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Kids Eat Free
Taking your family out for dinner can cost a small fortune these days. Give your wallet (and your cook) a break by taking advantage of “kids eat free” night at these local restaurants!
- Texas Roadhouse in Ocoee, FL. Monday night is Kid’s Night. One free kids meal with each entree purchased off of the adult menu.
- Denny’s -Tuesday’s and Saturday’s, receive two free kids meals (10 and under) for every adult entree purchased.
- Gator’s Dockside -Tuesday night kids 12 and under eat free from 5:30 to 8:30.
- Steak ‘n Shake -Saturday and Sunday, get a free kids meal for every $8 spent.
- Smokey Bones– Monday night from 5-7, buy one adult entree, get a kids meal free.
- Amigo’s -Tuesday’s kids eat free with the purchase of an adult entree. They have locations in Waterford Lakes and Altamonte Springs.
Eat FREE On Your Birthday
It’s your birthday!
We’ve compiled the best deals in Orlando for eating free on your birthday. Many of the restaurants require you to sign up for their “birthday club”, become a fan on Facebook, or other small efforts.
Check em out, and Happy Birthday!
- Denny’s – Denny’s offers a free Grand Slam breakfast, as well as other special offers when you sign up for their Denny’s Rewards program.
- Firehouse Subs – “Just show an I.D. with your birth date on your birthday and you’ll get a FREE medium celebratory sub.”
- Houlihan’s – Free entree on your birthday when you sign up for their email club.
- IHop – Free meal for signing up, on your birthday, and 1 year anniversary of signing up!
- Kobe Steakhouse – “Join our FREE Frequent Diner Rewards program before the 15th of the previous month of your birthday and receive the special birthday discount and free cupcake to use within the entire month of your birthday!”
- Texas de Brazil– Generous birthday coupon when you sign up for their e-club.
- Oasis Cuban Cafe, Longwood. Show your ID and get a free lunch or dinner entree on your birthday.
Florida Resident Discounts
Many of the best discounts offered to Floridians are at out Central Florida attractions. We’ve combed through them all and are pleased to list for you the very best Florida resident discounts.
- Sea World’s Aquatica waterpark – Unlimited after 2pm admission for only $50/year.
- Sea World offers several money saving options for Florida Residents.
- Wet ‘n Wild offers Florida residents a single day ticket for $33.00
- Universal Orlando offers single day, multi day, and annual pass deals for Florida Residents.
- Walt Disney World offers single day, multi day, and annual pass deals for Florida Residents.
- Find deals for Florida residents on the Disney Cruise Line.
If you don’t mind the work being performed by students, you can get all kinds of services at a discount through one of the hair, makeup, and massage schools in Orlando. We’ve complied links to the best deals.
- Aveda Institutes Florida – Aveda offers haircuts and styles starting at $12, 60 minute massages for $40, and manicures for $10. They also offer waxing, hair coloring, facials, makeup application, and lots more all at discount pricing. Their school is located on 436 at Aloma in Winter Park. Map It
- Florida College of Natural Health – How does a 50 minute full body massage for $25 sound? The Florida College of Natural of Health in Maitland offers this discount massage and other services. Massages are given on Fridays and Saturdays. Map It
- Who knew you could get an “Ear Wax” for only $5? Believe it or not, it’s true at the Paul Mitchell School in Casselberry. They offer a plethora of other discount services. You can choose from “phase 1” or “phase 2” students. Map It
- The Academy of Career Training in Kissimee offers $6 shampoo and haircuts, $20 hair color retouch, a 1 hour massage for $25, and lots more. Map It
Orlando Area Discount Movie Theaters
Orlando has several discount movie theaters and even some of the full price theaters have discount show times. Here are our favorites.
- The Picture Show at Altamonte – $1.25 before 6 pm, $1.75 after 6 pm, $0.75 all day Tuesday. This is our favorite discount movie theater. They have recently upgraded their sound, screens, projectors, and seats! They even offer 3D movies now for a small surcharge. Get there early on weekends! Map it
- Regal Oviedo Marketplace Stadium 22 – First run theater. TIckets are normally $10.50, but on Tuesdays, all tickets are only $5 (3D movies are $8.50 on Tuesdays). This is by far the best deal in town for first run movies in a first class theater. Map it
- Colonial Promenade 6 – $2.50 all day, every day, except only $1.00 on Tuesdays. Map it
Find Central Florida Area Parks
Central Florida is home to hundreds of free parks. Taking the family out to an afternoon of fun and fitness at one of these parks is always a good idea.
