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Summer Play List!

JUNE / JULY 2019

The Ultimate

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Florida Island Escapes Tips from the Manieri 's 101-Day Road Trip Out West with Kids!

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CONTENTS

Calling All PLAYers...

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June / July 2019

Florida's Island Escapes

The Travel Issue

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• 6 Publisher's Note • 50 Advertisers' Directory • 51 Instagram Photos

LIVE

• 8 Talk of the Playground • 12 Safer Swimmers Start Now! • 14 Book Buzz

LOVE

• 17 Party Trends • 24 Magical Celebrations • 26 Headed West • 32 Florida's Island Escapes

PLAY

• 36 Summer PLAY List • 42 Go PLAY: Family Events Calendar • 52 See/Saw: Patient Prom & TMNT Exhibit at Orlando Science Center

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LIVE | LOVE | PLAY Heather Reneau Founder and Publisher heather@playgroundmagazine.com Chrissy Allen Co-Founder Brant Muekeley Financial Manager brant@playgroundmagazine.com Jessica Ventura Advertising Manager jessica@playgroundmagazine.com Cortney Thekan Editor cortney@playgroundmagazine.com Jessica Friend Graphic Design & Photography jessica.friend@playgroundmagazine.com

Time to Party, Play and Camp! 'Tis the season when Central Florida families gear up for months of pool parties, traveling, new camps, looser schedules and an all-around less structured time of year. We always look forward to the summertime state of mind around our house as we give the kids (and ourselves) a break from the rat race. To help you transition into summer, we've put together a Summer PLAY List (page 36) as a go-to resource for things to do when it's time to get out of the house and enjoy the amazing amount of activities in the Orlando area. We've also partnered with Winter Park Village to create a three family events of our own this summer. Check out what we have in store in the Summer of PLAY advertisement on page 7. I hope you can come out to PLAY! We also have compiled a Party Guide on page 44 that is full of venues, services and locations for your next party. Whether it's a holiday celebration, birthday or milestone, you're sure to find something to raise the bar at your next shindig. Don't miss the travel stories to inspire and help you plan your next road trip or beach weekend getaway (starting on page 26). Have a great summer! PLAYfully Yours,

Heather Reneau heather@playgroundmagazine.com LIVE | LOVE | PLAY

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ABOUT THE COVER ... Our cover model, Ethan, celebrated his 1st birthday with a photoshoot by Snap Photography & Design at the most magical place on Earth. Ethan is wearing an adorable custom party hat, tie and diaper cover from Etsy and enjoyed a homemade Mickey smash cake. Check out the Magical Celebrations article on page 24 for more details on how to plan your next party through Disney Meetings & Events.

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PLAYGROUND Magazine presents

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Come PLAY with us at these three V.I.P. summer events for families:

Kids’ Chess Tournament Saturday, June 22, 4-6 p.m. Register your little chess player to participate in this Kid’s Chess Tourney by Board One Chess Academy. Two winners from each division (Grades K-2 & 3-5) will receive a trophy and $100 gift card to Winter Park Village! Runners-up will receive a plaque and $25 gift card to Winter Park Village. All participants will receive certificates and freebies from Winter Park Village. Participation is free, but registration is required. Space is limited to 40 kids. Divisions are for rising Kindergarten-2nd graders and rising 3rd-5th graders. Email questions to alisha@playgroundmagazine.com.

Family Scavenger Hunt & Dinner Saturday, July 13, 4-6 p.m. Your family can compete against others in this kid-friendly, hightech scavenger hunt throughout Winter Park Village. You’ll search for clues and accomplish missions, then all participants will meet at Bar Louie for dinner and an awards ceremony. 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive a $100, $50 and $25 gift card (respectively) to Winter Park Village. Tickets are $25 and include a prix fixe dinner for one adult and one child in a private room at Bar Louie. Additional team members are $15 per adult and $10 per child. Email questions to alisha@ playgroundmagazine.com. Order your tickets online today. Space is limited to 60 participants.

Moms’ Morning Out Friday, August 16, 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. When the kids go back to school, moms will gather to celebrate surviving the summer by getting pampered, shopping deals and enjoying lunch together. • 9 a.m.-10 a.m.: Check-in, champagne toast & celebration photo session • 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Go to your pre-scheduled spa appt. at Pristine Nail Salon or Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa • 9:30 a.m.: Try out a barre exercise class at The Bar Method (optional) • 10 a.m.-12 p.m.: Shop with your friends at Winter Park Village with your special, event-only discounts • 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Stop by Bar Louie for lunch & adult beverage Tickets are $36.25 per person, which includes champagne toast, one spa service and lunch (with one adult beverage). Limited to 100 participants.

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Summer news, reminders and opportunities... Words by Heather Reneau

Kick-Start Summer Reading Get the kids involved in one of these fun summer reading programs:

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Mark your calendars... It’s going to be an epic year of celebration at Disney’s Hollywood Studios! This park has been undergoing major renovations — a facelift, one might say — for its 30th anniversary. New attractions such as Toy Story Land, Lightning McQueen’s Racing Academy, the Disney Junior Dance Party and the Wonderful World of Animation projection show have already freshened up the park, making it feel like a new Disney experience. Oh, but Star Wars fans are anxiously awaiting the opening of the immersive new land, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which will open in phases starting on August 29, 2019 … so, mark your calendars! That’s not all — Disney’s Imagineers are also busy working on opening the Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway ride in 2020. If you’re going to join the party, make sure you celebrate with new cocktails and sweets, including Kylo Ren cupcakes and lightsaber churros.

TAKE A #DAYCATION Book a day pass to the Hyatt Regency Orlando, Grand Cypress or Omni Orlando Resort through Resortpass.com. Enjoy the pool, cabana and poolside treats for the day and cool off with your family in style!

Kids ages 6–12 can grab a Universe of Stories Reading & Activity Calendar at an Orange County Library System (OCLS) branch and cross off each day they attend a library event or technology class or read a book. Turn in the completed calendar between July 15 and August 3 to receive a goodie bag and a prize pass for the End of Summer Celebration held at five locations on Saturday, August 3 at 2 p.m. Kids can win prizes like bicycles, tickets to local attractions, a staycation and more! ocls.info/kids-summer-readingprogram-2019 Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program is a fun and easy way for kids in grades 1–6 to earn a free book. All they have to do is read eight books and write about their favorite part of each book in the Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Journal. Kids can bring their completed journal to a local Barnes & Noble store between May 16 and September 5 to receive a free book. barnesandnobleinc.com/our-storescommunities/summer-reading-program Munchkin Reads is an online family book club designed for kids ages 1–5. For only $3 per month, you’ll enjoy two book recommendations for preschoolers, themed crafts and activities, talking points that make the stories come to life and access to an online community of like-minded parents. Or you can upgrade your membership to $35 per month to get the two books mailed to you. munchkinreads.com

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Safer Swimmers Start Now! The swim and water safety experts at Goldfish Swim School in Winter Park share practical tips and skills to keep kids safer around water.

