Special Events

KIWANIS  4th of JULY CELEBRATION,  July 1 – 4, 2020
The 4 day street fair and fireworks have been cancelled.

Date/Time: TBD

Where: Licking County  Community Center for Adults 60+
Details: Seniors can enjoy a box lunch while they play bingo for prizes. Register by calling the Licking County Community Center for Adults 60+. 740-587-1333. 

SpokesKIDS Jr. Bike Ride – Grades: PreK – 3
Date: July 27, 2019, 10:00 am
The idea behind the SpokesKIDS Jr. bike ride is to give elementary-school-age children the chance to have as much fun as possible while riding their bikes to raise money for Pelotonia. The ride is for children in grades Pre-K through 3 and will be a part of a larger community celebration supporting Pelotonia. It will begin at Wildwood Park, travel along the bike path and end at the Granville Inn with a celebration for the riders. The route options include a choice between a 3-mile route and a 1-mile route for riders who may find the 3-mile route to be too long. Each will include a Pelotonia-style rest stop with water, sports drinks, and fruit available.

There is a $20 registration fee, which includes a T-shirt that riders will wear on the day of the ride*. All net proceeds will be donated to Pelotonia through Team Granville Spokesmen. Upon registering for the ride, you will receive an email from Jeremy Hopping with information about where to send the registration fee. Riders can also raise funds above and beyond the registration fee if they would like to. Information about that optional philanthropic component of the ride will be included in your registration email.

For safety purposes, all participants must wear a bicycle helmet, and volunteers will monitor riders at all times. Bicycles will be provided for any child who does not have a bicycle of their own.

*NOTE: Registration ends July 26th. T-shirts guaranteed if registered prior to July 15th.

Register on the GRD web-site. Upon registering for the ride, you will receive an email from Jeremy Hopping with information about where to send the registration fee.

SpokesKIDS Bike Ride – Ages: 8 – 14
Date: July 27th, 2019 @ 11:30AM (check-in begins at 10:30AM, Apple Tree Auction Center)

SpokesKIDS was created by Cal Schnaidt, son of David Schnaidt. He, like his dad, wants to make his mark on Pelotonia so we can END CANCER. In 2013, David created his peloton Spokesmen For A Cure and in 2015, Cal has created his, SpokesKIDS!

SpokesKIDS will participate in the Granville Kiwanis Fourth of July parade as well as a ride of their own and raise money to END CANCER! (Must register by July 3rd to walk in the parade)

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE? Boys and girls ages 8-14 from any school district, any other Peloton affiliation – we want ALL kids to come together to END CANCER

WHEN WILL WE RIDE? The ride will start at Apple Tree Auction Center in Newark and end at the Granville Inn.

WHAT ABOUT SAFTEY? All riders are required to wear a helmet and close toed shoes. Chaperones will be with the kids the entire ride and will carry with them emergency contact list and a small first aid kit. Remember, this is not a race — this is a charity kids bike ride.

WHAT IS THE COST? It is $20 to participate in the ride and another $80 required to fundraiser which is due morning of ride. Must register by July 10, 2017 to guarantee a T-shirt for the child to wear on race day.

Top 3 fundraiser earners will be recognized.

1. Register on the GRD web-site.
2. Payments made by check to Team Granville Spokesmen and mail to Teri Niedermeyer, 262 Spruce Dr., Granville, OH 43023

Dates TBD

Kids To Parks Day
Saturday, May 18, 2019
Celebrated annually, this national day celebrated annually, this national day of play connects kids and families with their local, state and national parks. The GRD will provide a free Park Adventure Booklet for you that is full of activities your whole family will enjoy. Discover a park near you! Pick up your booklet at the GRD office between May 1 – 17 and enter to win a prize.

Date TBD
FREE Hands-on events for your young children. These are opportunities for them to touch a firetruck, police cruiser and other larger than life vehicles. Each event will have a different theme with a variety of vehicles on display at Infirmary Mound Park. Touch, climb and explore, talk to the men and women that use them!

