Family Favorite Playground: MAITLAND COMMUNITY PARK
1400 Mayo Ave., Maitland
This family-friendly park includes playgrounds, courts, picnic spots, gazebos and an indoor meeting place and is an overall convenient spot for families of the community to come together.
Family Favorite Outdoor Playground: AUDUBON BIRDS OF PREY
1101 Audubon Way, Maitland
407-644-0190 http://fl .audubon.org/audubon-center-birds-prey
This urban environmental audubon center focuses on the rescue, medical treatment, rehabilitation and release of Florida’s raptors. From owls to bald eagles, the creatures here do not disappoint.
EDITOR’S Favorite Farmer’s Market: MAITLAND FARMER’S MARKET
701 Lake Lily Dr., Maitland
Pack up the minivan and head to this fabulous farmer’s market. Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. around Lake Lily Park, you can check out local fare and enjoy a tree-covered playground for the kids!
Family Favorite Summer Camp: RDV SPORTSPLEX ICE DEN
8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando
RDV Sportsplex Ice Den is an indoor ice skating rink for ages 3 and older. They offer public skating, hockey and skate games, parties and events, figure skating and an on-site pro shop.
Family Favorite Restaurant: TIJUANA FLATS
1955 Aloma Ave., Winter Park
This brainchild of UCF graduates has quickly become a family favorite. Tijuana Flats offers fast service and quality Mexican food in a fun environment. It’s worth mentioning that it’s so loud in there, no one will hear your child’s random screeching.
Family Favorite Sweet Treat: JEREMIAH’S ITALIAN ICE
111 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland, Florida
Jeremiah’s serves up authentic flavors of Italian ice and soft serve ice cream for you to mix together in fabulous flavors.
EDITOR’S Favorite Kids Store: MAISON BABY
485 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland
Maison Baby is a boutique that carries a wide selection of anything you may need for your child. From baby carriers and wraps, to strollers and bathtubs – Maison Baby offers brand name baby gear at reasonable prices, making all of your parenting dreams come true.
Family Favorite Pediatrician: INTERLACHEN PEDIATRICS
846 Lake Howell Rd., Maitland
Interlachen focuses on care that includes compassion, excellence, integrity, and teamwork and has a team of nine physicians.
Family Favorite Pediatric Dentist: DR. KELLY MANSOUR
1650 Maitland Ave., Maitland
Doctor Kelly Mansour is a pediatric dentist at Pediatric Dentistry of Central Florida. A University of Florida grad, this South Florida native now practices in Orlando. Visit her in Maitland to get your smile to shine.
EDITOR’S Favorite Historical Site: MAITLAND ART CENTER
231 W. Packwood Ave., Maitland, FL 32751
The Maitland Art Center recently became the first National Historic Landmark in Orange County and the 44th in the state of Florida. Founded in 1937 by visionary artist and architect Jules André Smith, the Maitland Art Center was built in the rare Mayan Revival style, ornate with copious sculptural reliefs drawing on Mesoamerican, Asian and African iconographies. Originally, it was a colony that provided a place for artists to live, experiment with new forms and escape the demands of daily life. It currently offers family art programs. Register for them on their website.
Family Favorite Gymnastics: LEGACY GYMNASTICS
143 Atlantic Dr., Maitland
Legacy offers gymnastics classes and lessons for all ages and challenges them to become the best they can be through a curriculum-based approach.
Family Favorite Dance Studio: DANCE CENTERS OF ORLANDO
410 Ridge Rd., Fern Park
The Dance School at Dance Centers of Orlando provides dance instruction and choreography in ballet, pointe, jazz, jazz funk, lyrical, modern, contemporary tap, musical hip hop, and tumbling—all taught by working dancers. It also provides fun acrobat classes, including silks and lyras, and classes for little dancers ages 3 to 5.
Family Favorite Indoor Playground, Family Favorite Storytime, Family Favorite Kids Night Out & Family Favorite Birthday Party Location: AMAYA PAPAYA
3385 S. US Hwy. 17/92, Ste. 269, Casselberry
Amaya Papaya is Central Florida’s original indoor open play center (for children) and lounge (for parents). Amaya Papaya’s is a hub for parents with young kids to come together and enjoy the humor of parenthood while their children (ages newborn to 5-years-old) play and learn together during hands-on activities and special events.