Water safety impacts all Central Florida families. Drowning can be silent and quick, and it kills nearly 1,000 children every year. Drowning is the single leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1 to 4. Many of these deaths occur when children are not expected to be swimming or when they have unanticipated access to water. Unfortunately, Florida continues to lead the country in child drownings. This statistic has to change! The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently published updated recommendations on water safety. In the policy statement, the AAP lays out strategies to protect children at each stage of their life. The new AAP guidelines recommend getting children into swim lessons by age 1. The team at Goldfish Swim School Winter Park knows that the sooner kids develop critical water safety skills, the better. Goldfish Swim School provides swim instruction to children ages 4 months to 12 years in a unique indoor setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student-teacher ratio), shiverfree 90-degree pools and a state-of-the-art water purification system. Gina Thomas, owner of Goldfish Swim School Winter Park says, “Learning to swim is a critical life skill. Getting kids into swim lessons at an early age can help reduce the risk of drowning. We love partnering with Central Florida families to make sure that our kids are safer around water.”

Every parent and caregiver needs to keep the following water safety tips in mind: •

Any time kids are around water, designate a “water watcher” who will avoid cell phones, conversations, magazines and anything else that might distract the adult from watching the children EVERY SINGLE SECOND. After all, most children who drown are supervised.

The American Red Cross says that the most important thing parents can do to keep kids safer in and around water is to enroll them in swim lessons by age 1.

Get swim lessons for yourself or any other caregiver who cannot swim or is afraid of water.

Realize that floaties, noodles and plastic inner tubes do NOT protect against drowning. They are water toys, not life-saving devices. Life jackets should be designated as U.S. Coast Guard-approved.

Many drownings occur during non-swim times. Barriers are critical to prevent children from gaining access to pools or other bodies of water without adult supervision.

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Traveling at any age can be a challenge, and sometimes it can be downright stressful. Check out these books and more to help you prepare for your summer vacations. You can borrow these books from your local OCLS branch. Visit ocls.info/locations to find a branch near you. > Preschool–Grade 3 Chicken on Vacation by Adam Lehrhaupt Zoey the Chicken is going to the beach with her friends Sam the Pig and Pip the Mouse. Zoey’s imagination soars as she plans the adventures they’ll share — building sand castles, swimming, playing, searching for treasure — it’s all part of Zoey’s plan! Beginner readers will love learning about all the different activities they can do at the beach with a little imagination.

> Grades 4–7 The Bolds on Vacation by Julian Clary The Bolds, a family of hyenas living as humans, find trouble when they try to go on a camping adventure together. This story offers goofy images and corny jokes that will have parents and early chapter readers laughing their way from cover to cover.

Careers in Personal Space Travel by Marty Gitlin This book offers loads of information about a different kind of travel — space travel! Readers will learn about high-tech career opportunities and cutting-edge technologies. Forget the beach; let’s go to Mars!

> Parents Homesick and Happy - How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow by Michael Thompson, PhD A renowned child psychologist shares his views on how sleep-away camps can benefit children by helping them build character

and providing them with opportunities for growth. This book is perfect for parents who are nervous about sending their child to camp for the first time.

Staying Healthy Abroad: A Global Traveler's Guide by Christopher Sanford, MD Dr. Sanford provides up-to-date, practical information on protecting your family’s health while traveling abroad. This book offers useful information about preventing and treating travel-related ailments such as altitude sickness, mosquito-borne illnesses, and foodborne illnesses, to name just a few.

Hike It Baby: 100 Awesome Outdoor Adventures with Babies and Toddlers by Shanti Hodges This book gives parents an inside look at 100 hiking trails tested for families with children under age 5. The author gives suggestions for families to prepare and plan accordingly, including advice on hiking gear, potential hazards, bathroom access, cell reception and more.

Too busy to visit a branch? Use OCLS's convenient Books by MAYL service to have these and other items delivered to your door. Call 407-835-7323 to place your requests. 14 PLAYGROUND Jun / Jul 2019


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Party Trends

Birthday Themes with a Modern Twist Local moms Andrea St. Onge and Cristina Lima, owners of Lou & Pepper, share three of their favorite party designs.

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Eddie’s Greatest Showman Party A dog show, hand-lettered signage and a nod to everyone's favorite musical When it came time for Eddie’s 5th birthday, the family drew inspiration from The Greatest Showman as a modern way to include animals and Eddie’s love for singing and performing. The theme included elements of the movie but focused more on the circus than on the plot. The Ferris wheel bounce house, carnival games like “Down the Clown” and “Test Your Strength” and the Menestrelli Dog Show wowed all the party guests! Kids loved the circus-themed fare: corn dogs, hot dogs, pretzels, popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones and a self-serve lemonade or punch bar. The cake table featured an amazing cake and cupcakes, frosted cookies, chocolate-covered Oreos and popcorn-themed cake pops. When the dog show was over, guests were asked to “step right up” and fill their bag with a variety of items: an elephant figurine, Play-Doh, candy and the classic Barnum’s Animal Crackers.

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Skyler’s Pegasus Rainbow Party Just add wings, rainbows and a horse painting activity to update the oh-so-popular unicorn theme with pegasus flair Winged ponies paired with pastel rainbows add a fresh feel to a popular party theme. The family chose Painted Oaks Academy, a horse ranch in East Orlando, as the party venue. Guests were guided to the oversized event barn, which was the home base for the day’s activities. The girls were introduced to Nugget, UCF’s official mascot, and then they geared up for guided horse rides around the barn. The barn decor brought the theme to life by layering different materials and textures. Satin, burlap, sequins and stripes added whimsy to this rustic location. After the horse rides, the girls played a lasso game before sitting down to lunch catered by Sonny’s BBQ. All guests enjoyed a relaxing hay ride to a beautiful meadow, where the girls hunted for peacock feathers. Then guests returned to the barn for cake and karaoke before getting creative with hand-painting the side of a horse with non-toxic paints! The party concluded with busting open the pegasus piñata. Gift bags included unicorn lip gloss, “You Are Magical” mini spiral notepad, Ring Pop and Unicorn Poopsie Slime Surprise.

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Brooklyn’s Super Mario Party A retro video game theme that’s fun for both kids and parents alike Brooklyn is an active 8-year-old who loves sports and video games. So what could be more fun than combining both of those elements into a bright, active and fun Super Mario party! Upon arrival, guests received a Mario or Luigi visor and a stick-on mustache and then headed to the green screen photo booth for some silliness and fun. Next up was a visit from a video game truck and outdoor fun with an inflatable basketball game. After lunch, the guests teamed up for backyard laser tag followed by piñata fun. Finally, guests got out what energy they had left in an inflatable dance hall. The food was kidfriendly, and guests enjoyed filling their mushroom cups with red or blue punch. There was no shortage of sweets for this party! The incredible Super Mario-themed cake was joined by King Koopa cupcakes, Goomba chocolate mousse cups, traditional Bomb Pops and themed cookies. When it was time for “Game Over”, guests took home a Question Block favor box filled with Super Mario toys and goodies.

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Let’s discover how you can work with our Disney creative team to find inspiration from the littlest detail to the largest prop to bring your dream event to life: Alice in Wonderland’s Mad Tea Party For a celebration that will completely immerse your guests, our Disney creative team can design a delightful event based on the classic, animated Disney film Alice in Wonderland. Our team specializes in designing immaculate events that will transport your attendees into the story with a mix of captivating props, themed backdrops, and an intricate level of detail in the setting and décor only found with Disney.

