Things To Do
Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week
Not sure what to do this week? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with our editors picks, from Jerry Seinfeld at the Straz to the Cuban Sandwich Festival in Ybor.
AT THE MOVIES
After a nine-month delay while the action flick was converted to 3-D, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s biceps are finally jumping off the screen in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.” The sequel, based on the iconic action figures, also stars Channing Tatum and Bruce Willis. APE OVER EGGS
Watch the fun when some lucky orangutans at Lowry Park Zoo are treated to Easter amusement with their own egg hunt at 11 a.m. (With regular zoo admission.)
HAVE A BLAST
Blast Friday, the free monthly party in downtown Clearwater, returns to the Capitol Theatre with a concert by Pure Praire League, along with a wide selection of food vendors. Chairs and blankets are welcome.
Two popular comics Dennis Miller, of the “The Dennis Miller Show,” and Jerry Seinfeld, of “Seinfeld,” will tickle your funny bone when they headline shows in Tampa and St. Petersburg. Tickets for Seinfeld at the Straz are $49 to to $79. Tickets for Miller at the Mahaffey are $45 and $55.
BOYS TO MIDTOWN MEN
Four of the original cast members of the “Jersey Boys” – Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard, and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer – will celebrate the music that defined the ‘60s when The Midtown Men perform at Ruth Eckerd Hall.
CUBAN ON MY MIND
Some of Tampa’s most popular eateries will battle it out for bragging rights and the best Cuban sandwich at the Cuban Sandwich Festival, which pays homage to the city’s official sandwich. Also includes live entertainment, art and cultural exhibits.
SHELLING OUT THE FUN
There are lots of places where you can let the kids hunt Easter eggs, including the Giant Easter Egg Hunt in Coachman Park in Clearwater, which includes all sorts of other kid’s activities too. The hunt starts at 12:30 p.m.
For more Easter egg hunts around Tampa, click here.
Head to Tropicana Field for the Opening Day Rally. The free tailgate party celebrates the start of the Tampa Bay Rays baseball season with food, games and giveaways, beginning at noon.
ROCK THE PARK
The free monthly concert series returns to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa with local acts Poetry ‘n Lotion, Samurai Shotgun and Good Graeff, along with food and drink vendors. Don’t forget to bring a blanket or folding chair.
ON THE CHEAP
Swedish egg hunt: Kids ages 8 and under can hunt for Easter eggs in the Tampa Ikea showroom for fun and prizes. The first 100 who attend in their special holiday attire will also be treated to a free gift; 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday; free; Ikea, 1103 N. 22nd Street, Tampa; (888) 888-4532
Bunny Hop: Meet the Easter bunny and enjoy carrot juice and cookies while you bounce around all the inflatables; 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday; $10 for kids, parents are free; Jump!Zone, 12402 Race Track Road, Tampa; (727) 925-1010
Butterfly hike: Schools are closed on Friday, but kids in grades third through sixth can still learn about butterflies and metamorphosis. Tour the butterfly and wildflower garden and make a butterfly fan. Pre-registration is encouraged; 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday; $5 for a carload of up to 8 people; Alafia River State Park, 14326 CR 39, Lithia; (813) 672-5320