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Go Play! July 2022 Family Events in Orlando

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Choo Choo to the Zoo
SunRail & Central Florida Zoo
Weekends, now through July 29

All Aboard … Choo-Choo to the Zoo on weekdays through July 29! Ride SunRail to the Sanford station, hop on a FREE Choo-Choo to the Zoo trolley and go to the Zoo! Choo-Choo to the Zoo riders get a special 20% discount on same-day general Zoo admission with proof of ride.

Seminole County Celebrates Park and Recreation Month
Visit three Seminole County Parks or Trails, take a photo, get a free poster!
To celebrate Park and Recreation Month throughout July, the Seminole County Leisure Services Department invites residents and visitors to visit three Seminole County parks and earn limited edition, vintage-inspired park posters. Upon taking photos at three different County parks, participants can earn a free poster featuring a signature Seminole County park. The posters are styled in the manner of the National Park travel posters produced by the WPA in the 1930s and ’40s. HOW TO PARTICIPATE: Visit three (3) Seminole County parks, trails, natural lands areas, or boat ramps and take a photo at each one. Present photos to staff at: Red Bug Lake Park, Casselberry, Sanlando Park, Altamonte Springs, Sylvan Lake Park, Sanford Museum of Seminole County History, Sanford. Choose a limited edition poster featuring Big Tree Park, Sylvan Lake Park, or the Flagler Trail.


July 1-4, 2022

Great American Block Party
Lake Nona Town Center
Sunday, July 3, 5–10 p.m.

There’s no better way to celebrate Independence Day than a block party! Featuring a Patriot Parachute Team jump at 8:20 p.m. There will also be live entertainment, carnival games, food trucks and more!

Red, Hot & Boom
Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte Springs
Sunday, July 3

Now in its 25th year, Red Hot & Boom returns to Cranes Roost Park on Sunday, July 3, 2022. The City of Altamonte Springs and XL106.7 partner to host one of the largest Independence Day celebrations in Florida with a full lineup of artists and fireworks. For the silver anniversary year, a 25-minute firework display will launch over Cranes Roost Lake highlighting the 25th annual celebration with popular and patriotic music as more than 13,000 bursts illuminate the night sky at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting, followed by the closing musical act. The event is rain or shine, admission is free and food and beverages are available for purchase. No coolers, glass, personal fireworks or pets are permitted. For more information, please visit Altamonte.org/RHB.       

Free Admission
Leu Gardens
Monday, July 4

Enjoy a walk through these lush gardens with your family while participating in the (also free) Leaf It scavenger hunt!


July 5-10, 2022

Sing-Along with Mr. Richard
Virtual
July 7, 4 p.m.

Original songs with guitar and harmonica. Sing-along tunes about dog kisses, the garbageman, girl pilots, and the 5-second rule, music for hip kids; dancing encouraged! Recommended for ages 0-8. This event occurs online through YouTube Live and Facebook Live. Please provide your email at registration to participate. A device with access to the internet and speakers or headsets are required. An email will be sent before the event with more information on how to join.

Junior Ranger Club
Wekiwa Springs State Park
Starting July 7, 5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Howdy from Ranger Val! We are starting a new (and free) Junior Ranger Club that will meet once a month for 2 hours. The club meetings will start with a 15-30 minute Ranger Program about topics like prescribed fire, outdoor skills, wildlife, conservation, preservation or more. The rest of the meeting will focus on becoming great stewards of the land by cleaning up around the spring and parking areas. Email Ranger Val if your kid is interested in becoming an environmental leader in our community. 🌱

On Your Feet!
Garden Theatre, Winter Garden
July 8-July 31

Before she captivated the world as Grammy Award-winning Latin pop icon Gloria Estefan, she was Glorita. Coming of age in 1970s Miami, young Gloria breaks from family expectations and embarks on a musical journey with bandmate Emilio. On Your Feet! tells the story of this power couple’s rise from humble beginnings to international sensation. You’ll be dancing in the aisles to “Rhythm is Gonna Get You,” “Conga,” “Oye Me Canto,” and “On Your Feet!”

