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Get Your Docs in a Row!

Your Post-Kid Checklist for Financial Health 

If the idea of getting your estate documents in order sends you into an anxiety sinkhole, you’re not alone. Lots of new parents are too overwhelmed to make a plan, or worse, they postpone estate and financial planning because they feel strapped.

The good news is that a little effort goes a long way. And the peace-of-mind payoff is priceless. Here’s an easy checklist with tips from local professionals to help you get all your docs in a row.

Estate Planning

After the arrival of a little bundle of bills, there are some important must-dos for new parents. First, parents need to establish their estate-planning documents (that includes a will, power of attorney and health care directives) or update the documents they have. 

These documents are usually drafted by an attorney. There are a few important reasons to go to attorney for this service rather than trying to download forms from the Internet. Jodie E. Murphy, Esq. of Murphy & Berglund, PLLC in Altamonte Springs says, “Every state law is different, and often online forms are not specific for the state you live in, or they may not be updated with the current statutory language, which changes every few years.” There may also be specific questions that you have or alternate planning strategies that you never considered, so talking to someone who specializes in estate planning may end up saving you a lot of time, money and hassles down the road. Murphy recommends that you meet with your attorney every 3 to 5 years or any time you have a major life event (birth, death, marriage, divorce, or move to another state).

Life Insurance

If you don’t already have life insurance, it’s time to start shopping. Life insurance pays cash to your surviving spouse and/or children if you die during the policy’s term and comes in two basic varieties: term, a policy that ends after a pre-set term and pays nothing thereafter, and permanent, a policy that pays your survivors after you die, no matter how long you live. 

Term life insurance is a solid, straightforward and (yay!) cheap choice for new parents; in most cases, coverage worth up to five times your annual income (at minimum, experts say) costs less than a meal out. Gathering quotes from an independent agent is a great place to start because they can shop all of the highest rated companies with the lowest cost per month, helping you secure the most affordable rate in the industry. 

Jessica Ventura, an independent life insurance agent in Orlando, says, “Some coverage is better than no coverage. Get a policy as soon as you start your family so you can lock yourself into a rate for your current age. You can always add more coverage down the road as your family grows.” 

To determine how much coverage you need, think of your individual family’s needs. Ventura explains, “The industry standard is 7 to 10 times your annual salary, and a term policy is the most popular because of its low monthly costs. A 20-year term will cover the family through the adolescent years (through or up to college).” Families with a child who may need long-term care may want to consider a permanent policy, which costs more but may provide more long-term security.

Update Your Beneficiaries

If you’ve already got life insurance, check the beneficiaries on the policies. Also, check the beneficiaries on retirement savings accounts while you’re at it. You may want all or a portion of the moolah to go into a trust that your child will inherit as an adult or to the person you’ve selected as your child’s legal guardian. These payouts are some of the biggest assets parents should consider, and the recipient is determined by the beneficiary designation—not, as many assume, by your will.

You don’t need an attorney to make changes to your beneficiary designation; it’s usually just a phone call to the financial institution or insurance company where the account is held. However, an estate-planning attorney can help make sure you get this done. “Unfortunately, with estate planning, you never really know that your plan is not valid or complete until you need to use it, and often by that point, it is too late to fix anything!” says Murphy. 

Time to Budget

And you can’t escape the B word — it’s time for a budget. Jessica Reuss, financial advisor for Cook Dusey & Reuss Wealth Management in Winter Park, says, “To build a strong foundation on which to manage your wealth, it is important to establish a clear picture of your monthly and annual spending.” 

Reuss says, “To get started, first identify your current income and your current expenses. To get a clear picture, keep track of everything you spend money on for one month, both large purchases and small. Use whatever method works for you; there are lots of apps out there that can help.”

Mint.com is the app we recommend to our clients. For online tools, BetterMoneyHabits.com has lots of great information and resources, as does mymoney.gov. On Merrill’s Personal Financial Journey website (go.ml.com/pfjtool), you can find budget worksheets, spending analysis tools, videos and other insightful information on setting and sticking to a budget,” says Reuss.

