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Sharon Kennedy Wynne, Times Staff Writer

Sharon Kennedy Wynne

Sharon Kennedy Wynne is a Tampa Bay Times writer and editor who focuses mostly on events and fun Things to Do. A lifelong St. Petersburg resident, she has been a journalist since 1988 and joined her hometown Times in 1994. She is married and has two sons.

Phone: (727) 893-8595


Twitter: @SharonKWn

  1. Deals for the weary: Attractions, museums step up for post-hurricane weekend


    As we head into our first post-hurricane weekend, more attractions, museums and aquariums are stepping up with deals running through Sunday to give the Tampa Bay area some respite.

    Here are some of the distractions you can find after you're done with the yard work:

    The Florida Aquarium: The aquarium has extended its Tampa Strong Days through Sunday with discounted admission of $10; $5 for ages 3-11; 2 and younger free. Its Wild Dolphin Cruise is $15 through Sunday when purchased as an upgrade to aquarium admission. In addition, Verizon has installed a device charging station in the aquarium's lobby through Sunday. Open 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; outdoor splash pad open 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa....

    The  Great Explorations Children's Museum is offering half-off admission through Sunday of $5 per person. 
  2. Plan your weekend Sept. 15-17: Lightning Fan Fest, Art and Fashion Week, Rays return, dinner cruise deal


    Plan your weekend

    Hurricane Irma brought with it a flurry of cancellations of shows and events this weekend that were brought on by power outages and travel disruptions. Here are the things we have confirmed that are still a go for this weekend so you can finally get out of the house.


    Brad Paisley: The West Virginia country star plays Saturday at 7 p.m. at the MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre at the Florida State Fairgrounds. With special guest Dustin Lynch and Chase Bryant, 4802 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. $149-$749 Megaticket. (813) 740-2446....

Halloween Horror Nights returns for a 27th year this weekend at Universal Orlando.
  3. More Irma cancellations: Scott Stapp, Sammy Hagar, Peppa Pig postponed at Ruth Eckerd Hall


    More events and shows coming up this weekend will be canceled or postponed because of Hurricane Irma, with its power issues and travel disruptions making it difficult to get artists on stage.

    Ruth Eckerd Hall has postponed seven shows that were to have run through Sunday at the venue, as well as shows at the Capitol Theatre and Coachman Park. This includes concerts by Sammy Hagar, Scott Stapp of Creed and Peppa Pig Live....

    Sammy Hagar's show at Coachman Park in Clearwater this weekend has been postponed.
. Credit: Courtesy of Ruth Eckerd Hall
  4. 10 ways you can entertain stir crazy kids after the hurricane



    If you need to get back to work, some organizations are offering three days of camps.

    The Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast: The clubs in St. Petersburg and Pinellas Park are opening their doors Wednesday-Friday free of charge to any youth, including non-club members. The Pinellas Park Club is at 7790 61st St. and the Northside Club is at 1035 Burlington Ave. N, St. Petersburg. Any child 5-18 years old can attend 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and lunch and snacks are provided. The clubs will be serving on a first come, first serve basis, including current club members. Please come prepared with your identification.

    One of Citrus Park Mall's three play areas provide an air-conditioned play area for families.
(KATHLEEN FLYNN l Tampa Bay Times)
  5. Top Tampa Bay fun this weekend: Halloween Horror Nights, FAMU Tampa Classic


    SCARE: Halloween Horror Nights

    The biggest theme park scare party, Halloween Horror Nights, jumps out this weekend and will run on select nights through Nov. 4, a record-long run for Universal Orlando. Leatherface will wield his favorite weapon in a living version of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and there is a new maze this year based on The Shining. It opens at 6:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday. Universal Orlando, 6000 Universal Blvd., Orlando. Tickets run $69.99-$80.99, and get more expensive closer to Halloween. Toll-free 1-888-467-7677....

    FAMU’s Marching 100 performs. FAMU (Florida A & M University) plays at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa this weekend.
  6. 5 places to cool off while you wait for the power to come back


    With more than half the state still without power, here are five places to escape the primitive environs of a powerless house and find some sweet, chilly air.


    Most of the malls have opened their doors. Tyrone Square, International Plaza, University Mall, Westfield Citrus Park and the Shops at Wiregrass have resumed normal operating hours. Countryside Mall and Westfield Brandon finally opened on Wednesday, though some store hours may vary....

    The Cobb Theatre facility on the Tyrone Square Mall property. (CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times)
  7. UPDATE: Disney joins Universal, Busch Gardens in closing before Irma nears


    Theme parks in Florida are closing their gates and canceling special events this weekend because of Hurricane Irma, a decision that will cost them millions even before the first wind gust.

    Walt Disney World was set to close early today due to Irma and aims to reopen its theme parks Tuesday at the earliest. It's just the fifth time in Disney's history that the parks have been closed.

    SeaWorld Orlando and Busch Gardens in Tampa Bay are planning to close by 5 p.m. today, and will be closed Sunday and Monday....

    Walt Disney World will close early today due to Hurricane Irma. It’s only the fifth time since the park opened that it has had to shut down. Other theme parks closing this weekend are SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens, Universal Orlando, Aquatica Orlando, Adventure Island and Discovery Cove.
  8. Updated: Bryan Adams, Jurassic Quest, Chris Tucker, Winefest, more canceled or postponed by Hurricane Irma


    The threat of Hurricane Irma means making weekend plans can be tricky. Some organizers and theme parks are putting out word about postponements and refunds.

