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5 things to do with kids in Tampa Bay this week Oct. 12-18

Take a train ride to a pumpkin patch, walk an elaborately decorated neighborhood for a Halloween hike or check out a virtual version of the MarineQuest science fair.

1. Pumpkin Patch Express: Enjoy the romance of a train ride on the restored historic trains in Manatee County. And this one takes the family to a nearby pumpkin patch where kids are invited to pick their own pumpkin to take home. Everyone is also invited to participate in the hayride, Lincoln Logs building, crafts and other activities offered at no additional charge. The event will operate at 50 percent capacity. To maintain social distance, only window seats will be sold, but groups can use unsold aisle seats within their seating area. Mask requirements are based on the Manatee County mask ordinance at the time of the event. $14.50-$32.50. Trips are at 10 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 25. Florida Railroad Museum, 12210 83rd St. E, Parrish. Toll-free 1-877-869-0800.

2. Euclid/St. Paul’s Haunted Hike: This annual Halloween event will be a little different this year. Residents in the Euclid/St. Paul’s neighborhood in St. Petersburg have decorated their homes as if it’s “The Last Halloween on Earth.” There won’t be tickets or tour guides, food or activities. This year’s haunted hike is at your leisure running now through Oct. 31. On Saturday, there will be live walk-by sideshows for viewing only. You can find maps to the decorated homes that can be downloaded at espna.org, or pick one up Saturday at the welcome station at 13th Street and 13th Avenue N. Free. It is held 5:50 to 8:30 nightly near St. Paul Catholic Church, 1800 12th St. N, St. Petersburg.

MarineQuest has annually made a fun day for kids with lots of science-oriented exhibits and activities. But MarineQuest is going virtual this year. Families can learn about fish and wildlife as Fish and Wildlife Conservation scientists provide interviews, behind-the-scenes footage of fieldwork and a look inside laboratories at the research institute. [ KEELER, SCOTT | Times (2013) ]

3. MarineQuest 2020: There would normally be hundreds of families swarming the campus of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront this weekend. MarineQuest has annually made a fun day for kids with lots of science-oriented exhibits and activities. But the science fair is going virtual this year. Families can learn as Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission scientists provide interviews, behind-the-scenes footage of fieldwork and a look inside laboratories at the research institute. Throughout the day, you can watch videos of biologists who study Florida panthers and seabirds, rescue corals, monitor alligator populations and more. Find it on the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute Facebook page and YouTube channel. Free. Activities 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

A Florida Fish & Wildlife biologist shows a bay scallop to visitors at MarineQuest in 2013. There would normally be hundreds of families swarming over the campus of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in downtown St. Petersburg’s waterfront on Saturday. Instead, MarineQuest is going virtual this year. [ CARLI SEGELSON, FWC | Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission ]

4. Chalktober Fest: Every week, artists are creating chalk masterpieces in front of Clearwater and Clearwater Beach businesses and attractions. Each weekend moves to a different neighborhood. This week features downtown Clearwater so head to the 400 block of Cleveland Street to see the chalk art. The work starts Thursday morning with pieces scheduled for completion by noon Saturday.

5. HarvestMoon’s Flashlight Nights & Haunted Trail: Take a flashlight and walk the not-so-scary corn maze on the Hernando County farm with your family. Then, the brave at heart can venture into the Haunted Trail to see if they can survive “the swamp.” Advanced ticket purchase recommended. Walkup availability limited. $19.95, 2 and younger free. 7-10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Get tickets at harvestmoonfl.com/flashlight-maze. HarvestMoon Fun Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. Toll-free 1-800-373-4811.

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