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  1. Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Festival Friday

    Editor's pick

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

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

    The 37th annual festival takes you back in time to a period of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match.

    The only week day the festival is open features $15 reduced rate admission, a glass of wine, coupon book for discounts at festival artisans and a field trip opportunity for students in grades K through 12. There's also a special happy hour discount with $10 admission and $3 beers after 3 p.m.

    Price: $16.95, $8.95 ages 5-12 (advance); $19.95, $15.95 seniors/students, $11.95 ages 5-12 (at the gate); $10 dogs.

  2. Fast Friday Grand Prix Block Party

    Get Downtown Location

    Downtown St. Petersburg : Second Street N and Central Avenue, St. Petersburg, 33701

    To kick off the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the city is throwing a block party with live entertainment and family friendly race-themed activities.

    Price: Free.

  3. Make it 2.0 Grand Opening

    Glazer Children's Museum

    Downtown Tampa : 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa, 33602

    A hands on learning program related to the curriculum of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Includes a Make It Zone with table-top engineering games, pottery wheels, cooking demonstrations, recipe making and guest presenters from various fields. Takes place Monday through Friday thr …

  4. Happy Birthday Sesame Street Safari of Fun

    Busch Gardens

    Tampa : 3605 Bougainvillea Ave., Tampa, 33612

    Sesame Street Safari of fun turns five and Big Bird, Elmo and the other characters invite kids to join the celebration with a sidewalk parade, DJ dancing, cake cutting, visits with animal ambassadors, Big Bird's 123-Smile with Me portrait studio appearances and a special presentation of A is for …

    Price: $95, $90 for ages 3-9

  5. St. Pete History Walking Tour

    Sundial St. Pete

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 151 Second Ave. N, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Take a two hour walking tour to learn about historical events, things to do and places to eat in St. Petersburg.

    Price: $15, $5 ages 6-12, 5 and younger free.

  6. Chasco Fiesta

    Sims Park

    West Pasco : 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey, 34652

    This year's nine-day festival carnival has a midway with a special area for younger children offering them more minimally frightening rides.

    Price: Free to attend. Wristband for carnival rides is $15 Monday-Thursday, $20 Friday-Sunday.

  7. Zoominations: A Chinese Lantern Festival of Lights

    Editor's pick

    Lowry Park Zoo

    Seminole Heights : 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

    Discover 30 illuminated scenes built by craftsman from Zigong village, China, including replicas of the Beijing Temple of Heaven and larger-than-life dragons, pandas, rhinos and more. It will also feature performances by Chinese acrobats and an artisan market with handmade crafts. Runs …

    Price: $24.95, $22.95 seniors, $19.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free (Zoominations); $39.95, $37.95 seniors, $29.95 ages 3-11, 2 and younger free (combo Zoominations and Zoo admission).

  8. Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Annie (PG)

    Editor's pick

    Pier 60

    Clearwater Beach : 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, 33767

    Bring blankets or low lawn chairs to watch free movies on a jumbo sized screen. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk.

    Price: Free.

  9. Pioneer Homeschool Day

    Pinellas Pioneer Settlement

    St. Petersburg : 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg, 33705

    Hands on learning, hikes and crafts for ages 6 to 12.

    Price: $15.

  10. Philadelphia Phillies Spring Training: Vs. New York (Tampa)

    Bright House Field

    Clearwater : 601 N Old Coachman Road, Clearwater, 33765

    Price: Ticket prices vary by game.

  11. Riverwalk Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Kennedy Segment

    Editor's pick

    Curtis Hixon Park

    Downtown Tampa : 600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa, 33602

    Five mayors, a pop-up bar and a family fun zone will welcome the new segment of the Riverwalk. Join Mayor Sandy Freedman, Mayor Dick Greco, Mayor Pam Iorio, Governor Bob Martinez and Mayor Bob Buckhorn for a ribbon cutting of the Kennedy Boulevard segment, followed by family fun in the park. The …

    Price: Free.

  12. Spring Family Campout

    John R. Bonner Nature Park

    Largo : 14444 143rd St. N, Largo, 33774

    Camp out, cook out, and hear stories around the fire at this family-friendly night. S'mores and breakfast are included.

    Price: $10; children ages 2 and under free.

  13. Bay Area Renaissance Festival: Barbarian Barbecue Bash

    Editor's pick

    Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI)

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

    The 37th annual festival takes you back in time to a period of kings, queens, jousting, jugglers, mimes, madrigals, archery contests and a human chess match.

    Barbecue pit masters prepare for a barbecue championship. Try some of their delicious creations and eat like a barbarian in a turkey leg eating contest. The festival concludes with "Cake with the King," barbarian vendors and an archery championship.

    Price: $16.95, $8.95 ages 5-12 (advance); $19.95, $15.95 seniors/students, $11.95 ages 5-12 (at the gate); $10 dogs.

  14. World's Largest Food Truck Festival Ever! III

    Florida State Fairgrounds

    Tampa : 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa, 33610

    Food Trucks on parade with a dizzying array of cuisines and treats to enjoy from the more than 100 trucks offering pad Thai to pierogies, churros to sweet potato pie and more, as guests can vote for their favorite food truck; with live music from Randy McNeely, Radio Crime, Drastic Fall, Charism …

    Price: Free admission, $6 parking per vehicle, menu prices vary; rides, games additional cost.

  15. Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade

    Editor's pick

    Sims Park

    West Pasco : 6341 Bank St., New Port Richey, 34652

    Up to 50 wildly decorated boats will parade down the Pithlachascotee River. This year's theme is "Celebrate Your Passion." Boats will be decorated to reflect the boat captain's passions. All decorations must be environmentally friendly. Prizes range from $150-$1,000. Protect the wildli …

    Price: Spectators free.

  16. 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. Come early for a pre-show.

    This week features a "Rock the '80s" themed show.

    Price: Free.

  17. Oldsmar Easter Egg Hunt

    R.E. Olds Park

    Oldsmar : 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar, 34677

    Children up to age 12 are invited to make a dash for more than 5,000 eggs filled with small toys, candy and a few special mystery prizes. All hunts will be broken down by ages.

    Price: Free.

  18. Downtown Saturday Morning Market

    Editor's pick

    Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field

    Downtown St. Petersburg : 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    More than 100 local vendors including farmers, growers with fresh produce and gourmet foods. Also, crafts, prepared foods, live entertainment, flowers and plants.

  19. Moms are Healthy Community Health Fair

    Miracles Outreach Community Development Center

    Tampa : 4501 E Hillsborough Avenue, Tampa, 33610

    A fun-filled fair includes prenatal nutrition, newborn care and more, plus free giveaways, food and household supplies.

    Price: Free.

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