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 our new app.

Download the 2019 Lakeside Chautauqua Youth Programs brochure.


NEW! Rhythm & Music

This new program features music exploration, singing, playing instruments and dancing. Led by award-wining music educator and flutist Jody Chaffee, along with a series of guest artists and performers, children will experience musical cultures and fundamentals. The program will be held on Wednesdays and Fridays until Aug. 9. Ages 4-7 will meet from 11-11:50 a.m., and ages 8-12 will meet from 1-1:50 p.m. in Bradley Temple. Registration required.

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.

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 2 p.m., experts from Ohio Sea Grant/Stone Lab present inter-generational programs related to aspects of Lake Erie.


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

Learn about the power of the sun and view it through a solar telescope from 2-4 p.m. Thursdays from June-August 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.

Story Times

Fun with Books

This program, geared to children age 5 & under and their parents/caregivers, provides stories, songs and crafts at 9 a.m. Mondays at Green Gables, 161 Walnut Ave., from June-August. 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.