“Roses are red, violets are blue, we have some fun Sarasota events, perfect for you!”
Happy Valentine’s Day (and month)! For February’s Sarasota events guide, we have included some Valentine’s Day events for you and your kids, including several crafts (they can make those as presents for their Valentines!), a treasure hunt, and parties. So pull out those red, pink and heart-themed clothes, and spend the day celebrating love together.
We have also listed other special Sarasota events that we consider highlights of the month, including a family-friendly Sunday Funday fundraiser at Big Top Brewery; festivals focused on dancing, music, art and Greek culture; the grand opening of a nature preserve’s educational center; and much more.
Plus scroll further down for some fun weekly events that you and your littles can look forward to each week, including activities at Ringling Museum, church play groups, farms and more.
*Please click on the name of each Sarasota event to learn even more about each program.*
Valentine’s Day Events
They make, you shop! Kids 3 and up and can enjoy making Valentine’s Day lovebugs using clothespins and pom poms. All supplies provided. Parent or guardian must remain on the premises but can spend their time shopping throughout the Michael’s Store or helping their child. This is for the Sarasota store on Cattleman Road, but check your local store to confirm event. 10am-12pm.
Join The Children’s Garden at 10am for the annual Big Kiss Treasure Hunt, Arts & Crafts & Bake Sale. This family friendly event is to celebrate Valentine’s Day out in nature. Go on a colorful scavenger hunt throughout the garden to collect hidden hearts, then receive your bag of chocolate kisses. When you’re done hunting stop by the Valentine’s Bake Sale for a sweet treat. Our Painted Bird Art Gallery will be open, so make sure you stop in to decorate a heart postcard for our New “Art From The Heart” kindness project. The postcards will be hand delivered to local nursing homes, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and veteran organizations. Doors open at 9:45am. This event is free for Garden Members & included in your admission for non-members.
Create your own Valentine’s Day keepsake at Learning Express Toys. For children ages 4+. RSVP required. Limited spots available. Free event.
Kids 3 to 8 can enjoy making sweet themed Valentine’s Day Card ($2); Kids ages 6 and up can make more intricate dimensional cards ($5). Sign up in store or online, or just drop in. Parent or guardian must remain on premises during the event, but can choose to spend the time crafting with their child or shopping. This is for the Sarasota store on Cattleman Road, but check your local store to confirm event. 10am-12pm.
Feb. 14: Valentine’s Day Skate
Join Astro Skate of Bradenton for a Valentine’s Day Skate from 6:30pm – 8:30pm on Wednesday, February 14! There will be FREE red pizza and FREE red Hawaiian Punch. Admission is $6 (skate rental is extra). For every red item you wear, you’ll get $1 off your admission.
Feb. 14: Kids Valentine’s Day Party
Join the Freedom Christian Church of Sarasota for a Valentine’s Day Party. This event is for children aged 0-12yrs Old. There will be a disco, games, crafts, prizes, food, and a puppet show from The Freedom Puppet Ministry ‘God’s Tiny Teachers.’ All welcome and all FREE! 6-7:30pm.
Special Sarasota Events
Feb. 1-3: Little Sprouts Club at Selby Gardens
The Little Sprouts Program is a family-friendly way to enjoy the beauty of the Gardens. Meet monthly in the Children’s Rainforest Garden as preschool-aged children and families explore rainforest plants and animals through sensory centers, themed art and science activities, stories and free play. Sessions run from 10:30-11:30am, with a snack and story time at 11am.
A free family-friendly concert series and block party for the public hosted from 6-9pm on the first Friday of each month. The street is lined with food vendors, beer trucks, and sponsor booths, as well as rides and activities for the kids presented by Grace Community Church. Lisa Ridings will fill the air with rock, blues, Latin, Motown and soul music. The event will benefit the Police Athletic League.
Feb. 2: Blizzard Blast
Sarasota Baptist Church on Proctor Road is hosting a family “winter” event with 64 tons of snow. There will be a snow slide, petting zoo, games, rides and more. Free admission. 6-8pm.
