Since the Maganias family opened the first Astro Skate Family Fun Center in Tarpon Springs more than 34 years ago, customers have flocked to the skate rinks for birthday parties, summer camps, and family-friendly fun. At each location, a live DJ cranks out danceable tunes as skaters wheel and glide across a huge lacquered wood floor. Off-rink, kids compete for redemption prizes at a host of arcade games, or take flight in the safe confines of a cushy inflatable bounce house. Astro Skate Family Fun Center keeps things fresh with a schedule of special events, including jump-rope contests, foam parties, and roller-derby matches.
From tie-dye ($35 per child) to garden-themed parties ($25), Pikasso's children's classes fresh-squeeze creative juices for the grade-school set. During a feet-print-platter class ($45 per child), kids create an adorable plate marked with their footprints. Adults can hone painterly techniques at clay, fused glass, or wire-wrapping and beaded-jewelry classes. Wheel-thrown pottery classes, taught by an expert potter, are available at $50 per person for a two-hour session (two-student minimum). Offsite events and parties add color to corporate events, birthdays, and home fumigations, and Practically Pikasso can supply 20–200 painters with supplies, helpful staff, and instruction (call ahead to inquire about costs).
The Florida Holocaust Museum, located in the heart of St. Petersburg's museum and art district, was founded in 1992 with the help of prominent Holocaust scholars such as Schindler's List author Thomas Keneally. The museum's three floors feature permanent exhibitions, a library, and smaller rotating exhibits. Housed on the museum's first floor is the core exhibition, History, Heritage and Hope, which documents the Holocaust through recollections of survivors and original artifacts, including Boxcar #113 069-5??one of the few remaining Nazi railroad boxcars. The third floor is home to the museum's other permanent exhibition, Kaddish in Wood: Woodcarvings by Dr. Herbert Savel, showcasing his woodcarvings of French children who perished during the Holocaust.
A leading force for change in the community and beyond, part of the museum's mission is to spread its message of tolerance by continuously collecting and displaying contemporary artistic responses to the Holocaust and other genocides. Their hope is to educate and inspire visitors to learn from the past in order to be the upstanders of today. The museum makes Kadish in Wood??as well as 18 other traveling exhibitions??available to museums, historical societies, and community centers nationwide. From scholars reading their latest work to survivors discussing their experiences, the museum's events also shed light on the past in an effort to prevent future genocide.
Pro Karting Experience describes itself as a "driver's track." That means for a successful race there, you had better be skilled and swift. The karts zip around at up to 50 mph on an outdoor track 3/8 of a mile long, navigating sweeping turns, tight hairpins, and a 300-foot-long straightaway. Drivers zoom in comfort in the newer-model karts, which feature ergonomic seating and hydraulic brakes, as well as a lower center of gravity to handle tight turns. When each race is done, drivers are granted a printout of their lap times, which includes their best time and how many No Passing signs were completely ignored.
Set amid the largest collection of Dalí's work outside Spain, the Groupon-exclusive “Shades of Night: After Hours” bash combines world lounge music with docent-guided tours of the Dalí Museum. Visitors can feast their eyes on essential works and lesser-known pieces in journeys that parallel Dalí's career. Each night, a different DJ spins international jams for dancing and movement-based interpretations of melting clocks. Though not included with the Groupon, Café Gala throws open its doors to reveal a bounty of Spanish-themed tapas, desserts, and glasses of Shades of Night sangria ($3). Silent films presented in the museum theater tickle the eyes as tarot readings extract secrets from the future with fate-drenched cards and cryptic notes disguised as utility bills.
Inside a building in St. Petersburg, works of art from around the world gather like good friends. Georgia O'Keeffe's Poppy hangs not far from Paul C?zanne's A Corner of the Woods, Pointoise. Claude Monet's Houses of Parliament gives a glimpse of faraway lands, while Thomas Moran's Florida Landscape stays closer to home.
With a range of permanent and rotating exhibitions, the Museum of Fine Arts seeks to engage visitors with art while preserving the pieces in its care. Much of the collection resides in an original 1960s building, but the adjacent modern gallery area draws in visitors with special exhibitions, interactive educational facilities for children, as well as being a beautiful location to hold a corporate dinner, wedding reception, or event.
Permanent collection houses pieces from Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, as well as classical and modern American art
Daily events include docent-led tours, hands-on workshops, classical concerts, and lectures
MFA Caf? overlooks the waterfront
Who They Are
Even before the Museum of Fine Arts opened to the public in 1965, founder Margaret Acheson Stuart saw its galleries as a space where diverse audiences could explore art "from antiquity to the present." Architect John Volk had designed the original museum wing to instill visitors with a feeling of solidness and permanence. Decades later, the museum sought to expand, and conducted a nationwide search for a worthy architect. They were rewarded with designer Yann Weymouth, who completed a second building in 2008?a two-story, modern glass conservatory.