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Grab & Go: Explore in Gardens, Enjoy Butterflies

Experience the arts this week at a demonstration by a cartoon artist and performace of 'The Wizard of Oz,' too.

Our Grab & Go calendar recommends five fun happenings to do with the kiddos each week. For even more ideas, see , which highlighted other cheap family-friendly activities to do in and around North Canton.

1. City of Green’s Concerts-in-the-Park

When/Where: 7 p.m. Thursday at East Liberty Park, 471 Turkeyfoot Lake Road, Green

Why Go: Bring your own lawn chairs to the park each Thursday evening in July and enjoy an evening of music alongside your family. Concessions will be available for purchase during each concert. Click here for a complete list of the musical groups performing this month.

Pricing: Free

2. The Wizard of Oz 

When/Where: Shows are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Players Guild Theatre,1001 Market Ave. N, Canton.  

Why Go: The whole family will enjoy this classic musical about the adventures of Dorothy and her dog Toto down the yellow brick road in the magical land of Oz, where the Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion and Tin-man live.

Pricing: Tickets are $17 to $22 a piece. For more information, contact the box office at 330-453-7617. Tickets can be purchased by phone or online.   

3. Travel the TOONiverse 

When/Where: 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Thursday at the Lake Community Library Branch, 11955 Market Ave. N, Uniontown

Why Go: Children in kindergarten through fifth grade can draw along with cartoonist and storyteller Jeff Nicholas.

Pricing: The event is free, but registration is requested. Click here to register.

4. Butterfly House and Garden Tour

When/Where: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday at the Beech Creek Botanical Garden & Nature Preserve, 11929 Beech St. NE, Alliance

Why Go: The Beech Creek Botanical Garden and Nature Preserve Butterfly House and Amazing Garden features Ohio butterflies and moths and hands-on learning stations to convey horticultural and environmental concepts. There also are walking trails and a train ride around the garden!

Pricing: There is no charge for the Butterfly House or the Amazing Garden. Donations are welcome, though.

5. Our Great America at the Canton Garden Center

When/Where: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday by the pergola of the Canton Garden Center, 1615 Stadium Park NW, Canton

Why Go: Children ages 3 and up, accompanied by a parent, can participate in this educational and entertaining program in the Children’s Garden of the Garden Center. After the program is over, tour the grounds to take in the beauty of all the gardens.

Pricing: Register online for this free event or by calling 330-455-6172, as space is limited.

Ken Palosi July 06, 2011 at 02:51 PM
I take my grandchildren to the Beech Creek butterfly house each summer and they love it. A short drive out East Maple then Easton St. and you are there. Don't miss it if you have little children.
Emily Chesnic July 06, 2011 at 10:31 PM
Awesome, Ken! I am going to have to take my girls there really soon. Thanks for the tip!

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