Children ages 3-5 and their families are invited to two more exciting, marine science outreach programs led by Mote Marine Laboratory and The Out-of-Door Academy (ODA) in Sarasota County. Through these free educational programs from 10-11 a.m. on Feb. 3 and April 14, participants will learn about marine animals’ survival strategies, about keeping the environment clean, and about how the ocean connects people everywhere. February’s event includes a beach clean up at Siesta Key Beach.
Feb. 3: Ovation at Lakewood Ranch
The 11th annual Ovation makes its return to Lakewood Ranch Main Street with live performance stages and a line-up of local talent. Celebrating the area’s finest musicians, singers, dancers and drama troupes, it’s a delightful family-friendly mix of street festival and concert hall. 10am-2pm. Free admission and parking. Seating is provided.
Is your family looking to add more marine science STEM to your homeschool curriculum? Register for the homeschool open house for a glimpse of what Mote has to offer. The day will consist of an Aquarium visit, STEM based activities and a field exploration of Sarasota Bay. $10 per student/chaperone pair. Pre‐registration is required.
The First Saturday of every month enjoy programming for families with kids of all ages, with different activities taking place between 10am and 3pm! The February event will focus on the Chinese Zodiac and the Chinese New Year. Check out the website (click on event name) for details on these programs and more during the event: Art Making (relating a project to art you can find in the galleries, for all ages); ROAR for Big Kids! (Ringling Order of Art Readers, for ages 5-7); and Kids Quest (Tours with games and activities for ages 8-12).
Feb. 8-11: St. Barbara Greek Festival
Join Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox church for their annual Glendi celebration. Bring your friends and family our days of Greek food, domestic and imported beverages, live Greek music and dancing, raffles, crafts and more. Free admission on Thursday; 3-day pass, $4. Free parking.
Join Nathan Benderson Park and Sarasota Film Festival for a free screening of “Sleepless in Seattle.” The event will be held on Regatta Island, make sure to bring your lawn chairs and blankets! The movie will start at sunset (roughly 6:30pm), and drinks and snacks will be available for cash purchase. This event is dog-friendly but please keep your dog on a leash and make sure to pick up after them. Gates open at 5pm; parking is free on the island.
Feb. 10: SRQ KidsFest
SRQ MEDIA presents a vibrant, hands-on family festival cultivating creativity, crafts, arts and innovation at the Ringling College of Art and Design. SRQ KidsFest is an experience designed to connect parents and kids with hands-on learning, local family resources and creative opportunities in our region with exploration designed to deliver fun “a-ha” moments for the whole family—from musical instruments to bookmaking, from illustration to architecture and storytelling to technology.
Feb. 16: Robinson Preserve NEST Grand Opening
The MOSAIC Center for Nature, Exploration, Science & Technology (NEST) is ready to welcome visitors from pre K to lifelong learners Celebrate the grand opening of this community education space and catch a sneak peek of the transformation of Robinson Preserve’s new expansion. This free afternoon celebration will include guided tours, nature themed activities and more. 4-6pm.
Feb. 24: Meet Skye from Paw Patrol
Skye from Paw Patrol is visiting the Learning Express Toys. Bring your child and camera to capture the moment. Free event.
Feb. 25: Designing Daughters Sunday Funday
Join the Designing Daughters for Sunday Funday at Big Top Brewing Company. This is a family friendly event with live entertainment, food trucks, shopping, and more. There will be several kids activities, including face painting, a bounce house, a balloon artist, tattoo station and some surprises. Big Cat Habitat will even have some exotic animals there too. Restaurants and specialty shops will provide samples, and food will be for sale as well. Entry is $20 per adult and includes 2 tickets for Big Top’s craft beer selection and 2 food tickets. Kids are free. The event is a fundraiser for Designing Daughters, which provides grants to local non-profits.
