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KidsTown at Orlando Science Center Expanded

The Orlando Science Center (OSC) has expanded KidsTown, a popular attraction for kids of all ages. It is now three times bigger at 11,000 square feet, offers new activities and appeals to a wider age group. With the grand opening happening just this past weekend (Oct. 22-23, 2016), your kids will want to revisit KidsTown again.

Now Open! KidsTown at OSC

KidsTown has moved to the second floor making easier access from the parking garage. Walk over the pedestrian walkway and the new attraction will be on your left. The entrance is also the only exit, making it safer for parents to monitor active children. The entire area is roomier and visually appealing. You can move through various sections spending as much or as little time in each experience.

If your child has a favorite activity at OSC, don’t despair. Nature Works, All Aboard, Science Park, Engineer It, DinoDigs and Our Planet and other popular attractions are still present. The 7 new hands-on zones include:

  • Orange Grove presented by Dr. Phillips Charities
  • Isaacs Family Climb Time
  • Harriett’s Kidstown Theatre
  • Kidstown Studio presented by Florida Hospital for Children
  • Toddler Town presented by Community Based Care of Central Florida
  • Drip Drop Splash presented by James M. Cox Foundation
  • Explore It presented by Publix Super Markets Charities

Activities at KidsTown

The first activity you’ll be able to experience at KidsTown is called Orange Grove. This popular activity as been a favorite for years. Now, however, you not only get to “pick” the “oranges,” you also get to see how they move from the factory to the market. This part of KidsTown is a great tribute to Dr. Phillips’ first orange factory in Orlando, which still stands on the corner of Princeton Street and Orange Avenue.

Family ClimbTime is another great activity. Who doesn’t love to climb? This multilevel course has something for every ability focusing on kids between the ages of 4 and 7. There are rope bridges, slides, stairs and other obstacles. Older kids and parents may need to duck while climbing but will find the activity a lot of fun.

Other Fun Things to Do

Down the “shadow” hallway (15 colorful lights throw shadows on the opposite wall) is a large room divided into four distinct activities. First is Drip Drop Splash. This area includes a water table where your child can rearrange obstacles changing the path of the water’s flow. Make it rain with a simple turn of a wheel. While this isn’t necessarily a splash zone, do expect a lot of dampness.

Secondly, this area includes Harriett’s KidsTown Theatre and KidsTown studio. Hear stories and see performances in this area. Arts and crafts and other activities will take place in this section as well. If your child loves to play dress-up, check out the costume shelf. This is a great way for your child to express themselves and pretend.

If you have younger children (infants to 2 years), ToddlerTown will be a great treat. Let your little one crawl, push, pull, lift and experiment. The peek-a-boo activity is great fun and will definitely entertain your little one.

Explore It

KidsTown Explore It at OSCWithin the Explore It area, children can put science to work. An 18-foot-tall structure with wind pipes dominates this area. Colorful scarves are sent through see-through vacuum pipes. Once they exit, they gently glide down to the floor. Kids of all ages love to watch and participate.

An oversized Lite Brite is also featured in the Explore It area. Light up the room with the kaleidoscope-projection board with lights that you twist on and off as well as change colors. It will light up any child’s face!

Orlando Science Center Information

OSC is located at 777 E. Princeton, Orlando, FL 32803 and is open daily (except Wednesdays) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Membership allows entry at 9:00 a.m. The cost is $19.95 for adults and $13.95 for kids 3-11. While KidsTown is re-experienced for the next several weeks, “timed tickets” will be issued to keep the area from being over-crowded. You can reserve your time at the admissions desk, or if a member, in advance online. Call 407-514-2000 or go to osc.org for more information.

Spotlight: Mako Roller Coaster – SeaWorld

On June 10, 2016, SeaWorld Orlando opened a new attraction, the Mako Roller Coaster. It is (for now) the tallest, fastest and longest roller coaster among Orlando’s theme parks. It is so unique, it is classified as a “hypercoaster.” What makes Mako so hyper?

Mako Roller Coaster

Photo © SeaWorld Orlando

Mako Roller Coaster Facts:

  • it has a height of 200 feet
  • no inversions, yet you’ll experience plenty of weightlessness
  • nine moments of air time
  • no shoulder harnesses, only lap constraints
  • lockers are available near Mako’s entrance to store items that may fall out of pockets during your air time
  • high speeds – up to 73 mph
  • track is 4,760 feet long (nearly a mile)
  • the experience lasts about 3 minutes
  • 3 coaster trains with 7 cars per train and each train can carry up to 28 riders
  • Each coaster train weighs 21,418 lbs.
  • Must be 54” tall to ride

Even before and after riding the Mako Roller Coaster, you can become totally immersed in an all new realm. A realm of sharks! Within the queue (line to wait in for the ride), you’ll experience a 48,000-watt, intelligent surround-sound system that plays an original soundtrack. This soundtrack was inspired by sharks and is 32 minutes in length. There are interactive learning stations where guests can learn about different species of sharks. In addition, they can learn what sharks eat, facts & myths, and how humans are a threat to some sharks to the point of extinction. Very interesting.

