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Free Food at Chick-fil-A on Labor Day

August 31, 2008 By: Laura Category: Dining, Events No Comments →


This Monday Chick-fil-A restaurants in the Tampa Bay area are giving away free food!  There is a small catch.  You have to wear something with a logo of your favorite football team to receive the new 3 piece Chick and Strip.  It is a lot easier to wear a hat or shirt than it is to dress up as a cow!  In the Tampa Bay area there are about 28 restaurants, so there is probably one near you.  This is a great deal, if you want to buy a drink or side the prices are pretty reasonable.  There is no requirement to buy anything else, you just have to a football team logo on something that you are wearing.  Enjoy not having to make a meal on Monday!

Gecko Fest at Gulfport Saturday

August 30, 2008 By: Laura Category: Events 1 Comment →

Courtesy of Gecko Fest 

Celebrate the end of summer and Labor Day weekend in Gulfport along Beach Blvd today during their annual Gecko Fest from noon to 10pm.  Gecko Fest is an a whimsical combination of a family-oriented Mardi Gras, Renaissance Faire, and British Loony Parties gone Gecko. This free event will have street performers, 3 stages for entertainment and vendors selling food, drink and all sorts of unique wares. Join the parade which starts at 6pm and wear your best Gecko inspired costume, prizes will be awarded! At 8pm, there will be street dance where all ages can enjoy themselves. Last years Fest had an estimated 15,000 people so get ready to have fun with a lot of other people. Gulfport is a small artsy waterfront town between St. Petersburg and St. Pete Beach on the shores of Boca Ciega Bay. It is a place that evokes the welcome of old Florida with yearlong activities and places to visit. Gulfport has many award winning restaurants and shopping that particularly showcase the work of local artisans. It also has a professional 170 seat theater, a refurbished 1920’s style Casino Ballroom and dockage to bring your boat in for the day or evening to visit.

South Florida Football vs. Tennessee-Martin Saturday at Raymond James

August 29, 2008 By: Laura Category: Events, Sports 1 Comment →

Courtesy of the University of South Florida 

Come out and support USF Bulls football this Saturday at the season opener at Raymond James stadium.  Kickoff is at 7pm.  USF returns 17 starters including their star quarterback Matt Grothe.  The Bulls were a great football story last year coming out of nowhere and getting ranked as high as No.2 in the nation after beating a couple of other nationally ranked teams.  This year they are ranked No. 19 in some polls and have been predicted to win the Big East conference.  This is great way for football fans to start out the season and also a good time to have a tailgate party!  Although there is a 40% chance of rain on Saturday the high is predicted to be 77 degrees, prefect Florida weather for a football game.  Ticket prices are $10 to $40. Parking lots at the stadium will charge $10 and will open at 2pm.

Movies at MacDill AFB Movie Theater 29 & 30 Aug

August 28, 2008 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →

Picture of theater tickets 

If you don’t want to spend the money on gas to travel out of town this Labor Day Weekend, then there are some great movies playing this weekend at MacDill AFB.  On Friday and Saturday at 7pm, “Hellboy II: The Golden Army” is playing.  This movie is rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence and frightening images and has run time of 120 minutes.  In this sequel to the 2004 Hellboy movie after an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it’s up to the planet’s toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it’s time to call in Hellboy.  There is a Saturday matinee at 3pm with “Journey to the Center of the Earth” starring Brendan Fraser. This movie is rated PG for adventure action, and scary moments with a run time of 92 minutes. In this movie version of the classic H.G. Wells novel, science professor, Trevor Anderson’s unconventional hypotheses have put him on the fringe of the academic community. But during an expedition is Iceland, Trevor and his teenage nephew, Sean, accompanied by their beautiful local guide, Hannah, make a breakthrough discovery that launches them on a trilling adventure in to the unknown. As their journey takes them deep beneath the Earth’s surface they travel through never-before-seen worlds that bring them face-to-face with surreal and unimaginable creatures, stretching the bounds of the visionary scientist’s own imagination. Admission is $4 for patrons 12 years and older. Children 5-11 are charged $2 for admission. Don’t forget a large popcorn and two medium drinks is only $10!

