What is Lakeland Mom all about?

Welcome! I’m April Mucci, creator of LakelandMom.com.

  • Have you ever found yourself looking for something fun to do with your family and searching the internet looking all over for info?
  • Do you get overwhelmed trying to figure out what options exist for sports programs, art classes, childcare, pediatricians, special needs resources, summer camp, and all the other kid related activities?
  • Do you get tired of hearing {or thinking} “I’m bored, I wish there was something fun to do today?”
  • Have you ever heard about a great event after it was over and wished you had known before so you could have gone?
  • Do you want to know about the many FREE and inexpensive family-friendly events that take place in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Mulberry, Auburndale and across Polk County?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’ve found your ONE-STOP RESOURCE for raising a family in Lakeland, FL!

Lakeland Mom was started in the fall of 2015 as a resource for Lakeland area families to find information related to kids and parenting IN ONE PLACE! And while the name is Lakeland Mom, we also welcome dads, grandparents, babysitters, aunts & uncles, and anyone else looking for kids activities, family-friendly events, or parenting resources. (And if you don’t fall into any of those categories, you might still find our local deals and money-saving tips useful!)

The idea for Lakeland Mom was born in the spring of 2015 when I started searching for summer camp idea for my boys and couldn’t find a list of options anywhere. I realized that despite the abundance of kids activities and family-friendly events the Lakeland area has to offer, there was no single resource to find information for kids and families.

I was already passionate about connecting people with local resources. I also love to share great deals. And it makes me SO happy to see people enjoying fun community events with their families. So it became my mission to create an online space to share those things with other Lakeland and Polk County moms and dads – and LakelandMom.com was born!

Just over a year later, we now have Lakeland’s most comprehensive family calendar, frequent giveaways, a popular Facebook page, a huge directory of local businesses and organizations serving local families, and a list of resources and tips for parents that continues to grow daily.

Visit LakelandMom.com and be part of the fun!

More about April Mucci

about lakeland momAlthough technically I was just under 2 years old when my family moved to Lakeland, I consider myself a proud Lakeland native since I’ve lived here for 30 years. Even during the few years I spent living in other cities, my family and my heart (and many weekends!) were still here in Lakeland. I went to college at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. (GO PALADINS!) I also spent six years right after college in Tallahassee working in politics as Chief Legislative Aide to a State Senator.  While living in Tallahassee I got a Master’s in Political Science from Florida State (GO NOLES!) Somewhere in there I met a boy, got married (here in Lakeland of course!) and started a family. We moved back to Polk County in 2008 just before our oldest son was born because this is where we wanted to raise our children. I couldn’t help but jump back into the Lakeland community once we were settled here, and my most recent job was at Polk Vision as Program Coordinator for Leadership Polk, where I got to travel across Polk County and really see the gems that our community has to offer. You’ll see many of those great places listed here!

I met my husband Matt in Tallahassee, and we have two boys, ages 8 and 6. We love calling Lakeland home, and hope that through this website you’ll find even more to love about the Lakeland area as well!

Contact Me

I LOVE getting input from local moms and dads, and often only know about an event or a great local resource because someone sends us the info!

If you have any questions, comments or requests, please contact me at any time. I look forward to hearing from you!


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