Free Family Fun at the Glen

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Looking for a fun, family-friendly way to get outside and enjoy a summer evening? Pack up the kids and grab a blanket or chairs and visit Lake MetroParks Penitentiary Glen outdoor amphitheater for a free performance under the stars. With music, theater, puppets and story time, you’ll find something for everyone at the Glen this summer.

Plan ahead and bring a picnic to share before the performance, or purchase snacks or drinks at the park’s Nature Store. (Please note that alcoholic beverages are only permitted on site for the concerts and Shakespeare Festival.)

While you’re at the park, make time to hike some of the 8.5 miles of trails. The Nature Center and Wildlife Yard behind the Wildlife Center will be open during the performances, as well. The park is open from 6 am until 11 pm every day.

On Friday, July 10, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., listen to big band music by the Prime Time Big Band. On Sunday, July 19, from 7 – 9 p.m., watch as the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival performs ‘The Merchant of Venice.” Children of all ages will enjoy watching the puppet shows on Wednesdays, July 29 and August 5 from 7 – 8 p.m., where the themes will be ‘On Frog Jump Pond’ and ‘A Noisy August Night,’ respectively.

Later in August, on Friday, August 14, ‘Celtic Union’ will perform their blend of Celtic and Civil War music from 7 – 8 p.m. The trio of vocalist musicians plays guitar, banjo, harmonica, pennywhistle and a traditional Celtic drum called a bodhran. Although they include some instrumental pieces, the majority of the performance is sung and they encourage listeners to sing along, or even get up and dance, if their music inspires it.

The final event of the season is a Family Story Time on Friday, August 21, from 7 – 8:30 p.m., providing one last chance to hang out with your kids under the stars, surrounded by nature.

So, pack up your picnic basket, slip on your hiking shoes and soak up the outdoors this season. Don’t forget your bug repellant. And, don’t worry – events are held indoors in case of inclement weather, so your plans won’t require a rain check!

Penitentiary Glen is located 8668 Kirtland-Chardon Road in Kirtland. For more information or directions, click here.

Gabe Arnold
Author: Gabe Arnold