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Headed West An Orlando to Oregon Family Road Trip Words and photos by Kristen Manieri

Last summer, we crossed something epic off of our family bucket list: we went on a 101-day road trip with our kids ... and survived! Crazy, right? After over a year of saving and months of planning, we hopped in our car and headed west, with stops (and Airbnb reservations) in Louisiana, Texas, Arizona, California and Oregon. Along the way, we picked up enough know-how to help families plan a kid-friendly trip at any of our three major stops. Plus, our car travel skills are now master level. Read on for tips on planning your own adventure!

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AUSTIN, TEXAS Known for the annual South by Southwest Conference & Festival, this selfproclaimed “live music capital of the world” might not seem like a hotspot for traveling families, but the city could not be more welcoming to kids and their grown-ups. One of America’s largest cities, Austin has it all: amazing food, lots of outdoorsy elements and plenty of indoor attractions that are great for taking shelter during the sweltering Texas summers.

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MUST DO Lake Travis Located about an hour from downtown Austin and flanked by million-dollar homes, Lake Travis is the perfect place for boating and swimming on a hot summer day. Best of all — no alligators! We grabbed sandwiches from a local sub shop, filled a cooler with water and enjoyed four hours of fun in the sun on the 12-person pontoon boat we rented from Just for Fun Watercraft Rental (jff.net). Without question, this was one of the highlights of our entire summer. Austin Aquarium Arriving in the parking lot of a strip plaza and gazing at the exterior, Austin Aquarium (austinaquarium.com) looks more like a fish store than a place you could spend a few hours exploring with your kiddos. But judge a book by its cover and you might miss the heaps of interactive fun awaiting inside. What the Austin Aquarium lacks in square footage, it makes up for in experiences — it’s one of the few aquariums we’ve ever visited that allows you to feed most of the animals. For an extra fee, your budding zoologists will be able to feed stingrays, sharks, iguanas, tortoises, lorikeets and more.

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The Bat Bridge Each year, the Ann W. Richards Congress Avenue Bridge houses millions of migrating Mexican free-tailed bats who call the bridge home while giving birth and nursing their babies. While bats live there all year long, the highest concentration is found from mid-March to mid-April and again in late July, when the bat pups are learning to fly. Call the “bat hotline” at 512-3279721 for the most up-to-date details. Head to the bridge or nearby grassy areas within 30 minutes of sundown to see the unforgettable mass exodus or hop on a bat-watching tour with Capital Cruises (capitalcruises.com) or Lone Star Riverboat (lonestarriverboat.com). ALSO TRY:

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• Austin Zoo • Zilker Botanical Garden • Barton Springs Municipal Pool • Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum • Thinkery

• Little Lucy’s Mini Donuts, an Austin Dessert Food Truck & Bakery • Hopdoddy Burger Bar • Steel City Pops

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SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA Peruse through photos of shimmering Lake Tahoe on Instagram, and you’ll instantly be lured. The largest alpine lake in North America and possibly the coldest, Lake Tahoe is just so freaking gorgeous. For the outdoorsy family, South Lake Tahoe is a flawless destination where unspoiled waters and impeccably planned hiking and biking trails make for days of endless activity. If you’re flying, go direct through Reno, NV versus Sacramento, CA. (It’s a much easier drive from Nevada to South Lake Tahoe.) MUST DO Cycle the Trails Rent your single or tandem bike from Anderson’s Bike Rental (andersonsbicyclerental.com), and you’ll be a stone’s throw from the National Forest Bike Trail, set away from the road traffic. Meander along the paved pathway and stop at numerous attractions along the way, including Pope Beach, Camp Richardson Resort’s Ice Cream Parlor and Rainbow Trail, where you can hop off and go on a short but beautiful hike. Afterward, grab a gourmet burger at the Burger Lounge.

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Heavenly Ski Resort Lack of snow doesn’t stop this South Lake Tahoe ski spot from being a ton of fun in the summer months. Ride the gondola up to the peak and then hop off for a day filled with ropes courses, zip lining, tubing, mountain coasters and gemming. You’ll need to make reservations a few weeks in advance because only a limited number of guests are allowed on the mountain each day. Squaw Valley Home to the 1960 Winter Olympics, Squaw Valley boasts a slew of adventurous activities for all ages. Hop on the aerial tram 2,000 feet up the mountain, and after oohing and ahhing over the epic views of Lake Tahoe and surrounding mountains, hop off to enjoy hiking, swimming, roller skating and a visit the Olympic Museum.

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ALSO TRY: • Rent a kayak at Emerald Bay State Park. • For a beach day, try Pope Beach, which is accessible by car or bike. • It’s also fun to hike to Angora Lake, affectionately nicknamed “Lemonade Lake.” Angora Lake has a small outpost where you can buy fresh lemonade and sandwiches and rent kayaks and stand-up paddleboards (angoralakesresort.com).

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PORTLAND, OREGON A jewel of the Pacific Northwest, Portland’s mountainous and hilly landscape could not be more of a contrast to Orlando’s flatness. Its urban center is teaming with great restaurants and activities like museums and urban trails, but the moment you step outside of the city, you’ll be enveloped by forests, rivers and waterfalls. You’ve never breathed air this fresh. MUST DO

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Multnomah Falls Located along the Columbia River Gorge less than an hour’s drive from downtown Portland, Multnomah Falls is an iconic must-see during your stay in the area. Forest fires damaged the best hiking routes a few years ago, but you can still enjoy the path up to the waterfall lookout and take some great family photos. At the base, you’ll find Multnomah Falls Lodge, which has a great gift shop, bathrooms and a restaurant that serves a stellar brunch buffet on Sundays from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Since you’re going to want to arrive at the Multnomah Falls parking lot around 8 a.m. anyway (otherwise you won’t get a spot and will have to shuttle in from nearby lots), it’s a great idea to pair up the experience with breakfast.

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Lan Su Chinese Garden This meticulously manicured oasis in the heart of Portland’s downtown core is stunningly beautiful and makes for a lovely half-day excursion for families. It’s especially memorable if you take the time to enjoy a traditional Chinese tea in the garden’s picturesque, two-story teahouse. Enjoy the fine woodwork and hushed milieu as you sip tea and snack on everything from edamame and dumplings to cookies and mooncakes. The Oregon Museum of Science & Industry (OMSI) Perched on the Willamette River and boasting thousands of square feet of interactive and playful exhibits, the OMSI offers a full day of diversions to delight your crew’s curious minds. Besides a theater and a regularly rotating array of traveling exhibits, you’ll find more than 200 interactive experiences spanning its five halls. There’s also a riverfront restaurant where you can reboot partway through the day.

