Struggling to find a way to keep your kids occupied in the summer? The Avon Lake Parks and Recreation department has your back.

The 60-year-old Greenbox program will rev up on Monday with free in-person and take-home playground, craft and activity program projects for children ages 5 to 12. Program manager Jacqui Hoffman said there will be 10 Greenbox locations at various parks and schools throughout Avon Lake. Children can walk up to the box, and grab the craft or project inside. The crafts are first come, first served. There will be two Greenbox attendants at each site to help facilitate projects. Craft packs will include instructions, supplies, and a list of any additional supplies needed.

“Every day is a different craft,” Hoffman said. “Some of them they’ve been doing for years and are kind of a tradition.”

Hoffman said many community members look forward to Greenbox every year.

“It’s a bit of nostalgia in the community,” Hoffman said. “We have a lot of new families moving into town and just kind of want to get the word out that this is something that’s a tradition in Avon Lake.”

This summer, look for activities like making braided key chains, dream catchers, pan flutes, pipe cleaner jellyfish and clothespin dragonflies.

See graphic for dates, times and locations.

Contact this reporter at or 440-871-5797.

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