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  1. 20 local museums are offering free admission or deals Saturday for Free Museum Day

    Visual Arts

    For all the community's support of the arts in the bay area, it's nice to be rewarded with free admission once in a while. And that's exactly what many area museums are offering on Saturday.

    The Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg is among the museums participating in the Smithsonian's Museum Day Live, offering free admission. (LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |  Special to the Times)
  2. Deals for the weary: Attractions, museums step up for post-hurricane weekend


    As we head into our first post-hurricane weekend, more attractions, museums and aquariums are stepping up with deals running through Sunday to give the Tampa Bay area some respite.

    For the area's first post-hurricane weekend,  Florida Aquarium has extended its Tampa Strong Days through Sunday with discounted admission of $10; $5 for ages 3-11; 2 and younger free. Its Wild Dolphin Cruise is $15 through Sunday .
  3. Interview: Stan Lee is coming to MegaCon Tampa Bay to raise funds for Hurricane Irma relief


    The co-creator of Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man wasn't planning to come back to Florida after his appearance at MegaCon Orlando in May.

    Stan Lee, creator of comic-book franchises such as Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and X-Men, is coming to Tampa later this month to raise money for Hurricane Irma relief.  
Associated Press (2002)
  4. Plan your weekend Sept. 15-17: Lightning Fan Fest, Art and Fashion Week, Rays return, dinner cruise deal


    Plan your weekend

    Hurricane Irma brought with it a flurry of cancellations of shows and events this weekend that were brought on by power outages and travel disruptions. Here are the things we have confirmed that are still a go for this weekend so you can finally get out of the house. …

Halloween Horror Nights returns for a 27th year this weekend at Universal Orlando.
  5. 10 ways you can entertain stir crazy kids after the hurricane



    If you need to get back to work, some organizations are offering three days of camps.

    One of Citrus Park Mall's three play areas provide an air-conditioned play area for families.
(KATHLEEN FLYNN l Tampa Bay Times)
  6. UPDATE: Disney joins Universal, Busch Gardens in closing before Irma nears


    Theme parks in Florida are closing their gates and canceling special events this weekend because of Hurricane Irma, a decision that will cost them millions even before the first wind gust.

    Walt Disney World will close early today due to Hurricane Irma. It’s only the fifth time since the park opened that it has had to shut down. Other theme parks closing this weekend are SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens, Universal Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Adventure Island and Discovery Cove.
  7. Top things to do this week in Tampa Bay: Two-Headed Calf Fest, remembering Snooty the manatee


    Comedy Giants: Chris Tucker, D.L. Hughley

    The St. Petersburg History Museum’s Alligators and Oddities exhibit is highlighted by a nearly 100-year-old two-headed calf.
  8. Insider tips: Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a deal if you go early


    Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is already spooking up the Magic Kingdom on select nights, and it can offer a rare chance to play in the world's busiest theme park for under $100.

    Guests wait along Main Street USA for Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom.
(Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel)
  9. 5 things to do under $5 Aug. 31-Sept. 6: License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day, glow party, real-life Ghostbusters


    1 License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day: Held a few times a year in Florida, this free fishing day on Saturday provides an opportunity to introduce friends or kids to fishing. License requirements are waived for all recreational anglers (residents and nonresidents). All other rules regarding season, …

    On Saturday, Floridians can enjoy a free fishing day with license requirements waived for all recreational anglers.
  10. Lego statue of Zeus will stay behind in Tampa after Art of the Brick closes


    As the blockbuster Lego sculpture exhibit the Art of the Brick enters its final week in Tampa, Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny, announced Monday that Tampa is keeping a souvenir — a statue of Zeus.

Penny and Jeff Vinik of the Vinik Family Foundation speak in front of the statue of Zeus holding a lightning bolt by artist Nathan Sawaya at the Art of the Brick exhibit at 802 E Whiting Street, Tampa. The statue is made of 5,150 Lego pieces. It was donated to the Vinik Family Foundation and it will remain in Tampa after the end of the Art of the Brick exhibit next week. Zeus will reappear on Opening Night, when the Tampa Bay Lightning take on the Florida Panthers, October 6.