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10 Years Later: Our First Cover Family

In honor of our 10-year anniversary, we’re celebrating with the family from our original cover. In 2008, Lisa and Eric O’Rourke just had their beautiful baby boy, Oliver. He was only one month old when they attended our casting call in Baldwin Park for PLAYGROUND’s first cover family. We were looking for local modern parents […]

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Top 5 Family-Friendly Breweries in Orlando

The Orlando Metro Area is brimming with craft beer, and lucky for parents, many of these breweries have gotten on the family bandwagon. Grab an Uber and get out to enjoy some suds with your little buds at these family-friendly spots where people won’t be giving you the side-eye. Words by Wendy Meyer 1.  Crooked […]

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Four Seasons Now Offers Gourmet Picnic Baskets

National Picnic Month is celebrated in July, and just in time, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort has announced a new offering of gourmet made-to-order “picnic baskets,” available to enjoy on the Resort lawns or to take to-go. The picnic lunch can be ordered in advance and picked up at the guest’s designated time, […]

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FOMO: 100 Ways to PLAY in Orlando

Don’t miss out this summer — use this epic list of places to play in Orlando and beyond. These summer boredom busters will help you make the best memories with your kids. Words by Anna Karasik Meet Your Nature-Neighbors 1. Hit up the splash pad and play in the Children’s Garden at the Central Florida […]

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2018 Party Guide

Well, well, aren’t you lucky to live in an area with so many party planners, venues and services for your little one’s next birthday blowout? Yes, you are!   A Kids Gym  Jump, climb, play and explore our bright, exciting space filled with bounce houses, trampolines, obstacles courses, parachutes, hoops, balls and more! Two party […]

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July/August 2018 digital issue

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Underwater World of the Octonauts

Sound the Octoalert! A huge fan of Captain Barnacles and the other Octonauts characters, there was no question what Eddie’s 4th birthday theme would be. The décor reflected the underwater world of the Octonauts with lots of ocean colors and sea life, including live fish centerpieces. Guests giggled as they put on Octonauts masks as […]

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Orlando’s Free 4th of July Events

Come out and PLAY for Independence Day! Check out these fun, family-friendly and FREE local events to celebrate the Fourth of July.  Smoke on the Water, Fire In the Sky Port Canaveral, Cocoa Village and Cocoa Beach July 3-5, 8-10 p.m. Florida’s Space Coat is hosting a free three day fireworks display brought to you […]

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Get 20% Off Science Center Membership

With all of Orlando Science Center’s exciting, hands-on offerings, it’s easy to spend a whole day or a whole year at the Science Center! If you’re planning a visit or considering purchasing an annual membership, we have good news for you: OSC offers a number of discount opportunities to help you save on science. Membership […]

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15 Killer Programs at the Library in July

The Summer Reading Program continues this month with lots of fun events for children of all ages to enjoy. Check out these free programs that takes reading next-level … and beyond. Don’t forget to keep track of all your summer reading, as well as events you’ve participated in, for a chance to win some awesome […]

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Orlando Shakespeare Theater Unveils New Name

Orlando Shakespeare Theater is shaking things up at the start of their 30th Anniversary Season. Orlando Shakes in partnership with UCF sheds its former name, “Orlando Shakespeare Theater,” in favor of “Orlando Shakes” to better represent the theater’s mission and diverse body of work. As the theater company has evolved over the last 30 years, […]

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Discover this Uncrowded Paradise

Sponsored Content When you have children, planning a family trip can be a job in itself. This year, give yourself a break and avoid the theme parks, skip the crowded beaches, and escape the smoggy high-rises. Instead, hit the road and discover a more naturally quaint family vacation in Martin County, Florida. This charming hidden […]

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Orange County Libraries Rock!

It’s time to rock the library! Beginning June 2, all 16 library locations will host events, classes, camps and concerts that will keep kids engaged in fun, educational activities all summer long. Ever wanted to meet a Gatorland wrangler? Orange County Library System (OCLS) will host professional alligator handlers at library branches this summer. Are […]

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Free Beer at SeaWorld – Pass It On!

Great news for parents: SeaWorld Orlando will be offering free beer to park guests all summer long! The free brews will be available at the park starting this Friday, May 18 through September 2, 2018 from 10:30 a.m. to one hour before park close. Complimentary domestic and seasonal beers will be available to guests 21 […]

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How To Kids Fringe

Hey Playground Readers, My name is Genevieve Bernard, and I’m the Producer of Kids Fringe. Fringe is my favorite time of year in Orlando, and Kids Fringe has a special place in my heart. Our Kids Fringe team has worked hard to put together a super-fun, interactive festival with something for everyone! Kids Fringe takes place […]

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Electric Ocean Returns Memorial Day Weekend

As the sun goes down, the park comes alive with the glow of Electric Ocean at SeaWorld, May 25 – September 2. Electric Ocean brings longer park hours and allows guests to voyage into an exotic underwater world filled with dazzling lights, electrifying dance music and a brilliant evening energy that sparks as the sun […]

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Mother’s Day PLAY in Orlando

Looking for something to do with the special moms in your life? Moms appreciate making memories just as much as they love breakfast in bed. Here are some unique ideas for a day of PLAY with all of the awesome mommas in your life. Words by Wendy Meyer Blooming for Mothers Saturday, May 12, 10 […]

