Make your onstage debut with FST, go on an interactive safari with Selby Gardens and sing out with gusto with the Sarasota Opera—it’s free, hands-on fun for the whole family at the inaugural Family Day celebration sponsored by these three cultural institutions, all happening at Florida Studio Theatre. Check out the workshop schedule here.
Labor Day Weekend with Sarasota Jungle Gardens
Half-off admission for all children at Sarasota Jungle Gardens this Labor Day weekend—that’s $6.50 plus tax Saturday-Monday for kids 4-16 to enjoy the bird and reptile shows, feed a flamingo or two and explore the jungle trails. (BTW, children 3 and younger are always free.)
Mote Marine Laboratory kicks off its fall full-moon kayak paddles Wednesday evening. These 90-minute guided paddles are a fun way to learn about the sea life in Sarasota bay. Twenty-four-hour advance registration required; details here.
Laugh it off at FST Improv’s Comedy Lottery Saturday night. Twelve lucky audience members get to pick the evening’s themes, and the talented comedy troupe will improvise them on the spot. In FST’s Bowne’s Lab Theatre.
Englewood Pioneer Days parade
If you’re hankering for some homespun fun, the 61st annual Englewood Pioneer Days parade kicks off on Dearborn Street at 9 a.m. This year’s theme is “Beach Party-Englewood Style.”