Special Events


AAP Community Cares Project

Friday, November 2
12:00PM – 4:30PM

Join us for an opportunity to provide support to children by volunteering your time before the National Conference during our annual “Community Cares” project. This year’s project will benefit Give Kids The World Village. Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

Conference attendees, families, and children (10 years of age and older) are welcome to participate in this fun and rewarding activity. 

Transportation will depart from Orange County Convention Center at 12:00PM and return by 4:30PM. A boxed lunch will be provided. Don’t miss out on an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children!



AAP Kids’ Camp

Friday, November 2
5:30pm – 8:00pm
Hyatt Regency Orlando

Come One, Come All and celebrate the 2018 National Conference at “The Greatest Show!” This year’s AAP Kids’ Camp invites children of all ages to step right up and enjoy healthy food, music, crafts and face painting. Try your luck at the Carnival Midway, with games designed for kids and kids at heart. Be dazzled by the sights and sounds Under the Big Top!

All registered attendees and families are invited. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Shuttle-bus transportation provided from conference hotels.



President’s Welcome Reception

Friday, November 2
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Hyatt Regency Orlando

Kick off the 2018 National Conference at the President’s Welcome Reception. This year’s reception will take place at the headquarter hotel, Hyatt Regency Orlando. Start your conference experience while enjoying complimentary food and entertainment. Live music from a local band and delicious eats will get you energized and motivated for four extraordinary days in Orlando!

Shuttle-bus transportation provided from conference hotels.




Orlando Experience! at Universal’s Islands of Adventure™

Saturday, November 3
7:30PM – 11:30PM
Universal’s Islands of Adventure™
Cost: $15 p/adult, $5 p/child (12 and under)

Get ready for one of the biggest events the American Academy of Pediatrics has ever thrown because we’ve reserved the entire Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ theme park just for you! All night long, you’ll have unlimited access to the incredible rides and attractions including The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ – Hogsmeade™, Skull Island: Reign of Kong™, the Jurassic Park River Adventure™, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man®, and so much more. It’s an entire universe of action and thrills – and it’s all yours.

Price includes entry into Universal’s Islands of Adventure™.  Upon entry, attendees will also receive a $10 gift card that can be used at any of the food/beverage or souvenir outlets that are available. The price for this event is in addition to full conference registration.  A conference badge and event ticket will be required for entry. We strongly encourage you to register in advance of this event.

Shuttle bus transportation will be available from all official conference hotels beginning at 7:00PM and will run continuously through the duration of the event.  


HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s18)

© 2018 MARVEL. Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park River Adventure TM Universal Studios/Amblin. Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2018 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.


James W Bass Pediatric Bowl

Sunday, November 4 (NEW DAY!)
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Pediatric questions galore await in Orlando, which will host the world’s premier pediatric trivia contest. The 2018 James W Bass Pediatric Bowl promises to be a battle of wits and endurance among three outstanding Florida residency programs that will compete for the chance to sip, but not aspirate, from the coveted Meconium Cup. You will be entertained, educated, and enthralled by questions covering everything you thought you’d never need to know about pediatrics.

* This event is not designated for CME credit.

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AAP Friends of Children Fund 5K Fun Run & Walk

Monday, November 5
7:30AM – 8:30AM

This year’s run will be one you do not want to miss! More details coming soon.


Shuttle-bus transportation provided from conference hotels.