FREE IN CLE: 10 Things To Do In Cleveland This Summer

With school out and summer beginning, it is time to start making summer plans! Now that your student(s) no longer have to wake up at 7am to get ready for school or do their homework, they will need something to do to preoccupy their time this summer!

That is why we have provided 10 FREE events to do this summer with the whole family!

Yes, you read that correctly, FREE. Zip. Zilch. Nada.

1. Cleveland Metroparks

Wanna live the outdoor life? Visit the Cleveland Metroparks! You can explore more than 23,000 acres in 18 reservations located throughout Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township. From golden sunrises over Lake Erie, to trail hikes through wooded countryside. The Cleveland Metroparks have a enough to offer for the whole family.

2. Cleveland Museum of Art

Without “Art” the Earth, would just be “Eh.” Take time this summer to go out to the Cleveland Museum of Art and explore the beautiful collections from artists all over the world! 

3. Open Studio at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Take a Sunday afternoon, from 1pm to 4pm, and join the Cleveland Museum of Art for their open studio! It is a drop-in (no registration required) event where everyone is welcome to create art in their new “Make Space”. Everyone is encouraged to imagine, experiment, and create.  Each week features a new art idea. 

4. Mondays at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

Going to the zoo in the summer is always a MUST! It is a great opportunity to explore the different wild life of the world in which we live. Every Monday, the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is free to all residents of Cuyahoga County and Hinckley Township. 

5. Star Spangled Spectacular

In celebration of our nation’s independence, head on out to downtown Cleveland at Mall B on Friday, July 6th at 9pm, for the annual Star Spangled Spectacular. It is a free community concert which will be honoring the Cleveland Orchestra’s 100th Anniversary. 

6. Cleveland Flea

With over 170+ vendors the Cleveland Flea offers a great weekend excursion for the whole family. It is free to browse, but you will wanna bring your wallet for all of the amazing stuff you will come across. From Vintage and salvage shops to jewelers, fine artists and bakers, furniture crafters and charcuterie makers. The Flea is at once a foodie feast and community gathering place. 

7. Take a Hike

Curious about the history of Cleveland? The “Take a Hike” Tours are entertaining and educational as they offer the opportunity to learn about the history, culture and future plans of Cleveland, ALL FOR FREE. 

8. Free Movies in the Park

Go on out to Crocker Park Every Thursday evening at dusk in the Park, where they will feature a fantastic line-up of movies, from classics to new releases! Movies will take place in a NEW LOCATION, Crocker Commons, just South of Market Square. Be sure to bring blankets or chairs! Click the button below to find out the movie line up for the summer. 

9. CVC Frisbee Monday’s

Every Monday night students gather together in the Cleveland Metroparks in Brecksville to play a good ‘ole game of ultimate frisbee. They meet in the Meadows section of the park. If you enter the park near the entrance across from Lemonberry, drive straight and take the first right, you will see the fields on the left. 

10. Serve with one of CVCMissions’s Big10 Organizations

CVCMissions has intentionally partnered with 10 local organizations who have offered several service opportunities throughout the Cleveland area.  It is 100% free to serve and be on mission in your very own backyard! 

For more Summer fun ideas, click the button below. 

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Free movies in the park Movie line-up!



If you have a student in 5th or 8th grade, Move Up Sunday, is just the around the corner! 

Sunday,  June 17th, our 5th graders will move up to Collide and our 8th graders will move up to Impact and begin attending our Summer Sessions. 

We are so excited for our students to move up and meet a lot of new people! 

Frontlines is T-Minus 33 days, 6 hours, and 59 minutes away!!

We are now into final phase of registration, it will go until July 1st, and registration will be officially closed after that date. The pay later option and scholarship application will be available until June 19th.

However, PLEASE NOTE: If your student(s) are already signed up, and you did select the Pay Later option, ALL final Payments are due Monday, June 25th. 

Please register your student(s) ASAP! We do not want them to miss out on the BEST week of their entire summer!

Seriously, Summer Camp is EPIC! You will not regret going.

To learn more information, to register, or to apply for a scholarship, follow the links below!

Click Here to Register!
Learn More about Frontlines!
Scholarship Link!


Starting on Sunday, June 17th, Summer Sessions will begin at 9:30am
in the lower level room 101 of CVC. 

We will be discussing the book of Proverbs throughout the summer,
and how it applies to our lives today. 

We are so excited to dive into rich discussions with your student(s)!

Thank you to all who showed up at our vision dinner last week! 

We had a great time getting to know parents and discussing the upcoming changes going on this year in CVCYouth. 

Just to review what we went over: 
Rick will be primarly focusing on Middle School Ministry
Joe will be primarly focusing on High school Ministry

With the addition of the Missions department this will allow both Rick and Joe to effectively make good use of their time. Please understand that they will still be working together as Rick oversees both sections of CVCYouth, but any questions for Middle School please direct to Rick, and for High School please direct to Joe. 

We also are happily to announce that former intern, Lauren Shepherd has officially been hired on as CVCYouth’s Director of Youth Discipleship and Events. She will be focusing on the discipleship of our female students, along with planning our youth events. Lauren is currently working on her Master’s of Science in Counseling , and is a phenomenal addition to our team.  

We look forward to these changes and believe they will be beneficial to CVCYouth as a whole. 

This week in Collide, intern Stacie Brandt finished up our “Who Is My Neighbor” series.

She spoke from Luke 10:27-37 and challenged the students to think about who their neighbors were. 

Stacie walked through the parable of the Good Samaritan and explained how Jesus took the definition of “neighbor” and completely expanded it.

Jesus defines a neighbor as a hurting man in a rough part of town from a different ethinic group who needed compassion.

Stacie’s Main Point was that being a good neighbor goes beyond being kind to the person next door, it is being nice to the kid who is different, weird, and maybe a little smelly. 

This week take time to talk to your student(s) about who is their neighbor, and how they can be a good neighbor based off of Jesus’ example.