Free or low cost offerings for children and adults
2018 marks the 20th birthday of LEAF – The Lake Erie Arboretum at Frontier Park. During the summer months the local nonprofit will offer a wide range of free or low cost programs for all ages from babies to adults.
Families with young children can stop by Frontier Park for a free Saturday morning outdoor “Sunshine Storytime” program (Jul-Aug), a Monday morning “Little Leaves” Movement, Story & Art program (offered year-round) or Wednesday/Saturday morning “Active Apples” Family Yoga Class (offered year-round). For six weeks in July and August “Branching Out” Tuesday Science and Thursday Art enrichment programs will be offered in separate, age appropriate session for ages 4-6 and 7-12. The Tuesday science programs invite children to get up close with nature and conduct awesome outdoor science experiments on topics such as chemistry, kinetic energy, bubbles, playground physics, recycled rockets, and atmospheric pressure. The Thursday art programs feature art-making and sensory exploration. Each week children will be introduced to a new artist and explore diverse art topics and materials including abstract art, collaborative art-making, sculptures, collage, still life painting, and self portraiture. Pre-registration is required for “Branching Out” science and art classes and “Active Apples” family yoga. Online registration is available at http://www.leaferie.org No pre-registration is required for “Sunshine Storytime” and “Little Leaves.”
Visitors of all ages will enjoy LEAF’s outdoor concerts and performances in LEAF’s Patricia McCain Outdoor Amphitheater, all of which are free and open to the public. On Thursday evenings in July and August LEAF will present the “Arts in the Arboretum Concert Series” featuring a range of local talent including Tennessee Back Porch, Mambo, Bootlegger’s Bible Club, The Vendettas, Abbey Road and Rooftop Project. The newly expanded “Summer Sunday Performance Series” will feature noon-hour musical entertainment courtesy of Jess Royer & Mckenzie Lee Sprague, Me & the Boy, Erie Philharmonic Brass Quintet, and Acoustic Ear Candy. On Sunday, July 15 a “Poetry in the Park” open mic event will be organized by local poet Luchetta Manus. Attendees at these performances are invited to sit on LEAF’s stone risers or bring their own blanket and chairs.
Each summer huge crowds flock to Frontier Park for free outdoor Movies at LEAF, held at 8:30PM on the 8th Street side of Frontier Park. The Lion King will be shown on Friday, August 3 and The Land Before Time will be shown on Friday, August 10. Attendees are invited to bring their own blanket and chairs to enjoy the films.
LEAF has also collaborated with other local organizations to expand activities in Frontier Park. On June 21 the Carrie T. Watson Garden Club will present their second annual Summer Solstice Labyrinth Celebration in the Labyrinth at LEAF with a children’s program from 1-3PM and an adult program from 7:30PM until dark. The children’s program will feature crafts, music, refreshments and games. The adult program will feature yoga, music and a labyrinth illumination. Gannon University’s Theatre Department will present “Shakespeare Summer Nights” again this year, with performances of Macbeth on July 16, 17, and 18 and Standup Shakespeare on July 23, 24, and 25. Shakespeare performances will be held in LEAF’s Patricia McCain Outdoor Amphitheater from 7-8:30PM. Attendees may sit on LEAF’s stone risers or bring their own blanket and chairs.
Full details for all of LEAF’s summer happenings can be found at http://www.leaferie.org