At Mentor Parks & Recreation Department, we’re always working on a new program, special event or fun family activity. Check this section often to find out what’s new, what’s coming up and when to mark your calendar for our next exciting activity.
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Porcelain Treasures Show
Sunday, October 11, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wildwood Cultural CenterHand-Painted Porcelain Fine Art— Painted boxes, trays, jewelry, ornaments and other unique, one-of-a-kind porcelain gifts for sale; Painting demonstrations – Raffle prizes – Refreshments and more! Sponsored by Erie Shores Porcelain Artists and The City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center and Community Arts Commission. For information, call (440) 974-5735. Admission: $1
Pumpkin Derby Day
Saturday, October 10, 2 – 5 pm, Civic Center Park
ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, GO! Gather your family and friends and get to the first, soon-to-be-famous City of Mentor Pumpkin Derby. What is a Pumpkin Derby you ask? It is a unique, side-by-side, single elimination race featuring Pumpkin Race Cars that you design and build at home! The only criteria – it must have wheels and a pumpkin on top! (Design inspiration and suggestions can be found following the link below).
We’ll also have other fun activities including a Family Pumpkin Carving Contest, a Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, and a rated G, family-friendly Costume Contest with categories for all ages. This event promises to be the most fun and unusual Halloween event your family has ever experienced!
Click here to learn how to make your Pumpkin Derby racer.
Pumpkin Derby Rules and Tips
Howl-O-Ween Party for Dogs
Friday, October 16, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m., Mentor Dog Park, 6645 Hopkins Rd.
FREE! Bring your dog and join us for a Halloween party just for dogs at the Mentor Dog Park. We’ll have some contests, prizes and doggone good fun. Dogs must have up-to-date vaccinations, be licensed, and not be in heat, to visit the dog park. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call us at (440) 974-5720 for more information.
Mysteries of the Manor Trail
Friday, October 23, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, October 24, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center & Park
Come to Wildwood Cultural Center & Park and enjoy a family friendly hayride and hear the mysteries of the Manor Trail. The Hayride will have a story teller aboard guiding you through the woods. Families will enjoy apple cider, donuts and glow sticks for the kids. There will be games and a small pumpkin hunt too! Entertainment will be on hand while you wait for the hayride. Bring your s’mores supplies to cook over the bonfire. Children 2 and under free; No strollers permitted on the hayride. Register here
Wildwood Quilt Guild Small Quilt Show & Sale
Sunday, November 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mentor Senior Center
Come see the display of award winning quilts made by the talented members of the Wildwood Quilt Guild. Shop our “Gifts Sew Special” for small quilted items made by our members. Several area Quilt Shops will also be available for your shopping pleasure. Be sure to purchase a raffle ticket for a beautiful quilt made by the Wildwood Quilt Guild Members. For more information call Wildwood Cultural Center at (440) 974-5735. Sponsored by the Wildwood Quilt Guild, the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center and the Community Arts Commission. $3 donation at the door
Veteran’s Day Commemoration
Wednesday, November 11, 12:30 pm Veteran’s Memorial at Mentor Senior Center
The City of Mentor will honor and celebrate the bravery and sacrifice of all U.S. veterans at this special ceremony. For details or to participate, please contact Paul Hegreness at (440) 974-5720.
Friday, November 13 & Saturday, November 14
Join the City of Mentor Recreation Department for a quick family getaway where you can have a blast at America’s largest indoor waterpark and save money too! Take advantage of special group rates for Mentor families and friends. For only $144 (a $229 value) – you’ll get standard room overnight accommodations and 4 admission passes to the waterpark. Up to 2 additional guests may be added to your room for $20 per person, which also includes waterpark fees. To book your getaway, call Kalahari Resorts directly at (877) 525-2427. You must ask for the City of Mentor Group Rate to get the discounted price. Want to stay two nights and make it a weekend? Ask the reservationist for the special 2nd night rate.
Gingerbread House Contest & Display
Monday, November 30, 8 am – 5 pm, Mentor Municipal Center
Build a fond memory with your family and create your own one-of-a-kind gingerbread house to enter in Mentor Recreation’s Gingerbread House Contest. All components of the house must be made from edible ingredients and completed houses must be delivered (in one piece) to the Mentor Municipal Center first floor atrium on Monday, November 30 between the hours of 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., where you will have a table space of your own to decorate and place your house. Gingerbread houses will remain on display in the Municipal Center until December 23. Contest is open to Mentor residents only. A panel of judges will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners on Monday, December 7. First place winner will receive a Family Pool Pass for the 2016 season. Second and third place winners will receive a $25 Swim and Save Pass. A $7 entry fee is payable when you deliver your gingerbread house. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at (440) 974-5720.
City of Mentor Gingerbread House Contest entry form
Community Tree Lighting Ceremony
Tuesday, December 1, 6 – 7:30 pm, Mentor Municipal Center
The City of Mentor invites you and your family to join us for a commemorative tree lighting as we light our stunning 27-foot Norwegian spruce and City Hall campus. Santa will arrive in his horse drawn carriage and will be available for photos while choirs from Mentor School’s sing. Refreshments will be served.
Wildwood Cultural Center Holiday Display & Craft Show
Sunday, December 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wildwood Cultural Center
Many wonderful holiday items for sale from over 25 vendors including wreaths and swags, gingerbreads, live greenery, baked goods, ornaments, stockings and much, much more. Purchase live greenery from the Wildwood Garden Club and enjoy holiday music with the Wildwood Singers. Sponsored by the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center and the Community Arts Commission. For more information, contact the Wildwood Cultural Center at (440) 974-5735. Admission $1 – Children Free
Wildwood Singers FREE Holiday Concert
Friday, December 11, 7:30 p.m., Mentor Senior Center
The Wildwood Singers present a diverse collection of Christmas/holiday music at this free annual community event! Repertoire will include traditional favorites as well as more contemporary selections, both sacred and secular. As always, the audience will be invited to join in singing several holiday classics. The concert is sponsored by the City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center and the Community Arts Commission. For more information, please call the Wildwood Cultural Center at (440) 974-5735. No tickets required!
Santa’s Wild Workshop in the Woods
Friday, December 11 & Saturday, December 12, Wildwood Cultural Center
Start a new holiday family tradition at the Wildwood Cultural Center. At Santa’s Wild Workshop your child will get to make a toy with the Wildwood elves and help Mrs. Claus decorate cookies. Then get your magic ticket to ride the Wildwood Express to see the outdoor holiday displays. After the ride is finished visit with the big guy himself – Santa Claus. In addition to all of these festivities a face painter will be on hand. Space is limited so sign up early here. Ages 3 – 12