Five ways to engage your little one this week

"Mable's rose garden" on the Ringling museum grounds, is next to the playground and free to visit.  (photo/Herald-Tribune archive)

"Mable's rose garden" on the Ringling museum grounds, is next to the playground and free to visit.  (photo/Herald-Tribune archive)

  • Visit the David F. Bolger Playspace at the Ringling Museum and stroll through the rose garden. Let your child smell the blossoms and count how many different flowers you find. Get a book on roses and match them up on a second visit.

  • Go to a pet store and check out the fish, reptiles, cats and dogs. Ask for a one-on-one cuddle session or touch the rabbits and hamsters. Get a book on their favorite animal to learn more about them.

  • Check out the Sarasota County Library calendar for tons of programs for all ages, ranging from lego clubs to storytelling in the garden. For ages 0-5 try Forty Carrots: Partners in Play, which gives your child a chance to use their motor skills, while you chat with trained parenting educators. For older children, Read with the Dogs after school.

  • If your child goes to school in Sarasota, fill out the anonymous “climate survey” to let the District know if you’re satisfied with your child’s school experience. The survey will be posted on the Sarasota County School District website from Wed., March 22, through Friday, March 31.

  • Don’t miss the Booker High School upcoming spring dance performance this weekend. Expose your little one to the arts while supporting a program that challenges teen students. Involvement in the arts is associated with gains in math, reading, cognitive ability, and more.