At the Central Florida Fair, thousands of farmers, animals, and curious locals gather at Orlando's Central Florida Expo Park to make new friends and learn about the region's rich agricultural heritage. Kids and future farmers show off more than 2,500 cattle, rabbits, horses, and sheep at the Youth Livestock Show, while the Horse Show Classic pits man against horse in a chess match for the ages. Visitors to the Fair can witness a bustling auction of locally grown livestock, watch national recording artists perform and touring family shows, and build up an appetite for fair food with multiple rides on the Ferris wheel.
Snakes slither in glass display cases, and lizards wriggle in the hands of trained handlers as they're held up in full view of a curious crowd. This is the scene as one of Repticon's presenters educates attendees on the biology, behavior, and typing speeds of exotic cold-blooded creatures at one of the year-round shows held in cities across the country. Reptile and amphibian breeders, scholars, and handlers engage audiences in lectures and demonstrations in the midst of live reptile exhibits, family activities, and displays for exotic-pet supplies. Presentations may focus on the genetics of large snake species, the specifics of exotic-pet care, and the effect that tiny hats have on the image of arachnids such as tarantulas, scorpions, and spiders.
Equipment: Three indoor batting cages, L-screens, ball machines
Students should bring: Water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Orlando Athletics is fully air conditioned with three regulation batting cages
With a candy-striped exterior and a single-gable roof with pink trim, Wonderland Playground appears to passersby like a real-life dollhouse. But its playful exterior doesn't even scratch the surface. Inside, tykes play on plush slides and jungle gyms, get in touch with their inner knight or princess inside Lilliputian castles, or explore the windy tunnels of an inflatable, Toy Story–themed structure.