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  SCHOOL AGE…

    FUN & EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES!










Key Sailing



Kids of all ages (accompanied by their parents) can climb aboard a 41 foot sailing vessel to bask in
the warmth of the sun. First mate, Jan, is at your side with a cool drink to quench the most tropical of thirsts.
Whether you choose to try sailing the boat from the helm, or enjoying the sights of Sarasota from the water, you can
be assured your voyage will prove to be memorable.  Docked at Marina Jack’s

Call for details: 941-346-7245











Le Barge Tropical Cruises



Offering a Variety of Cruises to suit Your Interest; Dolphin Watch, Narrated Sightseeing, Sunset
Entertainment Cruises, Private Charters & Special Events with Local Musicians. Light Food Menu.
Located 200 yards south of Marina Jack’s Restaurant. Reservations are recommended for Regularly Scheduled Cruises.

Call for details: 941-920-3307











Sarasota Bay Explorers



Sea Life Excursions / Kayak Adventures / Nature Safari Cruise ~ Cruise Sarasota & Robert’s Bays
aboard a 40′ Pontoon boat with a Marine Biologist looking for Dolphins, Manatee & More. Nature Safari Cruises,
Guided Kayak Tours, & Miss Explorer Private Charters. Hands-on, Fun & Informative for ALL Ages!

Located at Mote Marine Aquarium

Call for details: 941-388-4200












Bay And Gulf Adventures



Guided kayak nature tours & rentals. Explore the Best Kayaking locations in Sarasota, Bradenton &
Siesta Key, featuring Eco-Tours of Lido Key mangrove tunnels & Myakka River gators.
All skill levels are welcome for Educational, Memorable Nature Tours. Dolphins, Manatees & Bird Sightings are waiting.
Small Tour Sizes are normal and Private Tours are available.

Call for details: 941-893-7221












The Childrens Garden



1.5 acres of land with Koi in a lily-padded lagoon,
butterfly garden, wooden drawbridge and misty rain forest. There’s
a towering green dragon, a leggy purple octopus, a ship dubbed The Black Pearl,
giant chessboard, tiki hut and a scalable mint mountain. Part of the theme is to show
children how to care for their environment. Hours: 10 am – 5 pm, Tuesday through Sunday.  1670 10th Way, Sarasota

Call for details: 941-330-1711












Jungle Gardens



10 acres of lush tropical vegetation, winding shaded trails and entertaining,
educational bird and reptile shows twice daily. The "Kiddie Jungle" features a tree house, haunted tree,
tiger swings, slide and a custom wooden train for the children to play on. Zoological gardens
with flamingos and peacocks roaming the gardens. Bring your own picnic lunch or purchase food
from the Flamingo Caf'e.

Call for details: 941-355-5305 ~ 877-861-6547











Mote Marine Aquarium



Pet horseshoe crabs, sea stars and stingless rays; play video games with dolphins and learn the
secret life of seahorses. Follow the research and study of sea turtles, sharks and more … with docents available
to answer your questions. 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy.

Call for details: 941-388-4441














Big Cat Habitat



A non-profit safe haven for big cats, bears, and other animals in need. Browse the facility
and learn about exotic and endangered Siberian Tigers, Royal Bengal Tigers, African Lions, and rare White Tigers.
7101 Palmer Blvd.

Call for details: 941-371-6377











Hermann’s Lipizzan Stallions



The Original Lipizzan Stallions of Austria! See the fabulous flying white Lipizzans perform the rare
and beautiful Airs Above the Ground Mounted as seen in Walt Disney’s "Miracle of the White Stallions".


31404 Singletary Rd., Myakka City

Call for Details: 941-322-1501












Rosaires Riding Academy



A world of fun with horses and ponies. Whether you’re a kid or a grown-up, an expert rider or just
starting out, you can come to Rosaire’s and enjoy yourself just horsing around.

901 East Road, Sarasota

Call for details: 941-356-3993











G. Wiz – The Science Museum



A hands-on science and learning center, where science becomes relevant, technology understandable,
and learning, an interactive adventure. Come, Get in the "Zone": Explora zone, Tech zone, Wave zone, and
Body zone.
1001 Boulevard of the Arts

Call for details: 941-309-4949











Parker Manatee Aquarium



The Parker Manatee Aquarium in Bradenton is part of the South Florida Museum and Biship’s Planetarium.
Kids of all ages enjoy “Snooty”, the resident manatee.  201 10th Street West


Call for details: 941-746-4131











Captain Kim’s



Starfish, sand dollars, sea sponges and even sea slugs are just a few of the choice speciments
to be seen aboard Captain Kim’s sea adventures.
200 Bridge street, Bradenton Beach


Call for details: 941-920-3307











The Zone Complex



Whether your game is baseball or softball, fast pitch, slow pitch or anywhere in between you can sharpen your skills in any one of 9 batting cages.
Jump as high as you can, shoot hoops, play dodge ball and bounce off the walls. Bring your family, bring your friends and prepare to leave gravity at the door.


Bradenton


Call for details: 941-758-9663











Jumpin Fun Sports



Over 13,000 square feet of trampoline jumping surface with a variety of activities including Open Jump, Kid’s Court, Dodge Ball Court, Foam Pit,
Basketball Dunk and Fitness Classes.

7321 Trade Court, Lakewood Ranch

Call for details: 941-388-jump











Just Ducky



An amphibious vehicle that transports you on land from the corner of Nipino Trai and US 41 for
an hour and a half hour tour on the Intracoastal Waterway. From the Train Deot, the rip goes through Nokomis
Bay, under Albee Road Bridge, past Snake Island and a far as the southern tip of Casey Key.


1011 Tamiami Trail S., Venice


Call for details: 941-485-6366












Babcock Wilderness Ranch



Enjoy a taste of real Florida - the excitement of a true wilderness adventure. Travel 90 minutes in a
comfortable swamp buggy with a trained naturalist on a voyage through the beautiful woods and deep, slow-moving waters
of the Telegraph Cypress Swamp. See alligators, panthers, cracker calves, native birds, wild turkeys, snakes and other
animals in their natural setting.


Daily tours are by reservation only.


8000 State Route 31, Punta Gorda


Call for details: 800-500-5583












Segway Tours



Rolling two wheel transporters for guided tours along the bay front, Selby Gardens and art
district.


200 S. Washington Blvd.


Call for details: 941-363-9556












Stardust Skating



In-line / roller skating and arcade with Friday "Kids Night Out" from 7:30 - 11 and
Saturday skate 11 am - 1 pm.


2572 12th Street


Call for details: 941-365-6888












PAL Sailor Circus



Sailor Circus now in it's sixth decade of operation has grown from a small high school gymnastics
class in 1949 to the present spectacular 4 ring youth circus production known world wide as the Greatest
"Little" Show on Earth. Students from the 4th through 12th grades in Sarasota and surrounding counties
have an opportunity to experience the performing arts in a circus atmosphere. Annual Holiday Spectacular & Spring
Shows.


2075 Bahia Vista Street. Sarasota


Call for details: 941-355-9805











Circus Sarasota



Perforances are scheduled in December, February, March, and April.


Call for details: 941-555-5555











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.
Located on C.R. 675 Bradenton


Call for details: 941-322-2168 or 941-331-1212












Florida Railroad Museum



Year round pleasure for the entire family. A calendar of Holiday events are listed
as well as opportunities to ride in the caboose, sit with the engineer, blow the whistle and drive the train.


12210 83rd St East, Parrish


Call Toll-Free for details: 877-869-0800






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