Time: 6-9 p.m. (Fri.) & 5-9 p.m. (Sat.) Date: Friday, August 31, 2012 & Saturday, September 1, 2012 Location: R.E. Olds Park Cost: FREE admission and parking; Expect to purchase tickets for carnival games and rides; Food concessions available for purchase on Saturday Info: (813) 749-1100; City of Oldsmar Website
This annual Labor Day festival kicks off on Friday night with carnival rides and games. The event continues on Saturday night with an evening of family fun and a fireworks finale:
— Live Music
— Pony rides
— Carnival rides and games
— Touch-a-Truck (5-8 p.m.)
— Fireworks (9 p.m.)
NOTE: You are encouraged to bring your own lawn chairs.
R.E. Olds Park
107 Shore Drive West
Oldsmar, FL 34677
Get the family together and get moving, stretching and exercising along with Highland Recreation fitness instructors and staff. Good fitness habits are as important as developing a habit of brushing your teeth everyday. What better way to promote exercise for our kids than to enjoy participating in a fitness event together, showing them how fun movement and exercise can be!
To make the day even more exciting, you’ll be able to score some FREE goodies, create healthy recipes, enjoy a FREE chair massage, learn stress reduction tips, and more. Now that’s a great way to enjoy what will likely be a soggy day!
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Date: Saturday, August 25, 2012 Location: Lake Jorgenson (Located behind the St. Petersburg Main Library) Cost: FREE (This event is open to the public; Register on event day) Info: (727) 893-7441 or Jim Belcher at (727) 823-8383; St. Pete Library Website Calendar Listing
City of St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation and the Civitan Club of St. Petersburg will host this annual end-of-summer event at Lake Jorgenson. The event kicks-off at 9 a.m. by honoring Dennis Crenshaw, a former high school teacher and advocate for youth outdoor recreation activities. The Fish-a-Thon officially begins at 9:30 a.m. with 9-to 15-minute fishing intervals. Prizes will be awarded throughout the event at the end of each fishing period.
NOTE: Everything is provided for the contest, including cane fishing poles and bait. Personal fishing equipment is not allowed. Close-toe shoes and sunscreen are strongly suggested.
(Located behind St. Petersburg Main Library)
3745 9th Avenue North
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
East Lake Community Library and East Lake Fire Department host this annual hose down on the lawn. Bring the kids to cool down! Wear swim suits and bring towels because it’s going to be wet!
East Lake Community Library
4125 East Lake Road
Palm Harbor, FL 34685
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Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Bloodmobile will be on-site from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; AFHM will be hosting Titanic artist Michael V. Ralph at 11 a.m. Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012 Location: Armed Forces History Museum Cost: $17.95/adult, $14.95/senior or veterans w/VA ID Card, $12.95/child (4-12), FREE/child (0-3), FREE for Active & Retired (20+ years) Military w/Military ID, $15.25 AAA rate Info: (727) 539-8371; AFHM Website
Bring the kids to the Armed Forces History Museum to interact with a variety of military vehicles and see presentations and drills by WWII reenactors from the 1st Infantry Division.
At 11 a.m., Michael V. Ralph, historian and artist of “Titanic – A Voyage in Art” will present the history of the Titanic. Ralph’s exhibit of 27 original acrylic paintings has been extended through August 27, 2012. The presentation is free with the purchase of a museum admission ticket.
Even Better! The Bloodmobile will be on-site from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and visitors who donate blood will receive complimentary admission to the Museum.
Armed Forces History Museum
2050 34th Way North
Largo, FL 33771
Time: Event will start around 11 a.m. and probably continue throughout the day until around 5 p.m. Date: Saturday, August 18, 2012 Location: Dillard’s at Westfield Brandon Mall Cost: FREE Info: (813) 653-4436
Head to Dillard’s Children’s Department this Saturday, where they will have supplies for kids to decorate their own school folders. There will also be a coloring contest.
Westfield Brandon Mall
459 Brandon Town Center
Brandon, FL 335
Crossover Church will be giving away 1,000 backpacks and school supplies to school children in the community during their annual Back-to-School event. You can register on Eventbrite to guarantee your child’s backpack. Backpacks will be available for children age 4-18, in pre-K through 12th grade.
NOTE: Follow the registration process and arrive no later than 1 p.m. the day of the event with your child to claim your child’s backpack and school supplies. Each child must be present to receive their backpack, even if they have been registered. One backpack per child. Supplies are limited.
In addition to the backpack giveaway, there will be many more freebies and activities for kids and families to enjoy, including:
— FREE gently used clothing
— FREE Groceries
— FREE haircuts
— FREE Food
1235 East Fowler Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612
Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Date: Saturday, August 11, 2012 Location: Henry B. Plant Museum Cost: Admission is FREE for teachers and their families with school ID Info: Call Sally Shifke, Museum Relations, at (813) 258-7302 or e-mail her at sshifke @ut.edu; Website
The Henry B. Plant Museum will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Day with FREE admission for teachers and their families (with school ID) on Saturday, August 11. Teachers will have the opportunity to:
— Explore the Museum
— Learn about exciting 2012-2013 Field Trip opportunities
— Enjoy an in-depth, self-guided audio tour
— Investigate the Museum’s new exhibit: “Japan and the Victorians”
— View the 14-minute historical video Tampa Bay Hotel: Florida’s First Magic Kingdom
About the Henry B. Plant Museum
The Henry B. Plant Museum is located near downtown, on The University of Tampa campus. The Museum interprets the turn-of-the-century Tampa Bay Hotel and the lifestyles of America’s Gilded Age. Critical to the success of this mission is the restoration and preservation of this National Historic Landmark, an opulent 1891 railroad resort, and the artifacts significant to its history, and the life and work of Henry Bradley Plant. The Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sundays from 12-5 p.m. (Closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.) Regular admission is $10/adult, $7/student and senior 65+ and students, and $5/child age 4-12.
Henry B. Plant Museum
(Located on the University of Tampa Campus)
401 West Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33606
Thanks for sending us your event information, Sally S.!
Schoolhouse Image courtesy of roseannapiter.com.
The Museum image is the property of the Henry B. Plant Museum.
Time: 4-7 p.m. Date: Tuesday, August 7, 2012; Wednesday, August 8, 2012 & Thursday, August 9, 2012 Location: See schedule below Cost: FREE Info:Website
Join the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando Counties, Inc. at the “Eat Smart for a Healthy Start” Back-to-School event. Learn about preschools and learning centers in your community, and Florida’s FREE VPK program for every 4 year old.
This event will take place on three nights in three different locations around Pasco and Herando Counties. Here’s the event schedule: — Tuesday, August 7: Brooksville Library — Wednesday, August 8: CDC Across from RCMA Childcare — Thursday, August 9: Rasmussen College
Even Better! The first 100 children at this event will get a FREE lunchbox with healthy snacks, school supplies and more.
Disclaimer: The information presented here is accurate to the best of my knowledge when I publish each event. However, event hosts can reschedule, change or cancel any event at any time. Consequently, I highly recommend both calling ahead and having a back-up plan.