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10 ways you can entertain stir crazy kids after the hurricane

MINI CAMPS

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

The Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast: The clubs in St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park are opening their doors Wednesday-Friday free of charge to any youth, including non-club members. The Pinellas Park Club is at 7790 61st St. and the Northside Club is at 1035 Burlington Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Any child 5-18 years old can attend 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and lunch and snacks are provided. The clubs will be serving on a first come, first serve basis, including current club members. Please come prepared with your identification. bgcsun.org.

Pathfinder camp: Pathfinder Outdoor Education in St. Petersburg will be hosting a day camp Wednesday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1310 22nd Ave. S, St. Petersburg for ages 6-13. The cost is $30 per day for the first child, $20 per day for each additional sibling. Pack a lunch, water bottle and snacks for your camper. Activities include cooperative games, Challenge Course, outdoor living skills and tree climbing. They have space for 50 kids. Registration begins 8 a.m. No pre-registrations at this time. Although they have electricity, the phones are out of service. If you have questions, call (727) 342-0583.

TAMPA PARKS

Recreation centers: The city of Tampa is opening parks and recreation centers from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Centers include Benito Playground Activity Center, 10065 Cross Creek Blvd.; Copeland Park Center, 11001 N 15th St.; and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Complex, 2200 N Oregon Ave. For a list of available locations see bit.ly/2wY6dTj. "Thousands of residents in the City are still out of power. It's hot and uncomfortable. We are hoping by opening up the parks and pools, families will be able to get out, cool off, and make the best of the next couple days as we work tirelessly to get Tampa back up and running," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn.

Pirate Water Taxi: Explore Tampa's Riverwalk, parks and museums when kids get a free all-day pass with the purchase of one adult all-day pass. Show your Pirate Water Taxi wristband and receive discounts at participating museums, attractions and restaurants along the Riverwalk through their Pirate Perks program. The deal runs through Friday. Purchase a ticket at the Pirate Water Taxi ticket booth next to the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. Or get one when you hop onboard the water taxi at any of its 15 stops along the Riverwalk. Offer cannot be combined with any other special or discount. See piratewatertaxi.com.

SPORTS

Tampa Bay Rays: The Rays return home to Tropicana Field on Friday following the relocation of the three-game series against the New York Yankees to Citi Field because of the hurricane. The Rays host the Boston Red Sox Friday through Sunday and the defending World Series Champion Chicago Cubs next Tuesday and Wednesday in the five-game homestand. Fans holding tickets to the relocated Rays-Yankees games that were held earlier this week may exchange them for an equivalent number of free tickets to any one of the Red Sox games this weekend or Baltimore Orioles games (Sept. 29–Oct. 1). For details, see raysbaseball.com/irma.

Tampa Bay Lightning Fan Fest: With hockey season just around the corner, the Tampa Bay Lightning welcomes back fans with this free event. There will be player autograph sessions, team scrimmages, selfie stations with players, food trucks, a used hockey equipment sale and activities in the Lightning Kids Zone. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. It's free, but tickets are required. Get them at tampabaylightning.com/fanfest. (813) 301-2500.

FAMU Tampa Classic: While football games across the state were canceled this week, Raymond James Stadium will be the site of three games this weekend: University of South Florida will meet Illinois on Friday, the FAMU Tampa Classic game Saturday and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers open their delayed NFL season on Sunday against the Chicago Bears. For Saturday's battle between the Florida A&M University Rattlers and the Tennessee State University Tigers, all first responders will be given free tickets, along with their families. Donations for relief efforts will also be accepted. The FAMU game brings with it high-stepping field shows by the Marching 100 and the Aristocrat of Bands. $29-$139. Raymond James Stadium, 4201 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (813) 350-6500.

ATTRACTIONS

Glazer Children's Museum: The museum reopened this week, just in time for stir crazy families to get out of the house. And in addition, the museum will offer $7 admission for the rest of September. The hands-on museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa.

Busch Gardens and SeaWorld: The Tampa and Orlando theme parks opened Wednesday and are offering a buy one, get one free deal on admission through Sunday. The single-day ticket offers are valid for Florida residents only, and must be purchased and redeemed between Wednesday and Sunday. Full price adult ticket at SeaWorld Orlando is $99.99 and Busch Gardens is $104.99. The second single-day ticket is free. Find details and tickets at buschgardenstampabay.com and at the ticket window at the front of the parks.

MALLS

Play areas: Most of the malls have opened their doors. Tyrone Square, International Plaza, University Mall, Westfield Citrus Park and the Shops at Wiregrass have resumed normal operating hours. Countryside Mall and Westfield Brandon finally opened on Wednesday, though some store hours may vary.

Movies: Theaters that have power and opened Tuesday include AMC Sundial in downtown St. Petersburg, Cobb theater at Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg, Hyde Park Cine Bistro in Tampa, Grove 16 in Wesley Chapel, the Lakeside 18 in Lakeland and Cine Bistro on Siesta Key in Sarasota. Regal Park Place in Pinellas Park reopened Wednesday.

Contact Sharon Kennedy Wynne at [email protected] Follow @SharonKWn.

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