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Camp-cation

You won’t find high-rises or city smog — just warm sand, blue waves and a naturally quaint community. Summer vacation is just around the corner, which means it’s time to plan that big family trip. The choices are always difficult, but what if there were a place that combined the quiet solitude of an undeveloped […]

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Mother’s Day Brunch Options Orlando

Which type of Mom are you? For the Mom Who Loves the Bottomless… Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi 7972 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando, FL Reservations: Online or call 407.370.3359 Treat mom to an Unlimited Izakaya Lunch for Mother’s Day. The family will enjoy unlimited Izakaya favorites made to order, as well as live chef’s stations […]

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Most Unique Summer Camps in Orlando

Check out the video segment where we featured our Top 5 on FOX 35 News’ Good Day Orlando on Monday, May 7, 2018. Camp Doglando Ages 10-13 @ University of Doglando $625 for the 2-week program A unique 12-day program that partners campers up with a dog they learn to train, groom, play with, etc. Kids even go […]

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Adulting: Passport to Sanford

Dreaming of jet setting this summer? The Downtown Sanford Small World Passport is your ticket to Germany, Belgium, the U.K. and beyond — no airfare required. Words by Stephanie Patterson Created by Mike Smith, a Sanford local and general manager of The Imperial, the passport was put into print after an evening of brainstorming how local […]

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Summer Tennis Camp at the USTA National Campus

Summer camp at the USTA National Campus kicks off the week of June 4 and will conclude on August 10. There are nine weekly sessions to choose from, with options for all ages and abilities. Campers will refine their games and their strokes, have fun, and learn skills that will help enjoy the sport for […]

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2018 Camp Guide

Awesome summer adventures await in the Greater Orlando area! A Kids Gym Learning Academy Camp Kids Academy at A Kids Gym has expanded its space to offer even more opportunity for children to explore, move, create and have fun with friends! We offer weekly themed camps for toddlers and preschoolers as well as an exciting camp […]

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Just for Kids Weekends at SeaWorld

SeaWorld Orlando Introduces New Event: Just For Kids Weekends SeaWorld Orlando is launching a brand-new event in 2018 that will allow park guests to experience SeaWorld through the eyes of a child. Just For Kids Weekends invites visitors to dance, play, learn and share a day of kid-centric fun. Each event day sparkles with interactive surprises […]

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May/June 2018 Digital Issue

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100 Women Strong

Avani Desai is leading by example. Through her work with 100 Women Strong, this Orlando mom is raising children who love to give back. As moms, our job is to prepare our children to be responsible individuals. Part of that job is helping them understand how they fit into their community and what role they […]

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Crealdé Summer Art Camp

Sponsored  Immerse your child in a summer of fun and creativity at Crealdé School of Art’s lakeside campus in the heart of Winter Park. Kids learn from professional artists in working studios and explore the grounds, galleries and Contemporary Sculpture Garden for inspiration. Crealdé summer art opportunities include a colorful palette of classes in 2-D and 3-D media. […]

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9 Reasons to Visit Four Seasons (Orlando)

Four Seasons Resort Orlando boasts major Disney perks to enhance overall guest experiences. 1. Disney Planning Center The Disney Planning Center, conveniently located near the front desk on the lobby level, provides the perfect spot for guests to meet one-on-one with a Disney Cast Member and plan some wonderful details of their stay. Guests can receive assistance with their […]

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5 PLAY Tips: SEA LIFE Aquarium

PLAYGROUND sent Megan Navarro to check out SEA LIFE Orlando, an interactive and immersive aquarium offering unique underwater adventures with more than 5,000 species of fish, a 360-degree viewing tunnel, and eye-level tank views so children can get a unique perspective on the fish habitats. Megan’s SEA LIFE Orlando PLAY Tips: Plan to eat either […]

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Farmhouse Feminine Nursery

Landrie’s Nursery: Farmhouse Feminine This soft color palette will make you blush. Words by Kodi Churchill | Photos by Jessica Friend When Kimberly Lummus found out she was having a little girl, Landrie, after five long years of waiting, she was excited to get started on the nursery. “We have an 8-year-old boy, so when […]

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New Montessori Preschool in SoDo

Learning Minds Montessori is an independent private Montessori school located in the core of sunny, downtown Orlando. Our student-to-teacher ratios are above state standards. We believe that children, especially the primary ages from birth to six-years-old, learn the best in small, warm settings. That is why we are keeping our total capacity to a small group setting, ensuring that […]

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Orlando Shakes: Alexander and The Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day

Having a bad day? Well Alexander can relate, and so can we! Author Judith Viorst creates an on stage adventure of Alexander’s challenging childhood mishaps that will leave your child feeling encouraged and empowered. PLAY Tip: Join members of the cast for interactive pre-show fun for the whole family. The fun starts 10-15 minutes prior […]

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Laura Haftel: Tugging Along 15 Years Strong

Do you have a list of places that you consider classic Winter Park? If so, chances are Tugboat & the Bird is pretty high up there. Words by Dana Nichols |  Photo by Jessica Friend This Park Avenue gem is owned by Laura Haftel. Almost 20 years ago, Laura was a buyer for Macy’s and […]

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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 […]

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All Things New Aboard the Disney Magic

A Tangled-themed family restaurant, a fresh space for teens and a redesigned café for adults means something new for every member of the family aboard the Disney Magic Photos by: Matt Stroshane Exciting new spaces and new experiences designed for guests of all ages are onboard the Disney Magic. From family dining in an enchanted […]

