Top things to do this week in Tampa Bay: Impractical Jokers, Monster Jam, Sesame Street at Busch Gardens

The pranksters of TruTV's show, Sesame Street Pirate Party, an aquarium deal and Monster Jam returns.
Published January 30

GOTCHA: Impractical Jokers

The pranksters from the popular TruTv series Impractical Jokersbring their live show to the Yuengling Center on their Cranjis McBasketball Comedy Tour. They make fun of each other and show video clips, including hidden camera challenges done exclusively for the live tour. The show has charmed fans for seven seasons because the jokers are the ones in an embarrassing spot instead of the unsuspecting public. On the show, people are asked to do embarrassing stunts. If they don’t have the nerve, they get a punishment, like teaching sex education in a class that includes their own parents. $49-$349. 8 p.m. Tuesday. Yuengling Center (formerly USF Sun Dome), 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Toll-free 1-800-745-3000. yuenglingcenter.com.

SECOND SHOT: Monster Jam

It was just about a month ago, Jan. 12 to be exact, that Monster Jam rolled its fleet of 12,000-pound monster trucks down a specially built track at Raymond James Stadium. The adrenaline rush of giant trucks rolling over lesser vehicles and popping wheelies on 5-foot tires is so popular in the Tampa Bay area that since 2010, the show has returned for a second run. The show’s visit in January caused some rumbles when the Tampa Bay Times revealed that Feld Entertainment, owner of Monster Jam as well as Disney on Ice and other family-focused shows, had quietly stripped images of guns and gun names from its monster trucks in 2017. The NRA called it bowing to “antigun snowflakes,” but it appeared few Monster Jam fans even noticed the change. Fan favorites like Grave Digger, Maximum Destruction (or Max-D to fans), Monster Mutt Dalmatian and the mighty horned El Toro Loco will race on the track and compete in the freestyle competition to wow the crowd with their best tricks. Come early to tailgate and get pictures with trucks and drivers in the Party in the Pits, 2:30-5:30 p.m. before the 7 p.m. show Saturday. Ford dealers have free Pit Party passes while supplies last. 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. $15-$185. Toll-free 1-800-745-3000. monsterjam.com.

SUNNY DAY: Sesame Street Pirate Party Weekends

Elmo, Cookie Monster and the rest of the crew at Busch Gardens will be decked out in pirate gear for Sesame Street Pirate Party Weekends. The park’s preschool play area, Safari of Fun, will have pirate character dance parties, themed story times, a treasure scavenger hunt with beads and photo opportunities. 11:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. weekends through Feb. 10. Included with admission, which starts at $79.99 online. Admission is free for kids 5 and younger if you register online for a Preschool Card. 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. (813) 884-4386. buschgardens.com.

HALF OFF: Winter’s Tail-Gate Weekend

In honor of Super Bowl weekend, guests wearing any National Football League attire to the Clearwater Marine Aquarium get half-price admission for Winter’s Tail-Gate Weekend. And on Friday, you can watch as Nicholas the dolphin predicts the Super Bowl winner at 11 a.m. The price break is in honor of Winter, the dolphin with the prosthetic tail made famous in the Dolphin Tale movies. Offer is valid Friday through Sunday at the ticket office, which opens at 10 a.m. Admission is regularly $24.95, kids 3-12 $19.95, seniors $22.95. 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater. (727) 441-1790. seewinter.com

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