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Apr 272016
 

Thumbnail for 21230During the summer, parents are always looking for ways to keep the kids entertained on a budget. And, on a hot day, 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 $1. Enjoy these free & cheap summer movies for kids in Orlando:

  • Cobb Theatres’ Summer Kids Shows: Free movies every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. Orlando location: Plaza Cinema Café 12, 155 South Orange Avenue, 407-982-5444.
  • Regal Cinemas’ Summer Movie Express: $1 movies every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 a.m. throughout the summer.
  • Picture Show at Altamonte: $1 movies every Tuesday and $1.75 movies every day.

If you are looking for free outdoor family-friendly movie options, go to Lake Eola’s Movieola on the last Friday of the month through August. Or you can also check our list of outdoor movies in Orlando.

Apr 262016
 

Bok Tower GardensPlan a relaxing day at the Bok Tower Gardens for that special woman in your life on Mother’s Day near Orlando. Moms receive free admission on May 8. The tower will ring with appreciation during Carillon concerts at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The Plant Sale is also happening that day, so you can pick up something beautiful for mom.

 

1151 Tower Blvd.
Lake Wales, FL 33853
863-676-1408

Apr 232016
 

Leu GardensSkip the flowers in a vase this Mother’s Day. Instead, take mom to a beautiful location for the senses, Harry P. Leu Gardens. The attraction is offering free admission for moms on Mother’s Day, May 8.

Stroll the winding pathways and discover all the amazing gardens including Florida’s largest rose gardenLeu Gardens which is in full bloom during the month of May. Stop by the historic Leu House to take a tour of the home and learn about the families that once lived there. Pack a lunch of her favorite foods to picnic under the trees.

Garden Admission is $10 adult, $3 for children K-12 and free for moms.

Harry P. Leu Gardens
1920 North Forest Avenue
407-246-2620

Apr 192016
 

MovieolaOn the last Friday of the month through August, enjoy an evening of family-friendly entertainment and a free outdoor movie at Lake Eola’s Movieola. Bring the entire family to downtown Orlando for games like croquet and cornhole followed by an outdoor movie on the East Lawn between Washington St. and Central Blvd. right next to the playground. The fun begins at 6 p.m. with the movie starting at 8:15 p.m.

Movieola Schedule
Friday, April 29: Inside Out
Friday, May 27: Goosebumps
Friday, June 24: Cinderella
Friday, July 29: Jurassic World
Friday, August 26: Minions

Apr 192016
 

Magic Kingdom Although ticket prices keep increasing for Walt Disney World theme parks in Orlando, you can still find a reasonable deal if you are a Florida Resident. Florida Residents can save by purchasing a pass for multiple days with the Florida Resident Disney Select Ticket. A one-day ticket costs $97, but you can buy a 3-day ticket for $68 per day or a 4-day ticket for $56 per day.

The pass is good for 6 months or through December 14, 2017 (whichever comes first) and blockout dates apply. The Florida Resident deal gives you access to these Disney Theme Parks: Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

 

Apr 112016
 

City of OrlandoThe City of Orlando has come up with a fun list of free things for families to do in Orlando this spring. With comfortable temperatures and plenty of sunshine, it’s the perfect time to take advantage of some of Orlando’s best events and activities. Here is what the City of Orlando recommends to do for free around town this spring:

Go for a Scenic Walk
Are you looking for some new scenery for your family walks? Head down to Harbor Park in Baldwin Park for its scenic path around Lake Baldwin. This 2.56-mile circle path is perfect for active families. Harbor Park includes large grassy areas for sun bathing and gazebos overlooking the water.

Explore a Botanical OasisLeu Gardens
Leu Gardens is located just minutes away from Downtown Orlando. The 50-acre gardens offer visitors not only a way to view plants, but also an understanding of how they grow. Leu Gardens offers free admission on May 2 and June 6. As an added bonus there is also free admission on Mother’s Day for Mom and Father’s Day for Dads.

Interact with Art
The 6th Annual Kidsfest in the Audubon Park Garden District is April 23. Kidsfest is a fun-filled day of creative and interactive activities for kids of all ages with an array of workshops and hands-on activities where kids can make art, create music, cook and craft.

Picnic in the Park
Demetree Park offers the prefect location for lunch with a view. The 24.6-acre park includes three lakes linked by a system of pathways and boardwalks. The walkways weave around the lakes as well as wooded areas. Stroll through the park until you find the perfect place to stop and enjoy a bite to eat.

Go Fish at Lake Underhill
Grab a fishing pole and spend the day sitting on the edge of the dock at Lake Underhill Park. Lake Underhill is one of the best places in Orlando to catch largemouth bass. Quick tip: during spring the best place to land a bass is near the bank, in about five to eight feet of water, with soft plastic bait.

Lunch at Loch HavenLoch Haven
Located north of Downtown is Loch Haven Cultural Park, home to everything arts. The park is surrounded by museums and performing arts centers. In the middle of all of this are acres of tranquil greenery, the perfect place to settle down for a picnic. The large lawn is perfect to run around and play or just lay on a blanket in the grass.

Springtime Swim
The weather is starting to warm up now that spring is here; out with the sweatshirts and in with the bathing suits. The City of Orlando’s four year-round pools are ready to be jumped into. Swing by the College Park Pool, Dover Shores Pool, James R. Smith Pool or Wadeview Pool for a fun way to cool off now that temperatures are getting into the 80s.

Art on the StreetsCity of Orlando
When it comes to Orlando, art is everywhere, even on traffic signal boxes. Visit Mills 50 Main Street District to check out all the hand-painted boxes. The majority of the boxes are located down Mills Avenue and East Colonial Drive, so take a look at the map and find them all.

