For a more comprehensive list of activities for age 5 & under, visit our Preschooler & Toddler Activity Guide.
We’ve compiled a list of activities and classes in the Lakeland area specially designed for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Whether you’re looking for the opportunity to socialize with other moms, a place for your toddler to use up some energy, or a weekly activity to get you out of the house, you’ll find something on this list.
Family Fun Center of Lakeland is the best place for Family Fun and Entertainment in Lakeland, FL. We have everything! Tons of video and arcade games, Mini-golf, Laser Tag, Funtasia, Parties, and More! Book your next outing today or bring the family in to play!
Funtasia Soft Play
One of the largest soft play areas in the country, Funtasia is active entertainment for all of your little ones ages 12 & under! Your children will explore a 4 story maze of tunnels, tubes, slides, and obstacles. Kids will have a ball interacting with each other and finding their way though all of the fun activities.
Our arcade features over 100 video and redemption arcade games ranging from the classics like Pac-Man and Galaga, to the newest cutting edge games including Super Bikes 2, Crossy Road, Monster Drop, Spongebob Pinapple Arcade, and Big Buck Hunter. With such a large selection, we are sure to have a game you’ll love! We are adding new games all the time.
Our HUGE prize redemption counter has something for everyone.
Enjoy our 18 hole adventure golf course. Fully lit so you can play day or night! Golfers of ALL ages will enjoy competing on each of the par 2 holes along the way.
Cap’s Pizza Cafe
Pizza, chicken wings, pretzels, snacks, drinks, frozen treats, and more! Click here to see our menu.
Vault Assault & Beam Busters Lazer Maze
The Vault Assault Laser Maze Challenge is one of our newest attractions. It’s a thrill you just can’t experience anywhere else! Just like in the movies, crawl, jump, balance your way carefully through the lasers to get to the mission objectives on the other side of the room.
Our Laser Tag arena offers over 2200 square feet of heart thumping space. You can run but you cannot hide! As a member of the S.T.A.R.R. force team, your mission is to eliminate the mutant aliens before they escape the area 51 compound. You can compete one on one, or team up for capture the flag style play. Grab up to 14 of your friends and give it a try!
Birthday Parties & Team Celebrations
Family Fun Center is the perfect location for birthday parties, team parties, and other celebrations. Party Packages start at just $149 and can be customized with any of our attractions based on the age group of your party. All packages include pizza, drinks, and a birthday gift for the guest of honor. For your next birthday party, let Family Fun Center do the set-up, clean-up, and all the entertaining in between. All you need to bring is the cake and candles!
Sensational Sundays – Sensory Friendly Play
Sensational Sundays are an opportunity for families to play in Funtasia with the lights and noise turned down prior to opening to the general public, ideal for children who need a sensory friendly environment. Visit http://thefamilyfuncenter.com to get upcoming dates, held one Sunday a month.
Explorations V Children’s Museum provides 3 floors of kid-powered, hands-on exhibits and mind-stretching programs in the arts and sciences to celebrate the five senses! Art and Science are the pathways for many learning concepts, freeing the child’s creativity and unleashing the power of play. The Museum was founded on the premise that children, like adults, use all five senses to explore and learn about the world around them, hence the V in our name.
The Second Floor includes a small children’s art gallery, interactive science components and brain-teasers as well as Temporary Exhibits located in the Dreamer’s Gallery.
The First Floor features Our Town including exhibits that offer action-packed opportunities for learning through the basics of music appreciation, art, theatre, math, science and history. The new Tot Spot is an engaging area designed especially for our youngest visitors.
The Lower Floor introduces children to local history and Our World through
O is for Oranges, from seed to Our World. Pick, pack, sort and slide in this
fanciful Florida orange grove that takes visitors on a journey of discovery to Asia, Africa, Australia and America.
Our newest exhibit gallery, the TOT SPOT is now open!
OTHER PROGRAMS – The Museum offers field trips, free tax preparation, summer camps, spring break camps, Financial Fitness for Families classes, tutoring and test prep, homeschool programs, and daily programs that are included with admission.
