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Manasota BUDS Events & Announcements

Monthly Meetings

1st Thursday of every month at Living Lord Lutheran Church (11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch 34202). Dinner and childcare with Yoga for the Special Child session provided at no cost to BUDS families.

Upcoming meetings:

Thursday, March 5, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. - S.P.E.A.K. UP Manatee will be in attendance to provide information to parents. Even if you don't live in Manatee county, there may be information that can help your child/family.

Thursday, April 2, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. - TBA


D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

*Gecko's Grill & Pub, 351 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232 (Fruitville/Cattlemen)

ALL Dads are invited and welcome at this monthly event. [email protected]


Moms' Night Out

Save the date - March 26th, 2020

More info to come soon!




BUDS Pathfinder Adventure Day

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Registration is full - for full Event information, CLICK HERE

This fun event for BUDS families is an all afternoon and evening event. Activities will include:  Canopy Walk, Estuary Explorer, Canoeing in the Cove, Tree Climbing (age restrictions), Zip Line, Dinner, Hootenanny, Campfire with S'mores, and Night Hike


Manasota BUDS iFLY All Abilities Event

Sunday, March 8, 2020 from 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.

This is a Manasota BUDS Teen and Young Adult indoor skydiving event available to those age 13 and older. Manasota BUDS will cover the cost of all Teen and Young Adults with Down syndrome. Family members are able to participate by reserving their ticket and paying $39.95. 

RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE - Deadline is February 23rd!

There are only 25 tickets available on a first come, first served basis. If you reserve a ticket and you find you are unable to attend you must email [email protected] at least 7 days prior to the event in order to release your reservation and allow someone else to attend. Cancellations less than 7 days prior to the event or no-shows will not receive a refund.

For specific information about this inclusive iFLY event, visit https://www.iflyworld.com/programs/all-abilities/

If you arrive after the required Arrival Time (3:30 p.m.) a risk of losing your time slot may occur. No refunds (partial or full) can be processed due to late arrivals.



BUDS Family WDSD and Year in Review Celebration

Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 11:00 - 2:00 at Myakka State Park

In 2020, Manasota BUDS will be celebrating World Down Syndrome Day in conjunction with our annual Year in Review celebration! We would like to invite Manasota BUDS families, including extended family members and close friends to join us for a picnic and celebration in honor of our loved ones with Down syndrome.

To RSVP and for more information, CLICK HERE!


Save the date! Puberty & Dating with Down syndrome Workshop

Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

Terri Couwenhoven MS, CSE is a well known sex educator and author, specializing in the design and implementation of sexuality programs and resources for people with cognitive disabilities, their parents, and the professionals who support them.  Her gentle, matter-of-fact approach combined with extensive knowledge and experience make her a popular speaker with self advocates, parents and professionals around the country.

The program we have scheduled is as follows:

  • 9:30 – 11:30 - PARENT ONLY WORKSHOP:  Preparing for Puberty
  • 11:30 – 12:30 - Lunch Provided
  • 12:30 – 2:30 – PARENT/CHILD WORKSHOP (FEMALES):  Bodies, Boundaries and Puberty
  • 3:00 – 5:00 – PARENT/CHILD WORKSHOP (MALES):  Bodies, Boundaries and Puberty
  • Followed by DATING 101 WORKSHOP for those with Down syndrome age 16 and older (This will NOT be a sex talk, it will address dating 101, appropriateness, recognizing when someone is interested, etc.)

More information and registration to come soon!


Manasota BUDS Buddy Walk

Save the date - October 17, 2020!



Martial Arts Classes - (Ongoing)

Manasota BUDS is sponsoring Martial Arts classes for individuals with Down syndrome (age 6 years-old and up). The classes will be held at Bostocks Martial Arts in Bradenton on Fridays from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

There is no cost to registered Manasota BUDS families. For more information or to register your child for BUDS Martial Arts, please email: [email protected]


Dance Classes

Manasota BUDS has partnered with Stage Door Studios in Sarasota to provide 2 dance classes for girls and boys with Down syndrome.  Please contact Brooke Olivieri to register your child by emailing [email protected]  

Ages 5 - 8:  Wednesdays at 4:15pm

Ages 9 and up:  Thursdays at 4:15pm




Buddy Up Tennis



Night with the Stars Prom

Programs & Services

Group Meetings & Events

Connect with other families, learn more about current support systems and get involved! We offer guest speakers and time to network with other families. We also invite you to join in our Buddy Walk to socialize, connect and raise awareness about the BUDS mission.

Meetings are held the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. Food and drinks provided.

New & Expectant Parent Kits

Kits include books and inspirational essays, local contact names and phone numbers, and information about Manasota BUDS, NDSS, and NDSC. All materials are compiled and approved by Manasota BUDS parents, with families in mind.

Small Group Activities

Join our youth community!
Little Buddies - age birth to five
BUDS Kids - age 6 to 10
Teen BUDS - age 11 to 18
YADS - Young adults with Down syndrome, age 18+

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