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B.Y.O.Baby: Places to Go with Baby in Tow

Feeling stuck in a baby bubble? There’s no need to stay cooped up in the house with your baby when Central Florida has so many options to get out and enjoy the day with your little sidekick.

Indoor Playgrounds:

Amaya Papaya
Casselberry
Amaya Papaya offers an open play space for kids age 5 and under. They also offer enrichment programs each weekday. Check out the weekly Baby Buddies play group for infants and their caregivers.

Arcadia Kids Museum
Oviedo
Little ones learn through play and pretend at any of the eight exhibits, including water play, pet vet, grocery store, diner, gas station and more. We suggest waiting until your baby is walking to benefit from all of the interactive exhibits.

KidsTown
Orlando Science Center
Splash, climb, tinker, and explore your way through an exhibit designed especially for children age 7 and under. The littlest scientists are encouraged to make exciting discoveries and author their own experience! Check out ToddlerTown for a separate area just for the babies.

Little Monsters Learn and Play
Oviedo
This interactive playground encourages little ones to explore and use their imagination through safe and unstructured play. They also offer an outdoor play area, a preschool prep co-op program and a Kids Night Out drop-off program.

Millie Moo’s
Southwest Orlando
Millie Moo’s is an awesome indoor playground that is made for beating those baby bubble blues.  Order a coffee and a snack at the vegetarian cafe, meet some other parents and let your littles explore this clean and safe play space.

My Little Town
South Orlando & Sanford
This play space offers all kinds of toys and playsets for children age 7 and under. It’s also home to exciting events like holiday parties, character visits and birthday celebrations!

O2B Kids
Oviedo & Altamonte Springs
Besides being a crazy-cool play space for kids (and a hub for all kinds of extracurricular activities), O2B Kids also has a toddler-only play zone designated for children up to age 3. Plus, the mommy/baby Morning Magic meet-up followed by the Brighter Babies play groups are designed to keep your little ones active!

Princesses & Princes
Ocoee
From the castle to the train table to the play market, this place is an all-out fantasy playground. Daily programming for babies includes sing-alongs, crafts and storytime. Infants up to 6 months old receive free admission with another paid guest.

Parent/Child Classes:

Baby Bash Series
0 to 2 years
Orange County Library System
When it comes to toddler programming, our local libraries offer so much more than regular old storytime. Bring your little one to a guitar sing-a-long or let them play and practice their motor skills at the Baby Bash series. Most library programs are free and open to the public.

Kindermusik Foundations
Newborn to walking
Grow & Sing Studios, multiple locations

Let your child hear, touch, sing and play at the musical enrichment classes by Grow & Sing Studios. They offer some serious perks for new parents here; along with a free first-time preview class, there are two free spots set aside in each class for infants 4 months old or younger.

Little Music Makers
Newborn to 6 months
AdventHealth for Women, Orlando

Babies love music, and Little Music Makers is the perfect class for new parents to get out and shake things up.  Dance, sing and play with instruments while making new friends.

Together Time,
6 weeks and up
Shayna’s Village, Maitland

Families from all faiths, cultures and backgrounds can take creative classes with their infants, toddlers and preschool-aged kids at Shayna’s Village, nestled inside the JCC in Maitland. These programs are open to the community; membership to the JCC is not required.

Kids’ Gyms & Fitness Programs:

Baby Boot Camp
For mothers with babies in strollers
Multiple locations
This total body workout is all about you, mama — but kids under 4 years old are a part of this stroller fitness program! These classes also cater to pregnant mamas and those recovering from pregnancy.

Babies Gym & Music
3 to 12 months
Romp n’ Roll, Winter Garden

Your first class at Romp n’ Roll provides opportunities for you and your baby to engage in activities that help them grow and learn physically and socially, naturally supporting the bond between baby and parent.

Gymboree
0 to 5 years
Multiple locations
Gymboree’s Play & Learn program grows along with your child. At Level 1, infants get tummy time, first songs and sensory activities. The class includes parent discussion time so you can learn about your child’s development.

Little Bundles
6 weeks to 6 months
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center, multiple locations

The youngest My Gym students begin their first visual, audial and spatial exploration with their parents. Baby exercises, songs, dances, infant-safe rides, unique swings, and many other Parent & Me adventures await the infant-parent team. This fun and movement class also includes a brief parent discussion element and leave with informative handouts.

Mini Swim Lessons
4 to 16 months
Goldfish Swim School, Winter Park
Introduce your baby to water play, skills and safety lessons at this indoor facility with a heated pool built for families and excellent instructors. This parent/child program is 30 minutes long and is limited to 6 children per class.

Move with Me: Baby-Wearing Dance Class
Dr. Phillips Center for Performing Arts
Perfect for baby-wearing parents, this parent/child class provides early exposure to music, movement and dance. This class devotes equal focus to the parent/guardian, the child and the bond between the two.

Smart Start Gym Program
4 months to 3 1/2 years
A Kids Gym, Oviedo

Research focused in music and movement development has been integrated into this seasonal curriculum. It’s not only great bonding time; it’s also a perfect opportunity to meet other parents!

StoryTime:

Infant Storytime,
0 to 18 months
Leu Gardens, First Mondays, 10 a.m.

Families receive free admission to Leu Gardens during the monthly storytime program. Most families stay and enjoy the gardens after the indoor storytime presented by the Orange County Library System.

Musical Storytime with Mr. Richard
Multiple locations and times
If you’re new to the local parenting scene, Mr. Richard’s live music shows for kids are a must-see. Get on his email list to learn the circuit. Some of his regular gigs are at Barnes & Noble (Downtown Orlando), Infusion Tea (College Park), Chick-fil-A (Winter Park & Winter Springs), Soda Fountain (College Park), Princesses & Princes (Ocoee) and more! Oh, the best part is that the shows are free.

Pottery Barn Kids
All ages
Mall at Millenia, Select Tuesdays, 11 a.m.
Make a detour for storytime on your next shopping trip to Mall at Millenia. Pottery Barn hosts stories and activities for little ones. Join their Book Club and receive a free gift after attending five events.

Tiny Tales,
0 to 18 months
Orange County Library System, Multiple locations and times

This is every parent’s first stop for storytime. You’ll look forward to this weekly outing together. Hold your child in your lap and enjoy this special time together!

Meet-Ups:

Stroller Tours
Orlando Museum of Art
Select Wednesdays / 10:30-11:30 a.m.

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! For parents, caregivers, toddlers and infants. $15 (one adult and up to 4 children); $10 for additional adults

Baby Brunch
AdventHealth for Women 
This is a laid-back luncheon for mothers and their babies up to 12 months old. It’s the perfect way to get vital information about your child’s development while meeting other moms. 

Mother-Baby TEA Class
Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies
Join other new moms for some TLC, Education and Answers. Nurses and educators will answer questions on topics like breastfeeding, comforting your baby and oh-so-important self-care.

If you know of a program that should be added to this list email wendy@playgroundmagazine.com.

Wendy Meyer
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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.

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