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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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Tampa Bay Rays Home Opener on 6 April!

April 05, 2015 By: Laura Category: Events, Sports No Comments →


The start of Major League Baseball in Tampa is on 6 April with the Tampa Bay Rays home opener at Tropicana Stadium!  They take on the Baltimore Orioles with the first pitch at 3:10pm.  The start of the baseball season brings hope and expectations for every team and fan.  The Rays have had a significant turnover of players and even the departure of their beloved manager Joe Madden who departed for the Chicago Cubs this past Winter.  Some exceptional players have left including former Rookie of the Year, Wil Meyers, who was traded to the San Diego Padres.  Three pitchers of the planned rotation of 5 starting pitchers are currently injured.  Starters Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Matt Moore are injured along reliever Jake McGee.  But the Rays have the depth to have 3 pitchers who will not only hold down the fort, but will be significant contributors throughout the season. Kevin Cash, a son of Tampa, has returned to lead the Rays as their manager.  The offense has been rebuilt with speed and contact hitters.  Chris Archer will start the game for the Rays and if he continues his performance from last year expect nothing but the best from him!  The game is sold out, but there are a few tickets left on StubHub. Get there early for parking at the Trop or near the stadium.  Patrons are allowed to bring food into Tropicana Field. All food items must be wrapped, bagged, or contained within a soft-sided container that shall not exceed 16″x16″x 8″. Patrons are allowed to bring in single-serving juice boxes and sealed plastic water bottles (no larger than one liter). Items not allowed are cans, thermoses, ice chests, bottles, glass containers or any other non-collapsible container or object deemed hazardous.

Enjoy the game and Go Rays!

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Hockey and a Movie in Tampa

October 12, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Events, Sports No Comments →

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Columbus Day is a Federal holiday, but kids still have to go to school on Monday.  But parents if you have the day off there are some things that you can go to during the school day or even wait and take the kids. Later in the week, take in a free movie.

If you’re a golfer, then during the day would be a prefect time to play a few holes of golf at MacDill AFB’s Bay Palms Golf Complex.  Don’t forget about the excellent Fairway Grill for a great breakfast or lunch.

If you want wait until after school, then the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Montreal Canadians at 7:30pm at Amalie Arena in the Channelside District. The ticket special tonight is the Bolts BBQ Package which includes your choice of 2 Promenade (lower level) or 2 Terrace (upper level) seats, 2 BBQ sandwiches and sides and 2 non-alcoholic beverages. Regular ticket prices start at $34.75.

Help the Tampa Theatre celebrate its 88th birthday by attending a free screening of the “The Grand Budapest Hotel” on Wednesday. Start time is 7:30pm. Built in 1926 as one of America’s most elaborate movie palaces, the Tampa Theatre is designated a historical landmark. The theatre has a lavish, romantic Mediterranean courtyard, replete with old-world statuary, flowers and gargoyles. This is definitely a must see place of Tampa.

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Things to Do in Tampa Bay

October 09, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Dining, Events, Sports No Comments →


There are always a lot of things to do in the Tampa Bay area especially during the weekend. Lucky we live near MacDill AFB because that allows us to start the fun early with the opening of the National Hockey League season tonight.

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning kick off their season tonight against the Florida Panthers at 7:30pm at Amalie Arena.
  • For USF alumni and college football fans, this Saturday is the Homecoming game for the USF Bulls as they take on the East Carolina Pirates at Raymond James Stadium at 7pm.
  • What’s October without Oktoberfest? Curtis Hixon Park on the waterfront in downtown Tampa is the location for the 5th Annual Oktoberfest which runs from Friday to Sunday. Admission is free for active duty and retired military personnel with an ID card. It’s $10 for a daily admission for everyone else.
  • On Friday and Saturday is the Head of the Hillsborough Rowing & Paddling Regatta Festival, featuring a time-trial rowing competition and a race for paddle boards, kayaks and dragon boats.
  • On Saturday from 4pm to 10pm, St Pete hosts the Downtown Food & Wine Festival at Straub Park. Over twenty area restaurants will showcase their signature dishes, all in small-sized portions so you can enjoy as many as you’d like. With plates priced from $2 – $8, it’s easy to create your own “culinary tour” of our local flavors. For all the wine lovers and craft beer enthusiasts, grab a glass at one of the Liquid Lounges

Hope you enjoy the weekend! Share with us any fun events you are hosting this weekend.

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Things to Do on MacDill AFB

October 03, 2014 By: Laura Category: Dining, Events, Sports No Comments →


There are a lot of things to do out in the Tampa Bay area this weekend, but there are also a lot of things to do on MacDill AFB!

    • MacDill Lanes is hosting Pizzarama tonight from 5pm to 8pm. Games are $.50 for all bowlers under the age of 15. Mike the Magician will be there. And if get a strike, then you get a free milkshake!
    • Catch Football Frenzy at MacDill Lanes on Sundays at 1pm!
    • At SeaScapes on the MacDill beach, Friday is Crab Night & Family Night from 4pm to 8pm and Saturday is Steak & Date Night from 5pm to 8pm.
    • Why pay for gym membership in town, when you can use the MacDill Fitness Center for free!  There are some classes that have a small fee, but you can use the weights, treadmills, or stationary bikes for free.
    • At SeaScapes on the MacDill beach, Friday is Crab Night & Family Night from 4pm to 8pm and Saturday is Steak & Date Night from 5pm to 8pm.
    • On Saturdays from 8:30am to 9:30am, the Bay Palms Golf Complex offers a Junior Clinic for $3 a child.
    • Every Wednesday at Boomers Bar & Grill is “Bash Wednesday”. From 4pm to 8pm, there will be free bar snacks, drink specials and Bar Bingo. While you are waiting for your golfer, have a little breakfast at the Fairway Grill.

Hope you enjoy the weekend!

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