Take a Trip to Greenwood Urban Wetlands
Located near Downtown is a park that will make you think you left Florida. Greenwood Urban Wetlands is a gorgeous 19-acre park filled with tall Cypress trees. The trees line the edge of the water and have a bit of a mysterious look. The park has a paved trail that goes around the lake. Greenwood is pet friendly.

Get Your Art On at Mennello
The Mennello Museum of American Art offers a Free Family Day on the second Sunday of every month. The whole family receives free admission from 12 to 4:30 p.m. Get there at noon and have time to walk around and see the exhibits. Then from noon to 2:30 p.m. there is a make-and-take activity the whole family can enjoy, along with mini tours happening throughout the day at the museum.

Movie Nights
Bring the whole family for a fun night under the stars at Lake Eola Park for Movieola. Come early to snag a spot on the East Lawn with some chairs, blankets and snacks. This spring Movieola is bringing you ‘Inside Out’ on April 29 and ‘Goosebumps’ on May 27. Movieola will continue into the summer with ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Jurassic World’ and ‘Minions.’

Have Some Friendly Competition
Get all your friends together for a pickup game of volleyball. Orlando Festival Park has four beach volleyball courts ready for some action. Make it more fun by setting up a whole tournament. Make sure to get an early start to your game as courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Go Mountain Biking… in OrlandoCity of Orlando
Lake Druid Park, which opened in the fall, is perfect for a little bit of mountain biking. The park has three different tracks to pick from: the pump track, single-track trail and junior pump track for the kids. The park also has plenty of green space, and a fenced dog run.

Dance on the Drive
Dance your way through College Park at the College Park Partnership’s annual block party, Dancing on the Drive, on April 30. With vendors, food trucks and a DJ spinning hits from the 1960s through today, you and a few hundred of your closest friends can take part in this fun outdoor party for all ages. The event does have a $5 donation to attend.

Look to the Sky
Have a kid who loves planes? Check out Joe Kittinger Park located on the edge of Orlando Executive Airport. This park is a great place to bring a blanket and watch the planes take off. Go during the weekends to see a little more action. Joe Kittinger Park is also home to a refurbished F-4 Phantom Aircraft.

Bike the Cady Way Trail
Spring is perfect for spending time outside and a bike ride on the Cady Way Trail. Opened in 1994, the Cady Way Trail has a trailhead behind the Orlando Fashion Square Mall and continues 6.5 miles through Baldwin Park, Winter Park and Orange County to the Seminole County line. The trail alternates between a single width pathway and two paths separated by a median, providing plenty of space for pedestrians, skaters and bicyclists.

Walk Through History
Our spring weather is perfect for taking a stroll to learn about Downtown Orlando’s history. Grab your phone to view or print out the Downtown Orlando Historic Walking Tour Map and you are ready to go. The tour includes buildings dating all the way back to the late 1800s. The tour is a great way to see an array of building styles and sizes, reflecting the evolution of architecture and construction in Downtown.

See Swan LakeCity of Orlando
There are many kinds of swans at Lake Eola Park. You may spot a trumpet swan, a royal mute or maybe a whooper swan. Head down to the lake with this handy guide detailing the different types of swans and see if you can tell what kind of swan each is. The beautiful creatures walk freely around the park, just make sure to not feed them any bread or popcorn!

READ MORE:
10 things to do under $10 in Orlando
Free kids’ activities in Orlando

Apr 072016
 

Disney Water ParkFlorida Residents can dive into a cool deal at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach with the Disney Water Parks After 2 p.m. Annual Pass. For $69 plus tax, you can enjoy admission after 2 p.m. (during normal operating hours) for an entire year at Disney Water Parks.

If you’d like to visit at anytime, a Water Parks Annual Pass to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon and Disney’s Blizzard Beach is $115. The pass available to everyone and doesn’t include blockout dates during regular park hours.

Disney’s Blizzard BeachBlizzard Beach
Discover frosty fun for the whole family at Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park, a one-time ski resort that has melted into a watery wonderland. Zip down the slushy slopes of Mount Gushmore on one of the world’s tallest and fastest waterslides. Float down the tranquil river and sunbathe on the white-sand beach. Children under 48 inches tall can even splash around in their own water play area with a snow-castle fountain and kid-sized waterslides.

Disney’s Typhoon LagoonTyphoon Lagoon
Escape to Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park for a storm of fun in the sun! Snorkel with sharks, stingrays and tropical fish in the coral reef. Plunge down rushing rapids, sunbathe on the sandy beach and glide down the lazy river on a relaxing raft ride. After an epic typhoon hurled surfboards into palm trees and tossed boats like toys, the storm-soaked Mount Mayday became a topsy-turvy oasis of water-filled adventure!

Check out more Orlando Theme Park Deals.

Apr 022016
 

Florida National ParkPack the car for a trip to one of Florida’s natural treasures. The entry fees to United States national parks, including five in Florida, are waived for holidays and other special occasions.

In Florida, the national parks that offer free admission on national park free days are:

Florida’s other national parks are always free. They are:

These are the 2016 free days at U.S. National Parks in Florida:

  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16 through 24: National Park Week
  • August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day
Apr 012016
 

Screen Shot 2014-12-30 at 7.30.21 PMIt’s the first weekend of the month, and that means Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers can visit museums for free in Orlando through the bank’s Museums On Us  program. Just show your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch credit or debit card Saturday or Sunday and you’ll get free admission to more than 150 museums and attractions in cities across the United States.

In Orlando, enjoy free admission to these museums:

If you’re traveling, you can also get free entry to other Florida museums in Jacksonville, Tampa, St. Petersburg, West, Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale and Miami.