25+ kids activities in Lakeland, Florida

Frances Langford Promenade at Lake Mirror in Lakeland, Fla. | Photo by @thehikerdad

We’ve rounded up a list of activities + hangout spots for every family this season – with hopes to take the phrase “I’m bored” out of your little one’s vocab.  

Whether you’re hoping to awaken an inner Piccaso, bolster up a new hiker, or help cultivate a future avian, we’ve got you covered with 25+ different ideas to choose from (and bonus activities from surrounding parts of Polk County).

Indoor Activities


Pick, pack + sort your way through Fla. orange groves

Explorations V Children’s Museum, 109 N. Kentucky Ave. | $9+
Explore the interactive art exhibits and learn how technology + art collide

Inspire a future Picasso 

Polk Museum of Art, 800 E. Palmetto St. | Free
Swing by the student gallery for a look at artwork from local Polk County students

Test your spy skills with laser tag 

Family Fun Center, 4825 S. Florida Ave. | $3+
Bonus: Check out the Willy Wonka arcade game + win the ‘Golden Ticket.’

Make memories with the whole fam

Lakeland Public Library, 100 Lake Morton Dr. | Free
PSA: Books aren’t the only thing you can check out at the library. See a full list of kid-friendly events here

It’s elementary, my dear Watson

Lakeland Escape Room, 308 E. Pine St. | $30
Put their problem-solving skills to the test and see if you can escape in time. 

Fly all summer long

DEFY Lakeland (previously named 2INFINITY), 6220 U.S. Hwy. 98 N. | $12+
Work up an appetite bouncing over to their cafe. Nachos, pizza + smoothies are calling your name.

A Lakeland tradition since the ‘70s

Skate World, 911 N. Lake Parker Ave. | $3+
What’s a more important lesson than learning to get back up? Don your skates and make your way around the rink.

Take on the warrior course

Urban Air Adventure Park, 3800 U.S. Hwy 98 N. | $13.99+
#Shoutout to the #1 listing in the ‘Top 100 Franchise in 2019 by Entrepreneur Magazine

Right up your alley
Orange Bowl, 4318 U.S. Hwy 98 N. | $4+
Spare no extra time— take the kids to out for a strikingly good time.


Are you raising a future avian?

Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum, 4175 Medulla Rd. | $8+
Enjoy planetarium shows and inspire an interest in aviation.


Outdoor Activities


Watch a film at the first drive-in in Lakeland  

Silver Moon Drive-In, 4100 New Tampa Hwy. | $2+
Keep up-to-date on their Facebook page for giveaways + discounts.

An expedition for the young + the young at heart

Safari Wilderness, 10850 Moore Rd. | $99+
Get up-close and personal with the wildlife at this Polk County safari.

Calling all future park rangers

Saddle Creek Park, 3716 Morgan Combee Rd. | Free
With over 70+ parks in Lakeland, it might be difficult to know where to start. Check out our park guide here


For all the water guppies

The Gandy Pool, 404 Imperial Blvd. | $4
Check out our Lakeland + Polk County swimming pool guide for ways to stay cool.


Hey batta, batta 

Lakeland Flying Tigers Game, 2301 Lakeland Hills Blvd. | $4.50+
Check game schedules for the best time to hear “play ball!”

Raising up a future David Beckham

Lakeland Tropics Game, 1125 N. Florida Ave. | Tickets | Come out + support our local team. #GetTropical 


Creative Activities

Art camp or bust

Art Centric Studio, 1035 Florida Ave. S. #180 | $160
Help kids flex their artistic muscles at this studio for budding artists.

For all the wannabee mermaids

Picassoz Art Cafe, 4632 Cleveland Heights Blvd. | $24
#ProTip: Stay refreshed by swinging by Tea Largo, afterward


Learning Activities


Book*worming* our way through the summer

| Huntington Learning Center, 6655 S. Florida Ave. | Free, RSVP
Bring your little intellectual out for readings and more.


Other Polk County Adventures


Everything is awesome

Legoland Florida Resort, 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven | $84.99+
Help Emmet find his friends in The LEGO® Movie™ World. 


Scope out a 205-foot tall singing tower

Bok Tower Gardens, 1151 Tower Blvd., Lake Wales | $5+
DYK you can feed the koi fish? 


TBT to 250 million years ago

 Mulberry Phosphate Museum, 101 S.E. 1st S.t, Mulberry | Various Prices
From science experiments to helping design museum displays, check the museum’s Facebook page for new events

Got a sweet tooth?

Davidson of Dundee, 28421 U.S.-27, Dundee | Free
Bring the kids to watch the creation of candy + make sure to pick up a bottle of marmalade

The largest dude ranch east of the Mississippi

Westgate River Ranch, 3200 River Ranch Blvd., River Ranch | $7+
Pony rides, petting zoo, archery range, rock climbing, zip lines, mini-golf, horseback riding, and more.

Get cultured

Mulberry Cultural Center, 103 E. Canal St. | Free
Creating art projects is a great way to pass the time while making memories.

Looking for more kid-friendly adventures? Check out Lakeland Mom for additional summer activities.