Let your child’s imagination fly at immersive art experiences throughout Orlando, including The Mennello Museum of American Art (pictured).
From vibrant visual arts to showstopping performing arts productions, Orlando has plenty of ways to immerse kids of all ages in the world of art. Inspire your child’s creativity with these family-friendly museums, attractions and events.
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Immersive Visual Art Experiences
Orlando Museum of Art
A leader in art education in Orlando, Orlando Museum of Art hosts a variety of youth programs perfect for kids of all ages.
On select Wednesdays, join a museum educator on a one-hour Stroller Tour through the galleries. Infants and toddlers are welcome, and parents can enjoy the exhibits in a welcoming environment. If you have older children, check out the Family Highlights Tour offered on the first Saturday of each month. These tours take you and your kids through the museum and provide engaging background and discussion on some of the most popular pieces.
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In addition to specialized tours, the museum offers many activities where your kids can harness their own creativity and take a piece of their own artwork home. These include Art in the Afternoon, Art Adventures, and Family Days, which all feature themed workshops with hand-on activities. On select days, you can also participate in Sketching in the Galleries where all ages can be inspired by the masterpieces around them.
Located in The Florida Mall®, Crayola Experience features dozens of hands-on activities combining art and technology to immerse your children in the world of color. Some activities include a photobooth that turns your picture into a coloring sheet, interactive shows to explain the science behind Crayola’s art products, drip art, and the opportunity to name your own Crayon and print it on a wrapper.
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The experience also includes plenty of areas for your kids to get their energy out with indoor playgrounds and places to dance with virtual crayons. Don’t forget to take a picture of your little ones in front of the world’s largest crayon at 15.6 feet long and 1,352 pounds.
Featuring many STEM exhibits, WonderWorks at Pointe Orlando also includes some unique art experiences for your creative kids. The Illusion Art Gallery is not your typical art gallery, but instead features dozens of pieces meant to trick and deceive the eyes. Your kids will enjoy spending time trying to see each piece from a new perspective with endless possibilities for interpretation.
The Mennello Museum of American Art
Looking for another kid-friendly way to introduce your children to the world of art? On the second Sunday of each month, The Mennello Museum of American Art hosts a Free Family Funday. Admission is free all day and invites you to tour all of their current exhibits as well as their permanent collection of Earl Cunningham paintings. These events also include an art project for all ages based on a current exhibit to foster your children’s creativity and teach them new art techniques.
Florida Children’s Museum
Looking for an indoor activity where your kids can run and play carefree? Located 45 minutes from our main tourism districts in Lakeland, Florida Children’s Museum features 47,800 square feet of hands-on exploration, including many opportunities for your artistic kids to let out their creativity. Activities include daily art prompts that enable your kids to take home something of their own.
Inspired by TikTok, they also have the TBD Gallery, which helps teach older kids about virtual content creation. The experience includes a stop motion lab, a green screen, and a sound booth for them to develop their own sounds and videos.
Performing Arts Spectacles
Orlando Family Stage
A perfect first theater environment for your children, Orlando Family Stage (formerly Orlando Repertory Theatre) offers a variety of recurring events alongside mainstage productions. Recurring programs include Story Stroll (ideal for ages 2 – 3) and Baby & Me (ideal for ages 0 – 24 months), which both include creative play filled with music, expressive movement and sensory activities. Throughout the year, the Family Stage hosts several plays and musicals featuring your kids’ favorite characters.
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Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque de Soleil® & Disney®
A whole new way to define artistry, this collaboration between Disney and Cirque de Soleil is a first of its kind show, merging the beauty of Disney animation with the excitement of live acrobatics and dance. Whether your kids have an interest in being the next animator, costume designer or dancer, Drawn to Life Presented by Cirque de Soleil and Disney has something to captivate everyone’s attention. Catch this show at Disney Springs® at Walt Disney World® Resort.
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Orlando Ballet – The Nutcracker
While the Orlando Ballet hosts an incredible lineup of productions, their annual performance of The Nutcracker during the holiday season is one of their most magical offerings, especially for children. Introduce your little ones to the classic tale and enjoy the enchanting artistry of the ballerinas and performers. Family- and sensory-friendly showings are also offered.
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Orlando Community Arts – Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker
Presented annually by Orlando Community Arts at the start of the holiday season, Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker takes you and your family on an exciting journey around the world to reach the Kingdom of Toys. Your children will be delighted by the magical artistry, from the magnificent dancing to the lively music to the enchanting characters.
EPCOT® International Festival of the Arts
From Jan. 12. – Feb. 19, 2024, at Walt Disney World Resort, EPCOT® hosts the EPCOT® International Festival of the Arts. The festival includes interactive ways to engage with the visual arts, plus live entertainment and food studios.
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Your kids will love the large paint-by-numbers mural, where each guest can help create a beautiful painting. Introduce them to art history through Figment’s Brush with the Masters Scavenger Hunt, where they can search for Figment in famous paintings.
From unbelievable chalk artwork to cookies decorated to look like a paint palette, this event has something for every young artist to enjoy. End your day with the Disney on Broadway performances, where past Broadway stars perform some of the most popular songs from Disney musicals.
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