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The World Is Their Classroom

Three families share their “worldschooling” adventures.

The term “homeschooling” indicates that learning takes place at home, but for some adventurous families, the absolute opposite is true. “Worldschooling” is the combination of education and travel. This method allows families to provide an educational experience for their children by experiencing and interacting with the world around them. Now may not be the time to start traveling the world, but the Central Florida families interviewed for this article began their worldschooling journeys long before the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re sharing their stories here as inspiration for families who may be considering all of the possibilities that exist for nontraditional education in the future. 

The Buoy Family
Living Off the Grid in the Southwest Desert

In the middle of the New Mexico desert, Ann and Mike Buoy and their two boys, Bryce, 13, and Brooks, 11, are social distancing in their 340 square-foot home, a recreational vehicle (RV). This high-tech home-on-wheels, which they affectionately named ChronicNomadness, allows the family to live, work and adventure from anywhere. In addition to typical RV campgrounds, the Buoys often “boondock” by camping off the grid on public lands such as national forests.

The Buoys weren’t always worldschoolers. Up until 2015, the family lived in Altamonte Springs, Florida. The boys were attending public school, Ann and Mike had a thriving photography business, and by all accounts, their life was good. But then things began to unravel. Ann was in a terrible car accident, diagnosed with fibromyalgia and then suffered a serious medical scare. After healing herself naturally, Ann decided to change careers and earned her certification as a holistic health coach. Mike works in instructional technology and design. During this time, Brooks was suffering with headaches 90% of the time, and Bryce started asking to be homeschooled. Knowing that Mike could do his job from any location, the family decided to take the leap and hit the road. They sold their house along with most of their belongings, purchased a truck and RV and began their adventure. This was a new world for the Buoys — they had no experience RVing or worldschooling, but they knew it was the right decision for their family.

Ann does most of the schooling as Mike works full-time remotely. The family has an assortment of technology and gaming devices with parental controls in place, and both boys are voracious readers. They have plenty of time to read books of their choice. The boys are different in their interests and learning styles, so the family started out using a mix of resources, including Easy Peasy, Minecraft Homeschool (now called GamED Academy), Khan Academy, IXL, BrainPop videos, TED Talks and educational apps. In 2017, Ann enrolled both boys in Florida Virtual School (FLVS). Bryce enjoys being able to work at his own pace, which allowed him to complete 7th and 8th grade science in one year. He usually finishes his FLVS schoolwork in just a few hours each day. 

Living nomadically is rewarding but can have its challenges. The Buoys need to find locations with reliable internet so Mike can do his job. Sometimes things break and go wrong. In the beginning, Ann struggled with getting the boys to respect her as the teacher. When they pick up and move to a new location, the boys don’t enjoy having to say goodbye to their friends. In their current location, the Buoys are completely off the grid with no power or water. They generate their own power using solar panels and must drive 15 minutes to fill their RV’s water bladder and buy supplies every week.

The Buoys have gotten good at “unplanning” and don’t map out their location in advance. Sometimes they choose a city and figure out a specific location later. But no matter where they are based, the Buoy family loves to adventure, taking lots of day trips to explore the local area. They enjoy being active, whether it’s hiking, paddle boarding, snowboarding, rock climbing or mountain biking. Even though they can’t visit national parks or other public places right now, they always find time to get outdoors and enjoy the scenery. Ann has lots of helpful advice for parents who are considering homeschooling or worldschooling their children. “Be sure to take breaks. Go outside. Give yourself some grace. Homeschooling isn’t bringing the classroom to the home. It’s about creating an environment that facilitates your child’s love of learning.” 

You can learn more about the Buoy family and their nomadic lifestyle at OurBasicEssentials.com.


Photos courtesy of FullTimeFieldTrip.com
Family of Seven Learning on a Full-Time Field Trip

Johor Bahru is the southernmost city in Malaysia and the place Regina, Tom and their five children, Txanton, Trevor, Trace, Tucker and Tyleigh, currently call home. Ranging in age from 7 to 16, all five children were born in the United States and have been homeschooled since day one. Tom and Regina decided early on that homeschooling was the best choice for their family. Their original plan was to buy an RV and travel the states. They kept putting it off because it never felt like the right time. Regina started researching international travel and what it might look like for her family. What she found led her to a life-changing moment. “I realized that we can travel the world full-time cheaper than we can live in the United States.” 

Regina and Tom both had a yearning to travel the world. About two years ago, while living in Central Florida, Regina and Tom began investigating ways they could fund travel for their family. Tom owned and operated a handyman business, and Regina had an education background. They thought long and hard about the transferrable skills they already possessed that could help them make their travel dream a reality. First up, an opportunity in Thailand to do work exchange. Tom was able to use his handyman skills to rehab a house that was sitting empty, and the family was able to live in the house during the project. Regina says that work exchange and bartering are ideal for finding a place to stay. Next stop, Egypt, where Tom utilized his handyman skills while working for a street dog rescue. In Spain, they traded babysitting for housing by working as live-in nannies. Regina and Tom also have steady income earned through renting their home back in Florida on AirBNB.

