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B.Y.O.Baby

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. FREE PLAY Love playgrounds but worry the older kids will trample your baby? There are plenty of fun indoor playgrounds geared […]

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Dancing Through Life

Words by Tracey C. Velt | Photos by Jessica Friend Hannah Harshman is no stranger to dance. “My mom put me in dance class when I was 3 years old,” says Hannah, artistic director and owner of Dance 360 Orlando in Baldwin Park. “It started as a summer activity to keep me busy, and I’ve […]

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Get Ahead on Summer Camp Planning

It’s already March– time to start thinking about summer camps! Take the stress out of planning your kid’s summer experience by booking it all under one roof. At the Summer Camp & Adventure Expo on March 4, you can interact with camp counselors one-on-one; get exclusive discounts on travel and camps; and find unique new […]

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Baby Playgroup at O2BKids

Whether your baby is just a few weeks or a few years old, O2BKids has fun parent/child playgroups for your crew! At the Oviedo Mall (and soon to open in Altamonte Springs) Morning Magic Show (Walking to 5 Years Old) Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. This is an interactive and engaging program for parents […]

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Top 10 Baby Names of 2016

Bringing a new bundle of joy into the world? The Baby Place at Winter Park Memorial Hospital sent us their top 10 baby names of 2016 to help give you ideas of what you’ll call your little prince or princess. Girl Names: Kayla Annabelle Elizabeth Carolyn Grace Stephanie Sarah Abbigail Lexy Jazlynn Boy Names: Alvin […]

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Dress Up. Play Hard. Stand Out.

Words by Lisa A. Beach | Photo by Jessica Friend With a company slogan of “Dress Up, Play Hard, Stand Out!,” mompreneur Tracey Currey of Winter Park is a force in giving back to the community and promoting a healthy lifestyle. Currey’s company, PonyTail Bows, caters to the equestrian market (with expansion plans in the […]

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8 Ways to Raise Healthy, Active Kids

Words by Dr. Sharon DiChristafaro, First Choice Pediatrics Hectic sports and school schedules, heavy use of electronics and perceived safety risks of allowing children to play outside unsupervised have created consequences to our children that are frightening and life-long. One in three children and teens is obese, according to the American Heart Association. Even children […]

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National Catholic Schools Week

The “Lions” of Holy Family Catholic School are gearing up for a week of fun and festivities to show their pride! Students will show their support for their school and Catholic Schools around the country during their Catholic Schools Week celebration. This year, CSW will run the week of January 30, 2017-February 3, 2017. (National […]

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Your Elfin’ PLAYguide

Don’t Panic, here are 24 easy things to do with your Elf on the Shelf. Last-Minute Ideas For those days where you want to put zero brainpower into this elf thing. 1. All Buckled Up The elf is buckled up in the car or carseat, all ready for a ride! 2. Flying High Elves don’t […]

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Go PLAY for the Holidays

Don’t wait until Santa lands on your rooftop to celebrate the season. Words by Anna Karasik Theme Parks & Resorts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Select dates November 7 to December 22, 7 p.m. to Midnight Disney’s Magic Kingdom Join Mickey and friends in a holiday celebration as the Magic Kingdom transforms into a winter […]

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Letters FROM Santa

“Is Santa Claus real?” The answer is Yes, thanks to USPS! Have your child write their wish list to Santa, and they can get his personalized response back in the mailbox, postmarked and all. Drafting up the letter to Santa is a great Thanksgiving activity that the whole family can take part in; getting Santa’s […]

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Registration Open for Spring Classes at DPC School of the Arts

Registration is now open for 2017 Spring Semester classes at the Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts. Classes begin Monday, January 16. Students of any age can take part in classes for dance, vocals, instruments, acting, and musical theater. Check out all of the available classes below: Dance & Movement Jazz I […]

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The Prego Expo Ticket Giveaway!

