ymca summer camp lakeland fl

Home » Guides » Education

Education

Featured
All Saints Academy Lakeland Winter Haven
All Saints Academy (Age 2 - 12th grade)

All Saints Academy is a vibrant and progressive independent Christian college preparatory day school serving students PreSchool 2 – Grade 12 and their families. ASA’s highly qualified faculty fosters self-discipline, sparks enthusiasm, and encourages the academic success and well being of each student. The faculty, administration, and support staff work together as a team to inspire independent thinkers, principled leaders, and humble learners.

At All Saints Academy, our #1 goal is to prepare your student to succeed in tomorrow’s world. We pursue that vision through rigorous college preparation in a Preschool – 12th environment. Exemplifying Judeo-Christian values within an Episcopal tradition, we welcome students of all racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds. ASA is conveniently located between Lakeland and Winter Haven.

What makes your school unique?
All Saints Academy has a 100% college acceptance rate. Community partnerships, numerous opportunities to present both within and outside the ASA community, and service work that take students out of their comfort zone, all help to develop leaders of high principles. Whether in the classroom, athletic field, or the arts, ASA students have the opportunity for leadership unique to a small school.

Grades Served:

School Hours / Schedule: All Sains Academy runs on a traditional school schedule with Summer Camp programs available in June and July.

Open Houses / Tours: Campus tours are available throughout the year. Your child is also welcome to spend a “Shadow Day” at ASA, through which he/she will be paired with a current student in his/her current grade to experience a full day inside All Saints. Contact the Admission Office with interest, questions, or to set up an on-campus experience.

Registration Dates / Details: ASA encourages all interested families to schedule a personal visit and tour or attend an Open House event. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Scholarships: All Saints Academy accepts the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship, the Florida Empowerment Scholarship, the Hope Scholarship and the McKay Scholarship. Families can also apply for tuition assistance through All Saints Academy. The Merit Scholarship Competition is also available each January to students entering 6th and 9th grade in the fall.

Affiliations:

  • Florida Council of Independent Schools
  • National Association of Independent Schools
  • Florida Kindergarten Council
  • National Association of Episcopal Schools
  • Florida High School Athletic Association
  • Educational Records Bureau
  • College Board
  • National Association for College Admission Counseling
  • Southern Association for College Admission Counseling
  • Secondary School Admission Test Board
  • Independent School Management

Read our Posts about All Saints Academy:

5001 Florida 540, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Featured
All Saints Academy preschool
All Saints Academy Early Childhood Center (Age 2 - 12th grade)

The Louise Hizer Early Childhood Center at All Saints Academy includes three sections: PreSchool for 2- and 3-year-olds; and PreKindergarten for 4-year-olds. Classroom work extends to other parts of the campus and the community, including the Great Room, where imaginations flourish; the state-of-the-art playground, where lifelong friendships evolve; and the Outdoor Classroom, where nature speaks and young minds listen.

What makes your school unique?
Our PreSchool 2 and PreSchool 3 classes foster the development of a growth mindset as the children are introduced to a broad range of intellectual, physical, artistic, and social experiences to provide a solid foundation.  Goals include reading readiness; a basis for understanding mathematics; good physical and personal habits; appreciation of music, art, and poetry; cultural and environmental sensitivity; and responsible sharing and conversation with other children and adults. Students are given an introduction to Spanish through participation in songs and games as early as Preschool 2.

The formal curriculum begins in PreKindergarten for 4-year-olds through an integrated hands-on approach that includes the academic disciplines and is aligned with national preschool learning expectations.  The program is enhanced by a variety of experiences including art, physical education, music, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, robotics, and media.

Family involvement is a hallmark of the Early Childhood division.  Parents participate in a weekly Morning Opening where the children practice their speaking and listening skills through musical presentations.  In addition, there are monthly special events where families come together and participate in engaging activities.  Favorites include Father’s Day Olympics, Fall Hoedown, International Morning, Big Truck Day, the Easter Parade, and Mother’s Day Picnic.

Ages Served:
Ages 2 – PreK 4 in the Early Childhood Center. All Saints Academy serves through 12h grade.

School Hours / Schedule: All Sains Academy runs on a traditional school schedule with Summer Camp programs available in June and July.

Open Houses / Tours: Campus tours are available throughout the year.  Contact the Admission Office with interest, questions, or to set up an on-campus experience.

Registration Dates / Details: ASA encourages all interested families to schedule a personal visit and tour or attend an Open House event. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Click here to learn more about All Saints Academy for grades K – 12.

