our everyday life

Activities for Toddlers in Orlando, Florida

by Jane Rodda

Situated in central Florida, Orlando is home to several theme parks and major attractions. With a large stream of tourists each year and a resident population of 243,195, according to the 2011 U.S. Census estimate, you are sure to find plenty of toddler activities.

Amusement Parks

Toddlers will have fun taking a trip to Legoland (florida.legoland.com). They can explore the Miniland USA filled with Lego creations, take a ride on the carousel, build something of their own and have a great time in DUPLO Village, which is specifically for toddlers. Disney World's Magic Kingdom (disneyworld.disney.go.com) is sure to thrill toddlers with musical parades, Disney characters, kiddie rides and firework shows. The Universal Orlando Resort (universalorlando.com) has many rides and play areas just for young kids. These include a Cat In the Hat ride, a trolley train, a carousel and Seuss Landing.

Animals

Sea World (seaworldparks.com) features many exhibits of sea creatures, including sharks, penguins, dolphins, whales and turtles. The sea lions and sting ray exhibits are hands-on, enabling young kids to touch and feed the animals. Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens (centralfloridazoo.org) has more than 400 animals from around the world. Toddlers can enjoy the Children's Zoo full of goats, zebus, sheep, turkeys and llamas ready to be hand-fed. The zoo also has a little railroad ride suitable for toddlers, and a carousel.

Classes

Gymboree Play and Music (gymboreeclasses.com) offers an array of classes for toddlers in art, music and sports. The goal is to build confidence and social skills as the tots learn skills. My Gym (mygym.com) has many classes for toddlers, including Terrific Tots, which teaches sports and gross motor skills. Seminole County Music Together (seminolemusictogether.com) provides toddler music classes teaching rhythm, movement, instrument play and singing through a non-performance-oriented atmosphere. Egg shakers, resonator bells and rhythm sticks are some of the instruments used.

Play at a Playground

Toddlers can have lots of fun just running around and climbing at a community playground. Lake Eola Park (no website; 195 N. Rosalind Ave.; 407-246-4485) has innovative play structures with something for all ages. Swans frequent the pond, and the pond puts on colorful fountain shows. Clear Lake Park (no website; 2301 29th St.; 407-246-2283) is a smaller park with playground equipment and shaded areas. Wadeview Park (no website; 2177 S. Summerlin Ave.; 407-246-2283) has a fenced-in and shaded playground area.

About the Author

Jane Rodda has been a writer since 2004, with articles featured in "Gameday Magazine" and "Urban Family Magazine." She is also the social media director and lead copywriter for a piano instruction website. Rodda holds a Bachelor of Arts in liberal studies with a concentration in psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University.

Photo Credits

  • Kraig Scarbinsky/Lifesize/Getty Images