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Free & Cheap Things To Do With KIDS In Orlando This Weekend, March 15 - 17, 2024

Updated: Mar 14

Keeping the kids amused in Orlando can be expensive, but relax, because not everything is gonna break the bank! Here at Gotta Go Orlando we bring you the best free and cheap events and things to do with the kids in Orlando.


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There's tons of family-friendly events and things to do in Orlando that won't break the bank, and every weekend we select the best free and cheap things to do with the kids.


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Weekend FREE Events and Things To Do in Orlando


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FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2024


Glass in Flight 2 at Leu Gardens
February 3 – May 5

Experience an amazing outdoor sculpture exhibit of larger-than-life flying insects hand-crafted into 28 works of art with Dalle de Verre glass and steel. Created by national known sculptor, Alex Heveri, each piece captures the essence of flight. Glass in Flight 2 takes place at Orlando's Leu Gardens and is included with general admission.


Allie Kazan and the Magic Mansion
March 4 - 31

A brand-new commission, Allie Kazan and the Magic Mansion is a brand-new original musical at Orlando Family Stage. Five are called but only one can win – let the mystery unravel and the magic begin! Get details now.


Easter Bunny Photos at The Florida Mall
March 1 - 30

Hop on over to The Florida Mall to meet the Easter Bunny in Center Court. RESERVATIONS ENCOURAGED. WALK-UP GUESTS WELCOME. 


Bunny Photos at The Mall At Millennia
March 15 - 30

Enjoy photos with the Bunny at The Mall at Millenia’s colorful garden party in the Orangerie Cafés. A variety of professional photo packages are offered including candid and instant photos.


Pictures with the Bunny at Altamonte Mall
March 8 - 30

Get your little ones and furry friends together and hop over to Altamonte Mall to capture hoppy pics with The Bunny!


Oviedo Mall Easter Bunny Photos
March 8 - 30

Looking to capture some egg-cellent memories with the family this Easter season? Hop on over to Oviedo Mall and strike a pose with the Easter Bunny!


Easter Bunny Garden Experience
March 8 - 30

The Easter Bunny Garden Experience returns to ICON Park with its award-winning Easter Bunny and candid spring photo packages. As guests dress in their Easter best, they can take beautiful photos, meet the Easter Bunny and then spend the day exploring the 20-acre entertainment destination. Click here to view photo packages and reserve a spot now.


Yo, Ho, Ho! Let’s Go!
March 3 - 24

Theatre for the Very Young continues with Yo, Ho, Ho! Let’s Go! A 30-minute adventure with a pirate on the high seas following a treasure map. Parrots, crabs, mermaids, and more join the fun! The show at Orlando Family Stage is created for 1 to 5-year-olds and is an interactive, multi-sensory experience that encourages caregiver interaction and creative play.



Spring Break Bash at Island H20
March 14 - 23

Island H2O Water Park is THE place to be for Spring Break! NEW for the 2024 Season, live it up at Spring Break Bash! Every Thursday-Saturday from March 14th through the 23rd, the island comes alive with Spring Break Vibes! This new event has something for everyone in your family to enjoy making Island H2O Water Park your ultimate Spring Break destination!


Choo-Choo to the Zoo for Spring Break Fun
March 15 - 22

On Friday, March 15 and again March 18 – March 22, visitors can ride SunRail to the Sanford station, then get on the free “Choo-Choo to the Zoo” trolley and go to the Central Florida Zoo. Choo-Choo to the Zoo will operate weekdays only, from 9:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Visitors can show their SunRail ticket at the Zoo’s ticket counter for 20% off admission (offer not available online). Children 6 and under ride SunRail free with a paying adult.


The Firefighters’ Fair Indian River County
March 8 - 17

The Firefighters’ Indian River County Fair, in Vero Beach features fun for the whole family with a wide variety of entertainment. Be sure to see concerts, the demolition derby, midway rides and firefighter training show.


St Patrick's Day Weekend at Boxi Park
March 15 - 17

Get your green on with live entertainment and more family-friendly fun during St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at Boxi Park in Lake Nona.. The three-day celebration will feature traditional Irish dancers, a Celtic rock band, a pipe band, face painters, a DJ and more throughout the weekend.


Orlando Brick Convention - LEGO Fan Expo
March 15 - 17

LEGO fans get ready! The Orlando Brick Convention returns to Osceola Heritage Park on March 16 and 17! The 2024 convention will be twice as big as last year's event with twice the amount of epic LEGO displays. It will be ONE OF THE LARGEST LEGO FAN EVENTS IN THE WORLD! The event features meet-and-greets with LEGO Masters, incredible LEGO creations, vendors, building zones, and so much more! 



Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
March 15 - 17

One of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals, the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival draws up to 250,000 visitors each year. Hosted north of downtown Orlando in the heart of historic Winter Park, the juried fine art festival features sculpture, paintings, digital art and more from hundreds of artists, along with contemporary live music, hands-on easel painting and children’s art workshops.



