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Weekend Guide: January 3 - 5

Updated: Jan 4, 2020

A list of kid-friendly events in St. Petersburg, Florida.

It's not just the start of a new year; it's the start of a new decade! Jump right into 2020 with a weekend filled with lots of fun local events and activities for your Sunshine City kids.

And this weekend is just the beginning of a year of new adventures with the whole family. Happy New Year, parents — we're looking forward to another year of exploring our super cool city with you!

Friday, January 3rd

Open Gym at Bayside Sports Academy

Open Gym is open to children ages 6 & under every Friday. $8/child. 9:00-11:00am.

Babytime at Gulfport Public Library

If you have little ones under 2 years old, please join Gulfport Public Library for Babytime. There will be songs, books, lap bounce rhymes, and the opportunity to meet other caregivers with infants and young toddlers. Older siblings are also welcome. 10:00-10:30am.

Preschool Story Time at Gulf Beaches Public Library

Join Gulf Beaches Public Library for songs, stories, and crafts with a "Letter J" theme. 10:30am.

Mr. Brad's Music Fun Time at St. Petersburg Main Library

Get ready to sing and dance! Join Mr. Brad as he plays familiar sing-a-alongs and high-energy original songs on a wide variety of instruments. Free for children ages 1 to 5 and their caregivers. 10:30-11:15am.

James Playdate at The James Museum

The James Museum welcomes the youngest learners and their caregivers on the first Friday of every month. Grab your stroller and come for a morning filled with art, touchable objects, stories, songs, and a chance to connect with other adults. Each month brings a new theme and fun ways to explore through creative play. Ages 0–3 with an adult. Space is limited; reservations recommended. Included with admission; free for members. 10:30-11:30am.

Life-Sized Candyland and Sweet Crafts at Largo Public Library

Sign up for a time slot to play life-sized Candyland, which has been around for more than 70 years. While you are waiting for your turn, enjoy some crafts and other activities sure to satisfy your sweeter side. Registration required; ages 5 to 12. 1:00-4:45pm.

Art Making: Open Studio for Children and Teens at The James Museum

When school is out, fun is IN at The James! Join the museum for open studio, a space for kids and teens to experiment with an array of art materials and make their own masterpieces. Drop in and let your creativity run wild. Included with admission; free for members. Ages 4–17; children must be accompanied by an adult. 1:00-4:00pm.

Holiday Lights in the Gardens

Join the Florida Botanical Gardens for a Pinellas County holiday tradition Nov. 29 - Jan. 4! The Gardens will sparkle with more than 1 million, twinkling, colorful LED lights of all shapes and sizes. Brand new this year will be expanded pathways and displays following the recently created Wetlands Walkway. Admission is a suggested donation of $5/person over the age of 13. 5:30-9:30pm.

Kid's Night Out at Romp N Roll

Treat your kids ages 2 to 5 and yourself to a fun night out! Parents get an evening to themselves while the children get to run, play, dance, and have fun with energetic instructors. A pizza party dinner and bubble dance party are included. Children do not need to be potty-trained. $25/member, $30/non-member (sibling discount available). 6:00-9:00pm.

Friday Night Shuffle at St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club

Friday nights are free and open to the public at the St. Petersburg Shuffleboard Club! Bring your own food and beverages and enjoy the courts. 7:00-10:00pm.

Saturday, January 4th

Bird Walk at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Look for birds on a guided hike led by expert birders. Binoculars are available for loan. Cost is free; all ages. 8:00am.

SPAS Navigating Nature at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Navigating Nature, sponsored by the St. Petersburg Audubon Society, is a free camp for kids in grades 4 through 8. Campers are given the opportunity to experience nature up-close-and-personal through a variety of activities including nature walks, animal encounters, crafts, and hands-on science. Registration is required. 8:30-11:30am.

Weedon Walkabout at Weedon Island Preserve

Join in for a guided hike through the mangrove and upland ecosystems of Weedon Island Preserve. Learn about the coastal environment, native wildlife, and early history of the Preserve. This hike may be up to 2 miles (round trip). All ages are welcome but children younger than 6 years old may find this hike challenging. 9:00-11:00am.

Kids Workshop at The Home Depot

Face off with fun in this Mini Hockey Game Workshop. Kids develop hands-on skills by sanding, nailing, painting, and more. With help from parents and Store Associates, your child will create their own game. All Kids Workshop attendees must be accompanied by a parent or adult at all times. All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. 9:00am-12:00pm.

Saturday Morning Market at Al Lang Stadium

Find St. Petersburg's Saturday Morning Market in the parking lot of Al Lang Stadium every Saturday from October to May. This market is an extraordinary ode to great food, creative expression, and our wonderfully vibrant community. Come see what happens when you combine a Farmers Market, a Craft Fair, and a Festival into an amazing weekly gathering. 9:00am-2:00pm.

Mouse Exploration at Sky Zone

Join Mickey and friends at Sky for the ultimate Toddler Time. Free Accompanying Adults! 9:30-11:00am.

