March is Teacher Month at Dinosaur World

Dinosaurs at Dinosaur WorldTime: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Date: Month of March
Location: Dinosaur World
Cost: FREE for teachers; Regular admission applies for non-teachers
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Hey, teachers! Now it’s your turn to get something FREE, and to enjoy some time with your kids! For the whole month of March, teachers get in FREE with a teacher I.D. This is a great learning environment to gather material and take it back to the classroom.

Address:
Dinosaur World
5145 Harvey Tew Road
Plant City, FL 33565

The Disney Store Celebrates 25 Years of Magic and Memories!

Red balloonThroughout the month of March to celebrate the store’s 25th Anniversary with a variety of fun events and giveaway opportunities. Here’s what’s planned:

FREEBIE!
Disney Store Quest
Time:
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012
Location: The Disney Store
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Kids are invited to search the store for hidden images of Mickey Mouse and his friends in order to unlock the secret code. Upon completion, children will receive a prize.

Even Better! It’s Platypus Day as well! Children are invited to celebrate undercover operative Agent P and receive a FREE top-secret gift, while supplies last.

Address:
Locate a Disney Store near you.

The Disney Store
Brandon Town Center Mall
550 Brandon Town Center Mall
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 661-2004

The Disney Store
International Plaza
2223 NW Shore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 870-0467

The Disney Store
Westfield Countryside
27001 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 791-8876

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Craft Celebration
Time:
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, March 10, 2012
Location: The Disney Store
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Kids can make a festive party hat to help celebrate Disney Store’s 25th anniversary.

Address:
Locate a Disney Store near you.

The Disney Store
Brandon Town Center Mall
550 Brandon Town Center Mall
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 661-2004

The Disney Store
International Plaza
2223 NW Shore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 870-0467

The Disney Store
Westfield Countryside
27001 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 791-8876

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Trivia Game & Dance Party
Time:
10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, March 17, 2012
Location: The Disney Store
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Kids will have the opportunity to test their Disney knowledge and play fun dance games. All participants will receive a prize.

Address:
Locate a Disney Store near you.

The Disney Store
Brandon Town Center Mall
550 Brandon Town Center Mall
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 661-2004

The Disney Store
International Plaza
2223 NW Shore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 870-0467

The Disney Store
Westfield Countryside
27001 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 791-8876

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Stickermania & Storytelling
Time:
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, March 24, 2012
Location: The Disney Store
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Kids are invited to The Disney Store to make a Disney Store party story using stickers.

Address:
Locate a Disney Store near you.

The Disney Store
Brandon Town Center Mall
550 Brandon Town Center Mall
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 661-2004

The Disney Store
International Plaza
2223 NW Shore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 870-0467

The Disney Store
Westfield Countryside
27001 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 791-8876

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FREEBIE!
Happy 25th Anniversary Disney Store!
Time:
10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Location: The Disney Store
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
The first 250 Disney Store guests will receive FREE Mickey Ears in celebration of this special day! The celebration continues all day with store-wide savings.

Address:
Locate a Disney Store near you.

The Disney Store
Brandon Town Center Mall
550 Brandon Town Center Mall
Brandon, FL 33511
(813) 661-2004

The Disney Store
International Plaza
2223 NW Shore Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33607
(813) 870-0467

The Disney Store
Westfield Countryside
27001 US Highway 19 North
Clearwater, FL 33761
(727) 791-8876

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Note: All Disney Store events are limited per session based upon store capacity. The minimum age for participation is 3 years. No lineups are allowed prior to 30 minutes before event begins. Events are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Call store for more information.

Chick-fil-A Leap Year Giveaway

Chick-fil-A Leap Year GiveawayTime: Before 10:30 a.m.
Date: Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Location: All participating Tampa Bay area Chick-fil-A restaurants
Cost: One FREE Chick-fil-A Chick-N-Minis (4 count)
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Celebrate Leap Year! Stop by any participating Tampa Bay area Chick-fil-A restaurant on Wednesday, February 29 before 10:30 a.m. and receive one FREE Chick-fil-A Chick-N-Minis (4 count).

Address:
Locate a Chick-fil-A restaurant near you.

