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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 23 – 27, 2020 (see the calendar).


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 (November 23 – 25, 2020)
Times: Vary by day (9am/9:30am – 2pm)
Ages: Age 5+
Price: $75 per day – 10% sibling discount
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 (November 23 – 25, 2020)
Times: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – early & late care available at no additional fee (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
More information & Registration: Camp Fire Website


Carnival Creation – TimberNook West Central Florida

During Thanksgiving break, Carnival Creation is 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: Monday – Tuesday (November 23 – 24, 2020)
Times: 9am – 2pm 
Ages: 7 – 12
Price: $110 per child for both days
More information & Registration: TimberNook Website


Nova Athletics Camps

Nova Athletics Camps will be open Monday through Wednesday of Thanksgiving Break for all day care. They are a brand new program offering after school programs, camps on holiday breaks, and summer camps. Located at 2250 Heritage Dr. Lakeland, FL 33801 (formerly the Central Florida Athletics building).

Dates: Monday – Wednesday (November 23 – 25, 2020)
Times: 6:15am – 6pm
Ages: 4 – 13
Price: $35 per day per child (discount for current After School kids)
More information: Nova Athletics Camps Website


Art Centric Studio

Art Centric Studio is excited to announce that for this Thanksgiving Break, we have added a MiNi ArT Camp for ages 5 to 10! This is our first camp with a brand new theme called ‘the Great Pumpkin’! The custom art projects are designed around the book/movie ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’. We’ll be talking about the author, Charles M. Schulz, and learning to create some of his amazing characters!

Dates: Monday – Tuesday (November 23 – 24, 2020)
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.**
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 (November 23 – 25, 2020)
Times: 7:30am – 6:30pm
Ages: 5 & up
Price: $40 per day, discount of $108 for all 3 days
More information & Registration: Minds in Motion 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. Each child will need to bring a lunch, 2 snacks, and a reusable water bottle.

Dates: Monday – Wednesday (November 23 – 25, 2020)
Times: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Price: $5/day for Winter Haven residents and $10/day for Non-residents
More information & Registration: City of Winter Haven FB. Contact Winter Haven Parks & Recreation at (863)-291-5675 to sign up today!


Haines City Parks & Recreation Thanksgiving Camp

Haines City Parks and Recreation will host Holiday Camp during Thanksgiving Break for children currently in grades 1-5. This camp session is at the Lake Eva Community Center from Monday, November 23 through Wednesday, November 25, 2020. We will play at Lake Eva Park, enjoy arts and crafts, play games, go to the basketball gym, and more!

Dates: Monday – Wednesday (November 23 – 25, 2020)
Times: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Ages: K – 5th grade
Price: $30 for Haines City residents and $45 for Non-Haines City residents (for all 3 days)
More information & Registration: City of Haines City Website


Learn to Skate Camp at Lakeland Ice Arena

Learn to skate at Lakeland Ice Arena. Players will spend 2+ hours on the ice every day, plus learn stickhandling and ballhockey. Other sports and fun activities included.

Dates: 2020 TBD
Times: 8am – 5pm
Ages: 5 & up
Price: TBD
More information & Registration: Lakeland Ice Arena 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 THANKSGIVING CAMP for 2020*
Times: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Ages: K – 5th grade
Price: N/A
More information: City of Lakeland Website


Explorations V Children’s Museum

Join us for Thanksgiving Break Mini Camps and explore your artistic side. Programs lead by local artists and supported by the Museum’s education team.

Dates: 2020 Dates TBD
Times: TBD
Ages: Students K-4th grade
Price: TBD
More information & Registration: Explorations V Website | (863) 687-3869


Do you know of a school holiday camp we missed that is open the week of Thanksgiving? Contact us and we’ll add it to our list.

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