Movie in the Park at Dr. P. Phillips Community Park
March 15

Come out and enjoy a FREE Movie in the Park at Dr. P. Phillips Community Park. We encourage you to bring out a lawn chair, blanket and even food if you like. Join prior to the movie time for some family friendly fun yard games. Movie starts at 8pm.


Friday Muscle Car Show & Cruise Old Town Kissimmee

Friday Muscle Car Show & Cruise
Every Friday

Join the heart pounding excitement of high-performance engines and true horse power for our Muscle Car Show every Friday night at Old Town in Kissimmee. The Friday Muscle Car Show begins at 3 pm featuring show-quality muscle and factory-performance cars from 1964 and newer and classics from 1985 and older. Cars cruise at 8:30 pm.


 


SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2024


Fun Spot's HUGE Mardi Gras Event
Saturdays, February 17 - March 30

Fun Spot is all jazzed up for a spectacular Mardi Gras celebration in Orlando and Kissimmee! Experience the spirit of New Orleans as you indulge in mouth-watering Mardi Gras flavors. Snap your best moments at themed Foto Spots, and don't miss the Children’s Parade taking place every Saturday in Orlando & Kissimmee at 4 pm.


Allie Kazan and the Magic Mansion
March 4 - 31

A brand-new commission, Allie Kazan and the Magic Mansion is a brand-new original musical at Orlando Family Stage. Five are called but only one can win – let the mystery unravel and the magic begin!  Get details now.


 Bunny Photos at The Mall At Millennia

Easter Bunny Photos at The Florida Mall
March 1 - 30

Hop on over to The Florida Mall to meet the Easter Bunny in Center Court. RESERVATIONS ENCOURAGED. WALK-UP GUESTS WELCOME. 


Bunny Photos at The Mall At Millennia
March 15 - 30

Enjoy photos with the Bunny at The Mall at Millenia’s colorful garden party in the Orangerie Cafés. A variety of professional photo packages are offered including candid and instant photos.


Pictures with the Bunny at Altamonte Mall
March 8 - 30

Get your little ones and furry friends together and hop over to Altamonte Mall to capture hoppy pics with The Bunny!


Oviedo Mall Easter Bunny Photos
March 8 - 30

Looking to capture some egg-cellent memories with the family this Easter season? Hop on over to Oviedo Mall and strike a pose with the Easter Bunny!


Easter Bunny Garden Experience
March 8 - 30

The Easter Bunny Garden Experience returns to ICON Park with its award-winning Easter Bunny and candid spring photo packages. As guests dress in their Easter best, they can take beautiful photos, meet the Easter Bunny and then spend the day exploring the 20-acre entertainment destination. Click here to view photo packages and reserve a spot now.


Seminole Towne Center Easter Fun Days
March 15, 16, 23, 24, 30

Seminole Marketplace Presents: Easter Fun Days! Paint wooden eggs, paint wooden peeps, bounce house, and so much more.  All free of charge. Lower level across from JC Penny.


Yo, Ho, Ho! Let’s Go!
March 3 - 24

Theatre for the Very Young continues with Yo, Ho, Ho! Let’s Go! A 30-minute adventure with a pirate on the high seas following a treasure map. Parrots, crabs, mermaids, and more join the fun! The show at Orlando Family Stage is for 1 to 5-year-olds and is an interactive, multi-sensory experience that encourages caregiver interaction and creative play.


Spring Break Bash at Island H20
March 14 - 23

Island H2O Water Park is THE place to be for Spring Break! NEW for the 2024 Season, live it up at Spring Break Bash! Every Thursday-Saturday from March 14th through the 23rd, the island comes alive with Spring Break Vibes! This new event has something for everyone in your family to enjoy making Island H2O Water Park your ultimate Spring Break destination!


Fun Box at The Florida Mall
Saturday - Sunday, February 10 - March 17

If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out FUNBOX at The Florida Mall, 25,000 square feet of inflatable fun containing 10 play zones and an obstacle course. The play area was designed for kids, but of course it's tons of fun for adults too.


The Firefighters’ Fair Indian River County
March 8 - 17

The Firefighters’ Indian River County Fair, in Vero Beach features fun for the whole family with a wide variety of entertainment. Be sure to see concerts, the demolition derby, midway rides and firefighter training show!



Orlando Brick Convention - LEGO Fan Expo
March 15 - 17

LEGO fans get ready! The Orlando Brick Convention returns to Osceola Heritage Park on March 16 and 17! The 2024 convention will be twice as big as last year's event with twice the amount of epic LEGO displays. It will be ONE OF THE LARGEST LEGO FAN EVENTS IN THE WORLD! The event features meet-and-greets with LEGO Masters, incredible LEGO creations, vendors, building zones, and so much more! 


