Preschooler & Toddler Activity Guide

Baby, Toddler & Preschool Activity Guide

We’ve compiled a list of activities and classes in the Lakeland area specially designed for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Whether you’re looking for the opportunity to socialize with other moms, a place for your toddler to use up some energy, or a weekly activity to get you out of the house, you’ll find something on this list.

Thank you to Kindermusik at Music Connections with Debbie Mondale for sponsoring this post!

Kindermusik at Music Connections

Children thrive on music!  The joy of music makes it one of the best processes to get your young child engaged, interacting, and learning.  Kindermusik makes it easy for you to enjoy music-making with your children from infancy through age 7, with guidance on how all of these musical activities help your child learn and gain important skills during the years most critical to their brain development.

In weekly classes, your child is caught up in the music with family and new friends, engaging in movement, rhythm, vocal activities, and creative play..  As the world’s leading provider of music-based education, Kindermusik’s curriculum, as well as the music, books, instruments and more you take home are designed to offer age-specific learning methods which lay a solid foundation for music education as well as whole child development at each unique stage in a young person’s life:

  • Absorbing infants, active exploring toddlers, engaging and amazing two year olds… all with their favorite partner (mom, dad, grandma, nanny…).
  • Students 3 – 6 years old participate independently with their peers as we integrate storytelling and imaginative play with musical concepts and skills to prepare them effectively for future music lessons.

Kindermusik programs at Music Connections in Lakeland are a great opportunity to connect with other moms and caregivers for meaningful relationships. With 20+ years experience, owner and lead educator Debbie Mondale guides you and your children through these group music making opportunities at a variety of times to fit your schedule.

One Saturday a month, you can bring your whole family to enjoy a Kindermusik Playdate together, focused on seasonal delights.  These are ideal for families to enjoy with children of a variety of ages, and for working parents to get their music-making moments along with fresh new music & ideas for the seasons of your life.

Click here to schedule a free class preview!
Click here to learn more about Kindermusik at Music Connections and see a class schedule.
Questions? Call Debbie Mondale at 863-606-8735

**NEW LOCATION – Starting November 1, 2019, Kindermusik classes will be held at 2700 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33803 – at the United Methodist Temple across from Southgate.
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Activities and Classes for Babies, Toddlers & Preschoolers

Family Fun Center – Funtasia Soft Play

4825 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33813
(863) 644-1728
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Active entertainment for all of your little ones! Your children will explore a 4 story maze of tunnels, tubes, slides, and obstacles. Kids will have a ball interacting with each other and finding their way though all of the fun activities. It’s a healthy and fun attraction that will keep them entertained for hours. The unlimited day pass allows for re-entry so that you can enjoy the other attractions at the Fun Center inluding video and arcade games, Mini-golf, Laser Tag, prize redemption counter, Cap’s Pizza Kitchen, and more.

Funtasia is for children ages 12 and under and less than 60″ tall. Don’t forget your socks!

Music Fun Time at Lakeland School of Music

Music Fun Time at Lakeland School of Music
Music Fun Time
Music Fun Time
Music Fun Time

Music Fun Time is an innovative and proven early childhood curriculum for kids 18 months to 7 years old. It’s based on Johns-Hopkins Research that children 7 and under can learn to read music notation and symbols, and play instruments, while fostering their ability to grasp math and science as they develop.

Lakeland School of Music is one of only two schools in the entire state of Florida licensed and qualified to teach the Music Fun Time program. Visit www.MusicFuntime.org to learn more or call 863-640-2810 to sign up for a free trial class today!

Learn more about Lakeland School of Music at https://lakelandmom.com/directory/listing/lakeland-school-of-music

Choe's Karate Beyond

Choe's Karate Beyond
Karate Beyond

CLASSES – Karate Beyond offers a premier martial arts experience for ALL ages. Classes for Pre-K, Elementary, Teens and Adults. Self-defense, stress-relief, physical fitness, and character development through an evolving curriculum. Our mission is to enable students to become the best versions of themselves; physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP – A super convenient service for busy parents! Karate Beyond picks up your child from their school and teaches them martial arts every day! Parents looking for Discipline, Focus, and Confidence in their children choose Karate Beyond!

