2018 Spring Break Guide: Things to Do with Kids in Sanford FL

Seminole County Spring Break begins Friday March, 16th and runs through Sunday March 25th. Are you prepared to keep your kids active? Sanford365 has searched and listed all Sanford kid and family friendly events to keep you and your little ones busy! HAPPY SPRING BREAK!


Things to do with kids in Sanford FL: Visiting the otters at the Central Florida Zoo

Spring Break Camp at the Zoo – Jungle Mania

Central Florida Zoo, 3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, FL 32771

March 19-23, 2018 9am-4pm (Ages 6-12)

Click here for more info!

Travel with us as we journey into jungle habitat. Adventures await as campers head out on a daring week long quest to find out what lives in the jungle and how animals survive. What does it take to be king of the jungle? Dare to discover wild animals in wild places on this trip into JUNGLE MANIA!

$175 annual pass holders, $195: non-pass holders

Before Care:  8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
$7 per day / $25 per week

After Care:  4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
$7 per day / $25 per week

Related Article: Things to Do in Sanford with Kids: A Visit at the Zoo

PAL Camp 2017



Youth Services Prevention and Enforcement Center, 1151 E. 28th Street

March 19-March 23 (The application deadline for Spring Camp is Friday March 16, 2018.)

PAL Camp is available to all children ages 5-14, children do not have to live in Seminole County to participate; however, we do follow the Seminole County School Board Calendar. The application deadline for Spring Camp is Friday March 16, 2018.

There is a non-refundable $50.00 per child registration fee to enroll children in Summer Camp. The weekly fee is $90.00.  The camp hours are 7 AM to 6 PM with organized activities occurring from 9 AM to 4 PM. Each camper is responsible for bringing their lunch and 2 snacks each day as we do not provide any food.

For further information, during business hours (Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm) contact Jessica Merck: (407) 708-7686.

Visit the Easter Bunny at Seminole Towne Center

Seminole Towne Center Mall, 200 Towne Center Cir, Sanford, FL

March 10-31 @ 10am – 8:30 pm

We know you’re ready to ring in the spring season, and we are, too! The Easter Bunny is COMING SOON. It’s time for the whole family to pay us a visit. Capture this year’s unique Easter memory in a photo with the Bunny, and hop on over to our Facebook Page for more events you’ll enjoy. Brought to you in partnership with Seminole Harley-Davidson.





Seminole Community Church 5070 Orange Blvd.

March 16th, 7pm-11:55pm

MIDNIGHT MADNESS for students 5th to 12th grade.   Food and Fun!! There will be a gaming truck, Octogon, 9-Square, Team games, bounce house and Race bounce house. Come to see who will get a pie in their face!

Students can be dropped off at 7pm and picked up at Midnight.

Kids Night out at Sanford Zoo!

Central Florida Zoo, 3755 NW Hwy 17-92, Sanford, FL 32771

Saturday, March 17 6:30pm-10pm (Registration is required by March 16, 2018. Space is limited)

It’s a special kids only event at the Zoo!

Ages 5-12

It’s KIDS ONLY at the Zoo on this special Kids Night Out! The fun begins in the Discovery Center at 6:30 p.m. Everyone will get to enjoy meeting cool animals up close and take a flashlight tour of the Zoo. We’ll play games, make a craft, and enjoy a snack, all before the grown ups come back!

Theme: Animals that glow in the dark!

Annual Pass Holders: $20 per child
Non Pass Holders: $25 per child

Seminole County Fair Sanford FL 2014

Seminole County Fair


Starts Friday March 23 (through March 31st)

Click here for more info!

The kids will love a visit to the annual Seminole County Fair in Sanford! Lots of fun rides to choose from and many treats to enjoy! Don’t miss it 😉



Space: A Live Theatrical Experience

This performance is recommended for ages 14 and up.

Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College 100 Weldon Blvd

March 22 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM |  March 23 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | March 24 @ 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM & @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | March 30 @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM | March 31st @ 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
doors open at 7:30 PM

Admission: $25 regular, $10 with Seminole State ID

Pre-sale for first 30 tickets per show can be purchased atspace.simpletix.com

Cash or check ONLY at the door.
This performance is recommended for ages 14 and up.

For more information please visit www.seminolestate.edu/planet

The Emil Buehler Planetarium is proud to partner with Dark Side of Saturn Productions, to host Space, directed by Kevin G. Becker. This science fiction drama made its premiere at the 2016 Orlando International Fringe Festival and won the Critics Choice Award for Technical Achievement. The Genesis IV and the associated uniforms were designed and constructed by Evan Miga. Video production by Walter Lowe of Blackburst Entertainment.

