Seems Central Florida is gearing up for Fourth of July activities. So, weekend offerings for families are pretty slim (unless your kid just happens to be into old telephones, old pens and old things in general.) If nothing below appeals, maybe hit the beach. (Might I suggest Lighthouse Point Park?)

Oh, I just found out that that Bass Pro Shop in Orlando offers family activities all weekend (and part of the week) as part of its Family Summer Camp, including a BB-gun shooting range, shooting arcade, a fishing casting challenge and a carousel?  And this weekend, kids can make a lizard door hanger and attend workshops on archery, birdwatching and more to score a lanyard and pins. Cost: It’s all free! Address: 5156 International Dr. Orlando. Phone: 407-563-5200. (Have you been? Tell me about it in the comments.)


Meet PJ!

Meet PJ! Image courtesy of the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens

  • No birthday parties to attend this weekend? Well, the Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Sanford can remedy that. You’re invited to celebrate the birthdays of the zoo’s new rhinos, Jahi and PJ. There’ll be games, crafts, face painting, animal encounters, and cake and ice cream. From noon to 1:30 p.m., culinary artist Clare Crespo will teach kiddos how to make ice cream. And at 2 p.m., it’s birthday cake time for the rhinos. The celebration lasts all day and is included in your zoo admissions. Don’t forget your swim suit and swim diapers for the splash pad!  Cost: Zoo admission — $15 adults, $13 kids 3 to 12; free 2 and younger. Address: 3755 NW Hwy 17-92 Sanford. Phone: 407-323-4450.
  • Learn the science behind fireworks, kite flying and more at the Orlando Science Center’s Fire Crackin’ 4th of July Workshop from 10 a.m. to noon. Geared toward the preschool set, this event also includes a craft, a snack and a story. Plus, all participants get a certificate. Space is limited, so call to register. Cost for members: $20 per parent and child ($5 for additional child). Cost for nonmembers: $25 per parent and child ($5 additional child). Science Center admission also required. Click here for those prices. Address:  777 E. Princeton St., Orlando. Phone: 407-514-2112.
  • Carnivals your thing? If so, head out to the University of Central Florida for the summer carnival. Expect the standard carnival offerings, including every kid’s favorite: bounce houses. Cost: Admission is free, but food and fun stuff costs extra. Address: UCF Recreation & Wellness Center (Leisure Pool Area), 4000 Central Florida Blvd, Orlando.

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