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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer

Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Sharon Kennedy Wynne is a Tampa Bay Times writer and editor who focuses mostly on events and fun Things To Do. A lifelong St. Petersburg resident, she has been a journalist since 1988 and joined her hometown Times in 1994. She is married and has two sons.

Phone: (727) 893-8595


Twitter: @SharonKWn

  1. Review: Raunchy and relatable 'Bad Moms' embraces imperfect parents (w/video)


    Bad Moms taps into the growing rejection of motherhood as something precious, a state of being so delicate that few can really achieve or even deserve.

    Like the bedtime book Go the F--- to Sleep and its marvelous recording by Samuel L. Jackson or the Free Range Kids blog (like chickens, kids are happier when not caged in), the movie from The Hangover writers Jon Lucas and Scott Moore calls a foul on sanctimommy refs. ...

    Celeb moms Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn play stressed out regular moms who just need to let loose in Bad Moms.
  2. MOSI teaches kids the science of sport with indoor Olympic challenges


    As the world gets ready for the Olympic Games to open Aug. 5, Tampa's Museum of Science and Industry has created indoor versions of some favorite events. And the museum is sneaking in some science lessons in the daily event it calls the MOSI Summer Games.

    With 11 events including indoor archery, tests of speed and reaction time and exercises for the brain, MOSI has transformed its play space into the Olympicene Village (pronounced "Olympi-seen," it is a real molecule that looks like those famous five rings)....

    Malia Ramsey, front, and Amelia Bugge play on the balance beam during MOSI’s Summer Games.
  3. Plan your weekend: Pitbull, Hunter Hayes at the Rays, Naked Magic Show


    Plan your weekend


    Naked Magic Show: They've got their wands up and nothing up their sleeves — and little else on, either — at the Naked Magic Show returning to the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa this weekend. Comic stripper-magicians Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne, an Australian duo, were inspired by the movie Magic Mike to create a cheeky magic show that combines their acts with naughty humor. The saucy show for 18 and older is at 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Ferguson Hall. Tickets are $35-$45, $65 VIP. (813) 229-7827.

    Hunter Hayes
  4. 5 things to do under $5: Bucs training camp, free show from DJ Elephante, 'Inside Out' by the pool


    1Bucs and the Bulls: Football is coming, and this week you can get a look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camps and hear what the University of South Florida head coach has to say about the coming season for the Bulls. The public is invited to a series of free admission Bucs practices with discounted concessions, merchandise tents, appearances by Bucs cheerleaders and Captain Fear and autograph sessions for children. There's also a kid zone with interactive football skills stations and other family-friendly activities at One Buc Place in Tampa from 8:45 to 10:50 a.m. Saturday. Starting Saturday, you can also see them practice at that time every day through Aug. 9 and also Aug. 13, 15 and 24. For college fans, there will be a free Bulls Rally 1-4 p.m. Saturday at Capogna's Dugout, 1653 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater. Join other Bulls fans to hear head coach Willie Taggart share his outlook for the upcoming season. A question and answer and autograph session with current and former players, Taggart and USF Athletic Director Mark Harlan follows. ...

    This is an isolated closeup of an American Football
  5. Things to do planner: Naked Magic Show, Hunter Hayes at the Rays



    On Saturday after the Rays play the Yankees, stick around for a free post-game concert by Hunter Hayes. The country-rock-blues singer was hailed as the next coming of Brad Paisley in 2012 when he won the Country Music Association's New Artist of the Year award and a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. He now has three No. 1 singles to his name in Wanted, Somebody's Heartbreak and I Want Crazy. The game starts at 6:10 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field. Field access passes are available at Sunday is Family Fun Day and kids get to run the bases at a post game DJ Kitty dance party with mascot appearances. Kids 14 and younger get a free Rays backpack at the 1:10 p.m. Sunday game. And on Monday, when the team plays the Royals, it's Military Monday, meaning two free tickets for all active-duty military, veterans and dependents of military personnel for the game at 7:10 p.m....

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  6. Take it Outside Planner: Hunt for shark's teeth, bass fishing, lessons from Brooker Creek



    It might seem unnerving how many shark's teeth you can expect to find walking on Caspersen Beach in Venice. The Sarasota County shoreline is a prime spot for shelling, as well as canoeing, kayaking, fishing and walking the nature trails through coastal mangroves. But it's the prehistoric, fossilized shark's teeth, many dating back more than 20 million years, that are real prize to be found. The best time to search is in the early morning in an area that claims the title of the "Shark's Tooth Capital of the World." Venice is a sleepy beach town 60 miles south of Tampa, worthy of a quick getaway, especially if you have a boat....

    Venice Beach is a well-known hot spot for finding shark's teeth and is a great place to watch the sun sink into the Gulf. (Photo by Willie Howard)
  7. 5 things to do under $5: Night of Protest Poetry, Dollar Pool Night, Tampa Bay Home Show


    1A Night of Protest Poetry and Poetry of Witness: Florida's poet laureate, Peter Meinke, right, and other poets, spoken word artists and institutional leaders join Sunday for poetry readings, photo exhibits, music and live painting. The outpouring is in memory of those killed in the police ambush in Dallas and also the separate fatal shootings of two black men that sparked protests around the country. Meinke and at least a dozen other poets and writers are gathering "in a unified call for human rights in America," event organizers said. It runs 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 323-1104. Donations will be accepted at the door....

