Yo, Kids!

Trip Start Mar 07, 1997
Trip End Dec 25, 1998

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Friday, July 31, 1998

Go with me? We're going to rock the baby this weekend, and then walk the dog. If that sounds a little humdrum or ho-hum, well, listen up. I'm talking yo-yos here, and they're not your Daddy's kind of yo-yos! Follow me to Hobbytown, USA.

Everything old is new again in the yo-yo world, as kids from 6 to 60 are discovering all over the country. The craze is settling in our area, as the high-tech gizmos catch the attention of computer lovers young and old.

Check out The Brain, a yo-yo that automatically comes back up by itself. No wrist action needed! Fireball and Raider twirl and spin for up to a minute, but Da Bomb leaves it up to you. By adjusting its width, you control its length of spin. These fancy machines have ball bearings and metal axles and price tags as high as $100.

The old walking-the-dog tricks remain in vogue however, and development of skills is still a goal. Join the Extreme Yo-Yo Club on the first and third Saturdays of each month for some eye-dazzling showmanship and lessons in the sport. Membership is free, and the group is already practicing for the regional competition in the fall.

In addition to fancy yo-yos, Hobbytown has just about everything the serious or occasional hobbyist may need, and a variety of classes to get you started. Folk art painting, rubber stamping, and scrapbooking classes are scheduled for fall, but owner Marsha Boudrie says "We keep a signup sheet handy so people can suggest other classes they'd like to see too."

Kids Club meets regularly for activities such as shirt painting or rocket making, and the Kid's Model Car Club meets the last Friday of each month. Come tonight at 6 for remote control car racing in the Northgate parking lot. And tomorrow, it's yo-time. See you there.

Hobbytown, Chattanooga
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