If your kids are anything like mine, they’re simply enthralled with itty-bitty tiny things (Polly Pocket, Squinkies, etc.). Well, I was no different as a kid: My mom and I shared countless hours decorating and playing with our own dollhouse — a tradition she’s continued with her grandchildren. My kids’ other grandmother build a dollhouse from a kit for their older sister, and it’s now been handed down to them. So our trip (with my mom in tow) to Ron’s Miniature Shop & Museum, the biggest thing in little things in Florida, was long overdue.
The shop has sat quietly on Colonial Drive just west of Interstate 4 in downtown Orlando for almost 25 years. We were greeted with ample, easy-to-access parking outside and an impressive miniature castle in the window that got the kids all atwitter. (Funny how the exact opposite of Disney’s Cinderella Castle can have the same effect!)
Once inside, we were surrounded by a massive collection of miniatures. We were so excited and overwhelmed that none of us knew where to look first. I advised everyone to slow down. Things this small require a certain focus and concentration. When we did that, we started to appreciate the intricate detail in the tiny treasures — birthday cakes, baby dolls and teddy bears, china sets, Chinese takeout containers, deviled eggs, ice chests (my fave!) and literally thousands more.
And of course there were dollhouses (the one below has a rooftop swingset) and even dollhouses for dollhouses.
Ron’s Miniatures is a great place just to look, but if you or your kids is looking to buy, prices range from 25 cents to, well, the sky’s the limit. We picked a few things for the kids’ dollhouse for about $17. If you’re wondering how small is small, take a gander at this eensy-weensy, crazy-detailed living room set and its price $235!
IF YOU GO: Warn your kids beforehand not to touch, run or roughhouse. The shop is in pretty tight quarters, and you don’t want to be paying for broken merchandise. Ron’s Miniatures is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Address: 751 W. Colonial Dr., Orlando. Phone: 407-841-9333.