Thanksgiving break is a great opportunity to slow down, sleep in a bit later, and plan activities with your family that you might not find time for during the school week hustle and bustle.

We’ve got a list of ideas and activities including kid-friendly volunteer opportunities.

Click on the name of any event below to see times, locations, and additional details.

🍂  Join the Salvation Army and Lakeside Village for the Red Kettle Kickoff on Friday, November 16

🍂  Honor our Heroes at the Lakeland Magic Game on Friday, November 16

🍂  Celebrate the Grand Opening of RePlay Lakeland: Upscale Kids Resale store on Saturday, November 17

🍂  Sit around the Camp Fire at Camp Fire on Saturday, November 17 – Roast your own hot dog, make your own s’mores, enjoy warm, gooey dump cake and more.

🍂  Sign up for Mini Camp Studios at Explorations V Children’s Museum – a drop off camp for ages K-4th grade. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 9am – Noon. Tuesday afternoon option available as well.

🍂  Lend a helping hand during Kidsgiving at Explorations V Children’s Museum. Volunteer activities are planned for Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday – November 19 – 21. Everyone is welcome, membership not required.

November Activities Lakeland Florida Christmas Thanksgiving

🍂  Be part of Kids Takeover night at the Lakeland Magic Game on Tuesday, November 20. Kids tickets are FREE!

🍂  Be part of Kids Takeover night at the Lakeland Magic Game on Tuesday, November 20. Kids tickets are FREE!

🍂  Volunteer with VISTE on Wednesday, November 21 and help deliver over 1800 Thanksgiving meals to the seniors in our community

🍂  Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and have a Happy Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22 

🍂  Check out Wonderland of Lights when it opens on Thursday, November 22 or any night through December 29

🍂  Start your holiday shopping at Lakeside Village on Friday, November 23 and enjoy strolling carolers and snow at the Christmas Tree

🍂  Enjoy Food & Wine Night at the Lakeland Magic Game on Friday, November 23

🍂  Sign up for a FREE Kids Workshop at Home Depot on Saturday, November 24

🍂  Visit with Santa when he arrives at Lakeside Village on Saturday, November 24

November Activities Lakeland Florida Christmas Thanksgiving

🍂  Support our local businesses during Shop Small Saturday on November 24

🍂  Sing Along to The Greatest Showman at the Polk Theatre on Saturday, November 24

🍂  Skip cooking and take the kids out for dinner somewhere that Kids Eat Free!

🍂  Head to the Movies to see a new release – we can’t wait to see The Nutcracker and the Four Realms and Dr. Seuss’  The Grinch!

🍂  Check out our Lakeland Gives Back series and learn more about local non-profits and holiday donation needs (being updated soon for 2018)

🍂  Find a new local playground to explore

🍂  Spend a day at Bok Tower Gardens and check out the Hammock Hollow Children’s Garden and play area

🍂  Plan a Family Game Nightwe’ve got a list of our top 10 favorite board games

🍂  Bowling is always a hit with my kids – we’ve got AMF Lanes and Orange Bowl Lanes in Lakeland, and Cypress Lanes in Winter Haven {check Groupon for current bowling deals}. 

🍂  Dig for sharks teeth and fossils at the Mulberry Phosphate MuseumMake 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.

🍂   Have everyone find their favorite artwork at the Polk Museum of Art– FREE every day! (Closed on Monday) Check out this list of questions to ask kids about artwork.

🍂  Have a family mini golf competition at Family Fun Center

🍂 Start planning for CHRISTMAS!

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 people 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 10 year old, or home building Legos with her 8 year old. She loves reading, saltwater fishing, and working on Lakeland Mom!