St Patrick's Day Weekend at Boxi Park
March 15 - 17

Get your green on with live entertainment and more family-friendly fun during St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at Boxi Park in Lake Nona.. The three-day celebration will feature traditional Irish dancers, a Celtic rock band, a pipe band, face painters, a DJ and more throughout the weekend.


Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
March 15 - 17

One of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals, the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival draws up to 250,000 visitors each year. Hosted north of downtown Orlando in the heart of historic Winter Park, the juried fine art festival features sculpture, paintings, digital art and more from hundreds of artists, along with contemporary live music, hands-on easel painting and children’s art workshops.



Electrify Expo - Orlando
March 16 - 17

Electrify Expo is North America’s largest electric vehicle festival filled with over 1 million square feet of the world’s top electric brands! At the Orange County Convention Center you can experience Tesla’s Cybertruck, Rivian, Ford, BMW & more at the Nation's # 1 EV Festival! Ride, Drive + Demo electric cars, trucks, e-bikes, e-scooters, e-skateboards + more on multiple demo courses. Great for all ages and includes huge Kids Zone, food & fun!


Mount Dora Spring Festival of Arts and Crafts
March 16 - 17

Amazing talent ; Amazing finds. It’s what you’ll see at the Mount Dora Spring Festival of Arts and Crafts . Stroll through and SUPPORT more than 250 hand craft exhibitors and original artists that set up to sell their unique offerings to the public on the streets of the historic downtown walking district of Mount Dora.



Easter - Spring Eggstravaganza - Orlando
March 16

Capture moments with the Easter Bunny, enter raffles, and more at this FREE community event at NUC University – Florida Technical College Orlando, 12900 Challenger Parkway Orlando.


Highlights include pictures with the Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Giveaway, Easter Basket Raffles, Star 94.5 Broadcasting Live on Campus, DAVE School Interactive Activity, Games and Giveaways, Community Partners, Program Demonstrations, and Campus Tours.


Easter - Spring Eggstravaganza - DeLand
March 16

Capture moments with the Easter Bunny, enter raffles, and more at this FREE community event at NUC University – Florida Technical College DeLand, 199 South Woodland Boulevard DeLand.


Highlights include pictures with the Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Giveaway, Easter Basket Raffles, The Beat 104.5 Broadcasting Live on Campus, Games, and Giveaways, Community Partners, Deland Fire Department – Touch-a-Truck, Deland Police Department – Safety and Fun, One Blood Donation Mobile, Face Painting, Food Trucks, Program Demonstrations, and Campus Tours.


Easter - Spring Eggstravaganza - Kissimmee
March 16

Capture moments with the Easter Bunny, enter raffles, and more at this FREE community event at NUC University – Florida Technical College Kissimmee, 3831 West Vine Street Kissimmee.


Highlights include pictures with the Easter Bunny, Easter Egg Giveaway, Chocolate Bunny Raffles, Electronic Device Raffles, Rumba 100.3 Broadcasting Live on Campus, Free Kids Spring Eggstravaganza Haircuts - K through 12, Free Ice Cream, Games, and Giveaways, Community Partners, Program Demonstrations, and Campus Tours.


Easter - Spring Eggstravaganza - Lakeland
March 16

Capture moments with the Easter Bunny, enter raffles, and more at this FREE community event at NUC University – Florida Technical College Lakeland, 4715 Florida Avenue South #4 Lakeland.


Highlights include pictures with the Easter Bunny, Easter Basket Raffles, Electronic Device Raffles, The Vibe 101.5 Broadcasting Live on Campus, Games and Giveaways, Community Partners, Program Demonstrations, and Campus Tours.


Clermont Pups in the Park
March 16

The City of Clermont presents Pups in the Park, a celebration for dogs of all sorts. Bring your pup to this free event starting at 8:30 am. Sat., March 16 at Lake Hiawatha Preserve, 450 12th St.



Colorectal Cancer Awareness Community Health Fair
March 16

This health fair at the Digestive and Liver Center of FL, is open and free to all who wish to attend. The event aims to provide a platform for direct engagement with the community, focusing on increasing awareness about the significance of proactive health management and prevention strategies for this disease.


Oviedo St Patrick's Day Festival 2024
March 16

Oviedo's St Patrick's Day Festival is a free family friendly celebration of all things Irish. Featuring live Irish entertainment by Colin Farrell and The Byrne Brothers, fresh Guinness, Smithwicks and Harp on draft, food trucks featuring unique Irish cuisine, and more!


For the kids we will have Irish Step Dancers, stilt-walker balloon artists, and face painting. Kids are also encouraged to dress up!


St. Patrick's Day Block Party at Hamlin
March 16

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Hamlin’s Block Party, where the luck of the Irish comes alive, and admission doesn’t cost a pot of gold—it’s FREE! Experience the culture with enchanting bagpipers, high-energy Irish dancers, and live music to stir the soul. Gather your family for various activities, including kid-friendly crafts, while enjoying a spread of local food trucks and vendors. Raise a glass to good cheer with beer and wine available for purchase.


