Our Sanford365 events calendar is looking pretty bleak due to…well you know, but we want you to know that we are always here to support you and our local businesses the best we can. So if we have left anyone out that is located in Sanford, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us and share what you’re doing to keep your business active! If you have a fun activity you would like to see on our list, please share it with us! Contact us HERE!

We wish you all wellness and happiness in this time of unknown, please take this time to squeeze your loved ones a little tighter and enjoy the extra time together.

**Please be sure to continue to follow the Center for Disease Control guidelines…

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then discard the tissue.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home and practice “social distancing.”

(We will do our very best to update all of this information as things continue to change, but please call businesses to verify their hours and if any changes have been made).

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**In an effort to stimulate our downtown Sanford businesses and reward those that #supportlocal, the 327 Gentlemen’s Club has put together a “Sanford Stimulus Package”! From April 3rd and last until May 15th, or until businesses resume normal operation. Every time you make a purchase at or over $10* at a participating downtown Sanford business you will receive a voucher. Collect 12 vouchers and turn them in for a “I Stimulated Sanford” T-shirt at Sunshine State Threads! The shirt distribution date is TBD. *ONE VOUCHER PER PERSON (FOR A LIST OF PARTICIPATING BUSINESSES PLEASE VISIT THE FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE HERE)

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Staying busy:

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Keeping the kids active:

  • Hidden Palms Ranch is hosting a daily Nature Scavenger Hunt with prizes to be won! Head over to Hidden Palms Ranch Facebook page and join in on the fun!
  • Join Sanford Rocks! Paint Rocks & Hide them for others to find.
  • The Zoo Comes to You! Watch as our local Zookeepers from Central Florida Zoo share more about the animals at the zoo, every day at 2pm on Facebook, but don’t fret i you’ve missed some already. You can always go back and watch the old videos.
  • Lock Smith Escape Games shared this awesome FREE online Harry Potter Escape Game!
  • Lochwood Academy is offering a fun way to showcase your talents, although originally created for their students they’d love to see you showcase your talents! Head here for a daily activity list and be sure to share on Facebook your end result.
  • One of our favorite local artists, Anna Coleman (also the the creator of our Sanford illustrative maps) is making free printable coloring pages, just head over to https://www.annacolemanillustration.com/ and be sure to share by using #colemancoloringpage
  • Little Free Library Locations in Sanford:                                                                                                                                                                       Lee P. Moore Park – 106 Sweet Bay Drive, 
    • McKibbin Park – 1201 W. 25th Street, Sanford
    • Coastline Park – 900 W. 9th Street, Sanford
    • Bentley-Wilson Park – 701 Orange Avenue, Sanford
    • Derby Park – 2199 Oregon Avenue, Sanford
  • Virtual Farm Tours
  • FREE Daily Printables and Art Tutorial Videos from Sarah Jane Studios sign up HERE!
  • Audible is offering a selection of FREE kids books, start listening HERE!
  • Super Fun Mystery Science Open-and-Go Science Lessons that inspire kids to LOVE Science.
  • Facebook page of Chris Field is sharing live daily videos which include kids yoga, online art classes, tour of police car, and lots more (and if you’ve missed his previous videos no worries, just head over to the video section of his Facebook page).
  • Escape room in a box
  • Press Flowers
  • Draw Life-size animals and get an idea of just how tiny we are compared to some of the other creatures we share this earth with.
  • Create a Scavenger Hunt
  • Actor Josh Gad (voice of Olaf from Frozen) is reading a book to kids every night on Twitter.
  • Create a carnival at home with these DIY carnival games.
  • Movie night & Diy popcorn flavors
  • Make and decorate cookies/cupcakes
  • Camp in the backyard or living room
  • Create a carnival at home with these DIY carnival games.
  • Movie night & Diy popcorn flavors
  • Squirt Gun Races
  • Shadow Tracing
  • Youtube Drawing and Dance Tutorials for Kids!
  • Write letters to family/fiends, hospitals, nursing homes, soldiers, our local public safety workers
  • Picnic (consider supporting a local restaurant for your picnic menu)
  • Let your kids film their own cooking show
  • Puzzles (find a large family puzzle and leave it on the table and come back to it through out the day)
  • Karaoke night
  • Game Night
  • Get Outside the weather has been PERFECTION!

  • ??NEW Pre-Made Ready to Go Craft Boxes from Board & Brush ? ?
    “We are so excited to sell these Pre Made Craft Boxes FILLED with art supplies to keep your family busy during COVID-19.
    We are selling boxes completed and stuffed with fun art supplies for $68. To purchase just send your request to sanford@boardandbrush.com. We will be in contact with you to pick customization, color and best pick up date/time!”


Support Local:

  • Help our local community by donating to Sanford’s licensed 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Picnic Project. They need are help now more than ever. (The Picnic Project is known for serving amazing meals to our friends every Sunday. We also have our client choice pantry, The Picnic Basket, which helps supplement groceries throughout the week to many in the community. With so many people losing their income because of restrictions, closures and layoffs, along with some food pantry closures, The Picnic Basket will be needed more than ever. We anticipate triple the volume of those seeking food assistance in the coming weeks and months. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has declared The Picnic Project as a Corona Virus Relief Agency and we will be working closely with them and others ensure no one goes hungry during these uncertain times. We are planning to maximize our purchasing power and focus on grocery distribution, using pre-packed bags to limit contact and congregation. We will distribute them on Fridays from 10-12 and Sundays 1-3. We recently purchased over one ton (about 2,700 pounds) of food from Second Harvest for $600, which made packages for 130 families. Less than $5 provides multiple meals for a family of four!) 
  • Order all your tea needs at Rosie Lee Co. if you have questions about what to order simply send them a message, they know their tea! READ ABOUT THE ROSIE LEE CO.
  • Cooking from home? If you haven’t already used some of the amazing oils and Vinegars that The Emporium on Park has to offer, you are missing out!! Order yours today HERE.
  • Get Your Shopping Fix LADIES at Gandiclothing.com (FREE Shipping until end of March) READ ABOUT GANDI A STORE OWNED BY TWO SISTERS
  • Magpies has an array of shopping goodies, but if you’re on the hunt for hand soap, dish soap or all purpose cleaner without all the in store hassle Magpies is offering curbside pick up and delivery within 5 miles. Call us for a remote personal shopping appointment via telephone or FaceTime. (407) 495-8549! READ ABOUT MAGPIES
  • Shop for unique and beautiful retail items from our local art gallery Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery.
  • Your favorite Sanford Marshmallows by Wondermade can always be ordered online.
  • Keep Theater West End Alive by purchasing one of their bumper stickers for just $5  READ ABOUT THEATER WEST END
  • West End Trading Co. (Purchase a $30 Gift Card and receive a FREE T-shirt)
  • Celery City Craft (Purchase a $30 Gift Card and receive a FREE T-shirt)
  • Board & Brush Sanford FL (GIFT CARD for a future workshop. We are now able to provide E-CERTIFICATES that you can use for yourself or send as a gift to someone. Just email our studio to order, sanford@boardandbrush.com) READ ABOUT BOARD AND BRUSH
  • Throwbacks Sanford (Throwbacks gift cards, FOR EVERY $10 YOU BUY WE’LL MATCH ANOTHER $5, For orders of $40 or more we’ll also give you a free “Sanfording, I supported my community” t-shirt | Cards are available at http://www.giftfly.com/shop/throwbacks)

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