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50 Things To Do in Orlando with Kids Other Than Theme Parks

Most of us know Orlando as the Theme Park Mecca, offering tons of memories at Disney World and Universal; but Florida's mega tourist destination offers a variety of fun things to do with kids of all ages other than the obvious options. Whether you live in Florida or are just visiting, Orlando is a great destination for families on both short and extended stays.

As a former Disney World cast member and Universal passholder, I could tell you a million and one ways to have fun at a huge theme park with kids, but we'll save that for another post. If you're looking for simple fun, unique experiences, and virtually no lines, Orlando still ranks as one of the world's most kid-friendly destinations.

The list below includes a little bit of everything. From canoeing to museums to themed dinners, these 50 fun spots offer a variety of family entertainment and "must do" activities for kids in Orlando, with or without a visit to the Mouse. Get ready to forego the theme park ticket and experience the real Orlando. 

Best Things To Do with Kids in Boston This Spring

We're always delighted to welcome spring to Boston. It's the season when everything comes alive and each day brings a small and wonderful surprise. The city's green spaces are vibrant centers of color and activity, and It's the perfect time to get outdoors with the kids to reconnect with nature or celebrate at a fair or festival. Here are our picks for Boston's best activities for families in springtime.

Largest Indoor Water Park in the US Opens at Kalahari Poconos

It’s official. Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains is now home to the country’s largest indoor water park.

In early March the African-themed resort completed a more-than-100,000-square-foot addition to its existing indoor water park, bringing the total to 220,000 square feet, more than double its largest competitor in the Poconos vacation region, and besting the record-holder, its own Kalahari resort in Sandusky, Ohio.

The news arrives just before school kids head off for spring break, making it likely welcome news for families looking for a quick water-themed getaway, or even a day trip as Kalahari allows day-pass entry to its water park.

Sheepshearing and Wool Festivals in New England

We're seeing signs of spring. On the farm at this time of year there is new life everywhere, and the sheep are due for haircuts. That means it's shearing festival time! Locally, Drumlin Farm and Gore Place celebrate sheepshearing season with big shindigs. (It’s not that strange—think of the big deal you made about your child’s first haircut.) If you want to make a fun family day trip or even a weekend getaway out of it, there are also sheepshearing and wool festivals in nearby Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Western Massachusetts.

Indoor Pools with Drop-In Family Swim Times in Boston

When the kids are wired but outdoor swimming is out of the question—nearly 10 months of the year in these parts—a dip in an indoor pool can be just the thing to set the day right. Swim lessons are important for setting a foundation for pool safety, but simply splashing around in the off-season can also help transform doggy paddlers into capable swimmers more quickly, making summer a little safer—and less stressful—for all.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Flower Show, Egg Decorating, and Family Cooking; March 20-24

As we ring in spring here in Boston, the city is abuzz with the arrival of the annual Boston Flower and Garden Show, which opens to the public on Wednesday (just about the time of the week when you're looking for a break from the work-and-school doldrums). The theme of this year's show is Superheroes of the Garden, but if you'd like to introduce your kids to a real-life superhero, take them to the afterschool workshop about pioneering chemist Rosalind Franklin at the Acton Discovery Museums on Thursday. The week is also bookended with fun family dinners—a tots-and-tacos dance party in Somerville on Monday night and a family dinner at The KITCHEN at Boston Public Market on Friday. For more nourishment for little brains and bodies this week and beyond, feast your eyes on our Event Calendar.

Wicked Cheap Summer Camps for Boston Kids

Summer camps can be pricey, but not all fun and enriching programs have to cost a pretty penny. We’ve rounded up several inexpensive summer camps in the Boston area that can provide your child with everything from performing arts experience to sailing lessons. Four weeks of summer camp for $5? Yes, please. 

Amazing Water Park Deals for Spring Break or Family Summer Vacation

Spring break and summer vacation deals have stormed in like a March blizzard, and there are big discounts to be had for family travel.

Awesome water parks like Atlantis, the new Nickelodeon resort in Punta Cana, and Beaches Turks & Caicos are slashing prices on trips booked in March. Plus resorts in Orlando, Punta Cana, Vegas, and Hawaii are a few more bargain options on tap for early spring. If you prefer your water fun indoors, all Great Wolf Lodge properties are promoting legitimate spring savings. We even threw in a few East Coast spring ski resort bargains.

Read on for our roundup of family getaway deals, but act fast; these offers will be gone faster than a melting snowman on a hot spring day.

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