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Things to do in Tampa Bay This Weekend!

August 15, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Events, Sports, Things to do No Comments →

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The weekend before school starts in the Tampa Bay area is filled with diverse events for the entire family!  There are always a lot of things to do in the Tampa Bay area.

If you’re a baseball, then you are in luck this weekend!  The Tampa Bay Rays take on the New York Yankees in a 3-game series starting on Friday night.  The first pitch will be thrown at 7:10pm on Friday.  Don’t wait to get your tickets because this is a really popular series!

On Saturday at Al Lang Field in St. Pete, the Tampa Bay Rowdies take on the New York Cosmos.  Start time is 7:30pm.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Humphrey Bogart 1942 classic “Casablanca” will be shown at the historic Tampa Theatre. Showtime each day is 3pm.  Built 1926, the Tampa Theatre is a wonderful example of elaborate movie palaces and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Check out the Florida Aquarium for Shark Week.  Price is included with admission.  Make sure you save on tickets by purchasing Aquarium tickets at the MacDill AFB ITT office.

MOSI is offering free admission to active military members and their families as part of the Blue Star Museum.

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Things to do in Tampa Bay for the Weekend

August 01, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Events, News, Schools, Sports, Things to do No Comments →

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The weekend starts tomorrow and there is plenty of things to do! From baseball to shopping and everything in between, you will be amazed at the variety of opportunities.

  • The red hot Tampa Bay Rays are climbing back into the playoff picture!  On Friday, they begin a 3-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.  Game time is 7:10pm on Friday at the Trop. All series are important and this will be a big test against the powerful Angels.
  • Comic Con starts on Friday and runs all weekend at the Tampa Convention Center. Admission is $30 for one day or $60 for all three days.
  • NFL football fans have an opportunity on Friday at 5pm to watch the Bucs practice for free!
  • On Saturday starting at 5pm, Channelside Bay Plaza continues their “Light Up Channelside: Summer Fireworks” event with music and food. Fireworks start at 9pm.
  • On Saturday and Sunday, you can check Tampapalooza at the State Fairgrounds.  This free event celebrate everything the local area has to offer including local bands, food, craft beers, face painting and plenty of activities for the kids.
  • On Sunday at 3pm, take a look at the original “Dirty Dancing” movie on the big screen at the historic Tampa Theatre in downtown Tampa.

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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August Golf Specials at MacDill AFB Bay Palms Golf Complex

July 30, 2014 By: Laura Category: Communities, Sports No Comments →

At the MacDill AFB Palms Golf Complex, if you have a valid ID that has a Brandon, Seffner, Riverview, Valrico, or Lithia address you will receive $5 off the cost of green fees during the month of August .


If you want to learn or need some help getting the rust out of your game, then sign up for the “Get Golf Ready” classes for $99. There is a free active duty clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon to 1pm, but you have the buy a bucket of balls. There is a drop-in junior clinic every Saturday for $3. It runs from 8:30am to 9:30am.

Bay Palms Golf Complex was named ‘Best Golf Program in the Air Force’ for 2002. There are two 18-hole, par 72 courses. The challenging South Course runs along the bay. The North Course offers a perfect opportunity to work on your game. The complex has a lighted practice putting green, a 24-hour-a-day lighted driving range where a small bucket of balls is only $2, a practice chipping green and sand trap areas. The clubhouse has an excellent pro shop with a great friendly staff ready to help you. The snack bar serves a great variety of food and has an especially nice breakfast menu! The Complex is open daily from 6:30am to 6pm. The Grill is open for breakfast daily from 6:30am to 10:30am, lunch daily from 11am to 1:30pm and the Express is open from Sun-Fri, 1:30-3 pm, and on Sat, 1:30-5 pm. Whether your home is in Brandon, FishHawk, St. Pete or New Tampa, you can’t find a more affordable golf course. It’s a great place to stop in after work and play a couple of holes or hit a bucket or two at the driving range before going home!

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Things to Do in the Tampa Bay Area

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

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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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Bristish Soccer Camp At MacDill AFB

June 18, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Self Improvement, Sports No Comments →


Are you glued to the television watching the FIFA World Cup?  Do you have a youngster at home that dreams of one day playing World Cup Soccer? If so then you might want to take advantage of the great Soccer Camp coming up at MacDill AFB.

The Challenger Sports’ British Soccer camp is one of the most popular camps held in the US. The staff and coaches at Challenger Spots’ have used their years of experience to develop a program that will not only teach your child better Soccer skills but also give them the expertise to play at their true potential. The camp is designed for children ages 3-18. Campers will spend the day working on technical drills, tactical practices, foot skills, daily scrimmages and a daily World Cup tournament. Your camper will be placed in a group bases on his or her age and skill level.

