What will you celebrate in May? There is so much to choose from — Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, Cinco de Mayo, Kentucky Derby, May the 4th (for you Star Wars fans!), May Day, the end of the school year and more. But why choose? Celebrate them all! Below we have listed the top Sarasota events for the month, including a special section for Mother’s Day and weekly activities for families.
*Click on the name of each event to learn more.*
Special Sarasota Events
Celebrate May Day with a free community event to kick off the 2018 Giving Challenge at the Children’s Garden of Sarasota. The event celebrates the start of summer and the center’s nature activities, with ribbon dancing, nature crown making, May Day basket giving, and story time at the stage. Stop in and enjoy a fun day in the little garden, while learning how you can help keep its magical doors open during the 2018 Giving Challenge by making a donation.
High Risk Hope is thrilled to host a play date in the park after a stroller workout with Baby Boot Camp. Head to Bayfront Park to learn more about High Risk Hope and how it provides support, encouragement and resources for high risk pregnancies and families with premature infants at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The play date and workout are both free as part as the giving challenge. You can #betheone to make a difference in the life of a preemie by donating $25 or more during the Giving Challenge hosted by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Baby Boot Camp workout starts at 9:30am and the play date starts at 10:30am. There will be freebies by Jersey Mike’s Sub and FitLife Food.
May 3-5: Little Sprouts Club at Selby Gardens
The Little Sprouts Club 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. This is the last spring session; the monthly program will resume in the fall.
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. Ocean Road will fill the air with Country, R&B, Jazz, Pop and Rock music and the deejay will keep you dancing with today’s Top 100 hits. The event will benefit Prospect Riding Center
May 4th: May the 4th be With You
Come celebrate Star Wars with a variety of Star Wars activities from 4-7pm at Learning Express Toys. Even meet Darth Vader from 5-6pm. May the 4th be with you! This is a free event.
May 5: Free Comic Book Day
Stop by one of these Manatee County libraries from 10am-2pm to get a free comic book for kids and teens: Central Library, Braden River Library, Palmetto Library, Rocky Bluff Library, South Manatee Library
SRQ Magazine’s Salsa de Mayo Festival will be held 10:30am-1pm outside at Morton’s Market in Southside Village, Sarasota. Local chefs are invited to create an interpretive gourmet salsa to compete for the title of Best Handcrafted Salsa. Attended by food enthusiasts, families and neighbors, Salsa de Mayo showcases innovative creations from fire-roasted poblano salsas to shrimp salsa ceviches. Celebrate the magazine’s 20th anniversary as they turn up the heat! Kid-friendly and dog-friendly event.
The celebration will start at 11am at this Catrinas Tacos and Tequila Bar on St. Armand’s Circle. There will be a special menu, lots of tequila, and a Live DJ and drums after 5pm. Free shot for the first 100 people (ages 21+).
May 5: Home Depot Kids Workshop
Every month, Home Depot offers a free hands-on workshop for kids and their parents. This month, kids will build a model windmill planter to grow plants, flowers or herbs. Once the birdhouse is built, your child can decorate it with paint and stickers. Each child gets a project, plus a workshop apron and a certificate of achievement, while supplies last. Bradenton and Sarasota Home Depots participate, as well as others, so please check the website for your local store and to pre-register (not required).
On the First Saturday of every month enjoy programming for families with kids of all ages, with different activities taking place between 10am and 3pm. 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).
The Kentucky Derby will be on televisions in homes, bars and restaurants all around the area, but if you want to experience the races in style — while donning your big hat — attend the 10th Anniversary Derby Day Party at the Sarasota Kennel Club. Tickets ($60/advance; $65 day of) include all day buffet with food station, beer, drinks, raffles, a big hat contest, photo booth and more. Raffle to benefit Greyhound adoption.
