Orlando for Toddlers and Young Children

Of course you know Orlando’s theme parks, but did you know that they are only a part of what makes an Orlando vacation so magical and appealing? “The City Beautiful” is chock full of entertainment, and there truly is something for everyone here. Regardless of your vacation goals, age, or interests, Central Florida is a dazzling place where unparalleled memories and experiences are just waiting to be discovered. We’ve developed a series of sample itineraries, categorized by interests and travel motivators, to serve as an original guide to the Central Florida area. There will be no theme park recommendations in this series, because chances are that you already have these destinations in your sights. If you’re looking to change it up a bit and try something new, these suggestions will be a perfect fit. See our area from a unique perspective when you take some time to explore, and leave your social media audiences in envy of your shared vacation experiences. You’re already staying like a local in your Contempo vacation home. You may as well have fun like a local, too!

Toddlers and kids just love Central Florida – and can you blame them? The wonder and awe of our local amusements to the youthful mind is simply MAGIC! Discover our top picks to dazzle your little one on your next visit… but there’s nothing saying that we big kids can’t enjoy them too!

Crayola Experience

8001 South Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32809
407-757-1700
http://www.crayolaexperience.com/orlando

Imagination is your greatest tool at Crayola Experience. 2 levels and 70,000 square feet of colorful fun await visitors. Name and wrap your very own Crayola crayon! Learn how crayons are made in a live manufacturing show starring our animated crayon friends Scarlet & Turk along with our resident Crayonologist. Sculpt colorful creations using Crayola Model Magic compound, watch as your digital art comes to life on a huge interactive wall, melt down crayons into shapes – including a shark, sea horse, ring or car. Create unique keepsakes with melted wax, star in your own coloring page, watch your paper creation come to life as it bops and rocks in the spotlight at Rockin’ Paper, climb the 2 story color playground and so much more.

Explorations V Children’s Museum

109 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland, FL 33801
(863)687-3869
http://explorationsv.com

Explorations V Children’s Museum offers three floors of colorful, interactive entertainment, and opportunities for parents and children to connect through learning. Exhibits are geared toward children who have begun walking, all the way up to age 12. Wondering what that Roman numeral “V” represents in the museum’s name? It symbolizes the five senses, which this fun-filled museum appeals to with hands-on art and science exhibits, and programs.

Monkey Joe’s

Pointe Orlando
9101 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
(407)352-8484
http://www.monkeyjoes.com/locations/pointe-orlando

Welcome to Monkey Joe’s, the place to go for bouncing, sliding, climbing fun that kids love! Our indoor inflatable play center offers one of the best options for indoor kids activities in Orlando, with a variety of fun inflatables, arcade games, a prize counter, and a full range of concessions. Our indoor inflatable playground is designed for kids ages 12-years-old and younger. We are also home to the Mini Monkey Zone- a separate toddler play area for kids 3 and under, to keep your little ones safe in an age-appropriate area.

Orlando Science Center

777 E Princeton St, Orlando, FL 32803
(407) 514-2000
www.osc.org

For more than 60 years, Orlando Science Center has been a place that inspires curiosity and exploration. Truly one of the great activities for Orlando families, the Science Center encourages learning in a fun way. There’s no better place that combines fun and knowledge all under one roof! For visitors from out of town, Orlando Science Center is a must for your “things to do in Orlando” list. With four floors of exciting exhibits, amazing giant screen and 3-D films as well as engaging live programming, the Science Center is the perfect family destination. Also the ideal rainy day escape!

World‘s Largest Entertainment McDonald’s

6875 Sand Lake Road Orlando, FL 32819
(407)351-2185
http://www.oertherfoods.com

  • Kid’s Club Tree House PlayPlace® with a special toddler area
  • Over 100 card swipe arcade games
  • Animatronic singing Mac Tonite
  • Monthly family friendly events such as gator shows, concerts & much more!
  • Plus get all your McDonald’s favorites and our chef-prepared Bistro Gourmet menu items such as paninis, pastas, fresh baked pizza, breakfast, desserts, and hand-dipped ice cream. Now also serving gourmet McCafé coffees.

Dinosaur World

5145 Harvey Tew Rd, Plant City, FL 33565
(813) 717-9865
https://dinosaurworld.com/florida

Central Florida’s only attraction dedicated solely to prehistoric giants, Dinosaur World Florida offers 20 acres of land for guests of all ages to explore. The iconic family attraction features more than 200 life-size dinosaurs, ancient artifact exhibits, children’s fossil digs, a 5,000 square-foot learning facility, paleontologist question-and-answer sessions, and more.

Green Meadows Petting Farm

1368 S Poinciana Blvd, Kissimmee, FL 34746
(407)846-0770
http://greenmeadowsfarm.com

The Green Meadows Petting Farm offers the ideal country setting with massive oak trees. We have a fun combination of rides and farm animal attractions. Our philosophy at Green Meadows Petting Farm is that learning can be fun. We provide hands-on guided tours to educate children and adults about farm animals. You’ll have the chance to touch and learn about more than 300 animals. There’s plenty of activities that will delight and amaze people of all ages. Activities include milking a cow, train rides, pony rides, and a tractor-drawn hayride. We have picnic areas, drinks and snacks available at The General Store, and a free souvenir for all spring and summer visitors. Visit our petting farm today for a truly educational and fun experience.

Sea Life Aquarium

8449 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819 (I-Drive 360 complex)
(866) 622-0607
https://www.visitsealife.com/orlando

SEA LIFE Orlando offers a new wave of underwater adventures with diverse species from around the globe! Come face-to-face with more than 5,000 creatures including colorful fish, seahorses and jellyfish, and surround yourself with turtles and sharks in our immersive 360-degree ocean tunnel. SEA LIFE Orlando provides a fascinating interactive journey for all ages into the diversity of marine life while playing an active role in conservation efforts and inspiring others to lend their support.

Gatorland

14501 S Orange Blossom Tr, Orlando, FL 32837
407-855-5496
www.gatorland.com

Gatorland provides affordable family fun while showcasing thousands of alligators and crocodiles including four extremely rare leucistic “white” alligators. The free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one of a kind animal shows, natural alligator breeding marsh, and the “thrilling” Screamin’ Gator Zip Line will ensure your day will be filled with Fun, Smiles and Special Memories!

Cirque Magique

6400 Carrier Dr, Orlando, FL 32819
(407)206-5102
http://www.thecirquemagique.com

Join the circus during this magical dinner show in Orlando! Featuring circus performers from all around the globe, audiences will be mystified as acrobats, animals, and other magnificent performs demonstrate their incredible talents. During the show, audiences will enjoy dinner and ice cream for dessert. This family-friendly show is offered three nights a week, so place your reservation now.

For information on these and other area attractions, or to purchase tickets, please contact our friends at Visit Central Florida or Kissimmee Guest Services!