As a part of its continuing mission to promote the cultural and economic impacts of independent filmmaking, the not-for-profit St. Petersburg–Clearwater Film Society hosts the annual Sunscreen Film Festival. Each day of the four-day festival packs in more than 12 hours of short- and feature-film screenings, as well as workshops on the filmmaking process, such as "Tips for Creating a Talking Picture." Local documentarians and producers of comedic shorts, genre pieces, or feature-length films showcase their work for eager audiences and industry professionals. Myriad workshops cover aspects of screenwriting and acting as well as promotional arts such as how to land an agent or how to use social media as an advertising and networking tool. Many nights also feature concerts and after parties, allowing auteurs, musicians, and audience members to mingle.
Since opening in 1987, Great Explorations Children's Museum has sparked a love for learning for visitors of all ages with a constantly rotating lineup of interactive exhibits that fill 18,000 square feet with touch, light, and sound. Whether they're learning about nearby sea life at Beth's Beach, honing their knowledge of textures on a crawl through the Touch Tunnel, or exploring arachnids in the Critter Cave, kids benefit from each exhibit's emphasis on interactivity. Visitors can find friendly professionals and their orange polo shirts bouncing between exhibits while performing science experiments, dancing, and playing music.
In addition to visiting the museum's permanent exhibits, kids can also take extend their learning journeys through the museum's lengthy list of camps and programs. The museum even takes its show on the road, with the Express Yourself Art Mobile bringing creative craft opportunities to neighborhoods around St. Petersburg.
Revelers reel through Planet Jump's 11,500-square-foot bouncy empire, unleashing imaginations over eight inflatable playgrounds and obstacle courses. A 16-foot Superman guards the entrance to the Superman Challenge, where contestants bop and tumble their way through pop-up barriers before scampering up and gliding down an enormous air-filled slide. Aspiring pirates commandeer the Ahoy Matey's ship for a swashbuckling battle, leap around the 250-square-foot expanse of the Wall-E house, or fly down the Cars double-lane slide, just as the first Model T rolled off the line at Henry Ford's inflatable bouncy factories. Children three years old and younger have a dedicated play space away from older children, scampering through the under-sea themed Crab Cake. Since Planet Jump does not impose time limits, tykes can show up at 10 a.m. and cavort all the way to closing time.
Between bounces, visitors bolster brain power, aiming acumen, and earn prize tickets with video games, skee ball, and air hockey, or fuel more fun with treats and drinks from the snack bar, including chicken strips, soda, and juice (not included in this Groupon). Parents can relax in front of 65-inch TVs, watch their kids play, or carry on riveting conversations in binary code with the complementary WiFi.
With daily programs that build skills in sports, computers, and the arts, Boys & Girls Clubs of the Suncoast improves the lives of more than 3,000 young people in the Greater Tampa area. The clubs' fun and engaging afterschool programs are lead by caring adult mentors who help kids uncover new interests and develop new skills that will benefit them in school and life. Youngsters with a variety of interests can find a comfortable place in the clubs' programs, which include a robotics course, computer-skills class, creative-writing group, and a full-court game of basketball.
Humane Society of Pinellas saves the lives of homeless animals through foster care, adoption programs and medical services. With a strict no-kill policy, the shelter accepts owner-surrendered animals by appointment. It adopts out a variety of animals, going beyond just dogs and cats?all of which are spayed or neutered, microchipped, and fully vaccinated?to include small pets such as rabbits, birds, and hamsters. In the medical wing, animal experts offer animal-training and behavioral-support programs along with low-cost spay and neuter services.
The Morton Plant Mease Foundation has grown into a philanthropic institution that inspires people and physicians to improve their community’s health. It provides financial support to Morton Plant Mease’s nonprofit hospitals, promoting an integrated and community-focused healthcare system across the greater Clearwater district. The foundation's members strive to educate the public with health-conscious events, classes, and support groups that keep citizens healthy and involved.