407 Food Fair
Ivanhoe Park Brewing Company
Saturday, July 9, 127 p.m.

This monthly food and craft festival will be held the second Saturday of the month at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co. It is the perfect way to enjoy all things local in one spot! Each month will feature a different culinary theme and you will be able to sample tasty offerings from 8-12 food vendors and shop local goods — all while enjoying the views and brews of Ivanhoe Park Brewing!

Watermelon Festival
Boxi Park, Lake Nona
Saturday, July 9, 12-10 p.m.

Enjoy family fun, live music, watermelon food & drink specials and more!

Hawaiian Luau Dinner Show
Horsepower Ranch, Geneva
Saturday, July 9, 5-8 p.m.

Experience an evening with breathtaking music, food and entertainment. Join Aloha Productions Luau Ohana at Horsepower Ranch and immerse yourself in an authentic cultural experience of the Pacific Islands. Experience the unforgettable beauty and grace of Hula from Hawaii, enjoy songs and traditional dances of Tahiti, witness the native chants of New Zealand’s Haka, watch breathtaking fire dances from Samoa and feast on a tasty, Island-style buffet by Aloha Productions. Call for more info: 407-234-4592. Location: 280 Campbell Ranch Run, Geneva, FL 32732. 

Sanford Food Truck Fiesta
Historic Downtown Sanford
Sunday, July 10, 1-6 p.m.

Grab some amazing food from 30+ of Orlando area’s top food trucks, craft beer and cocktails from the bars, enjoy live music, craft artisans and vendors, plus plenty of outside tables and chairs to sit and eat! Free parking. Pet- and family-friendly. 


July 11-17, 2022

Oviedo Brewing Night Market
Oviedo Brewing Company
Friday, July 15, 5 p.m.

Happening once a month, the family-friendly Oviedo Brewing Night Market hosts local vendors in the parking lot outside Oviedo Brewing Company at the Oviedo Mall. 

Bear Awareness Day
Central Florida Zoo
Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Be bear aware! Learn about bears through activities around the zoo. Visit the Bear House to learn about Florida black bears and how to safely co-exist. Enjoy Keeper Chats at the Bear House and information by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)! Included in general zoo admission.

Webb Telescope Celebration Day
Orlando Science Center
Saturday, July 16

NASA just released the first images taken by the brand new Webb Telescope. Webb was designed to see farther into space than ever before, and it has the most cutting edge infrared technology available, allowing for the most detailed photos ever taken of the cosmos! Visit the science center to celebrate this momentous achievement for science and humanity and learn more about its implications. We’ll explore how technology helps us ponder our future by peering into the past and examining the history of our universe. Admission includes all the Webb presentations plus four floors of wonder and discovery with exhibits, films and live shows.

Re-Grand Opening 🥳
Yaya + Lou, College Park
July 16, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Visit the reimagined concept of Yaya + Lou, book an event at an introductory rate and enjoy activities for the kiddos. The owners has been working hard to redesign and reimagine the future of this space. Though retail will still be a huge part of the biz, the newly designed space can host celebrations, workshops, camps and play-dates. But the change we’re MOST excited about is a drop-in daycare. The new space has a cottage vibe and a safe space for your children to grow + thrive.

Free Ice Cream on National Ice Cream Day
Monkey Joe’s
Sunday, July 17, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

National Ice Cream Day is coming up on Sunday, July 17th. Monkey Joe’s, in Pointe Orlando and Winter Park, is celebrating by offering its customers FREE ice cream! All guests will receive free ice cream, while supplies last! 

Celebrate National Ice Cream Day with Kelly’s!
Sunday, July 17th 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream

Here’s the SCOOP! Enjoy buy-one-get-one free ice cream cones and cups to celebrate National Ice Cream Day at Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream at all participating locations (scoop shops and counters).

Kids Day at the Museum
Mennello Museum of American Art
July 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

This year, complete your children’s summer program with a back to school art party at the Mennello Museum of American Art!  With the museum all to themselves, kids will create to their heart’s content, just like the Outsider Artists on display now in An Irresistible Urge to Create! It will be a fun filled day of activities for kids of all ages lead by art educator Danny Powell. All three art projects will be ready to take home and show off to your family and on the first day of school.

