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Weekend Fun Near MacDill AFB

July 17, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Events, Things to do No Comments →

 

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It is almost the weekend! Summer just started but their is already talk of going back to school.  With that in mind everyone needs to get out and enjoy the weekend. Here are a sample of some the great things going on around the MacDill AFB/ Tampa Bay area.

  • Florida Mueseum of Photographic Arts is hosting “Hot Art Cool Crowd” from 5:30-8:00 p.m. on Thursday July 17th. The event will feature works from the Macdonald Training Center. Proceeds from all art sales will benefit artists of the MacDonald Training Center.

 

  • The Tampa Bay Home Show will be taking place July 18th until July 19th. The show will take place at Tropicana Field. You can visit the show Friday 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. and the on Sunday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Admission and parking are free!

 

  • Are you a sneaker collector? If so check out the Sole Fest on July 19th form 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center. The event will have sneaker raffles, live music, sneaker art and an opportunity for you to buy , sell or trade your favorite pair of sneakers. Admission is $10.00.

 

  • Active Duty Military can visit a Blue Star Museum for no cost this summer. Here in Tampa you can either visit the Natural History Museum or MOSI. Admission is free to any active duty service member and up to five family members for more information on the program go to BSF .

 

  • Here is a birthday party you don’t see every day! Snooty the Manatee is turning 66. Snooty is the mascot for the South Florida Museum located in  Bradenton. The party will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.  Snooty and the museum use the birthday celebration as a way to promote wildlife awareness. The event will feature free cookies, children’s activities, face painting and a display of birthday cards made for Snooty. At noon Snooty will get his birthday cake and everyone will be encouraged to sing Happy Birthday! If you have not visited the South Florida Museum you should it is a hidden treat in Bradenton.

 

Looks like a great weekend with lots of fun and unique things to do. If  looking for a new home to buy or rent is on your agenda take a look at HOMES for some ideas.

If you know of any fun events in the area that I might have missed please leave a comment or post a note on the Facebook page.

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What’s Happening at MacDill AFB this week?

July 16, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Events, News, Things to do No Comments →

 MacDill pic courtesyofAJtrips blogspot

Since the name of this blog is “MacDill Happenings”  I thought I would share some events  happenings on Macdill in the next week. For those of you with kids you will notice quite a few back to school events. So lets see what fun events we can attend in the next couple of days on MacDill.

  •  For those looking for a job or to soon be transitioning to the civilian sector you may want to check out the Job Fair on July 18th. It will take place at the Surf’s Edge Club from 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Bring your resume and dress for success.
  • Free movie night is July 18th and the movie this week is Wall-E. The movie starts at 5:30 and is FREE. You can bring your own snacks and beverages but please clean up after yourselves.
  • If you are a vocalist, then you need to be at the Surf’s Edge Club on July 18 for the Air Mobility Icon competition. The event starts at 5:00 p.m. and you can register at MacDillFSS.com. Good Luck!!
  • The MacDill AFB Youth Center will be hosting a Teen Dance on Friday July 18th at 7:00 p.m. For more information call 828-7956. The dance is open to kids 13-18 years of age.
  • School physicals will be administered on July 26th at the Base Clinic. If you are on Tricare Prime or a Coalition child you can attend from 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Children must have a parent present and ID cards will be checked. If you are new to MacDill, bring a copy of your orders. Call 828-CARE for an appointment. Food trucks and a coffee truck will be present.
  • A Back to School Fair is also being held on July 26th at the clinic. This event will include free giveaways including school supplies. For more information call 828-0145. The event is being held from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
  • Another back to school event that is not being held on base but should be fun will take place at the George M Steinbrenner stadium in Tampa. The first 600 kids aged 14 and under to attend the game will receive a backpack loaded with school supplies. The gates open at 6:00 p.m. and the game will begin at 7:00 p.m. If you have not watched a Tampa Yankees game this is a great opportunity.

Lots of great MacDill AFB happenings coming up. Make sure you mark them on your calendar. If you have a great event you would like to share please leave a comment here on the blog or send a Facebook message. You can also send us a Tweet to @MacDill Happenin.

 

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Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

July 11, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Events, Sports, Things to do No Comments →

vacation tips courtesyofcenyt

 

Just like any weekend in the Tampa Bay area, you will have a great variety of events to chose from this weekend. Besides the great theme parks in the area and beaches and golf courses, there are some fun events that you can do!

  • If you’re a baseball fan, then the Tampa Bay Rays take  on the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend during a 3 game series before the All-Star game which takes place on Tuesday night.  The first pitch tonight at the Trop will be thrown at 7:10pm. After Saturday’s game, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts will be in concert!  The concert is included with the price of the ticket.
  • The anime fans in the house will want to go to Metrocon at the Tampa Convention Center.  It starts at noon today and runs all weekend.
  • On Saturday, Channelside Bay Plaza will host the free Summer Fireworks Show starting at 5pm with live music and food trucks.  The fireworks display will start at 9pm.
  • Ace Golf driving ranges in Brandon and Riverview offer a free bucket of balls to children ages 5 to 15 this weekend!
  • On Sunday, the Tampa Theatre will present a showing of the 1934 classic “The Gay Divorcee” at 3pm starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Show time is 3pm. Tickets are $10 per person.
  • MOSI continues to offer free admission to active duty military members as part of the Blue Star Museum Initiative.

