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prioritize learning love my children and want them to do well, but the truth is sometimes I love them so much I’m blinded to their faults. With this inherent bias that all parents have within themselves in regards to their children, it can be difficult to know how your child REALLY stacks up in the classroom; your child’s a genius, right? How long, you wonder, will it take the teachers to recognize that? The blinders come off once your kids enter preschool and are placed in scenarios where they can be compared to their peers. It becomes obvious fairly quickly where your child ranks in terms of social, emotional, physical and academic skills in this kind of setting. In my mind, all four of my kids were gifted, but once we started preschool, I learned that they were all pretty typical in a group setting, and that my job as they grew would be to discover, help bring forward and advocate for their unique gifts. When we moved onto public education we learned some valuable les sons. Schools and teachers are stretched to capacity with large class sizes and limited funds. Children have a diverse range of abilities and needs, and the public education system can’t cater to everyone. I learned with my very first child that much of the responsibility to educate her — to help her be a good reader, to listen, observe and take interest — lies with me. I also learned that it’s my job to connect my kids to others who can help them if their teachers or I cannot. Seeing to it that your child is getting a good education is exhausting, but necessary. I check in with each of my four kids daily, and it’s hard to get to it sometimes, but it’s so thoroughly important for my kids to have real connection, real conversation, real discovery, that I battle to make it happen. I learn what they are studying in school and try to help make it interesting for them. Somewhere in the middle of our busy family life dinner gets made, ice hockey practice happens, soccer practice happens, piano lessons are taken. And here we are. It’ s January, 2013. Life is zipping along, we are all of us busier than ever, and with Christmas break over the race to not only just keep up but to excel at school starts all over again. So this is an early education heads up to you parents with babies and preschoolers: Start your preschool education at home. Lay down the ground work for how you want your homelife to be: a balance of fun and hanging out with the more serious business of learning — only make it fun. Start simple with little lessons in self suf ficiency. Expect your children to do things for themselves and they will. Insist that your children cut their own meat when they are old enough to! Insist on reading and education in the home where everything electronic except the lights are turned off so the brains can go on. And when it comes to the school work, follow up each day to see what’s going on, even if it means nightly backpack checks. Our kids need connectivity with us — more than ever before. We can have that connection by learning along side them as they go.

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oin NKY Family on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at the Cincinnati Sports Club (3950 Red Bank Road) for our annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair! Gather info from camps of all kinds, including overnight camps, local day camps, sports camps, academic programs and art camps. Meet camp directors oneon-one while kids explore activities and games. While you’re there, be sure to tour the facility during Cincinnati Sports Club’s open house. Admission and parking are FREE! Use one of two convenient entrances — Red Bank Road or Murray Avenue — and make your summer plans now!

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id you know that the Girl Scout Cookie Program is the largest girl-run business in the world? Beginning Friday, Jan. 4, you can help the program continue its successful run. New this year are Girl Scout Snack Bars, with rolled oats, cereal flakes and granola dipped in chocolate, which will sell for $4 a box (cookies continue to sell for $3.50 a box). Even more exciting, the packaging on the Double Dutch snack bar features the Mason-based jump rope team, the Comet Skippers!You’ll see several members of the team jumping on the packaging for the Double Dutch bars, or on the Little Browner Bakers web site (makers of the cookies and snack bars).Find your local Girl Scout at 513-489-1025 or

Crush Cabin Fever: Need ideas on where to go for winter fun? We’ve got loads of great spots for winter hiking, ice skating, sledding and more. Just visit and click on “Winter Blast!”

ill Harley visits the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (962 Mt. Adams Circle) to help kick off the latest Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series (tickets are $5). A favorite amongst Greater Cincinnati families, Bill is a regular visitor to our area. “I’m looking forward to coming back to the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park with some new songs and stories, and old ones too,” says the Grammy winner . “I love coming to Cincinnati — love the food and the hills and the river . And since I was born nearby, I’ll always remember that fi rst baseball mitt was a Johnny Temple autograph model.” Be sure to c heck him out at 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, and visit to register to win a copy of his latest CD with Keith Munslow, It’s Not Fair to Me.



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news Parents, Make the Most of an Open House


pen houses are great opportunities for parents to learn about a school, but it’s a good idea to prepare. Kelley Schiess, Director of Admission at The Summit Country Day School, suggests that parents research schools online to learn about mission, curriculum and programs, as well as admission requirements. Schiess advises parents to determine the structure of the open house before bringing children. “For instance, an open house involving faculty presenting to parents may not be the best fit for a young child,” she says, adding that schools are happy to tell parents about opportunities for children to visit. She also recommends parents ask the following questions when visiting a school: 1. Is the school accredited and, if so, by what accrediting body? 2. What sort of student is successful at this school? What is the profile of a typical student? 3. Is it possible to sit in on a class? 4. Is it possible for your child to spend a day or half day at the school attending classes? 5. What are the financial expectations of families in addition to tuition? 6. What is the geographical makeup of the school? 7. Where will your child’s friends live?

