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5 things to do with kids in Tampa Bay this week: Feb. 8-14

The sky is the artwork at a Sarasota museum, Busch Gardens celebrates Mardi Gras, and you can show off your chalk art skills.
James Turrell's "Joseph's Coat" is a permanent installation in the courtyard of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. Viewers experience a subtly changing sky overhead during the day and as the sun sets and the sky darkens. Shifting LED lights surround the aperture in the ceiling.
James Turrell's "Joseph's Coat" is a permanent installation in the courtyard of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota. Viewers experience a subtly changing sky overhead during the day and as the sun sets and the sky darkens. Shifting LED lights surround the aperture in the ceiling. [ Courtesy of the Ringling Museum of Art ]
Published Feb. 8

1. Joseph’s Coat: Skyspace: This might not be something Type A personalities can appreciate, but this permanent exhibit by artist James Turrell at Sarasota’s Ringling Museum of Art invites people to gaze up at the sky through a 24-foot square aperture in the ceiling. At sunset, a sophisticated system of LED lights is employed to change the color of the space. “As you gaze up at the sky through the 24-foot square aperture in the ceiling, you are invited to contemplate light, perception and experience,” the museum says. As background, Turrell in recent years is an artist whose Skyspaces, which are pieces of architecture that have a section of the roof removed for celestial viewing, have been celebrated by critics. He had three major retrospectives going simultaneously at the Guggenheim Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, so he’s an artist worth noting. Yoga mats are encouraged. Dress for outdoor conditions because it is an open window to the sky. Arrive 30 minutes before sunset. The program lasts an hour. Admission is $10 for the 5:55 p.m. showing nightly at Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. 941-359-5700.

R.E. Olds Park in Oldsmar will have a Sidewalk Chalk Day. Pick out a square and make a masterpiece.
R.E. Olds Park in Oldsmar will have a Sidewalk Chalk Day. Pick out a square and make a masterpiece. [ PHIL TRAYNOR | Phil Traynor ]

2. Sidewalk Chalk Day: Bring the family, grab a piece of chalk and claim your square to create a masterpiece on the sidewalk. There will be some chalk on hand, but you are better off to bring your own and then tour the other creations when done. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. R.E. Olds Park, 107 Shore Drive W, Oldsmar. 813-749-1152.

3. Tampa Theatre Virtual Cinema: Enjoy Tampa Theatre’s virtual cinema series from the comfort of your own home. A $12 ticket is good for a five-day pass to see a film and support the historic theater. After unlocking the film you can view it at tampatheatre.org or on apps on Roku, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. Some films to consider include The Reason I Jump, a 2020 documentary that explores the neurodiversity of autistic people around the world. Or check out PJ Harvey — A Dog Called Money, a 2019 documentary that takes you on an intimate journey through the production of a PJ Harvey record. Available through Thursday. 813-274-8286.

Busch Gardens has been celebrating Mardi Gras every weekend with themed food and drinks at 10 kiosks, popup parades, a bead garden and Zydeco music. It runs longer this week as Fat Tuesday approaches, with open-air festivities and French Quarter flair from noon until the park’s close Friday through Feb. 16, which is Mardi Gras.
Busch Gardens has been celebrating Mardi Gras every weekend with themed food and drinks at 10 kiosks, popup parades, a bead garden and Zydeco music. It runs longer this week as Fat Tuesday approaches, with open-air festivities and French Quarter flair from noon until the park’s close Friday through Feb. 16, which is Mardi Gras. [ Tampa Bay Times (2012) ]

4. Mardi Gras: Since mid-January, Busch Gardens has been celebrating Mardi Gras every weekend with themed food and drinks at 10 kiosks, popup parades, a bead garden and Zydeco music. It runs longer this week as Fat Tuesday approaches, with open-air festivities and French Quarter flair from noon until the park’s close Friday through Feb. 16, which is Mardi Gras. Social distancing and masks are required. Included with admission. Food/drink additional. 10165 N McKinley Drive, Tampa. 813-884-4386. buschgardens.com.

5. Train Spring Parking Lot Swap Meet: Train collectors will bring their trains in all gauges and accessories to swap and sell in the parking lot at Zitnik Trains. Free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday. 5193 73rd Ave. N, Pinellas Park. 727-201-9668. zitniktrains.com.