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2018 Pediatric Guide

Our pediatric healthcare partners work with you at every stage of your child’s development, helping you celebrate milestones and care for sore throats and broken bones. Florida Hospital for Children Supported by the strength, innovations and mission of the Florida Hospital Care Network, Florida Hospital for Children is committed to delivering world-class programs, extraordinary patient care and […]

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March/April 2018 Digital Issue

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Themed Home Decor

Be inspired by Reunion Resort’s most unique rental home. From a vintage drive-in movie theater to a bedroom on the moon, the sky’s the limit on decorating inspiration. Words by Amanda Keefer  Transforming your home into a wonderland can be easy and fun. Just ask Michael and Nicole Mendicino. After getting their feet wet in […]

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4 Tips for Cheap Family Dining in Orlando

While eating out every night is a luxury few families can afford, there are ways to eat out on the cheap and find a happy balance. Let someone else do the shopping, prep work, cooking and cleanup. Here are four tips for making that possible on a limited budget. Words by Christina Katz Set a monthly dining budget. If […]

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Family Easter Events in Orlando

Make new memories with your family by celebrating Easter at these special family events. American Girl Bunny Brunch March 25, 2018, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. American Girl, Florida Mall Hop in and celebrate Spring by sharing a sunny brunch with your child and you can take-your-own-photo with the Easter Bunny! $25 per person. Reservations required. For kids ages 3 […]

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Spring Break Camps: Orlando

School may be out, but your little ones don’t have to be bored for Spring Break. We’ve put together a list of some of Central Florida’s best places to get those kids off of the couch and into some serious fun. Words by Wendy Meyer A Kids Gym Spring Camp Theme: Gymnastics and Play Groups Dates: March […]

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Renaissance Charter School at Central Florida

Renaissance Charter School at Central Florida (RCSCF), of Orange County, Florida is a new, tuition-free public charter school educating students in grades K-8. RCSCF will be located in East Orlando near the University of Central Florida at 4780 Data Court, Orlando, FL 32817. RCSCF is currently accepting applications for grade levels K-6 for the 2018-2019 […]

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Kids in Orlando

Roses are red, Violets are blue, Celebrate Valentine’s Day With your little loves, too. Love is in the air, and we want to share our top picks for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your entire family. Words by Wendy Meyer February 9, 9:30 a.m. HeARTS Galore for Those You Adore The Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Create […]

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New Tween Advisory Board at Winter Park Library

  Tweens find their own space to learn and develop at Winter Park Public library The Winter Park Public Library (WPPL) is stepping into 2018 with focused energy for its tween patrons, children ages 10 to 12 typically in fifth to seventh grade. This sometimes-overlooked group of youngsters, who fall in a transitional age range between […]

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Molli Miller Surf School

Words by JJ West | Photo by Ashley Dishman It’s 2018, and I am trying to help my children have fewer things and more adventures this year. My adventurous daughter asked to try surfing, so I began researching and asking my mom friends about where to go for surf lessons. Enter Molli Miller Surf School. Molli […]

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5 Ways to Fuel Family Love

  Words by Sara Marchessault Valentine’s Day is fun for kids because they get to choose Valentine’s to share with friends and exchange them at school or with other groups. Adults enjoy Valentine’s Day because it’s a good excuse for a date night. But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be strictly a kid or grown-up […]

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Insider’s Guide to The Prego Expo – Orlando 2018

The Prego Expo: the biggest go-to maternity event of the year is returning to Orlando’s Rosen Plaza on February 11, bringing together the best in local boutiques, pediatricians, doulas and more. Whether you’re a first-timer or a Prego Expo veteran, a little pre-planning goes a long way in making the most of this event. PLAYGROUND’s […]

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Private School Guide

From prep schools to nature-based learning, Central Florida offers a full spectrum of private school options. You’re sure to find the perfect learning community for your family. A Special Advertising Section A Kids Gym Learning Academy A Kids Gym offers little learners (walking to pre-K) a wonderful introduction to school in a half-day or full-day […]

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Spa-Tea-Da!

Fatemah wanted to be pampered to pieces for her 7th birthday, so local party planners Lou & Pepper put together a fun Spa Tea Party for her and 10 of her friends. Young guests were pampered upon arrival by slipping into monogrammed robes and slippers. Then they sipped on sparkling cider as they enjoyed spa services […]

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Cookbook for a Cause

After suffering debilitating seizures, Taylor Merriam (12) was diagnosed with autism and epilepsy. She found baking to be a therapeutic outlet, so she wrote her own cookbook to raise money for an organization that matches children with service animals.  Words by Tracey C. Velt | Photos by Alexander Dominguez “Imagine your child having debilitating seizures almost daily from […]

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2018 Jan/Feb Health Issue

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Slay and Play

Outdoor fashion for modern families Photos by Simply Shelby Photography Wardrobe and Prop Styling by Consider Any Thing Done Hair Styling and Makeup by Rosie Torres The Lancaster-Vargas family on location at Lake Eola Park Makayla, 15, Orlando Distressed army green skirt, $45 from American Eagle; floral print leggings, $13; purple gloves, $5 from Old […]