JANUARY OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE: Children’s Meeting House Montessori House 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 • Open house Jan. 27 from 2 - 4 p.m. Cincinna ti Christian Schools Elementary: 7350 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield 513-874-8500 Junior/Senior: 7474 Morris Road, Fairfield 513-892-8500 Open house on Jan. 27 from 2 - 4 p.m. on both campuses. T he G ood Shepherd Catholi c Montessori 4460 Berwick St., Cincinnati 513-271-4171 • Open house Jan. 27 from 1 - 4 p.m.

G uardian A ngels School 6539 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati 513-624-3141 • Open house Jan. 27 from 1 - 3 p.m. T he Kinder G arden School 10969 Reed Hartman Hwy., Blue Ash • 513-791-4300 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C, West Chester • 513-874-3100 Open houses Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 5 - 6 p.m. at both locations. King of Kings 3621 Socialville Foster Road, Mason 513-398-6089 • Open house Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. Mars Hill Acade my 4230 Aero Drive, Mason 513-770-3223 • Open house Jan. 21 and Feb. 20 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Mar y Queen of Hea ven School 1130 Donaldson Road, Erlanger 859-371-8100 • Open house Jan. 27 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Middlet own Christian School 3011 N. Union Road, Franklin 513-423-4542 • Open house Jan. 27 from 2 - 4 p.m. T he New School 3 Burton Woods Drive, Cincinnati 513-281-7999 • Open house Jan. 27 from 2 - 4 p.m. St . G abriel Consolid ated School 18 W. Sharon Road, Glendale 513-771-5220 • Open house Jan. 30 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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IT’S WINTER TIME! If your child suffers from winter nosebleeds, try using a cool mist humidifier in their room. If bleeding is severe or recurrent, consult your pediatrician. Bathing two or three times a week is enough for your infant’s first year – more frequent bathing may dry out their skin. Keep skin moisturized between baths. Cold weather does not cause colds or flu. Frequent hand washing and teaching your child to sneeze/cough into the bend of their elbow helps reduce the spread of the viruses. And don’t forget to get a flu shot for your child! LOCATIONS: Mason-Montgomery 9600 Children’s Dr., Mason, OH 45040 Liberty Township 7335 Yankee Rd., Liberty Twp. OH 45044 Forest Park 752 Waycross Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45240 10 January 2013

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rsv What you can do to help your baby avoid the infection.


olds and flu abound this time of year; we’re all used to carrying extra packets of tissues and bottles of hand sanitizers. But some infections can easily become worse, especially in infants with weak immune systems. We asked Dr. Brian Walters of St. Elizabeth Physicians’ Union Mt. Zion Family Medicine about the common virus known as RSV.

of severe illness. These individuals can have immune systems that are not as strong as other children, potentially making the infection more serious. In addition, the virus can lead to lower respiratory tract illness in these patients resulting in inflammation of the lungs (pneumonia) or small airway passages entering the lungs (bronchiolitis).

CF: WHAT IS RSV? BW: RSV stands for Respiratory Syncytial V irus. This is a virus that infects

CF: HOW CAN PARENTS TELL WHEN A RSV INFECTION HAS GONE FROM BAD TO WORSE? BW: Look for high fever, severe cough, wheezing (high pitched sound heard

the lungs and breathing passages of patients. This virus causes up to 125,000 children to be hospitalized in the United States annually , generally late fall to early spring. It is a very common infection — in fact most children have been infected with the virus by the time they reach age 2. It spreads through coughing and sneezing or by direct contact from a contaminated object or infected individual. Recovery for healthy individuals is on average seven to ten days, and infants are most contagious in the first three to eight days according to the CDC.

CF: WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF RSV? BW: In adults and older healthy children, this infection will have symptoms very similar to the common cold, which is also a viral condition. Most commonly, symptoms may include cough, sneezing, sore throat, runny nose, fever and decreased appetite. In infants, wheezing, labored breathing and irritability are possible.

CF: IT SEEMS THAT INFANTS ARE AT INCREASED RISK FOR SERIOUS ILLNESS WITH A RSV INFECTION, WHY IS THAT? BW: Infants younger than 6 months of age or younger children who were born

usually when exhaling), rapid breathing, and bluish color of the skin/lips due to low oxygen levels.

CF: WHAT ARE THE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR RSV, AND THE TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR INFANTS WITH A SEVERE INFECTION? BW: There are no medications that correct the underlying infection with RSV. Medications such as Tylenol or Motrin are used in uncomplicated illness to help with fever, bulb suctioning to help with congestion and plenty of fluids. For severe cases, hospitalization may be required for intravenous fluids, oxygen and breathing medications to help with wheezing.

