FACE Summer 2019 Activities List

July 7, 2019—Students haSummer activities logove been out of school for one month, but Shaker Heights Schools families can keep the fun (and learning) coming this summer by participating in any one of Northeast Ohio’s many summer activities—many of which are free! Also, be sure to check out events at Shaker’s own Van Aken District, including Movie Nights and writing workshops for kids.

The Family and Community Engagement Center has assembled a list of things to see, do and experience this summer, organized by theme/interest. We’ve even put together a sample week of activities for you! 

Summer Activities, by theme


  • Heritage Tourism Take a Hike Walking Tours: Take a Hike tours offers six free 90-minute walking tours of Cleveland neighborhoods, featuring actors and actresses portraying historic figures from Cleveland’s past. Tours available Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.

  • The Shaker Historical Society is located across from Horseshoe Lake on South Park Boulevard. Visit the Historical Society to learn more about the history of Shaker Heights, Warrensville Township and the surrounding areas.

Get Outside

The Arts


  • Visit the International Women's Air and Space Museum at Burke Lakefront Airport

  • Visit the Stearns Homestead in Parma, open weekends noon-4 p.m. Explore more than 48 acres at this working farm. Animals include horses, cows, goats, pigs, chickens and turkeys. 

  • NASA Glenn Research Center tours are open to U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents with a government-issued photo identification or a permanent resident card. Reservations are required. Registration for the August 10 tour opens July 10.


Camp Listings

  • Northeast Ohio Family offers a comprehensive listing of summer camp offerings around Northeast Ohio. Many openings are still available. Review the list here.

Sample Week of Activities

Monday: Free admission for Cuyahoga County residents on Mondays at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Tuesday: Beginning Sunday, July 7, the special exhibit “Medieval Monsters: Terrors, Aliens, Wonders” opens at the Cleveland Museum of Art. This exhibit is free!

Wednesday: Visit The Learning Center and the Money Museum at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. (Bank tours must be scheduled in advance.)

Thursday: Head back outside for a day at the beach and hear some live tunes from 6-9 p.m. at Edgewater Live. 

Friday: Starting Fridays, July 12, stay close to home for the Van Aken Beer Garden from 5-9 p.m. at the Van Aken District.

Saturday/Sunday: Cool off at Thornton Park pool!

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