5001 Florida 540, Winter Haven, Florida 33880
Featured
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.

 

Featured
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!

Featured
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.

Featured
Learning Resource Center of Polk County

The Learning Resource Center of Polk County helps students maximize their learning potential through year-round one-to-one tutoring, SAT and ACT test prep, study skills courses for middle and high school students, after-school programs, summer programs for all ages including Camp READY! for rising kindergartners, and more.

Featured
Minds in Motion After School Program
Minds in Motion

Minds in Motion after school program offers a variety of activities! Your child will enjoy daily access to technology resources, gaming stations, STEAM activities, creative learning & play, academic assistance, and much more. Our goal is to provide a facility that is clean, safe, and offers daily enrichment focused on student interest, knowledge, and skills. We promote respect and tolerance. Our instructors will make sure that your child has ample time to complete their homework as well as offer assistance and guidance. Hours are 3:00-6:30pm. Click here to see a list of school pick-up locations.  Click here to see a list of school pick-up locations.

126 Horizon Ct, Suite 105, Lakeland, Florida 33813
4530 County Road 540A, Lakeland, Florida 33813
Featured
Pathways Southeastern
Pathways School of Excellence (ages 11-22)

Pathways School of Excellence provides a program specifically tailored for middle and high school students with intellectual disabilities. Our program infuses faith-based learning with academics that are customized for each student’s unique abilities.The mission of Pathways School of Excellence is to equip learners for growth and success in academic, personal and spiritual life.

Students are assigned to classes based on data representing age-appropriate level, academic achievement, and individual educational plans. Pathways School of Excellence has classrooms with middle school and high school-aged students ages 11 through 22 that are diagnosed with special needs.

Pathways is located in the heart of Southeastern University’s beautiful campus, so our students enjoy many campus amenities.

What makes your school unique?
We are a secondary school located on a college campus, which makes us a laboratory school. With this opportunity, we are able to provide our students with a plethora of real-life learning experiences, such as on-the-job training, mock interviews, and one-on-one lessons with college students who want to share their expertise, such as music, nursing, and education majors.

Grades/Ages Served: Our student population consists of middle and high school students with varying abilities.

Open Houses / Tours: Tours are available by appointment only. Email pathways@seu.edu to set up a tour.

School Hours / Schedule: 8:30am-3:00pm M-F (closed for various holidays)

Registration Dates / Details: Open Enrollment begins in March. Fill out the application at seu.edu/pathways, pay the application fee of $125, and turn in the additional requirements listed on the website.

Scholarships: We accept McKay, Gardiner, AAA Scholarship, and Step Up for Students Scholarships

Featured
Polk County Catholic Schools
Polk County Catholic Schools (PreK - 12)

Polk County Catholic Schools form remarkable leaders in a Christ-centered environment for a better tomorrow.  Our foundation of faith is an education for life.  The Polk County Catholic Schools system offers 3 Elementary/Middle Schools, 1 High School, and one Early Learning Center providing a high-quality Catholic education from Pre-K3 through 12th grade.

Schools Include: 

  • Santa Fe Catholic High School (9-12) – 3110 US-92, Lakeland, FL33801
  • Resurrection Catholic School (PreK – 8th) – 3720 Old Hwy 37, Lakeland, FL33813
  • St. Anthony Catholic School (PreK – 8th) – 820 Marcum Road, Lakeland, Florida33809
  • St. Joseph Catholic School – Winter Haven (Pre-K3 – 8th) – 535 Ave. M NW, Winter Haven, FL33881
  • Neumann Early Learning Academy (Pre-K3, Pre-K4 and VPK) – 501 E Carter Rd, Lakeland, FL 33813

For more information about our schools, go to www.polkcountycatholicschools.com

3110 East Memorial Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33801
3720 Old Road 37, Lakeland, Florida 33813
820 Marcum Road, Lakeland, Florida 33809
532 Avenue M Northwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
Featured
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.

Featured
St. Paul Lutheran Lakeland Private School
St. Paul Lutheran School (PreK-8)

St. Paul Lutheran School is a non-public school serving children age 15 months through 8 th grade. Over the 56 year history of SPLS we have provided nurturing and engaging education that has equipped students exceptionally well for the next stages in their lives. This is all done with Christ and God’s Word at the center and with individual care and respect for each learner.

