Summer fun for kids: now is the time for camps of all kinds, family adventures or just kicking back with a great new book.Everybody in the Pool!
Best-ever pool party? Sun 'n' Fun Resort's Olympic-size pool with its 3 1/2-story hippo slide. This is a great place to celebrate a kid's (or adult's) birthday or hold a family reunion Often an annual event, a family reunion takes place on a specified day each year for the purpose of keeping an extended family closer together. Some reunions may be held less often. . You can also rent a one- or two-bedroom vacation home Vacation Home
A home separate from an individual's primary residence that is used for recreational purposes and may also be rented out at unused times.
For tax purposes, those who rent their vacation homes may result in a lower amount of allowable expense for $75-$150 a night (half the winter rate) and enjoy a host of other sports (mini-golf, tennis, volleyball, shuffleboard shuffleboard, sport in which players use cue sticks to push disks onto a scoring diagram at either end of a concrete or terrazzo court. The court is 52 ft (15.85 m) long and 6 ft (1.83 m) wide. The bases of the triangular scoring diagrams are parallel to and 8 ft (2. ). There's even a spa. 7125 Fruitville Road, Sarasota. Call Tracy Goodman at 371-2505 for party-planning details.
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[French, from Old French, from Latin extra Dolly Jacobs Dolly Jacobs is an American acrobat. She is the daughter of famed circus clown, Lou Jacobs. She began her circus career in 1975 and has been working ever since. She is also the co-founder of Circus Sarasota. stars in the Summer Circus Spectacular, an hour-long show in the Historic Asolo Theater at the Ring-ling Museum. Through July 28. Tickets are just $10 for children 12 and under; $15 for adults.
Ready, Set, Read!
Take the Dream Big Read! challenge this summer at any Sarasota County library branch. Read 20 minutes or more every day for seven days, and at the end of the week, visit your library to receive a book, a stuffed animal
A stuffed animal is toy animal stuffed with straw, beans, cotton or other similar materials. Some stuffed animals are very old – home made cloth dolls stuffed with straw go back to at least the , or some other nifty prize. Details at sclibs.net.
BOOKS THEY'LL LOVE
Hot reads for kids at Selby Public Library.
Elephant and Piggie by Mo Willems Picture books for beginner readers
Why they love it: Kids crack up over these simple, funny and colorful illustrations.
Fly Guy adventure series by Tedd Arnold For beginner readers ages four to eight
Why they love it: The adventuresome "bad boy" feel; plus it's one of the rare literature series written for boys.
1. Slang A stupid, inept, or foolish person: "the stupid antics of America's favorite teen-age cartoon dorks" Joshua Mooney.
2. Diaries series by Rachel Renee
Russell Ages eight to 14 (especially girls)
Why they love it: The series takes a real-life look at middle-school relationships and issues
The 39 Clues series by Gordon Korman Gordon Korman (born October 231963) is a Canadian author, primarily of novels for children and young adults.
Korman was born in Montreal, Quebec. He grew up in Richmond Hill, Ontario, where in the seventh grade, his language arts teacher was a track and field coach. and other young-adult authors
For middle schoolers; some elementary schoolers, too
Why they love it: Intriguing mysteries with clues, accompanying online game and trading cards
Camp by the Shore
There aren't many places left where you can camp on the beach. One of the few is on our own Siesta Key. At the county-owned, 14-acre Turtle Beach Campground, you can pitch a tent or park an air-conditioned RV (electricity and cable TV hookups are provided) and enjoy a relaxing family interlude of sea, sand and sun. Only 40 campsites, so reserve early at 349-3839.
Calling All Mad Scientists
Satisfy your kids' curiosity at G.WIZ summer camp. Be an astronaut and learn what it's like to walk on the moon, make your own cement in the Construction Zone, create something fabulous in the Fab Lab, even learn robotic programming. Age-appropriate themes for kindergarteners through eighth graders; visit gwiz.org for details. 1001 Boulevard of the Arts, 309-4949 ext. 100.
TREASURE HUNT Pick up a Plant Hunt sheet in the visitors center at Selby Gardens and let your little ones wander the pathways searching for all kinds of natural oddities. Retrieve completed forms to receive a prize. Two age-appropriate Plant Hunts-one for kids six and under, another for ages seven and older. 811 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, 366-5731.
The Bradenton Marauders baseball team invites kids to run the bases after every Sunday home game at McKechnie Field this summer, plus there are all kinds of fun themed games, like Super Heroes Night on July 21, when the first 500 fans get a free Marauders cape.
Snooty the Manatee will celebrate his 64th at the South Florida Museum's Birthday Bash and Wildlife Awareness Festival July 21. This gentle giant (1,215 pounds!) was born at. the Old Miami Aquarium. and his name was originally Baby Snoots. Bring the whole family and enjoy games, crafts, refreshments and wildlife presentations. 201 10th St. W., Bradenton, 746-4131.
RELATED ARTICLE: LEARN TO SAIL
Good news: At press time there was still plenty of availability for the Sarasota Sailing Squadron's learn-to-sajl program. Some 500 kids ages five-18 will learn the ropes of sailing Sarasota Bay, says director David Livingston. For many, this will be a lifelong sport. The Tadpoles, age five to seven, set out on a large boat with two coaches for a "pre-intro" to sailing terminology and how a boat moves. "They don't have a big attention span, so every 45 minutes they'll anchor on a sandbar sandbar
or offshore bar
Submerged or partly exposed ridge of sand or coarse sediment that is built by waves offshore from a beach. The swirling turbulence of waves breaking off a beach excavates a trough in the sandy bottom. and explore the sea life," says Livingston. "They have a blast." Register at sarasotaysp.com.
RELATED ARTICLE: What's a Liger?
Meet Brutus, the magnificent liger (Mom's a tiger, Dad's a lion) that lives at Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary. At nearly two years old, he already weighs more than 800 pounds, and won't stop growing until he's three. This summer, Big Cat Habitat is open Wednesdays through Sundays from 4:30 to 7 p.m. 7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, 371 - 6377, bigcathabitat.org.