As a stay at home mom, I’m not very good at staying home. I like to leave the house at least once a day, and it’s generally for an outing in the morning – so we can wear them out for nap time (you know you do it too!). We generally stick to the same places. They are all in Polk County and my kids (three years old and almost two) LOVE them. Here’s some of our favorite Polk Country activities!
1. Bok Tower’s Children’s Garden (Lake Wales, FL)
Bok Tower is our absolute favorite right now! We have been members for almost a year and it has been worth every penny. I cannot say enough about this place. Please go and you will see the amazingness that is Bok Tower! I have an almost two year old and three year old and it is perfect for them. I love that it is an open door to explore. There are so many things for the kids to do, but it all includes playing, exploring and using their imagination! There is also one way in and one way out – which makes it much less stressful for moms!
- Price: Kids under 5 are free, kids 5-12 are $5, adults are $14. They also offer annual passes which I think are totally worth it!
- Hours: 365 days/year; 8:00am – 5:00pm
Check out Bok Tower’s website to see more details.
2. Explorations V Children’s Museum (Lakeland, FL)
Our favorite spot in Lakeland! It is perfect for a rainy day or even those really hot ones that hit us so often in Florida. I’ve really enjoyed this place, I mean my kids have really enjoyed it. It’s enjoyable all around! We invested in passes last year and will be renewing soon. It’s another one that is worth it to us. They have three floors and each one will keep your littles busy and happy for a while. They also offer classes while you are there. We have been there for art class and music class and have loved them both! There’s so much to do here, you really can’t go wrong! Oh, and there’s a gated tot area – we all need one of those!
- Price: Children under 2 are free, children and adults are $9.
- Hours: Monday – Saturday 9:00am – 5:30pm
3. Toddler Time – Lakeland Public Library
We’ve gone to a few different libraries, and this is our favorite! Toddler time is geared towards children two to three years old. They do songs and stories, and usually integrate activities based on the theme. My girls both LOVE this and really look forward to it. It lasts about 25 minutes, then we head over to the play area that has legos, puzzles, coloring and of course books. We generally spend another 20 minutes there. What I love most about this is the time it starts. They begin at 10:00am. For the little ones that like to nap around 11:00, this is perfect! We highly recommend it! They also have a preschool class and baby class on other days!
- Price: FREE
- When: Every Wednesday at 10:00am
4. Open Gym at Gymnastics Etc. (Lakeland, FL)
Open Tot Gym is another favorite of ours! Gymnastics, etc. opens up a huge area of their gym for kids aged 1-5 years old. They have two long trampolines, large areas just to run around, an inflatable bounce area, and a ton of things to climb on and play with! My girls love it.
- Price: $5/first child, $4 each additional
- Hours: Wednesday (during the school year only) and Thursday 11:00am – 12:00pm
5. Common Ground Park (Lakeland, FL)
Parks made me pretty nervous when I had my second child. Especially once she started moving and I started chasing two around! Common Ground has been a great park for us. We try to go during the week when it’s not too crowded and I dress my girls in bright colors to keep track of them! There’s a large sand pit, and a play area for older kids as well as younger kids. It’s our favorite park in Polk County!
6. Chick-fil-A (Winter Haven, FL)
Let’s be honest. Every mom loves Chick-fil-A. You really can’t go wrong with the most amazing food and a play place. If we want to get out the house with minimal effort, Chick-fil-A if our destination of choice. We prefer the one in Winter Haven. It’s always SO clean and it has a great play place. And of course, the staff is incredible. Also, if you’re not doing mobile orders yet – it’s time to start. We order it when we leave our house, and it’s ready when we get there. No waiting in line – yes, please!
Thanks so much for being here! Drop a comment below and let me know what you and your children love to do in Polk County. We are always looking for new things to do!