Arts & Entertainment




  1. Matthew Berry of Clearwater rests a Teddy Ruxpin stuffed bear on an oak tree  in the front yard of his home on Friday in Clearwater's Woodgate neighborhood, which is one of many area neighborhoods which have exploded with bears in the windows and on front porches and lawns so the kids can count them while on walks, bicycle rides or car rides at a safe social distance. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Times]
  2. With both offices and schools closed because of coronavirus concerns, parents can learn some tips from homeschoolers on how to manage the day. [Times (2019)]
  3. Find a solitary path, such as the Tampa Riverwalk, to get a mental health break and some exercise. Just be careful of social distancing or you could find these public spaces shut down. [Tampa Bay Times (2014)]
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  5. Florida's theme parks have been shuttered by the coronavirus and Universal Orlando Resort has said the closure will extend until April 19. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  6. The Tropic Cinema on Eaton Street right off Duval, was empty on March 22. [GWEN FILOSA  |  Miami Herald]
  7. Is there a rest stop in Florida, or all of America, with a better view than the one at the south end of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge?  SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
  8. Dog "Mo" sits on the front seat of a car with his owner in a supermarket parking lot. [Martin Meissner | AP]
  9. Nile river boat MS River Anuket docks in the city of Luxor in southern Egypt on March 7. The ship, carrying some 100 mostly foreign tourists was under quarantine after 12 people tested positive for the new coronavirus. [MAGGIE MICHAEL  |  AP]
  10. Legoland Florida Resort in Winter Haven. [Times (2011)]
  11. Busch Gardens in Tampa is one of 12 theme parks owned by SeaWorld Entertainment that will be closed as of Monday for the rest of March because of coronavirus concerns. [LUIS SANTANA  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  12. St. Petersburg's Erika Stanley, below, took this photo of her nearly empty flight to London from Tampa International Airport. [Courtesy of Erika Stanley]
  1. Tampa's Adventure Island, across the street from Busch Gardens, will debut Solar Vortex to the public on March 14. [Adventure Island]
The sun rises over the air field while balloons are prepared for flight at the Up Up and Away Florida Hot Air Balloon Festival at the Sun 'n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland in February. [MARTHA ASENCIO RHINE  |  Times]
  3. A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse is seen in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Florida tourism officials say cases of the new coronavirus are having little visible impact on the theme park industry so far. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  4. Mar. 9• Arts & Entertainment
    The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will return this weekend to kick off the IndyCar season. [SHADD, DIRK  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  5. This Disney ear hat will go on sale for $78 on Friday to mark the opening of Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railway at Disney's Hollywood Studios. [DISNEY  |  Disney]
  6. Francesca Caropepe, a Swamp Monster contest favorite for a number of years, is now the official mascot of the Weeki Wachee Swamp Festival, which will return this weekend. [Weekie Wachee Swamp Festival]
  7. Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway officially opens Wednesday, March 4 in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The first ride at any Disney park themed around Mickey Mouse promises to break new ground for theme-park technology as riders feel like they are riding through a cartoon. [WALT DISNEY WORLD  |  Walt Disney World]
  8. The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival, which runs March 4 to June 1, will feature dozens of character topiaries and floral displays. [Walt Disney World]
  9. Drew McIntyre will wrestle for the WWE championship at WrestleMania on April 5, 2020, at Tampa's Raymond James Stadium. [WWE]
  10. A statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse stands in front of the Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista. [JOHN RAOUX  |  AP]
  11. A mystery billboard. A Tampa photographer's journey. A cruise to the Bahamas. Here's what leap day means to Floridians. [Clockwise from left: Times archives, Amie Santavicca and screenshot from]
  12. Paella and other seafood offerings will be offered at the SunWest Crab and Shrimp Festival this weekend in Hudson. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times (2018)]