Brew & View: Lilo & Stitch
Ivanhoe Park Brewing
Friday, July 22, 7:45 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Family Friday takes place on the first Friday of each month at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co! Bring your kids, some chairs and a blanket to enjoy local craft brew and an outdoor kid-friendly movie. See photo and read our event review here.

HERstory Highlight of Anna Atkins
Jungle Room, College Park
Saturday, July 16

As part of the Big Dreams Bloom Summer Workshop Series, girls are invited to learn about Anna Atkins, botanist & photographer, through children’s literature and exciting STEM and art activities. Registration required.

Sensory-Friendly Sundays: Fun in the Sun
Orange County Regional History Center
Sunday, July 17, 12–4 p.m.

Visit the OCRHC for some sensory-friendly fun for the whole family! Explore their newest temporary exhibition, Giants, Dragons, and Unicorns: The World of Mythic Creatures, and enjoy themed activities throughout the museum. Free admission on Sensory Sundays for individuals with valid proof of ASGO membership.

Kids & Family Sound Healing
Peaceful Peacock Orlando

Sunday, July 17, 4:30 p.m.
If you’ve ever wanted to come for a sound bath, shortened version, but could not find a sitter … we got you! Ages 5 and up are welcome. Bring a mat for everyone in your party and buy each participant a ticket. You can wear your most comfy clothes and enjoy sitting or laying while Shewon McGee, from Alternative Evolution, leads a 30 minute session of sound healing, chakra cleansing, calming our young minds and letting go of any tension. While we are trying to help our youngsters find stillness and calm, we understand there may be fidgeting, questions and hiccups. That is ok! In family classes, we are equal parts modeling calm and allowing for energy to rise up. During the sound bath, we will: chill out and reconnect to breathing, have the option to journal if you want, experience the gentle sound frequencies of crystal bowls.


July 18-24, 2022

Kids Day at the Museum
Mennello Museum of American Art
Monday, July 18, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

This year, complete your children’s summer program with a back-to-school art party! With the museum all to themselves, kids will create to their heart’s content, led by art educator Danny Powell. All three art projects will be ready to take home and show off to the family and on the first day of school. A fun filled day of activities for kids of all ages. Register here.

KidsFest Summer Movie Series: The Gold Rush
Enzian Theatre
Tuesday, July 19, 11:30 a.m.

The KidFest Summer Movie Series offers film fans and children of all ages the rare opportunity to experience an exceptional selection of family-friendly movies that are FREE for kids 12 & under! About the Film: In this classic silent comedy, the Little Tramp (Charles Chaplin) heads north to join in the Klondike gold rush. Trapped in a small cabin by a blizzard, the Tramp is forced to share close quarters with a successful prospector and a fugitive. Eventually able to leave the cabin, he falls for a lovely barmaid, trying valiantly to win her affections. When the prospector needs help locating his claim, it appears the Tramp’s fortunes may change. USA, 1925, 95 minutes, Not Rated, Directed by Charles Chaplin

KidsFest Summer Movie Series: Winged Migration
Enzian Theatre
Wednesday, July 20, 11:30 a.m.

The KidFest Summer Movie Series offers film fans and children of all ages the rare opportunity to experience an exceptional selection of family-friendly movies that are FREE for kids 12 & under!

Family Sunset at the Zoo
Central Florida Zoo
Friday, July 22, 5–8 p.m.
Enjoy inflatable games, music and more as you stroll around the Zoo! Gates reopen at 5 p.m. for guests to enjoy the Zoo at sunset and music in the Tropical Splash Ground. Last admission into the Zoo will be at 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $6 online, $8 at the door. Guests can also bundle and save with the Family 4-Pack for $40, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs and four regular fountain drinks to fuel the whole family for fun.

Central Florida Zoo

Stuffed Animal Sleepover
Chick-Fil-A, Lake Mary (4420 W. Lake Mary Blvd.)
July 22, 5:30 p.m. & July 23, 10 a.m.

Chick-Fil-A is hosting a sleepover for your child’s furriest friends! Come enjoy dinner and activities before your child tucks in their animal for the night. Don’t forget your pajamas. Come back the next morning to pick them up and hear all about their adventures!

