Special Events


WINTER TRACKS – Ages 3 – 6 
Winter 2018
Children will explore animal tracks and make and compare tracks of their own in a book they can take home with them.
Thursday January 18 from drop in between 10:00 – 12:00 AM, 
Spring Valley Nature Preserve, Free

Winter 2018
Sunday January 21 from 1:00 – 2:00 PM
Join us at Spring Valley Nature Preserve for a fun hike! On the hike we will learn about the history of the property and local fauna as we look for tracks and other signs that animals leave behind. Come spend the afternoon with your family and find out why Spring Valley is one of our local natural treasures! End the hike with hot chocolate and s’mores!
No Registration Required

Winter 2018
Take a hike to see what the halfway point of winter looks like. Does anything still look dead? Can you find the signs of impending spring? Learn “weather lore” and explore the forest as we decide “will spring be here soon”? Also make a craft and enjoy a snack. 
Ages 3 – 5. Friday Feb. 2, 2018 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM. McPeek Lodge.
Free but pre-registration is required.

Winter 2018
Celebrate the day by creating something special for your Valentine. 
Monday February 12, 2018 at McPeek Lodge, Drop in between 10:00AM – noon. FREE no registration required

Winter 2018
Celebrate the Irish holiday with stories and crafts. You don’t have to be Irish to join in the fun. Wear your green! Enjoy a yummy snack too. Friday March 9, 2018 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at McPeek Lodge. FREE but registration is required. Register by 3/2.


Easter Egg Hunt
Thanks to our 2017 sponsor The Granville Parent Co-op Nursery School
Date/Time: Saturday April 15, 2017 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.

Turn Your Screen Off Week Events with the GRD
Sunday April 30 – May 6, 2017           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 April 30th, 2017 at 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!
  • Don’t Eat The Daisies! Ages: 3-5 
    Monday May 1 from 10AM – Noon at McPeek Lodge
    Get ready for May Day. Join us and make your very own May Day baskets. Fill them with fresh flowers to take with you. Share with family and friends or hang on your door as a special way to celebrate this spring day. Join us anytime between 10AM-12PM!
  • Bike To School Day
    Wednesday May 3, 2017
    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 Eighth Annual Great Granville Garage Sale
    Saturday, May 6, 2017
    All proceeds benefit The Licking County Coalition for Housing The Great Granville Garage Sale is open for festivities and bargain hunters on Saturday, May 6. 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. The GRD will be hosting a used sports equipment sale at Raccoon Valley Park from 9:00 – 1:00PM as part of the Great Granville Garage Sale (see below).
  • Gently Used Sports Equipment Sale
    Saturday May 6th
    Clean out your garage! Soccer shoes too small, too many gloves, not skiing or playing golf anymore, rollerblades and Frisbees everywhere…then please donate to our Sports Equipment Swap. Any piece of equipment you are not using someone else might need. · Items may be dropped off Monday – Friday, May 1 – 5 in the donation bins located in the front hallway at each of the Granville Schools or bring to the GRD Office during office hours. · Then, shop for donated items during the Great Granville Garage Sale 9:00AM – 1:00PM on May 6th. We will be located under a white tent by the playground at Raccoon Valley Park. · Proceeds will go to the GRD Financial Assistance Program.

May 2017
Children’s Hike Up Sugarloaf
Date/Time: Friday, May 26, 9:30 – 10:30AM
Where: Meet at Opera House Park, Broadway and Main Street in Granville
Details: A pirate buried treasure under a giant boulder atop Sugarloaf in 1805 — or so the legend goes. Every year, on the day after school ends, Granville children try to move the boulder to secure their fortune. Hikers get an ice cream coupon if treasure is not found.

June 2017
Covered In Color 5K All Ages:
All Last year, on a beautiful Saturday morning in June a hundred plus participants experienced the second GRD Covered In Color 5K Run. Don’t miss out on the fun this year, you are encouraged to come in costume and get “covered in color”! Families welcome! Granville, Ohio, starting at the Granville Middle School

Bluecoats Drum & Bugle Corps
Date/Time: Tuesday, June 6, 7:00-7:30 PM
Where: Denison University – Deeds Field, Rain location The Mitchell Center
Details: The BlueCoats are a music education organization made up of 150 young men and women between the ages of 15 and 22. The BlueCoats were founded in 1972 and are based in Canton, Ohio. The BlueCoats travel over 10,000 miles and compete in about 30 performances each summer as participants in Drum Corps International’s annual tour. Before the BlueCoats hit the road they hold spring training for a month at Denison. They have asked to perform for Granville residents who have made them feel so welcome here for the past ten years.

