This time of year, we’d normally be offering up a huge list of Easter dining and family events for you to enjoy, but 2021 is different with COVID-19 and the quarantine.
Thankfully, with more people getting vaccinated, local restaurants and other businesses are offering more Easter brunches and dinners, as well as fun Easter-themed things to do as a family.
So if you’re celebrating Easter this year, here is our list of dining and events worth checking out. Please be careful – wear your masks and social distance. Restaurants listed have pledged to observe COVID safety protocols.
In this week’s Orlando dining news round-up, chef’s dinners, new openings, and a few closings. Are you hungry? Let’s dive in…
King Bao has opened at 710 N. Mills in the former Raphsodic Bakery spot. Individual bao are priced between $3 to $4, but King Bao specials are 2 bao and a non-alcoholic drink for $7 or 3 bao and a non-alcoholic drink for $9.
Sanford’s Seminole Towne Center is showing its support for Breast Cancer Awarness this month with two special events the weekend of October 23-24.
Unite against Breast Cancer for the 4th Annual Pink By Design Fashion Show and Extravaganza in Center Court on Friday, October 23, beginning at 5pm. The event will include fall fashions and a Shop Pink Extravaganza with mammography scheduling and gift basket drawings from Florida Hospital. To RSVP, call (866) 328-6417 or visit JoinThePinkArmy.com and click on the community events link.
On Saturday, July 18, families are invited to get their game on at the Kidgits Carnival at Seminole Towne Center in Sanford.
From 1pm to 3pm, kids enrolled in the mall’s Simon Kidgits Club can test their skills at various games for fun prizes, or explore their whimsy and super hero stealth through artistic face-painting, all for free.
Enjoy an evening at the movies as the Love Your Shorts Summer Rewind airs at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center in Sanford on Friday, August 22.
The event will showcase various films from the 2014 Love Your Shorts Film Festival held in February. Each film ranges from 4 to 17 minutes and offers a variety of genres from several different countries.
Tickets are only $5 in advance or at the door, and is being held the same night at the Sanford Art Walk, which begins at 6pm. The films start at 8pm.
The Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center is located at 201 S. Magnolia Ave in Sanford. For more info on this Summer Rewind event, visit loveyourshorts.com.
Nearly 17 acres were bought by the county and it will be used to build a Wild African Safari Park at the zoo.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, plans show visitors traveling by shuttle buses or trains across an area similar to an African plain to see animals native to that continent, like giraffes, zebras, wildebeests and gazelles. Animals will be separated from visitors by a natural barriers such as moats.
It isn’t a done deal, though. Zoo officials said they still need to raise nearly $6.5 million to build the open-range attraction. If they do raise enough funds, construction could start as early as 2014, with a estimated opening in 2018.
The safari park would be the largest expansion for the zoo since it moved to its current location in 1975.
Last Saturday (July 14), a new attraction opened in Daytona Beach.
A company called Zoom Air has opened a “treetop adventure park” in Tuscawilla Park. Though Tropical Storm Debby caused some delays in construction, the company plans to have two-thirds of the course available, with the remainder completed by early August.
Once the entire course is completed, visitors at least 54″ tall will enjoy 52 games up in the trees, including 12 zip lines. The course is designed to graduate in height and challenge. The longest zip line will be around 500 feet, and the highest point on the course at around 55 feet.
Tuscawilla Park is located at Nova Road and International Speedway.
Zoom Air already operates another location at the Central Florida Zoo in Sanford.
Zoom Air Daytona Beach has special opening pricing through September 30, 2012. Rates start at $20.95. They also have package pricing for families and annual passes good for one or both Central Florida locations. For more information, visit zoomair.us.
Monumental July 4th Celebration – Kissimmee’s annual festivities start with a Naturalization ceremony and live music, and end with a fireworks display over Lake Toho. Cost: Free
Red, Hot & Boom – Once again, radio station WXXLfm brings in name acts to Cranes Roost Park on July 3, to help celebrate Fourth of July. This year’s line-up includes Cobra Starship, Karmin, JoJo, Outasight, A Rocket to the Moon, Neon Hitch, and Chris Rene. Cost: Free
Walt Disney World – Epcot – The park’s nightly “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth” light and fireworks show will be enhanced with “The Heartbeat of Freedom,” an overture of traditional Americana themes displayed in a pyrotechnic and laser light event. . Cost: Included with park admission
Walt Disney World – Hollywood Studios – “Rockin’ 4th of July Celebration ” features fireworks and a light show backed by the sounds of the live band, Mulch, Sweat and Shears. Cost: Included with park admission
Walt Disney World – Magic Kingdom – “Disney’s Celebrate America! A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky,” is a patriotic fireworks spectacular over Cinderella’s Castle. Cost: Included with park admission
Even though they had nothing to do with the current Trayvon Martin shooting controversy, local Sanford businesses are feeling the backlash just the same.
Many locals are refusing to visit these restaurants, bars and other shops, which had nothing to do with the shooting, not wanting to get caught up in the events happening in the wake of the shooting. To make matters worse, the Rev Al Sharpton has called for a boycott of local Sanford businesses.
It makes no sense to boycott local businesses because of the shooting. In fact, they need your support more than ever. WIthout customers, these local businesses have no way to pay their bills and employees stand to lose their jobs.
Do not let the shooting or Sharpton scare you off and please continue to patronize your favorite local Sanford businesses!
And if you haven’t been up to Sanford lately, the monthly Alive After 5 event is a great reason to go. It costs only $7 a person and is held in historic downtown Sanford. April’s theme is shrimp.
Attention all 80s hard rock fans in Central Florida! If you’ve been looking for an excuse to bang your head in public, The Garage Bar up in Sanford has the bands for you.
Friday, November 5, Blandini will take the stage. The band features rock guitarist Jeff Blando, who has played with Slaughter, Vince Neil and Saigon Kick. Pure Vinyl and Megaphone are also scheduled.
Saturday, November 6, Firehouse returns to Orlando. The bill also includes Unchained Chaos, Julliett and Sixty Watt Sun.
Local band Iced Down hits the stage on Saturday, November 13. Never heard them but they seem to play a lot of the bike fests in Central Florida.
The month wraps up with an appearance by Warrant, headlining a bill with The Fugnutz and The Psycho Magnets. Jani is no longer fronting the band, but I’ve heard the current vocalist, and the band still sounds really good.
The Garage Bar is part of the Route 46 entertainment complex. It’s located on State Road 46, just east of I-4, next to BJ’s Wholesale Club. Cover charge varies for bands, but the average, according to the club, is between $10 and $15 at the door.