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FENG SHUI For Families


Fashion for the Free-Spirited



The First Family of Wakeboarding

Kirra, Scott, Kim, Raina and Chelsea Byerly AT THEIR HOME IN WINTER PARK



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PLAY PEN Zen Your Den



Health & Fitness Hula Hooping



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Stay Cool This Summer

WELCOME TO THE CLUB Outsource Your Life

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Play Date Escape Orlando


5-Star BIRTHDAY PARTIES Birthday Party Planner Must-Have Party Items Party-Themed Play Guide

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Superhero Generator



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About the Cover FENG SHUI For Families


Fashion for the Free-Spirited



The First Family of Wakeboarding




Photographer: Katie Meehan Hair & Makeup: Colleen Baker from Eclips Salon Models (L to R): Kirra, Scott, Kim, Raina and Chelsea Byerly The Byerly family was photographed at their home on Lake Georgia in Winter Park. Scott Byerly is known as the Godfather of wakeboarding and wakeskating. This local dad has created an entire industry right here in Central Florida. In "The Godfather of Wakeboarding" (on page 30), Scott discusses his family, career and his favorite things to do in our hometown.



Founder’s Note

Now & Then

Heather & Chrissy at the 1984 John's Pass Seafood Fest

Heather & Chrissy at the 2009 PLAYGROUND Music & Arts Fest

Modern families love to party and it shows! How funny is this photo of us back in ‘84 at the John’s Pass Seafood Festival? We swear Lionel Richie t-shirts and mullet haircuts were totally in! We thought it would be fun to recreate that image 25 years later, at the first ever PLAYGROUND Music & Arts Fest at Lake Eola. We created a cutting edge event complete with live music, breakdancers, puppet shows, a Mad Hatter Tea Party, a DJ dance party, the Arts Summer Camp Fair, student art exhibits, more than 150 interactive tents, a drum circle and more than 8,000 of Central Florida’s coolest families. Mission accomplished! We had such an amazing time with all of you this year, we’ve already started planning next year’s event. If you think this one rocked, get ready to kick it with us in 2010! The main stage was hosted by local comedienne, Angela Ramos.


Heather & Chrissy

Aiguille Rock Climbing Center brought out a rock climbing wall to give kids a challenge.

Children enjoyed activities at each of the tents at the festival. Central Florida Zoo brought out live animals for petting.

Heather’s family drove in from St. Petersburg to support the festival.



The Pop Shop performers demonstrated their skills on the main stage.

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The Gibson GuitarTown Project was showcased during the event.

Impromptu jam sessions entertained guests around Lake Eola.

Kids got their hands dirty at the pottery wheels while throwing clay.

Davey Rocker's Barnyard Jam was a hit with their live music & puppet show.

Mayor Buddy Dyer came out to support Central Florida’s newest family festival.

Vibe’s dance crew added a Hip Hop edge to the main stage performances.

See more photos of the PLAYGROUND Music & Arts Fest online at



Contributors It’s obvious that we have the coolest contributors ever. How do they stay so “cool” in the Central Florida heat? We had to ask… How do you "Stay Cool" in the summer? “I'll be staying cool this summer by drinking ice-cold, refreshing Slurpees from 7-11.” Carlos Amoedo, Photographer Dad to Olivia (8 months) Assignment: 5-Star Birthday Party Photos

"By only going out at night." Jacob the Photographer Dad to his Canon 5D Mark II Assignment: Boho Cool Fashion and PLAYGROUND Music & Arts Fest Photos

“I wear flip-flops and funky sleeveless tops with my jeans since I don't like to wear shorts. Ever.”

Heather Reneau Founder / Editorial & Creative Director Chrissy Allen Co-Founder / Advertising & Marketing Director Sabrina James Editor In Chief Account Executives Cyndi Campbell 407-739-2055 Kelly Dudek 321-331-8535 Melanie Kirk 407-340-0743 Penny Tranchilla 321-438-8733 Tracy Plenzler 904-307-8922 Subscriptions Brant Muekeley Business Consultant Reid Wilburn Interns Amanda Kacer, Hilary Plamondon, Krista DaSilva, Luis De Jesus, Paris Kelley Contributors

Katie Meehan, Photographer Mom to Mary Kate (8.5), Chipper (6.5) and Crawford (5) Assignment: Cover & Godfather of Wakeboarding Photos “I stay cool by wearing light clothes and keeping my hair thinned out and just a little bit shorter.” Michelle Acevedo, Hair Stylist Mom to Aryanna (1) Assignment: Boho Cool Fashion Hair Stylist

Copy Editor Lynn Pool Department Editors Jennifer Hughes Kristen Manieri Writers SuZ Besecker, Leah Fairchild, Jana Waring, Julie Weinberg

“I got Wet 'n Wild tickets this year for my birthday that I’ll get to use for the rest of 2009!”

Photographers Carlos Amoedo Jacob the Photographer Katie Meehan

Natalie Malony, Makeup Artist Mom-to-be! Due on Valentine's Day 2010! Assignment: Boho Cool Fashion Makeup Artist

Wardrobe Stylist Tammara Kohler

“Poolside at the Ritz, lazy river at the JW and Beaches & Cream makes for a cool family day.” Tammara Kohler, Fashion Stylist Mom to Isaac (2.5) and Selah (4 months) Assignment: 5-Star Birthday Party and Boho Cool Fashion Stylist.


Ad Designer & Coordinator Retse Saylor


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Bringing back the '80s

They say everything comes back around, and boy - were they right. Remember Wayfarer sunglasses? They’re baaaaaaack. I grew up in the '80s playing with My Little Ponies, wearing glittery nail polish and singing along to Madonna. It hit me the other day, as my daughter was holding her stuffed Care Bear while singing along to my Lady Gaga CD, that the '80s are back. Not just in the fashion world, but for our kids, too. Embrace it! You have the chance to literally live out your childhood again through your kids. And as I look at my toes, painted blue, I think it keeps us young. xoxo, Sabrina James Stackable Jellies I wore these back in the day, layering as many as I could fit on my arm. Jules Smith Neon Jelly Bracelets are updated with adorable charms available in gold and silver. If you wanna play the “snap” game with your hubby, yellow means hug and orange means kiss. (Google it!) Available at Tuni and online at

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Goo Goo for Gaga

Ahh … Lady Gaga. Her CD, The Fame, has become the soundtrack to my life. The catchy beats and tongue-in-cheek lyrics remind me of my childhood obsession with Madonna’s True Blue album. Songs like Paparazzi and Beautiful, Dirty, Rich will have you rockin’ out in the car line with no shame. Available at Target and online at



The Lite Brite got a major upgrade! Like a retro take on the iPhone, this “flat screen” version is battery-operated, handheld and super trendy. Just think of all the fun you, uh, I mean your child can have creating designs while out to eat or in the car. Is there a law against Lite Briting while driving? Available at Target and online at

Smurf Blue Hello, my name is Sabrina and I am addicted to polish. Much to the confusion of my husband, my nails change colors as often as my mood. Thus began my quest for the perfect blue. Enter Essie’s Mesmerize. Now, I’m painting like it’s 1989 and my toes have never been happier. Available at Ulta and online at

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Iron Me On is filled with 30 pages of awesomeness. You or your kids can cut out iron-on letters and illustrations to transform any shirt or clothing item into wearable art. Wear your creative genius like a badge of honor, and when people ask where you got your cool shirt, simply say, “I made it.” Available at Barnes and Noble or

Love-a-Lot I heart Care Bears. They’re cute, cuddly and always spreading “love and good cheer.” In Tell-Tale Tummies, their newest DVD, the Care Bears warn of the dangers of lying, gossip, insecurity and being a bad friend. Yeah, parents will like this one as much as the kids. Available at Best Buy and online at

Tasty Gloss

Recreate the Magic That’s right, it’s magic! By the heat of a light bulb, you and your child can create teeny tiny, edible versions of cookies and cakes in an Easy Bake Oven. When your hubby wants to know what's for dinner, he will be in awe of your mini creations. It’s all about portion control. Available at Toys ‘R’ Us and online at

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Camden’s Corner | A Focus on Family Philanthropy

Your Kid Can

SAVE THE WORLD Written by Sabrina James

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s little Marcus from down the street – and he’s saving the world. Although saving the world may seem daunting to us, our kids, in all their wide-eyed wonderment, dream of growing up to be superheroes. Why wait? Tie on those superhero capes and help them to focus their power on the forces of good. A summer fundraising activity for charity is the perfect way for your kids to make a difference. Involving your kids in the actual choosing of a cause will surely motivate them even more. From saving puppies to curing cancer, there is a local organization that is sure to pull at their heartstrings and ignite their superhero engines. Handing over the check to the organization of their choice will show them that one small child can, indeed, save the world.

Superhero Generator Do too many choices have your Clark Kent-wannabe in a tizzy? Here are some easy superhero options that will have your child on the way to saving the world in no time.

Captain Lemonade

Wonder Washer

Super Selfless

Everyone knows that kids + lemonade stands + hot Central Florida weather = mad cash. Cash, which will benefit the cause of your child’s choice. Now isn’t that refreshing?

With some soap, a hose and a sense of purpose, your little caped crusader can raise money by holding a car or dog wash for your neighborhood. Sounds like good clean fun to us.

If your child is having a birthday party this summer, he can opt to forgo the presents and ask instead for guests to donate to charity. Talk about a gift that keeps on giving.

We were inspired by local superheroes Victoria Petrucelly and Jesse Theobald. These nine-year-olds raised $23,000 for cancer research at their Pink Lemonade Stand with help from their friends at The Christ School.



Pimp Daddy

Cliché gifts are a major PLAYGROUND ‘don’t’ this Father’s Day. So go ahead, have some fun and pimp your daddy out with some major dad-approved swag. Written by Amanda Kacer He Doesn’t Want: Oakleys He Does Want: Ferragamo Aviators These are the latest take on the aviator style. New, square framed sunglasses have a more subdued, classic look to them. This traditional style looks good on just about any guy. $275

He Doesn’t Want: Sean John He Does Want: Sporty Style Now he can support his fave team in style. These retro sports tees are legit, many of them even officially licensed by MLB. Now that’s a homerun. $48 from

He Doesn’t Want: Another Mug He Does Want: AK-47 Bullet Ice Cube Tray He’ll be a baller when he busts these out on poker night. $13

He Doesn’t Want: Restaurant Gift Certificate He Does Want: Outdoor Kitchen He’ll move to alpha dog status with a space of his own to show off his mad skills on the grill and behind the bar.

