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Meet Michelle Smith: Creator of the Birth Ease Method

Orlando-based childbirth educator and doula Michelle Smith guides expectant mothers through a peaceful pregnancy and childbirth journey using the Birth Ease method. 

An expectant mother’s first visit with Birth Ease expert Michelle Smith is an experience in education as well as tranquility. Michelle’s melodic voice leads relaxation exercises while the expectant mother reclines peacefully, eyes closed, hands cradling her baby. With her soothing manner, Michelle guides her clients through the often conflicting and overwhelming information associated with pregnancy and childbirth and helps them find confidence and autonomy throughout their own personal journey.

It was Michelle’s traumatic first pregnancy and childbirth that inspired her to not only recover her own autonomy in her later pregnancies but to dedicate her life to helping other women reclaim theirs. Over the years, she sought training in a variety of pregnancy and childbirth programs. However, she began to feel frustrated with the limitations of these programs to meet the individual needs of her clients. As a result, her Birth Ease method was born.

Michelle describes her Birth Ease method as relaxation and stress reduction techniques that last a lifetime. Whether her clients are planning to become pregnant or seeking a natural birth, a medicated birth, a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) or anything in between, both the mother and her baby will benefit from Michelle’s methods. Her comprehensive services include infertility support, childbirth classes, doula services, VBAC education and support, trusted resources and referrals to experts in the field and support for perinatal loss and traumatic birth experiences.

In addition to offering one-on-one client services, Michelle’s newest service is her Birth Ease podcast. Michelle understands it’s often challenging for women to sift through all of the uninvited opinions and outdated information that comes their way when they decide to have a child. Michelle and her guests share valuable tips, tools and proven methods to help listeners sort through the noise, understand their options in maternity care and connect with their inner calm as they navigate the sacred journey that is pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

So what’s next for this amazing mom-preneur? Michelle’s Birth Ease classes are now available as a hybrid program. Her clients have the convenience of attending her one-on-one sessions and accessing the educational components in an online format. 

Michelle’s passion is helping women reclaim autonomy over their pregnancy and childbirth experiences and providing tools to help women reduce stress and increase peace and self-confidence throughout their lives. She is a treasured resource for Central Florida women seeking a guide to help them transition to motherhood.

Michelle Smith’s Services:

  • Birth Ease Method Creator
  • Hypnobirthing Practitioner
  • Doula
  • Placenta Specialist
  • Clinical Hypnotherapist
  • NLP Master Practitioner
  • Nondenominational Minister
  • Midwife of Thanatology

To reach Michelle, visit birtheaseservices.com or call 407-791-7989.

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January 2021

January 1

Each week features a family friendly movie and weekend matinees!

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January 1

Holiday Break Camps
At the Lab in the Oviedo Mall
9am-4pm. $60/Day Includes all Materials & Take Homes
Ages 5-11.

12 Children Max.
Masks Required. Bring a Nut-Free Lunch!


December 23: Candy Chemistry
December 24: Holiday Fun Lab
December 28: Dinosaur Adventures
December 29: Maker Fest
December 30: Glow Party
Due to small group numbers, pre-registration IS required.
Please go to https://cfl.madscience.org/parents-register-a.aspx to sign up!

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 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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Class / Educational / Festivals

Spanish Online Live Program

All Kids Spanish
All working days 10:00 am / 6:00 pm
April 6
Toddlers-5th Grade We are here to help! We understand that even though we are going through a tough time, your children's learning process must continue.We have different Spanish online live program options.
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7:00 pm / 9:00 pm
January 1

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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January 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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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 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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January 2

WELCOME TO GOAT YOGA AT ALASKA FARMS!

THIS IS A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE CAN BE THEMSELVES AND ENJOY SOME QUALITY TIME WITH OUR MIX OF MINI BABY GOATS. HERE AT ALASKA FARMS OUR ANIMALS ARE OUR PRIORITY AND WE TAKE PRIDE IN EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR ANIMALS. WHETHER WE ARE DEALING WITH OUR PET COWS, LEMURS, GOATS, SHEEP, HORSES, EMUS, PIGS, AND MORE!

***CLASSES START PROMPTLY AT 9:30AM & 11:00 AM. ***

DEPENDING ON WHICH CLASS YOU ARE ATTENDING. UPON ENTERING THE STUDIO, A CLASS SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED FOR YOUR HOUR-LONG SESSION WITH THE MINI GOATS OF ALASKA FARMS. YOGA CLASSES TAUGHT BY CAMILA C. AND KARINA P.
YOGA MATS WILL BE PROVIDED AND ALREADY SET IN PLACE IN THE STUDIO, JUST PICK A COMFY SPOT

YOU WILL ALSO HAVE AREAS TO SAFETLY HIDE AWAY ANY PURSES, BAGS, WATER BOTTLES, KEYS, ETC. THIS WILL ALLOW THE GOATS TO NOT TAKE ANY RISKS NIBBLING ON SOMETHING THEY SHOULDN’T BE. CONSIDERING THESE GOATS ARE PLAYFUL, AND DO TEND TO JUMP WHEN EXCITED, OR POOP/PEE ONCE THEY HAVE EATEN OR AGAIN EVEN IF THEY ARE EXCITED, WE DO RECOMMEND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THESE AREAS. WE TAKE SAFETY SERIOUSLY FOR THE YOGIS AND OUR GOATS. .