    Peter Meinke, Lucky Bones
  8. Things to do Planner: Metrocon, Straight Outta Oz, Snooty the manatee's birthday


    ANIME ACTION: Metrocon

    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. Now Florida's largest anime convention, Metrocon has grow into a four-day extravaganza where more than 12,000 attendees are expected to dress in costume and do some serious shopping. There will also be artists, a video game room, comedy shows, an anime human chess match at noon Saturday and Sunday, a Fire Show on the Riverwalk at 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and lots of cosplay. Voice actors Cristina Vee and Robbie Daymond will sign autographs and talk about their experiences in creating the world of Sailor Moon Crystal. Also signing autographs: Kirby Morrow, who is best known as Goku from Dragon Ball Z, Cyclops from X-Men: Evolution and Michelangelo from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Tickets are only available at the door now: $10-$40 for children 12 and younger, $30-$70 for single and multi-day tickets. Schedule at It starts at noon Thursday and at 10 a.m. Friday through Sunday with events running into the wee hours at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St., Tampa. (813) 517-1171. ...

    The crew from Turn Up Furs of Orlando pose for a photo at MetroCon 2014 Anime Convention at the Tampa Convention Center.
  9. Take it Outside Planner: Withlacoochee State Forest, finding butterflies, mini lobster season begins


    SPOTLIGHT: Withlacoochee State Forest

    The sprawling forest of 155,000 acres north of Brooksville is Florida's second largest state forest, one that the World Wildlife Fund declared one of the "top 10 coolest places you've never been in North America." It contains the Withlacoochee State Trail, one of the longest paved rail-trails in Florida that's great for cycling and walking. ...

    Atala butterflies are plentiful during July.
  10. Amalie Arena getting a free 'beach' made of opaque balls; no sunscreen required (w/video)


    TAMPA — Imagine a simulated ocean of translucent bubbles crashing onto a white turf carpet beach inside Amalie Arena.

    Sound fun? The bubbles, or more accurately more than a million plastic balls, arrive next month.

    The idea was hatched last year when a stunning collection of balls that was the hit of the summer at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., caught the fancy of Penny Vinik, wife of Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik. She made it her mission to bring Beach DC to Tampa Bay. ...

    Vinik, wife of Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik, made it her mission to bring the simulated ocean of translucent bubbles to Tampa. The Beach Tampa exhibit is coming to Amalie Arena Aug. 5-25, and it will be free thanks to the Vinik Family Foundation.
  11. Theme park news: Busch Gardens holds a Pokémon event, Kong ride opens at Universal


    As we enter the height of vacation season, Florida's theme parks continue to roll out new attractions, including the official opening of the King Kong ride at Universal Orlando and a new lush Caribbean-themed hotel and some lures for Pokémon Go players.

    Meanwhile, Busch Gardens is having a casting call for scare actors for Howl-O-Scream, and Disney is already looking ahead to the fall and spicing up its International Food and Wine Festival at Epcot with its Eat to the Beat concert series....

    Universal's Islands of Adventure surprised visitors Wednesday with the official opening of its newest mega attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong. (Universal Orlando)
  12. Six local attractions to highlight a staycation around Tampa Bay


    While visitors spend thousands of dollars to vacation in Tampa Bay, many locals haven't taken the time out of their busy schedules to see some of the best sights in the area.

    We can help.

    Here are six suggestions to help Tampa Bay residents get out of a regular routine and plan a staycation with visits to our attractions. It will help with choices next time your family and friends hit town, plus you just might begin to feel a little smug about having the good sense to live close to some of the most popular down-time draws in the country. ...

    Shop and enjoy a Greek salad and more at the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks
  13. Plan your weekend July 15-17: Dierks Bentley, Mud Wars, Jon Lovitz, Bret Michaels at the Rays


    Plan your weekend


    Dierks Bentley: The country music superstar, left, brings his Somewhere on a Beach Tour with Randy Houser, Cam and Tucker Beathard opening the show. 7 p.m. Saturday at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $27-$51.75. (813) 740-2446.


    Bret Michaels after Rays game: The Tampa Bay Rays summer concert series continues this Saturday with Poison front man and reality show stalwart Bret Michaels, ready to talk dirty to fans at the Trop. The concert follows the Rays versus Baltimore Orioles at 6:10 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field. It's free with a game ticket, though you can purchase a field wristband for $20.

    NEW YORK, NY - JULY 10: Bret Michaels performs at "FOX & Friends" All American Concert Series outside of FOX Studios on July 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)
  14. King Kong's reign begins as Universal opens Skull Island ride


    Universal's Islands of Adventure surprised visitors Wednesday with the official opening of its newest mega attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong.

    The Orlando theme park has been tight-lipped about when the enormous ride would open, even though it has let riders on intermittently for "technical rehearsals" for weeks.

    After Al Roker showed viewers on the Today show Wednesday morning what to expect when they board a 40-foot-long, 17-ton expedition vehicle to navigate the foreboding terrain of King Kong's home turf, the park officially opened the ride for full-time operation....

    Universal's Islands of Adventure surprised visitors Wednesday with the official opening of its newest mega attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong. (Universal Orlando)
  15. 5 things to do under $5: Kids Day, Pokemon turns 20, stars of 'Moonshiners'


    1 Pokémon party: It began with playing cards tucked neatly inside plastic sleeves, then as a franchise for the original Game Boy. Pokémon has blown up the Internet with the new app for smartphones. Now Pokémon is firmly a pop culture icon, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year just to make you feel old. Barnes & Noble will celebrate with games, photos with characters and giveaways at 213 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, starting at 4 p.m. Saturday. Free. (813) 871-2228. ...

    Competitor Jeffrey Chang from Washington state, reviews his hand, as he competes for a last chance qualifier spot in the Pok?mon trading card game for the 2014 Pok?mon World Championships in Washington, Friday, Aug. 15, 2014.     (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)