Free to enter and free to explore – that’s the beauty of a child’s Lakeside Chautauqua experience. Our mission is to nurture mind, body and spirit, and we believe that journey should start at a young age. To provide this one-of-a-kind experience to families at an affordable cost, kids age 12 & under are always free at Lakeside.

Upon entering the gates, we offer a safe environment for children to explore at their own pace – discover Central Park’s supervised playground, attend a God Squad session at Bradley Temple, watch a family-friendly show in Hoover Auditorium (please note: Hoover Auditorium is not open summer of 2021) and make a splash in the pool at the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus, all at no cost!


Kids age 12 & under always enter Lakeside Chautauqua for free. This admission affords them the same opportunities as teens and adults purchasing a Chautauqua Pass, including participation in a wide range of programs, such as shows in Hoover Auditorium, spiritual services, educational lectures, cultural arts events and specific recreational activities.

There are also several activities that are available for a nominal fee, including art classes at the Rhein Center, movies at Orchestra Hall, miniature golf, sailing lessons and more. See a full list of programs available with a Chautauqua Pass, or to kids for free, on our Chautauqua Pass Benefits page.

Safety & Freedom

My kids played along the beach of the world’s largest fresh-water lake, while I relaxed or played tennis… I marveled that despite having nearly 10,000 summer residents, crime is seldom heard of, and bicycles are often left about unlocked.U.S. Embassy Nigeria Representative

Those who have visited Lakeside can testify the safety and trustworthiness of the community. The quaint size of Lakeside provides an easily-navigable grid of streets lined with trees and neighbors – perfect for bike rides between the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus and the lakefront, or for finding the perfect spot to set up a lemonade stand.