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  1. Our Town Conversations

    Editor's pick

    Dali Museum

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 1 Dali Blvd. (Bayshore Drive SE and Fifth Avenue SE), St. Petersburg, 33701

    Host Carol Mickett, philosopher and artist, leads this monthly series of talks with local heroes about their visions, accomplishments and contributions to shaping the identity of our town. Come early for hors d'oeuvres and cocktails at Cafe Gala.

    This month features David Warner, Creative Loafing editor in chief.

    Price: $5, free for members.

  2. 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.

  3. Mary Lynn Rajskub

    Side Splitters Comedy Club

    Carrollwood : 12938 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, 33618

    You may recognize this stand-up comedian as Chloe from 24.

    Price: $20-$22.

  4. 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.

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Extended Fun Thursdays

    Florida Aquarium

    Channelside : 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Take a break from the summer heat with marine animals, the Explore A Shore water adventure zone and appearances by The Florida Aquarium mermaids. Extended hours until 7 p.m.

    Price: Regular admission; $15 after 4 p.m.

  8. Summer Evenings

    Florida Aquarium

    Channelside : 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Bring the family for extended hours until 7 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 14. Included with regular admission or $15 after 4 p.m.

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  9. Summer Fun Days

    Florida Aquarium

    Channelside : 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

    With extended hours until 7 p.m. and a discounted $15 admission after 4 p.m., guests can enjoy more time cooling down in Explore A Shore.

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  10. Cobb Theaters Free Family Films: Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 and Escape to Planet Earth

    Countryside 12

    Countryside : 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater, 33761

    These free summer films aren't first-run movies but they get the kids out of the house and give parents a chance to give their air conditioners a break..

    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. 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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  13. PNC Days

    Great Explorations Children's Museum

    Fourth Street Garden District : 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33704

    Families can have fun while learning about financial literacy through the Grow Up Great financial literacy program.

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  14. LeakyCon

    Orange County Convention Center West Concourse

    Orlando : 9800 International Drive, Orlando, 32819

    Just in time for the opening of Universal's Harry Potter expansion, fans of the Potter-centric website the Leaky Cauldron gather for LeakyCon in Orlando. The website and LeakyCon has expanded to embrace fans of all kinds of fantasy fiction, movies and games. There's panels on The Hunger Games, B …

    Price: $60; Lit Focus passes $125 weekend passes for $125-$275.

  15. 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.

  16. Crime Prevention Forum

    Aging Well Center

    Clearwater : 1501 N Belcher Road, Clearwater, 33765

    Teaches seniors how to avoid becoming crime victims and what to do if they are ever faced with criminal activity.

    Price: Free.

  17. Afternoon Explorers

    Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

    St. Petersburg : 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg, 33705

    Kids ages 6 to 13 can escape to the great outdoors for crafts, trail exploration and crazy science experiments.

    Price: $15.

  18. 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.

  19. The Great Futures Campaign Rally

    George M. Steinbrenner Family West Tampa (Boys and Girls Club)

    Tampa : 1301 North Boulevard , Tampa, 33607

    The organization will be kicking off an awareness campaign in an effort to mobilize the country to address the youth crisis, inspire the next generation of leaders and help Boys & Girls Clubs serve more kids, more often. Bells will sound off at 3 p.m. , signaling the average time of day that …

    Price: Free.

  20. I Am River: Hillsborough From the Heart: Opening

    Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus Performing Arts Building

    Ybor City : 1304 E 11th Ave., Tampa, 33605

    The reception for a social enterprise from the youth of Community Stepping Stones in collaboration with PowerStories Theatre. The production of murals, video, photography, music and drama tells the stories of what the Hillsborough River means to area youths and the community in general. Runs thr …

    Price: Free.

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