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Learning letters and how to be with others starts at home prior to preschool.

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A new high school in Cincinnati, free dance week at Cincinnati Ballet, giveaways and more.

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uietly and stealthily it approaches. It’s just another day at school, just another hallway. There’s a young boy walking down the hall, balancing his books, making his way. Next thing he knows, he’s going down. A big, hard knee slams into the back of his knee and his books go flying. The large boy behind him starts laughing. “Man, you’re weak!” the bully laughs. “You’re so lame!” And when the door to the adjacent library begins to open, the bully runs off in the opposite direction and slips out of sight before authority can spot him. The younger boy is left with his ruins around him, fighting back tears, his face hot, hands shaking as he gathers his things. It’s just another day. It happens in a split second of time. Welcome to 2011, folks. Life is hard for us these days. Parents are working harder and making less, more stressed out with the added weight of higher grocery bills, gas bills, clothing bills. Yes, we just had the holidays — and what a lovely diversion they were — but it’s time to let these cold, cold days snap us back to reality once more. To me, no reality is more important than the young lives we’re in charge of. We are in charge of the forming of our children’s lives until they are grown, up and out. And then we shouldn’t let go. Problem is, we’re busier than ever. We are having a tougher time to meet all of the requirements of busy life with children and some days, well, things can just slip through the cracks. But hold on a minute. We can let some things slip through the cracks ... not changing the car oil right away; putting off the laundry ... we can let some things go and go and go and they won’t catch up with us for a good long while. But those things that we might allow to slip through the cracks cannot be our children. Toward the tail end of 2010, bullying came front and center again with the tragic suicide of Rutger’s University student Tyler Clementi. For about two weeks following the story, we paid rapt attention, we read about bullying in the local newspaper, online and paid lip service to it among our friends and co-workers. But like the fallible humans we are, other things once again began to divert our attention. That’s a victory for bullying. My children tell me little stories every day that are sprinkled with the worries they carry with them as they navigate their adolescent social worlds. My 12-year-old recently auditioned for a play but begged me to pick him up in front of the school, away from the crowd afterward, so cool boys trying out for basketball wouldn’t see him. My 15-year-old refuses to wear certain shirts or pants to school because someone might say something snide about it to her. My 8-year-old is vulnerable to teasing in his second grade classroom if he doesn’t make 100 percent on his daily “math minute.” These things chip away at kids ... now just imagine if the ante is upped and the teasing is about what you look like, who you are, where you live, what you have or don’t have. Bullying is back because the world is harsher than it was just a few years ago. We’re in tough times and it’s bleeding down to the kids. As we move into the new year, let’s remember, it’s our job to protect our children. Please read Amy Huwel’s piece on bullying on page 20. And for the sake of your kids, please stay sharp as we move through the new year.

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on’t let the cold weather keep kids from enjoying the great outdoors — there’s plenty for them to see and do during the winter months. For sledding and ice skating conditions at all of Hamilton County Parks, call 513-521-PARK (7275) or see greatparks. org. For Cincinnati Parks, call 513-321-6070 or visit Visit for our online exclusive lists of the best ice skating, sledding and winter hiking spots around town!

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his year marks the opening of the new DePaul Cristo Rey High School (1133 Clifton Hills Ave.), a private Catholic school offering a college-prep education to underserved students. The school will be the 25th in the nationwide Cristo Rey Network, which serves 6,000 students with limited education opportunities. At Cristo Rey, students work five days a month through the school’s Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP) to help cover a portion of their tuition. More than 20 Cincinnati companies will hire this year’s first freshmen, including Fifth Third Bank, Tri Health, and Western & Southern. “This school will fill a significant educational need in the Greater Cincinnati community,” says President Sister Jeanne Bessette. “We can’t wait to welcome these first students in June, 2011.” Students who will be 14 years old by Sept. 1, 2011, may apply. For more information, call 513-861-0600 or visit

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DANCE WEEK is free at cincinnati ballet


hildren who’d like to learn more about ballet can attend a week of free classes with the Cincinnati Ballet. On Jan. 10 - 16, little ones can twirl and tip-toe at either location of the Otto M. Budig Academy (1555 Central Pkwy., downtown or 11444 Deerfield Road, Blue Ash). No registration is necessary. Call 513-562-1133 or visit for a complete schedule. Local kids learning ballet techniques.

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n Thursday, Jan. 20, families can help dedicate the new play space, the PJ Patch, at the Mayerson JCC (8485 Ridge Road) for children ages 6 months to 5-and-a-half years. A project of the PJ Library — a national organization that sends Jewishcontent books and music to young children — the PJ Patch is located next to the J Café. The play space is padded and includes a treehouse, a see-saw, coloring tables and an array of educational toys. Find out more about the PJ Patch or the Mayerson JCC at 513-761-7500 or

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he National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (50 East Freedom Way) has several family activities planned for January. On Saturday, Jan. 15 at 12 p.m., enjoy children’s stories as told by Deondra Means from the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (and also join him on Monday, Jan. 17 at 1 p.m. for freedom song singing and crafting at the Main Library, 800 Vine St.). Also on the 17th, celebrate local youth and community leaders during the 2011 King Legacy Awards Breakfast beginning at 7:45 a.m., followed by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Coalition March. Finally, on Saturday, Jan. 29, participate in “Follow the North Star,” a family craft activity for all ages at 12 p.m. Learn more about the Freedom Center at 513-333-7500 or For a complete list of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day activities, visit

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oms everywhere may feel the urge to diet with the onset of the new year, and after all of the holiday treats, but if you’re breastfeeding, take it easy. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) for Baby to continue to receive the benefits of your breastmilk, you still need to consume enough healthy food for the two of you. That’s about 200 calories a day more than during pregnancy, or 500 calories a day more than before pregnancy. If you don’t eat enough your body will make less breastmilk, says the AAP.

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robiotics, otherwise known as “good” bacteria, may be effective in preventing antibiotic-related diarrhea in healthy children, according to the December, 2010 issue of Pediatrics, the peer-reviewed online journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Probiotics are not a cureall, however. The AAP does not recommend giving them to seriously ill or chronically ill children, as there is not enough evidence to prove its effectiveness. Learn more at

helpful tools for mom this winter


ighting your kids to take their medicine? Try the new KidKupz ( — fruit-flavored dispensing cups that come in flavors like Sour Cherry and Blue Raspberry, and contain two grams of sugar and no high fructose corn syrup. Six dosage packs retail for $4.99 and are available at Walgreens. Knowing the right medicine dosage to give your little one can be tough, but a new web site launched by a pharmacist mom can answer your questions. While no substitute for your pediatrician, MomsMedicineChest. com includes helpful information about common questions about symptoms, illnesses, recalls and tips on item purchases.


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y husband and I rocked on the dock’s porch swing. In the background we heard our kids playing.  They could be as loud as they wanted and bother no one.  We were on Eagle Island, a private island off the coast of Georgia.   About a week before we left home, emails arrived.  We placed an order for our week’s groceries and received exact directions to the landing where Captain Andy Hill would meet our minivan arriving from Cincinnati. We packed light since the house on Eagle Island has a washer and dryer, among many other amenities. And soon we loaded our luggage on Captain Andy’s boat and set sail for Eagle Island.  Captain Andy Hill, the entrepreneur who established, owns and almost single-handedly runs the Private Islands of Georgia, pointed out interesting landmarks, narrated history, and answered our questions as he navigated the waterways to Eagle Island’s private dock.  He also helped us unload our luggage and get everything settled in the house, but not before he pulled a crab trap from the water, crawling with blue crab.  He showed us how to bait and empty the trap and said he had cooking instructions for us at the house. Next, Captain Andy showed my husband and me around the property, including the kitchen stocked with the groceries we had ordered. We marveled at the tropical paradise, with a pond, fire pit, hammocks, and a hot tub. We had a luxury home on our own private island for nearly a week.  Meanwhile, the kids had the Disney Channel blasting through speakers that carried sound to the screened-in porch.  Our oldest texted from a hammock and our daughter posted to Facebook.  So we were alone, but not unconnected. In fact, the island is all about re-connecting, to the people you’re with, and to nature.  My youngest and I spent every morning walking around the pond near the house.  We laughed as our steps brought armies of frogs out of hiding. 

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They hopped into the woods, or splashed into the pond with every move we made. He examined the tadpoles close up and tried to catch one with his clam shell. Most evenings, he did make a catch.  He and his 11-year-old brother went down to the dock with fishing poles.  Poles, bait, and everything an angler needs are stocked at the house. If you’re feeling ambitious, all the equipment to prepare the fish to eat is there too, including a professional grill and steamer for clams. I found playing ping-pong fun. There’s a table in the lower level, horseshoe pits outside, and other games, including chess and poker sets.  The lower level also has two sets of bunk beds, a queen-sized bed, and a few roll-aways.  There are two bedrooms on the first floor, along with the living room and kitchen, and a spiral staircase leads to the master in the loft. Altogether, the house comfortably sleeps 12, or more. During our stay, we thoroughly enjoyed the peace and total relaxation of Eagle Island, but we also took advantage of two add-on adventures. Captain Andy helped us to arrange for kayaking in tandem kayaks and we explored the tidal creek. We saw birds diving in the water, the grasses along the shoreline, and the tidal creek itself, which sometimes hosts dolphins, manatees, and alligators. We spent one long afternoon at the beach. My husband packed a picnic lunch and Captain Andy met us at the dock. We loaded our gear in his boat and sped through the water to a dock on Sapelo Island. We were driven to a nearly deserted beach where we spent hours. I took a long walk along the white sandy beach and collected several small conch and snail shells, and a couple sand dollars. Meanwhile, the kids built a sand turtle and a dam system on the beach, and we all cooled off swimming and jumping the waves. J Barbara Littner David is a local writer and mother of five. She is also the author of Cincinnati Trips for Kids, a collection of more than 40 great Cincinnati-area attractions.

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You may be lucky enough to have a spot for your child at the #1 preschool in town, but will he be ready when the time comes? And, what exactly does “ready” mean today?


or tots on the verge of preschool, it’s helpful to know that much of the preschool experience is about learning how to cooperate and coexist with other kids. To help prepare your child, look for opportunities for him to play with others at the library, the local playground and anywhere else that fits naturally into your life. Jenifer Wana, author of How to Choose the Best Preschool for Your Child: The Ultimate Guide to Finding, Getting Into and Preparing for Nursery School (Sourcebooks; $14.99), says, “Remember that your child doesn’t need to be ready for preschool when you’re applying, which may be months in advance of actually entering the school. Consider that gap as a period to help your child become more mindful of sharing and taking turns. Kids should be able to understand appropriate behavior even if they don’t model it.” Here are other points to consider:

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Potty Training Many preschools require new students be potty trained upon entry, but some don’t. If your preschool does, ask if disposable pull-ups are OK. Ask how they handle accidents. And, if you’re struggling with potty training, know that your child will get it soon enough — being among other youngsters who have mastered it can really help.

