The Florida Kids & Family Expo did not disappoint. I was fortunate enough to cover this event with my wife and daughter, and they loved it! There was so much to see and do at this event, it was hard to put my finger on just one favorite. Since I couldn’t decide, I put together a Top 5 with help from my daughter, Olivia. So without further adieu, here we go with with our Top 5 in no particular order:
1. Fairytales & Heroes
This was one of the first booths we visited on our journey through the Expo, and Olivia loved it. There were great photo opportunities for kids and adults alike. While we were there, my wife and daughter took a pic with Tinkerbell. We also saw Iron Man, Spider-Man, and Cinderella during our visit. I have seen a number of “Superhero” companies pop up over the past few years here in Orlando, but the Fairytales & Heroes costumes and makeup are some of the best I have seen. The Iron Man costume was on point, and the princesses looked like they were straight out of the storybooks. If you have young kids that are looking for Disney Princesses or Marvel Superheroes at their next birthday, this is the place to go, and taking some drones for kids to the trip would be a great idea!
2. Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest
What is there to say about this place, other than it is fun and hands on. Now, my family and I have been out to Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest before, and my daughter loves it. When she saw their booth at the Expo, she was happy to see all the animals they brought with them. There were baby chicks, goats, rabbits, ducks, and piglets. Olivia swears up and down she loves piggies, but when they are as up close and personal as they were here, she was happy watching from a distance. I can tell you that based on my experience, there is so much more to do at Santa’s than just pet animals. There is a pumpkin patch in October, hay rides, and so much more! If you have never made the trip to Santa’s Christmas Tree Forest, you are missing out and I would highly recommend it for you and your family.
3. Unlimited Bounce House Fun
There were so many bounce houses for Olivia to play in, we actually lost her at one point. The wife and I were in full on panic mode, but Olivia didn’t have a care in the world. She took off her shoes and just like that she was gone… From the giant inflatable slide, to the inflatable obstacle course, $10 got your kid unlimited access to all a dozen or so bounce houses. From the looks of it, this was one of the biggest hits for kids of all ages. There was always a line to get in and never a sad face… well until the parents had to break the news it was time to go.
4. Orlando Aerial Arts
With my daughter just starting her second season of ballet and tap, this was one of the exhibits that just pulled her in. Imagine the grace of ballet and the strength of gymnastics where the performer’s feet never touch the ground. We’ve been using gymnastics equipment at home. If you can close your eyes and imagine that, you have Orlando Aerial Arts. Olivia stayed and watch two performances without ever moving from her spot on the velvet rope. It was a beautiful display elegance, with an unbelievable amount stamina. The artist that performed had an array of moves that brought oohs and aahs from the crowd. This was a very fun live performance. I mean, it kept a 3 year old engaged for 20 plus minutes!
5. Michaels Crafts
The Michaels booth was another big hit with not only Olivia, but my wife Maria as well. Here they were able to create their own little pictures. Michaels provided everything from the construction paper, popsicle sticks, markers, glue, and puff foam shapes. It was a nice hands on event for everyone to get the creative juices flowing! Olivia actually hit this booth twice during our visit.
So this is my Top 5 based on what my wife, my daughter, and I did. However, there was so much more to do at the Kids & Family Expo. For example, the zip-line, tower climb, and Medieval Times live stage show to name a few. I was able to tweet out some of the images during my visit. Give me a follow @djxb1977 and stay tuned to Central Florida Top 5 for future updates!