A Planned Leisure Activities for Youth Day is to take place 1-2 p.m. July 13 at Hedges-Boyer Park.
PLAY Days include organized games, crafts and activities for children in neighborhood parks. Parents, grandparents or childcare providers are encouraged to participate and should stay with children during activities.
For more information, visit www.tiffinparks.com or call (419) 448-5408.
Tom Sawyer Days starts 1-3 p.m. today at Tiffin University Nature Preserve and continues Fridays, July 13, 20 and 27. Kids ages 6-12 can learn what Tom Sawyer did for fun as a youth and have a new adventure each week. Participants can read about Tom's adventures and then re-create them by building a raft, white-washing a fence, fishing and other activities.
Young Adventurers ages 6-12 can go questing at 6 p.m. July 17 at Steyer Nature Preserve. Following and deciphering clues are to lead participants to discoveries.
"Meet Me at the Cabin" topic is wrap basket-making at 6 p.m. July 16 at White Star Cabin, 5013 CR 65, Gibsonburg. Join Linda Rose under the shade of the old maple tree to learn the art of wrap basket-making.
Bring a cotton clothesline, material to be cut into 1-inch strips, scissors, needle and thread. Registration is required by calling (419) 334-4495.
Families are invited to a beach party at White Star Beach noon-8 p.m. July 19 at 925 S. Main St., Gibsonburg. Pirate fun with treasure hunting, balloon toss and other games is to be available noon-4 p.m.
Young anglers ages 5-13 with an adult companion and fishing equipment are invited to Riverbend Recreation Area's Giertz Lake for fishing 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, rain or shine.
In addition to fishing, a variety of demonstrations are planned, including knot tying, live bait rigging and lure making. Pop and hot dogs will be provided.
Riverbend is at 16618 TR 208, off SR 568 to TR 241, east of Findlay.
Learn more about long-legged wading birds at a free program at 7 p.m. July 12 at the Discovery Center at Oakwoods Nature Preserve. Find out which ones are native to northwest Ohio and their similarities and differences.
Register by Tuesday at (419) 425-7275 or emailing hpdparks@
The preserve is at 1400 Oakwoods Lane, off West Sandusky Street off CR 144, west of Findlay.
Girls ages 7-12 can step back in time to the 1970s 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. July 13 during an American Girl tea to celebrate Julie, a new American Girl.
Girls should bring their dolls and an adult companion. Guests can enjoy 1970s-era music as they create funky crafts and eat foods Julie would have enjoyed. One adult is required for every two children.
Register with $5 per person by Tuesday. Litzenberg Memorial Woods is west of Findlay, at 6100 US 224.
A "Bug Bonanza" is planned noon-3 p.m. July 14 at Lowe-Volk Park, 2401 SR 598, Bucyrus. Look at bugs, hold bugs, hold a tarantula, eat a chocolate-covered ant or just learn about the buggy world.
Lowe-Volk Park is 3 miles north of US 30.
A Viewing the Night Sky program is planned for 9:30 p.m. July 14 at Lowe-Volk Park. Join volunteer Dan Everly and members of Richland Astronomical Society as they share knowledge and telescope skills with all who are interested in celestial sights.
Bring a telescope or allow volunteers to assist with those provided.
For more information, call (419) 683-9000 or visit www.crawfordparkdistrict.org.