Settling Down Wondering how the little boy racing around your home will ever manage to sit still in preschool? Don’t worry about holding him to unrealistically high standards. Tami Lanham, director of Kinder Garden School in West Chester and Blue Ash, says that at the beginning of the school year, kids can work through 15 to 20 minutes on a particular area. “Circle time lasts about 15 minutes, during which we’re singing songs, doing the Pledge of Allegiance,” she says, adding that kids then cycle around the room with math, reading, Spanish and other activities. “As the year progresses, that work cycle expands to about 30 minutes.” Lanham advises parents of really antsy kids to forewarn the teacher so she knows to encourage active kids to really play during their gross-motor time. “It will wear them out a little bit and they’ll be ready to focus,” she says. Wana says, “Difficulty with concentration should not be a reason to refrain from sending kids to school. If anything, being in a school environment should help children improve their ability to focus.” So, if your child is already able to focus for a few minutes on his own, you’re in good shape.

Sleep Much? Preschoolers are kept busy whether it’s a half-day or full-day program, and naps are always a part of the picture for children age 2 and younger, sometimes twice a day. For preschool classes in the one to two years prior to kindergarten, generally there is one nap in the middle of the day. If your child has already given up his nap, try to get him accustomed to the idea of quiet time — especially if he’ll be staying in a full-day program. Help him to learn to settle down on his own with a picture book or small activity. Lanham advises that parents keep the same nap schedule on the weekends as they do during the week, and if you are signing up for a half-day program, aim for the morning, when kids are typically more animated and cheerful. If your schedule requires a half-day of preschool in the afternoon, aim for a morning nap if possible, or at least keep things calm and quiet before heading off to school.

Ability to Communicate You may understand what your child says to you, but will others? He will be more successful if he can communicate his needs when you are out of sight and when he’s with others. He may not be ready for preschool if he has a hard time communicating, but that doesn’t mean that he has to be a chatterbug. Wana says successful communication can include tugging on a sleeve or even pointing to what’s needed. The main thing is that he can let others know what his needs are so he doesn’t end up repeatedly frustrated. What if your child is especially shy or doesn’t communicate much at all? Is he ready for preschool? “Absolutely,” says Lanham. “Children have an easier time speaking to peers than adults.” Teachers who are made aware of a child’s “selective mutism” can pair him with a chatty kid, who can bring him out

of his shell with peer interaction and relationship building, all while the teacher monitors his progress and makes sure that the conversation isn’t completely one-sided.

Comfort with Routine Prepare your child for a successful transition to preschool by helping him to follow a consistent routine at home. Preschools run consistent programs and he’ll be able to adapt better if he’s used to routines. Also, preschool programs run with varying schedules, allowing you to pick how many hours and how many days you want your child to attend. Once he gets there, your little one can expect a predictable order of events, like circle time, play time, snack time, meal time and naptime. What’s the best schedule for your child? Wana recommends a minimum of three days a week, to avoid the continuous cycle of re-adjustment that “two-day-a-weekers” feel. Lanham agrees and recommends that 3-year-olds participate in at least three half-days a week. “By 4, they’re ready for five half-days,” she says, adding that since all Ohio kindergartners will be required to attend full-day programs starting with the 2011 school year, it’s best to start getting them ready now. “Since so many parents work full-time, though, most kids will be ready.”

Ages & Stages Remember that the expectations for socialization vary depending on the age of the child. Wana says, “Two-year-olds should show some interest in socializing with other children. Three- and 4-year-olds are expected to have had some experience with sharing and listening to instruction. Socially, they are expected to refrain from hurting other children and be involved in cooperative play.” J Charlotte Russe is a freelance writer.

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ot sure if your little one is ready for preschool? Check out the Preschool Prep class at Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center (4244 Hamilton Ave.; 513-591-2332; The class prepares ages 30 months - 3 years for the preschool experience (or can act as a supplement to homeschool families). Kids will sing, rhyme, role play, and learn pre-reading and pre-writing skills. Parents working with little ones at home can check out, an online early learning academy that offers ages 2 - 6 a range of activities, including reading, math, science, art and music. For a nominal subscription fee ($7.95/ month or $79/year), parents have access to 350 lessons that progress over six levels, all designed by early childhood education experts. Kids receive tickets and rewards as motivation to keep learning (and learn about numbers), while family members can even record themselves reading aloud favorite books so that your little ones can enjoy story time with Grandma and Grandpa or a favorite aunt! •

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Many parents want to deem their child as gifted, but there’s a big difference between a high-achieving student and one who is intellectually gifted. Here’s how to identify gifted children, and an overview of programs that serve them.


athy Ross knew her daughter Helen was a fast learner when she was a baby. Helen seemed to reach nearly every childhood milestone at an early age, including walking, identifying colors, and even reading aloud a few words from the newspaper. “Her favorite toys were those foam letters you use in the bath,” she says. “She would bring them to us for identification. That’s how she started to learn. She’s a whirlwind when she gets hold of something.” Having always scored high on tests, Helen was identified as gifted and joined the Fort Thomas Independent School District’s program QUEST (Questioning Understanding Evaluating Studying Together). While many parents may feel their child is brilliant, in reality, identifying children as gifted takes a lot more than impressing mom and dad with clever sayings and outstanding skills.

Defining the Gifted Child While many parents hope to hear their child is gifted, there are specific requirements children must meet before they can be formally identified. The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) defines gifted children as those who perform at exceptionally high levels of accomplishment when compared to other children of the same age or the same experience or environment. The ODE identifies giftedness in one or more of four categories: 1) superior cognitive ability; 2) specific academic ability (which (please turn the page) •

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identifying giftedness includes superior skills in mathematics, science, social studies, and reading/ writing); 3) creative thinking ability; and 4) visual and performing arts ability. In Kentucky, a gifted/talented child is defined as a student who shows the potential or demonstrated ability to perform at high levels in 1) general intellectual aptitude; 2) specific academic aptitude; 3) creative thinking; 4) leadership skills; and/or 5) visual or performing arts. “There is a difference between gifted kids and ‘teacher pleasers,’” says Betsy Singh, coordinator for the Gifted Programming Department at Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS). A gifted child’s abilities are exceptional enough to warrant special services to meet his educational needs. In fact, giftedness is included within the U.S. Department of Education’s Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Although it may seem strange to label giftedness as a disability, IDEA’s intentions are to serve all students whose academic success requires additional or special programming.

The Identification Process According to Singh, giftedness can only be determined by tests as ruled by the ODE. Cincinnati Public Schools takes a three-step approach to identify gifted children. First is a pre-assessment, an evaluation of student work, observations from teachers, and parent nominations. All CPS students are pre-assessed in order to ensure equality. Step two involves a screening assessment during which all student information is reviewed, including test scores, project displays, and/or performances. Students who meet or surpass a cutoff score set by the district move on to the third step, a test that will formally identify giftedness. Parents can appeal any step in the process with a written letter to the school administrator. Identification of gifted students in Kentucky takes a slightly different approach, although the state does set forth standards in determining exceptional children. Children in grades K - 3 are selected for a Primary Talent Pool (PTP), an informal grouping for children with potential or who demonstrate exceptional skills, such as a Kindergartner that can read chapter books. “The primary talent pool is a more informal process,” says Rita Byrd, assistant superintendent for Student Services at Fort Thomas Independent Schools. She explains that the pool provides additional enrichment programs and aims to nurture talents further. For example, some PTP programs include “Marble-ous Discoveries,” “Days of Knights and Damsels,” and “Making Music — Mexico.” Children who participate in the PTP may be formally tested and identified as gifted by the fourth grade, but not all children in the pool may be deemed gifted.

characteristics to look for

According to the Cincinnati Public Schools’ Web site (, some common characteristics of gifted children include: • Ability to handle distractions and concentrate on one topic at length • High level of energy and sense of commitment • An independent learner who can make connections between wideranging information • Multiple interests • Able to learn new concepts quickly and generate original ideas • Demonstrates a high degree of perfectionism • Usually prefers the company of older children and adults; is highly sensitive

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“We go by state guidelines,” says Byrd, “and that is that children must score at the 97th percentile or above to be considered academically or intellectually gifted.” Children who show superior talents in the visual or performing arts may audition for QUEST and are judged by local experts in the arts.

Gifted … Now What? Once identified as gifted by the ODE, a Written Education Plan (WEP) is put into place. The WEP details goals, evaluation methods, and the educational services and programs that will be provided to the student, including such options as: • Differentiation — altering the classroom content to allow for special projects or more in-depth studying • Acceleration — skipping a grade for a particular content area • Mentorships — partnering students with a mentor in their area of interest • Advanced Placement and Honors — higher level courses with opportunity for college credit • Seminars and Academic Clubs • Resource Rooms and Pullout Programs — a classroom used for instruction with a certified gifted teacher • Distance Learning — coursework done over the Internet The state of Kentucky requires each child identified as gifted to have a Gifted Student Service Plan (GSSP), which details additional or differentiated educational services from the core curriculum. The GSSP is developed with input from teachers, parents and the student. Services vary from district to district, but may include differentiation, pullout programs, grouping of gifted kids into a single classroom, mentorships, and independent study. For example, Ross’ daughter Helen spends her mornings pursuing algebra and seventh-grade language arts, and gets a 30-minute break in the school library to study on her own. But she also gets to enjoy lunch and the rest of her core classes with her sixth-grade peers. It’s a program that seems to be working, according to Ross. “Right now, she is able to see her friends and be silly, but still be challenged each day as well.” The key as a parent of a gifted child is to take an active role in locating services for your child. “You have to keep looking for answers,” says Ross. “You can find resources, they are out there and available.” Ultimately, securing a challenging educational experience for your gifted child is a matter of teamwork between you and your child’s school. Once you have put a plan into place, be sure to review it often and make sure that your child is still being challenged, but not overwhelmed, and is happy with where they are. As Ross says of her daughter, “As long as she’s happy, that’s what counts. She won’t learn anything if she’s unhappy.” J Sherry Hang is editor for this publication.

additional resources Ohio Association for Gifted Children Kentucky Association for Gifted Education

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The Bully’s Demise Cultivating a Culture of Empathy in Our Youth


Bullying still rears its ugly head among children. Learn more about it and how to prevent it.

hen I was in seventh grade, the class bully was moved to the seat directly across from me, and I wasn’t spared his wrath. Each day, I futilely attempted to deflect the barrage of insults he hurled my way. I lamely tried to ignore the snickers of my classmates when he made yet another joke or sarcastic comment at my expense, yet “bully” never entered my mind. After all, kids will be kids, and I saw firsthand this treatment was not something unique to me. Twenty years later I find myself in seventh grade again but now I’m the teacher. I’m a witness to this type of behavior — not the target — and this outside perspective raises some thought-provoking questions. What is the difference between bullying and the normal back-and-forth banter of tweens and teens? Why do children engage in this type of behavior, and what can we do to stop it?

Bullying 101 Bullying is when there is a clear power differential due to age, size, intellect or popularity; it is ongoing and there is intent to cause harm. A popular misconception is that the bullies’ behavior is the result of poor self-esteem and a desire to entertain and be accepted by others, when the reality is that most bullies say revenge motivates them. Whatever the cause, in the vast majority of cases, bullying is a learned behavior, and the child is modeling the harsh or punitive parenting style of his caregiver. There is no denying that bullying is on the rise. A 2009 study conducted by the National Institute of Health found that

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more than half of students in grades 6 - 10 have reported being bullied, with verbal and emotional bullying, which tend to take place “under the radar,” the most widespread.

