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Free and cheap things to do with your kids

Downtown St. Pete will be jumping this weekend, especially Saturday with the stellar music lineup of Taste of Pinellas, the free live painting event on grounds of the museum of history and a parade. But there's more wallet-friendly fun to be found this week. Read on:

The Art on the Bay Live Painting Event is shaping up to be a massive explosion of art and community pride on Saturday. More than 62 artists, including painters, sculptors, potters, jewelry artisans, fiber artists, body artists and more will participate in this live event held on the grounds of the St. Petersburg Museum of History on the city's waterfront. Live music provided by Ronny Elliott, and food vendors will be available on site. It starts at 11 a.m. Saturday at 335 Second Ave. NE , St. Petersburg. Free.

Formerly known as the Festival of States Parade, the daytime All Children's Hospital Parade, right, marches along St. Petersburg's downtown waterfront bringing floats, bands, clowns and grand marshal Tampa Bay Ray's mascot Raymond. It's all part of Taste of Pinellas weekend and features current patients and "graduates" of All Children's Hospital. The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in front of the Mahaffey Theater on Bayshore Drive and will continue down Bayshore to the Vinoy and turn east on 5th Ave NE for a block, ending at the entrance to Taste of Pinellas in Vinoy Park. For more on Taste of Pinellas look here. Tickets are only $10.

Everyone gets into the Lowry Park Zoo for 5-spot on Sunday because it's $5 Day at the Zoo. It gets crowded on these deal days so get there early to visit all your favorite animals. Lowry Park Zoo opens at 9:30 a.m. at 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa

Help clean up the beach on Saturday and get a free breakfast from Panera Bread. Join Adopt-a-Shore volunteers on the beach behind the Don CeSar Beach Resort and Spa to clean p the area between the Don and Sirata Beach Resort. They will be providing all the necessary clean up tools. All volunteers get free breakfast and a volunteer shirt. RSVP by emailing so they can have a head count, and be there by 8 a.m. Saturday for this Keep Pinellas Beautiful event. Free.

The free outdoor Friday Extra Concert Series goes retro this week with popular '80s cover band Rubix Cubed, who will rock the Lowry Park Bandshell with songs from the Go-Go's, The Cure, Madonna, Simple Minds and other mega-hits of the '80s. The show opens at 7 p.m. with Undercover Band, 7525 North Blvd., Tampa. Free.

On Friday, catch some rays with the Rays Watch Party on the beach. The Tradewinds kicks off its watch party series on Friday with the Rays and Marlins on a big screen on the beach and 620-AM WDAE broadcasting a live pre-game show for a Rays Watch Party. Parking is $10 at the Island Grand and at the neighboring Sandpiper Suites (normally $15). Coupons for $10 (normally $30) for unlimited slide passes will also be distributed. The game starts at 7 p.m., Tradewinds Island Grand Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach.

Pull up a blanket and catch the Sunset Cinema in the park to watch The Karate Kid, starring Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, on a traveling outdoor 50-foot inflatable screen as part of a movie series presented by Tampa Theatre. The movie is Saturday at 8:30 p.m. at Al Lopez Park, 4810 N Himes Ave. Free. Call (813) 274-8286.

Run for the finless dolphin on Saturday. At Winter's Family Beach Fest, runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels are invited to a weekend long event that includes a welcome/packet pick-up party on Friday, a 15K and 5K run or 1-mile run/walk Saturday, (jogging strollers and iPod/MP3 players welcome). Go home after the race and come back around sunset for a beach party at Pier 60 with live music by Suite Caroline, an awards ceremony and a sunset movie. It all benefits the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and the Challenged Athletes Foundation. The Saturday race is at 7:30 a.m., Clearwater Marine Aquarium, 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. $15-$45. (727) 441-1790;

On Sunday, the Toy Story gang glides in, The toys will travel to the Forum and beyond beyond when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the rest of the Toy Story gang bring Disney on Ice: Toy Story 3 to Tampa. The gang will try to escape monstrous toddlers from Sunnyside Daycare and race for home at 1 and 5 p.m. Sunday at the St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive. The show also includes memorable moments from Toy Story and Toy Story 2. Tickets are $15 to $75. Call (813) 301-2500 or visit

A documentary film brings motherhood into focus. The Pinellas chapter of the National Organization for Women invites is hosting a screening of the film Mothers's Day by local filmmaker Diane Mason, a former reporter for the St. Petersburg Times who lives in Sarasota. The documentary explains the true meaning of Mother's Day as created by Julia Ward Howe - creating peace - and chronicles a Code Pink antiwar protest day in Washington D.C. on Mother's Day, 2006. It includes interviews and speeches by Susan Sarandon, Medea Benjaimn, Cindy Sheehan and others, including mothers of fallen soldiers who died in Iraq. Director Diane Mason will be on hand to answer questions. It's free Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Girls' Inc., 7700 61st St. N, Pinellas Park.

This weekends is Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Bring blankets, low lawn chairs or towels to plop on Clearwater Beach and watch free movies. Concessions for sale. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk. Friday features the PG-rated film Adventure's of a Teenage Dragon Slayer. 7 p.m., Pier 60, 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach. Free. (727) 434-6060;

--Sharon Kennedy Wynne

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Posted by Sharon Wynne at 6:00:00 am on May 19, 2011