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  1. These days, don't hit the theme park without an app and a phone charger


    Emile Crawford stocks two back-up phone battery chargers these days when she takes her kids to Disney World. But she dare not venture into a theme park without a smart phone app, an accessory becoming as necessary as sunscreen in Florida theme parks.

    A wristband visitors will wear at the new Volcano Bay water park in Orlando, Florida. The wristband, called Tapu Tapu, tells you when it's your turn to get on a ride. It also lets you pay for food so you don't have to carry a wallet and opens lockers so you don't have to  carry a key. (Universal via AP)
  2. James Cameron, Zoe Saldana and more appear at Disney's Pandora


    ORLANDO — As he stood on a stage at Disney World Wednesday, director James Cameron revealed his teenage dreams.

    Zoe Saldana tweeted a photo of herself from Wednesday's appearance at a new land in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Pandora -- the World of Avatar. The land is based on James Cameron film, in which she stars. Photo via Twitter.
  3. Famous Lego exhibition coming to Tampa for a free show courtesy of the Viniks


    Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik and his wife, Penny, have a fondness for modern, whimsical art. And Vinik and his partners have laid out plans to transform Tampa's Channelside area into a dynamic urban center full of parks, public art and amenities.

    Los Angeles-based artist Nathan Sawaya’s sculpture Yellow is one of his creations featured in the “The Art of the Brick” exhibition. The imaginative show has been drawing large crowds worldwide since 2007.
  4. How to pack for a beach day with your sanity intact


    Did you know we're already having unheard of heat?

    Beach bag on the sand.
  5. From gourmet pops to sherbet, here are the best alternative cool treats in Tampa Bay

    Food & Dining

    When I was a child, summer treats meant one thing. Baskin-Robbins, or Batman and Robin's, as my superhero-obsessed kid brother misheard. Sure, there were 31 flavors, but usually the choice was between a couple of stalwarts, a perfect sphere balanced atop a sugar cone (reliable heartbreak: licking the ball off its perch …

    Thai ce cream is rolled at Iceburg Frozen Yogurt in St. Petersburg on Friday, May 12, 2017. Thai rolled ice cream has become a very popular trend this past year in the frozen treats category. EVE EDELHEIT   |   Times

  6. 10 Tampa Bay attractions where mom gets in free for Mother's Day


    Those of us who are shopping-challenged have long learned the very best gift you can give your mother is your attention. Luckily, several attractions in the area are giving moms free admission this weekend with at least one paid admission by her adoring minions. Among them:

    Visitors enjoy an installation at the Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg. [LANCE ROTHSTEIN   |  Special to the Times]
  7. VIDEO: Oscar winner Jon Landau stops by a preview of Pandora, Disney's 'Avatar' land


    Oscar-winning film producer Jon Landau stopped by a media sneak preview of Pandora, the new land at Disney's Animal Kingdom based on the film Avatar.

    Na'vi Shaman of Songs celebrates with music in Na'vi River Journey ride at Pandora-World of Avatar land attraction in Disney's Animal Kingdom theme park at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. [Associated Press]
  8. Plan your weekend May 12-14: Mother's Day fun, the Weeknd, Fringe Festival, Train Day


    Plan your weekend

    Call your mom

    Mother's Day: Sunday is Mother's Day and if you forgot to buy a gift, give your mother your attention. Several attractions in the area are giving moms free admission this weekend with at least one paid admission by her adoring minions. Among them: …

  9. Ways to celebrate more than just mom this Mother's Day


    For many people, Mother's Day brings out the very best. Families pig out at brunch, enjoy breakfast in bed, post some lovely new springtime Facebook pictures.

  10. Best bets this week: A cat circus, 'Girl on the Train' author Paula Hawkins


    AUTHOR TALK:Paula Hawkins and Edan Lepucki

    Paula Hawkins’ last novel, The Girl on the Train, sold 20 million copies. She comes to Tampa on her book tour for Into the Water.