When looking for things to do in Orlando with kids, museums probably aren’t top of the list; they might not even be on the list, but they definitely should be. A lot of the museums in Orlando, even though they are not kids museums do have family friendly programming or special activities just for kids. Below, please find 7 museums for kids in Orlando that are worth checking out.
Museums for Kids in Orlando: Fort Christmas Historical Park
Fort Christmas Historical Park is an open air museum that is a full-size replica of the original Fort Christmas that was built in 1837. There are 7 restored homes that visitors can see which detail pioneer life from the 1870s to the 1930s. Key themes presented include: homesteading, cattle, citrus, hunting, fishing and trapping. Special events are held at the museum throughout the year, including the Agricultural Fest in January, Florida Living History Festival in February and a Cracker Christmas featuring pioneer life demonstrations in December.
Location: 1300 North Fort Christmas Road, CHRISTMAS
Phone: (407) 254-9312
Cost: FREE (there is a charge for special events)
Museums for Kids in Orlando: Mennelllo Musem of American Art
Every second Sunday of the month, Mennello Musem of American Art holds a free family fun day. Families will get to create a free miniature art project and take a family friendly docent led tour of the museum.
Location: 900 East Princeton Street
Phone: (407) 246-4278
Cost: Adults $5/Kids 6-17 $1 (Family Fundays are FREE for everyone)
Museums for Kids in Orlando: Orange County Regional History Center
The Orange County Regional History Center has four floors of exhibits showcasing the history of Orange County. Exhibits include African American History, Aviation, Cattle and Citrus, Destination Florida, a Pioneer Cabin from the 19th Century and more. The museum holds a Home School Day every month that has hands-on art activities for kids in grades K-5. The museum also offers special exhibits including Pez displays and Muppets that kids will find interesting.
Location: 65 East Central Avenue, ORLANDO
Phone: (407) 836-8500
Cost: Adults $8/Kids 5-12 $6
Museums for Kids in Orlando: Orlando Fire Museum
The Orlando Fire Museum is a small museum that showcases the history of the Fire Department in Orlando. See fire department uniforms, a historic engine from the 1920s, equipment that firefighters use to stay safe, water pumps, canisters and more. The museum is only open on Fridays and Saturdays.
Location: 814 East Rollins Street, ORLANDO
Phone: (407) 246-3468
Cost: FREE, donations requested
Museums for Kids in Orlando: Orlando Museum of Art
While the Orlando Museum of Art may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Child friendly museum, you would be surprised to learn that they have many family friendly programs. They hold a hands-on art program on Tuesday and Friday afternoons for kids 5-8 and for kids 9-13 that are homeschooled or in Virtual School. They also hold art camps during school breaks and in the summer for kids.
The first Saturday of the month, they do a family highlights tour that takes families through the museum highlighting specific works on a child friendly level. If you want to create art together as a family, a Family Art Workshop might be for you. You will be able to experiment with new tools and art styles while creating art around a centralized theme.
Location: 2416 North Mills Avenue, ORLANDO
Phone: (407) 896-4231
Cost: Adults $15/Kids 4-11 $5
Museums for Kids in Orlando: Orlando Science Museum
The Orlando Science Museum is 3 floors of interactive exhibits for kids. Kids can learn about dinosaurs and hunt for dinosaur bones, experience a hurricane in a hurricane simulator, learn about the plants and animals in the Central Florida ecosystem including live animal encounters, and learn about the fundamentals of force including Newton’s Laws while building and testing their own creations.
The Science Museum also has science demonstrations using tools such as dry ice and different gases to show reactions. Be immersed in Antarctica or the Ocean in the CineDome or watch a 3D or 4D movie in the Digital Adventure Theater.
Location: 777 East Princeton Street, ORLANDO
Phone: (407) 514-2000
Cost: Adults $20.95/Kids 3-12 $14.95
Museums for Kids in Orlando: Skeletons: Museum of Osteology
Skeletons: Museum of Osteology is a family owned museum that welcomes your family to see its collection. At the museum, you will be able to see over 40 exhibits featuring 500 real animal skeletons. Skeletons include elephants, mice, otters, birds and more. They even have an exhibit of dried beetles. The museum also holds homeschool days where kids can participate in hands-on events and scavenger hunts of the exhibits.
Location: 8441 International Drive Suite 2500, ORLANDO
Phone: (407) 203-6999
Cost: Adults $21.29/Kids $13.83
Which of these museums is your favorite?