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5 things to do with kids in Tampa Bay this week: Oct. 26-Nov. 1

There’s a free hay maze perfect for little kids and it’s the last weekend to ride the waterslides at Adventure Island.

1. Hay maze: Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota has set up a maze made of hay bales that is free and an ideal way to let little kids explore. The maze, which is adjacent to the park’s playground, will be up until after Thanksgiving. It’s all free. Park hours are 6 a.m.-8 p.m. through Halloween and 6 a.m.-6 p.m. starting Nov. 1.

This is the last weekend to take the family to play in the waterslides at  Adventure Island.
This is the last weekend to take the family to play in the waterslides at Adventure Island. [ Adventure Island ]

2. Adventure Island Closing: It’s the last weekend to take the family to play on the waterslides. Adventure Island closes for the season Nov. 1. $26.99-$60.99 (single day). 10 a.m-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. 10001 McKinley Drive, Tampa. 813-884-4386.

3. Weekend Wonder: On Friday, ages 7 and older can hunt for “magical” items throughout the Imagine Museum. Everyone completing the hunt gets a free glass treasure. Included with admission ($10-$15). 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday. Imagine Museum, 1901 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. 727-300-1700.

For a good Halloween activity you can do at home, join the Weedon Island Preserve staff for a virtual visit from the local rescue and rehabilitation organization Tampa Bay Bats as they talk about bat species found in Tampa Bay and around the world.
For a good Halloween activity you can do at home, join the Weedon Island Preserve staff for a virtual visit from the local rescue and rehabilitation organization Tampa Bay Bats as they talk about bat species found in Tampa Bay and around the world. [ "TRACEE STOCKWELL | TIMES" | Times (2019) ]

4. Bats and More Bats! For a good Halloween activity you can do at home, join the Weedon Island Preserve staff for a virtual visit from the local rescue and rehabilitation organization Tampa Bay Bats as they talk about bat species found in Tampa Bay and around the world. The program will include a showing of live bats that are cared for by Tampa Bay Bats. It’s free, but registration is required art weedonislandpreserve.org. 2 p.m. Wednesday.

5. Wesley Chapel Fall Festival: The 16th annual festival features carnival rides, games, and more than 60 local crafters. There’s a pet costume contest on Saturday and a Lil Miss and Mister Pumpkin pageant on Sunday. You’ll also find pumpkin painting, a hay maze and live music by The Black Honkeys, Jeff Vitolo, the Quarter Mile Rebels, Shevonne and more. Free, $10 concert area (rides additional). 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The Grove at Wesley Chapel, 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. 727-674-1464.

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