This guest post was written by MommyCon Blogger Collective member Chenoa Farsaci of F is for Family.
The first thing everyone thinks about when you say “Orlando” and “kids activities”, they think theme parks. We’ve got Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World just a short drive from one another. As the mom of two amazingly busy young babies, I’m always looking for activities to keep my kids entertained. Being in the land of theme parks, sometimes it’s easy to forget that we have great local events like, Daniel Tiger’s Neighbor Day in Winter Park along with many others.
From an Orlando Mama’s perspective, theme parks are awesome but aren’t an every weekend activity, for most. I polled my local Mom circle to see opinions on the list of local hot spots for what is on the resident Orlando parents’ things-to-do list.
Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science Center (OSC) has exhibits for kids of all ages from toddler up. They have rotating exhibits, camps and air conditioning, which is huge with brutal Florida heat. They have an interactive area called Kidstown where kids can explore an Orange Grove Factory and Water Tables where they build dams and channels.
The Orlando REP Theater
The Orlando Repertory Theater has an amazing schedule every year of really great live shows with great music. They have shows time that are sensory-friendly to be inclusive of all kids. They also have camps and a youth academy that also puts on performances. It brings to life favorite stories and holiday themed shows. This is one of our favorite go-to activities. Check out their 2016-2017 schedule here.
Mall at Millenia- Food Court Play Area
A FREEBIE! Everyone loves a free day of entertaining kids. The play area in the middle of the Mall at Millenia Food Court is a magnet for kids. It’s a great break to let them blow off some steam after lunch, dinner, snack and maybe even sneak in some shopping at the fantastic selection of shops at the mall. There are no fancy gym equipment but the kids love it. Find directions here.
This is a new one to the area and it’s on my Orlando bucket list. The Sunrail is a new transportation system that can take you to different areas of town. You can take it downtown Orlando and walk around Lake Eola and visit the park or hop on and ride to Park Ave for ice cream in Central Park. Check the Sunrail schedule for stop options here.
Orlando has a fantastic Library system. Most libraries have scheduled activities such as story time, themed reading schedules and occasionally have scheduled great kid friendly performers come to entertain. The Maitland Library even has kids cooking classes. Click here to find the Orange County library schedule and Seminole County system here.
Of course when you need your character fix, Disney World and Universal are always just around the corner!
Bio: Hello, my name is Chenoa Farsaci, I’m a Mom to two feisty preemie babies, I’m married to my college sweetheart, I work full time and write in my “spare” time. I graduated with a degree in Creative Writing from the University of Central Florida and now work in one of the only “creative” roles within a banking institution. My blog F is for Family was started to tell our preemie journey and has evolved into talking about life with two energetic toddlers and balancing work life with family life, personal life and everything in between. This is just a glimpse into the chaos! Check us out at www.f4family.com. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!