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5 things to do with kids in Tampa Bay this week: April 5-11

It’s open season to pick blueberries, you can check out Oscar-nominated animated films and find a new play space at the Kennedy Space Center.
Wish Farms in Plant City has opened up its fields every Saturday for berry picking through May 1.
Wish Farms in Plant City has opened up its fields every Saturday for berry picking through May 1. [ JASON BEHNKEN | Tampa Bay Times (2013) ]
Published Apr. 5
Updated Apr. 5

1. Blueberry U-Pick: Grab a bucket. Wish Farms in Plant City has opened up its fields every Saturday for berry picking. Simply bring a container and pick as many blueberries as you want. It is $7 per pound to pick blueberries in the fields from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays through May 1. For information and a map to the farm, visit wishfarms.com/upick. 1301 S Frontage Road, Plant City. 813-752-5111.

2. Oscar Nominee Showcase: Tampa Theatre has lined up a series of Oscar-nominated pictures for viewing in the historic movie palace before the Academy Awards on April 25. The most family-friendly choices are the animated shorts. There are six show times now through April 23 to see nominees such as Burrow and Iceland’s Yes People, in which an eclectic mix of people face the everyday battle of work, school and dishwashing. Tickets are $13.50 evening, $11.50 matinee. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. 813-274-8286. Find show times at tampatheatre.org/movie-categories/oscar-nominee-showcase.

3. WrestleCon: If you can’t get tickets to WrestleMania at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, check out this fan convention with appearances by top wrestlers including Al Snow, Sgt. Slaughter, Victoria and Nzo. There also will be a Q&A. Three-hour sessions begin at 9 a.m. and include a branded WrestleCon face covering as a gift. $15. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. The Westin Tampa Waterside, 725 S Harbour Island Blvd. 813-775-2076. wrestlecon.com.

A SpaceX Falcon 9, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule, lifts off from Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Saturday, May 30, 2020.
A SpaceX Falcon 9, with NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken in the Dragon crew capsule, lifts off from Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Saturday, May 30, 2020. [ JOHN RAOUX | AP ]

4. Universal Mardi Gras: This is the 26th anniversary of the Mardi Gras festival at Universal Studios, and the event has expanded to include extended days through May 2. The celebration features more than 100 food offerings that include New Orleans-inspired dishes and dishes from Carnaval celebrations around the world, as well as the Big Easy bash in the streets, with dancers, stilt performers and photo ops with parade floats. (There’s no parade this year.) The Mardi Gras Tribute Store will pay homage to the legendary New Orleans jazz halls, a nautical cemetery and more. universalorlando.com.

5. Planet Play: Aspiring space explorers can discover planets and delve into galaxies at Planet Play, the latest addition to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex. Geared toward children ages 2-12, it has three levels connected by ladders, climbing nets and kid-sized staircases, which weave together the solar system’s planetary bodies. Hands-on activities allow children to help a spaceship take flight, craft digital racing rovers, connect constellations and more. Single-day admission tickets are $57 per adult and $47 per child ages 3-11. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Space Commerce Way, Merritt Island. kennedyspacecenter.com.