SpokesKIDS Jr. Bike Ride
Grades: PreK – 3
Date: July 29, 2017, 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 27th. 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 29th @ 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

FUN IN THE PARKS – FREE! All Ages! (under 8 accompanied by an adult)
Summer 2017

  • Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles…
    June 29 Anytime 10:00am-noon (Wildwood Park Shelter)
    Stop by Wildwood Park and enjoy some time playing with bubbles. Small and large, bubbles are a fun way to spend playing on a warm summer day. Come ready to get wet and have fun with us!
  • Windy Day Fun!
    August 10 Anytime 10:00am-noon (Wildwood Park Shelter)
    Windy days are great for flying kites and windsocks, hearing wind chimes, and watching pinwheels spin. Participants will make their very own windy day project to take with them.
  • Pocket Full Of Love Rocks!
    Wednesday 6/28 Anytime 10am – noon
    Thursday 7/6 Anytime 10am – noon
    Tuesday 8/8 Anytime 10am – noon
    Inspired by a mother who lost her children, she started the Love Rock revolution! Join us as we take part in the revolution spreading Love and Joy in Granville and the world one rock at a time at our free workshop! Supplies will be on site or bring your own. For more information about this story visit, www.love-rocks.org  . Wildwood Park Shelter
  • Origami
    Tuesday 6/27 Anytime 10am – noon
    Wednesday 7/19 Anytime 10am – noon
    Wednesday 8/9 Anytime 10am – noon
    Imagine that square piece of paper turning into an animal, a flower, a box or something that moves. This is the timeless appeal of origami, the Japanese art of paper folding. Origami has been captivating people and holding them spellbound for more than a thousand years. It’s believed that by folding, decorating and playing with paper you cultivate your creativity and spark your imagination. Join us for this fun workshop and easily master the techniques of origami. Granville Elementary School, Multi-Purpose Room
  • Firefly Fireworks
    Tuesday 8/15 7:30-9PM
    Explore the fascinating world of brilliant bugs during our firefly watch. We’ll begin the our evening shedding a little light on the secret life of fireflies, while making firefly containers to catch and hold some of these fascinating bugs, then begin our quest at dusk and watch the night time magic begin as thousands of fireflies rise from the park. All ages are welcome. Flashlights recommended. Raccoon Valley Park, meet by the bike path bridge.

Touch A Truck – Ages: All

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!
Sunday May 21 from 1:00 – 3:00PM –  Service and Construction Vehicles

Kiwanis 4th of July Celebration,  July 1 – 4, 2017
Granville Recreation District Activities are below
GRD Bingo Date/Time: July 1 & 3, 6:00-10:00 pm Where: Tent at Opera House Park, Broadway and Main Street in Granville
Mile Long 4th of July Parade Date/Time: July 4, 10:45AM Where: Along Broadway in downtown Granville Fee: FREE
GRD Games For All Ages Date/Time: July 4, 2:00-3:30pm Where: Grandstand at the street fair, downtown Granville Fee: FREE Details: All Ages

GRD Senior Box Lunch Bingo
Date/Time: Monday, July 17, 12:00 Lunch, 12:30 Bingo
Where: Granville Senior Center
Details: Seniors can enjoy a box lunch while they play bingo for prizes. Register by calling the Granville Senior Center. 740-587-1333.

October 5, 2016
International Walk to School Day – 20th Anniversary!
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 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.  The 2013 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 o encourage fitness, togetherness and a feeling of small-town community.  It will be held rain or shine.

October 14, from 1:00-4:00 PM 2017
Touch A Truck –  Tractors
Ages: Al l,
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 October 21, 2017
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 10/21 from 10:00 AM-1:00PM.

November 2017
Gingerbread House Workshop – 2017
Session 01 Kids: Ages 5 – 7 November 18, 10:00AM-11:00AM
sion 02 Kids: Ages 8- 10: November 18, 12:30AM-1:30PM
Children will be instructed how to build and decorate their own “gingerbread” house to have on display at the Gingerbread Festival during the Candlelight Walking Tour in Granville.  There will even be a special category for these houses!  All supplies included.

Session 03 Families and Adults: November 18,  2:00 – 3:30 PM
We will provide participant with the pre-made house ready for decorating.

To enter in the Gingerbread House Contest, click here for the rules and entry form.

Registration Deadline: Saturday November 11, 2017

Elves At The Museum
Ages: 3-6 (accompanied by an adult)
Saturday November 25, 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.

Gingerbread House Extravaganza – 2017
Gingerbread House contest held in cooperation with the Robbins Hunter Museum. Contest rules and registration forms are available on the GRD website at www.granvillerec.org or at the museum. Judging will take place December 1st. Drop off entries November 30, 1:00 – 4:00PM (or by appointment) at the Robbins Hunter Museum. Enter through side door across from the library. Registration form and fee must accompany entry. Houses will be displayed at the Robbins Hunter Museum during the Candlelight Walking Tour on December 2nd.

Entry Fee:  $10/professional, $5/adult, $4/teen (13-17),  $3/youth(9-12), FREE Child (8 and under) Group (3 or more) $5

Where: Robbins Hunter Museum, 221 East Broadway, Granville, OH 43023 Register: No pre-registration needed, completed entry form and fee must accompany entry when delivered to the Robbins Hunter Museum.

Gingerbread House Contest Rules & Entry Form

Gingerbread & Royal Icing Recipes

Children’s Gingerbread Breakfast – 2017
Age: 4 – 7 (accompanied by an adult)
Date/Time: Saturday December 9, 10:00-11:00 AM
Where: Robbins Hunter Museum, 221 East Broadway, Granville, OH 43023
Register: by December 2 @ 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! 

Senior Holiday Dinner 2017
For Granville Residents & Members Of The Granville Senior Center
Date: Saturday December 9th, 2017
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 Granville Senior Center, 740-587-1333.