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Lakeland Mom has assembled the Ultimate Guide to Kids Activities in Lakeland, FL. We’ve got information on music lessons, karate, art classes, dance lessons, STEM, drama, horseback riding, scouts, & more. A website is included with each listing where you can find additional information.
Interested in kids’ sports? Visit our Youth Sports Guide for information on basketball, cheerleading, football, gymnastics, soccer, and other organizations offering sports programs in Lakeland.
Camp Fire is one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit youth development organizations offering all-inclusive, co-educational programs. Founded in 1910, Camp Fire’s outcome-based programs include youth leadership, self-reliance, after school groups, camping and environmental education and child care.
S.T.E.A.M. TEAM AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM – STEAM is an after school program designed for K-7 grade students. Kids will spend their afternoons exploring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) based programming. School pick up available, program runs until 6pm.
eSCHOOL – Camp Fire is here to provide a safe and engaging place for K-5th grade students to participate in their campus eSchool classes.
VACATION STATION – Vacation Station provides purposeful, fun, and appropriate programming for your children (K-5) on those special days when school is out-of-session.
CLUB PROGRAM – Traditional club programs (what most of our alumnae from Camp Fire Girls remember fondly) pairs a trained volunteer leader with a group of youth who work through a Camp Fire curriculum after school, in the evening, or on the weekend. Clubs typically go on field trips, undertake service projects, and do other activities to earn emblems and learn life skills.
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.
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!
Central Florida Athletics offers team gymnastics, recreational gymnastics, tumbling, all-star cheerleading, all-star prep, recreational cheerleading, and more! We also host birthday parties, homeschool classes, and have morning care and after school care with drop-off/pick-up available at local schools.
The Polk Museum of Art is the largest and the only nationally accredited visual arts organization in Polk County and has been a Smithsonian Affiliate Museum since 2010. The museum offers workshops and classes for teens and adults, after school art for children, weekend workshops, spring break camp, summer camp, and the annual Mayfaire by the Lake.
Ultimate Dance Center (UDC), bringing you the BEST in DANCE since 2016, offers a standard of excellence in dance education that is for EVERYONE, all ages, all levels. UDC offers a diverse array of dance styles under one roof. Our goal is to share & explore the art of dance while bringing people from the community together. We offer opportunities with a variety of styles for ALL ages 2 – Adult and levels of experience that the whole family can enjoy. ULTIMATE DANCE CENTER welcomes ALL!
- Dance classes for ages 2 – Adult
- After School Care
- Homeschool Classes
- Spring Break Camp
- Summer Camp
- + more!
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!
2125 Sleepy Hill Road, Lakeland, Florida 33810
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.
LAKELAND FAMILY YMCA
3620 Cleveland Heights Blvd, Lakeland, FL 33803
FONTAINE GILLS FAMILY YMCA
2125 Sleepy Hill Road, Lakeland, FL 33810
Our passion is teaching kids to become a better version of themselves then they were the day before in every aspect of their life. We do this by providing not just a resource to become physically fit but to also become mentally strong in a positive environment.
Warrior Combat and Fitness Academy’s after school program is a safe, fun, bully-free environment. We create a safe place to belong where children are introduced to the best version of themselves. Your child will be picked up from their school and brought to our location where they will have homework time and snack time. Our instructors take pride in making sure each child is successful. They will have a martial arts class each day that will aid in giving them the self-confidence and determination they will need to face any challenge that is thrown at them in life. Our hours are from 3:00pm to 6:30pm. Two locations!
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.
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 Coleman-Bush Building is a multi-purpose facility with attractive amenities including several rooms serving as rental space, meeting rooms, classrooms and a dance studio. This building is a fitting location for a wide range of events including weddings, receptions, reunions and many other types of gatherings.
A variety of classes and programs are offered for children and adults, including dance, martial arts, tutoring, piano, and more. Visit http://www.lakelandgov.net/departments/parks-recreation/coleman-bush-building/ for a full list of activities.
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/
Simpson Park Community Center Features:
Two (2) multipurpose rooms
Separate men’s & women’s weight rooms
Study hall facility
Spacious gymnasium which houses two full-size basketball courts
Two (2) basketball courts
Softball field (newly renovated)
This indoor/outdoor facility allows the Parks and Recreation Department the opportunity to provide comprehensive recreation programming to suit the varied needs and interests of the North Lakeland Community. Instructional classes, sports leagues, recreational play, fitness and special event programming ensure constant activities.
Parks and Recreation scan cards are required for all activities and classes. Due to limited enrollment, pre-registration and pre-payment is recommended and sometimes required for classes.
Simpson Park Pool is also located at the Community Center and is open seasonally from late Spring through early Fall. Visit https://www.lakelandgov.net/departments/parks-recreation/swimming-pools/ for operating hours and dates on the pool.
At Engineering For Kids of Central West Florida, we are very passionate and excited to be able to inspire the next generation of engineers by bringing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.A.M.), to children ages 4 to 14 in a FUN and CHALLENGING way through classes, after school programs, summer camps, clubs and parties.
Our young engineers have the opportunity to design, build, test, and refine their own creations in a safe and fun environment.
We offer the kinds of excellent programs for kids that parents look for:
- Camp programs
- After-school enrichment
- After-school enrichment located at your school!
- Evening & weekend classes
- Homeschool enrichment classes
- In-school field trips
- Clubs & competition groups
- Scout activities
- Corporate events
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.