There are several evening activities for kids at Universal Resorts Orlando. But as your time in Orlando is likely to be jam-packed with off-site activities anyway, you really only need a couple of onsite options to fill in any gaps of your busy day.
In total, there are eight different Universal Resort Orlando hotels to choose from. And each has its own unique benefits and selling points.
Whether you stay in one of Universal’s more budget-friendly Endless Summer hotels or one of Universal’s premier hotels, here are some evening activities that will tie your kids over until bedtime.
Evening Activities for Kids at Universal Resorts
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These first few evening activities for kids at Universal Resorts Orlando will be suitable for children of most ages including little ones.
Play in the Arcades
The arcades throughout all the hotels are filled with both arcade and video games for your kids to enjoy. So be sure to bring some extra change to top up your Fun E-Card.
The seven Universal Studios Orlando hotels with arcades are as follows:
- Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Surfside Inn and Suites
- Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites
- Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
- Loews Sapphire Falls Resort
- Loews Royal Pacific Resort
- Universal Orlando’s Hard Rock Hotel®
- Loews Portofino Bay Hotel
Enjoy a Late Night Swim
No matter what hotel we’re in, we always like to do at least one late-night swim during our trip to Orlando. The pools at Universal Hotels usually close at around 10 PM, so you’ll have the whole evening to splash about in the water once the sun goes down.
At Universal Orlando’s Hard Rock Hotel, there are even underwater speakers so you can rock out to some of your favourite music.
Roast Marshmallows Around the Firepit
Unlike Walt Disney World, which has firepits at almost all of its hotels, there are only three Universal hotels—Universal’s Aventura Hotel, Cabana Bay Beach, and Loews Sapphire Falls Resort—that feature a firepit.
The firepits can get slightly busy during an evening, so it’s best to get there early. But if you can secure a spot, then I highly recommend taking along some marshmallows to roast over the fire.
Better yet, purchase graham crackers and chocolate to make s’mores!
Go Bowling at Galaxy Bowl
Guests staying at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort can even play a game or two of bowling at the hotel’s bowling alley, Galaxy Bowl. With ten lanes of ten-pin bowling and a full bar and restaurant, you can spend hours practising your bowling skills or battling it out amongst yourselves in a friendly competition.
Watch a movie under the Stars
Guests at all Universal hotels can catch a movie outside near the pool. You’ll see the resort setting up as the sun starts to set, with timings and shows listed in the lobby.
Evening Activities for Older Kids at Universal Resorts Orlando
The following activities would be more appropriate for children who are a little older.
Immerse Yourself in Polynesian Evening Entertainment
Guests at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort can purchase tickets to the weekly luau that takes place every Saturday at 6 pm. The dinner show includes an all-you-can-eat buffet, live music, captivating hula dances and fire dancers, which all come together to create an evening you won’t ever forget.
Gaze Upon Music Memorabilia at the Hard Rock Hotel
As with Hard Rock Hotels all over the world, Universal Orlando’s Hard Rock Hotel is full of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia. As you walk through the hotel’s public places, you can spot everything from Elvis’ pyjamas and John Lennon’s suit to Lady GaGa’s leather outfit and Rihanna’s bodysuit.
If your kids have an interest in music, then discovering all the different memorabilia can be an excellent evening activity. And even if they have no clue who John Lennon actually is, then it can be a great opportunity to educate them.
Listen to Classic Opera Performances
And you can find the final of the evening activities for kids at Universal Resorts over at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel. The Loews Portofino Bay Hotel is situated around a lake, and its Harbor Piazza, which boasts cobblestone paths and sidewalk cafes, truly comes alive at sundown.
In addition to the incredible Italian theming, every evening, classical opera singers take to the balconies to perform classical favourites and “popera” numbers for guests of the hotel to enjoy. While listening to the music, adults can enjoy a cocktail, wine, or beer, while the little ones of the family can gaze upon the Italian sports cars and Vespas that are parked along the port.
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