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Top 10 Things to Do in Lakeland + Polk County in April

Things to Do in April in Lakeland

April is one of our favorite months to get out of the house and make family memories. This month includes Easter, the SUN ‘n FUN Aerospace Expo, U-Pick Blueberry season, Sunflower season, and a calendar filled with community events every weekend.

We’ve got a huge list of fun things to do in Lakeland with kids year-round, but this is our Top 10 list of things to do in April to help you make sure the “can’t miss” activities are on your calendar. If you enjoy one of these events, be sure to let the venue know that you heard about it from Lakeland Mom.

Easter Egg Hunts + Bunny Photos

Easter is April 17 and we’ve got a list of activities and events where you can hunt for Easter Eggs, meet the Easter Bunny, and celebrate Spring. Our calendar includes events in Lakeland, Winter Haven, and across Polk County.

We can also help you find a Friday fish fry during Lent.

Watch the airshow + explore the planes at SUN ‘n FUN

The SUN ‘n FUN Fly-In, held in Lakeland from April 5-10, 2022, is the perfect way to introduce children to the world of aviation. It is the 2nd largest airshow in the world, held right here in Lakeland!

Many of you have likely watched the airshow from the side of the road near the airport, but if you’ve never been inside the gates of SUN ‘n FUN Lakeland you are missing out on the MANY other features of this great annual event, including exploring planes and hands-on activities for children and teens. We’ve got an article with more details and tips for attending Lakeland’s air show with kids. Ages 6 & under are FREE every day at SUN ‘n FUN, plus Florida Resident Deals on Saturday and Sunday.

Celebrate books at the World of Reading Festival

The Junior League will host the annual World Of Reading Festival in Barnett Park Saturday, April 9 from 9am – 1pm. This is a FREE event open to families and kids of all ages. Crafts, balloon artists, face painters, Jack Hartmann, kids activities, free books, snacks and drinks, and a chance to meet a Featured Author.

Spend an Evening or Saturday morning in Downtown Lakeland

Downtown Lakeland is hoppin’ this month! Check out our list of upcoming family friendly events in Downtown Lakeland, including the new Friday Night Live music series, plus every Saturday morning is the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market.

Upcoming Events in Downtown Lakeland

Lakeland Magic + Spectator Sports in April

🏀 The Lakeland Magic have 1 final home game on Saturday, April 2. Don’t miss your opportunity to see them play this year! The first 1,000 fans will receive a free Jalen Suggs bobblehead and following the game the entire team will be signing autographs and taking selfies with fans. Visit the Lakeland Magic website for more details and tickets.

⚾ Spring Training in Lakeland is a great family activity. You can catch the Detroit Tigers in action right here in Lakeland with 4 games in April.

⚽ The Florida Tropics play on April 3 at the RP Funding Center.

🏀 The Harlem Globetrotters are coming to Lakeland with a show on April 25 at the RP Funding Center.

See Romeo + Juliet at the ballet

This spring, your family can experience one of the most beautiful yet tragic love stories of all time – Romeo and Juliet. Through young love, dramatic sword fights, and tragedy you will stay on the edge of your seat as you are swept away to the village of Verona. Saturday, April 16 at 7pm at The Polk Theatre in Lakeland.

More Events in April

The Lakeland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Cookie Concert is on Sunday, April 3. This FREE kid-friendly event includes music from Star Wars and Frozen, and you’ll get a Publix cookie to enjoy after the show.

Spring Obsession is an annual celebration of garden, art, and music. You can buy plants or art, listen to jazz, have a tasty snack, and enjoy the beautiful Lake Crago Park in Lakeland. Rescheduled from March for Saturday, April 9.

The City of Auburndale is hosting Touch a Truck on Saturday, April 9 – your chance to see a variety of emergency vehicles, tractors, large trucks, and other vehicles up close.

The annual Lakeland Swan Derby on Lake Mirror is Friday, April 22 – put on your best hat and watch the swan boat races while you enjoy a Friday night picnic on the promenade.

Buena Market and Lakeside Village are teaming up to bring you the Buena Art Bazaar on Saturday, April 23. Central Florida artists and makers, live music, lawn games, and more.

Visit a Sunflower Field or Pick Wildflowers

Sunflowers and wildflowers bloom in Florida in both spring and fall. Local sunflower farms are open from April – June for you to cut your own sunflowers or wander through a sunflower maze. Many farms also have fields full of zinnias and other colorful wildflowers for photos and cutting your own flowers. {Note – some farms are 1+ hour from Lakeland so be sure to map it out before you go}

Pick Blueberries

Blueberry season in Florida kicks off in April! Check out our list of U-Pick Blueberry Farms – there are multiple farms right here in Polk County so you can pick blueberries close to home.

Spend time outdoors

April is a great month to spend time outdoors before summer arrives {when 10 minutes outside makes you feel like you’re going to melt!}

Our huge list of things to do outdoors in Lakeland + Polk County can help you find something fun to do with your family this Spring. It includes:

Get registered for Summer Camps

The beginning of April marks the 2-month countdown to the start of SUMMER! Whether you are looking for a full-day/all-week camp for your kids to attend, or an activity to get the kids out of the house for a few hours each day, Lakeland Mom’s Summer Camp Guide has you covered. Find camps for art, gymnastics, martial arts, sports, cooking, day camp, teens, preschoolers, and more on our list.

Coming Soon…

Keep an eye on our website and be sure you’re signed up for our weekly email “fun-letter” {form below} – we’ve got lots of new content to publish in April including our Summer Fun Guide, Mother’s Day events, Mayfaire by the Lake details, U-Pick Peach Farms, and more!

Spring Activities Guide

Check out our full Spring Activities Guide for more things to do in Lakeland, Polk County, and Central Florida from January – May.