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We also hit some cool places between our major stopping points. Here are some other noteworthy things we did along the way. 1. New Orleans, LA –Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium –Audubon Aquarium of the Americas 2. Phoenix, AZ –Children’s Museum of Phoenix 3. Flagstaff/Sedona, AZ –Grand Canyon –Slide Rock State Park –Bearizona Wildlife Park

4. San Francisco, CA –Golden Gate Park (including the California Academy of Sciences and Japanese Tea Garden) –Fisherman’s Wharf

ALSO TRY: • Considered to be the world’s largest independent bookstore, Powell’s Books is a book lovers’ dream. Expertly organized over multiple floors, the book selection is seemingly endless. Plan to spend at least two hours wandering around. A quick dash in and out wouldn’t give you the full experience. • Experience a tea tasting at Smith Tea’s, which is headquartered in an industrial area in downtown Portland. You can peek through the glass and see the operations

happening beyond the tasting rooms, learn about their process and sip and snack in a quiet little corner of downtown. Be sure to try their Meadow tea. A more fragrant version of chamomile, it’s like relaxation in a cup. MUST EAT: We didn’t have a single bad meal in Portland, but these are a few of our absolute favorites: • Ava Green’s • Ruby Jewel • Salt & Straw • Blue Star Donuts

5. Klamath, CA –Redwood National and State Parks KRISTEN MANIERI is a writer and founder the Date Night Guide and Orlando Date Night Guide. She is the creator of Do Good Date Night, a national nonprofit event series that combines date night with volunteering. She lives in the Orlando area with her husband, Marc, and their two daughters, Aly and Elizabeth.

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Florida Island Escapes A colorful variety of island destinations fringe the Florida peninsula, offering hundreds of miles of beaches for families to explore. Here are our top 3 picks, all within driving distance from Orlando. Words by Megan Padilla | Photos by Visit Florida

#1 Melbourne Shores

An escape for budding naturalists Look up Melbourne Beach on a map, and then scan south along the barrier island to Sebastian Inlet State Park. You'll see a peppering of sanctuaries, refuges and preserves along this 17-mile stretch that divides the Atlantic Ocean from the Indian River Lagoon, offering an unexpected bounty of nature. More loggerhead and green sea turtles return here to build their nests on these beaches than anywhere in the U.S. — we’re talking tens of thousands of turtle nests!

Here are our favorite ways to play and places to stay in Melbourne Shores.

PLAY • Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge offers educational programming, including guided night-time sea turtle watch programs in June and July and a chance to see hatchlings emerge from their nests during the turtle dig programs in August and early September.

• Sebastian Inlet State Park is a something-for-everyone gem. Families love a beach day at the tidal cove, a shallow beach area that faces the north side of the inlet. Feed your troops at BG's Surfside Grill & Adventures. Take a break and go see treasure and relics from a 1715 shipwreck at the McLarty Treasure Museum located just south of the park. • It doesn’t get more “Old Florida” than a visit to Honest John’s Fish Camp, homesteaded in the 1880s and passed down to a fourth generation. It’s tucked away on the shore of Mullet Creek near the Indian River Lagoon Preserve State Park. Roosters as well as a pet pig named Gator roam the property. You can rent canoes, kayaks and paddle-boards to explore the canals around Mullet Creek or go all-in and rent a fishing boat. Treat your budding naturalists to a twohour wildlife cruise with Captain Clark. PLAY Tip: Book a sunrise tour to see the animals waking up and hunting for breakfast. Call Honest John’s (321-727-2923) to reserve a tour for up to six guests.

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• Barrier Island Education Center is an interactive education center dedicated to the creatures and ecosystems of the Indian River Lagoon. Kids love to press the buttons to hear the sounds made by critters like a bottlenose dolphin or an oyster toadfish. Not gonna lie; some of them sound like farts (yes, it’s funny!). Find current events (such as a dune-to-lagoon hike with a naturalist or upcycling materials into a bird feeder) on their Facebook page. They also offer an Eco-Explorers Summer Camp each week in June for ages 9 to 15. Campers experience a sea turtle encounter, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle-boarding and more. Call 321-723-3556 for details.

STAY Mostly mom-and-pop hotels line this section of A1A. Check out the 2-bedroom efficiencies at Seashell Suites, which offers a pool and a boardwalk down to a quiet beach. A few miles north of the Melbourne Causeway, there is a cluster of branded hotels, such as the Hilton Melbourne Beach Oceanfront and its sister property DoubleTree Suites, where every guest room is a two-room suite with an ocean view.


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#2 St. George Island Relax on the shores of the Panhandle St. George Island is on the Gulf Coast offshore of Apalachicola. Its Old Florida roots haven’t changed much since the bridge to the island was built in 1965. Multi-generational families and groups of friends rent large beach houses and come for a blissful week of exploring the sugar-sand beaches on the Gulf side and the pristine wetlands of Apalachicola Bay on the other.

PLAY The folks at Journeys of St. George Island offer a wide menu of guided eco-activities for the whole family. Outings designed for kids guarantee they’ll return wet, dirty and smiling. Take the whole family on a boating excursion to Little St. George Island to search for some of Florida’s prettiest shells and relax as you fish for supper. The days are sun-drenched, and the nights are star-filled ... stargazing is big on the island because there is so little light pollution!

STAY Collins Vacation Rentals offers an enormous inventory that includes everything from cozy condos to multi-bedroom houses with private pools. Homes on the far west end of the island are more secluded in a gated community called The Plantation. Staying closer to the center of the island is more convenient and saves time if you plan to drive the 14 miles over to historic Apalachicola for sightseeing, shopping and dining.

#3 Clearwater Beach A bustling hot spot Clearwater Beach lands at the top of any “Best Beaches” list, not only for its soft, powdery sand and idyllic turquoise water but also for its active beach culture. There are tons of restaurants, shops and resorts all in walkable distance from each other, but there's also a free ferry that will take you to the furthest ends.

PLAY Families love the daily Sunset Festival at Pier 60, which features street performers, craft vendors, a playground and even free outdoor movies (weekends only). Families can board Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise for a sunset sail on a pirate ship that shoots off cannons and entertains the kids for the entire cruise! No visit is complete without meeting Florida’s most famous dolphins, Winter and Hope from the film Dolphin Tale, at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. When you go, make reservations for the Sea Life Safari pontoon boat tour to island-hop the intracoastal waterway while shelling and spotting wildlife.

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Wyndham Clearwater Beach Resort and Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa are full-service beach resorts at the center of the action but are located across the street from the beach. Beachfront properties are Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa on the north side of Pier 60 and Opal Sands Resort on the south side. Certain views from the Opal Sands Resort make you feel as though you’re on a cruise ship looking out to the open sea. Are you ready for a change of scenery where daily rhythms are built around morning walks on the beach and evenings spent relaxing around a fire pit rather than a television? Florida’s islands are the perfect place to unplug and reconnect with family, nature and even yourself.

