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Lakeland Fall & Halloween Guide (2)

Lakeland Mom’s 2020 Fall & Halloween Guide

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It’s officially FALL and we’ve got the Ultimate Guide to Fall Activities and Halloween Events in Lakeland and Polk County. If you're looking for things to do with kids in Lakeland this fall, you'll find it all right here.
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Fall & Halloween Corn Maze Farm Lakeland

Corn Mazes, Farms, & Fall Festivals in Lakeland and Central Florida

Looking to explore a corn maze, working farm, or just get outside for a fall afternoon? We've got a list of corn mazes and pumpkin festivals happening in Lakeland and nearby areas.
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Scary Halloween attractions Haunted Houses in Lakeland

Halloween Haunted Houses & Scary Attractions: Lakeland & Central Florida

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If you like to SCREAM when it is time for Halloween, we’ve got a list of places to find all things scary in the Lakeland area including Haunted Houses, Zombies, and gory attractions designed for teens & adults.
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Pumpkin Patch Lakeland

Pumpkin Patches in Lakeland & Polk County

Whether you’re trying to find the perfect pumpkin, or a place to take photos of your own little pumpkins, we’ve got a list of pumpkin patches in the Lakeland area.
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Fall & Halloween Single Day Events Activities Lakeland

Trunk or Treats & Halloween Events for Kids

Trunk or Treating, Carnivals, Hayrides, Halloween Movies, Fall Festivals & more – with plenty of Fall and Halloween events happening this month, there is something for everyone on our calendar in October!
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Trick or Treat Hours Times Lakeland FL

Lakeland & Polk County Trick or Treat Times for 2020

Halloween is NOT canceled! Find out the 2020 Trick or Treating hours in Lakeland, Winter Haven & nearby communities.
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Halloween Costumes Lakeland

Halloween Safety Tips for Trick or Treating on October 31

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For kids, Halloween is one of the best nights of the year! It can also be a dangerous night with so many people out and about. We've got a list of tips to keep your kiddos safe and happy while you have a FUN Halloween night!
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Halloween Costumes Lakeland

Halloween Costume Stores in Lakeland and Polk County

Whether your child has his/her heart set on a certain costume you need to track down OR you want to browse a variety of costume ideas, we've got 9 different websites for you to use for ideas or costume shopping. Plus a list of local retailers where you can shop in store.
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Social Distancing Halloween

Halloween is not canceled! 13 Ideas for a Safe Halloween during COVID-19

We can still celebrate Halloween and enjoy Trick or Treating this year, we just need to get creative! We've got ideas for safer Halloween festivities.
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Harvest Holler Corn Maze Lakeland Polk County

Fall Family Fun: Harvest Holler Corn Maze, Hayride and Farm in Polk County

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Read our review of Harvest Holler Corn Maze in Polk City, just outside of Lakeland. Farm animals, corn maze, hayride, Frank-N-Slide, cow train & more. Fall family fun!
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Brick or Treat Legoland Florida Halloween

Fall Family Fun: Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND Florida

Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is a Halloween Party built for kids! Festivities include live shows, a trick-or-treat trail, character meet & greets, LEGO® builds, and more. ALL of the activities are included in a regular LEGOLAND® Florida admission ticket.
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SeaWorld Orlando Halloween

Fall Family Fun: SeaWorld Halloween Spooktacular

During the month of October, SeaWorld Orlando hosts a Halloween Spooktacular event that is sure to be an ocean of fun! Held during daytime hours on Saturdays and Sundays, this is a great opportunity to celebrate fall AND enjoy all of the rides, animals and shows Sea World has to offer.
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Face masks Required in Lakeland

Face Mask Mandate in Lakeland Extended Through October 5

On Tuesday, September 8, the Lakeland City Commission voted to require face masks through October 5. Masks are required in indoor locations where social distancing cannot be maintained. A list of exceptions and additional details are included in the article.
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5K Near Me Kids Fun Run Lakeland

Family Friendly 5K Races and Kids Fun Runs in the Lakeland area

With year-round sunshine here in Central Florida, you can find an abundance of 5k races, 10k races, and Fun Runs throughout the year! Check our list of upcoming family-friendly races and kids fun runs in Lakeland, Winter Haven & across Polk County.
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Explorations V Now Open New Hours

Explorations V Children’s Museum Reopens Sept. 1 with New Hours

Explorations V Children’s Museum is excited to welcome the community back for exploration and hands-on learning! The Museum has new hours as well - now open Sundays.
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Walmart Drive In Lakeland

Walmart Drive-In Movies coming to Lakeland, Winter Haven & Mulberry {FREE!}

/ Outdoor Fun, Summer Fun
Walmart is hosting pop-up drive-in movie experiences in their store parking lots across the country as the Walmart Drive-In, including 6 nights in Polk County. Locations include Walmart Supercenters in Lakeland, Winter Haven, & Mulberry. Tickets are FREE!
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Back to School Events Free Supplies (1)

Back-To-School Bashes and Free School Supplies in Polk County

We've got a full list of back to school events and places to get free school supplies, along with our favorite back to school gear, Stuff the Bus donation locations, tax-free shopping holiday info, and more.
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Murals in Lakeland, FL

Where to Find Murals in Lakeland, Florida

We’re all about outdoor fun this summer and recently spent a few hours finding all of Lakeland’s amazing outdoor murals. If you’re looking for things to do outside in Lakeland, plan a day for a mural scavenger hunt with 17+ different murals in Lakeland.
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Face Masks Polk County

