Event lineup for Mister Rogers' Week of Kindness in Central Florida

Portrait of American educator and television personality Fred Rogers (1928 - 2003) of the television series Mister Rogers Neighborhood, circa 1980s. (Photo by Fotos International/Courtesy of Getty Images)

Monday would have been the acclaimed children's TV host and American icon, Fred Rogers' – also known as Mister Rogers – 95th birthday. 

In the Orlando area, there will be free public events inspired by him for the inaugural year of Mister Rogers' Week of Kindness.

See the event lineup below and for more information, visit www.MisterRogersWeekofKindness.com.

Thursday, March 23

Remember the Rogers Afternoon Tea

  • Where: Woman’s Club of Winter Park, 419 South Interlachen Avenue (Winter Park)
  • When: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Friday, March 24 

Mister Rogers’ Prayer Breakfast of Thanksgiving and Celebration

  • Where: First Baptist Church of Orlando, 3000 South John Young Parkway (Orlando)
  • When: 8:00am – 9:30am
  • Breakfast is included courtesy of Panera Bread.

Winter Park Neighbor Lunch & Learn with David Newell

  • Where: Winter Park Chamber of Commerce, 151 West Lyman Avenue (Winter Park)
  • When: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Inside Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

  • Where: Winter Park Library, 1052 West Morse Boulevard (Winter Park)
  • When: 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Saturday, March 25 

Mr. McFeely Meet & Greet

  • Where: Original Orlando Tours booth at Taste of Oviedo in the Oviedo Mall parking lot, 1700 Oviedo Mall Boulevard (Oviedo),
  • When: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Central Florida played a major part in Rogers' life when he took to the area in 1948 when he transferred from Dartmouth College to Rollins College in Winter Park.

He met his future spouse, Sara Joanne Byrd, on the tarmac of what is now known as the Orlando executive airport. 

The pair returned to Winter Park annually, where Rogers used his time in Central Florida to write many of scripts and pieces of original music for the TV program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.