– Surprise! – PLAYGROUND Magazine is giving away 1 Mommy & Guest ticket to The Prego Expo Registry Event & Brunch at the Babies”R”Us in Altamonte Springs on Sunday, November 13. This event is an opportunity for mommy-to-be to build her registry in style! Get a swag bag, enjoy a complimentary brunch, explore shopping & […]

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GUTS Orlando: Creatives Carving For Kids

GUTS is a friendly pumpkin carving competition with all proceeds benefiting Make-A-Wish®.  AIGA Orlando presents its 2nd Annual live pumpkin carving competition, GUTS Orlando. The event will be held October 29, 2016, at 2428 E. Robinson St., Orlando, FL, 32803. The carving competition will last from 2 to 5 p.m., with an after-party featuring live music from […]

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Public & Permanent: Keep Kids Safe Online

  The Christ School is pleased to host IROC2‘s (The Institute for Responsible Online and Cell Phone Communication) informative program, “Public and Permanent.” Two sessions will take place. The first session, geared toward parents of children of all ages, is held on Monday, October 3, 2016, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  The second session, geared towards […]

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Mompreneur: Colleen Gonzalez

Colleen Gonzalez Founder of G.R.O.W. Central Florida Inc., a nonprofit that partners with unfunded elementary school health and wellness programs in Seminole County   Growing up, Colleen Gonzalez was the youngest of four children. “We were a middle-income family, but money was tight, so my siblings and I never participated in any sports. My family […]

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Saying Goodbye

Saying Goodbye The Dreaded School Drop-Off  Words by Amy Zolessi  School’s here, and it is time to say goodbye to summer. For some families, school drop-off can be daunting. Are the crying, pleading and tears too much to handle? The key to peaceful and happy drop-offs is to build a routine. The brain is pattern-seeking, […]

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Date Night: Take Your Child Out on a Date Night

      For six years my husband and I have worked with a parenting coach. Among her many gems of advice, one that truly stands out as a game-changer for us is the concept of time in. The idea is that when kids are being less than angelic, parents should swap time out for […]

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Date Night: Globe Trotting

Wouldn’t it be lovely to hop on a plane with your sweetie and land in an exotic place far from the ups and downs of modern parenting? When such a getaway is out of reach, consider recreating the experience locally. We’ve uncovered five Orlando spots that will take you around the world on your next […]

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Date Night: Get Schooled by Local Chefs

If you’re tasked with the monotonous chore of cooking every day (pasta again?), learning a shortcut or delicious flavor combination can be a breath of fresh air. You can spend hours watching Food Network or taking cooking classes, but we’ve got a better idea. Turn your date night into a culinary education via a chef’s table at one of Orlando’s best restaurants. You’ll get […]

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Hidden Treasure @ Artegon

Ahoy Matees. Summer is upon us and so is some treasure! Artegon Marketplace is full of fun finds and X marks the spot! 12 spots to be exact. Skip the sun and head to Artegon for some air conditioned treasure hunting to see what you find. Once you’ve answered 6 of the 12 questions, stop […]

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Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts 2016 Fall Semester Classes

The Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts continues its award-winning programming with the announcement of the 2016 Fall Semester classes. Registration for these classes is now open. The Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of the Arts uses the arts to its full benefit in the development of each student from 3 to 103. […]

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Raising a Water-Confident Kid

Originally published in the Summer 2010 issue of Playground Magazine. Written by Joanna Nesbit When my daughter, Leah, was 6, I signed her up for a month’s worth of swim lessons, every day for half an hour, because, well, it worked for another mom’s kids. This mom had told me her kids’ skills didn’t progress […]

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RDV Ice Den’s Summer Schedule

Looking for fun activities to help entertain the kids once school is out? RDV Sportsplex Ice Den has updated their prices that will make you want to skate on over. Here is their weekly schedule which includes pricing for admission and rentals, as well as their new Summer Morning Sessions schedule. Skate on! Monday- Friday: 12:00-1:45 […]

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Spa Fly: Luxury Mobile Spa

Spa Fly, the luxurious spa “on wheels,” has launched in Orlando, bringing the amenities of a full service salon direct to birthday parties, corporate offices, girls’ nights out or any occasion imaginable. The unique, plush mobile spa features professional, licensed and highly skilled technicians who can provide a wide range of beauty services including manicures, […]

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Mother’s Day Happenings 2016

Mom, mother, mommy, best friend, go-to, companion, wife, caretaker … She is all of this and more! A mother’s love is never-ending, and one day is definitely not enough time to spoil her as much as she deserves. So we’ve put together a compilation of ways to celebrate mom and make memories that will last […]

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Sushi Rolling Class for Kids

