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Program & Events Calendar

 
At the guidance of public health authorities, most in-person programs and events are temporarily suspended. Please stay tuned for information on virtual/alternative program and event options! Learn more.
 
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Leaf Icon Thursday, August 06, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Enjoy an exercise session with a certified BalloFlex instructor. BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. It is designed for all ages and abilities! Join us online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84964658634 : , OH

Leaf Icon Monday, August 10, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX FOR KIDS


Children ages 8-12 can get fit while they sit during a lively, energy-filled exercise session with a certified BalloFlex instructor! BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. Older and younger siblings are welcome to participate. Parents too! Join us online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84964658634 : , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 12, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

VIRTUAL: CREATIVE CANVAS FOR FAMILIES


Everything is a canvas! Join our interpretive artist virtually to create some amazing works of art using nature as our inspiration and re-purposed materials as our medium. Only requirements are a sense of humor and a great attitude. Materials (with the exception of scissors and an empty cereal box) for this program will be provided to participants in advance by mail. Cost: $10/person. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/27: Register here. : , OH

Leaf Icon Wednesday, August 12, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

VIRTUAL: CREATIVE CANVAS FOR FAMILIES


Everything is a canvas! Join our interpretive artist virtually to create some amazing works of art using nature as our inspiration and re-purposed materials as our medium. Only requirements are a sense of humor and a great attitude. Materials (with the exception of scissors and an empty cereal box) for this program will be provided to participants in advance by mail. Cost: $10/family. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS ONLINE 7/27: Register here. : , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 13, 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM

FACEBOOK LIVE: INTRO TO STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING


Join Naturalists and Water Recreation Instructors Janean and Becca at Silver Creek Metro Park to learn a little bit about this body of water, the wildlife you may see, and the basics of the fastest-growing water recreational sport: stand-up paddleboarding. : , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 13, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Enjoy an exercise session with a certified BalloFlex instructor. BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. It is designed for all ages and abilities! Join us online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84964658634 : , OH

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 15, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

FIND-A-TRUCK


Summit Metro Parks will host a “Find-A-Truck” scavenger hunt in the parks Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. This family-friendly activity is offered an alternative to the park district’s annual Touch-A-Truck event, which has been canceled this year due to COVID-19. Park district equipment will be placed for kids and their caregivers to find at three centrally located Summit Metro Parks locations: Cascade Valley Metro Park (1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron), Goodyear Heights Metro Park (2077 Newton St., Akron) and Sand Run Metro Park (Sand Run Pkwy., Akron). Trucks will include a dump truck, bucket truck, 1928 Model AA pickup and more! A Leppo Rentals boom lift painted to promote autism awareness will be included as well. To participate, visit https://www.summitmetroparks.org/publications-and-downloads.aspx to print a kid-friendly checklist to bring along on your hunt. For visitor safety, touching and climbing on the trucks is strictly prohibited.  : , OH

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 16, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

FIND-A-TRUCK


Summit Metro Parks will host a “Find-A-Truck” scavenger hunt in the parks Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. This family-friendly activity is offered an alternative to the park district’s annual Touch-A-Truck event, which has been canceled this year due to COVID-19. Park district equipment will be placed for kids and their caregivers to find at three centrally located Summit Metro Parks locations: Cascade Valley Metro Park (1061 Cuyahoga St., Akron), Goodyear Heights Metro Park (2077 Newton St., Akron) and Sand Run Metro Park (Sand Run Pkwy., Akron). Trucks will include a dump truck, bucket truck, 1928 Model AA pickup and more! A Leppo Rentals boom lift painted to promote autism awareness will be included as well. To participate, visit https://www.summitmetroparks.org/publications-and-downloads.aspx to print a kid-friendly checklist to bring along on your hunt. For visitor safety, touching and climbing on the trucks is strictly prohibited. : , OH

Leaf Icon Monday, August 17, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Enjoy an exercise session with a certified BalloFlex instructor. BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. It is designed for all ages and abilities! Join us online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84964658634 : , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 20, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Enjoy an exercise session with a certified BalloFlex instructor. BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. It is designed for all ages and abilities! Join us online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84964658634 : , OH