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Simplify Your Schedule

Don’t Let A Busy Schedule Wear Your Family Down Words by Christina Katz Stress, short-tempers and the seeming inability of the household to function smoothly are typical signals that you may have slightly overdone it in the commitments department. So, you overscheduled your family. This does not make you a bad person or a poor […]

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5 PLAY Tips for Planet Obstacle

PLAYGROUND sent Megan Navarro to check out Planet Obstacle, one of the newest places for Central Florida families to PLAY! Located in Lake Mary, Planet Obstacle is the brainchild of two Cirque Du Soleil performers on a mission to help Central Florida families achieve their health goals in an exhilarating new way. Megan’s PLAY Tips: Wear […]

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Members Only: 16 family memberships to get this year

The new year is a great time to purchase your annual passes and memberships to Orlando places and attractions. Memberships often include exclusive perks and freebies that you won’t want to miss. Treat your crew to a family membership at one of these Orlando PLAY spots to create fun new memories in 2018. Words by […]

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Fighting the Good Fight, 9 Rounds at a Time

Johanna Signori reminds us that even busy moms can lead a healthy lifestyle. Words by Dana Nichols | Photos by Jessica Friend Photography It was faith that called Johanna and Damien Signori to move across the world from their home in France to sunny Orlando. Just a year ago, through their church, they made a […]

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New Year’s Parties for Kids in Orlando

Words by Wendy Myer | Photo by Abby Liga Photography The days of staying up until midnight waiting for the ball to drop while suffering from high-heeled sore feet and over-served adult conversations are probably over. We hear you! PLAYGROUND has selected a few of our favorite events happening in and around Orlando that can […]

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Light Up UCF: 6 Tips for First Timers

Words by JJ West It is officially “the holidays” in Central Florida, and Light Up UCF is celebrating its 10th year of seasonal family entertainment. I was invited to attend for their Media Event Night. My husband and three children (ages 3, 5 and 6) went with me, and we had a blast. Here are a […]

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Private School Open House/Tour Round-Up

Next school year may feel like it’s far away, but now is the time to research private schools for the 2018-2019 school year. To help you with your search, PLAYGROUND’S private school partners have provided a list of their upcoming open houses. Mark your calendars see what each of these excellent schools has to offer! […]

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The Holiday Issue 2017

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Go PLAY: Planet Obstacle

PLAYGROUND Magazine’s JJ West laced up her family’s sneakers and went to Lake Mary’s new family entertainment & exercise facility, Planet Obstacle, to find out what makes it stand out. It’s a warehouse jam-packed with thrilling courses, rides and games that will leave the entire family smiling- and sweating! By JJ West What was said […]

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Playing with Light

PLAYGROUND Magazine sent JJ West to check out Playing with Light at the Orlando Science Center. Photos by Christian Sprogoe Photography Playing with Light is lighting up the Orlando Science Center through January 3, 2018. The traveling exhibit showcases how light infiltrates almost every aspect of our lives, providing hands-on experiences for all ages. The […]

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Megan’s 5 PLAY Tips: Andretti Indoor Karting and Games

PLAYGROUND sent Megan Navarro to check out Andretti Indoor Karting and Games, one of the newest places for Central Florida families to PLAY! Located near Universal Orlando, Andretti Indoor Karting and Games is jam-packed with indoor adventures. Complete with a ropes course, zip line and super-fast electric go karts, this place is a must-do for […]

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2017 Holiday PLAYguide

Whether you want to romp around at a festival or kick back and watch a holiday flick, we rounded up our favorite holiday events for your convenience! Words by Anna Karasik Theme Parks & Resorts Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party Disney’s Magic Kingdom November 9-December 22 During the holiday season, Disney’s Magic Kingdom becomes the […]

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Fashionable Gift Guide

‘Tis the Season … The hottest gifts of the holiday season — no matter which holiday you celebrate! Photography by Marliese Carmona Wardrobe and prop styling by Alisha Champ Hair and make-up by Tracie Cervero      

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Gift Your Kids the Stars with an OSC Membership

A full year of exploring scientific wonders together makes the perfect gift. Orlando Science Center members enjoy year-long access to all of the Science Center’s opportunities for fun, learning and discovery. This holiday season, these experiences can be shared with others by gifting a membership! When purchasing a gift membership for family or friends, you […]

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Party Animals

These Moms Know How to Party! Serendipity can sometimes carve an unexpected path. Just ask Andrea St. Onge of Longwood and Cristina Lima of Sanford, owners of Lou & Pepper. Words by Lisa A. Beach | Photos Supplied by Lou & Pepper A few years ago, the two moms met at their daughters’ preschool. Andrea, […]

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Fall PLAYguide: Pumpkin Patches, Fall Festivals, Corn Mazes and More!

