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Childhood in Florida means swimsuits and bare feet. It means water days year-round. It means splash pads and swimming holes, resort pools and river paddles. We can’t think of a better activity that reflects Florida culture more than swimming. Surrounded by water in every direction, Florida families flock to oceans, bays, springs and lakes to take advantage of our state’s beautiful geology.

When I was a kid, I practically lived in my swimsuit. Now, as a mother of two, I keep the Florida family tradition alive by finding fun ways for my own Florida kids to spend time in the water. There are over 1 million swimming pools in the state of Florida, more than 600 miles of beaches, 700 freshwater springs and countless other lakes, ponds and waterways. Needless to say, swimming could easily be our state family sport! 

Florida kids are lucky. Not only do they have water parks and pools, but they have some truly unique aquatic experiences right at their fingertips. Here are some interesting places to take your family for unique swimming experiences in and around Central Florida. 

Shark Swim at Discovery Cove

Have a jaw-some time swimming alongside blacktip reef, nurse, zebra and bonnethead sharks, along with thousands of other tropical fish at The Grand Reef inside Discovery Cove® Orlando. The Shark Swim program includes an intimate shark talk and training session with Discovery Cove’s expert Aquarists so guests can learn about several different shark species. The Shark Swim Program is for ages 10+ and starts at $129 per person. Space is limited, and extra health and safety measures are in place to ensure property social distancing. discoverycove.com

Snorkel in a Giant Fish Tank at Rumfish Grill 

At this uniquely Florida experience, swimmers can snorkel alongside several species of fish in a 33,500-gallon tank built by the stars of Animal Planet’s hit show TANKED, then sit down to enjoy a meal together and talk about what they learned. The Swim with the Fish experience is led by experts at the Marine Exploration Center and is designed to educate guests about the fragile marine environment. This 90-minute experience is for ages 8+ and starts at $35 per person. Space is limited. As of August 2020, this experience is closed due to CDC guidelines, but keep an eye on the website for future booking availability. rumfishgrill.com

SeaCamp in the Florida Keys

Go ahead and book your 2021 summer staycation now. This unique camp experience on Big Pine Key is perfect for water lovers of all kinds. Send the kids off to learn all about marine science, SCUBA, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, lifeguarding and more. Meanwhile, mom and dad can vacation without the kids for a week or two in one of the many nearby resorts in the Florida Keys. The co-ed Sea Camp experience is for children 12–17 years old. You must apply online at seacamp.org. As of now, the 2021 summer season camps are expected to happen as scheduled.

Swim with Manatees in Crystal River

Swimming with the manatees in Crystal River is practically a Florida rite-of-passage. Crystal River is home to a large population of manatees, especially in the winter months. There are several tour guides in the area that provide opportunities to swim with the gentle sea cows. We recommend booking one for a winter morning when you know there will be a strong cold front. The manatees gather in the warm spring water when the temperatures dip low. Most manatee tours provide masks, snorkels and wet suits. Kids ages 3+ can participate. Pick your guide and call ahead to find out pricing.

Scuba for Kids: Pool S.C.U.B.A.

When you’re a Floridian, it makes sense to turn your kids into fish by teaching them how to breathe underwater. The PADI Bubblemaker Program teaches children who are at least 8 years old to use scuba gear in shallow water. They’ll learn things like how to clear a regulator and mask, plus breathing dos and don’ts underwater. PADI also offers a program called SASY for kids ages 4–7. SASY stands for “surface supplied air system.” It looks like scuba gear, but it’s designed to float on the surface. There are several participating dive centers in Central Florida. Go to padi.com/courses/bubblemaker to find one near you.

Hang Ten Like the Pros at Cocoa Beach

Florida’s Atlantic coast is home to world class surfers like Kelly Slater and Frieda Zamba. Now you can learn to surf like the pros by taking lessons at one of our local beachside surf schools. Cocoa Beach Surf Company and the Ron Jon Surf School are a couple of popular options. At Ron Jon’s, kids ages 5 and up can participate in private lessons to learn how to stand up and ride a wave. Prices vary at different schools, but expect to pay $50–$65 for an hour-long private lesson. ronjonsurfschool.com and cocoabeachsurf.com

Snorkel in a Deep Blue Cavern at Devil’s Den

Less than a 2-hour drive from Orlando will take you to a swimming hole worth putting on your bucket list. Devil’s Den is a cave filled with crystal clear spring water. It’s a popular diving spot, but families can also snorkel and hunt for prehistoric fossils. Scuba and snorkel equipment is available for rental. Children must be over age 6 to enter Devil’s Den. Admission starts at $15 per person on weekdays and $22 per person on weekends and holidays. devilsden.com

Become a Mermaid at Weeki Wachee Mermaid Camp

Who doesn’t dream of becoming a mermaid at some point? The 2-day Weeki Wachee Mermaid Camp teaches kids exactly what it takes. They’ll learn to swim with the famous Weeki Wachee mermaids, indulge in a mermaid makeover, get a personal photo session in a tail and more. The camp is available to kids ages 7–14. The 2-day camp costs $375. (P.S. There’s also an adult version of this camp if parents want to brush up on their own mermaid skills!) floridastateparks.org/learn/junior-mermaid-camp