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Outdoor Adventures... LET THE KIDS RUN AROUND & COOL DOWN AT A SPLASH PAD: Hit up a few of these splash pads in your area or explore a new neighborhood. • NEW! Reiter Park, Longwood, open Tue.-Sun., 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Free • Shady Park, Winter Park, Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-8 p.m., Sun. 12-8 p.m., Free • Barnett Park, West Orlando, open daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Free • Bithlo Community Park, East Orlando, open daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Free • Capehart Park, East Orlando, open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Free • Center Lake Park, Oviedo, open daily, 9 a.m-9 p.m., Free • Lake Concord Park, Casselberry, open daily, Free • Downtown Interactive Fountain & Splash Pad, Winter Garden, open daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Free

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• NEW! Kit Land Nelson Park Splash Pad, Apopka, open daily, 10 a.m-6 p.m., $2 per person • Downey Park, East Orlando, open daily, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-7 p.m., $1 per person • Dr. P. Phillips Community Park, Southwest Orlando, open daily, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. & 3-7 p.m., $1 per person • Fort Mellon Park, Sanford; Mon., Wed. and Fri., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Tue., Thur. and Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun 12-6 p.m.; $2 per person; free on the first Friday of every month • Trailblazer Park, Lake Mary, open daily, 10 a.m.6 p.m., $2 per person • NEW! Rubber Duckie Water Works at Sesame Street, SeaWorld, open daily, Included with park admission

FIND HIDDEN TREASURE ON THE FLORIDA TRAIL A great section of the Florida Trail runs right through the Little Big Econ State Forest in Oviedo. It’s one of the best hikes in Central Florida for families with kids age 7 and up. Why do we consider this a kid-friendly hike, you ask? For starters, it's an exciting 2.4-mile trail (not too long for the littles) with great canopy coverage for most of the trail, protecting hikers from sun exposure. Plus, there are several interesting things to see along the way to keep kids excited, including a small waterfall, a few walking bridges and a high vantage point along the surprisingly tall banks of the Econ River. There's a little beach oasis along the river where families can stop and play (just keep an eye out for gators). We've also enjoyed swinging from giant vines that hang from the canopy and collecting air plants during our treks. Getting there: Bring two cars. Park one at the Barr Street Trailhead parking lot (off Geneva Drive) so it's waiting for you at the end of your hike. Then jump in the second car and drive to the the area where Evans Boulevard dead-ends at Lockwood Boulevard. Begin your hike at the Florida Trail marker there. Happy trails! Florida Trail, Oviedo Florida Trail, Oviedo

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WATER PARK SEASON Orlando families flock to the water parks, listed here in order from cheapest to most expensive: $ Aquatica: Go on a weekday (Mon.-Fri). and book online in advance to get $45 tickets. $$ Typhoon Lagoon: Enjoy the GLOWING UNICORN (nonalcoholic frozen drink) at H2O Glow Nights (select evenings through Aug. 24). Tickets start at $59 adults and $54 kids (ages 3-9) when purchased online in advance. Guests can arrive as early as 6 p.m.; party runs 8-11 p.m. Photo: @jenniferkozlowluxurytravel $$ LEGOLAND Florida Water Park: Florida PTA members get deeply discounted tickets for $63 per person at floridapta. org/member-perks! $$ Blizzard Beach: $69 adults, $63 kids (ages 3-9) $$ Volcano Bay: Florida resident dynamic pricing starts at $70 adults, $65 kids. $$$ Discovery Cove: Prices are dynamic. The Florida resident all-inclusive rate starts at $144 per person this summer (3 and over). Remember, this includes food, drinks, alcohol (for 21 and over), lockers, mask/snorkel and towels!

KICK IT UP A NOTCH Not the sun bather/lounger type? Plan a day of water play at one of these outfitters. • NEW! Nona Adventure Park: Challenge yourself to the water obstacle course, climbing tower or wakeboarding cable course.

• Paddleboard Orlando: Take a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) family lesson and tour or try a SUP & Swim/Hike Eco Adventure.

• Orlando Watersports Complex: Check out the AquaPark, wakeboarding cable park and Splashes Bistro & Snack Bar.

• Bioluminescent Kayak Tour: Take a night-time kayak ride through the Indian River to experience this natural phenomenon.

• Buena Vista Water Sports: A tropical island playground with kayaks, paddle boards and wave runner rentals. Take wakeboard and waterski lessons on Lake Bryan.

• Wild Florida Airboats: Can you really call yourself a Central Floridian if you haven't been on an airboat ride? We were surprised by how relaxing the ride is.

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MUSEUMS Add in some educational experiences for a well-rounded summer. Attend these summer programs created just for families. • The Mennello Museum of American Art - Every second Sunday of the month from 12-2:30 p.m. is Free Family Funday, which includes free admission, a miniature fine art project and docent touring. Each month has a different theme based on the current art exhibit. Leave some time before you head home to play on the coolest climbing tree in Orlando, right outside in the parking lot. • Morse Museum - This summer, the Tuesday Family Tours (with take-home activity) and Friday Family Film programs are free and focus on pottery. Registration is required. • Orlando Fire Museum - Summer Story Time on August 9 from 10–11:30 a.m. is a free program that features a fire safety lesson, book reading and light refreshments. Story time is recommended for kids up to age 6. RSVP at orlandofiremuseum.org/storytime. • Orlando Museum of Art - Get your kids hooked on art by attending one of the many family programs, such as Book and a Look (story time on select Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for kids ages 2-6), Family Yoga (taught by Kids Yoga instructor on select Fridays at 11 a.m.; includes fun games, music and stories for kids ages 3 and up), Stroller Tours and Creative Connection (an art program for youth with developmental and learning disabilities). • Orlando Science Center - There's something for everyone! Families can work together on a project at The Hive (a makerspace). You won't be able to pull the kids away from digging for dinosaur bones and splashing and climbing at KidsTown. Teens will love The Flight Lab and a movie at the CineDome. A family membership is only $165 per year! • Skeletons: Museum of Osteology - Mark your calendars for Family Fun Day on June 28. For only $10 per person, families can travel around the museum to complete activities at themed touch tables. Add on an owl pellet dissection kit for a $5 upgrade. Afterward, stay and play all day at ICON Park.

PINT-SIZED PAMPERING: Book some TLC for your littles at these salons just for kids! Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Disney Springs Harmony Barber Shop, Magic Kingdom Pigtails & Crewcuts, Winter Springs & Dr. Phillips Pio-Pio Kids Salon, Winter Park & Oviedo Mall Magical Moments, The Spa at Four Seasons NEW! Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids, Winter Park At Sharkey's, children can sit in fun little cars like a police cruiser, Barbie Jeep or Mini Cooper while watching their favorite cartoons or Netflix! Older kids can play Xbox One or PS4 on 40-inch screens or watch their favorite music videos while getting their haircut. Check out this new spot just for kids up to age 14!

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GREAT EXPLORATIONS Let your children roam and explore at these interactive indoor playgrounds. Good luck dragging them out! Arcadia Kids Fun Museum, Oviedo Amaya Papaya, Casselberry Kids Town, South Orlando Little Monsters Learn and Play, Oviedo Lucky Monkey’s, Altamonte Springs Millie Moo’s, Orlando West O2B Kids, Oviedo & Altamonte Springs

CLIMB, BOUNCE AND FLY Indoor obstacle and trampoline parks are all the rage. Get some exercise while having fun at these airconditioned parks.

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• NEW! Altitudes Trampoline Park, Sanford • Boing! Jump Center, Oviedo • NEW! DEFY Orlando, Orlando

MAKE A SKATE DATE Let the good times roll during family programs and events at these skating rinks and parks.

• Monkey Joe's, Winter Park • Planet Obstacle, Lake Mary • Urban Ninja Parkour, Longwood

• RDV Ice Den - Go during public skate or enroll the kids in the Summer Learn to Skate group class that meets once a week for 30-minutes, followed by 15 minutes of practice. There are 4-week and 8-week programs available for kids ages 3 and up.