Nothing says fall like the taste of pumpkin spice or the crunch of leaves under your shoes. What better way to soak up the season than to get outside and celebrate? We’ve put together a guide to help Central Florida families navigate the season. Enjoy!   Pumpkin Patches and Hay Rides • • • • […]

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Smarty Pants Kids’ Fashion

PLAYGROUND Magazine fashion at Orlando Science center

Photography by Marliese Carmona Wardrobe and prop styling by Alisha Champ Hair and make-up by Tracie Cervero Gifford Shot on location at Orlando Science Center   Lawton, 8, Orlando Plaid button-down shirt, $15 from Target; ripped jeans, $36 from Zara; brown leather shoes, $30 from Old Navy Michael J, 9, Winter Garden Graphic sweatshirt, $10; […]

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SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular 2017

Attention PLAYers: We just received this announcement from SeaWorld Orlando Popular Daytime Halloween Celebration Returns Weekends September 23 – October 29, 2017 Halloween Spooktacular returns to SeaWorld Orlando this Saturday, earlier than ever before for six weekends of family fun. Guests of all ages can join everyone’s favorite furry friends from Sesame Street as The […]

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2017

Words by Heather Reneau Halloween is my favorite holiday by far, and my whole family is right there with me — we’re all huge Halloween fans! We look for any way we can to extend the celebration for the whole season; October 31st just isn’t long enough for us to pack in all of our […]

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9 Tips For Drama-Free Dentist Visit

Taking your child to the dentist shouldn’t be, well, like pulling teeth. Here are nine tips for drama-free dental appointments. Words by Dr. Mandana Nabizadeh, DDS You child’s first dental exam is an important first step in ensuring your child’s overall dental health. How parents frame that first exam makes all the difference when it […]

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We Love Our School

Choosing a private or charter school can be nerve-wracking. Sure, you read their marketing materials and talk to the principal, but what’s the real deal? We went straight to Central Florida parents to get the inside scoop on local private and charter schools. Compiled and Edited by Tracey C. Velt Engaged Teachers As new parents, it […]

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Date Night: 5 Educational Experiences for Couples

Words by Stephanie Patterson Your days as a student may be long gone, but educational experiences are plentiful throughout the city, even for date night. Trade the cap and gown for your date night best, and hit the town to revisit your favorite school subjects — grown-up style. SCIENCE Science Night Live at Orlando Science […]

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Mompreneur: Holly Lesnick

Words by Lisa A. Beach  |  Photo by Erin Monroe In 2005, with a 6-week-old son and a 3-year-old daughter, Orlando mom Holly Lesnick kept a busy schedule packed with naptimes, feedings and playdates. You’d think launching a new business wouldn’t be a high priority for this new mom. But Holly’s kids, Aiden and Anna, […]

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Enrichment PLAYguide

  Orlando’s coolest extracurricular programs for kids A special advertising section A Kids Gym Learning Academy The learning opportunities are endless at A Kids Gym. Our Out-of-School Program offers an integrated approach to after-school enrichment that combines experiences in art, science, physical fitness and gymnastics. Also, our after-school cheer, dance, and gymnastics programs are designed […]

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September/October 2017 Digital Issue

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Grayson’s Story: End Childhood Cancer

A tornado in your brain. That’s what it feels like when a doctor tells you the four ugly words: Your child has cancer. Since Valentine’s Day 2015, we have been on a roller coaster of emotions, fighting for our son’s life. After finding a golf-ball sized lump on his neck, our then 10-year old son, […]

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PLAYGROUND’s Picks: Best Family Staycations

In the midst of this back-to-school craziness, Labor Day weekend is the perfect window to whisk your family away on a much-needed staycation! Orlando is rife with staycation hotspots, and there are even more gems lying in wait just a short drive from your doorstep. This year, the PLAYGROUND team is sharing their favorite Labor […]

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Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream

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Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream in Orlando this September, Featuring the Box Office Smash Hits Disney’s Moana and Beauty and the Beast! Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream comes to Amway Center in Orlando from September 8-10, 2017! The ice skating extravaganza features Disney’s Moana for […]

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Solar Eclipse Viewing Events for Families

People across the country will get a rare celestial treat on Monday, August 21: the first total solar eclipse in 99 years. Central Florida gets to see the phenomenon at 85% totality, and plenty of places around Orlando are setting up viewing areas for families. This is a perfect opportunity to make memories with your […]

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5 Fun SunRail Stops for Kids

SunRail is relatively new to the Central Florida community, so we’re all still figuring out how to make the most of it. A lot of Orlando parents don’t realize that families have as much to gain from this convenient, safe service as commuters do! Here’s a list of our favorite SunRail destinations for families. Words by Anna […]

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Summer Food Fun Tour

Chef Gary Appelsies, the Director of Healthy Eating at the YMCA of Central Florida, is doing a special, Summer Food Fun Tour across Central Florida. Over the course of the next few weeks, Appelsies will be visiting Y’s across the region, from Titusville to Tavares, to teach parents and their kids about healthy eating and […]

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10 Places to PLAY on July 4th

Words by Anna Karasik Independence Day is here, and you’re about to be surrounded by dozens of incredible fireworks displays and parties. Before you drag your family out to the same old show, try something new! Here are the top spots around Orlando: Fourth of July at SeaWorld SeaWorld Orlando Fireworks at 10:00 p.m. Spend […]

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Emoji Birthday Party at O2B Kids

Emoji Party

Best for Ages:  1 to 12 Group Size:  We had 16, but this location could easily accommodate more Cost:  $250 for 10 kids, $15 for each additional child (food cost and cake table not included) Location:  O2B Kids (Oviedo, Florida location) Words by Heather Reneau, Photos by Jessica Friend Photo Design  Because this was Skyler’s last […]

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10 Baby Show Venues In Orlando

We asked the creators of The Prego Expo to tell us their favorite local places and spaces to hold a baby shower. Words by Juliana Geisler and Samantha Geisler 1. MOOR Gaylord Palms Resort 6000 West Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee | 407-586-1101 For an ocean-themed baby shower, sail away to MOOR at Gaylord Palms Resort. The restaurant’s centerpiece […]

