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.
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)
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
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
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
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)
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.
What other activities and events are happening this weekend?