If you cringe at the thought of tracking every penny, take heart. After a quick ramp-on period where you input your info and link your bank accounts, budgeting software streamlines month-to-month planning, giving you a quick, at-a-glance snapshot of your spending and highlighting opportunities to pocket extra savings (such as acorns.com).

Feel Financially Stable

Getting your finances in shape isn’t as scary as people think. Think about small steps and what you can do every month to get it all done. And really, there is no excuse not to take the steps to secure a sound financial future for your family. 


Estate Planning: What to Know
Confused about estate planning? Join the club. Here’s what new parents need to know.

What: Your “estate planning package” is legal-speak for the documents dictating your health care directives and defining what happens to your children and assets if you die or become incapacitated due to illness or injury. Murphy says, “The basic estate planning package includes your Last Will & Testament (which can establish guardianship for minor children), Durable Power of Attorney for financial decisions, Health Care Surrogate for medical decisions, HIPAA release, and Living Will to address end of life wishes.”

Where: Consult an attorney. Beware of do-it-yourself online wills, they’re often cookie-cutter forms that don’t represent your state’s specific laws. For example, Murphy says, “Florida law specifies that the will must be signed in front of two witnesses and a notary. Also, the ‘executor’ must be either a close relative or a resident of Florida.” Skip this step or another one of your state’s legal requirements, and the court won’t uphold your will, no matter how comprehensive. 

When: Update your estate planning documents after any major life change (the arrival of a new baby, a death in the family, or divorce or remarriage) or every 5 years. If you’re creating a new estate plan with an attorney’s help, expect the process to take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, from initial call to the final signing.

Cost: Attorney’s fees for an estate planning package start at approximately $500. For example, Murphy & Berglund charges $550 for an individual basic estate planning package and $750 for a married couple. Trust-based packages can range from $2,000–$10,000 based on complexity and needs. A trust is designed to avoid probate and can be structured to minimize taxes and expedite distribution of assets. An estate planning attorney can help you decide if you need a trust or just a Last Will & Testament. 


Meet the experts

Jessica Reuss, CFA, CFP®
With over 22 years of investment experience, Jessica is a partner at Merrill Lynch Wealth Management/Cook, Dusey & Reuss Wealth Management. Her business is built on integrity and cultivating long-lasting relationships by providing exceptional service, customized advice and a disciplined approach to managing wealth.
400 South Park Ave. Winter Park 407-646-6734
Greg Dusey, Resident Director fa.ml.com/florida/winter-park/cook-dusey-reuss

Jodi E. Murphy, Esquire
Murphy & Berglund
is a law firm established by Jodi E. Murphy, Esquire and Michelle A. Berglund-Harper, Esquire with the purpose of helping families plan for life, address the unexpected, deal with death, resolve conflict and preserve legacies for future generations.
1101 Douglas Ave. Altamonte Springs
407-865-9553 murphyberglund.com

Jessica Ventura
Jessica Ventura is a Florida native who has lived in Orlando for over 20 years. She has been a Certified Independent Life Insurance Agent for over 5 years, helping people identify the best policy to adequately protect their families. 
JMV Consulting Orlando
407-353-5923 jmv11909@gmail.com

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October 1

Enjoy complimentary admission the last Friday of the month May through September compliments of Wawa. Committed to the communities they serve, Wawa is keeping the Gardens growing with their generous support.
To receive complimentary admission, please come to the Entrance Gate. Visitors do not need to make a purchase. No voucher or reservation necessary.

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October 1

Babies love music. With Virtual Little Music Makers, you and your baby can sing, play, and share the joy and whimsy of music while fostering language, movement, and social-emotional development milestones. Gather any instruments you have at home and engage your little ones during class time.

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6-12 mo – 10am-11am

12-18 mo – 11am-12pm

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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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October 1
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October 1
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October 1

How long? 1.5 hours for Family Members (ages 5+)

When? Various Dates and Times

Note: Adult Family Members Must Take Class with Children 5 to 17 years old

You and your family (friends/co-workers) can learn how to throw on the potter's wheel from one of our experienced artists. Children 5 to 17 years old must take class with an adult member of the family.  We will guide you and your family members step-by-step through the process of throwing a bowl on their own.  Everyone will have the opportunity to make 1 bowl during class, and then paint it with colors from our large selection of glazes. This is a super cool and a memorable experience you can do together! Book each family member’s seat individually up to 6. (by reservation only)

$35 per person.

