When rain keeps your family inside during a Central Florida vacation, it can be hard to keep young kids entertained. Luckily we have great children’s museums and exhibits, as well as workshops and activities to keep your favorite young people busy.

Florida’s Natural Grove House

Located just 10-miles from LEGOLAND Florida Resort, the Grove House has something for everyone. Spend time walking through indoor exhibits while learning about Polk County’s citrus industry and enjoy a theater presentation about Florida’s Natural during, “We own the land, the trees, and the company®.”

Florida's Natural Growers Grove House
Florida's Natural Growers Grove House

Florida’s Natural Grove House hosts special events every Wednesday and Saturday from Noon – 2:00 p.m., October - May. These FREE events include citrus-themed fun, workshops, guest speakers, tastings and more – all for everyone ages 10 and up.

Wednesday Events

Florida's Natural Growers Grove House Special Events
Florida's Natural Growers Grove House Special Events

October 2016 (Registration Opens October 3)

5th: A Taste of the Grove House 


12th: Agriculture Day -


19th: DIY Centerpieces 


26th: Glass Painting Workshop 

Wednesday events are led by an instructor and start promptly at noon. Please RSVP by emailing the Grove House at GroveHouse@Citrusworld.com or by calling 863-679-4110.

Saturday Events

Florida's Natural Growers Grove House
Florida's Natural Growers Grove House

May 2016

May 7: Sample Grove House favorites

May 14: Decorate a sugar cookie

May 21: Learn new recipes

May 28: Make your own bug repellent

Saturday events are self-guided. Drop-ins are welcome.

Florida’s Natural Growers Grove House is located at 20160 Highway 27 in Lake Wales.

Explorations V Children’s Museum

Downtown Lakeland’s Explorations V Children’s Museum has been winning awards since opening in 1991. This museum offers three-floors of kid-powered interactive exhibits and programs that explore the five-senses, which is where the name Explorations V comes from.

Exhibits and workshops are developed for toddlers and kids up to nine years old.

Explorations V Children's Museum
Explorations V Children's Museum

Sample Permanent Exhibits

  • Fill a pint-sized grocery buggy just like Mom and Dad, operate a cash register and merchandise scanner, or even stock grocery shelves at Explore Store.
  • Broadcast the news or current weather forecast at News Station.
  • Build, tinker and create with rotating materials at Maker Space.
  • Sing, dance and perform on stage in the theatre.
Poster Image for Explorations V Children's Museum in Lakeland, Florida

Workshops

Explorations V hosts daily workshops, Monday – Friday and each day has a different topic. Kids can learn to weave ribbon during Art Studio, make S’more stuffed crescent rolls during Kitchen Kids, or learn about polar water animals during Celebrate Science.

You can find their complete schedule at explorationsv.com/calendar.

Explorations V Children’s Museum is located at 109 North Kentucky Avenue in Lakeland.

Mulberry Phosphate Museum

Do you have a miniature Indiana Jones in your family? If so, be sure to visit Mulberry Phosphate Museum which is located just one block south of State Highway 60 in downtown Mulberry.

Mulberry Phosphate Museum
Mulberry Phosphate Museum

Permanent Exhibits

  • In the Phosphate Gallery visitors will learn where phosphate is found, how it’s mined and processed, and how it’s used in our everyday lives.
  • The Historic Railroad Gallery displays historic photos and information on the City of Mulberry, Polk County and the railroad industry as related to the phosphate industry.
  • The Fossil Gallery houses an extensive prehistoric fossil collection.
  • Try your luck at finding shark teeth and other prehistoric animal remains in the museum’s outdoor exhibit (if the rain has subsided) that includes a 44-yard dragline bucket once used to dig phosphate rock out of the ground.
Mulberry Phosphate Museum 44-yard Dragline Bucket
Mulberry Phosphate Museum 44-yard Dragline Bucket

Additional exhibits allow visitors to learn about the American Alligator, Miocene Rhino, Giant Ground Sloth and the Smilodon.

Admission Mulberry Phosphate Museum is FREE and donations are gladly accepted. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and special events are hosted regularly. Call 863-425-2823 for more information.

Mulberry Phosphate Museum is located at 101 S.E. 1st Street in Mulberry.