Guide to Lakeland2019-09-02T13:03:43-04:00

If you’re new to Lakeland or Polk County, new to being a mom in Lakeland, OR just new to Lakeland Mom, our Guide to Lakeland is a great starting point.

All of our year-round posts are listed right here so you can find anything and everything you’re searching for!  With information on indoor fun, local playgrounds, education options, seasonal fun, and much more, we’ve got the scoop on events and activities for families and kids in Lakeland. Check back regularly, we are adding new info weekly!

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

April 2, 2020|Birthday Party & Event Planning, Coronavirus Updates|

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!

Lakeland Regional Health Offers Telehealth Appointments

March 27, 2020|Coronavirus Updates, Health & Fitness|

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.

Polk County School Lunch Pickup Locations

March 27, 2020|Coronavirus Updates|

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.

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

March 25, 2020|Coronavirus Updates|

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.

Bear, Heart, and Rainbow Hunt Map – Submit a Listing

March 25, 2020|Uncategorized|

We’ve seen a variety of ideas for entertainment while social distancing, including a BEAR HUNT! Inspired by the book – We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – it is based on the idea that people place a teddy bear or other stuffed animal on their porch or in a front window. Families can drive around and spot the bears for their very own BEAR HUNT. Submit an address here.

Grocery Shopping Hours and Locations in the Lakeland Area

March 23, 2020|Coronavirus Updates|

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!

Happiness Boosters and Sanity Savers for Moms

March 19, 2020|Coronavirus Updates, Motherhood & Parenting|

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.

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

March 13, 2020|Coronavirus Updates, Things to Do|

As we all prepare to spend more time at home, 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.

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

March 12, 2020|Coronavirus Updates, Health & Fitness, Motherhood & Parenting|

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.

Become a Founding Friend of Bonnet Springs Park in Lakeland

March 5, 2020|Outdoor Fun, Things to Do|

Interested in being part of Lakeland's brand new place to play? Bonnet Springs Park is opening in 2021 and will be a place to escape, engage, and explore. Learn more about this exciting new park and find out how you can become a Founding Friend of Bonnet Springs Park.

Sign Kids Up for On-Court Appearance with the Lakeland Magic on March 12

March 5, 2020|Freebies & Deals, Giveaways, Things to Do|

Lakeland Mom is teaming up with Lakeland Electric and the Lakeland Magic to give kids an opportunity to be on the court with the players and feel like part of the game! Sign up to participate on Thursday, March 12 during Lakeland Swans Night.

Top 10 Things to Do in March in Lakeland & Polk County

February 27, 2020|Easter & Spring, Family Friendly Events, Things to Do|

Spring is in the air which means an abundance of events on the calendar. This is one of our favorite months to get out of the house and enjoy community activities and make family memories. Check out our list of things to do in March in Lakeland and across Polk County.

St. Patrick’s Day Themed Events & Activities – Lakeland, Bartow, Winter Haven, & more

February 26, 2020|Easter & Spring, Family Friendly Events|

St. Patrick’s Day is coming soon (March 17) and we've got a list of activities to celebrate the Irish and get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit. Find events in Lakeland, Winter Haven, & Polk County area. All events are family-friendly unless otherwise noted in the title or event description.

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