CF: WHAT ARE THE BEST METHODS TO PREVENT RSV FROM SPREADING? BW: Wash your hands frequently , avoid exposure by limiting your infant’ s contact with persons who are sick, do not share drinking glasses with others, and wash toys regularly. Infants are most contagious in the first three to eight days according to the CDC. Of note, infants exposed to tobacco smoke have a higher risk of contracting RSV.

prematurely or who have underlying heart or lung disease are at increased risk •

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It’s a Sign


The American Sign Museum introduces families to the history of signs and sign-making.


ne of Cincinnati’ s newest attractions, The American Sign Museum, attracts people from around the country with its historical anecdotes and bright neon signs of yesteryear. Located at 1330 Monmouth Street, in the Camp W ashington neighborhood, it’s the only sign museum in the US. In fact, visitors outside of Cincinnati make up much of the attendance. “It’ s not uncommon,” says founder Tod Swormstedt, for “relatives or friends to come in, and want to visit, so then a local person finds out about us.” Patrons are welcome to wander the museum and enjoy the color , lights, and art on their own, but they’ll gain a richer understanding of the history and craft of signs by taking a guided tour. Swormstedt, a former second-generation editor of the trade magazine, Signs of the Times, begins with the basics. He starts with the museum’ s origins, and continues with the evolution of letters from hand-carved wood letters, through glass, metal, and plastic letters. “I want to ground people with an understanding of how letters are made, and from there to how signs are made.” A look at painted signs, including spinning Burma Shave signs, and show cards advertising early talkies, leads to glass and gold leaf artistry. The intricate works show that “There’ s a fine line between fine art and commercial art.” And, in addition to their artistic value, the signs have historic value. “I see the museum as a history of America, as seen through the history of signs.” Swormstedt underscores his point with a framed gold-leafed sign inscribed with the pledge of allegiance. It’ s missing the words “under God,” which were added, Swormstedt says, “by Communist-wary Americans as a sort of loyalty test.” Nearby, a life-sized sign for the D.A. shines with red, white, and blue bulbs, illuminating onlookers about a national organization with roots in Cincinnati. It aimed to help German immigrants find schools, work and housing, and still exists today to promote patriotism. A few feet away , the iconic Big Boy promotes Frisch’ s. Although versions of Big Boy still decorate Frisch’ s restaurants, the figure has changed. Most notably, he no longer sports a three dimensional slingshot in his back pocket. In the era of zero-tolerance for weapons, the playful toy has disappeared. “W e like this guy better,” Swormstedt says, patting the arm of the sling-shot toting icon. “He’s much more fun.”

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Big Boy stands at the entrance of the electric signs. Here, light bulbs glow , neon flashes, and the signs are alive with movement and color . This section of sensory overload leads to the grand finale—a charming streetscape. “W e designed the storefronts around the signs that we had.” All windows were hand-painted to compliment the signs, and the windows serve as themed display cases. “Instead of trees and fountains, we showcase our big signs.” Visitors can relax at tables and chairs and watch the animated signs, including one from a drug store, Howard Johnson’ s, and McDonald’ s, dating to when the fast food empire still sold burgers for 15 cents. There’s also a globe with spinning automobiles from a company that used to paint cars. “We restored it, and got it working again, but we didn’t repair the bullet holes.” Just around the corner from the streetscape is the museum’ s Cincinnati section, featuring signs from Hudepohl Beer, Habig’s Restaurant, and the Pops Orchestra. “People come through here,” says Swormstedt, “and they’ll see a sign, and they’ll say, ‘I remember that.’” People tell stories, and reminisce. The American Sign Museum evokes warm memories and nostalgia, a perfect place for every family. 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 Cincinnat-area attractions.

Learn More Americ an Sign Museum 1330 Monmouth St., C incinnati • 513-541-6366 • HOUR S: Wed - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. (guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.) Sun, 12 – 4 p.m. (guided tour at 2 p.m.) ADMISSION: $15 adults; $10 seniors, students with ID, active duty military and groups of 10 or more G uided tours free with admission

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$17.99 • It’s a peel-and-stick calendar that doesn’t require paper — it’s dry-erase, too! Apply this to your child’s wall so he can jot down his schedule, upcoming tests, etc. Size is 13-by-17-and-three-quarter inches; comes with a dry-erase marker. — ka


WOOPSY LAMP $24.99 • No crying over spilt paint with this lamp! The paint bucket Woopsy lamp by LumiSource ( features a clever design that comes in fun bright colors and will look great on any kids’ desk. — sh

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our little one is big and getting bigger at age 4, and she’s ready for new and exciting things to happen to her — are you? Says Tami Lanham of Kinder Garden School, “I have found that kids with responsibilities and chores at home tend to have a strong work ethic which carries over into their academic success. There are opportunities for learning and fun in almost every household chore. Most of the time, ‘work’ is really play for children, as they eagerly mimic our actions to be grown-up. The chores may take longer, and the result may not be as good, but the real result will come from the seeds of responsibility and self-esteem you plant in your child.” According to Sharon L. Ramey, Ph.D., author of Going to School (Goddard; $19.95), children learn best when they are having fun. If you have older kids, once they start back to school, you can implement a strategy of your own for your youngster: Operation Self-Sufficient! She craves independence, so give it to her. Here are strategies to help you move forward:

1. Expect mor e. Humans have a way of living up (or down) to expectations and the same can be said for your toddler. Allow her to experiment with pouring her own water — use appropriately

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sized containers. Expect her to hang up her own jacket and do as much for herself as she wants. Raise the bar and your child will probably stretch to meet it — the road to independence begins.

