5 things to do under $5 in Tampa Bay: Flying lessons for kids, cheap summer movies

This week also brings a huge RV expo to the fairgrounds, local music talent and an art show focused on pets.
Published June 5

1. Young Eagles Flight Rally: Kids 8 to 17 can get a free, 15-minute plane ride with an experienced pilot to explore the world of aviation. Each young “pilot” gets one-on-one time with the fliers to learn how airplanes work and how safety comes first. Weather will be monitored; check eaa282.org for possible cancellation. You can also register in advance at the website. 8 a.m.-noon Saturday. Clearwater Airpark, 1000 N Hercules Ave. (813) 765-2204.

2. Cheap summer movies: Both AMC and Regal have cheap weekday showings of family-friendly movies this summer. Regal theaters will have $1 movies at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday. Some of the films include How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, Smallfoot and Despicable Me 3 at Regal’s locations in Citrus Park, Pinellas Park and at Largo Mall. Find the lineup at regmovies.com. For the AMC Summer Movie Camp, every Wednesday at 11 a.m. kids can munch on a KidsPack while watching a family-friendly movie for $4 at Centro Ybor 10 in Tampa and Palm Harbor 10. amctheatres.com.

3. Tampa Bay Summer RV Show: The huge Florida RV Trade Association expo returns and this year will have everything from the smallest folding tent camper to the largest motor homes on the market. There will also be displays on campgrounds, camping clubs, RV resorts, RV financing and insurance to get ready for vacation season. $5, $4 for first responders, 16 and younger free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Florida State Fairgrounds, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa.

4. Live and Local at the Straz: A great way to see some rising stars on the Tampa Bay music scene is this series of free performances on Tampa’s Riverwalk next to the fountains. From 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, it’s acoustic artist Jarrod Barefoot. At 6 Saturday, it’s Eden Shireen, who plays an eclectic blend of pop, indie and folk. The 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Land O’Lakes was a 2015 Florida Grammy Showcase finalist. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa.

5. Woof, Meow, Chirp and Slither: Florida CraftArt is hosting an art show that focuses on how artists interpret the world of pets. It will have everything from fine craft art creations to 3-D portraits, artful storytelling and functional items for pets and their humans. You can meet the artists at the opening reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday. The gallery also has a lineup of fun and educational programming during the exhibit’s run through Aug. 10. The mayor will be there June 13 to talk about the city’s pet-friendly initiatives, and local shelters will bring in some furry friends. On Aug. 3 there will be a panel of experts for Ask a Pro, followed by a Yappy Hour. Free. 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. floridacraftart.org.

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