Suncoast Remake Learning Days extended to 15 days

Remake Learning Days (RLD), the largest global learning festival celebrating the shared wonder of learning, will have its 3rd annual festival in the Suncoast region April 20 through May 4, 2024. Due to the success of the previous two festivals, this year’s Suncoast Remake Learning Days (SLRD) has been extended from 10 to 15 days, enabling families additional time, including a third Saturday, to participate.

Suncoast Remake Learning Days 2024 aims to ignite a multigenerational passion for shared learning across Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee and Sarasota counties with learning experiences designed for the entire family. For 15 consecutive days, a diverse group of Suncoast creators, schools, nonprofits and civic organizations will help children and their families unlock worlds of knowledge and fun by engaging in dynamic learning experiences outside of the classroom.

The 304 events of SRLD 2024 are organized by six learning themes: Arts, Maker, Outdoor Learning, Science, Technology, and Youth Voice. The inspiration for the festival is a mounting body of research indicating shared community exploration and learning improves students’ academic performance and social skills, exposing them to a world of opportunities, interests, and life changing experiences.

SRLD 2024 events take place at museums, libraries, schools, community centers, and other local venues. Through the generosity of The Patterson Foundation, the collaborative, family-engaged learning events are robust, accessible, open to the public, and free.

To assist festival-goers plan their participation, a new free app is available for download in both English and Spanish via GooglePlay, SRLD2024. The app has a full listing of events, making it easy for families to explore the wide range of experiences available. With the app, festival-goers can create a personal schedule, helping ensure they will not miss out on a “must-do” experience. Festival-goers can also register for events that require this in advance, get maps and parking instructions, and receive updates.

Participants in SRLD 2024 can choose to:

  • Discover how big trucks move at “Big Truck Day” and check out 30 different big trucks, with the opportunity to pull the levers, honk the horns, and participate in a variety of activities all related to trucks at CoolToday Park in Venice, hosted by Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources
  • Paint on a rock and share it with the world in the rock garden (or take it with you) as you tour the Visual Art Center in Punta Gorda and see the “Blooms and Bugs” elementary art show
  • Be inspired to consider a career in veterinary medicine through hands-on learning with animals and a visit from a practicing veterinarian at the “Animal Fest at AHA” hosted by Arcadia Housing Authority
  • Travel “Around the World in 180 Minutes” to visit the seven continents, 35 countries and four oceans represented at North Port’s Cranberry Elementary School’s mega-event featuring 50+ community outreach organizations with plenty of hands-on learning experiences
  • “Soar in 4” at the Bishop Science Museum in Bradenton, with a tour of the Museum for families and instruction in how to use the provided free materials and books to support classroom learning at home
  • Develop their awareness of early math and science play for families and children ages eight months to eight years-old at “BLOCK Fest,” a hands-on, research-based exhibit that uses guided play and conversation to drive home the importance of early math and science learning for school readiness, hosted by the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County

… or choose from among the other 298 free, family-friendly learning experiences! Download the free SRLD2024 app or visit for a full listing.

“Learning Happens Everywhere! Expanding access beyond the classroom to all kinds of hands-on learning opportunities helps kids and their families to be life-long learners,” said Beth Duda, Director of the Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading and Suncoast Remake Learning Days for The Patterson Foundation. “These free, family-friendly events provide wonder, discovery, and amazing, memorable experiences for families to share, right in their own neighborhoods.”

The Patterson Foundation supports the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading at the national level and in the Suncoast region. The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level reading is presenting the Suncoast Remake Learning Days festival for the third time in 2024.

Debra Jacobs, the President and CEO of The Patterson Foundation commented; “Remake Learning Days aims to connect people and organizations by supporting engaging and high-quality events that spark curiosity and allow families in the region to learn and grow together. These multi-cultural experiences help strengthen the community as a whole and contribute to making the Suncoast region a thriving community for people of all ages.”

For a complete calendar of events, visit the Suncoast Remake Learning Days 2024 website or download the free app, SRLD 2024. Follow #SuncoastRemakeDays or #RemakeDays on social.

About Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
The Suncoast Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (SCGLR) is a four-county effort in Charlotte, DeSoto, Manatee, and Sarasota counties in Florida fostering wide community participation to achieve shared aspirations for the success of families and children. The Suncoast is one of the more than 390 Campaign for Grade-Level Reading communities in 44 states across the nation and in the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Canada. The Patterson Foundation is the regional accelerator with county-specific work led by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, United Way Suncoast, and United Way of Charlotte County.

About Remake Learning Days

Remake Learning Days (RLD) is a global learning festival that brings families, kids, community cultural centers, and educators together to share the benefits of collaborative, hands-on learning. Since its start in 2016, Remake Learning Days has hosted nearly 3800 events for pre-K through high school students and reached more than 225,000 families worldwide. This year, RLD anticipates record attendance at over 2,000 events, reaching an estimated 30,000 number of students, family members, and teachers. In 2024, the festivals will take place in 16 regions in the U.S. plus Uruguay, New Zealand, and the U.K. Most events are free and open to kids of all ages. Remake Learning Days is grateful to the support of The Grable Foundation for its global support, The Pennsylvania Department of Education for its support across the state of Pennsylvania and to local sponsors for individual regional festivals.

About The Patterson Foundation

The Patterson Foundation strengthens the efforts of people, organizations and communities. The Foundation focuses on issues that address common aspirations and foster wide participation, along with ways organizations learn and share as they evolve. For more information, please visit and connect with @ThePattersonFdn on Twitter.

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