Orlando’s Best Places to Go PLAY with Your Baby
You might think this play business is just for the older kids. Not so. Orlando has a plenty of great places geared for baby play.
Love playgrounds but worry the older kids will trample your baby? There are plenty of fun indoor playgrounds geared toward babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Let them explore with safe and clean toys that promote learning through play. These places also have scheduled activities and special events for guided and engaging programs.
- Amaya Papaya, Casselberry, amayapapaya.com
- Grammy’s Indoor Playground, Oviedo and Winter Park, grammysindoorplayground.com
- Peanut’s Playhouse, St. Cloud, peanutsplayhouse.net
- Romp n’ Roll, Winter Garden, rompnroll.com
- Lucky Monkey’s Indoor Playground 4 Kids, Altamonte Springs, luckymonkeys4kids.com
- O2B Kids, Oviedo and new Altamonte Springs location opening soon, o2bkids.com
Yes, you can sign up your baby for engaging classes. From music to language, these places offer fun and educational opportunities to bond with your child.
- Kindermusik with Grow & Sing Studios, parent/baby music and art classes and workshops at several locations in Central Florida, growandsing.com
- All Kids Spanish, parent/baby Spanish language and culture class, Winter Park, allkidspanish.com
- Shayna’s Village, parent/baby enrichment classes at the Jewish Community Center, Maitland, orlandojcc.org/preschool/shaynas-village
Movement and play is important for baby’s brain to grow and develop. Plus, it’s a fun way for parents to socialize, exercise and pick up some new parenting tricks!
- Smart Start at A Kids Gym, parent/child movement and brain development classes in Oviedo starting at 4 months old, akidsgym.com
- My Gym, fitness classes for kids starting at 6 weeks old; locations in Lake Mary, Maitland, Waterford, Orlando and Winter Garden, mygym.com
- Gymboree Play & Music, play, music and art classes that are just right for your child’s development, gymboreeclasses.com
- Mama & Baby Yoga, mothers bring their (not yet crawling) babies to this fun class, offered at Full Circle Yoga (fullcircleyoga.com) in Winter Park and Harmony Yoga Studio (HarmonyYogaMaitland.com) in Maitland
- Baby Boot Camp, a stroller workout program designed to balance the fitness needs of moms while caring for their children, babybootcamp.com
Here are our favorite storytime spots.
- Orange County Public Libraries, check the website for locations and times of all the free programs that focus on early learning for your baby: Storybook Fun, Bubble Playtime and more, ocls.info/earlylearning
- Orlando Science Center, daily storytime at 11:30 a.m. in Harriett’s KidsTown Theater inside the new KidsTown exhibit (infant to age 7), osc.org
- Leu Gardens Storytime, free indoor event on the first Monday of each month. 10-10:15 a.m. is Infant Time (up to 18 months); 10:20-10:35 a.m. is Toddler Time (18 months to age 2); 10:40 -11 a.m. is Preschool Time (ages 3 to 5), leugardens.org
- Pottery Barn Kids Storytime, enjoy a book reading and activity every Tuesday at 11 a.m., Mall at Millenia
- Storytime at the Zoo, enjoy animal stories and special visits at the Rainforest Pavilion on select Wednesdays from 10-10:30 a.m. Zoo admission is not required to attend this free program, centralfloridazoo.org