Thanksgiving Break Camps in Lakeland + Polk County

Thanksgiving Break Camp Lakeland

Are you working the week of Thanksgiving Break and need childcare? Or staying local this Thanksgiving and want your kids to have something fun to do while they are out of school? We’ve got a list of Thanksgiving Break camps in Lakeland and across Polk County to help you find a camp your kids will enjoy including cooking camps, STEM camps, art camps, nature camps, and more.

Polk County schools will be out for 5 days over Thanksgiving week – from November 22 – 26, 2021 (see the calendar).

Many attraction closures and event postponements have been announced beginning September 27 due to Hurricane Ian. We are editing our calendar and articles if we receive notice of event changes, but please be sure to check directly with organizers to confirm any events or activities from September 27 - October 2. A link is provided at the bottom of every event on our calendar and in all articles.

We can also help you find places to order Thanksgiving Dinner, restaurants open on Thanksgiving, and plenty of things to do during Thanksgiving Break.

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Thanksgiving Break Camps in Polk County

What’s Cooking Lakeland Thanksgiving Camps

Looking for a camp where your kids can have hands-on fun AND help with the meal prep for Thanksgiving dinner?? That sounds like a win-win to me! Join What’s Cooking for Thanksgiving Break Camps. Each day your child will make their own lunch AND bring home dinner, Thanksgiving sides, or a pie for Thanksgiving! Check the website for the items that will be made each day.

Dates: Monday – Wednesday
Times: 9am – 2pm
Ages: Age 5+
Price: $85-$95 per day – 10% sibling discount
Location: 6935 South Carter Road, Lakeland, Florida 33813
More information & Registration: What’s Cooking Lakeland Website

Camp Fire Vacation Station

Vacation Station Day Camp is held most weekdays, throughout the school year, when Polk County Public Schools do not hold class. Youth in grades K-5 will learn about a different wonder of the world in this virtual trip around the world. Fun, hands-on activities and educational enhancements provide a day filled with learning and recreation.

Dates: Monday – Wednesday
Times: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – early & late care available (Drop off as early as 7:30am | Pick up as late as 6pm)
Ages: K – 5th grade
Price: $25 per child per day with sibling discount available
Location: 2600 Buckingham Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33803
More information & Registration: Camp Fire Website

AGT Athletics Camps

AGT Athletics will be open Monday through Wednesday of Thanksgiving Break for all day care. AGT Athletics creates a positive environment empowering children of all ages to explore and develop their talents. Our goal is to provide a safe education, enrichment, and youth program. Summer Camp, Before & After school care, holiday care, early release days, e-school, drop in care. 

Dates: Monday – Wednesday
Times: 6:15am – 6pm
Ages: 4 – 13
Location: 2335 Commerce Point Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33803
More infoAGT Website

Art Centric Studio

Art Centric Studio is excited to announce that for this Thanksgiving Break, they are hosting a MiNi ArT Camp for ages 5 to 10! The theme is ‘Gratitude is My Superpower’! Custom art projects are designed around the book/movie ‘Gratitude is My Superpower’ & ‘3 Minute Gratitude Journal for Kids’. They’ll be talking about the power of showing gratitude how it can inspire us to create! 

Dates: Monday – Tuesday
Times: 10am – 1pm
Ages: 5 – 10
Price: $75.00 for both days – cost includes all supplies. **One day camp options are available for the pro-rated $45 per day.**
Location: 1035 Florida Avenue South, Lakeland, Florida 33803
More information & Registration: Art Centric Website

Minds in Motion Thanksgiving Daily Drop In Camp

Minds in Motion provides your child with a quality program that combines enrichment through STEM / STEAM concepts and hands-on exploration in a fun, safe environment!  Your child does not need to be enrolled in the after school program in order to attend during holidays or breaks.

Dates: Monday – Wednesday
Times: 7:30am – 6:30pm
Ages: 5 – 12
Location: 126 Horizon Court, Lakeland, Florida 33813
More information & Registration: Minds in Motion Website

Explorations V Children’s Museum

This Thanksgiving break, your camper will get creative with art-themed programs. Camp is booked by the day to accommodate your family schedule. Give thanks for a break from school and come be creative with Explorations V!

Dates: Monday – Wednesday
Times: 8:45am – 5pm
Ages: 5 – 10
Price: $35 per day, member discounts apply
Location: 109 North Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801
More information & Registration: Explorations V Website | (863) 687-3869

Snapology Thanksgiving Workshops

Snapology is a learning concept that combines play with education. We provide a fun, interactive environment for children to learn STEM/STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) and robotics concepts using LEGO® bricks, K’Nex and technology. Sign up for the three days of Thanksgiving week workshops and receive a discount (Science of Slime Workshop, Escape Snapology, and Thanksgiving Workshop).

Dates: Monday – Wednesday
Times: 9am – 12pm
Ages: 5 – 14
Price: $40 per day / $100 for all 3 days
Location: First Presbyterian Church – 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland, FL 33801
More information & Registration: Snapology Website

Winter Haven Parks & Recreation School’s Out Camp

Winter Haven Parks and Recreation will host School’s Out Camp during Thanksgiving Break at The Winter Haven Recreational & Cultural Center. The ‘Rec’ provides supervised fun during public school holidays and teacher workdays. Activities include arts and crafts, games, sports, and more. You may register at any time during the school year.

Dates: Monday – Wednesday
Times: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Price: $5/day for Winter Haven residents and $10/day for Non-residents
Location: 801 Ave T NE, Winter Haven, FL 33881
More information & Registration: Winter Haven Parks & Recreation website – call (863)-291-5675 to sign up

Check Back in 2022 – No Thanksgiving Camps This Year

TimberNook West Central Florida

Timbernook camps are designed to help your child become more confident, creative, coordinated, & independent.  Each day is filled with games, discussion, grand TimberNook experiences, extended time for child led play, ample space for nature exploration, periodic opportunities for open fire cooking, and so much more!  From building the venue, designing the games, and enjoying the carnival experience – this holiday event is one your kids won’t want to miss!

Dates: No Camp Thanksgiving 2021
Ages: 7 – 12
Location: 701 East Sparkman Road, Plant City, Florida 33566
More information & Registration: TimberNook Website

City of Lakeland Great Escapes Camp

Great Escapes is a youth enrichment opportunity available for elementary school-aged students (K-5th grade) during select school holidays. The program includes games, crafts, sports and lots of fun!

Dates: No Camps for Thanksgiving 2021
Times: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Ages: K – 5th grade
Price: N/A
Location: 404 Imperial Boulevard, Lakeland, Florida 33803
More information: City of Lakeland Website

Haines City Parks & Recreation Thanksgiving Camp

Haines City Parks and Recreation hosts Holiday Camps for children currently in grades 1-5. We will play at Lake Eva Park, enjoy arts and crafts, play games, go to the basketball gym, and more!

Dates: No Camps for Thanksgiving 2021
Ages: K – 5th grade
Location: 799 Johns Avenue, Haines City, Florida 33844
More information & Registration: City of Haines City Website

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Check out our November + Thanksgiving Guide for things to do in November, restaurants open on Thanksgiving, places to order Thanksgiving turkey, sides, and pies, places to Donate and Volunteer this holiday season.

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