Lakeside offers a variety of opportunities for youth to expand their minds while on summer vacation.

For more information, read the weekly Lakesider newspaper or download the 2018 Youth Programs Brochure.


Fun with Music

Fun with Music welcomes children ages 4-8 to learn fundamental music theory including rhythm, tempo, pitch and notation through songs and rhythm instruments. No prior music background is needed. The program meets at Bradley Temple from 10:30-11:10 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday with a performance for families at 11 a.m. Friday.

Ring & Sing

Ring & Sing welcomes children age 8 & older to learn about advanced music theory using instruments such as chimes, xylophones and metallophones. No prior music background is needed. The program meets at Bradley Temple from 11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday with a performance for families at 11 a.m. Friday.

Geography & History

Where in the World

Children ages 6-10 have the opportunity to travel the globe through photos, stories and crafts. This program, coordinated by The Fine Print bookstore, meets at 10 a.m. Mondays at the Lakeside Women's Club Green Gables, 161 Walnut Ave. Topics for the 2018 season are as follows:

June 18 - A Visit To Egypt
June 25 - A Visit To Cambodia
July 2 - A Visit To New Zealand
July 9 - A Visit To Brazil
July 16 - A Visit To Botswana
July 23 - A Visit To Italy
July 30 - A Visit To South Korea
Aug. 6 - Home Again!

Lakeside Heritage Hall Museum

Visit Heritage Hall Museum, 238 Maple Ave., from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday to complete treasure hunts and word puzzles.

Science & Nature

Lake Erie Science

On Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m., experts from Ohio Sea Grant/Stone Lab present inter-generational programs related to aspects of Lake Erie. Programs for the 2018 season are as follows:

June 19 - Snakes at the Lake with Sue Bixler
June 26 - Mayfly Madness with Kristen Fussell
July 3 - Talking Trash: Keep the Shores Clean with Jill Bartolotta
July 10 - Save Yourself! Water Safety Facts with Sarah Orlando
July 17 - Aquatic Bugs Don’t Bug Me with Erin Monaco
July 24 - Walleye, Perch & Bass Oh My! with Tory Gabriel
July 31 - Field Trip to Ohio Sea Grant/Stone Lab (pre-registration and fee required)


Telescopes will be available on the Hotel Lakeside lawn for astronomers in the making to see the stars from 10-11 p.m. Tuesdays, July 10-Aug. 7 (weather permitting).

Solar Astronomy

Learn about the power of the sun and view it through a solar telescope from 2-4 p.m. Thursdays, June 21 - Aug. 9 from on the Hoover Auditorium Porch (weather permitting).

Special Programs

Chautauqua Young Readers Program

The Fine Print bookstore and Lakeside have established the Lakeside Chautauqua Young Readers Program. Similar to a summer reading club at the Chautauqua Institution in New York, youth ages 8-12 are encouraged to participate in this program. Visit The Fine Print bookstore, 202 Walnut Ave., for the list of books and to sign up for the program.

The Fine Print Bookstore Special Events

The Fine Print bookstore, 202 Walnut Ave., hosts a variety of special events during the summer. Read the Lakesider newspaper for more information about upcoming programs, including registration directions, ages, times and locations.

Lakeside Girls' Club

Organized by the Lakeside Women's Club, the Lakeside Girls’ Club is for girls ages 5-12. Prior registration and payment of $2 at Green Gables, 161 Walnut Ave., is required in advance of each event due to space limitations. Parents are welcome to join the fun as helpers at no additional cost. Girls' Club events are scheduled for 10-11 a.m. on select Thursdays at Green Gables. Specific topics for the season are as follows:

June 28 - Recreation Pillar: All Girls’ Shuffleboard Game with Carolyn Fleischer
July 5 - Arts Pillar: Ballerina Basics (tutu provided for each girl)
July 19 - Education Pillar: Pink Pond Boats with Captain Dan
Aug. 2 - Religion Pillar: Discovering God’s Love at Lakeside with Janet Jennings

Story Times

Fun with Books

This program, geared to children ages 5 & under and their parents/caregivers, provides stories, songs and crafts at 9 a.m. Mondays at Green Gables, 161 Walnut Ave., from June 18 - Aug. 6. The Fine Print bookstore coordinates this program.

Fun with Friends

This program, taking place at 9 a.m. Fridays, June 27-Aug. 10 in the Upper Room provides stories, music and an opportunity for co-operative play for infants/toddlers and their parents/caregivers. The Fine Print bookstore coordinates this program.

Children's Story Time

The Lakeside Women’s Club, 161 Walnut Ave., hosts a Children's Story Time for ages 4-10 at 9:30 a.m. Saturdays, June 16-Aug. 4. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult.


Lakeside Women’s Club Library

Green Gables, 161 Walnut Ave.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday: 1-4 p.m.
Saturday: 9-11 a.m.

Lakeside United Methodist Church Library

450 Central Ave.
Monday & Friday: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Tuesday-Thursday: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
Videos and DVDs are also available.