The Camp will be held at MacDill AFB  youth sports Soccer field starting on June 23rd and running through the 27th of June. For a list of times go to SCHEDULE. Most days start between 9:00AM and 10:00AM. If you do not have access to the base you can still enjoy a camp at several other locations in the Tampa Bay area. The cost to register ranges from $90.00-$140.00 . You need to register before the event begins on Monday.

For more information you can check out the event page for the 6th Support Squadron, MacDill AFB. And don’t forget tomorrow is Free Movie Night at the MacDill theater. Tomorrow at 5:30 the movie will be “Saving Mr. Banks” please bring your own snacks and beverages.

Hope all of your little future World Cup Soccer players take advantage of this great camp. If you have an event you would like us to share please let us know by leaving a comment on this blog or share it on our Facebook page.

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Boating and Water Safety Tips

June 17, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Communities, Self Improvement, Sports, Things to do No Comments →

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With the first day of Summer coming up soon, many of us will be finding ourselves participating in some kind of water activity. Whether you are spending the day at the pool or a taking your boat out for an afternoon excursion, safety should be a priority.

Here are some great tips from the Red Cross on how to keep your family safe near and in the water:

  • Only swim in areas designated for swimming with a lifeguard present.
  • Use the buddy system. Even at a public pool or life-guarded beach.
  • Make sure the entire family can swim. Enrolling in Red Cross swimming lessons is a great way to spend some family time and keep everyone safe.
  • NEVER leave a young child unattended near water . Teach your children the importance of asking permission before going near  water. Establish rules! Decide who and when the family is allowed near the pool or other water sources. Never let children play near drains and other water hazards , explain to the family why these rules are important.
  • Children and inexperienced swimmers should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket.
  • Be cautious around natural bodies of water. A fall into a lake or stream can be very dangerous.
  • Avoid alcohol!
  • If you own a pool make sure you have approved safety barriers around your pool and hot tub. the red cross offers an online training course for pool safety. Take it! Put all pool toys away and out of sight these can be an attraction for young kids to venture out to the pool unsupervised.
  • Supervise, supervise and supervise children and inexperienced swimmers near any body of water.
  • Lastly, know what to do in an emergency. Make sure there is appropriate safety equipment in the event of an emergency. Know when and how to call 911. If you own a pool and your child is missing check the water first. It only takes a few seconds to drown.

If you will be out on a boat this summer here are some great tips from the U.S. Coast Guard on boating safely:

  • Do a vessel check.
  • Take a boating safety course.
  • Educate yourself on the dangers of carbon monoxide.
  • Again, avoid alcohol.  According to the USCG a boater is more likely to become impaired than a driver of an automobile. You do not want to be charged with a BUI.
  • Wear you life jacket at all times. In the event of an accident, stowed life jackets are almost useless. The Coast Guard would like to see everyone on every boat where their jackets at all time.
  • Prepare a Float Plan. This is not just for boaters but kayakers, jet skiers etc…
  • Take a boater safety class. For a list of Coast Auxiliary classes here in the MacDill AFB area go to CLASSES.

I hope these tips will encourage you to review what safety plans you may have in place in regards to swimming or boating. If you do not have a plan now would be a great time to sit down with the family and go over water safety. Remember to wear your life jackets, and another great tip use sunscreen!

Have a fun and safe summer and please share with us any safety tips you may have. You can share here on the blog or share on our MacDill Happenings Facebook page. You can also send us a Tweet at @MacDill Happenin.


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Fun Things to do This Weekend in the Tampa Area

June 13, 2014 By: Laura Category: children, Concerts, Events, Sports, Things to do No Comments →

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Well this weekend will start off with Friday the 13th and end with Father’s Day. Do you have any fun plans? If not here are some suggestions:

  • Take Dad to the Florida Aquarium. Dad can visit for FREE with the purchase of one full paid admission. Maybe Dad would like to take part in the Shark feeding tour. Offer good June 14th and 15th.
  • The Lowry Park Zoo is also offering FREE admission for Dads. Your Dad can visit the Zoo for free on June 14th or 15th with the purchase of one full priced ticket. Full price ticket can be adult or child ticket. Maybe Dad will want to fee the Giraffes!
  • If you enjoy Soccer check out the game between the USA Women’s National Team against the France National Women’s Soccer team. The event takes place at Raymond James Stadium at 7:30 on June 14th. For ticket information go to TICKETS or try Ticketmaster.
  • On Saturday at Vinoy Park in St. Pete, you can check out the free Summerland Tour. Four bands from the 90′s including Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog starting at 2pm will offer a free concert. Or you can $30 for VIP tickets.
  • Go back to days of disco and the 1970′s on Sunday at the Tampa Theatre with a screening of “Saturday Night Fever”.  The movie starts at 3pm, but before the start of the movie Arthur Murray Tampa Dance Studio will have a dance demonstration.  When the movie ends, USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion of the movie.

