The Glazer Children's Museum was packed with smiling children of all ages Saturday as it offered free admission to celebrate the downtown museum's second anniversary.
Admission is free today, too.
"This weekend is a chance to give back to the community and celebrate with them, because they helped make us a success," said Antonio Hill, the museum's marketing and communications manager.
Saturday also marked the opening of a new exhibit at the museum: "Super Kids Save the World." The exhibit teaches children four Rs: reduce, reuse, recycle and repair.
Participants become superheroes through eco-friendly acts. They learn about simple things they can do to save the environment – such as composting food.
The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 6, includes a Smart Car and a recycling truck. Saturday, museum staffers spoke with children about the dangers of plastic bags.
Mitchell Sorkin, 5, had fun preparing toy food inside the exhibit. "I think this is great," he said.
Mitchell's father, 41-year-old Richard Sorkin of St. Petersburg, said his family was having fun in the museum. After 45 minutes, they had plenty left to see.
"It's been impressive so far," he said.
Page McDermott of Virginia was in St. Petersburg visiting her parents and decided to stop by the museum with five of her six children.
"I'm very impressed with it," she said of the museum. "We'll definitely come back."
Her eldest child prepared toy food; another played with a washer/dryer.
Molly McDermott, 7, loved pretending to grab and buy food.
Shannon McDermott, 10, said the museum was probably the biggest of the three children's museums she has been inside.
"I think it's a cool place," she said.
Today the party continues. Literally.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the museum will celebrate its birthday with cake, live music, face painting, balloon twisting and kite flying.
The museum at 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza was expected to draw about 200,000 visitors from Oct. 1, 2011, though the end of this month.
The museum's next new exhibit will open in early 2013. That exhibit explores the physics of sports.