Youth Programs


Trick or Treat Street

Saturday, October 30, 2021 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Ellenwood Center, 124 Ellenwood Avenue

This year’s Trick or Treat Street is completely outdoors at Ellenwood Center. Kids will receive a pumpkin and a Halloween craft to go.

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 120 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.

Facial coverings are encouraged.  Date, times, fees subject to change without notification.

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

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Hip Hop Dance for Kids

Grades K-3 & 4-8. This program is a fusion of hip hop dance moves to different genres of music. We will learn choreography, adaptability, and add our own personality to movements as well. There will be a performance for parents at the last class.

Instructor: Simeon Fuller
Location: Ellenwood Center Room 3
Grades K-3 6:00-6:45pm
Grades 4-8 7:00-8:00pm

Session I
Dates: Wednesdays, September 22, 29,
October 6, 13, 20
Fee: $55 resident/ $65 non-resident

Session II
Dates: Wednesdays, November 3, 10, 17, December 1, 8 (no class 11/24)
Fee: $55 resident/$65 non-resident

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Foil Fencing

Learn the fundamentals of foil fencing. Swordsmanship has been practiced for centuries. First, it was to train for combat - the duel. Now, it is FUN and SAFE! Fencing improves hand-eye coordination, agility, dexterity, and stamina, as well as develops social skills and manners. Class includes stretching, footwork, lunges, attack, parry-riposte, strategy, tactics, techniques and bouting. All equipment is provided.

Grades 2-6
Instructor: Tom Nagy, Head Coach ON TARGET Fencing Team, Member of USFA
Location: Ellenwood Center Room 3

Session I
Dates: Fridays February September 17, 24,
October 8, 15, 22, 29 (No Class October 1)
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Fee: $49 resident/$59 non-resident

Session II
Dates: Fridays November 5, 12, 19,
December 3, 10, 17
Time: 6:30-8:00 PM
Fee: $49 resident/$59 non-resident

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Junior GameBOT Club

Grades 1-3. Want to make video games? Love building with LEGO® bricks? This club is for you! Learn how to create video games using Scratch, free software from MIT that you can use at home long after the class. Bring a flash drive to save your project. Then, we'll bring the action to life as we build and program LEGO® WeDo® robots to go with our game. We'll have a different theme with new games, robots and adventures for each 4 week session.
Instructor: Gigalearn
Location: Ellenwood Center Room 1
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Dates: Wednesdays, September 22, 29, October 6, 13
Fee: $49 resident/ $59 non-resident

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GameBOT Club

Grades 4-8. Learn to code as you create video games and program LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Robots. Over multiple sessions we'll follow student interests to explore options such as Alice 3D animation, Python, JavaScript and Robot C. No prior programming experience necessary.
Instructor: Gigalearn
Location: Ellenwood Center Room 1
Time: 6:00-7:00 pm
Dates: Wednesdays, October 20, 27 November 3, 10
Fee: $49 resident/ $59 non-resident

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Chagrin Valley Roller Rink Learn-to-Skate

The Chagrin Valley Roller Rink offers a 6-week program consisting of 5 classes that will teach you the basics of roller skating or rollerblading, such as: Starting, Stopping, Gliding, Striding, Squatting, Marching, Scissors, Crosses and so much more! The 6th lesson is a fun time skate and a chance for the students to showcase their skills. Rental skates are included in the registration fee. Lessons are held at Chagrin Valley Roller Rink, 7151 South Main Street, Chagrin Falls.

*Note, lessons will be cancelled if Kenston, Solon, Aurora or Orange Schools are cancelled due to weather.

Bedford Resident $50 per participant per session
Non-resident $55 per participant per session

Covid-19 protocols will be followed.

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Esports Leagues

Bedford Parks & Recreation is excited to announce that we will be offering esport leagues for youth and adults! Create teams, show off your gaming skills, and become a local legend!

For one price of $30, get access to all of your favorite esports leagues! The fall season pass allows you to play in as many leagues as you’d like, all for the price of one! Leagues are 6 weeks long with 5 weeks of season play and 1 week of playoffs. Season begins the week of October 4.

Featuring games:

Madden 21 for Xbox and PS4 - Mondays
Fortnite - Tuesdays (Solo) & Fridays (Duos)
Rocket League - Wednesdays (1v1 and 3v3)
Super Smash Brothers Ultimate - Thursdays

Age Divisions Offered & League Times:
Youth 8-12 years old; 7:00 pm
Teens 13-18 years old; 8:00 pm
Adults 18+ years old; 9:00 pm

Fee: $30 per player
Registration ends September 22

Fee includes Fall Esports Pass for all your favorite games. Enter into unlimited Ohio Leagues! Participants are responsible for providing video game, gaming system, and high speed internet.   What else does the Fall Season Pass include?  Request scrimmage with other players. GGLeague's resource library on a variety of different topics within esports. Access to other fun events through GGLeagues. Prizes for top team include in-game currency and GGLeagues champion shirt and medal.

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Art with Purpose

Art With Purpose offers purposeful guidance, direction and encouragement. Students will be instructed to:
heighten their sensitivity
creatively respond to challenges
strengthen problem solving skills
practice decision making
explore new medias & methods
develop artistic skills
follow projects through to their rewarding culmination

Classes are designed to help the student; see like an artist, do art, appreciate art, and develop a highly active brain. "I am dedicated to my students and have planned an exciting purposeful program. I believe those who participate will benefit from this program. It is my privilege to once again team up with the Bedford Parks & Recreation Department as they offer exciting opportunities for our residents to build relationships, and skills." Tina Stradiot, instructor and long-time resident of Bedford.

Our program requires in-depth involvement and sequential growth.

Instructor: Tina Stradiot
Location: Ellenwood Center Room 10
Grades K-5 5:45-6:45 pm
Grades 4-8 7:00-8:00 pm
Grade 11+ & Adults 8:15-9:15 pm

Dates: Wednesdays, September 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13, 20, 27, November 3
Fee: $25 resident/ $35 non-resident

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American Red Cross Babysitting

The American Red Cross Babysitting course provides universal skills and techniques that every babysitter should have. Topics include: Basic Care for Infants and Children, Basic First Aid, Child Behavior, Age-Appropriate Activities, Emergency Protocols, Professionalism, Leadership, and Growing Your Business. Bring a snack and drink/water bottle.

Grades: 6-12
Instructor: Sarah Gnoddie, Recreation Coordinator & ARC Instructor

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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.

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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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