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Weekend Guide: November 16-18

Let us do all of the research so you don't have to! Here's our roundup of family-friendly events and things to do with kids in St. Petersburg for November 16th to 18th.


Friday, November 16th


Open Gym at Bayside Sports Academy

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

Terrific Tots at Great Explorations Children's Museum

This members-only program is offered when school is in session for children ages 1-3 and a caregiver. Join the museum for songs and movement, story time, an art or craft exploration and community time for tots and their adults! 9:30-10:00am.

Toddler Early Literacy Program at St. Petersburg Main Library

Join the library for story time featuring movement, music and fun with rhymes, stories, and puppets! For children ages 1 - 3 with a caregiver. 10:15am and 11:00am.


Paper Plate Scarecrow Craft at Growing Up

Come get in the fall spirit at Growing Up and have your little ones make a paper plate scarecrow! This is an activity included in the cost of the day pass or with membership. Please sign up to save your spot. 10:30-11:30am.

Preschool Story Time at Gulf Beaches Public Library

Preschool-aged children can enjoy songs, stories and crafts with a Thanksgiving theme! 10:30am.

Reading Fun Storytime at Childs Park Community Library

Children in grades PreK-2 and their caregivers are invited for stories, music and fun! 4:15-5:00pm.

S.T.R.E.A.M. Club at Childs Park Community Library

Explore Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Arts, and Math with hands-on science experiments, coding, stories, and more! For children in grades 3-5. 4:15-5:00pm

The Family Camp Out at Freedom Lake Park

Come join the City of Pinellas Park Recreation Services for a night under the stars with your family. Participants will enjoy camp food, games, fishing, a movie and much more! $15 per family. Register at one of Pinellas Park's Recreation Centers or online at www.pinellas-park.com. 5:00pm.


Oozefest at Vinoy Park

Hosted by Gulf to Bay Food Truck Association, this cheesy food festival returns for its third year to downtown St. Pete. The gourmet food trucks will be serving up cheesy-inspired dishes as well as their normal cuisine. The family-friendly festival also features live music and a craft beer garden. 6:00pm.


Parents' Night Out at Madeira Beach Recreation Center

Join Madeira Beach Recreation for Parents' Night Out! Drop off your children ages 5 to 14 at the Rec Center and a fully licensed staff will keep them entertained with games, movies, and activities while you head out for the evening! Cost is $15 for residents and $20 for non-residents. 6:00-10:00pm.

St. Pete 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.

"Yuletide Skies" at SPC Planetarium & Observatory

Be sure to visit SPC's Yuletide planetarium decorated for the holiday season! Go back in time 2000 years to see astronomical events that may have inspired the Biblical account of the "Christmas Star" at SPC Planetarium's Free Friday Shows. Children must be at least 5 years old to attend. 7:00pm & 8:15pm.


Saturday, November 17th


Saturday Morning Market at Al Lang Stadium

This lively and huge outdoor market is open from October to May in the parking lot of Al Lang Stadium. Live music, a variety of vendors and a strong sense of community make this market the heart of St. Pete. 9:00am-2:00pm.

Station 7 Grand Opening

Join SPFD for the Grand Opening of Station 7 at 875 64th Ave. N. Bring your family and friends to tour the fire station and enjoy the bounce houses and other family activities! The ceremony will start promptly at 9am with opening remarks, a flag ceremony and ribbon cutting. After the ceremony, all are welcome to look around the station and enjoy the activities. 9:00am-12:00pm.


Nature's Elements at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Children ages 3 to 6 will enjoy nature walks, tram rides, program animals, art, games, songs, and stories with environmental educator in this drop-off program with Amalia Fernand from Nature Explorers International. Nature Explorers, from 1 to 4pm, will have similar activities tailored for ages 7 to 12. Cost is $15. 9:30am-12:30pm.


Shopapalooza Festival, Part 1 at South Straub Park

Shopapalooza is Tampa Bay's biggest shopping event of the year, packed with free entertainment, free giveaways and plenty of surprises! The event also features free entertainment, free giveaways, free activities for children and plenty of surprises. 10:00am-5:00pm.