Want to show off your sand sculpting skills? Enter the 46th Annual Amateur Sand Sculpture Contest and build something amazing — or just watch others create sand art. Registration starts at 8:30am near the yellow lifeguard stand on Siesta Key Beach. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place cash prizes are awarded for the following categories: Adult (Individual,) Adult (Team,) Children (10 yrs. and under,) Youth (11-17 years) plus an Overall People’s Choice. Entry is free. Judging begins at 1 p.m. with awards presented at 2. Contest is held rain or shine.
May 6: Free Ski-A-Rees Show
Catch a free waterski show put on by the Ski-A-Rees team, which is made up of a diverse group of amateur performers that spans several decades and several generations. This is the last show of the season. The group performs at 2pm in the waterway near the entrance of Mote Marine. You can even sign up to join the organization as a new hobby, to exercise, make friends and be a part of a Sarasota tradition. There are bleacher seats but people can bring their own lawn chairs too. There is free parking and a concession stand to purchase snacks and drinks.
Calling all fairies! The Children’s Garden of Sarasota is hosting fairy-themed art classes each month that provide an enchanting hour of make believe entwined in nature, with fairy folklore, magical crafts, gnome juice and pixie play. This month’s craft will be making secret fairy doors. 10:30-11:30am. Pre-payment and registration is required ($8-$10); not included in general garden admission.
May 12: Tech Lab
Tinker with Manatee Libraries’ new tech toys, and learn basic circuitry, robotics and engineering with Squishy Circuits, MakeyMakeys, Ozobots and more! A new monthly tech series for tweens and teens that meets the second Saturday of every month. Registration required due to limited spots. Please call 941-727-6079 to register. Braden River Branch Library at 3pm. Ages 9-18.
Sarasota Moms Blog is hosting it’s first event in it’s new Moms on the Town Series! What is Moms on the Town? Only the biggest, baddest, most awesome Moms’ Night Out in Sarasota held on the second Saturday of each month. Anyone can join, so grab your BMF (best mom friend), leave your kiddos with a sitter and some pizza money, strap on your heels and let’s hit the town! We’re kicking it off on Saturday, May 12th, at Regal Hollywood Studios 11 by seeing the movie “I Feel Pretty,” starring Amy Schumer at 7pm. Tickets are $10 per person, and due to booking a private room, tickets are limited. After the movie, take a stroll down Main Street and join other moms for a drink and conversation. It’s a great opportunity to get out and meet other local moms!
May 19: Storytelling on the Ranch
The Players Centre for Performing Arts Presents STAR: Storytelling at the Ranch – “Pirates Past Noon.” Join characters Jack and Annie from The Magic Treehouse series as they read some of their favorite stories! Experience the story through a live performance by Jack and Annie themselves, fun activities and a book to take home for your own collection. $15 per person – book included; $10 without book. Reserve your spot by calling 941.365.2494 or click here.
May 20: May Family Nature Club Meeting
The Sarasota Family Nature Club invites children in elementary school and their families to discover more about nature and the world around them through monthly outdoor meetings. This group was started by Tasman Henry, a local 5th grader, because she wanted to help others discover and love nature as much as she does. The May meeting, the 5th one of her series, will focus on Earth Day since the April meeting was cancelled due to the weather. Meet at 3pm by the picnic table near the Tube Dude dog sculpture at Urfer Park, near the parking area.
Memorial Day Weekend Events
Celebrate Memorial Day by making a patriotic windsock so you can display the stars and stripes! This is a free event and is recommended for children 3 and up.
May 25: First Responder Family Fest
Manatee County EMS Auxiliary is hosting a family festival with a dunk tank, bounce house, face painting, photo booth, silent auction, kickball gam, raffles, food trucks, music and more. This is a fundraiser, from noon to 8pm, at First Church of the Nazarene in Bradenton.
May 27: Heritage Harbour Play Date
Join the Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton Moms Tribe (part of Sarasota Moms Blog) for a Memorial Day weekend play date from 9:30-11:30am. All are welcome to come out and play! This is a fun park for kids of all ages. Play dates are a great way to meet other moms and friends. Join the Tribe’s Facebook page to learn about future play dates and activities.
