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Classes & Lessons Guide Lakeland Mom

Classes, Lessons, and Activities for Kids in Lakeland + Polk County

Sports Leagues, Music Lessons, Dance Classes, Art Lessons, and much, much more! While some of these classes are seasonal, we have still included them to help you find the perfect classes for your kids year-round. This guide also includes recommendations from our readers on which activities for kids are the best in Greenville.

This is 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. Both seasonal and year-round kids’ activities are listed. A website is included with each listing where you can find additional information. Use the filters to explore specific activities.

Interested in sports teams or lessons in a specific sport? Visit our Youth Sports Guide for information on basketball, cheerleading, football, gymnastics, soccer, and other organizations offering sports programs in Lakeland.

Our Classes & Lessons Guide contains both sponsored and free listings. Lakeland Mom provides these listings as a service to local families and a listing here does not constitute an endorsement. 

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Camp Fire 2
Camp Fire Sunshine Central Florida

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.

 

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Karate Beyond
Choe's Karate Beyond

CLASSES – Karate Beyond offers a premier martial arts experience for ALL ages. Classes for Pre-K, Elementary, Teens and Adults. Self-defense, stress-relief, physical fitness, and character development through an evolving curriculum. Our mission is to enable students to become the best versions of themselves; physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally.

AFTER SCHOOL PICK UP – A super convenient service for busy parents! Karate Beyond picks up your child from their school and teaches them martial arts every day! Parents looking for Discipline, Focus, and Confidence in their children choose Karate Beyond!

SUMMER CAMP – The most action packed summer in Lakeland. Each week has a different theme and a variety of activities. Act now as spaces run out quickly.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES – Let Karate Beyond host the best birthday party your child has ever had. Curated games and activities for kids of all ages!

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Explorations V Children's Museum

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!

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Family Martial Arts Center Lakeland After School Care
Family Martial Arts Center

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.
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Kindermusik at Music Connections with Debbie Mondale

Children thrive on music!  The joy of music makes it one of the best processes to get your young child engaged, interacting, and learning.  Kindermusik makes it easy for you to enjoy music-making with your children from infancy through age 7, with guidance on how all of these musical activities help your child learn and gain important skills during the years most critical to their brain development.

In weekly classes, your child is caught up in the music with family and new friends, engaging in movement, rhythm, vocal activities, and creative play.  As the world’s leading provider of music-based education, Kindermusik’s curriculum, as well as the music, books, instruments and more you take home are designed to offer age-specific learning methods which lay a solid foundation for music education as well as whole child development at each unique stage in a young person’s life:

  • Absorbing infants, active exploring toddlers, engaging and amazing two year olds… all with their favorite partner (mom, dad, grandma, nanny…).
  • Students 3 – 6 years old participate independently with their peers as we integrate storytelling and imaginative play with musical concepts and skills to prepare them effectively for future music lessons.

Kindermusik programs at Music Connections in Lakeland are a great opportunity to connect with other moms and caregivers for meaningful relationships. With 20+ years experience, owner and lead educator Debbie Mondale guides you and your children through these group music making opportunities at a variety of times to fit your schedule.

LOCATION: VIRTUAL & OUTDOORS –  During this pandemic, you can participate in our Kindermusik classes VIRTUALLY from the comfort of your own home (read Parent Reviews to see why they LOVE it!)  OR, You may be able to participate in our limited OUTDOOR Kindermusik classes will be held on the DECK at 2700 S. Florida Ave., Lakeland, FL 33803 – at the United Methodist Temple across from Southgate.

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Lakeland School of Music
Lakeland School Of Music

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.

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Music Fun Time
Music Fun Time at Lakeland School of Music

Music Fun Time is an innovative and proven early childhood curriculum for kids 18 months to 7 years old. It’s based on Johns-Hopkins Research that children 7 and under can learn to read music notation and symbols, and play instruments, while fostering their ability to grasp math and science as they develop.

Lakeland School of Music is one of only two schools in the entire state of Florida licensed and qualified to teach the Music Fun Time program. Visit www.MusicFuntime.org to learn more or call 863-640-2810 to sign up for a free trial class today!

Learn more about Lakeland School of Music at https://lakelandmom.com/directory/listing/lakeland-school-of-music

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Polk Museum of Art

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.

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Ultimate Dance Center Lakeland
Ultimate Dance Center

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!

UDC Offers:

  • Dance classes for ages 2 – Adult
  • After School Care
  • Homeschool Classes
  • Spring Break Camp
  • Summer Camp
  • + more!

 

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Warrior Combat Fitness After School Program Lakeland
Warrior Combat and Fitness Academy

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!

