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Labor Day weekend in Tampa: Five family-friendly ways to relax

Whether you want to be indoors in the air conditioning or out in the sunshine, there are plenty of laid-back, family and kid-friendly things to do this Labor Day weekend in Tampa.

Light Up the Night - The second annual Light Up the Night summer sendoff at Channelside Bay Plaza features a lighted boat parade sailing past the downtown waterfront, followed by a fireworks display and after-party. There will be live entertainment at the Sail Pavilion and Channelside beginning at 6 p.m. Sunday. The parade launches at 8.

“Ghostbusters” - Celebrate in a nice, cool air-conditioned theater (and don't cross the streams) when the classic comedy featuring Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Dan Akroyd returns to theaters across the U.S. for one week only to celebrate its 30th anniversary. You can find theaters and showtimes here.

Home show - You can fantasize about your dream house or take actual steps toward beautifying your home as you browse 900 exhibits with products and project ideas at the four-day Florida's Largest Home Show beginning Friday at the Florida State Fairgrounds. There will be experts giving presentations, prize drawings and a scale model of downtown Tampa (with an imagines light rail system) made completely from Legos. Friday is free. Other days cost $8.

Gecko Fest - The annual, offbeat, street festival on the Gulfport waterfront will send off summer with a roaring '20s theme. The Gecko Queen and her court will entertain the crowd, along with a wacky parade and live music on two stages, plus costume contests, food vendors, dancing in the streets and more. There's no charge for admission.

Celebrate Oldsmar - The annual Labor Day celebration features carnival rides and games, pony rides, live music, vendors, fire trucks and a concert by The Black Honkeys. It's Friday and Saturday in R.E. Olds Park. Bring a chair or blanket for the fireworks Saturday at 9 p.m.

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