SUMMER CAMP – The most action packed summer in Lakeland. Each week has a different theme and a variety of activities. Act now as spaces run out quickly.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES – Let Karate Beyond host the best birthday party your child has ever had. Curated games and activities for kids of all ages!

Explorations V Children’s Museum

109 N. Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 687-3869
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Explorations V Children’s Museum provides 3 floors of kid-powered, hands-on exhibits and mind-stretching programs in the arts and sciences to celebrate the five senses! The museum fosters creativity, encourages imaginative play and provides interactive learning opportunities for families to experience together.

In addition to visiting the museum for free play, classes are offered every weekday at 10:30am and 4pm to give kids the opportunity to explore, improvise, and create. Book Buddies, Curious Kids, Kitchen Kids, Music Makers & Art Studio and more. Classes are included in an Annual Membership or General Admission!

The Museum also offers birthday parties, field trips, free tax preparation, summer camps, spring break camps, Financial Fitness for Families classes, tutoring and test prep, homeschool programs, and other special celebrations that are included with admission.

Annual Memberships are the best way to enjoy Explorations V Children’s Museum all year long!

Upcoming classes:

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Family Fundamentals – FREE Classes for ages 0-5

Family Fundamentals is a collaboration of organizations committed to strengthening families and our community by increasing access and awareness to resources and services. There are FREE daily School Readiness activities in the model classroom for ages 0-5. These classes are an opportunity for kids and moms to socialize, learn, and make new friends.

The class schedule follows Polk County Schools calendar. Check Facebook for any class cancellations.

Upcoming Classes:

There are no upcoming events at this time.

FREE Library Programs for Kids – Storytime, STEM, Crafts & More

All of our local libraries offer storytimes and other activities for toddlers during the week. A list of library programs for ages 0-5 for the upcoming 2 weeks can be seen below (click any event name for details).

Visit our calendar to see all upcoming events at our libraries. If your library isn’t listed, visit our Directory for a full list of Polk County Libraries.

Upcoming Library Programs:

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Additional Indoor Play Locations

🤸 Chick-fil-A Indoor Playground – Click to see a list of local CFA locations (note that South Lakeland is closed for remodeling from Feb. – June 2019)

🤸 Defy Lakeland (formerly 2Infinity) – Indoor trampoline & adventure park offering KidJump hours where the park is open only for children 6 & under

🤸 Urban Air – Indoor trampoline & adventure park offering Jumperoo hours where the park is open only for children 5 & under

Ideas for Outdoor Play

☀️ Head to a local playground!

☀️ Feed the ducks – Lake Morton is the best place to find an abundance of birds. Take corn (canned, frozen or fresh), duck pellets (sold at pet stores), lettuce or greens, defrosted frozen peas, or birdseed. Bread is bad for the ducks and swans!

☀️ Circle B Bar Reserve – Look for alligators, eagles, and other amazing wildlife at Circle B Bar Reserve– named one of the “Top 51 Places in the US to See Wildlife” by USA Today! Entry is FREE. Toddlers will also enjoy exploring the Nature Center and playing in the “treehouse” inside.

☀️ Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden at Bok Tower – Children under 5 are free, adult admission only $15. Click here to read our review.

☀️ Mulberry Phosphate Museum – Dig for sharks teeth and fossils in the outdoor phosphate pile, then head inside to see the skeletons and shark teeth on display insideMake sure you bring a small shovel or other item to dig through the rock pile, and something to sit on – you won’t want to kneel. (The phosphate pile is always open, visit the website for museum hours)

☀️ Little Free Library  – find a little library around town where you can take a book and/or leave a book – for FREE! Clean out your bookshelves and leave a few at each location, and hopefully you’ll find something to take with you. Use the map at littlefreelibrary.org to find one near you.

☀️ Visit a Farmers Market – Pick up fresh local produce at a local market – there are 5 across Polk County that happen on various days during the week

☀️ Go on a picnic – One of our favorite locations is Peterson Park and then we walk the nature trails and boardwalks afterwards

Check out our Directory for a full list of kids classes and family resources in Lakeland and Polk County.