    If you have an event that has been canceled or postponed, email to alert us of the change.

    Follow @thingstodotampa for updates.



    Chris Tucker has canceled his appearance Friday at Amalie Arena. It has been rescheduled for Oct. 7.  (Getty Images)
  9. Plan your weekend (hurricane edition) What's canceled, what's not


    Plan your weekend: Hurricane edition

    We normally use this space to tell you what's happening this weekend but cancellations are rolling into our email basket by the fistful. So this week we offer a list here of what we know is canceled and what so far is still on. Call ahead, but we really can still have some fun this weekend.


    I Like It Hot Festival: Turn up the heat with fiery foods, sauces and salsas at the 17th annual spicy food festival. $5, 12 and younger free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Minnreg Building, 6340 126th Ave. N, Largo. (727) 423-8433....

    The museum had several artifacts displayed around, including this two-headed calf. The St Petersburg History Museum held their fundraiser at the St Petersburg Shuffleboard Club on Saturday evening, February 20, 2016. 
DAVID W DOONAN | Special To The Times
  10. Top things to do this week in Tampa Bay: Two-Headed Calf Fest, remembering Snooty the manatee


    Comedy Giants: Chris Tucker, D.L. Hughley

    Best known for the Rush Hour films and the cult favorite Friday series, Chris Tucker, right, is the kind of comic who can command Amalie Arena, and that's where he's headed Friday. He's bringing along a special guest, one of the original Kings of Comedy D.L. Hughley. Between comedies and side trips into serious movies like Silver Linings Playbook, Tucker has starred in films that have collectively grossed more than $1 billion dollars worldwide. Catch him at 8 p.m. Friday at 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $41.75-$61.75. (813) 301-2500. ...

  11. 5 things to do under $5: Dali garden tour, hot pepper fest, Eckerd film festival


    NOTE: All of these events are monitoring the weather and Hurricane Irma and may be canceled, so check websites or call before heading out.

    1 Avant-Gardeners: Children ages 5 and older can take a free tour of the strange gardens at the Dalí Museum and learn how Dalí's work was influenced by nature. Free. 1-1:45 p.m. Sunday 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg.

    Bristling with Spanish culture, this exhibition reveals the relationship between the two masterminds of modern art.
  12. Insider tips: Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is a deal if you go early


    Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party is already spooking up the Magic Kingdom on select nights, and it can offer a rare chance to play in the world's busiest theme park for under $100.

    As the name implies, it's not a scary event. But it does embrace the kooky Disney villains with acts like the Cadaver Dans Barbershop Quartet and a parade led by the Headless Horseman.

    You may not be in the trick-or-treat mood yet, but you can find significant savings hitting this party in early September. Entry is $74 and $69 for ages 3-9 on the three parties left through Sept. 12, after which it rises to $88 and $83 through Oct. 1. Come October, the price balloons again to $94 and $89, and for Halloween night, the price maxes out at $115 and $110 and often sells out....

    Guests wait along Main Street USA for Mickey's "Boo-To-You" Halloween Parade at Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom.
(Ricardo Ramirez Buxeda/Orlando Sentinel)
  13. Here are the Tampa Bay efforts to help Texas victims of Hurricane Harvey


    Tampa Bay fundraising efforts to provide support for flood victims in Texas are increasing.

    "Living in Florida, we know how devastating it can be to suffer personal losses from hurricanes and floodwaters," said Eric Schiller, owner of Gaspar's Grotto. His Ybor City restaurant will be taking donations for the Save the Children Fund to support Hurricane Harvey relief beginning at 5 p.m. Sept. 8. ...

    Phlebotamist Elaine Matthews takes blood from JoAnna Farris, a freshman nursing major, during LifeShare Blood Centers Hurricane Harvey blood drive at ULM in Monroe, La., Wednesday.
Hannah Baldwin/Monroe News Star via AP
  14. Plan your weekend Sept. 1-4: Kendrick Lamar, Labor Day fun, Threshers fireworks, Art of the Brick ending soon


    Plan your weekend


    Kendrick Lamar: He conquered all of pop at the VMAs and now the rapper of critical acclaim and a No. 1 pop hit (HUMBLE) is coming to Tampa with YG and D.R.A.M. opening at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $35.75 and up. (813) 301-2500.

    The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. features inspired sips and bites at more than 30 marketplaces. Festival guests can pair food with wines, beers, cocktails and ciders as they stroll the promenade guided by a complimentary festival passport. (Matt Stroshane, photographer)
  15. 5 things to do under $5 Aug. 31-Sept. 6: License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day, glow party, real-life Ghostbusters


    1 License-Free Saltwater Fishing Day: Held a few times a year in Florida, this free fishing day on Saturday provides an opportunity to introduce friends or kids to fishing. License requirements are waived for all recreational anglers (residents and nonresidents). All other rules regarding season, bag and size limits apply. The saltwater waiver applies to any recreational harvest requiring a saltwater fishing license. A snook or spiny lobster permit are not required this day. Find details on fishing rules and licenses at