Tampa Bay Holiday Market at The Coliseum

Hosted by The Tampa Bay Times, Holiday Market & Expo is a two-day event held at The Coliseum in Downtown St. Petersburg. The market will have various kinds of chocolates, candles, jewelry, handbags, garments, holiday gifts, decorative items and more! Santa will be in the house both Saturday and Sunday. 10:00am-5:00pm.

Saturdays at the Morean Arts Center

Saturdays @ the Morean is a free family drop-in art studio hosted by the Morean Arts Center. 10:00am-3:30pm.

Explore Science: Let's Do Chemistry at Great Explorations

The Explore Science: Let’s Do Chemistry event at Great Explorations Children’s Museum is part of a nationwide festival of educational programs about ways to experiment, explore and tackle challenges with chemistry. This program is included with general admission, free for members 10:00am-2:00pm.

Kidding Around Yoga at The MFA

Join the MFA the first and third Saturday of each month (except for December) at 10 am with your children ages 3 and up. The Kidding Around Yoga system utilizes the yoga poses or asanas creatively tucked into: partner yoga, games and activities, original music, stories and more.  The class is specifically designed for kids – families welcome. Cost is $5 per person and includes admission to the MFA Collections Gallery. 10:00-11:00am.


CraftArt Festival at Florida CraftArt

Located just outside the doors of the Florida CraftArt Gallery along Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg, the CraftArt Festival is a destination for tourists and local visitors to enjoy an artful Florida weekend. More than 120 of the nation’s best contemporary fine craft artists show and sell their creations. There are artist demonstrations (wheel throwing, glass blowing, wood turning), a children’s activity tent, food trucks, wine and craft beer. 10:00am-5:00pm.

Make & Take Saturday at The MFA

Create your own masterpiece inspired by works in the MFA's collection and special exhibitions. Recommended for ages five and older, but entire families are encouraged to participate. All activities are included with admission. 11:00am-2:00pm.


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 "Bear Says Thanks." 11:00am.

DillyDally with Dali at The Dali

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

Explore the Magic Harry Potter Event at Barnes & Noble

Live the adventure of Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts! Join Barnes & Noble at Tyrone Blvd. for activities, games, cosplay, LEGO building, special offers, and giveaways! 2:00pm.

Annual Tree Lighting Celebration at Sundial St. Pete

Join in the festivities as Santa makes his grand arrival at The Mall at Sundial! This magical night will be filled with the first snowfall, a tree lighting, holiday musical entertainment, face painting, arts + crafts from NOMAD Art Bus and more! 5:30-8:30pm.


Sunday, November 18th


Tampa Bay Holiday Market at The Coliseum

Hosted by The Tampa Bay Times, Holiday Market & Expo is a two-day event held at The Coliseum in Downtown St. Petersburg. The market will have various kinds of chocolates, candles, jewelry, handbags, garments, holiday gifts, decorative items and more! Santa will be in the house both Saturday and Sunday. 10:00am-5:00pm.


CraftArt Festival at Florida CraftArt

Located just outside the doors of the Florida CraftArt Gallery along Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg, the CraftArt Festival is a destination for tourists and local visitors to enjoy an artful Florida weekend. More than 120 of the nation’s best contemporary fine craft artists show and sell their creations. There are artist demonstrations (wheel throwing, glass blowing, wood turning), a children’s activity tent, food trucks, wine and craft beer. 10:00am-4:00pm.

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 ages 2 & up. Donations accepted. 11:30am-12:30pm.

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 ages 3 & up. 1:00-3:00pm.

Menorah Workshop at The Home Depot

Join the Chabad Jewish Center of Greater St. Petersburg to create your own emoji Menorah or Chanukah kit at The Home Depot at Tyrone Blvd! The event will also feature Chanukah music, Chanukah treats, and games and prizes. This workshop is free but reservations are required. 2:30-4:00pm.

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