Oct 052015

Halloween costumesHalloween will be here before you know it. Looking for an inexpensive costume? With a little bit of creativity and supplies, you can pull off a great Halloween costume on a budget. Try one of these 97 cheap and easy Halloween costumes from our sister site, Living on the Cheap. The costumes are organized by themes and individual or group options.

We hope this helps you find the perfect DIY Halloween costume idea! Let us know what you decide to be for Halloween in the comment section below.

Sep 112015

Legoland Florida HotelFlorida Residents are invited to stay at LEGOLAND® Hotel at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort on select dates beginning in September to enjoy discounted room rates. Book now and save 35% on select mid-week (Sun-Thurs) dates September 1- December 17, 2015.

Guests must show proof of Florida residency upon check-in. Offer is based on availability and cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions.

Sep 092015

Flu shotOver the past 13 years, Florida Hospital Centra Care, with Get Healthy Florida, has provided over 200,000 free flu shots to Florida residents. This year, they are doing it again by offering five different local opportunities to get your flu shot, fast and free.

A flu shot is the single best protection against the flu. The CDC recommends getting your flu shot as soon as they are available. According to Centra Care, to combat last year’s unexpected flu strain, this year’s flu vaccine has been strengthened for broader protection. There is no reason to delay, as immunity will last throughout the flu season. No reservations needed and shots are given on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

2015 Fast & Free Flu Shot Event Schedule:

MONDAY, Sept. 14th:  Noon – 5PM
Sanford Centra Care
4451 West 1st St., Sanford, FL 32771

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 30th: Noon – 5PM
Hunter’s Creek Centra Care
3293 Greenwald Way N., Kissimmee, FL 34741

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 7th:  Noon – 5PM
Dr. Phillips Centra Care
8014 Conroy Windermere Rd. #104, Orlando, FL 32835

MONDAY, Oct. 12th:  Noon – 5PM
Colonial Town Centra Care
630 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando, FL 32803

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14th:  3PM – 7PM
Daytona Centra Care
1014 W. International Speedway Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114

For those unable to attend one of the Fast & Free Flu Shot events, Centra Care offers convenient, $25 shots, 7-days a week at their 28 Florida urgent care centers; open late and weekends.

Sep 072015

Orange County History CenterThe Orange County Regional History Center in downtown Orlando has reduced its admission prices to continue its commitment to serve the community and make it accessible to as many people as possible. Under the museum’s previous admission-fee structure, a family of four would pay $42 for a visit. With the new admission fees, the cost for the same family of four will be $28.

As of September 5, 2015, the History Center is also offering free admission for all Florida teachers, as well as free admission for Orange County employees and their families on the second weekend of each month.

The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a restored historic five-story 1927 county courthouse in downtown Orlando, showcases the vast collection of the Historical Society of Central Florida, Inc. The museum features four floors of permanent exhibitions and also presents nationally important limited-run exhibitions. The museum, a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

New prices:
Adults: $8
Seniors (60+): $7
Students & Military: $7 (with valid ID)
Children (Ages 5-12): $6
Children (Ages 4 and under): Free
Members: Free
Orange County employees: Free
Florida Teachers: Free
AAA/CAA Members: $2 off regular admission

Sep 032015

Seaworld OrlandoSeaWorld® Orlando and Busch Gardens® Tampa are honoring Florida first responders through September. From Sept. 1-30, first responders will receive free admission to both Florida parks, and a special offer for additional tickets.

In addition to complimentary admission, qualified first responders receive up to four discounted tickets per park for friends and family for just $50 per ticket, a savings of 48 percent off general admission.

Qualifying first responders should visit SeaWorld® Orlando and Busch Gardens® Tampa for more information and to register, using the verification system. Tickets must be used by Sept. 30, 2015. Restrictions apply.

Sep 012015

Discovery CoveDiscovery Cove is offering Florida residents a special ticket discount through December 2015. The all-inclusive offer provides Florida locals a reduced Dolphin Swim Experience package starting at $219 plus tax and Day Resort package (sans dolphin swim) for $149 plus tax. Additionally, residents will receive unlimited admission to SeaWorld® Orlando and Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™ – beginning on the date of their reservation through Jan. 31, 2016.

For an additional $49, guests can enhance their day by adding SeaVenture to their admission, an underwater walking tour featuring hands-on encounters with schools of fish, velvety rays, tropical sea life, and an eye-to-eye view of sharks through underwater panoramic viewing windows.

