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Fun things to do with the kids

Posted 07-29-2010 at 09:22 PM by SoFLGal
Updated 03-26-2011 at 05:38 PM by SoFLGal

Chuck E. Cheese's Restaurant.
Pizza and fun for the whole family. Video arcade, games and Birthday Party Packages. 905 44th Avenue West, Bradenton. (941) 752-4448.

Circus Sarasota.
A not-for-profit performing arts educational organization. Circus Sarasota's long-range goal is to have a permanent professional circus school based in Sarasota County, offering a progressive educational program to keep the circus arts alive. Our aim is to educate and encourage students to achieve professionalism and excellence in the circus arts, while embracing all performing arts. Circus Sarasota currently conducts limited Circus Arts workshops at various times throughout the year. (941) 355-9335

Crowley Museum & Nature Center.
A non profit nature and pioneer history center located on 190 acres of native land adjacent to the Myakka River in Sarasota County. Visitors can enjoy nature trails through the protected wildlife sanctuary, a boardwalk traversing the Maple Branch Swamp and Tatum Sawgrass Marsh and an observation tower overlooking the Myakka River. The pioneer history area includes a museum with artifacts from the late 1870's to the early 1900's, a one room homestead cabin, a working blacksmith shop, a working sugar cane mill, and a restored 1892 "Cracker" house. Trails are well maintained, and many are handicapped accessible. (941) 322-1000

Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum.
The Florida Gulf Coast Railroad Museum, Inc. was founded in 1981 to acquire, protect, preserve and operate interesting and historic examples of railroad rolling stock, artifacts, and other aspects of railroad history, with emphasis on railroads that served the state of Florida. It is a not for profit corporation. The museum operates excursion trains consisting of its own rolling stock every weekend, year round. The 1.5 hour trip departs Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM, rain or shine. Special weekend events are planned year-round. (941) 365-5738

Florida Wheels Skating Center.
Daily Rollerskating under a full stereo sound & lighting system. Wednesday Night is Dollar Night - 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm. 3611 Third Street West, Bradenton. Adjacent to Desoto Square Mall. (941)747-8602

Florida West Coast Symphony Childrens Concerts.
Though these concerts are designed for fourth and fifth grade students, other grades may attend, based on ticket availability. These concerts are perfect for both the student being introduced to music and the musically involved student. Home school organizations and private schools are welcome to attend. The program consists of a large variety of musical styles that are written for a symphonic orchestra. The selections range in music from the 1700's through modern film scores following a yearly concert theme. Selections also highlight specific musical instruments, demonstrate a wide variety of tonal colors and sounds available to a symphonic orchestra, and most importantly, it will bring the wonder of music to young concertgoers. (941) 953-4252

Fur Fun Club (Ages 7-12).
The FUR FUN Fridays program is where kids ages 7 -12 learn about animals. Activities include: dog walking, cat cuddling, animal themed arts & crafts, animal care lessons and games. The program meets Fridays from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m in a four week session at the Education Center of the Humane Society of Sarasota County – 2331 15th St. , Sarasota. The fee for the session is $30 per child. FUR FUN Fridays meets only during the school year. Registration is required. For more information please call Kate or Dee at (941) 955-4131.

G Wiz - The Gulfcoast Wonder and Imagination Zone.
A hands-on science center. Exhibits are located on two floors of the science and technology center. They also schedule field trip programs for kids. G.WIZ offers special one-week half day and full day programs during June and July each summer. Open Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm - 5:00pm and closed Monday. Admission is free from 5pm-8pm on the first Wednesday of each month. 1001 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota. (941) 906-1851.

Hunsader Farms.
80 acres of vegetables, fruit & fun. Many children and family friendly events and activites throughout the year. Farm tours, Pick Vegetables, Hay rides, Petting Zoo, Playground, Picnic Area, Educational field trip programs, Pumpkin Festival, Country Christmas, Spring Festival, and Civil War Battle Reenactments. Rent the new party barn for businesses or organizations that want to hold their picnics on the farm. Located on C.R. 675 halfway between S.R. 64 & S.R. 70 about 10 MILES East of I-75 in Bradenton. (941) 322-2168 or (941) 331-1212

Ellenton Ice & Sports Complex ice skating rinks.
State-of-the-art domed "igloo-like" facility offers the community a sporting center for recreational and entertainment activities for all ages. Inside the structure are two NHL size ice rinks and a USA Hockey Official inline rink, a fitness center, video game room, four party rooms, and a full service restaurant. Hours: 9-6 Mon.-Fri., 9-4 Sat., Closed Sunday. Located just off I 75, Exit 43 in Ellenton. 5309 29th Street East. (941) 723 - 3663.

