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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.

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 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

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

Friday Fish Fry

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Find a Friday fish fry in Lakeland, Winter Haven, or Polk County. We’ve got a list of churches hosting local fish fry events during Lent, AND a list of local restaurants to find delicious seafood and all you can eat fish fry dinners year-round.

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical at LCT

Lake Mirror Center 121 South Lake Ave., Lakeland

LCT’s 15th anniversary of producing this modern Broadway classic and international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. Based on the beloved Academy Award-winning animated feature. Rated G

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

Practical Crafts at Cracker Country

Cracker Country 4800 Hwy 301 N, Tampa

Spend a Florida winter Saturday at Cracker Country, Tampa’s only outdoor living history museum. Explore original buildings from Florida’s pioneer past, including the iconic Okahumpka railroad depot, a one-room school house, a well-stocked mercantile, and more. Along the way, meet historical interpreters who are ready to share there practical craft skills that would have been familiar to Florida's settlers at the turn of the 20th century.

Lake Wales Arts Festival

Lake Wales - Lake Wailes Park 33 N Lakeshore Blvd, Lake Wales

The Citizens Bank & Trust Lake Wales Arts Festival has a longstanding tradition of celebrating and exhibiting quality works of art by fine artists and artisans with up to 100 artists. Presented by the Lake Wales Arts Council, the diversity of the critically acclaimed two-day Festival attracts thousands of art lovers each year who purchase original, one-of-a-kind works of art.

Free

SyFy Bartow

Bartow - Main Street / Downtown 165 E. Main Street, Bartow

Come join us for year number 8 of what has become a central Florida tradition- Syfy Bartow. This is a family friendly outdoor street fair type science fiction convention, which includes a huge movie/television themed car show, food trucks, 100's of vendors, music and lots of costumed characters.

Free

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

Lake Wales Arts Festival

Lake Wales - Lake Wailes Park 33 N Lakeshore Blvd, Lake Wales

The Citizens Bank & Trust Lake Wales Arts Festival has a longstanding tradition of celebrating and exhibiting quality works of art by fine artists and artisans with up to 100 artists. Presented by the Lake Wales Arts Council, the diversity of the critically acclaimed two-day Festival attracts thousands of art lovers each year who purchase original, one-of-a-kind works of art.

Free

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast: The Broadway Musical at LCT

Lake Mirror Center 121 South Lake Ave., Lakeland

LCT’s 15th anniversary of producing this modern Broadway classic and international sensation that played a remarkable 13-year run on Broadway and has been produced in 37 countries worldwide. Based on the beloved Academy Award-winning animated feature. Rated G

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 Fundamentals Class (Ages 3-5)

Family Fundamentals - Success By 6 Resource Center 109 N. Kentucky Ave., Lakeland

Join Family Fundamentals for FREE, FUN interactive classes for your little one and you! Weekly programs available for babies through age 5. Classes are FREE to attend, no preregistration required. Class size currently limited to the first 10 children, and masks are required for adults.

Free

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.