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1:00 pm / 7:00 pm
October 1
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October 1
Kissimmee Utility Authority will begin its 2021-2022 Movie in the Park series on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at Kissimmee Lakefront Park. The event will feature free admission, free popcorn, contests, prize giveaways, and the showing of Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon on a 50-foot screen! Activities begin at 5:30 pm; movie at 7 p.m. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and a picnic-style dinner! The movie series is a partnership between KUA and the City of Kissimmee.
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September 20 to October 31
This spooky season, party like every day is Halloween! Enjoy fun games, ghoulish goodies, and Free Game Play for kids in costume*. Plus, don’t miss Boo-tacular Nights with our new show and candy every night starting at 6 p.m. *PURCHASE REQUIRED. For a limited time and only at participating locations. 10 FREE Play Points for kids (no age limit) in costume with minimum $5 games purchase. Card activation cost not included and required. Families, birthday parties or group events with multiple kids will only be required to make one $5 games purchase to receive the offer. For a limited time and only at participating locations. Two candies per child present in a location immediately after the 6:30, 7:30 or 8:30pm show. While supplies last.
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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 !

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Date Night / Educational

Longwood Haunted History Tour

Bradlee-McIntyre House
7:00 pm / 10:15 pm
October 1

Join us for a Hauntingly Historic event!

This October, the renowned Bradlee-McIntyre House of Longwood, Florida will play host to an exciting experiment in the supernatural.

Every home has its secrets! Hidden behind locked doors lurk disturbing facts that want nothing more than to remain buried in the shadows. Some doors should never be unlocked and, once opened, can never be closed. There are worse things than skeletons in a closet. Some closets are passageways to other realms. Desk drawers can hold strange prophecies. A kitchen pantry may be well-stocked... with deadly poison. The mysteries behind the history of the Bradlee-McIntyre House have been unearthed and now we are opening the doors to all who dare to enter.

You are invited on an immersive journey into the unsettling past of Longwood, Florida. Storyteller and Supernatural Enthusiast, Michael Matson, will lead brave souls on this frighteningly fun-filled theatrical walking tour of the Bradlee-McIntyre House featuring the best of both worlds; the world of the living and the world of the dead, bringing them together for a ghoulishly good time!

Follow in the footsteps of the house’s former owners and hear stories of their lavish lifestyle. Learn about the unusual traditional folklore, legends, and superstitions that were common in the 1800s to early 1900s. Discover concealed rooms filled with potentially scandalous secrets. Catch a glimpse of the afterlife as we explore the weird world of paranormal phenomenon through stories of spooky spiritual encounters and bone-chilling ghostly manifestations. Take part in unbelievably bizarre demonstrations of ill-fated illusion. Shed your mortal worries and face your fears with an enchanting evening of eerie entertainment that is guaranteed to thrill and chill this October!

 

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October 2
  • 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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Offered Saturdays & Sundays from 8:30 – 10:00 am
Weekday reservations available upon request.
Adventure is open to all ages but we suggest one adult per two youth.

Embark on a behind-the-scenes tour through this fan-favorite exhibit which emulates animal habitats found in nature. Throughout your guided experience, you will participate in animal touches and feedings while learning about animal husbandry and the care that goes into keeping our animals happy and healthy. Once you’re familiar with the lay of the land, it’s time to learn the ropes and become an animal keeper!

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Enrichment is also a crucial part of our animals’ health and wellbeing. Learn how keepers use enrichment to keep animals physically and mentally fit. This will be demonstrated while an animal ambassador paints a two-colored masterpiece for you to take home as a keepsake for your exciting day!

Meet an animal ambassador! Once you've finished your animal keeper training, there will be time for a special opportunity to interact with an animal ambassador* and pose for photo-ops.

*Animal encounters are just as enriching for the animals as the humans who participate in them but, like humans, sometimes they want to stick to their own schedule. Animal well-being is our top priority, so if a particular animal does not want to participate in that day’s private experiences, our staff will select another exciting animal ambassador for you to meet!