2012 Florida State Fair “National Salute to Veterans Day” … Enjoy FREE Admission After 4 p.m.

Time: FREE admission begins at 4 p.m.; Cracker Country: until 6 p.m.; Expo Hall, Florida Center, Special Events and Livestock: until 9 p.m.; Midway: until 11 p.m.
Date: Monday, February 20, 2012
Location: Florida State Fairgrounds
Cost: FREE admission for everyone; Tickets cost $1 each, with rides averaging around 5 tickets; Ride bands run around $30
Info: WebsiteFerris Wheel

What’s Doing?
Want to bring the kids to enjoy the State Fair, but find that it’s just too expensive, what with rides, games, food, drinks and souvenirs on top of the price of admission? On the final day of the Fair, everyone can get FREE admission, which can help make the rest of the costs more bearable.

Many shows, attractions and strolling entertainment take place daily that are FREE to enjoy, plus there are animals to visit and Cracker Country to explore. Avoiding rides and Midway games will significantly reduce the cost of going to the Fair, but if you just can’t get away without them, then the FREE admission will at least help.

Address:
Florida State Fairgrounds
4800 US Highway 301 North
Tampa, FL 33610

Image: Photography by BJWOK / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

IHOP National Pancake Day is February 28, 2012

IHOP FREE short stack of pancakes on National Pancake DayTime: Hours vary by location
Date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Location: IHOP
Cost: FREE short stack of Buttermilk pancakes (Guests are asked to consider leaving a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals© and other designated local charities)
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Since beginning its National Pancake Day celebration in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly $8 million to support charities in the communities in which it operates. On February 28, you and your family are invited to celebrate National Pancake Day at IHOP and enjoy a FREE short stack of Buttermilk pancakes.

Address:
Locate an IHOP near you.

Thanks, Deirdre!

T.A.S.C.O. Free After-School Technology Programs PLUS! A Valentine’s Day Dance for Teens

Laptop on a pile of booksWhat’s the Freebie?
T.A.S.C.O. Center for Teen Technology (Teen Arts, Sports & Cultural Opportunities) offers FREE after-school technology programs for teens in grades 6 through 12. Programs include:
— Digital photography
— Graphic arts
— Videography
— Audio
— Computers

These courses are designed to introduce teens to different media techniques and then progress to hands-on learning experiences. Participants use digital cameras, camcorders and computers. Although no tests are given, teens receive handouts to refer back to, and the practical application of what they learned is applied throughout the course. A “Family and Friends Night” is held at the close of each program to recognize and showcase the class accomplishments.

Call (727) 892-5877 for information on the Teen Technology Center programs.

A Little About T.A.S.C.O.
T.A.S.C.O. is operated by the City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department, and offers a variety of positive youth development programs for teens in grades 6-12. The range of activities offered by T.A.S.C.O. includes athletic, educational and entertainment programs, as well as special events and dances.

Image: renjith krishnan / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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HeartT.A.S.C.O. Teen Valentine’s Day Dance
Time:
7 p.m.
Date: Saturday, February 11, 2012
Location: J.W. Cate Recreation Center at Northwest Park
Cost: $10/person includes dinner
Info: (727) 892-5060; Website

What’s Doing?
T.A.S.C.O. is hosting their annual semi-formal to formal Valentine’s Day party for teens in grades 6-9. The event will include dancing to tunes spun by a DJ, live entertainment, a Wii competition, photo booth, games and a best-dressed competition.

Address:
J.W. Cate Recreation Center at Northwest Park
5801 22nd Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710

Click here
for a list of other Valentine’s Day events happening in the Bay area!

Celebrate National Frozen Yogurt Day with FREE Yogurt!

Yogurtland is celebrating National Yogurt Day with FREE yogurt!Time: 4-7 p.m.
Date: Monday, February 6, 2012
Location: Yogurtland
Cost: FREE
Info: Contact numbers for individual locations are posted below.

What’s the Freebie?
Yogurtland is celebrating National Frozen Yogurt Day on February 6 with FREE frozen yogurt at more than 160 Yogurtland stores across the country. Be sure to bring family and friends to help them celebrate from 4-7 p.m., as customers will receive a 5-oz. cup of frozen yogurt for FREE!

