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17 Unique Summer Camps for Kids in Lakeland + Polk County

Unique Summer Camps Lakeland Florida

Summer Camp is the perfect time for kids to try something new or improve their skills at a sport or activity they love. We’ve got more than 100 amazing camps here in Lakeland and Polk County listed in our Summer Camp Guide, but the camps featured below stand out to us for offering something unique and fun with a specific theme.

Our Summer Camp articles include both free and paid listings.

Big Bass Guide Summer Fishing Camp

With so many lakes here in Polk County, fishing camp is a great summer activity! Big Bass Guide is run by Captain Shea Arnold. He has 20 years of experience running guided fishing tours on the Chain of Lakes in Winter Haven as well as other freshwater lakes across Florida (and 4 kids of his own). At this summer fishing camp, kids will learn boat safety, knot tying, casting, baits and lures, fishing techniques, and more, plus daily boat riding, swimming, and fishing with a professional captain. Visit the Big Bass Guide website to learn more.

Big Bass Fishing Winter Haven Summer Camp

Bricks 4 Kidz LEGO Camp

Bricks 4 Kidz will be hosting week-long camps all summer! Each week has a different theme, and each day our campers experience a new adventure with several different types of activities like motorized LEGO® robots, LEGO® mosaics, 3D color brick builds and more! Campers get to take home fun crafts and a custom-made LEGO® minifigure, and have photos taken of all the LEGO® models they build throughout the week. Both half-day and full-day options are available for kids ages K-5th grade. Visit the Bricks 4 Kidz website to learn more.

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Aviation Camps at the Aerospace Center for Excellence

Soar into Summer with ACE! The Aerospace Center for Excellence is hosting four different summer camps this year:

  • STEMtastic Summer Camp – Ages 6-10: Explore the science and engineering of aviation through hands-on activities and science experiments
  • She Can Fly Summer Camp – Girls ages 10-12: Girls interested in aviation will experience hands-on activities, field trips and tours to local flight schools and various aerospace companies, and so much more.
  • Destination Aviation Summer Camp – Ages 10-14: Dive deep into flight through experiential learning opportunities, hands-on demonstrations, and flight simulations, with exposure to aviation-related career fields
  • Take Flight Summer Camp – Ages 14-17: For teens considering pursuing their glider or private pilot’s license

Visit the ACE Summer Camp Website to learn more.

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Karate Beyond’s Summer Enrichment Camp is an exciting day camp experience in Lakeland. Offering a multitude of fun and constructive activities, camp includes small groups for extra care and attention, time away from electronics, and fun daily themes. NERF wars, light saber battes, team ninja warrior, board breaking and the the popular Karate Beyond Ninja Program. Ages 5-12. Visit the Karate Beyond website to learn more.

Karate Beyond Summer Camp

If you’re looking for a Summer Soccer Camp, be sure AH Elite Soccer Camps at Florida Southern College is on your list! Camp offers a fun soccer environment for boys and girls of all skill levels. Emphasis on correct technique is maximized by small group instructions. There will also be small-sided games, providing more touches on the ball and a ‘World Cup’ format competition to allow players to compete in a competitive environment. Ages 4 – 13. Visit the AH Elite Soccer website for more information.

Florida Southern Soccer Camp Near You

YMCA Summer Camps

The YMCA is one of the nation’s largest providers of out-of-school programming and has a long, rich history of over 100 years in providing top-notch summer camps to parents across the country. Here in Polk County, the YMCA of Lakeland offers a variety of camp options for ages 3 & up that allow your kids to try different activities during the summer all at one location.

Lakeland Family YMCA (South Lakeland)
• Pre-K Camp (ages 4-5)
• Day Camp (ages 5-12)
• Sports Camps (ages 6-11)
• Aquatics Camps (ages 3-12)

Fontaine Gills Family YMCA (North Lakeland)
• Day Camp (ages 5-12)
• Aquatics Camp (ages 6-12)

YMCA Par 3 
• Golf Camp (ages 5-16) 

Visit the YMCA website to learn more about camp options.

YMCA Summer Camp Lakeland Florida

Nova Athletics Supernova Summer Camp

This gymnastics, tumbling, and hip-hop dance summer camp at Nova Athletics will keep your kids busy all summer long! Campers will be trained on all gymnastics apparatuses and tumbling equipment, plus enjoy obstacle courses, climbing walls, games, and more. Visit the Nova Athletics Facebook page to learn more.

Nova Athletics Gymnastics Summer Camp 2024

WonderHere Summer Camps

WonderHere’s Summer Camps will leave your children FILLED with wonder. This is their 9th year of summer camp, and they have fun down to a science! Each week has a different theme and children will experience hands-on activities, exposure to new hobbies and skills, weekly movie day and water day, and team competitions! Campers will get to interact with nature and farm animals. And daily free play, of course! Use the code WHLKLDMOM at checkout for a $10 discount. Ages 4-12. Visit the WonderHere website to learn more.

