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New Kids on the Block | Family-Friendly Businesses

Piquing parent interest with kid entertainment, these new local businesses package it all up in one pretty bow for us this season. Written by Jenny Fauser


BOUNCING OFF THE WALLS Indoor trampoline parks are bouncing in all around town. Boing! Jump Center puts the spring in anyone’s step. Trust us; this is the best $12 you’ll ever spend. One hour of kids jumping directly equals many hours of kids sleeping soundly. Leap on in, and jump with the kids to release some of that pent-up holiday stress we know you’ve got. This is a great place for indoor exercise anytime. 532 S. Econ Cir., Ste. 120, Oviedo 407-542-7844

PLAY. SHOP. PARTY! Peanut’s Playhouse is a children's play lounge and boutique complete with indoor and outdoor space for kids from birth to age 6 and chic specialty items for adults. Themed play areas will stimulate learning and imaginative play. Meet new friends, or plan a play date with the old. Either way, you’ll be golden as they play and you shop for that one last gift you need to buy for the holidays. 1034 Pennsylvania Ave., St. Cloud 407-556-3900

PORTRAIT PERFECT Yes You Canvas! lets you and your mini-Monet create a painting masterpiece every Saturday at 11 a.m. for the all-inclusive price of $20. Class price includes instruction from a professional painter, the 11-by-14-inch artist’s canvas and all supplies. Hang out for an hour as you watch your pint-sized painter transform into an artiste, or capitalize on prime bonding time and do the class together. 4829 New Broad St., Baldwin Park 205-514-5392

AUCKLAND INVASION New Zealand-type fun just invaded Winter Springs. Well, at least that's what Kee Wee Entertainment District is squawking about. This indoor fun center is literally divided down the middle, with a great child-friendly gaming area on one side and an adult-friendly pub on the other. They've managed to create an environment where 6- to 46-year-olds can enjoy their surroundings. We love the live music on weekends. 780 E. SR 434, Winter Springs 407-327-6346

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PLUM FABULOUS Join the Plum District, the newest Internet deal site that allows you to pick your district and stay in it to find great deals that parents really want (massages, portraits and keepsakes, to name a few). Did we mention those deals are local? Created for moms by moms, Plum District is designed to spark connections that make mom’s day, each and every day. Check it out. Thank us later. Looking to earn some extra gift cash? Become a Plum District mom-preneur.

BELLY UP Dave and Buster's is answering the call of playful, pining parents. With a casino-like vibe, D&B definitely caters to the over 21 crowd with arcade games like grown-up hoops, dance party moves and Skee-Ball. Cash in your tickets, and then belly up to the bar for a signature drink, or grab some grub from the restaurant. D&B also hosts great kids birthday parties. (We just recommend a daytime party for your tweens.) 8986 International Dr., Orlando 407-541-3300

If you own a new family-friendly local business, send us your info for consideration as a “New Kid On The Block.” Please e-mail us at

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