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Back to School and Fall Activities Guide 2024

Everything you need to start the new school year off right!

By Denise Granata June 19, 2024

Whether you are ready or not, it's Back to School season!   Summer is quickly fading, and school buses will be re-appearing soon.  Manatee County schools start August 12!  

As your family prepares for the 2024-2025 school year, Macaroni KID Bradenton has got you covered with the ultimate guide to kickstart the year!  While you are shopping for backpacks and pencil cases, be sure to keep this Guide handy - we have put together a list of helpful resources, including classes to enroll your kids in - soccer, dance music classes, martial arts, gymnastics and cooking classes.  We also have after school programs, educational resources and spots to buy all those school clothes and get back-to-school haircuts!  Be sure to take advantage of the exclusive discounts that are being offered to Macaroni KID subscribers - we appreciate you mentioning us when registering for your after-school fun!  And don't miss out on all the fun Back to School events going on the next couple of weeks to celebrate students' return to school!

Would you like your business to be a part of our Back-to-School Guide?  It's not too late!  

Email us at deniseg@macaronikid.com to get signed up!


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BACK TO SCHOOL EVENTS


July 5-7 | All Day ~ Back to School event at Once Upon a Child - We're bringing out all the uniforms, shorts, pants and accessories your kids need to start school in style!

July 20 | 10AM to 2PM ~ Back-to-School Bash at Ellenton Outlet - Stock up on all the supplies you need to start the school year right with an interactive scavenger hunt, plus connect with local businesses including healthcare, after school programs, community support groups, fun activities, health insurance, martial arts, dancing, and sports programs. Also enjoy stage performances, free face painting, sports mascots, characters, photo stops, fitness activities, and healthcare resources.  FREE.

July 26 | 6PM to 9PM ~ Family Fun Night and Backpack Giveaway - There will be inflatables, a foam play area, face painting and plenty of crafts. Enjoy a free concert, too, by One Night Rodeo (starting at 6:30 PM). Backpack giveaway (while supplies last), food trucks and more.  At GT Bray Park.  FREE admission.

July 27 | 9AM to 11AM ~ Maverick's Backpacks & Brunch - Get ready to grab a FREE BACKPACK filled with school supplies and enjoy FREE BRUNCH with your family!  RSVP for a free backpack.  Event is hosted at both the Bradenton and Venice campuses of State College of Florida. 

July 27 | 10AM to 1PM ~ Endless Summer Community Event - Enjoy FREE school supplies, food, haircuts and physicals, plus a pool party!  While supplies last. FREE admission.  Hosted by the Venice YMCA. 

July 27 | 11AM to 12PM ~ Encanto Summer Wrap-Up Party - Celebrate the end of summer with the music of Disney's Encanto, craft activities, and treats.  Braden River Library. FREE. 

July 27 | 6:30PM ~ Back-to-School Night with the Bradenton Marauders - Cheer on the Marauders against the Lakeland Flying Tigers!  The first 500 kids 12 and under through the gate will receive a Marauders backpack and stay after the game for postgame fireworks show!  Ticket prices vary. Gates open at 5PM / first pitch is at 6:30PM.

July 30 | 10AM to 11AM ~ End of Summer Party (FULL) - Let’s celebrate a summer full of learning, reading, and fun with ice cream and music. Don't forget to bring your reading log.  Rocky Bluff Library.  Registration required - FULL.  FREE.

July 30 | 3PM to 4PM ~ End of Summer Party - End the summer with a fun-filled party. Join us for games, crafts, and treats!  South Manatee Library.  FREE.

July 31 | 10AM to 12PM ~ End of Summer Learning Celebration - Come celebrate with us in our outdoor lawn space for the whole family to finish off our summer learning program! Kona Ice and Wow Wow Lemonade will be out back from 10 am to 12 pm as well as chalk, music, and backyard lawn games!  Lakewood Ranch Library. FREE.

August 3 | 10AM to 12PM ~ Back to School Bash - Join MCR Health at The Ringling for FREE backpacks and supplies, literacy materials, books, COVID tests and juice from Tropicana, plus other fun children's activities.  While supplies last!  FREE.

August 3 | 10AM to 2PM ~ Back-to-School Bash at University Town Center - Stock up on all the supplies you need to start the school year right with an interactive scavenger hunt, plus connect with local businesses including healthcare, after school programs, community support groups, fun activities, health insurance, martial arts, dancing, and sports programs. Also enjoy stage performances, free face painting, sports mascots, characters, photo stops, fitness activities, and healthcare resources.  FREE.

August 7 | 4:30PM to 6:30PM ~ Open House at Star Academy of Dance and Aerial Arts - Check out the studio! FREE classes, studio tours, FREE gifts with registration and so much more!!

August 11 | 12PM to 4PM ~ Mystical Dance Company Open House - A chance to tour our facility, register for dance classes, meet our teachers, face painting for kids, light refreshments, and more!


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES






  • Florida Tax Free Shopping | From July 29 through August 11, 2024, the following items are sales tax exempt: Personal computers and computer-related accessories priced $1,500 or less. Clothing, footwear, wallets, and qualifying bags priced $100 or less. School supplies priced $50 or less.

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