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New Kids on the Block | Family-Friendly Businesses BIRTH OF THE COOL


It’s easy to love these awesome new locales around town. Written by Jennifer Burg


BUDDING ARTIST A touch of whimsy, a hint of elegance and a lot of class awaken this new boutique stationery store. Rifle Paper Co. welcomes a burgeoning storefront in Winter Park’s Hannibal Square neighborhood. Most of the artwork consists of hand-drawn illustrations by local store artist Anna Bond. Peruse this stylish spot for unique finds. 558 W. New England Ave., Ste. 150, Winter Park, 407-622-7679 www.riflepaperco.com


A LITTLE BIRD TOLD US Inspired by handcrafted lovelies from local artisans, Little Bird — Handmade, Consignment & More specializes in items for babes to big kids. Homespun bows, tutus and tops are just part of this fledgling children’s boutique, which includes recycled clothing, unique gifts and shelves of new educational toys. 87 Geneva Dr., Oviedo, 407-542-5933 www.thelittlebirdstore.com


NEVER “BOARD” No crybabies allowed here. Orlando’s Metro Skateboard Academy is more than just a place to schralp it; it’s a place to learn how to do skateboarding right. Sign Ike up for lessons this spring to perfect his kick flip and grind. Riders from 4 to 18 will be stoked to learn skating’s ins and outs from experienced boarders.


4624 L.B. McLeod Rd., Orlando, 407-650-8171


A GEM OF A FIND Forget everything you think you know about bead shops; Rae-Berry Beads and More awakens your inner craft goddess. The totally chic black and white décor gets those creative juices flowing, and for extra inspiration, scope out the designer-inspired sample pieces. Moms dig design nights with their gal pals, and tweens go cuckoo for bottle cap necklaces and hair pretties. With budget-friendly prices, get ready to get your craftiness on. 5158 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, 407-578-3327 www.rae-berrybeadsandmore.com


66 PLAYGROUND Spring 2011


NEWBIE GAMERS WELCOME If spring showers are giving your busy bees cabin fever, take them to Max & Oli Kid’s Playhouse to bounce, ride and play their pent-up energy away. This new indoor play place is sure to have everything your kiddos need to shake the rainy-day blues, including merry-go-rounds, a video arcade, inflatables and a snack café. When they are tired and fed, take them home for a quiet evening and early to bed. 4036 Winter Garden Vineland Rd., Winter Garden, 407-347-5573 www.maxandoliplayhouse.com


SPRING CHICKS SOAR You’ve not seen the city like this. Mauiva Air Tours takes sightseeing to new heights, flying 1,400 feet above O-town for a bird’s-eye view of Disney and Universal. Kick your 30-minute flight into high gear as a fam member takes the controls and flies the plane! Yes siree, hold on tight because those 5 years old and up can pilot the four-passenger aircraft, which is sure to rock their world. 3956 Merlin Dr., Kissimmee, 407-551-0577 www.orlandoairtour.com


If you own a new family-friendly local business that you would like to submit for consideration as a “New Kid On The Block” highlight, please e-mail Jen Burg at jen@playground-magazine.com.


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