Thank you for participating in our first-ever Virtual ManateeFest! As a reminder, the "What I Love About Manatees" children's art contest winners will be announced on March 24. Stay tuned for more information on ManateeFest 2022.
Feb. 1-5, 2021
Manatee Lagoon's ManateeFest event is an annual celebration where families and the public can come together to explore the wonders of manatees, the Lake Worth Lagoon and environmental conservation. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, ManateeFest 2021 will be hosted virtually, featuring five days of virtual fun in honor of Manatee Lagoon's 5th anniversary.
The virtual event will feature a variety of online activities available throughout the duration of the five-day event, as well as educational videos premiering daily on Manatee Lagoon's Facebook page.
ManateeFest Schedule of Activities
*Subject to change
Support local businesses by taking a virtual stroll through our ManateeFest storefront. The storefront will be accessible throughout the duration of the five-day event, and will feature an exciting lineup of environmental and marine-themed vendors and exhibitors.
Virtual Photo Booth
Share your virtual ManateeFest experience with us! Snap a free photo and customize it with fun backgrounds and stickers. Then share it on your social media pages. Don't forget to tag us @ManateeLagoon!
"What I Love About Manatees" Children's Art Contest
Show us what you love about manatees by participating in our first-ever children's art contest! Entries must be mailed in to Manatee Lagoon and postmarked on or before Sunday, Feb. 28, 2021 for consideration.
Manatee Trivia Games
Test your family's knowledge of manatees and Lake Worth Lagoon right at home! A new trivia game will be featured each day of ManateeFest. The first five people to receive the highest scores each day will win a prize! Winners will be contacted directly by one of our team members to coordinate prize delivery. Each daily trivia game will open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.
Please note, the online trivia game must be filled out and submitted by those 18 years of age or older. If you are under 18, please have a parent or legal guardian fill the trivia game out on your behalf or you will not be eligible to receive a prize.
- Monday, Feb. 1 - Round 1: Thanks for playing!
- Tuesday, Feb. 2 - Round 2: Thanks for playing!
- Wednesday, Feb. 3 - Round 3: Thanks for playing!
- Thursday, Feb. 4 - Round 4: Thanks for playing!
- Friday, Feb. 5 - Round 5: Thanks for playing!
Daily Educational Videos with Manatee Masters
Hear from one of our Manatee Master educators and learn more about manatees and the Lake Worth Lagoon. If you missed these videos during the event, you can rewatch them below. All daily lessons are prerecorded. Please note, these videos are FREE and no registration is needed to view them. Enjoy!
- Monday, Feb. 1 at 3 p.m.: Manatee Art Lesson
- Follow along with our Manatee Master art instructor to create your very own manatee masterpiece! This art lesson is suggested for children ages 6 to 18. A list of recommended art supplies and a printable version of the step-by-step art lesson instructions can be found here.
- Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 3 p.m.: Manatee Tales Story Time featuring the children's book "Kobee Manatee: Shipwreck Sea Friends" by Robert Scott Thayer
- Wednesday, Feb. 3 at 3 p.m.: Aquaria Fish Feeding
- Thursday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m.: Virtual Visit and Q&A
- Friday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m.: All About Manatees
Watch the livestreaming Manatee Cam to see what's swimming in the outflow at Manatee Lagoon right from home!
ManateeFest Coloring Sheet
Click here to download a ManateeFest coloring sheet.