The 105-acre Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium entertains and educates visitors on a 105-acre plot peppered with native wildlife, an educational museum, and three trails snaking through natural habitats. Museum guests learn about the natural world as they commune with captive animals and plants, including native butterflies and a variety of tree frogs. An Audubon aviary houses injured hawks, vultures, and owls, as well as bald eagles preening for guests during breaks from modeling gigs for the quarter and $1 bill. Outside, guests can stroll along nature trails on the center’s grounds to spot all kinds of native plants and wildlife, and the Big Cypress Swamp Boardwalk allows explorers with wheelchairs or strollers to glide along stable paths. Sit back and stare up at the Media Globe dome theater's screen and learn the universe’s best-kept secrets under a breathtaking view of the stars.
In 1999, Ira Barsky and Ed Sarbey formed a coalition of animal-welfare supporters to combat the euthanizing of adoptable pets in Sarasota and Manatee Counties. They founded Animal Rescue Coalition (ARC) and purchased a mobile spay or neuter clinic to help reduce pet overpopulation. Since 2002, the organization has sterilized more than 32,000 cats and dogs, primarily offering its services to low-income families that could not otherwise afford the procedure. Additionally, ARC's emergency medical fund supplements this no-kill approach by paying for the medical supplies and medicines needed by sick or injured animals picked up by Sarasota County Animal Services. Drs. Nan Rosenberry and David Smith then provide complementary treatment for any animals brought into Bay Road Animal Hospital. ARC also sponsors a feral cat program and an adoption effort to ensure cats and dogs enter permanent and loving homes.
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I Train Your Kids is a company dedicated to improving the lives and health of children and families through exercise and proper nutrition. We have a kids gym where families can participate in fitness, kickboxing, and cooking classes. We also do personal training in home for kids or families looking to get in shape together.
The Alliance for the Arts' concerts, exhibitions, and art classes have become a staple for the aesthetically inclined since the institution's founding in 1975. The center’s three art galleries elicit awe with ongoing exhibits, and its educational programs inspire students to express their feelings through painting and drawing. The Alliance’s schedule of events keeps fans of the performing arts intrigued with plentiful music festivals and dance recitals.
Bradenton Motorsports Park rouses racing fans with a fire-fueled day of supersonic events, pinning jet-powered rides against each other in clashes that reach speeds of up to 300 mph. A variety of four-wheeled jousts beguiles audience eyes in themed contests, such as a boy-versus-girl matchup that ends with the loser getting defiled with cooties. After putting the sun to bed, racers break out heavy-duty racing artillery to launch full speed into the Night of Fire. A total of seven jets scorch the concrete with burnt rubber as super sedans shred the track, including a 200 mph semi truck, which leaves behind a trail of flames as it rushes its cargo of melting ice cream to the nearest freezer. As an added bonus, the event includes several freebies, including free parking, free pit passes, and free admission for children who are 11 and younger or know how to change a tire.
Tardiness will cost you at The Training Box. For every minute of class latecomers miss, they must perform three burpees—a challenging union of pushups and jumping jacks. The gym operates under a no-excuses approach to fitness, packing its 6,000-square-foot functional training space with punching bags, a rock-climbing wall, and strength-training equipment, and conducting high-intensity CrossFit and MMA classes throughout the week. CrossFit Level 1 certified instructors shout words of motivation and favorite Dr. Seuss quotes to classes of students of all shapes and sizes, leading them through the daunting, ever-changing gamut of exercises. To keep patrons healthy outside the gym, staff members dole out nutritional tips and advice and even write up healthy menus that guests can follow at home.
The 18-hole course at King's Gate Golf Club encompasses 3,176 yards of meticulously landscaped Florida terrain. A round on the par 60 course challenges irons with 12 par 3 holes ranging from 105 to 175 yards, interspersed with scenic par 4 holes that dip and careen through the serene surroundings of nearby nature reserves, navigable by the included cart rental, by foot, or by GPS-enabled centaur. Monday through Saturday, golfers fuel up with hot dogs and beer for two, and on Sunday, links lovers feast on a breakfast of two eggs, bacon strips, toast, and hash browns before chipping their way to victory or swatting their way to exhaustion.