H2O Expo 2011

Kids swimming illustration
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2011
Location: USF St. Petersburg Pool
Cost: FREE
Info: Jean Shoemaker (727) 767-8581; Website

What’s Doing?
Moms and Dads, bring the kids out for a fun day at the pool, and have a blast learning about water safety at the H2O Expo, sponsored by All Children’s Hospital, Florida Safe Pools.org and the University of South Florida-St. Petersburg. When I spoke with Jean from All Children’s this morning, she said they are all getting very excited for this event and are busy working on last-minute details. It should be a lot of fun!

Event activities include:
– In-pool child swim evaluations for kids 2 year and up by Certified Swim Instructors
– Fun water fitness activities for teens
– Refreshments (Hot Dogs grilled by USFSP BBQ Club)
– Healthy cooking demos for dids
– FSPA Pool Vendors
– Prizes
– Water games for kids of all ages (2 years – Adult)
– Resources and guidance for water safety or swimming lessons

A number of organizations will be involved, including St. Pete Fire and Rescue, Pinellas County Health Department, All Children’s Fit4Allkids, USGS, FMRI, ParentGuide Magazine. And adding to the festivities will be a special appearance by Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Brooke Bennett!

USF St. Petersburg Pool
140 7th Avenue South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

H2O Lucky Duck Race

Rubber Ducky
Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Ducks will be released at approximately 3 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2011
Location: Safety Harbor Marina
Cost: Adopt a Duck for $10
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
The Duck Race is a fundraiser event for two local non-profit entities: The Magic Beans Village (a non-profit therapeutic horseback riding program for the disabled and special needs operating on a 10 acre farm in Safety Harbor), and The Safety Harbor Museum (a regional museum and non-profit organization whose mission is the preservation of over 12,000 years of history and priceless artifacts that are maintained and displayed for current residents and the generations to come). To support these two causes, 6,000 rubber ducks will be released into the Tampa Bay waterway, and if you are a lucky duck, you can win one of 8 guaranteed cash prizes (totalling $6,200) and a chance to win $1 Million. Click Here for FAQs and details on the $1 Million.

In addition to the race, spend quality time with your family enjoying live music, food, vendors and a children’s area.
Adopt a duck for the H2O Lucky Duck Race 2011
How can I adopt a duck?
You can visit their website or call Duck Central at (727) 412-8522. Ducks will also be sold at 3rd Fridays in downtown Safety Harbor from 6-10 p.m. and on the day of the race, if they have not sold out prior to Race Day. There are a limited number of ducks — 6,000 in fact. Once all 6,000 ducks have been sold, adoptions will close.

Safety Harbor Marina
110 Veterans Memorial Lane
Safety Harbor, FL 34695

2011 Rap River Run (5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk)


2011 Rap River Run
Time: Race Starting Times: 1 Mile: 7:30 a.m.; 5K: 8 a.m.
Date: Saturday, June 11, 2011
Location: Sims Park
Cost: New in 2011: Family Discounts (Family Discount EXPIRES May 31, 2011)
– Individuals: 5K: $20 early/$25 after June 1; 1 Mile: $15 early/$20 after June 1
– Families of 4-5: $15 for 5K/$11.25 for 1 Mile
– Families of 6+: $14 for 5K/$10.50 for 1 Mile
(Be sure to follow the instructions on their website to get the family discount!) You can choose to either print/mail your Registration Form, or register online.
Info: website

What’s Doing?
This event is a family run/walk, with both a 5K and 1 Mile courses. All finishers receive a medal, and the top 3 in all age groups receive awards. In 2010 there were 15 age groups, with children divided into 3 groups: age 9 and under, age 10-14, and age 15-19. Here is an overview of event details (be sure to check the website for all details and race rules!):
– Packet Pickup At the Packet Pickup Party: Friday evening June 10 at Sims Park (4 p.m.-8 p.m.); On Race Day: 6 a.m.-7 a.m.
– Runners/Walkers Premiums All participants will receive a T-shirt, and goodie bag. Awards are 3 deep in all categories. All finishers receive a finisher’s medal.
– Race Timing 5K will be on the Ipico Chip Timing System

All proceeds from the event benefit Youth and Family Alternatives’ Rap House, serves Pasco County’s runaway, abused, neglected and at-risk youth ages 10-17. They are also collecting running shoes at this event.