He Doesn’t Want: To Buy the Music He Does Want: To Make the Music Let him live out his dreams of being a mix master with the planet’s first pocket-sized DJ system. Tonium’s 60GB Pacemaker pocket DJ boasts two “turntables” and a “mixer.” This thing JUST came out in May, so he’ll be the talk of the cul-de-sac. $599.99 He Doesn’t Want: To feed the ducks at Lake Eola He Does Want: A Ferrari, Maserati AND an Aston Martin No, we know you can’t buy them all, but Dad can spend a day browsing some of the world’s most exclusive cars at Luxautica’s Exotic Car Gallery. $15 for Florida Residents

Welcome To The Club | Great Info for New Parents

Outsource Your Life Who says being a mom means you have to be the chef, maid and chauffeur, too? Gather your team of helpers from our pick of some of the coolest service providers in town. These angels are helping local moms work smarter, not harder, offering less stress and more time for you and the kiddies. Written by Kristen Manieri

Get Groceries Give yourself at least two free hours each week by using a grocery delivery service such as Garden Grocer ( Delivering seven days a week to the entire Orlando area, these savvy shoppers take your online order to the grocery store and cram the cart on your behalf. The result is bags of fresh groceries with only a click of the mouse. Orders over $200 get the $12 delivery fee waived and online coupons help “super savers” stay on budget.

Buy Birthday Gift for Kelly Before kids, most of us considered ourselves to be fairly thoughtful people. These days, cutely wrapped packages containing “just the right thing” have been replaced with e-cards sent a few days too late. We can all return to our formerly thoughtful selves, thanks to Out of the Blue Delivered. Dawn Veselka, owner (and local mom), is saving our butts with handmade jewelry for birthday gifts and super soft blankets sent to under-the-weather friends. Recipients appreciate these unique gifts which arrive in adorable blue boxes (Get it... Out of the blue?). Plus, most of the nifty gifts available are handmade by local moms.

Prepare Dinner Wish your family was chowing on organic food completely free of preservatives, additives and hormones? For about $9 per person and in less than ten minutes, you can arrange to have scrumptious breakfasts, lunches and dinners delivered to your home by Healthy Chef Creations in Winter Park. Create and order a custom set of meals you choose from their online menu. “The whole reason we started this business was to help families spend more time together,” says Chef John Procacci. Ask about their discount for new clients.

Do the Laundry The truly modern mom wastes no time handing over piles of laundry to speedy professionals who’ll wash and fold while you hang with your little homeys. Have Acme Cleaners (located downtown and in College Park) pick up and drop off your dirty duds. Acme’s specialized “Couture” service will treat your chic threads with the utmost respect and will give your “dry clean only” items the VIP treatment they deserve. Acme charges $1.80 per pound for their wash and fold service and offers same day or next day service.

SCORE SOME EXTRA TIME: MAKE A LIST Create a ‘STOP DOING' list. Stop volunteering for every PTA task and stop saying ‘yes’ every time your kid’s school asks you to send some cookies for the bake sale. It’s okay to say NO.


Child labor While we wouldn’t suggest having your 4-year-old balance your checkbook, he can match a few socks. Think of his future wife who will praise you for instilling so many domestic skills.


take time to plan Spend 10 minutes each week planning meals to reduce your stress level tenfold. This extra effort will make your grocery shopping experience much more efficient and less costly.

Buy a Dress for Saturday Oh, the agony of having to scour the mall in a pinch. When time is of the essence, use a personal shopper. Amble over to Macy’s or Neiman Marcus at the Mall at Millenia or Nordstrom at the Florida Mall for some much deserved VIP shopping therapy. Their personal shoppers and fashion consultants will discuss your needs over the phone, so a suitable selection of attire awaits in their posh, private fitting rooms once you arrive. Best of all, the service is absolutely free. The clothes, however, are not.

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Zen Your Den

Forget sexy, we’re bringing Feng Shui back to positively affect your family’s behavior. Written by Leah Fairchild

Remember that Feng Shui kit you got as a present? You know, the one with the coins that have never been hung and the Zen garden that has never been raked. The whole Feng Shui trend may seem passé, but a newly adapted Feng Shui can help you to improve your child’s behavior and increase the likelihood for positive family interactions. Embrace the New Age diva inside of you, and see changes in your family dynamic without having to nag even once. About the Writer Leah Fairchild, F.S.I.A is a certified Feng Shui Practitioner and Co-Founder and CoDirector of Misty Forest Enrichment Center. Leah is available for Feng Shui consultations and family home support.



Mealtime Bliss If dinnertime has been a drag, take a look at what could be preventing a healthy, happy and harmonious meal. Table Talk Did you know the shape of your table actually influences how your family interacts? Although sitting at a circular table reinforces equality and stimulates conversation, sitting at right angles is actually the most beneficial to a family. When sitting at a square table, it is ideal for parents to sit across from each other and for kids to sit across from their siblings to provide the least confrontational interactions. A square table strengthens a sense of unity and encourages unhurried dining. If you already have a round table, you can simulate the energy of a square table by adding a square tablecloth.

Color Consumption You can use color in your dining room to encourage healthy eating. Too much red in a dining room stimulates hunger and speeds up the eating process. It can also cause blood pressure and heart rate to increase. Orange, gold and peach on the ceiling or in table linens will make healthy food appear more appealing. Adding blue dinnerware to your table lowers your blood pressure and encourages slower eating. Be careful not to add too much blue, as it can slow your metabolism.  Spotlight on Family Light is one of the most important details in a dining room. Make sure that you have a well-lit dining table that infuses the center of the table with light and envelops the food and the diners. This will give focus to the family and prevent eyes from wandering to distant places. Some natural light is important, but too much can be distracting.  Art and Accents A large still life of a quiet nature scene will display a sense of calm that your family needs to slow down and connect. Rummage through your kid’s art pile to find a large still life of nature that your super-talented art student created. Be careful not to hang a still life of food because it will add to overeating.   

Bedtime Calm Watch your little one go into the bedroom like a lion and come out like a lamb.   Calm Your Child with Color Your kid’s bedroom should help transition his energy from hyper to calm. Add soft colors to the wall to relax the eye and encourage the body to desire rest and sleep. Softcolored rooms also reflect light that encourages morning alertness. On the walls, use soothing colors with peach and cream bases. Add more lively color to drapes, pillows and pictures. Eliminate Electronics Keep computers and televisions out of the bedroom. Not only do they encourage passive entertainment, they also transmit electromagnetic radiation. Children exposed to too much electromagnetic radiation are more prone to insomnia, night sweats, irritability, muscle aches and bedwetting. Make sure any necessary electronics are several feet away from the bed, and if you use an alarm clock make sure it is a battery operated one.    Fix it with Furniture In a corner of your child’s bedroom, situate a low, square table, a bookcase with books and baskets filled with quiet activities. The square table will ground your child and encourage endurance in activities. Baskets filled with puzzles, art supplies and books will supply sensory stimulation in the room while encouraging quiet, independent activity. If you have a sleepyhead who needs encouragement in the morning, place a picture across from her bed that reflects sunny and bright images. This will be the first thing she sees in the morning and will help boost her energy. A small rug on the floor next to the bed will also help give a soft start to the morning.

A Place to Bond Put the family back in the family room.

Make Family the Focus When your family room’s furniture arrangement is focused on electronics, the focus for your family will be television and video games. Place couches and chairs in a grouping or circle to encourage conversation and family activities. A round coffee table in the middle with storage underneath will become the nucleus for family oriented activities such as games, puzzles and crafts. Place a fun heavy object on the table like a ceramic bowl the kids made for Mother’s Day. This object will act as “gravity” to pull your attention to the seating area. The Natural Touch What you and your little ones stretch, roll and tumble on in your family room can either help or hinder your activities. Since skin is the largest organ in the body, the texture of your flooring and furniture can have a huge effect on behavior and tolerance. Materials that are natural, like wood flooring, bamboo rugs and cotton fabrics, hold less uncomfortable heat. Using patterns that incorporate natural forms like leaves, landscapes and wildlife will also emotionally support the family and balance any harsh lines from windows and furniture.  Color Me Red Adding red to your family room will spunk up romance between you and your honey, and gratify your kids too. Children between the ages of 5 and 19 prefer red to any other color in the rainbow. There is no need to go overboard; the color should be subtly placed to add just a touch of excitement. Incorporate it with red accessories like pillows, lampshades and candles. PLAYGROUND Summer 09


Health & Fitness

Fitness on the Edge Written by Julie Weinberg

Kids Heart Hula Hoops Go to any kid-friendly gathering and there’s a good chance that a Hula Hoop contest will be the highlight of the day. What is it about this circular piece of plastic that kids love? Lacy Emiba, founder of the Community Hooping Initiative –promoting health and positivity in Central Florida- explains, “Kids love hula hoops because they are fun, you can hula hoop to any type of music,itplay games and it all outside.” In a world where kids are inside Call a Comeback. Thedohula hoop (or “hooping” as the sport’s devotees call it)way is not just child’s play anymore. The too much, what object to that? and underground fitnessparent craze iswould crossing the pond from“Hooping Europe to builds Central self-esteem Florida and becoming serious fitness business. We know, you’re “the hula really! And also the the perfect releases happythinking, endorphins,” shehoop…really?” says. And theYes, greatest part it’s about Hoop- multi-tasking tool: Exercise and family in one. no more ing istime thatallyou canThat’s do it right, with your kidsexcuses. in your own backyard. Before you dig your old school Wham-O out of the garage, they now make hula hoops specifically for adults. Easier to Convenient. Fun. Happy. Family. what summer is alltoabout? move around your hips than the lighterIsn’t kids’ that version (and more likely minimize your muffin top), the sport hoop is an excellent way to mix up your workout. These hoops are weighted (you can choose the weight that is right for you), soTo they “great for building core muscles, andreaders: the beauty it is that it doesn’t take a lot of time,” explained Dr. all are of you A-type and overly-scheduled Weofknow you’re looking Karen of Medi in Dr.THERE Phillips, where you can pickThat’s one up.the Like most fitness routines, if it’s for aEvans, list ofMD Hula HoopWeightloss classes inClinic the area. AREN’T ANY! convenient, you are more likely to stick with it.

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Need some hand-holding? Here are some games to make it fun... Endurance Hooping Grab a hoop and see who can keep it up the longest without dropping it.



Speed Hooper See who can hoop the fastest. That’s right, you really gotta shake your booty to win this one.

Hoop it on Down Try walking around or squatting while you hoop. Once you squat, try to bring it back up without dropping it.

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Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean you have to spend the whole summer sweating. Check out these cool indulgences that will make the whole family happy. Written by SuZ Besecker

Tasty Treats Nothing helps you stay cool during steamy months better than a tasty treat, especially if it’s frozen. Icy delicacies make hot days zip by and put everyone in a great mood.

