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10 Fun Things To Do in Orlando This Weekend


Whisper Creek Farm at the JW Marriott

Look no further! Here are 10 fun things to do in Orlando this weekend.

1. DATE NIGHT: Retro Game Night 
Friday,  November 15, 7 p.m. – midnight
Orange County Regional History Center
Grab a drink from the cash bar and then play games such as Pictionary, Parcheesi, Twister and Candy Land.

2. Festival of Trees 
November 16-24
Orlando Museum of Art
This annual holiday event features designer-decorated Christmas trees, a kids’ Reindeer Romp, Gingerbread Village, a festival cafe and Toyland Town where kids can play games, do crafts and visit wtih Santa at scheduled times.

3. Family Days at the Museum – Give Thanks
Saturday, November 16, 1 p.m.
Waterhouse Residence & Carpentry Shop Museum,  Maitland
Free with admission ($3 adults, $2 kids)
Kids learn about Thanksgiving traditions and create a table centerpiece.

4. Art, Craft & Wine Festival 
November 16-17, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Cranes Roost Park, Altamonte
More than 100 artists and crafters showcase original works, plus guests enjoy a wine stroll, food vendors and live entertainment.

5. Storybook Yoga
Saturday, November 16, 11 a.m.
Orlando Public Library, downtown
Learn poses inspired by children’s books.

6. Lego® Contest 
Saturday, November 16, 2 p.m.
Orlando Public Library, downtown
Show off your Lego creation and watch demos

7. Celebrate Guyana
Saturday, November 16, noon
Festival Field at the Citrus Bowl
(407) 490-2862
Celebrate Guyana Family-friendly cultural festival with food, live music, dance performances and more.

8. 2013 Osceola Fall Art Festival
November 16-17, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Downtown Kissimmee
Stroll through downtown Kissimmee and view artworks by more than 100 artists and crafters, plus enjoy live entertainment, boutique shopping and food offerings.

9. DATE NIGHT SPLURGE: Harvest Celebration With Chef Melissa Kelly 
Saturday, November 16, 6:30 p.m.
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes
$150 per person
Enjoy dinner on farm prepared by the renowned chef using fresh ingredients from local farms and Orlando Brewing beer.

10. A Sweet Thanksgiving Carnival 
Sunday, November 17, 2-6 p.m.
Taverna Opa
Carnival-themed event with desserts by the Hyppo Orlando and Wondermade, plus food-and-wine stations, live entertainment and games.

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