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Toddling around Orlando
Many families avoid Orlando as a holiday destination when they have small children. After all what can a toddler do in Orlando – can’t go on a rollercoaster and how much will they appreciate the Theme Parks. Well the answer is there’s lots to do and oh yes they will appreciate it! And it doesn’t have to cost the earth!
Florida should be an easy choice with small children. The Orlando area is packed full of things to do for the whole family.
Firstly lets explore the Theme Parks. All of the major Theme Parks cater for Pre-schoolers. There are plenty of attractions that your little ones can participate in. Disney is does this extremely well. Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom is great fun. Our 18 month old was in awe of “It’s a Small World” and Peter Pan. The Disney Website is packed full of information as to what is available for pre-schoolers so its very easy to plan your time. On the Disney site you can select Pre-schoolers and it will clearly show the different attractions suitable for this age group. Keep in mind that with most of the parks under 3’s are free!
OK so you don’t want to spend your entire trip riding on the smaller rides. Maybe you want to be a kid yourself and take a trip to Islands of Adventure and ride the Hulk or Duelling dragons. What do you do with your Little One? Well all of the major parks do child/baby swap. You and your partner queue for the ride and one of you goes on the ride whilst the other looks after bambino. Then you swap. No more additional queuing – all very easy!
And of course there are the Water Parks too – Typhoon lagoon offers toddlers the Ketchakiddee Creek – lots of little slides, water jets and play areas. A great way to spend a day with everything all together.
So sometimes in the sunshine state – you might get a little chilly and maybe even some rain! What can you do with the little ones? Tot to Trot in Kissimmee offers a great place to go if the weathers bad or if you just want to go somewhere different! Perfect for kids from 3 months to 5 years old. Soft play areas as well as some structured classes.
Some of the shopping Malls also have little play areas where toddlers can play with Daddy and Mummy can continue some much needed retail therapy!
Don’t forget some of the libraries too. Many offer some story time and some crafts for older toddlers and many of these activities are free.
If all else fails there is always Chuck E Cheese! Plenty of play options for the kids. Try and pick mornings or early afternoons during the week as it’s a lot less busy and saves parents sanity!
Dining out with small children is so easy in Florida too. Many Brits will have experience eating out in the UK and you are restricted to a few restaurants that truly cater for small children and will need to take a bag full of toys and entertainment to get through the meal. Well welcome to Florida! We have yet to find a restaurant that isn’t comfortable hosting small children. As soon as you arrive you get an age appropriate menu, colouring and stickers ect. Even the “poshist” restaurant are happy to welcome the whole family. It is true family dining.
All in all it’s a fantastic holiday destination for the entire family.
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Page added on: 20 April 2008
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