Beaches & Cream

You’ll think you stepped back in time at this classic soda fountain shop. Located on the boardwalk at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, Beaches & Cream has a vibrant family atmosphere, making this spot hot for summer. Serving up ice cream sundaes and floats, they are famous for the “Kitchen Sink,” a concoction loaded with eight scoops of ice cream, smothered in every single topping in the place and covered with a can of whipped cream. They also offer a traditional burger-n-fries menu to counterbalance the sugar high. Disney’s Beach Club Resort 407-934-8000

Rainbow Sno-Cones

There is nothing flashy about this independent walk-up on Corrine Drive. Rainbow Sno-Cones blends up their own delicious flavors that have created generations of devotees. Served in traditional paper cups, the selections at Rainbow Sno-Cones include everything from the usual “rainbow” to crazy creations like Tiger’s Blood. Beware: While lounging out in front of the store enjoying your treat, flying snowballs may be tossed by Mr. Homer, the owner. We like to think it adds to the charm of the place. 3116 Corrine Dr., Orlando 407-896-9105


The trend has arrived! Known for tart and tangy frozen yogurt, Céfiore in College Park serves up fat-free treats, perfect for summer days. A modern take on familyfriendly, you will be in awe of the big city vibe, and your kids will get a kick out of the option to choose toppings like Fruity Pebbles or Oreos. Parents can pick healthier options, like pomegranates and blackberries, to top their guilt-free indulgence. Céfiore also offers ahhmazing waffles and “snow ice” to suit all taste buds. 2104 Edgewater Dr Orlando 407-648-8247




Dip In There’s no better way to stay cool then to get wet. Florida is packed full of pools, natural springs and water parks that vow to keep you chill.

Oviedo Splash Zone

This public water play facility gets our vote for best in the area. More than just a splash pad, the bubbly zeroentry pool is perfect for babies and toddlers, while the mini water park with a corkscrew slide is ideal for older kids. Complete with concessions, a day at the Oviedo Splash Zone will make the whole clan happy. Hours are 12 - 5 p.m. on weekdays and 12 – 6 p.m. on weekends, with an entrance fee of $9 for non-Oviedo residents. If you plan on becoming a regular, seasonal passes are also available.



The Hard Rock Hotel

The perfect spot for the complete VIP treatment, the Hard Rock Hotel is ultraglam. Breezy palm trees, a sandy beach and underwater tunes make this THE place to be. In August, their “Summer Days, Rockin’ Nights” begin, offering pool admission to locals for a small fee. On select nights, the Hard Rock offers a DJ to get the party started, "dive-in" movies, live bands and other planned “Rock-reation” activities for kids. Private cabana rentals are also available for the complete VIP experience.

De Leon Springs Park

Not only is this park home to a huge basin of refreshingly cold water once deemed the “Fountain of Youth,” this out-of-the-way state park is packed with history. A tour around the Old Spanish Sugar Mill will be a learning experience and you can make your own pancakes! Submerging yourself in 72degree spring water is the perfect way to get refreshed. Afterwards, take the opportunity to paddle down the creek to catch a glimpse of what all the nature talk is really about. Entry fee is $5 per vehicle.

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Indoor Fun If there’s a chance you’re tired of water, but still feel the need to stay cool, check out these indoor family-friendly spots.

Regal Cinemas

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A movie is the perfect excuse to break away from the heat just in time for summer. Regal Cinemas is bringing back their Free Family Film Festival. That’s right – free. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays from June 9 to August 5, movies are shown at 10 a.m. Seats to this popular event, showing G- and PGrated movies, are on a first come, first serve basis and fill up fast. You can get a Kids Pack for $5.75 including popcorn, candy and a kid-sized drink.

Adrelina is a perfect spot for extreme water sport wannabes. Tucked away in Adrenalina’s clothing store at the Florida Mall, you will find the Flow Rider, an artificial wave that simulates surfing. That’s right, your kids can learn to surf inside! This cool opportunity allows kids to test out tricks without running into a shark or needing sunscreen. As an added bonus, the Flow Rider is behind a glass wall, so you can watch everyone take a turn and pick up some new tricks. One session of wave riding costs $20 per person.



Wanna see what it feels like to be a member at the RDV, home of the Magic? Take part in their limited-time summer offer, a one-week trial membership for $19 per person. Families can enjoy tennis, swimming, yoga and basketball together. Mom can get her hair done or work out while little ones have fun in Kid’s Stuff, a supervised play program full of scheduled activities. The Ice Den is open to the public daily for ice-skating, for less than $10 a person. Yeah, we’re going, too.

The motto at this hip, family-friendly joint (opening in July) is “Where Kids Play and Parents Lounge.” Parents enjoy free WiFi while kids can play with new toys and explore themed play areas with role-playing, hands-on discovery and physical activity. Amaya Papaya is a nice break from the same old routine. Open from Monday through Friday, it’s closed on the weekends for private parties. Don’t forget to bring a pair of socks. Admission for children under 5 is $9.99, 8 - 12 months is $4.99. Adults are free.

Calling all bookworms, Urban Think has expanded to College Park and caters to kids. This quaint and cozy bookstore carries both children’s classics and pop culture bestsellers. You can even check out books by local authors. Friendly staff make you feel at home and lead daily storytelling. They also present monthly family events like author signings and kid parties. They are open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with story times at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. 1309 Edgewater Dr., Orlando 407-615-0583

Looking for a hip, eco- and familyfriendly coffee shop? Seven Sisters is a warm and fresh place that offers local art and jewelry for sale, as well as organic coffee. They serve a popular drink called “Queen Bee” (the perfect latte) and yummy baked goods that your kids will fall in love with. You can relax while your kids enjoy the children’s playroom stocked with books and activities. Every Friday, Seven Sisters offers a Kid’s Library Book Day where kids bring in a checkedout library book to receive 20% off their order.

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Breezy Boat Rides Staying cool on the water without getting wet is a challenge, but something we relish. Boat rides offer fun in the sun without the need for a towel.

Water Sports

Mini Jet Boat Rental

Pontoon Boat Ride

Nickelodeon Cruise

Winter Park Boat Tours

Air Boat Tour

Buena Vista Water Sports is a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind, 400-acre, Key Westinspired, privately owned, spring-fed lake where water sports rule. Here, you and your kids can water ski, wakeboard, water surf and tube to your heart’s content. The white, sandy beaches and lush, tropical foliage are the perfect setting for a steamy summer day. They do not offer concessions on property, so make sure you come prepared. Jet Ski Rentals start at $55 and chartered boats (including driver and gas) start at $85 for 30 minutes.

A major way to stay cool and wow your kids is to take the Nickelodeon Family Cruise. Seven fun-filled days packed with your kid’s favorite Nick characters and gooey green slime! Fun onboard activities and exotic ports of call (like Mexico) make cruising the open seas tons of fun for all. Yep, that’s right - this cruise is ideal for parents, too. It’s the ultimate family way to stay cool. Prices start at $4,999 for families of four. The ship sets sail from Port Canaveral on August 9 and returns on August 16.



Disney’s Cap’N Jack’s Marina offers boat rentals of all sizes (from tiny sprites to larger pontoons) and the opportunity to cruise down exclusive Disney World waterways. The river takes you from the docks by Cap’N Jack’s restaurant all the way down to the Port Orleans Resort. This uncrowded voyage guarantees you the chance to step back from the mobs of tourists and truly enjoy your surroundings. It’s a unique way to enjoy all things Disney. Prices from $20 to $40 for 30 minutes of play. Downtown Disney 407-WDW-PLAY

A tradition for more than 50 years, the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour is a onehour narrated tour through the watery backyard of some of Winter Park’s fancy-shmancy homes. The 12-mile tour takes you through seven lakes, by Rollins College, Kraft Azalea Gardens and the Isle of Sicily. Your skipper guarantees an off-the-beaten-path experience and kids will love gliding under bridges of narrow, man-made canals. Cost to ride is $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tours operate between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

On the St. John’s River Boat Tour, you get the rare opportunity to relax and enjoy nature while someone else plays tour guide. With chances to view manatees gliding along or ospreys flying above while you cruise, your kids will enjoy keeping count of all the wildlife they spot. Captain Ron knows all the spots for optimal wildlife viewing so bring your camera! Bug spray is highly recommended and refreshments are available. Tours depart at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Cost per adult is $22 and children are $16.

If you’ve ever wanted to experience the natural side of Florida, take a tour on an airboat. Your kids are going to freak out about this. Both fun and educational, your family will enjoy flying on top of the water at 45 mph and experiencing a side of nature usually only seen on the Discovery Channel. Did we mention you might see a gator? Black Hammock has three airboats running daily. Reservations are not needed and ear protection is provided. Prices are $23.95 per adult and $19.95 per child.



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The Godfather of Wakeboarding Scott Byerly is idolized in his industry. But at home, the man behind the name is known simply as Dad. Intro by Sabrina James Interview by Jana Waring Family Portraits by Katie Meehan Artwork by Son Duong The wakeboarding industry has affectionately dubbed Scott Byerly the Godfather. The founder. The innovator. The star. Featured on FUSE TV and ESPN and having graced countless magazine covers (covered in tattoos and sporting an entire wardrobe of board shorts and oversized t-shirts), this 36-year-old looks like a kid himself. But behind his bad boy image is a down-to-earth family man.

PLAYGROUND’S Jana Waring sat down with Scott and Kim to find out what the Byerly family is all about.

It is no coincidence that Central Florida is now known as the Mecca of wakeboarding – after all, the Godfather grew up here. Living on a lake, right here in Casselberry, spending time doing water sports with his family, cultivated Scott’s talent. From the age of four, he found his calling on the water, surfing and waterskiing. Scott may not get the local credit that Walt Disney does for creating an industry, but he should. Now, talented riders from all over the world move here to pursue their dreams on the countless lakes and waterways that fill our area.

Where did you go to high school? I went to Lyman. School wasn’t my passion. My “education” was being on the water. That is how I learned to be successful. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I had gone to college.

