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Family-Friendly Events in Lakeland + Polk County

Lakeland Mom has the most comprehensive list of events for kids and families in Lakeland, Florida and Polk County, Florida! Our calendar includes free events and inexpensive activities, as well as special seasonal events. Prefer to see activities for a specific holiday? Check out our Fall + Halloween Guide, Spring Guide, Summer Guide, or our Christmas + Holiday Guide for a huge list of seasonal activities.

DISCLAIMER: While we work hard to keep our calendar updated, we encourage you to check directly with original sources for any last-minute changes or cancellations. All events include a link to the event organizer. The inclusion of an event does not reflect compliance with current safety precautions, please check directly with event organizers for current mask requirements and safety protocols.

TIP: There are two ways to view our calendar. Use the MONTH view to see events on a specific date. Use the LIST view to scroll through all upcoming events.

Featured Events

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Florida Dance Theatre presents The Golden Ticket, Tales of The Chocolate Factory

Florida Dance Theatre presents "The Golden Ticket, Tales of The Chocolate Factory." Combining elements of ballet, jazz, contemporary. Featuring all original music by the Grammy Award winning group, Brasstracks. April 17 at 2pm and 7:30pm.

Drive-in Laser Show at the Strawberry Festival in Plant City

Florida Strawberry Festival 303 N Lemon St, Plant City

The most spectacular laser show you have ever seen and it's a Drive-in! Avoid the crowds, keep the family safe! Pile up into the safety of your own vehicle and come out for the fantastic Drive-in Cabin Fever Laser Show!

$25

Mobile Food Pantry – The Way at Inwood Baptist Church Winter Haven

Winter Haven - The Way at Inwood Church 1302 23rd St NW, Winter Haven

If you are in need of food, come to a United Way / Feeding Tampa Bay Mobile Pantry event to pick up a pre-packaged box of groceries, free of charge. They do not require ID, papers, or pre-screening to obtain food at a Mobile Pantry. To honor social distancing regulations, mobile pantries are utilizing a drive-thru model to eliminate crowds and minimize contact. Please note, due to rapidly changing circumstances during this time, mobile pantries can be canceled without much notice.

Free

Lake Alfred Bluegrass & Kickin’ Chickin’ Wing Competition

Lake Alfred - Lion's Park 175 N. Nekoma Avenue, Lake Alfred

Come out for a great day of music and food on beautiful Lake Alfred, enjoy the beer garden along with all the wings and BBQ you can eat! This year we will feature a chicken wing contest but don't worry there will be lots of sweet & smokey BBQ as well.

Free

Drive-in Laser Show at the Strawberry Festival in Plant City

Florida Strawberry Festival 303 N Lemon St, Plant City

The most spectacular laser show you have ever seen and it's a Drive-in! Avoid the crowds, keep the family safe! Pile up into the safety of your own vehicle and come out for the fantastic Drive-in Cabin Fever Laser Show!

$25

Drive-in Laser Show at the Strawberry Festival in Plant City

Florida Strawberry Festival 303 N Lemon St, Plant City

The most spectacular laser show you have ever seen and it's a Drive-in! Avoid the crowds, keep the family safe! Pile up into the safety of your own vehicle and come out for the fantastic Drive-in Cabin Fever Laser Show!

$25

Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team Show

Winter Haven - MLK Park on Lake Silver 199 East Lake Silver Drive Northeast, Winter Haven

The Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team was started by former waterskiers from Cypress Gardens Theme Park who want to pass on their show skiing legacy to the next generation. The team performs free water ski shows at Martin Luther King Park on Lake Silver.

Free

FAM Church Food Distribution – Mulberry

Mulberry - FAM Church 1400 E Canal St, Mulberry

Everyone needs a little extra help sometimes.  If you are in need of some food then be sure to come out to FAM Church weekly on Monday at 4pm.  You will not even need to get out of your car.  We will do everything for you!! Click here to see a full calendar of upcoming Mobile Food Pantry stops.

Free

Lakeland Water Ski Club FREE Ski Show

Lake Hollingsworth 929 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland

Enjoy a FREE Water Ski Show each month with the Lakeland Water Ski Club. We have been show skiing for the Lakeland community since 1949 on beautiful Lake Hollingsworth. We are the oldest, continuously operating water ski club in the United States.

