We have New Years Eve celebrations galore, even for the kiddies, a screening of a film which will put you on ice, a real circus and an outstanding evening of big band swing and jive music and dancing.
NOON YEAR’S EVE AT THE MUSEUM Monday, Dec. 31 11:30 a.m.
This is great, get them trained for all of the New Year’s Eve hoopla early so they will know what to expect when they are really old enough to go out on the town. Here, in a safe environment, they will make hats and noisemakers and other accessories for all the fun at one hour parties all day long. Admission is $21.95 adults $16.95 children
Glazer Children’s Museum 1110 W. Gasparilla plaza Tampa 33602 813-443-3861 glazer.org
DOWNTOWN DECO EVE Monday, Dec. 31 9 p.m.
A rockin’ roarin’ 20’s New Years Gala on the terrace of the Forum, There will be street performers and music by the Southtown Fever band. And of course you get to watch the fireworks at midnight. Admission is $150 and proceeds benefit Heartbeat International
Tampa Bay Times Forum 401 Channelside Drive Tampa 33602 813-301-2500
NEW YEARS EVE TOAST Monday, Dec. 31 9 p.m.
This is a party on two floors of the convention center which will overlook the fireworks display. There will be 15 DJ’s rockin’ you with music and a 2,500 balloon drop at midnight. Admission is strange, but here goes $20 – $100
Tampa Convention Center 333 S. Franklin St. Tampa 3 3602 813-274-8511
NEW YEARS EVE AT AJA CHANNELSIDE Monday, Dec. 31 9 p.m.
This must be a huge night for DJ’s because you’ve got more of them here, as well as an open bar and a champagne toast at midnight while you’re -what else – watching the fireworks. Admission is $10 and the you have to buy an open bar ticket which will range from $25 to $45.
Aja Channelside 290 S. Meridian Ave. Tampa 33602 813-223-5758 ajachannelside
CHASING ICE SCREENING Tuesday, Jan 1 7:30 p.m.
Well, if you got all heated up and overwrought with the goings on over the holidays, this film will cool you down, and fast. It’s the work of photographer James Balog who traveled around the world for three years and set cameras on glaciers -including at the Arctic – in order to study how fast they were melting. The results will astound you and probably scare you. And who are those dolts who say there is no such thing as global warning. Admission is $10
Tampa Theatre 711 N. Franklin St. Tampa 33602 813-274-8982 tampatheatre
RINGLING BROS./BARNUM AND BAILEY CIRCUS Wednesday, Jan 2 7:30 p.m.
It’s the mother of all circuses and has been around as long as all of us. This year’s show is entitled Built to Amaze, And there will be all the elephants, and tigers and flying people and clown alley, a barrel of fun every year. Admission is $16 – $85
Tampa Bay Times Forum 401 Channelside Drive Tampa 33602 813-301-2500 ringling
JUMP JIVE AND WAIL Friday, Jan. 4 8 p.m.
Conductor Victor Vanacore leads the Florida Orchestra Pops through an evening of big band, boogie and blues and the music of such famed performers as Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, and Glenn Miller, along with award winning swing dancers. Fun. Admission is $15 – $45
Straz Center/Performing Arts 1010 N. MacInnes Place Tampa 33602 813-229-7827 strazcenter