Tampa Bay Area Friday’s Playground

9:00 a.m. 

Florida State Fair

Florida State Fairgrounds

Tampa : 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa, 33610

The 2013 Florida State Fair runs through Feb. 18 and includes nearly 80 rides, games, animal exhibits, demonstrations and, of course, lots of fried food stuffs that have no business being fried. This year, the fair will be celebrating Florida’s 500th anniversary of the arrival of Ponce de Leon o …

February 15 is Armband Day with unlimited ride bands $30 at the gate and $25 advance.

Price: $8-$12 ages 12 and older, $4-$6 ages 6-11, 5 and younger free.


4:00 p.m.

Charting A Pathway To Freedom: Freedom Quilts

West Tampa Branch Library

Tampa : 2312 W Union St., Tampa, 33607

In celebration of Black History Month, children and families can learn how those seeking freedom used quilting to escape slavery. Make and contribute a quilt square for Hillsborough County’s urban libraries’ freedom quilt project.

Price: Free.


4:00 p.m.

Singles Awareness Day

Smokey Bones BBQ & Grill

Clearwater : 2693 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater, 33759

All Smokey Bones locations invite single people to celebrate an anti-Valentine’s Day with two hours of appetizer sampling at the bar.

Price: Free.


6:00 p.m.

Sunset Cinema at Pier 60: Ella Enchanted

 Editor’s pick

Pier 60

Clearwater Beach : 10 Pier 60 Drive, Clearwater Beach, 33767

Bring blankets, low lawn chairs or towels to plop on Clearwater Beach and watch free movies. Concessions for sale. No alcohol. Shows start around dusk.

Price: Free.


6:00 p.m.

Nuclear Cowboyz

Tampa Bay Times Forum

Downtown Tampa : 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa, 33602

Following in the footsteps of extreme sports collectives such as Jackass and Nitro Circus, Nuclear Cowboyz brings its thrilling motorcross antics to Tampa. Composed of X Games medalists and finalists such as Ronnie Faist and Taka Higashino, the show promises pyrotechnics, lasers and, of course,  …

Price: $10-$20 for ages 2-15; adults $20-$50; VIP $100.


6:30 p.m. 

Wild at Heart

Lowry Park Zoo

Seminole Heights : 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa, 33604

This one’s definitely not for the kids. Here’s a Valentine’s Day event for ages 21 and older including a progressive dinner with stories about the pairing, partnering and mating habits of the zoo’s residents. There may even be some live hanky panky going on. This event usually sells out, so get  …

Price: $65, $60 pass members.


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