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

Things to Do Near You in May Lakeland FL

Here at Lakeland Mom, we celebrate MOMS all year long, but May is the official month we celebrate mothers and the mother figures that impact our lives. It is also the month we recognize and thank teachers – another important group of adults who impact children’s lives.

Some of our favorite things to do in May include the Watermelon Festival at the Florida Children’s Museum, Mayfaire by-the-Lake, Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation, Blueberry Picking and Peach Picking 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 May 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.

✷ TOP PICK FOR MAY ✷
Watermelon Festival at the Florida Children’s Museum
Presented by the Early Learning Coalition

On Saturday, May 6 from 10am – 5pm, join the Florida Children’s Museum inside the museum AND on the Great Lawn at Bonnet Springs Park for a day of fun at the Watermelon Festival presented by the Early Learning Coalition.

Florida Children’s Museum’s mission is to curate the world for all children to explore. Part of curating the world is to create a variety of learning experiences. Watermelon Festival is meant to celebrate every child’s unique sweetness. Free outdoor activities are designed to create a community of curious explorers. Indoors, Museum admission is “pay what you can” making every admission a donation to the Museum.

Watermelon Festival Florida Childrens Museum May.2023

Browse the artwork at Mayfaire by-the-Lake

Mayfaire by-the-Lake is an annual outdoor art festival in Lakeland that has something for everyone! This is a family-friendly event with a children’s art tent, performances, amazing artwork, and more. Read our tips for taking kids to one of our favorite events in Lakeland happening May 13 – 14, 2023.

Celebrate Moms

Mother’s Day…  A day to celebrate all of the women who have done the amazing / terrifying / wonderful / exhausting / beautiful / challenging / blessed work of raising children! A day celebrated with gifts, cards, special activities, time off, a meal together, and more.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14, 2023. See our list of ideas for Mother’s Day in Lakeland and Polk County. It includes a list of places offering brunch reservations, Mother’s Day events, as well as gift ideas, local discounts, and more.

Thank Your Teachers

Say THANK YOU during Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1 – 5) with a thank you note, a gift, or a small token of appreciation. We put together a great list of gifts teachers will love. Includes FREE ways to thank a teacher, plus a list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to giving gifts and showing teachers how much you appreciate them!

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 Tasty Tuesdays – a chance to try small bites from downtown restaurants and bars, Friday Night Live music series, plus every Saturday morning is the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market.

This month’s First Friday theme is Cinco de Mayo!

Upcoming-Events-in-Downtown-Lakeland

More Events in May

Get tickets to see Mary Poppins Jr. at Theatre Winter Haven from May 12 – 14, 2023.

Wawa Summer Fun Days at Bok Tower Gardens kick off at the end of May. Sign up for free admission tickets to visit one of the most beautiful places in Polk County.

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 started in April and NOW is the time to pick blueberries! 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

May 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 May marks the 4 week 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.

Celebrate the End of School + Kick Off SUMMER!

The end of the 2022 – 2023 school year is near and it is time to celebrate!  We’ve got a fun list of list of last day of school ideas to help you celebrate the end of school and kick off the start of summer 2023.

(The last day of public school in Polk County, Florida is Wednesday, May 31, 2023 – Private and Charter schools have different calendars)

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 May including our huge Summer Fun Guide.

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. BBQ Festivals, Valentine’s Day, 5k races, seasonal events, annual favorites, SUN ‘n FUN, Easter Egg Hunts, Mother’s Day, and more.