With so many fun things to do this weekend how will  you choose? If looking for a new home is in your plans check out these great HOMES. Also, please share your great weekend plans with us here or on our Facebook page.

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Bay Palms Golf Complex Specials for June

June 08, 2014 By: Laura Category: Self Improvement, Sports, Things to do, Uncategorized No Comments →


Do you need a new hobby? Maybe you are already an avid Golfer. If so you will want to visit the Bay Palms Golf Complex on MacDill AFB. This is a beautiful course and one of the most affordable in the Tampa Bay area.

The June golf special at Bay Palms Golf Complex on MacDill AFB will allow one military member and three guests to play for $100.  This includes 18 holes and the carts.

There is also a Twilight Special for June and is based on rank and will include your cart fees. Twilight hours begin at 2:30 pm and fees are as follows:

  • E1-E4 will pay $18.00
  • E5-O3 will pay $20.00
  • O4 and up will pay $21.00
  • Guests will be charged $25.00

The Bay Palms Complex includes 2 18-hole par-72 courses. You can choose between the North or South course. If you are interested in a challenge with some amazing views of Tampa Bay then start with the South course. The North course offers a little less challenge and is great when you are on a limited time schedule.The complex also has a lighted practice putting green, a 24-hour-a-day lighted driving range, a practice chipping green and sand trap areas.

On Tuesdays and Thursday from noon to 1pm, active duty military members can receive free golf instruction at the driving range. The golf pros will be there to help you with your swing. Just show up and purchase a bucket of balls. A small bucket is only $2.

There is also a Get Golf Ready program of group instruction that only costs $99. The “Ladies Only” group instruction is $49.

The Pro Shop has everything a golfer could want from shoes to clubs and everything in between. Plus there is no sales tax!  If you need a snack or a meal to get you going or to celebrate your round, then stop by the Fairways Grill. The breakfast and lunch are not to be missed!

The Bay Palms Golf Complex is located at 1805 Golf Course Ave on MacDill AFB and is open daily 7am until sunset. See their calendar of events to see what other specials are happening at the Complex.

If you are looking for a home near one of the great off base golf courses in the area check out these listings Golf Course Homes.

Get out there and start swinging the clubs!

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Look What is Happening This Weekend In Tampa.

June 04, 2014 By: Laura Category: Concerts, Sports, Things to do, Uncategorized No Comments →

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This weekend in Tampa Bay is full of more fun-filled events that offer everyone plenty of options to get out and enjoy the area!

If you are a Star Wars fan, then head over to Disney Hollywood Studios in Orlando for Star Wars Weekends. You will want to stay late and catch the “Symphony in the Stars” firework spectacular. Be on the look out for celebrities such as Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams..

MOSI along with more than 2,000 other museums across the country will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through 1 Sept. This is a collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense.

The Rays take on the Mariners starting at 7:10pm on Friday and the series continues through the weekend. The Rays have run into a tough stretch but they need fan support to help turn it around! Saturday’s game includes a Weezer concert after the game.

All weekend long, the Largo Central Railroad in Largo is offering free train rides. Donations are appreciated.

On Saturday starting at 9am, the Patel Conservatory in downtown Tampa is having a free Open House. This a great opportunity to see everything this artistic gem has to offer!

On Sunday the historic Tampa Theatre is having a screening of the classic movie “To Kill a Mockingbird“. The show starts at 3pm and admission is $10.

Don’t forget if you are Military and are going to any of the major attractions you will want to check out the IT&T office at MacDill AFB to get your tickets. If you are not Military or have company in town check out Tamp Bay City Pass to get into some of the major attractions in the area.

There are so many more things to do in the Tampa Bay area. If you plan it right, you be busy all weekend long!

Enjoy yourself and let us know about what you fun things you are doing this weekend!

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Golfer’s Grail Military Special for May

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

During May, Golfer’s Grail is offering a Military special for all golfers. Men and women who are serving or have served in the military will receive one free hour on the golf simulator. Print out Golfer’s Grail special ad and bring in proof of military service including an ID card or a veteran’s card.

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Golfer’s Grail has indoor, state-of-the-art golf simulators where you can play more than 60 courses from around the world. Golfer’s Grail has combined superior golf simulation technology and an ideal golf club atmosphere for any type of golfer and is great for families or groups. They have rental clubs available or you can bring your own. Beer and wine is available for purchase and the inside is like one huge golf clubhouse. You can even take lessons from PGA certified instructors to work your game. Everything is done inside in air conditioned comfort.

Golfer’s Grail is located in the Carrollwood community of Tampa. Carrollwood in an unincorporated community that is about a 40 minute drive north of MacDill AFB.

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