Nestled in the midst of this “scene” is the Byerly’s home on Lake Georgia in Winter Park. Scott shares his home with his wife Kim and three daughters: Chelsea (15), Kirra (8) and Raina (2). Scott met Kim in 1996 and was immediately smitten. He asked her on a date and Kim politely declined. Later he courageously asked her out again. Kim wasn’t used to guys like Scott. At the time, his hair was dyed fire engine red. “He had this crazy colored hair and tattoos. I didn’t date guys like him,” Kim explains. She finally agreed, on one condition: That he dye his hair a different color. Scott obliged, and dyed it dark blue. “It looked black to me,” laughs Kim. “We got pizza, went to Rocky’s Arcade and have been together ever since. I married my best friend.” Scott and Kim have turned the Byerly name into an empire. With the Byerly Toe Jam (an annual wakeskating contest in Central Florida) and the 2009 Byerly Bus Tour, Scott is increasing the awareness of wakeboarding and wakeskating across the country. He’s had his hand in designing signature Byerly versions of board shorts, t-shirts, wakeboards and shoes for well-known brands like O’Neill and Reef. In 2005 he took it one step further with the creation of his own board company – Byerly Boards. Scott has successfully evolved from star rider with raw talent, to hard-core, respected businessman. Scott may seem like an unlikely parent, but it only takes a moment to realize that wakeboarding is not the only thing that comes naturally to him. He was meant to be a dad. And his girls are his most important achievements. Even though he is living a life that every teenaged boy would envy, the legacy this Godfather will leave is happy children who grew up as he did: On a lake, together as a family ... living the dream.

Tell me about your life growing up here in Central Florida? I really just remember being outside all the time with my family especially on the lake. That is what I did my whole life.

What is the significance behind your tattoos? I have my kids’ names on me, and my name tattooed on my back. Those are the most significant. Oh yeah, and I have my wedding ring tattooed on my finger—that’s meaningful, too. [Laughs] My girls are pretty used to the tattoos because I have always had them, but the other kids at their private school always stare at me when I drop my kids off. Whatever. Tell us about your girls… what are they like? Kirra has so much energy and is really athletic. She is on the volleyball team and wakeskates a lot. Chelsea is in high school. She likes hanging out with her friends and her boyfriend. She is almost 16 and is doing what high school kids do. She is the most like a girly girl, even though she likes to wakeboard. She always has her nails and hair done and looks really nice. The little one, Raina, is much more of a handful than the other girls were at her age, for sure. But she’s only two. So you’re the only guy stuck in a house full of girls? I guess technically I am, but a lot of my team riders come and ride at the house. We’re always riding, filming or doing something here. And my 5-year-old English Bulldog Deuce is the other guy in the house. He loves the water. He’s a really good dog. What is the hardest part of being a parent for you? Trying to tell my kids what to do, like the whole, “Don’t do what I did” thing. I wasn’t always the best kid. I also think the boyfriend thing is tough. I know exactly what the guys are thinking and I really want to teach my daughters to respect themselves. I don’t want to be that super strict dad, but … I guess it’s all about finding that balance. I am just going to take it one daughter at a time. Sometimes I feel though, that by having three girls, I am somehow getting paid back for something I did when I was younger. PLAYGROUND Summer 09





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Do you think any of your girls will follow in your footsteps? I want them to be involved in the company, Byerly Boards, for sure. But not like what I did with contests and stuff like that. They should focus on education and doing something they are passionate about. But I do want them out there on the water enjoying it. The 2009 Byerly Bus Tour started in May, promoting wakeboarding, wakeskating and Byerly Boards across the country. What’s it like? You wake up to being in a new place every day, new lake, different people. Everyone wants to ride behind the boat, try all the new products and hang with the team and me. That’s pretty much the typical day. Just being out on the water all day. It’s cool to wake up in a new city, new lake, new atmosphere, and everyone’s there for the same reason. What age groups are coming out to ride with you? Last year, we had younger kids, from the age of 7, to guys in their fifties come out. Anyone can do the sport. There are people who have been following me since I first started. They hear that I’m coming to town and turn out just to see me. Then there are people who don’t know who I am. They have a Byerly board because it was at the shop. You get all different types of people.

With the creation of Byerly Boards with Scott Bouchard in 2005, your name has become a brand. How does that feel? It feels really good. I have been in the industry a long time as a rider, and this was the next step for me. It makes me feel good that people still like to see me out there in their towns and in the magazines. Now I am trying to make the best boards and have the best team. It just feels really cool to see my stuff all over the world everywhere I go. I never would have dreamt that I would have all of this. Your wife helps runs the business. What is it like mixing business with pleasure? In marriage, you are partners in everything you do, so it’s only natural to partner with her on the business side. Another event you have coming up is the 2009 Toe Jam right here in Orlando. Can you tell us about that? I used to wakeboard a lot, wakeskating was something I did on the side. Then I started wakeskating a lot more and got into it. So, Sean Dishman and I started The Toe Jam. It’s a wakeskate-only contest that started out at The Projects [a privately-owned lake in Bithlo]. This is our sixth year coming up. It’s grown larger every year, with more and more people riding in it. More tricks are getting landed. It’s even on FUEL TV now. It’s been really good.

Kevin Michael, Editor of Wakeboarding Magazine, dishes on why Scott is known as “The Godfather” of Wakeboarding: “Scott stormed onto the scene In the early 90s with a relaxed “wakeboarding” style that resembled what was happening in skateboarding and snowboarding. He was really focused on grabbing his board while in the air and tweaking his moves into a true art form. That, combined with his long hair and tattoos, created an industry image that drew a lot of people to the sport. As time went on, Scott’s style became universally accepted as the most appealing way to ride and he invented moves that are still some of the most respected. That’s when people started to look at him as a type of 'Godfather to wakeboarding. Outside of his celebrity status and contributions to the industry, Scott’s reputation as a loyal and genuine person has transcended the sport and really added to his legend.”



How did wakeskating evolve from wakeboarding? You ride on a wakeboard strapped in all the time. It kind of got repetitive. I started wakeskating to get away from it. We always kind of copied skateboarding stuff when we wakeboarded and now wakeskating is more like skateboarding, but in the water. I enjoy wakeskating more, I think. I used to skateboard when I was kid. Wakeskating is more free form. You do fall more, and it requires more practice, but it’s a nice change. Are families welcome to come out and watch The Toe Jam? It’s definitely a family-oriented contest. All of my kids will be there. Half of the kids entered in the contest are under 18 years old. What direction do you see these sports heading? With the economy like it is, people are doing more family stuff. I think we’re going to see a lot more people going on the boat with their kids, which is a good thing since the kids are the future, especially in wakeboarding and wakeskating. As for me, I just want to keep doing the contest, keep it simple, and keep it to the roots. I want to progress the sport and the awareness of it. What is the legacy you hope to leave? I want to be remembered as someone who put everything into a sport he believed in and who was a good father and role model. Looking back, is there anything you would do differently? No way. I like my life just the way it is. If I didn’t have kids, I probably wouldn’t be where I am right now. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am without my wife, that’s for sure. Kim: You’re sweet. [Scott laughs] I’m serious.

Local Byerly Favorites Places to shop: Home Depot and Publix. I don’t have to shop for clothing because I get clothes and accessories from my sponsors. We usually wear O’Neill clothing, the whole family does. I’ll go to the mall, but I don’t really like to. Date Night Spots: We go to the Orlando Magic games a lot for our nights out. The last place we went to dinner alone was the Ravenous Pig, and it was for Valentine's Day. Family Dinner Spots: Fujiyama Sushi on University Boulevard. The girls love sushi. We don’t go out to dinner very much with our toddler, but we do a lot of take out from Outback and Thai Villa. Kirra loves Kobe Steakhouse. Places to go as a family: We enjoy going to Lake Eola. Chelsea really likes to go shopping at the mall. And Raina loves Sea World.

Theme Park: We like to go to the Not So Scary Halloween and the Mickey’s Very Christmas at Disney. It is great to go to the park when the crowds are so much smaller. But the rest of the year, we love Sea World. Place to go unwind: I unwind at home and on the lake with my family, but the beach is probably the only other place that I get to unwind.

Family Travel Destination: We love the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Texas. But we also went snowboarding a couple of years ago in North Carolina and had such a great time getting the kids to try and ride. PLAYGROUND Summer 09


What’s For Dinner?

Summer is Sizzlin’

BBQ is so much more than a style of food – it’s a way of life. From backyard barbecues with dad grilling, kids playing in the yard and a margarita in your hand to partaking in some of our local BBQ delicacies, it’s all about family bonding time. Whether you fire up the grill yourself or let an expert do the dirty work for you, create some delicious summer memories your whole family will remember every time they encounter that smell.

Local Sauce

Written by Sabrina James

Who would’ve thought that John Rivers, former corporate president turned “Pit Boss,” would turn his BBQ passion into a career? It all started with that oh-so-familiar quest for the perfect sauce coupled with a cause near and dear to John’s heart. He organized a successful BBQ fundraiser for a friend’s daughter who was fighting cancer. It was his turning point. John left his office job to pursue his BBQ dreams. John purchased a commercial smoker, set it up in his garage, and began catering fundraisers and parties. Now, his secret-recipe 4Rivers Barbecue Sauce (which has a cult following and is known for its fusion of sweet and tangy flavors with a smoky spice finish) has catapulted him into BBQ stardom. His website launched in March, selling mouth-watering BBQ delicacies and sauce nationwide. In July, he will open 4Rivers Smokehouse in Winter Park, serving his signature BBQ specialties. Ten percent of all proceeds benefit local schools and organizations. That’s right - 4Rivers is giving back to our community AND making mouths water at the same time.

The Griegers Y Barbecue We got the low-down from Steve, Christy and Ada Grieger, a barbecue loving family from downtown Orlando, on three of the best places to go for BBQ on the town. Can we get a lip-smack?

Smokey Bones

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Wild Side

No bones about it, we are fans of the new and improved rebrand at the downtown and Waterford Lakes locations. With flat screen TVs everywhere for your game-of-choice viewing pleasure, a menu that includes all of your favorite BBQ indulgences and hot donuts with chocolate dipping sauce for dessert, you’re going to need the bibs they offer to avoid any spills or inevitable drooling.

“Slow cooked and served fast” is the motto behind this delicious and moderately priced establishment. The BBQ is insanely delicious, their big yellow drink cups literally have their own fan club, and the unlimited pickles and soft-serve ice cream will delight everyone in your group, not just the preggos. Kids eat free on Mondays, and who wants to cook dinner that night anyway?

If you think BBQ isn’t hip, you haven’t been to Wildside in Thornton Park. This neighborhood hot spot combines great barbecue with the feel of a being out on the town. Sit outside and enjoy their BBQ Chicken Crostini or St. Louis Ribs and wash it all down with a cold beer. Come on Friday or Saturday night to enjoy live entertainment while your kids enjoy the steak fries that come with every kids’ meal.

Just For Fun

by Heather Reneau

While doing an online search for BBQ quotes, we got some pretty funny results from Google. Ok, so they’re more like loose translations, but we think this BBQ humor will have you laughing, too.

Give a man a BBQ, feed him for a day; Teach a man to BBQ and feed him for the summer. ~ Lao Tzu It is better to have burnt and lost, than never to have barbecued at all. ~ William Shakespeare BBQing is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration. ~ Thomas Edison Strong the sauce is in this one. ~ Yoda Spare rib, anyone? ~ Adam








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3 Days In Paradise Multi-generational family watching the sunset by the fire pit behind the Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach.

