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5 things to do under $5: Free plane rides for kids, Free Ferry Sunday, Comic Con at the library

Pilot Jim Porter, with the Clearwater’s chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, left, flies over Clearwater during the EAA’s Young Eagles Flight Rally staged out of the Clearwater Airpark.

DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2011)

Pilot Jim Porter, with the Clearwater’s chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, left, flies over Clearwater during the EAA’s Young Eagles Flight Rally staged out of the Clearwater Airpark.

1Young Eagles Flight Rally: Kids 8 to 17 can explore the world of aviation and get a free plane ride when volunteer pilots take children on a 15-minute flight. Each young "pilot" gets one-on-one time with actual pilots to learn how airplanes work and how safety comes first. Get there early since slots are first-come, first-served. Weather will be monitored; check eaa282.org for possible cancelation. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Clearwater Airpark, 1000 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. (813) 765-2204.

2Free Ferry Rides: The Cross-Bay Ferry is offering a free "Test the Waters" ride Sunday for the 50-minute trip across Tampa Bay between downtown St. Petersburg and the Tampa Convention Center. The free rides are first-come, firs-served and cannot be reserved in advance. So your best bet to get the time you want is to go to the ticket office when it opens at 7 a.m. because the day's tickets are often sold out by noon. Ticket offices are next to the Tampa Convention Center and the St. Petersburg Museum of History. The ferry runs 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sunday. See crossbayferry.com for departure times. (727) 894-1052.

3Evening Tide Talks: The Florida Aquarium hosts an evening of free refreshments before a presentation called "Saving the Ocean's Tigers." Kathy Heym, director of animal health at the Florida Aquarium, discusses global shark populations and conservation efforts at the Florida Aquarium. Free. 5:45 p.m. March 22. Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa. (813) 273-4000. flaquarium.org.

4Alternative Facts: Teams of local writers will go head to head to determine if short memoir pieces are true or "alternative facts." The $5 admission to the memoir writing game benefits the Poynter Institute. 7-9 p.m. Friday. Sawgrass Gallery and Teahouse, 2436 Emerson Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 945-2907.

5Comic Con: The Clearwater Main Library encourages patrons to dress up as a favorite superhero or villain for this convention that includes meet and greets with special comic book industry guests including Chuck Dixon ( Punisher/Batman), Austin Janowsky (Marvel Comics), Emazing Studios, the Suncoast Ghostbusters and NASA's Weiping Yu. There will also be games, vendors and food trucks. Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. 100 N Osceola Ave., Clearwater. (727) 562-4970.

5 things to do under $5: Free plane rides for kids, Free Ferry Sunday, Comic Con at the library 03/15/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 11:09am]
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