Youth Programs

Happy Halloween





Trick or Treat Street

Saturday, October 24, 2020 10:00 am - 1:00 pm Ellenwood Center, 124 Ellenwood Ave.

This year’s Trick or Treat Street is completely outdoors. Various community groups will have booths and pass out candy and treats to participants. Kids will also receive a Halloween craft to go and a pumpkin.

REGISTRATION: Begins October 1 (Bedford Residents Only)

Participants must register online at and will register for a specific time slot starting at 10:00 am. Registration will not be taken the day of the event.

Groups of no more than 10 will enter Trick or Treat Street at the registered time. Registration is limited to the first 90 participants.

FEES: $5 per adult, $2 per child age 0-12

Event is open to children ages 0-12 accompanied by one adult.  Please note that the fee for children ages 0-12 will appear as $5 however a discount will be applied at checkout to reduce the per child fee to $2.

COVID safety protocols will be enforced; i.e. social distancing, mandatory face coverings,
screenings, and waivers. Date, times, fees subject to change without notification

Questions please call Bedford Parks & Recreation at 440-735-6570.


Click Here to Register






Sunshine Grab & Go Bags

Register for a free bag of sunshine! Our Sunshine Bags include a craft, instructions, and additional extension activities to do at home. Each youth bag will also include a complimentary book from Cleveland’s Kids Book Bank. Limited supplies available. Check the week for drive-thru pickup times. If you cannot make a pickup time, please arrange a curbside appointment with Recreation staff.

These bags are free to Bedford children; registration is required. If you are interested in joining the Bedford Senior Club, please call 440-735-6570.

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September Sunshine

Drive-Thru Pick-up on Tuesday, September 15: 11:00-11:30am or 6:00-6:30pm

Leaf Suncatcher & Paperplate Scarecrow for ages 3-5

Color Your Own Scarecrow & Foam Fall Wreath for ages 6-8

Scratch Art Leaves & 3D Fall Garden for ages 9-14

October Sunshine

Drive-Thru Pick-up on Tuesday, October 13: 11:00-11:30am or 6:00-6:30pm

Spider Glasses & Color Your Own Hanging Skeleton for ages 3-5

Color Your Own Haunted House & Halloween Bracelets for ages 6-8

Candy Corn Tissue Paper & Sugar Skull Masks for ages 9-14

November Sunshine

Drive-Thru Pick-up on Tuesday, November 17: 11:00-11:30am or 6:00-6:30pm

Turkey Craft & Turkey Headband & Tail for ages 3-5

Turkey Craft & Cornucopia Door Sign for ages 6-8

Turkey Craft & Turkey Coaster for ages 9-14

December Sunshine

Drive-Thru Pick-up on Tuesday, December 8: 11:00-11:30am or 6:00-6:30pm

Gingerbread House Sticker Scene & Gingerbread Door Knob Hanger for ages 3-5

Gingerbread Ornament & Foam Gingerbread House for ages 6-8

Stitched Gingerbread Ornament & Foam Gingerbread House for ages 9-14


Fleece-Tied Throw Pillows 

Make your own no-sew, fleece throw pillow at home!   These fun throw pillows are cozy for home or can make a great handmade gift. Each kit includes polyester stuffing and pre-cut fleece.

Kits can be ordered at any time and scheduled for curbside pick-up throughout the fall season.

Avocado Kit (limit 12)

Football Kit (limit 7)

Peace Sign Kit (limit 11)

Christmas Snoopy Kit (limit 12)

Grinch Kit (limit 12)

All ages.  Adult assistance recommended for ages 8 and under.

Live Zoom Class (optional): Tuesday, December 8 7:00-7:45pm

Bedford Resident $10 per kit

Non-Bedford Resident $12 per kit

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Virtual Ellenwood Center

Virtual Ellenwood CenterEllenwood Center is VIRTUALLY open! We currently have "rooms" open to our youngest and oldest users.

Check out our Toddler and Preschool Room, Homework Resource Room, and Senior Center. These rooms are filled with links of resources, games, entertainment, health & wellness and other interactive, virtual activities.  Soon we will open our virtual Adult Education Center. Stay turned and check back, as content will be added.

Click Here to Visit!


StoryWalk at Ellenwood CenterStorywalk

Check out our new StoryWalk® on the trail behind Ellenwood Center! Walk the path of pages of the classic picture book "We're Going on a Bear Hunt" by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury.

This program is presented through a collaboration with the Southeast Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library, Friends of the Southeast Branch Library, and Bedford Parks and Recreation.

We want to see your StoryWalk® photos! Post them on social media with the hashtag #StoryWalk and tag @CuyahogaLib and @BedfordRecreation

Click Here to learn more about StoryWalk!


Bedford's Community Zoo

During the month of July, decorate your home, windows, porches and yards with an assortment of zoo animals! Spread some joy and fun through our town with a Community Zoo!

During this unprecedented pandemic of COVID-19, it is extremely important to find ways to be active to support mental and physical health. A Community Zoo is an opportunity to be creative and promote walking in our neighborhoods and downtown area. We want to support our community in having a healthy, active lifestyle even during social distancing.

Tag us on social media and add the hashtag #BedfordCommunityZoo
Facebook: @BedfordRecreation
Twitter: @BedfordRec
Instagram: @BedfordOHRec

Tag us and post your photos to social media with #BedfordCommunityZoo

Kids Bowl Free

Kids Bowl Free is a nationwide program that provides free games of bowling for kids all summer long. Registered kids receive 2 FREE GAMES of bowling each day of the KBF program, valued at over $500 per child!

Shoe rental charges may apply. Some bowling centers offer a summer shoe rental pass – check local bowling center for details. You could also purchase your own Bowling Shoes to use each year.

Step 1 – Find a participating bowling alley near you:

Step 2 – Complete the registration form. Note: You must use a valid email address

Step 3 – Each week, login to your account and print your weekly free bowling coupons. Note: You can also have your coupons emailed to you each week

Optional – You can also purchase a family pass which allows up to 4 adults to bowl with your kids.

Click here to find a participating bowling alley near you!


Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Bedford Parks & Recreation will be hiding geocaches at our local parks: Ellenwood, Greencroft, Taft, and Interstate. Geocache boxes come in all different sha pes and sizes and will be in a camouflaged container in a safe but non-intrusive place. When you find our cache, please do not take it with you. Write your name and date in the log. In a larger cache, if you are comfortable, you may take something but then that means you leave something to swap! Come prepared with a pencil or pen. Our caches will be available starting June 20!

Get out, get active and be one of the first to find our caches! For those seasoned trackers, help our four Travel Bugs go on their first adventures!

Download the app Geocaching by Groundspeak Inc. Create a login or link to your Google, Facebook, or Apple account. Turn on your location and you will immediately see dozens of geocaches within Bedford, especially within the Bedford Reservations.

Starting June 20, find our caches in local parks. Click here for details!

To learn more about Geocaching, visit

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