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July/August 2017 Digital Issue

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Party PLAYguide 2017

The list of the top party venues, services and products in Orlando! A special advertising section. A Kids Gym Learning Gymnastics Academy Jump, climb, play and laugh your way through our brightly colored space made specifically for active fun! Join us for your celebration and experience what an awesome birthday bash truly is. Your group […]

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“Good Times” Kids Fashion

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Photography by Nicole Mitchem Photography Wardrobe and Prop Styling by Consider Any Thing Done Shot on location at Main Event Entertainment Dashiell (left), 7, Windermere Party animal tee, $34 from Tugboat & the Bird; light wash jeans, $15 from H&M; teal Converse, $35 from Journeys Nathan (right), 7, Sanford Multi-colored gingham shirt, $30; red slip-on shoes, […]

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Summer Road Trip to Martin County, Florida

Advertorial Picture this: You’re driving down the Florida coast along the pristine Atlantic shoreline, bright tropical colors greeting you from all sides. You impulsively decide to stop for lunch on the immaculate uncrowded beach. You grab the picnic basket and slip your shoes off, the warm sand pleasantly greeting your toes as you lead your […]

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Dare to Care this Summer with #TCSKindness

Teaching Kids to Care. Downtown Orlando’s The Christ School (TCS) is doing an online summer initiative to remind the students to give back throughout the summer break. The #TCSKindness social movement aims to not only inspire The Christ School students to spread acts of love and kindness, but also the larger community and beyond. “Shortly […]

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Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate

May the PLAYcation Begin Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate just got better. PLAYGROUND Magazine recently attended a media trip to the Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate for a three-night, two-day V.I.P. experience. It did not disappoint! Words by Heather Reneau Here’s the real disclaimer: the Omni Orlando at ChampionsGate has always been my family’s favorite […]

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Mascot Games Ticket Giveaway!

Win a Family 4-Pack of Tickets to The Mascot Games This is a can’t-miss event for sports-loving families! See all of your favorite mascots from the MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA and Arena Football League battle it out in competitions. The event is on June 23 and 24 at the Amway Center. All proceeds from […]

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5 Ways to PLAY This Weekend: May 24, 2017

Thank you to this week’s sponsor:   1. Take the Kids to PLAY at Main Event Entertainment May 26-27 from 9 a.m.-2 a.m., May 28 from 9 a.m.-Midnight Main Event Orlando This new high-tech fun center will be enjoyed by kids and parents alike. Main Event combines dining, virtual and interactive game play, state-of-the-art bowling, adventure courses, […]

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O2B Summer Camp is Coming!

Sponsored by O2B Kids. Summer Camp at O2B Kids ROCKS! Any child entering 1st through 8th grade who wants to visit a galaxy far far away, celebrate a year’s worth of holidays, survive the Survivor challenge, splash with friends, get dirty with slime, become a superhero and save the world, take the stage for O2B’s […]

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How To Kids Fringe

Hey Playground readers! My name is Genevieve Bernard, and I’m returning as Producer of Kids Fringe. Fringe is my favorite time of year in Orlando, and Kids Fringe has a special place in my heart. Our Kids Fringe team has worked hard to put together a super-fun, interactive festival with something for everyone! Below I’ll […]

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What Mom Wants for Mother’s Day

Words by Lisa A. Beach With Mother’s Day right around the corner, kids and husbands everywhere are scrambling (often last-minute) to find just the right gift for Mom, trying to show their love and appreciation for the best woman on earth. I laugh when I see those jewelry commercials peddling gold charms and diamonds for […]

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Exploring Spain with Kids

Words by Amanda Keefer Our journey to Spain, Northern Spain and France was inspired by my significant other, Marcus. After traveling to the region twice in the past 10 years, he couldn’t wait to show off the destination to our family. As with all of our family adventures, we hoped that our children, Madison (17), […]

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100 Ways to PLAY This Summer

Keep smiling all summer long with our list of 100 exciting things you can do with your kids around Orlando! FAMILY TRADITIONS Create a Family Tradition Make a wall chalkboard calendar that the kids can up-date with their favorite summer activities. PLAY tip: Visit tatertotsandjello.com for step-by-step directions on how to create this wall chalkboard […]

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Summer Camp-cation in Martin County

Advertorial Fun for Parents and Kids alike. What if you could have the best of both worlds—a memorable family vacation with the kids and a romantic holiday without them? Martin County, Florida can give you both. With 22 miles of Atlantic shoreline, this charming hidden gem of the South Florida coast offers activities for the […]

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Spring Fashion 2017

Spread the peace, love, and fashion- we have the latest trends in our music festival-themed Spring fashion shoot! Click on the video below to see it all, or scroll down for pictures. Photography by Simply Shelby Photography Wardrobe and Prop Styling by Alisha Champ Hair Styling by Pigtails & Crewcuts Shot on location at Mead […]

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May/June 2017 Digital Issue

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Pokémon Concert & Free MiniCon

Calling all Pokémon Masters. Back by popular demand, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions brings the iconic music from the Pokémon video games to life in a unique concert by the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra. This year, though, the festivities go way beyond a simple show: FREE Pokémon MiniCon April 30 from 10:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Seneff Arts Plaza – […]

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Win a Beachmate!