Sims Park (Downtown New Port Richey)
6400 Circle Blvd.
New Port Richey, FL 34652

MarineQuest 2011

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011
Location: Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
Cost: FREE admission and parking (available in the University of South Florida St. Petersburg parking garage)
Info: (727) 896-8626; Website
MarineQuest kids with shell
What’s Doing?
MarineQuest offers events for all ages, including hands-on activities that will help younger visitors learn about the fascinating marine life in our oceans. Kids can touch sharks and rays, horseshoe crabs, sea stars, spiny lobsters, and other marine critters commonly found in Florida’s waters. Through the age-old practice of “gyotaku,” or fish printing, they can create their own artwork. Kids can also have their faces painted, learn how to make marine-related origami fish and whales, put together a manatee skeleton, and more:
– Tour the facility
– Listen to presentations for all ages
– Visit and speak with local organizations

Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 Eighth Ave. SE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701

2011 Spring Sunflower Maze

2010 Sunflower Maze at Sweetfields Farm
Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Date: May 7-8, 14-15, 21-22 & 28-29, 2011 and June 4-5, 2011 (NOTE: Dates may be added or deleted depending upon the condition of the maze)
Location: Sweetfields Farm
Cost: $8.50 adults/$4.50 children (3-11)/FREE children (0-2); Admission to the maze DOES NOT include the price of any U-pick produce (NO ATMs, NO credit cards, NO checks; CASH ONLY!)
Info: Call the farm at (352) 279-0977 for current U-pick crops; Website

What’s Doing?
This years Spring maze will cover 5 acres of sunflowers, much like a corn maze. You will enter at a starting point, and make your way through the paths in search of the exit. Throughout most of the maze, the flowers will stand anywhere from 8- to 10-feet tall. This special event also includes hay rides. Fresh produce will be available for purchase, or you can opt to pick your own. And you are welcome to bring a picnic for your family to enjoy in the picnic area.

What Should You Bring?
– Camera, sunscreen
– Comfortable walking shoes (not dress shoes, sandals or flip flops )
– Dress appropriate for the local weather (You will be outside)
– Cash (credit cards and checks will not be accepted, and there is no ATM)
– Also, children 18 years old and younger should bring a parent, because you MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Sweetfields Farm, Inc.
17250 Benes Roush Road
Masaryktown, FL 34604

StatMed Urgent Care Family Fun Fest

Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2011
Location: StatMed Urgent Care Largo
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 386-4114

What’s Doing?
StatMed Urgent Care is hosting a fun family day that will include face painting, fingerprinting for children, a craft table where children can create a special Mother’s Day gift, games (Spinning Wheel contest, Lollipop Lottery, and more), and a drawing for a free sports physical. Additionally, informational handouts will be available to help educate families on first aid situations such as sting ray attacks, dehydration and other health issues. And the staff will be available to meet with visitors, offer insight on various topics, and provide a tour of the facility (if requested).

What is StatMed Urgent Care?
StatMed Urgent Care offers a team of emergency medicine trained practitioners and nurses to treat serious medical needs, as well as everyday occurrences. Service is available 7 days a week, and no appointment is necessary; walk-in’s are always welcome.

StatMed Urgent Care Largo
1033 West Bay Drive
Largo, FL 33770

Spring Social at The Gingerbread Cottage

The Gingerbread Cottage in Wesley Chapel, FL
Time: 4-9 p.m.
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011
Location: The Gingerbread Cottage
Cost: FREE
Info: (813) 770-7876

What’s Doing?
The Gingerbread Cottage is a new gift shop located between Publix and Bealls in Shoppes at New Tampa of Wesley Chapel. Wendy O’Neal, owner of The Gingerbread Cottage, is hosting a Spring social with FREE food, music and prizes. Heart and Soul Karaoke will be on site to provide entertainment, and unique wings and other finger foods will be provided by Garlic Press Catering.

The Gingerbread Cottage
1836 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Wesley Chapel, FL 33543

3rd Annual Winthrop Art Festival

Winthrop Art Festival Logo
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Date: April 30 & May 1, 2011
Location: Winthrop Towne Centre
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
This is a FREE family event filled with art for viewing, food, music, and children’s activities. This 3rd Annual Arts Festival expects around 100 booths featuring artists and crafters, businesses, food vendors and charities. There will also be a Children’s Art Activity Center, hosted by Center Place and Brandon Sports Aquatic Center.

Winthrop Town Centre
11268 Winthrop Main St
Riverview, FL 33578

May FREE Family Movies

There are a lot of FREE family movies going on around town this season, so we thought we’d do a round-up of the various cinema series’ being presented outdoors, under the stars. Be sure to bring blankets and folding chairs! And if you know of any others, please leave a comment to let us know about it. Thanks!

Time: 7 p.m.
Date: Friday, May 27, 2011
Location: Largo Central Park
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 586-7415

What’s Doing?
Come on out and enjoy a screening of Alpha & Omega. Themed activities begin at 7 p.m., screening at dusk.

Largo Central Park
101 Central Park Drive
Largo, FL 33771

Fire Eater at Pier 60
Time: All movies start at approximately 8:30-8:45 p.m.
Date: Every Friday and Saturday night, weather permitting
Location: Pier 60
Cost: FREE; Popcorn and soft drinks are available for sale
Info: (727) 461-7732; Website

What’s Doing?
Sunsets at Pier 60 is a daily free family festival that includes artisans, crafters, street performers, musical entertainment and, of course, a beautiful sunset every night! Every Friday and Saturday night, you can also enjoy a FREE film screening. Bring a blanket or low sitting chair, and watch a movie on the jumbo screen.