Somehow, Fit It In: Island Way Grille This Sunday Brunch is the best that we have ever experienced. No, really ... ever! It’s a true dining extravaganza and a hop, skip and a jump from the Sandpearl Resort. Clearwater Marine Aquarium The Sandpearl can arrange a VIP behind-the-scenes tour to make your family feel special. Kids will fall in love with “Winter,” the resident dolphin. Freaky Tiki This über-rad little surf shack is a nice change from the usual “cheesy” tourist trap. You’ll find custom Freaky Tiki brand clothing items that are all limited designs. Couture surf shirt, anyone?



If you’re like us, canceling your summer retreat this year is NOT an option (recession or no), but spending money wisely is a definite must. We have an idea: Skip the airfare, shorten the time away from work and take a long family weekend in paradise. Clearwater Beach is only a two-hour drive, but a world away from it all. Written by Heather Reneau No, we wouldn’t recommend you go to just any beach town. This little community along the Gulf Coast has it all when it comes to family fun: Unique activities, restaurants and shops are all within walking distance. You can even jump on the beach trolley for a faster ride and a great adventure for the kiddies. Either way, for a laid-back beach town, Clearwater is the PLAYGROUND destination of choice for a great extended weekend getaway this summer.

Hands-down, the only place for you to stay is the Sandpearl Resort. This brand new property is the only one of its class in the area. Seriously, don’t even bother researching other places. Just stay here. Not only is it the nicest resort for families, it has THE BEST spa in the area, a chic restaurant, a beach bar & grill, the most impressive service we’ve experienced, the perfect location along Mandalay Avenue, and (wait for it...) childcare. We’re telling you, IT ROCKS! So, you can have a killer three days in Clearwater Beach, however, here’s the rule: Traveling time isn’t included. Figure in one travel day on each end of your itinerary and you will have a great little vacation that will be relaxing for you and a blast for the kids.

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Kids Highlight: The “fire eater” at the Sunset Celebration Parents Highlight: The Starbucks that’s in the lobby of the resort We recommend getting your bearings the first day. Explore the hotel, enjoy the totally kidfriendly pool, bond with that other family you’re sure to befriend during your stay, take a dip in the Gulf of Mexico, just let the sand settle in between your toes and start living in the “now.” We know the best part of vacation is the food. And remember we’re on a limited time frame here, so drag the kids out of the pool and head over to Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill for lunch. It’s easily accessed by taking a quick stroll down the beach (heading north). It’s conveniently located next door to the Sandpearl, and is a local favorite. (All savvy travelers know to hang out where the locals go.) Your evening activity is a toss-up, since there are two really cool options. The SandPearl has a killer fire pit right on the beach where families can gather around to cook s'mores and take in the vibrant West Coast sunset. Then there’s the nightly Sunset Celebration (Key West-style) at Pier 60 that is NOT to be missed during your stay. Pier 60 has the biggest sandy playground that we’ve ever seen, and it's covered by a giant pavillion. Street performers, Captain Jack Sparrow, Jamaican-style hair braids, great chotchkies to browse and live music make this a really great (and free) family activity. TRAVEL TIP: If your kids are still at napping age (lucky you), make arrangements to rent a poolside cabana for the day. These luxurious indoor/outdoor living spaces are a great spot for the kids to take a siesta while you enjoy the poolside amenities.

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Kids Highlight: The ferry ride to Caledesi Island Parents Highlight: The pure white "sugar" sand A trip to Caledesi Island will be a unique activity for your day. This Florida State Park was rated the best in the United States in 2008. (Seriously, look it up on You can only access this natural wonder by ferry or kayak. We recommend letting Sandpearl Resort coordinate the excursion for you, which will include a picnic lunch and your transportation from the hotel. (Sweet!) While you’re there, it’s easy to play “castaway” or enjoy the three-mile nature trail running through the center of the island. After a full day on a secluded, primitive island, it will be nice to go back to the resort and enjoy an awesome dinner at Caretta on the Gulf. This isn’t just any ol’ resort restaurant. It’s been highly ranked as one of the best places to dine in the area, and is trés chic! TRAVEL TIP: Opt for outside seating at dinner, with a bird’s-eye view of the Gulf at sunset.

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Kids Highlight: Touching the sea urchins in Camp Ridley’s aquarium Parents Highlight: The complimentary beer & wine on the pirate ship You might want to cash in your “Kid-Free Card” and let them enjoy a half- or full-day experience at Camp Ridley, another awesome amenity at the Sandpearl. They will love the underwaterthemed kids’ lounge, and enjoy coastal activities with camp counselors. (Shh... Don’t tell them, but it's educational too.) Not only is Camp Ridley available during the day, they are also open on weekend evenings. Score! We highly recommend that you take this opportunity to get in some Spa-Ahhh time for both of you. This very relaxing (and romantic) experience will start with a dip in the co-ed hot tub that’s nestled between the men's and women’s lounges. It’s complete with a plunge shower, if you’d like to take it to the extreme. Then, follow up with a treatment together in the couple’s room. It will be a bonding experience like no other. We’ve saved the best for last. Your evening activity will blow your kid’s mind (and ease your guilt for sticking him in “daycare”). Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise is the coolest thing since sliced bread. Your family will become true buccaneers when the pirate crew hands out hats and (squirt) guns upon boarding. There is pirate face painting, treasure hunting, pirate stories and dancing during this two-hour sail. By the end of the cruise, everyone will be acting like pirates and having an awesome time. TRAVEL TIP: We recommend going on the Sunset Cruise that sails from the intracoastal out to the Gulf of Mexico. You will have front row seats to the sunset and the added bonus of a champagne toast to a great vacation, PLAYGROUND-style. PLAYGROUND Summer 09


Summer Family Fashion

Boho Cool Photography by Jacob the Photographer Styling by Tammara Kohler Hair by Michelle Acevedo Makeup by Natalie Malony

Jeneka: Black Halo jumper, Jeffrey Campbell sandals, bangles from Tuni. Kaja bag from Jimmy Choo. Adrienne Landau scarf, Roberto Cavalli sunglasses from Saks Fifth Avenue. Eve: Dress from Saks Fifth Avenue. Sandals from Tiny Toes.



The term “Bohemian” (sometimes shortened to “boho”) is applied to people who live unconventional, artistic lives.

Ryan: Ben Sherman shirt & bead bracelets from Merrigan's Boutique. Hugo Boss shorts, Prada sandals from Saks Fifth Avenue. Jacob: Guess shirt & Diesel shorts from Bloomingdale's. Ray-Ban sunglasses from Saks Fifth Avenue.



Summer Family Fashion

The original “Bohemians” were travelers or refugees from central Europe (hence, the French word bohémien, for “gypsy”).

Jeneka: A Common Thread dress & Cynthia Vincent shoes from Tuni. Jose & Maria Barrera earrings from Neiman Marcus. Jacob: Ratna shirt and Wonderboy pants from Lulu Belle.



Eve: Decaf Plush shirt & Pink Chicken skirt from Lulu Belle. Jacob: Gold Rush OutďŹ tters pants from Lulu Belle.



Summer Family Fashion Ryan: Diesel shirt & Hugo Boss pants from Saks Fifth Avenue. Bracelet from Merrigan's Boutique. Eve: Mim-Pi dress from Hopscotch Boutique.



Jacob: Kingsley hoodie from Lulu Belle. Joe's Jeans shorts from Sweet Cheeks. Eve: Lola & James dress from Lulu Belle.

The Bohemian Cool Look translates well to kids because it has a sense of whimsy and innocence. Look for texture, color, length, volume, pattern and lots of layers. So bust out the bracelets, necklaces and belts and go for great style. ~ Wikipedia PLAYGROUND Summer 09


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Hop in the car, crank the tunes and take a trip back to your dating years when getaways were simpler and required much less “baggage.” Road trips are the perfect escape from the everyday (and who are we kidding … the kids). Orlando is surrounded by many quaint and quirky towns just waiting to be explored. So book Grandma, tank up and hit the highway. Written by Kristen Manieri

Eccentric Excursion: Cassadaga . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ETA: 40 minutes Did you know we live in very close proximity to the “Psychic Center of the World?” Cassadaga’s old-world streets are where you’ll find more than 40 mediums, psychics and healers. With roads named Séance Circle and Metaphysical Street, this is a very interesting corner of the world to get lost in. Must Do Desperate times call for desperate measures. If you’ve been wondering what the future might hold (or what your stock portfolio might do), perhaps it’s time to consult the experts at the Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp. Check out their website ahead of time to pre-book a session with one of their world-renowned spiritual healers and psychic mediums. Must See Legend has it that spirits can reveal themselves to us as glowing balls of light called “orbs.” Experience this phenomenon during the 90-minute Orb Photography Tour, each Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. $25/person. RSVP by calling 386-228-2880. Must Eat If your psychic experiences put you in the mood for some food and liquid enlightenment, head over to the Lost in Time Cafe (located in the Cassadaga Hotel) for some “Spirit” burgers and real-life characters sure to entertain you. Make it Special Arrange a couple’s astrology consultation through the Cassadaga Hotel and Psychic Center. In this one-hour session, local astrologists will consult the stars to chart out your fate. Uh oh… is that another bambino on the horizon?

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Rural Ride: Clermont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ETA: 35 minutes In the heart of Lake County amidst (yup, you guessed it) more than 1,000 lakes, Clermont might seem like an unlikely destination for us city slickers. But we think you’ll be surprised to find a ton of delightful day trip diversions on and off the water. Must Do Ever dream about hitting the open road on a Harley? Stormy Hill Harley in Clermont runs a weekend motorcycle course in this ideal locale, thanks to its hilly terrain and lack of traffic. Once certified, easy riders can rent gear and bikes onsite. Class is $250/person. Must See If you do one thing this summer, take a trip to Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards on the weekend of August 22 and 23, when you can squash grapes between your toes at the annual August Stomp. Also enjoy complimentary tours and wine tastings at this 77acre vineyard. Must Eat Shop the huge gift boutique at Lakeridge Winery for your gourmet picnic provisions, then sip your freshly purchased Pink Cresendo sparkling wine at a picnic table or shady spot amidst the vines. Make it Special If wine isn't your thing, you can enjoy some peace and quiet on one of the area’s namesake lakes on your very own pontoon boat. Half-day rentals are $129 and a full day will cost you $199, including fuel.

Old World Outing: St. Augustine . . . . . . . . . ETA: 90 minutes


Discover America’s oldest city during one of the many popular tours offered in this historic community. The cute cafés, artisan shops and character of St. Augustine’s Colonial Spanish neighborhoods have been luring romantics for centuries.


