Join the fun and races at “The Great Duck Derby” – Coming March 10, 2018
Family Activities – Fun for Everyone!
Duck Derby family activities include:
- Mr. Richard Sing-Along
- Duckoration Station (paint your little rubber racing duck)
- Silly Song Sing-Along with Mr. Harley
- Nature Hikes and Scavenger Hunts
- Face Painting
- Magic Beans
- Games and Crafts
- Bounce House
- Animal Encounters
- Fire Truck exploration
- and the Duck Races!
The first race is at 11 a.m., followed by a little rubber duck race at 11:15 a.m., then silly song sing-a-long with Mr. Harley at 11:45 a.m. and two more little rubber duck races between 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. Prizes for the top three in each race.
Enter to win a free one-week registration to the Mead Garden Young Naturalist Summer Camp. A $235 value!
Bring your picnic blankets, take a hike along the creek, and enjoy the great outdoors. Food, drinks and sweet treats, as well as Duck Derby t-shirts and whistles will be available for purchase.
Calling for Great Duck Derby Sponsors! Click on the forms below to learn how you can join the raft of GREAT BIG DUCKS in the Special Sponsor Race.
10 AM – 2 PM; gates open at 9:30 AM
Or you can skip the forms and go directly to Sponsoring. Pick your level and click the donate button!
The Ducks love a light rain so they race rain or shine!
“The Great Duck Derby” is a family fun day at Mead Garden, featuring the famous little rubber duck races and tons of kid-friendly activities.
Thanks to our fine flock of Duck Derby sponsors, it’s just $5 to adopt a race duck and all other activities are FREE!
Interested in volunteering? Click here to sign up!
Race and Activity Schedule
10:00 a.m. Duck Adoption and Activities begin (see list of activities below)
11:00 a.m. Welcome by Emcee Frank Hamner
11:05 a.m. Big Beautiful Sponsor Race
11:15 a.m. Silly Song Sing-Along with Mr. Harley
11:30 a.m. Little Duck Family Race #1
12:00 noon Mr. Richard Sing-Along
12:30 p.m. Little Duck Family Race #2
1:15 p.m. Little Duck Family Race #3
1:30 p.m. Summer Camp Drawing
Parking in the Garden is limited. Overflow parking lot at corner of Orange Ave. and Denning. Complimentary shuttle generously provided by Park, Bark & Fly. Pack a picnic or grab lunch, hot dog or a sweet treat from food trucks, including Jeremiah’s. Enter drawing to win free week at Mead’s Young Naturalist Summer Camp. All proceeds benefit children’s nature education programs at Mead.
Duckoration station where kids get their race ducks ready, baby chick and bunny animal encounter, nature hikes and scavenger hunts, bounce houses, silly song sing-along with Mr. Harley, the Winter Park Fire Department’s big red engine, crafts and games, and more! Free tree give away by the Winter Park Urban Forestry department.
Food, drinks and sweet treats, as well as Duck Derby t-shirts and whistles will be available for purchase.
Mead Garden thanks the Duck Derby sponsors and volunteers who make the Duck Derby possible. Special kudos to MC Frank Hamner, who calls the races and shamelessly shares the best duck jokes ever. We also welcome this year’s special guest, Orlando Sentinel columnist Scott Maxwell, a big Duck Derby and Mead Garden fan.
Want to be a part of the Duck Derby team? We welcome volunteers to help on Derby Day. Community service hours available to students. Please let us know if you are interested helping with the derby, email us at email@example.com
Proceeds from the derby support youth nature programming at Mead Botanical Garden including Mead’s Young Naturalist Summer Day Camp.
IDEAS FOR YOUR SPONSOR DUCK DECORATIONS: Click here for a Gallery of former Champions!
Adopt a Duck and enter the race!
For just $5, adopt a duck or pick up a Quack Pack — adopt 4 ducks for $20 and get a 5th duck free! Credit Cards welcome.