Things to do with the kiddos this week
With all the depressing economic news, it's time to take your mind off things and mind your kids. Here our picks for some good distractions this week.
Chocolate milk's the star of Halloween-themed Got Milk? Halloween Tour for kids with a "spooktacular" story time, free chocolate milk sampling and more at Haslam's Book Store on Thursday. The beloved independent book store is at 2025 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, and the event is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Best of all, it's free. You'll find some other bay area Halloween activites here.
You've already heard me rave about the Pinellas County Extension's free family cooking classes. The next session is starting Thursday at the new Child's Park YMCA, 691 43rd St. S in St. Petersburg and in runs from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursdays through Oct. 30. If the class fills up they'll let you know when the next sessions are coming up. Or you can keep an eye on the Extension office's calendar. Call (727) 582-2122 to register. Or you can take your kids to cooking class on Saturday called ''It's the Great Pumpkin!'' at the Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium, 2080 Badlands Drive in Brandon. The class, aimed for ages 6 to 9 shows you how to make pumpkin treats including pumpkin cookies, pumpkin spice muffins. It's $25 and it starts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Call (813) 653-2418. And Foodies is offering a Kid-Friendly Salisbury Steak class on Saturday starting at 1 p.m. at 2312 Fourth St. N in St. Petersburg.For kids ages 8 and up, it puts a fun twist on traditional hamburger steaks by adding homemade sweet and tangy BBQ Sauce. It costs $30; call (727) 209-1418 to register. And there are plenty of other classes to get your kiddo interested in the culinary arts.
Saturday is a busy day in downtown St. Petersburg. I wrote an article on all the conflicts and how to plan your parking around the opening of the Saturday Morning Market and the 10th annual Susan G. Koman Race for the Cure and the grand opening of the new downtown spur of the Pinellas Trail bike path. Kids are included in a fun run at the breast cancer fundraiser and there will be helmet fittings and bike registration at Tropicana Field where they are doing the ribbon cutting for the Trail.
Bring your dog and check out the hawgs at the free Hogs and Dogs party in the Grand Central District of St. Petersburg, between First Avenue N and First Avenue S, from 19th to 31st streets will have motorcycle displays, a dog pageant and costume contest, pet portraits and photo contest, exhibits and live entertainment from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Go to grandcentraldistrict.org for more info.
Bring your little climbers to the grand opening of University Mall’s new pirate-themed soft play area on Saturday. After the 10:15 a.m. ribbon cutting, the 1,500 square feet of play located near Sears will turned over the tots and Chick-fil-A will provide food and an appearance from the Chick-fil-A cow.
If your little ones love trains, then this a good weekend. Head over to Largo Central Park to ride the Largo Central Railroad from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The train rides the rails on more than 1 mile of track around the park. Anyone can ride And if you miss it this weekend, don't fret -- the public runs are the first full weekend of each month. It's free but donations are suggested to help with train and track maintenance.
For those who just like to watch or operate model trains, check out the 55th H&R Train Show on Friday through Sunday at H&R Trains, 6901 U.S. 19 N,
Pinellas Park. There will be model trains on display, races and giveaways. The kids can paint a Thomas train and use it in the "Little Engineers Unpowered Downhill Wooden Locomotive Race" on Saturday from 3-4:30 p.m.
Check here for lots more events for the weekend.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne and Sherry Robinson