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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Face Masks Required Indoors in Winter Haven beginning on July 14

July 13, 2020|Coronavirus Updates, Motherhood & Parenting, Summer Fun|

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.

Outdoor Summer Fun in Florida: Clear Kayak Tours

July 2, 2020|Outdoor Fun, Summer Fun|

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.

Face Masks Required in Lakeland for Indoor Locations beginning on July 2

July 2, 2020|Coronavirus Updates, Motherhood & Parenting, Summer Fun|

On Thursday, July 2 the Lakeland 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.

Should you let your kids watch Hamilton on Disney+?

June 29, 2020|Motherhood & Parenting, Movies, Music, & Live Performances|

Hamilton is being released on July 3 on Disney+ and we cant wait! It is a brilliant historical show with amazing music. If you're wondering if Hamilton is kid friendly or curious why it is rated PG-13, we’ve got more details on how to decide if it is appropriate for your kids.

Polk County Public School Students to Receive $313 P-EBT Card by Mail

June 28, 2020|Coronavirus Updates, Education, Freebies & Deals|

If your child attends a Polk County Public School, check your mail this coming week – a P-EBT card with $313.50 on it is being sent to all Polk County Public School students enrolled in a traditional school, as well as some charter school students.

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

June 25, 2020|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.

Where to Buy Face Masks in Lakeland

June 23, 2020|Coronavirus Updates|

Wondering where you can buy face masks in the Lakeland area? We've got a list for you. While there is no mandate on wearing face masks in public from the State of Florida, Polk County, or City of Lakeland (at time of publishing), the CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings to help slow the spread.

Family Fun Center – Mini Golf, Indoor Play, Games, Laser Tag and More

June 18, 2020|Indoor Fun, Outdoor Fun, Things to Do|

Family Fun Center of Lakeland has arcade games, redemption games, 18 holes of outdoor mini-golf, Funtasia soft play, laser tag, laser maze, a huge prize counter, food, and more for a day of family-friendly fun.

Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden at Bok Tower Gardens

June 11, 2020|Fun Around Florida - Day Trips, Outdoor Fun, Summer Fun, Things to Do|

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.

Why Your High Schooler Should Still Take the ACT or SAT Test

June 11, 2020|Education, Teens|

As ACT and SAT testing has been repeatedly postponed, some students are delaying their test prep plans, or thinking of skipping these tests altogether. Learn more about the impact of SAT/ACT changes, and current misconceptions about colleges and universities making these tests optional for college admission.

Explorations V Children’s Museum Reopens June 15: Safety + Kindness

June 10, 2020|Coronavirus Updates, Indoor Fun, Summer Fun|

Explorations V Children’s Museum is excited to welcome the community back for exploration and hands-on learning! They reopen on Monday, June 15 with modifications to protect you, your family, and the Museum team. Learn more about modified hours, reservations, and safety protocols.

Mental Wellness in Children and Teens during COVID-19

June 9, 2020|Coronavirus Updates, Health & Fitness, Motherhood & Parenting|

We interviewed a local psychiatrist to learn how to help our kids navigate disappointment, anxiety, isolation, and other mental wellness issues affecting children and teens right now. Watch the interview or read the full Q&A.

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

June 5, 2020|Outdoor Fun, Summer Fun|

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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