June 27, 2017

Happy Birthday, Epcot (+ 5 Must-Do Kids Activities)

Believe it or not, Epcot turned 30 today. I’ve been to Epcot a number of times over the years, but it’s still hard to believe it’s been 30 years since the park opened to the public. One of the things I love most about Epcot is that it’s all about learning, whether about technology, agriculture or different cultures around the world. If you’re planning a family trip to Epcot, here are my top-five must-do activities when traveling with young children.

Innoventions: This hands-on learning pavilion has a variety of exhibits that are both fun and educational, as well as an interactive play space for kids of all ages. Check out The Great Piggy Bank Adventure to learn financial basics, and then head to Where’s the Fire? to learn all about fire safety. The Test the Limits Lab invites little ones to safety test everyday products used at home.

Living with the Land: Your kids will enjoy the 14-minute boat ride that teaches about farming and where food comes from. Interestingly, the produce you see on the tour is grown for and used in Epcot restaurants. For an extra fee, you can also enjoy a Behind the Seeds walking tour and enjoy an herb/spice sensory challenge, vegetable taste tests and a ladybug release.

Journey into the Imagination with Figment: On this ride you’ll journey through the labs of the Imagination Institute to see the impact that the five senses can have on one’s imagination. Following the ride, kids can enjoy ImageWorks, a hands-on play area where kids can conduct an orchestra, experiment with lights and video, and explore various interactive stations.

World Showcase: While it’s an amazing learning adventure to explore the countries of the World Showcase on their own, it’s even more entertaining to “travel the world” and stop at Kidcot Fun Stops. At each stop, kids can decorate a Duffy the Disney Bear with stamps and symbols from each country. Click over for the locations of the Kidcot Fun Stops at Epcot.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends: While I’m a big fan of Crush, my favorite part of this attraction is the 5.7 million gallon salt water tank, which is home to 6,000 sea creatures, including turtles, angelfish, dolphins, rays and sharks. There’s even a special manatee rehabilitation area. So much to learn about the underwater environment and so much to see beyond Nemo, Dory, and of course, Crush.

What are some of your favorite attractions at Epcot that are both fun and educational? Let me know in the comments section below.

Photo Credit: Elysia in Wonderland

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