Orlando’s Best Deals will soon be reviewing many of the most popular parks in town. Until we get a chance to check them out and report back, here is each city’s link listing their parks. Why not check one out today?
– Parks in Orlando
– Parks in Altamonte Springs
– Parks in Casselberry
– Parks in Maitland
– Parks in Longwood
– Parks in Oviedo
– Parks in Apopka
– Parks in Ocoee
– Parks in Winter Springs
– Parks in Lake Mary
– Parks in Sanford (Sanford doesn’t have a page on their site that lists parks, link is for a Google search)
– Parks in Kissimmee
– Parks in Celebration (Parks Department also has a Facebook page!)
– Parks in St. Cloud
– Parks in Winter Park
Free Activities For Kids
Our favorite FREE things to do with your kids!
- Go to an area park (play on playground, throw a football or frisbee, take a hike, feed the ducks, catch a fish).
- Check out story time at a library nearby (Altamonte Springs, Orange County (link includes days and times for Alfaya, Herndon, North Orange, South Creek, Southeast, Southwest, West Oaks, Windermere, and Winter Garden branches), Casselberry, Oviedo, Sanford, Lake Mary, Longwood,
- Check out the indoor playground at the Altamonte Mall.
- Make a free craft at Lakeshore Learning on Saturdays.
- Check with your nearest Home Depot for their Saturday craft schedule.
- Go to a Splash park! (Shady Park, Downey Park, Capehart Park, Dr. P Phillips Community Park)
- Check out Harry P. Leu Gardens – Free admission on the first Monday of each month.
- Free Summer movies. Several theaters offer free movies on specific days and times. Check back this summer for current deals.
Free And Cheap Things To Do In the Orlando Area This Weekend
Looking for something to do this weekend? How about staying in your own backyard and trying something from our list of free and cheap activities! These things are sure to please, and won’t break the bank. Let us know what you did, and how they were!
Friday Nights at the Morse
In addition to complimentary admission to the galleries every Friday the Morse Museum features a schedule of live music, art demonstrations, and special tours on selected evenings. The Museum invites the public to take advantage of these free opportunities to see permanent exhibitions as well as gallery updates.
Choreographed Fountain Show
Lights, sound, water, action! Come to Cranes Roost Park to see the beautifully choreographed fountain program with classical and current tunes for your enjoyment. The free program runs nightly except when events are held in the Plaza.
Retro Game Night
Play games including Battleship, Candy Land, Chinese Checkers, Clue, Mystery Date, Scrabble, Twister, video games, and many more at Retro Game Night. Enjoy tunes from 105.9 Sunny FM, $1-$2 pizza, free nostalgic treats, and the cash bar. Retro attire encouraged. Call for more information.
Just when you thought it was safe to go to the Comedy Lab, things are about to get hairy! Four improv directors battle it out on the SAK stage for the highly coveted Gorilla trophy. The stakes are high and there’s no monkeying around as each director competes to have his/her vision reign supreme in a series of spontaneous scenes, songs and games. This is no-holds-barred improv at its finest!! Will you, our audience and judge go “bananas” for the successful scene, or demand a “forfeit” for our slips? Our fate is in your hands, as only one director can claim the gorilla as his/her own at the end of the night.
Sanford Art Walk
Discover the most diverse Art Walk in Central Florida. Sanford Art Walk is dedicated to promoting the arts and culture of Sanford and invites you to visit all galleries within walking distance who participate in the event. Take a stroll in downtown historic Sanford and discover all that Sanford has to offer including retail shops, restaurants, pubs, and bars.
Blue Spring Manatee Festival
Head out to the Manatee Festival for continuous entertainment for the whole family! There will be an arts and crafts show with over 100 booths, kids games and face painting, music, dancing, and animal presenters!
Cardboard Art Fest
Kids Matinee Sponsored and hosted by Kids Fringe and Mennello Museum of American Art $1 admission. Kids only! Attendees will get to (1) use cardboard to build and decorate their very own mask, hat, or wings, (2) meet the famed Dog Powered Robot and (3) get a chance to tour the entire exhibit with cardboard sculptures made by master artists.
7:30pm – 12am
Dog Powered Robot + Andy Matchett & the Minks, $5 admission (pay at the door, cash only), wine and beer by donation. Dog Powered Robot is a fantastic group of cardboard robots defending the world against evil via a robot powered by a pomeranian. Andy Matchett & the Minks is a very popular and fun musical group.