As part of the unlimited admission to the SeaWorld® parks through the year end, guests can enjoy upcoming family-friendly events including:

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular® – It’s an ocean of Halloween fun for the whole family at SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular®. During this daytime event, families are immersed in an underwater “fantasea” including trick-or-treating, whimsical pumpkin fish, sea-themed arts and crafts and up-close animal encounters in a family-friendly event that could only come from SeaWorld. SeaWorld Orlando’s Halloween Spooktacular® is included with park admission and runs weekends October 3-25, andSaturday, October 31.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration® – In this celebration of the Christmas spirit, carols fill the air, a sparkling Sea Of Trees lights up the water and world-famous skaters dance on ice. With everything from Santa to Shamu, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is where holiday memories are made. The event takes place select nights starting Nov. 21 – Dec. 31 and is included with park admission.

Reservations are subject to limited availability and must be booked by Dec. 31, 2015, to qualify. Proof of valid Florida residency is required. Some age restrictions apply. Prices do not include tax. Parking at SeaWorld and Aquatica not included.

Aug 182015

La Nouba Cirque Du  SoleilTreat yourself to an evening like none other at Cirque du Soleil in Orlando with a mesmerizing ticket discount. Ticket prices start at $49 now through December 18, 2015 for category 3 seating. Valid for performances Tuesday through Saturday. In order to get this deal, you must be a Florida Resident or Cirque Club Member.

La Nouba™ transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Behold a stunning performance designed to stimulate your imagination and senses with daring acrobatics, dazzling choreography and unique characters.

For tickets, call 407-939-7328.

Downtown Disney
1780 East Buena Vista Dr.
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830

Aug 142015

Magic Kingdom If you are a Florida Resident, now is the time to visit Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando. Florida Residents can save big with the 3-Day Disney Ticket. With this Florida Resident discount, you can enjoy 3 days at Walt Disney World theme parks for a total of $189 ($176 ages 3-9) with an expiration of 6 months after first use or December 14, 2016 – whichever comes first. Full priced day tickets are $105 for adults at Magic Kingdom. The best part is you can use the pass on non-consecutive days (block-out dates apply), apply the cost to upgrade to an Annual Pass before expiration, or add on a 4th day to the pass for $20. The 3-Day Disney Ticket gives you access to these Disney Theme Parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.


Aug 122015

Back to School Bash 2014 OrlandoEvery year thousands of families attend the Back to School Bash to stock up on essentials for the new school year. Mark your calendar for Saturday, August 15, to take advantage of free services and supplies like immunizations (registration required), backpacks, school supplies, haircuts, physicals and health screenings. Event is held at the Citrus Bowl from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and supplies are distributed on a first come first served basis.

Jul 312015

Orlando SummerSummer in Central Florida brings free or cheap kids’ movies, free days at museums and a chance for kids to bowl free. All of the summer things to do in Orlando we’ve listed below are free or under $10 each (approximately). And if it’s in the budget, we’ve added in water parks that are offering special Florida Resident discounts. Whether you are looking to cool off at the Central Florida springs or chill out ice skating at RDV Sportsplex, we have plenty of ideas for a fun and inexpensive summer in Orlando.

Here are 32 free or cheap things for kids to do in Orlando this summer:


  • Free outdoor movies. Round up the crew for a cozy evening of family-friendly flicks under the stars. There are many free movie options in Orlando throughout the year. Movieola at Lake Eola offers a free family-friendly outdoor movie on the last Friday of the month through August.
  • Free and cheap summer movies at the theater. There’s nothing better than an air-conditioned theater with a family-friendly flick on the big screen, especially if it’s free or just a $1.
    • Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse: Every Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on the individual theater) at 10 a.m. through Aug. 14. $1 at select locations.
    • Cobb Theatres’ Summer Kids Shows: Every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. through Aug. 1. free, all locations (mostly in the Southeastern United States).
    • Regal Cinemas’ Summer Movie Express: Every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. through Aug. 7, $1, select locations.
    • Garden Theatre’s Milk Money Movies: Tuesdays at 10 a.m. through July 2015, $2 admission includes a kid’s sized popcorn and juice.

