Nestled among lush tropical foliage, Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens boasts more than 400 animals; 23 acres of native gardens; animal encounters, including a behind-the-scenes camel encounter and otter exhibit; a miniature train; carousel; and many educational opportunities. Guests can cool off during the warmer months at the Wharton-Smith Inc. Tropical Splash Ground or let children enjoy the Kaboom playground. Other unique experiences include Zoom Air Adventures, Battlefield Live Orlando Laser Tag, and Euro Bungee.
3755 N.W. Highway 17-92, Sanford • 407-323-4450www.centralfloridazoo.org
Boys and girls ages 7 through 18 have the chance to learn the fundamental skills and team concept of basketball at the Dwight Howard Basketball ProCamp later this summer at the University of Central Florida. Campers have access to and instruction from top coaches in Orlando, as well as NBA player Dwight Howard. All campers receive an Adidas camp shirt and autographed team photo with Howard.
Greater Orlando Shuttle provides transportation services to and from the airport from private residences, resorts or vacation homes. Transportation is also available to most Central Florida destinations, including restaurants, malls, Port Canaveral, downtown Orlando and more. Greater Orlando Shuttle drivers are professional and courteous, and all vehicles, minivans and Cadillacs are always clean and maintained in great condition. Rates vary according to area.
321-939-2200812 Deerwoods Road, Celebrationwww.greaterorlandoshuttle.com
High Line Car Sales Inc. is an independent automotive dealer that sells and services most European and luxury vehicles. The repair facility performs services from simple oil changes to scheduled maintenance. It also resets various service messages and conducts sophisticated electronic engine-management diagnoses, as well as all other services necessary to keep a vehicle running at peak performance, allowing drivers to enjoy their cars throughout the summer. High Line is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
2718 Rew Circle, Ocoee • 407-877-3841
Guests can celebrate 104 days of summer vacation at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, located within the gates of Walt Disney World Resort. SummerBlast features fun for the entire family. From exciting poolside activities at the lazy river pool to nightly dive-in movies and more — all with no resort fee. People can choose from a variety of 12 restaurants and lounges, including Harvest Bistro, where children eat free. The resort also offers complimentary deluxe transportation to and from Walt Disney World Resort.
888-353-201314100 Bonnet Creek Resort Lane, Orlandowww.hiltonbonnetcreek.com/summerblast
iD Tech Camps and iD Teen Academies give children ages 7-17, who enjoy gaming, programming or filmmaking, the opportunity to create iPhone applications, programs, video games, websites, movies, robots and more. Weeklong and residential camps are available at more than 60 universities nationwide, including Rollins College, the University of Miami, and more. Small classes are taught by adults for personalized instruction. Teen-only programs, such as iD Gaming Academy, iD Programing Academy and iD Visual Arts Academy, are offered at select universities.
Jewel Court Stables offers trail rides through Winter Garden and provides riders age 6 through adult the opportunity to ride on country roads and wooded paths. Trailgoers may see a variety of wildlife as they ride through beautiful country settings. The guided trail rides are offered throughout the year on safe, schoolmaster-type horses. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance, and there is a four-person maximum. The cost is $50 per person for a one-hour ride. Carriage rides are available by reservation and for special events.
407-654-8718 • 864-616-317217825 Terra Vista Court, Winter Gardenwww.jewelcourt.com
Jump N Joeys Play & Party Zone is Lake County’s ultimate indoor inflatable center. Voted Orlando’s best indoor play center/party place by Nickelodeon’s Parents’ Picks Awards, which identifies the best family-oriented venues in 52 major U.S. cities, the climate-controlled play zone offers a large selection of obstacle courses, giant slides and jumpers, and provides fun for children of all ages. For younger guests, Jump N Joeys offers a separate toddler area with soft blocks, playhouses and designated toddler inflatables.
352-394-7789200 Hatteras Ave., Clermontwww.jumpnjoeysonline.com
Let’s Skate Orlando offers skaters a high-tech atmosphere with music to fit the facility’s energizing mood. Open daily, Let’s Skate is the place to beat the summer heat and still get a great workout. Voted No. 1 for birthday parties by readers of the Southwest Orlando Bulletin, the rink offers five themed party rooms. Cost for children and students is $8; and $10 for adults, which includes skate rental. All skaters pay $6 on Wednesdays; and $30 for four skaters on Sundays. Summer camp rates are available.
407-614-381214207 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Gardenwww.letsskateorlando.com
Guests are invited to travel back to the 11th century to witness more action, have more fun and enjoy a larger feast at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament. Unveiling a new show, Medieval Times offers a one-of-kind experience that keeps guests on the edge of their seats, as they witness a show that presents even more live jousting, sword fights, horsemanship and falconry. Showtimes vary.
888-935-68784510 W. Vine St., Kissimmeewww.medievaltimes.com
Located in Loch Haven Park, Orlando Museum of Art has fine collections of American art, African art and art from the ancient Americas, as well as temporary exhibitions. OMA offers creative educational programs for all ages. On the first Thursday of each month, the museum hosts 1st Thursdays, Orlando’s original art party. OMA is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon-4 p.m.
407-896-42312416 N. Mills Ave., Orlandowww.omart.org
Painting with a Twist of Orlando is an art entertainment concept, where friends come together to paint, have a few drinks, and discover their inner artists in a fun atmosphere. Led by local art instructors, participants paint on bare 16-inch-by-20-inch canvases using paint and brushes provided by the studio. During each instructional painting session, attendees recreate an existing painting to produce a personal piece of artwork they can take home the same day.
407-601-78006700 Conroy-Windermere Road,Suite 125, Orlandowww.paintingwithatwist.com
For more than 19 years, Victory Martial Arts has been dedicated to reinforcing the good habits taught at home, empowering its students to become successful in life. Discipline, self-esteem, communication, belief, honesty and respect are the pillars on which the studio has built a curriculum that is as much exciting as it is fun. During Victory Summer Programs, students practice these life skills, while enjoying the benefits of martial arts training in a safe, family-oriented environment.
407-903-1133 • 877-797-79887512 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlandowww.victoryma.com
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