Looking for Family Fun Events? Enjoy one of these Fall Festivals right in your back yard!   Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Festival October 1 – 2, 8 – 9, 15 – 16, 22 – 23, 29 – 30 This family-friendly event features a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, live entertainment, vendors, pony rides, bounce houses, pumpkin painting…

Fall Family Fun! by Martha Wegner OK, fall is about to come into full swing, and, like most parents I know, I am letting out one big sigh of relief. We’re finally back into a predictable, if somewhat hectic, routine. No more need to entertain the troops with plans for lemonade stands and trips to…

Reader’s Choice Award Voting Ends September 20th! Here at Florida Family Living Magazine, we strive to help parents find the absolute best local family resources in the area. That’s why our Reader’s Choice edition is so important! It’s a resource guide for families to keep throughout the upcoming year that will help them find great…

The Gift of Failure How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed Forty Carrots Family Center announces the 14th annual FREE Educational Community Speaker Event presented in partnership with Community Foundation of Sarasota County featuring educator and best selling author Jessica Lahey. The educational presentation will be held at 7…

Why vision evaluations are important! by Scott E Silverman, MD, Pediatric Ophthalmologist, Coastal Eye Institute Back-to-school season is a great time to think about your child’s vision and their academic success. If your child is displaying signs of vision problems, a comprehensive eye exam is vital to properly identify and treat the underlying problem. Signs…

6 Reasons Why I’m Singing the Back to School Blues I’m singing the back to school blues – but it’s not what you think. I’m not one of those moms who wants to be around her kids 24/7 and dreads when they go back to school. In fact, now that summer is over, I’m thrilled…

Ton of Fun brings together Health, Fitness and Weight Loss for Adults and Teens In Florida, close to 12 percent of high school youth are considered obese, percentages that rise to more than 24 percent for adults 18-44 years of age and over 30 percent for adults 45-64 years of age. In addition, over 23…

We encourage you to remember these mosquito, sun and water safety tips below and enjoy your summer! More information can be found on marchofdimes.org. Kids Summer Safety Tips Zika Safety In the US, Florida has the highest number of cases of the mosquito-borne Zika Virus – all travel-related. For details to protect yourself and your family, list of Zika-affected…

Top ways to enjoy the outdoors this summer By: Virginia Haley, President of Visit Sarasota County Families and children looking to explore nature need not look any further than their own surroundings this summer. Nature and outdoor activities such as going to the beach, running, swimming and exploring parks are perfect ways to spend a…

by Katherine Kvols I believe very few children are lazy*. However, I also believe that many children “show up” as lazy when really they haven’t been inspired authentically. Children have so many distractions from discovering who they are and what they want to be. It often starts at home when parents keep their children to…

Here are the best dos and don’ts to help you ban that sluggish feeling once and for all Now that spring is here, it’s time to head out doors and get your energy level back up! Dietitian nutritionist and exercise physiologist Dr. Felicia Stoler has some quick ways to get energized! You may be surprised…

“Mommy, are you ok?” asks her daughter. Mom lies, “I fine, honey.” Do you try to mask your feelings from your children? Your spouse? We often hide our feelings  because we want to protect our children. Or to protect ourselves by not letting anyone get to close to discover who we really are. One of…

By www.poolfence.com)   An accident can happen at any time, especially around water. The best way to ensure your child’s safety is to have multiple protection layers in place. After all, the only safety measure that matters is the one that saves your child’s life. Protect yourself and your family with these top five pool safety…

SARASOTA, FL – Forty Carrots Family Center’s sound fiscal management practices and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-Star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. This is the second consecutive time that Forty Carrots has earned this top distinction in its efforts to strengthen families in our community through educational…

For many children, test-time leads to stress-time, especially as new statewide tests become a barometer of success for students and schools alike. Most parents are well aware of the pressure, especially as more school districts base decisions about grade advancement and graduation on how well children measure up. While it’s rarely easy to eliminate the…

There is a growing sense in the back of our brains that is telling us that we all are spending too much time indoors, away from nature. This is particularly true for our children. If you think back to happy moments in your childhood, what images do you conjure up? For many of us, it’s…

Summer is coming, and our kids will likely participate in some kind of camp. The program may be meant to foster a new interest or continue developing skills. Sarasota and Manatee County, with it’s impressive variety of camps, will surely offer the perfect choice to meet your child’s needs. You may not know what goals…

Have a kickin good summer at Tae Kwon Do Summer Camp! This is one the most popular and cost-effective martial art summer camps for boys and girls. It’s great for beginners and students with experience. Last year 8 weeks SOLD OUT!  Don’t wait too long to register. It will sell out again. Sung Cho’s Tae…

Unlike any camp in the area, Sarasota Jungle Gardens is excited to show you our wonderful world of birds and animals through hands-on games, crafts, demonstrations and other activities! Come explore behind the scenes as you learn about caring for our plants and animals, and seeing firsthand what it takes to be a zookeeper. Camp…

Ramp up your child’s summer with Sarasota Christian School’s fun-filled, action packed, skill-building summer camps. Choose from a wide variety of programs ranging from All-day Activity Camps to Athletic Training Camps, from Life Skills Building Camps to Family Living readers “Favorite Summer Camp’ choice, Circus Camp. We have something for everyone. Our summer camps are…