Our core principles include discipleship training, mission, and the development of servant leaders. These are joined by striving for academic excellence, innovative thinking, and developing student G.R.I.T. (Grace, Responsibility, Integrity and Tenacity). We understand the key role positive relationships have in school success. Having high expectations, sharing grace, practicing empathy for children, and empowering them to be independent and accountable are key aspects of managing student behavior.

What makes your school unique?
SPLS is located on a beautiful, conveniently located 37 acre campus with extensive facilities and access to learning technology. An athletic center, sports fields, a ¼ mile running track, a 4H archery range, three student playgrounds, and student gardens are just some of the amenities of the SPLS campus.
Classrooms feature interactive touchscreens and student access to iPads or Chromebooks.
The core program emphasizes Christian Studies, the language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. The core is supplemented by Spanish, physical education, and art. Our program of music instruction is outstanding including high-quality weekly piano lab instruction for K-4 students and band for 5th -8 th grade.
Many families and guests comment on the family atmosphere at SPLS that flows from our desire to
emulate the love of Christ and build the bonds of community.

Grades Served:

  • Early Childhood Enrichment Center Ages (ECEC) starting at 15 months.
  • Elementary serving children from Kindergarten through 5th grade
  • Middle School with students in 6th -8 th grades
  • Academic Immersion Program which is a small ABA based program for middle school learners

Open Houses / Tours: We love to engage with individual families through comprehensive campus tours and in person exchanges of information. Call or email.

Affiliations: St. Paul Lutheran School is a ministry of St. Paul Lutheran Church. We are part of the Florida-Georgia District of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod (LCMS). The LCMS has an extensive history of Lutheran Christian education encompassing thousands of schools and early childhood centers nationwide.
We are fully accredited through AdvancED and National Lutheran School Accreditation.

School Hours / Schedule: Programs start at 8:15 AM daily. Before school care begins at 7 AM. Elementary and Middle School programs conclude at 3:00 PM and 3:10 PM respectively. Eagles’ Club after school care is available until 6 PM daily. SPLS typically operates with a school calendar that mirrors Polk County schools. Summer programs and child care during vacation periods are also typically available.

Registration Dates / Details: Registration for the coming school year SPLS starts in February of each year and we continue to accept and review applications throughout the year. Information about admissions is found on our website however we really enjoy meeting families face-to-face. Call for a tour.

Scholarships: SPLS accepts Family Empowerment, StepUp (Florida Tax Credit), Gardiner, McKay and Hope scholarships for students who meet our enrollment criteria. We also disburse some additional scholarships for K-8 students through our SPLS scholarship program. Information is available in the Admissions section of our website.

Featured
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!

 

Featured
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
Featured
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
Featured
Crossroads Christian School Special Needs Lakeland
Crossroads Christian School (K-12)

Crossroads Christian School is a K-12 private school in Lakeland that provides a personalized education focus for each of its students. With low student-teacher ratios and an encouraging, nurturing environment, Lakeland area kids with special education needs are finding success at Crossroads Christian School, and your child can too!

What makes your school unique?
Crossroads Christian School is an inclusive setting that encourages students to find their voice.  Our teacher-student ratio is 1:15 and the small class setting helps foster an environment where students can receive small group and one on one attention.  We are a Bully Free Zone and encourage students to live by the Golden Rule. 

Ages/Grades Served: K-12

Open Houses or Tours: Virtual School Tours and a FREE Virtual consultation are available now, in-person tours will resume soon.

Accreditation:  Children’s Educational Services (Parent company) and accredited through Cognia

School Hours: Before care 7:00-8, School hours 8:30-3:00.  After care 4-6pm.

Registration Dates / Details: Open Enrollment runs throughout the year.

Scholarships: Crossroads Christian School offers scholarships and accepts all of the scholarships/vouchers currently available. The Principal can help guide you through the scholarship application process.

Click here to read our full post about Crossroads Christian School.

Excel Christian Academy (Infant - 12th grade)

Excel Christian Academy opened its doors as Lake Wire Christian Academy in 1974 with a single preschool class and has since grown to a community of more than 400 students, from infants to high school seniors. Located on a 26-acre campus in Lakeland, Excel Christian Academy is a ministry of Free Life Chapel, and under its dedicated and inspiring leadership, has high hopes and great vision for the future in “Pursuing Excellence with Honor.”

