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Just For Kids - Year Round Family Fun
Central Florida is a children’s paradise and chock full of fun things for kids to do. From the LEGOLAND® Florida Hotel and new LEGOLAND® Beach Retreat designed “just for kids,” to a spooky encounter and educational experiences, there is more to do than can be done in a single day.
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort
For families with children ages 2-12, a trip to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is almost a necessity. The 150-acre theme park is truly "just for kids," with more than 50 rides, attractions, shows, a water park and even an onsite hotel.
Families can spend an entire day at the park exploring the different "lands." The lands include The Beginning, Fun Town, Miniland USA, Castle Hill, Land of Adventure, LEGO® City, Xtreme, Imagination Zone, Pirates Cove, DUPLO® Village, The LEGO® World of Chima, and brand new in June 2015, the LEGO® Friends Heartlake City. The Friends Heartlake City land is based on the popular LEGO Friends line and its five characters: Olivia, Stephanie, Emma, Mia and Andrea. Friends Heartlake City includes an all new ride, an interactive musical show, a photo opportunity, and a heart-shaped fountain that plays music.
*Adult Bonus: Be sure to explore the original botanical gardens of Cypress Gardens during your visit to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort. The historical gardens and Florida pool have been meticulously restored and make a wonderful spot for a midday break from the action. There is also a fun pirate-themed water ski show that takes place here.
Kid-Friendly Winter Haven Dining
LEGOLAND Florida Resort is full of kid-friendly meal options from in-park apple fries to the buffet-style Bricks Family Restaurant, which is located inside the new LEGOLAND ® Resort Hotel.
Spook Hill has gained worldwide notoriety as one of the most confounding (and potentially haunted) locations in existence. Visitors come from around the world to park their cars at the bottom of Spook Hill and experience the mysterious force that seems to defy gravity and makes the cars roll backwards, uphill. Visit Spook Hill, park your car at the white line, put it in neutral, and see the results for yourself - your kids will be amazed!
Bok Tower Gardens
130-acres of rolling hills and gardens where your kids can run, jump, roll and explore can be found at Bok Tower Gardens, plus the kids will love chasing butterflies and spotting birds, squirrels, and other wildlife native to the Lake Wales Ridge.
There's a new reason to visit Bok Tower Gardens on your next vacation if you have nature loving kids - Hammock Hollow Children's Garden. Featuring almost three acres of nature play, Hammock Hollow Children's Garden teaches conservation and the vital connection between animals, plants, and people. There is beautiful art, cooling water features, vibrant plantings, a boardwalk, a stage for little performers, and music area. Kids have things to climb on, under and through, as well as places to build, dig and create.
Adult Bonus: Aside from tired children who will sleep well at night, adults can truly appreciate the magnificent beauty of Bok Tower Garden's historic architecture and gardens.
Kid-Friendly Lake Wales Dining
Andy’s Drive-In Restaurant and Igloo is located in Winter Haven, and is on your way from Lake Wales to Lakeland. Kids love their famous burgers and milkshakes, which have cool names like the “Garbage Can.” Check out our blog post about Andy's Igloo.
Explorations V Children's Museum
Three floors of action packed art and entertainment designed to stimulate your child’s five senses can be found at Explorations V Children's Museum, hence the Roman numeral V. Children can get hands-on in the art and science center by creating their own masterpieces and taking part in cool science experiments.
Adult Bonus: You are in the heart of downtown Lakeland, so if you want to do a little shopping, or grab a coffee to refuel, you have ample options within walking distance.
Common Ground Inclusive Playground
Located near picturesque Lake Hollingsworth, Common Ground Inclusive Playground is a new type of playground that offers opportunities for every child, regardless of abilities or disabilities. For large events, gazebo and picnic facilities can be rented, but there is no charge for general admission.
Barnett Family Park/Sunflower Preschool Playground
A local favorite, Barnett Family Park has something for every child. Preschoolers can enjoy a play area designed specifically for their growing bodies and minds, while older children will have fun climbing the challenging play structures located in a nearby separate area. Other park features include a splash pad, sculptures, giant climbing web, and enough picnic space to host multiple families.
Mulberry Phosphate Museum
Unlike most historic attractions, the Mulberry Phosphate Museum was designed with kids in mind. This fun and free attraction will spark your child’s interest in history and science, while offering scientific perspectives on phosphate, how and where it is used, and how it has led to the development of Central Florida’s business. For an added sense of adventure, sections of the museum are housed in a series of historic train boxcars. Kids love taking the journey from boxcar to boxcar, learning along the way. Kids can also dig in the museum’s exciting outdoor exhibit, a 44-yard Dragline bucket that was once used for excavating phosphate rock.