2. Resist doing fo fo r herself.

r her what S he can do

While you may want to do things more quickly than she can, it won’t make your child self-sufficient if you always take over the task. Ask, “Do you want me to help you or can you do it yourself?” These magical words will show you what you may not already know: kids almost always want to do things themselves. “Cherish your sense of wonder at your child’s remarkable growth and learning,” says Ramey.

3. Don’t redo what S he’s done. If she tries to make her bed, resist the urge to smooth over her messy blankets. If she dresses herself in mismatched clothing, compliment her imaginative style. Unless there’s a need, don’t “fix” your child’s accomplishments. You want to encourage her efforts and show her you are proud of her.



By ages 3 and 4, kids can really zero in on what they need to do, but these are the basics: Eating with a fork G ive your child utensils and encourage her to serve herself. As you serve yourself, you might point out what foods are on the table (“I’m going to have some more yummy peas”). Bathing and hair washing G ive your child soap and a washcloth, and offer guidance about which body parts to scrub. Preschoolers can lather up their own hair, but they’ll need help rinsing so they don’t get soap in their eyes. Picking out clothes and getting dressed Unless you’ve got an outfit planned for a special occasion, let your little one pick out her clothes and dress herself — ­ however mismatched the outcome may be. Make sure dresser drawers are accessible and open easily.

SCHOOL -AGE YEARS By age 5, there’s been lot of development in the part of the brain where cognitive functions develop, like planning, remembering, paying attention and organizing. Using the washroom By 5, kids may feel ready to go into a public washroom stall without mom or dad. Have a chat about the hygiene issues and proper wiping techniques. S tand right outside the stall door in case she needs help. Tooth brushing By age 8, most kids can brush their own teeth and they can master flossing by age 10, says the American Dentistry Association. Try floss sticks with handles to make it easier. Eating with a knife S chool-aged kids can cut their own food. S how your child how to use a knife safely. Organizing homework Between 8 and 9, your child may be ready to manage her own school work. Help her come up with a plan: after school or after dinner, for example — and a strategy for staying on top of project deadlines. S et her up with a home calendar so she can develop control her schedule on her own.

4. Encou rage explo ration. Get used to saying things to your child like, “Let’s go find out about ...,” “I wonder what would happen if we ...” and “Let’s look over here, too,” says Ramey. Curiosity leads to learning. Little kids need guidance with exploration in some settings, but remember, great thinkers all love to learn and keep on exploring.

5. Assign a cho

Susan Day is editor for this publication and mother of four.

AROUND THE HOUSE “Children will be as responsible as you will allow them to be,” says Lanham. “The more you teach them how to help, the more they will want to help.” She suggests the following household chores to help with your preschooler’s development and sense of responsibility.

Picking Up To ys: “The basic philosophy is if you use it or play with it, you should know where it lives/goes and return it there after use/play,” says Lanham. “Children thrive in an organized setting because organization is safe and predictable. They learn about toys, how to use them, where to use them and become responsible for returning them to their home.” Making Beds: Make this a part of your morning routine, and don’t fuss over wrinkles. Instead, be sure to praise your child’s efforts. S etting and C lea ring the Table:

Sorting silverware is a great developmental activity, according to Lanham, but she cautions parents to stick with plastic plates and cups and teach children that knives are “adult work.”

Helping Prepare Meals: “The kitchen is a wonderful place to learn. You can teach reading with foods and labels, math with quantities and measurement, and following directions, whether written or verbal. Children can stir, mix, mash, measure and pour.” S o rting L aund ry: Like silverware, sorting laundry is a great developmental activity. See how many different ways you can sort a pile of clothes — by color, size or owner. “They can also help with folding,” says Lanham. “Teaching children how to fold is teaching them a lifelong lesson in organization.” Taking C are of Pets and Plants: “Feeding animals teaches compassion and care for other living things. Watering plants is an inherent science lesson.” Yard W o rk:

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of the teacher Parents know how key a single teacher can be in their child’s education, but schools say the best outcome for kids is the result of a group effort. by Kara



e have all seen those teachers: the effervescent leaders who shine just a little brighter at the front of the room, as if all the world is their stage. O r it’s the older individuals who are remarkably attuned to the musings and mumblings of their young students. As a student, you may have recognized those teachers and their positive impact on your educational journey; but more likely, you could only fully discern their significance with the added benefit of hindsight. Now, as parents, we encounter these teachers again, and we may even seek them out for our child’s educational experience. Why are we drawn to them? Is it nostalgia? Is it merely the desire to give our kids the absolute best opportunity we can provide? Will one teacher promote more growth for our child than another? (please turn the page) •

