Family Adventures, Indoor Adventures

Shopping & Playing at the NEW Play Park (located inside of the Florida Mall)

Some days it calls for your family to venture off to a local mall and shop! Although it can be extremely hard to do when you have a little one who needs to burn off their energy. Our days are long gone where Little Johnny sits in a stroller for more than 20 minutes. Is there a solution to parents still being able to shop and having their little ones play…YES! (that’s if you visit the Florida Mall!)

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Two weekends ago The Florida Morehouse family decided to explore the new play park inside of the Florida Mall! I have never seen anything like this inside of a mall before! As a parent I am so grateful for this fun exploration area, especially the fact that it’s inside with the air conditioning on full blast, because these hot Florida days are already killer!

If you haven’t known already, I’m a huge fan of parks! Inside & Outside!

Little Johnny loved playing here! His favorite part was climbing up the “hill” and going through an interactive tunnel. It was a great afternoon for our little family. We didn’t actually shop, more so we just walked around the mall and “window shopped”. The M & M’s World was a huge hit with Little Johnny too! 😉

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Now, instead of you pleading with your children to go on a shopping trip, they’re going to be the ones to drag you to the mall. Is that a bad thing? It depends on how you view it…If you’re a parent that likes to shop, then this new play park is definitely your best friend. You’re wallet might not be so thrilled…

love finding new areas for Orlando area families to explore! It’s exciting to see all that this city offers for our children. Providing areas for children to “play” is such an added feature when it comes to families choosing on where to spend their time together.

Here’s what I’m loving about The Play Park!

  • interactive technology and a climbing sensation for children!
  • fun for all ages
  • FREE for everyone
  • light up and story telling tunnel
  • digital pond
  • talking flower
  • sound flower
  • memory game

If you want more of a description, visit this link that presents bright photos and more details about this fun experience for children!

Not only is this great for Orlando families, but also for all our tourists as well! So, if you’re thinking of coming here on vacation and you’re either tired of the hot Florida sun, or it’s a rainy day…come check out The Play Park! It’s located right by Dicks & The Crayola Experience!

It’s time to go shop and play!

Wishing you well,

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Family Adventures, Indoor Adventures, Reviews of Products & Places

‘Splish, Splash’…Goldfish Swim School is Opening in Florida!

Summer is officially just around the corner and soon we’ll hear the sounds of splish splash’  from children as they start to say their “goodbyes” for the school year. We’ll see children transition out of their classrooms and into swimming pools, outdoor play, theme parks, and other fun summer activities.

The question is…are your children swim ready

When you think about summer time, what’s something that first pops into your mind? For me, it’s definitely anything with water…which leads me to some exciting news about Goldfish Swim School opening in Winter Park, FL!

{This post is sponsored. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.}

As a parent, I am so very excited about this opportunity for my little one. Getting your children comfortable in water and confident in their swim skills is something that’s a priority for many parents, especially when you live in Florida! I’ve been waiting for a local swim school like this to open. We don’t have a swim pool at home, so this is a perfect opportunity for Little Johnny to become exposed to water safety skills. I love that the facility is indoors, so we’re out of the “hot Florida sun”.

The Facts


Goldfish Swim School is a franchise and has over 65 locations open or in development around the country. They provide swim lessons and water safety instruction to infants and children ages 4 months- 12 years. Classes are offered by professional, trained and certified instructors in a safe, child-friendly and fun environment.

The owners of this Winter Park location are also a husband and wife team (Jon and Gina Thomas) and they have two younger children. They are relocating from Columbus, OH to the Winter Park area to startup the first Goldfish Swim School in Florida! As a parent, it’s always intriguing to hear the back story and learn that they’re a family orientated business!

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My Favorite Features


When there’s something new coming within the Orlando area I always love to do my research and scope out my favorite features of the newly established business. Here’s what I’m excited about…

  • Air conditioned viewing gallery for parents to relax, work, read, socialize (digitally and personally) and watch their kids swim
  • An indoor swimming pool heated to a tropical 90 degrees year-round
  • Year-round swim instruction for children 4 months to 12 years (Click Here for a list of classes)
  • family swim time!
  • an environment that presents a tropical vibe, leaves you with that “happy feeling”

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While researching I also found this great post that’s directed towards parents, which is very helpful with understanding what Goldfish offers to the surrounding community.

>>>5 Reasons These Parents #LOVEgoldfish<<<

I’m excited to take you on our journey of Little Johnny’s first swim classes! He’ll participate in swim lessons for a few months and I’ll continue to update you on his progress with Goldfish Swim School. He’ll be participating in the class listed below.

 

The Details 


If you live within the Orlando area, definitely make sure to check out their website and pre-register to reserve your spot. They’re offering the first members a promo! 

They also offer memberships, which you can find more details linked here.

For updates, make sure to “like” their facebook page!  

I especially liked viewing their photos and timelapse videos of the progress with the construction. Their grand opening will be coming soon, so stay tuned! 

Happy Swimming! 

Wishing you well,

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Family Adventures, Outdoor Adventures

Exploring Bill Fredrick Park

This past weekend the Florida Morehouse family finally spent an afternoon exploring a unique landmark in Orlando. It’s been soooo long and I missed it! We’ve been very busy with opening our gym, and our little boy’s first birthday that “exploring” was put on a hold for a while. I’m excited to share with you a beautiful park that features so many amenities for a family outing! My husband was laughing at me about my giddy excitement (it’s the little things that make me happy). img_3246-1

Bill Fredrick Park is 183 acres of land along the Turkey Lake, which is filled with not just a scenic view, but many recreational activites. This list is ridiculous! The best part is your enjoying the beautiful Orlando weather! (well, most days… we actually went on a cold cloudy day, but still had a great time)

Children’s Farm

Nature Connect Trail

Sand Volleyball

Boat Dock

Fishing Pier

Horse Shoes

Disc Golf

Playground

(^one for older kids and a Tot Lot)

Softball

Swimming Pool

Wedding Gazebo

Primitive & RV Camping

Cabins

I told you, right?! So MANY activities! Any nature lovers out there? This is definitely your spot in Orlando.

Our Little Family’s Adventure

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Tot Lot! Perfect park size for Johnny. 
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Ma! What are these? 

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Someone thinks he’s a “big kid”. Always playing in the mulch! 
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Huge “big kid” park! (I even enjoyed it, I guess I’m a big kid at heart!) 
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I spoke with a wonderful lady who tends to the farm animals and she shared with me that this farm is actually a shelter for animals that could no longer be cared for. It’s NOT a petting farm, but you could just tell in the animals eyes that they enjoyed people visiting them. They came right to you. It’s a viewing farm only. 

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So many horses! They really liked following Johnny. 
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Chickens and Guineas! 

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Probably our favorite part…an outside xylophone! Have you ever seen one?!

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Cost: $4 per car (if you are by yourself, then it’s just $2)

Hours of Operation: November – March: 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
April – October: 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.

Click Here to view a price list for rentals and recreational activities.

Directions:  Click the link to take you over to google maps and be on your way to an outdoor adventure! It’s actually close to Metrowest Area within Orlando.

Plan a Trip


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Make sure to pack your suncreen, swimsuit, picnic items (you can also grill out), and your hiking shoes! Enjoy a beautiful day with your family.

Hike It Baby will be hosting a hike on Sunday, February 5th, 2016 from 3:30-4:30. Perfect opportunity to meet new families in the area that also appreciate a great time outdoors!

I always love hearing from people, so feel free to share your insights in the comments below! Thank you so much for taking the time to read!

Wishing You Well,

Happy Mama, Happy Wife, Happy Life

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