The Children’s Safety Village of Central Florida offers several safety programs for children ages 4-12. We utilize unique teaching concepts to provide children with a realistic approach to recognizing safety hazards found in their everyday life. “Active learning combined with multi-level experiences” is the educational philosophy that guides every aspect of our programs.
Most popular programs include: Bicycle and Helmet Safety, Pedestrian Safety, Water Safety, Fire Safety and Prevention, Dangerous Person Awareness, Internet Safety, and Poison Prevention. All of our programs collate with Florida Next Generation Standards.
Programs are offered Monday- Friday, between 9:30 – 12:00. Field trip programs begin at 9:30 am, 10:00 am or 10:30 am and are one hour and a half in length (two sessions of 45 minutes each). Summer Program hours and session times change to 9:30 – 11:00, 11:00 – 12:30, 12:30 – 2:00 or 2:00 – 3:30. Teachers should select two programs and group size should not exceed 60 students per field trip. Programs are subject to change without notice due to the availability of safety instructors.
The Fire Safety House at the Children’s Safety Village looks so much like a real house, you might be tempted to ask who lives there…and, no, it isn’t Sparky the fire dog. Although, he does make frequent trips here to teach fire safety. The Fire Safety House was designed with the idea of presenting fire safety hazards similar to those children might encounter in their own homes.
This comprehensive program includes a trip through the house complete with a tour of the living room, kitchen, and bedroom. Children learn methods of exit, how to avoid hazards such as the fireplace, pots on the kitchen stove, electric heaters, and they actually practice to “fall and crawl” in the event of smoke and fire.
Then comes the time to practice what you’ve learned. Artificial smoke is pumped in through the smoke generation system, smoke alarms go off, and doors become hot to the touch.
Participants are guided through the process by trained professionals from Orange County Fire Rescue and Orlando Police Department education officers. The class ends at an agreed upon outside meeting place.
The Pedestrian Safety starts with a short classroom presentation explaining the definitions of pedestrian, crosswalks, sidewalks, and curbs. Participating children are asked to show their right hand, then their left hand. This demonstration is to ensure they know their left from their right, which is then put into action when they are asked outside on our streets to look left, look right and then look left again before crossing the street with an adult.
Once outside utilizing the miniature “city” with buildings, pave streets, sidewalks, a functioning traffic light, and a railroad crossing light, the children will learn traffic safety, staying on the sidewalk and off the curb. In this hands-on training exercise, children will learn how to correctly use traffic and crosswalk signals to safely cross the street with an adult.
Water Safety Awareness
Millions of Americans enjoy the benefits of exercise and relaxation provided by a home swimming pool. However, a study conducted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission demonstrates the need for special care to avoid drowning and other serious injuries – particularly to young children. Did you know that Florida leads the nation in drowning, more than three times the national average?
The Water Safety Awareness program at the Children’s Safety Village teaches children pool safety. The village has a water safety complex with an indoor pool and a classroom, where trained safety professionals teach students many different ways to be safe in and around the water. Participant children learn important water safety tips that will aid them in the event someone has fallen in a pool and needs help. They will learn how to use available resources such as pool poles, coolers, rope, and pool noodles to save a life without actually getting in the water.
Does your child know what to do if he or she finds a gun? At the Children’s Safety Village, we teach a gun accident prevention program that helps children from Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade what to do if they ever come across a gun. The goal of this program is to relay basic information about gun safety and children. Our class is taught by a certified program specialist and it uses the “Eddie Eagle GunSafe®” curriculum developed by a task force made up of educators, school administrators, curriculum specialists, urban housing safety officials, clinical psychologists, law enforcement officials and National Rifle Association firearm safety experts.
Internet Safety Tips
The Children’s Safety Village currently uses the NetSmartz© Workshop curriculum to promote internet safety. The NetSmartz© Workshop is an interactive, educational safety resource from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) for children aged 5-17 and parents & guardians. In this program, children learn basic guidelines and resources related to cyberbullying, exposure to inappropriate material, how not to reveal too much personal information and online predators among other issues.
Bike and Helmet Safety
An interactive bicycle safety program that uses visually stimulating activities and a peer-to-peer approach to teaching students how to “bike safe and bike smart”. Students learn essential information about safe riding practices. They learn how to check their bicycle to make sure their bicycle is in the safest riding condition. They learn how to properly fit their bicycle helmet, rules of the road, how to properly signal. They learn about risky bicycle behaviors that they need to avoid. Most importantly they learn the major importance of always wearing a bicycle helmet.