Lake Manatee State Recreational Area.
Extending along three miles of the South shore of Lake Manatee, these 556 acres were once used for farming, cattle grazing, turpentining and timbering. Today, the 2,400 acre reservoir that makes up Lake Manatee supplies drinking water to Manatee and Sarasota Counties. Recreational opportunities include a 60-site camping area located within walking distance from the swimming and fishing areas. Bathhouse and shower facility located close by. A large picnic area is nestled in a sandpine scrub area just a short walk from the lake. A picnic pavilion is also available and may be reserved for a fee. Open seven days a week from 8 am til sundown. The park is located 15 miles east of Bradenton on S.R. 64. (941) 741-3028

Livingstons Amusement Center.
45,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art venue (formerly the Albritton Fruit location) is the ultimate place for guests to drink, socialize and enjoy the latest in amusements and fun. Full service Bar, Pizza & Soft drinks, 5,000 sq ft Arcade, Indoor Go Kart Track, 26 Pool Tables, Private Party Room. 5947 Clark Center Ave, Sarasota. (941) 925-7665

Mote Marine Laboratory and Science Center.
Internationally recognized marine research facility, aquarium and touch tank. Includes a 135,000 gallon marine research and display aquarium where sharks and other marine animals are maintained. Turtles, rays, eels, rare fish, sharks, and manatees oh my. 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. (941) 388-4441.

Play Away, Childrens Fun and Fitness Centers.
Offering music classes for kids 3 months to 6 years old. Incorporating Music, Tom Toms, Egg Shakers, Rhythm Sticks, Creative Movement , and Singing. Also Offering Art Classes, Pre-school Ballet, Mommy and Me, Yoga Bugs, and More. Classes meet once a week. Ask us about "Parents Night Out." (941) 921-2616 (Sarasota). (941) 755-1070 (Bradenton).

Police Athletic League.
PAL offers numerous programs for the youth of Sarasota County and our enrollment has grown to exceed 1000 participants. The programs currently offered by PAL include such activities as daily after school programs, sports and athletics programs, basic equestrian training, a Reality Awareness Program, a Youth Director's program, and our most recent addition, a youth circus program. After School Programs provide homework assistance, tutoring, arts and crafts, athletic programs, and field trips. The Main PAL offices are located at the PAL Sailor Circus Facility at 2075 Bahia Vista St. Sarasota. (941) 316-8108

Red Barn Flea Market.
Boasting over 600 Booths, the indoor/outdoor market has been a proud tradition in Bradenton since 1981. Clothing, collectibles, antiques, electronics, tools, housewares, furniture, pet supplies, watches, and flowers. You can spend the entire day at the market and not see everything! 1707 First St. E Bradenton. (941) 747-3794.

Ringling Museum.
Known throughout the world for its rich and varied collections, the Ringling Museum of Art was planned by the Ringlings to be part of a grand legacy. They built their winter home, Ca' d'Zan, in 1924-26 and opened the galleries to the public in 1930. Also on site is the Ringling Museum of The Circus, and Cà d'Zan The Ringling Winter Residence. Open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. (941) 359-5700.