Learning About Sharks

As with any experience at SeaWorld, expect a great learning opportunity now that the Mako realm has been added. An all-new Shark Touch Pool is now open. Guests can now touch a shark! Guests can also learn about and interact with other sharks (brown-banded bamboo sharks, white-spotted bamboo sharks and epaulette sharks) at the Relaxation Station located near Wild Artic. This newly added realm is all about sharks, and because of this, it is thrilling and creating quite a ripple.

The Mako Roller Coaster is a great reason to revisit this Orlando theme park. It is a roller coaster to put on your must-do list. If you enjoy thrill rides, you can also experience these other roller coasters while you are at SeaWorld:

  • Kraken – floorless ride with open air seating.
  • Manta – head-first, face-down through inversions and loops.
  • Journey to Atlantis – water coaster.
  • Shamu Express – perfect for younger children.

Mako sharks, also called “blue pointers,” are known for their speed and ability to quickly change course to pursue their prey.

Now you can experience the Mako shark’s movements to some degree by riding the Mako Roller Coaster. It will leave you breathless. For tickets and additional information on Mako and other attractions, visit SeaWorldOrlando.com.

Mako Roller Coaster Thrill Ride

Photo © SeaWorld Orlando

New Orlando Attraction: Crayola Experience

Crayola Experience

It’s time to get creative at a new Orlando attraction! The Crayola Experience opens July 1, 2015.

This week marks the much-anticipated opening of a new Orlando attraction. The Crayola Experience in the Florida Mall makes its debut Wednesday, July 1. A lot of kids (and adults) have had this on their list of fun things to do this summer for quite some time. We even posted about it nearly one year ago!  Now that the attraction will be open, it’s time to get creative!

The Florida Mall is located at 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809.  The Crayola Experience covers a two-story retail space in the mall where the former Nordstrom retail store used to be. It is on the far east side of the mall next to Dick’s Sporting Goods. Currently the Crayola Store is open for business and fronts the Crayola Experience. This store is 6,000 square feet in size on the lower level. The attraction will add another 70,000 square feet of colorful fun upstairs. This makes it a big deal in more ways than one!

No where else does creativity and technology merge together using Crayola’s most popular colors. See all of the things to do in our previous post. The original attraction in Easton, PA (headquarters of Crayola) has proven that children thrive in this unique hands-on experience. Now residents and visitors in the Orlando area can have this same experience.

Tickets cost $16.99 each. A few of the activities cost extra if you decide to participate in them. If you are an Orlando resident and shop at the Florida Mall often, go for the annual pass at $29.99 each. After all, to experience everything this new Orlando attraction offers, it will take up a good portion of your day. When would you get your shopping done?!

The Crayola Experience offers a great way to beat the heat in the Summer and avoid unfavorable weather conditions throughout the year that make attending outdoor attractions a challenge. The many activities it offers will certainly spark the imagination. There are so many interesting things to try at this new Orlando attraction, the entire family will enjoy it.

Create some lasting family memories this summer and check out this new Orlando attraction. Your memories will be a vivid as Blueberry Blue or Grasshopper Green or any other color you can imagine. They won’t melt away in the Summer heat either!

New Attraction Coming to Orlando: Crayola Experience

Crayola Experience

As if the Florida Mall isn’t a great place to shop in Orlando already, next summer it will be even better! Not only will you be able to shop within the mall, you’ll also be able to experience crayons like never before! A new attraction called the Crayola Experience will feature 25 hands-on activities.

This colorful family-friendly attraction will cause you to rethink the crayon. Remember your first box of 64? Oh, have they come a long way from that! At this new attraction you’ll be able to:

  • name and wrap an authentic Crayola crayon
  • star in your very own coloring page
  • create wearable art featuring your family
  • scribble on a chalk floor with chalk (what kid wouldn’t want to do this?)
  • play within a play area as colorful as, well, a box of crayons
  • doodle on an interactive screen
  • interact with animated crayons that mirror your every move
  • create spin and drip art
  • melt and mold crayons into other shapes
  • see how crayons are made
  • create your own hand-drawn puzzle
  • choose from hundreds of unique Crayola products and souvenirs
  • grab a bite to eat and recharge
  • and of course, color to your heart’s content

Currently, the Crayola Experience is only located in Easton, PA, near where the original Crayola factory is located. The 111-year-old company has over 1,500 proprietary products and technologies and employs over 1,300 people. As children change the way they play, so has this company’s ability to evolve. The Crayola Experience is a way to continue to share in the creation of colorful memories.