Don your best green attire, bring your festive spirit, and join us for a day filled with laughter, music, and community.



St Cloud St. Patrick's Day Light Parade and Street Party
March 16

Join St Cloud for the best St. Patrick's Day event in Central Florida. They start with the annual Paint the Cloud Green Light Up Parade, and finish with a street party featuring the Paradigm Party Band.


Enjoy live musical entertainment, dance performances, Irish Step Dancing, festive activities, food trucks and more! Parade starts at Lakeshore Boulevard, comes south on Pennsylvania to 11th, over to Massachusetts and ends back at Lakeshore. 


St. Paddy’s Day - Truck Pull
March 16

Visit beautiful Historic Downtown Sanford for the 5th Annual St Paddy’s Day Truck Pull & Street Festival The event takes place in the ‘Famous L’ between Celery City Craft and West End Trading Co.


Dogtoberfest at Krush Brau Park
March 16

Bring your furry friends to celebrate Dogtoberfest with an Irish twist at Krush Brau Park, featuring a smorgasbord of interactive pup activities like the Florida Wiener Dog Derby Races, non-alcoholic doggy brews, a costume contest and pet-friendly vendors. Plus, enjoy plenty of tasty treats and drinks for humans, like schnitzel, Bavarian pretzels, and beer, wine and cocktails.


Casselberry Spring Jazz and Art Festival
March 16

Spring Jazz and Art Festival takes place at Lake Concord Park. Eric Darius and Ella & The Bossa Beat perform, plus a chance to visit Art House, Sculpture House and Casselberry Arts Center art exhibitions after dark. Free Event.



Movie In The Park 2024 - Bear Creek Recreation
March 16

Come out and join us for our FREE Movie in the Park at Bear Creek Recreational Complex. We encourage you to bring out a lawn chair, blanket and even food if you like. Join prior to the movie time for some family friendly fun yard games.


Disney Springs Kids Club

Disney Springs Kids Club
Every Saturday

Dance, play and be entertained at engaging shows for kids of all ages at the Disney Springs Kids Club, taking place every Saturday. Free Entertainment and Free Parking.


Saturday Nite Classic Car Show & Cruise

Saturday Nite Classic Car Show & Cruise
Every Saturday

Join Old Town in Kissimmee every Saturday and take a trip down memory lane. The Old Town Classic Car Show has been a local tradition for over 30 years, it is one of the premier weekly car shows in Central Florida. The Saturday Classic Car Show begins at 1:00pm and welcomes show-quality 1985 and older hot rods, street rods, and antiques. Cars will cruise at 8:30pm. The event is free for participants and free for the public to attend.


Live Music on the Lawn in Lake Nona

Live Music on the Lawn in Lake Nona
Every Saturday

Live on the Lawn is your Saturday oasis to relax and recharge while listening to live music and playing lawn games with family and friends. Join Lake Nona from 11 am – 3 pm every Saturday!


Show Car Saturday Nights at Promenade at Sunset Walk

Show Car Saturday Nights at Promenade at Sunset Walk
Every Saturday

The Promenade at Sunset Walk is home to Show Car Saturday Nights. All makes and models are welcome and displayed along Margaritaville Boulevard. Car enthusiasts will enjoy the music of DJ Scotty B while admiring an amazing collection of classic to modern automobiles, with live bands performing on the Promenade Plaza Stage nightly.


 


SUNDAY, MARCH 17, 2024


Allie Kazan and the Magic Mansion
March 4 - 31

A brand-new commission, Allie Kazan and the Magic Mansion is a brand-new original musical at Orlando Family Stage. Five are called but only one can win – let the mystery unravel and the magic begin!  Get details now.


Easter Bunny Photos at The Florida Mall
March 1 - 30

Hop on over to The Florida Mall to meet the Easter Bunny in Center Court. RESERVATIONS ENCOURAGED. WALK-UP GUESTS WELCOME. 


Bunny Photos at The Mall At Millennia
March 15 - 30

Enjoy photos with the Bunny at The Mall at Millenia’s colorful garden party in the Orangerie Cafés. A variety of professional photo packages are offered including candid and instant photos.


Pictures with the Bunny at Altamonte Mall
March 8 - 30

Get your little ones and furry friends together and hop over to Altamonte Mall to capture hoppy pics with The Bunny!


Oviedo Mall Easter Bunny Photos
March 8 - 30

Looking to capture some egg-cellent memories with the family this Easter season? Hop on over to Oviedo Mall and strike a pose with the Easter Bunny!


Easter Bunny Garden Experience
March 8 - 30

The Easter Bunny Garden Experience returns to ICON Park with its award-winning Easter Bunny and candid spring photo packages. As guests dress in their Easter best, they can take beautiful photos, meet the Easter Bunny and then spend the day exploring the 20-acre entertainment destination. Click here to view photo packages and reserve a spot now.


