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Best Bets: Fun stuff to do this week in the Tampa Bay area

Published:   |   Updated: January 18, 2014 at 01:43 PM

Not sure what to do this week? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are our editors’ picks from the Florida Orchestra’s tribute to James Bond to a pint-sized pirate invasion on Bayshore Boulevard.

AT THE MOVIES

(Opening Friday)

Stand-up comedy master Kevin Hart stars as a police recruit who joins Ice Cube on an overnight mission in an effort to gain the detective’s respect and earn his blessing to marry his sister — but the night spirals out of comedic control in “Ride Along.”

SAIL AWAY

(Through Jan. 22)

Feel like a real sea dog when you step aboard the Lynx, a historically accurate replica of a War of 1812 privateer ship, for a tour ($10) or a two-hour cruise into the bay ($35 or $55). The schooner is docked at the Tampa Convention Center until it sets sail for St. Pete.

SHAKEN AND STIRRED

(Friday to Sunday)

The Florida Orchestra Pop Series pays tribute to the iconic British agent 007 — Bond, James Bond — plus other sleuths and bumbling inspectors when it performs “Bond & Beyond” at The Straz, the Mahaffey Theater and Ruth Eckerd Hall. Tickets range from $15 to $45.

A PIRATE’S LIFE FOR LITTLE ONES

(Saturday)

A pint-sized pirate invasion takes over Bayshore Boulevard when the McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza rolls into town with a parade, food vendors, costumes, fireworks and lots of beads.

DECADENT WEEKEND

(Saturday to Monday)

Three days of decadent desserts, delectable drinks and dynamic demonstrations all featuring chocolate will sweeten MOSI during its fourth annual Festival of Chocolate. Eat your heart out Willy Wonka. Tickets are $17.95 or $21.95.

THE WORLD ON A STRING

(Saturday and Sunday)

Head to the Thunderbird Beach Resort on Treasure Island to see the best multi-line kite-flyers from all over the U.S. compete in aerial ballets and tricks during the free Treasure Island Kite Festival. There will also will be kite flying demonstrations, candy drops, elaborate sky art formed with kites and more.

FEELING BLUE

(Sunday)

Four-time Grammy winner Stanley Clarke is among a hot lineup of blues performers, including Tedeschi Trucks Band, Galactic and Leon Russell, at the Sunshine Music & Blues Fest at Vinoy Park. Tickets are $49.50 to $99.50.

DREAM BIG

(Monday)

You can celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day on both sides of the bay Monday when the 29th annual National MLK Drum Major for Justice parade hits the streets of St. Petersburg, and Tampa hosts its 25th annual MLK Day Parade with bands and floats beginning their trek down MLK Boulevard at noon.

A FIRE INSIDE

(Wednesday)

California-bred goth-punk quartet AFI brings songs from their latest release, 2012’s “Burial,” plus others from their decades-spanning career to the Ritz Ybor. Tickets start at $25.

ON THE CHEAP

Parents play free: Parents get a free game when they pay for a full-price game for their child at Q-zar Laser Tag; noon to 8 p.m. Sunday; free; Q-zar Laser Tag, 7807 N. Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa; (813) 933-6995

Dillydally with Dali: Kids can discover the world of Salvador Dali through games, puzzles and art activities; drop in between 11:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday; free; Dali Museum, One Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg; (727)823-3767

Scandalous Stories: Join a celebrity panel of past krewe captains for a free evening of “Tall Tales & Scandalous Stories” about past Gasparilla seasons; 6:45 p.m. Friday; free; Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa; (813) 258-7302

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