May 7: Catch Me if you Can/ PG-13
May 13: Bugs Life/G
May 14: Pirate’s of the Caribbean: at World’s End/PG-13
May 20: Adventure’s of a Teenage Dragon Slayer/ PG
May 21: Nanny McPhee Returns/PG
May 27: Lilo & Stitch/G
May 28: Little Fockers/Edited Version/ PG-13

Pier 60
Clearwater, Florida



Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 7, 2011
Location: Land O’ Lakes Community Center
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Acme Outdoors Movies continues its FREE Movies in the Park series with Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Residents are invited to come out with their blankets and lawn chairs. The fun continues throughout April and into May with the rest of the Indiana Jones series.

Land O’ Lakes Community Center
5401 Land O Lakes Blvd.
Land O Lakes, FL 34639


Time: 8-9:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011
Location: Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry
Cost: FREE
Info: In case of bad weather, call for updates (813) 908-0787; Website

What’s Doing?
Chick-fil-A will be showing the family movie Ratatouille outside. All who attend will be offered a FREE kid’s ice cream. Please bring your lawn chairs and blankets out, as seating is limited.

Chick-fil-A at North Dale Mabry
15801 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.
Carrollwood, FL 33618


Time: 1 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Location: Tarpon Springs Community Center
Cost: FREE
Info: (727) 942-5628

What’s Doing?
The Tarpon Springs Recreation Department presents new release movies twice a month.
May 17: The Kings Speech starring Colin Firth

Tarpon Springs Community Center
400 S. Walton Ave.
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689

Acme Outdoor Movies logo
Time: Dusk
Date: Friday, May 20, 2011
Location: Westchase, Baybridge Park
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Acme Outdoors Movies continues its FREE Movies in the Park series with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. Residents are invited to come out with their blankets and lawn chairs. The fun continues throughout April and into May with the rest of the Indiana Jones series. Here’s what’s happening next:

Friday, June 10 — Hook

Baybridge Park
10017 Bridgeton Drive
Tampa, Florida 33626

Sunset Cinema Logo

Time: Gates open 6:30 p.m.; Movie starts 8:30 p.m.
Date: Saturday, May 21, 2011
Location: Al Lopez Park
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Sunset Cinema presents a FREE screening of The Karate Kid (2010 version).

Al Lopez Park
4810 N Himes Ave
Tampa, FL 33614


FREE Family Indoor Film Events
In addition to FREE outdoor family movies, the area Public Library Systems often offer FREE indoor family movies, so be sure to check your county’s library calendar of events to find out when and where they are taking place. Many of them include FREE snacks!

Hillsborough County Public Library
Tuesday, May 3, 2011 — (3-5:30 p.m.; Norma and Joseph Robinson Partnership Library @ Sulphur Springs) May the Force be with you! Come to the dark side and celebrate the beginning–May 1977. Checkout the “Star Wars” books, manga comics and watch the movie.
Friday, May 13 — (3:30-5:30 p.m.; West Tampa Branch Library) Friday Afternoon at the Movies with popcorn and surprises
Saturday, May 21 — (2-4 p.m.; 78th Street Branch Library) Family Film Program with FREE snacks provided
Saturday, May 28 — (1-3 p.m.; New Tampa Branch Library) Family Movie Matinee

Pasco County Public Library
Saturday, May 28 — (2-3:35 p.m.; Hugh Embry Branch Library) Family Movie Matinee with craft, popcorn and juice

Pinellas County Public Library
Saturday, May 21 — (2 p.m.; Tarpon Springs Branch Library) Movies @ Your Library Series presents Tron Legacy


This is a theatre production held outside in the park for families to enjoy:


*Note: This is NOT a movie, it is a local theater group production
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Date: May 4-5, 2011
Location: R.E. Olds Park
Cost: FREE
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and come on out for a FREE preview of Dragnet by a local theater group.

R.E. Olds Park Amphitheatre
107 Shore Drive W.
Oldsmar, FL 34677

Dunedin’s 10th Annual Touch-a-Truck Event

Dunedin's 10th Annual Touch-a-Truck Logo
Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011
Location: Dunedin Community Center at Highlander Park
Cost: FREE event admission; Parking is available for $2 (parking proceeds benefit the “Dunedin For Youth Scholarship Fund); Food and drinks for sale
Info: Website

What’s Doing?
The City of Dunedin Parks & Recreation Department proudly hosts this event, the largest event of its kind in the Southeast United States for two years now. You will find more than 150 vehicles on display, including police, fire and military vehicles, construction trucks, semis and boats. In addition to trucks, the event will also offer crafts, live music, BayFlite Landing, a PCSO K-9 Demonstration, a variety of foods will be available for sale, and many businesses will be providing giveaways and promotional items. To add to the festivities, there will be pony rides, games and crafts for the kids, as well as mascots from all over the state and region.

Dunedin Community Center @ Highlander Park,
1920 Pinehurst Road
Dunedin, FL 34698

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