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Memorial Day Events in the Tampa Bay Area

May 22, 2015 By: Laura Category: Events, Military Life No Comments →

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Memorial Day is an informal start to the summer season.  But this holiday started out as Decoration Day to remember the soldiers who died the Civil War. The change to Memorial Day gradually took place, but this day was not declared a Federal holiday until 1967.  Besides all the parties and events to enjoy the extra day off from work, there are many Memorial Day events in the Tampa Bay area that remember the true reason for Memorial Day.

  • Bay Pines VA will hold a Memorial Day ceremony at 10am on Monday.  The keynote speaker will be the retired Sargent Major of the Army Jack L. Tilley.  Veterans, their families and friends, and the general public are invited to attend. Over 3,000 people are expected to attend.
  • The Memorial Day Celebration at the Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr. Museum in Tampa will take place on Sunday starting at 11am. The public is invited to attend.
  • Museums participating in the Blue Star Museum program including the Henry B. Plant Museum, MOSI, The Ringling, the Florida Holocaust Museum, Bok Towers, and the Polk Museum of Art are offering free admission to veterans, active duty military members and their families this weekend.
  • Largo Central Park is the location for the annual Memorial Day Sunset Ceremony starting at 7pm with a color guard, a keynote speaker, music and a wreath laying on Monday.

Please share with us any events that we missed.  We hope you enjoy and celebrate Memorial Day.

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Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

May 14, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

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It’s almost the weekend and there are plenty of things to do in the Tampa Bay area.  The weather should be fairly pleasant this weekend, but don’t forgot the sunscreen. Maybe just a quiet weekend at the beach is in store for you!

  • SeaScapes Beach House will have Crab Night on Friday from 4pm to 8pm.  It’s also Family Fun Night at SeaScapes with $2 meals for the kids with other family food and drink specials. Come out for the great food at a great price and stay for the beautiful view of beach and water!
  • On Friday from 4pm to 8pm, the Tampa Museum of Art is offering pay-as-you-admission.  So you can choose what you want to pay for admission.
  • On Saturday evening at 8pm, American Stage Theatre will present “In the Heights” in downtown St. Pete outdoors at Demens Landing.  Tickets start at $13 for the lawn.  Bring a blanket, chair and a picnic dinner!
  • On Sunday, you can volunteer at World of Beer in South Tampa and make brown bag lunches for the homeless starting at 10am as part of Hashtag Lunchbag.
  • On Sunday at 10am, the Downtown Tampa Market takes place at Rivergate Plaza at 400 N. Ashley.  Choose from organic fruit and vegetables , home baked goods, unique crafts, great food and free music.

If you have ideas for the weekend, please share it with us.

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Mother`s Day in the Tampa Bay Area

May 09, 2015 By: Laura Category: Events, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

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This weekend there are a lot of things to do for Mother`s Day in the Tampa Bay Area.  Some of those things to do are free!

  • The Florida Aquarium offers free admission to Mom all weekend long when accompanied by a paying child or adult.  Check out MacDill AFB ITT office or the Aquarium website for the best prices on tickets
  • Lowry Park Zoo offers free admission to Mom with a paid child’s or adult’s ticket.
  • The Tampa Bay History Center in the Channelside District of Tampa offers free admission to Mom with a paid child’s or adult’s ticket.
  • Tonight from 7pm to 9pm, it’s Western Night for Mom and the kids at Seascapes Beach Club on MacDill AFB. There will be games, refreshments and a DJ! Wear your best cowboy outfit!
  • On Sunday from noon, MacDill Lanes offers free bowling for Mom.  Your child can bowl for $1.50 a game with $1 for shoe rental.
  • The Rays take on the Rangers on Sunday at 1:10pm and are offering a free Rays Mother’s Day Picture Frame.
  • The Mote Marine Aquarium in Sarasota is offering free admission to Mom with a paid child`s ticket.
  • The Museum of Fine Arts in St Pete and the Straz Center in downtown Tampa are offering a great Mother`s Day Brunch.

We hope you enjoy Mother’s Day! Please let us know if you have any other ideas for things to do on Mother’s Day.

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Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

May 07, 2015 By: Laura Category: Events, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

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Looks like the weather will cooperate this weekend with sun and no rain in the current forecast!  Looks like a great opportunity to get out and enjoy all the things to do in the Tampa Bay area.

  • Curtis Hixon Park on the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa will host the Burger Showdown on Friday evening starting at 5pm. Restaurants from around Tampa Bay will be competing for the “Best Burger in Tampa Bay”
  • Now is the time to starting signing up for all the summer camps offered on MacDill AFB.
  • The Rays and Rangers play a 4-game series starting tonight at the Trop with a 7:10pm scheduled first pitch.
  • It’s National Train Day on Saturday. Union Station in downtown Tampa will host National Train Day and have operating model railroad displays, exhibits from community organizations, music, food trucks.
  • On Saturday, you can head out to the beach for John Levique Pirate Days at John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk at Madeira Beach. This festival celebrates the discovery of John’s Pass plenty of food, fun, drinks, music and pirate costumes!
  • To help you celebrate Mother’s Day, the Florida Aquarium and Lowry Park Zoo are offering free admission to Mom’s with an adult or child’s paid admission.
  • The Florida Orchestra free Pops in the Park concert is Sunday evening at 7:30pm at Curtis Hixon Park.  It’s a great way to enjoy a beautiful Sunday evening in Tampa and don’t forget to bring a picnic dinner along!

Hope you enjoy the weekend!  Let know if you have idea for good outing this weekend.

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Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

April 16, 2015 By: Laura Category: children, Events, Sports, Things to do Near MacDill AFB No Comments →

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There are plenty of things to do in the Tampa Bay area for this weekend. The great thing about living in the Tampa Bay area is that there is such a large variety of things to do. From sports to arts to amusement parks to beaches, there is something for everyone in the family.

  • The Tampa Bay Rays take on the New York Yankees at the Trop on Friday night with the first pitch scheduled for 7:10pm.
  • On Friday at Water Works Park located on the Hillsborough River it’s the Friday Extra Concert Series at 7pm. Shane Meade will start out the night followed by the Betty Fox Band. There will food trucks and limited parking so be there early.
  • The Craft Beer & Barbeque Festival in Tarpon Springs on Friday evening is the place to be at to enjoy the outside and then maybe head over to the sponge docks. Enjoy the drink and food with some great free live music. The fun starts at 5pm.
  • The Patel Conservatory at the Straz Center will present Fiddler on the Roof on Friday evening at 7pm. This is a great opportunity to not only see some great performances, but also an opportunity to see if the Patel Conservatory is right for your children.
  • FishHawk Ranch in Lithia will have a community wide garage sale on Saturday from 8am to noon.
  • This weekend is the popular Mainsail Art Festival in Vinoy Park on the St. Pete waterfront. Besides the art, there will be free concerts and food for purchase!
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning take on the New Jersey Devils on Saturday at 3pm at Amalie Arena during the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
  • The Tampa Theatre will show the family comedy “Hook” on Sunday at 3pm. This historic theatre built in 1926 offers a great way to enjoy a movie in a classic movie house from the golden age of movie theaters.

If you have ideas for the weekend, please share it with us.

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