Saturday September 21, 2019 
10:00AM – 1:00PM

The Fall Harvest Festival is sponsored by the GRD and is held during the Granville Inn Chili Cook-off.. Join us for lots of fun activities for the whole family, including pumpkin cookie decorating, doughnut bobbing, face-painting, spin-art, corn hole games, and lots more during the Chili Cook-Off! Front Lawn of The College Townhouse Suggested donation for tasting chili. Saturday 10/27 from 10:00 AM-1:00PM.

National Miniature Golf Day

Saturday September 21 at 8PM
Pre Registration required by 9/19 @ GRD, max 60 players
$4/person (R/NR) paid night of event
Miniature golf can be traced all the way back to the 19th century. It was
originally invented to allow women to play golf because, in Victorian Scotland, it was unladylike for women to raise a golf club above their shoulder level – which pretty much took regular golf off of the table. In 1867, a smaller version of the game was invented by the Ladies’ Putting Club of St. Andrews. Then it was introduced to the United States and its popularity skyrocketed. After World War I, it swept all over America and by the 1930s was immensely popular. Celebrate this day with a round of glow in the dark miniature golf.
Glow In The Dark Miniature Golf Granville Golfland 

2019 October TRICKS-N-TREATS Events
Oh… the places you will go!
Check out the postcard here

Friday September 27th from 6:30 – 9:30 PM

Seniors enjoy light refreshments as they dance the nigh away with the band, Senitmental Journey. Bryn Du Mansion. Call the Licking County Community Center 740.587.1333 to RSVP. Event is Free.

Fairy Path Infirmary Mound Park
Thursday September 26, gather 10:30AM at shelter 6 Infirmary Mound Park
Ages: 3-6 w/Adult
Bring your little naturalist out for this fun hands-on class that explores the nature around us. Investigate parks near to home and experience a side of Granville you may not have known. FREE

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 8:15 AM
Elementary School children and their parents are invited to gather at Opera House Park in downtown Granville at 8:15 AM for a healthy snack.  The group will start walking to the elementary school about 8:30 AM.  Last years  2018 International Walk to School Day drew millions of participants in 42 countries.  The event was a big success in Granville last year as well, attracting over 100 walkers! This event is designed to encourage fitness, togetherness and a feeling of small-town community.  It will be held rain or shine. FREE

Saturday October 12, 2019 from
Noon to 4:00 PM 
Events feature pumpkin painting, crafts, artists, carriage rides, children’s activities, a farm animal petting zoo, food trucks, and Touch-A-Tractor located in the Arena area! Stop by the GRD table for a craft. Infirmary Mound Park. FREE

Saturday October 12,  2019 from noon-4:00 PM

FREE Hands-on events for your young children. This is an opportunity for children to get up close to tractors of all kinds.  This event will happen during the Fall Harvest Moon Festival at Infirmary Mound Park. Touch, climb and explore!

Saturday October 19 from 11AM – noon Fall 2019
Fall is full of fabulous fun. As the change of season comes, families are invited to come explore at Spring Valley Nature Preserve. Enjoy an exciting time of fun and adventure as we explore. Dress for the weather and plan to get wet.  Spring Valley Nature Preserve. FREE

Saturday Oct 19 from 5 – 9 PM
Crack the case! Play the role of detective. If you are a fan of mystery or suspense novels, you can step into one and become a detective yourself. Bring finger food to share and unleash your inner detective as we come together to solve the mystery. McPeek Lodge. FREE but Pre-Register by 10/17

Ages: 3-6 w/Adult
Fanchion Lewis Park 1357 Jones Rd
Monday October 28 10:30AM 
Bring your little naturalist out for this fun hands-on class that explores the nature around us. Investigate parks near to home and experience a side of Granville you may not have known. FREE

GHOST S’MORIES – Grades: 7-12

Saturday Oct. 29 from 7:00-8:30PM
We’re headed to McPeek Lodge for an evening of spooky stories that will send chills up your spine. Enjoy s’mores while our storyteller weaves spooky tales around the campfire. Brought to you by Granville Public Library & GRD. McPeek Lodge. FREE 

Ages: 3-6 w/Adult
Sugarloaf 411 W Broadway
Friday November 8, 10:30AM  
Bring your little naturalist out for this fun hands-on class that explores the nature around us. Investigate parks near to home and experience a side of
Granville you may not have known. FREE

