Kids are out of school for a need to find something to do with them that doesn't cost a lot of money...


Here are some ideas from our friends at

Art class: at the Childs Park YMCA in St. Petersburg. (Details:

Spring Frenzy: The program is free in Polk county but registration is required. (Details:

Crafts at Ikea: You can choose from several time slots. Includes a free meal and T-shirt. (Details:

Dino world: Every day in March teachers with valid ID are admitted free to Dinosaur World. (Details:

River O'Green Fest: Tampa's mayor will be transforming the Hillsborough River to a vibrant green to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 17 in downtown Tampa at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park and is free. (Details:

Irish Music Fest and Lucky Dog Parade: Bring your dog along to enjoy some traditional Celtic tunes. Saturday, March 17 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Details: ttp:// )


How about some time at Bay area parks, which are free and a great way to enjoy this nice weather.

Vinoy Park:  (Details: )

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park: A  Located on the banks of the Hillsborough River, it offers a playground (kids line up for a turn on the interactive NEOS 360 Ring), dog run and water play area, so don't forget bathing suits.  (Details: )

Al Lopez Park:  Dogs are welcome, too and have their own shaded park. (Details:

Lettuce Lake Park:  There is a nominal fee per car to enter the park. (Details: