ORLANDO SCIENCE CENTER
777 E. Princeton St., Orlando
Entertaining and educational … That was the winning combination for families to vote the Orlando Science Center as their fave place to play. The newly renovated KidsTown is even bigger and better than before, putting this science mecca at the top of our list of the best places to play. You could go 100 times and still learn something new during each visit, making annual family memberships one of the best values around.
1494 East Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista
Does bowling strike your fancy? At Splitsville, it sure will! Located right in Disney Springs, you can enjoy an afternoon of touristy sightseeing, shopping, eating and bowling. This Disney-themed bowling alley has live entertainment and a food and beverage menu that surpasses any bowling alley food you’ve ever had.
GREEN MEADOWS FARM
1368 S. Poinciana Blvd., Kissimmee4
Channel your inner farmer at Green Meadows Farm, which is home to an array of farm animals for you and your little one to meet up close. Green Meadows Farm offers small rides and attractions, special events, festivals and holiday-themed attractions. Ride the train, sit on the antique tractor, ride a pony or even milk a cow!
Splash Pad and Park Playground
FT. MELLON SPLASH PAD
600 E. 1st St., Sanford
Fort Mellon Park is a playground with a view. Overlooking Lake Monroe, families enjoy basketball and tennis courts, grilling out and modern playground equipment. Feeling hot from running around? Let your little ones cool off in the splash pad.
2670 Cassel Creek Blvd., Casselberry
Roll on over to this groovy roller-skating rink for public skate sessions, public learn-to-skate classes, beginners learn-to-skate classes, birthday parties and even adult skate night! Admission is just $9 for public skate sessions, which occur every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Adrenaline Rush for Kids
ZOOMAIR ADVENTURE COURSE AT CENTRAL FLORIDA ZOO
3755 NW Hwy. 17-92, Sanford
Climb along this eco-adventure ropes course in the treetops above the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens. There are two courses for kids over 54 inches tall, and there’s also a special kid’s course built closer to the ground for the little ones. ZOOmAir is perfect for family bonding, light exercise, team building and a fun day outdoors.
GAYLORD PALMS RESORT
6000 W. Osceola Pkwy., Kissimmee
This is the local family-fave place to staycation and feel like VIP celebrities! The Gaylord Palms Resort celebrates Florida’s history, culture and natural beauty and includes a larger-than-life pool and water park for kids, an arcade, luxury spa and more.
BARNES & NOBLE MUSICAL STORYTIME WITH MR. RICHARD
2418 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando
Let your little ones grow their imaginations at Mr. Richard’s Musical Sing-Along Storytime at the Colonial Towne Center Barnes & Noble. Listen to Mr. Richard read and sing-along to a children’s classic. Clap your hands and stomp your feet; you won’t want to miss these beats! These storytimes are offered on select Fridays at 10 a.m.
Indoor Play Lounge
3385 U.S. 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 is a hub for parents with young kids to come together and enjoy the humor of parenthood while their children play and learn together during hands-on activities and special events.
HARRY P. LEU GARDENS
1920 North Forest Ave., Orlando
Families love to escape to this enchanting oasis hidden minutes away from Downtown Orlando. This historic place brings natural beauty to life to inspire visitors to appreciate and understand our botanical world. The gardens also offers monthly movie nights on the lawn and a free monthly story time for kids presented by the Orlando Public Library.
451 E. Altamonte Dr., Altamonte Springs
Kids (and parents) love the Altamonte Mall play area. Equipped with a treehouse jungle gym, your child is transported from dreary shopping trip with mom to a land of play and imagination. Your child can climb on top of platforms and through logs and tree trunks. Altamonte Mall ensures that this play area is clean and hygienic for your little climbers.
9101 International Dr., Orlando
471 Lake Howell Rd.
Bouncing, sliding and climbing, oh my! Monkey Joe’s is the center for all things fun. This infl atable play center offers more than just blow-ups and bounce houses. It also offers arcade games, prizes and concessions. The playground is designed for kids ages 12 and under and includes a Mini Monkey Zone for toddlers under 3 to play safely. Host your birthday party here, or just come for a day of fun.