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Meet Mrs. Sexton

“It’s a great job. I get to take on new kids each year, whom I get to know with every assignment and every activity we do, and we just see how far we can go,” says Mary Sexton, a third grade teacher in her 17th year at Mariemont City Schools. Sexton works hard for her students. From helping them find “just right” books for their daily reading assignments to only assigning homework she is confident her students will consider practice rather than work, Sexton strives for learning to be a win-win situation for everyone: the child, the teacher, and the parent. “I spend the first six weeks of the school year building community and getting everybody to invest in each other. It just takes time,” she says, citing building individual relationships with each student as her key to a successful school year. “It’s about having constant conversations. My students know I care about them and I notice things about them.” Sexton wants students to pick their own books to read, their own topics to write and to work at their own pace. She sets up expectations for behavior by incorporating “thinking areas” (her class’s term) in her classroom: little nooks where students, of their own volition, can go for a couple minutes to regroup. The areas are out of sight from the class but contain no distractions (like books), so the student wants to return to the group. There are times when Sexton employs their use, too, whispering in a student’s ear, “Why don’t you go take a break? We’ll be happy to have you back when you’re ready to follow the rules.” Halfway through the school year, how often does Sexton employ this tactic? “These days? Rarely.” With four classes of third graders in two different elementary schools, the grade level teachers team-teach some of the curriculum so they can incorporate outings for the entire grade. They visit Findlay Market to observe the cultural impact of immigration, or the Mariemont municipal building, where students are assigned the roles of mayor and council members so they can discuss and vote for special initiatives for government.

Landing the Right Teacher

Exactly how do you go about ensuring your child gets a teacher like Mrs. Sexton? The surprise answer: you don’t, really. “I think the community trusts us. The people who work here want to be here. If they [parents] need assistance, they know that we are here to provide it,” says Shannon Kromer, Director of Curriculum and Instruction (K - 12) at Mariemont City Schools. As a parent herself, though, she says she would not request a teacher for any of her three kids. “Someday, my kids will have to come into contact with people that they are not going to love every second of the day. They have to learn how to deal with it and to adjust,” she says. Of course teachers have different teaching styles, and children have different learning styles. But Kromer cautions against labeling by learning style, too. “Every kid is an individual, and most kids are a combination [of learning styles]; for our teachers, it’s more about knowing your student, and being able to adjust,” says Kromer.

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Teachers who know their students advocate for them. For example, if the second grade teachers at Mariemont notice a student struggling with reading or writing, they will recommend that student be placed in Sexton’s class, since Sexton started in special education, and employs a highly systemic approach to reading, writing and spelling for her entire class. Schools or school districts may have a formal teacher request system, or may issue a proactive school-wide request for parent input at the end of the school year, but that doesn’t necessarily guarantee placement. “Last year, I filled out the school-wide requests we received for my kids, largely based on other parents’ recommendations and what the kids had heard,” says Robyn Mullen, mother of four, three of whom attend St. Antoninus. “One request was granted, one was recommended for another teacher because of an accelerated reading level, and one didn’t get either of her choices.” Jennifer Aquino, Head of Lower School (18 months-grade 4) at Cincinnati Country Day (CCD), initiates their class placement process in April. Among other things, they consider the students’ learning style, personality, the peer groupings that work and don’t work; as well as the teacher’s communication or organization style. Aquino also utilizes a Parent Input form for information about their child’s personality or preferred teaching styles, but specifically asks parents not to include names of teachers. “A lot of times parents think they want a particular teacher by reputation or by what they see at a surface level, or perhaps interactions they have had with that adult on an adult level, or with a sibling,” says Aquino. “But we want to make sure ... we are looking at each child as an individual, and we are looking at each teacher as a style.” Aquino says they go through several drafts of the class placement charts before assignments are settled. “We are very deliberate,” she says. This carries over into teacher selection per grade level, as well. “I tend to set my grade levels up with teachers with very different approaches to learning and classroom management to ensure that regardless of what grade a child is in, they’re going to have a teacher that matches their needs,” says Aquino.

Working With Your Child’s Teacher

Regardless of classroom placement, our job as parents is to maintain open lines of communication with the teacher, and by extension, the administration. If something doesn’t feel right, bring it up to the teacher so everyone knows about it. Especially during the transition periods. “Often, it’s not so much about the teacher or the matching, as it is about something else, like peers,” says Aquino. In the past, CCD has offered projects involving cross-grouping classes, so struggling students get fulfillment from working with their friends in the other class, while also getting to know their new classmates. “It helps them find a little bit of comfort and security while they’re getting used to new and different things.” If your child attends a school where the parents and teachers are on a first-name basis, where teachers send home regular updates, where there are focus groups for parent feedback, and where there’s a sense of community and trust, then you will see growth in your child; because the community is committed to your child, regardless of who’s leading the classroom discussion. “I think any time a child has multiple adults trying to help them become the best person they can be ... there’s never anything bad about that. And I think the more they [students] see people on the same page, and working together to help them, the better,” says Kromer. Kara Garrod is a local freelance writer and mother of two.