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• Astro Skate Family Fun Center - Take newbies to roller skating lessons held every Saturday morning ($8) followed by Tiny Tot Skate from 10 a.m.-Noon. No registration required. Or roller jam together during Family Skate on Saturdays from 7:30-10:30 p.m. for only $20 for a family of up to 5 people. • Semoran Skateway - Stop by for weekly Family Fun Night on Tuesdays from 6:30-9 p.m. $6 plus $2 skate rentals. • Metro Skate Park - Calling all skaters, bladers and scooters! Skate indoor all day for $8 ($10 on Saturdays). Helmets are required and are available for rent.

GLAM GOLF Skip the hot golf course and challenge your family to some fun at Drive Shack! There's a free indoor game room, great restaurant and shady, high-tech driving bays that will keep everyone entertained and happy!

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FAMILY SWIM Make your way to Goldfish Swim School in Winter Park on Friday nights from 6:308 p.m. to experience Family Swim at this adorable indoor pool.


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FREE BOWLING FOR KIDS AT ALOMA BOWLING CENTERS! Parents can keep their kids active and entertained at Airport Lanes in Sanford, Boardwalk Bowl in Orlando and Aloma Bowl in Winter Park. These venues offer two free games of bowling per day for kids (age 15 or younger) from June 3 through August 30. The offer is available from open to 5 p.m. at Airport Lanes and Aloma Bowl, and from open to 7 p.m. at Boardwalk Bowl. Parents can bowl for just $2 per game. Additional games for kids are also just $2. All participants must purchase shoe rental, and a parent or guardian must be present. To register for the offer, visit AlomaBowlingCenters.com before the first visit.

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Hidden Palms Ranch (hid denpalmsranch.com) in Sanford offers one-day camps for kids 8 and up on select Fridays from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in June and July. Cost is $100. These camps days create lasting memo ries for horse lovers, wh o work with and learn from their ow n assigned horse. 407-62 0-7880

Gatorland Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Ripley’s Believe It or Not Wild Florida WonderWorks

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EDIBLE ADVENTURES Foodie families should visit these yummy spots in and around the City Beautiful.

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• Chocolate Kingdom Factory Adventure Tour (I-Drive) – This is our favorite educational and interactive tour about the history of chocolate. Guests get to make their own chocolate bar. • Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream (Sanford) – This momowned ice cream parlour has two locations: Audubon Park and the Hourglass District. • Boba Babes Gourmet Tea and Waffle Bar (Sanford) – Grab boba tea or a unicorn waffle and stay to play a board game in downtown historic Sanford. • The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium (CityWalk) – This over-the-top restaurant is a special treat any day of the week with a steam-punk theme, zany shakes and a chocolate-inspired menu. • Edible Education Experience (College Park) – Register the kids for a seed-to-table cooking workshop or bring the whole family for the Chef Night experience at the Emeril Lagasse Kitchen House & Culinary Garden.

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• Boxi Park (Lake Nona) – This outdoor food park will satisfy every family's diverse food preferences; plus, it has a playground and live music to keep the whole brood entertained. It also a good excuse to check out Lake Nona Town Center. • Wondermade (Sanford) – Make a reservation for the monthly marshmallow-making Family Workshop, which takes place on the last Saturday of the month at 11 a.m.

FREE CLASSES & WORKSHOPS Enjoy these free and almost-free hands-on projects for kids! • Home Depot Kids Workshops Work on a DIY project together. Build skills and have fun at Home Depot's free Kids Workshop on the first Saturday of the month from 9 a.m.-Noon. Registration requested. • Lakeshore Learning Stop by every Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. to create a free craft. No reservations necessary. Ages 3 and up.

• Michael's Kids Club Every Saturday from 10 a.m.-Noon, enjoy a half-hour project designed for little makers ages 3 and up. $3 supply fee. • Monthly Mini LEGO Build On the first Tuesday of every month from 5-7 p.m. at the LEGO Store in Disney Springs, kids ages 6-14 get a free mini lego kit to build. Kits are first come-first serve, so arrive early!

Calling All Mermaid FINatics! Mermaids are returning to SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium this summer! Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 31 through June 23, visitors can come face-to-fin with real-life mermaids as they dive into the ocean habitats alongside rays, sharks and all their fishy friends.

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Take advantage of the VIP Mermaid Makeover for $45 or a Pirate Makeover for $35! Makeovers come with face paint, exclusive mermaid goodies and a free digital photo download with a mermaid. Guests can inquire about makeover options at the SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium admissions desk.

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GO PLAY! Family Events Calendar School's out and the temps are high. It’s summertime, and we’ve picked the coolest places to beat the heat while your kiddos are out of school. Edited by Wendy Meyer

H2O GLOW NIGHTS TYPHOON LAGOON Now through August 24 During Disney H2O Glow Nights, the atmosphere transforms into an electric celebration overflowing with splash-tastic surprises. Along with shorter wait times for popular waterslides, you can look forward to a DJ-hosted dance party on the sandy beaches of the Surf Pool and a PLAYful mix of Toy Story-themed experiences, including character greetings with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Jessie! disneyworld.disney.go.com

ENCHANTED FAIRY DOORS ART EXHIBIT HARRY P. LEU GARDENS June 1–September 30 Go on an exploration to find artistic fairy doors hidden in the gardens. This whimsical art exhibit will feature one-of-a-kind fairy doors designed to inspire your child’s imagination. leugardens.org THE WONDERFUL WITCH OF OZ DR. PHILLIPS CENTER June 2, 4 p.m. Families will be mesmerized as the Orlando Metropolitan Ballet Academy retells this classic story with special effects and beautiful sets that will transport you to the magical land of Oz. drphillipscenter.org STORYTIME HARRY P. LEU GARDENS June 3, 10–11 a.m. This is a free indoor event where guests are welcome to stay and play in the gardens. Hotdogs, sausages and ice popsicles will be available for purchase. leugardens.org

ELECTRIC OCEAN NIGHTS SEAWORLD ORLANDO Now through September 1 When the sun goes down, the night comes to life at SeaWorld’s Electric Ocean spectacular. This family dance party immerses you in an exotic world of light and music filled with glowing sea creatures, a live DJ and a spectacular display of fireworks. It’s one of our faves! seaworld.com

4TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF THE SEA FESTIVAL PARK, ORLANDO June 8, 11 a.m. –7 p.m. Festival of the Sea is a family event for people who love of seafood. This outdoor experience offers multiple seafood vendors serving all your favorites, a full beer and wine garden, plus arts & crafts vendors. gopartyent.com/festivalofthesea POPCORN FLICKS IN THE PARK: APOLLO 13 CENTRAL PARK, WINTER PARK June 13, 8 p.m. Grab your science nerds and a picnic blanket to watch a free showing of Apollo 13 under the stars in Winter Park. enzian.org 42 PLAYGROUND Jun / Jul 2019