Seminole Towne Center Easter Fun Days
March 15, 16, 23, 24, 30

Seminole Marketplace Presents: Easter Fun Days! Paint wooden eggs, paint wooden peeps, bounce house, and so much more.  All free of charge. Lower level across from JC Penny.


Yo, Ho, Ho! Let’s Go!
March 3 - 24

Theatre for the Very Young continues with Yo, Ho, Ho! Let’s Go! A 30-minute adventure with a pirate on the high seas following a treasure map. Parrots, crabs, mermaids, and more join the fun! The show at Orlando Family Stage is created specifically for 1 to 5-year-olds and is an interactive, multi-sensory experience that encourages interaction and creative play.



Spring Break Bash at Island H20
March 14 - 23

Island H2O Water Park is THE place to be for Spring Break! NEW for the 2024 Season, live it up at Spring Break Bash! Every Thursday-Saturday from March 14th through the 23rd, the island comes alive with Spring Break Vibes! This new event has something for everyone in your family to enjoy making Island H2O Water Park your ultimate Spring Break destination!


Fun Box at The Florida Mall
Saturday - Sunday, February 10 - March 17

If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, check out FUNBOX at The Florida Mall. FUNBOX is 25,000 square feet of inflatable fun containing 10 play zones and an obstacle course, with lots of photos ops!


The Firefighters’ Fair Indian River County
March 8 - 17

The Firefighters’ Indian River County Fair, in Vero Beach features fun for the whole family with a wide variety of entertainment. Be sure to see concerts, the demolition derby, midway rides and firefighter training show!



Orlando Brick Convention - LEGO Fan Expo
March 15 - 17

LEGO fans get ready! The Orlando Brick Convention returns to Osceola Heritage Park on March 16 and 17! The 2024 convention will be twice as big as last year's event with twice the amount of epic LEGO displays. It will be ONE OF THE LARGEST LEGO FAN EVENTS IN THE WORLD! The event features meet-and-greets with LEGO Masters, incredible LEGO creations, vendors, building zones, and so much more! 


St Patrick's Day Weekend at Boxi Park
March 15 - 17

Get your green on with live entertainment and more family-friendly fun during St. Patrick’s Day Weekend at Boxi Park in Lake Nona.. The three-day celebration will feature traditional Irish dancers, a Celtic rock band, a pipe band, face painters, a DJ and more throughout the weekend.


Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
March 15 - 17

One of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals, the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival draws up to 250,000 visitors each year. Hosted north of downtown Orlando in the heart of historic Winter Park, the juried fine art festival features sculpture, paintings, digital art and more from hundreds of artists, along with contemporary live music, hands-on easel painting and children’s art workshops.


Electrify Expo - Orlando
March 16 - 17

Electrify Expo is North America’s largest electric vehicle festival filled with over 1 million square feet of the world’s top electric brands! At the Orange County Convention Center you can experience Tesla’s Cybertruck, Rivian, Ford, BMW & more at the Nation's # 1 EV Festival! Ride, Drive + Demo electric cars, trucks, e-bikes, e-scooters, e-skateboards + more on multiple demo courses. Great for all ages and includes huge Kids Zone, food & fun!



Mount Dora Spring Festival of Arts and Crafts
March 16 - 17

Amazing talent ; Amazing finds. It’s what you’ll see at the Mount Dora Spring Festival of Arts and Crafts . Stroll through and SUPPORT more than 250 hand craft exhibitors and original artists that set up to sell their unique offerings to the public on the streets of the historic downtown walking district of Mount Dora.


St Patrick's Day Street Party Celebration
March 17

Join the Promenade on Sunset Walk for their annual St. Patrick’s Day Street Party and Celebration! Get ready to celebrate all things Irish with a fantastic lineup of live music, terrific food and drinks, and an electrifying atmosphere.


Grab your greenest outfit and gather your crew for a day filled with joy, laughter, and endless fun! Featuring nonstop music with DJ K1X, DJ Scotty B., and Def Lepprechaun live in concert, along with a special edition of Dockside Dueling Pianos at The Wharf with no cover charge! Plus: Street performers, lucky leprechauns, food and green beverage specials, and more!



St. Patrick's Car Show & Luau
March 17

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at Horsepower Ranch Car Show and Luau. Fun For The Whole FamilyPony Rides, Petting Zoo, Face Painter, Train Rides, Easter Bunny, and Pony Photos, Hawaiian Dancers, Food For Purchase, LIVE DJ, and Entertainment …and, GREEN BEER!



ICON Park Giant Shamrock Wheel
March 17

If you’ve been searching for the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in Orlando, SEE ICON Park’s Wheel’s 64,000 LED lights lit up in green, making it the perfect photo op, and visible for miles.