Stores and Restaurants in Polk County That Require Customers to Wear Face Masks

Face Masks are currently only required in indoor settings in Lakeland and Winter Haven, but many national retailers with stores in our area are now requiring masks at ALL locations. Find out which stores are requiring masks in Polk County.
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Facemasks Required in Winter Haven

Face Masks Required Indoors in Winter Haven through September 15

On Monday, July 13 the Winter Haven City Commission voted to require face masks in indoor locations where social distancing cannot be maintained. A list of exceptions and additional details are included in the article.
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Back to School Sales Tax Holiday Florida

Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday – August 7-9, 2020

The Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday is scheduled for August 7 - 9, 2020 and we've got all the details you need to know to save some $$ on your back to school shopping!
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Kids Skate Free Roller Skating

Sign up for Kids Skate Free at Skate World Lakeland

Kids can skate FREE two times a week at Skate World in Lakeland when you sign up online for the Kids Skate Free program. Free summer fun! Available Monday - Friday during the 12pm - 4pm skate session. Requires advance sign up.
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Clear Kayak Tour Florida

Outdoor Summer Fun in Florida: Clear Kayak Tours

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Looking for a unique activity to do this summer in Florida? Go kayaking in a clear kayak! This one of a kind experience will allow you to enjoy the natural wonders around you AND underneath you. With multiple multiple locations across Central Florida, clear kayak tours can be done as a day trip from the Lakeland area.
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27 Things To Do Outdoors in Lakeland

27 Things To Do Outdoors in Lakeland

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Are you searching for outdoor activities to do with your family this summer? We are! Check out these things to do outdoors in Lakeland where you can enjoy the fresh air and open spaces and let the kids have fun while still social distancing.
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Canoe Kayak Central Florida

Go Paddling: Canoe and Kayak Rentals and Guided Tours in Central Florida

/ Homepage, Outdoor Fun, Summer Fun
Get outdoors and explore Central Florida's waterways, rivers and beaches by canoe or kayak. We've rounded up 15 places with canoe rentals and kayak guided tours within 1-2 hour drive from Lakeland, plus a few options right here in Polk County.
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4th of July Lakeland Winter Haven Haines City Polk County

4th of July Events & Fireworks in Lakeland and Polk County

Nothing says SUMMER like 4th of July festivities and FIREWORKS! We've got a list of all the places to find Independence Day Celebrations in Lakeland & Polk County.
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Father's Day Lakeland

Celebrating Father’s Day in Lakeland – Gift Ideas, Family Activities, Weekend Freebies

Find unique Father's Day gifts for dads in Lakeland, Winter Haven, & Polk County. We've got gift ideas, family activities, weekend freebies & more.
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Hammock Hollow Children's Garden at Bok Tower Gardens

Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden at Bok Tower Gardens

Think of a place where children can explore in nature, using their imagination to cook in an outdoor kitchen or put on a stage show. Sit back and watch as they climb and run, play outdoor music, and look for insects and worms. This amazing outdoor play area is right here in Polk County - Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden at Bok Tower Gardens.
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Online Summer Camps

Online Summer Camps & At-Home DIY Activities

Online or Virtual Summer Camps are the ideal resource if you're traveling or looking for at-home activities to keep kids engaged & learning all summer long. Includes both FREE and paid camps and online activities.
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Open Fields and Parks in Lakeland

12 Open Fields and Parks Where You Can Play Outdoors in Lakeland

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Whether you need a place for the kids to be able to run free, or you want to have open space to throw a football or frisbee, we’ve rounded up a list of parks with open fields in the Lakeland area that are open to the public and available for play.
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10 Places to Enjoy a Picnic in Lakeland

10 Places to Enjoy a Picnic in Lakeland

Enjoying an outdoor picnic is an ideal family activity for all ages. Here are our picks for 10 perfect picnic spots in Lakeland, many with picnic tables and a playground or other option for outdoor fun nearby.
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Summer Activities for Kids in Lakeland

50+ Things to Do This Summer with Kids in Lakeland & Polk County

The Ultimate Family Summer Guide for Lakeland & Polk County. We've got over 50 ideas for activities, summer events, & things to do with kids this summer out and about around town.
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Which Playgrounds are Open in the Lakeland area

Lakeland Area Playgrounds are Open

One of the most commonly asked questions we have received lately is "are any playgrounds in Lakeland open?" The answer is some of yes! Find out which playgrounds are currently open for play.
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VBS Lakeland

Virtual Vacation Bible School and VBS Activity Boxes from Lakeland area Churches

/ Camps, Summer Fun
We have some fantastic Vacation Bible School programs in the Lakeland area, but many of them aren’t happening in-person this year. Instead, area churches are bringing you Virtual VBS options and VBS Activity Boxes.
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School Lunch Polk County

Polk County School Lunch Pickup Locations open through August 6

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During Summer 2020, Polk County Schools will continue to provide free breakfast and lunch to children 18 years and under. School lunches can be picked up at specific schools and community locations, between 11am-1pm on Monday and Thursday.
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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

/ Camps, Summer Fun
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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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

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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)

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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Summer Art Dance Drama Camps

Visual and Performing Arts Camps for Summer 2020

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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

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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

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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 soccer, basketball, baseball, football, lacrosse, ice hockey, golf, tennis, volleyball, and a brand new wakeboarding camp! Don't miss our full Summer Camp Guide and other summer camp articles: Sports Camps
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