SNOW WHITE ORLANDO SHAKES June 13–July 28 The Brothers Grimm fairy tale comes to life onstage in a fast-paced, comical rendition of the classic story of love, envy and magic. orlandoshakes.org MASCOT GAMES ANYWAY CENTER June 21–22 The Mascot Games feature approximately 30 mascots from sports teams across the country competing in a variety of games. More than 18,000 fans enjoy thrilling and pulse-pounding competition as mascots from MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA and the Arena Football League battle through gladiator-themed games to see who the true champions of the mascot world are. Since the Mascot Games’ inception, proceeds benefit New Hope for Kids, which provides support to children and families grieving the death of a loved one and grants wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in Central Florida. amwaycenter.com ENZIAN PEANUT BUTTER MATINEE: MRS. DOUBTFIRE ENZIAN THEATER June 30, Noon The Peanut Butter Matinee Family Film Series presents Mrs. Doubtfire. Troubled that he has little access to his children, divorced Daniel Hillard becomes the new nanny. This is a funny and heart-warming movie that will have the whole family laughing. enzian.org RED, HOT AND BOOM CRANES ROOST PARK, ALTAMONTE July 3, 4 p.m.–11p.m. Red Hot & Boom is an Independence Day celebration that features live entertainment by XL106.7 Radio, children’s activities, vendor booths, food, drinks and a 25-minute fireworks display synchronized with a mix of patriotic music and today’s hits. altamonte.org


FIREWORKS AT THE FOUNTAIN LAKE EOLA PARK July 4, 4–11 p.m. Thousands of Central Florida residents and visitors will gather at Lake Eola Park for the 42nd annual Fireworks at the Fountain. The evening concludes with a spectacular fireworks display at 9 p.m. cityoforlando.net FOURTH OF JULY AT SEAWORLD ORLANDO SEAWORLD ORLANDO July 4 This 4th of July, families and friends can enjoy one of Orlando’s most magnificent fireworks displays. The night sky will light up with fireworks, pyrotechnics and lasers during a one-of-a-kind patriotic finale to “Ignite,” SeaWorld’s new end-of-day spectacle. Fireworks can best be viewed from Bayside Stadium. seaworld.com ADVENTHEALTH WATERMELON 5K PARK AVE., WINTER PARK July 4, 7 a.m. This fun-filled family event consists of a 5K around the City of Winter Park brought to you by the Track Shack and AdventHealth. The run begins at 7 a.m. and is immediately followed by a watermelon eating contest at 8 a.m. and a FREE kids run at 8:45 a.m. What could be better than starting off your Independence Day with a 5K? trackshack.com

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COKE ZERO SUGAR 400 DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY July 6 One of NASCAR’s most anticipated events, the Coke Zero Sugar 400, brings together NASCAR racing under the lights with pageantry and patriotism to make for an Independence Day weekend celebration unlike any other. This fan-favorite event includes some of the most exciting racing of the season as drivers battle three-wide for a coveted DAYTONA victory. Pack up your cooler, swimming pool and RV, and be sure to bring your family and friends as the holiday weekend and friendly prices truly make this a family event. daytonainternationalspeedway.com JOJO SIWA D.R.E.A.M. TOUR AMWAY CENTER July 10, 7 p.m.; Doors open at 6 p.m. Nickelodeon superstar JoJo Siwa is a YouTube personality, singer, dancer, entrepreneur, social media influencer, New York Times bestselling author and star on Nickelodeon’s Lip Sync Battle Shorties. amwaycenter.com

SAVE THE DATE: August 17–18 FLORIDA KIDS & FAMILY EXPO ORANGE COUNTY CONVENTION CENTER With 150–200+ exhibitors at this epic expo, families come face-to-face with schools, tutoring services, indoor playgrounds, professional services, birthday party vendors and everything in between. There will be new discoveries for each and every family in attendance! What’s available for the kids? Everything. From a petting farm and pony rides to character meet and greets and sports zones, kids will experience a day of fun you can’t find inside anywhere else! mycentralfloridafamily.com 43 43 PLAYGROUND PLAYGROUND Jun Jun//Jul Jul 2019 2019

POPCORN FLICKS IN THE PARK: THE LITTLE MERMAID 30TH ANNIVERSARY! CENTRAL PARK, WINTER PARK July 11, 8 p.m. Grab your picnic basket and mermaid gear and head to Central Park to watch The Little Mermaid on the outdoor screen. In Disney’s beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel defies her father’s orders and sets off on a wild journey to explore life on land. enzian.org

JUNGLE SAFARI SATURDAY THE FLORIDA MALL July 20, 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Swing by for a dress-up play date full of family fun during Jungle Safari Saturday at The Play Park in The Florida Mall. Kids will have a wild time with Baloo and Mowgli from The Jungle Book and enjoy live animals, face painters, arts and craft stations and so much more! The first 200 children will receive a swag bag full of goodies. Be sure to show off your best animal character costume to have a chance to win one of three grand prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. simon.com/mall/the-florida-mall


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Well, well, aren't you lucky to live in an area with so many party planners, venues and services for your next soiree? Yes, you are!

A Kid’s Gym A space where kids really can monkey around! Jump, climb, play and laugh through our brightly colored, exciting gym area. Every party is packed with activities including trampolines, obstacles courses, parachutes, hoops, balls, games and more. At every party, we aim to create new surprises and fun! Two trained party “Energizers” will lead the kids in organized activities that they will literally flip over. Bring your imagination! Enjoy food and cake and your choice of decorations in our party room. Call today to book your next birthday party! You won't regret it! 1495 Evans St., Oviedo • 407-365-6800 • akidsgym.com

BrincaPlay Host a party your baby actually gets to enjoy with BrincaPlay: colorful, developmentally appropriate and fun soft-play areas designed for babies and toddlers to safely climb, crawl and explore. Get ready to receive compliments from fellow toddler parents whose little ones are not ready for bouncy houses yet. 407-603-6932 • brincaplay.com

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A A SPECIAL SPECIAL ADVERTISING ADVERTISING SECTION SECTION Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens Celebrate your child’s next birthday at the WILDEST place in Town! All ZOOper birthday parties include free Zoo admission, train and carousel ride, pizza, drinks and a reserved parking space for the birthday family. Parties are offered for children ages 1–12 on Saturdays and Sundays all year round with one hour of games, activities, food and fun. 3755 W. Seminole Blvd., Sanford 407-323-4450 ext. 114 centralfloridazoo.org/birthdayparties

Cranium Academy offers the coolest parties for kids ages 2–8, plus a private, worry-free experience for parents. Your action-packed celebration includes up to 24 children and nearly exclusive use of our 10,000+ sq. ft. indoor play areas with customized games, bouncers and slides, parent lounge areas and a private party room. Our party pros handle everything for your child’s special day! 4068 Winter Garden Vineland Rd., Winter Garden 407-294-6950 craniumacademy.com/birthday-parties

The Crayola Experience Add a splash of color to your birthday party when you celebrate at Crayola Experience! Discover the magic of color with 26 hands-on attractions and live shows. From naming and wrapping your very own Crayola Crayon to climbing a twostory playground and even learning how crayons our made. Color your next birthday Crayola! 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trl., Orlando 407-757-1700, #3 crayolaexperience.com

Disney Meetings & Events Whether you’re planning a birthday party or milestone celebration, our team of professionals will collaborate with you to create a tailor-made experience to tell your story. From unique venues and themed décor to the delectable culinary options and unmatched entertainment – we have everything you need to create a memorable event for guests of all ages. With Disney, events aren’t planned, they’re designed. 321-939-4648 • disneymeetingsandevents.com

Florida Film Academy Looking for a birthday party you’ll never forget? Then capture it on film in this 2-hour experience! The birthday child and friends get to make and star in their very own movie, music video or YouTube episode, which we show on our big screen at the end of the experience! 1261 Winter Garden Vineland Rd., #220, Winter Garden 407-654-8400 • flfilmacademy.com