Great Toy Build Off
At the Great Toy Build Off, assemble a team or go at it alone to design and build an object of your choice in two hours, using LEGOs, Erector Sets, or Tinker Toys. Building materials will be randomly assigned on the day of the event. Structures will be scored on a 20-point maximum scale and judged for originality, creativ¬ity, resourcefulness, teamwork, and overall presentation. Overall winner, Outstanding Effort winner, and winner in each category: Family, Elementary School, Middle School, High School, and Adult. Space limited. Call for more information or to register for this free event.
Orlando Home & Garden Show
Don’t miss your opportunity to turn your home and garden dreams into reality! The entire Orange County Convention Center will be completely transformed, for one weekend only, into a Home and Garden Extravaganza. From the front door to the backyard you’ll find it all at the Annual Orlando Home & Garden Show.
A four-day event, Otronicon is a celebration of interactive technology using video games to demonstrate the future of how we live, learn, work and play. The event features: Larger-than-life video game experiences, state-of-the-art medical and military simulators, Game design workshops taught by industry pros, and so much more! Whether you’re a video game fan or just wondered what it is your kids are doing in front of that computer, there’s something for everyone at Otronicon, Orlando’s biggest interactive technology expo!
Unity Heritage Festival
Residents and local businesses will come together to celebrate the City of Winter Park’s 11th annual Unity Heritage Festival on Sunday and Monday. The annual festival will promote family history and raise funds for the Educational Fulfillment Fund for local economically disadvantaged youth. Activities will include children’s games, food and retail vendors, entertainment by various gospel artists, and the presentation of the annual Heritage Award.
Friday Night Live
Head out to Cranes Roost Park and enjoy great live entertainment in a beautiful outdoor setting. Friday Night Live is a free concert series, open to the public, which showcases top local artists who perform Jazz, Pop, Big Band and Contemporary music on a weekly basis. Don’t miss Cornucopia’s Holiday Show!
The Nativity Story
Pinocchio’s is proud and honored to once again be able to present to Central Florida audiences this extraordinary story of the First Christmas as conceived and produced by Jane Henson and her daughter Heather Henson. Based on the Biblically-inspired medieval Mystery Plays of England and Europe, “The Nativity Story” features live Renaissance music from The Olde Noyse Players and puppets from the Jim Henson Workshop in New York as well as local artist David Jordan of IBEX Puppetry.
Food Truck Fiesta
Come out to the Food Truck Fiesta for live music and great food. This is a fun, pet-friendly, family event that occurs every 4th Saturday of the month.
Light Up UCF
Pretend that you’re in Rockerfeller Center with Light up UCF and enjoy the only outdoor skating rink in Orlando, holiday movies, music and a world-class holiday light show.
Dickens By Candlelight: A Christmas Carol
DICKENS BY CANDLELIGHT, having been performed since 1997 at locations such as the Dr. Phillips Victorian Mansion, the Whispering Heaven Tea Room, or even in private homes is finding its home in the hauntingly cavernous Dr. Phillips Center on Lake Ivanhoe again this year. This production has become a holiday tradition in Central Florida as a three-person, interactive show providing theater-goers with a delightfully unique opportunity to experience A Christmas Carol the way it was intended to be told: as a Ghost Story.
Orlando Science Center: Handbell Ensembles
Performing your favorite holiday hits are the Magic of Bronze and the Epiphany Bell Ringers. These handbell ensembles are sure to get folks in a jolly mood.
Ice! at Gaylord Palms featuring DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar
Holiday ice sculpture and snow village showcase with ice slides and themed tributes to DreamWorks’ Animation TV classic “Merry Madagascar.”
9th annual Winter Park Boat Parade & Festival of Lights
This fun, community-wide water parade will feature holiday-themed and lighted boats gliding along the shorelines of lakes Virginia and Osceola. The Albin Polasek Museum & Sculpture Gardens will host pre-parade activities including a water ski show at Rollins College at 3:30 p.m. The museum also hosts the official judging station for the Parade and will have music, food, wine and parking beginning at 4 p.m.
Oviedo/Winter Springs Annual Holiday Parade
Enjoy the beautiful sounds of the Metropolitan Area Youth Symphony starting at 3:15, and a real snow mountain after the parade! Participants will enjoy sled rides down the mountain, carnival games, bounce houses, pictures with Santa, and much more. Event goes until 9 pm.
Localcopia is going to be an amazing market of crafts, artists, goods and services by our community. Save the date to create a unique holiday shopping experience while enjoying the best in local food, local tunes, and local brews!
Movie Night on the Lawn
Kids of all ages will enjoy a family-friendly night out as Orangewood Church and School in Maitland presents a free screening of Polar Express at 7pm with pre-show entertainment starting at 6:30pm. Everyone is invited to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy an outdoor evening at the movies! Admission, popcorn and parking are FREE. Concessions will be available for purchase.
