Things to do with the kids this week
This is a great time of year to be a local yokel. The snowbirds aren't here yet, the weather is just starting to cool and we don't have a lengthy holiday to-do list ... yet. So here's what's in our fall cornucopia of things to do with your kids this week.
If you loved the cartoon version, take your kids to a live staging of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Saturday at Gulfport's Catherine Hickman Theatre, 5501 27th Ave. S. The show, a musical comedy by Clark Gesner based on characters created by Charles M. Schulz in his "Peanuts comic strip," runs now through Sunday. Tickets are $18-$25 available online or at 1-877-275-7050.
Creative Clay has always aimed to make the arts accessible. So in addition to this weekend's Creative Clay Folkfest's extensive visual art booths there will be food vendors, children's entertainment, artist workshops and a performance stage and dance floor featuring local, regional and national acts. It's all on the street in front of Creative Clay at 1124 Central Ave. from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. And best of all, it's free.
Book Time at Brooker Creek on Thursday will use the book "The Snail's Spell" by Joanne Ryder to teach kids how snails move, see and feel their way through a garden. The program, which starts at 10:30 a.m., also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. It's free but call to registration at the Environmental Education Center at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road Tarpon Springs. Phone: (727) 453-6800
This ones for the moms. Vino 100 stores are throwing free Ladies Night Out gatherings Thursday in St. Petersburg and Friday in the Valrico store. The St. Petersburg crowd will get food from the Let’s Eat meal preparation kitchen, with wine pairings and chair massages from 5 to 8 p.m. at 5056 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. The Valrico group on Friday gets a wine sampling paired with paninis, sweet treats, live music, and mini-massage and facials from 5 to 8 p.m. at 1038 Bloomingdale Ave. Free.
The Kid's Party at the Beach is Friday night at the St. Pete Beach Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive St. Pete Beach from 6 to 9 p.m. It's for little ones in grades 1-5, with pool swim, pizza and gym games. Registration is required by Thursday. It's $6.50 per child, or $5 with resident recreation card. Phone: (727) 363-9245.
Get a price break and a "Shriek Peek" this weekend of Lowry Park's Halloween themed ZooBoo, with haunted houses and trails for older zoogoers (new this year: Project Alien and Sinister Shadows), plus special activities for younger kids and free unlimited zoo rides in the dark, including Gator Falls log flume. Its from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W Sligh Ave., Tampa. Admission is $12 for ages 3 and older. (813) 935-8552. lowryparkzoo.com.
This isn't cheap, but if you think you need some help teaching your kids dining etiquette, the Dine Like A Diplomat event Sunday will have their pinkies in the air. Kids ages 5-16 can learn social skills and proper dining etiquette at four-course meal with an etiquette fact sheet. Registration required at (727) 375-9066 or mannersclass.com for the $95 class. It runs 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Capital Grille, Bay Street at International Plaza, 2223 N West Shore Blvd., Tampa.
Shark fans get a treat at Thursday's Wee-time at Weedon, a program for ages 3-5 to teach kids about the wonders of the natural world. This week's program is on the book "Great Sharky Shark: A Tale of a Big Hunter" by Suzanne Tate. It's free but registration is required at the Cultural and Natural History Center at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE in St. Petersburg. It's free but you have to call to register at (727) 453-6500. It runs 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. on Thursday.
It's Geoffrey Giraffe's birthday at Toys R Us and you're invited to the celebration. On Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at stores throughout the bay area you can be a part of the birthday fun. There will be a fun hat parade, crafts, molding with Moon Sand and free gifts. The event is intended for kids ages 3 and up so get your kiddies over there for some fun.
In fact, there is so much going on this weekend that you're bound to find something to get you off the couch.
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne