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Letter from the Publisher

Letter from the Publisher

After completing a decade of publications and now into our 11th year in print, it might be a good time to reintroduce ourselves to you. If you’re visiting PLAYGROUND for the first time, we’re so glad you found us! PLAYGROUND is a regional...

Our Team

Wendy Meyer

Wendy Meyer is a Winter Park mom to son, Beckett, a self-proclaimed #Disnerd and an integral collaborator at PLAYGROUND Magazine. She currently holds the titles of social media manager, events editor and writer. (That's what happens when you're good at everything they throw at ya!) You can read her single-mom musings on her blog: Mommy’s Little Rebel.

Heather Reneau

Heather Reneau is an Oviedo mom of two and a graphic designer/art director with a natural flair for writing. Her entrepreneurial spirit has led her down many business paths, including conceiving and producing PLAYGROUND Magazine back in 2007. It's her passion to celebrate local people and spread the word about quality family businesses, services and events in Orlando and beyond.

Cortney Thekan

Cortney Thekan lives in Conway and is the mother of two brilliant, quirky kids. She serves as PLAYGROUND Magazine’s irreplaceable editor-at-large, business consultant and den mother. Cortney is the owner of Core Publishing, providing professional writing and editing services to businesses large and small.

Jessica Friend

Jessica Friend lives in Audubon Park with her husband and daughter. She is PLAYGROUND Magazine’s all-around creative mama, helping with photography, graphic and web design and editorial planning. Jessica also operates her own thriving photography business: Jessica Friend Photo Design.

Alicia McKee

Alicia McKee lives in Apopka with her husband and daughter. She is PLAYGROUND Magazine’s advertising coordinator and E-newsletter guru. Alicia came to us excited to have found a magazine that helped her navigate the new world of parenting. We put her right to work on the many important tasks surrounding our advertising partners.

Brant Muekeley

Brant Muekeley is married to the publisher and uses his engineering mind to crunch the numbers for PLAYGROUND as our financial manager. He works behind-the-scenes generating invoices and writing checks to keep PLAYGROUND financially successful. Brant is also the owner of Measure Dynamics of Orlando, which provides laser measuring and drafting services.

Alisha Champ

Alisha Champ lives in Ocoee but travels all around Central Florida attending to multiple creative projects and assisting parents with the business of their lives. Alisha is PLAYGROUND Magazine’s special projects manager and fashion editor. She is also the owner of Consider Any Thing Done, where she assists families with everything from babysitting to interior design.

Jessica Ventura

Jessica Ventura lives in Baldwin Park with her husband and two kids. She is PLAYGROUND Magazine’s advertising manager and biggest fan. Jessica knows local business is the backbone of our community, and she works hard to create exciting marketing options for our partners. She is also a successful independent business consultant for Rodan+Fields.

Contributors

Amy Nielsen

Amy is a former educator of 20 years. She has four children ranging in age from 3 to 30. In addition to being a mother, she enjoys watching sports and traveling. She is also a special needs advocate and you can read her blog Big Abilities.

Tracey C. Velt

Tracey C. Velt is a married mom of two children living in Heathrow. She's a UCF graduate and has been the editor-in-chief of regional and statewide magazines. In 2004, she start her own freelance writing and editing business, Tracey Velt Consulting. She's also a regular contributor of PLAYGROUND Magazine.

Amanda Green

Amanda Green is a native Floridian and mother of two. She enjoys writing about travel, family, adventure, and living the Florida lifestyle. Look for her next time you're outside exploring Central Florida's parks and trails.

Nicole Mitchem Photography

Nicole Mitchem is a Florida Native, proud mom of three sons and a former model. She picked up a camera when her oldest son was born 18 years ago and fell in love with photography. Nicole has been shooting professionally ever since. Her desire is to convey vibrance, fun and expression in all of her work.

Betsy Jewell

Betsy Jewell is a Central Florida-based content creator and mother of two teenage boys. After a long career managing projects and producing digital content for a certain mouse, she has set off on a new adventure as a podcaster and blogger at betsyjewell.com.

Christa Melnyk Hines

Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two boys. Christa is the author of "Confidently Connected: A Mom's Guide to a Satisfying Social Life."

Simply Shelby Photography

Simply Shelby Photography is an Orlando mom of three children and natural light photographer. During her photo sessions, her goal is to create a fun experience for your family that will result in capturing true and candid moments together.

Amanda Keefer

Amanda Keefer is a Lake Nona mom and the author of the travel blog "Mamma Mia!". She spends her days at Produce for Kids educating families on the importance of a healthy diet full of fruits and veggies.

Kristen Manieri

Kristen Manieri is a writer, mindfulness teacher and coach. As the host of the 60 Mindful Minutes podcast, she interviews authors and thought leaders about what it means to live a more connected, conscious and intentional life. She shares her life with her two daughters, her husband, and their three cats in Orlando.

Lisa Beach

Lisa Beach is a local mom, freelance journalist, content marketing specialist and copywriter. Check out her writer’s website at LisaBeachWrites.com.

Katy M. Clark

Katy M. Clark is a writer who celebrates her imperfections as a mom at ExperiencedBadMom.com.

JJ West

JJ West lives in Oviedo with her husband and three children. She is a former teacher and a “wannabe blogger.” When she isn’t changing diapers, preparing snacks or answering a million questions, she enjoys the beach, sweet tea and college football. You can read more about faith, family and funny stories on her blog, Mrs. JJ West.

Viviana Valencia-Serrano

Viviana is the Assistant Manager for Community Relations of the Orange County Library System. She holds an M.L.I.S. from the University of South Florida and has 10 years experience as a Children’s Librarian. Viviana is a voracious reader, obsessed with all things Harry Potter and is happy to pass that on to her 5-year-old son.

Tiffany Doerr Guerzon

Tiffany Doerr Guerzon is a freelance writer and the mother of three children. Her family mission statement is “We Pay Attention.” You can find more of her articles at TDGuerzon.com.

Marliese Carmona Photography

Marliese Carmona is a commercial and editorial photographer in Central Florida. She is a toddler chasing, yoga loving, mad scientist creative with two kids, a house full of corgis, and a serious, serious love affair with light. Marliese also develops talent portfolios for models and actors in the Florida market.

Stephanie Patterson

Stephanie Patterson is the managing editor for Orlando Date Night Guide, a local photographer, travel blogger and food tour guide. She shares her creativity on traveltasteclick.com.

Malia Jacobson

Malia Jacobson is an award-winning health and parenting journalist and mom of three. Her latest book is Sleep Tight, Every Night: Helping Toddlers and Preschoolers Sleep Well Without Tears, Tricks, or Tirades.

Dana Nichols

DANA NICHOLS is an exhausted mommy of two, but she’s enjoying every moment. She loves mom life, shopping, eating, taking photos and exploring Central Florida. Dana catalogs all of these things on her Momlando blog.

Megan Navarro

Megan Navarro is a Central Florida native, born and raised in DeLand and has lived in Orlando for most of her adult life. She is a graduate of the UCF Rosen School of Hospitality Management and is an accomplished professional photographer. Megan produces the YouTube channel "I am Megan Navarro," where she specializes in budget-friendly home décor and organization tips, as well as awesome family-friendly adventures in Orlando. Megan is a truly positive person and lives by the motto: To the Top, Never Stop!

Stephanie Vatalaro

Stephanie Vatalaro is a lifelong angler. She works to introduce newcomers to the water as senior vice president of marketing & communications for the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation and its Take Me Fishing initiative. Outside of work, you’re likely to find her fishing and boating with her family.

Kate De Luca

Kate De Luca is an Orlando mom and wellness advocate who has fun beingcreative with healthy foods she buys at Trader Joe's. For more easy recipes that parents and kids can follow, check out Kate’s Instagram @katedoesjoes.

Avani Desai

Avani Desai is a mom of two, executive vice president at Schellman & Company, member of board of directors at Central Florida Foundation and co-chair of 100 Women Strong, a collective giving initiative of the Central Florida Foundation that inspires women in Central Florida to help improve the lives of women and children through strategic philanthropy.

Dr. Mandana Nabizadeh, DDS

Dr. Mandana Nabizadeh, DDS, known to her patients as Dr. Nabi, attended the University of Illinois at Chicago and earned her D.D.S. degree in general dentistry. She specializes in working with pediatric dental patients in the downtown Orlando-based pediatric practice Your Downtown Dentistry. Dr. Nabi is married to Dr. Ali Behzadi and has a young daughter, Melody.

Debbie Helton

Debbie is a local mom and owner of The Craft Shack in Longwood, which provides arts and crafts enrichment with a recycled flair through scheduled classes, private parties and corporate meetings.

Dr. Sanam Hafeez

Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens.

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr. Oz.

Galina Sullivan

Galina Sullivan lives in Tampa with her husband, John, and her two kids, Sophia (11) and Theo (5). The four of them love to travel together as a family and explore places near and far. You can follow Galina and her family travel adventures on Instagram at @kidslivemodern.

Megan Padilla

Megan may live in Orlando, but her friends know she and her family are gypsy nomads at heart. She writes about travel and passionate people who do cool things. Follow her on Instagram @travelswithmeg.

Kodi Churchill

Kodi Churchill is an Orlando mom to a spunky 2-year old boy and enjoys fostering cats, listening to 90's band Hanson and watching Disney movies. Her previous roles include writing and marketing for the tech and sports media corporations. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Maddy Zollo

Maddy Zollo Rusbosin is writer, editor and stylist living the downtown life in Thornton Park. She's a new mom thanks to her sweet baby daughter, Jackie, and loves writing about her adventures in motherhood for PLAYGROUND. The Winter Park native spent almost a decade in New York working as a beauty editor before returning to The Sunshine State. Check out her other work at maddyzollo.com.

Angelique Luna

Angelique Luna is a sex education advocate, coach, educator and entertainer. She is mom to her daughter, Diva (a nickname), and believes that education is essential in keeping our children safe.

Angela Browning

Angela C. Browning and her husband, Brandon, are the proud Orlando-based parents of three boys. Angela holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and literature from Eastern Michigan University and earned her Juris Doctor from Ave Maria School of Law. Follow her group’s effort at facebook.com/groups/ocpsrecess and @RestoreRecess on Twitter.

Jodi Aman

As a Family Therapist for over 20 years, Jodi empowers people to become their own healer. As an anxiety survivor and a mom of teens, Jodi totally gets it. Her TEDxWilmington talk, “Calm Anxious Kids,” and her new book, Anxiety...I’m So Done with You! are changing the way we understand the current mental health crisis.

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March 12 to May 16

Get ready to Spring It On with an itinerary full of family-friendly seasonal escapes! With our Once Upon A Spring events and activities, including an all-new interactive live show – Paint Me A Fairytale, Spring-inspired scavenger hunts, art activities, cookie decorating, live entertainment, and more, we are ready to help you celebrate the season. All events have been thoughtfully designed with social distancing in mind and our enhanced Commitment to Clean protocols.

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March 5 to July 5

Connect with nature while wandering through family-friendly exhibits and interactive gardens geared specifically to kids at the Taste of Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. Join the fun March 3 to July 5, 2021. 

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May 1

Oceans of flavor and fun are waiting at SeaWorld. From foodies to families, everyone will find tasty delights among more than 200 distinct (and mostly new this year!) offerings. It’s the most we’ve ever had, and it makes Seven Seas the biggest theme park food festival in Orlando. Explore more than 50 fresh global cuisine choices to pair with over 75 wine and cocktail selections and 75 craft beers. Revitalize your taste buds as you share this welcoming, open-air experience every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Now – May 9, and President's Day, Feb. 15. Add a taste of rock, country, Latin, or 90s throwback sounds at our live music shows, and enjoy even more diverse entertainment and surprises at special times like Mardi Gras and Cinco de Mayo. With exquisite flavors to top off exhilarating coasters and extraordinary animals, our Seven Seas Food Festival is a voyage to stir the soul—and warm the belly!

SeaWorld is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. All theaters and stadiums at SeaWorld Orlando operate at a limited capacity with modified seating to prevent proper physical distancing. Live concert audio will also be broadcasted to additional areas of the park for your enjoyment during the festival.

 

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May 1
  • The Winter Park Farmers’ Market is normally held at the old train depot, located at 200 West New England Avenue, that has been restored into an historical landmark that hosts this NUMBER ONE produce and plant market in Central Florida. The market takes place every Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is a popular community gathering place that provides fine produce, plants, baked goods and so much more.
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Nature Play
9:00 am / 4:00 pm
May 1

fresh blueberries, peaches, sunflowers and zinnias available for picking here at your local farm!
FAQ's:
• Flower field passes are required to enter the sunflower and zinnia fields and can be purchased at the farm. $5 plus tax for guests 10 and over, $2 plus tax for guests 3 to 9. Children 2 and under are free.
• There are no admission fees or reservations required, stop by any time that we are open.
• Face masks required for guests over 3 when under covered barns, in lines and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
• Animals, including dogs, are strictly prohibited due to state and federal food safety regulations.
• Entrance gates close at 3:30 pm.
At the farm:
• Fresh blueberry, peach, zinnia, and sunflower picking!
• Food trucks (Updates coming soon).
• Live music. (Updates coming soon).
• Local craft beer, wine, hard seltzer, light beer, frozen concoctions and blueberry mimosas from The Beer Shed.
• Donuts, blueberry cobbler, muffins and more seasonal treats from our bakery, Southern Hill Sweets.
• Shop our own handcrafted goodies in our Southern Hill Market. Think raw, unfiltered honey, hand poured candles and handmade sugar scrubs.
• Rooftop deck.
• Permanent restrooms with baby changing tables.
• Picnic tables. First come, first served.
• Fire pits.
Kids Zone:
• Our unlimited play wristband gives you all-day access to our kids zone activities! $10 plus tax for children under 42", 42" and taller is $14 plus tax per individual.
• Available 9 am to 4 pm.
• Includes access to our rock climbing wall, jump pillows, bounce houses, festival swing, giant fun slide, obstacle course, sports game, and rock wall.
• Please note that you must be 42" or taller to participate in our rock climbing wall and festival swing. Closed toe shoes are required for the rock climbing wall.
Prices:
• $2 per u-pick sunflower.
• $3 per pre-cut sunflower.
• $1 per u-pick zinnia.
• $4/lb u-pick peaches.
• $5/lb u-pick blueberries.
• $12 for 2 lbs pre-picked blueberries.
• $3/lb frozen blueberries (packaged in approximately 4 to 5 lb bags).
• Birthday Pavilions available for rent for half day (3 hours) or full day (6 hours) rentals. Contact our event manager, Sharla, at sharla@southernhillfarms.com for more details.
• You’re responsible for paying for everything that you pick.
• Cash, debit and all major credit cards accepted.
Keep in mind:
• No animals, including dogs, are allowed on the farm.
• Face masks are required.
• No outside alcohol, coolers and catered meals.
• Schofield Road is a Lake County clay road.
• Southern Hill Farms is a working farm, you will be parking and walking in grass and unpaved areas.
• All events are subject to change or cancellation due to inclement weather and crop availability.
• Always check our website on the day of your planned visit for final event details.
Hours and directions:
• Address - 16651 Schofield Road, Clermont, FL 34714.
• Hours - 9 am to 4 pm, entry ends at 3:30 pm.
• https://southernhillfarms.com/hours-and-directions.
WARNING
Under Florida law, an agritourism operator is not liable for injury or death of, or damage or loss to, a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if such injury, death, damage, or loss results from the inherent risks of the agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury, death, damage, or loss. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity. Chapter 2013 – 179, Section 570.96.

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
May 1

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

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10:00 am / 2:00 pm
May 1

Weekly Open House every Saturday at The Orlando School of Music!!

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.!

Come visit us to view the school, receive a VIP tour of the school, and schedule a trial lesson! We have a lot of great perks for students and parents!

4968 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803! (321) 281-8386!

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10:00 am / 6:00 pm
May 1

Please join us on Saturday May 1st from 10am-6pm and Sunday May 2nd, 2021 from 10am-5pm on the beautiful brick streets of Historic Downtown Sanford, FL for the 10th Annual St. Johns River Festival of the Arts!
This is a Fine Arts & Fine Crafts event filled with artwork from some of the best artists across the country! See Art-in-Action from live artist demonstrations. Create your own piece of artwork at workshops scheduled during the weekend.
Enjoy gourmet tastes at our 'Culinary Arts Court' while you listen to the sounds of acoustic performers.
Aligned with our theme of "Art-in-Action", we will have talented chalk artists adding more color to the streets of Historic Downtown Sanford!
Come spend the day with us and take home a beautiful piece of art to add to your art collection!
ABOUT HISTORIC DOWNTOWN SANFORD
The Historic Downtown Sanford District in Central Florida is a global travel destination featuring award-winning restaurants, craft breweries, gastropubs, shopping, world-class events, street festivals, concerts, theaters, art galleries, and a spectacular marina featuring fishing, boating and dinner cruises.

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May 1

Dad's bring your child or children in and help them learn how to create a no-muss, no-fuss breakfast in bed for Mom's special day.
Price is for a parent/child combo, add one seat to cart.
Menu
-Cream Cheese-Stuffed French Toast with Fresh Strawberry Compote & Citrus-Scented Whipped Cream
-Bacon & Egg Cups
-Brown Butter-Toffee Blondies
-Fizzy Orange Juice with a Strawberry "Rose"
What to expect
Price is for a parent/child combo, add one seat to cart.
Big & Little Chef series classes are designed specifically for a guardian/parent, older sibling (18 or older), etc. paired with a young chef. Each pair will work together (along with the rest of the students) to create delicious recipes that are appropriate for adults and kids alike. Big Chef must be 18 or older. Little Chef age range: 5–12 years old.
About the chef / instructor
This class will be led by our expert Aprons staff member.
Other details
Reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Cancellations must be made 72 hours in advance of the class for a refund. Full payment for all classes is required at time of registration. Price includes recipes, demonstration, and samples of the food prepared. Publix may cancel classes not meeting enrollment standards, in which case any payment remitted will be refunded. Publix reserves the right to change recipes or substitute instructors for any reason.
Please be aware that our products, prepared items, and cooking school facilities may have had contact with the following food allergens: fish, eggs, milk, wheat, peanuts, soybeans, tree nuts, and shellfish. Please do not attend Cooking School class(es) if you or your guests have, or have been exposed to, any communicable diseases including cold, flu, etc.

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10:30 am / 11:30 am
May 1

Yoga in the Garden FOR KIDS!
Ages: Recommended for Ages 4-12
Date: Saturday, May 1st
Time: 10:30am -11:30am

Cost: $10 per child after April 10th
Location: The Grove Stage
This is a yoga class with the additional element of a story time. The participants will hear a story and interact by performing yoga poses just like animals do outside in their natural habitats. This class is unique and involves lessons about nature in the community nature space of Mead Botanical Garden. This class is physical exercise while enjoying and learning in the outdoors.

  • Parents are welcome to join in and participate with their child or walk around and enjoy Mead Garden while your child is doing yoga.
  • We do ask that parents/guardians stay onsite and do not leave the property while your child is in class.
  • SPECIAL REQUEST that child participant's parent/ guardian remain on Mead Garden property for the duration of the 1 hour class time.
    A portion of class cost goes to support MBG’s non-profit organization.
    Class Size is Limited to 15 child participants.
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May 1

Public skating is for children 12 years old and younger and their parents.
$8.00 admission includes regular skate rental

Adults that want to skate the admission is only $5.00 with every paid child and as always non skating chaperones are free.

Need a lesson?

For $10.00, come in at 9 a.m. and have instruction from 9:15 to 10 a.m., which includes our Tiny Tot public session and regular skate rental!

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Nature Play
May 1

Fables on the Farm is a children's fun time here at Wildflower Farm.

They will read a children's book in our pasture pavilion. After the book reading, the baby goats will come join for a meet and greet! We will supply fresh greens you can feed them.

Then they will ask for you to help to us give the "kids" a bottle of warm milk!

Farm products, local craft items and merchandise will be available for purchase.
Admission is $12.50 per person. (1 and under free)

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May 1

Maitland presents a special Movie in the Park presentation of "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," Maitland's Movie is rescheduled to Saturday, May 1, at Independence Square next to City Hall.
Games, giveaways, and movie trivia begin at 7 p.m. The movie starts at 8:30 p.m.
Admission is free. Plenty of free parking is available around the park.

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May 1

All Your Favorite Classic Cars Come Together at One Place.

Join us every Saturday and take a trip down memory lane. The Old Town Classic Car Show has been a local tradition for over 30 years, it is one of the premier weekly car shows in Central Florida.

The Saturday Classic Car Show begins at 1:00 pm and welcomes show-quality 1983 and older hot rods, street rods, and antiques. Cars will cruise at 8:30 pm and all registered cars are able to participate.

The Classic Car Show is free for participants and free for the public to attend. It's the perfect outing for families of every generation, young and old, to enjoy.

Here are some reminders and safety precautions to ensure everyone enjoys their time at Old Town:
- Practice safe social distancing between you and other guests of at least 6 feet.
- No gatherings or congregating of more than 10 individuals.
- Face masks or coverings are strongly encouraged while you enjoy Old Town.
- Face masks are county mandated inside public facilities in Osceola County.
- Old Town has placed additional sanitizing stations throughout the property and at each restroom.
- All Old Town staff, security and housekeeping are required to be temperature checked and wear masks at all times.
- Old Town requires cars be parked at least 6 feet apart to ensure cruiser and guest safety.

For more information on how to stay safe and healthy during your visit to Old Town, please visit Stay Safe.

PARTICIPATING CLASSIC CARS: enter Old Town from Highway 192 under the east (left) side of the Jukebox signs where you’ll be greeted by Event Staff. They will then direct you to a security escort down the brick streets. Please do not drive on the bricks without permission.

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May 2

Oceans of flavor and fun are waiting at SeaWorld. From foodies to families, everyone will find tasty delights among more than 200 distinct (and mostly new this year!) offerings. It’s the most we’ve ever had, and it makes Seven Seas the biggest theme park food festival in Orlando. Explore more than 50 fresh global cuisine choices to pair with over 75 wine and cocktail selections and 75 craft beers. Revitalize your taste buds as you share this welcoming, open-air experience every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Now – May 9, and President's Day, Feb. 15. Add a taste of rock, country, Latin, or 90s throwback sounds at our live music shows, and enjoy even more diverse entertainment and surprises at special times like Mardi Gras and Cinco de Mayo. With exquisite flavors to top off exhilarating coasters and extraordinary animals, our Seven Seas Food Festival is a voyage to stir the soul—and warm the belly!

SeaWorld is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. All theaters and stadiums at SeaWorld Orlando operate at a limited capacity with modified seating to prevent proper physical distancing. Live concert audio will also be broadcasted to additional areas of the park for your enjoyment during the festival.

 

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Nature Play
9:00 am / 4:00 pm
May 2

fresh blueberries, peaches, sunflowers and zinnias available for picking here at your local farm!
FAQ's:
• Flower field passes are required to enter the sunflower and zinnia fields and can be purchased at the farm. $5 plus tax for guests 10 and over, $2 plus tax for guests 3 to 9. Children 2 and under are free.
• There are no admission fees or reservations required, stop by any time that we are open.
• Face masks required for guests over 3 when under covered barns, in lines and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
• Animals, including dogs, are strictly prohibited due to state and federal food safety regulations.
• Entrance gates close at 3:30 pm.
At the farm:
• Fresh blueberry, peach, zinnia, and sunflower picking!
• Food trucks (Updates coming soon).
• Live music. (Updates coming soon).
• Local craft beer, wine, hard seltzer, light beer, frozen concoctions and blueberry mimosas from The Beer Shed.
• Donuts, blueberry cobbler, muffins and more seasonal treats from our bakery, Southern Hill Sweets.
• Shop our own handcrafted goodies in our Southern Hill Market. Think raw, unfiltered honey, hand poured candles and handmade sugar scrubs.
• Rooftop deck.
• Permanent restrooms with baby changing tables.
• Picnic tables. First come, first served.
• Fire pits.
Kids Zone:
• Our unlimited play wristband gives you all-day access to our kids zone activities! $10 plus tax for children under 42", 42" and taller is $14 plus tax per individual.
• Available 9 am to 4 pm.
• Includes access to our rock climbing wall, jump pillows, bounce houses, festival swing, giant fun slide, obstacle course, sports game, and rock wall.
• Please note that you must be 42" or taller to participate in our rock climbing wall and festival swing. Closed toe shoes are required for the rock climbing wall.
Prices:
• $2 per u-pick sunflower.
• $3 per pre-cut sunflower.
• $1 per u-pick zinnia.
• $4/lb u-pick peaches.
• $5/lb u-pick blueberries.
• $12 for 2 lbs pre-picked blueberries.
• $3/lb frozen blueberries (packaged in approximately 4 to 5 lb bags).
• Birthday Pavilions available for rent for half day (3 hours) or full day (6 hours) rentals. Contact our event manager, Sharla, at sharla@southernhillfarms.com for more details.
• You’re responsible for paying for everything that you pick.
• Cash, debit and all major credit cards accepted.
Keep in mind:
• No animals, including dogs, are allowed on the farm.
• Face masks are required.
• No outside alcohol, coolers and catered meals.
• Schofield Road is a Lake County clay road.
• Southern Hill Farms is a working farm, you will be parking and walking in grass and unpaved areas.
• All events are subject to change or cancellation due to inclement weather and crop availability.
• Always check our website on the day of your planned visit for final event details.
Hours and directions:
• Address - 16651 Schofield Road, Clermont, FL 34714.
• Hours - 9 am to 4 pm, entry ends at 3:30 pm.
• https://southernhillfarms.com/hours-and-directions.
WARNING
Under Florida law, an agritourism operator is not liable for injury or death of, or damage or loss to, a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if such injury, death, damage, or loss results from the inherent risks of the agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury, death, damage, or loss. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity. Chapter 2013 – 179, Section 570.96.

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May 2

New Weekly Indoor Sunday Market inside the Altamonte Springs Mall featuring Fresh Produce, Packaged Foods, Food Finds, Flowers, Local Artisans just off Center Court 1st floor

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
May 3

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
May 4

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
May 5

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

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May 5

What:
Take a stroll through the galleries with infants and toddlers in tow! Join a Museum educator for a one-hour tour of OMA with lively discussion and engaging experiences. Crying and chatty babies are welcome! Both babies and adults can gaze at colorful and intriguing works of art without the fear of being disruptive. This tour offers something for everyone! Sponsored by Orlando Health Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies.
Pre-registration is required. This spring, each tour is limited to 10 adults. All participants, except children under the age of two, must wear face coverings per CDC recommendations.
Who:
Parents, grandparents, caregivers, toddlers, and infants.
Price:
$12 (the price of general admission); FREE for members; $10 for additional adults
When:
Select Wednesdays; 10:30 a.m.

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Nature Play
May 5

Fables on the Farm is a children's fun time here at Wildflower Farm.

They will read a children's book in our pasture pavilion. After the book reading, the baby goats will come join for a meet and greet! We will supply fresh greens you can feed them.

Then they will ask for you to help to us give the "kids" a bottle of warm milk!

Farm products, local craft items and merchandise will be available for purchase.
Admission is $12.50 per person. (1 and under free)

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Foodie Fun
5:00 pm
May 5

On Wednesdays, kids eat free* with the Little Piglet Dinner Special.

Wednesday, starting at 5pm, stop by Pig Floyd's locations for dinner and along with your dinner purchase, your child can enjoy a Quesadilla or Chicken tender kids meal, ON US.
Don't have kids, perfect night to invite a friend that does.

See you for dinner!

*Special offer restricted to this date/time only and applies to quesadilla or chicken tender kids meals. Items cannot be substituted.
FoodKid FriendlyFood tasting

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
May 6

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

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May 6

When: Thursday, May 6
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Registration is required through this site

In this webinar, you will learn about our most common Florida sharks, their ecology, conservation status, threats, and fishing regulations.
Armando is a UF/IFAS Extension Sea Grant agent in Pinellas County. His extension programs focus on artificial reefs, water quality/quantity, fisheries, and marine resource conservation.

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May 6

You can do the $25 drop-in class rate or monthly membership is $75. There are limited spots available so please be sure to message me to reserve your spot. Social distancing will be practiced during this class.

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May 7

Oceans of flavor and fun are waiting at SeaWorld. From foodies to families, everyone will find tasty delights among more than 200 distinct (and mostly new this year!) offerings. It’s the most we’ve ever had, and it makes Seven Seas the biggest theme park food festival in Orlando. Explore more than 50 fresh global cuisine choices to pair with over 75 wine and cocktail selections and 75 craft beers. Revitalize your taste buds as you share this welcoming, open-air experience every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Now – May 9, and President's Day, Feb. 15. Add a taste of rock, country, Latin, or 90s throwback sounds at our live music shows, and enjoy even more diverse entertainment and surprises at special times like Mardi Gras and Cinco de Mayo. With exquisite flavors to top off exhilarating coasters and extraordinary animals, our Seven Seas Food Festival is a voyage to stir the soul—and warm the belly!

SeaWorld is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. All theaters and stadiums at SeaWorld Orlando operate at a limited capacity with modified seating to prevent proper physical distancing. Live concert audio will also be broadcasted to additional areas of the park for your enjoyment during the festival.

 

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
May 7

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

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7:00 pm / 9:00 pm
May 7

Host A Family Movie Night At Home

Gather the gang for Family Night, weekly family viewing events featuring movie specials or themed programming.

Download printable Family Night movie tickets , movie marquee signs and a movie snack box !

Don't miss family night every Friday from 7 - 9 PM on PBS KIDS!

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May 8

Oceans of flavor and fun are waiting at SeaWorld. From foodies to families, everyone will find tasty delights among more than 200 distinct (and mostly new this year!) offerings. It’s the most we’ve ever had, and it makes Seven Seas the biggest theme park food festival in Orlando. Explore more than 50 fresh global cuisine choices to pair with over 75 wine and cocktail selections and 75 craft beers. Revitalize your taste buds as you share this welcoming, open-air experience every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Now – May 9, and President's Day, Feb. 15. Add a taste of rock, country, Latin, or 90s throwback sounds at our live music shows, and enjoy even more diverse entertainment and surprises at special times like Mardi Gras and Cinco de Mayo. With exquisite flavors to top off exhilarating coasters and extraordinary animals, our Seven Seas Food Festival is a voyage to stir the soul—and warm the belly!

SeaWorld is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. All theaters and stadiums at SeaWorld Orlando operate at a limited capacity with modified seating to prevent proper physical distancing. Live concert audio will also be broadcasted to additional areas of the park for your enjoyment during the festival.

 

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May 8
  • The Winter Park Farmers’ Market is normally held at the old train depot, located at 200 West New England Avenue, that has been restored into an historical landmark that hosts this NUMBER ONE produce and plant market in Central Florida. The market takes place every Saturday morning from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is a popular community gathering place that provides fine produce, plants, baked goods and so much more.
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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
May 8

Buckle up for your wildest car ride yet! Travel down gravel paths within our Drive-thru Safari Park and discover more than 100 native and exotic animals roaming freely. During your journey, you’ll have the opportunity to observe a variety of animals often only found around the world. Enjoy identifying species from as far away as the African savanna to others from the deciduous forests of North America, all from the comfort of your own car.

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Nature Play
9:00 am / 4:00 pm
May 8

fresh blueberries, peaches, sunflowers and zinnias available for picking here at your local farm!
FAQ's:
• Flower field passes are required to enter the sunflower and zinnia fields and can be purchased at the farm. $5 plus tax for guests 10 and over, $2 plus tax for guests 3 to 9. Children 2 and under are free.
• There are no admission fees or reservations required, stop by any time that we are open.
• Face masks required for guests over 3 when under covered barns, in lines and when social distancing cannot be maintained.
• Animals, including dogs, are strictly prohibited due to state and federal food safety regulations.
• Entrance gates close at 3:30 pm.
At the farm:
• Fresh blueberry, peach, zinnia, and sunflower picking!
• Food trucks (Updates coming soon).
• Live music. (Updates coming soon).
• Local craft beer, wine, hard seltzer, light beer, frozen concoctions and blueberry mimosas from The Beer Shed.
• Donuts, blueberry cobbler, muffins and more seasonal treats from our bakery, Southern Hill Sweets.
• Shop our own handcrafted goodies in our Southern Hill Market. Think raw, unfiltered honey, hand poured candles and handmade sugar scrubs.
• Rooftop deck.
• Permanent restrooms with baby changing tables.
• Picnic tables. First come, first served.
• Fire pits.
Kids Zone:
• Our unlimited play wristband gives you all-day access to our kids zone activities! $10 plus tax for children under 42", 42" and taller is $14 plus tax per individual.
• Available 9 am to 4 pm.
• Includes access to our rock climbing wall, jump pillows, bounce houses, festival swing, giant fun slide, obstacle course, sports game, and rock wall.
• Please note that you must be 42" or taller to participate in our rock climbing wall and festival swing. Closed toe shoes are required for the rock climbing wall.
Prices:
• $2 per u-pick sunflower.
• $3 per pre-cut sunflower.
• $1 per u-pick zinnia.
• $4/lb u-pick peaches.
• $5/lb u-pick blueberries.
• $12 for 2 lbs pre-picked blueberries.
• $3/lb frozen blueberries (packaged in approximately 4 to 5 lb bags).
• Birthday Pavilions available for rent for half day (3 hours) or full day (6 hours) rentals. Contact our event manager, Sharla, at sharla@southernhillfarms.com for more details.
• You’re responsible for paying for everything that you pick.
• Cash, debit and all major credit cards accepted.
Keep in mind:
• No animals, including dogs, are allowed on the farm.
• Face masks are required.
• No outside alcohol, coolers and catered meals.
• Schofield Road is a Lake County clay road.
• Southern Hill Farms is a working farm, you will be parking and walking in grass and unpaved areas.
• All events are subject to change or cancellation due to inclement weather and crop availability.
• Always check our website on the day of your planned visit for final event details.
Hours and directions:
• Address - 16651 Schofield Road, Clermont, FL 34714.
• Hours - 9 am to 4 pm, entry ends at 3:30 pm.
• https://southernhillfarms.com/hours-and-directions.
WARNING
Under Florida law, an agritourism operator is not liable for injury or death of, or damage or loss to, a participant in an agritourism activity conducted at this agritourism location if such injury, death, damage, or loss results from the inherent risks of the agritourism activity. Inherent risks of agritourism activities include, among others, risks of injury inherent to land, equipment, and animals, as well as the potential for you to act in a negligent manner that may contribute to your injury, death, damage, or loss. You are assuming the risk of participating in this agritourism activity. Chapter 2013 – 179, Section 570.96.

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May 8

Grab your Leash and your Float: Orlando’s Cutest Pet Parade is on its way! 🐶 🌈
Join us on Saturday, May 8, 2021, for Paws in the Park, where we’ll parade (in style!) around Lake Eola in support of Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, the region’s oldest and largest animal welfare agency. Begin fundraising: http://bit.ly/PITP2021
Paws in the Park festivities include:
✨ Dog games, including the Reed Nissan Lure Courses
✨ Tito's Vodka for Dog People Costume Contest
✨ Virtual Walk with Wooftrax
✨ Pet Health Education segments with Zesty Paws
✨ Shopping at our Vendor Market Place
✨ Beer Garden at Persimmon Hollow Brewery
✨ Food trucks
✨ Adoptable pets
✨ And, so much more!
Your support will help Pet Alliance save over 5,200 dogs and cats this year by providing shelter, care and love until they find their forever homes.
REGISTER: http://bit.ly/PITP2021

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10:00 am / 2:00 pm
May 8

Weekly Open House every Saturday at The Orlando School of Music!!

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.!

Come visit us to view the school, receive a VIP tour of the school, and schedule a trial lesson! We have a lot of great perks for students and parents!

4968 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803! (321) 281-8386!

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May 8

Public skating is for children 12 years old and younger and their parents.
$8.00 admission includes regular skate rental

Adults that want to skate the admission is only $5.00 with every paid child and as always non skating chaperones are free.

Need a lesson?

For $10.00, come in at 9 a.m. and have instruction from 9:15 to 10 a.m., which includes our Tiny Tot public session and regular skate rental!

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Nature Play
May 8

Fables on the Farm is a children's fun time here at Wildflower Farm.

They will read a children's book in our pasture pavilion. After the book reading, the baby goats will come join for a meet and greet! We will supply fresh greens you can feed them.

Then they will ask for you to help to us give the "kids" a bottle of warm milk!

Farm products, local craft items and merchandise will be available for purchase.
Admission is $12.50 per person. (1 and under free)

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May 8

All Your Favorite Classic Cars Come Together at One Place.

Join us every Saturday and take a trip down memory lane. The Old Town Classic Car Show has been a local tradition for over 30 years, it is one of the premier weekly car shows in Central Florida.

The Saturday Classic Car Show begins at 1:00 pm and welcomes show-quality 1983 and older hot rods, street rods, and antiques. Cars will cruise at 8:30 pm and all registered cars are able to participate.

The Classic Car Show is free for participants and free for the public to attend. It's the perfect outing for families of every generation, young and old, to enjoy.

Here are some reminders and safety precautions to ensure everyone enjoys their time at Old Town:
- Practice safe social distancing between you and other guests of at least 6 feet.
- No gatherings or congregating of more than 10 individuals.
- Face masks or coverings are strongly encouraged while you enjoy Old Town.
- Face masks are county mandated inside public facilities in Osceola County.
- Old Town has placed additional sanitizing stations throughout the property and at each restroom.
- All Old Town staff, security and housekeeping are required to be temperature checked and wear masks at all times.
- Old Town requires cars be parked at least 6 feet apart to ensure cruiser and guest safety.

For more information on how to stay safe and healthy during your visit to Old Town, please visit Stay Safe.

PARTICIPATING CLASSIC CARS: enter Old Town from Highway 192 under the east (left) side of the Jukebox signs where you’ll be greeted by Event Staff. They will then direct you to a security escort down the brick streets. Please do not drive on the bricks without permission.

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May 8

What’s the best kind of mess? The kind you don’t have to clean up!
It’s Mess Month at Orlando Science Center and we have an especially messy Kids Night at the Museum planned!
Kids ages 5 – 12 are invited to an evening of exploring exhibit halls, hands-on, messy activities, dinner and a show, and more! Meanwhile, caregivers can enjoy a mess and stress-free evening of their own with no clean-up!
No two kids are alike, and neither are any two Kids Night’s! Don’t miss the last event for junior astronauts to launch into our latest exhibit Planet Pioneers before it blasts off May 9!

Activities include:
• Pizza dinner
• Explore OSC's exciting exhibits
• Classroom STEM activities with an emphasis on self-care
• Live Science Show
• and more!
No two kids are alike, and neither are Kids Nights! Each event is a unique experience.


COST:
Members / Non-Members:
$70 / $75 for the first child
Additional Children:
$40 per sibling
Limited tickets are available ONLINE ONLY! Learn more and register today at https://www.osc.org/visit/events/kids-night-at-the-museum/


PLAN AHEAD:
As a prerequisite for admission, we are asking all guests to wear a face covering and have their temperature checked before participating in Kids Night at the Museum.
While in attendance, all guests are asked to please follow social distancing guidelines and wash or disinfect hands frequently.
For full details on the modifications we’ve made to our experience and our health and safety procedures, please see the building reopening plan: https://www.osc.org/reopening-plan/

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May 9

Oceans of flavor and fun are waiting at SeaWorld. From foodies to families, everyone will find tasty delights among more than 200 distinct (and mostly new this year!) offerings. It’s the most we’ve ever had, and it makes Seven Seas the biggest theme park food festival in Orlando. Explore more than 50 fresh global cuisine choices to pair with over 75 wine and cocktail selections and 75 craft beers. Revitalize your taste buds as you share this welcoming, open-air experience every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Now – May 9, and President's Day, Feb. 15. Add a taste of rock, country, Latin, or 90s throwback sounds at our live music shows, and enjoy even more diverse entertainment and surprises at special times like Mardi Gras and Cinco de Mayo. With exquisite flavors to top off exhilarating coasters and extraordinary animals, our Seven Seas Food Festival is a voyage to stir the soul—and warm the belly!

SeaWorld is committed to the health and safety of our guests, employees, and the animals in our care. All theaters and stadiums at SeaWorld Orlando operate at a limited capacity with modified seating to prevent proper physical distancing. Live concert audio will also be broadcasted to additional areas of the park for your enjoyment during the festival.

 

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