Parade of Lights
Celebrate the holiday season as illuminated floats light up the night during Sanford’s annual illuminated Christmas parade.
Family Day At Mennello Museum of American Art
Enjoy the day at the museum with free admission, family arts activities, workshops and tours.
Chanukah in the Park
Experience Chanukah in the Park in Central Park. The holiday event will include live music and activities.
Popcorn Flicks in Central Park
The movie ELF will be presented by the City of Winter Park and Enzian Theater to coincide with the annual Tree Lighting and Holiday Stroll. Bring your blanket or chair to enjoy this free movie under the stars in Central Park. Free popcorn for everyone. Rain date will be December 3.
60th Annual Winter Park Christmas Parade
The 60th Annual Winter Park “Ye Olde Hometown” Christmas Parade is Central Florida’s longest running Christmas Parade. Join us to continue the tradition of marching down historic Park Avenue spreading holiday cheer in downtown Winter Park. More than 100 bands, dance troupes, floats, local dignitaries and, of course, Santa Claus, will delight the young and young-at-heart.
Light Up the Holidays
Join in the fun as the City of Altamonte Springs and Progress Energy celebrate the yearly tradition of the lighting of Cranes Roost Park. There will be music, entertainment, fireworks, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus. The regions largest Christmas tree will be on display as well as the Holiday Fountain show. Food and drink will be available for purchase throughout the venue. Don’t miss this fun, free evening of entertainment in the park. Please no pets in the park during events with road closure; per city ordinance.
35th Annual Cracker Christmas Celebration
The 35th annual Cracker Christmas Celebration will feature Florida Cracker/pioneer re-enactors demonstrating their ways of life, including techniques for spinning, weaving, quilting, lace making, wood carving, blacksmithing, broom making, hide tanning, soap making and more. Santa will visit from 1-3 p.m. each day. There will also be 150 crafters with handmade items as well as community booths and clubs.
Christmas in the Square
The City of Sanford’s celebration will include live entertainment, a visit with Santa, tree lighting ceremony, face painting and balloon artists.
Holiday Tree Lighting
Experience the Holiday Tree Lighting at the Lawton House in Oviedo. There will be free refreshments, local music performers, and a visit from Santa. Sponsored by the Oviedo Historical Society.
Holidays at the Waterhouse
The Art & History Museums annual exhibit transforms the Waterhouse Residence Museum, an 1884 home located in the center of Lake Lily, with Victorian Christmas trees, decorations and traditions. Each room features Victorian-era holiday decorations and interesting historical facts about the yuletide.
“The Gift” Christmas Festival and Musical Celebration
“The Gift” is a musical stage production featuring massed choirs performing familiar Christmas music arranged by Derric Johnson, Conductor Emeritus of the Disney Candlelight Procession, who will conduct the music on stage. Colorful lights will surround Lake Eola, converting the park into a magical holiday scene. Presented by Trinity Downtown and Holiday Lights Orlando.
Holiday Lights Orlando
The highlight of Holiday Lights Orlando will be the traditional lighting of the City of Orlando’s Christmas tree, at 6:15 p.m. Festivities will also include the lighting of a menorah, a sampling of holiday treats and an outdoor viewing of ELF, starring Will Ferrell. Admission to Holiday Lights Orlando is free.
Holiday in the Park
Head down to Lake Eola for the annual Holiday in the Park celebration, complete with music, dance, food trucks and pet costume contest! Don’t forget about the Christmas parade featuring none other than Santa himself.
Festivals of Speed
Now in its eighth year, The Festivals of Speed has expanded to produce a series of successful luxury lifestyle weekends featuring the world’s finest vintage and contemporary automobiles, motorcycles, watercraft, and aircraft placed for display at exclusive venues. In addition to the motor sports aspect, Festivals of Speed also showcases the world’s finest luxury lifestyle products including, jewelry, fine art, exquisite dining experiences, select wine and spirits, fashion, premier real estate, and more from the newest and most luxurious lifestyle products and services.
Light Up Winter Garden
Welcome the season with this free winter festival with street lighting, live entertainment, vendors, shopping and chilren’s activities. Street lighting ceremony will be held at 6:30pm.
Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase
Brouhaha has quietly grown to become one of the premier outlets for locally produced films and videos, the best work from film schools statewide, and a fun-filled gathering for lovers of independent film.