We hope you enjoy your weekend and please share any ideas you have on fun things to do this weekend with us! You can share here in our comments section or on our Facebook page. You can also send us a tweet @MacDill Happenin.

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Freebies on 7/11/14

July 10, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Events, News, Things to do No Comments →

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Friday 7/11/14 seems to be “Freebie” day. Most of us already know that the July 11th usually signifies a free Slurpee from your neighborhood 7/11 store. But who knew their would be other great freebies being given out also! Here is a list of some of the fun FREE things going on the next few days:

  • Of course we have to mention the FREE Slurpee’s at 7/11. From 11 a.m. until 7 p.m you can get a free small Slurpee. While there download the 7/11 App to get a whole weeks worth of free stuff.
  • Next it is the ever popular Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-fil-A. Show up at your local Chik-fil-A fully dressed as a cow and receive a free meal. If you arrive partially dressed say in a cow scarf you can pick a free entree.
  • For dessert you can stop your Krispy Kreme donuts store and get a dozen donuts for almost FREE! To celebrate the Krispy Kreme original donuts 77th Birthday you can purchase a dozen donuts and then receive a dozen original glazed donuts for just 77 cents.

Saturday 7/12/14 will also have a few FREE events;

  • Free Fireworks at Channelside . The fun starts a 5 p.m. with food trucks, live entertainment and a firework display at 9 p.m.
  • Don’t forget if you are active duty Military you and your family can enjoy MOSI and the Henry B Plant Museum for free through the Blue Star Museums program. The program includes many Museums within a few hours drive from the MacDill AFB area.

Lots of free things to eat and do this weekend so get out there and enjoy! Please share with us any FREE events we may have missed. You can share here in our comments section or on our Facebook page. You can also send us a tweet @MacDill Happenin.

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Things To Do 4th of July Weekend Near MacDill AFB

July 03, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Concerts, Events No Comments →

 

 

flag-fireworks courtesy of crazycrawfish

Things to do in Tampa

 

It is a four day weekend and the MacDill AFB and Tampa Bay area will be offering lots of fun things to do. Many of us will be heading to the beach, parks and amusement parks in the area but you may still need some other ideas here is a list of some events happening in the area.

  • If you live in the Riverview/Appolo Beach area you should check out the Band Stormbringer playing at the Concerts for A Cause event being held at Waterset, a new planned community located in Apollo Beach. The cost of admission is non-perishable food for donation. Event begins at 6:00.
  • If you live in the FishHawk/Lithia area a similar event is being held at Central Park FishHawk. The band will Frequency and the event will kick off at 6:00 and admission will be non-perishable food items for donations.
  • Visit MOSI where active duty and retired military and up to 5 of their family members can enter for free.
  • The Tampa Bay History Center in the Channelside District of Tampa is offering free admission to everyone on Friday in celebration of 4th of July.
  • The Lowry Park Zoo is offering free admission to active duty, retired and former military members and up to three family members from Friday to Sunday.
  • Check out the SS American Victory ship next to the Florida Aquarium and take a tour of the ship and watch fireworks at Channelside. Admission is $10 for military members.

Enjoy your long weekend and please be safe when it comes to setting off fireworks. Please share a comment with us if you know of any more great events in the area. Also, share your Independence Day events with us on our Facebook page or send us a Tweet at @MaDill Happenin.

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Fireworks Near MacDill AFB

July 02, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Events, News No Comments →

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Wondering where to watch the fireworks in the MacDill AFB area? Living in the Tampa Bay area we have lots of choices. You may want to go to the beach or you may want to go to Channelside. Fireworks displays start around 9pm.  Here is a list of firework events in the area:

Hillsborough County

-Tampa: Channelside Bay Plaza, 615 Channelside Drive; Hogan’s Beach, 7700 Courtney Campbell  Causeway
-Plant City: Plant City Stadium, 1810 E Park Road
-Brandon: Brandon Towne Center Mall

The Florida Aquarium is an venue to watch the fireworks at Channelside. The Aquarium will be open until 9:30pm. Another good spot to watch the fireworks at Channelside is from the parking structure.

Pinellas County

-St. Petersburg Spa Beach at the Pier approach, 615 Second Ave. N.
-St. Pete Beach: Upham Beach, 6850 Beach Plaza
-Clearwater:  Coachman Park, 301 Drew St.
-Treasure Island: Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Blvd.
-Tarpon Springs: Fred Howard Park, 1700 Sunset Drive
-Gulfport: Beach Boulevard
-Madeira Beach: Archibald Park, 15100 Gulf Blvd.
-Largo Central Park, 101 Central Park Drive
-Safety Harbor City Marina, 110 Veterans Memorial Lane

Sarasota County

-Palmetto: Sutton Park, Sixth Street and 10th Avenue W
-Sarasota: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 S Palm Ave.

