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5 things to do with kids in Tampa Bay this week: June 7-13

Family movies for $1 are back at Regal theaters, SeaWorld and Universal have new attractions and a costumed soldier leads a battlefield walk.
"The Lego Movie," with Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks), Emmet Brickowski (voiced by Chris Pratt) and Batman (voiced by Will Arnett), is among the $1 movies offered in the Regal summer movie series.
"The Lego Movie," with Wyldstyle (voiced by Elizabeth Banks), Emmet Brickowski (voiced by Chris Pratt) and Batman (voiced by Will Arnett), is among the $1 movies offered in the Regal summer movie series. [ Warner Bros. ]
Published Jun. 7
Updated Jun. 7

1. Regal Summer Movie Express: Last year was a hard one for movie theaters as COVID-19 kept them quiet for a long stretch. But Regal movie theaters are bringing back their tradition of cheap movies in the theaters on summer weekdays. It’s just $1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays to see movies like Smallfoot (June 8-9) and The Lego Movie (June 15-16). The family-friendly series runs through Aug. 4 at Regal theaters at Largo Mall, Citrus Park Town Center in Tampa, Regal Park Place in Pinellas Park and Regal Hollywood, 6701 Cinema Drive, Port Richey. See regmovies.com for a lineup and movie times.

SeaWorld in Orlando has brought back its popular summer event, Electric Ocean, a nighttime event that features pyrotechnics, fire effects, lights and water fountains.
SeaWorld in Orlando has brought back its popular summer event, Electric Ocean, a nighttime event that features pyrotechnics, fire effects, lights and water fountains. [ SeaWorld ]

2. Electric Ocean: SeaWorld in Orlando has brought back its popular summer event, Electric Ocean, a nighttime event that features pyrotechnics, fire effects, lights and water fountains. There’s also a family-friendly dance party starting at 8 p.m. before the fireworks show. Viewings for the 10 p.m. show will be available around the theme park’s lake, including at Bayside Stadium. The event will start off being held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays this week. Starting on June 18, it will run daily through Aug. 8. Then, on Aug. 13, it goes back to Fridays through Sundays before concluding on Labor Day weekend on Sept. 6. The event is included with admission, which starts at $56.99 in advance at seaworld.com/orlando.

3. Movies Under the Stars: Gather the family and bring blankets and low chairs for an outdoor screening of School of Rock. Candy, snacks, drinks and popcorn will be available for purchase. Free. 7:30 p.m. Friday. Friendship Park, 164th Avenue and Second Street, Redington Beach.

The "Jurassic Park"-themed VelociCoaster officially opens June 10 at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando.
The "Jurassic Park"-themed VelociCoaster officially opens June 10 at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park in Orlando. [ KEVIN KOLCZYNSKI | Cortesía Kolczynski/Universal ]

4. Universal’s VelociCoaster: The VelociCoaster, the new Jurassic Park-themed coaster at Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, officially opens to the public Thursday. (Some guests got to ride the coaster during “technical rehearsals.”) VelociCoaster has 4,700 feet of track and reaches the highest height of any launch roller coaster in Florida. There’s also an 80-degree drop, and at one point the ride hits 70 mph in 2.4 seconds. Admission starts at $109 for Florida residents, and there are price breaks for multiday tickets at universalorlando.com.

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5. Battlefield Walk: A fully costumed soldier reenactor leads a historical tour of the Dade Battlefield Historic State Park in Bushnell with a stop at the cannon exhibit. $3 per vehicle. 10-11 a.m. Saturday. Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603, Bushnell. 352-793-4781.