Art, Craft & Wine Festival
ThisArt, Craft & Wine festival features 100 talented artists and crafters offering original and unique items. Setting this event apart from other art and craft shows is the special Wine Stroll taking place both days.As you stroll through the Festival you will find tents throughout offering many different wines to taste. Each tent features unique wines giving you the opportunity to sample a wide variety. When you find your favorite wine, you will be able to purchase the bottle!
Family Days at the Museum
Spend quality family time together at the Art and History Museum! Each month we feature a unique opportunity to learn about art and history in an entertaining way that families are sure to enjoy. Activities are held in a new location each month to provide a diverse educational experience. Activities are designed to run about 45 minutes in length and families are encouraged to stay as long as they would like and enjoy the A&H museums.
Ocoee Founders Day Festival
The City of Ocoee welcomes you to our 19th Annual Founders’ Day Festival. Whether you’re young or young at heart, a history buff, a music lover, or like to browse through a maze of arts and crafts vendors, there is something for everyone planned for this year’s Ocoee Founders’ Day Festival.
Orlando Pet Expo
Orlando Pet Expo will have dozens of rescue groups and a mega-adoption event, discounted vaccinations, microchipping and heartworm and flea preventatives, free nail trims, agility demonstrations, live entertainment, and obedience demonstrations.
Mount Dora Plant & Garden Fair
Central Florida’s top growers bring more than 12,000 plants. The event features orchid growers and includes native plants, butterfly-attracting perennials, herbs, roses, cameliias, and begonias with a complete selection of rare and unusual tropical plants. Garden antiques, festive flags, and unusual containers are also a focus.
Fall Fiesta in the Park
Large outdoor festival with arts, crafts and live entertainment.
Winter Springs Festival of the Arts
Join us for this signature weekend event and celebrate fine art, wine and jazz. Fine art presentations include sculpture and clay, drawing, graphics, pastels, crafts, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, digital media, and performing arts. Designed for the entire family to enjoy, a variety of food and beverages will be available for purchase plus live entertainment and a kids activity area.
Wings & Waves Air Show
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is proud to announce the return of its spectacular Wings and Waves Air Show over the Atlantic Ocean in beautiful Daytona Beach, Florida with performances by the USAF Thunderbirds, GEICO Skytypers and others. This is a free event.
Celebrate Oktoberfest in Avalon Park. The free German festival will include live music by Europa, Alpine dancing by Schuhplattler Gruppe Alpenrose, performances by Magic Curtain Productions, German food, a chili cook-off, beer and root beer gardens, games and contests.
Winter Park Autumn Art Festival
TheWinter Park Autumn Art festival showcases 150 Florida artists in 8 categories and features an array of activities for children, live entertainment and more.
Casselberry Founders Day Festival
The Founder’s Day celebration, commemorating the history of the Casselberry community, will be an exciting evening at Lake Concord Park including free art & music in the park and a Food Truck Bazaar event.
Nativity Catholic Church Fall Fest
There will be a petting zoo and train ride (noon-4 p.m. Oct. 13-14), games, inflatable rides, a tea room, silent auction, book nook, bake sale, artisan’s boutique, $5,000 grand prize raffle, turkey dinner (6 p.m. Oct. 12), bingo and a variety of international festival foods. Don’t miss the live entertainment taking place all weekend under the big tent. This family-friendly event has free admission and plenty of parking.
Southern Women’s Show
The Southern Women’s Show is a fall consumer show with fashion, health and cooking exhibits, including Royal Dresses of Diana, the People’s Princess Exhibit.
Community Fall Festival will have live entertainment, rides, games, festival food favorites, crafts, bingo, live and silent auctions, cash raffle – 1st prize $10,000. Free Park-and-Ride (look for the signs). All proceeds benefit local charities in Seminole and Orange counties.
If you are a fossil enthusiast, you will want to head to the Fossil Fair. There will be fossils, rocks, minerals, artifacts, books, supplies, children’s dig pit, silent auctions and educational exhibits.
Just north of Daytona Beach along Florida’s Atlantic Coast, Ormond Beach offers a first-class resort experience without sacrificing its small-town grace. One of its earliest settlers was millionaire John. D. Rockefeller, and Ormond Beach still provides visitors with elegant relaxation – though, now, it also allows easy access to busier nearby destinations such as next-door neighbor Daytona Beach or, just more than an hour away, Orlando. Bordered by the Tomoka River on the west, the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Ormond Beach is an ideal location for a myriad of water activities. Visitors can also enjoy a variety of cultural and recreational events offered throughout the year – and the pleasures of its historic downtown along Granada Boulevard.
- Daytona Beach International Airport, 7.29 miles
- Orlando Sanford International Airport, 36.71 miles