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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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List of What is Open in the Lakeland Area – Updated 6/4

May 15, 2020|Coronavirus Updates, Outdoor Fun, Things to Do|

Florida is beginning Phase 2 of reopening the state. We've got a list that covers local trails, parks, schools, libraries, pools, attractions, theme parks, sports teams, beaches, and more to help you keep track of what is open and closed in Lakeland and Central Florida.

Canceled Summer Camps for Summer 2020

May 13, 2020|Camps, Coronavirus Updates, Summer Fun|

Find out which summer camps in Lakeland and Polk County have canceled for Summer 2020 due to social distancing requirements and other restrictions. We’re keeping a list of camps that have been canceled so that parents can easily find them and keep them in mind for Summer 2021.

Wild Florida Drive-Thru Safari Park is just over an hour from Lakeland

May 13, 2020|Coronavirus Updates, Fun Around Florida - Day Trips, Outdoor Fun, Summer Fun|

At Wild Florida’s Drive-Thru Safari Park, you and your family can see more than 100 exotic and native animals roaming freely, right from your own vehicle. Located just over an hour from the Lakeland and Winter Haven area.

2020 Cobb FREE Summer Movies in Lakeland and Winter Haven (now CMX Cinemas)

May 12, 2020|Indoor Fun, Movies, Music, & Live Performances, Things to Do|

Take a break from the heat and check out Cobb Theatres FREE Kids Summer Movies in Lakeland or Winter Haven. Now called CMX Cinemas, you'll find the same great free movie program for kids every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of the Summer. 2020 Dates coming soon.

Virtual Tutoring & Test Prep Available in the Lakeland Area

May 11, 2020|Coronavirus Updates, Education|

Many of our local tutoring and test prep services have converted to online tutoring. This is a great opportunity for your child to receive additional one-on-one instruction, especially in any subjects where they might be struggling. Find out more about local tutoring and test prep options.

12+ Ideas for Teacher Appreciation Gifts This Year {including Virtual options}

May 4, 2020|Coronavirus Updates, Education, Motherhood & Parenting|

May 4th - 8th is Teacher Appreciation Week, and here at my house, I have never appreciated teachers more than right now! While we can’t thank teachers in person at school, we can still show our appreciation with this great list of gift ideas teachers will love, including FREE Virtual Thank You ideas.

Celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week: Join Our Community Apple Display

May 4, 2020|Education|

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and while we can’t thank our teachers in person, we’ve got another way to honor them, social distancing style. Join in a community apple display to celebrate ALL of our teachers in Lakeland and Polk County during Teacher Appreciation Week!

Sign up for the Lakeland Book Club and get a Free Children’s Book by Mail

May 1, 2020|Coronavirus Updates, Education|

The Lakeland Book Club is a collaborative network of nonprofits and volunteers with the shared goal of making sure that every student who needs a book receives a book while school is closed. If you have a child age birth through second grade, sign up to receive a free book by mail.

Visiting the Emergency Department at Lakeland Regional Health during COVID-19

May 1, 2020|Coronavirus Updates, Health & Fitness|

Wondering whether it is safe to go to the Emergency Department during COVID-19? The answer is YES.  We did a video chat with Lakeland Regional Health to learn more about the precautions they have in place and provide you with some reassurance about visiting the Emergency Room.

Things to Do Outdoors in Lakeland – Find Out What Parks & Trails are Open

April 30, 2020|Coronavirus Updates, Outdoor Fun, Summer Fun|

Local parks and trails are starting to reopen on May 1. We've got a list of what is open and closed. You can visit a park or trail on our list, avoid people, and not have to touch any surfaces. Check out our list of outdoor things to do in the Lakeland area.

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