While Florida's nickname is the "Sunshine State," it isn't always bright and sunny. If you live in, or are visiting, Orlando you might run into a day of rain or two. Don't fret when your little one whines, "Mom, I'm bored" during a blah rainy Orlando day. This usually sun-soaked city has more than enough indoor rainy day activities to keep even the most precocious of preschoolers busy.
A little rain might put a damper on your plans to go to the park, but it shouldn't stop you and your child from having a fun-filled Orlando day. Whether your child is a budding biologist or a little lover of art, there are a variety of museums in Orlando to entertain and educate her on a rainy day. The Orlando Science Center (osc.org) has everything from dinosaurs to out-of-this-world outer space exhibits along with specialized programs for preschoolers. If art is more your child's thing, the Orlando Museum of Art (omart.org) has family-friendly guides for walking through galleries and hands-on art making activities, such as the museum's Art Adventures program for kids.
If you think that Orlando's Disney World (disneyworld.disney.go.com) equals a sunny day adventure, you are very wrong. While Disney World's outdoor attractions certainly have their perks, there is still plenty to do in the Disney theme parks during a rainy day. For example, Disney's Hollywood Studios has indoor exhibits that feature some of your child's favorites from "Toy Story," "Beauty and the Beast," "The Little Mermaid" and more. Another option is to check out Epcot's "Finding Nemo" attraction -- or simply meet and greet the characters who are roaming through Epcot's indoor center.
A rainy day often means loads of pent-up energy for your little one. Help him to get active, without destroying your house, at one of Orlando''s bounce spaces. Monkey Joe's Orlando (monkeyjoes.com) has a special area for children 3 and under, to keep them from bouncing into bigger kids, and a parent area with wireless Internet. The Boing Jump Center (orlando.boingjumpcenter.com) has over 13,000 square feet of trampoline areas that are perfect for a rainy day of bouncing adventures.
Whether your little one loves the ice or the wood, skating is an easy alternative to a boring day indoors. The RDV Sportsplex Ice Den Ice Skating Rink (no website; 8701 Maitland Summit Blvd., Orlando; 407-916-2550) offers public skating as well as ice skate rentals for your little one's growing feet. Orlando's Universal Entertainment and Skating Center (universalskatingcenter.com) has open roller skating as well as special events such as milk and cookies with Santa for Christmas.