Aside from the basic costs of food, clothing, housing, transportation and other family needs, parents often “pay to play.” You see, when it comes to extracurricular activities — which 71% of parents with children say at least one of their kids is involved in — expenses add up. A recent LendingTree survey found that parents with children in extracurriculars spend an annual average of $731 per child on these activities. This may include sports, music, dance, scouts, clubs, etc. Thankfully there are many free classes for kids in Orlando.
We’ve also found quite a few that are worth the cost. There are plenty of kids’ classes in Orlando worth every penny! We’ve found these priceless pastimes, and we’re sharing them in order of cost (lowest to highest).
Classes in Orlando for Kids ($15 to $40)
Creative Jane Art Studio | Winter Park
If you want to spark your little artist’s creative side then head to Creative Jane Art Studio. This precious place located on Fairbanks Ave is adorable. You’ll surely love bringing your child, or children, to this artistic space.
Classes are available for toddlers, pre-K, and elementary level children. You can purchase class packs, or just drop in for one class. There are homeschool options too! Prices range from $35 and up.
Bushel & Peck Studio | Winter Park
Bushel & Peck Studio hosts season-long Musikgarten music classes for youngsters (newborns to preschoolers) during the week. Additionally, parents looking for pop-in options on Saturdays can now sing, dance, and play basic instruments with their kiddo.
This weekend class ($20) runs about 45 minutes long – with lasting memories. Babies, Toddlers, & Preschoolers (Newborn to Age 4) & their grownups.
American Girl | Orlando
Fans of American Girl can attend in-store workshops at the Florida Mall location, such as cookie decorating, crafts and, among the most popular, salon styling sessions ($25 and up).
During these beauty workshops, typically held monthly, American Girl stylists teach girls how to create fancy hairdos on American Girl dolls. It’s such a unique way to get all dolled up together.
Dirty Pour Project | Location Varies
If you love doing arts and crafts at playdates but don’t really want to worry about messy hands in your house, reach out to the Dirty Pour Project. They host Pour In The Park (with a minimum of 5 kids) at local parks for just $40 per child.
Pint-sized Picassos get to create fluid paintings on an 8″x10″ canvas using their three favorite colors.
Legacy Gymnastics | Maitland
If you’re not ready for the commitment of My Gym or Orlando Metro Gymnastics, pop into a Giggling Guppies class ($10). Held every Saturday and some Wednesdays, mommy-and-me style sessions empower mobile toddlers to work fine/gross motor skills, test coordination, improve listening abilities and participate in social engagement.
It’s all achieved through basic gymnastics motions, music and games.
Orlando Cat Café | Clermont
Mama bears and their tweenaged cubs can have the purrrfect Saturday at Orlando Cat Café, a cozy coffeehouse with a Cat Play Area full of roaming kittens and cats. And why opt for just a standard visit when you can book Yoga with Cats?! Your kiddo will definitely embrace the mindfulness practice of yoga if he/she/they can also embrace a fluffy feline.
Yoga with Cats is offered on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month and priced at $20 per person. Open to those age 10+, plan to book a reservation and bring a mat. The occasional art class is also offered.
The Taste of Curiosity | Oviedo
Foodies of all ages are welcome to play with their food here! The Taste of Curiosity hosts ‘Mini Chef Drop In Classes,’ like Family Pasta Nights, My Grown Up and Me Pasta Making Class, Teen Thursdays, and Homeschool Group.
Aside from being a fun affair focused on family fare, research shows that children who participate in food preparation and/or cooking-related programs make better dietary choices. Now that’s food for thought!
Classes start at $30 and some are priced higher
Songbirds Music, Art & Dance Center | Oviedo
For over seven decades now, children have loved playing with Play-Doh (or similar molding compounds). In addition to various craft, painting and music classes, Songbirds hosts Family Clay Workshops ($20 per person).
This hands-on experience promotes sensory development, improves coordination and motor skills, increases attention span and fosters creativity. And, of course, participants are gifted with their one-of-a-kind masterpiece. The minimum age for this art workshop is 7 years old.
Wild Flower Farm | Orlando
A visit to a farm isn’t just about horseplay. You see, children reap the benefits of learning in nature and grasp an understanding of agriculture, food, life cycles, and more. Fables on the Farm ($13 per person) features a farm-themed story time and the opportunity for kiddos to meet-and-greet (and feed) goats.
Children may offer a warm bottle of milk or fresh greens to their farm friends. Wild Flower Farm also offers Family Time on the Farm ($16) and Baby Goat Yoga ($23.50).
Kids Classes in Orlando ($45 and up)
American Red Cross’ Babysitting Class | Multiple Locations
As a parent, you value date nights and, of course, understand the value of qualified babysitters. A tween or teen may not have a lengthy resume just yet; however, they can seek an official babysitting certification.
Online and in-person trainings, led by Red Cross personnel, are geared toward those 11 years and up. Budding babysitters will learn essential childcare skills. Additionally, it’s wise to encourage caretakers of all ages to also obtain certification in First Aid and CPR/AED.
Prices range from $45 – $97.
Autumn and Ro | Ivanhoe Village District
Have a little creative person in your life? Well, open to those 14+, Autumn and Ro’s Botanical Resin Earring Workshop ($55 per person) is a real gem for jewelry lovers.
During the two-hour session, a professional jewelry maker guides the creation of one-of-a-kind pieces that feature pretty pre-dried florals. Each attendee will make two beautiful pairs of earrings.
Build-A-Bear | Altamonte Mall, Florida Mall, ICON Park & Waterford Lakes
Yes, the toy box is already stuffed with stuffies, but Build-A-Bear allows kids to design their very own cuddly creation. While Build-A-Bear is a popular birthday party venue, it’s also an option for an impromptu party of two, three, four or however big your family is.
Choose a traditional teddy bear or another animal, then add accessories, music, and more. While there is no formal class, this is still a great hands-on experience.
Code Ninjas | Waterford Lakes
If you’re cringing at the thought of promoting more screentime, we get it. Still, coding is a part of our evolving technologically advanced world. Great for STEM-loving learners, Code Ninjas offers monthly memberships (priced around $99 per month) focused on creativity, logic, problem-solving and more.
Unlike stand-alone classes and events, Code Ninjas specializes in ongoing sessions.
Confectionery Academy | Orlando
Operating out of D&G Occasions, a bake supply store, the Confectionery Academy hosts tons of deliciously themed classes. Chef-led workshops include cake pops and cakescicles, mini-Bundt cakes, caramel apples, chocolate bombs, cupcake decorating and so much more yumminess.
Age requirements typically apply for classes so plan for the sweetest tween/teen and parent bonding experience. Class prices vary, usually around $125 and up.
Florida Film Academy | Winter Garden
Playing dress-up never gets old… and especially if you’re into film or entertainment. Florida Film Academy hosts an array of workshops for future filmmakers, including Cosplay/Prop Design Workshops.
During these themed sessions ($145), which includes a meal, kids aged 10 and up learn the magic of costuming, materials, props and all things behind-the-scenes.
Great Couture Fashion | Orlando
Little fashionistas can experience expert fashion design instruction by Angelina Jordan, owner and founder of Great Couture Fashion. The couture company offers hands-on sewing and fashion design classes ($150) for all fancy pants kiddos, ages 7 to 12.
FYI, according to a Harvard Medical School, yoga has been shown to improve both physical and mental health in school-aged children (ages 6-12), specifically impacting balance, strength, endurance and aerobic capacity, as well as gains pertaining to focus, memory, self-esteem, academic performance and stress management.