Free

Florida Tropics Soccer Game

RP Funding Center 701 West Lime Street, Lakeland

Join the Florida Tropics SC for their indoor soccer season. The Florida Tropics are Lakeland's very own professional indoor soccer team that play at the RP Funding Center.  Games are exciting, action-packed, and great family fun.

Alafia River Rendezvous

Florida Frontiersmen Property 1000 Old Fort Meade Road, Bartow

We invite you to step into the past! Come see a living portrayal of how people lived before 1840. Enjoy a program of music and games and see artisans demonstrating crafts such as flint knapping, broom making, blacksmithing, soap making, weaving and more. There will be vendors for food and primitive merchandise on sale.

$5 – $10

Alafia River Rendezvous

Florida Frontiersmen Property 1000 Old Fort Meade Road, Bartow

We invite you to step into the past! Come see a living portrayal of how people lived before 1840. Enjoy a program of music and games and see artisans demonstrating crafts such as flint knapping, broom making, blacksmithing, soap making, weaving and more. There will be vendors for food and primitive merchandise on sale.

$5 – $10

Mobile Food Pantry – The Way at Inwood Baptist Church Winter Haven

Winter Haven - The Way at Inwood Church 1302 23rd St NW, Winter Haven

If you are in need of food, come to a United Way / Feeding Tampa Bay Mobile Pantry event to pick up a pre-packaged box of groceries, free of charge. They do not require ID, papers, or pre-screening to obtain food at a Mobile Pantry. To honor social distancing regulations, mobile pantries are utilizing a drive-thru model to eliminate crowds and minimize contact. Please note, due to rapidly changing circumstances during this time, mobile pantries can be canceled without much notice.

Free

FAM Church Food Distribution – Mulberry

Mulberry - FAM Church 1400 E Canal St, Mulberry

Everyone needs a little extra help sometimes.  If you are in need of some food then be sure to come out to FAM Church weekly on Monday at 4pm.  You will not even need to get out of your car.  We will do everything for you!! Click here to see a full calendar of upcoming Mobile Food Pantry stops.

Free

Family Fun Day with Polk County Parks & Recreation

Lake Wales - Mary Norma Campbell Resource Center 2226 Karen Street, Lake Wales

Join us for a Family Fun Day at the Mary Norma Campbell Resource Center! This free family event features games, music, contest and much more. You will also receive a free hot dog lunch.

Free

FAM Church Food Distribution – Mulberry

Mulberry - FAM Church 1400 E Canal St, Mulberry

Everyone needs a little extra help sometimes.  If you are in need of some food then be sure to come out to FAM Church weekly on Monday at 4pm.  You will not even need to get out of your car.  We will do everything for you!! Click here to see a full calendar of upcoming Mobile Food Pantry stops.

Free

Canceled CANCELED – February First Friday

Downtown Lakeland 100 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland

First Friday in February and March 2021 have been canceled. For more information visit downtownlkld.com.

Free

Color the Trail 5K: The Revenge of Sasquatch

Bone Valley ATV Park 10427 County Rd 630 W, Mulberry

Color the Trail is an outdoor race that now features a 10k, 5k and 1 mile fun run! The courses will wind through the trails of Bone Valley ATV Park and consist of uneven terrain, small hills and possible Sasquatch sightings! Fun for all ages!

$15 – $60

Holloway Half & 5K

Holloway Park Cross Country Course 2402 Holloway Park Dr, Lakeland

Holloway Park, a beautiful private 360 acre urban park full of natural habitat, oak trees and rolling grass meadows is conveniently located in Central Florida. The park is host to a multitude of elementary up to college age races throughout the fall.

Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team Show

Winter Haven - MLK Park on Lake Silver 199 East Lake Silver Drive Northeast, Winter Haven

The Cypress Gardens Water Ski Team was started by former waterskiers from Cypress Gardens Theme Park who want to pass on their show skiing legacy to the next generation. The team performs free water ski shows at Martin Luther King Park on Lake Silver.

Free

FAM Church Food Distribution – Mulberry

Mulberry - FAM Church 1400 E Canal St, Mulberry

Everyone needs a little extra help sometimes.  If you are in need of some food then be sure to come out to FAM Church weekly on Monday at 4pm.  You will not even need to get out of your car.  We will do everything for you!! Click here to see a full calendar of upcoming Mobile Food Pantry stops.