Space is an original work by local writer Corey Volence. Inspired by the works of the late Sam Shepard, Edward Albee, Samuel Beckett, and Jean-Paul Sartre.
Starring local actors Ashleigh Ann Gardner, Brenna Arden, Chaz Krivan, and Jean-Michel Rousseau.

The four person crew of the Genesis IV are a month away from concluding a five year journey to colonize a new planet. What could possibly go wrong?

Join the crew onboard the Genesis IV in this immersive staging of Space at the beautiful Emil Buehler Planetarium. You will be transported by the intimate confines and the passing stars of the Genesis IV.

A roundtable discussion with the actors and planetarium director Derek Demeter on the science of space travel will be presented after each performance.

An Orlando Sentinel review of Space during Fringe Festival called the show “top-quality”. Acknowledging what may have been “top-quality” at Fringe can be improved upon, this partnership with the Planetarium will allow us to push far beyond our previous capabilities.



Movie in the Square-Beethoven

Downtown Sanford in Magnolia Square (near the clock tower). 

March 23rd, 8pm-9:30pm

Movie in the Square – Friday, March 23rd 8pm. This month’s movie is Beethoven! Pints and Paws is Saturday so get in the dog-gone mood and come out and enjoy a hilarious movie under the stars with us! Pack a picnic basket with your favorite food and beverages or visit one of our many awesome restaurants and bring your dinner to Magnolia Square! Don’t forget to bring comfortable chairs, as seating in the Square is limited. 8pm. Woof!




Teen Movie Afternoon at Sanford Library

Sanford Library, 150 N Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL 32771, USA

March 24th, 2pm-4:30pm

Join us for a showing of Guardians of the
Galaxy Vol. 2. Popcorn provided! Feel free to bring your own snacks and enjoy the movie! Free. For Middle
and High School students only.


Kids Classics in Sanford

Things to do with kids in Sanford FL: Fort Mellon Park plaugroundApart from these events, there are always some Sanford kids classics:

  • Walking/Biking on the Riverwalk
  • Feeding the ducks at the pond by the senior center
  • Play at Park on Park: the shadow of beautiful oak trees makes this the most idyllic playground in town and even on hotter days pretty bearable (you’d be surprised)
  • A visit at Ft. Mellon Park playground and (currently, i.e. March, only open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, $2) Ft Mellon Park Splash Pad: can’t beat playing on this huge playground and then cooling off on the splash pad.
  • Sanford Derby Park
    Racing down the hill at Sanford’s Derby Park is so much fun! We love to bring the kids’ “vehicles” aka tricycle, bike and Plasma car with us and have them race all they want. After that, the Derby Park playground is another favorite of mine because it is not close to the road and offers a good variety. Here is a video of a recent visit at Sanford’s Derby Park Playground (kids racing and a minor accident included).
  • Love horses? Head over to Hidden Palms Ranch for their horse experience or go for a relaxing ride through natural Florida.
  • A visit at White’s Red Hill Groves to pick fresh fruit and veggies.
  • Become a part of the growing group Sanford Rocks, collect, decorate and hide your rocks around Sanford and bring a smile to someone. Be sure to become a part of the Facebook group as some people post when they find rocks and you might just see one of yours as well as finding out when the next painting party will be!


Things to do with the kids on rainy days

How about a visit at the Seminole Towne Center mall so the kids can let out all their energy in the play area or ride train (I have to admit though, the $4 price is a bit steep)? Have you tried the stuffed ride-on animals in the center court? Definitely a treat after a shopping trip gone well…

Or if your kids are a bit older you could try a visit at the Sanford Museum (520 E First Street) to teach them a bit of Sanford’s history. You won’t be disappointed!

Last but not least, visit the Sanford Library (150 N Palmetto Avenue)! They have a great selection of children’s books and my boys’ love taking home new books each time we go! In addition to that, the library offers a fun story time, divided by age groups. The dates during Spring Break are as follows:

  • Saturday, March 17th at 12:30pm: Teen Game Changers Club: Game Changers meets weekly. Get together with your friends and challenge each other to fun board games and role playing! Open to Middle and High School students! Free. No registration required.

Click here for the Libraries March Calendar!

  • Satisfy yours and your kids sweet tooth at Wondermade!

  • Bowling at Airport Lanes (Have you been since they redid the entire inside?) 

Your kids love spending time with you so don’t forget that you can have fun at home to, check out these fun ideas from MacaroniKid.com!

Please remember, we are constantly adding to this list and updating this article to provide you with even more fun things to do during Spring Break, so check back often!

As Sanford mommy, I am curious though: where do you like to take your kids to? What are your favorite places and things to do with the kids in Sanford? Any tips you’d like to share with other moms? What would you like to see more of in Sanford? Share your thoughts below 😉