Orlando’s Best Places to PLAY with Baby


B.Y.O.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 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.

GET SMART
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.
  • All Kids Spanish:
    Parent/baby Spanish language and culture class in Winter Park
    allkidspanish.com
  • Kindermusik with Grow & Sing Studios:
    Parent/baby music and art classes and workshops at several locations in Central Florida
    growandsing.com
  • Orlando Science Center:
    The Little Explorers workshops at OSC take an in-depth look at early STEM concepts with children as young as 18 months old. Parents are just as much a part of the program as their kids, making for some quality bonding time.
    osc.org
  • Shayna’s Village:
    Parent/baby enrichment classes at the Jewish Community Center in Maitland
    orlandojcc.org/preschool/shaynas-village

 


GET FIT
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!
  • Baby Boot Camp
    A stroller workout program designed to balance the fitness needs of moms while caring for their children.
    babybootcamp.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 in Winter Park and Harmony Yoga Studio in Maitland
  • Move with Me Baby: Baby-Wearing Dance Class
    This class at Dr. Phillips Center Florida Hospital School of Arts and Wellness provides early exposure to music, movement and dance, for carrier-age children from infant to toddler.
    drphillipscenter.org/education
  • My Gym
    Fitness classes for kids starting at 6 weeks old; locations in Lake Mary, Maitland, Waterford, Orlando and Winter Garden.
    mygym.com
  • Smart Start at A Kids Gym
    parent/child movement and brain development classes in Oviedo starting at 4 months old, akidsgym.com

STORYTIME
Here are our favorite storytime spots.
  • IKEA, Family Members enjoy free Story Time Tuesdays at 1 p.m. at the entrance lobby. Plus, get up to one free kids meal (reg. $2.49 each) when you purchase one adult entrée and show your FAMILY card. ikea.com
  • 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
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