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.}

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.

If you know of a school holiday camp we missed that is open during the Christmas break, leave us a comment below and we’ll add it to our list. Be sure you’re signed up for our weekly fun-letter to get all of our Christmas info delivered straight to your inbox.

Winter Break Camps Lakeland FL

WonderHere Winter Workshops

Join WonderHere for fun winter break learning and playing! The Holidays Around the World Winter Workshop (Saturday, December 21st) is 10AM – 2PM, enough time to get some of that last minute Christmas shopping done! The Christmas at Hogwarts and Frozen & Friends Workshops (January 2nd-3rd) are 8AM-3PM and chock full of themed fun! Bring your child for one, two, or all three days! Click below for more information and to sign up.

Dates: Saturday, December 21 @ 10am – 2pm – Holidays Around the World
Thursday, January 2 @ 8am – 3pm – Christmas at Hogwarts
Friday, January 3 @ 8am – 3pm – Frozen & Friends

Ages: 5-12
Price: $45 – 50
More information & Registration: WonderHere website

Explorations V Children’s Museum

Camp Explorations is the premiere hands-on camp in Central Florida. Join us for Winter Break Mini Camps on to go on an arctic expedition. Choose 1/2 day or full day, anywhere from 1 – 4 days. Programs lead by the Museum’s certified education team.

Registration Details

Dates: December 23, 30, January 2, 3
Times: 9am – 1pm and/or 1pm – 5pm
Ages: Students K-4th grade
Price: $25 per child for 1/2 day, $50 per child for full day. Can sign up for any combination of sessions and days. Members receive 10% discount.
More information & Registration: Website | (863) 687-3869

Mini Camp Schedule
AM Session
9 – 11 am Classroom projects in private classroom with an educator
11 am – 1 pm Lunch (student provided) and Museum play time

PM Session
1 – 3 pm Classroom project lead by Museum’s Cultural Passport and Home School Educator, Claudine and walking field trips in downtown (weather permitting)
3 – 5 pm Snack and Museum play time

City of Lakeland Great Escapes Winter 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! Run  by the City of Lakeland Parks & Recreation Department.

Dates: December 30 – January 3 (No camp on January 1)
Times: 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Ages: K – 5th grade
Price: $60 per child for all 4 days
More information & Registration: City of Lakeland Website

What’s Cooking Lakeland Holiday Camps

Join What’s Cooking Lakeland during the Christmas Break for fun filled camp days AND take home breakfast, lunch and/or dinner!

Dates: December 23 – January 2 (check website for dates/times)
Times: Vary by day
Ages: Age 5+
Price: $60 – $75 per day. Use coupon code SIBLING for a 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: Thursday, January 2 & Friday, January 3
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

Fairies & Gnomes – TimberNook West Central Florida

This winter break, join us for two days of wonder, nature, and play as we dive into our imaginations to create small but mighty gnome villages and life-size nature fairy houses and other magical things! Each day brings a new experience that challenges sensory motor development, encourages social engagement, enriches literacy connections, promotes creativity, and so much more! Kids will also explore the natural world, cook over an open fire, and have ample time for free play! Limited to 15.

Dates: Thursday, January 2 & Friday, January 3
Times: 9:00am– 12:00pm 
Ages: 5 – 10
Price: $65 per child for both days
More information & Registration: TimberNook Website

Art Centric Studio

Art Centric Studio is hosting a MiNi ArT Camp for ages 4 to 8.  This is their first camp with a brand new theme called ‘The Day the Crayons Came to Art Centric’! It’s custom art projects designed around the book ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’, ‘The Day the Crayons Came Home’ and ‘The Crayon’s Christmas’. In this two day camp, your student will be creating artwork in the style of the 5 different types of sea turtles that call Florida home. They’ll be creating a project a day so this camp is perfect for pop-in or enjoy a discount on both days.

Dates: Thursday, January 2 & Friday, January 3
Times: 10am – 1pm
Ages: 4 – 8 years
Price: $75.00 for both days – cost includes all supplies! Sibling discounts now available with $10 off the second seat and $20 off the third. **One day camp options are available for the pro-rated $45 per day.**
More information & Registration: Art Centric Website

Minds in Motion Daily Drop In Camp

Our goal is to provide 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 our after school program in order to attend during holidays or breaks.

Dates: December 20, 23, 26, 27, 30, Jan 2, 3
Times: 7:30am – 6:30pm
Ages: 5 & up
Price: $35 per day for 1 child, $65 per day for 2 children, $90 per day for 3 children
More information & Registration: Winter Break Camp Registration | Minds in Motion Website

Do you know of a Christmas break camp we missed? Leave us a comment below and we’ll add it to our list.