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Goldfish Swim School Nothing says “party” like a 90-degree swimming pool decked out exclusively for a special little boy or girl on their special day! For parents, nothing says “easy” like having the Goldfish team handle all the details and cleanup! Goldfish Swim School Winter Park offers special party packages that include private use of their state-of-the-art learn-to-swim facility. 5445 Lake Howell Rd., Winter Park 407-614-6363 • goldfishswimschool.com/winter-park

Lou & Pepper Party Shop At the Lou & Pepper Party Shop, we believe the little details are what make a party special. Our online shop specializes in unique and fun decorations, tableware, balloons and more for birthday parties and beyond. Our themed collections are perfect for the busy mom, and our beautiful basics pair well with any theme. Let us help you party! 1804 Wingfield Dr., Longwood • 407-476-9659 louandpepper.com • shop@louandpepper.com

Mad Science has birthday parties down to a science! Mad Science parties entertain children of all ages with exciting, high-energy, interactive shows at one of our Mad Science Laboratories (Oviedo Mall or West Oaks Mall in Ocoee) OR at a location of your choice! Kids will be amazed by the number of cool and interactive demonstrations, crazy reactions and activities! Parents will love that Mad Science birthday parties are mess-free, stress-free and hassle-free. Book your party today! 386-898-4570 • CFL.MadScience.org

O2B Kids Five reasons to have a party at O2B Kids: 1. The birthday child feels like a V.I.P.! 2. Your guests will have a blast. 3. We set-up. We clean-up. YOU enjoy! 4. The environment is safe and secure. 5. The party is a GREAT value! Build your own theme or choose a pirate, princess, sports or superhero-themed party. Altamonte Springs: 995 N. State Rd. 434, #600 Oviedo: 1175 Oviedo Mall Blvd., #1005 407-335-4422 • o2bkids.com Orlando Repertory Theatre (The REP) is a professional theatre with a mission to create experiences that enlighten, entertain and enrich families and young audiences. We offer two unique experiences for children's birthday parties. The Applause Package includes a pre-show birthday party and tickets to your selected performance. Upgrade to the Spotlight Package, and you’ll get a REP artist as host and theatre gameleader throughout the party!  1001 E. Princeton St., Orlando 407-896-7365 • orlandorep.com/birthday-parties 46 PLAYGROUND Jun / Jul 2019


A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Orlando Science Center has birthday parties down to a science! Our all-inclusive party packages are designed to take the hassle out of planning your child’s party, so you can relax and celebrate too! Choose the package that works best for you, then customize your event with awesome add-ons and science-themed programming. OSC.org

Orlando Shakes Celebrate your little one’s birthday at Orlando Shakes! Enjoy one of our exciting live performances from the Children’s Series along with a private party in either the Dr. Phillip’s Patrons Room or the beautiful Darden Courtyard. Visit oshak.es/rent to download our Birthday Packet. 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando • 407-447-1700, ext. 200 oshak.es/rent

Orlando Watersports Complex Orlando Watersports Complex is a unique watersports park designed for wake-boarding, wake-skating, wake-surfing, kneeboarding and water-skiing. The world’s most visited wake park has cable systems, a boat lake and aquapark perfect for family days or birthday parties. Enjoy the day swimming, sliding and climbing on the over-the-water inflatable obstacle course! 8615 Florida Rock Rd., Orlando orlandowatersports.com

Painted Oaks Academy Ranch has been the No. 1 destination for children’s pony parties for over 12 years. We offer two all-inclusive party packages for kids ages 3–10. Packages start at $400 for a complete Pony Party for 10 kids, but we can also plan an Ultimate Party for up to 75 kids. Our packages include pony rides, hayrides, games, farm animal feeding, music and a playground. Additions include piñata, bounce house, paint-the-pony, 1925 fire chief truck, face painting, pizza and BBQ. 15100 Lake Pickett Rd., Orlando 407-929-0970 • paintedoaksacademy.com Planet Obstacle A birthday experience in a whole new way! Come celebrate your birthday party at Planet Obstacle, the largest indoor obstacle park. We offer five different party packages, including the VIP Package. All parties include unlimited all-day play, plus one hour in the decorated private party room, a dedicated party host, pizzas and unlimited drinks, party room set-up/clean-up and all the party supplies (plates, cups, napkins, utensils, tablecloths and balloons). Special grip socks will be provided for each guest. 1150 Emma Oaks Trl., #100, Lake Mary • 407-233-3750 planetobstacle.com 47 PLAYGROUND Jun / Jul 2019


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A SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Princesses and Princes Our indoor playground offers the best fully PRIVATE birthday parties for kids ages 0–6. Hosts can relax in our worry-free, Montessori-inspired playground! Let us handle all the details. Our private birthday parties come with premium, custom decorations that will wow and delight the birthday child and guests! Visit our website to see videos, testimonials and to reserve a date! 1637 E. Silver Star Rd., Ocoee 407-601-3566 • princessesandprinces.com

RDV Ice Den Have the COOLEST party ever! Birthday parties at RDV Ice Den include ice skating, a private party room, party leader, set up/ clean up, pizza and unlimited soft drinks. Upgrade your party package to include paper products, decorations, invitations and goody bags – just bring the cake and candles. Call to book your party today! 407-916-2430 • rdviceden.com

Rebounderz of Apopka Looking for a GREAT memory of a fun birthday party for your child? Rebounderz of Apopka throws exceptional parties for every budget! Bring the kids and the cake, and we’ll do the rest! Kids can play hoops and dodgeball, do flips into a foam pit as well as play their favorite games on Xbox and in our arcade! Fun, safety and convenience for mom are our benchmarks! 407-966-3434 • rebounderzapopka.com

Seminole Aerial Adventures Turn your special day into an adventure! Exclusive Kids’ Course parties include admission for a minimum of five children, a reserved picnic area to celebrate the occasion, two slices of pizza per adventurer and a reusable water pouch. Parties can be booked for children ages 5 and up daily throughout the year. Height and weight restrictions apply. 3755 W. Seminole Blvd., Sanford 407-323-4450, ext.114 • centralfloridazoo.org/saa-groups

WonderWorks Turn your birthday upside-down at WonderWorks! Choose from our party packages to experience laser tag, over 100 interactive and hands-on exhibits, a 4D extreme motion ride, virtual roller coaster, indoor ropes course and the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show. With so many adventures to choose from, WonderWorks is the perfect place to celebrate your birthday! 9067 International Dr., Orlando 407-351-8800 • wonderworksonline.com 48 PLAYGROUND Jun / Jul 2019


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Parke House Academy is GROWING! Parke House Academy has been the private elementary preparatory school of choice in the Central Florida area for the past 22 years. We have recently expanded to include a structured academic day in our new Junior Jaguars program for toddlers between 1 and 3 years of age. We recognize the importance of your toddler’s early learning years, and we now offer a program that stimulates their young minds in a safe, fun and educational environment. Our program focuses on social and emotional development, cognitive and language development, physical development, musical skills, artistic expression, introduction to foreign language and imaginative play. For a personal tour around our campus, please call Parke House Academy’s Lower Division at 407-647-1121 or visit us at ParkeHouseAcademy.com.

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