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Summer Fun: Things to Do in Orlando with Kids

Get the whole family together to fill your Summer Bucket List with tons of ways to PLAY in the Orlando area. Next time someone says, “I’m bored”, pick an idea from the pail and get ready to PLAY!  

Here’s a go-to list of ideas to get you started:

✅ Take a clear kayak ride down one of the many beautiful natural springs or intracoastal waterways we have in Central Florida. Get Up and Go Kayaking offers tours at local watering holes like Rainbow Springs and Silver Springs. 

✅ Grab a dive log at the SeaLife Aquarium so kids can track their underwater adventures. Stamp the book at the nine dive stations around the aquarium to receive an Ocean Ambassador medal at the end of the visit. 

Dive Log Book at SeaLife Aquarium Orlando

✅ Customize your own chocolate bar at Chocolate Kingdom. After a sweet tour through this unique chocolate factory, guests get to choose from a bunch of ingredients to make their own candy bar. Bacon, caramel or M&Ms, anyone? 

Chocolate Kingdom

✅ Go to Dezerland Auto Museum to enjoy its car exhibits and so much more. This location is jam-packed with many indoor activities, such as go-karts, bowling, a trampoline park, laser tag and an arcade. The newest addition is Milk: The House of Cereal, which serves all-you-can-eat cereal for only $5. 

✅ How about a daycation at your favorite Orlando resort pools? ResortPass lets you spend the day at the pool without staying overnight. We saw day passes for as little as $20.

✅ No pool? No problem. Have an 80s-style water play day with water balloons, a hose, sprinklers, a few buckets and a slip ‘n slide. Kids will have hours of fun in your own backyard.  

Plant a garden with the kids. There’s no need to go overboard; start out with a container garden. Pizza gardens (aka planting seeds that grow into your favorite ‘za toppings) are fun because kids get to eat what they grow! Encourage your child to get creative with decorating their planter and labeling their plants with unique designs. 

✅ Encourage your kids to crochet, knit or sew something this summer. Check the Orange County Library System for free classes or take a private sewing lesson with Sew Fairy Fun.  

Volunteer together. We have a list of ways families can give back in Central Florida. Click here for all the details!  

✅ Become a Local Wanderer! Orange County Library System (OCLS) offers free passes to local places such as museums, zoos, concerts, sporting events and more — and all you need is an OCLS card. This new “culture pass” program gives you free admission to some of the best local arts and culture venues around!

✅ Climb Florida’s tallest lighthouse at Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse & Museum to get a stunning view of the Atlantic. 

✅ Make soap or bath bombs from a YouTube video or craft kit. Or take a class at a Buff City Soap location, where you can make a dozen bath bombs for $25. 

Bath Bomb Workshop at Buff City Soap

✅ Bring little builders to a free Home Depot Kids Workshop on the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. They’ll be building a Putting Green on June 3 and a Fireworks Bean Bag Toss on July 1. Can’t make it to the in-person workshop? Pick up your free Kids Workshops Kit on the first Saturday or purchase online while supplies last. Register here.  

Home Depot Kids Workshop

✅ Take dog lovers to visit Orlando Science Center’s new exhibit: Dogs! A Science Tail. This interactive exhibition highlights the dynamic nature of the bond between humans and dogs. Guests will experience the extraordinary way that dogs see, hear, and smell the world through activities ranging from walking through a lifelike neighborhood to testing your pup knowledge in a game of “Jeopawdy”. Guests are also invited to share personal photos and stories of their dogs on a photo wall.  

Dogs! A Science Tail at Orlando Science Center

✅ Visit the Rollins Museum of Art to sign up for the Art Explorers Club, a free membership program for ages 6–13. This program immerses kids in the world of art, giving them the opportunity to complete 12 unique challenges and earn prizes along the way.

Rollins Museum Art Explorers Club

✅ Become a Junior Ranger by visiting and completing activities at any Florida State Park. Just ask for the free activity folder upon entry and follow the directions.  

✅ Go on a small family farm tour at Cheyne Ranch in Oviedo. You’ll meet horses, bunnies, chickens, goats, a pig and a cow! Learn about the animals, see them up close, help groom a horse and even take a horse for a walk. The ranch visit concludes with a short hand-led pony or horse ride around the property (ages 24 months+).  

Cheyne Ranch

✅ Play The Great Florida Road Trip while riding on The Wheel at ICON Park. Everyone in your pod will receive a retro-style camera to compete against each other by taking photos of nostalgic landmarks throughout the Sunshine State. The winner gets a $5 arcade card to use at In The Game ICON Park. 

The Great Florida Road Trip at ICON Park

✅ Visit a floating aquapark at Orlando Watersports Complex near the Orlando International Airport, Nona Adventure Park in Lake Nona or Epperson Lagoon in Wesley Chapel. 

✅ Go horseback riding at one of these amazing local trail rides: 


✅ Have some fun in the AC at an indoor activity center. Let ‘Em Fly at the new Urban Air Adventure Park in Altamonte Springs offers wall-to-wall trampolines, dodgeball courts, obstacle courses, bumper cars and virtual reality gaming. The Endless Play Membership is only $12 per month for unlimited play. Another must-visit is Funtastic Depot, opening in Orlando in early summer. This new attraction features an exciting live music show with dazzling lights and effects, climbing walls, an obstacle course, a giant multi-level playground with a toddler area and an arcade with a karaoke booth. 

