Best Kid-Friendly Rainy Day Fun in Central Florida

By: Jessica Roberts

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 on a rainy day.

Boy playing on firefighter truck at the Florida Children's Museum

Florida Children’s Museum

The ALL-NEW Florida Children’s Museum is home to 5 different galleries & 47,800 square feet of endless fun for kids of all ages. This museum offers two-floors of kid-powered interactive exhibits and programs that explore the five-senses.

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

Sample Permanent Exhibits

  • Fill a pint-sized grocery buggy just like Mom and Dad, operate a cash register and merchandise scanner, or pretend to be a firefighter in the City Play exhibit
  • Broadcast the news or current weather forecast at News Station
  • Build, tinker and create with rotating materials at Maker Space
  • Create your own movie, stop-motion animation, or beat in TBD

Florida Children’s Museum hosts daily workshops, Monday – Friday and each day has a different topic.

You can find their complete schedule at

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.

The museum feature multiple indoor galleries. Inside the Phosphate Gallery, you’ll 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 Mulberry, railroad industry as related to the phosphate industry. The Fossil Gallery houses an extensive prehistoric fossil collection.

If the rain stops, kids can search for shark teeth and other prehistoric animal remains in the museum’s outdoor exhibit. The Drag Line area includes a 44-yard drag-line bucket once used to dig phosphate rock out of the ground.

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

alligator skull on display at Mulberry Phosphate Museum

Florida’s Natural Grove Store

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

Escape Rooms on a Rainy Day

Escape rooms, or games, are away for small groups to cooperatively discover clues, solve puzzles, and accomplish tasks in one or more rooms. The goal is to accomplish a specific task in a limited amount of time. We have three escape room businesses and all are family-friendly. Escapeology and Lakeland Escape Rooms are in downtown Lakeland, while iPanic Escape Room is in north Lakeland.

woman standing in front of Lakeland Escape Room sign

Go Bowling or Watch a Movie

We have more businesses that are great for rainy day fun, including bowling alleys and movie theaters, at Things to do Indoors.

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