This Weekend Go Out of the House, Not Out of Your Mind

It’s the weekend and for once, we have no sports or birthday party commitments. To some this would be a blessing, but with two kids under three, my family needs action or someone’s gonna get hurt!  If you can relate – or even if you can’t – here are a few fun, inexpensive, kid friendly activities happening this weekend that might be a step up from your favorite playground.

Downtown Orlando Touch-a-Truck

Touch a Truck

Touch a Truck

Give your kids the opportunity to touch, climb, explore and “drive” trucks and construction/emergency vehicles in a safe, fun environment. The kids will exhaust themselves while you capture some great shots of the fun.

When: Saturday, November 15, 9am-1pm; Horns Free: 9-10am; Mr. Richard performance: 10 -11am.

Where: Trinity Lutheran School, 123 East Livingston Street, Orlando, FL 32801

Cost: $5 (four years and up)

Cornell Fine Arts Museum Family Day

CFMA Family Day offers scavenger hunts, tours and hands-on activities for your budding artists; it’s free and you don’t have to clean up the mess. Perfection!

When: Saturday, November 15, 1pm – 5pm

Where: Cornell Fine Arts Museum, 1000 Holt Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

Cost: Free

Orlando Shakespeare Theater: The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley

Follow the adventures of Stanley Lambchop – who’s flat as a pancake! – as he travels the globe. Print off your own Flat Stanley to bring to the show, “Shake your Sillies” during the interactive pre-show and sing along during the show. Great fun for the whole family.

When: Saturday & Sunday, November 15 & 16, 2pm

Where: Orlando Shakespeare Theater, 812 E. Rollins St., Orlando, FL 32803

Cost: $12 for children, $15 for adults

Story Time at any Central Florida Library

Storytime at the Library

Storytime at the Library

All libraries in Central Florida offer story times on Saturday mornings that are specific to certain age groups. Seminole County Libraries offer the nationally recognized Mother Goose on the Loose Early Literacy program and if you’ve never visited the Children’s Department in the Orlando Public Library downtown, you’re missing out!

When: November 15, 2014, times vary by location/age group

Where: Check library sites for locations/times

Cost: Free

Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees

Need a little holiday cheer or ideas for trimming your tree? The Orlando Museum of Art is transformed into a winter wonderland with the Council of 101’s Festival of Trees. Designer trees, wreaths and gingerbread creations are available for purchase – or inspiration! – and the Toyland Town activity area offers some holiday fun for the little ones.

When: November 15 – 23, 10am-5pm

Where:  Orlando Museum of Art, 2416 North Mills Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803

Cost: $10 adults, $6 child (ages 3-11)

Local Farmers Markets

Local Farmers Market

Local Farmers Market

Farmers Markets are free and offer an opportunity to be productive and support your local community (hello, fresh produce!) while enjoying the weather and letting out some energy (most have playgrounds conveniently located nearby). The Winter Park Farmer’s Market and the Orlando Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola are two of the larger, more popular venues.

When & Where: For locations and times, refer to this site.

Cost: Free

What other activities and events are happening this weekend?

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