What makes your school unique?
At Excel Christian Academy, the emphasis is for each child from PreK-high school to realize his or her God-given potential, developing confidence and self-awareness, creativity and curiosity, and a deep understanding of community and connectedness to others. A robust, well-rounded curriculum with talented and engaging teachers and an energetic and diverse peer group provides students endless opportunities to discover their passions and talents. Our commitment to the core values of Creativity, Honor, Diversity, Excellence, and Generosity ensures the social/emotional, academic, physical and spiritual needs of each child are met. Visual and performing arts promote confidence and creativity. Physical education classes include Archery and Taekwondo. Athletic teams include JV/Varsity Volleyball, Basketball, Flag Football, and Soccer.

Ages/Grades Served:
Excel Christian Academy’s Early Childhood Center accepts infants and children from 6 weeks through 4 years old (PreK4). Excel Christian Academy serves students from Kindergarten-12th grade.

Open Houses or Tours:
   Prospective families are invited to schedule tours (currently virtual) on the school website at https://www.excelonline.org/schedule-your-tour or call the Office of Admissions at 863-853-9235.

Affiliations: International League of Christian Schools, Florida League of Christian Schools (FLOCS)

Accreditation:  AdvancEd/SACS

School Hours: 6:30 am- 6:00

School Schedule: 7:50 am to 3:20 pm (with aftercare until 6pm for an additional fee)

Registration Dates / Details:
Preschool –  ongoing enrollment based on space
Academy –  suggested enrollment commitment by April 1 of each year to meet space availability.  As spaces are available open enrollment continues.

Scholarships:
Excel Christian Academy accepts the McKay Scholarship, Florida Tax Credit (Step Up for Students, AAA), Gardiner, and Hope Scholarships.  All students are eligible for free breakfast, snack, and lunch through the National School Lunch CEP program.

Click here to learn more about Excel Christian Academy Early Childhood Center for infants 6 weeks through age 4.

Wonder-Here-1
WonderHere

WonderHere is a learn & play studio that offers hands-on academic classes, creative extracurriculars, homeschool support, summer and holiday camps, birthday parties, mommy & me toddler classes, & an open studio for free & structured play. WonderHere Academy is a full-time program for K-8.

The WonderHere Vision: To see children play and explore as a means of learning. To see parents in the driver seats of their child’s education. To provide parents with support and resources as they aim to enhance their children’s learning experience. To be a safe, fun place for families to learn, grow, and play. 

WonderHere Academy

The WonderHere Academy – A full-time program designed for children who are curious, cooperative, and would thrive in a structured, play-based environment. Each class utilizes our originally-designed WonderHere Curriculum, based on the Finnish National Core Curriculum.

WonderHere’s Homeschool Resources

Family-Style homeschool curriculum K-6 – With this FULL learning program, you have the opportunity to homeschool your children through the same interesting themes and concepts… together.

Homeschool Parent Curriculum Mentorship Program – Our Curriculum Mentorship Program is designed to give you guidance as you start your journey with the WonderHere Family-Style Curriculum. Our founders, Tiffany & Jessica, will walk alongside you and coach you for the first 6-week unit of learning you embark on with your family.

Homeschool Curriculum Hybrid Program – Enjoy the creativity and wonder of our curriculum with added virtual supports for your child! This program is perfect for families wanting to use our WonderHere Family-Style Curriculum at home, while needing some additional instructor support through Zoom classes. Through the Hybrid, you receive our curriculum digitally and your child receives weekly ZOOM classes provided by our WonderHere instructor.

FREE Homeschool Parent How-To Homeschool Course – This course is for YOU… whether you are new to homeschool, have been homeschooling for a while, or you have been thrust into home school suddenly due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). As a WonderHere team, we wanted to empower each of you mamas & dads to help you grow in confidence as you take on this beautiful challenge. You’ve got this! We are here to help.

Virtual Enrichment Courses & Kits – No matter where you are, your kids can enjoy our exciting online courses that come with prepackaged kits of materials for pick-up so that the WonderHere learning fun can happen at home! Topics include: Spy Camp, Videogame Vintage, Shark Week, and Candyland Palooza!

FREE At-Home Learning Starter Kit – This kit is perfect for families just starting at-home learning or homeschooling! Includes in-depth information on and examples of Setting Up a Learning Environment, Schedule/Daily Rhythm, Family Read Alouds, Activities for Little Ones, Ideas for Intentional Play, and some encouragement from our team!

Printable Learning Games & Activities – Our team of teacher-moms created a variety of learning games with your home schooler in mind! Games to add fun learning and meaningful skill practice into your daily rhythm.