The International Food and Drink Festival 2024
March 17

The International Food and Drink Festival at Downtown Orlando is back! Sunday March 17th 2024 from 11am to 9pm. At Luminary Green Park. At the new “Creative Village” district! Free Admission.


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Cheap & Free Things To Do With Kids Anytime!


It might surprise you to know but there really is so many amazing Free or Cheap Things To Do in Orlando with the kids that won't cost the world, and will allow you to keep yourself on budget and still enjoy so many fantastic and memorable experiences as a family.


Expore Orlando parks and gardens for free

Visit Orlando's beautiful Parks, Gardens, and Nature Trails

Orlando is blessed with an abundance of parks, gardens, and the chance to escape the tourists and enjoy the great outdoors where you'll get the chance to become one with nature.


The kids will love running around the parks, with many including splash pads, playgrounds, and more, or visit a nature trail and the entire family can delight in seeing a ton of birds and animals including a few gators, then everyone can get on their bikes and enjoy Orlando's bike trail, now... get outside and have fun!


Lake Eola Park

Lake Eola Park is a must visit, located in the heart of Downtown Orlando, with a sidewalk that circles the lake 0.9 miles in length, making it easy for visitors to keep track of their walking or running


Relax amid beautiful flower beds and a spectacular view of Orlando’s skyline and the gorgeous Lake Eola, enjoy the swans and other birds inhabiting the park, or you can check out a free concert, movie or a play in the Walt Disney Amphitheater.


Harry P Leu Gardens

Explore an amazing botanical oasis nearly 50-acres minutes from Downtown Orlando. Harry P Leu Gardens features landscaped grounds and lakes, with walking trails all shaded by 200-year-old oaks and forests of camellias. Free entry days at Leu Gardens are offered on select Mondays throughout the year, check the website for details.


The UCF Arboretum

The Arboretum of the University of Central Florida is located on the main campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida, United States. Covering 80 acres, it contains more than 600 species of plants, including more than 100 bromeliads, in cultivated gardens.


Lake Lotus Park

Lake Lotus Park is the City of Altamonte Springs’ nature preserve. The total area is approximately 150 acres, including 120 acres of woods and wetlands. The park is a diverse, natural habitat that provides limitless natural encounters with flora and fauna.


Oakland Nature Preserve

West of Orlando, just 30 minutes from the attractions and nestled between Winter Garden and Clermont in the beautiful Town of Oakland, lies a "hidden gem." Oakland Nature Preserve is a150-acre preserve offering environmental education and ecotourism activities for visitors of all ages.


Mead Botanical Garden

With 47 acres to explore in Winter Park, your senses will come alive with the sights, sounds, and scents of the garden. Mead Botanical Garden offers hiking trails, creek, boardwalk, tall pine trees, greenhouse, butterfly garden, and pond that’s home to turtles, fish and wading birds.


Kraft Azalea Garden

This 5.22-acre public garden is located on the shore of Lake Maitland and is open year round from 8 a.m. until dusk. Kraft Azalea Garden is a beautiful park is shaded by enormous cypress trees that add to the old Florida charm of the 13-acre property


Orlando Urban Trail

The Orlando Urban Trail is located near Downtown Orlando and is considered the spine of Orlando’s trail network.


The trail is approximately three miles long and runs from Lake Highland through Loch Haven Park, to Mead Garden in Winter Park. Highlights include connections to six lakes, Orlando Cultural Park, and the Gaston Edwards Trail.


West Orange Trail

The West Orange Trail is a 22-mile long multi-use rail trail. The paved trail passes through downtown Oakland, Winter Garden, and Apopka with most of its length built on old railroad alignments.


Lake Nona Sculpture Garden

The Lake Nona Sculpture Garden is a 50,000 square-foot outdoor space designed for the exploration and discovery of a distinguished selection of sculptures from one of the world’s largest private art collections, The Lewis Collection.


Orlando Wetlands Park

The Orlando Wetlands Park is a man-made wetland designed to provide advanced treatment for reclaimed water from the City of Orlando and other local cities. The Park is 1650 acres in size and located in Christmas, Florida. Visitors can visit the Park seven days a week, between sunrise and sunset, to enjoy primitive and passive activities including, Photography, Wildlife Viewing, Hiking, Biking, Horseback Riding, and Guided Tours


Cranes Roost Park

Cranes Roost Park is at the heart of Uptown Altamonte surrounding Cranes Roost Lake. The lake is encircled by one mile of continuous walkway with benches and covered seating areas. Within the 45-acre park is a European-style plaza including a choreographed fountain show, a 62-foot picturesque tower and the Eddie Rose Amphitheater which features stadium-style seating and a one-of-a-kind floating stage.


The Seminole Wekiva Trail

The nearly 14 mile Seminole Wekiva Trail is a paved recreational trail that has been designated as one of Seminole County's Showcase Trails because of its length, beauty, and accommodation of many users.