Biff and Nelson No More Biff Tannen from Back to the Future and Nelson Munce of The Simpsons fame were the classic schoolyard bullies. Bigger and badder than the rest of the world with chips on their shoulders the size of Texas, they were easy to spot. They terrorized the small and nerdy, and wedgies and bloody noses were an everyday occurrence for their victims. Fortunately Biff and Nelson, the stereotypical bullies, are now relics of the past. Unfortunately, the bully of 2011 is more difficult to spot. He (or she) is the quiet bookworm in the front row of biology class or the pierced and tattooed “Goth” who, 10 years ago, would have been Biff’s favorite punching bag. The newest technology? The gadgets and gizmos that have changed the face of bullying. Cyber-bullying is on the rise, made appealing because of its anonymity for the bully and its ability to wreak havoc far and wide, all with the push of a button. It is tempting to blame technology for the rise in bullying, but computers and cell phones are simply the fists of 20 years ago. What is driving these punches? Have the values of our nation’s youth changed in such a fundamental way that bullies not only flourish but are rewarded for their behavior? Patrick Swanson, M.D., is a psychiatrist with 17 years of experience treating children, adolescents and adults. He currently works at the Lindner Center of HOPE, a facility located in Mason that specializes in mental illnesses. He comments on this trend. “It used to be all about altruism and there was a lot of

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thought put into what I could do for others. We now see the inverse response.” A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan supports Swanson’s observation. The study focused on the ability of college students to empathize with others, and the results are both surprising and disheartening. College students today have a marked inability to show empathy — a 40 percent drop from their counterparts of 30 years ago. It would appear that this drop in empathetic feelings has given bullies the power to reign.

Where Did We Go Wrong? Swanson agrees with the University of Michigan’s findings, and he offers explanations for this phenomena based on one simple premise: “To feel empathy toward others, we must first feel cared about ourselves.” Swanson believes that our circumstances as a nation may be influencing our youth negatively. “9/11 traumatized our nation, and we are still in reactive mode. We spend energy and focus our attention on defending ourselves rather than helping others.” The nation’s economic situation is also to blame for the pervasive culture of “me.” “So many people in all walks of life are suffering, and in a sense, are in survival mode. It is hard to have empathy for others in that state.” Most of us, myself included, are probably breathing a sigh of relief and patting ourselves on the back for a job well done. After all, my kids know they are loved. I have taught them to think of others. They share toys, hold the door for others, and say, “excuse me.” “How would you like it if I did that to you?” is uttered at least 10 times a day in our house, so this sentence alone should be sufficient evidence that they have been taught to put themselves in another’s shoes, thank you very much. If it was only so easy. Ideally the problem is remedied in the home, but Swanson cautions against this simplistic view. “We must think of a child as a system and intervene across the board.” Bullies cannot exist alone; there are also targets and bystanders who must be educated and taught to be more empathetic if we are to rectify the problem. Most bullying takes place at school, so it is clear that a two-pronged approach that involves both home and school is necessary. The real challenge is how to teach our youth to be empathetic in a society that values it so little.

Local Superheroes, One Value at a Time Michael Katchman is a film producer with more than 30 years of experience working with major companies such as MGM, Orion and Lionsgate. He agrees with Swanson’s assessment of “Generation Me” and is seeking ways to reverse the mindset of our youth. For some time, he has been working on a series of short films which tackle issues important to teens and tweens. These films are modern-day interpretations of Biblical parables, and they seek to inspire, teach and entertain. These videos are sold directly to churches and are accompanied by lesson plans so children can discuss what they have seen with their parents. “It all starts and ends at home,” Katchman says. “It will only be as successful as parents allow it to be.” Mark Lutwak is the education director for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, and he sees the need for change as well. Like Katchman, he realizes the importance of entertaining while teaching. Each year the Playhouse presents three different plays, each targeting a different age level and addressing age-specific concerns. This past fall, Lutwak produced and directed Happy Worst Day Ever, which played to about 7,000 young people at 45 schools and community arts centers in the area. The play centers around two fifth graders struggling with identity and fitting in. One of the characters exhibits behavior that can only be classified as bullying, but by the end of the play she is actually taking tentative steps to reach out to others. Lutwak and his assistant design study guides for all of the plays in order to encourage discussion within the classroom. Post-show interaction between the child audiences and actors (still in character) often elicits many insights. These plays are offered to schools at a nominal cost, or if a school is unable

to afford the fee, are free. Lutwak says, “I think theatre is important because it rests on compassion. It brings together people into a room where they share and understand others’ behavior as their own. The very art form rests on that. It’s a great experience to provide children.”

The Solution Lutwak offers his personal view, and in my opinion, hits the nail on the head. “I think our culture in general is losing its sense of empathy, and I do not find it necessarily worse in children than in adults. It is adults who run our government, our schools, our businesses and the media. Children only model themselves on what is provided to them.” The self-centered, “taking care of #1” attitude permeates all aspects of our culture, and Swanson admits that there is no one easy solution to overcoming this. He does offer a key piece of advice for parents. Even very young children can easily see power when it is wielded in a negative way, so “there must be counterbalancing forces in the home. We need for them to see that there is great strength and power in taking care of and protecting others.” Katchman adds, “We need to get the responsibility back ... Parents need to get more involved with their kids and children need to know there are consequences for their actions. They need to see the positive side of doing something good!” Children imitate what they see, so it’s imperative that adults be positive role models for our youth. Teaching children to be respectful of and caring toward others is not the sole responsibility of any one person or institution; it is a collaborative effort that society should not back away from, but wholeheartedly embrace. J Amy Huwel is a local writer, teacher and mom.

more resources Feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start? Swanson offers several resources for adults and children: — Games and “webisodes” which make learning fun for youngsters, and the adult pages offer tips regarding bullying awareness, prevention and intervention. — Geared toward adults and not specifically limited to bullying, this site discusses how the federal government is promoting collaboration at all levels to promote positive outcomes for youth. — The Ohio Department of Education’s Web site at offers information regarding free online bullying courses and resources. — A ground-breaking classroom program started in Canada that has a proven and dramatic effect in reducing aggression among schoolchildren. — Cox Communication’s teen online and wireless safety survey. — Parable-inspired video series. Watch a sneak peak or order your own DVD. — The Playhouse in the Park’s outreach services. Beech Acres Parenting Center offers many one-hour parenting education workshops. For a list of upcoming classes or to register, go online to or call 513-231-6630. •

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Academy of Music and Dance, West Chester

8374 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester, OH 45069 513-829-2345 • Music and dance classes under one roof . Music lessons for all ages in piano, voice , guitar, dr ums, strings , winds and brass . Dance classes in tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyric and w orship dance . Other popular pro grams: Music for Young Children, a k eyboard pro gram for ages 4 and up; Mu sic Pups , just for preschoolers and their parents; Jumbie Jam, a kid-sized steel dr um ensemble; and Zumba, adult fitness dance. F ree sample classes .

Academy of Music and the Arts, Pied Piper 106 N. East St., Mason, OH 45040 513-754-8866 •

Classes in ar t, cooking and music . Including Music T ogether, an inter national music and mo vement class for children bir th - K; preschool piano for ages 5 - 6; piano classes for elementar y to adult students; Choir for Kids ages 6 10; private lessons in voice , piano, guitar, bass, strings, woodwinds and brass .

Aldersgate Christian Academy

1810 Young St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-763-6655

Serving grades K - 12. Pro viding academic e xcellence with an emphasis on fine arts. Enrollment of 136 with a student/teacher ratio of 11:1. T uition ranges from $2,5 15 - $2,950 for first child with a prorated scale for each additional child. We par ticipate in the Ohio Depar tment of Education Ed Choice Scholarship Program. Before- and after-school care is available.

Anderson Dance Academy

8263 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-474-7837 • Offering dance and fitness classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, ball room, Zumba, pilates and yo ga for all ages , including preschool and home schooled students. Other programs include performance and competitive dance teams. The success of each student is ensured with a focused, non-com petitive en vironment, with an aim to build self-esteem and self-confidence.

ARTrageous Saturday Series at Raymond Walters College

513-745-5705 • The tri-state’s premier performing ar ts series for children features a fantastic line-up of puppets , plays, marionettes , music , dance and more . Sat., Jan. 29 see “The Rockin’ Adventures of Peter Rabbit” performed by ArtReach (a division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati). Peter Rabbit has received a moder n musical makeover. P erformances at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in Muntz Theater on the R WC campus . Tick ets $5 (subscription and group rates a vailable).

Baldwin Music Education Center/Music Learning Center, Inc.

3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45209 513-351-1109 • For 45 years the Baldwin Music Education Center has offered specially designed piano-based group music classes for ages 6 mos . - grade 12. Classes are taught by trained group music and piano instr uctors and are offered y ear round, 6 da ys a w eek. BMEC offers referral credits and family discounts .

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555 Albion Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45246 513-771-7462 • Highly diverse student population. We offer ser vices to students in grades K - 8, including before- and after-school care , tutoring, athletics , wireless laptop computers , a state-of-the-ar t computer lab, Spanish classes and elec tive courses. Student/teacher ratio is 15:1. Open House Feb. 13, 2 - 4 p.m.

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513-558-1215 • A UC Clermont Colle ge initiative geared to ward families with children ages 3 - 13 yrs . All performances are held in the Kr ueger Auditorium on the UC Clermont Colle ge campus . P erformances are appro ximately one hour in length. Visit us online or give us a call for information about future events .

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1904 Springdale Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231 513-742-5800 •

Serving infants - grade 6. Students receive the priceless gifts of joyful scholarship and the tools to become motivated and self-disciplined lifelong lear ners who are students of both life and academic subjects . Children lear n at their own pace, building self-esteem while being taught as individuals. Our program is academically rigorous while stressing life skills (i.e . critical thinking and courteous behavior). The result is motivated, self-disciplined lifelong-lear ners.

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7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040 513-234-0600 • Serving ages 6 wks. - 6 yrs. Infant, Toddler and Kindergarten. A blend of Jewish and Montessori instruction, including inter-generational programming in expansive

naturally lit rooms, with low student ration. Also offering a flexible schedule, child care, web cams, yoga, music, baby signing, Hebrew, Spanish,Art, after school enrichment and a“drop off” service. Separate Discovery Hebrew School. Now enrolling.

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4936 Old Irwin-Simpson Road, Mason, OH 45040 513-398-6928 • Montessori Early Childhood Program with exceptionally low ratios in nurturing environment. Our 2-acre campus provides bike and cart paths. Separate play areas for toddlers and preschoolers . Spanish and music classes of fered. Full- and par t-time a vailable. Ages 6 wks . - 4 yrs . AMS Affiliate.

Children, Inc.

