By Barbara Ann Kelley,

Having fun with the kids on the weekends can get expensive but it doesn’t have to be. We have combed the internet for this weekend’s fun and inexpensive things to do with the kids. It’s a family fun weekend filled with pirates, monster trucks, and glow in the dark bowling balls!

Children’s Gasparilla Parade:

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Saturday, January 21, 2012 from 11a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The alcohol-free McDonald’s Children’s Gasparilla Extravaganza focuses on family friendly activities along Bayshore Boulevard (and Bay To Bay) and will feature the Gasparilla Preschooler’s Stroll, the Gasparilla Air Invasion, the Children’s Gasparilla Parade (3:30), and fireworks (7-7:30 PM). Most of these events are free unless you would like bleacher seating for the parade.

Monster Truck Jam and Free Meet and Greets

Before the Monster Trucks start crushing and smashing things Saturday night at Raymond James Stadium, some of the show’s biggest stars will be on display across the Bay area. Stop by these locations to see them for free. You can even take your own pictures with the 12-foot-tall, 10,000-pound trucks for free. There are other truck on display click here to find you favorite:

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Free Monster Truck Meet and Greets:

Thursday, Jan. 19 at 4 – 8PM
Grave Digger: The Legend
Dairy Queen
10830 N 56th St.
Temple Terrace

Friday, Jan. 20 at 3 – 7 PM
Stone Crusher
Elder Ford of Tampa
9545 N Florida Ave.

Day Time Cyber Bowling at Pin Chasers:

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Cyber Bowling is the best lights and music, bowling entertainment anywhere the balls even glow in the dark!  Hot music and music videos are played on the drop-down screens over the lanes while you bowl. Pin Chasers has 3 different locations: Two in Tampa and one in Zephyrhills. They have weekend daytime kids Cyber Bowling sessions and charge between $2.79 and $3.70 per game per child. Adults are $4.79 per game. All prices include the shoes. Cyber bowling has the latest and favorite music and music videos played on the drop-down screens over the lanes while you bowling with glowing bowling balls.