Kids can sign up to bowl free this summer through these two programs:

  • Summer Games Program at participating AMF Lanes through September 7. AMF allows kids to bowl three free games per day (Monday – Friday before 8 p.m. and Saturday & Sunday before 4 p.m.) at participating AMF Bowling Centers with a Summer Games Pass registration. Shoe rentals are not included. To sign up, click here to find a participating AMF bowling center near you.
  • Kids Bowl Free. The participating Orlando location is Colonial Lanes, 400 N. Primrose Drive, 407-894-0361. They are offering free bowling for kids through August 31, 2015.


  • Gatorland provides affordable-priced family fun with thousands of alligators, crocodiles, an aviary, breeding marsh with observation tower, petting zoo, nature walk, educational wildlife programs and more. Florida Residents can enjoy $9.50 admission for kids and $13.50 for adults this summer. You can also meet live alligators at Gator Spot on I-Drive for $6.
  • Fun Spot Attractions has more than 100 games, a multi-level go-kart track, 13 rides and more. Go-Kart and single ride tickets can be purchased for less than $10 each.
  • RDV Sportsplex Ice Den in Maitland is a family-friendly ice rink that is open for public skating seven days a week. Admission is $6.71 plus tax and $9.53 for Friday or Saturday night.
  • Indoor play areas. On rainy days, take your little kids to Gymboree in Orlando, Amaya Papaya in Casselberry or Lucky Monkey in Altamonte Springs.
  • Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf challenges golfers with a Hawaiian-themed course featuring a waterfall, volcano and musical fountain. The course costs $7.95 for kids and $9.95 for adults.
  • The LEGO Imagination Center lets kids explore their creativity by building with colorful bricks — and it’s free. Plus, on the first Tuesday of the month, the Lego Store offers a free Mini-Model Build. There’s a limit of one free mini-model set per child while supplies last, and the event is open to children ages 6-14.
  • Sing-a-long at Disney’s Fort Wilderness. Roast marshmallows in front of the campfire, meet Chip n’ Dale and cozy up for an outdoor movie at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort. This experience is free to all Disney guests.
  • Disney’s BoardWalk, a quarter-mile of shops offering free live entertainment in the evenings.
  • Old Town Car Cruises. Hot rods, street rods, antiques and muscle cars roll down the street at Old Town in Kissimmee every Friday night starting at 4 p.m. There are also weekly car cruises on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.


  • Ride the SunRail for a fun tour of Orlando and it’s surrounding cities. Kids under 6 ride for free.
  •  Mennello Museum offers free admission to the galleries, craft stations and mini-tours for kids from noon to 2:30 p.m. every second Sunday of the month.
  • The Orange County Regional History Center offers a wide variety of creative exhibits and programs designed for children, including art stations and free family guides for exploring the museum. Tickets are $6 for kids and $9 for adults.
  • Free entry to Orlando museums. Take the kids on a cultural journey for free with the Museums On Us program. Just show your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card the first weekend of every month and you’ll get free admission to the Orlando Science Center, Orlando Museum of Art, Mennello Museum of American Art and Orange County Regional History Center.
  • The Orange County Library System hosts fun events, interactive presentations and free story time for various age groups from babies to 5 years old. Get your card.
  • Barnes & Noble’s Summer Reading Program rewards kids (grades one through six) with a free book, after they’ve taken just eight literary adventures.


  • Central Florida Springs, Florida’s natural cooling system, is a fun place to visit year round. In the summer, take a dip in the refreshing water. In the winter, go on a picnic or a canoe trip. Admission is around $6 per person or $2 per person, depending on the park.
  • Bok Tower Gardens a picturesque park atop one of Florida’s tallest hills, is crowned with a Gothic bell tower that rings daily with carillon music. Guests can enjoy the tranquil and expansive gardens, museum and Pine Ridge Trail. Entry is $3 for kids and $10 for adults.
  • Big Tree Park in Sanford features 11 acres of natural vegetation, wetlands and is the home to a 2,000-year-old Bald Cypress Tree, “Lady Liberty.” Entry is free.
  • Leu Gardens offers free entry and a special story time event for little ones starting at 10 a.m. on the first Monday of the month. After story time, stroll through the lush gardens or bring a blanket to relax in the shade while the kids play. Regular ticket price is $2 for kids and $7 for adults.
  • Lake Eola Park is a 43-acre recreational area in the heart of downtown Orlando. The kids will love the large playground with activities for every age. Picnic along the shore, feed the resident swans and take a stroll around the lake.
  • Bike and nature trails. It’s free to journey through the trails of Central Florida: Seminole County trails, Orange County trails, Lake County trails and Volusia County trails.
  • The Beach. We might be in the middle of Florida, but the beach is still only a 45-minute drive away. Pack the car with toys, an umbrella and a cooler of snacks for a day trip to Cocoa or New Smyrna Beach.
  • Parks. Central Florida is home to many beautiful parks and recreational facilities. One of the easiest ways to find parks closet to you is to log on to Yelp to explore your options and read reviews. You can also search on Seminole or Orange counties’ websites.
  • Splash Pads. Cool off at one of Central Florida’s free (or small-fee) splash pads.
  • Black Hammock Adventures on Lake Jessup offers free live alligator and bird exhibits.


