Feb. 17 to mark return of Family Saturdays at Selby Gardens in downtown Sarasota

Art and nature activities to be offered

Photo courtesy of Selby Gardens

Saturday, Feb. 17, will mark the return of Family Saturdays at Selby Gardens’ downtown Sarasota campus, the Gardens’ staff has announced.

The events enable youngsters “and kids at heart” to enjoy “fun art and nature activities,” a news release explains.

The Feb. 17 program will be the first of four monthly Family Saturdays at Selby Gardens in downtown Sarasota, the release notes, “with similar events scheduled for March 23, April 27, and May 25.”

The activities each of those days will run from 10 a.m. to noon, the release says. “Participation is included in admission to the Gardens, which is always free for Selby Gardens members,” the release points out.

“Admission to Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus is $26 for adults, $11 for ages 5 to 17, and free for children 4 and under,” the release says. “Tickets may be purchased online in advance at selby.org.

These Family Saturdays will celebrate the exhibition on view, Yayoi Kusama: A Letter to Georgia O’Keeffe, the release adds.

“Selby Gardens is a wonderful place for multiple generations to spend time together exploring outdoors,” said Jennifer Rominiecki, president and CEO of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, in the release. “We love these Family Saturdays, because they engage children in connecting art with nature, and they offer yet another reason for visitors to return to our Downtown Sarasota campus,” she added.

“Several activity stations with different art-focused projects will be set up in the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden during each monthly event,” the release explains. The goal is to invite children of all ages “to explore the artwork of Yayoi Kusama and Georgia O’Keeffe through activities that also connect them to the natural environment,” the release points out.