WE WILL HAVE DESIGNATED TIMES WHEN EVERYONE WILL GET A CHANCE TO FEED THE MINI GOATS, HOLD THEM, TAKE PICTURES, AND GET TO KNOW EACH OF THEIR SPECIAL NAMES.

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10:00 am / 2:00 pm
January 2

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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1:00 pm
January 2

Fables on the Farm is a family fun time here at Wildflower Farm. We will read a children's book in our pasture pavilion. After the book reading, we will have the baby goats come join us for a meet and greet! We will then ask for you to help to us give the baby goats their bottles of warm milk!
Admission is $12.50 per person.

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January 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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January 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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January 3

Hockey is back and you and yours will LOVE this fun family activity!

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Kiddie Culture / Recurring Events
January 3

Disney Movie Night To Debut Dec 13
Starting December 13, a dash of magic comes to downtown Orlando nearly every Sunday evening through May, as Dr. Phillips Center presents classic stories direct from the Walt Disney Company’s vast film library. The weekly series is sponsored by Walt Disney World Resort and supported by Experience Kissimmee.

Movies already on tap:
Dec 13 at 6 p.m. – Toy Story ©Disney/Pixar
Dec 20 at 6 p.m. – Finding Nemo ©Disney/Pixar
Dec 20 at 9:30 p.m. – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas ©Disney
Jan 3 at 6 p.m. – A Bug’s Life ©Disney/Pixar
Jan 10 at 6 p.m. – Black Panther ©Marvel Studios
Jan 17 at 6 p.m. – The Lion King ©Disney
Jan 24 at 6 p.m. – Frozen ©Disney
Jan 31 at 6 p.m. – The Incredibles ©Disney/Pixar
Tickets for December movies go on sale today, Friday, Dec 4 at 2 p.m. and are $5 and $10 each—based on box location—with a two-ticket minimum for each private box.

About Frontyard FestivalTM
Dr. Phillips Center’s Frontyard Festival is an innovative, six-month live-entertainment event in downtown Orlando designed to re-engage artists and guests in a safe, socially-distanced setting. Festival-goers purchase tickets in their own private, elevated box that allows them to enjoy a concert or film, or take part in a fitness class, while keeping a healthy distance from others. They may also order food and beverages from one of several on-site restaurants, which is then delivered directly to their box. The festival is made possible by AdventHealth, City of Orlando, Orange County and a host of other generous partners.

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January 4

Every Kids Meal comes with a FREE $5 Game Card EVERY Monday!

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 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.

Read More
9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 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.

Read More
1:00 pm
January 5

Fables on the Farm is a family fun time here at Wildflower Farm. We will read a children's book in our pasture pavilion. After the book reading, we will have the baby goats come join us for a meet and greet! We will then ask for you to help to us give the baby goats their bottles of warm milk!
Admission is $12.50 per person.

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 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.

Read More
1:00 pm
January 6

Fables on the Farm is a family fun time here at Wildflower Farm. We will read a children's book in our pasture pavilion. After the book reading, we will have the baby goats come join us for a meet and greet! We will then ask for you to help to us give the baby goats their bottles of warm milk!
Admission is $12.50 per person.

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Foodie Fun
5:00 pm
January 6

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
January 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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January 7

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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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 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.

Read More
7:00 pm / 9:00 pm
January 8

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!

Read More
January 9
  • 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.
Read More
9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 9

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.

Read More
January 9

WELCOME TO GOAT YOGA AT ALASKA FARMS!

THIS IS A PLACE WHERE EVERYONE CAN BE THEMSELVES AND ENJOY SOME QUALITY TIME WITH OUR MIX OF MINI BABY GOATS. HERE AT ALASKA FARMS OUR ANIMALS ARE OUR PRIORITY AND WE TAKE PRIDE IN EACH AND EVERY ONE OF OUR ANIMALS. WHETHER WE ARE DEALING WITH OUR PET COWS, LEMURS, GOATS, SHEEP, HORSES, EMUS, PIGS, AND MORE!

