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Hi Mamas<br>
we just moved to the area a few months back and I would love to meet other mamas in the area, so far we have become friends with a few of our neighbors , but always looking to make more friends you can never have too many.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
We live on St Pete Beach and lovin' it, what a great place to be, we have two girls 3 years old and 12 months old, they are having a blast.<br><br>
We would love to meet other couples to pal around with and get some good recommendation on different things, (pediatricians), (dentists) (family doctors) etc.<br><br>
Oh and the best place for a night out with DH....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
We'll I hope to hear from ya' all out there.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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On Weds mornings, there are often a lot of moms that go to Largo Central Park. Also, check out My Little Play Town. Its a great indoor play place, which is nice to have around since its soooo hot out already!
 

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thanks mama, isnt largo a little far, I was told it was a 45 minute drive or so?<br>
Humm I really don't know though...<br><br>
are there any mamas out there more local to the st pete beach area?
 

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Mamamoogs, we are in downtown St Pete and I have a just 5 year old boy. Largo may seem far but most people do drive a bit around here. It seems my downtown area friends are going every other week to Busch Gardens! There is a new inflatable place in Largo that several people I know visit. You have a lovely new pool at the north bridge off st pete beach (i forget the name) and it seems there would be a lot of kids there. A lot of my friends put their kids into a morning preschool type setting a couple times a week at 3 so that may be an option for your kids to find some friends there too if you are interested in doing that at 3 years old. There is a place called Ultimate Party and Play Zone on 62nd Avenue and like 20th Street. There is a kid's pool area at the North Shore Pool on Tampa Bay. The local libraries often have children related activities. It is a 15 min. drive for us, but Pinellas Park library is very child friendly and has tons of children's activities there. Several other libraries around town have reading to the kids time. Finally, you may want to check out MOMS Club International. I'm not aware of a chapter in your zip code, but you can check it out on their website and if you have the gumption you can even start a chapter in your area!
 

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Rita, thanks for the tips <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
I have seen the new pool you referred to, it is really nice, I was told there are a lot of kiddos there, most older but a nice place to meet other mamas in the area, I think I was told there is a fee to join, I have to check it for sure.<br><br>
Busch Gardens sounds great but I am sure it could get pricey though if you went weekly.<br><br>
I guess we could venture out to largo and such on the weekends when DH is off from work. I have heard downtown St Pete is really nice, we have to try and go one weekend.<br>
I am still trying to find things that are here on the beach as well as free, (being a Sahm funds are a bit limited) we did do the library scene, my DD had a fun at story time, but my youngest wasnt so thrilled, she made herself known there during the story hour<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"><br>
My DD loves the playgrounds around here but with the heat it seems the kiddos only go after the dinner hours which is bad for us , because my Lo goes down to bed early.<br><br>
I am hoping to get my DD in pre-k but man it is so expensive here on the beach. I guess we could send her to pre-k off the beach , I need to look into a few, although I would prefer for her to be close to mom beings we are in a new state and this would be her first time away from mom but we'll see, I still have a few to look into.<br><br>
Thanks for all you advice, hopefully we will find some likeminded mamas soon. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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One of my neighbors buys a yearly pass to Busch Gardens: goes once and for (I think) the price of one admission gets a year's pass. Call B.G. and find out!
 

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Don't mean to be preachy here. Just wanted to pass on an observation from having lived in St Pete for 15 years. This can be a very transient place and living on the beach is living in a tourist destination and with a lot of older retired folks. They make wonderful extended family for the kiddos but aren't necessarily the ones you want to pal around with. Choices on the beach will be limited since it is tourist focused.<br><br>
About the schools on the beach. Most of the private schools in the area are associated with a religious organization. Those are not very expensive. The private secular options (I don't know of any on the beach, but I didn't look for any on the beach either) will be more pricey. You can sign your kids up for VPK (volunteer pre kindergarten) for when they are 4 years old and the state picks up a huge part of the cost, making the tuition at many schools free. Any public school would be free.
 

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Aw thanks Rita for all your help,<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
Actually the area in which we live is very much residential, there really isnt any tourist around, and there is actually alot of younger couples here on the beach with children , we just haven't meant them all but each day we meet a more. I was hoping by posting I would find a few more, which we did, I had a few mamas pm telling me that they are here on the beach too. Thanks mamas for replying!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br>
As far as school our DD has to go to school on the beach, off the beach isn't an option, I dont have transportation, so we are looking into a school that is walkable for us.<br><br>
I don't think you are preachy, just trying to be helpful.<br>
thank you
 

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There's a Pinellas Babywearing group that meets once a month at different people's home all over the county - <a href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PinellasBabywearing" target="_blank">http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PinellasBabywearing</a>. Always like-minded moms and a wide age-range of kids playing together!
 
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