1. Alligator: Dragons in paradise: This medley of facts and fantasy at the Sulfur Springs Museum and Heritage Center explores our enduring fascination with the alligator and its symbolic role in Florida history. The newly opened exhibit includes artifacts such as alligator bags, shoes, handbags, cast iron reproductions of alligator and crocodile skulls, and a variety of other alligator memorabilia. There is an accompanying lecture series called Wild Florida which includes a lecture at 2 p.m. Sunday by alumni. Tampa bay times environmental reporter Craig Pittman. He will talk about his book Cat tale, which deals with the Florida panther, the most remarkable comeback in Endangered Species Act history. Release. The museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday. 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa. 813-935-9402. sulphurspringsmuseum.org.
2. Pioneer nights: Drop off your kids ages 6-13 for a pioneer-style friends night, activities, campfire, and s’mores at Boyd Hill Pioneer Settlement, a living history museum next to the Boyd Hill. $ 20. 6 pm-10pm Saturday. 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg. 727-893-7326.
3. Fun family run: Dress up and get ready to go silly with Largo’s racing series with a special twist to keep them fun. Saturdays brings a family 5K and a pool party that starts at 8 a.m. $ 10 for an individual, $ 20 for the family. Highland Recreation Complex and Family Aquatic Center, 400 Highland Ave. NE, Largo. 727-518-3016. playlargo.com.
4. Breakfast with the animals: You and your family can chat with zookeepers about what animals eat for breakfast while you have breakfast alongside animals such as hippos, giraffes, and cheetahs. Breakfast includes Nutella pancakes, donuts, fruit, bagels, coffee and juice. There will also be a fruit carving demonstration and class, a photo op with a rhino, and admission to the zoo for the rest of the day. $ 110, $ 85 members. 8 am-9.30am Saturday. ZooTampa at Lowry Park, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. 813-935-8552. zootampa.org.
5. Mermaids at the Aquarium: It’s the last week to catch a new kind of marine life at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Until Thursday, mermaids will swim in the newly expanded Dolphin Complex from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the coffee shop. You can also swim with mermaids as part of a virtual reality experience. The aquarium has extended hours until July 25, opening at 9 a.m. daily and closing at 7 p.m. Included with admission. $ 32.95, $ 26.95 for ages 3-12. 249 Passage to the wind. Clear water. cmaquarium.org.