Upcoming Events & Announcements

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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 and/or Music Therapy session provided at no cost to BUDS families.

Upcoming meetings:

Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. - Teacher and BUDS supermom, Brooke Olivieri, will be presenting on a variety of topics, including water safety, summer fun learning engagement, and language development strategies.

Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. - To be determined.


Summer Camp Scholarship Application

Manasota BUDS is pleased to offer Summer Camp and Enrichment Activities Scholarships for the Summer of 2018!

Please read the following before starting your application:

Manasota BUDS requires that an online application be completed for all individuals with Down syndrome who wish to receive a scholarship for the Summer of 2018 to attend a Summer Camp, approved Enrichment Activities, Summer classes or other approved activity. This scholarship is available to individuals with Down syndrome living in Manatee or Sarasota county. Board of Directors approval is required and not guaranteed. NO OUT-OF-STATE APPLICATIONS WILL BE APPROVED.

All applications must be completed no later than May 17, 2018 to be considered for a Summer 2018 scholarship. Applicants will be notified after May 20, 2018 whether their scholarships have been approved and the amount awarded.



D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm

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

ALL Dads are invited and welcome at this monthly event. Dadsnightout@manasotabuds.org


Moms' Night Out

Stay tuned for updates!




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: info@manasotabuds.org


Dance Classes - (New Session!)

Manasota BUDS has partnered with Stage Door Studios in Sarasota to provide 2 dance classes for girls and boys with Down syndrome.  

New classes coming in the fall!



Buddy Up Tennis - Spring 2018


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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