Things for kids to do when it rains in Orlando

Posted by Unlock Orlando July 3, 2013

The Unlockorlando.com local squad put together a list of activities and things for kids and their families to do when it rains in Orlando. While there are other lists out there, we felt that the typical family is not going to take their kids to Disney and Tourist attractions every time it rains. So we put together a list of realistic indoor activities for families and their kids to enjoy. There are some pricier options and some very inexpensive options that are actually pretty cheap for those staying on a budget. Check out the options below to see what activities you and your family would enjoy during an Orlando torrential rainstorm.


Watch A Movie at the Dollar Movie Theater

Want an indoor activity that can be fun and inexpensive? Take the kids out to one of the local dollar movie theaters in town. You’ll spend a few dollars per ticket as opposed to the money per ticket required for the movie theaters with the more recent movies. Below are a few suggestions of movie theaters to go to:
Colonial Promenade 6 – Touchstar Cinemas
4672 East Colonial Drive
Orlando FL 32803 map
407-888-8224
Picture Show Theater
130 E Altamonte Dr Altamonte Spgs, FL 32701
407-644-7469

Orlando Science Center
The Orlando Science Center is a great rainy day activity option for families. It is not one of the cheaper options, but it is definitely one of the most exciting ones. As one of Orlando’s premier museums it is loaded with things to do for families, for adults, and for kids. The Science Center is filled with tons of hands-on exhibits involving space, nature, physics, and technology. Exhibits such as their well-known Nature Works Exhibit recreates an entire ecosystem environment inside the museum filled with salt marches, coral reefs, swamps all which feature their own plants, insects, and animals. If you have kids and you’re looking to indoor activities in Orlando, you’ll want to check out the Orlando Science Center.
Hours: Sunday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Admission: Adult $17, Students and Seniors $16 (not a huge discount, but something at least), children (ages 3 to) 11 $12
Location: 777 East Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803
407-514-2230
www.osc.org

Painting Pottery
Paint your own pottery. It’s indoors and it can be a lot of fun. Plus it never hurts for kids and their families to engage in artistic creativity.
All Fired Up, Inc.
229 W Fairbanks Ave
Winter Park FL 32789
407-644-9363
www.allfireduponline.com
or
Painted by Hue
12789 Waterford Lakes Parkway
Orlando, Florida 32828
407-282-5556
www.paintedbyhue.com

World’s Largest McDonalds
Not only do they have a huge menu, but they have one of the largest indoor playgrounds around. They got slides, turning tubes, and all kinds of obstacles to run around in addition to over 60 arcade games. Not only that, this playground is for your family’s unlimited use for the price of a few burgers and a soft drink. This deal is pretty hard to beat.
6875 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
407-351-2185

Disney Wilderness Lodge Resort

The Disney Wilderness Lodge Resort is basically set up with activities for those camping out nearby in the event the weather is cold or it rains. One activity you can do is ask the front desk for a hidden mickey find-it sheet. You can then go on a hidden mickey hunt around the resort. It’s probably an activity for kids, but it’s guaranteed that adults do it to. You can also head out to the Villas at Wilderness Lodge Lobby and let you kids see the Carrolwood Pacific train cars on loan from the Disney family.

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium
Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Odditorium has a large museum/showcase of strange and unsual exhibits some that are true and some that are just plain fun. You’ll see exhibits such as shrunken heads, unusual skeletons, fish with fur, and stunts and achievements from people around the world.
Admission: $19 for adults and $12 for children.
8201 International Drive Orlando, FL 32819
407-345-0501
www.ripleys.com

Bowling
We have a ton of bowling alleys in the area. You can bring a ton of people to celebrate with you, everyone can socialize, bring food, drink beer, and at the same time watch other friends bowl. Bowling has a way of bringing people to a more even level playing ground so it’s always a great informal birthday atmosphere. Many of the lesser known, but more established bowling alleys offer extremely cheap specials on certain nights of the week including Saturdays. Bowl America, Colonial Lanes, Aloma Bowl are all popular venues along with Firkin & Kegler, Boardwalk Bowl and ofcourse the AMF bowling centers.

Indoor Go-cart Racing
If your crowd is into speed, try the Orlando Grand Prix where you can go indoor go kart racing until your heart is content. It’s a 75,000 square foot air-conditioned facility. You, your kids, and their friends can race one another get print outs at the end of every race to check out everyone’s performance. Expect to spend about $20 to $60 per person depending on how many races you want to go. It’s not really suitable for kids of every age, so check website and/or call for details.
Orlando Grand Prix
www.orlandogp.com
9550 Parksouth Ct #400 Orlando, FL 32837
407-434-7500

Monkey Joe’s
If your kids are under the age of 12, check out Monkey Joe’s. Your kids will be able to enjoy a huge indoor play area, bring your kids out to Monkey Joe’s. They’ll allow walk-ins and your kids will be able to climb, jump, slide and run around until they’re ready to go to sleep. Each facility is clean, supervised, and made to be completely safe and secure. These same attributes make it perfect for our rainy day indoor activities list. Monkey Joe’s has several locations including Winter Park and International Drive in Orlando. Check website for times and prices.
www.monkeyjoes.com

Roller Skating at Semoran Skateway
If roller skating is more your thing and more your kids thing, take them to Semoran Skateway. Located in Casselberry, these guys have had a skating rink in town forever. They do it right. Its inexpensive and suitable for kids of all ages and skating abilities.
2670 Cassel Creek Boulevard, Casselberry, FL

Ice Skating at the RDV Sportsplex & Ice Den
If ice skating is more your thing and your not put off by braving through the rain only to come into the cold ice skating environment, come out to the RDV Sportsplex & Ice Den. Very convenient to I-4 and located in the North Orlando area. Forget all your rainy day troubles and skate down the ice.
8701 Maitland Summit Boulevard, Orlando, FL

Public Libraries
It may be surprising for many to find out that the public libraries offer a ton of activities and options for kids. There are story readings, special events, videos to watch and games to play. Check out the library closest to your area to see what they offer and if no activities are offered, check out the main county libraries. Think about, they are large spaces where you and your kids can roam around and you can offer them books, videos, and games. And if you have a library card, its probably going to be FREE! If you don’t have a library card, you should get one. Many of these activities will be free anyways.
www.ocls.info
http://kids.ocls.info/
www.seminolecountyfl.gov/library
www.osceolalibrary.org

Museums definitely offer up ideal places for kids and there families to venture to when it rains. Although most of the locals in town do not even know of all the museums in the Orlando area. If you’re looking for something new and inexpensive for the family to see during a rainstorm, call one of these options or check out their website to see if it is something you and your family would enjoy. Below is a short list of museums that you’ve probably never heard of, that exist in the Orlando area.

Museums where families can go in Orlando during those rainy days:

Central Florida Railroad Museum
101 South Boyd Street
Winter Garden, FL 34787-3500
407-656-0559
www.unlockorlando.com/museums/central-florida-railroad-museum

Maitland Historical Museum and Telephone Museum
231 W Packwood Ave Maitland, FL 32751-5596
407-539-2181
www.unlockorlando.com/museums/maitland-art-center

Lake Mary Museum
158 N. Country Club Road, Lake Mary, Florida
407-585-1481
www.lakemaryhistory.org

Museum of Seminole County History
300 Bush Boulevard
Sanford, FL 32773
407-665-2489
www.seminolecountyfl.gov/parksrec/museum/index.aspx

Apopka Historical Society and Museum of Apopkans
122 Fifth St Apopka, FL 32703
407-703-1707
www.apopkamuseum.org

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