Our weekends seem to be turning into soccer and birthday parties. But hopefully there will be time to fit in at least one of these awesome family-friendly offerings:
+ It’s National Museum Day! That means free entrance to myriad museums in Central Florida, including Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens (Winter Park), Maitland’s Art and History Museums, Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science, Cornell Fine Arts Museum (Winter Park), Exploration V Children’s Museum (Lakeland), Museum of Arts & Sciences (Daytona Beach) and Osceola County Pioneer Village. Click here for a full list of participating Florida museums.
National Museum Day offers two free tickets per household. Click here to get them emailed to you. (Thanks, Smithsonian!)
We suggest heading to the Orlando Art Museum to meet children’s illustrator Raul Colon, who’ll be sharing how he creates his images and signing books at 12:15 p.m. (Those are his awesome images above!) Tickets, if you need extra are free to children younger than 3, $5 for children ages 4 to 17 and $8 for adults.
+ The Orlando Science Center is offering members a preview of the new Sesame Street Presents: The Body exhibit from 9 a.m. to noon.
+ It’s a dog day afternoon! Treat Fido to some pampering at the seventh annual Shampooch! and help raise money for five pet-rescue groups in Central Florida. Dog-washing ($10 per pooch) and pet portaits will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Lambs Eat Ivy Salon in the Thornton Park neighborhood of downtown Orlando. Later visit Lake Eola Park for the annual pet adoption event, Barktoberfest.
+ Yeehaw! The Cowboy Heritage Festival offers a look at live back when ranchers ruled Florida. You’ll learn how Florida cowboys lived and worked through campsite tours and performances by singers and poets. Kids will especially enjoy the whip-cracking contest. Stick around till evening for some rodeo action.
+ As always, check the calendar for Orange County Library System for fun, free events, such as Printing with Apples (Winter Garden Branch), reading to therapy dogs as part of the Paws to Read program (downtown Orlando, West Oaks and Alafaya branches) and the Reactory Factory’s Wacky Science Lab (Hiawassee branch).
+ The last Sunday of the month mean it’s time for another Super Joy Riders Do Gooder Bike Ride, and I see no reason why you and your older kids can’t get in on the mission. It’s simple: Don your favorite superhero cape and meet up with your bicycle at the eastern entrance to the Lake Eola Farmers Market at 10 a.m. Then join the costume-clad group as it rides around town checking off items on its Do-Gooder Duties list, like picking up trash, helping old folks and other random acts of community service. Register here.