Must do Don’t miss the hilarious (and informative) St. Augustine Haunted Pub Tour departing every day at 8:30 p.m. Although you’re not likely to see any actual ghosts, bartenders will be serving up plenty of spirits.

The Experiences. The Discoveries. The Fun.

Must see Take a self-guided wander through Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine’s most notable historic landmark. Ancient dungeons with cavernous corners provide ideal secret make-out spots. Must eat Catch your breath at one of St. Augustine’s famous bakeries such as the Bunnery Bakery & Café on St. George Street, where notorious sticky buns are finger lickin’ good. 904-829-6166 Make it special Schedule your trip to take part in the First Friday Art Walk. Evening tours begin at Rembrantz on King Street, and you can stroll hand-in-hand enjoying art exhibits, music, entertainment and great food.

Small Town Spin: Mount Dora . . . . . . . . . . . . ETA: 45 minutes Cafés, antiquing and nature walks are all great reasons to visit Mount Dora, a small town dripping with charm. Thousands of people visit each year during its many famed festivals, like the Old Fashioned Fourth of July Celebration. Must do Sail Lake Dora’s pristine waters with Captain Doolittle’s Eco Tours offering day and sunset cruises (352-434-8040), or explore Mount Dora’s picturesque downtown streets, historic B&Bs and scenic nature trails during a 60-minute Segway tour. Must see Anyone with the slightest interest in antiquing needs to check out Renningers Antiques & Farmers Market, open Saturdays and Sundays. Make a game of it by deciding on one particular item to seek out at more than 180 shops. Must eat Lake views and live music make Pisces Rising a popular dining option ( Do not - we repeat - do not leave Mount Dora without devouring a frozen key lime pie-on-a-stick, found at Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe. Yes, it’s as good as it sounds. Make it special Snuggle up with your honey in the back of a horse-drawn carriage ride through Mount Dora’s scenic streets. Departing from the corner of 4th and Alexander, private rides are available. Don’t forget your bottle of bubbly.

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Rock Star Party Ideas 52-53 Winter Wonderland Party Ideas 54-55 Garden Party Ideas 56-57 Must-Have Party Items 58..... Party Themed Play Guide 59-64



5-Star Birthday Parties If your kid wants to be famous, walk the red carpet and see what it’s like to mingle with fellow rockers, we have the party for you. DRESS CODE Rock Star Glam. In order to party like a rock star, you have to dress like one. So whether it’s Gwen Stefani or KISS that tickles your fancy, get your party clothes on. FOOD & BEVERAGE • Tattoo cupcakes • Mini-burgers and fries make perfect snacks and are just the right size for little rockers. • Nothing is cooler than sipping a Jones or Izze Soda out of a crazy straw. • Rockers love a good high. Pop Rocks and Twizzlers should do the trick. DéCOR • Rent real instruments to use as decoration or to play. Speakers and amps make great tables. • Have a VIP section for the kids to lounge in. • Make a red carpet entrance for guests. ACTIVITIES • Rent a Wii or Playstation and let the kids rock out together to Rock Band. • Hire an airbrush tattoo artist to ink the little rockers with some tats. PARTY FAVOR • Guests get to take home guitar pick necklaces. TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL • What’s a rock party without paparazzi? Hire Orlando’s coolest event photographer to snap pictures. • A doorman is a must to check in the VIP list. • Make a “music video” of the festivities as a keepsake (upload to YouTube for cool points). • Include VIP bracelets in your invitations to have the kids show to the doorman on their way in. It’s So Me! Bling Rock Bands DON’T WANT TO TRY THIS AT HOME?

Alternate locations for you to rock out: • T he Cameo Theater • Vibe Performing Arts Center • Discount Music



Rock Star Party Recommended for kids ages 9 - 12.

Models (L-R): Nicholas Damiano from Winter Park, Alyssa Tranchilla from Oviedo and Mason Morris from Oviedo Jacob the Photographer from Orlando.



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Let your little native Floridians finally experience a snow day, no matter what the weather. DRESS CODE • P Diddy’s white parties are our inspiration. Dress winter-chic in all white with a pop of blue scarves or mittens, even with summer attire. FOOD & BEVERAGE • Want edible snowballs adorned with snowmen? Have Anna Cakes make your cake dreams a reality. • An over-the-top candy table where guests can help themselves is quite the party treat for kids in this age group. • Rent a sno-cone machine to ensure icy refreshments no matter what the weather. • Serve finger sandwiches on white bread with marshmallow fluff. The white theme should carry through with the food. DéCOR • Tinsel trees, sparkle lights, Chinese lanterns, hanging snowflakes, glittery hills and snowmen will quickly turn your backyard into a winter wonderland. Keep colors white, silver and different shades of blue. ACTIVITIES • Have a fight with handmade “snowballs” made of glittery Styrofoam. • Ice fishing will create an arctic vibe with a magnetic fishing pole game. PARTY FAVOR • Guests can take home packs of make-your-own snow. TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL • Rent a snow machine for a realistic winter wonderland. • Have the kids make their own snowmen. • Spray “snow” on your windows and mirrors for a more authentic look. DON’T WANT TO TRY THIS AT HOME? “Cool” alternate locations you can bring the party to:

• RDV Sportsplex Ice Den • The Ice Factory • U.S.A. on Ice



WINTER WONDERLAND PARTY Recommended for kids ages 5 - 8.

Models (L-R): Chelsea Pozatek from Lake Mary, Sofia Arlen from Downtown Orlando and Mason Weinberg from Winter Park.



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If your kid is crazy about bugs and butterflies or enjoys digging in the dirt, then your little love-bug will feel right at home. DRESS CODE • All sorts of creatures roam in gardens. From fairies to bumblebees or even a sneaky bug catcher, costumes are a must. FOOD & BEVERAGE • Have Anna Cakes create a toadstool mini cake. • Only healthy food comes from the garden! Set up a decorated fruit and veggie table with delicious dips for healthy snacks. • Serve an assortment of fresh-squeezed fruit juices at a kiddie juice bar. DéCOR • Handmade flowers, grass, toadstools, vegetables and some burlap can turn any space into a garden. • Rent the super-cute toadstool table and chair set for activities and snacking. ACTIVITIES • Kids pick “apples” (that contain prizes inside) from the balloon tree. • Let your guests plant seeds in terracotta flowerpots painted with each guest’s name (also doubles as a party favor). PARTY FAVOR • Buy caterpillars at the Downtown Orlando Farmers’ Market to give to your guests. TIPS TO TAKE IT TO THE NEXT LEVEL • Rent a sticky wall and the kids can don velcro suits to run, jump and stick to the inflatable velcro wall. • Have the Central Florida Zoo come out with critters and creatures for the kids to examine. DON’T WANT TO TRY THIS AT HOME? Alternate locations for your garden gathering: • Grassy area at Dandelion Communitea Cafe • Leu Gardens • Central Florida Zoo



GARDEN PARTY Recommended for kids ages 1 - 4.

Models (L-R): Brady, Delaney and Riley Allen from St. Cloud.



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Impress your guests from the start! Set the tone for your party with custom-created invitations from The 2U Collection. The sky is the limit as far as designs are concerned. Owner Amy Morelli will consult with you and create invites sure to be coveted by all of your friends.

Magical Party found a way to make little plastic toys cool. A balloon tree is created to match your party décor, and your partygoers can pick balloon fruit from the trees with different toys inside. How do they get to the toys? By popping the balloons of course! It is as fun as it sounds.

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Not sure what the guest of honor will wear? Well, start with a Happy Hat and the rest of the outfit can complement. It’s like party couture. Custom created by two local moms and decorated with ribbons, words and unique designs, it’ll be a crowd pleaser. Available at Tugboat and the Bird or by calling 407-375-0279.

Designer cookies are the stuff party dreams are made of. These “look almost too good to eat” cookies by Cookie Cousins make great favors and are individually wrapped in cellophane and ribbon for that extra special touch. They can even bring dough, cutters and icing to your party for cookie-making fun!

Since the birthday party is all about your kid, we can guarantee that a candy table will be a hit no matter what the age. Anna from Magical Party takes the candy table concept to a whole new level by creating magical scenes (custom created) to go with your party concept.

Four words: Cake. On. A. Stick. Oh yeah, and then this yumminess is dipped into chocolate and covered with sprinkles. Hello? Lollicakes from Cupcakes and Keepsakes are totally unique and easy for little hands to hold. At $30 for two dozen and a variety of flavor options, we bet.



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Charlotte Chambers' "Polka Dot" 1st Birthday Party at Maitland Community Park. Cake by Grandma. Decorations by Mom.

Here’s PLAYGROUND’s helpful guide to all your party needs. Written by Jennifer Hughes

TREATS Anna Cakes Unique and delicious custom cake creations for any occasion.407-792-8096 Annette’s Cakes Themed birthday cakes. 2616 Bonneville Dr., Orlando 407-277-6247 Bake Me a Cake Specialty cakes for all occasions. The variety of creations is endless. 1161 E. Altamonte Dr., Altamonte Springs 407-830-9006 City Beautiful Cakes Beautiful cakes for any celebration. 407-408-8960 Cookie Cousins Fun cookie designs for almost any party theme. 2322 Edgewater Dr., Orlando 407-420-7940 Cookies by Design Beautifully decorated cookies and cookie bouquets can be sent as a gift or used as favors. Cupcake Crazy Kids will love these specialty cupcakes. 870 S. Sun Dr. #1054, Lake Mary 407-804-0229 Evelyn’s Cakes Custom, sculpted specialty cakes made with fondant to your liking. 407-219-4107 Green Day Café Healthy food options for adults and children at your next party. 1515 Lee Rd., Orlando 407-704-7877 Ice Twister Company Forget the cake and offer a sundae bar for your next birthday. 55 W. Church St., Orlando 407-832-3477 Jeremiah’s Italian Ice Order a party bucket for your next event. 111 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland 407-599-9991 Lita’s Divine Creamery Order an ice cream cake for your next party. 1541 International Pkwy., Suite 1021, Lake Mary 407-333-3536 Maggie Moos Cake and ice cream cupcakes. Multiple locations. Rita’s Italian ice or custard will make your part deliciously cool. 12789 Waterford Lakes Pkwy., Orlando 407-381-9771

Sprinkles Custom Cakes Specialty cakes for any event. 501 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, FL 407-622-7202 Sugar Sugar Handmade lollies and personalized lollipops perfect for any party or celebration. 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando 407-333-9533 Sweet! By Good Golly Miss Holly Custom cupcakes for any occasion. 711 N. Alafaya Trail, Waterford Lakes Town Center, Orlando, 407-277-7746 Trish’s Teas Host a party at their location or have your party catered. 4844 New Broad St., Orlando 407-896-3155

Entertainers About Face Productions Face painting and caricatures at your location. 407-687-1403 Aloha Productions Luau entertainment and catering for all ages. 947 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park 407-234-4592 Am-Jam Productions Puppet theatre & storytelling. Perfect for preschoolers. 407-960-9290

Butterfly Dreams Themed parties for all ages with dress-up, games, arts & crafts, and more. 407-719-1865 Caricature Connection Airbrush tattoos, face painting and other artistic entertainment. 407-876-DRAW Crain Entertainment Magic show. 407-681-0431 Davey Rocker’s Barnyard Jam Puppet and music show for kids of all ages. Dr. Smyles Circus Theatrical experience at venue of your choice & fun interactive activities postshow. 407-927-5209 Face Painting by Renette Fun face painting for all ages at your location. 407-760-9594 Fairytale Parties Inspired by Bree & Gee. Themed parties for girls 2 and up. 407-739-4901 Fun Bus Fitness Fun on Wheels. Party on the Fun Bus for kids age 2 - 7 at your location. Grow and Sing Studios Kindermusik birthday parties offered at your party location (ages 1 – 7).