Pasco County

-Dade City: Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52
-Wesley Chapel: The Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive

If you have some tips on where to watch fireworks or some hints about parking, can you share them with us?

Weekend Fun in the Tampa Bay Area

June 26, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Events, Things to do No Comments →

vacation tips courtesyofcenyt

It will be a warm weekend in Tampa this weekend, but with some sunscreen, a hat and some cool drinks you can still enjoy it!

    • In New Port Richey starting on Friday and continuing through the weekend is the Kiafest Main Street Blast. Admission is free!  There will be live music throughout the weekend and fireworks on Saturday.
    • The Rays are on the road this weekend, but you can catch baseball at Bright House Field in Clearwater.  The Clearwater Threshers take on the Brevard County Manatees at 6:30pm on Friday.
    • On Saturday, the Florida Railroad Museum will offer free rides to children 3 to 11.  The Museum is located in Parish and opens at 11am.
    • On Saturday, checkout the Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival.  This free outdoor festival returns with original handmade crafts and affordable gift items by 100 crafters from 30 states.
    • The Downtown Saturday Market in St. Pete will take place in Williams Park from 9am to 1pm.
    • On Sunday there is an opportunity to see “Raiders of the Lost Ark” on the big screen at the Tampa Theatre at 3pm.
    • On Sunday in Tampa at Harbour Island, there will be the Harbour Island Art Walk starting at noon.

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Free Events on MacDill AFB

June 25, 2014 By: maclaura Category: Events, News No Comments →

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If you’re looking for a couple of free things to do on Thursday, then take a look at a couple things to do on MacDill AFB.

  • “Saving Mr. Banks” will be playing at the MacDill movie theater.  The show starts at 5:30pm and is free!  Everyone is welcome to attend.  There is no concession stand, so you can bring your own snacks and drinks.  Just make sure you clean up afterwards.  It can get chilly in the theater, so bring something to keep yourself warm.
  • For adults, the base pool has free fitness swimming from 11am to 2pm.
  • At the golf course from noon to 1pm, active duty military members and their dependents can receive free golf instruction at the driving range.  The instruction is free, but you have to pay for a bucket of balls. A small bucket of balls is only $2.

It seems like prices are going up everywhere, so it’s great to find something free!  If you know of something free, then feel free to share it!

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Weekend Fun in Tampa

June 19, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Communities, Events, Things to do No Comments →

funny-giraffe courtesyofeduglocester

What are you doing this weekend?

 

This weekend brings us the first day of Summer. June 21st will be the longest day of the year. So what fun events can you enjoy this weekend. Here are a few fun ideas I have found.

  • Take a drive out to Plant City and check out the Plant City Food Truck Round Up. The event starts at 5:00PM and includes Gator County BBQ, Gone Bananas, and many more. Catch the trucks at McCall Park in downtown. Great way to see Plant City if you have not visited before.
  • Dive-In Movies at the St Pete Beach Aquatic Center pool. Catch” Monsters University” at 8:00pm. Bring your floaties, noodles and chairs to watch. No outside food or cooler allowed.
  • Celebrate the first ever World Giraffe Day at Lowery Park Zoo. Celebrate the longest necked animal on the longest day of the year! Great way to  support the Giraffe Conservation efforts going on . Meet the Giraffes and their zookeepers from 9:30am until 5:00pm.
  • Sing-A-Long with Mary Poppins at the Tampa Theater. Get dressed up in your best Mary Poppins costume to parade before the movie starts. The movie begins at 3:00pm on both Saturday 6/21 and Sunday 6/22.
  • If you have not visited Legoland Florida yet maybe this weekend you should. The park is offering some great ticket deals. If you are active duty Military you can explore the park for Free your family member should purchase their tickets on MacDill AFB at the IT& T office.

Wow, so many fun things to do this weekend I determinately want to go see the Giraffes! If you have any fun events you would like to share with us please do so here or on our Facebook page. You can also send us a Tweet at @MacDill Happenin. Also, if you have a home listed with MilitaryByOwner.com please share it with us !

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Fireworks at Channelside Tonight

June 14, 2014 By: maclaura Category: children, Dining, Events No Comments →

Channelside Bay Plaza in the Channelside District of Tampa will host “Light Up Channelside” from 5pm to 11pm today.  There will also be a  Classic Car Night with the Sun ‘N Fun Vettes!

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Fireworks start at 9pm.  From 5pm to 11pm, there will be food trucks and live music at the Boat House.

Channelside also several great restaurants and bars to enjoy if you want indoor or patio seating. From ice cream to sit down meals, you can find something to fit your taste!

If you want more to do before the fireworks, then the Florida Aquarium and the Tampa Bay History Center are right next to Channelside.

Make sure you plan your parking strategy. The TECO streetcars will be running from noon to 11pm, so you can park in Ybor City and take a streetcar to Channelside. There is parking at the Florida Aquarium, the public parking structure at Channelside and a public structure between the St. Pete Times Forum and the Convention Center.

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