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or N an Crafton’s daughters, tutors are a way of life. Crafton’s oldest, 13, struggles with Algebra while her youngest, 6, is behind in reading. Crafton’s a working mom and simply doesn’t have time to help her kids herself. “My daughter’s Algebra teacher came right out and asked if I could get Maddy a tutor. At first I thought, ‘Well, YO U’RE the teacher!,’ but then I realized that wasn’t going to help my daughter. You have to do what helps your kids.” Pressed classroom teachers cannot re-teach ideas that most of their students have mastered, so sometimes children need a tutor to help them get back on track or to keep them from falling farther behind. Whether parents are seeking remedial help for their child or a track to the Ivy League, millions of them are learning the intricacies of the “supplemental education” sector — now an estimated $5 billion business, 10 times as large as it was in 2001.

Don’t Wait When You See the Need O ften, parents won’t even consider a tutor until after one or two poor report cards or low achievement test scores. This may be too late. The signs are frequently subtle. Says D ebby Sparks, franchise owner of the Cherry

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Grove/Anderson Township Huntington Learning Center, “Look for procrastination on homework. Kids want to do it, but they procrastinate because they don’t have the skills set.” She also advises parents to note if homework takes too long. “Ask the teacher how long it should take,” says Sparks, adding that if your child needs an hour to an hour-and-a-half to complete a 30-minute assignment, there might be something wrong. Forgetting books and assignments might also be a red flag, says Sparks, although this is usually a sign of an organization problem, and one that is often addressed in her center. “It’s a very common problem,” she says, “especially when a student is transitioning to the fourth or fifth grades, which require more independence.” Parents should check papers as they come home, but more than that, check the papers and if they are underperforming, take action. If a child continues to have difficulty in a subject, talk to the teacher. Ask about specific materials that your child doesn’t understand. And trust your instincts. The key to a successful tutoring experience is starting early. It is far easier to catch a child up on a few months of work than to help a child who has fallen two or three grade levels behind his peers. When children are bored in school and not receiving enough challenge, misbehavior may be the result.

Types of Tutors After deciding that your child needs a tutor, you must then determine which type of tutor is best. If the problem is not too severe, you might check with your child’s teacher or school counselor to see if peer tutors are available. Many times, older or more advanced children will help other students as part of their day, or right after school. These student tutors may work better than an adult because they will talk to your child on her level. Private tutors may work on their own or through a service. They are usually teachers who tutor children, one-on-one, before or after school or on the weekends. Most commonly, your child will go to the house of the private tutor, or to the center where they work, but now, more and more are willing to come to your home. In-home tutoring certainly has the advantage of parental convenience, but may not provide the best learning atmosphere. Tutoring centers are available in almost every neighborhood. They usually offer the option of testing to determine your child’s strengths, weaknesses and deficiencies. Most have a wide variety of educational materials and many tutors from which to choose. Children may be taught one-on-one or in small groups of up to five children. At Huntington Learning Center, every program is individual to the student, according to Sparks. Tutors work one-on-one with all kids in grades 3 and younger. Children in grades 4 and older may transition into groups of no more than four, which helps them build confidence and take ownership of their answers amongst their peers, says Sparks. And exam prep work for older students is always one-on-one, since each student approaches specialized tests differently.

What To Watch Out For Most centers schedule your child to attend one or two times a week for an hour; many give homework. Children should come home from each session having had at least one positive learning experience. This will help them to progress and to begin feeling good about themselves again. When signing up, carefully go over the individualized program. Ask how the parent will be kept abreast of the student’s progress. Be sure to understand how long the program should take. Don’t fall in love with computer-based tutoring services simply on the basis of computer access. While computers are certainly becoming a vital part of our society, understand that just because a program offers computer programs it doesn’t automatically mean it’s a good one. The educational

background and expertise of the tutor is still most important. Don’t expect your child to advance several grade levels in a few sessions. Some centers make guarantees — be sure to read and understand them. Parents can usually expect their child to improve one to one-and-a-half grade levels after six months of tutoring. Parents also need to be aware of programs that focus mainly on improving test scores. There is a difference between a test score and the level at which a child understands material and can work independently. Children may be good at memorizing facts, but still not understand the concepts. If a center teaches for tests, the improved test scores may impress the parents, but the student may still be behind in his actual knowledge and ability. Says Sparks, “Our philosophy is that each child has a foundation of learning, but that foundation might have a few holes or cracks. Our goal is to fill the holes in the foundation and help children build on their skills.” And just like there are subtle signs your child needs help, you should see signs of improvement outside of better test scores. “Your child should be more confident,” says Sparks, “and motivated to continue learning and build more skills.” Jennifer Bodnar is a freelance writer.