BIRTHDAY PARTIES – Host your party at the greatest place in town! Birthday Parties are held at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm during the day on Saturdays. Call to inquire about weekday party times. Party includes Use of a party room for 90 minutes, plus unlimited play in the Museum. Themed parties available including princess tea party, crazy chemistry, and art-rageous art. Details – https://explorationsv.com/parties/
Annual Memberships are the best way to enjoy Explorations V Children’s Museum all year long!
Ultimate Dance Center (UDC), bringing you the BEST in DANCE since 2016, offers a standard of excellence in dance education not yet seen in Polk County. Our goal is to share & explore the art of dance while bringing people from the community together. We offer opportunity with a variety of styles for ALL ages 2-Adut and levels of experience that the whole family can enjoy. We are the Home ULTIMATE DANCE CENTER welcomes ALL!
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 & DANCE class everyday including Ballet, Technique, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Jazz, Tap & 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 or $55/Week with pickup only – Open Enrollment!
UDC offers the ONLY Homeschool DANCE Program ages 6 & Up, meeting Tuesday & Thursday mornings 9am-12Noon. Our Homeschool Program is Sunshine State Standard satisfying & creativity inspiring with DANCE classes offered including Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Tap, Musical Theatre, & Acrobat Arts! The Homeschool students enjoy dance class, field trips, community engagement & recital!
Adult Social Dance classes Salsa, West Coast Swing, Belly Dance, Heels & Dance Fitness are just right for you! Adults can enjoy a fun workout while learning great steps in our social dance classes meeting throughout the week at 7pm.
Spring Break & Summer Dance Camps are the top choice for FUN! UDC offers all day activities, with art, yoga, dance & snacks call now to enroll!
We believe piano lessons should be fun, creative, and engaging. We take time to learn about your student, and use creative materials and resources to help them engage and learn in the best ways. We teach piano lessons kids LOVE!
KiddyKeys Music Discovery and Piano Preparation classes for 2 ½ to 6 year old children are now being offered! Classes focus on piano concepts and music appreciation, character building, and skills that help prepare children for school.
Preschooler Lessons – Can preschoolers really learn to play the piano? Of course they can! Students will master music fundamentals while creating a musical memory book that becomes a keepsake item to commemorate their first piano lessons. Young students will also get a chance at improvisation activities, practice ear training, write their first compositions, play exciting duets, and jam along with play along tracks!
Private lessons available in North Lakeland for ages 4+.
Not sure if your child is ready to start piano lessons? No problem! Try one of our FREE preview lessons!
Family Martial Arts Center offers after-school care, summer camps and night class programs for all ages.
Our school strives to instill the basic life virtues of discipline, respect, integrity, and confidence. These qualities have been the foundation of the martial arts student since the beginning. The staff of Family Martial Arts Center helps reinforce each quality trait through Leading by Example. Our children of the future need positive role models that will set the right example. Our instructors make this the first priority.
No martial arts school is complete without the proper credentials. Family Martial Arts Center is proud to be part of the Victory Taekwondo Chung Do Kwan Association. This organization provides our school and instructors with authentic certification from Korea and the World TaeKwonDo Federation. Along with credentials, this association also provides instruction and training to the black belt instructors so that we may continue to provide outstanding instruction to your family.
Our programs include:
- Evening Classes
- Little Ninjas for ages 4 – 6
- After School Care – Monday-Friday from 2:30pm till 7:00pm
- Summer Camp
- Birthday Parties
- Holiday Camps
- School Holiday Camps – FMAC is open 7am – 7pm on School Holidays and a daily rate is available to families who just need a day here and there.
HP Sports is a league dedicated to Creating Competitive Christian Athletes. Our goal will be accomplished by building each player’s self-esteem, teaching each player the physical and mental fundamentals of each sport, giving each player equal playing time, teaching good sportsmanship and the value of playing as a team.
During this time players should increase their knowledge of the game, develop new friendships with players and coaches, and feel they are an important member of the team. HP Sports is focused on fun and the physical and mental fundamentals of the game, rather than simply winning and losing. Our goal is to provide your child with a positive sporting experience that will develop their love for God and athletics.
