Family Fun Guide

The Best Things to Do With Kids in Sarasota-Manatee

Your ultimate family fun guide.

07/11/2017 Edited by Ilene Denton


Sarasota County Launching 12-Month Composting Study

The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Sarasota County's Solid Waste Division are looking for single-family home residents with an interest in composting.

07/10/2017 By staff


Neighborhood to Begin Using Solar Power to Heat Pool

Bradenton’s Mirabella, a 55-and-older neighborhood, is planning to install a solar power system to its community center, spa and swimming pool.

07/10/2017 By staff

Lionfish Safari

This Weekend's Lionfish Derby Combines Hunting and Environmental Conservation

Mote is hosting a derby this weekend to help clean our reefs of this invasive species.

07/07/2017 By Rick Morgan

Health care

Cleaning Company Honored for Employee Health Programs

Sarasota's Crystal Clean Green Cleaning was recently named a Gold Level Healthy Sarasota County Worksite by the Florida Department of Health in Sarasota County.

07/06/2017 By staff

Starry Night

Explore the Universe in the Bishop Planetarium at the South Florida Museum

You can have an "off Earth" experience.

07/06/2017 By Stephanie Hagan

Rainy Day Fun

Things to Do on a Rainy Day

Don’t let the occasional shower get you down. There’s still plenty to do.

06/30/2017 By Staff

Don't be a Hammerhead

Mote's Shark Days: Get to Know Our Ocean's Misunderstood Predators

Mote's weeklong program of fun events seeks to educate the public and stress conservation efforts.

06/29/2017 By Rick Morgan


Bradenton Neighborhood Earns LEED Platinum Certification

The United States Green Building Council recently awarded current home owners in Bradenton's Mirabella with a platinum LEED certification, the highest LEED rating.

06/29/2017 By staff

Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh Yeah!

Take a Walk on the Wild Side at Big Cat Habitat

There’s a jungle to be explored just beyond the Celery Fields on Palmer Boulevard.

06/29/2017 By Katherine Flanders

Family Fun Guide

19 Great Things to Do With Kids in Sarasota

You won’t sweat a summer with kids with these great activities.

06/28/2017 By Kay Kipling


Dates for This Year's Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival Announced

The eighth annual competition will take place November 10-13, 2017.

06/20/2017 By Megan McDonald


City Commission Approves Transition to Renewable Energy Sources

The Sarasota City Commission on Monday unanimously approved a plan to transition to 100 percent renewable energy for municipal operations by 2030.

06/20/2017 By staff

Let It Grow

William's Wildflowers Offers a Green Alternative to Conventional Wedding Flowers

Annie Schiller creates wildflower bouquets for weddings and special events.

06/15/2017 By Megan McDonald

Welcome to the Jungle

An Unused Plot of Land Becomes a Thriving Food Forest at Bay Haven School of Basics Plus

Bay Haven science teacher Rolf Hanson is using a sustainable food forest to teach valuable lessons to students.

06/13/2017 By Rick Morgan


City Commission Offers Support for Renewable Energy Pledge

The Sarasota City Commission this week unanimously authorized a proposal to join the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 campaign to transition to 100 percent renewable energy sources.

06/09/2017 By staff


Free Green Building Design Class Takes Place June 14

University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences extension office in Sarasota County and the county's sustainability department are offering a free class in local green building design.

06/09/2017 By staff


Plan to Sell Public Land Near Celery Fields to Be Discussed Monday

The Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations is hosting a discussion of the Sarasota County Planning Commission's recent decision to recommend denial of plans to sell public land adjacent to the Celery Fields.

06/08/2017 By staff


Mote Marine Launches New Red Tide Reporting App

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium recently released a new free app that encourages users to report instances of red tide.

06/06/2017 By staff


Hurricane Season Begins

The annual Atlantic hurricane season began Thursday, with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration forecasters predicting a 45 percent chance of above-average hurricane activity.

06/02/2017 By staff