Oh boy! That’s right… boys. Jersey Boys that is.  From a top Broadway musical to getting splashed with Sea Lion Stars this weekend shouldn’t include any boredom.  Start Friday by kicking back at my new favorite happy hour spot and end your weekend on Sunday stuffing your face at a local foodie festival.  Here are my top 5 things you don’t want to miss this weekend in Tampa Bay!

Jersey Boys, David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts
Ah, the Jersey Boys charm has returned to Tampa Bay for an unbelievably beautiful performance of pop classics from the Four Seasons; Frankie Valli (played by Tampa native Hayden Milanes), Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi.  The musical journey takes you on a tour of four blue-collar kids becoming one of the greatest successes in pop music history.  Together they wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide- all before 30 (thanks for making me feel like a waste of space boys).
Friday, April 11 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 12, 2 & 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 13, 2 & 7:30 p.m.
For more information visit: http://www.strazcenter.org/

NEW Happy Hour, Jackson’s Bistro Bar & Sushi
All right folks, it’s time to revisit Jackson’s Bistro & Bar for happy hour on Fridays! I went last week for their first official Friday Happy Hour kickoff party! It was FANTASTIC!!! $5 Smirnoff martinis (includes various flavors) my favorite was the Strawberry Lemon Drop Martini! Yum, yum! And I must also report that Jackson’s gets my official approval on a good Dirty Martini. Another crowd favorite was the $5 Captain Morgan White Rum Mojito! And for those who aren’t into all the fun, fancy drinks… house wines, domestic beers and wells are ½ off.  Live music starts at 6 p.m. So, grab your buddy or your boo with a beautiful waterfront view and let that easy breezy feeling carry you into the weekend! Happy hour is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for more information visit: http://www.jacksonsbistro.com/

Sea Lion Splash, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo
Get ready to “awwww” your way through this special sea lion exhibit at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo (here until May31st).  Laugh, learn and be entertained about Patagonian and California sea lions as well as their other sister species that live along the coasts of Mexico, Central and South America.  In addition to the show enjoy inflatable slides, bounce houses, special food and beverages and of course don’t forget to pick up a souvenier at the special sea lion gift shop!  The cost to see the cuties is in addition to your Zoo admission and completely worth the $2.  After the presentation, stick around and a limited number of guests will have a chance to get their picture taken with two of the sea lion stars (for an additional fee)! For more information visit: http://www.lowryparkzoo.com/sealions/

Discover the Dinosaurs, Florida State Fairgrounds
Take a walk back in time and discover the dinosaurs from back in prehistoric times. Touch, feel, hear the dinosaurs while participating in a special scavenger hunt (kids, once you complete the scavenger hunt you get to spin the wheel and win a prize). Additional attractions include: Dino Dig, Dino Theater, Dino Den, Dinosaur Rides, Inflatables, Gem and fossil painting & more.  The exhibit is open Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets range from $15-$22, for more information visit: http://www.discoverthedinosaurs.com/Events/tampa.html

Taste of South Tampa, Hyde Park Village
Well… if you were “too busy” to read my blog earlier this week about the Taste of South Tampa you also missed a chance to score free tickets to this awesome foodie event. Bummer…. Well good news, tickets are still available for this fantastic family-friendly (and fido-friendly) event.  Enjoy over 40 food and beverage samples from local vendors for the price of $45. Don’t forget your non-perishable food item donation to Metropolitan Ministries, because with every donation you will receive an entry in a special drawing for restaurant gift cards and other awesome prizes from participating restaurants.  The Taste of South Tampa is on Sunday, April 13 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for more info visit: http://bit.ly/1hXPgvx