Ringling Circus Museum.
A collection of circus art and memorabilia--from posters and photographs to wagons and costumes. Established in 1948, the Ringling Museum of the American Circus was the first museum of its kind to document the rich history of the circus. With so many circus people living in the immediate area, the collection grew quickly. Because of this, the Ringling Museum has a fine collection including rare handbills and art prints, circus paper, business records, wardrobe, performing props, as well as all types of circus equipment, including beautifully carved parade wagons, sturdy utility wagons, tent poles and massive bail rings. There are also 19th- and early 20th-century posters and props used by famous performers. A large collection of circus history and literature includes newspaper clippings dating as far back as 1816. Web Site

Sarasota Bay Explorers.
An exciting, hands-on, educational and fun experience on the water. Offering several types of eco-tours including the Sea Life Encounter Cruise, Guided Kayak Tours, Nature Safari and private charters aboard the Miss Explorer. In addition to the regular cruises, you may charter a trip on one of the 40-foot pontoon boats for a private group. Private charters are available for anything from school field trips to company outings to birthday parties. 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy. City Island, Sarasota. (941) 388-4200

Sarasota Children's Garden: A fantastic vist to fill the imaginations of children of all ages. Adults will enjoy the low-key atmsophere, the artistic landscaping and sculptures and the kids can be kids: there's a vine-covered maze, a giant purple dragon, a treehouse, a pirate ship, even a dress-up shop, and more. The gift shop has thoughtful delights for everyone and unassuming prices, as well as some unique antiques, pretty clothing, household goods and nice plants. Perfect for a children's party, class trip, short play, or just a morning or afternoon away from the television. The most fun you could possibly have in an educational and fascinating setting. http://sarasotachildrensgarden.com/

Sarasota – Bradenton Children’s Zoo.
A sanctuary for injured wildlife and abandoned exotic animals. Children's petting zoo. Open Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am - noon. Open 9am - noon Saturday. Closed Thursday and Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The zoo provides short-term care for local injured wildlife. 7512 Tamiami Trail. Sarasota. (941) 360-8315.

Sarasota Classic Car Museum.
Built in 1952, the Sarasota Classic Car Museum is the 3rd oldest automobile in the United States. The museum hosts three primary exhibits within the 60,000 sq ft. of space under roof. The automobile exhibit has over 100 automobiles and spans nearly ten decades of automotive history beginning with the horseless carriage. Open daily 9:00 - 6:00pm. 5500 N. Tamiami Tr., Sarasota. (941) 355-6228. COUPON

Sarasota County Boys & Girls Club.
We Inspire and enable all young people, especially those from disadvantaged circumstances, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Sports & Recreation programs as well as Life-enhancing programs and character development experiences. More than 25 national programs are available in the areas of education, the environment, health, the arts, careers, alcohol/drug and pregnancy prevention, gang prevention, leadership development and athletics. (941) 366-3911

Sarasota County Library System.
8 libraries in the area to serve you. Including The Summer Reading Program - for children ages 5-11 (K-5th grade). Thematic, literature based programs offered weekly during the summer. Programs encourage children to read so that they retain and reinforce their reading skills while school is not in session. Reading logs are provided for children to keep track of daily reading. (941) 861-5000. Also, listen to Dial-A-Story (941) 486-2330 - You will hear a 2-4 minute story. These stories might be fairy tales, legends, holiday stories, or fables.

Sarasota Family YMCA.
Four fitness branches offerering more than 60 youth and family development programs within six counties. The Sarasota Family YMCA provides free childcare at the Frank G. Berlin, Sr. and Evalyn Sadlier Jones branches. Children as young as six weeks up to 5-years-old are welcome for two-hour periods seven days a week while their parents enjoy the Y. The YMCA also provides after school care programs. When school is out or after the school day is complete, children are supervised at Sarasota County schools by a professional and licensed YMCA team. Children socialize with other kids their age and enjoy indoor and outdoor games, sports, arts & crafts and other challenging activities. (941) 951-2916 x1061. Child Care Offices (941) 952-9533 ext. 201

Sarasota Jungle Gardens.
Acres of beautiful gardens and nature trails make this a perfect setting for leisurely strolls. Birds of Prey exhibition, Critters and Things show, Reptile Encounter interactive show, Birds of The Rainforest show, and Meet the Keeper. Open daily 9AM to 5PM, closed Christmas Day. 3701 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. (941) 355-5305. COUPON

Sarasota Reading Festival.
A FREE EVENT for the whole family featuring acclaimed authors, panel discussions, book signings, children’s events, storytellers, booksellers, free giveaway books for kids, food and more. A once a year event held at 5 points, downtown Sarasota. In front of Selby Public Library, 1331 First Street. (941) 906-1733