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9:00 am / 10:00 am
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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
October 2

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
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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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October 2

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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October 2

How long? 1.5 hours for Family Members (ages 5+)

When? Various Dates and Times

Note: Adult Family Members Must Take Class with Children 5 to 17 years old

You and your family (friends/co-workers) can learn how to throw on the potter's wheel from one of our experienced artists. Children 5 to 17 years old must take class with an adult member of the family.  We will guide you and your family members step-by-step through the process of throwing a bowl on their own.  Everyone will have the opportunity to make 1 bowl during class, and then paint it with colors from our large selection of glazes. This is a super cool and a memorable experience you can do together! Book each family member’s seat individually up to 6. (by reservation only)

$35 per person.

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1:00 pm / 7:00 pm
October 2
Join us in October for lots of fall fun on the farm! Included with admission: Pumpkin Patch & Photo Spots Farm Animal Petting Zoo Hayride Jolly Acres Play - bounce pillow, trike track, giant slide, maze, barrel train & more Saturdays and Sundays, October 8-31 - Free live performances for children Also available at additional cost: Bar, Grill, Fry Shack, & Sweets Gifts and Souvenirs Horse & Pony Rides - Saturdays & Sundays only Pumpkins for purchase Private Fire Pits & Birthday Party Area Online tickets are sold at a reduced price of $8-$15 and guarantee entry on busier days that may fill to capacity. Visit the ticketing site for more details.
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Nature Play
October 2

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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October 2
Ready for a spooky fun time with the family? The Grove Orlando will host the 2021 Boo Bash Halloween Party! This FREE Halloween Family event will feature 24K pieces of candy, a Halloween Costume Contest at 4 p.m., FREE Kids Craft Station and a DJ Dance Party. Come dressed in your Halloween Costume and enjoy great food and shopping all around the complex!
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4:00 pm / 5:00 pm
October 2

The Hive: A Makerspace- Join the Maker Movement! Go forth and create! In this collaborative workspace, you can try new tools, build new skills, and create something one-of-a-kind to take home. Makers are MacGuyvers. Through the simple act of making something, you are strengthening essential skills in problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. These experiences will challenge you to bring your ideas to life, and every choice you make will lead you to something new. Makerspaces cultivate community so enjoy sharing your creations with each other. Being a maker is all about creativity and experimentation, so select one of the following projects for your group’s private experience to explore and make your own: 3D Design for Printing, Make Your Own Mouse Ears, Sew a Felt Succulent Garden

Offered Saturdays & Sundays from 9-10:30am or 4-5pm however weekday reservations are available upon request. This adventure must be booked online and workshops are best suited for makers ages 8 and older.

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Date Night / Educational

Longwood Haunted History Tour

Bradlee-McIntyre House
7:00 pm / 10:15 pm
October 2

Join us for a Hauntingly Historic event!

This October, the renowned Bradlee-McIntyre House of Longwood, Florida will play host to an exciting experiment in the supernatural.

Every home has its secrets! Hidden behind locked doors lurk disturbing facts that want nothing more than to remain buried in the shadows. Some doors should never be unlocked and, once opened, can never be closed. There are worse things than skeletons in a closet. Some closets are passageways to other realms. Desk drawers can hold strange prophecies. A kitchen pantry may be well-stocked... with deadly poison. The mysteries behind the history of the Bradlee-McIntyre House have been unearthed and now we are opening the doors to all who dare to enter.

You are invited on an immersive journey into the unsettling past of Longwood, Florida. Storyteller and Supernatural Enthusiast, Michael Matson, will lead brave souls on this frighteningly fun-filled theatrical walking tour of the Bradlee-McIntyre House featuring the best of both worlds; the world of the living and the world of the dead, bringing them together for a ghoulishly good time!

Follow in the footsteps of the house’s former owners and hear stories of their lavish lifestyle. Learn about the unusual traditional folklore, legends, and superstitions that were common in the 1800s to early 1900s. Discover concealed rooms filled with potentially scandalous secrets. Catch a glimpse of the afterlife as we explore the weird world of paranormal phenomenon through stories of spooky spiritual encounters and bone-chilling ghostly manifestations. Take part in unbelievably bizarre demonstrations of ill-fated illusion. Shed your mortal worries and face your fears with an enchanting evening of eerie entertainment that is guaranteed to thrill and chill this October!