Spring Season: January-March
Fall Season: August-October
• Flag Football
Spring Season: March-May
Fall Season: October-December
Spring Season: March-May
Fall Season: August – October
Spring Season: March-May
Fall Season: October-December
Each team will practice (1) day a week. (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday). No Practices on Wednesday. Each team will play (1) game per Saturday, (7) games minimum in the season. All games will last about one hour.
Summer Sports Camps, Adult Sports Leagues, and Group Fitness are also available. Visit the website for more information.
For over 50 years, the YMCA has been the only cause-driven wellness center in our area to offer programming for the whole family that focuses on the spirit, mind and body. Facilities include: a weight room, a gym for basketball and exercise classes, an indoor swimming pool, locker rooms, racquetball courts, a craft room, childcare facility, group exercise room, gymnastics center, and more.
Family Fundamentals is a collaboration of organizations committed to strengthening families and our community by increasing access and awareness to resources and services. This Success By 6 parent resource center is a warm, welcoming place where parents and other family members come to access information, support services, and the tools they need to be the best parents they can be. Forty-two agencies offer services on site to provide a one-stop opportunity for parents. Parents come for one service or class and return for others. The center is located at 109 N. Kentucky Ave in Lakeland, in the same building as Explorations V Children’s Museum.
Weekly classes for ages 0-5 are offered for FREE! 2018-19 Schedule coming soon. Schedule follows Polk County Schools calendar. All classes are also listed on our calendar at www.lakelandmom.com/calendar.
Lakeland Tropics Futbol Club offers both recreational and competitive/travel soccer leagues for ages 6-18, along with a Munchkin Program for 3, 4 & 5 year olds. TOPS Soccer program is for young athletes with disabilities. They have a Spring Season (February-May) and Fall Season (Aug. – Dec.). Practices and games are held at Lake Parker Park and Loyce Harpe Park on Carter Road.
CLASSES – Karate Beyond offers a premier martial arts experience for ALL ages. Classes for Pre-K, Elementary, Teens and Adults. Self-defense, stress-relief, physical fitness, and character development through an evolving curriculum. Our mission is to enable students to become the best versions of themselves; physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally.
AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP – A super convenient service for busy parents! Karate Beyond picks up your child from their school and teaches them martial arts every day! Parents looking for Discipline, Focus, and Confidence in their children choose Karate Beyond!
SUMMER CAMP – The most action packed summer in Lakeland. Each week has a different theme and a variety of activities. Act now as spaces run out quickly.
BIRTHDAY PARTIES – Let Karate Beyond host the best birthday party your child has ever had. Curated games and activities for kids of all ages!
Swim Dynamic is celebrating 11 YEARS of swim lessons!
At Swim Dynamic, our 5-day program is the most popular. This series of swim lessons is considered an “accelerated teach-to-swim” program and consist of five one-on-one sessions, 30 minutes each for five consecutive days. We are aware that every swimmer, just as every human, develops at a different rate. Our one-on-one lessons allow our instructors to focus on each swimmer and use our “tool box”, choosing whatever “tool” is needed to make each individual a successful swimmer. At the end of the sessions, we will “showcase” the skills your swimmer has learned and provide you with the basic information you need to help keep these skills a splashing success. We believe that equipping parents with a skill set and an education has helped with our swimming success!
We also offer private sessions and group classes in a Mommy & Me format, for swimmers 6-18 months old, and private adult lessons.
Although, there is no such thing as “drown-proofing”, we are confident in our training and experience and have had great success teaching swimmers of all ages for the last 10 years!
Our swim season typically runs April-September, with a soft opening in March. During our peak season, we have several instructors and our available lessons are posted online at www.swimdynamiclakeland.com
Lakeland School Of Music is Lakeland’s largest music school with over 14,000 lessons taught annually! We offer music lessons in over 25 different instruments, and have 16 dedicated music teachers on staff, ready to serve you and your family.
We’re currently the only music school in Polk County licensed in the Musical Ladder System, rewarding students with wristbands, certificates, and trophies, and we have a 100% success rate for successfully preparing students for the Harrison School Of The Arts auditions in classical guitar, vocal theater, jazz guitar, upright bass, piano, violin, and more!