333 Madison Ave., Covington, KY 41011 859-491-1455 • Montessori ear ly lear ning academ y no w enrolling children ages 2 yrs . - K. Give your child the ad vantage in a 3 ST AR, nationally accredited full-da y, year-round pro gram. A beautiful, w ell-equipped environment with a lar ge playground makes learning fun. There are special additional programs with no added fees such as dance , the arts and free meals and snacks . Visit our web site for more info or call to schedule a tour. Ask for your first week free!

Children’s Meeting House

927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140 513-683-4757 • For 37 y ears, CMH has pro vided a Montessori pro gram educa tion children ages 3 12. This AMS-affiliated school is located on 300 acres of w ooded proper ty, less than a mile from do wntown his toric Lo veland. Call for more information or to schedule a tour.

A Paid Advertising Directory The Compass School offers outstanding Re ggio-inspired infant, toddler, pre school and kinder garten pro grams, as w ell as after-school and summer camp through age 12. De greed teachers , superior parent communication and a w elcoming family en vironment. Open House featuring F risch Mari onettes Feb. 26, 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Please join us and bring a friend!

Covington Latin School

21 E. 11th St., Covington, KY 41011 859-291-7044 • We have developed a reputation of fostering an atmosphere of academic and spiritual leadership through our accelerated curriculum. Offering an accelerated program for highly motivated students grades 5 - 7 to ad vance one to tw o years, to a curriculum more appropriate to their individual needs. Class of 2010 earned over $6.2 million in scholarship offers (averaging $116,000 per student). Register online for our Open House eFb. 13 with sessions at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m.

Creative Tots

7803 Laurel Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45243 513-272-2223 • 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243 -and6408 Thornberry Court, Mason, OH 45040 513-561-7298 • CCDS is a co-educational,independent, college-preparatory school for students from 513-770-6776 • 18 mos. - grade12. Located on a beautiful 62-acre campus in Indian Hill. Merit and A small private preschool in the heart of Madeira and Mason.We believe children need-based tuition assistance is vailable. a Open Houses:Feb. 16 and May 11, 2011. flourish in a stimulating environment which emphasizes growth in intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. We are committed to creating a warm, Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy caring and supportive atmosphere. We welcome each child as an individuality, 11525 Snider Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249 nurture their self-confidence and develop within them a life-long love of learning. 513-247-0900 • We encourage you to visit our website to discover a new approach to preschool. 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The Museum of Natural Histor y and Sci ence offers Music in Motion for children ages 5 and younger. The Cin - Fitton Center for Creative Arts 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton, OH 45011 cinnati History Museum offers Once Upon a Story for preschoolers. And 513-863-8873 • Duke Ener gy Children’ s Museum has an intense focus on ear ly childhood education, including daily pro gramming and the Sprouts Institute w orkshops. We encourage you to e xperience the ar tistic, musical, educational and social opportunities designed with you in mind. Disco ver something new or culti vate your creativity in our ar t classes , workshops or private lessons . Stroll Cincinnati Waldorf School through our galleries of thought-pro voking exhibits. Join us for Celebrating 5555 Little Flower Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45239 Self’s enlightening luncheons , the professional performances of F itton Family 513-541-0220 • Fridays, EntertainmentPlus! and Mad Anthony Theatre Company’s off-beat plays. Offering a classical education for children pre-nurser y - grade 8. Quali fied teachers dedicated to providing a rich, developmentally appropriate cur Fort Mitchell Baptist Church riculum that inspires children to become life-long learners who are preJump for Joy Preschool pared to face our changing w orld. Obser vation tours at 9 a.m. on the 2323 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, KY 41017 third Tuesday of each month. T uition assistance a vailable. Ohio Ed Choice Scholarships a vailable. Open House F eb. 5 and Apr. 9, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 859-331-2304 • Make the first years of school for your child the best and enroll in Jump for Claudia Rudolf Barrett’s Ballet Tech of Ohio Joy Preschool today. We have an amazing group of quality teachers eager to 7623 Old 3C Hwy., Maineville, OH 45039 jump start your child’s education. We offer classes for children ages 2 yrs . 513-683-6860 • kindergarten; two, three or ever yday choices from 9:30 - 1:30. Call Heather Providing students with the oppor tunity to develop performance skills and to set up a tour. Registration for the 2011-2012 school year begins Feb. 7. activities that are essential to the gro wth of a professional dancer. Class es for students ages 2 - adult are taught b y professional w orld-renowned The Gardner School artists. Individual instr uction in pre-professional or recreational bal - 9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-985-9444 • let, pointe, pas de deux, modern, jazz and tae kwon do. Students may participate in the annual Nutcrack er or join the performing compan y. An award-winning, academically-focused preschool for ages 6 wks. through private full-da y kinder garten. Our ear ly childhood education curriculum is Community Montessori School age-appropriate and is among the highest standards in the industry. Your child 9035 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester, OH 45069 will reach their full potential guided b y our highly qualified, degreed teachers 513-777-0808 • and may par ticipate in such activities as sign language , the Be Smar t Kids Serves children ages 3 - 6 including kinder garten. All Montessori trained computer program, dance, gymnastics, foreign languages and music and drama. teachers. Morning and afternoon programs available. Our Jan. 23 Open House The Goddard School® (Multiple Locations) will include enrolled students so families can see the classroom in action. 800-GODDARD • The Compass School Whether gently holding infants , encouraging toddlers to share , or pro vid9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45249 ing preschoolers with enriching activities , The Goddard School ® sup 513-683-8833 • ports the health y development of children from 6 wks .- 6 yrs .

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aid is a vailable. Open House Jan. 24, 7 p.m. Call for fur ther information.

7800 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-388-4086 • Providing a caring and challenging educational en vironment for children. We value the individual child, nur ture spiritual gro wth and promote student responsibility and independence . We pro vide e xcellence through an integrated curriculum based on the gospel values of Jesus Christ and current educational practices that include activities suited to a variety of lear ning styles. Financial aid available. Full-day kindergarten and after-care available.

Indian Springs Academy of Music

9690 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241 513-779-7373 • Private instr uction in piano, jazz piano, strings , voice , winds , band instruments and guitar. Offerings also include music theor y classes, Music LAB curricula (age-appropriate software to develop theor y, rhythm, ear training and music literature) and quar terly recitals .

Kinder Garden School

10969 Reed Hartman Hwy. Blue Ash, OH 45242 513-791-4300 •

–and– 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C West Chester, OH 45069 513-874-3100 • Ages 6 wks. - 6 yrs. Together with interaction of child, staff and family, we develop the complete child. We provide formative encouragement and knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal interest in family and holistic education decisions for the child. Kinder Garden School is devoted to growing a child’s wish to fl ourish and lear n by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving profi ciency in a full, supportive, fertile, fun setting. ENLIGHTENMENT IS OUR MISSION.

King of Kings Lutheran Early Childhood Education Ministries

3421 Socialville-Foster Road, Mason, OH 45040 513-398-6089 • Offering Christian programs for ages 2 - 5 yrs. including an all-day kindergarten program that meets Mon. - Thu. Also offering an all-da y 3 yr. program on Tue. and Thu. and an all-da y 4 yr. program on Mon., Wed. and Fri. Student/ teacher ratio ranges from 5:1 - 9:1. Our curriculum is based on the State Standards. We are nationally accredited through NLSA. Limited fi nancial



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Liberty Bible Academy

4900 Old Irwin-Simpson Road, Mason, OH 45040 513-754-1234 • Providing a Christ-centered, Bible-based educational pro gram with high academic standards . LBA stresses patriotism and obedience to God’ s w ord. We offer an academic preschool, full-da y kinder garten and grades 1 - 8. Students enjoy enrichment classes in computer technolo gy, music , ar t, physical education and Spanish. Before- and after-care are also a vailable. LBA has been providing excellence in Christian education for over 25 years.

Mad Science of Cincinnati

793-6784 • Programs for grades pre-K - 6. Student teacher ratio of 12 - 18:1. Delivered to your school or center. Offering “edu-taining” inquir y-based, hands-on, profi ciency correlated “in-school fi eld trip” w orkshops and parent-funded after-school pro grams. Our special event assembly programs are ideal for schools, community centers and Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Gir l Scout or ganizations. Camps and bir thday par ty pro grams, too.

Mars Hill Academy

4230 Aero Drive, Mason, OH 45040 513-770-3223 • Cincinnati’s only classical Christian K 12 school. Near ly 300 students are enrolled for the ’ 10-’11 school y ear. MHA is committed to the classical model of education, which offers studies in Latin, lo gic and rhetoric. Our students also receive e xcellent training in music , drama, ar t, and athletics . Please visit our w ebsite or call for more information.

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campus. State-char tered AMS Affiliate program serving ages 3 yrs . - grade 8. Both of our independent, non-sectarian schools pro vide a nur turing approach to a ver y diversifi ed student body in outstanding facilities . Open House Jan. 23, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Observe classes and learn more about our individualized programs during Montessori Discovery Days Jan. 11 and Feb. 15, 9:30 a.m.

Montessori Center Room

2505 Riverside Drive, Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-321-3282 • A child-focused, AMS-affiliated, 4 1-year-old pro gram for ages 3 - 6, with a student/teacher ratio of 10:1 for pre-K. Before- and after-care available. Musikgar ten offered weekly. Open House on F eb. 27 from 1 - 3 p.m.

The Music Factory

8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-545-7125 • The Music Factory offers fun and educational group music classes for children ages 9 mos . - 5 yrs . The curriculum is specially designed to build musical foundations and encourage lear ning through music . Over 20 y ears of teaching e xperience. Classes a vailable on-site for preschool and da y care .

Muscial Arts Center

1987 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-321-2766 •

Cincinnati’s premier music school. Providing year-round study to all ages and musical abilities . Private vocal and instr umental instr uction with our professional faculty. The most complete pro gram offered in the city. Lectures and presentations throughout the year makes our singers the most prepared. Drama classes are also offered. We offer coaching to prepare students for auditions .

Piano Lessons In Your Home

1130 Donaldson Road, Erlanger, KY 41018 859-371-8100 •

A Catholic school for students 3 yrs . - grade 8 with an 18:1 student/teacher ratio. The strong academic curriculum is enhanced with offerings of fi ne arts and athletics. With a student population of 240, we provide a family atmosphere of caring challenge. Call today to schedule a tour of our great school.

Montessori Academy of Cincinnati

8293 Duke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040 513-398-7773 • Celebrating 22 y ears of individualized Montessori education.

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513-860-3540 • Offering piano, guitar and voice lessons for all ages in yourwnohome with xeperienced instructors in the Cincinnati area and in Northern Kentucky. Also offers free recitals, a flexible make-up policy, an extensive music library and flexible scheduling.

Playhouse in the Park

962 Mt. Adams Cir., Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-345-2242 • Programs for young actors from pre-K - grade 12 include theater tours , acting classes , summer da y camp sessions , the annual holida y sho w (A Christmas Carol) and the Rosenthal Ne xt Generation Theatre Series .