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Play Guide | Time To Party Entertainers Continued... Joseph Wibbeler’s 2nd Birthday Party at Trainland International on International Drive. Cake by Bake Me A Cake. Invitations by Parchment.

Hannie’s Parties Glamour, Spa, Tea & Lil’ Chef parties for all ages. 407-716-8412 Hire a Fire Truck For parties & transportation. 407-797-1245 Kid Dazzle Parties All-inclusive themed parties with music and games. 407-808-6581 Kids Talk Puppet Theatre Puppet shows that will entertain kids ages 1 - 8. 407-380-1387 KidzArt Project-based parties at the location of your choice for ages 5 and up. 878 Cardinal Pointe Cove, Sanford 407-330-3435 Mad Science Have a science party at your place or at their facility. Ages 5-12. 863-646-4661 Merry Minstrel Event & theme party specialists. 407-896-1104 Mr. Richard Local performer who sings and plays original kid-friendly music on his acoustic guitar. 407-898-3482 Once Upon a Time Events Themed parties with face painting, magic shows and much more. 407-810-3137 O Town Diecast Racing Bring the matchbox race to your home with 2-lane gravity track. Ages 2 – 12. 407-678-2437

Pajama Jam Musicians dressed in pajamas playing cool music for kids at your location. Perfect Little Parties by Jen Themed parties (i.e. pirate and princess party) for boy and girls. Ages 2 and up. St Cloud 407-709-0187 Philip & Henry Entertainment by amazing magicians. Perfect for all ages. 866-257-7497 Renee Adams Interactive kids’ party DJ for all ages. Winter Garden 407-877-4452 Stupendous Stu Amazing balloon creations your little one will never forget. Ages 1 – 7. 1162 Carmel Cir., #350, Casselberry 407-774-8412 Think Pink Entertainment Girl themed parties for ages 2 - 10. 407-383-1213 This Old Man Music Sings and plays children’s music at your next event. 407-895-1255 Vagabond Troupe Your one-stop-shop for party entertainers. 407-226-9088 West Puppets Puppet theater experience for various ages at your location. 321-388-8460




PARTY PLACES A Kids Gym Fun gym-related birthday parties for ages 1 and up. 1495 Evans St. #400, Oviedo 407-365-6800 Aiguille Rock Climbing Climbing parties for kids age 4 and up. Just supply the cake and refreshments. 999 Charles St., Longwood 407-332-1430 Airport Lanes All-inclusive bowling parties for ages 2 and up. 190 E. Airport Blvd., Sanford 407-324-2129 Autumn Oaks Farms Petting farm parties perfect for children of all ages. Bring the cake and snacks. 280 Guise Rd., Osteen 407-322-2733 Birthday World All-inclusive party with carousels, trains, bounce houses and games for children ages 2 - 12. 955 N. SR 434, Altamonte Springs 407-657-2000 Boardwalk Bowl and Entertainment Center Bowling, games, pool and more for ages 3 and up. All-inclusive party packages available. 10749 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando 407-384-0003 Brown’s Gymnastics Fully-equipped training facility offering birthday parties. Bring your own cake and refreshments. Ages 2 - 17. 740 Orange Ave., Altamonte Springs 407-869-8744 Build-A-Bear Workshop Kids take home a personalized bear. Snacks, beverages and cake allowed. Perfect for ages 2 and up. Florida Mall 407-438-8882 Center Stage Academy Variety of dance parties offered. Ages 2 and up. 202 Wilshire Blvd., Casselberry 407-339-5678 Central Florida Zoo All-inclusive party options at the zoo. Perfect for any age. 3755 NW Hwy. 17-92, Sanford 407-323-4450 Chelle Stack’s Gymnastics Birthday parties available for ages 2 and up with gymnastic activities. 6870 Stapoint Ct., Winter Park 407657-8774 Complete Soccer Academy Birthday parties for kids 3 and up in an indoor facility. Bring your own food and decorations and play a game of soccer. 645 Executive Park Ct., Apopka 407-925-6812

Maddie Gotlib’s 6th Birthday Party at Trish’s Teas in Baldwin Park.

Cranium Clubhouse Themed birthday party fun for ages 3 - 8 at this creative facility. Bring your own birthday cake. 5114 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando 407-294-6950 Crealde School of Art Creative birthday parties with activities in 2D or 3D art. Ages 5 and up. 600 St. Andrews Blvd., Winter Park 407-671-1886 Congo River Miniature Golf Party room, arcade and round of golf for ages 3 and up. You provide food and cake. 531 W. SR 436, Altamonte Springs 407-682-4077 Daisy’s Children’s Boutique and Toy Store Themed dress-up parties hosted in a cute cottage. Every little detail is planned out and executed. 103 South Main St., Winter Garden 407-654-1748 Discount Music Center Rock & Roll Birthday party packages. Ages 3 and up. 3301 Gardenia Ave., Orlando 407-423-4171 Dylan’s Candy Bar Kids will love this party with everything candy-inspired, from the cake to the invitations and games. Florida Mall 407-812-8955 Family Fun Station Electric train ride, arcade and party room perfect for children of any age. 671 Front St., Celebration 407-566-9846 Farris and Foster’s Birthday parties include decorating a chocolate pizza slice with a variety of candy toppings for ages 3 - 12. 4875 New Broad St., Baldwin Park 407-770-1607 Firkin and Kegler Family fun, bowling parties. Toddler bowling also available. 12850 Waterford Lakes Pkwy., Orlando 407-373-7444 www.

Gatorland Gator Galore package includes park admission, unlimited train rides, food and annual pass for birthday child. 14501 S. OBT, Orlando 407-855-5496 Glaze Under Fire Kids paint their own pottery, no gift bag necessary. Fun party for all ages. 501 N. Orlando Ave. #141, Winter Park 407-644-8088 Gold Medal Gymnastics Birthday party packages available for all ages, tumbling and trampoline fun. You provide birthday cake and refreshments. 1551 Swanson Dr., Oviedo 407-365-8021 Goofy’s Candy Company Fantastic candy store with parties options available. Downtown Disney Green Meadows Farm Learn about and pet animals at this fun and educational birthday party. Perfect for any age. Just provide the food, beverages & cake. 1368 South Poinciana Blvd., Kissimmee 407-846-0770 Gymboree Themed parties like barnyard fun and first birthdays. Packages include goody bags and invitations. Ages 1 - 5. Aloma Ave. #115, Winter Park 407-366-0032 Hard Knocks Private combat and gaming parties. Just supply the cake and refreshments. Ages 8 and up. 5707 Dot Com Ct., Oviedo 407-359-9091 Hart Sisters Tea Room Princess tea party for girls complete with boas, tiaras, jewelry, fine china and pink cupcakes. All-inclusive for all ages. 1305 S. Park Ave., Sanford 407-323-9448 Hero Academy Fun and exciting karate party for boys and girls of all ages. You supply cake and refreshments. 225 N. Ronald Reagan Blvd #103, Longwood 407-260-9279 Ice Den All-inclusive ice skating parties for various ages. 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd. Orlando 407-916-2430 IPEZ Party place where kids jump, bounce and slide; private party rooms. 1200 E. Altamonte Dr. #1050, Altamonte Springs 407-339-5090 Jump N Joeys Fun bounce and slide parties for kids of all ages. 200 Hatteras Ave., Clermont 352-394-7789 Kid Tropolis Arcade party for kids of all ages. All-inclusive packages available. 4932 W. SR 46, Sanford 407-936-3900

Launch Pad Baseball Indoor athletic facility with birthday party packages for kids 8 and up. 1476 Goldenrod Rd., Orlando 407-249-1551 LEGO Imagination Center Themed LEGO Birthday parties at the store. Ages 4 and up. 1780 Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista 407-828-3800 Li’l 500 Go Cart Track Go Cart party packages for little race-car driver wannabes age 3 and up. You bring the refreshments. 150 Atlantic Dr., Maitland 407-831-2045 Lukas Butterfly Encounter Birthday parties are available. Just supply the food and cake and they handle the rest. Ages 2 and up. 1909 Slavia Rd., Oviedo 407-365-6163 Mesh Skate Park Private birthday parties and skate sessions for kids 6 and up. 881 W. Warren Ave., Longwood 407 657-2002 Monkey Joe’s Inflatable slides, obstacle courses and fun party rooms. All-inclusive party for all ages. 5471 Lake Howell Rd., Winter Park 407-478-4000 My Art Studio Unique parties available, such as the Splat Zone Party, Theatre Party and Custom Birthday Party. 4882 New Broad St., Baldwin Park 407-894-5950 Nickelodeon Hotel Meet and greet birthday party with your characters of choice. All-inclusive for kids 4 and up. 14500 Continental Gateway, Orlando 407-387-1863 Orlando Ballet School Enjoy the ballet and meet the ballerinas after the show. Including face painting. Ages 2 and up. 111 N. Orange Ave., Orlando 407-426-1739 Kenzie Underwood’s 6th Birthday Party at Build-a-Bear Workshop at the Florida Mall.