Dive for Dinner in Homosassa Bay

This activity is best if mom and dad are up for an adventure too. Scallops are a type of mollusk that live in the shallow grassy waters of the Homosassa River, about 2 hours west of Orlando. Tour companies like River Safaris Mile & Wild take guests out on a boat to dive for scallops under the watch of a highly skilled captain. They describe it as an Easter egg hunt underwater! Fun for all ages, a 5-hour semi-private tour for six starts at $79. It includes a license, mask, snorkel, fins and scallop bag. Best part? You can take your collection home at the end of the day. Bon appétit! riverventures.com

This is just a snapshot of the many ways to give your children a true Florida childhood they’ll never forget. Of course, you don’t have to be this “extra” to give your kids a fun day in the water. You can always just hit the closest beach, a local splash pad or even your own backyard pool!

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Amanda Green

Amanda Green is a native Floridian and mother of two. She enjoys writing about travel, family, adventure, and living the Florida lifestyle. Look for her next time you're outside exploring Central Florida's parks and trails.

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October 1

Enjoy complimentary admission the last Friday of the month May through September compliments of Wawa. Committed to the communities they serve, Wawa is keeping the Gardens growing with their generous support.
To receive complimentary admission, please come to the Entrance Gate. Visitors do not need to make a purchase. No voucher or reservation necessary.

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October 1

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
October 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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9:00 am / 2:00 pm
October 1
WonderWorks Welcomes Homeschoolers & Virtual Learners! WonderWorks offers discounted rates during Homeschool & Virtual Learning Days! Homeschool & Virtual Learning Days: September & October 2021 Only $15 per person +tax or $13 per person +tax if you have a group of 10 or more! · Students will explore over 100 interactive educational exhibits and build confidence on our indoor ropes course challenge! · Classroom activities, lesson plans and scavenger hunts are available upon request. · The $13 ticket only applies to groups of 10 or more and advanced registration is required. · The rate is available only on weekdays before 2pm, when school is in session. · These special promotional rates cannot be combined with other discounts or offers and is not valid on holidays. Please email schools@wonderworksonline.com to make a new reservation or call group sales at 407-351-8800. For updates on homeschool promotions or other educational promotions or programs that may be of interest to you please sign up for our homeschool newsletter.
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October 1
Creative PLAY is so imporatant and Creative Jane's offers the perfect to have some fun!  
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October 1
Don't miss this rocking' teatime with Orlando's Favorite host with the most, Mr Richard! October 1 10 a.m. Infusion Tea
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October 1

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
October 1
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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October 1
Kissimmee Utility Authority will begin its 2021-2022 Movie in the Park series on Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, at Kissimmee Lakefront Park. The event will feature free admission, free popcorn, contests, prize giveaways, and the showing of Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon on a 50-foot screen! Activities begin at 5:30 pm; movie at 7 p.m. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs and a picnic-style dinner! The movie series is a partnership between KUA and the City of Kissimmee.
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September 20 to October 31
This spooky season, party like every day is Halloween! Enjoy fun games, ghoulish goodies, and Free Game Play for kids in costume*. Plus, don’t miss Boo-tacular Nights with our new show and candy every night starting at 6 p.m. *PURCHASE REQUIRED. For a limited time and only at participating locations. 10 FREE Play Points for kids (no age limit) in costume with minimum $5 games purchase. Card activation cost not included and required. Families, birthday parties or group events with multiple kids will only be required to make one $5 games purchase to receive the offer. For a limited time and only at participating locations. Two candies per child present in a location immediately after the 6:30, 7:30 or 8:30pm show. While supplies last.
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7:00 pm / 9:00 pm
October 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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Date Night / Educational

Longwood Haunted History Tour

Bradlee-McIntyre House
7:00 pm / 10:15 pm
October 1

Join us for a Hauntingly Historic event!

This October, the renowned Bradlee-McIntyre House of Longwood, Florida will play host to an exciting experiment in the supernatural.

Every home has its secrets! Hidden behind locked doors lurk disturbing facts that want nothing more than to remain buried in the shadows. Some doors should never be unlocked and, once opened, can never be closed. There are worse things than skeletons in a closet. Some closets are passageways to other realms. Desk drawers can hold strange prophecies. A kitchen pantry may be well-stocked... with deadly poison. The mysteries behind the history of the Bradlee-McIntyre House have been unearthed and now we are opening the doors to all who dare to enter.

You are invited on an immersive journey into the unsettling past of Longwood, Florida. Storyteller and Supernatural Enthusiast, Michael Matson, will lead brave souls on this frighteningly fun-filled theatrical walking tour of the Bradlee-McIntyre House featuring the best of both worlds; the world of the living and the world of the dead, bringing them together for a ghoulishly good time!