Regina and Tom have always asked their children what they want in their education journey. Their family typically takes a unit study approach that allows them to anchor their learning to one topic and then customize the lessons to be age-appropriate for each child. The family classifies their learning into three types of experiences: fast travel, which is where they visit a city and do a lot of sightseeing; slow travel, which is where they stay in one place and soak up as much as possible for as long as their tourist visa will allow; and expat life, which is what they did while in Thailand. They enrolled their kids in school, and Regina took a teaching position. This was a much deeper educational experience for the whole family. Regina says that the longer you stay in any one place, the more you know what types of cultural aspects to look for and experience with your children.

While traveling from one destination to another, Regina, Tom and their children have created friendships all over the world. There are some formal organizations that offer worldschooling conferences with seminars, workshops and group housing. Also available are more informal meetups where someone posts a location and others in the area attend. Either way, these gatherings are a great way to connect with other families.

The hardest thing about worldschooling for Regina, Tom and their kids is missing their friends and family back in the states. They stay connected online but wish they could see them in person and give them a hug. As of right now, their family is staying put in Malaysia as they wait to see what the pandemic brings.

One of the best things about worldschooling? Deepening family connections. Because Regina and her family are living differently than they were in the U.S., they have opportunities to connect on a deeper level. They are living in the world in a whole new way.

More than anything, says Regina, “Travel teaches you resilience. You have to be willing to go with the flow. Roll with the changes. Deal with the disappointments. You learn to live with uncertainty. Surrender to the uncertainty. Whatever comes up, you just find a way to make it work.”

Regina’s best piece of advice for families planning to worldschool is, “You only need half of what you are packing. It’s so easy to think that we need all these just-in-case items or need to recreate our homes in our suitcases. Everything you think you will need can be found wherever you go in the world.”

Follow the adventures of Regina, Tom and their children at FullTimeFieldTrip.com.


Photo courtesy of @kindlerofglow
Turning Real World Experiences into Learning Opportunities

Jessica Perlaza had always wanted to live abroad but felt rooted in Orlando. In 2008, when the recession hit, Jessica and her husband, Mayo, decided to leave their careers in Central Florida and move to Korea to teach English. Once in Asia, their minds were opened to a whole new world, and they couldn’t see themselves returning to their home in Florida. They stayed in Korea for four years and traveled around Asia.

In 2013, their first son, Joa, now 7, was born, and Jessica felt the pull to be near family. So they moved back to the U.S. for a few years, spending their time in Orlando and Chicago. Shortly thereafter, their second son, Tao, now 5, was born. The Perlaza family enjoyed having the support of family members nearby but started to feel like they sacrificed what they wanted for themselves and their children. Their family values have always been to have more time together — Jessica and Mayo never felt that they needed much monetarily or materially. They wanted to go back to their old lifestyle living abroad, but they were filled with fear and doubt about making the right decision for their family.

Then one day while on Facebook, Jessica came across a worldschoolers group. She read through some of the conversations and was inspired by what other families were doing. It gave her the motivation to make a change. Her husband was teaching online, so he could work remotely from anywhere in the world.

In 2017, the Perlaza family embarked on a journey to travel around the world for a year, finishing their trip in Portugal. Their current home is nestled in the mountains, about 30 minutes away from the town of Aljezur (population 5,000). Portugal is part of the Schengen Area, where Americans are allowed to stay 90 days, leave for 90 days, and then return for another 90 days. It can be a bit confusing, but there are apps to help calculate the days and keep track.

No matter where they travel, the Perlazas love having a home to return to. Jessica believes it is important to maintain balance. She admires families who keep moving around continuously, but for her family, it is crucial have a home with familiar surroundings where they feel balanced and can build a community.

Jessica doesn’t like to label how their children learn. Homeschool vs. worldschool vs. unschool — they flow through all of those depending on where they are in their lives and in the world. When moving around, they spend a lot of time outdoors. The boys are very curious and inquisitive. On a recent trip to a nearby river, Tao discovered that he could make colors and write with some of the rocks. So Jessica ran home, grabbed some paintbrushes and paper and turned the experience into an art lesson. Sometimes they will sit at the table and practice more traditional learning, but they try to stay flexible and adapt as needed.

When the Perlazas arrived in Portugal, they looked into forest schools. These are schools where children spend almost all of their time learning outdoors in natural environments. The forest school in Portugal has a small schoolroom that they use in the case of terrible weather, but otherwise, the kids are outside. The school has a tent where children can sit and read; it also has a garden and animals. 

When asked what her hope is for her boys, Jessica replied, “My hope is that they will be happy. The most important value in our family is time together. I hope they will always hold onto that.”

Follow the Perlazas’ story through Jessica Perlaza’s photography on Instagram @kindlerofglow.

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Betsy Jewell is a Central Florida-based content creator and mother of two teenage boys. When she's not providing career coaching to teens and young adults, you can find her behind the microphone hosting the High School Hamster Wheel podcast.