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grades K-8 · Full Day Kindergarten · Reading, Writing and Art Enrichment · SmartBoards in every classroom providing interactive learning · Athletics through CYO Grades 3-8 · Bus Services from all local School Districts · Extended After School Care · Specialized instructors in Spanish, Gym, & Music


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Community Montessori School 9035 Cincinnati Dayton Rd. West Chester, OH 513-777-0808

Pino & Bonzer Variety Show – Jan. 28 A funny little clown. A hat stealing dog. A lady who has you bark to music. It’s a wild and wacky show with zany characters, comedy, songs, mime and clever dogs with plenty of tricks up their, uh… paws and no woof it’s fun for everyone!! Adults: $10/members $12/non-members


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101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton, Ohio

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••• •• •• •• •• 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. • Sunday, January 30, 2011 ••• Highlighting Junior High – 1:00 ••• Grades–7 3:00 and 8 p.m. •• Showcasing Preschool Tuesday, Nov. 16th •• •• 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. through 8th Grade •• Showcasing Traditional •• Kindergarten through 6th Grade Families are welcome! •• •• Wednesday, Nov. 17th 3660 Vineyard Place 3660 Vineyard Place Snow cancellation date: •• Cincinnati, OH 45226 45226 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. •• Cincinnati, OH Sunday, 6 and Featuring Feb. Montessori •• Traditional Preschool for (513) 871-7218 871-7218 •• 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. (513) 3- and 4-year-olds •• • Informational All-School Open Coffees House Thursday, Nov. 4th

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For 40 years, Springer School and Center has empowered students with learning disabilities to become strategic learners, helping them to achieve success. Springer offers a day school for students ages 6-13 and outreach programs and learning disability resources for students, parents and teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area.

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2011 Education, Enrichment and After-School Programs Directory Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Nursery School

5950 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213 513-631-0170 • Professionally-qualified teachers provide active, expressive, child-centered learning experiences at this 3-star award-winning program. Choose two-, three-, four- or five-day morning or afternoon sessions for children 30 mos. - 5 yrs. Excellent ratios, degreed teachers and spacious, sunny classrooms await your preschooler. Parent and child classes are also available for infants and toddlers. Join us at our Open House , Sun. Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. or call to schedule a tour toda y.

Premier Athletics

1610 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills, KY 41011 859-431-7190 •

Home of the Kentucky All-Stars! Pro viding competitive cheer leading and dance training, tumbling classes , squad lessons , private lessons , summer camps and bir thday par ties to athletes of all ages and skill levels. Ongoing re gistration for tumbling classes and competitive cheer leading.

Prince of Peace School

625 Pike St., Covington, KY 41011 859-431-5153 • Affordable, quality Catholic Montessori education for kindergarten to grade 8. Student diversity, small class size and special classes for ph ysical education, music , librar y, technology, reading and counseling. Con veniently located off I-71/75 across the river from Cincinnati. Daily breakfast and hot lunch program and after-school child care. Open House Jan.23 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Rock Quest Climbing Center

3475 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241 513-733-0123 • Climbing is a great activity for kids of all ages . While kids are busy getting to the top of the wall, their minds are busy w orking other skills: problem solving, critical thinking, endurance , self confi dence and tr ust. Join our Recreational Climbing Club (ages 10 and up) or Junior Climbing Club (ages 6 - 9). All climbers must call to pre-re gister.

Rockwern Academy

8401 Montgomery Road, Kenwood, OH 45236 513-984-3770 • Rockwern Academy, founded in 1952 as Cincinnati’ s community Jewish da y school, offers a superior and balanced academic program that is inte grated with and informed b y Jewish culture , values and iden-

tity. P artnering with parents to develop critical minds and compassionate hear ts for children age 2 yrs . - grade 6. Small class sizes allo w students to be intellectually engaged, spiritually a ware and socially responsible .

St. Gabriel Consolidated School

18 W. Sharon Road, Glendale, OH 45246 513-771-5220 •

A nationally recognized 2010 Blue Ribbon School. Serving children from four parishes (St. Max, St. John, St. Matthias and St. Gabriel), as well as non-parish children from the surrounding area. 93% of our graduates attend Catholic high schools and have earned in excess of $100,000 in scholarships. Featuring leading edge technology, on-line grading, 8th grade algebra and K - 8 Spanish. Our kindergarten is all day and an after-school latchkey program is available daily.

St. Louis School

250 N. Broadway, Owensville, OH 45160 513-732-0636 • Serving pre-K - grade 8 in a small-family atmosphere . T eachers motivate , guide and assist students in developing to their full potential. Spanish classes for grades 6 - 8. Smar t Boards and computers in ever y classroom. Computer lab, United Streaming, Success Maker Math, Accelerated Reading, Renaissance Place , Edline and other technolo gical resources. Piano, violin, choir, First Lego League , scouts and spor ts offered. Call to schedule a tour.

St. Mark’s Lutheran School

5849 Buckwheat Road, Milford, OH 45150 513-575-3354 • St. Mark’s Lutheran School is a faith-based, accelerated academic school ser ving preschool - grade 8. We kno w and teach the ABC’s: Academics, Belief , Character and Ser vice. Base subjects are supplemented with P .E., Spanish, technology, music, band and ar t. Financial aid is available to all students .

St. Michael School

11136 Oak St., Sharonville, OH 45241 513-554-3555 •

A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence . Providing a traditional Catholic education for grades K - 8. State-of-the-art computer lab. Spanish classes are part of the daily curriculum. Classrooms equipped with Smart Boards. Financial aid is available. Enrichment programs in reading and math, extended day care and a variety of other after school activities, including Mad Science, Young Rembrandts, band, choir, scouts and sports. Join us at our Open House Feb. 3 at 6:15.

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St. Peter in Chains School

451 Ridgelawn Ave., Hamilton, OH 45011 513-863-0685 • A K - 8 school with enrollment of 235. SPS offers a high-caliber curriculum along with full-time Spanish, art, music and gym. We are the leader in the Greater Cincinnati area with an archer y program for grade 7 and 8 students . After-school care program lead by the local YMCA. CYO sports for grades 3 8. Bus ser vice to all local school districts . Open House Jan. 23, 1 - 3 p.m.

St. Romain Dance Academy

7938 Liberty One Drive, Liberty Twp., OH 45044 513-779-0135 • Classes for ages 3 - adult, including ballet, pointe , jazz, hip-hop, tap, musical theater, moder n, lyrical and yo ga classes . P erforming groups include our SYCD: Youth Community Dancers , ACE: Competition Ensemble and an annual Spring Sho w and Nutcrack er. Summer dance workshops and camps r un Jun. - Aug. Full info a vailable mid-March.

St. Ursula Villa

3660 Vineyard Place, Cincinnati, OH 45226 513-871-7218 • Serving ages 3 yrs . - grade 8, St. Ursula Villa pro vides academic e xcellence in the Ursuline tradition. Emphasis is on the individual, family atmosphere , whole-child development, outstanding high school preparation, and championship athletics . Student:teacher ratio of 10:1, and a school enrollment of 495. Open House: Jan. 30, 1 - 3 p.m.

The Seven Hills School

5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 513-271-9027 • An independent, non-sectarian, co-ed day school that prepares students, grades pre-K - 12 for 21st century opportunities. Students graduate as future-ready learners with the skills and habits of mind needed toxcel e in college and beyond, to live honorably, to lead effectively and to learn continuously. A full spectrum of enrichment opportunities are offered in athletics, the arts, community service, clubs and activities. Open House: Pre-K - grade 5, Jan. 11 and 12, 9 - 11 a.m.; Upper school, Jan 2 1, 8:30 a.m.; and Middle school, Jan. 28, 8:45 a.m.

Springer School and Center

2121 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-871-6080 • For 40 years, Springer School and Center has empowered students with learning

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disabilities to become strategic learners, helping them to achieve success. Springer Whistle Stop Clay Works offers a day school for students ages 6 -13 and outreach programs and learning 119 Harrison Street, Loveland, OH 45140 disability resources for students,parents and teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area. 513-683-2529 • Email: Summit Country Day School Whistle Stop Cla y Works is a ceramics teaching studio and galler y located in 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 the historic district of Lo veland. WSCW offers six-w eek classes for youth to 513-871-4700 • adult, after-school programs, scout troop workshops, youth clay camps, private The area’s only Catholic, independent, co-ed, college prep school serving students lessons and adult-only events . We can create a class or event to meet speage 2 - grade 12. Pro grams include a classical academic curriculum with a global perspective and a nationally recognized Educating for Character program. cific needs . Check our w ebsite for a complete list of offerings and updates . Montessori Interview Sessions (pre-K - K), Jan. 13 and 18, 8:30 a.m. All School Yoseikan Anderson Karate School Entrance Test (grades 1 - 8 and 9 - 12) Jan. 22, 8:30 a.m. Tuition assistance 7762 Beechmont Ave., Ste. A, Cincinnati, OH 45255 and scholarships available. Montessori toddler program now includes Orff Music. 513-232-1035 • Family mar tial ar ts for fun, fi tness and self defense . “Chito-Ryu” Karate is Tippi Toes Dance Company a traditional form focusing on self defense , self discipline , self a wareVarious Locations in Greater Cincinnati Area ness and self control, while helping to impro ve fl exibility, strength and bal513-578-1280 • ance. Students will lear n the ph ysical, psycholo gical and philosophical asHigh-energy dance classes for boys and girls ages 18 mos. - 12 yrs., inpects of Chito-Ryu Karate . Come and e xplore a w ell rounded mar tial ar t. cluding Momm y and Me , ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop, with an annual recital and separate mini-shows throughout the year.

Villa Madonna

2500 Amsterdam Road Villa Hills, KY 41017 859-331-6333 • For grades K- 12, Villa is a Catholic co-ed, Blue Ribbon school with full-da y kinder garten, foreign languages , music, ar t and athletics for grades K - 8. Colle ge prep curriculum with 17 AP courses that ear n colle ge credit. Successful athletic pro grams for high school students. K - grade 8 enrollment is appro ximately 325 with a student/teacher ratio of 12:1. High school enrollment is 200. Located just fi ve minutes off I-75.

Indian Springs

Academy of Music Piano • Voice • Strings • Winds • Guitar Band Instruments • Music Theory National Music Certificate Program American Popular Piano (Traditional Skills/Modern Styles)

Virtual Community School of Ohio

866-501-9473 • VCS Ohio is a free, flexible online school for grades K - 12. Students go to school from the comfort and safety of home. All students receive computer equipment and inter net access. VCS offers a special education program, a new talented student program as well as many social opportunities. Our mission is to mak e a difference in the life of a student.

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Travel to far-off galaxies and explore the edge of the visible universe with the new OMNIMAX film, Hubble. Blast off with NASA and explore the legacy of Hubble, the space telescope that has mesmerized us with its spectacular views of the cosmos for 20 years. Hubble Now Showing at Cincinnati Museum Center’s OMNIMAX® Theater.

Submit Entries to: Cincinnati Family Magazine 10945 Reed Harman Hwy., Suite 221 Cincinnati, OH 45242

Complete the information below: Name (first & last): Guardian’s Name: Mail your coloring page by January 10, 2011 to win: 10 Winners will receive a pair of All Museums Passes. These passes grant you a single day admission to all three museums.

