Top things to do: Disney on Ice, American Girl Live, Tiny Home Festival and more

You'll be able to walk on Sesame Street at SeaWorld and in the Lego Movie Land at Legoland starting March 27.
Published March 20

TAKE THE KIDS: Disney on Ice, American Girl Live

Two shows this week aim to keep the kids happy.

Ellenton-based Feld Entertainment is making use of high-tech projection mapping to transform the ice floor for Disney on Ice: Dare to Dream. Moana voyages onto the ice for the first time in a live show, and hosts Mickey and Minnie Mouse will take the audience on an expedition across raging seas and snow-covered mountains with characters from Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, Tangled and Cinderella. Come early to meet Miguel from Pixar’s Coco in a special sing-along guest appearance. $18 and up for eight shows running Thursday through Sunday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 301-6500.

American Girl Live, based on the popular line of books and dolls, brings the characters to life in a musical set in a sleepover camp. The book series and its accompanying 18-inch doll is second only to Barbie when it comes to fan devotion. Kids are welcome to bring an American Girl doll to the show. In the story, six campers arrive at sleepover camp with their dolls in tow, of course. Through songs, the summer unfolds with tales of bravery, from stories of dolls set in pioneer times to World War II. 2 and 5 p.m. Sunday. Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $38-$48.

BIG HIT: St. Pete Tiny Home Festival

They may be wee, but love is large for the St. Pete Tiny Home Festival. Last year’s inaugural festival drew around 3,000 people to St. Petersburg College’s Allstate Center, so this year more than two dozen itty-bitty houses were added to help reduce long lines. The homes are 100 to 400 square feet, according to the Tiny House Society, with average prices of $46,000 for one on wheels to about $119,000 for one with a foundation. The festival will feature 30 tiny homes, Skoolies (converted buses) and converted vans, as well as speakers and workshops, food trucks and mobile boutiques. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 3200 34th St. S, St. Petersburg. $15, $20 two days; free 12 and younger. (727) 637-5586.

THEME PARKS: Sesame Street, Lego Movie World TO open

Two highly themed lands aimed at younger kids debut next week.

Stroll down Sesame Street at SeaWorld in Orlando when it launches March 27. The new 6-acre land is a life-sized replica of the iconic PBS show’s street, with the famous stoop at 123, Hooper’s Store and Big Bird’s Nest. A daily parade, wet and dry play areas, rides, and an interactive neighborhood with Elmo, Cookie Monster, Abby and their furry friends are planned. The new land arrives just as the award-winning children’s television series celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Alaya High, the 12-year-old hip-hop artist known as That Girl Lay Lay, will perform a concert inside Lego Movie World for the opening day festivities March 27 at Legoland in Winter Haven. She’s the freestyle rapper in Catchy Song, the viral hit from The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part. Ceremonies to welcome the land begin at 9 a.m., when the new section based on The Lego Movie opens with rides and a play area. Similar to Soarin’ at Epcot, Masters of Flight suspends riders aboard Emmet’s Triple Decker Couch surrounded by a full-dome virtual screen, giving the sensation of flying through a Lego world. And Unikitty’s Disco Drop is inspired by Unikitty’s many moods. It takes riders to the top of Cloud Cuckoo Land, and then spins, drops and bounces back to the ground below.


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