point : 1400 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg, 33705

    Local professionals serve as panelists for this discussion designed to help youths gain self esteem, live independently and explore career paths.

    Price: Free.

  13. Road Trip U.S.A.

    Glazer Children's Museum

    Downtown Tampa : 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    Children can learn about famous cities and national landmarks on a simulated coast-to-coast Road Trip USA, a collection of interactive installments with stops including National Parks, Mount Rushmore, Interstate System, Roswell Invasion and Roadside Attractions. Runs through Aug. 10.

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  14. Summer Circus Spectacular

    Ringling Museum of Art

    Sarasota : 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 34243

    In collaboration with the Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this on-stage exhibition of circus artistry includes hand balancing, comedy skits, quick change artistry and aerial work. Runs through Aug. 1.

    Price: $15, $12 children.

  15. Eat at Joe's Lunch and Concert Series

    Joe Chillura Courthouse Square

    Downtown Tampa : Kennedy Blvd. and Morgan St., Tampa, 33602

    This monthly lunch and concert party in the Joe Chillura Courthouse Square will have food for sale from downtown eateries, accompanied by live music in the park by Big Picture.

    Price: Free.

  16. Free Slurpee Day

    Editor's pick

    7-Eleven

    Citrus Park : 6016 Gunn Highway, Tampa, 33625

    To celebrate July 11, or 7/11, the nation's largest convenience store chain is giving away free 12-ounce Slurpees from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. This year, the celebration runs through July 19 with changing daily specials. Text "Free" to 711711 for updates. Find a store near you at 7-eleven.com.

    Price: Free.

  17. Thought Leader Community Luncheon: Major General Karl Horst

    Centre Club

    Westshore : 123 S Westshore Blvd. 8th Floor., Tampa, 33609

    The Centre Club will welcome two featured speakers for their upcoming luncheons.

    The Middle East - Analysis, Assessment & Impact on America.

    Price: $16 members, $27 non-members.

  18. Friday Afternoon Movies

    Dr. William E. Hale Senior Activity Center

    Dunedin : 330 Douglas Ave., Dunedin, 34698

    Popcorn and drinks are provided for weekly movies.

    Price: $2, $1 with rec. card.

  19. Summer Circus Spectacular

    Ringling Museum of Art

    Sarasota : 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota, 34243

    In collaboration with the Circus Arts Conservatory of Sarasota, this on-stage exhibition of circus artistry includes hand balancing, comedy skits, quick change artistry and aerial work. Runs through Aug. 1.

    Price: $15, $12 children.

  20. Free Ice Cream

    Walmart Super Center

    Largo : 2677 Roosevelt Blvd., Largo, 33760

    In celebration of National Ice Cream Month, the Blue Bell Ice Cream special events truck will serve up free hand-dipped ice cream.

    Price: Free.

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