Saturday November 23, 2019
Gingerbread House Workshops Ages: 5-7, 8-10, Family & Adults Children of  all ages are invited to build and decorate their own North Pole themed 
“gingerbread” house to have on display during the Candlelight Walking Tour. Create your house without the mess at home, supplies included. Robbins Hunter Museum.
Session 01: Ages: 5-7 from 10-11AM                 $15 (R), $35 (NR)
Session 02: Ages: 8-10 from 12:30-1:30PM      $20 (R), $40 (NR)
Session 03: Family/Adult from 2-3:30PM         $25 (R), $45 (NR)
Register by 11/16 (all sessions)

ELVES AT THE MUSEUM – Ages: 3-6 (accompanied by an adult)
Saturday November 30, 10:00-11:00AM
FREE but preregistration required.
There has been some mischief at the Robbins Hunter Museum! These mystical elves are sure to delight your preschooler as we tour the museum. Participants will also make a craft, hear a story and view the gingerbread houses.

Elf On The Run Adventure Santa’s Elves will land in Granville this December. Children of all ages can pick up their North Pole Pass at any participating business or will receive through their school as a guide for the elf hunt. The scavenger hunt begins December 1st and will include fun, treats and prizes along the way until all of Santa’s Elves return to the North Pole on Christmas Eve. Find all the elves and enter your completed North Pole Pass into a drawing for prizes by December 30th.

December 2019

Parents take a photo with your household Elf showing us what they have been up to. Submit your mischievous or nice elf photos via email to info@granvillerec.org.
Submit your photos weekdays through December 21st. Votes will be tallied on Sundays with winners announced each Monday. Highest number of photo “LIKES” wins! Weekly prize awarded.

Date/Time: Saturday December 14, 2019 from 10:00-11:00 AM
Where: Robbins Hunter Museum, 221 East Broadway, Granville, OH 43023
Register: by December 1 @ www.granvillerec.org, Minimum 6, Maximum 16
Held in cooperation with the Robbins Hunter Museum. Come tour the museum decorated in its holiday finery.  Enjoy crafts and hear the story of the Gingerbread Man! Limited seating; register early! 

Date: Saturday December 14th, 2019 begins at 6:00PM

For Granville Residents &
Members Of The Licking County Community  Center

Fee: FREE ( open to Granville residents & members of the Granville Senior Center) Where: St. Edwards Catholic Church,785 Newark Granville Road, Granville, OH 43023 Details: Seniors enjoy a holiday dinner and musical entertainment. Register: Pre-registration is required by calling the Licking County Community Center, 740-587-1333.

2019 Gingerbread Competition
Ages: All
Celebrating 12 years! We challenge you to come up with a North Pole inspired gingerbread creation this year. As you finish Thanksgiving dinner with your family, put your thinking caps on and start your gingerbread creation. Entries will be on display at the Robbins Hunter Museum during the Candlelight Walking Tour, December 7th.
RULES/REGISTRATION: Download form here or pick up a copy at museum.
ENTRY DROP-OFF: December 5 from 1-4PM (or by appointment) at the Robbins Hunter Museum (enter through side door across from the library).
ENTRY FEE: Registration Form & Fee must accompany entry.
JUDGING: December 6th. Robbins Hunter Museum
Professional; $5, Adult; $5, Family; $5, Teen 13-17; $4, Youth 9-12; $3, 8 and under; FREE

Sunday,  January 19, 2020
Popcorn is a time-honored treat can be sweet or savory, caramelized, buttered or plain, molded into a candied ball or tossed with nuts and chocolate. In the mid 1800’s peanuts and molasses started being added to popcorn calling it Cracker Jacks. One can always find Cracker Jacks served at baseball games, the great American pastime and can you imagine going to the movies without getting buttered popcorn? Americans consume 13 million quarts of popcorn a year. So enjoy some popcorn your favorite way on January 19th! Watch for the GRD Staff as they may surprise you with popcorn the week of January 13th!

