Welcome to Manasota BUDS

Our Mission:
To provide families with
a neutral and supportive forum for sharing and networking,
and to promote understanding and acceptance of Down syndrome.

Manasota BUDS is an all-volunteer organization.

Events & Announcements

Please save the following dates as opportunities to connect with other families!


Music on Main, Lakewood Ranch Main St.
to benefit Manasota BUDS
Friday, September 5, 2014

BUDS Pathfinder Family Adventure Day
September 13, 2014


Workshop: Natalie Hale, Special Reads
September 20, 2014
Details and registration link coming soon

Buddy Walk
Saturday, October 18
Hunsader Farms, Bradenton

BUDS Networking Night
Thursday, November 6
Living Lord Lutheran Church, Lakewood Ranch
This is an opportunity for families to network with one another and collect information from a variety of community resources.  BUDS will invite community partners to provide information about services of interest to the local Down syndrome community.  Babysitting and dinner provided.


Manasota BUDS sponsored swim program

Manasota BUDS is pleased to offer FREE swim lessons for children with Down syndrome this summer!
6-week session on Saturdays starting June 7th through July 12th

12:30 pm water-confident

1:00 pm non water-confident

Longwood Athletic Club, 5802 Longwood Run Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34243

An adult must be present, willing and prepared to get in the water with the child if needed.

Call Mermaid Swim School to sign up! Identify yourself as a Manasota BUDS family.

Mermaid Swim School
5509 Calle del Invierno
Sarasota, FL 34242
ph. 941.363.1083 or 727.210.5233
fax 941.346.2175
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Sundays, 12:15 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sundays
For BUDS Kids and Siblings

Body Heat Yoga, Fruitville Rd., Sarasota
Free, private group class for all ages.
Parents stay and sit in back or do parent-child yoga if necessary at no charge.
For more information about instructors, location, yoga, etc. please visit

NOTE: Since participation has been down a little for yoga, Ms. Dani would like to end our spring package with 2 strong classes.  Currently, the class is taking a short hiatus.  The last 2 classes will be June 22 and June 29, so mark these dates on your calendars and join us if you can!



BUDS Tennis

Fall 2014

Individuals with Down syndrome, any age!
Lakewood Ranch High tennis courts

VISIT THE BRAND NEW WEBSITE!  www.budstennis.org

Facebook: BUDSTennisClinic








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