Leaf Icon Saturday, August 22, 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

VIRTUAL: MOTHS VS. BUTTERFLIES


Moths vs. butterflies…. sounds like an old science fiction movie but it’s not! Join Naturalist Joe on a Zoom presentation as we learn the differences between these two Lepidopterans. Both come in amazing colors, shapes and sizes -- however, there are ten times more moths than butterflies. By the end of the presentation, you will be able to tell the differences between the two very quickly. We will even go out to the backyard to demonstrate setting up a moth sheet and seeing what flies in! Join us at 8 p.m. on 8/22 on Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84837447677?pwd=bElkUS9SenNZbEY3Qnd3YUZGOHBNdz09 : , OH

Leaf Icon Monday, August 24, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX FOR KIDS


Children ages 8-12 can get fit while they sit during a lively, energy-filled exercise session with a certified BalloFlex instructor! BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. Older and younger siblings are welcome to participate. Parents too! Join us online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84964658634 : , OH

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 25, 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

VIRTUAL: DISCOVERING LIGHTNING BUGS FOR PRESCHOOLERS


Come discover with us as we explore the exciting world of lightning bugs. Join this live virtual program that is geared toward preschoolers ages 3-6 as we bug out over this interesting group of insects that make their own light. During this 30-minute program we will sing songs, read a book, and play games all centered around this curious flashy flier. Registration is required and begins August 7 by calling 330-865-8065. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/7: 330-865-8065. : , OH

Leaf Icon Tuesday, August 25, 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

VIRTUAL: DISCOVERING LIGHTNING BUGS FOR PRESCHOOLERS


Come discover with us as we explore the exciting world of lightning bugs. Join this live virtual program that is geared toward preschoolers ages 3-6 as we bug out over this interesting group of insects that make their own light. During this 30-minute program we will sing songs, read a book, and play games all centered around this curious flashy flier. Registration is required and begins August 7 by calling 330-865-8065. ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/7: 330-865-8065. : , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 27, 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

FACEBOOK LIVE: TOUR THE COMMUNITY GARDEN


Join us online for a Facebook Live tour of the Goodyear Heights Community Garden! Take a virtual tour of the Goodyear Heights Community Garden with a naturalist and learn some tips and tricks about growing fruits, vegetables and flowers in the late summer and fall. We’ll try to answer any questions you have live as you ask them! Join us online: www.facebook.com/summitmetroparks : , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 27, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

VIRTUAL: NATURE DRAWING FOR KIDS


Kids ages 6 -12 join Interpretive Artist Danette for a fun-filled, virtual nature drawing lesson. Be prepared with a pencil, some paper and a great attitude! ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED AND BEGINS 8/11: 330-865-8065. : , OH

Leaf Icon Thursday, August 27, 12:30 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Enjoy an exercise session with a certified BalloFlex instructor. BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. It is designed for all ages and abilities! Join us online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84964658634 : , OH

Leaf Icon Sunday, August 30, 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

VIRTUAL: FALL HIKING SPREE KICKOFF


Get a head start on the 57th annual Fall Hiking Spree! Watch the virtual event to learn about the spree and this year's kickoff trail: Piney Woods Trail at Goodyear Heights Metro Park. We'll also unveil this year's t-shirt design and explain how to get your own. Hike the trail that day to receive an early Fall Hiking Spree credit - to receive your hiking shield, all other hikes must be completed 9/1 through 11/30. Join the kickoff event on 8/30: www.facebook.com/summitmetroparks : , OH

Leaf Icon Monday, August 31, 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

VIRTUAL: BALLOFLEX


Enjoy an exercise session with a certified BalloFlex instructor. BalloFlex is a seated workout that incorporates the elements of dance and fitness together in a safe, low impact and fun system. It is designed for all ages and abilities! Join us online: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85634044484?pwd=QW1sYWJ6NE1OTXE5aVJXN3NaWEFHZz09 : , OH