Don’t miss The Players Studio Summer Camp! This camp is for students between the ages of 8 and 17. During these two four-week sessions students will explore the magic of musical theatre learning acting techniques, dance, singing, play production, theatre games, and more. Participants also enjoy workshops and attend one field trip each session. After…

Camp Invention is our first Summer Camp. The program “Illuminate” will encourage your child to explore their inventiveness and problem solving skills with experiences that will harness their curiosity, inspire creativity and evoke a sense of accomplishment! It will be for children entering grades 1-6. Cost is $225. July 27-31, 2015 Limited availability, call 488-2215…

There is no other camp in the area like Circus Summer Camp! Join us for a truly unique experience where campers learn circus arts disciplines and then showcase their new skills with a costumed performance at Sailor Circus Arena that family and friends are invited to attend. Children ages 6 to 15 will love learning…

The Vision of the Boys & Girls Clubs in Sarasota County is to provide a world-class Club experience that assures success is within reach of every young person who walks through our doors, with all members on track to graduate from high school with a plan for the future, demonstrating good character and citizenship, and…

For over eight years Acro Fit, a fully instructional state–of-the-art gymnastics facility, has brought a wide variety of classes, programs and events to our area’s children ages 18 months through the teenage years. Our Tumble Jungle, an activity center specifically designed for ages 3 & under will be offering a Summer Drop Off Program for…

Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders Today Summer at Trautwein’s ATA is fun, dynamic and challenging! Perfect for both boys and girls who range in age from 5 to 13. You’ll find a caring staff whose sole purpose is to stimulate and draw out each child’s positive potentials, so they can be ready to meet any of life’s…

The Sarasota YMCA’s safe, half- and full-day camps for preschool thru high school students begin June 1 and run through August 14. As part of our continuing mission to build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities, the Sarasota YMCA’s summer camp programs are the premier activities for your child to attend this summer. Through…

Summertime fun! Children enjoy new experiences while making lasting memories at Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources summer camps. Parents know their children are well cared for and will have a great time. Families appreciate low fees with payment plans and financial assistance to qualifying families. Camp sessions run from one to four weeks…

Looking for fun creative learning experiences? SUMMER STUDIOS at RINGLING COLLEGE offers TEENS, TWEENS and ADULTS a variety of traditional and digital classes designed for the beginner through advanced students. EXPLORE, CREATE and DISCOVER at one of the world’s premier art and design colleges. TEEN + TWEEN STUDIOS: June 8-July 17. One and two-week sessions.…

The Lily School for Child Development, a program of Easter Seals Southwest Florida, is committed to making the first five years of development COUNT in every way! Our preschool is proud to be an inclusive and blended program serving both typically developing children and differently abled children thus providing the most diverse and modern learning…

CAMP ADVENTURE Are you ready for one of the most adventure filled summers of your child’s life? Camp Adventure is the place to be!  We have one of the most fun and exciting camps in the area. We are a high energy camp and are on the go all day long.  We are not on…

Sun-N-Fun has evolved into the premiere vacation home and RV destination Resort in the United States offering amenities no other RV Resort can match on our 177 acre playground. Sun-N-Fun has the awards to prove it, most recently the Readers Choice Award for Best Family Recreation Place in Sarasota and the prestigious ARVC 2014 National…

New Gate Adventure Camps No Child Left Inside Elementary age campers experience outdoor fun and exciting adventures every day. The action-packed activity schedule includes: Kayaking, Horseback Riding, Ice Skating, Alpine Climbing Towers, Fencing, Acro-Fit Gymnastics, Scavenger Hunts, Silly String Fights, Martial Arts, and much, much more. Activities take place all around the Sarasota area. This…

 Sarasota Christian School is committed to providing an excellent academic Christ-centered environment to help students discover their full potential and ignite a lifelong passion for learning and service. The school offers Pre-K through 12th grade education on a 25-acre campus. Sarasota Christian School students enjoy small class sizes and individualized attention from accomplished Christian faculty. …

Parents shouldn’t freak out every time their kid gets a cold,” Dr. Richard Besser, former acting director of the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said. “Only if your child has a history of asthma or wheezing do you need to make sure they are seen by a doctor if they come down with…

After having been so busy with back to school, moving, working, and really hot weather, we finally had time to go have some fun.  We started a sunny Sunday morning at The Celery Fields Park.  It was a bit muddy from all the recent rain, but it did not slow Sophie down at all.  She…

Holiday Drinks for Kids These special drinks are sure to be a hit at your family holiday parties   Cranberry Sparkler Ingredients 4oz of cranberry juice 1oz of orange juice 1 tsp of honey club soda cherry Instructions 1. In a shaker mix cranberry juice, orange juice and honey. 2. Shake them all together and…

“Make it Special” Menu: A favorite Hanukkah menu Beef Tenderloin Ingredients 1 cup dry sherry 1 cup lite soy sauce 5 green onions, finely chopped 1 (5- to 6-lb.) beef tenderloin, trimmed 2 tablespoons olive oil Garnish: rosemary sprigs Preparation 1. Stir together first 3 ingredients. 2. Rub tenderloin with olive oil, and place on…

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