Kid City, The Children’s Museum of Tampa

August 27, 2008 By: Laura Category: children, Events No Comments →

Courtesy of Kid City

Kid City in Tampa  near Lowry Zoo is dedicated to inspire children and families by creating learning opportunities through community, creativity, curiosity, discovery, diversity, friendliness, fun, imagination, and innovative play.  There are 16 kid sized exhibit buildings built to replicate a city including a fire station to learn about fire safety, doctor’s office, grocery store where you can shop for a nutritious meal, a fast food restaurant, a post office, city hall and a safety center.  Your children will love this place because of the interactive exhibits and child sized buildings.  Hours are Wed 9:30 – 2, Fri 9:30 – 2, Sat 9:30 – 4. It is also open Sundays and Mondays for field trips, special events and birthday parties only. There is free parking and picnic areas.  Admission is $5 for everyone 1 year and older.

Finding Child Care in the Tampa Bay Area

August 26, 2008 By: Laura Category: children, News No Comments →


If you’re new to the Tampa Bay Area and trying to find child care for the first time, then the MacDill AFB Resource & Referral Center can help you.  The Resource & Referral Center can assist you in finding on-base and off-base child care. The Resource & Referral Center maintains listings of on- and off-base licensed child care providers and accredited centers. All military and civilians attached to MacDill AFB can use the Center to find child care options.

Live Music Series at Old Hyde Park Village 27 Aug

August 25, 2008 By: Laura Category: Concerts, Events 1 Comment →

Photo courtesy of the De Lei’d Parrots

This Wednesday evening from 6pm to 9pm stop by Old Hyde Park Village and enjoy the Live Music Series.  The De Lei’ed Parrots will be performing to benefit Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful.  The De Lei’d Parrots have opened for Jimmey Buffet,  and The Drifters and have a sound that all Parrotheads will love!  The mission of Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful is to prevent litter, promote recycling and conservation, clean up and beautify our community through action, education, awareness and by fostering stewardship. KHCB achieves this mission by coordinating the Great American Cleanup, the Florida Coastal Cleanup, the Adopt-A-Road/Adopt-A-Shore programs, the annual Litter Index survey and community cleanups. More than 7,000 people in Greater Hillsborough County participated in volunteer programs sponsored by KHCB over the past year.  There are 3 free parking garages available and the show is at the fountain courtyard.

Discount Movies before Lunch at AMC Theaters

August 24, 2008 By: Laura Category: News 1 Comment →

Picture of theater tickets 

If you have free time during Friday mornings or are an early riser during the weekend, then take advantage of $5 movies at AMC movie theaters.  Movies that play before noon on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays at AMC theaters are only $5!  Although not all movies are played before noon, most of them all especially children’s movies are shown!  AMC theaters have modern plush comfortable chairs and great looking screens.  They rarely have any technical problems.  There are 10 AMC theaters throughout the Tampa Bay area.  All the snacks offered during evening shows will be available during the morning shows!

Buckler’s Craft and Scrapbooking Fair this Weekend!

August 23, 2008 By: Laura Category: Events No Comments →

Courtesy of Buckler’s Craft and Scrapbooking

If you’re the creative type, then drive over to the Florida State Fairgrounds and check out the Buckler’s Craft and Scrapbooking Fair this weekend! Come and see the huge collection of folk art, home accessories, handcrafted furniture, dolls, jewelry, Christmas trinkets, scrapbooking supplies and more. On Saturday the show runs from 10am to 5pm and on Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm. The Florida State Fairgrounds is located near I-4 at U.S. 301 N in Tampa. Pay only $5 once to get in Saturday and Sunday! Ages 12 and younger are free. If you click this link, you can print out a coupon for 2 for 1 admission.! Parking is $5 per car, $10 per RV or bus.

Sing-A-Long Grease at the Tampa Theatre This Weekend!

August 22, 2008 By: Laura Category: Events 1 Comment →

Courtesy of the Tampa Theater 

If you’re a fan of the musical movie Grease that starred John Travolta and Oliva Newton-John, then check out the Tampa Theatre this weekend.  Lyrics for all songs in the movie will displayed for the audience to sing-a-long with.  The audience is invited to attend in their favorite Grease character and join in a parade of characters before the start of the movie.  Built in 1926 as one of America’s most elaborate “movie palaces”, the Tampa Theatre, located in downtown Tampa, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed by famed theatre architect John Eberson, the Tampa is a superior example of the “atmospheric” style of theatre design. Inside the Tampa, audiences are transported to a lavish, romantic Mediterranean courtyard replete with old world statuary, flowers, and gargoyles. Over it all is a nighttime sky replete with twinkling stars and floating clouds. Showtimes: Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 2:00pm & 7:30pm and Sunday 2:00 & 7:30. Doors will open 1 hour before showtime. Ticket prices are $11.50 for adults, $10.50 for students with ID, and $9.50 for seniors and military. Parking is available on the street around the theatre. Parking meters do not have to paid for during the weekend in downtown Tampa.

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