Open Tree Climb at Pathfinder Outdoor Education

Pathfinder's trained facilitators take you through a brief ground school and then you can climb at your own pace into the canopy of a gorgeous live oak. Anyone ages 6 and up can climb - it's not just for kids! And it's FREE for every climber. 10:00am-3:00pm.

Largo Central Railroad at Largo Central Park

**DELAYED START** Join Largo Central Railroad for a ride around beautiful Largo Central Park on the miniature railroad. The accurately modeled scale locomotives pull you and your family along a mile-long loop through great scenery, the spooky tunnel, and our waterfall pond. Fun for all ages! 10:00am-3:00pm.

Saturdays at the Morean Arts Center

Saturdays @ the Morean is a free family drop-in art studio hosted by the Morean Arts Center. Art activities are geared toward children ages 5 to 10. 10:00am-12:30pm & 1:00-3:30pm.

Edible Wilds Walk at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Join this guided hike with Julie Miller to explore edible plants and learn what plants to avoid. Cost is $3/adult or $1.50/child; all ages. 11:00am.

Little Surrealists Tour at The Dali Museum

Kids ages 4-11 are invited to bring their families on a special 1-hour Museum tour. Free with museum admission. 11:00am-12:00pm.

Storytime at Barnes & Noble

Join Barnes & Noble for a storytime and activities featuring "Grumpy Monkey." 11:00am-12:00pm.

Pioneer Open House at Pinellas Pioneer Settlement

Step back in time for a relaxing afternoon with family and friends. The tour of buildings begins at 11am. Free and for all ages! 11:00am-2:00pm.

DillyDally with Dali at The Dali

Children ages 4-11 can discover the creative world of Dali through games, puzzles, and arts + crafts activities that educate and encourage family interaction. Cost is free. 12:00-2:30pm.

January St. Pete Street Faire at Green Bench Brewing Co.

**CANCELED** Find Indie Flea at Green Bench Brewing the first Saturday of the month. Here, shop 100+ artisans and vendors, food trucks, mobile shops, live DJ, and more. This event is always free to attend and family- and pet-friendly! 12:00-4:00pm.

Outdoor Crafts for Kids at Gulfport Public Library

Kids in grades K-5 are invited to join Gulfport Public Library for a delightful afternoon of outdoor crafts in the Circle of Friends Library Garden. Participants will make stick wind chimes, painted rocks, and bird feeders. 2:00-3:00pm.

Family Night Hike at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Join preserve rangers for this popular guided hike. Explore the preserve after hours in a small group setting. Look for alligators, listen for bats, and search for scorpions! Cost is $5/adult and $3.50/child. 7:00pm.

Sunday, January 5th

Sensory Sensitive Sunday at Chuck E. Cheese's

Chuck E. Cheese's offers a sensory-friendly experience on the first Sunday of every month, opening stores two hours before normal opening time. Sensory events include a trained and caring staff that works to ensure each guest has a fun-filled visit. 9:00-11:00am.

Toddlerdega at Pro Karting Experience

This event is for mini drivers ages 2 to 6 or Power Wheel size drivers. Pro Karting Experience supplies the race track, you supply the driver and the vehicle. $5 pit pass per driver or $20 for Power Wheel rental/pit pass. 9:00-11:00am.

Family Yoga Class at Peace of Yoga

Kidding Around Yoga Classes with Desiree utilize yoga poses creatively tucked into partner yoga, games and activities, original music, stories and more. This yoga class is specifically designed for kids (2 and older), but moms, dads, grandparents, and other caregivers are welcome! Donations accepted. 10:00-11:00am.

Corey Avenue Sunday Market at St. Pete Beach

Find this market located on Corey Avenue in St. Pete Beach. This market hosts 70+ local vendors selling local and conventional produce, plants, herbs, raw honey, take-home foods, artisan products, fresh baked goods, lunch bites, local art, handcrafts, and more! Fun for all ages and dog-friendly. 10:00am-2:00pm.

Largo Central Railroad at Largo Central Park

Join Largo Central Railroad for a ride around beautiful Largo Central Park on the miniature railroad. The accurately modeled scale locomotives pull you and your family along a mile-long loop through great scenery, the spooky tunnel, and the waterfall pond. Fun for all ages! 10:00am-4:00pm.

Alligator Walk at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Learn about the American alligator, Florida's state reptile, which calls our wetlands home on this guided hike. Cost is $3/adult and $1.50/child; all ages. 11:30am.

Sundays at the Morean Center for Clay

Sundays @ The Morean is a free family drop-in Clay Play Session hosted by the Morean Center for Clay. Clay, tools and working tables provided, please bring your imagination. This session is open to all families with children (not recommended for children under 3 years old). 1:00-3:00pm.

Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Children are invited to learn the basics of yoga and meditation through movement, games, and songs. Bring a mat and water. The 2pm session is for ages 4 to 7; the 3pm session is for ages 8 to 13. Cost is $10. 2:00pm & 3:00pm.

SPARK Lab at the St. Petersburg Main Library

Create and learn with these activities for children in 3rd - 5th grade that focus on S.T.R.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math). 2:30-3:30pm.

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