Sarasota Sailor Circus.
Dedicated to the development of programs that provide a safe environment for kids to participate, learn, and achieve while developing positive relationships between kids and law enforcement. The mission of Sailor Circus is to keep the family tradition of the Circus alive while using the circus arts as an alternative teaching method and intervention program for youth at risk in the community. Students are trained in various circus skills from clowning to tumbling, from high-wire to flying trapeze, from unicycle to juggling and much more. We incorporate every aspect of circus training from rigging and costuming, to presentation and performing. 2075 Bahia Vista Street. (941) 361-6350

Sarasota Youth Sailing Program.
A nonprofit educational organization established to teach the youth of Sarasota and Manatee Counties to learn to sail, as well as to develop boat and water safety skills. Through a variety of programs, the organization introduces youth to a lifelong activity, and instills a sense of the value of sportsmanship, responsibility, self-discipline, and self-esteem. Classes are provided at low cost. The calm waters of Sarasota Bay provide an ideal location for youngsters to learn to sail. The YSP operates out of facilities provided by the Sarasota Sailing Squadron located at 1717 Ken Thompson Parkway. (941) 924-5118

Siesta Key Drum Circle.
Every Sunday in Sarasota, about 1 hour before sunset, located just south of the main pavilion between lifeguard stands 3 and 4 on Siesta Public Beach. Just follow your ears. This is not a commercial event but local phenomenon that began sponteneously and now has a life of its own. Web Site

Smugglers Cove Adventure Mini-Golf
Two great locations in the Sarasota-Bradenton area! Come play “adventure” mini-golf amid pirate shipwrecks, caves, beautiful waterfalls and live alligators!!! Feed the live alligators too! The best courses on Florida’s West Coast. Open 9am-11pm daily. 3815 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota / (941) 351-6620 & 2000 Cortez Road W., Bradenton / (941) 756-0043.

South Florida Museum - Bishop Planetarium & Parker Manatee Aquarium.
*Planetarium - Planetarium Starshows, these presentations can place visitors in a simulated thunderstorm or propel them through the universe on a photon of light.
*Laser lightshows, - One of the longest continuously-running laser shows in the world (20 years!) offered at 2:30 pm daily, features artistic interpretations in light to a wide variety of musical styles. Weekend evening laser shows - Feature various rock & roll music, presented on Fridays and Saturday nights.
*The Rooftop Observatory - Solar observing is open to the public Friday and Saturday nights 8:30 PM until 10 PM (weather permitting) for lunar, planetary and deep-sky observation. The observatory is also open Saturdays from 11:30 AM until 1 PM for solar observation (weather permitting).
*The Parker Manatee Aquarium - Above and below-water viewing of West Indian Manatees. The pool holds approximately 60,000 gallons of water and includes both deep and shallow areas to provide viewing of Mo and Snooty the Manatee’s. 201 10th Street West. Bradenton. (941) 746-4131.

Stardust Skate Center.
Sarasota's largest air conditioned roller skating/dance arena. D.J. playing all of your favorite music and a large projection screen playing your favorite videos. Open Fri, Sat, & Sunday. 2571 12th Street. Sarasota. (941) 365-6888. Web Site

Urfer Park on Bee Ridge is nice but gets busy. Playground and Bathrooms

Rothenback park at the eastern end of Bee Ridge is a bit quieter and has two walking trails 1 mile and a 3 mile. Both have playground equipment. If you have a way to transport bikes the 3 mile round trip is nice, deer are often spotted. Bathrooms.

Arlington is good, walking trail and playground equipment. You can sign up and use the pool too.I think the bathrooms are in the rec building.

Colonial Oaks off of Bahia Vista on Honore. Playground and Bathrooms.

Bayfront Park is OK and has bathrooms and of course the water views.

One last suggestion would be Pinecraft park off of Bahia Vista. They have an adjoining wooded area along Phillipi Creek for kids to explore. Playground and bathrooms.
Let me know if you need more!

Longwood Park | 6050 Longwood Run Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34243
Longwood Park, just south of University Blvd, boasts not one, but two playground areas! Parents will love that the main play area is covered by a large Apollo shade system over the playground itself, which blocks 96% of solar radiation. In addition, there are big trees throughout the park that lend extra sun protection. Featuring a fantastic state-of-the-art prototype playground for children aged 2 to 5, with Softile safety surfacing to protect tiny knees and elbows from falls, and swings, slides, and picnic tables to load up on snacks – this is one park that the kids will want to visit again.