Opening dates for this new attraction in Orlando have not been released, nor has the cost to experience it. See our newer post for opening information and ticket costs. The Pennsylvania location charges an online price of $15.99. Senior admission and group tickets are also available. The attraction also offers events, group parties and facility rentals. Look for Orlando’s location to be similar. For more information, visit their website crayolaexperience.com.

The Florida Mall is a great location for this new attraction. Many families and tourist are familiar with it and the many shopping opportunities it provides. This new attraction would supply guests with at least a half day’s worth of fun activities, leaving just enough time to find some bargains while shopping in the mall. Next summer’s looking bright (and colorful)!

Anticipation…When Will Falcon’s Fury Open?

In an effort to make sure our posts are kept up-to-date, you’ll be happy to know that Falcon’s Fury successfully opened later in the summer of 2014. It is a very thrilling ride and will continue to draw large crowds wanting to experience this face-down mind-dropping experience.

Falcon's Fury at Busch Gardens Tampa, FL

Theme park goers are experiencing a lot of anticipation lately. When will Falcon’s Fury, North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, be ready for guests? I say, let Busch Gardens take their time and get it right! You will, after all, be diving face down from a 335-foot tall structure at a speed of 60 m.p.h. with a 3.5 G force! Thrills are only fun if you know you are safe.

The announcement was made yesterday by the folks at Busch Gardens that we’ll have to wait until later this summer before it opens. Here is their full post:

Busch Gardens’ new thrill ride Falcon’s Fury includes first-of-its kind design elements, systems and parts. Due to a delay in the fabrication of key component parts, neither the manufacturer nor Busch Gardens are able to complete the lengthy testing processes needed to open the ride to the public. The safety of our guests and team members remains Busch Gardens’ top priority and none of these delays involve safety systems. The ride has been safely operated in the initial stages of the testing process, and all other elements of the park’s newest re-imagined land Pantopia are now open to guests. Busch Gardens will provide updates on the ride opening as events warrant. We are committed to delivering world-class thrills and the best possible ride experience, and we look forward to the launch of Falcon’s Fury, North America’s tallest freestanding drop tower, later this summer.

New Land at Busch Gardens Opens – Pantopia

Meanwhile the new land in which Falcon’s Fury is the centerpiece, Pantopia, is open. So far guests seem to be giving it good reviews. Without the main attraction, park guests are focused on the other fun things to do hereeat and shop!

Here is a run down on some of the new places to eat at this theme park. There is a little something for everyone. Mixed reviews are coming in concerning the food, however, I’m sure as time goes by, each culunary delight will be perfected (or dropped from the menu with fury).

Twisted pretzels at Pantopia Busch GardensTwisted Tails Pretzels

Like pretzels? Then you’ll love the Twisted Tails Pretzels shop. Think of your favorite food, and you’ll probably be able to find it at this restaurant twisted up into a pretzel (like two entwined lemurs tails). Sweet pretzels, salty pretzel dogs, bacon pretzel sandwiches and more. This theme park restaurant also serves an assortment of craft beers.

Kettle Corn

I love the smell of Kettle corn and now the land of Pantopia is filled with this delicious aroma all day. At the Kettle Corn food stop kettle corn and other flavored popcorn is served along with other foods. Try a turkey leg, chicken strips or a potato twister. If the meal doesn’t mesmerize you, the decor just might. The structure is decorated with mosaic plates, bowls and topped with an assortment of sticks and shiny mirrors, silverware and coins.

Lynx Frozen Treats

The legend at this restaurant in Pantopia comes from an explorer named Frosty Krystallos. Seems he crashed his plane into an old shed and decided to rebuild the shed as Lynx Frozen Treats. Now he makes delicious snow cones, smoothies and other sweet and salty treats for guests that come his way. This will be a popular stop during the hot summer months!

Pantopia Grill

This is one of the larger theme park restaurants in the new attraction. Here guests can sample Mama Marac’s most popular recipes, including baby back ribs, chicken fettuccini Alfredo, specialty salads, hot and hearty sandwiches, delectable desserts and a complete kid’s menu.

Dragon Fire

Just outside Pantopia Grill, is another dining option called Dragon Fire. Dishes here are said to have been inspired by the legends of the Komodo dragon. If you have an appetite like that, then you’ll enjoy dining on ribs, sausages and kabobs.

Painted Camel Bazaar

If Florida shopping is your thing, you’ll find a lot of cool things at the Painted Camel Bazaar. It has the souveniers you’d expect, and a lot more. Watch this webisode and get a peek at what you might be coming home with after your visit. Love the shop’s signature monkey and the recycling!