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Old 05-28-2009, 01:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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we are going just briefly to see a dying relative. DS and DH aren't much for huge parks that require all day to do (and neither are our pocket books) and DS doesn't do well with the heat... so it needs to be indoors or water oriented.

my kids are almost 7 and 2.

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Check out the book "The Other Orlando"-there are a lot of little activities or things to do.

The Orlando Science Center can be a lot of fun. There's Reptile World, there's the Bird of Prey center (not indoors, but very shady.) There's all kinds of stuff to do.
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ha ha... i remember going to gatorland when i was a child. my dad's idea.

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are there any small water playgrounds... (splash pads they call them here)? we love going to them here, are there any there?

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are there any small water playgrounds... (splash pads they call them here)? we love going to them here, are there any there?
There's a great one in Dr Phillips. $1 per kid, per session (sessions are like 5 hours long.) http://www.orangecountyfl.net/dept/c....asp?ParkID=66
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ha ha... i remember going to gatorland when i was a child. my dad's idea.
My parents actually went to gatorland a couple years ago and enjoyed it. I think its lower-impact than the big theme parks.

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On a recent visit (DH grew up in the area, his grandma lives there) DH and his grandma took DD to the Science Center:
http://www.osc.org/

She is 3.5 and had a good time.
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too funny, the mr. potato head exhibit *just* closed here in rochester and must have gone straight to orlando!

thanks so much... i think the splash pad, library and science center is perfect and we're all set... unless DH comes up with something else.

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Check out Kelly park too. It's really fun and water oriented.
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There's a free little splash park right at Downtown Disney. In addition to that, you can go into the Lego store, the Potato head store, and there are plenty of free activities just with those things. I took the children there one year when we were in town for my dh's business, and they were so little, they felt we'd actually been to Disney! There were a couple of cheap rides, too, a little train ride and something else (don't recall) so that can add a little excitement, too.
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We've been to this petting zoo several times and the kids love it. It's very hands on. http://www.greenmeadowsfarm.com/ A little pricey but they do offer a lot of activites.
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there are some beautiful natural springs in and around Orlando. I will try and find a link and post it if I do.

and thanks OP and PPs, my son (3.5) and I are visiting my parents near Orlando this summer and this thread has given me some ideas.

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it's not indoors, but you shouldn't miss it.

http://www.maitlandartcenter.org/general.htm

it's right across the street from two museums, but i can't find information on them.

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Kelly Park
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