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Wild Wonderland at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo

by Kelly Green
santa reindeer lowryMeet Santa and REAL Reindeer at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo at Wild Wonderland! Select nights in December, visitors will enjoy the Man in Red, and his famous assistants. Kids will do a little “jumping” themselves in the Reindeer Games area. Not to be outdone, the African penguins will be out to say hello, too.

Seasonal Sidebar: There are no penguins in the North Pole. Penguins are native to the lower hemisphere.

There will be a Castle Light Show at the Zoo’s main entrance (with a chance of “snow” flurries), free unlimited rides, and a Treats and Treasures Hometown Village, and the Merry Music Tree of Lights.

Dates:
Nightly from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.wildwonderland
December 6
December 12-14
December 18-23
December 26-30

Tickets:
$15 for Adults
$13 for Children (ages 3-11)
FREE for children 2 and under

Buy online: http://bit.ly/LowryXmas14

Discounts:
Annual Zoo Pass members can buy tickets at the Zoo’s Main Gate (with pass) and cannot be combined with any other discounts.
$10 for Adults with Zoo Pass
$7.50 for Children (ages 3-11) with Zoo Pass
Free for Children 2 and under

Get Social:
Twiter: @LowryParkZoo
www.LowryParkZoo.org and Wild Wonderland on Facebook

Wild Wonderland is presented by Publix Super Markets Charities

Pearl Harbor Honor Cruise Dec. 6

by Kelly Green

American Victory Logo - ColorSaturday, Dec 06, 2014, the SS American Victory sets sail for their 20th Honor Cruise. In remembrance of Pearl Harbor and the events that took place on that fateful day, December 7, 1941,  the American Victory will leave port for a 5 hour cruise. Guests will enjoy the Big Band-era entertainment, as well as refreshments. (Doors open at 10 a.m. Sailing is at 11.)

The  American Victory Ship is one of only four fully operational WWII merchant steamships in the U.S., now dedicated to hosting historical, educational, training and special events.

On board, guests will get to see virtually the entire ship including cavernous three-level cargo holds, vhf radios and gyro rooms, hospital, galley, weaponry, steering stations, flying bridge, signaling equipment, wheelhouse, mess halls, crew cabins, lifeboats, the Captain’s quarters, cargo equipment and the engine. The ship is a world-class  maritime museum dedicated to honoring the men and women who built, sailed, protected and provided service, worldwide, through the American Merchant Fleet since 1775 during times of peace and war.

The SS American Victory is berthed at 705 Channelside Dr, Tampa, Florida.

Tickets are $99 for adults; $69 for military/veterans; $49 children (4-12); and $89 for groups of 10 or more and can be purchased through this link or by calling 866-468-7630. Purchase tickets by November 7, 2014 to save $10 off each.
For more information on the Honor Cruise or the attraction, call 813-228-8766.

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Adventure Island Announces New Sunset Party; Island Nights

image001Now that the intense heat of summer has returned to the area it’s time to head to the water whenever possible.  While the springs and beaches are the go to spots a new one is emerging in Tampa. Adventure Island, Busch Gardens Tampa’s water park, will become the place to be every Thursday, Friday and Saturday June 12 through August 9.  Each of the evenings the part begins at 5pm running through park close at 9pm.

The party will feature the typical street performers, stilt walkers and live music of a theme park party but add in steel drums, a food truck and some amazing sand sculptures (which personally I long for the day that they come back to SeaWorld Orlando!).  Then top it all off with a Glow-in-the-Dark Grand Finale every night.

If you’re a Florida resident Adventure Island along with their sister parks Busch Gardens and SeaWorld Orlando has plenty of different discounted seasonal pass offers, including the Adventure Island Weekday Pass that gets Floridians into the park every weekday through the 2014 season for only $47. For more fun and adventure indoors, you can book at Escape Room Dallas. It’s good for family who want to have special bonding.

The summer party includes numerous aspects including;

Island Nights Food Truck — Relaxing on the beach isn’t complete without a tropical beverage in hand! Cool off with tropical delights at the new Island Nights Food Truck, located near Fabian’s Fun Port. While you’re there, be sure to indulge in tacos, quesadillas, nachos, salad bowls and more!

Kid’s Zone at Mango Joe’s Beach — The Kid’s Zone DJ revs up the dance floor with popular hits every night at Mango Joe’s Beach. This brand new kid’s zone bursts with excitement as Island Nights Party Starters amp up the energy when the sun sets in preparation for a fun-filled night.

Glow-in-the-Dark Grand Finale — Join the entire Island Nights cast on the main beach at 8:30 p.m. for a grand finale celebration, featuring high-energy music and LED-lit entertainment, including stilt walkers and performance artists. This finale includes audience participation, so be prepared to join in on the fun!

 Sand Sculptures Every Week — Sand sculpture artists return with 25 tons of sand as they create newly-themed masterpieces every week for Island Nights. Sculptors will begin a new theme each Thursday evening and unveil the sculpture by Saturday.

Florida Buzz: Bollywood Oscars to make US debut in Tampa 2014

Sharing this exciting blog from our pals at Indie Cinema Showcase!! (Guest poster: Jen Vargas)

For the first time in their history, the International Indian Film Academy will debut the 15th Annual Tata Motors IIFA Awards in the United States. What makes this event even more exciting is the fact that the glamour of the GREEN CARPET will be coming to Tampa Bay! According to the official announcement (below) the awards show boasts 800 million viewers globally, in over 110 countries and is anticipated to bring valuable impact to the area. (JenSideNote: I LOVE how active the IIFA is on Social Media!! Facebook, TwitterMirror, Google+ Hangouts, YouTube… awesome!)

Only time will tell the actual numbers of its impact however, Mike Salinero of the Tampa Tribune writes, “The International Indian Film Academy awards ceremony is expected to draw 30,000 visitors to the Tampa area next June and create $100 million in economic impact.” Instrumental in bringing the awards to Tampa and also quoted in Salinero’s story, businessman Chetan “Jason” R. Shah says, “This is a major, major attraction that’s going to boost the economy like anything.” We at ICS hope so. You’ve already seen ICS on the Red Carpet and the Blue Carpet… maybe the Green Carpet is in our future?

If Florida hosted more big (film) industry events like this – domestic and international – MAYBE it would capture Governor Rick Scott’s attention enough to see the value of investing in our film industry in Florida… one can only hope.