Preschooler & Toddler Activity Guide
Looking for an activity your toddler or preschooler will enjoy? 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. Includes music classes, gymnastics classes, mommy and me classes, and more.
Interested in classes & activities for kids ages 5+? Check out our Class & Activities Guide. It includes dance, art, cooking, martial arts, and plenty of other options.
Ideas for Outdoor Play with Toddlers
Check out our list of shaded playgrounds
Read our review of The Rotary Playground in Hernando’s Landing at Lake Parker Park
See our directory for a full list of local playgrounds
☀️ Feed the ducks – Lake Morton is the best place to find an abundance of birds. Take corn (canned, frozen or fresh), duck pellets (sold at pet stores), lettuce or greens, defrosted frozen peas, or birdseed. Bread is bad for the ducks and swans!
☀️ Circle B Bar Reserve – Look for alligators, eagles, and other amazing wildlife at Circle B Bar Reserve– named one of the “Top 51 Places in the US to See Wildlife” by USA Today! Entry is FREE. Toddlers will also enjoy exploring the Nature Center and playing in the “treehouse” inside.
☀️ Mulberry Phosphate Museum – Dig for sharks teeth and fossils in the outdoor phosphate pile, then head inside to see the skeletons and shark teeth on display inside. Make sure you bring a small shovel or other item to dig through the rock pile, and something to sit on – you won’t want to kneel. (The phosphate pile is always open, visit the website for museum hours)
☀️ Little Free Library – find a little library around town where you can take a book and/or leave a book – for FREE! Clean out your bookshelves and leave a few at each location, and hopefully you’ll find something to take with you. Use the map at littlefreelibrary.org to find one near you.
☀️ Visit a Farmers Market – Pick up fresh local produce at a local market – there are 5 across Polk County that happen on various days during the week
☀️ Go on a picnic – One of our favorite locations is Peterson Park and then we walk the nature trails and boardwalks afterward.
FREE Library Programs for Kids – Storytime, STEM, Crafts & More
All of our local libraries offer storytimes and other activities for toddlers during the week. Visit our calendar to see all upcoming events at our libraries. If your library isn’t listed, visit our Directory for a full list of Polk County Libraries.
More Activities for Preschoolers & Toddlers in Lakeland + Polk County
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