Winter Break Camps for Kids in Lakeland + Polk County

Winter Break Christmas Camps Lakeland Florida

Along with all of the holiday festivities and Christmas celebrations over the holiday break, we know you might need some “mom time” before December 25 to get things done, or maybe a few planned activities for those last few days before the kids go back to school… you know, when the new toy fun has worn off!

Luckily there are plenty of local options for camps over the Winter Break! {Christmas break? Holiday break? We aren’t sure what to call it.}

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 through October 9. A link is provided at the bottom of every event on our calendar and in all articles.

Whether you’re looking for activities to keep your kids busy, or if you need childcare while you’re working that week, we’ve got a list of Holiday Break camps in Lakeland and across Polk County.

Polk County schools will be out for 2 weeks over Christmas break – from December 18, 2021 – January 3, 2022. (Teachers return Jan 3, students return Jan 4 – see the calendar).

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More Camps: Summer Camps | Spring Break Camps | Thanksgiving Break Camps

Don’t miss our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities for a full list of things to do this holiday season in Lakeland and Polk County including Christmas Light Displays, Santa Photos, Christmas Tree Lots, Christmas Parades, Holidays Concerts, Live Performances, Holiday Markets, Ice Skating, Toy Donation Needs, and more.

Christmas Break Camps in Lakeland

Camp Fire Vacation Station

Vacation Station Day Camp is held most weekdays, throughout the school year when Polk County Public Schools have holidays. 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 – Thursday (Dec 20 – 23, 2021) and Mon, Jan 3, 2022
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

Camp Fire Teen Challenge

Teens can join Camp Fire friends for service + fun during Christmas Week Challenge projects! Teens will participate in service projects that help benefit our community, all while learning more about themselves, improving leadership skills, and creating lifelong friendships. Must have current Camp Fire Membership to sign up.

Dates: Monday – Wednesday (Dec 20 – 22, 2021)
Times: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Ages: 6th – 12th Grade
Price: $15 per day per student (Sign up is by the day)
Location: Drop off at 2600 Buckingham Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33803 – Project locations vary by day
More information & Registration: Camp Fire Website

What’s Cooking Lakeland School’s Out Holiday Camps

Join What’s Cooking Lakeland during the Christmas Break for fun-filled camp days where your child can cook and learn kitchen skills. Each day at camp kids will make breakfast, lunch and a take home family dinner, plus other special treats that vary by day.

Dates: Multiple dates for Christmas Break 2021 – check website (December 20, 22, 27 – 30)
Times: 9am – 2pm
Ages: Age 9 – 12
Price: $85 per day. Use coupon code SIBLING for a sibling discount.
Location: 6935 South Carter Road, Lakeland, Florida 33813
More information & Registration: What’s Cooking Lakeland Website

Explorations V Children’s Museum Winter Workshops

Step into your own workshop with kid-friendly building materials in December! Winter Workshops are perfect for any child like likes to create.

Dates: December 20 – 21, 2021
Times: 9am – 5pm
Ages: Students ages 5 – 10 (K-4th grade)
Price: $35 per day
Location: 109 North Kentucky Avenue, Lakeland, Florida 33801
More information & Registration: Website | (863) 687-3869

Minds in Motion Winter Break 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 winter camps or any camps during school breaks.

Dates: Check Minds in Motion website for 2021 Dates
Times: 7:30am – 6:30pm
Ages: 5 – 12
Price: $35 per day, discount of $180 for all 6 days
Location: 126 Horizon Court, Lakeland, Florida 33813
More information & Registration: Minds in Motion Website

AGT Athletics Camps

AGT Athletics will be open during Christmas 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: Check with AGT for 2021 Dates
Times: 6:15am – 6pm
Ages: 4 – 13
Price: $35 per day per child (discount available for current After School kids)
Location: 2335 Commerce Point Drive, Lakeland, Florida 33803
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TimberNook West Central Florida

This winter break, join us for four days of wonder, nature, and play as we dive into our imaginations! TimberNook programs are designed to help your child become more confident, creative, coordinated, & independent.  Each day will be extra SWEET with games, stories, songs, grand TimberNook storybook experiences, open fire cooking, crafts, extended time for child-led play, ample space for nature exploration, and so much more!

Dates: December 20 – 23, 2021
Times: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Ages: 5 – 11
Price: $200 per child for all 4 days
Location: 701 East Sparkman Road, Plant City, Florida 33566
More information & Registration: TimberNook Website

Snapology Holiday 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. Snapology is hosting a variety of themed camps during Christmas break including How the Grinch Stole Bricks, Polar Express Engineers, and Santa’s Creators Club.

Dates: Multiple dates for Christmas Break 2021 – check website (December 20-23, 28-30)
: 9am – 12pm
Ages: 4 – 14 (ages vary by date)
Price: $40 per day
Location: First Presbyterian Church – 175 Lake Hollingsworth Dr., Lakeland, FL 33801
More information & Registration: Snapology Website

Art Centric Studio

Art Centric Studio is excited to announce that for this Christmas Break, we have added a MiNi ArT Camp for ages 5 to 10! This is our first camp with a brand new theme called ‘Reindeer VS Unicorn’! The custom art projects are designed around the book/movie ‘Never Let a Unicorn Meet a Reindeer!’ We’ll be tackling a friendly competition between the powers of both magical creatures and creating art projects inspired by them!

Dates: December 20 – 21, 2021
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

Camp Gilead Winter Blast

Winter Blast is an overnight camp retreat for students in grades 4-7 at Camp Gilead in Polk City. Your children will be encouraged in God’s Word while they make memories of fun at Camp Gilead.  This retreat is limited to 20 girls and 20 boys so register early – space is limited. 

Dates: Saturday, December 18 @ 10am – Monday, December 20 @ 4pm
Ages: Grades 4 – 7
Price: $150
Location: 1445 Camp Gilead Drive Polk City, FL 33868
More information & Registration: Camp Gilead Website

Christmas Break Camps in Winter Haven

Winter Haven Parks & Recreation School’s Out Camp

Winter Haven Parks and Recreation will host School’s Out Camp during Christmas 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: December 20 – 23, 27 – 30, January 3
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 Camps This Year

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 Christmas 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 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 Christmas 2021
Ages: K – 5th grade
Location: 799 Johns Avenue, Haines City, Florida 33844
More information & Registration: City of Haines City Website

We also have a huge Summer Camp Guide, Spring Break Camp Guide, and Thanksgiving Break Camp Guide.

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

Christmas Events + Holiday Activities

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Christmas Events + Holiday Activities to find more things to do including Neighborhood Christmas Light Displays, FREE Christmas Events, Santa Photos, Christmas Parades, and more.