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If you are looking to keep the kids busy this month, we’ve got the list for you! October is full of free and cheap things to do with your family around Orlando, Florida like craft activities and virtual museum events. Get your calendar out and block off your days for the best family events and kids activities this month!

Fall Festival & Pumpkin Patch

Head to the farm for the 5th Annual Fall Festival + Pumpkin Patch! Seasonal favorites are around every corner—think hot, fresh apple cider donuts, craft beer, s’mores for roasting over fire pits, and a wide variety of pumpkins in all colors, shapes and sizes. Thursdays-Sundays. Event details

Screamin' Green Hauntoween

Screamin' Green Hauntoween returns for a month of spooky family fun!  Monster-ific Crafts and special, spooky happenings all month long: a themed scavenger hunt, character photo ops and more, ALL included with admission. Event details

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND

On weekends in October you can celebrate the spookiest time of the year with trick-or-treating, exclusive character meet and greets and spooktacular treats. Enjoy neighborhood-style Trick or Treating with plenty of spooktacular sweets plus seasonal shows and exclusive creepy-cool LEGO characters in the ultimate kids Halloween celebration—all included with regular day admission. Event details

SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular

Have no fear. Halloween’s still here! Get the costumes ready for the kids and kids at heart, because SeaWorld’s Spooktacular is back with all-new safety procedures. The trick-or-treat trail is stocked with candy and adventure. Event details

Free Family Funday at Mennello Museum of American Art

The museum is open! Every second Sunday of the month is Free Family Funday. Head to the museum for free admission, a free miniature fine art project and free docent touring. Oct. 11. Event details

Disney’s Bedtime Hotline

For the third consecutive year, Shop Disney is bringing the Disney Bedtime Hotline back––and it couldn’t come at a better time. For a limited time, parents and kids can call 1-877-MICKEY to hear magical messages from their fave Disney pals, including Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck and Goofy.

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Tune in to the Gatorland School of Croc

Join Gatorland Orlando, the Alligator Capital of the World, as they go live for School of Croc.  Learn about all the animals that call Gatorland home. Saturdays. Event details

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Live Puppet Chats with MicheLee Puppets

Live Puppet Chats have begun! These virtual 10-minute sessions allow your child/children to interact in real time with a puppet character. Sing, dance, read a story, or just simply chat. Each session is child-guided and completely unique! Tuesdays. Event details

Crayola At-Home Crafting

While you can't visit Orlando's Crayola Experience right now, you can sign up to get access to tons of downloadable coloring pages, creativity tips and more. There are new activities added daily. Daily. Event details

Virtual Story Time with Barnes & Noble

Head to the Barnes & Noble YouTube page for story times read by children's book authors. Follow #BNStorytime for more stories from your favorite authors, special guests, and more! Daily. Event details

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Check Out Our MASSIVE Virtual Events Calendar

For more virtual fun every day of the week, head to our virtual events calendar. You'll find dance classes, scavenger hunts, animal encounters, drawing classes and MORE!

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—Kate Loweth

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