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Sarasota Family Adventure

Culture, Shopping and Siesta Key

There’s something for everyone on the white sand shores of Sarasota. Whether you’re looking for the No. 1 beach in the United States (Siesta Beach on Siesta Key), amazing art museums or the worlds’ best pancakes, you can find it all in this quaint Gulf town. It’s the small crowds, welcoming community and laid-back vibe that will keep you coming back for more. 

Start your vacation with giant pancakes, stuffed French toast, fresh omelets and homemade biscuits from Yoder’s, a traditional family favorite. Featured on Food Network for their amazing pies, Yoder’s also stands out for its seasonal breakfast options, likecinnamon roll pancakes. The Amish market right next door sells handmade goods, local honey and fresh produce.

Siesta Key beaches rank No. 1 in the United States, trumping even Hawaii’s postcard-perfect beaches. The powder white sand is unbelievably soft, the walkways and restrooms are clean and the water is crystal clear. Arrive early to get good parking, which may be limited during peak season, or take a short walk from one of Siesta Key’s many hotels and condos. Rent a bike to explore, enjoy the incredible sand sculpting competition every November or just kick back and enjoy the beach.

“We went to Sarasota and stayed in a little cottage on the beach. A must-see place is Siesta Key Beach. There’s no place like it.”

– Jessica Friend, PLAYGROUND Contributing Photographer and Designer

Beat the heat with a visit to Mote Aquarium, a marine research facility, animal hospital and interactive aquarium in one. Shark lovers will enjoy the open-water Shark Zone and budding marine biologists will love the touch tanks and other interactive marine life exhibits. Finish the day with a meal at Owen’s Fish Camp, a quirky establishment with live music, a tire swing for the kids and colorful, delicious Florida eats. Or do some shopping, strolling and dining at St. Armand’s Circle, which offers superb exotic boutiques, art galleries, beach shops, sophisticated restaurants and nightlife.

PLAY Tips:

  • STAY: Leave your worries behind at Hyatt Regency Sarasota, an all-inclusive resort with special hypoallergenic rooms — great for sensitive kiddos! They have sprawling, resort-style pools and offer access to their marina with fishing and boating activities. Family-friendly fun also awaits at the Homewood Suites by Hilton Sarasota, with a full complimentary breakfast and in-room kitchenettes for the ultimate kid-approved stay!
  • SEE: Families will enjoy the The Ringling, a large campus that houses the Ca’ D’ Zan mansion, a circus museum (definitely a must-see for kids), an art museum, the Muse restaurant, 66 acres of bayfront gardens (think: giant Banyon trees) and a super cool playground for kids. Don’t leave Sarasota without visiting this treasure.
  • DO: Snorkeling at Point of Rocks is a must-see for visitors. There are many snorkel rental options in the area. This activity is considered a hidden gem of the area.
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March 9, 20199:00 am
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This is a family friendly project. Hunger Heroes of all ages are welcome.





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March 9, 201911:00 am
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The College Park Neighborhood Association (CPNA) is hosting Saturday In The Park With Music And The Arts. This is a daytime and evening event that will include a wide variety of entertainment options for all ages.




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March 9, 201912:00 pm
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Families are invited to visit the 7th Annual Touch-a-Truck event on March 9th from 12-3 p.m at the CFE Arena. This is a free, interactive experience for kids of all ages.





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March 10, 20199:00 am
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This is a family friendly project. Hunger Heroes of all ages are welcome.





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March 10, 201912:00 pm
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It's Mommy & Me time at The Art Room. This fun painting class is for parents and their child, age 4 and up. Have fun quality time painting sweet treats!
Call to register: 407-909-1869
$50 per couple; all supplies included
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March 15, 20196:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Play Date


Drop your kids off for a night to themselves in a safe, supervised and friendly environment. They will enjoy themed games, crafts and gym time. Included is this packed night of fun is always a great movie and yummy pizza.





Drop your kids off for a night to themselves in a safe, supervised and friendly environment. They will enjoy themed games, crafts and gym time. Included is this packed night of fun is always a great movie and yummy pizza.





For potty-trained 3 year olds up to 5th graders. All for only $25 per child ($15 for each additional sibling). Call for availability: 407-365-6800


March 15, 20196:30 pm
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Join us on Friday, March 15 for a special Family Swim to Celebrate the Colors of the Rainbow! We will have raffles, crafts, pizza and and open swim. Raffle winners will be announced at 7:45 p.m., and you must be present to claim your prize.



Join us on Friday, March 15 for a special Family Swim to Celebrate the Colors of the Rainbow! We will have raffles, crafts, pizza and and open swim. Raffle winners will be announced at 7:45 p.m., and you must be present to claim your prize.





Reservations ARE required for this event, so call 407.614.6363 to reserve your spot. This event is FREE for Goldfish Swim School members and their family. Cost for non-members is $5 a person, with a $15 maximum per family.


March 16, 201911:00 am - 11:45 am
Educational / Free


Sensory Storytimes are special needs-friendly, relaxed and interactive. These programs are designed to increase your child's comfort level with the library environment. Children of all ages and their families are welcome on one Saturday of the month from 11 a.m.-11:45 a.m. The 2019 scheduled alternates monthly between East (Oviedo) branch ...

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March 22, 20199:00 am
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During this Spring Break Seed-to-Table Workshop (Cost: $80) with Edible Education Experience at the Emeril Lagasse Kitchen House & Culinary Garden in College Park, kids 10-15 will learn how to make brunch favorites like crepes, breakfast potatoes, eggs, fresh pressed juice and make-your-own fruit jam to bring home.


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March 30, 201911:00 am
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Check out the newly updated (and beautiful) Rieter Park (301 W Warren Ave, Longwood, FL 32750) for a family-friendly day packed with music, great food and lots of fun. There will be a FREE kid zone featuring a pirate ship, shark ride and maybe even a mermaid or two. A huge variety of ...

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