Summer is the perfect time to explore new places in Lakeland AND hit up some of your favorite spots! There are a variety of inexpensive and FREE summer activities for kids and families in Lakeland and Polk County and we’ve tracked down the details for you. Whether you’re searching for indoor fun to get out of the heat {and out of the house} or want to explore the great outdoors, you’re sure to find activities on our list for everyone in the family to enjoy.

All indoor spaces on this list have implemented safety precautions for the foreseeable future. Check directly with the business via their website or Facebook for more information.

Looking for ideas for fun at home? Check out our 75+ Ideas for Summer Fun at Home!

Editor’s Note: Florida’s Safer at Home order expired May 1 and we are currently in Phase 1 and 2 of “reopening” Florida. We recognize that this is going to be a confusing period of time with varying opinions on what people should and shouldn’t be doing. For almost 5 years, Lakeland Mom has been a reliable source of information for our community. We will continue to provide updates on the outdoor spaces and activities that are open under government guidelines. This does not constitute an endorsement or a suggestion that we jump back into a “normal” way of life. Masks are encouraged if you are out in public spaces (and required in some buildings), click here to buy masks locally.

During this time we encourage everyone to be informed and choose what they feel is best for their own family.

A few of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means we will receive a small commission when you make a purchase by clicking through our links. Thank you for supporting Lakeland Mom! 

Fun for the Whole Family

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Outdoor Fun

Water Fun

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Sweet Treats & Good Eats

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Get Creative

  • Sign up for a paint-along class at Art Centric Studio
  • Visit Picassoz Art Cafe to paint a piece of pottery or Breakables Mosaic Studio to create a mosaic or candle, and grab a drink or a treat at Tea Largo while you’re there.
  • Paint Lakeland Rocks and then hide them around town! You can also go rock hunting. Read the FB page for details.
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Indoor Fun 

  • Family Fun Center has Miniature Golf, Lazer Tag, Redemption Games, Arcade Games, Vault Assault Lazer Maze, and much more! Fun for all ages. Funtasia soft play is temporarily closed as of publishing. Check directly with FFC for a reopening date.
  • Jump the day away at Urban Air or Defy Lakeland (formerly 2infinity)
  • Go roller skating at Skate World Lakeland
  • Go ice skating at Lakeland Ice Arena
  • Sign up for Kids Bowl Free at Cypress Lanes in Winter Haven and First Frame Bowl in Lake Wales
  • Check out a movie or a book at the libraryGetting a library card is quick, easy, and FREE!

Explore Polk County

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Summertime Events

Only upcoming events show below. These events feed from our master calendar and are single day special events, but we do not expect to have many events on the summer calendar. Visit our calendar page for ALL upcoming events and summer activities.

June 5, 2020

July 3, 2020

July 4, 2020

10:00 am Red, White & BOOM! at LEGOLAND Florida @ LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Be sure to check out our other ideas for things to do this summer with kids:

2020 Summer Camp Guide

75+ Ideas for Summer Fun at Home

Virtual Vacation Bible School and VBS Activity Boxes from Lakeland area Churches

Our Top 10 Favorite Family Board Games

Take-Home Activity Kits for Kids in the Lakeland area


What are your favorite summer activities and places to visit in Lakeland & Polk County?
Leave us a comment below and we’ll add it to our list!

Lakeland Summer Activities for Kids

Be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide for Summer Camps, FREE Movies, FREE Bowling, FREE Library Events & Activities, Swim Lessons, 4th of July Events, Reading programs, Online Camps, and much more!

April Mucci Lakeland Mom
April Mucci Lakeland Mom

About the Author: April Mucci

April is the owner of She has lived in Lakeland since age 2 and is passionate about our community and connecting families with local resources. She is a mom to 2 boys and a mini goldendoodle, wife to Matt. You can often find April at the baseball field where she cheers on her baseball loving 11 year old, or home building Legos with her 9 year old. She loves reading, saltwater fishing, and working on Lakeland Mom!