Visit www.LakelandSchoolOfMusic.com to learn more or call us today at 863-640-2810 to schedule a one-time trial lesson!
Lakeland School of Music also offers Music Fun Time, an innovative and proven early childhood curriculum for kids 18 months to 7 years old. Learn more at https://lakelandmom.com/directory/listing/music-fun-time.
Moms of Lakeland (formerly MOPS at Church at the Mall) reaches local moms with weekly gatherings where they will find biblical community and encouragement with other moms. Weekly gatherings include Bible study, guest speakers, brunch, and crafts while providing preschool childcare in a safe and nurturing environment. Moms of preschool and elementary aged children are welcome to attend! Childcare is available upon registration for children birth-preschool. We start August 13th, 2019 and meet every Tuesday during the school year from 9-11:30 AM at Lakes Church (1010 E. Memorial Blvd. Lakeland, FL).
For more information, connect with Moms of Lakeland on Facebook.
Music Fun Time is an innovative and proven early childhood curriculum for kids 18 months to 7 years old. It’s based on Johns-Hopkins Research that children 7 and under can learn to read music notation and symbols, and play instruments, while fostering their ability to grasp math and science as they develop.
Lakeland School of Music is one of only two schools in the entire state of Florida licensed and qualified to teach the Music Fun Time program. Visit www.MusicFuntime.org to learn more or call 863-640-2810 to sign up for a free trial class today!
Learn more about Lakeland School of Music at https://lakelandmom.com/directory/listing/lakeland-school-of-music
When you see your young child dancing to any music in range, or hear them singing to themselves, or feel them tapping out a beat on your hands or a set of pots and pans, you’ve got to wonder, How can I nurture this love of music at this young age? It is absolutely possible¦ even for very young babies¦ to build a good foundation for music, as well as allow music to help them blossom personally at each of these ages and stages! Kindermusik classes are a great opportunity to meet other moms and enjoy a safe environment for making connections through music in so many ways.
Watching a classroom of children and families, it is easy to see the joy in making music together. Children are engaged in their own way, exploring their own abilities, connecting with a parent, and interacting with other children. And Kindermusik is so much more than that. At each age, there is an integrated curriculum carefully designed around the sensitive periods for learning specific concepts and skills, both musically and developmentally.
- Foundations – Infants up to active walking
Music for Nurturing through Together Time
- Level 1 – Active Walking babies to 24 months
Music for Active Exploring through Together Time
- Level 2 – Almost Twos to Young Threes
Music for Engaging Learners with Together Time
- Level 3-4: Threes and Fours
Music for Expanding and Preparing with Peers Independently
- Level 5: Fives & Sixes
Music for Developing Young Musicians with Music Theory, History & Culture
- Mixed Age: Babies through Fives
Music for Connecting Families and Friends
Take a peek at the offered schedules for weekly class groups, AND/OR get involved in our unique Playdates scheduled one Saturday a month.
Let’s Talk: Take a quick moment to REQUEST a VISIT, so we can work together to schedule a chance for you and your child to join in the magic of making music together.
**NEW LOCATION – Starting November 1, 2019, Kindermusik classes will be held at the United Methodist Temple, 2700 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33803.
The Lakeland Public Library is a member of the Polk County Library Cooperative, an inter local agreement between 13 municipalities with public libraries and the Board of County Commissioners, enabling all residents of the county, including those in the unincorporated area to have library services. Check out their fantastic programming for adults and children, including storytime, writing club for teens, children’s theatre, technology programs, summer programs, and more! Visit the website to see a full list of upcoming programs. You can also find them all on our calendar at www.lakelandmom.com/calendar.
Kelly Recreation Complex is a 30,000+ square foot facility that provides a variety of features and offers the residents of Lakeland (and visitors) access to a diverse selection of recreation activities.
Programs offered at Kelly Rec include pre-ballet for kids, adult dance classes (latin, swing, belly dance, line dance, salsa), martial arts, basketball, chess, sewing, guitar, etiquette, and more.
Check the website for a full listing of classes – http://www.lakelandgov.net/departments/parks-recreation/kelly-recreation-complex/