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Jul 242015

Four Seasons OrlandoOrlando’s unique cool pools are the perfect way to enjoy a sunny day by making a splash or lounging in luxury at the newest additions to Orlando’s pool inventory with the retro-themed Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort or the luxe poolside amenities at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort. Lazy rivers, waterfalls, real sand beaches, zero-entry and adults-only pools are just some of the features available for fun-seeking visitors.

Newest Places to Make a Splash

  • The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort features a family pool overlooking Florida’s natural settings, offering a gradually sloping “beach entry.” Guests can listen to their favorite tunes on the underwater audio system, lazy river and “Explorer Island” splash zone or enjoy the adults-only pool.
  • Those in search of retro-themed fun will love Universal’s Cabana Bay Univeral's Cabana Bay Beach ResortBeach Resort courtyard pool. In addition to the new lazy river featuring water cannons, spouts and waterfalls; this pool offers a white sand beach, iconic diver tower waterslide, kids play area and cabanas available to rent for ultimate relaxation.
  • Newly renovated and stretching over half an acre, the main pool at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress offers vibrant fun for the whole family. New features include a Waterslide Tower Pavilion, Water Jet Splash Zone, rope bridge and an expansive wraparound sundeck. For simple sun-drenched relaxation, guests can float around in the crystal-clear water or enjoy the sandy beach of private Lake Windsong.

Themed Resort Pools

  • At the Nickelodeon Suites Resort, the whole family will enjoy the two Nickelodeon Suites Resortinteractive water park areas, The Lagoon and The Oasis. The Lagoon is a large courtyard featuring a zero-depth entry pool that is anchored by a four-story interactive water tower outfitted with seven slides and flumes, climbing nets and a 400-gallon dump tank that spouts out water at random. The area also houses a netted basketball court and a nine-hole miniature golf course. The Oasis contains an Olympic-sized pool, a multi-level interactive water tower, a shaded play area for kids, pop jets, splash zone and sand play area.
  • The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge bring rustic charm to the heart of Orlando. Surrounded by towering pine trees and boulders, guests can delight in the enchanting Silver Creek Springs Pool, feel a rush on the waterslide, take a dip in the whirlpool spas, and be excited by the nearby Fire Rock Geyser. For a more peaceful paddle, swimmers can retreat to the serenity of the Hidden Springs Pool.

Aquatic Adventures

  • When timeless elegance meets old fashioned charm, the product is the carefree amusement of Disney’s Boardwalk Villas. This waterfront resort hotel features Luna Park, the main water area which takes visitors to an antique carnival where they can take a ride down the 200-foot-long Keister Coaster water slide.
  • Located off of International Drive, the CoCo Key Hotel and Water CoCo KeyResort combines a tropical hotel setting with a whimsical water park. Featuring thrilling slides, splash-tastic play areas and relaxing pools, CoCo Key’s 62,000-square-foot water park offers families aquatic fun in a safe and friendly environment. Day passes for guests not staying at the hotel cost just $22.95 (Monday – Thursday) or $26.95 (Friday – Sunday) per person.

Relaxing Retreats

  • Visitors can bask in rays of serenity in the calming waters at the Alfond Inna new boutique hotel in the heart of Winter Park. The rooftop pool is 60 feet in length, surrounded by lush planting, marble and pergolas for shade.
  • Guests looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Orlando’s theme parks Waldorf Astoria Orlandoand attractions will find Waldorf Astoria Orlando’s sparkling blue pools to be the perfect antidote. The elegant oasis of contemporary luxury is sure to provide visitors with true, indulgent relaxation. The serene outdoor environment offers poolside service, private cabanas, and a Jacuzzi. For little ones, the zero entry pool is the ideal cool down.