Each year, thousands of attendees line the street along Lakewood Main Street to honor our local veterans, active duty and fallen heroes. The pre-block party fun starts at 6pm and the parade will kick off at 7pm. Arrive early for a good spot on the street! There will be food and drinks for sale, a kids zone, and more. Besides attending and cheering on the parade, you can also participate by being in the parade. Click here if you would like to be in the bike parade or would like to enter with a float.
May 28: Downtown Sarasota Memorial Day Parade
The Sarasota Memorial Day Parade begins at 10am on Monday and travels down Main Street starting at Osprey Avenue, followed by a 10:45am post-parade ceremony at J.D. Hamel Park on Gulf Stream Avenue.
May 28: Memorial Day Skate
Have some roller-skating fun at Astro Skate on Memorial Day, from 1-5pm. They will serve free hot dogs and free burgers for the first half hour. Admission is $7 and skate rental is extra. All active military get in for free and can bring up to 5 people with them! (skate rental is extra)
May 28: Free Memorial Day Boot Camp
LIVE Training Center wants is kicking off Memorial Day with a free insane boot camp. Held at the training center in Palmetto from 9-10:30am. This is for anyone over the age of 13, so take your teenagers to burn off some energy.
Mother’s Day Events
Stop by the Mall at UTC from noon to 5pm for the “All About Mom” Mother’s Day event. This day will feature live entertainment, styling sessions, mommy massages, makeovers, mini manicures, food samples, fashion shows, raffles, gifts and more. First 100 attendees receive a swag bag.
Get your tickets to create a gorgeous Mother’s Day flower arrangement… with mom, for mom, or just for YOU! Unleash your creativity while learning the art of flower arranging in the new yoga and wellness studio at Four Pillars of Lakewood Ranch. Enjoy light refreshments and a glass of wine or cup of coffee or tea while you create (included in your ticket price). At the end of the night, take home or gift your hand-crafted flower arrangement! The event is hosted by Alice’s Table, a national flower arranging workshop event company that was featured on Shark Tank.
Stop by D’Lites Shoppe from noon to 2pm on this day for a free kids ice cream cone with a purchase (1 per family), photos with Daisy (the giant ice cream cone mascot) and a free Mother’s Day craft that kids can make for their moms or grandmas. D’Lites sells low calorie, low sugar, low fat, low carb, vegan, and artisan ice creams, plus heathy treats, coffee and more.
Join us to celebrate Mother’s Day by making lovely pop-up cards for mom! This is a free event and is recommended for children ages 5 and up. Reservation required. Limited spots available. Must call the store (University Parkway location) to reserve a spot.
For each ticket you purchase, a mom or grandmother receives free admission to Jungle Gardens, on the same day. Offer valid on Saturday and Sunday of the holiday weekend.
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.
Saturdays (first and third Saturdays of each month): KidSpace at the South Florida Museum
Are your kids obsesses with outer space and beyong? KidSpace is a program for kids who want to explore everything there is to know about space and become Masters of the Universe. From 10:15 – 11am on the first and third Saturday mornings, your kids can help unleash the power of the Bishop Planetarium, taking off from Earth’s surface and flying to places no human has gone before: the Sun, the planets, other moons of our solar system, newly discovered solar systems in our galaxy and beyond. KidSpace is designed for kids in elementary school (grades 1-5), and their grown-ups. Museum members, $3; Non-members, $5. Space is limited. Admission to the museum is not included, other than for members.
Saturdays and Sundays: Family Fun Open Paint
The Makers Market and Workshops provide DIY workshops for kids ages 6 and up and their parents. The laid-back weekend classes are the perfect backdrop for that family bonding time while creating a wall-worthy project you will be proud to display in your home. Each guest will receive a 12″ x 16″ wood sign and the option to choose from over 70 of the most popular stencil designs. Held at 10am and 1pm.
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.
O’Brien Family Farms dedicates a ½ acre for hydroponically grown fruits and vegetables that are available for u-pick. Blueberry picking season has begun! 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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