Born and raised in Florida this list in comprised of all my favorite cheap places to go and cheap things to do with my family.
Some places and ideas listed are just one or two hours of fun and some are all day fun!
(All prices,dates and times should be verified before visiting. Please verify with venue websites where applicable)


American Girl Store at the Florida Mall
8001 South Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32809

www.americangirl.com/retailstore/orlando

At the American Girl store you can see and purchase everything American Girl you can possibly image! This store is huge and carries tons of dolls, accessories and clothing for your American Girl Doll! There is also a Doll Hair Salon, T-shirt Design Center and an adorable bistro!

 

Store Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Bistro Dining Room:

Monday–Thursday: 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Store hours are subject to change without notice.

Price: Free to visit
All items are individually marked.

 


Lemurs at Back to Nature

Lemurs at Back to Nature

Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge
10525 Clapp Simms Duda Rd. Orlando, FL 32832

www.btnwildlife.org

We had a baby bird fall into our fireplace from its nest at the top of our chimney. We didn't want it to die so we took a trip to Back to Nature and saved it's life! Back To Nature is dedicated to the rescue of injured and orphaned Florida Native Wildlife.  Back to Nature rescues approx. 2,500-3,000 animals per year. There is a self guided tour/nature walk offered where you can view the resident animals who have found homes here. Most of them have major issues that would bring certain death in the wild. Back to Nature gives these animals a safe and loving home. A few resident animals are even education ambassadors who travel all over telling the tales of how to protect and preserve our natural environment.

Personal Recommendations:
Bring an item to donate from their wishlist
Bring Water
Wear Comfy clothes and shoes
The Nature Walk is said to take about an hour full circle.
Read the animals stories
Adopt an Animal and contribute to the further education and rehabilitation of these animals.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday- Sunday 9 AM- 4 PM

Cost:
$5.00 per person
$25.00 Adopt an animal of your choice.


Crayola Experience at the Florida Mall
8001 South Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, Florida 32809 

www.crayolaexperience.com/orlando

Hours of Operation:
Opened July 1, 2015. Daily times vary.

Cost:
$19.99 Ages 2 and Up

Free Ages 2 and under


Indoor Gocarts at K1 Speed Orlando

Indoor Gocarts at K1 Speed Orlando

K1 Speed Orlando
9550 Parksouth Court, Suite 400 Orlando, FL 32837

www.k1speed.com/orlando-location.html

A fun indoor karting center for kids and kids at heart. Go carts are super fun and the courses are just tough enough to be a challenge for everyone. Speeds of up to 20 miles an hour for the juniors and 45 miles per hour for adults!

Personal Recommendations:
Helmets and Headsocks are provided
Wear comfy clothes and Closed Toed shoes
Height requirement for ADULT karts is 4ft 10in (58″).
All JUNIOR racers must be a minimum of 4ft (48″) tall to race.
No mixed JUNIOR and ADULT races.

Hours of Operation:
Open 365 days a year!
Monday- Thursday 11:00 AM- 10:00 PM
Friday 11:00 AM- 12:00 AM
Saturday 10:00 AM- 12:00 AM
Sunday 10:00 AM- 10:00 PM
See website for special holiday hours

Cost:
1 Race- $19.99
Annual License $6.00


M&M's World at the Florida Mall
8001 South Orange Blossom Trail #1132 Orlando, FL 32809

www.mmsworld.com/locations.aspx#orlando

At M&M's World you can see and purchase everything M & M's you can possibly image! This store is huge and carries tons of candy, cups, bags shirts and so much more! Pick out your favorite color M&M's and make your own bag. There are interactive activities to do there as well. One of which tells you which M&M color you are by scanning you.

Also, keep an eye out for meet and greet opportunities throughout the day!

Hours:
Monday - Friday 10 AM - 9 PM
Saturday 10 AM - 10 PM
Sunday 11 AM - 8 PM

*Closed Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. Hours may vary to honor additional US Holidays. See website for special holiday hours.

Price: Free to visit
All items are individually marked.

Meet and Greet with the Green M&M. Love her boots!

Meet and Greet with the Green M&M. Love her boots!

Outside the M&M's World

Outside the M&M's World

Giant Red M&M

Giant Red M&M