🌞 While the rest of the country freezes... FTL is going green


Goooood morning... Fort Lauderdale 🌞

When we think FTL we often think blue for the water (we are the Venice of America after all) and white-golden sand of our world-renown beaches...

But this week we are thinking GREEN.

In today's Family Friendly FTL Newsletter:

  • Nature bathing, edible forests, and fingers in the soil
  • Beach cleanups, browsing markets, and scavenger hunts to explore our unique city
  • And don't forget... if you want to get your Symphony on, tonight is the night be at The Parker!

Things You Won't Want To Miss This Week:

*Stories are notated as (Free) to participate, or ($$) if they require paid access. We will always let you know if something is paid or sponsored.

>> TONIGHT, visit Lillian Wells Hall at The Parker for South Florida Symphony presents Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” and the World Premiere of John Gottsch’s Princess Yurievskaya. And reminder that student ticket prices are available. ($$)

>> Want to get your little ones into green and fingers into the soil? Join Heal The Planet for their Young SEEDs In the Park program at Snyder Park. Multiple dates are available to participate. Seats limited and must RSVP. (Free)

>> If you like the Young SEEDs program above, you may also like the Edible Food Forest also at Snyder Park. Every fourth Saturday of the month, imagine walking through a native forest and bending down and picking basil, bananas and other edible plants along the way. Volunteers are needed to help work on this urban farm by planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting. (Free)

>> It is not just Fort Lauderdale thinking green. The city of Plantation is also hosting a free, family-friendly outdoor event to celebrate our commitment to environmental sustainability. Saturday, January 22nd from 10am to 2pm. (Free)

>> Closer to the ocean, on Sunday January 23rd, you can visit the Bonnet House Museum & Gardens for a Forest Bathing Class for a soothing reconnection with nature. 10am to Noon. ($$)

>> Keeping the beaches clean is the focus of the Fort Lauderdale Beach Sweep on Saturday from 8am to 11am. (Free)

>> Want to visit a local Farmer's Market? Amble down Las Olas to The Loop at Fort Lauderdale Beach for the Farmers, Antiques and Artisan Market takes place every Saturday at Las Olas Oceanside Park every Saturday from 9am – 4pm. (Free)

>> Lot's of options to go "green" or... if you are looking for action, on Saturday January 22nd you jump into Action for Literacy Day at Carter Park Pool. Treasure hunts, arts & crafts, and more. 10am to 1pm. (Free)

>> Sunday is a chance to take in the Flamingo Flea Market at Tarpon Brewing from noon to 4pm. (Free)

>> And lastly, want to have fun and get to know downtown FTL with a good old fashioned Scavenger Hunt? Multiple dates and times available. ($$)

Special Note: Make sure you save the date for next week as Ignite Broward starts up on Wednesday January 26th! More info coming in next week's newsletter.

Did You Know This About Fort Lauderdale?

There is SO much to learn and love about our fair city. We thought you would enjoy a weekly does of "did you know's" to whet your water-cooler conversations.

Fort Lauderdale has over 3 miles of continuous beach front, and hosts over 3 million beach-goers every year. Seems like it right, when trying to find a parking spot 😉


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WANTED: Fort Lauderdale families who want something more for their children.

New K-12 Non-Traditional Micro School Coming To Downtown Fort Lauderdale 

Opening in February, Acton Academy Fort Lauderdale will be joining the downtown Riverwalk District at the historic Bryan House of Old Fort Lauderdale Village. 

With over 300+ Acton Academy locations worldwide, Acton is known for its learner-driven approach. Students progressively take over ownership of their own education, and are ultimately responsible for the day-to-day operations of the school. 

Founders Tobin and Martina Slaven shared, “this is the kind of approach to school that we wish we could have experienced growing up. We wanted this for our daughter and we wanted to bring it to Fort Lauderdale. It is entrepreneurial, with a focus on building the character and skills needed for the real world.” 

In December 2021, Acton Academy hosted Fort Lauderdale’s first Children’s Business Fair at Esplanade Park. For more information visit www.ActonAcademyFL.com


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