Follow in the footsteps of the house’s former owners and hear stories of their lavish lifestyle. Learn about the unusual traditional folklore, legends, and superstitions that were common in the 1800s to early 1900s. Discover concealed rooms filled with potentially scandalous secrets. Catch a glimpse of the afterlife as we explore the weird world of paranormal phenomenon through stories of spooky spiritual encounters and bone-chilling ghostly manifestations. Take part in unbelievably bizarre demonstrations of ill-fated illusion. Shed your mortal worries and face your fears with an enchanting evening of eerie entertainment that is guaranteed to thrill and chill this October!

 

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October 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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8:30 am / 10:00 am
October 2

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
October 2
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
October 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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10:00 am / 2:00 pm
October 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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October 2

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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October 2

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
October 2
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
October 2

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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October 2
Ready for a spooky fun time with the family? The Grove Orlando will host the 2021 Boo Bash Halloween Party! This FREE Halloween Family event will feature 24K pieces of candy, a Halloween Costume Contest at 4 p.m., FREE Kids Craft Station and a DJ Dance Party. Come dressed in your Halloween Costume and enjoy great food and shopping all around the complex!
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4:00 pm / 5:00 pm
October 2

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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Date Night / Educational

Longwood Haunted History Tour

Bradlee-McIntyre House
7:00 pm / 10:15 pm
October 2

Join us for a Hauntingly Historic event!

This October, the renowned Bradlee-McIntyre House of Longwood, Florida will play host to an exciting experiment in the supernatural.

Every home has its secrets! Hidden behind locked doors lurk disturbing facts that want nothing more than to remain buried in the shadows. Some doors should never be unlocked and, once opened, can never be closed. There are worse things than skeletons in a closet. Some closets are passageways to other realms. Desk drawers can hold strange prophecies. A kitchen pantry may be well-stocked... with deadly poison. The mysteries behind the history of the Bradlee-McIntyre House have been unearthed and now we are opening the doors to all who dare to enter.

You are invited on an immersive journey into the unsettling past of Longwood, Florida. Storyteller and Supernatural Enthusiast, Michael Matson, will lead brave souls on this frighteningly fun-filled theatrical walking tour of the Bradlee-McIntyre House featuring the best of both worlds; the world of the living and the world of the dead, bringing them together for a ghoulishly good time!

Follow in the footsteps of the house’s former owners and hear stories of their lavish lifestyle. Learn about the unusual traditional folklore, legends, and superstitions that were common in the 1800s to early 1900s. Discover concealed rooms filled with potentially scandalous secrets. Catch a glimpse of the afterlife as we explore the weird world of paranormal phenomenon through stories of spooky spiritual encounters and bone-chilling ghostly manifestations. Take part in unbelievably bizarre demonstrations of ill-fated illusion. Shed your mortal worries and face your fears with an enchanting evening of eerie entertainment that is guaranteed to thrill and chill this October!

 

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October 2

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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October 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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8:30 am / 10:00 am
October 3

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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11:00 am / 5:00 pm
October 3
The DeLand Indie Market is a curated event that is held 4 times a year showcasing Artists, Boutiques, Vintage and Handcrafted Vendors. We have great food and live music in the Courtyard of Cafe DaVinci too! There are Vendors from all over Florida who take part in this event! Come out and see for yourself! Shop Small, Shop Local, Shop Indie!
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October 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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October 3

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
October 3
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.
Read More
4:00 pm / 5:00 pm
October 3

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.

Read More
Date Night / Educational

Longwood Haunted History Tour

Bradlee-McIntyre House
7:00 pm / 10:15 pm
October 3

Join us for a Hauntingly Historic event!

This October, the renowned Bradlee-McIntyre House of Longwood, Florida will play host to an exciting experiment in the supernatural.

Every home has its secrets! Hidden behind locked doors lurk disturbing facts that want nothing more than to remain buried in the shadows. Some doors should never be unlocked and, once opened, can never be closed. There are worse things than skeletons in a closet. Some closets are passageways to other realms. Desk drawers can hold strange prophecies. A kitchen pantry may be well-stocked... with deadly poison. The mysteries behind the history of the Bradlee-McIntyre House have been unearthed and now we are opening the doors to all who dare to enter.

You are invited on an immersive journey into the unsettling past of Longwood, Florida. Storyteller and Supernatural Enthusiast, Michael Matson, will lead brave souls on this frighteningly fun-filled theatrical walking tour of the Bradlee-McIntyre House featuring the best of both worlds; the world of the living and the world of the dead, bringing them together for a ghoulishly good time!

Follow in the footsteps of the house’s former owners and hear stories of their lavish lifestyle. Learn about the unusual traditional folklore, legends, and superstitions that were common in the 1800s to early 1900s. Discover concealed rooms filled with potentially scandalous secrets. Catch a glimpse of the afterlife as we explore the weird world of paranormal phenomenon through stories of spooky spiritual encounters and bone-chilling ghostly manifestations. Take part in unbelievably bizarre demonstrations of ill-fated illusion. Shed your mortal worries and face your fears with an enchanting evening of eerie entertainment that is guaranteed to thrill and chill this October!

 

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9:00 am / 6:00 pm
October 4

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October 4
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October 5
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
October 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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October 6
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
October 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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October 6
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