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Lakeland Pools Reopening

Lakeland Pools, Libraries, and Skate Park reopen on Monday, June 1: What to Expect

The City of Lakeland has announced that libraries, pools, and the skate park will reopen on Monday, June 1. Find out what safety precautions and requirements will be in place if you are visiting one of these facilities.
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Ice Cream Sweet Treats

The Best Ice Cream, Cookies, Yogurt and Cupcakes in Lakeland {and beyond}

I scream, U scream, we all scream for ice cream! Cookies! Frozen yogurt! Gelato! Shaved Ice! Cupcakes! Find the best places for sweet eats and frozen treats in Lakeland and across Polk County.
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Family Board Games

Our Top 10 Favorite Family Board Games

Our family loves playing card games and board games, and we’ve graduated to strategy games where everyone – kids included – has a fair shot at winning and there are often bragging rights involved! See our 10 favorite family-friendly games both parents and kids will enjoy.
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Fun Kids Car Games (2)

10 Fun & Free Kids Car Games for your next Family Road Trip

Taking a road trip of any length with your kids can really, well, drive you crazy! Check out our ideas for kids car games that are free and require very little in the way of preparation or supplies.
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Take Home Activity Kits

Take-Home Activity Kits for Kids in the Lakeland area

Take-home kits, at-home activities, curbside pick-up kits… we aren’t sure what exactly to call these options, but local businesses and organizations have some great hands-on activities for your kids to do at home this summer.
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Lakeland Mom Reader Survey Summer 2020

Take the Lakeland Mom Reader Survey – Summer 2020

Take our first-ever reader survey! Totally anonymous and takes 5 minutes or less to complete. We'd love to know more about what your plans and interests are for this summer, as well as some general questions about how you use Lakeland Mom. Your input is a huge help to us.
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HTeaO Lakeland: What's Your Flavor?

HTeaO Lakeland: What’s Your Flavor?

Serving 24 flavors of fresh brewed iced tea, HTeaO Lakeland has quickly become my favorite spot to treat myself to a beverage, and my family loves it too. Call it what you want – a tea bar, tea shop, or tea buffet – HTeaO has one focus: serving delicious iced tea.
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Summer Fun at Home

75+ Ideas for Summer Fun at Home in 2020

We've put together a list of ideas for things to do at home during summer 2020, and most require little or no preparation. Because let's be honest... mom wants a break too.
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Summer Reading

2020 Summer Reading Programs & FREE Reading Resources

Want to keep your kids reading and learning over the summer? Find a FREE summer reading program or online book subscription to get them excited to read!
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Free Summer Bowling in Winter Haven & Lake Wales

Free Summer Bowling in Winter Haven & Lake Wales

Have kids that love to bowl? FREE Summer Bowling at Cypress Lanes in Winter Haven and First Frame Bowl in Lake Wales. We've confirmed they are both open and accepting Kids Bowl Free passes for Summer 2020.
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Pools and Splash Pads Lakeland Polk County

Swimming Pools & Splash Pads in Lakeland and Polk County

There is nothing better than a dip in the pool to beat the Florida heat! We've got plenty of local swimming pools and splash pads here in Lakeland and across Polk County that are open to the public. Find a place to get wet and cool off this summer.
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Celebrate the Last Day of School (2)

15+ Fun Ways to Celebrate the Last Day of School

The end of the 2019-20 school year is near and it is time to celebrate! Reaching the finish line on this crazy school year definitely calls for a celebration for kids, parents, and teachers, and we've got a list of fun ideas for you to mark the occasion and kick off the summer.
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FREE and $1 Summer Movies in Lakeland & Winter Haven (1)

Update on Free and $1 Summer Movies in Lakeland and Winter Haven

We have 4 local movie theaters that offer FREE or $1 summer movies for kids - Cobb & Cinemark in Lakeland, and Cobb and Regal in Winter Haven. We are waiting for updates for 2020 and do not know yet when these theaters will reopen OR if they will have any free or $1 summer movies this year.
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Drive-Thru Safari Lakeland

Drive-thru Safari Tours now available in your own car at Safari Wilderness in Lakeland

At Safari Wilderness in Lakeland, you can get up close and personal with llamas, zebras, watsui cattle, water buffalo, and more. For a limited time they are offering a guided drive-thru safari tour where you can see and feed exotic animals from the comfort of your own vehicle.
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Sunflower Farms Lakeland

Where to find Sunflower Farms near Lakeland

May is Sunflower Season in Florida. Take a day trip to a Sunflower Farm to get outdoors and enjoy some colorful photo opportunities. Farms are open for U-Pick Sunflowers as well as Sunflower Mazes you can explore, only an hour from the Lakeland area.
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Summer Art Dance Drama Camps

Visual and Performing Arts Camps for Summer 2020

These visual and performing arts camps will allow your child to explore their creativity while having fun this summer! Camp themes include acting, dance, music, musical theater, as well as visual arts such as painting, digital art, crafting, and more.
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Summer Academic Educational Camp Lakeland

Educational and Academic Summer Camps for 2020

Are you looking for a camp with an educational theme that offers academic enrichment or help for your child? These educational camps will help students progress academically over the summer with math, science, reading and writing activities, but always while having fun!
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Summer Sports Camps Lakeland

Sports Camps for Summer 2020

We love summer sports camps because they let kids burn off energy and improve their skills at their favorite sport. If you're looking for a summer camp in the Lakeland or Winter Haven area where your son or daughter can play a sport at summer camp (or try multiple sports) this list is for you. Our guide includes camps for
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Summer Camps for Teens Lakeland Winter Haven (2)

