Coronavirus Updates – Lakeland & Polk County

This is our landing page for all information related to the Coronavirus. We will keep our list of closures and cancellations updated, and also want to provide you with helpful information as we all figure out how to navigate this strange time. See below for a list of safe activities you can enjoy while practicing social distancing.

**Keep in mind that during this time of uncertainty, anything may close on short notice, including city, county, and state run parks. Links to outside sources have been provided in ALL of our articles, please use those links to check for updates.**

Birthday Social Distancing

10+ Ideas to Celebrate a Birthday at Home during Social Distancing

For kids with birthdays during social distancing, it can be especially disappointing to have to skip a birthday party with friends or miss the opportunity to go somewhere special. With a little creativity, you can still make it a birthday to remember!
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Lakeland Regional Health Telehealth

Lakeland Regional Health Offers Telehealth Appointments

Starting Monday, March 30, Lakeland Regional Health will begin offering Telehealth Appointments with their Pediatric and Primary Care practices. This means that you will be able to schedule a phone call or video call with your provider and receive care from the convenience and comfort of your own home.
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Lakeland Area Bear Hunt

Go On A Heart / Rainbow / Bear Hunt in the Lakeland Area {With MAP!}

To spread joy while social distancing, people are placing teddy bears, hearts, and rainbows in their windows for others to spot from their cars or while walking the neighborhood. Participating readers have helped us create a map you can use to find bears, hearts, or rainbows in your neighborhood for your own teddy bear hunt.
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Grocery Shopping Hours in Lakeland

Grocery Shopping Hours and Locations in the Lakeland Area

Lakeland area grocery stores have changed their hours to allow time for cleaning and restocking the stores, as well as special hours for seniors and high risk guests. If you’re wondering when and where you can go shopping in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Auburndale, or nearby communities, here is a helpful list!
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Local Business Streaming Resources

At-Home Activities & Videos from LOCAL Businesses to Keep Your Family Entertained & Active

We've compiled a list of online resources from LOCAL businesses and community organizations - printables, tutorials, videos, storytimes and more for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
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Mom Happiness boosters

Happiness Boosters and Sanity Savers for Moms

We always hear the sayings “take care of yourself first” and “make self-care a priority.” This has never been more important OR easier to do than right now. We've got a list of small things moms can do to boost your happiness and save your sanity during this time of uncertainty.
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Coronavirus Lakeland Cancellations

Coronavirus Cancellations, Closures, and Local Updates in Lakeland and Polk County

Polk County Schools and many events and activities in the Lakeland area are being canceled due to coronavirus. This is a precaution in accordance with government recommendations to prevent further spread of the disease. We are keeping a running list of existing closures and cancellations, as well as links to additional updates for our schools, events, sporting events and more.
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School Lunch Polk County

Polk County School Lunch Pickup Locations

While schools are closed, Polk County Schools will continue to provide lunches to children 18 years and under. School lunches can be picked up at specific school sites serving as food distribution locations, between 11am-1pm from Monday - Friday beginning March 30. Full list of schools in the article.
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Polk Schools Canceled Coronavirus

Polk County Schools Closed Due to Coronavirus – March 16 – May 1

Polk County Public Schools are currently closed through May 1. All Florida Public Schools are closed during this time.
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Fun at Home

100+ Outdoor & Indoor Activities to Enjoy at Home During Coronavirus Closures

As we all do our part to stay home and stay healthy, we’ve got a list of over 100 activities you can enjoy at home – both indoors and outdoors. Ideas to play like a kid again, bake, play games, get crafty, learn online, read, and more.
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upick strawberries lakeland

U-Pick Strawberry Farms in Lakeland, Plant City, & Across Central Florida

Check out these U-Pick Strawberry farms within an hour’s drive of Lakeland & Polk County. Strawberry picking is a great family activity since the berries grow in raised beds on the ground and are easy for kids to reach.
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Epic Kids Books

Get Your Kids Excited About Summer Reading with Epic!

Kids of all ages will love Epic - an unlimited eBook library your kids can take anywhere on a phone, tablet, or computer. Perfect for Summer Reading. LIMITED TIME SUMMER OFFER - Get 3 months for only $3 - for up to 4 kids!
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Summer Fun at Home

75+ Ideas for Summer Fun at Home

We've put together a list of ideas for things to do at home, and most require little or no preparation. Because let's be honest... mom wants a break too.
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Best Board Games for Kids and Families

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 kid approved AND parent approved games.
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Lakeland Donations Clothes Toys Furniture

Where to Donate Gently Used Toys, Clothing, Household Items, and more

Are you feeling the post-Christmas urge to purge?? Trying to get your house cleaned out and organized for the new year ahead? We’ve got a list of places to take your gently used and brand new items where they will be reused or resold to support a specific cause.
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Additional Sources for Updates