Family Favorite Historical Site: WEKIWA SPRINGS STATE PARK
1800 Wekiwa Circle, Apopka
Located at the headwaters of the Wekiva River, the beautiful vistas within this park offer a glimpse of what Central Florida looked like when Timucuan Indians fi shed and hunted these lands. Relax in a natural setting, enjoy a picnic or take a swim in the cool spring. Thirteen miles of trails provide opportunities for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. Canoeists and kayakers can paddle along the Wekiva River and Rock Springs Run. Canoe and kayak rentals are available. Options for camping include a full facility campground and primitive camping areas.
Family Favorite Art Class: THE CRAFT SHACK
218 W. Church Ave., Longwood
Located in the heart of historic Longwood, this arts and crafts creative space is perfect for private parties and art classes. Fostering creativity in both kids and adults, The Craft Shack offers budding artists an outlet for their artistic play.
Family Favorite Pediatric Dentist: DR. DAVID DONALD
Children’s Dentistry of Longwood
365 Wekiva Springs Rd., Ste. 121, Longwood
With five children of his own, Dr. David Donald knows how to make a dentist visit fun! Patients can even play video games in the waiting area. Dr. Donald is also trained to see medically compromised children and those with dental emergencies.
Family Favorite Gymnastics: ACE GYMNASTICS
400 Gold Medal Ct., Longwood
With classes for all ages from beginner to competition, Ace Gymnastics offers everything your budding Olympian needs to get fi t. With tumbling classes, summer camps, gymnastics and birthday parties, Ace is the place for kiddos to burn off that extra energy.
Favorite Family Private School: CHAMPION PREPARATORY ACADEMY
1935 S. Orange Blossom Trl., Apopka
If you’re looking for a super personalized educational experience, look no further. Champion has programs running from VPK through 12th grade, including homeschooling programs. They strive to provide educational programs, support and resources to aid students in reaching their fullest potentials.
Favorite Family Tutor/Tutoring Center: MATHNASIUM
3030 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka
Mathnasium is a tutoring program located throughout Orlando with several locations that aim to figure out what students currently know and what they need help improving upon. Students are able to follow programs while being assisted by professional math tutors who provide them insight and encouragement.
EDITOR’S Favorite Preschool: GO PLAY
482 E. Altamonte Dr., Altamonte Springs
If you don’t live near Altamonte Springs, your preschooler is missing out on this unique preschool opportunity. Children experience play-based learning by rotating through a variety of dynamic centers, such as the Construction Zone, Ollie’s Playhouse Theater and the Design and Discovery Station, just to name a few. There are no classrooms. We’ve never seen anything like it. Schedule a tour later in the day so you don’t miss the daily 4 p.m. parade!
Family Favorite Kids Store: CHILDREN’S PLACE
451 E. Altamonte Dr., Altamonte Springs
Looking for good prices on trendy clothing for girls, boys, toddlers and babies? Look to the The Children’s Place, a kids clothing store located in Altamonte Mall and several other local malls. They also carry shoes and other accessories. Let the kids express themselves through clothing!
Family Favorite Sweet Treat: B CUPCAKES
3030 E. Semoran Blvd., #196, Apopka
With more than 20 scrumptious flavors, you’ll be in cupcake heave at B Cupcakes, a gourmet cupcake shop and bakery. Special order or customize your cupcakes for special events. Each cupcake is made from scratch using pure ingredients and baked fresh daily.
Family Favorite Outdoor Play: WEST ORANGE TRAIL
501 Crown Point Cross Rd., Winter Garden
West Orange Trail is a 22-mile rail trail that brings you closer to a bit of Orlando’s history, traveling through the historical Orange Belt Railway system, Oakland, Winter Garden, and down Plant Street, which is lined with shops and restaurants. You also pass through woods and orange groves. You can conquer the trail by bike, horseback riding, on foot or even wheelchair!
Favorite Consignment Shop: ONCE UPON A CHILD
1046 Montgomery Rd., Altamonte Springs
This is a children’s resale store. Stop by to sell your gently-used items today or shop for “new” ones.
Family Favorite Private School: ANNUNCIATION CATHOLIC ACADEMY
593 Jamestown Blvd., Altamonte Springs
Annunciation Catholic Academy is a vibrant parish school committed to teaching the faith and Catholic traditions to the leaders of tomorrow. This school is recognized locally and nationally for its commitment to serving others, achievements in academics and innovations in technology.
Favorite Family Indoor Play: LUCKY MONKEY
924 W. SR 436, #1800, Altamonte Springs
Lucky Monkey is an indoor playground for children up to 8-years- old who can take part in laser dances, bubble parties, dancing with Lucky and playing around with monkey mascots.
Favorite Family Dance Studio: TURNING POINTE DANCE STUDIO
145 Wekiva Springs Rd., Ste. 145, Longwood
Turning Pointe Dance Studio is a family-oriented studio where you can enroll your family in classes at any level. Professional dancers groom beginners into graceful dancers, delivering classes in ballet, tap, contemporary, jazz and hip-hop dance, to name just a few.
Favorite Family Performing Arts Program: WEKIVA RIVER PLAYERS
Local theater at its finest, the Wekiva River Players is an educational theater program that has performed more than 90 shows. Each year, this theater ensemble produces six junior shows for elementary and middle school performers and one full-length production for high school performers.