 

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October 2

Yee-haw! Eight seconds may not seem like a long time, but when a bull rider is trying to stay on a bucking bronc, you'll be frozen with suspense!WHAT TO EXPECT:
Get ready to be mesmerized by the excitement and unpredictable danger of the Rodeo at Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo. Known for being an unforgettable evening of family-fun, the 1,200-seat rodeo arena draws rodeo athletes from all over to compete in trick riding, barrel racing, and of course, bull riding. Our Saturday Night Rodeo is a guest favorite and allows all guests to discover talented contestants while also enjoying a patriotic tribute to our armed forces. So come on down to the rodeo for a wild Florida night!INFO & TICKETS:
Tickets can be purchased at the entrance of the Rodeo. We do not offer advance tickets.Guests staying at the resort do get priority for tickets; any tickets left after resort guests are available to the public.Adults $25 • Children (ages 5-12) $15
Children 4 and under are complimentary
All ages are welcome

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October 2

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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8:30 am / 10:00 am
October 3

Offered Saturdays & Sundays from 8:30 – 10:00 am
Weekday reservations available upon request.
Adventure is open to all ages but we suggest one adult per two youth.

Embark on a behind-the-scenes tour through this fan-favorite exhibit which emulates animal habitats found in nature. Throughout your guided experience, you will participate in animal touches and feedings while learning about animal husbandry and the care that goes into keeping our animals happy and healthy. Once you’re familiar with the lay of the land, it’s time to learn the ropes and become an animal keeper!

Did you know our animal ambassadors are big fans of food prep? Our animals’ diets are designed to fit each of their unique nutritional needs. Help us prepare the day’s meals and feed some of our four-legged friends!

Enrichment is also a crucial part of our animals’ health and wellbeing. Learn how keepers use enrichment to keep animals physically and mentally fit. This will be demonstrated while an animal ambassador paints a two-colored masterpiece for you to take home as a keepsake for your exciting day!

Meet an animal ambassador! Once you've finished your animal keeper training, there will be time for a special opportunity to interact with an animal ambassador* and pose for photo-ops.

*Animal encounters are just as enriching for the animals as the humans who participate in them but, like humans, sometimes they want to stick to their own schedule. Animal well-being is our top priority, so if a particular animal does not want to participate in that day’s private experiences, our staff will select another exciting animal ambassador for you to meet!

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11:00 am / 5:00 pm
October 3
The DeLand Indie Market is a curated event that is held 4 times a year showcasing Artists, Boutiques, Vintage and Handcrafted Vendors. We have great food and live music in the Courtyard of Cafe DaVinci too! There are Vendors from all over Florida who take part in this event! Come out and see for yourself! Shop Small, Shop Local, Shop Indie!
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October 3

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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October 3

How long? 1.5 hours for Family Members (ages 5+)

When? Various Dates and Times

Note: Adult Family Members Must Take Class with Children 5 to 17 years old

You and your family (friends/co-workers) can learn how to throw on the potter's wheel from one of our experienced artists. Children 5 to 17 years old must take class with an adult member of the family.  We will guide you and your family members step-by-step through the process of throwing a bowl on their own.  Everyone will have the opportunity to make 1 bowl during class, and then paint it with colors from our large selection of glazes. This is a super cool and a memorable experience you can do together! Book each family member’s seat individually up to 6. (by reservation only)

$35 per person.

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1:00 pm / 7:00 pm
October 3
Join us in October for lots of fall fun on the farm! Included with admission: Pumpkin Patch & Photo Spots Farm Animal Petting Zoo Hayride Jolly Acres Play - bounce pillow, trike track, giant slide, maze, barrel train & more Saturdays and Sundays, October 8-31 - Free live performances for children Also available at additional cost: Bar, Grill, Fry Shack, & Sweets Gifts and Souvenirs Horse & Pony Rides - Saturdays & Sundays only Pumpkins for purchase Private Fire Pits & Birthday Party Area Online tickets are sold at a reduced price of $8-$15 and guarantee entry on busier days that may fill to capacity. Visit the ticketing site for more details.
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4:00 pm / 5:00 pm
October 3

