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Summer is quickly approaching with the end of school activities and the search for activities to fill up the summer months is beginning. summer camp experiences can be somewhat costly, and with tight family budgets in these tough economic times, it may not be possible to afford a camp experience. But there are many activities that have a minimum cost or many that are actually free. Creative parents can fill up the summer months with great activities if they do their homework. Check out libraries, bookstores, or parks for low-cost or free activities. Church activities are always free and you don't have to be a member of a particular church to participate in activities for children.

Sarasota has a wealth of free activities that are available, and everyone is welcome to participate in the activities that are sponsored by the Jewish community at their temple. The activities in the List below are just a sample of upcoming free activities for the last few weeks of May and the summer months will have similar activities for the months of June, July, and August. It is a great idea to put a variety of activities into the summer schedule to keep children interested. Variety will keep the boredom away.

Check out the activities for this month and stay tuned for free activities this summer.

ROAR readers
ROAR readers Getty photos

ROAR readers

The Ringling Art Library, located at 5401 Bayshore Road in Sarasota, is sponsoring another early literacy and art connection activity for children ages 4-7 on May 10 at 10:30 a.m..  This family-friendly program is designed to help young children with early literacy skills.  Appealing illustrations and great read-aloud stories are key points in developing early literacy skills for young children.  Registration is required and this activity is free.  you may call 941-359-5700, ext. x2700 for registration information.  

Tot Shabbat
Tot Shabbat Getty photos

Tot Shabbat

Temple Emanu-El in Sarasota offers many family-friendly activities that are free and designed for young children.  Tot Shabbat is being offered on May 10 for parents with children up to the age of 6 to come and enjoy a celebration of Israeli Independence Day.  Young children will relate to this birthday party celebration for Israel complete with a birthday cake.  A bagel breakfast, songs, and dancing will also be part of the celebration.  An archaeological dig in the sandbox for real Israeli coins will be included as a special activity.  Come at 10:30 a.m. for this fun celebration, and everyone in the community is welcome.  The Temple wants the community to know that you do not have to be Jewish to participate.  the Temple is located at 151 McIntosh Road in Sarasota.  You may call 941-379-1997 for more information. 

Read to fur babies
Read to fur babies Google

Read to fur babies

The North Sarasota Library invites parents to bring children on May 15 from 4:00-4:45 p.m. to read to great fur babies.  Certified Therapy Dogs sponsored by the Sarasota Humane Society will be available for children to practice reading aloud.  Children may choose a book to read aloud to one of the dogs.  The library is located at 2801 Newton Blvd. in Sarasota.  You may call 941-861-1363 for information or log on at for more schedules.