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 Bettinger playground, attend a God Squad session at Bradley Temple, watch a family-friendly show in Hoover Auditorium 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.

Little Lakesider Pass

Does your child or grandchild miss carrying their own special Lakeside pass? Lakeside is bringing back the 12 & under Lakeside passes this season! While children 12 years old and younger can enter Lakeside for free, a special Lakeside pass can help your younger family members feel more included in the Chautauqua experience.

“Our grandchildren loved having their own Lakeside passes during previous seasons when they were offered,” said Mame Drackett, Lakeside homeowner and grandmother to several little Lakesiders. “I believe providing my grandchildren with a pass instills responsibility and a commitment to what it means to be a Lakesider.”

The little Lakesiders in your family can hold a season pass just like their older siblings and cousins, and parents and grandparents. You are encouraged to give a donation of $5.00 or more for each pass. You can give by contacting the Lakeside Chautauqua Foundation at, (419) 798-4461 ext. 246 or visiting All proceeds from the Little Lakesider passes will be used to support Lakeside youth and teen programming.

“I believe Little Lakesider passes give the smallest members of our families a sense of belonging to this place with us,” said Sally DePerro, Lakeside homeowner and grandmother to a couple Little Lakesiders. “It’s been said that ‘If you have a Lakeside pass, you just might be a Lakesider.’ By purchasing a Little Lakesider pass, my grandchildren will feel more connected to our family and this community.”

Little Lakeside passes can be picked up at the Lakeside Ticket Office in the Administration Building located at 236 Walnut Ave. The Ticket Office hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday; Closed Sunday. After receiving a children’s pass, you are encouraged to give a donation. We hope your entire family feels excited and included when entering Lakeside’s gates!

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.