Mini Unit Studies – 6-week thematic units filled with hands-on, project-based activities that you can learn through at your own pace, selecting the topics that are of most interest to your kiddos!

Homeschool Enrichment Classes – Are you a home school parent wanting to enrich your child’s learning through fun, hands-on, project-based, in-person classes? If so, this program is right for you! These classes range in topics dealing with science, history, the arts, and out-of-the-box extracurricular concepts. Check out our semester-long courses to sign up!

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.

Polk's Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve

Polk’s Nature Discovery Center sits on one of Polk County’s treasured Environmental Areas, Circle B Bar Reserve. The center not only offers outdoor educational opportunities, but chances to learn about our surrounding local environment in an indoor setting. We encourage you to stop in for an educational experience before you hit the trails, which will have you coming back for more.

Winter Haven Public Library

Lego Club – Ages 6-12. Lego Club meets every Tuesday at 4-5PM.

Little Sprouts Story Time – ages 5 & under – Children enjoy stories, songs, finger plays and puppet shows that develop early literacy skills and promote interaction between parents and children. September through April on Tuesdays at 10:30AM, and Wednesdays at 9:30am.

Minecrafters – ages 6-12 – 3rd Friday of the month – a hands-on event for kids. Learn, play and share the world of Minecraft. Lego Minecraft and Minecraft Pocket Edition on iPads will be featured.

Saturday Afternoon Movies – Enjoy free movies provided the second and fourth Saturday of the month at 2pm in the Library’s movie theater. Movie titles are geared towards a family audience with a variety of G, PG and sometimes PG-13 ratings. Refreshments are available for a small charge.

Teen Planning Group – Earn community service hours by helping the librarians plan arts and crafts and STEM projects for kids of all ages. Ages 12-17

Visit the Winter Haven Library calendar for details.

Achievement Academy
716 E. Bella Vista Street, Lakeland, Florida 33805
695 East Summerlin Street, Bartow, Florida 33830
2211 28th Street Northwest, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
Brain Quest Academy

We offer homeschool enrichment activities for art, history, science, theatre, and stem. Kid approved and portfolio lesson plan included!

East Area Adult School

East Area Adult School is administered by the Polk County School Board and provides adults with educational opportunities in the eastern portion of the county (Auburndale, Davenport, Ft. Meade, Haines City, Lake Wales, Wahneta, and Winter Haven). The main campus is in Auburndale, but off-campus classes are held at convenient locations throughout Polk County. All courses are only $30.00 per semester.

Students who need help with basic skills such as math or reading, can successfully complete the Adult Basic Education courses for entry into the GED® program. Services are also available for students seeking to learn English (for Speakers of Other Languages).

The GED®, or General Educational Development, is at the heart of the program. Established in 1942, the GED® is universally recognized as the equivalent of a traditional high school diploma. Last year, Polk County’s adult education program awarded more than 150 GEDs to graduating students. The GED® program is offered at a minimal charge to any qualifying adult, 16 years or older.

East Area Adult School provides day, evening, and online classes.

Learn more about Lakeland & Polk County’s Colleges & Technical Schools at https://lakelandmom.com/colleges-technical-schools-lakeland/

300 East Bridgers Avenue, Auburndale, Florida 33823
Florida Southern College (FSC)
111 Lake Hollingsworth Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Head of the Class Childcare Center

Welcome to Head of the Class Learning Center! We have served families in Lakeland for over 15 years and go above and beyond other preschools to ensure every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported and challenged. Our private school (k-5) offers differentiated learning to effectively challenge each student, ensures a close relationship with students and families and prepares students for their future.

Keiser University
2400 Interstate Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33805
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.

Lakeland Montessori Schools (Age 3 - 8th grade)
1124 North Lake Parker Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33805
800 East Palmetto Street, Lakeland, Florida 33801
Polk State College (PSC)
3425 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, Florida 33803
999 Avenue H Northeast, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
1251 Jim Keene Boulevard, Jan Phyl Village, Florida 33880
152 East Central Avenue, Lake Wales, Florida 33853
310 Technology Drive, Bartow, Florida 33830
Reactory Factory
6000 Florida Avenue South, Lakeland, Florida 33813
Ridge Technical College (RTC)

Both Ridge Technical College (Winter Haven) and Traviss Technical College (Lakeland) offer students excellent career training options for in-demand fields such as construction, surgical technology, automotive service technology, and many, many more. These programs can serve as a gateway directly into a career, or as a bridge to additional educational opportunities. Learn more about Lakeland & Polk County’s Colleges & Technical Schools at https://lakelandmom.com/colleges-technical-schools-lakeland/

7700 Florida 544, Winter Haven, Florida 33881
Saints Sports League at All Saints Academy in Winter Haven

Saints Sports League open to age 5-12 at All Saints Academy in Winter Haven. Soccer, Flag Football, Basketball and Volleyball will be offered year round. Go to www.allsaintsacademy.com/sports to register or call Jason Smith at 863-293-5980 ext 2311.