Funtastic Depot

✅ Spend an afternoon at the newly renovated Winter Park Village to grab some lunch, do some shopping and catch $2 movies all summer long during Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m.  

✅ Take advantage of Florida’s free beaches and soak up some vitamin D. Click here for our list of the Best Beaches for Kids Near Orlando.

Westgate Cocoa Beach Pier

✅ Spend a day exploring Lake Nona. Park in the garage near Boxi Park so that you can snap a photo of the kids in front of the Lake Nona Wings mural and Disco, the giant metallic dog sculpture. Then hop on Move Nona (the free driverless bus) to the Wave Hotel, where you can explore the nearby Lake Nona Sculpture Garden. Fun fact for vehicle-loving kiddos: Move Nona is the largest and longest-running single-site autonomous shuttle fleet in the U.S.  

Move Nona

✅ Blast off at the Kennedy Space Center. Located about an hour east of Orlando, this is a must-see attraction for kids who are interested in space and science. You’ll see real spacecraft, meet astronauts and learn about the history of space exploration.

PLAY Tip: Try the Fly with an Astronaut Experience, where a veteran astronaut guides your journey behind NASA’s gates on a special motor coach tour, leads your tour of Space Shuttle Atlantis® and — best of all — accompanies you on the Shuttle Launch Experience®, which simulates the feeling of launching into space at 17,500 mph!  

✅ Visit the Lukas Nursery & Butterfly Encounter in Oviedo. This year-round butterfly and bird conservatory offers a one-of-a-kind experience for kids. Mingle among the most beautiful butterflies, cheerfully chirping finches and Chinese button quail. Kids will love being able to feed the butterflies from their fingertips! 

✅ Game the afternoon away at Arcade Monsters, with two locations in Oviedo and Lake Mary. Offering a mix of modern and retro games, board games, gaming systems or VR games, it’s a whole vibe, especially with staff dressed in cosplay and a heavy focus on food and drinks (for kids and adults).  

✅ Cool off at one of the Best Splash Pads in the Greater Orlando Area. Click here for our handy-dandy round-up of the coolest options in town.

Oviedo Splash Zone

✅ Join a summer reading program at the library or your local bookstore. Orange County Library System has planned special events, classes and a summer reading contest that includes goody bags for participants and a grand prize giveaway! Register here.
Prefer to read with a furry friend? Check out the Reading Paws program, where kids can read to dogs at the library! Another option is Pizza Hut’s Camp Book It! Program that provides an online log and a free pizza reward when kids hit their reading goals. 

Swim with manatees at Crystal River. Located 1.5 hours north of Orlando, this is the only place in the U.S. where you can legally swim with manatees in their natural habitat. Kids will love getting up close and personal with these gentle giants. Visit discovercrystalriverfl.com to book a manatee charter tour. 

✅ Take a day trip to Lakeland to visit Bonnet Spring Park. With a butterfly house, wetlands boardwalk, nature center, kid’s treehouse, botanical gardens, canopy walk, dining options and three playgrounds — plus the brand-new Florida Children’s Museum packed with two floors of interactive exhibits — it’s 100% worth the drive. 

✅ Let’s go bowling this summer! Aloma Bowl, Boardwalk Bowl and Airport Lanes have weekly specials in June, July and part of August. Kids get two free games of bowling Monday–Friday all summer long!  

girl bowling boardwalk bowl
Boardwalk Bowl Entertainment Center

✅ Feel an adrenaline rush on Orlando’s newest roller coasters, like Pipeline: The Surf Coaster at SeaWorld, TRON Lightcycle Run at Magic Kingdom and Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind at Epcot

TRON Lightcycle Run | Magic Kingdom

✅ Paddle in the moonlight and experience one of the coolest natural adventures that Central Florida has to offer by going on an evening bioluminescence kayak tour in the Indian River. There are several companies that provide guided tours. Don’t forget the insect repellent! 

✅ Host a spa party sleepover for your little diva and her friends with the help of Camp Sweet Dreams. In addition to their adorable sleepover teepee designs, you can now add a Sleep & Spa activity. These pampering treatment stations will be set up right in your home and include sugar scrub, clay face mask and body butter, pink satin robes, headbands, hair scrunchies and more.   

Camp Sweet Dreams

✅ Have a tea party at the Tea Room Experience. This modern tearoom in downtown Orlando serves afternoon tea in an adorable setting fit for royalty. You and your kids (age 5+) will have a fancy excuse to get dolled up! 

The Tea Room Experience

✅ See how many slides you can hit up at the local water parks. Good thing we have the best in the nation (how lucky are our kids?)!  

Turi’s Kid Cove | Aquatica

✅ Check out our list of the 10 Natural Springs to Visit This Summer Near Orlando. Grab a towel, pack a picnic and take the kids on an outdoor adventure!   

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