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Family-friendly activities await


Here are a few things to do and places to go in the days ahead.

Pier 60 Sugar Sand Festival

This 17-day festival on Clearwater Beach brings 1,000 tons of sand to life in a 21,000 square-foot walk-through exhibit at Pier 60. There is a children’s play area, street performers, live entertainment, sand sculpting classes, speed sand demonstrations, and sand sculpting competition.

Where: 7 Causeway Blvd.
Exhibit hours: March 29 – April 14
Sundays – Thursdays: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays: 10 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Cost: $14 general admission, free for those 3 and younger. All on-site ticket purchases will be cashless payment options only. VIP Tickets available.
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Tampa Bay Rays Opening Weekend

The hometown team officially begins the season with a four-game series at the Trop against divisional rival Toronto Blue Jays.
Where: Tropicana Field, 1 Tropicana Drive S
When: Thursday, March 28-Sunday, March 31

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St. Pete Pier Spring Festival & Easter Egg Hunt

The festival features family-friendly entertainment acts, DJ performances, a bounce zone, face paintings, live music, vendors, games, and more. There will also be a huge egg hunt. About 20,000 Easter eggs filled with toys and candy will be placed throughout Spa Beach Park. Tickets are required to participate in the egg hunt.

Where: Spa Beach Park, 600 Second Ave NE
When: Saturday, March 30, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m. (egg hunts from 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.)
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St Pete Pier Rockin’ Roller Rink!

Take a spin around the St Pete Pier’s Rockin’ Roller Rink. The 6,000-square-foot rink offers musical theme nights, DJ’s, bands, a disco ball, lights, and much more.

Where: 800 Second Ave. NE
When: Hours vary. Through April 12
Cost: $17
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49th Annual Mainsail Art Festival

The Mainsail Art Festival is ranked one of the Top 14 Fine Art & Design Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine, America’s premier art show and festival guide. The festival features juried fine art and craft exhibitors in ceramics, digital art, fibers, glass, graphics, jewelry, metal, mixed media, oil/acrylic, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood.

Where: Vinoy Park, 701 Bay Shore Drive, NE
When: April 20, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; April 21 – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission
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