The section of the trail that runs west of the I-4 trail overpass to the County line at the Wekiva River is also a designated part of the Florida National Scenic Trail.


Dr. P. Phillips Community Park

Dr. P. Phillips Community Park provides a range of amenities for the whole family to enjoy, including playgrounds, splash pad, plus sports fields, picnic areas & a dog run


Wekiva Island

Central Florida’s favorite watering hole Wekiva Island. Located just north of Orlando, Wekiva Island offers visitors the chance to experience the incredible natural springs in Florida. Explore the pristine Wekiva River and its fascinating Florida wildlife with more than 2,000 square feet of Island fun.


Orlando Science Center

Educate and Entertain the Kids at the same time

Orlando has a long list of museums that the entire family will find fascinating, museums are a cheap day out, with many offering free admission, while others offer designated free admission days


Rollins Museum of Art

The Rollins Museum of Art features rotating exhibitions, ongoing programs, and an extensive permanent collection that spans centuries, from examples of ancient art and artifacts to contemporary art.


 Open to the public free year-round, its holdings include the only European Old Master paintings in the Orlando area, a sizeable American art collection, and a forward-thinking contemporary collection.


Mennello Museum

Paintings of American Impressionism and Realism from the Mennello Museum collection alongside important works from prestigious Florida museums. Every second Sunday of the month, Mennello Museum offers free admission to the galleries during Free Family Funday.


CityArts

Funky gallery collective with monthly, varied exhibitions from local & international artists. CityArts in downtown Orlando is th Downtown Arts District's flagship venue containing six galleries, presentation and events spaces, as well as home to Curate Cafe.


Orange County Regional History Center

The Orange County Regional History Center housed in a historic courthouse in the heart of downtown Orlando, offers four floors of exhibits exploring 12,000 years of Central Florida’s rich heritage. Enjoy free entry the 3rd Thursday of the month, 6 pm to 9 pm.


The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art

The Morse Museum in Winter Park is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of dazzling works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. A visit is complimentary during Friday Nights at the Morse scheduled November through April from 4 pm to 8 pm.


The museum is also free on Independence Day, Easter weekend, Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival weekend, and Christmas Eve.


Art & History Museums of Maitland

You can enjoy free admission on the last Wednesday of every month to the current exhibition of the Maitland Art Center Gallery.


Open House At The Casa

Casa Feliz, or "Happy House," is the signature work of noted architect James Gamble Rogers II. The Andalusian-style masonry farmhouse has significantly influenced the architectural and cultural aspects of the community and served as a gathering spot for cultural discussion and education. Enjoy an open house on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon


The Alfond Inn Art Tours

Meet in The Alfond Inn lobby for a free tour with a Rollins Museum of Art staff member every first Wednesday of the month, which lasts about 60 minutes.


Artlando

Grab a map from the DT Orlando Information Center and go on a self-guided tour of downtown Orlando's streets to discover the contemporary sculptures which are Art Orlando. Not only will you get to know Downtown as you walk around, you’ll be seriously impressed by these stunning works of art.


Dinky Dock in Winter Park

Mess around at Dinky Dock

Spend a day at the beach in Winter Park. Dinky Dock is a 1.56-acre year-round park and offers a fishing pier and boat ram.


Yes there is a beach and swimming is permitted, the kids are gonna love it here!


Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team

Take the kids to a Free Ski Show

The Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team perform free ski shows throughout the year in Winter Haven, the show is held on the 3rd Saturday of every month on Lake River in Martin Luther King Jr. Park in Winter Haven.


From the pyramid to one ski, to even barefoot, the Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team pulls out all the tricks on Lake Silver. A world famous show that started at the old Cypress Gardens theme park in 1943 and continues on in Winter Haven to this day.



Play some Put Put

You can't visit Orlando and not play some put put! It's the law, well not really but still!


Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, located next to Icon Park is a great choice, featuring over-the-top pirate ships and three different courses.


Fun Spot America Orlando

Enjoy the thrills of a Huge Amusement Park

Fun Spot America has two locations, Orlando and Kissimmee, both parks offer different levels of thrills for all ages.


At the Orlando park enjoy unique multi-level racing go-kart tracks, roller coasters, kiddie rides and thrill rides. Home to White Lightning, the only wooden coaster in Orlando, and one of the tallest SkyCoasters in the world, standing at 250 ft


Beat the heat at the state of the art Splash Pad in Orlando, and enjoy Gator Spot, a 15,000 square foot oasis at the Orlando park. See over 100 gators as well as exotic reptiles and birds.


At Fun Spot America Kissimmee enjoy wheel-gripping fun on two gigantic, multi-level go-kart tracks! Buckle up for twists, turns and hair-raising fun as you ride upside-down on Mine Blower - Florida’s only wooden rollercoaster with a 360-degree inversion!