Address:
Yogurtland (Tampa)
14379 North Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33618
(727) 525-1796

Yogurtland (Largo)
10500 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771
(727) 525-1796

Yogurtland (St. Petersburg)
4946 Fourth Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33703
(727) 525-1796

Valentine’s Chocolate Bar Making Party

Valentine's Chocolate Bar Making Party at City Street SweetsTime: 12-8 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Location: City Street Sweets
Cost: FREE to attend and FREE scoop of ice cream for everyone; $10.95/chocolate bar
Info: (813) 251-6764; Website

What’s Doing?
Each month City Street Sweets offers a new opportunity to visit their shop and make a custom chocolate bar. What a great way to say “I Love You” or “You’re Super Sweet” to someone special on Valentine’s Day!

Young children will need assistance from a parent or caregiver, but all ages can have fun building their own custom creation. Choose milk, dark or white chocolate for your bar, and then select items to add in. Children can fill the mold with the items they choose, and then tap the mold to spread distribute the chocolate. There will even be special toppings to choose from for Valentine’s Day.

Even Better! City Street Sweets is giving everyone a FREE scoop of ice cream. YUM!

Address:
City Street Sweets
Hyde Park Village
1605 Snow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606

Looking for Valentine’s Day events kids can enjoy, too? Look no further. We’ve got a page full of them!

FREE Computer Training and Computer for Teens

** CORRECTION: The certification the kids will receive is called “IC3” **

Typing on a computer keyboardWhat’s the Freebie?
Computer Mentors Group Inc. is currently accepting applications for admission into their FREE youth computer training program. Computer Mentors Group, Inc. is a non-profit service organization comprised of computer professionals and others interested in the future job opportunities of disadvantaged youths. They are dedicated to encouraging and guiding youth toward careers in the computer industry.

Who is eligible?
Kids age 14-18 living within Hillsborough County who would like to earn their own FREE computer as they learn computer technology are invited to apply for this program.

How the Program Works:
There is a one-time $20 registration fee. Each student will be offered a computer training course in computer hardware and software, whereby they can gain a desktop computer of their own. After completing the initial 3-month course and earning an IC3 Certification, the students may continue into our Advanced Youth Program where students will earn incentives while providing a service-based project to community non-profits. Even Better! All students who continue past the first three months successfully will be engaged in service-learning projects until high-school graduation as they perform projects for Tampa Bay non-profits!

When Do Classes Meet? Classes meet from 6-8 p.m. one night per week and are held at the Computer Mentors Group Training Lab. Enrollment is open, and kids can start any time.

Upcoming Orientation Dates:
— January 25, 2012: 5:40 p.m.
– February 1, 2012: 5:40 p.m.

For more details, or to participate in an upcoming workshop, please call (813) 236-1191 between 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday. According to Ralph Smith, Executive Director & Founder of Computer Mentors Group, they don’t exclude anyone and will continue accept new applicants until they reach capacity (60). At that point they will start a waiting list.

Address:
Computer Mentors Group Training Lab
2802 East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Suite F
Tampa, FL 33610

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Keyboard: Image: PANPOTE / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

City Street Sweets Chocolate Pirate Shipwreck Party

City Street Sweets Chocolate Pirate Shipwreck PartyTime: 12-8 p.m.
Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Location: City Street Sweets
Cost: FREE Caramel Apple CraZapple; $10.95/person to make your own custom chocolate bar
Info: (813) 251-6764; Website

What’s Doing?
Dress like a pirate or wear your pirate beads to receive a FREE Caramel Apple CraZapple at City Street Sweets during their Chocolate Pirate Shipwreck Party! Aarrrgh!

Guests also have the opportunity to create their very own chocolate bar, with special pirate toppings to choose from this time. We took our little ones to make custom candy bars for their Dads this past Father’s Day, and they both had a lot of fun choosing their ingredients and taping the chocolate tray to spread out the chocolate. (Small children will need a parent to assist.)

Address:
City Street Sweets
Hyde Park Village
1605 Snow Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606

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