Occupant Protection Safety
The Children’s Safety Village partners with the Safe Kids Orange County coalition to provide Car Seat and Child Passenger Safety information and car seat installation services.
Did you know that more than 7 out of 10 car seats are incorrectly installed?
Contact us to schedule a car seat check today. Your child seat will be inspected by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
Each seat is routinely:
- Checked for manufacturer recalls
- Adjusted for proper fit to your child
During your visit with us, you will be taught how to correctly install the seat and make as needed adjustments as your child grows. Call 407-521-4673 for a one-on-one appointment today.
Appointments are booked Monday through Friday at our location. Arrangements can be made to meet within Orange County at a sheriff’s office substation. Free monthly car seat check events are also available, please check out our Events page, our Facebook page, the Safe Kids Orange County’s page, or call for more information.
Our Technicians and Instructors teach various programs on and off property at the Children’s Safety Village and are not always available on site. You can get your car seat checked by attending one of the checkpoints listed on our Events page, our Facebook page, Safe Kids Orange County’s page, or call for more information.
Dangerous Person Awareness
This program is full of role playing activities instructing children on what they should know about strangers and how to be careful and aware of people that they know as well. This program teaches children some of the most common lures (video games, candy, money, toys, and pets) used to entice children into dangerous situations. Children will learn about instincts and how to recognize and follow them. This class is followed by a questions and answers session instructing them on how they should handle various situations involving strangers as well as people they know.
Instructors emphasize the importance to have safety discussions at home and the necessity of developing safety rules for different scenarios. Participating students will learn the importance of having a family safety plan that will sometimes involve a family “secret code word”.
9-1-1 Emergency Calling
Teaching our children about 9-1-1 is critical. This is a lifesaving emergency phone number all children must know. The word emergency is explained to them with various examples of an emergency. The children are instructed when it is necessary to call 9-1-1.
This program involves the children using toy phones that will say “9-1-1 what is your emergency”, they are then prompted to respond and tell the dispatcher what their emergency is. This program is specially designed to teach young children how to dial 9-1-1 and what they will need to know once they have dialed. The program showcases examples of 9-1-1 calls and prepares children to be ready for when they need to make that important phone call.
Walk – Ride – Thrive (Orange County Based Programs Only)
Children that participate in Orange County’s Walk-Ride-Thrive program learn about pedestrian and bicycle safety. The goal of Orange County’s Walk-Ride-Thrive! Pedestrian Safety Initiative is to establish and maintain a coordinated, comprehensive and consistent response to Orange County’s pedestrian and bicycle safety issues. Children learn how to cross the street safely and how to recognize safety signs and signals. They also learn about different crosswalks, sidewalks and ADA ramps that are in place to help them stay safe. Another part of the presentation involves bicycle safety and helmet safety with examples of safe riding, how to fit a helmet and what to wear. The presentation is followed up by the group practicing some of what they learned out at our traffic light and crosswalks located on campus.
Poison Prevention Program
More than 2 million poisonings are reported each year to the 57 poison control centers across the country. More than 90 percent of these poisonings occur in the home. The majority of non-fatal poisonings occur in children younger than six years old.
Children love to explore!! Young children cannot determine if something is poisonous or not. The poison prevention program class gives students an opportunity to learn how to be safe when it comes to medicine and other house hold goods that can look exactly like their favorite candy or juice. The resemblances between candy and medicine are so alike that in some cases, it can create great danger, especially for a young child unable to read labels. In a typical household, there are so many medicines and products that look like something a child would instantly mistakenly put in their mouth.
In this program children are taught to not touch or put things in their mouth even though they might look appealing. They are taught to let their parents make the proper choices for them.
Contact us if you are interested in scheduling a field trip to the Safety Village.
Our field trip experience is great for public and private schools, learning academies, faith-based organizations, home schools, childcare and day care centers, Head Start programs, after-school programs, Scout Troops, community and neighborhood centers.
There is a nominal fee to participate in a field trip: $5 per student and one free adult for every 10 paid students.
Your school field trip experience at the Children’s Safety Village, starts in our “miniature city” known as the Children’s Safety Village. Our child-size “village” is built on an eight acre site and includes nine miniature buildings with paved sidewalks and streets, a functioning traffic light and crosswalk signals, railroad crossing and lights, a fire safety house, and a water safety complex with an indoor pool.
Contact us for additional information or fill out the request form online to book your field trip to the Children’s Safety Village.