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Children's Museum

What is a Children’s Museum?

A children’s museum is a place for children to give in to their natural curiosity, use their imagination, and strengthen their development. Simply put, a children’s museum is designed for play. Spaces are at a child’s height, materials are meant to be touched, and exhibits fit a child’s development. Most importantly, a children’s museum is a place for families to enjoy together. Grownups are encouraged to join the kids in play and exploration. This part makes a big difference to the kids!

Museum Hours

Monday – Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday: 10 am – 3 pm

Parking Notice: The Museum sees the most visitors on weekends. Plan ahead for parking challenges during peak hours (11 am – 3 pm). You may be asked to park in an overflow lot.

Helpful Links

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Citrus Connection Route

Florida Children’s Museum is located inside the beautiful Bonnet Springs Park. Even better, you can get here easily because we’re a stop on the Lemon Line of Citrus Connection!

See Route Map

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Daily Programs

Enhance your visit with daily programming designed by our Education Team. These activities give kids a chance to explore art, math, science, and language to build school readiness.

SEE PROGRAM SCHEDULE

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Upcoming Events

Our Museum has special events throughout the year! Camps, cultural events, performances, and traveling exhibits are just a few examples. You can check our calendar to find out what’s coming soon.

SEE CALENDAR

Eats

The Depot Café is across the sidewalk from Florida Children’s Museum and is operated by Bonnet Springs Park. The Café offers a variety of grab-and-go options. And for dessert? Ice cream!

Please enjoy your Café eats outside of the Museum. You can return to play when you have finished eating!

FAQS

  • How does a membership work? And who qualifies for a membership?
    Your membership is a season pass. It is a $120 value but free for all children who qualify for school readiness OR if you are a Polk County resident with an EBT SNAP card. Any day the Museum is open, you can visit. It’s that simple. After you register online, you will be emailed a digital membership card. Show this card at the start of each visit as your ticket. If you don’t have your digital card, your membership can be looked up with a government-issued photo ID.
  • Where are you located?
    Florida Children’s Museum is located inside Bonnet Springs Park. The address is 600 Bonnet Springs Blvd, Lakeland, Florida 33815. We are new and some GPS systems that are not up to date may not recognize the address.
  • Do you have special events?
    Yes! Our Museum has special events throughout the year! Camps, cultural events, performances, and traveling exhibits are just a few examples. You can check our calendar to find out what’s coming soon.
  • What are daily programs?
    Daily programs are short activities developed and led by a member of our Education Team. These additional learning opportunities let kids explore art, math, science, and language to build school readiness.
  • Can I bring my own food and beverages into FCM?
    For daily visits, you may bring your own snacks to eat in designated eating areas. For birthday parties and other events, food can be ordered from our catering partners.
  • Is there free Wi-Fi in FCM?
    Yes!
  • Is parking free?
    Yes!
  • Are there lockers to store my stuff while I play in the museum?
    Yes, they are located behind the ticket counter at the main entrance.
  • My child has a disability. Does the museum have activities and exhibits my child can participate in?
    Yes! FCM strives to curate the world for ALL children to explore. Your child is free to explore whatever exhibits interest them. The building has been designed to be inclusive. See our inclusivity statement here.
  • What are your COVID policies?
    FCM operates under SAFE and KIND procedures, in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • If I buy a ticket, can I leave the museum for lunch and then come back later?
    Yes, if it is within the same day and during museum hours.
  • Is there a nursing room in the museum?
    Yes, the nursing room is in the Watermelon Seeds exhibit.
  • Are there changing tables in the museum?
    There are changing tables in all bathrooms in FCM.
  • How long does a typical visit take?
    There is no “typical” visit time. Visit length depends on each child.
  • What else is there to do in Bonnet Springs Park?
    Check out Bonnet Springs Park’s website here.

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