Ashley Nickell, Chef de Cuisine for Central Florida based FMI Restaurant Group will be offering an exclusive sushi rolling class for children aged 6 – 11 years old on Saturday, February 20 from 2:20 pm – 3:30 pm at Funky Monkey Bistro & Bar (9101 International Drive, Suite 1208 at Pointe Orlando www.funkymonkeybistro.com). This event […]

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OMA Homeschool Art Classes

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Kid-friendly Halloween Events in Orlando

Get your family into the Halloween spirit by hitting up these haunted, kid-friendly happenings in Orlando. Only the best for you!   Monster Mania October 1-31, 2015 Ghoulish tricks and yummy treats are waiting at Crayola Experience during Monster Mania on October 1 – 31! Werewolves and Witches and Tips … Oh My! Trick-or-Treat while exploring 25-colorful-hands-on attractions. […]

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Halloween Spooktacular at SeaWorld

    Halloween meets the sea during weekends in October at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular. This family-friendly event will immerse guests in an underwater “fantasea” with trick-or-treating, whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts and crafts, and up-close animal encounters. SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place from 12-7 p.m. weekends, October 3-31. Like all special events at SeaWorld, […]

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Free Flu Shots This Fall

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The Crayola Store Is Now Open

Crayola Store

Here comes color: The Crayola Store is now open The second of its kind in the nation, The 6,000 square-foot Crayola Store is an part of the Crayola Experience family attraction that will fully open on July 1 at The Florida Mall. The Crayola Store offers the widest variety of Crayola products and souvenirs available anywhere. Guests will discover super-soft plush, […]

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Fall-Tastic Festivals

Freak out at these ghostly gatherings, fall festivals, and celebrations: Every Saturday and Sunday in October Brick or Treat Legoland Florida www.legoland.com Your little Lego lovers will want to go all out for the costume contest at Brick or Treat. The prizes include Lego products and park tickets! They will also love the spooky scavenger […]

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Cottage Industry Co-Op

Cottage Industry Co-Op A unique retail concept that represents local designers’ eco-friendly, handmade goods. 1600 Edgewater Dr., Orlando 407-999-5251 www.cottageindustryco-op.blogspot.com

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Ladybug Loft Boutique

Ladybug Loft Boutique Gifts, accessories and clothing for women and children. 2808 Edgewater Dr., Orlando 407-650-4200 www.ladybugloft.blogspot.com

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Once Upon A Child

Once Upon A Child is the nation’s largest children’s resale franchise.  We buy and sell new and gently used clothing (infant through size 18/20), furniture, equipment and toys.  We offer a fun and convenient way to pass on your children’s items they no longer can wear or need as well as offer a large selection of […]

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Extreme Weather Safety Station

OCRHC Pilots Interactive Extreme Weather Safety Station for Children June 8-September 1, 2013 An interactive learning station teaching children how to stay safe from dangerous weather will be piloted at the Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, Fla this summer. “Kids Get a Plan” targets children in grades first through fifth and brings to […]

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Senses Spa-ahh! (For mommy & kiddos too)

A new Disney spa at the Grand Floridian I have a confession to make … I loathe getting pedicures, spa treatments and getting my hair done. Don’t get me wrong, I love the end result, but all I can think of when I’m at those places is how much work I still have to finish […]

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Eco-Diaper Service

Save the planet one diaper at a time. Orlando’s first environmentally friendly cloth diaper service has arrived with a bang. Always wanted to use cloth diapers, but not so keen of the idea of all that extra, stinky laundry? Now all the work is taken care of by these two Orlando ladies (think of them […]

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Tweenies

Tweenies Upscale children’s boutique. 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando 407-345-9062

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Gymboree

Gymboree of Waterford Lakes Interactive play, music, fitness, and art classes  where you interact with your children in a fun and safe environment. For kids ages 0-5 years. 448 S. Alafaya Trail, Orlando, FL 32828 407-277-2567 www.gymboreeclasses.com

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Orlando Museum of Art

Orlando Museum of Art Offers a variety of creative programs for families. 2416 N. Mills Ave, Orlando 407-896-4231 www.omart.org

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Orlando Skate Park

Orlando Skate Park Great fun with three courses to skate, from beginner to experienced. 400 Festival Way, Orlando 407-898-9600 www.actionparkalliance.com/orlandoskatepark

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Orlando Science Center

Orlando Science Center Dig, discover and explore with amazing exhibits for children of all ages. 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando 407-514-2000 www.osc.org

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