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winterY fun at local parks


older days are a great time to explore the parks and learn what plants and animals do in the wintertime. Hamilton County Parks has a ton of offerings this month — everything from winter hikes and live animal encounters to nature story times and a G roundhog Jamboree! Visit or for our special listing of park events. •

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eginners interested in learning more about the night sky can attend this series that introduces them to the wonders of astronomy. Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 7 - 9 p.m.; $40 members, $50 nonmembers. Call 513-321-5186 or visit

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Celebrate the holiday season while learning about Christmases as long ago as 1890, including traditional decorations, art and a German miniature toy shop. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wed - Sun through Jan. 9; $8 adults, $6 students, free seniors and ages younger than 18, free on Sundays; 513-241-0343 or


Last chance to have some fun at The Beach. Enjoy the last two days of The Beach On Ice, complete with lights, rides, entertainment, Wii winter games, toboggan slides and more. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason; 5 - 10 p.m. today, 5 - 9 p.m. Jan. 2; $5 - $9; 513398-7946 or


Enjoy a recreation of this long-standing tradition, featuring music, pageantry and more. Christ Church Cathedral, Fourth & Sycamore Streets, Downtown; 5 p.m. today, 2:30 and 5 p.m. Jan. 2; 513-621-BOAR (2627) or


Enjoy train displays, a hobby shop, and two walk-through experiences, including an ice cave, a winter wonderland, the North Pole and Santa’s house. Entertrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester; today and Jan. 2; $10 for holiday walk-throughs; 513-898-8000 or


Last chance to see a dazzling light display that you can enjoy from the warmth of your car. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 6 - 10 p.m.; $12 per car, $45 per bus or van; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Enjoy hundreds of light displays one last time, including a quarter-mile stretch through the Candy Cane Lane. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park and Museum, 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road, Hamilton; 6 - 10 p.m.; $20; 513887-8336 or

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The Future Galileos: Telescopes winners in a 2010 Cincinnati Observatory contest


The Krohn Conservatory brings to life its annual holiday floral show with train displays, evergreens and more. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. today and Jan. 2; free admission, but donations are appreciated; 513-421-5707 or


The Zoo offers a holiday celebration with animals, train rides, children’s activities, and plenty of lights. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; 5 - 9 p.m. today and Jan. 2; free with admission ($14 adults, $9 seniors and ages 2 - 12): 513-281-4700 or


Santa will take some of his last dives with his underwater sleigh pulled by seahorses. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport; today and Jan. 2; $22 adults, $25 ages 2 - 12, free ages younger than 2; 859-7617444 or



Ages birth - 3 years can enjoy storytime with books, songs and finger plays. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $5 member, $7 nonmember plus admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum. org.


Ages 3 - 8 can make waffle sandwiches for a quick breakfast or snack. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd.; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@ or


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Ages 0 - 5 and a caregiver can enjoy some together time with Nativity music and songs. Nativity Parish Center, Ridge and Woodford Roads; 9:15, 10:30 a.m., 4:30, 7 p.m. today or 10 a.m. Jan. 6; 513-531-7742 or school.

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Ages 2 - 6 can enjoy some hands-on activities while parents learn to encourage and understand their children’s artistic point of view. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $5 member, $7 nonmember plus admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum. org.

Please see Jan. 1 for details.

Start the year on the right foot with a hike along the Kingfisher Trail - the goal is to hike it twice for a total of 2.2 miles. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 3:30 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Take a brisk hike and get your heart pumping along the Gorge Trailhead — the goal is to hike the trail twice for a total of 2.8 miles. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3:30 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or



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Explore the museum’s limestone and ice caves, meet some furry friends, play games, make art and enjoy the OMNIMAX film, Journey Into Amazing Caves, the next morning. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 7 p.m. - 10 a.m. Jan. 8; $28 per camper and per chaperone; 513-287-7000 or


Bring your kids ages 2 - 6 for tea time in the decafe, complete with tasty treats. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; $4 per child; 513-731-2665 or

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Learn some basic Spanish vocabulary and hear a story read in Spanish. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Ages 5 - 12 create a yummy wintertime treat — vanilla snowballs. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd.; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods. com or


Celebrate transportation with art that is on the move. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum. org.



Ages 5 - 10 can explore needlework and practice some new stitches to create their own design. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5 member, $7 nonmember plus admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or


Take a break from the cold and meet local artists Kim Flora and Rosalind Tallmadge, while you listen to the tunes of Tonefarmer and have an indoor snow day with ArtReach. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 4 p.m.; free, parking is $4; 513-639-2995 or

If you like treasure hunts, you’ll enjoy this outdoor sport. Learn some basics of orienteering, and test your skills with a map and compass. LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane; 1 - 3 p.m.; 513-542-2909 or cincinnatiparks. com.


Join Miss Jenny for a special story time that teaches you to stretch and relax. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or

9 sunday ARE YOU MY MUMMY?

Ages 9 - 15 are invited to learn about Egypt with a hands-on demonstration that mummifies earthworms using natron powder — as used by the Egyptians — and more. Museum of Natural History and Science, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 1 - 2 p.m.; $5 member, $7 nonmember plus admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or


Clean out your closets and bring unused items to the manaswap to be donated to the Lower Price Hill Community School’s Thrift Store. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 - 3 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Children interested in learning more about ballet are invited to attend classes for free this week from the Cincinnati Ballet. Otto M. Budig Academy, 1555 Central Pkwy. or 11444 Deerfield Road, Blue Ash; today - Jan. 16; 513-562-1133 or

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3 Star Winner Currently Enrolling for 2011-2012 School Year

Traditional AM and PM classes Extended day classes!

For more info call 683-7717

Jamie Coston, Preschool Director • 11800 Mason Road, Cincinnati, OH

PRESCHOOL Educating Jewish children since 1952 Age 2 through pre-kindergarten

• Nurturing Character & Compassion • Fostering the Joy of Being Jewish • Learning a Second Language • Cultivating Intellectual Curiosity • Building Confidence


in music, dance and theatre arts for the young and young at heart ages 3 to 83. For classes and calendar of events: 513-556-2959

a new locally-based service for musicians

Students: Need a teacher? We can help. Teachers: Need students? We can help.

We offer classes for ages 2 through Kindergarten 9:30 - 1:30 * 2, 3 or 5 days a week Ft Mitchel

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RegistRation foR the 2011-2012 school YeaR Begins feBRuaRY 7th.


Classes and supervision available from 7a.m. to 6p.m. Monday through Friday

Enrolling for the 2011-2012 school year Call 984.3770 to set up a tour •

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Contact us for more information! Call Heather to schedule a tour 859-331-2304 or 859-801-2811

Ft. Mitchell Baptist Church 2323 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell, KY

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private school Jan. 11

Montessori Academy of Cincinnati 8293 Duke Blvd., Mason 513-398-7773 Open house at 9 a.m.

Seven Hills School 5400 Red Bank Road 513-271-9027 •

Open house for grades PreK - 5 at 9 a.m.

Jan. 12


Jan. 21

Jan. 24

Open house for upper school at 8:30 a.m.

Open house at 7 p.m.

Seven Hills School 5400 Red Bank Road 513-271-9027 •

Jan. 22

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 11525 Snider Road (Administrative Office) 513-247-0900 • Open house at all buildings (PreK - 12) from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Seven Hills School 5400 Red Bank Road 513-271-9027 •

Liberty Bible Academy 4900 Old Irwin Simpson Road, Mason 513-754-1234 •

Jan. 13

Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700 •

Open house for grades PreK - 5 at 9 a.m.

Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700 •

Montessori Interview Sessions (PreK - K) at 8:30 a.m.

Jan. 17

St. Louis School 250 North Broadway, Owensville 513-732-0636 •

Preview and Shadow Day from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Jan. 18

Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700 •

Montessori Interview Sessions (PreK - K) at 8:30 a.m.

Jan. 19

Faith Community UMC Preschool 8230 Cox Road, West Chester 513-777-2726 Open house for preschool at 7 p.m.

Rockwern Academy 8401 Montgomery Road 513-984-3770

Open house from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

All School Entrance Testing (grades 1 - 8, 9 12) at 8:30 a.m.

Jan. 23

The Child’s Place 4936 Old Irwin-Simpson Road, Mason 513-398-6928 Open house from 1 - 3 p.m.

Community Montessori School 9035 Cincinnati-Dayton Road 513-777-0808 • Open house from 2 - 4 p.m.

Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Preschool 5950 Montgomery Road 513-631-0170 •

King of Kings 3621 Socialville-Foster Road, Mason 513-398-6089 •

Jan. 26

Mars Hill Academy 4230 Aero Drive, Mason 513-770-3223 •

Open house from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Jan. 28

Seven Hills School 5400 Red Bank Road 513-271-9027 •

Open house for middle school at 8:45 a.m.

Jan. 30

Immaculate Heart of Mary 7800 Beechmont Ave. 513-388-5650 • Open house from 12:30 - 3 p.m.

Mary Queen of Heaven School 1150 Donaldson Road, Erlanger 859-525-6909 • Open house from 12:30 - 3 p.m.

St. Mark’s Lutheran School 5849 Buckwheat Road, Milford 513-575-3354 Open house from 1 - 4 p.m.

St. Ursula Villa 3660 Vineyard Place 513-871-7218 • Open house from 1 - 3 p.m.

Admissions open house at 2 p.m.

Prince of Peace 625 Pike St., Covington 859-431-5153 • Open house from 1 - 3 p.m.

St. Peter in Chains 382 Liberty Ave., Hamilton 513-863-0685 Open house from 1 - 3 p.m.

Open house for preschool (ages 2 - 5) from 6 - 7 p.m.

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Ages 2 - 5 can enjoy a music program based on the Musikgarten curriculum that includes movement, instruments and the children’s own ideas. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $5 member, $7 nonmember plus admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or


Parents are invited to learn more about how the Brain Balance Center can help children struggling with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, Asperger’s and other learning disabilities. Receive a free copy of Dr. Melillo’s book, Disconnected Kids. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 12084 Montgomery Road; 7 p.m. today and Jan. 25; 513-257-0705 or


Bond with your kids ages 5 - 15 as you make keepsake ceramic projects. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 7 8:30 p.m. today, Jan. 18 and Feb. 1; $45 members, $60 nonmembers; 513-761-7500, ccummings@mayersonjcc. org or


Ages 3 - 8 and a caregiver will make a nutritious treat from bananas and oats. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd.; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula. or


Please see “Spotlight” on page 30 for details.


Ages 16 and older are invited to create a necklace with semi-precious stones and silver beads, along with a bracelet or earrings. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 7 - 9 p.m. today and Jan. 19; $40 members, $55 nonmembers, plus a $20 material fee; 513-761-7500, or


Get ready to build, carve and construct with your preschooler as you explore three-dimensional art through stories, tours and hands-on art activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. or 2 p.m.; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers, free parking with purchase of ticket; 513-639-2995 or


Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.


