Best things to do in Tampa Bay: John Cusack screening, a Disney star at Kids Day, Apollo landing celebrations

The 'Say Anything' star visits Tampa to show his iconic film, and Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the moon mission.
Published July 17
Updated July 18

SAY ANYTHING: John Cusack screening

Ranked by Entertainment Weekly as one of the greatest modern movie romances, Say Anything made a star out of John Cusack. The iconic image of him with a boombox over his head was a meme before we knew what memes were. Next week, Cusack will be at Tampa’s David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts to screen the film and talk about the making of Cameron Crowe’s directorial debut. The 1989 film follows the romance between Cusack’s Lloyd Dobler, an average student, and Ione Skye’s Diane Court, the class valedictorian, immediately after their graduation from high school. Filled with characters we recognize, and directed with a lot of heart, it remains one of the most popular films of Cusack’s career. In a recent interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Cusack addressed the famous boombox scene. “Once you saw how it played in front of a crowd a few times, yeah, I think you had a sense that it was going to be something people remembered,” he said. Read the full interview online or in Sunday’s Floridian. $53-$73. 7:30 p.m. July 24. 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. (813) 229-7827. strazcenter.org.

FAMILY FUN: Kids Day

Disney star Isaak Presley of Stuck in the Middle andNetflix’s Fuller House makes an appearance at this year’s Kids Day family festival, and teachers will benefit from the ticket sales and school supply drive at Raymond James Stadium. Adult admission is $5, but once inside, everything is free, from photos with the Buccaneer pirate ship, to an obstacle course, inflatables, cookiemaking station, interactive games, alligator attraction, appearances by numerous radio station jocks and simulated firefighter training. Bring school supplies to donate. A portion of ticket sales goes to the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 350-6500.

SPACE OUT: Apollo landing celebrations

On the morning of July 16, 1969, the world tuned in to watch a launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center as the Saturn V rocket soared into space. And Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the day Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon. In addition to official celebrations in Cape Canaveral, Washington and Houston, the Tampa Bay area is getting into the spirit.

• Great Explorations Children’s Museum will have space-related activities on the gallery floor that were created by the National Informal Science Institute and NASA. It’s included with admission from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. $10, $9 seniors. 1925 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 821-8992.

• Safety Harbor Librarywill have a Lunar Landing Party with talks, crafts and games for kids. Free. 11 a.m. Saturday. 101 Second St. N. (727) 724-1525.

• Tarpon Springs Public Library will screen the latest Apollo 11 documentary with never-before-seen footage and audio recordings. Free. 2 p.m. Saturday. 138 E Lemon St. (727) 943-4922.

• Tampa’s Museum of Science and Industry will celebrate with an array of science and space activities including rocket building and launching in the MOSI Science Park, space origami, space rover challenges and meteoroid challenges. Also, guest presentations, space-themed shows and a rebroadcast of the original moon landing. Guests are also invited to experience “One Small Step,” MOSI’s Apollo exhibition on display this summer. $12.95, $10.95 seniors, $7.95 ages 3-12. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 4801 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.

• Glazer Children’s Museumwill have a space-themed virtual reality session, space food and planet bracelets. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.

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