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9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati 513-683-8833 Outstanding project-based curriculum. Offering full- and part-time infant, toddler, pre-school, kindergarten and afterschool programs. Degreed teachers, excellent parent communication and a welcoming family environment. Setting the standard in early care and education. NAEYC accredited. Schedule your personal tour today!

Creative Tots Mason

6408 Thornberry, Mason 513-770-6776 A small private preschool providing toddler, early 3’s, preschool, pre-K programs and summer camp. Spanish, music, art and yoga enrichment available. Low class ratios. We believe children flourish in a stimulating environment which emphasizes growth in intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. Committed to creating a warm, caring and supportive atmosphere. To discover a new approach to preschool, visit our website and schedule a tour.

Garden Montessori School

1318 Nagel Road, Cincinnati 513-474-4933 • Montessori preschool in Anderson Township off of Nagel and Beechmont Roads. Established in 1973, we offer full- or half-day and Kindergarten programs. Masters degreed teachers with 7:1 ratio; small classrooms with emphasis on individualized learning. Call us for a tour. “Where young minds grow.”

The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori

4460 Berwick St., Cincinnati 513-271-4171 Excellent academics and a unique Catholic faith formation program all in the hands-on Montessori tradition. Preschool - grade 8 enabling children to grow into well-developed human beings; spiritually, intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally. Open House Jan. 27, 1 - 4 p.m.

Kinder Garden School

10969 Reed Hartman Hwy., Blue Ash 513-791-4300 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C, West Chester 513-874-3100 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. Devoted to growing a child’s wish to flourish and learn by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving proficiency. Open House dates are Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 5 - 6 p.m.

King of Kings Lutheran Early Childhood Education Ministries

3621 Socialville-Foster Road, Mason 513-398-6089 King of Kings Lutheran Early Childhood Ministries offers Christian programs for ages 2 - 5 yrs. including half- and fullday programs and all-day Kindergarten. The student/teacher ratio ranges from 5:1 to 9:1. Our curriculum is based on the State Standards. Limited financial aid is available. Open House Jan. 30, 7 p.m.

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Summit Academy Cincinnati & Middletown A free public school for students with AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disorders.

Community School - Cincinnati Grades K-7 1660 Sternblock Lane Cincinnati, OH 45237 (513) 321-0561 Transition High School - Cincinnati Grades 8-12 5800 Salvia Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45224 Community School -Middletown (513) 541-4000 Grades K-8 4700 Central Avenue Middletown, OH 45044 (513) 422-8540 Secondary School - Middletown Grades 9-12 7 South Marshall Avenue Middletown, OH 45044 Visit us on the web at (513) 420-9767

Each Summit Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

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Education and Enrichment Opportunties • Camps and Summer Activities

Langsford Learning Centers

Locations in Blue Ash and West Chester 513-531-7400 A private educational organization dedicated to developing life-long, independent learners. We have been teaching reading, spelling, comprehension, and writing in an atmosphere of enthusiasm and encouragement. Our successful model includes identifying the root cause responsible for the breakdown in reading process and then applying targeted instruction using research-validated approaches.

The Mad Potter Madeira

7754 Camargo Road, Madeira 513-561-1888 Pottery painting, parties and special events. Choose a piece, paint it and pick it up in a week. Special events include Kidz Nite and Ladies Nite.

Mad Science of Cincinnati 513-793-6784 Programs for Grades PreK - 6 with student teacher ration of 12 - 18:1 delivered to your school or center. Mad Science offers “edu-taining” inquiry-based, hands on, proficiency correlated “In-School Field Trip” workshops and parent funded after-school programs. Our Special Event Assembly programs are ideal for schools, community centers, and Boy/Girl Scout Troops Packs. Summer Camp and Birthday Party programs too.

Mars Hill Academy

4230 Aero Drive, Mason 513-770-3223 Cincinnati’s only classical Christian K-12 school, located on a beautiful 13 acre campus in Mason. MHA is committed to the classical model of education, producing students who love to learn, think clearly, listen carefully, reason and write persuasively, and speak precisely. Biblical worldview integrated into the entire student experience, including academics, music, art, drama, and athletics. All-school Open Houses Jan. 21 and Feb. 20 from 9 a.m.- noon.

Mary, Queen of Heaven School

1130 Donaldson Road, Erlanger, KY 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 fine 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. Open House Jan. 27, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Open House Sunday: Feb. 10, 2:00 - 4:00

Middletown Christian Schools

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3011 N. Union Road, Franklin 513-423-4542 Middletown Christian has been providing a Christ-centered education to students for over 40 years and has served families from over 25 school districts. MCS also provides extra-curricular activities such as music, public speaking, athletics, and volunteer programs to help students learn and grow spiritually, socially, academically, and physically.

