If there's any South Florida team not needing a gimmick to attract patrons, it's the Florida Marlins. The Fish are still wet from their World Series splash last October, and the team is hot out of the gates in 2004. First place in the NL East, comfortably ahead of the Braves and Phillies, threatening for the best record in the league. But, if you are one of those reluctant few still wanting something extra besides the play between the lines, HealthSouth Family Sunday offers that added incentive. For starters, the first 100 people through the gates get to participate in Snapshot Sunday, a photo session with Billy the Marlin located outside section 130. Need some pampering? Perfect Moment Day Spa offers complimentary massages in the section 242 concourse until the game's fifth inning. And, like most family promotions, kids make out the best. Baseball Buddies allows local little league teams an opportunity to take the field during the national anthem, and all children 12 and under are allowed to run the bases following the game. If this doesn't get you out to Pro Player Stadium (2269 Dan Marino Blvd., Miami), nothing will. First pitch for the Marlins and Diamondbacks gets thrown at 3:05 p.m. Call 305-626-7492. -- Russ EvansGilligan!
Castaway days return
What the hell season are we in? Spring or summer? Is there even a difference down here? Well, when Castaway Island at T.Y. Park (3300 N. Park Rd., Hollywood) extends its aquatic operations from weekends to daily, there must be some type of change in the weather. It's probably been a while since you last played "pirates" (that sort of lost its appeal once you discovered a different type of booty to chase around), and Castaway Island's water cannon are a fun way to relive those long-lost days of youth, or at least take out your aggression without actually hurting anyone. Of course, Castaway Island has other water-park features as well, such as slides, a spinning roof, overflowing urn, and palm trees with water-tipping coconuts. Castaway Island is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through September. The cost is $5 per person. Call 954-985-1980. -- Jason BudjinskiRocky Horror Wrestling
Looking for some entertainment this weekend? Tired of the same run-of-the-mill pastimes? Maybe something extraordinary and outside the box would tickle your fancy. FAU's Rocky Horror Picture Show Fan Club is sponsoring a Wrestling Campus Invasion today at the university's Live Oaks Pavilion (777 Glades Rd., Boca Raton). Four Star Championship Wrestling presents a six-bout card featuring former WCW Star Norman Smiley taking on Ryan O'Reilly for the FSCW Heavyweight Championship. Also included on the afternoon's menu is an intergender match pitting Cassidy the Female Sensation against Logan Casey. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $6 for kids. FAU students get in free. Call 954-695-3196. -- Russ EvansWhat a Clamor!
South Florida resembles New England only insofar as its highways are cluttered with many Massachusetts license plates. But this weekend's New England Clambake at Esplanade Park (corner of SW Second Street and SW Second Avenue, Fort Lauderdale) reels in the real treasures of the Northeast. Show up at 6:30 p.m. for clam chowder, Maine lobster, live music, and dancing. Call 954-467-7423, ext. 35. -- Jason Budjinski