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

Among the sights at SeaWorld's Sesame Street will be Mr. Hooper's store. [SeaWorld Orlando]
Published Mar. 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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  1. Visit Artpool in St. Petersburg to find a costume and stay for their Halloween Bash on Saturday, featuring visual art, burlesque, a runway show and music. Photo by Marc Anthony Smith
    Big Halloween parties and more murals are going up around St. Petersburg, plus Post Malone, Wynonna and comedian Bill Engvall will be on local stages.
  2. On Sunday, Zac Brown Band will perform at Tampa's MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre. Courtesy of Diego Pernia
    Sing along to Zac Brown Band in Tampa, attend Open Streets St. Pete or stuff your face at Tampa’s Taste of Latino.
  3. Thunderstorms are expected this weekend in Tampa Bay, prompting the cancellation of several outdoor events. CHRIS URSO  |  Times (2014)
    MarineQuest and the St. Petersburg Science Festival have canceled their popular Saturday activities.
  4. Chad Mize, left, and Jay Hoff in front of the "Pride and Love" mural they completed with LGBTQ youth as part of this year's Shine Mural Festival. Courtesy of Annie West Ellzey
    The Shine Mural Festival continues in St. Petersburg, ‘Rocky Horror’ star Barry Bostwick hits Tampa Theatre and ZZ Top performs with Cheap Trick in Tampa.
  5. Susan Kelly of West Palm Beach puts the finishing touches on her "Harry Potter" chalk art at the Clearwater Beach Chalk Art Festival in 2017. LUIS SANTANA  |  Times (2017)
    Peruse the chalk art festival in Clearwater Beach, ‘The Last Podcast on the Left’ visits Tampa Theatre and taste the Flavors of the Gulf at John’s Pass.
  6. Billy Joel will return to Tampa for his Feb. 7 show at Amalie Arena. Times (2016)
    Billy Joel, Graham Nash, the Queers, Andrea Bocelli and more.
  7. The 53rd-annual Rattlesnake Festival will be held Oct. 19-20 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City. The weekend event, kicks off with a prelude concert featuring the Bellamy Brothers on Friday, and raises money for the Thomas Promise Foundation. The foundation provides meals for Pasco County school children who do not have regular access to nutritional meals on weekends when school is not in session. "LUIS SANTANA  |  TIMES"  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The annual festival offers a family-friendly outing while raising money to feed school children in need.
  8. Boys II Men perform during at the Grammy Museum gala tribute concert in 2013 in Los Angeles. PAUL A. HEBERT  |  Invision/AP
    The Clearwater Jazz Holiday and Hillsborough County fair open, plus the Morean Arts Center presents the “Picture My Life” exhibit and silent auction.
  9. Universal Studios team members walk through the Universal Monsters haunted house at a preview of Halloween Horror Nights 2019. SEBASTIAN ROJAS  |  Courtesy of Universal Orlando
    There are lots of parties this week for both kids and adults, as well as many pumpkin patches.
  10. Hauntizaar, hosted at St. Petersburg venue the Studio@620, will feature Frank Strunk III's Little Creep series of toothy metal smiles on Saturday. Courtesy of Frank Strunk III
    Plus, Zen Glass presents Pendant Palooza and a streetwear popup shop hits Mergeculture Gallery.