Disney World kids’ centers give parents guilt-free night out

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This article comes to us from Kristin Ford at the Daily Disney.

Recently, my kids got to experience a little bit of magic without me at Walt Disney World.

My husband and I dropped them off at one of the six children’s activity centers, where kids ages 3 to 12 are supervised and can play video and board games, participate in arts and crafts, color, read, play with a variety of toys and watch movies. When we arrived, my almost-8-year-old son made a beeline for the wall of Wii and Playstation systems, while my almost-6-year-old daughter admired the dress-up clothes and coloring choices.

We had no doubt our kids would have fun, and we were confident they were safe as well. The doors to the center beeped loudly any time they were opened, and cast members were quick to check who was coming or going. The ratio of adults to children was better than average. There were two adults and four kids in the center when we arrived. When we returned, there were three adults and about a dozen children. Parents wanting to rely on more than their cell phones also can request pagers.

Most of the centers are open daily from 4:30 p.m. to midnight. Dinner is included for children in the centers between 6 and 8 p.m. My kids loved getting to “order” their dinners. Choices included a hot dog with fries and fruit; macaroni and cheese with fruit; chicken tenders with fries and fruit; fish nuggets with fries and fruit; cheese pizza; and grilled cheese with fries and fruit.

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Photo credit Steven Ford/Orlando Sentinel

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