CUP CHALLENGE: Grades: 3-6
Monday January 20, 2020 from NOON-2:00 PM 
Grab your friends and take on the challenge of 12 packed fun solo cup games. Put your brains to the challenge, test your skills and see if you can
conquer the challenge! Granville High School, Commons. FREE
No Registration Required

BITS – N – PIECES: Ages: All (8 & under w/Adult)
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 from 4:00-8:00 PM  
Stop by the Granville Public Library and make a craft out of puzzle pieces to
celebrate National Puzzle Day. These make and take items include puzzle picture frames, ……and more! Submit your name for a drawing for a new puzzle. Free, no registration required.

Monday, February 17, 2020 4:00 -6:00 PM 
Schools out for the day, come enjoy a winter wonderland at our sock skate
rink and skate in your socks! Fun lights, hot cocoa and a DJ will be there to add to the fun. NOTE: GRD Staff will supervise event. Children grades 1-6
may attend without an adult but must sign in. Kindergartners must be
accompanied by an adult. Granville Intermediate School, Multipurpose Room. FREE
No Registration Required

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Leap day as a concept has existed for more than 2000 years and it is still associated with age-old customs, folklore, and superstition. A Leap Day,
February 29, is added to the calendar during leap years. This extra day makes the year 366 days long – not 365 days, like a common year and are needed to keep our calendar in alignment with the Earth’s revolutions around the Sun. Leap Day is also associated with frogs! Try your hand at this origami frog. View directions here, https://origami.guide/origami-animals/origami-frogs/origami-jumping-frog.

TAKE A LOOK INSIDE A BOOK: Ages: All (children under 10 with adult)
Saturday March 7, 2020 from 4:00-5:00 PM 
Come meet an author and an illustrator, of a children’s book series! There will be an author reading and illustration demonstration. Let’s all wear our pajamas, enjoy hot cocoa and have a swell time. Optional book purchase and signing. Author: Sarah Chaulk, Illustrator: Vicki Moon Spiegel
Granville Public Library. FREE. No registration required


Gingerbread House Contest Rules & Entry Form

Gingerbread & Royal Icing Recipes

Friday March 27, 2020 from Noon to 3:00 PM
Ages: 8+
Youth Art Month is a celebration of the visual arts. Student exhibitions, public artworks, art festivals and school events raise awareness and support the visual arts. To celebrate our young artists, the GRD is going to host a sidewalk chalk event on Friday, March 22nd. Let your artistic side take over as we use the downtown sidewalks as our canvas.
NOTE: Weather Dependent. Downtown Granville, Meet at Opera House Park. FREE but must Pre-register by 3/20

Saturday April 11, 2020 Promptly at 11:00 AM
Where: Bryn Du Mansion Front Lawn
Details: Be sure to bring an Easter basket for your eggs and a camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny! This event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome.
GO EGG HUNT – for children with developmental disabilities

All ages
Saturday April 11, 2020 Promptly at 10:00 AM
Where: Wildwood Playground
Fee: FREE, children with disabilities, all ages
This egg hunt is for children with any disability. Eggs will be hidden on Wildwood Playground, which will be closed to the public for the event. Be sure to bring an Easter basket for your eggs and a camera for pictures with the Easter Bunny!

Sunday – May 3 – 9, 2020 Events All Week
Visit the other organizations participating to see the events they will be offering.
Outdoor Adventures – Turn Your Screen Off Week Kick-Off
Sunday May 3, 2020at Infirmary Mound Park from 12:00 – 4:00 PM Outdoor Adventures will be the kickoff celebration of the week. With a rock climbing wall, canoe and kayak opportunities, a mini disc golf course, cyclocross, archery, crafts, outdoor skills courses, and more! All activities are FREE!
Bike To School Day
Wednesday May 6, 2020
Grades: K-3 As part of National Bike To School Day, GES students and their parents are invited to gather in the Bryn Du Mansion parking lot at 8AM and bike to school starting at 8:20PM. Sponsored by Granville Schools & GRD. Starting at Bryn Du Mansion. FREE
The Annual Great Granville Garage Sale
Saturday, May 2, 2020
All proceeds benefit The Licking County Coalition for Housing The Great Granville Garage Sale is open for festivities and bargain hunters on Saturday, May 4. We invite you to take part in the fun and help raise funds for the Licking County Coalition for Housing. For information on how to participate go to www.granvillegaragesale.com.