Arlington Park | 2650 Waldemere Street, Sarasota, FL 34239
Arlington Park, in the heart of Sarasota, has a stunning ½ mile walking trail, (perfect for moms to sneak in a workout!) a doggie park, and big shaded playground for the little ones. In addition, Arlington Park has tennis courts, a basketball court, and a community pool. The whole family will be delighted at the amount of activities to participate in – even Fido! Welcome to our website | Arlington Park Neighborhood Association

Red Rock Park | 3987 Camino Real, Sarasota FL 34231
Red Rock Park, a small gem west of the Trail, features one acre filled with a playground designed for children aged 6-12 years old, a covered picnic area, a tiny “tot lot” for the smallest members of the family, and a large field to play a game of baseball or soccer.

Phillippi Estate Park | 5500 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231
Phillippi Estate Park, a gorgeous parcel of land located on the shores of Phillippi Creek, is a historical landmark that also offers views of the bay. In addition to the playground, there is a nature trail to explore the area’s wildlife, and the entire estate has grassy areas to run and play upon. Recreation Centers

Locklear Park | 821 South Lockwood Ridge Road, Sarasota FL 34237
Locklear Park, an undiscovered little park northeast of Tuttle Avenue, is covered by oak trees to shield from the sun and surrounded by two lakes. Kids will love crossing the extremely long bridge to get to the park itself!

Sarasota Bay Front Park | 1 Marina Plaza, Sarasota Florida 34236
Sarasota Bay Front Park offers hours of splashing fun in their fountains on the bay! Kids will love to play at this gorgeous island park filled with scenic water views. Situated right on Sarasota Bay on a large island peninsula, the big shady trees, large playground zone, and sidewalks for bike riding, roller blading or walking will get the whole family involved.
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    Thanks for this list!
    Posted 02-14-2011 at 04:12 PM by dsc526 dsc526 is offline
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    6 Things You Can Do With Your Baby For Learning Through Play:

    1. Rhymes and Songs
    Babies love to be talked to, musical and rhythmic sounds are easier and soothing for him rather than normal speech. According to research, rhythmic songs and games encourage early speech. Do not miss a chance to sing a soothing lullaby to your baby.
    1. Simple Games
    Peek-a-boo is one of the oldest and the best games one can play with the babies. Babies find this game endlessly amusing when you hide your face with your hands or a towel or scarf and peeks out at him by saying ‘peek-a-boo’. They develop a sense of humor at an early age.

    3) Rolling a ball is again a game loved by all children and the best example of learning through play. When your baby is able to sit without support, roll a colorful, large and softball towards him. He’ll learn to push it back and a real game will start improving his senses.
    1. Feed Senses and Curiosity
    Everything is new and interesting for your baby. He will try to hold everything which you will give him. A baby explores the world through his senses. Try to keep him in a sitting position so that he can see around. Leave small and safe toys within his reach. He will love to hear the noise that toys make and handle them.

    The kitchen is the best source of interesting toys for your babies such as plastic cups, ladles, spoons, spatulas, lids or egg cartons. Let your baby create his own music with them. Make sure he does it under an adult supervision only.
    1. Toys and Books
    Choosing toys wisely could help to enhance fine motor skills, mental development, and hand-eye coordination. Toys should be soft, attractive and simple. Mobile toys hanging 25cm above a cot or pram would hold his interest. Noisy toys such as rattles, musical toys are fun for the young babies.
    1. Physical Play
    Young babies love to play rocking games, bouncing and swinging with you. These help him to be aware of his movement skills. He will learn to balance and coordinate as well as walking and crawling.

    Source: www.wondeparenting.com
    Posted 09-14-2018 at 06:20 AM by Yashika Rawat Yashika Rawat is offline
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    Great post !! on Fun things to do with the kids. ALL the fun games shared by you is just amazing. We all perform these activities with kids once in our life.
    Posted 12-24-2018 at 04:01 AM by ifmcinstitute ifmcinstitute is offline
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