Free

Zoom and Vroom with the Polk County History Center

Virtual Event

Learn more about our community and our local history through the Polk County History Center’s new program: Zoom & Vroom. This FREE virtual program provides YOU with the tools to get out and explore Polk County’s history and local gems.

Free

Downtown Date Night: Valentine’s Edition

Downtown Lakeland 100 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland

Downtown Lakeland’s next Downtown Date Night is Friday, February 12 from 6-9pm. Bring your partner or friend Downtown for a fun night out, and enjoy Downtown after dark! North Kentucky Ave. will be closed to traffic between the railroad tracks and Oak St. for a more festive atmosphere. Stores will be open late, and the shopping will be great!

Free

FITniche Runningtine’s Day 5k

Lake Hollingsworth 929 Lake Hollingsworth Dr, Lakeland

FITniche is hosting a Runningtine's Day 5k around beautiful Lake Hollingsworth for anyone who loves to run! Participants receive a true "live" race experience, a GREAT shirt, bib and finisher swag -- because we want to share our love of running with everyone!

Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market

Downtown Lakeland 100 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland

At the Downtown Farmers Curb Market you'll find local produce, local plants & flowers, herbs, loose organic tea, foods, honey, hot sauce, local artisans, local vendors, and much more! Saturday mornings from 8am-1pm in Downtown Lakeland.

Free

Buena Valentine’s Weekend at LKLD Live

Lkld Live 202 North Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland

Looking for something to do with your Galentine? Visit our Makers Market at Lkld Live Feb 13th from 9am - 3pm! Brunch by Blue Dog Craft Barbecue is BACK and we’ll have 20 + vendors with art, house wares, vintage goods, accessories, specialty food, and much more!

Free

Mobile Food Pantry – The Way at Inwood Baptist Church Winter Haven

Winter Haven - The Way at Inwood Church 1302 23rd St NW, Winter Haven

If you are in need of food, come to a United Way / Feeding Tampa Bay Mobile Pantry event to pick up a pre-packaged box of groceries, free of charge. They do not require ID, papers, or pre-screening to obtain food at a Mobile Pantry. To honor social distancing regulations, mobile pantries are utilizing a drive-thru model to eliminate crowds and minimize contact. Please note, due to rapidly changing circumstances during this time, mobile pantries can be canceled without much notice.

Free

Cupid’s Lane

Winter Haven - Westwood Park 1145 36th St NW, Winter Haven

Take a stroll down Cupid’s Lane on Saturday, Feb. 13! Cupid’s Lane is hosted by Wilfred Smith Resource Center. It’s a family-fun event that features arts and crafts, candy, music, games and much more.

Free

Zoom and Vroom with the Polk County History Center

Virtual Event

Learn more about our community and our local history through the Polk County History Center’s new program: Zoom & Vroom. This FREE virtual program provides YOU with the tools to get out and explore Polk County’s history and local gems.

Free

Founders Day in Mulberry

Mulberry - Centennial Park 901 Northeast 5th Street, Mulberry

Join us in celebrating Mulberry's 120th Birthday the best way we know how! With friends and family at Centennial Park. There will be food and lots of fun.

Free

Picnic in the Park: Valentine’s Edition

Downtown Lakeland 100 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland

Join Downtown Lakeland for a “Picnic in the Park: Valentine’s Edition” on Sunday, February 14th from 11am-7pm BY RESERVATION ONLY. Munn Park will be transformed into a charming picnic spot with decorated tables, chairs, and tents for couples and/or families (up to 6 per party/per tent) to reserve for a takeout picnic meal.

Lakeland Mom’s Local Event Calendar is a compilation of all of the family-friendly events the Lakeland area has to offer! Are you hosting an event for kids or families that isn’t listed on our calendar? Are you interested in having your event featured on this page and promoted by Lakeland Mom? Get more info below.

CALENDAR DISCLAIMER
The LakelandMom.com Event Calendar is provided as a community service to local citizens and organizations. While we work hard to keep our calendar updated, we encourage you to check directly with original sources via the links provided. Events are occasionally canceled, edited, rescheduled, or postponed for a variety of reasons, and we are not always made aware of these changes. We cannot guarantee the accuracy, timeliness or quality of the content of every source listed here. The inclusion of an event does not reflect compliance with current safety precautions, please check directly with event organizers for current mask requirements and safety protocols.