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Rae’s New Sunshine

Photo: Love Is Me Photography

Sondra “Rae” Valentino, a popular radio personality on iHeartRadio’s
Johnny’s House, beams about transitioning into parenthood. 

As a new parent, waking up at 3 a.m. to feed and change a hungry baby is nothing unusual. But waking up at 3 a.m. to feed and change two hungry babies before leaving the house for work by 4 a.m.? That’s another story… Welcome to the life of radio personality Sondra Rae from Johnny’s House at 106.7. Most days begin this way for Sondra Rae and her wife, Missy, who recently became parents to Siena and Leonardo. 

The Backstory

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When Sondra Rae and Missy met through mutual friends in 2011, the instant connection was something neither could deny. It wasn’t long before the couple realized they wanted this relationship to be their last.  

In 2015, Missy surprised Sondra Rae with a picture-perfect Disney World proposal. Sondra Rae, of course, said yes. They were married in late 2016 at Mission Inn in Clermont, which offered a European-themed vibe that the couple adored. 

After a several years together, a fairy-tale wedding, an amazing honeymoon in Italy and spending parts of the next year traveling, these two were ready to start a family. 

Decisions

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Sondra Rae and Missy both knew they wanted to be parents. Being a same-sex couple meant this would involve challenges and choices. They weren’t sure what their pathway to parenthood would look like, but one thing was clear: they were both committed to making it happen.

Ready to explore their options, the couple contacted Advanced Reproductive Specialists in Orlando to discuss fertility treatments such as IUI (intrauterine insemination) and IVF (in vitro fertilization). After much contemplation, Sondra Rae and Missy elected to try IUI. They decided that Sondra Rae would undergo the procedure.

IUI and Pregnancy

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After several months of medical tests, Sondra Rae got the all-clear to begin the IUI process. Her days were often filled with challenging yet exciting doctor visits, medications, shots and tests. She and Missy also needed to choose a sperm donor. They originally chose a donor from Fairfax Cyrobank in Virginia. Missy is from Fairfax, so they felt the choice had a meaningful connection. However, a blood test showed that Sondra Rae and the donor were incompatible, so the process of poring over multiple donor profiles began again. This time they, chose a donor from Seattle Sperm Bank. 

When it was time for the IUI procedure. Sondra Rae felt excited and nervous. As always, Missy was supportive and encouraging. Following the procedure, the anxious couple waited two weeks for the results. Unfortunately, the procedure was unsuccessful. This was tough news, but Sondra Rae and Missy remained optimistic and decided to try a second round of IUI. Because of the failed first attempt, the fertility doctors adjusted the treatment plan. This time, the IUI procedure was a success. 

In addition to a positive pregnancy test, the doctor also had some other news. Sondra Rae’s HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) numbers were high, which can mean the mother is carrying twins. Although they knew the probability of twins was increased with IUI, Sondra Rae and Missy were still shocked when it was confirmed that they were indeed expecting twins. But Sondra Rae said that initial shock quickly turned to gratitude. They knew caring for twins would be challenging, but they felt so fortunate. 

Sondra Rae and Missy wanted their gender reveal to be extra special, so they surprised their family and friends by hosting this important moment at ICON Orlando 360. Guests waited anxiously as the observation wheel’s colors changed first to blue and then to pink — a boy and a girl!

To prepare their beloved fur baby, Marlo, for the twins’ arrival, Sondra Rae and Missy hired Kim Bissing, a certified personal dog trainer with Beyond the Leash. Kim recommends beginning this process early to help make the transition easier on the family pet. Marlo learned verbal commands, such as “Leave it” (which instructs Marlo to ignore baby items such as dropped pacifiers or baby bottles) and “Easy” (which tells Marlo it’s OK to explore gently). Kim also recommended exposing Marlo to scents such as baby blankets and diapers. Finally, she instructed the couple to hold a life-like doll while playing audio clips of a baby crying to help Marlo become accustomed to sharing his mamas with the new babies.

