Special Events

Saturday June 29, 2019 from 10:00AM – noon
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!

Celebrate Picnic Month In July!
Don’t forget the camera to save the memories. Post your picnic photos on our FACEBOOK.
There is something about summer that makes you want to go outside and have fun with the family. Fresh air stirs the appetite. Fresh fruits and vegetables are in abundance at local farmers markets and in your gardens. So grab your picnic baskets, pack them up and head out for a picnic with family and friends to celebrate National Picnic Month.

Lollipop Day
Date/Time: Saturday, July 20, 2019 / 9:30-11:30AM @ Wildwood Playground
National Lollipop Day, is an annual observation of this popular and flavorful treat. Ever delightful and sweet, lollipops have been satisfying the sweet tooth for generations and possibly for centuries. As early as the 1860s lollipops were sold in various forms, but it wasn’t until 1908 that George Smith gave lollipops an official 20th-century story. He gets credit for inventing the modern style lollipop and in 1931 trademarked the name which he claims came from his favorite racing horse, Lolly Pops. Join the GRD staff for some lollipop fun and of course one to take home with you!

Watermelon Day
Date/Time: Saturday, August 3, 4-6PM
Where: Wildwood Shelter House
Enjoy a slice of Watermelon today and celebrate with the rest of the country. Watermelon is 92% water, which is why it is so satisfying in the summer heat. They can grow enormous, The Guinness Book of World Records states that the heaviest watermelon weighed 262 pounds! Bring the family and join the GRD staff for some watermelon games including a seed spitting contest, or just stop by for a slice of that cool summertime treat.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
Date: Sunday, August 4th, 2019
Make your favorite chocolate chip cookies and throw some extra chocolate chips into the mix!
On this National Chocolate Chip cookie Day, we have to thank Ruth Graves Wakefield for chocolate chips. If she had never wondered what chunks of chocolate would taste like mixed into a sugar cookie dough, we would never know how delicious a warm chocolate chip cookie melting on our tongue tastes. No, if it weren’t for Ruth Graves Wakefield, entire generations would have been denied the bliss that is a chocolate chip cookie.


KIWANIS  4th of JULY CELEBRATION,  July 3 – 6, 2019
Granville Recreation District Activities are below
GRD Bingo Date/Time: July 3 & 6, 6:00-10:00 pm Where: Tent at Opera House Park, Broadway and Main Street in Granville. Cards are 25 cents each and proceeds benefit the Granville Senior Center.
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

Date/Time: Monday, July 15, 2019 12:00 Lunch, 12:30 Bingo
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


PLAY AT THE PARK – FREE! All Ages! (under 8 accompanied by an adult)
Summer 2019

  • Windy Day Fun!
    Wednesday, June 12 Anytime 10:00am-noon by Wildwood Playground
    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.
  • Bubbles, Bubbles, Bubbles…
    Thursday, July 11 Anytime 10:00am-noon by Wildwood Playground
    Stop by Wildwood Playground 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!
  • Giant Games
    Tuesday August 13 10:00am – noon by Wildwood Playground
    Join the GRD staff and play with our collection of giant games, checkers, Connect 4, cards and more!
  • Firefly Fireworks
    Thursday August 15 from 8:30-9:30PM
    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. Fine Arts Quad, Lower Campus of Denison University, West Broadway, Granville.


Kids To Parks Day
Date: 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.

Hug Your Cat Day
Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Post your favorite cat pic to our Facebook page today!
We know you’ve showed everyone a multitude of pictures of your cat, but today’s practically a mandate to show the world another picture of your feline friend! It’s Hug Your Cat Day! The best way to celebrate is to scoop that kitty up and smile for the camera. So grab your kitty BFF and celebrate with us!

Doughnut Day
Date/Time: Friday June 7, 2019, 10am- Noon
Where: Bryn Du Mansion, Parking Lot
Each year the first Friday in June is National Doughnut or Donut Day. Not only does this day celebrate the doughnut, it celebrates the memory honors the Salvation Army Lassies, the women that served doughnuts to soldiers during WWI. Officers from the Granville Police Department will be
there to celebrate this day with us.

Brothers & Sisters Day
Date: Thursday May 2, 2019
This Throw-Back-Thursday share on the GRD Facebook page a favorite siblings memory. They’ve been there for you during your good times. They haven’t left your side through the bad. Of course, there were probably times where you couldn’t stand the sight of each other. Who doesn’t get into fights over a piece of gum or a borrowed piece of clothing. Yes, National Brothers and Sisters Day is May 2nd, reach out, call and connect with those very important brother and sisters and let them know what they mean to you.


Thanks to our 2019 sponsor The Granville Parent Co-op Nursery School
Date/Time: Saturday April 20, 2019 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

Thanks to our 2019 sponsor The Granville Parent Co-op Nursery School
Date/Time: Saturday April 20, 2019 Promptly at 1:00 PM
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 April 28 – May 4, 2019   
       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 28th, 2019 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!
  •  Bike To School Day
    Wednesday May 1, 2019
    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 4, 2019
    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.


INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY                                              October 10, 2018
Date/Time: Wednesday, October 10, 2018, 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 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.

October 13, from 1:00-4:00 PM 2018
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 27, 2018
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.

Winter 2019
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. 1, 2019 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, 2019 from 10:00 – 11:00 AM at McPeek Lodge. FREE but registration is required. Register by 3/2.

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 2019
Sunday February 10th  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

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 2nd 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 29th.
2018 Gingerbread Competition
Ages: All

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.

Age: 4 – 7 (accompanied by an adult)
Date/Time: Saturday December 8, 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! 

For Granville Residents & Members Of The Granville Senior Center
Date: Saturday December 8th, 2018
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.

 2018 Gingerbread Competition
Ages: All
Celebrating 11 years! We challenge you to come up with an elf 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 1st.
RULES/REGISTRATION: Download form granvillerec.org or pick up a copy at museum.
ENTRY DROP-OFF: November 29th, 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: November 30th. Robbins Hunter Museum
Adult; $5, Family; $5, Teen 13-17; $4, Youth 9-12; $3, 8 and under; FREE

Gingerbread House Contest Rules & Entry Form

Gingerbread & Royal Icing Recipes

November 2018
Session 01 Kids: Ages 5 – 7 November 17, 10:00AM-11:00AM
sion 02 Kids: Ages 8- 10: November 17, 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 17,  2:00 – 3:30 PM
We will provide participant with the pre-made house ready for decorating.
Registration Deadline: Saturday November 15, 2018

Ages: 3-6 (accompanied by an adult)
Saturday November 24, 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.

Winter 2019

Ages: All
(children 10 and under with adult)
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
Session 01: College Town House, Sunday 1/27 from 4-5PM
Session 02: Granville Library  Tuesday  2/26 from 6-7PM
No registration required