A Special Message from CEO Josh Henderson
Wow! January is already gone! It has been a whirlwind here at Bonnet Springs Park. We had an amazing Grand Opening in October and the momentum carried us through into the new year. We have already seen over 500k guests and the word about BSP is spreading. We thank our loyal supporters and frequent visitors for that! BSP is truly a gift for Lakeland and all of Central FL.
We have some exciting programs and events coming your way. Please stay tuned to our website and social media for all the latest info.
Thank you for making BSP the success it has been so far!
Bonnet Springs Park Butterflies! 🌿
Have you checked out Zoey’s Butterfly House yet? Home to several types of butterflies, beautiful flora, and a flowing waterfall, this serene spot in the Park is one you won’t want to miss! Although the butterflies are oh-so beautiful and peaceful, remember, please do not touch! Be sure to stop by and say hello next time you visit the Park!
Black History Month! 🌿
February is an exceptional month for our nation as we celebrate the contributions of African Americans to the United States. In honor of Black History Month, Bonnet Springs Park has several fun events planned throughout the month! Mark your calendars now for these free, family-friendly events!
Afro Fusion Fitness by LIVE2MOVE! 🌿
Our first event of the month was Afro Fusion by LIVE2MOVE (or LIVE2MOVE through Afro Fusion Fitness) led by Kirmari Kasambayi! Kirmari teaches regularly at the Orlando Ballet School and various Central Florida locations. The class was a blend of African, Caribbean, and hip hop dance styles and was open for all ages.
Over 150 members of our community attended this fun event! Thank you to everyone who attended! Miss out on this event? Stay tuned to our calendar of events and social media for the latest schedule of events at the Park!
Saturday, February 11 Events! 🌿
Join us for an outdoor storytime at Bonnet Springs Park that celebrates the achievements of a local Black author. We will begin storytime at 10am followed by a fun activity. Seating will be at the Outdoor Classroom and families are encouraged to use our tiered bench seating. If there is inclement weather, Nature Narrator will be held in the GiveWell Community Foundation Nature Center Classroom.
Be sure to stick around as KUUMBA Dance will immediately follow and include African folk dance, percussion skills, and songs.
KUUMBA Dance, a community organization out of Tampa Florida, will showcase their traditional West African dance and drumming styles from across the continent of Africa and the African diaspora on BSP’s Family Lawn!
Join us to watch and participate in the fun as both the adult and children’s dance teams share this historical art form. After their performance, KUUMBA will lead an all ages and all abilities class for any skill level to learn some moves.
KUUMBA Dancers and Drummers are dedicated to fostering and promoting the historical contribution of African culture. They strive to present an authentic experience for their audiences while preserving and nurturing the art form for generations to come.
February 24 & 25 Events! 🌿
BSP will feature “Black Panther” for our February Movie on the Lawn! Black Panther is Marvel’s first film with an African American director and first major superhero film with a predominantly African American cast.
Join the community to experience this iconic and beloved movie under the stars alongside our very first Black Owned Business and Artisan Market: Handmade & Homegrown!
Join us on Saturday, February 25th from 10am-12pm in the Nature Classroom to learn about the connections between geometry and art.
Learn about Alma Woodsey Thomas, a famous Black artist known for bold, geometric patterns. Once you learn, it’s time to create your own geometric art and help us build a wall mural of bright colors and beautiful shapes!
BSP’s First 5k! 🌿
Join us at Bonnet Springs Park on Saturday, March 25 for a sunrise 5k that showcases the natural beauty of towering oak trees and the rolling terrain of the Central Park of Central Florida. Thank you to Valiant Products for their generous support of the 5k. Proceeds from the 5k will benefit the Carol Jenkins Barnett Endowment. Register Today!
BSP Bridal Show! 🌿
Say “I do!” to Bonnet Springs Park’s first bridal show! Thanks to our Title Sponsors, this event is FREE to attend! This event will feature over 70 vendors, 2 full bars, giveaways and more! Ready to turn your dream wedding into a reality? Gather your friends and join us for a fun day of wedding planning on February 19, 2023, from 11 AM to 4 PM. RSVP today!
Exotic Car Show! 🌿
Join us Saturday, February 4 from 10 am – 1 pm for Bonnet Springs Park’s first car show! Brought to you by Circuit Florida & Breast Cancer Foundation of Central Florida, this event serves to present exotic and sports cars all while supporting a great cause!
During the car show, there will be a silent auction with auction items donated from local supporter organizations, with all proceeds going to the Breast Cancer Foundation.