Brew & View: Moana
Ivanhoe Park Brewing
Friday, July 22, 7:45 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Family Friday takes place on the first Friday of each month at Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co! See photo and read our event review here.

Rock Painting & Open Hours on the Farm
Green Acres Farm, Oviedo
Saturday, July 23, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Take the family to enjoy this family-owned farm, paint rocks and play with farm animals.

Summerween
Boxi Park, Lake Nona
July 23 & 24, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Boxi Park is celebrating SummerWeen July 23 and 24 with kids carfts, trick or treats for the kids, face painters and costume contests. The park will be decorated for Halloween and will feature spooky food and drink specials.

Family Fun Storytelling Concert
Penguin Point, Oviedo Mall
Sunday, July 24, 2 p.m.

Clap, chant and sing along with storytellers Autumn Garick and Robin Schult as they bring to life colorful folktales and dynamic stories from children’s literature. Tickets are $5.


July 25-31, 2022

Christmas in July
Museum of Illusions
Monday, July 25

Christmas came early! Museum of Illusions Orlando is celebrating Christmas all day long. Visit the museum on July 25th wearing your best holiday gear and receive 25% off a general admission ticket when purchased in person. This offer is available all day given the museum is below capacity. Arrive early to get your preferred reservation.

KidsFest Summer Movie Series: Winged Migration
Enzian Theatre
Tuesday, July 26, 11:30 a.m.

The KidFest Summer Movie Series offers film fans and children of all ages the rare opportunity to experience an exceptional selection of family-friendly movies that are FREE for kids 12 & under!

KidsFest Summer Movie Series: The Land Before Time
Enzian Theatre
Thursday, July 28, 11:30 a.m.

The KidFest Summer Movie Series offers film fans and children of all ages the rare opportunity to experience an exceptional selection of family-friendly movies that are FREE for kids 12 & under!

Popsicles in the Park
Kewannee Park (1505 Kewannee Trl., Casselberry)
Saturday, July, 30, 9-11am
Celebrate the end of Park & Recreation Month with a morning of fun at Kewannee Park. Ice-cold popsicles, kids’ activities, touch-a-truck and more! Rain or shine.

Under the Sea Stuffed Animal Scavenger Hunt
West Branch Library (Longwood/Wekiva)
Saturday, July 30, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

In this self-guided hunt, your family will discover a wide variety of stuffed animal friends from the sea who are hiding in plain sight! Learn more about each creature by having your phone ready to scan its QR code. Find them all to receive a special sticker.

Kid’s Summer Cooking Class
Terralina Crafted Italian, Disney Springs
Saturday, July 30, 11 a.m.
Put on your chef hat, kids! During the Terralina Crafted Italian summer cooking series you’ll learn how to make raviolis with fresh ingredients. Embrace Italian food and culture while transforming simple ingredients into delicious dishes. Each class includes a drink, apron, chef hat, ravioli and a dessert! Cooking classes are $30 and designed for kids ages 5-12. Space is limited to 12 kids per class.

Terralina Crafted Italian at Disney Springs

Pet Adoption Event
Regal Cinema at Oviedo Mall
Saturday July 30, 2-8 p.m.

Theatergoers will be greeted by potential new furry friends as they make their way to the cinema and will have a chance to meet and greet with animals currently available for adoption through Pet Rescue by Judy. This super collaboration is coming in time to celebrate the release of DC League of Super-Pets which hits theaters on July 29th.

Paw Patrol Live! The Great Pirate Adventure
Addition Financial Arena
July 30 – 31, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The pups of Paw Patrol rescue Adventure Bay’s Cap’n Turbot, who has fallen into a deep and mysterious cavern, and find a secret pirate map that leads them on an epic adventure.

Fun Spot’s Huge Summer
Fun Spot America (Orlando & Kissimmee locations)
Now through Sept. 5

A Sun-sational Event for all ages! This family-friendly event is the perfect way to kick back and have some fun, complete with special summer events! Snap pics at the all-new Foto Spots, explore tropical decor and take a bite out of seasonal food and beverages, exclusive to the summer season.

 

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