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Orlando Gymnastics & Cheerleading Dance and gymnastics party for kids of all ages. 11821 S. OBT, Orlando 407-850-4123 Orlando Metro Gymnastics Parties include gymnastics, trampolines and more for kids. 1501 S. Alafaya Tr., Orlando 407-207-4110 Orlando Paintball Action packed birthday parties. Parents supply the cake. Ages 8 and up. 7215 Rose Ave., Orlando 407-294-0694 Orlando Repertory Theatre Enjoy a show and a birthday party at this family theatre. 1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando 407-896-7365 Orlando Science Center Dig, discover and explore with amazing exhibits and party room. Children of all ages. 777 E. Princeton St., Orlando 407-515-2000 Orlando Skate Park Great birthday parties with three courses to skate, from beginner to experienced. 400 Festival Way, Orlando 407-898-9600 Orlando Watersports Complex Wakeboarding, wakeskating and waterskiing parties for all levels. 8615 Florida Rock Rd., Orlando 407-251-3100 Oviedo Splash Zone Enjoy a mini water park for a cool party. Packages start at $130 for children ages 4 and up. 148 Oviedo Blvd., Oviedo 407-971-5570 Partytime Playhouse Inflatable play and theme party center for any age. 2050 Old Hickory Tree Rd., St. Cloud 407-928-5523

Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf Parties for kids of all ages. 8501 International Dr., Orlando 407-352-7378 Pirate’s Dinner Adventure Enjoy an exciting, high quality and interactive pirate show during dinner. Party packages available. 6400 Carrier Dr., Orlando 407-248-0590 Pump It Up Endless bouncing and sliding fun for your little one’s birthday party. Perfect for any age. 861 Water Way Pl., Longwood 407-622-5867 Putting Edge Fun Center Glow-in-the-dark golf parties for ages 3 and up. 5250 International Dr., Orlando, FL 407-248-0700 Rebounderz Bounce on the trampolines for this all-inclusive birthday party. Great for ages 3 and up. 480 S. Ronald Reagan Blvd., Longwood 407-499-4797 Regal Cinemas Be a star for a day with a party at the movies! Birthday Parties held in private room at most locations. Semoran Skateway Fun skate parties for ages 4 and up. 2670 Cassel Creek Blvd., Casselberry 407-834-9095 Skate Reflections Roller skating parties for ages 3 and up. 1111 Dyer Blvd., Kissimmee 407-239-8674 SliderZ Adventure Center Fun bounce parties for ages 2 - 17. 522 S. Econ Cir. #120, Oviedo 407-359-6300 Sleuth’s Mystery Dinner Shows All-inclusive detective agency parties named after the birthday child. Ages 6-12. 8267 International Dr., Orlando 407-363-1985 Spark! Family Enrichment Center Fun and exciting themed party packages for ages 2 and up for any budget. 5965 Red Bug Lake Rd., Winter Springs, FL 407-679-7775 Starz Studios Professional dance parties in ballet, tap and tumbling. Ages 2 - 17. 1271 SR 436, #127, Casselberry 407-332-6322 Studio 6 Pottery Parties for ages 2 - adult. 2910 S. Maguire Rd., #1003 Ocoee 407-903-7278 The Cameo Theater An unconventional, raw and historic rental space for your next party. 1013 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando 407-403-5993 The Ice Factory Ice skating parties for all ages. 2221 Partin Settlement Rd., Kissimmee 407-933-4259

The Little Gym All-inclusive parties led by the birthday leader for the various activities. 1541 International Pkwy. #1011, Lake Mary 407-833-0083 Trainland International Trolley and Train Museum Fun parties for your train enthusiast. All ages. 8990 I-Drive, Orlando 407-363-9002 T-Rex Café A prehistoric adventure with handson activities, amazing décor and Build-A-Dino. Food available. Downtown Disney Marketplace, Orlando 407-828-8739 Truffles and Trifles Cooking parties for children where they make their own birthday cake. 711 W. Smith St., Orlando 407-648-0838 Universal Entertainment and Skating Center Themed parties, private and semiprivate packages available with Dairy Queen ice cream cake. Ages tiny tots and up. 866 South Goldenrod Road, Orlando 407-282-3140 Vans Skatepark Party packages and open skate for kids ages 5 and up. 5220 International Dr., Orlando 407-351-3881 Vibe Performing Arts Center Performing arts and dance party for ages 3 and up. 4833 New Broad St., Orlando 321-251-7184 WonderWorks Fun and exciting birthday packages for ages 4 - 12. Includes admission to Wonder Works, pizza and drinks. 9067 International Dr., Orlando 407-351-8800 Young Chefs Academy All-inclusive party for ages 6 and up. Cooking themes and food included. 6824 Aloma Ave., Winter Park 407-679-2310 Alyssa (4) & Ryleigh (2) Yoerger’s Birthday Party at the Nick Hotel. Activity: Pin the Pie on the Parent


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PARTY SUPPLIES Backstage Magic and Novelties Fantastic shop for magic party supplies. 407-733-5010 Balloon Bouquets Balloons for any party occasion. 828 N. Mills Ave., Orlando 407-894-4800 D & G Occasions Party supplies. 625 Herndon Ave., Orlando 407-894-4458 Fun Parties in a Box Themed party supplies delivered to your home. 800-670-0284 Happy Hats Personalized and unique party hats. Available at various boutiques. 407-375-0279 Pizzazz Theatrical, Inc. Makeup, costumes and novelties. 928 Humphries Ave., Orlando 407-281-9333 Magical Party Bring your party room to life at any location, decorated magically in your child’s party theme for any age. 407-542-3430 Parchment For all of your stationary needs. 7822 Sand Lake Rd., Orlando 407-248-0750 Party City Endless amounts of party supplies at several locations throughout Central Florida. Randy’s Party Store Themed party store for any occasion. 4831 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando 407-894-2424 Retse Designs Uniquely customized invitations for any event. R Nichols Modern stationary and invitation collection designed by local illustrator. Personalization available. 3131 Corrine Dr., Orlando 407-628-4899 The 2U Collection Custom-created, designer party invitations. The Balloon Connection Balloon structures, arches and centerpieces for your next party. 2005 Tree Fork Ln., Longwood 407-830-5300 Timmy’s Toy Chest Gifts and fun goody bag items. 1120 Townpark Dr., Lake Mary 407-804-9877 U.S. Toy Company Endless aisles of party essentials from themed paper products to goody bag supplies. 805 E. Semoran Blvd., Apopka 407-886-4120

Ella Miller’s “Ice Cream Parlor� 2nd Birthday Party at home. Cake by Sprinkles. Shirt by Ladybug Loft. Props by American Entertainment Resources.

PARTY RENTALS Bounce Orlando Water slide, bounce house and table & chair rentals serving the Central Florida area. 407-277-2288 Bouncers Just For You Bounce rentals delivered throughout Central Florida. 407-468-8545 Coast 2 Coast Party Rentals Party items available for rental and delivered to your location. 9411 Waldstrasse Ct., Orlando 407-574-4849 Fun Planners Arcade rentals, carnival booths, surf rentals and party store. 4573 Dardenelle Dr., Orlando 407-293-8515 Kirby Rental Variety of party rentals. 411 Hames Ave., Orlando 407-422-1001 Moon-Walker Party Services Central More than 90 themes available to choose from. 407-932-1176 Rent A Jumper Bounce house rentals. 1509 Pine Ave., Orlando 407-447-0688 Party Trains Driver and train rental at your location. 321-806-0850

Rock on the Run Mobile rock climbing wall rental throughout Central Florida. 14230 Conifer Dr., Orlando 407-381-0369 Rockwall Adventures Mobile rock climbing wall at your location. 407-415-9164 Pilar’s Party Playhouses Wet & dry slides, inflatables and bounce houses delivered. 557 Yellowtail Pl., Oviedo 407-913-4686 Space Walk Inflatable rentals at various locations in Central Florida. 407-339-5677 Splash Rentals Unique themed party rentals. 10577 Rocket Blvd., Orlando 407-438-5880 Tropical Fun Rentals Fun food rentals, bouncejumpers, slides, and tables & chairs delivered to your party. 407-383-8537 Volusia Rentals Tables, chairs and other rental items to complete your party needs. 3063 Enterprise Rd., Debary 386-668-7368


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New Kids On The Block | New Family-Friendly Businesses By Jennifer Hughes

Recession vs. The American Spirit ... Guess Who’s Winning? Check out these courageous, new family-oriented businesses bringing us awesome products and services. Nothing can stop the American spirit!







1. Urban Think! Kids

2. Cranium Clubhouse

3. Wekiva Island

Orlando just got waaaaaayyy cooler with an independent bookstore for kids. Beanbag chairs, a mini table set, games and easy-to-reach books on tot-accessible bookcases encourage little ones to engage in reading. Adventure in Story Time is offered at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m, Tuesday through Saturday. Perfect outing for the kids during the long summer break!1309 Edgewater Dr., Orlando 407-650-8004

Their newest facility in Winter Garden is ahead of the curve in interactive and multi-sensory learning programs for kids 3 - 10. The “play zone” consists of an oversized tree and a walking bridge. The walls come alive with imaginative murals. The kids won’t even notice that Cranium Clubhouse is using top-notch curriculum to help them learn. 4068 Winter Garden Vineland Rd.,
Winter Garden 407-294-6950

Wekiva Island is perfect for a fun-filled summer day on the water. What used to be called the Wekiva Marina is under new ownership and has been completely redone to create an environmentallyresponsible oasis with a bar, nice bathrooms, food on the grill, canoe rentals, riverside deck with green Adirondak chairs and private cabanas. 1014 Miami Springs Rd., Longwood 407-862-1500

4. Heather Handmade

5. Jordan Grace Princesswear


This is one of the sweetest storefronts we have ever seen. Located in Ivanhoe Village, they offer adorably eclectic handmade items like skirts, purses, jewelry, kids’ t-shirts and baby onesises. There is something for everyone. All items have been handmade, some even by shop owner Heather, herself. Local couture, we love it! 1817 N. Orange Ave., Orlando 407-898-2255

Shopping for the tiny princess in your life? This online store is owned and operated by a local mom, and carries items such as tutus, dresses, accessories and swimwear, all of which are either handmade or hand-embellished and available for infants, toddlers and girls. Jordan Grace will also create custom pieces for your princess. Perfect if you like original girly-girl items.

Spot Me ID is a kid safety program that offers peace of mind for you in crowded public places. Offering items like animated ID bracelets, temporary tattoos and ID lanyards where you can write important information, in the event your child wanders away and gets lost. This idea was created by local parents who had a scare with their own child. 52 Riley Rd., Suite #181, Celebration 407-566-9871





At Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, our doctors provide many lifesaving services to kids in Central Florida and beyond. In fact, our Bert Martin’s Champions for Children Emergency Department & Trauma Center is the first in Central Florida to offer emergency and trauma care exclusively for pediatrics. By providing the most advanced care for kids of all ages, Dr. Jose Ramirez and our team of emergency specialists are able to treat every child and every problem, every day. To learn more about our renowned doctors and specialty care, visit or call 321.8HEALTH (321.843.2584).


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