3633 Century Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33811
202 Lake Miriam Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33813
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YMCA of West Central Florida

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. Programs include swim lessons, sports leagues for kids and adults, childcare, after school care, group fitness classes, and much more.

3620 Cleveland Heights Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33803
2125 Sleepy Hill Road, Lakeland, Florida 33810
Chesser Music Studio (Piano)

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!

Engineering For Kids
Engineering for Kids

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
  • Parties
  • Homeschool enrichment classes
  • In-school field trips
  • Clubs & competition groups
  • Scout activities
  • Corporate events
Chain of Lakes Complex Winter Haven

The City of Winter Haven offers a variety of classes at the Chain of Lakes Complex, including Ballet for ages 8-13, Karate, Tae Kwon Do, Judo, Belly Dancing, Dog Obedience, Badminton, Ballroom Dancing, and more. Visit the Parks & Recreation website for full details.

210 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
City of Lakeland - Coleman-Bush Building

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.

City of Lakeland - Kelly Recreation Complex

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/

City of Lakeland - Simpson Park Community Center

Simpson Park Community Center Features:
Two (2) multipurpose rooms
Game room
Kitchen
Separate men’s & women’s weight rooms
Study hall facility
Computer center
Spacious gymnasium which houses two full-size basketball courts
Tennis court
Two (2) basketball courts
Playground
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.

1725 Martin Luther King Jr Ave, Lakeland, Florida 33805
Fabric Warehouse
3030 North Florida Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33805
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. Visit our website to learn more and find a Girl Scout Troop near you!

Girl Scouts: GSWCF/ PALS (Polk City, Lake Alfred, Auburndale)

PALS is one of the Girl Scout Service Units for Polk County. GSWCF (Girl Scouts of West Central Florida) is the parent council.

Girl Scouts creates girls with courage, confidence, and character. Girls learn real world skills, develop friendships, and have opportunities which will help them with their future endeavors. Each troop is different. Some trools like crafts, some like badges, some like camping, some like technology, etc. Contact us to find a troop that fits the needs of your girl.

 

209 Union Street, Auburndale, Florida 33823
Hobby Lobby
3615 Florida Avenue South, Lakeland, Florida 33803
4236 US Highway 98 North, Lakeland, Florida 33809
JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores
4241 US Highway 98 North, Lakeland, Florida 33809
1522 3rd Street Southwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
LA Dance Center
155 Haines Boulevard East, Lake Alfred, Florida 33850
Lakeland Chess Club
404 Imperial Blvd., Lakeland, Florida 33803
Lakeland Community Theatre

Lakeland Community Theatre boasts a Main Stage season of five high quality productions; The Eunice Fuller Theatre for Youth three show season as well as classes, summer camps, workshops, Master Classes; The Out of the Box Troupe for special needs youth and adults, a Senior Troupe and many special productions and events each year.

Michaels Stores
4017 U.S. 98, Lakeland, Florida 33809
229 West Alexander Street, Plant City, Florida 33566
1600 Posner Boulevard, Davenport, Florida 33837
Nova Athletics Academy
NOVA ATHLETICS ACADEMY: We are a NEW facility with a highly qualified coaching staff. We offer Gymnastics, Tumbling, After School/Summer Camp, and More! We can’t wait to meet you! {Located at the former Central Florida Athletics facility}
Polk Scholastic Chess
2250 South Floral Avenue, Bartow, Florida 33830
Polk State College Enrichment Academy
999 Avenue H Northeast, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Winter Haven, Florida 33881
Sew Unique Sewing

Sew Unique is a teaching shop. They teach sewing, quilting and more for ages 5 – 105! Both individual and group sewing lessons are offered. In the Unique Room they offer a variety of unique crafting classes including Painting, Woodburning Sign Making, Cookie & Cake Decorating, and more.

3601 Cypress Gardens Road, Winter Haven, Florida 33884
Spirit Gymnastics Sports Academy

Recreational/Team Gymnastics, Summer Camps, After School Care, Dance Classes, All Star Cheer Team, Tumbling, and more. HUGS Special Needs classes. Our mission is to build and encourage true character in all ages as they learn the sports of gymnastics, cheer and dance.

TiAnViCa Horse Riding Academy

TiAnViCa provides recreational therapeutic horse riding for individuals with disabilities. It combines instruction in traditional horsemanship skills with concepts of physical therapy to improve the strength, balance, and self-esteem for children and adults with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. Most of all, it’s FUN!

TimberNook West Central Florida

TimberNook West Central Florida provides innovative outdoor play experiences that challenge the senses and inspire creativity, imagination, and independent play in the great outdoors. #TimberNookWCFL provides year-round programs for ages 18 months through middle school. Join us on Social Media or find our current programs on our website.