Childbirth and NICU

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On September 20, 2018, Sondra Rae was 33 weeks and 5 days pregnant. When she returned home from work that morning, she felt something was off. A scare in the second trimester had kept her on high alert. Half joking, she texted Missy that she felt like the babies were coming that day. In fact, Sondra Rae and Missy had just packed their hospital bags the night before. It turns out Sondra Rae was right; mother’s intuition is real!

The babies were born several hours later by emergency C-section at The Baby Place at AdventHealth for Women in Orlando. Siena was born first, and the delivery room was suddenly filled with the sweet and innocent cry of new life. However, when Leonardo was born, he was alarmingly silent. The pediatric team quickly started him on oxygen. To Sondra Rae and Missy’s relief, Leonardo’s cry soon followed. 

Because the babies were premature, they were whisked off to AdventHealth for Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) with Missy following close behind. Sondra Rae felt alone and scared. Sensing her uneasiness, one of her doctors played a Jimmy Buffet tune, and a nurse illuminated a beach scene on the ceiling above her. As she laid in the delivery room, the uplifting sights and sounds of an island paradise gave her hope that everything was going to be okay.

Siena spent 13 days in the NICU, and Leonardo spent 15. It was heartbreaking for Sondra Rae and Missy to leave the hospital without their babies. However, the NICU nurses were available 24/7, and the new parents were encouraged to call around the clock for updates. Sondra Rae and Missy spent up to 10 hours per day at the hospital during the twins’ stay. To help families of NICU babies cope, the hospital offered art classes. Sondra Rae and Missy made items such as personalized jewelry and burp cloths for Siena and Leonardo, which helped them feel connected. They celebrated each milestone the twins reached until their babies were finally ready to come home. 

Sondra Rae and Missy stayed close to home for their babymoon at the Waldorf Astoria in Orlando. 

Making It Work

Photo: Love is Me Photography

Like all new parents, Sondra Rae and Missy spent the first few weeks trying to figure things out. When the twins initially came home, both parents would wake up at night to do feedings and diaper changes. Then they began to stagger the feedings so each baby would eat at a different time. Neither parent was getting much sleep, and they each began to experience severe fatigue. Eventually, Sondra Rae and Missy settled into a routine where they would rotate feeding and changing both babies while the other parent slept. They also used the Twin Z Pillow, which Sondra Rae says is a must-have. It’s a single pillow designed to angle both babies just the right way to be fed at the same time — a total game-changer! For this couple, working together to find solutions is one of their greatest strengths. 

So how do the new parents split up the childrearing responsibilities? Sondra Rae laughed as she replied, “Missy says I have the mom sway.” If one of the twins is fussy, she snuggles the baby closely and sways. “Missy has the magic when it comes to burping the babies,” she says. Sondra Rae isn’t sure how, but Missy can get the babies to burp every time. Although each parent has a few specialties, for the most part, this couple splits their parenting duties 50/50, each respectful and supportive of the other.

Sondra Rae shared that even though she loves being a mother, it hasn’t always been easy. She struggled with postpartum depression, but Missy was quick to recognize this and step in to make sure Sondra Rae got the help she needed. She said that Missy has been there every step of the way, supporting her through the IUI process, pregnancy, childbirth and now in this wonderful new world of parenting that they are beyond ecstatic to share.


Visit sondrarae.com for YouTube videos, blog posts and more. Listen to Sondra Rae each weekday morning on Johnny’s House at 106.7 from 6 a.m.–10 a.m. or listen to podcasts at iHeartRadio. Follow Sondra Rae on Instagram @sondrarae.

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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!


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

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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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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. .

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

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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!
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All Your Favorite Classic Cars Come Together at One Place.

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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.

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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
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January 5

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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 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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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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5:00 pm
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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.
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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
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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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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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January 11

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

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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

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Admission is $12.50 per person.

Read More