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November 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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Discover something amazing at the new Spooky Seas Event at Sea Life Orlando Aquarium from October 1st - 31st. Watch divers carve jack-o-lanterns underwater Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:00 p.m., participate in a scavenger hunt and discover spooky sea creatures - all complete with Halloween décor! Purchase tickets online to reserve your entry time at https://www.visitsealife.com/orlando/whats-inside/events-experiences/spooky-seas-event/

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November 2
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
November 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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Class / Educational
November 3
October is here and that means KINDERMUSIK $1 DEMO DAYS at Grow and Sing Studios are coming!! Have you been meaning to come try out a class, or are you just finding out about our program for the first time? We invite you to come check out one of these classes FOR ONLY $1, have some fun, make some music and hopefully fall in love with the magic of Kindermusik! Kindermusik is a music and music class aimed towards children from birth-age 7. Reservations are required and space is limited. We are “traveling minstrels” so our classes are offered at different locations around town throughout the week. To see what classes are available and where, visit growandsing.com/registration.
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November 3
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
November 3

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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November 3
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November 3

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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November 3

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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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November 4
October is here and that means KINDERMUSIK $1 DEMO DAYS at Grow and Sing Studios are coming!! Have you been meaning to come try out a class, or are you just finding out about our program for the first time? We invite you to come check out one of these classes FOR ONLY $1, have some fun, make some music and hopefully fall in love with the magic of Kindermusik! Kindermusik is a music and music class aimed towards children from birth-age 7. Reservations are required and space is limited. We are “traveling minstrels” so our classes are offered at different locations around town throughout the week. To see what classes are available and where, visit growandsing.com/registration.
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There's something for everyone at this family-fun event, from whimsical kiddie rides to state-of-the-art thrill rides, midway games, and deep-fried treats, sweets and other tasty carnival eats. Event parking and admission are free. Unlimited ride wristbands (for riders 36 inches and taller) are $35 on site and online pre-sale (before 5 pm Thurs., Nov. 4) for $29 each, 2/$55 or 4/$99. See website for Saturday ride wristband restrictions. Ride tickets are also available at the carnival for $1.50 each, $30/20 tickets, or $60/50 tickets plus 1 free ride. (Rides take 2 or more tickets each.) Online pre-sale special: $45/50 tickets (includes 1 free ride) Visit the website for coupon savings on rides and food. Midway hours: 5-10 pm Monday - Thursday, 5-11 pm Friday, noon-11 pm Saturday, noon-10 pm Sunday Parent/guardian supervision is required for guests ages 17 and younger. Please check the website for event updates. For more information, call 866-666-3247.
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November 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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November 4
Singing, dancing and moving to rhymes and simple stories will introduce young children to the joys of language and literature. We encourage full and active participation of accompanying adults. This class will adhere to social distancing guidelines and has limited capacity. Enrollment is required per baby/caregiver and accompanying siblings should be listed in the notes. Per CDC guidelines, face masks are required. Someone will check you in at the door to confirm your reservation. No exceptions will be made. Please cancel your enrollment if you can't make it to the class, failure to do so may result in placement on the wait list for future sessions. This class is being held outside of current open hours, so enter via the south doors (Lyman Ave side) where a staff member will be waiting. Attendees may browse Library collections following the class if desired. Class is held every Thursday and registration is required.
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November 4

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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November 4

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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November 4

Please RSVP: jfleming@thechristschool.org

Thursday, November 4, 6:00 pm
106 E. Church St., Orlando, FL 32801
407-849-1665
Located in the heart of Downtown Orlando

Are you seeking an engaging, project-based learning environment infused with a Christian Worldview for your child? The Christ School students thrive in a STEAM-based learning environment that focuses on collaboration, communication, creative problem-solving and critical thinking across all subject areas.

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November 5
October is here and that means KINDERMUSIK $1 DEMO DAYS at Grow and Sing Studios are coming!! Have you been meaning to come try out a class, or are you just finding out about our program for the first time? We invite you to come check out one of these classes FOR ONLY $1, have some fun, make some music and hopefully fall in love with the magic of Kindermusik! Kindermusik is a music and music class aimed towards children from birth-age 7. Reservations are required and space is limited. We are “traveling minstrels” so our classes are offered at different locations around town throughout the week. To see what classes are available and where, visit growandsing.com/registration.
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November 5

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.

0-6 mo – 9am-10am

6-12 mo – 10am-11am

12-18 mo – 11am-12pm

All virtual classes held on Friday mornings during regularly scheduled hours.

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
November 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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November 5
Creative PLAY is so imporatant and Creative Jane's offers the perfect to have some fun!  
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November 5
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November 5

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
November 5
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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7:00 pm / 9:00 pm
November 5

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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November 6

Celebrate the season with this epic event you don't want to miss.

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November 6
  • 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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8:30 am / 10:00 am
November 6

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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9:00 am / 10:00 am
November 6
Join us for yoga in the Garden in the midst of the beautiful Mead Botanical Garden. Take part in the opportunity to truly connect with yourself and nature. Bring a yoga mat and water.
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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
November 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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10:00 am / 2:00 pm
November 6

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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November 6

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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November 6

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
November 6
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
November 6

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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4:00 pm / 5:00 pm
November 6

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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November 6

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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November 6

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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