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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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.

  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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.

  9. 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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  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. Wizard of Oz

    Second Stage Studio Theatre

    Dunedin : 1400 San Christopher Drive, Dunedin, 34698

    Twenty-five bay area students from the theater's summer camp perform the classic musical.

    Price: $5.

  13. 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.

  14. Island Nights

    Adventure Island

    Tampa : 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa, 33612

    Adventure Island extends its hours for a tropical family event with live entertainment, food trucks, sand sculpting, steel drum music, a kid's zone, island fun and a glow-in-the-dark finale. Included with park admission.

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  15. Simpatico Summer Wines

    Simpatico Wines

    South Pasadena : 722 Pasadena Ave., South Pasadena, 33707

    Boutique wine shop features varieties suited for summer heat, from White Oak Vineyards, McNab Family Vineyards, Annabella and other labels, along with cheeses, olives and fruit to pair.

    Price: Free, but registration preferred.

  16. Wine Madonna Anniversary Open House

    Wine Madonna

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 111 Second Ave. NE, No. 102, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Celebrate Wine Madonna's Third Anniversary with $5 wine specials, complimentary catered snacks, fun prizes.

    Price: No cover, charge for wines.

  17. Craft Beer Tasting

    ABC Fine Wine & Spirits (Tampa, N Dale Mabry)

    Carrollwood : 14729 N Dale Mabry, Tampa, 33618

    Kick off the weekend a day early and choose from over 60 craft brews, raise a glass, beat the heat, plus get a souvenir beer glass and coupon.

    Price: $10.

  18. Christmas in July With Taste of Tequila

    TPepin's Hospitality Centre

    Tampa : 4121 N 50th St., Tampa, 33610

    Enter a virtual holiday setting for a cool Christmas celebration as summer heats up, as area business organizations and associations gather for networking opportunities, interactive booths, raffles, and food and drink. Presented by Tampa Bay Business Owners. Benefits Children's Cancer Society.

    Price: $25, plus fees; includes one mixed tequila or vodka drink, appetizers. Beer and wine for sale.

  19. Art Makers and Cocktail Shakers

    Carrollwood Cultural Center

    Carrollwood : 4537 Lowell Road, Tampa, 33625

    In a two-hour session, students learn basic painting techniques, following step-by-step directions, while sipping cocktails and socializing. Includes all materials and one drink. Cash bar available.

    Price: $42, $38 members.

  20. French Wines

    Cafe Largo

    Largo : 12551 Indian Rocks Road, Largo, 33774

    Expand your knowledge of French wines, paired with hors d 'oeuvres at seminar; with fact sheet and notes. Registration required.

    Bourgogne pinot noir, and eight other selections.

    Price: $9.75

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