Parents and children can collaborate with local artist Leif Fairfield to learn the art of screen printing, a la Andy Warhol. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 - 4 p.m.; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers, parking free with ticket; 513-639-2995 or


Families interested in learning more about international adoption are invited to join this free webinar from Families Thru International Adoption. 7 p.m. today and Jan. 27;


14 friday


Miss Meghan will have you and your little ones moving and singing and having fun in this “time together” program. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. today and Jan. 20; $8 per child; 513-731-2665 or

Ages 5 - 10 can create their own African drum and celebrate African cultures and traditions with music, food and festivities. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 3 - 4 p.m.; $5 member, $7 nonmember plus admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or

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“the kids were absolutely thrilled! trevor says it was the best party he’s ever had ... or been to!” - pam owens F ST O G



cinn a Cin Mag

cincinnati’s finest family magician

(513) 702-4400 •

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amazing magic, audience participation and silly fun. your child is the STAR of the show! harvey the live rabbit appears.

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill program presents this kid-friendly twist on Homer’s “Iliad.” Recommended for ages 10 and older, the play features dramatic scenes on earth contrasted with a comic war the gods fight on Mt. Olympus. Highlands High School, 2400 Memorial Pkwy., Fort Thomas at 3 p.m.; Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield at 7 p.m.; 513-421-3888 or


Deondra Means from the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati enlivens some favorite children’s stories. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way; 12 p.m.; free with admission ($12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger); 513-333-7500 or


Explore the field of robotics with your family, including building a robotic “hand,” stories and aerospace demonstration stations. National Museum of the United States Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB OH; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 937-255-1283 or nationalmuseum.


Learn some basic German vocabulary and listen to a story told in German. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or




Linton Music presents “Child’s Play,” an introduction to classical music for youngsters. Mason United Methodist Church, 6315 S. Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; $4 per person; 513-381-6868 or

Imago Earth Center will talk about simple, ecological and economical solutions can keep your home clean and healthy. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or



Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.


Reuse some common household items to make crafts in this cabin-fever reliever. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Ages 5 - 12 will make some animal food that they can actually eat. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd.; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods. com or


Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.


The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park brings the theatre to the JCC with this re-telling of Homer’s well-known classic that is both lively and eloquent. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 1 - 2 p.m.; 513-761-7500, info@ or

Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.


Bring the whole family to explore, create and play through self-guided tours, art-making activities, storytelling and games. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-684-4516 or


Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.


Moms can learn the basics of making their own homamade baby food with help from the folks at Surviving Motherhood. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd.; 7 p.m.; $5; 513-459-6131 or paula. or


Join Deondra Means from the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati as he sings freedom songs with your family. Then make a craft, play a game, and help build a Community Canvas with the staff from Happen, Inc. Main Library, 800 Vine St.; 1 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or

Author Missy Griffin discusses and signs her book, Gigi’s Window. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 - 3 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Grades K - 5 can join a party of games, swimming in the indoor waterpark, crafts, a kid-friendly dinner, and a movie. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 7 - 11 p.m.; $20 members, $27 nonmembers ($15 and $20 for each additional sibling); 513-761-7500, mmiller@mayersonjcc. org or

Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian


Mary Wilson of the Supremes joins the Cincinnati Symphony Pops for a stroll through Motown hits, along with a tribute to the Broadway musical, Dreamgirls. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 8 p.m.; $25 - $94.50; 513-3813300 or

Nursery School

Preschool for 21⁄2 years - 5 years

2, 3, 4 or 5 day programs, mornings or afternoons Degreed staff, excellent ratios



SUNDAY JAN. 23, 2PM Parent & Child Classes Infant through Toddler


adcap’s Hats Off Series continues with a presentation of the classic tale with a big lesson. Gallagher Center, Xavier University, 3800 Victory Pkwy.; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 15 and 1 and 5 p.m. Jan. 16; $7. Call 513-7453576 or visit

3 Star Winner

Step Up To Quality Top Award Winner

Megan Sprigg, M.S.Ed., Director 5950 Montgomery Rd. 513.631.0170 34 January 2011

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Kids with the day off can splash in the water park, play games in the gym, create art projects and enjoy the Club J room. Bring a packed lunch and drink, a swim suit and towel, and appropriate clothes in case you go outside to play. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., before and after care available; $48 members, $58 nonmembers, additional fees for before and after care; 513-761-7500, mmiller@mayersonjcc. org or


Discover the magic of music with your child, ages brith to 3 years. Sing, dance, chant and play instruments in an informal atmosphere. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $5 member, $7 nonmember plus admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or


Join this open house and take a free sample class to explore how moms can exercise with their babies and strollers at their own fitness level. Please bring a blanket, water and a stroller. Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 7600 Princeton Glendale Road, Hamilton; 9:45 - 11 a.m. today, Jan. 20 and 25; 513874-0910 or


Please see Jan. 11 for details.


Ages 3 - 8 and a caregiver will create a tasty winter treat - vanilla snowballs. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd.; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@ or



Please see Jan. 18 for details.


Please see “Spotlight” on page 30 for details.

Please see Jan. 13 for details.



Bring your preschooler for stories, games, songs and crafts, followed by play time in the museum’s play tables and train displays. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or


Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.


Ages 6 months to 5 years and a caregiver are invited to celebrate Tu B’shvat, the Jewish Festival of the Trees, as the JCC dedicates its new indoor play area, “The PJ Patch.” Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 12:30 p.m.; 513-761-7500, or


Parent-child teams receive instruction on assembling a Galileoscope, and training on how to use it to observe the night sky. Space is limited. Drake Planetarium, 2020 Sherman Ave., 4th Floor; 7 - 9 p.m.; $35 per team members, $45 per team nonmembers; 513-396-5578 or

Last day to register. Families are invited for a hootin’ good time learning about owls that includes an introduction to some live nocturnal creatures and a night hike. Avon Woods Nature Center, 4235 Paddock Road; 6:30 - 8 p.m. on Jan. 28; 513-861-3435 or



Ages 8 and older can hike underneath the light of the full moon. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7:30 p.m.; free members, $5 nonmembers; 513-831-1711 or


Learn about current national research focused on sucessful readers and how to better follow your child’s reading development and learning. Langsford Learning Acceleration Center, 9402 Towne Square Ave.; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; 513-531-7400 or

Please see Jan. 12 for details.

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GALLOP AGAIN Horse & Pony Lessons ages 4-adult * Private lessons - 25.00 Group - Call for details Mommy and Me Toddler Pony Classes - age 2-5



Music & Movement Classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and the Adults Who Love Them!™

Classes beginning in January include: Art Classes, Cooking Classes, Music Classes – Music Together, Piano Classes for ages 5-Adult, Choir for Kids, Private Lessons in Voice, Guitar, Piano, Brass Instruments

* Birthday parties * Day Camps * Horse Fun play dates * Special needs classes & more!

Open HOuse

Feb. 3 6:15 pm for prospective families 11136 Oak St, Sharonville, OH 45241

513-312-5419 7398 Liberty One Dr., Liberty Twp.

(513) 779-0135

Pied PiPer AcAdemy of the Arts 513.754.8866 mason - West chester - middletown Visit us on the web for information on our other classes in music, art & cooking! •

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his three-day festival includes authentic goods and food from an African marketplace, storytelling and exciting performances by African drummers and dancers. Rotunda, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; admission to the fest is free, parking is $6. Call 513-2877000 or visit


Join the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) for their annual fundraiser that features samplings of both artistic and culinary delights while you tour the CCM Village. College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati Campus; 6:30 p.m.; ticket prices to be determined; 513-556-5000 or


Explore the cave, space and dinosaur exhibits and enjoy an animal demonstration, followed by activitities to help you decode a mysterious message about the museum. Then enjoy a private screening of the OMNIMAX film, Hubble, the next morning. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 7 p.m. - 10 a.m. Jan. 22; $28 per camper and per chaperone; 513-2877000 or


Older children and adults are invited for an introduction to winter constellations and the legends that accompany them. Wolff Planetarium, Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Drive; 7 - 8 p.m.; $3; 513-751-3679 or cincinnatiparks. com.

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill program presents this kid-friendly twist on Homer’s “Iliad.” Recommended for ages 10 and older, the play features dramatic scenes on earth contrasted with a comic war the gods fight on Mt. Olympus. The Women’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Mariemont, at 2 p.m., and the Sharonville Fine Arts Council, 11165 Reading Road, Sharonville, at 7:30 p.m.; 513-421-3888 or


Learn some basic French vocabulary and listen to a story read in French. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or

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Ages 3 - 6 are invited to Tales the Library Dragon’s birthday party — celebrate with dancing, games and treats. Boone County Public Library, Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 10:30 a.m.; 859-342-BOOK (2665) or


The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra presents this kidfriendly concert, Mozart!, as the final event of the CSO Mozart Festival. Pre-concert activities include an instrument “petting zoo” and a chance to meet the musicians. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 10:30 a.m., preconcert activities begin at 9:30 a.m.; $7 - $12; 513-3813300 or


Linton Music presents “Child’s Play,” an introduction to classical music for youngsters. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7701 Kenwood Road; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; $4 per person; 513-381-6868 or


Make a yummy baked apple with no oven required. Designed for ages 5 - 12. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd.; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula. or


Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.


Get your blood pumping with a vigorous hike, complete with rest stops to admire the winter scenery. Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave.; 10 a.m.; 513-231-8678 or


Learn about intentional, strength-based parenting and raising children in a positive environment in this work shop from Beech Acres. Beech Acres Parenting Center, 6881 Beechmont Ave.; 6:30 p.m.; $15; 513-231-6630 or


Have fun with your infant or toddler in this sign language program that will teach you some basic signs and maybe even reduce some of the stress of those early childhood years. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $5 member, $7 nonmember plus admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or


Please see Jan. 18 for details.


Please see Jan. 11 for details.


Ages 3 - 8 and a caregiver will make some peanut butter balls today. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd.; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods. com or

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Take a close look at portraiture and figurative painting during this open house. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m.; free, parking is $4; 513-6392995 or


Please see Jan. 13 for details.


Leave the kids at home for an evening and meet other mothers while you get pampered with food, goodies and more. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd.; 6 p.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods. com or

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Ages 6 - 8 can design snowflakes of all varieties and create a sweet crystal treat. Boone County Public Library, Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 6:30 p.m.; 859-342-BOOK (2665) or


Families and friends of the Sycamore school district can enjoy inflatables, games, prizes, refreshments, and a silent auction and raffle, all hosted by the Montgomery Elementary PTO. Montgomery Elementary School, 9609 Montgomery Road; 5:30 - 9 p.m.; 513-686-7130.


Ages 2 and older can hear nature stories, songs and join some fun activities with the staff from Imago. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.


Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.


Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.


Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill program presents this kid-friendly twist on Homer’s “Iliad.” Recommended for ages 10 and older, the play features dramatic scenes on earth contrasted with a comic war the gods fight on Mt. Olympus. District A at Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian, 5950 Montgomery Road; 7 p.m.; 513-421-3888 or


Bring the whole family to make a 19th-century craft in this series from the Freedom Center. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way; 12 p.m.; free with admission ($12 adults, $10 seniors, $8 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger); 513-333-7500 or


Ages 5 - 12 will make some pizza-dillas today. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd.; 10 a.m.; 513-4596131 or or wholefoods. com.


