Remake Learning Days Across America: The Nation's Biggest Family-Friendly Festival of Learning Comes to Florida's Suncoast in 2022Posted on March 31, 2022 by Connor LaGrange, TPF Fellow 2021/23
A 10-day festival of events celebrating learning is coming to Florida's Suncoast between April 29th and May 8th, 2022. Presented by the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and The Patterson Foundation, more than 140 events will be hosted by various organizations — schools, libraries, community centers, nonprofits, etc. All the events are designed for parents and caregivers to learn alongside their kids and offer relevant and engaging educational experiences for youth of all ages (PreK through high school). All events are free.
"We are excited to share the joy of Remake Learning Days Across America right here in the Suncoast Region," said Beth Duda, director of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading with The Patterson Foundation. "We are the 17th region in the country to be invited to participate, and the response from our community has been tremendous."
Suncoast Remake Learning Days will include more than 140 events that will make new ways of learning fun and accessible to children and families, reinforcing that "Learning Happens Everywhere."
All Suncoast Remake Learning Days events fall under one of six learning themes: arts, maker spaces, outdoor learning, science, technology, and youth voice. There are also professional development sessions for educators, parents, and caregivers.
Each day of the 10-day festival (April 29th – May 8th) features an array of events where children and the adults in their lives can experience learning in new ways. Below is just a small sampling from the first two days of listings. Click here to access the complete event guide.
Friday, April 29th
Discovering the Wonders of Our Ecosystem – South Florida State College, DeSoto County.
A 4-hour session for high school students and their families to learn more about our environment through hands-on experiences.
Play at The Bay: Let's Grow a Park for All! – The Bay Park Conservancy, Sarasota County.
Tree-hugging fun. From 5:00–7:00p. Join us on The Bay's Civic Green for tree-themed movement, art making, and seed planting, followed by a screening of The Lorax in celebration of National Arbor Day! https://www.thebaysarasota.org/event/family-movie-night-the-lorax/
Saturday, April 30th
Saturday Fun Day – Wilkinson Elementary School, Sarasota County. STEAM Station and Maker Space open for all ages. Outdoor activity areas include a petting zoo, dancing, games, inflatables, and much more.
Children's Book Fair – Realize Bradenton, Manatee County.
As part of the Downtown Bradenton Farmers' Market, this event is free to attend, open to all, and features book signings, storytime, and other literary-themed activities.
Soar in 4 Cardboard Challenge – Soar in 4, Manatee County.
In partnership with the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, The Soar in 4 Cardboard Challenge is a free opportunity for children to play and learn by using simple materials to build the things they imagine. Families will receive free entrance to The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature to design and build something out of cardboard and recycled materials using their imaginations.
Art for All Ages – Charlotte County Public Library System, McGuire Park, Charlotte County.
Enjoy art displays, presentations, and activities from community partners and organizations. Participants may experience tie-dying, rock painting, an epoxy resin station, and more! There will be activities for the whole family.
Family Movie Night – Saturday Night Lights in partnership with the City of Arcadia, DeSoto County.
Participants will receive free jungle-themed books, create art, enjoy snacks, and watch Disney's Jungle Cruise. Please bring a blanket or a chair.