Extreme fun awaits as you soar from 300 feet on the world’s tallest Sky Coaster! With over 20 rides to choose from on every level of thrill, everyone in the family will find their fun! An iconic, family-owned theme park, Fun Spot America promises you will always experience the best guest service anywhere. And because they always practice the Golden Rule, when you’re at Fun Spot America, you’re family!


Parking is FREE at Fun Spot America as well as FREE admission. Pay for a day pass in advance or by the ride at the park.


Island H20 Water Park Kissimmee

Splash into lots of fun at a Water Park

Island H2O Water Park is Orlando's most immersive and technologically advanced water park is located at Margaritaville Resort Orlando! The water park offers over 20 experiences, including several exhilarating drop slides, a lazy river, a wave pool, and a children’s area to ensure fun for the whole family.


This water park is the first of its kind and themed completely around social media. Streaming and posting your experience is all a part of the fun – simply sync up your wristband with our app and make some waves!


Coco Key Water Resort

Cool off on International Drive

Escape for the day to CoCo Key Water Resort on International Drive, where kids can play on the slides and rides and parents can relax under the Florida sunshine.


Designed with families in mind, the water park offers a 54,000 sq. ft water park containing 14 slides and rides and a 6,500 sq. ft arcade.


 The Wheel at ICON Park

Take the kids for a spin in a giant Ferris Wheel

Not your average Ferris wheel, The Wheel at ICON Park is a stunning 400 foot tall Observation wheel gives you a view of Orlando like no other.


From the top of this spectacular Observation wheel the entire family can take in the sights throughout Orlando.


Gatorland, “The Alligator Capital of the World!”

Get up close to hundreds of Gators

Come on out and enjoy all the alligator awesomeness of a day at Gatorland, “The Alligator Capital of the World!” There isn’t a better place to see alligators and crocodiles of all sizes, from babies, also known as grunts, to the 14-foot monsters that call our Breeding Marsh home. We even have the largest collection of extremely rare white leucistic alligators. But, Gatorland is more than just a gator park! Enjoy the free-flight aviary, petting zoo, one-of-a-kind animal shows, and more.


Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Let's all go to the Zoo

The entire family will love seeing more than 500 animals, including rare and endangered species at Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens, as well as 23 acres of lush natural beauty.


Aerophile Balloon Rides Disney Springs

Go up, up and away on a Ballon Ride

Soar sky-high during an 8-minute tethered adventure in the world’s largest hand-painted helium balloon at Disney Springs. Aerophile Balloon Rides will give you a birds eye view of Walt Disney World!


Free Orlando Splash Pads

Cool Off In An Orlando Splash Pad

When it comes to the hottest months of the year, you just gotta cool off, and one of the best free things to do in Orlando during the sizzling hot days of summer is to cool off in a splash pad!


Many parks in the area have free splash pads, which are an awesome place to have lots of fun. Downey Park Splash Pad in East Orlando is a beautiful park that includes a splash playground, and an inclusive playground for kids with special abilities, Fort Mellon Splash Pad in Sanford is located at First Mellon Park and features a splash pad for anyone to come and cool off, and also has a a playground fit for all ages.


The City of Oviedo Splash Zone in Oviedo is located at the Oviedo Aquatic Center and features a huge outdoor splash zone. There is two spas pads in Winter Springs, The Splash Playgrounds are open each year from April through October and are located at Torcaso and Trotwood Parks.


In Orlando's Bithlo Community Park the kids will love Bithlo Splash Pad, and in Capehart Park, Orlando there is a splash pad, and a tot lot playground.


Another Orlando splash pad is located at Dr. P. Phillips Community Park, Orlando, while over in Kissimmee the kids will love the El Yunque Splash Pad featuring over 30 splash pad elements from bubblers to a 250-gallon dump bucket.


Dave & Buster's Orlando

The Kids will love a Huge Arcade!

They say it’s not about winning or losing. But those people obviously haven't been to Dave & Buster’s. Because with hundreds of games to play, everyone leaves feeling like a champion. There is arcade games, tabletop, air hockey, ping pong, billiards and more!


Chocolate Kingdom Orlando

Visit a Chocolate Kingdom

Chocolate Kingdom, the Factory Adventure Tour, is an interactive journey that uncovers how chocolate transforms from the bean into the creamy, dreamy chocolate bar.


Your Personal Chocolate Tour Guide joins forces with a handsome Prince and his Dragon sidekick to take guests through a Cacao Tree Greenhouse, a one-of-a-kind Chocolate Museum, a Mystical River of Chocolate and a Bean-to-the-Bar Factory utilizing old world machinery.


Ice Factory of Central Florida

Too Warm? Head for the Ice!

​It might surprise you to know that right here in the heat and humidity of Central Florida, you can enjoy daily public skating sessions at the Ice Factory, the kids will love it and yes, it's really cool!


The Ice Factory is conveniently located just off of the Florida Turnpike exit 244 in Kissimmeel!