Free and Cheap Family Fun
Summer's getting hot, but our finances are not. Here's some free and cheap things to do in the meantime.
It's the weekend that we celebrate dads and there are plenty of ways to show him you care. If you're looking for something to do, here are some events -- some cheap, some not -- that will make any dad feel appreciated. There are offers at Lowry Park Zoo and a celebration at Mote Marine Aquarium. And if you're looking for last-minute gift ideas, check out the Deal Divas, these food ideas and outdoor gift possibilities. But whatever you do, don't forget to tell him Happy Father's Day.
Earlier this month, we put up a post about the free and cheap kid movie deals throughout the summer. Well, a fun, free movie is coming up at the St. Petersburg Pier on Saturday. Dr. Doolittle: Million Dollar Mutts will show on an inflatable screen at dusk at the Pier. Jammies are recommended for the little ones so that you can put them right into bed when the movie ends.
Sunday is Go Skateboarding Day and skate parks around the Tampa Bay area are jumping in with contests and cash prizes to lure out the dudes in baggy board shorts and their hot wheels. The Skate Park of Tampa is organizing a skate from the Bro Bowl to the corner of Ashley and Kennedy in Tampa, with $5,000 in prizes up for grabs starting at noon. Over in Clearwater, the best trick wins cash from 10 a.m. to noon at Ross Norton Recreation Complex, 1426 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Clearwater. $5. At the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, there will be live music by Ramble and a contest starting at noon. It's free. There will be cash prizes at Fossil Park from 2 to 4 p.m. and a Best on Any Obstacle challenge at 6635 Martin Luther King Jr. St N, St. Petersburg. $5. (727). Largo Skate Park will have a free competition, prizes, live music and food from 5 to 8 p.m. at 400 Highland Ave. Cash prizes and a Best on Rail/Double Set challenge is 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Skate Park at Lake Vista Park, 1401 62nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $5. And Dad Skates for Free all day Sunday at the USA Skateplex, 5313 E Busch Blvd. Tampa. And during the Family Fun Skate from 6:30-9 p.m., dad can score a free soda.
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery when the news of President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation finally reached slaves in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865 more than two years late. It is now a celebration that promotes the African-American experience. Celebrate freedom and Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation at the annual Juneteenth Family Festival, which features speakers, entertainment by Guta Sounds and Alfred Sheppard's N-Version, wellness and pampering, arts and crafts, carnival games, community service exhibitors and more. This free event is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday at Campbell Park, 601 14th St. S, St. Petersburg.
In East Hillsborough, fans are flocking to a speedway for remote control cars. At Mango Park, 11717 Clay Pit Road, Seffner, races are at 6 p.m. the first Saturday of every month; gates open at noon. On the second and fourth Sunday of every month at 11 a.m.; gates open at 8 a.m. Race entry is $10 Saturdays, $15 Sundays; spectators get in free. For more information, call (813) 463-8258.
Go out and make it a fun weekend. And to all the Poppas who read our blog, Happy Father's Day!
By Sharon Kennedy Wynne and Sherry Robinson