Summer Camps for Teens Ages 13+

We are here to help you find summer camps for those hard to find age groups, including teenagers! Check out our list of summer camps for children ages 13 & older in middle and high school.
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Summer Camps for Preschoolers Lakeland

Summer Camps for Preschool Age Kids (5 & Under)

We are here to help you find summer camps for those hard to find age groups, including preschoolers! Check out our list of summer camps for children ages 5 and under.
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Full-Day Summer Camps

Full-Day Summer Camps in Lakeland and Polk County

Do you need a full-day summer camp? We have a list of summer camps that are ideal for working parents or families who need a full day of childcare during the summer. All camps listed cover a minimum of 6 hours each day.
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Mobile Food Pantries

Mobile Food Pantries in Polk County – Lakeland, Winter Haven, Mulberry, Auburndale, Bartow & more

The United Way of Central Florida’s George W. Jenkins End Hunger Initiative and Feeding Tampa Bay have weekly Mobile Food Pantry stops across Polk County. If you are in need of food, visit a food pantry location on the set day and time to pick up a pre-packaged box of groceries, free of charge.
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Lakeland Regional Health Telehealth

Lakeland Regional Health Offers Telehealth Appointments

Lakeland Regional Health is offering Telehealth Appointments with their Pediatric Care, Primary Care, Specialty Care, and Behavioral Health practices. This means that you will be able to schedule a phone call or video call with your provider and receive care from the convenience and comfort of your own home.
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School Lunch Polk County

Changes to Polk County School Lunch Pickup Schedule and Locations

While schools are closed, Polk County Schools will continue to provide lunches to children 18 years and under. School lunches can be picked up at specific school sites serving as food distribution locations, between 11am-1pm on Monday, Wednesday, & Friday. Full list of schools in the article.
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U Pick Peaches

U-Pick Peach Farms in Lakeland, Polk County, & Across Central Florida

If you're looking for a fun activity to do with kids, picking your own fruit is a great way to get outdoors AND teach them about where our food comes from. Find local U-Pick Peach Farms open April - June in Lakeland, Polk County & Central Florida. Some U-Pick Peach farms are open now, and others are offering pre-picked peaches for curbside pick up.
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Kids Exercise Videos

Free Online Exercise Videos for Kids and Families

Looking for ideas to keep your kids active while we are staying home? We put together a list of free workout videos for kids as well as some fun brain breaks and dance along videos to get kids up and moving around.
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Harry Potter Online Activities

Harry Potter Online Games, Activities, Trivia, and an Escape Room for Kids & Adults

If you have a Harry Potter fan at home, or maybe you dream of being a wizard yourself, we're here to help you add a touch of Harry Potter magic to your days. These Harry Potter online activities – websites, apps, printables, and even a Harry Potter escape room – will provide your kids (or you) with hours of magical Hogwarts themed fun.
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UPick Blueberries Lakeland

U-Pick Blueberry Farms in Lakeland and Polk County

Blueberry picking has become an annual tradition in our house - check out this extensive list of local U-Pick farms, plus helpful tips for blueberry picking. Some U-Pick Blueberry farms are open now, and others are offering pre-picked blueberries for curbside pick up.
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Birthday Social Distancing

10+ Ideas to Celebrate a Birthday at Home during Social Distancing

For kids with birthdays during social distancing, it can be especially disappointing to have to skip a birthday party with friends or miss the opportunity to go somewhere special. With a little creativity, you can still make it a birthday to remember!
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Lakeland Summer Camp Guide (2)

Lakeland Mom’s 2020 Summer Camp Guide

We've got the ULTIMATE list of summer camp options in Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, and across Polk County, as well as some popular overnight camps in our area. Camp themes include Art, Sports, STEM, Preschool, Dance, Drama, Teens, VBS, and much more!
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Lakeland Area Bear Hunt

Go On A Heart / Rainbow / Bear Hunt in the Lakeland Area {With MAP!}

To spread joy while social distancing, people are placing teddy bears, hearts, and rainbows in their windows for others to spot from their cars or while walking the neighborhood. Participating readers have helped us create a map you can use to find bears, hearts, or rainbows in your neighborhood for your own teddy bear hunt.
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Grocery Shopping Hours in Lakeland

Grocery Shopping Hours and Locations in the Lakeland Area

Lakeland area grocery stores have changed their hours to allow time for cleaning and restocking the stores, as well as special hours for seniors and high risk guests. If you’re wondering when and where you can go shopping in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Auburndale, or nearby communities, here is a helpful list!
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Local Business Streaming Resources

At-Home Activities & Videos from LOCAL Businesses to Keep Your Family Entertained & Active

We've compiled a list of online resources from LOCAL businesses and community organizations - printables, tutorials, videos, storytimes and more for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
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Mom Happiness boosters

Happiness Boosters and Sanity Savers for Moms

We always hear the sayings “take care of yourself first” and “make self-care a priority.” This has never been more important OR easier to do than right now. We've got a list of small things moms can do to boost your happiness and save your sanity during this time of uncertainty.
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Fun at Home

100+ Outdoor & Indoor Activities to Enjoy at Home During Coronavirus Closures

As we all do our part to stay home and stay healthy, we’ve got a list of over 100 activities you can enjoy at home – both indoors and outdoors. Ideas to play like a kid again, bake, play games, get crafty, learn online, read, and more.
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Friends of Bonnet Springs Park Lakeland

Become a Founding Friend of Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland

Interested in being part of Lakeland's brand new place to play? Bonnet Springs Park is opening in 2021 and will be a place to escape, engage, and explore. Learn more about this exciting new park and find out how you can become a Founding Friend of Bonnet Springs Park.
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