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  1. 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.

  2. Water Ski Show

    Tower Lake

    Oldsmar : 130 Burbank Road , Oldsmar, 34677

    Skiers ages 6-60 perform theatrical water shows similar to those seen at Cypress Gardens. All performances include barefoot, jump, ballet, adagio and pyramid acts.

    This week features the "Little Bit of Country" show.

    Price: Free.

  3. 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.

  4. Splash And Dash Biathlon

    St. Pete Beach Aquatic Center

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

    Open to kids 6 to 15 with age appropriate run and pool swim. Distance requirements range from a half -mile to one mile for run and 100 to 200 yards for swim. 

    Price: $25, $35 non member.

  5. Young Movie Makers Camp: Screenwriting 101

    Tampa Theatre

    Downtown Tampa : 711 Franklin St., Tampa, 33672

    Three-hour sessions for budding film buffs in grades 6 through 12 to learn more about specific aspects of movie making and appreciation.

    This session presents the basics of good storytelling and character and plot development.

    Price: $50 per person/per sesson.

  6. Cooking Camp

    Sylvan Abbey United Methodist Church

    Clearwater : 2817 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater, 33759

    Kids ages 5 to 12 who like to cook can learn how to make a biscuit pizza, dessert, spaghetti tacos, and even a simple meal for their parents at this two-session cooking camp July 12 and 19.

    Price: $20 (registration required).

  7. Dunedin Orange Festival

    Edgewater Park

    Dunedin : 51 Main St., Dunedin, 34698

    Old-fashioned festival celebrates the fruit that made Florida famous, with orange juice samples, family fun zone, games, entertainment and live music, mojo cook-off competition with citrus-infused mojo pork dishes, the Miss Dunedin Orange Queen Pageant, bid on your favorite bonnet, created and d …

    Price: Free admission; $10 mojo tasting ticket, other food and drink extra.

  8. 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.


  9. Ride Through History

    Armed Forces History Museum

    Largo : 2050 34th Way N, Largo, 33771

    Munch on a free hot dog before riding an actual military vehicle and watching war re-enactors.

    Price: $10, $5 ages 12 and younger.

  10. Kids Ride Free

    Florida Railroad Museum

    Parrish : 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish, 34219

    Kids ages 3 to 11 can take a free 1.5-hour train ride along historic tracks. Adults pay full fare. Offer valid every Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 31.

    Price: $14 ages 12 and older.

  11. Peppa Pig Meet and Greet

    Westfield Citrus Park

    Citrus Park : 8021 Citrus Park Town Center, Tampa, 33625

    Meet the star of the animated television show in person, pose for pictures and enter to win prizes.

    Price: Free.

  12. Harry's Hotter at Twilight

    Dunedin Community Center

    Dunedin : 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin, 34698

    The Dunedin Showcase Kids present a crazed mash-up parody of Harry Potter and the Twilight series.

    Price: $5.

  13. Cinderella

    Tarpon Springs Cultural Center

    Tarpon Springs : 101 S Pinellas Ave. , Tarpon Springs, 34689

    Children perform a 30-minute musical operetta version of the beloved fairy tale.

    Price: $10, $5 children and members.

  14. Kids Ride Free

    Florida Railroad Museum

    Parrish : 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish, 34219

    Kids ages 3 to 11 can take a free 1.5-hour train ride along historic tracks. Adults pay full fare. Offer valid every Saturday and Sunday through Aug. 31.

    Price: $14 ages 12 and older.

  15. Tampa Bay Rays: Vs. Toronto Blue Jays

    Editor's pick

    Tropicana Field

    St. Petersburg : 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, 33705

    Come to the Trop dressed in pirate gear to celebrate "Half Way to Gasparilla" and get a discounted lower level seat and a Gasparilla bead necklace for $35. Use promotion code Krewe1. Stick around after the game for a Summer Concert Series performance by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.

    Price: Ticket prices vary by game.

  16. 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.


  17. The Winter's Tale

    TECO Theater at David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts

    Downtown Tampa : 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa, 33602

    William Shakespeare's story of loss and redemption tells of Leontes, the King of Sicily, convincing himself that his pregnant wife is carrying his best friend's love child. Leontes' jealousy turns to tyranny as the king proceeds to destroy his entire family and a lifelong friendship.

    Price: $15.

  18. Citrus Summer Showdown

    Whispering Pines Park

    Citrus County : 1700 Forest Drive, Inverness, 34450

    The annual 5K cross country run starts and ends at Whispering Pines Park. The off-road course includes natural trails under a canopy of trees.


  19. Church offers Breakfast

    Brooksville First Presbyterian Church

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 250 Bell Ave., Brooksville, 34601

    Includes choice of waffles, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, or eggs and sausage.

    Price: $5.

  20. Saturday Guided Hike at Weedon Island

    Weedon Island Preserve

    St. Petersburg : 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33702

    Pull on your grubby sneakers and join a hike through coastal mangroves and upland ecosystems. Learn about the coastal environment and the early residents of this area. Bring water and hat. Recommended for ages six and older.

    Price: Free (registration required).

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