The Hive: A Makerspace- Join the Maker Movement! Go forth and create! In this collaborative workspace, you can try new tools, build new skills, and create something one-of-a-kind to take home. Makers are MacGuyvers. Through the simple act of making something, you are strengthening essential skills in problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. These experiences will challenge you to bring your ideas to life, and every choice you make will lead you to something new. Makerspaces cultivate community so enjoy sharing your creations with each other. Being a maker is all about creativity and experimentation, so select one of the following projects for your group’s private experience to explore and make your own: 3D Design for Printing, Make Your Own Mouse Ears, Sew a Felt Succulent Garden

Offered Saturdays & Sundays from 9-10:30am or 4-5pm however weekday reservations are available upon request. This adventure must be booked online and workshops are best suited for makers ages 8 and older.

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Date Night / Educational

Longwood Haunted History Tour

Bradlee-McIntyre House
7:00 pm / 10:15 pm
October 3

Join us for a Hauntingly Historic event!

This October, the renowned Bradlee-McIntyre House of Longwood, Florida will play host to an exciting experiment in the supernatural.

Every home has its secrets! Hidden behind locked doors lurk disturbing facts that want nothing more than to remain buried in the shadows. Some doors should never be unlocked and, once opened, can never be closed. There are worse things than skeletons in a closet. Some closets are passageways to other realms. Desk drawers can hold strange prophecies. A kitchen pantry may be well-stocked... with deadly poison. The mysteries behind the history of the Bradlee-McIntyre House have been unearthed and now we are opening the doors to all who dare to enter.

You are invited on an immersive journey into the unsettling past of Longwood, Florida. Storyteller and Supernatural Enthusiast, Michael Matson, will lead brave souls on this frighteningly fun-filled theatrical walking tour of the Bradlee-McIntyre House featuring the best of both worlds; the world of the living and the world of the dead, bringing them together for a ghoulishly good time!

Follow in the footsteps of the house’s former owners and hear stories of their lavish lifestyle. Learn about the unusual traditional folklore, legends, and superstitions that were common in the 1800s to early 1900s. Discover concealed rooms filled with potentially scandalous secrets. Catch a glimpse of the afterlife as we explore the weird world of paranormal phenomenon through stories of spooky spiritual encounters and bone-chilling ghostly manifestations. Take part in unbelievably bizarre demonstrations of ill-fated illusion. Shed your mortal worries and face your fears with an enchanting evening of eerie entertainment that is guaranteed to thrill and chill this October!

 

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
October 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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October 4
Creative PLAY is so imporatant and Creative Jane's offers the perfect to have some fun!  
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October 5
We are continuing to limit our sessions to allow for social distancing and comfort; masks are optional at this time. Admission is valid for the date of the reservation only! Play Session is for 1 child & 1 adult, for the 2 hours you select. You MUST stay with your children to ensure your safety & the comfort of others! We will sanitize all toys & play areas. We have also added sanitization stations all around the facility & will maintain sanitation throughout the day! We are trying to open more sessions when possible, as more bookings are made we will offer more sessions to accommodate. To allow us to operate with such small guest numbers, sessions are non-refundable & non-transferable should you choose not to attend or arrive late. We appreciate your support through this trying time, and we cannot wait to see you at Millie Moos! Book Online OPEN PLAY SESSION 1 child & 1 adult 2 hrs Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
October 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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October 6
We are continuing to limit our sessions to allow for social distancing and comfort; masks are optional at this time. Admission is valid for the date of the reservation only! Play Session is for 1 child & 1 adult, for the 2 hours you select. You MUST stay with your children to ensure your safety & the comfort of others! We will sanitize all toys & play areas. We have also added sanitization stations all around the facility & will maintain sanitation throughout the day! We are trying to open more sessions when possible, as more bookings are made we will offer more sessions to accommodate. To allow us to operate with such small guest numbers, sessions are non-refundable & non-transferable should you choose not to attend or arrive late. We appreciate your support through this trying time, and we cannot wait to see you at Millie Moos! Book Online OPEN PLAY SESSION 1 child & 1 adult 2 hrs Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
October 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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October 6
Creative PLAY is so imporatant and Creative Jane's offers the perfect to have some fun!  
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