WonderHere Summer Camp 2024

Snapology Summer Camps

Snapology believes that children are meant to learn through play. Snapology Summer Camps engages children using LEGO® bricks, K’Nex and technology. Snapology offers S.T.E.A.M. camps and workshops year-round, including summer camps, Your kids will love our fun camp topics and themes. Shh, don’t tell them it’s educational! Both half-day and full-day options are available for ages 5-14 plus select weeks for ages 4-6. Visit the Snapology website to see weekly themes.

Snapology Summer Camp

XP League Summer Camps

Does your son or daughter love gaming? Check out XP League’s Summer Camps! Not only do kids get to meet new friends and improve their skills in the games they love to play, but they will learn about teamwork, communications, sportsmanship, esports health, nutrition, esports psychology, stretching and exercise, mindset and motivation, boosting focus, and so much more. New themes each week. Learn more on the XP League Website.

XP League

Summer Fun Programs

The Summer Fun Program provides a place where children can be in a safe environment, have fun, and make summer memories that will last a life time! Staff consists of professional caregivers that love spending time with children and help them have fun! Fun on-site activities, water fun days, movie time, weekly field trips, chapel, and so much more! Save $25 off with code LKLDMOMS24. Ages 3-15. Located at Polk Christian Preparatory School and multiple other locations across Central Florida. Visit the Summer Fun Program website to learn more.

Summer Fun Programs Lakeland Camps

Family Martial Arts Center

Family Martial Arts Center strives to instill the basic life virtues of discipline, respect, integrity, and confidence. Their Summer Day Camp for ages 4 & up includes TaeKwonDo Classes, field trips, and lots of FUN! Camp runs from 7am-6:30pm, making it ideal for working parents. Visit the Family Martial Arts Center website to learn more.

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Master Choe’s

Master Choe’s Martial Arts Summer Camp offers an action-packed summer experience, filled with daily martial arts training, special field trips, enrichment classes, along with group games and activities. Students will practice traditional social skills with team building and challenges both physically and mentally! No electronics allowed. Choe’s has been providing martial arts training in Lakeland for over 40 years. Ages 5-13. Visit the Choe’s Martial Arts Website to learn more.

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All Saints Academy Summer Camps

With over 60 programs to choose from, All Saints Academy is offering something for everyone. Sports camps for baseball, softball, volleyball, lacrosse, soccer, and cheer. Some of the unique camps that caught our eye include Circus Camp, American Girl Doll Camp, Harry Potter Camp, Dance Camp, and camps for both 3-4 year olds AND teenagers (two age groups without a lot of camp options). Check out the full list of sports and instructional camps on the All Saints Academy website.

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Learning Resource Center Summer Programs

Learning Resource Center offers a variety of summer enrichment programs for grades K-12:

• Camp READY! prepares rising and repeating kindergartners for academic success 
• Camp Ready+ for 1st grade
• Super Summer Success Camps for 1-6
• Middle School Camps include Coding, Math Camp, and Study Habits of Successful Students
• SAT and ACT Prep Courses for Teens
• One-on-one Tutoring
Visit the Learning Resource Center website to learn more.

Learning Resource Center Summer Camps 2024

Minds in Motion

Do you want MORE for your child this summer? Join Minds in Motion summer camp! Camp includes STEAM activities, creative play and imagination rooms, computer stations, video games, outdoor areas, and a studio for whole-body fitness and theater arts. Weekly field trips may include parks, splash pads, movies, bowling, roller skating, ice skating, Family Fun Center, and others. Visit the Minds in Motion Website to learn more.

Minds in Motion Summer Camp 2024

City of Lakeland’s Camp Blast

Camp BLAST is the City of Lakeland’s highly successful summer recreation program for kids entering 1st – 6th Grade. Camp BLAST offers children endless opportunities for enrichment including weekly field trips, onsite games and activities, all at a very reasonable price. Camp registration is for a full 7 weeks from 7:30 am – 5:30 pm and camps are located at multiple sites around Lakeland. Camp Blast fills up quickly – check the City of Lakeland Camp Website for updates.

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Camp Fire Sunshine Service Learning for Teens

Summer activities for middle and high schoolers are hard to find, but Camp Fire Sunshine has camps to keep them engaged all summer long. Teens in grades 6 – 12 will learn about themselves and the value of giving back to their community. Summer Challenge includes daily service-learning projects that will take students all over central and West Florida, helping out at many different agencies along the way. Nature Quest and CF66 are overnight service-learning “road trips.” Visit the Camp Fire website to learn more.

Check out the 2024 Summer Camp Guide to see 100+ Summer Camps in Lakeland and Polk County!

Summer Camp Guide