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
Solutions Academy
3730 Cleveland Heights Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33803
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.

Tampa Bay Heat
307 South Parsons Avenue, Brandon, Florida 33511
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.

Traviss Technical College

Both Ridge Technical College (Winter Haven) and Traviss Technical College (Lakeland) offer students excellent career training options for in-demand fields such as construction, surgical technology, automotive service technology, and many, many more. These programs can serve as a gateway directly into a career, or as a bridge to additional educational opportunities.

Most of the training programs have minimum admission or state licensure requirements. Applicants must be at least sixteen (16) years of age, be interested in career education and have basic skills necessary for success in the training program chosen.

Learn more about Lakeland & Polk County’s Colleges & Technical Schools at https://lakelandmom.com/colleges-technical-schools-lakeland/

3225 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, Florida 33803
Valor Christian Leadership Academy (K-12)
1104 Cypress Gardens Boulevard, Winter Haven, Florida 33884
Webster University
1479 Town Center Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33803
West Area Adult School

West Area Adult School provides adults alternative educational opportunities throughout the western region of Polk County (Lakeland, Kathleen, and Bartow). The main campus is located at 604 S. Central Avenue in Lakeland. Off-site classes are available at one of our 30+ convenient locations. All courses are provided at a rate of only $30.00 per semester for Polk County residents.

Students who need help with basic skills such as math or reading, can successfully complete the Adult Basic Education courses for entry into the GED program. Services are also available for students seeking to learn English (for Speakers of Other Languages).

The GED, or General Educational Development, is at the heart of the program. Established in 1942, the GED® is universally recognized as the equivalent of a traditional high school diploma. Polk County’s adult education program has awarded as many as 1,500 GEDs each year to graduating students. The GED program is offered at a minimal charge to any qualifying adult (16 years or older).

Learn more about Lakeland & Polk County’s Colleges & Technical Schools at https://lakelandmom.com/colleges-technical-schools-lakeland/

604 South Central Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33815
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
Huntington Lakeland Test Prep Tutoring
Huntington Learning Center of Lakeland

For 40 years, Huntington’s highly trained tutors have worked with students of all ages and abilities to improve their grades and build self-confidence, organizational skills, and good study habits. Whether your child is struggling academically or just wants to get ahead, we can tailor a tutoring program that will achieve results. We can help unlock your child’s potential and send struggles packing with individualized tutoring in a number of academic fundamentals or major subjects. We understand that no two students learn alike. With subjects ranging from reading and writing to math and science, our tutoring programs provide personalized instruction based on each student’s individual needs.

Regardless if they are struggling with poor homework habits or difficulties due to ADHD, at Huntington, we’ve helped thousands of students quickly improve their grades and build their confidence. We are dedicated to building academic success that will last a lifetime. Thousands of students have achieved success in our tutoring programs, improving both grades and confidence. In fact, after only about 3 months of tutoring, our students typically achieve 2+ grade levels of growth.

Skate World

Skate World Lakeland is known for birthday parties for all ages, skating lessons, the Friday night hang out for preteens and teens, and a fun summer activity for camps, daycares and family get-togethers! No one can pass up Skate World’s $2 Tuesday, which includes $2 admission, $2 rentals, and $2 specials in the snack bar. Skate World also offers Christian Skate Nights throughout the year and hosts numerous church and school fundraisers. Skate World has donated tens of thousands of dollars to various non-for-profit organizations.

BIRTHDAY PARTIES:
Have your next birthday celebration with us and make it easy on yourself, we set up, serve and clean up. Skate World have several packages to choose from and we offer a little something for everyone. You can reserve tables in our cafe area or have a semi private party in our VIP Glow Room or rent out the entire facility for a fun afternoon of celebrations! We make our own pizza, so it’s hot and fresh and offer a variety of food platters along with ice cold Pepsi products. We have a great selection of skates which serves as a great birthday present! The only thing you need to bring is the cake!

X