The better way to beach. As we ring in Summer of 2017, we’re giving away a Beachmate! Beachmate is an all-in-one stackable storage system that consolidates all your beach products in one easy to pack bag. There is a place for everything, giving you hands-free convenience you simply carry over your shoulder. The Beachmate is […]

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Exploring Canada with Kids

Words by Diane Jennings The Jennings clan welcomes exploration. My husband, Kevin, and I have been on the voyage of marriage for 16 years. We have two curious young men, Noah Samuel (15) and Sawyer Finn (11), who count the days until our next adventure. After all, they’ve been traveling since birth in planes, trains, automobiles […]

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Summer Camp PLAYguide

Your resource for awesome summer adventures! A special advertising section Camp Kids Academy at A Kids Gym allows children to explore their creative side and have fun! We offer weekly theme camps for toddlers and preschoolers, as well as summer camp for school-age children in grades K–8. Weekly tuition ranges from $105–$160. There are even […]

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Things to do Easter Weekend

Easter fun goes way beyond regular ol’ egg hunts here in Orlando. Check out the top places to PLAY: Do an Easter Egg Craft on April 13! Kids ages 5-12 will love this free event at the Windermere Library. Be sure to register in advance. See website for more info. Hard Knocks Orlando is doing […]

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Newborn-Friendly Dates

4 Date Night Ideas That Don’t Require a Sitter Words by Stephanie Patterson As a new parent, date night may be the last thing on your priority list. Yet, a regular night out is an important part of a happy and healthy relationship, and there’s no need to forgo it once your baby has arrived. […]

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March/April 2017 Digital Issue

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Gender Creative Kids

Coloring outside the gender lines. Words by Cortney Thekan | Artwork by Erin Stork When my first child was born, I didn’t give gender much thought. He was a boy, and it was the late ’90s, so I dressed him in a hideous navy onesie emblazoned with “Little Slugger” or something equally conventional. I painted his […]

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Kids Eat Free in Orlando

Going out to eat with the whole family doesn’t have to break the bank. Tons of local restaurants let kids eat cheap — or even free — on certain days of the week! Take advantage of these ongoing deals. Words by Anna Karasik All-Day Meals: • The Coop, Winter Park – Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. […]

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Mompreneur: Hannah Harshman of Dance 350 Orlando

Words by Tracey C. Velt | Photos by Jessica Friend Photo Design 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, […]

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DIY: All Natural Cleaner

Words by Luna Jauregui, Doulas of Orlando Did you realize that with a few items from your pantry, you can mix your own kitchen and bathroom spray cleaners? Bonus: They’re a lot cheaper and healthier for your little one! Exposure to chemicals in our environment could affect your baby, even in the womb. After all, […]

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Spring Break Camps in Orlando

Keep the kids playing at these local Spring Break camps. RDV Sportsplex Ice Den is hosting a Learn to Skate Camp and a Figure Skating camp from March 20-24! Each camp is $245 for the week or $60 for individual days. Skaters must be at least 6 years old to participate in Learn to Skate […]

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Maternity PLAYguide 2017

Here comes baby! These local services for expectant mothers will make your new baby’s transition into the world a little easier. A Special Advertising Section B & B Babytalk offers a unique shopping experience. From Once Upon a Time to Happily Ever After! Fulfilling your needs from maternity to childhood. This family-owned business has everything. […]

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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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Florida Hospital’s 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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10 Downtown O-Town Spots for Kids

Words by Amanda Keefer themammamiablog.com Think downtown Orlando is off limits for families and especially kids? Think again. Downtown features some great places your kids will love. Flip through the pictures below to explore downtown O-Town: Click anywhere to see next slide, or use arrows at the bottom to navigate.

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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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Mia Muniz Has the Write Stuff

Words by Lisa A. Beach – Photos by Jessica Friend   Many writers spend their entire lives trying to break into the big leagues, aiming to snag a byline in Time magazine or The Washington Post. But Lake Nona grade schooler Mia Muniz, age 10, can already add that feather to her cap, as she […]

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Having “The Talk”

When is the right age to talk to your kids about sex? Words by Angelique Luna I know what some of you are thinking: Talk about sex with my kid? Never! However, in today’s tech-driven society, we don’t have the luxury of putting off “the talk.” Still, there are suggested guidelines about how much information […]

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Speed and Agility Trainers for Kids In Orlando

Words by Tracey C. Velt Want to improve your child’s speed and strength? Consider speed and agility training for children 10 years and older. Here are some places around town: 1. Atlas Speed Orlando Former Olympian sprinter Ernest Wiggins works with kids from age 8 to college-age, offering training for speed, agility and explosiveness. His […]

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Making Exercise a Family Affair

Words by Tracey C. Velt When my son, Jake (21), was small, he would ride his bike alongside me during my runs, often veering off into the park and forcing me to chase after him. As he got older, he started running along with my husband and me (complaining all the way!). Running wasn’t his […]

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USTA National Campus Now Open!

