Wondering if now is the right time to plan an Orlando vacation with your toddler? The month of May is the perfect timeframe for families with little ones to take advantage of lighter crowds while kids are still in school. In fact, many attractions have created activities with Orlando’s youngest visitors in mind. Better yet, they are all free for children under age 3, so take advantage of great cost savings while creating memorable family experiences together.
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium
SEA LIFE Orlando Aquarium’s new Toddler Tuesday program makes learning about aquarium animals exciting and engaging for young children. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., you and your little one will take an aquarium tour, meet with the SEA LIFE’s mascot Magnus, feed stingrays and enjoy group activities like story time and sing-a-longs.
Tickets: $15 for adults, $12 for children (ages 3 to 12), and free for toddlers (ages two and under)
Orlando Science Center
KidsTown, a new exhibit at the Orlando Science Center, features an entire floor of skill-based activities to spark scientific curiosity in children of all ages. One of the exhibit’s seven zones catering to the littlest ones is Toddler Town, featuring a multi-level water table experience.
Tickets: $19.95 for adults, $13.95 for children (ages three to 11) and free for toddlers (ages two and under)
DUPLO Valley at LEGOLAND Florida
LEGOLAND Florida’s DUPLO Valley is guaranteed to bring your toddler’s imagination to life. Kids can ride the DUPLO tractor or DUPLO train, which is just their size. They’ll also enjoy DUPLO Farm, an air-conditioned play area for children to slide, climb and crawl around. This area also features oversized foam LEGOS that are the perfect size for your little one’s hands.
Tickets: $76.95 for adults; $65.95 for kids (ages 3-12) when booked through VisitOrlando.com. Free for toddlers (ages 2 and under)
Tips for Maximizing your Theme Park Experience
Your little one will enjoy the theme parks just as much as you do! Consider these helpful tips and tricks when planning your Orlando vacation:
Children under 3 are free
Children under 3 years of age get free entry into most of Orlando’s theme parks, water parks and attractions.
Ride then Switch
At certain attractions, adults can take turns waiting with children too young or too small to ride, then “switch” with another person from their party to experience the attraction without standing in line again. Check with your theme park for more information.
Each park offers conveniently located diaper changing stations both the men’s and women’s restrooms along with and family restrooms, in certain locations. Some parks also offer expanded Baby Care Centers with comfortable changing and feeding areas. Check your theme park guide map for locations and more information.
Orlando’s theme parks feature entire lands with rides, stage shows and activities imagined just for little ones.
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