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  1. You can buy the balls from Amalie's Beach Tampa exhibit at auction


    More than 100,000 people showed up at Amalie Arena in 2016 to frolic in a huge ball pit. It was a sea of 1.2 million white orbs so vast that grown men could belly flop and remain afloat.

  2. Plan your weekend Jan. 19-21: Gasparilla Children's Parade, Jake Owen, Riverdance, Florida Orchestra's Dvorak


    Plan your weekend


    Children's Parade: A week before the more raucous pirate invasion, the G-rated version hits the streets. The Children's Gasparilla Extravaganza and Parade kicks off Gasparilla season with a bicycle safety rodeo on Saturday (11 a.m.-1 p.m.), …

  3. 5 things to do under $5: Tampa music history, Suncoast Arts Festival


    1 Suncoast Arts Festival: Acclaimed electric rock string quintet Violectric, above, headlines Saturday (3:40-5:40 p.m.) at this two-day fine arts event featuring more than 130 artisans, live entertainment and a kids art garden at the Shops at Wiregrass. Barefoot Bob and the Hope and funk rocker …

  4. Top things to do this week: Steve Martin and Martin Short, Gasparilla Children's Parade


    PICKING AND GRINNING: Steve Martin and Martin Short

  5. Plan your weekend: MLK Day, Monster Jam, Sunshine Music Festival, comic Nikki Glaser, Christian artists at Winter Jam


    Plan your weekend


    MLK Day: Before the parades on Monday in downtown St. Petersburg and Tampa's Cuscaden Park, there will be a block party and battle of the bands on Sunday with the Florida A&M Rattlers, Tuskegee University's Marching Crimson Piper Band, South Carolina …

  6. Top things to do this week: Monster Jam, comic Nikki Glaser, Totally '80s movie series, National Geographic Live


    BIG WHEELS: Monster Jam

    Just when lesser cars thought it was safe, Monster Jam returns Saturday to Raymond James Stadium to run the specially built track. This family-friendly show is so popular, the trucks will be back on Feb. 3 for another battle. Come early to tailgate and get pictures with the …

  7. 5 things to do under $5: Kite festival, Florida Manatee Festival


    1 Treasure Island Sport Kite Festival: The annual competition returns to the beach behind the Thunderbird Resort, filling the sky with kites as flyers perform to music at this two-day event. There will be dual-line and multi-line sport kite flying in a wide array of disciplines, and free lessons on how to fly …

  8. Meet the monster trucks: Free truck displays around Tampa Bay


    Before Monster Jam invades Raymond James Stadium on Saturday, some of the show's biggest stars will be on display across the Tampa Bay area.

  9. Parades, services and family events for MLK Day in Tampa Bay



    MLK Dream Big Parade

    The parade honoring the life and dream of Martin Luther King Jr. includes 110 units and bands, including the Florida A&M marching band, Tuskegee University's Marching Talladega College, South Carolina State University, Savannah State University and Edward Waters College. The new …

  10. Disney theme park deal for Florida residents returns, but the price climbs


    January once again brings a Florida resident ticket deal from Walt Disney World, though the price continues to climb.