***CLASSES START PROMPTLY AT 9:30AM & 11:00 AM. ***

DEPENDING ON WHICH CLASS YOU ARE ATTENDING. UPON ENTERING THE STUDIO, A CLASS SCHEDULE WILL BE POSTED FOR YOUR HOUR-LONG SESSION WITH THE MINI GOATS OF ALASKA FARMS. YOGA CLASSES TAUGHT BY CAMILA C. AND KARINA P.
YOGA MATS WILL BE PROVIDED AND ALREADY SET IN PLACE IN THE STUDIO, JUST PICK A COMFY SPOT

YOU WILL ALSO HAVE AREAS TO SAFETLY HIDE AWAY ANY PURSES, BAGS, WATER BOTTLES, KEYS, ETC. THIS WILL ALLOW THE GOATS TO NOT TAKE ANY RISKS NIBBLING ON SOMETHING THEY SHOULDN’T BE. CONSIDERING THESE GOATS ARE PLAYFUL, AND DO TEND TO JUMP WHEN EXCITED, OR POOP/PEE ONCE THEY HAVE EATEN OR AGAIN EVEN IF THEY ARE EXCITED, WE DO RECOMMEND TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THESE AREAS. WE TAKE SAFETY SERIOUSLY FOR THE YOGIS AND OUR GOATS. .

WE WILL HAVE DESIGNATED TIMES WHEN EVERYONE WILL GET A CHANCE TO FEED THE MINI GOATS, HOLD THEM, TAKE PICTURES, AND GET TO KNOW EACH OF THEIR SPECIAL NAMES.

Read More
10:00 am / 12:00 pm
January 9

Beginning August 8th, join us every second Saturday of the month for an extra special, fun-filled breakfast at the Skateway!

Each admission includes skate rental, breakfast, raffle ticket, and meet/greet with characters from Tutu Tales Party Productions during our Tiny Tot Sessions from 10am-12pm.*

Come early and participate in our Lrn2Sk8 class at 9am.

Breakfast includes choice of beverage and entreé:

Omelet Tacos
French Toast Sticks with Syrup
Macaroni & Cheese

*Characters will vary monthly. Stay tuned to our Facebook Event for updates.

PLEASE NOTE: We are operating at 25% capacity. To view all our safety measures, please visit semoranskateway.com/safetymeasures

Dates, times, featured guests subject to change without notice. Additional fees may apply. Sorry, no refunds or exchanges.

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10:00 am / 2:00 pm
January 9

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 / 12:00 pm
January 9

Join us every second Saturday of the month for an extra special, fun-filled skate at the Skateway during our Tiny Tot/Pre-Teen Sessions from 10am-12pm.

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1:00 pm
January 9

Fables on the Farm is a family fun time here at Wildflower Farm. We will read a children's book in our pasture pavilion. After the book reading, we will have the baby goats come join us for a meet and greet! We will then ask for you to help to us give the baby goats their bottles of warm milk!
Admission is $12.50 per person.

Read More
January 9

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.

Read More
January 10

Paddle with Manatees! With temperatures at a constant 72 degrees, manatees migrate to Blue Springs, a designated refuge for them.
From November to March, hundreds of manatees make their way to the warmer waters of the spring, which is converted into a sanctuary, making this a popular spot to view them in their natural habitat.

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January 10

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

Read More
Kiddie Culture / Recurring Events
January 10

Disney Movie Night To Debut Dec 13
Starting December 13, a dash of magic comes to downtown Orlando nearly every Sunday evening through May, as Dr. Phillips Center presents classic stories direct from the Walt Disney Company’s vast film library. The weekly series is sponsored by Walt Disney World Resort and supported by Experience Kissimmee.

Movies already on tap:
Dec 13 at 6 p.m. – Toy Story ©Disney/Pixar
Dec 20 at 6 p.m. – Finding Nemo ©Disney/Pixar
Dec 20 at 9:30 p.m. – Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas ©Disney
Jan 3 at 6 p.m. – A Bug’s Life ©Disney/Pixar
Jan 10 at 6 p.m. – Black Panther ©Marvel Studios
Jan 17 at 6 p.m. – The Lion King ©Disney
Jan 24 at 6 p.m. – Frozen ©Disney
Jan 31 at 6 p.m. – The Incredibles ©Disney/Pixar
Tickets for December movies go on sale today, Friday, Dec 4 at 2 p.m. and are $5 and $10 each—based on box location—with a two-ticket minimum for each private box.

About Frontyard FestivalTM
Dr. Phillips Center’s Frontyard Festival is an innovative, six-month live-entertainment event in downtown Orlando designed to re-engage artists and guests in a safe, socially-distanced setting. Festival-goers purchase tickets in their own private, elevated box that allows them to enjoy a concert or film, or take part in a fitness class, while keeping a healthy distance from others. They may also order food and beverages from one of several on-site restaurants, which is then delivered directly to their box. The festival is made possible by AdventHealth, City of Orlando, Orange County and a host of other generous partners.

Read More
January 11

Every Kids Meal comes with a FREE $5 Game Card EVERY Monday!

Read More
9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 11

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.

Read More
9:00 am / 6:00 pm
January 12

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.

Read More
1:00 pm
January 12

Fables on the Farm is a family fun time here at Wildflower Farm. We will read a children's book in our pasture pavilion. After the book reading, we will have the baby goats come join us for a meet and greet! We will then ask for you to help to us give the baby goats their bottles of warm milk!
Admission is $12.50 per person.

Read More