Rain or shine Orlando, Florida has fun indoor activities for families with children. If you are wondering what to do with the kids when money is tight and it’s raining outside check out these downtown activities. For the most part the rain disappears as quickly as they appear in Orlando, however on those stormy days when you are looking to get out of the house you can still enjoy a day of fun on a budget.
The Orlando Science Center
777 East Princeton Street
Orlando, Florida 32803
Hours of Operation: Sunday to Tuesday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Closed on Wednesdays
Admission: $12 Youth (3-11), $16 (55+ and Student with ID), $17 (Adults), children 2 and under are free; check with the ticket office for individual and family annual passes at great discounts if you visit throughout the year.
The Orlando Science Center is filled with great activities and exhibits for the whole family to enjoy. Watch the live baby alligators being fed or see the Planetarium shows and giant screen films in the CineDome. Adults and children love to explore the special engagement touring exhibits, Dino Digs, Our Planet, Our Universe, Science Park and Star Wars.
Viewing and participating in the exhibits are free with your admission ticket; however special large screen movies and some special events have a separate admission, with discounts for members. The best deal is an annual Family Membership, which is $125 for two adults and any children under the age of 21 in the household. Membership allows admission to over 250 Association of Science and Technology Museums nationwide.
The downside of the Orlando Science Center is that it is closed on Wednesdays which is usually the one day of the week that children are out of school early and parents who want to go to an indoor activity will need to rule this place out.
The Mennello Museum of American Art (near the Science Center)
900 East Princeton Street
Orlando, FL 32803
Hours: Closed Mondays, Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sunday: Noon to 4:30 p.m.
Admission: $4 (Adults), $3 (Seniors 60+), $1 (Students with ID), Free (Children under 12), Members free
The museum grounds have biking and hiking trails when it’s not raining. However, if you’re looking for an indoor activity with the kids a day at the Mennello Museum of American Art is a great place to visit and affordable for every family member. At any given time of the year the museum hosts special exhibits, a permanent collection of American art, a sculpture garden and an annual Orlando Folk Festival, which includes music, art, dance, storytelling and crafts.