Tennis Like Never Before The Home of American Tennis officially opens to the public on Jan. 2, 2017, and it’s ready to provide a tennis experience like never before. The USTA broke ground on the USTA National Campus back in April 2015 with one goal in mind: to enhance the sport at every level and […]

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5 Secretly Healthy Recipes

Make a New Year’s Resolution to fill your family up with healthy fruits and veggies! Ready to get started? Try these five easy snack recipes from Produce for Kids and Power Your Lunchbox.   1. Flourless Rasberry Banana Pancakes (Pictured above) Packed with three kinds of fruit, these gluten-free pancakes are a sweet delight! Use […]

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Star Wars Celebration at Florida Hospital For Children

The Force was strong at Florida Hospital for Children on December 15, where staff and volunteers “trained” the next generation of Jedi with fun, games, and of course costumes. Disney and Lucasfilm sponsored the afternoon of excitement: the hospital’s young patients got to do Star Wars activities, take photos with characters, and take part in […]

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Win Tickets to Orlando Science Center!

Be a winner this weekend!   PLAYGROUND Magazine is giving away 4 Family 4-Packs of tickets to Orlando Science Center! It’s a perfect holiday gift, or a great treat for your own family as you come together for the holidays. The Science Center just opened New KidsTown in October. We checked it out— and it’s […]

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Orlando Science Center Afterschool

Limited space available – Program begins January 17, 2017. Orlando Science Center Afterschool is an immersive program that gives students in grades K-5 an opportunity to develop their skills with hands-on STEM activities. This program runs Monday – Friday. About Orlando Science Center Afterschool The program will provide an interdisciplinary approach to various STEM topics […]

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Registration Open at R School Orlando

R School, a new Florida nonprofit independent school, is now accepting applications for the spring term. The first of its kind in Central Florida, R School is an accessible educational alternative to public, private, and home school. Enrollment options for grades K-8: Full-time, campus-based independent school Part-time, campus-based homeschool or private school enrollment Private school […]

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Light Up UCF Giveaway!

Ho ho ho! PLAYGROUND is playing Santa with a big giveaway! Be merry at Light Up UCF with a family 5 pack of ice skating vouchers! Each one is good for one person’s admission to the ice skating rink in front of the CFE Arena. While you’re at the festival, your family may also want […]

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8 Tips for Holiday Sanity

By Kerrie McLoughlin Remember when you didn’t have to worry about being in three or four places at once during the holidays? The dilemma of where to go seemed to be so easily worked out by our parents and extended family. Now that we are grown-ups, by the time the new year rolls around most […]

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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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Orlando Science Center Thanksgiving Week Ticket Giveaway!

Got the whole gang home for Thanksgiving week? Get out of the house and over to Orlando Science Center! It’s open all week long barring Thursday. New KidsTown recently opened its doors to the public, and if you haven’t gone to see it yet, this could be your chance! You can win a family five-pack […]

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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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5 Healthy Holiday Snack Ideas

Sometimes it’s hard to fill your kids up with the fruits and veggies they need. It’s a lot easier when they don’t even know they’re eating something that’s good for them! Try out these healthy and insanely easy-to-make snack recipes from Produce for Kids: Fruit Cornucopias The Cornucopia is a symbol of plenty during the […]

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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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Science of Parenthood : The Book for Parents who Love to Laugh

Author Norine Dworkin-McDaniel has parenting down to a science– a funny science. From her own experience and that of others comes Science of Parenthood: Thoroughly Unscientific Explanations for Utterly Baffling Parenting Situations, a book that highlights the moments that just about any parent can relate to. Dworkin-McDaniel spoke to PLAYGROUND Magazine about the book ahead […]

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The Christ School Invites Parents to Explore

The Christ School (TCS) is an independent, Christ-centered K-8 school in downtown Orlando. TCS is hosting two events for interested parents to check it out: On Tuesday, November 1, 2016, parents are invited to the Kindergarten Chat, held from 9 to 10 a.m. in the school’s Library and Media Center. Learn about kindergarten readiness and […]

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Teal Pumpkins: Change How Kids are Trick or Treating

Written by: Renee Seltzer Halloween is almost here, along with tummy aches and sugar rushes. Why should everyone who celebrates Halloween participate in the Teal Pumpkin Project? For starters, it’s more inclusive, safe, and healthy for kids. It also teaches an important lesson: that fun is not exclusive to candy and sweets. By placing a teal […]

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New KidsTown: A place for Collaboration, Creativity, Safety & Accessibility

Words by Anna Karasik A cheery blue archway welcomes families to the new jewel of Orlando Science Center, New KidsTown. It’s the only entrance and exit to the area: one of many features specifically geared towards the safety of the thousands of kids who will now enjoy it. New KidsTown is the product of a […]

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Hurricane Camp at Orlando Science Center

Orlando Science Center Offering K–6 Camps While School is Closed Thursday Due to Hurricane Call 407.514.2112 or visit www.osc.org/camps For information about break camps Thursday, October 6 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.* *Early Drop Off and Late Pick Up Included WHAT: Since schools are closed in Orange County on Thursday due to Hurricane Matthew, the […]

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Show Review: Llama Llama at The REP

Words By JJ West The Llama Llama book series by Anna Dewdney has been a staple at our house since a preschool teacher gave my daughter one of the books last year. Llama Llama, his precious Mama Llama and his animal friends are on regular rotation in our bedtime routine. My kids love these books […]

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LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Photo Tour

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Bookings Now Open LEGOLAND® Florida Resort just announced that bookings are now open for its second on-site accommodations, the eagerly anticipated LEGOLAND Beach Retreat. Reservations are available for stays beginning June 1, 2017 through Sept. 4, 2017. New images released today reveal even more of the brick-tastic, beachy details that guests will […]

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