Sundays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays: Toddler Time at Sky Zone
The Toddler Time program offers kids ages 5 and under free run of all open trampoline courts in the park. Toddler Time at Sky Zone is a special time, just for the little ones, where they can explore exciting new ways to be active. One parent can assist for free. Additionally, check out the Glow and Character Toddler Time events held select Toddler Time days.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: Baby Boot Camp
Baby Boot Camp is a stroller fitness group where moms can bring their babies in jogging strollers and exercise in a group setting. After the workouts, children get to play at the park while the moms socialize. The aim is to provide a supportive environment for all mothers to get in shape while developing a sense of community. Classes start at 9:30am.
Tuesdays: Freedom Playgroup
Age appropriate activities for infants through age 4, along with games and group singing. Parents an caregivers can play with their kids, mingle with other adults, and enjoy complementary coffee and snacks. Held at Freedom Christian Church, from 9:15am-11am.
Tuesdays: Woodland Community Church Playgroup
Visit the church’s kid space for a free weekly playgroup from 9am to noon. A large gymnasium is filled with toys and activities, a separate room with a new treehouse-style play area, and there is story time as well. The playgroup follows the Manatee County Schools calendar, and is closed when school is not in session.
Each week, kids (ages 5 and under) will create a pottery piece (to be picked up later) or canvas project as well as a pre-k appropriate craft that they may take home the same day. After the arts and crafts are complete, a story will be read. Cost is $12 unless otherwise stated. Space is limited and reservations receive priority. Begins at 10am at Arts A Blaze Studio in Lakewood Ranch.
Wednesdays: Tunnels of Fun at Colonial Oaks Park Gym
Toys and open, unstructured play time for babies to preschoolers, along with their caregivers, is available inside the gym from 9:15-11:45am. Cost is $2/child. Additionally, there is an outdoor playground and shaded picnic tables that are free to use.
Wednesdays and Saturdays: Children’s Yoga at Pineapple Yoga Studio.
Every Saturday at 1:45-2:30 and every Wednesday at 4-4:45, $10 per child. Also, each month, on the first Sunday of the month there will be a 2-hour workshop at Pineapple Yoga Studio for $30 per child or $50 for 2. This is based on Chakras, crystals and yoga. Additionally, a monthly yoga and essential oils workshop will take place at Colonial Oaks Park, with this month’s being Sept. 10, from 4-5pm. Kids yoga will also be held at Circusoul yoga studio from 1:30-2:30 every Monday.
Thursdays and Fridays: ROAR: Ringling Order or Art Readers
Stories and illustrations are often a child’s first exposure to the joy of reading and the wonder of art. ROAR! is The Ringling’s family story time designed to engage toddlers and preschoolers in activities that connect art with early literacy. Stop by for a story and an accompanying activity. This program is free but now requires a free ticket that can be picked up in the Visitors Pavilion the morning of the program. Starting in 2018, the program has expanded to Thursdays too and is held every week. A similar program, ROAR for Big Kids, is held on the first Saturday of the month (next one is Feb. 3). There is plenty of other family programming too.
Faith Early Learning Center hosts a weekly stay and place class at its Sarasota school. This class focuses on large body gross motor play. Each session will celebrate a different body awareness activity designed to get your child moving. Come jump, dance, dribble, balance, run, and more. $10/class per family. For toddler through 4-year-olds and their caregivers. 10-11am.
Admission to the art museum is free every Monday. The outdoor grounds, though, are free every day from 10am-5pm. There you can have fun in the playground, which has a water/sand area; search for hidden outdoor sculptures; explore the many scenic nooks and gardens; have a picnic along the bayfront; and take photos of your children in the beautiful grounds. Daily: U-Pick Strawberries at O’Brien Family Farms
O’Brien Family Farms dedicates a ½ acre for hydroponically grown fruits and vegetables that are available for u-pick. Strawberry season has begun, so grab a bag or bucket and trek through the rows picking your favorite ones. O’Brien Family Farms also has 5 acres of row crops grown next to the farm stand that are picked fresh daily for the stand and available for you to purchase. And they have an educational center to learn about how a farm works and a retail store where you can purchase snacks and drink to enjoy there as well. Check website as sometimes the hours and produce available change.
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