Looking for after school care in Lakeland?  A program that will pick your kids up from school and keep them happy and active for the afternoon? Maybe somewhere that also provides homework help?

Check out our list of after school programs in the Lakeland area that can help cover the hours between school and work ending. Each of the programs on our list offer school pick up but school locations vary, call directly to confirm your school is included. We know it is tempting to do your research online, but the best way to find out if an after school program is a good fit is to call and get details over the phone, or even schedule a visit!

If you’re looking for afternoon classes like dance, art, sports, etc. take a look at our Classes & Lessons Directory or Youth Sports Directory.

Our After School Care Guide contains both sponsored and free listings. 

CFA (1)

Central Florida Athletics

2250 Heritage Dr., Lakeland, FL 33801
(863) 578-3015
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CFA’s After School Care Program is a convenient afterschool program that includes gymnastics, tumbling, cheer, and outdoor activities.We have homework help, snacks and a ton of activities to keep your child engaged after school! The program is open Monday – Friday from 3:00pm – 6:15pm and picks up from a long list of local schools.

Central Florida Athletics offers team gymnastics, recreational gymnastics, tumbling, all-star cheerleading, all-star prep, recreational cheerleading, and more.

Learn More about CFA’s After School Program
Minds in Motion After School Program

Minds in Motion

126 Horizon Ct, Suite 105, Lakeland, FL 33813
4530 County Road 540A, Lakeland, Florida 33813
(863) 647-0010
Website | Facebook

Minds in Motion after school program and tutoring provides a fun, hands-on environment that reinforces and expands on basic concepts that children are learning. Children will enjoy a variety of technology resources, experiments, and interactive mind games. We provide an activity based learning environment focused on national STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs. Our instructors are licensed educators and will make sure that your child has ample time to complete their homework. Assistance with homework is also provided. Hours are 3:00-6:30pm. Click here to see a list of school pick-up locations.

Learn More about Minds in Motion’s After School Program
Warrior Combat Fitness After School Program Lakeland

Warrior Combat & Fitness Academy

3621 Century Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33811
(863) 940-2536
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Our passion is teaching kids to become a better version of themselves then they were the day before in every aspect of their life. We do this by providing not just a resource to become physically fit but to also a become mentally strong in a positive environment.

Our After School Program includes FREE transportation from school, Martial Arts Classes, Fun Activities, Homework Time, and more. We focus on your child’s success in School, Sports, and life! School pickup available from Medulla Elementary, R Bruce Wagner, Sikes, Valleyview, McKeel, Carlton Palmore, Scott Lake, and many more in the South Lakeland area. Late pick up until 6:30 is available at no additional charge to accommodate working parents.

Learn More About Warrior Fitness’ After School Program

Camp Fire Sunshine Central Florida

2600 Buckingham Avenue, Lakeland, FL 33803
(863) 688-5491

Camp Fire is one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit youth development organizations offering all-inclusive, co-educational programs. Founded in 1910, Camp Fire’s outcome-based programs include youth leadership, self-reliance, after school groups, camping and environmental education and child care.

Our STEAM Team After-School Program is a science-based, academic enrichment program for youth in K-7th grade. It includes:

☀ Hands-on activities and experiments to increase knowledge in science and improve reading comprehension and math skills.
☀ Daily homework assistance is provided, as well as facilitated reading comprehension activities.
☀ Students also enjoy daily snacks, outdoor activities, and free play.

For the 2019-2020 school year, Camp Fire will pickup from: Blake Academy, Cleveland Court Elementary, Cygnet School, Lincoln Avenue Academy, Roberts Academy, and Rochelle School of the Arts. Students will go to our Program Center on Buckingham Avenue. Parents pickup from there by 6 p.m.

For more information call 863-688-5491 or email info@campfire-sunshine.org.

Learn More About Camp Fire’s After School Program
Family Martial Arts Center Lakeland After School Care

Family Martial Arts Center

4525 South Florida Ave, Lakeland, FL 33813
(863) 646-5425

Give your child a fun and active after school experience with Family Martial Arts Center! As the students arrive to FMAC, each student receives snack and juice. Students are given free time to unwind and play with friends.

At 4:00pm the student has several options ranging from homework session to a variety of structured games played on our training floors. From 4:30-5:30 two days a week students will receive martial arts classes (days vary based on belt rank).  On the days they do not have martial arts class other options will be available (games, crafts, movies, etc).

When the rotation ends at 5:30pm, the students are given free time until picked up by their parents, up to 7pm. Fridays are fun days with special treats. No classes or study time on Friday.

SCHOOL HOLIDAYS – FMAC is open 7am – 7pm on School Holidays and a daily rate is available to families who just need a day here and there.

Learn More About FMAC’s After School Program
Ultimate Dance Center Lakeland

Ultimate Dance Center

2980 Lakeland Highlands Rd., Lakeland, FL 33803
(863) 644-5275

UDC Kidz After School Pick Up Program is your answer to after school boredom blues, bringing the best in Dance to your child’s routine. Daily homework focus, tutoring available, & DANCE class everyday including Ballet, Technique, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Jazz & Acrobat Arts. Call to join the pickup route & add your school – we’ll wait in the care line for you! Dance is proven to benefit growing minds with creativity & developmental perks while also building confidence.

UDC Kidz runs Monday – Friday 2:30-6:30pm / $80/Week – Open Enrollment!

Ultimate Dance Center offers weekly dance classes, performance opportunities, homeschooling, afterschool pick up, private lessons, adult social dance classes & more! Join the best in DANCE today!

Learn More About UDC’s After School Program

YMCA of West Central Florida

Lakeland Family YMCA – 3620 Cleveland Heights Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803
(863) 644-3528
Fontaine Gills Family YMCA – 2125 Sleepy Hill Rd, Lakeland, FL 33810
(863) 859-7769

The YMCA child care programs provide a safe and fun environment for the enrichment of your child’s mind, body, and spirit. Age appropriate activities are planned and prepared weekly to support the physical development, academic enrichment, and social enrichment of each child. Programs include:
Homework Mentoring
Character Development
Arts & Crafts
Board Games
Dramatic & Construction Play
Math and Science Exploration
YMCA READS! Program at Winston and Carlton Palmore
Music & Movement
Sports & Physical Fitness
Enrichment Classes
​And a Healthy Afternoon Snack

Learn More About the YMCA’s After School Programs
Choe's Karate Beyond

Choe’s Karate Beyond

4126 Florida Ave S, Lakeland, FL 33813
(863) 354-5467

After each school day, Karate Beyond will safely transport your child from school and provide fun and constructive activities that encourage a healthy lifestyle. Parents looking for Discipline, Focus, and Confidence in their children choose Karate Beyond!

Choe’s Karate Beyond also offers afternoon and evening martial arts classes for kids, teenagers and adults.

Learn More About Choe’s Karate Beyond

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April is the owner of LakelandMom.com. She has lived in Lakeland since age 2 and is passionate about our community and connecting families with local resources. She is a mom to 2 boys and a mini goldendoodle, wife to Matt. You can often find April at the baseball field where she cheers on her baseball loving 11 year old, or home building Legos with her 9 year old. She loves reading, saltwater fishing, concerts and live performances, and working on Lakeland Mom!