Shop and Support Local Businesses in Orlando During the Shutdown
Central Florida local businesses need our support now more than ever. We've shared some of our favorite independent toy shops and bookstores with delivery or curbside pickup around Orlando, as well as restaurants providing brunch takeout options. Now we want to highlight some additional small businesses that are either open under the 25% capacity guidelines or offering delivery or pickup. Consider shopping local when in search of birthday gifts, teacher gifts, and Father's Day gifts. Even if your favorite stores are closed right now, you can still support them by purchasing gift cards to use when they reopen. Remember, when you buy directly from one of these companies rather than a third-party service, you can ensure that more proceeds go directly to the local business itself.
And while you're showing your support for the businesses you love, we hope you'll count Mommy Poppins and our small business partners among them. You can support Mommy Poppins by sharing articles you find useful with friends or on your social media channels, checking out our directory of virtual classes, camps and birthday parties and telling businesses you found them through Mommy Poppins. Also, as part of our effort to keep our local parent writers and this website afloat and support some of our favorite family businesses, we've created Poppins@Home, a platform for small businesses to share free and low-cost online classes and birthday parties with kids all over the country. Please consider trying a few of these fun, affordable, and creative classes—and spreading the word among your friends—as yet another way to support, uplift, and get through these challenging times together!
Photo courtesy of Tugboat & the Bird
Local Children’s Clothing Boutiques
Kelly & Kayden Children's Boutique - Windermere
Kelly & Kayden has a variety of children's clothing, shoes, gifts, toys and accessories, as well as fun kids' face masks available. The storefront is currently closed, but you can order online for pickup or delivery.
Tugboat & The Bird - Winter Park
This Park Avenue boutique offers children's clothing, accessories, toys and unique gifts. The store is open Monday-Sunday from 11am to 4pm, and also offers online shopping, curbside pick-up and private appointments as well.
Local Indoor Playgrounds
Amaya Papaya - Casselberry
Amaya Papaya, one of Orlando's original indoor play areas, is currently closed, however guests can still purchase memberships, punch cards, and gift cards online to show their support and give kiddos something to look forward to when they reopen.
Millie Moo’s - Orlando
Millie Moo's is currently open and operating at 25% capacity with 2-hour time slots. Reservations are required and admission includes breakfast or lunch. Customers can also order Millie Moo's delicious cake pops for pickup.
Princesses & Princes Indoor Playground - Ocoee
Princesses and Princes will reopen the playground on May 11 with restrictions in place. Guests must pre-purchase admission, and a limited number of admissions will be provided each day. Virtual classes are offered as well.
Calliope Street offers virtual art classes. Photo courtesy of Calliope Street
Local Kids' Art Programs
All Fired Up - Winter Park
All Fired Up is open at 25% capacity by appointment only, with 2-hour blocks for visits. Pottery to Go kits are also available for curbside pickup or delivery.
The Art Room - Windermere
This art studio in downtown Windermere offers painting workshops and classes for kids and adults, as well as private and semi-private lessons. Summer camps are also running, starting June 1.
Calliope Street - Oviedo
Enjoy art classes from the comfort of your own home with Calliope Street's live, interactive virtual classes. Classes are only $10 for all ages.
Hot Pots - Sanford
Hot Pots paint-your-own pottery studio is open for walk-in visitors at 25% capacity. To-go kits are also available for guests who would prefer to paint at home.
Don't forget to pick up some homemade marshmallows along with ice cream at Wondermade. Photo courtesy of Wondermade
Local Ice Cream Shops and Bakeries
Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory - Kissimmee
Surprise the kids with ice cream frozen right in front of their eyes at Abracadabra Ice Cream Factory. Guests can dine in or order online and pick up through the drive-thru.
Cupcake Hearts - Kissimmee
Cupcake Hearts offers a variety of delicious cupcakes. Guests can call to place an order and arrange for curbside pickup.
Kelly’s Homemade Ice Cream - Orlando and Oviedo
Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream has three shops in Central Florida. All shops are currently open everyday from 1pm to 9pm with a limited menu. Only credit and debit cards accepted at this time.
P is for Pie Bake Shop - Orlando
P is for Pie has a variety of sweet and savory pies and more to choose from. The shop is open for takeout right now. Daily menu offerings are posted to Facebook and Instagram.
Wondermade - Sanford
This downtown Sanford shop offers delicious ice cream and handcrafted marshmallows in a variety of flavors. The store offers online ordering for pickup as well as a deliveries in Seminole, Orange, and Volusia counties.