Madcap Puppets presents Tales of Flight With the Brothers Wright for audiences of all ages. Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive; 7 p.m.; $3 in advance, $5 at the door, free ages 1 and younger; 513-563-2895 or

30 sunday DIS/TROY


Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.


Linton Music presents “Child’s Play,” an introduction to classical music for youngsters. Center for the Arts, Wyoming, 322 Wyoming Ave.; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; $4 per person; 513-381-6868 or


All ages can enjoy this classic tale told by life-sized puppets from Madcap Puppets. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Jan. 30; free for CAM members, $7 nonmembers; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or

THE ROCKIN’ ADVENTURES OF PETER RABBIT Please see “Now Playing” on page 39 for details.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill program presents this kid-friendly twist on Homer’s “Iliad.” Recommended for ages 10 and older, the play features dramatic scenes on earth contrasted with a comic war of the gods on Mt. Olympus. Center for the Arts Wyoming, 322 Wyoming Ave.; 12 p.m.; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay. com.


Ages 3 - 5 can explore movement through dance, games, songs and yoga using props and acting-out stories. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $5 member, $7 nonmember plus admission ($8.50 adults, $7.50 seniors, $6.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-2877000 or (please turn the page)


Individualized Method of Education Ages 2 1/2 - 6 years Pre-school and Kindergarten Full Day, a.m & p.m. sessions

Now Enrolling for 2011/2012 School year


Serving Liberty Township, West Chester & Mason

Call for Observation Appointment

West Chester/Fairfield Area

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(513) 771-5220 All Day Kindergarten - 8th Grade



St. Gabriel Consolidated School is a Catholic Christian elementary school serving a diverse education community. We are dedicated to nurturing the WHOLE child by providing a quality learning experience. Together with the parishes, we assist parents in the Christian formation of our students. •

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ongoingevents Cincinnati Museum Center, Union Terminal 1301 Western Ave., 513-287-7000, HUBBLE

For 20 years, the Hubble Space Telescope gave us dazzling views of the cosmos. Enjoy some awe-inspiring imagery in this OMNIMAX film narrated by Leonardo Di Caprio. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 ages 3 - 12.

For more ongoing events, visit or 2112 or


Ages 6 - 12 are invited to build confidence, listening skills and discipline through African drumming. Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, Ste. 662; 10 a.m. on Sat; 513-696-2112 or


Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) 953 Eden Park Drive 721-ARTS (2787)

Ages 20 months - 5 years learn how to praise and worship with songs, dancing, puppets, play games and more. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; Thur at 9 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more;



Stop by the CAM between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Sat and Sun for hands-on activities and art making inspired by current exhibitions.


These weekend tours led by CAM docents feature touchable objects and hands-on ARTSTOPS. Meet at 1 p.m. on Sat; 3 p.m. on Sun.

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East Sixth St., 513-345-8400, FAMILY SATURDAY

An artist will join families to help create art projects in the UnMuseum. Meet from 1 - 4 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages younger than 3.


Ages 3 - 7 and a caregiver can explore their imaginations and express their creativity in the UnMuseum. Meet at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages younger than 3.

Miscellaneous events continuing this month:

Enjoy a toy train display that includes Lionel trains and Plasticville, with over 250 feet of track and over 25 operational accessories. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; through Jan. 16; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17; 859-4914003 or



Ages 4 - 7 can explore the elements of art with Miss Kelli. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1:30 p.m. on Fri; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.


Join blue manatee’s artist-in-residence, Miss Kelli, to read a picture book, followed by an art project based on the book. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 a.m. on Mon; 513-731-2665 or


Babies up to age 4 are invited for stories and songs. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 9:30 a.m. on Sat; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.


Get ready for finger puppet fun with Miss Gail. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; Wed at 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665;

The U.S. Bank Ice Rink is open for some outdoor ice skating. Please note times are subject to change for weather or special events. Fountain Square, downtown; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sun - Thu, 10 a.m. - midnight Fri - Sat through Jan. 2, 12 - 6 p.m. Sun - Wed, 12 - 8 p.m. Thu, 12 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat Jan. 3 - Feb. 20; $3 to skate, $3 skate rental; 513-381-0782 or



Enjoy a day out with and for the kids, including lunch! Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; 9 - 11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (lunch bunch) and 12:30 - 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 - 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; $10 for one child, $15 for families, $5 additional for lunch bunch; 513-7913142 or

Bring your little ones to hear favorite stories and listen to new tales each week. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; 513-396-8960 or


Ages 6 months - Kindergarten can make crafts, play games, and have a snack with friends while parents run errands, meet with friends, or have some time away from the demands of parenthood. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; Tue at 9 - 11:30 a.m. or 12 - 2:30 p.m., lunch bunch from 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more, $5 lunch bunch;


Parents and grandparents with children ages birth - 5 are invited to experience activities like guest speakers, crafts, games, stories and snacks. Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road, 1 - 2:30 p.m., first and third Tuesday; 513-791-7631 or


Be in the Calendar

To have your events listed in our Februray calendar, send details by Wednesday, Jan. 5 to Sherry Hang at or fax to 513-252-0081.

Children are invited to explore their creative side in these artistic series that meet once a week for eight weeks, including Let’s Make a Movie (Mon at 4 p.m.); The Lunch Box (Thu at 4 p.m.) and Seasons in Wonderland (Fri at 4 p.m.). The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington; $10; 859-491-2030 or


Stories and activities with weekly themes for ages PreK and older. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 7800 Montgomery Road; Saturdays at 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320.


This class teaches simple Bible truths to children 20 months - 5 years using the FaithWeaver Friends curriculum that includes Bible stories, crafts, snacks and activities. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; Wed at 9 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more;


Ages 6 - 12 can learn about the beauty and strength behind African dance. Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, Ste. 662; 11:15 a.m. on Sat; 513-696-

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Two-time Grammy winner Bill Harley uses songs and stories in his concert to paint a comical portrait of growing up in this production from the Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; Jan. 29; $6 adults, $5 ages 4 - 18; 513-421-3888 or

Neat freak Felix and sloppy slob Oscar have nothing in common except their shared apartment where they clash and butt heads in Broadway’s most cherished comedy. The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts, 1028 Scott Blvd.; Fri and Sat at 7:30 p.m., Sun at 3 p.m., Jan. 28 - Feb. 13; $19; 859-957-1940 or



Neil Simon’s self-portrait as a teen in the late 30s features a Brooklyn family — a formidable mother, an overworked father, a worldly older brother and a widowed aunt — sure to deliver laughs as well as tears. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave; Jan. 20 - Feb. 6; $21 adults, $19 seniors and students; 513421-6550 or


This all-child cast presents an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale, set to music. Clifton Performance Theatre, 404 Ludlow Ave.; 7 p.m. Jan. 29, 2 p.m. Jan. 30; $10 adults, $7 children; 513-861-7469 or

This wild and wacky show includes a funny little clown, a hat-stealing dog, and a lady that wants you to bark to music. There’s comedy, songs and mimes and clever dogs with tricks up their paws. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 28; $10 adult members, $12 adult nonmembers, $5 child members, $6 child nonmembers; 513-863-8873, ext. 110 or

The Pino and Bonzer Variety Show takes place Jan. 28.


ArtReach gives Beatrix Potter’s characters a modern musical makeover — through a series of “rockin’” adventures, Peter Rabbit learns about the importance of family and of following your dreams in this presentation from the ARTrageous Saturday series. Raymond Walters College Theatre, Raymond Walters College campus, 9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 29; $5 per person; 513-745-5705 or rwc.

Exciting family theatre at the Playhouse Saturdays, January 22 - March 12, 2011 “Why the Sky is Far Away” & Other Wonderful Tales to Celebrate the Earth January 22, 2011 • Featuring LuAnn Adams Captivating Native American and Rain Forest tales celebrate the relationships between people, animals and the world we share.

Bill Harley: A Family Concert

January 29, 2011 • Featuring Bill Harley This Grammy Award-winning artist engages the entire family with songs that paint a vibrant and hilarious picture of growing up.

Annie Oakley’s Wild West Show

February 5, 2011 • Featuring Madcap Productions Puppet Theatre Hilarious characters and spine-tingling stunts bring American history to life in this Wild West extravaganza featuring Madcap’s signature giant puppets.

Aesop Bops! (These two performances are FREE as part of ArtsWave Sampler Weekends) Featuring David Gonzalez • February 12, 2011

Aesop’s fables come alive with speech, sound, mime, dance and imagination in this fast-paced, funny show packed with audience participation.


Introduce your little ones ages 4 and older to the theatre with the first of the Playhouse’s Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series. Storyteller LuAnn Adams will share Native American folklore and tales from the Rain Forest, along with plenty of other multi-cultural tales about the world we share. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 22; $6 adults, $5 ages 4 - 18; 513-421-3888 or

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All shows performed in the Playhouse’s Rosenthal Plaza at 10:30am & 1:00pm* / Ages 4-18: $5; Adults: $6. To ensure the enjoyment of all in attendance, children younger than 4 must sit on an accompanying adult’s lap throughout the performance. *1:00pm performance is signed for the hearing impaired courtesy of Cincinnati State.

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Enrichment classes for infants and toddlers to enjoy with a parent or caregiver. Each session includes facilitated play, music & movement, art explorations and informal parenting discussions. Come join the fun!

Call (513)631-0170 for more information.

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Classes now available on-site for your Preschool or Daycare


Rates: 1 month: $55; 3 months: $40 per month; 6 months: $30 per month; 12 months: $25 per month; add $10 per month for color. Pleasent Ridge Presbyterian Nursery School

Music classes for children Ages 9 mos. - 5 yrs.


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Music Pups B-day Party! Have a Music Pups Birthday Party for your 1 to 4 year old. Singing, dancing, music instruments, parachutes, bubbles, puppets, & more.



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For children ages 3–10 and their families rosie ’26 “Summit Montessori students view Matisse and Picasso masterpieces up close, travel through the solar system, and attend Cincinnati area theatre performances. These experiences find their way into meaningful, purposeful work. Our children are excited to discover real world applications within the classroom and beyond through enrichment that includes Orff music, French and Spanish.” — Mrs. Schueler, Director of Montessori

The summit inspires.

SAT JAN 22 10:30 AM Vince Lee, conductor Know Theatre Eric Vosmeier, Producing Artistic Director Discover the childhood genius of Mozart! Join the CSO and Know Theatre of Cincinnati as we present a concert featuring Mozart’s marvelous music coupled with a brand new play. Join us at the Kids’ Zone starting at 9:30 am for pre-concert fun!

$12 adults I $7 children

For more information about upcoming opportunities for shadowing, Parent Preview Days, Open Houses, entrance testing, and personal tours, contact Admissions at 513.871.4700, ext. 261 or visit


513.381.3300 I The Summit is Cincinnati’s only independent, Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory school serving students age 2-Gr. 12.

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Cincinnati Family Magazine - January 2010  

Cincinnati Family Magazine for January 2010