Monday, March 11, 2013

Have Fun with HART this Spring Break!

Middle/High School students ride HART FREE in March!
Staying in town for Spring Break this year? Can't afford to do much? Have no fear, we've put together a list of FREE (mostly) things to do for your Spring Break! What's even better is pairing it with FREE rides on HART! If you haven't heard about the HART STAY-cation promotion, read about it here. The gist is FREE rides for Hillsborough County middle and high school students (with student/HART Youth ID) throughout March on HART Local, Limited Express, In-Town Trolley and HARTFlex services!

River O' Green Fest
Curtis Hixon Park, March 16, 11 am - 4 pm
600 N Ashley Drive, Tampa FL 33602

Photo credit: Tampa Bay Times
On March 16, the Hillsborough River will be turning green. But don't worry, it's just dye! The City of Tampa is dying the Hillsborough River kelly green between the Cass Street and Kennedy bridges in honor of St. Patrick's Day.

Local Irish bands and dancers along with eight food trucks will be on hand for the event. A number of kid's activities including, a kid's craft area, the Glazer Children's Museum, Tampa Theatre and more! The event is free and open to the public.

Curtis Hixon Park is served by HART local routes 7, 10, 14, 30, 46.

SPoT X Etnies benefiting Boards for Bros
Skatepark of Tampa, March 16, 10 am - 3 pm
4215 E Columbus Drive, Tampa FL 33605

Photo credit: SPoT
What better than the wind whipping through your hair as you rip through the air, defying gravity on a wooden deck? If "Ollies," "kickflips" and "fakies" are in your vocabulary, you might want to check out the Skatepark of Tampa (SPoT) during your Spring Break. On Saturday, March 16, SPoT provides the opportunity to skateboard with professional skateboarders Nick Garcia, Jose Rojo, and Tyler Bledsoe (among others). It's all for a good cause too, as the event will be raising money for Boards for Bros, a SPoT initiative aimed at collecting and refurbishing skateboards to be provided to kids in the community that can't afford their own.

Bring in a used board, wheels, or trucks and eat and skate free, with the etnies team. For more information, visit the event page on the SPoT Facebook.

SPoT is served by HART local route 15.

Hillsborough County Spring Break Camps
Various Hillsborough County Parks/Recreation Centers, March 11-15,
7:30 am- 6:00 pm

Youth, ages 5-15, can take part in special spring break camps set up by Hillsborough County at 12 different county parks and recreation centers. The Spring-Break Camps are designed to develop creativity and imagination, and offer a number of fun activities including arts and crafts, fitness, good sportsmanship, team sports, and more. Many camps will also offer field trips.

Things to know:

Fees: $38 per child for the week
          $30 with a current reduced lunch letter
          $20 with a free lunch letter

Pack snacks, drinks, lunches, etc. for your child.

A special Teen Camp is available at the Jackson Springs Teen Center providing free Wi-Fi, video games, a game room (ping pong, billiards, etc.), a gym, and more!

Click here for a list of Spring Break Camp locations.

Over 50 artists will be out creating chalk art!
Chalk Walk Festival
Hyde Park Village, March 15-17
742 South Village Circle,  Tampa, FL 33606

Watch as over 50 artists create sidewalk masterpieces Friday - Sunday at Hyde Park Village in Tampa. The event is free and will also feature children activities and live music.

Hyde Park Village is served by HART local route 4.

Have fun this spring and get there with HART!