Family Favorite Playground & Splash Pad: LAKEFRONT PARK
1104 Lakeshore Blvd., St. Cloud
St. Cloud’s recently renovated Lakefront Park is located along beautiful Lake Tohopekaliga and offers a bike path and grass walking path, playground, splash pad, family picnic pavilions, sand beach, volleyball court, picnic tables, fishing pier and a performing arts pavilion. Entry to the splash pad is free with lots of shaded seating.
Family Favorite Sweet Treat: MENCHIE’S
9685 Lake Nona Village Pl., #104, Orlando
This Orlando fro-yo staple has expanded to Lake Nona! Located in the Lake Nona Village plaza off Narcoossee Road, families can create their own fro-yo masterpiece with multiple flavor choices and tons of toppings.
Family Favorite Outdoor Play: MOSS PARK
12901 Moss Park Rd., Orlando
This is a great Orange County park for the family with a large play space, walking trails, shaded areas and swimming. This is an awe-some locale to get up close with nature without traveling too far.
EDITOR’S Favorite Farmer’s Market: LAKE NONA BACK TO NATURE FARMERS MARKET
8374 Upper Perse Cir., Lake Nona
This farmer’s market takes place every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Crescent Park in Laureate Park. Look out for fresh produce, artisan gifts, crafts and more.
EDITOR’S Family Favorite Restaurant: SWEET MAMA’S
10743 Narcoossee Rd., Orlando
Sweet Mama’s is a Lake Nona staple for American fare and comfort food to die for. Think made-to-order breakfast classics, filling lunch and wholesome dinner plates. Don’t forget about the freshly baked pies and desserts made from scratch.
Family Favorite Pediatrician: LAKE NONA PEDIATRICS
9145 Narcoossee Rd., Ste. 103, Orlando
Lake Nona is home to the new Nemours Children’s Hospital. Lake Nona Pediatrics, in association with Nemours, provides children and families with quality, professional primary care services with special attention to preventive care and whole-child wellness.
Family Favorite Pediatric Dentist: PEDIATRIC DENTAL GROUP
9161 Narcoossee Rd., Ste. 101-B, Orlando
This pediatric dental practice goes above and beyond oral health by creating an individual treatment plan for every child. Your child’s plan will combine the right behavioral management techniques and one-on-one care in a way that works for him or her.
Family Favorite After School Program: NORTHLAKE PARK YMCA
9055 Northlake Pkwy., Orlando
Far from just childcare, the Northlake YMCA’s after-school program provides children with the support, activities and the nurturing environment they need to keep learning, growing and thriving.
Family Favorite Music Studio: GROW AND SING STUDIOS
Northshore at Lake Hart Recreation Center 9339 N. Shore Golf Club Blvd., Orlando
Parents love this Kindermusik program that includes a variety of classes for children from newborns up to age 7. Little ones will learn about rhythm, and even play their own instruments.
Favorite Family Gymnastics: ORLANDO GYMNASTICS
11821 S. Orange Blossom Trl., Orlando
Orlando Gymnastics has all skill levels covered, including preschool gymnastics, recreational gymnastics classes for boys and girls, tumbling classes, cheerleading, after-school program, summer and holiday camps, birthday parties, and open gym nights for kids.
Family Favorite Indoor Play Birthday Party Location: PEANUT’S PLAYHOUSE
1034 Pennsylvania Ave., Saint Cloud
Peanut’s Playhouse is a unique and creative play space and a favorite among St. Cloud families. This mom owned establishment is a great spot for your next birthday or teat party or just a day of indoor play.
Family Favorite Dance Studio: IN MOTION DANCE
2125 Orinoco Dr., Ste. 5, Orlando
From jumps and twirls to leaps and bounds, from first-timer minis to seasoned national dance champions, all types of dancers call In Motion Dance Project home. With a faculty of trained and experienced dance instructors and choreographers, In Motion strives to provide a fun, nurturing environment.
Family Favorite Karate Dojo: CHAMPIONSHIP MARTIAL ARTS
13832 Narcoosee Rd. Unit B-105, Orlando
Conveniently located right outside of Eagle Creek in the Publix plaza, this nationally known martial arts studio makes sure their students know martial arts can be for anyone.