Montessori Academy

8293 Duke Blvd., Mason 513-398-7773 Celebrating 25 years of offering Montessori education. Providing a supportive learning environment, we focus on individualized education and offer students opportunities for self-paced acceleration. Experienced, degreed teachers committed to the success of each student intellectually, socially and emotionally. We encourage self-motivation and an excitement about learning. 7.5 acre campus. State chartered, AMS affiliated. Extended care available. 18 mos. - grade 8.

Montessori Center Room

2505 Riverside Drive, Cincinnati 513-321-3282 A child-focused, AMS-affliated program for ages 3 - 6, with a student/teacher ratio of 10:1 and a history of 46 years of educating children! Before- and after-care available. Classroom staff is fully trained in Montessori. Healthy and nutritious snacks served. Musikgarten offered weekly. Open House Feb. 24, 12 - 2 p.m.

The New School Montessori

3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati 513-281-7999 Our wooded playgrounds, home-cooked lunches and family-like setting in North Avondale’s Mitchell Mansion provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for learning. Students thrive in a community that values diversity, passion for learning, and creativity. 3 y rs. - grade 6. AMS and ISACS accredited. Open House Jan. 27, 2 - 4 p.m.

Piano Lessons In Your Home 513-860-3540 Offering piano, guitar and voice lessons for all ages in your own home with experienced 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.

Prince of Peace School

625 Pike St., Covington, KY 859-431-5153 • Prince of Peace, a Catholic Montessori School, enrolls students ages 3 -14. Welcomed are students of ethnic, financial, academic and religious diversity. There are students of all faiths. Conveniently located off 12th St. exit from I-75. Lowest Montessori tuition in Greater Cincinnati area. Open House Su., Feb. 24. Call to arrange a tour.

Open House Saturday Feb. 23rd 10:30-1:00PM Featuring a performance by MADCAP PUPPETS! This is a free community event - please join us!

NAEYC Accreditation: The highest measure of quality

in early childhood education. Meet our degreed staff! Family Friendly Programming: Flexible full and parttime programs for children 6 weeks - 12 years in a warm & welcoming environment. Hours 6:30AM-6:30PM M-F. Extensive Parent Communication: Progressive Reggio curriculum supported by amazing documentation including portfolios & journals for every child. CHECK OUT OUR REVIEWS ON GOOGLE!

9370 Waterstone Blvd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45249 Call 513.683.8833 to schedule your personal tour!

St. Gabriel Consolidated School

18 W. Sharon Avenue, Cincinnati 513-771-5220 A nationally recognized 2010 Blue Ribbon School. An accredited Catholic Christian elementary school serving a diverse education community for grades K - 8. Dedicated to nurturing the WHOLE child by providing a quality learning experience. We offer an all day Kindergarten program, an after-school latchkey program, advanced technology including 19 smart boards, a daily hot lunch program and Spanish. Open House Jan. 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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Renowned for Educating Leaders of Character, The Summit Country Day School is committed to the development of each student’s intellect, character and leadership through personalized education that celebrates each child.



Natural Leader Self Reliant and Confident


Compass i o n at e l ea r n e r For a complete list of events, visit 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 513.871.4700, ext. 261

VISIT OUR OPEN HOUSE Saturday, February 2nd, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Unleashing a passion to learn, lead and serve.

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The Summit Country Day School serves students from age two through grade twelve in a coeducational setting. The Summit combines the academic excellence and one-on-one guidance of a top-tier independent school with the servant leadership and character building environment that are hallmarks of a Catholic education.

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St. Peter in Chains School

451 Ridgelawn Ave., Hamilton 513-863-0685 Small enough to know you, big enough to shape you. Welcoming K - 8 school based on faith and academic excellence. After-school latchkey program, bussing from all local districts, and specialized Spanish, art, music, and gym teachers. Leader in greater Cincinnati area with world-ranked archery team. Open House Jan. 27, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

St. Ursula Villa

3660 Vineyard Place, Cincinnati 513-871-7218 Serving ages 3 yrs. - grade 8, St. Ursula Villa provides academic excellence 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. All-School Open House Feb. 3, 1 - 3 p.m.

The Seven Hills School

Hillsdale Campus: 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-728-2400 Doherty Campus: 2726 Johnstone Place, Cincinnati An award-winning independent, non-sectarian and coeducational school serving students two years through grade 12 on two campuses. An intellectually vibrant environment encourages personal attention and the average class size is 15. Educating the whole child with a college-prep, 21st century curriculum. Informational Coffees in January.

Summit Academy Community School (grades K - 7) 1660 Sternblock Lane, Cincinnati


Summit Academy Transition High School (grades 8 - 12)

5800 Salvia Ave., Cincinnati 513-541-4000 Summit Academy Schools is a FREE, non-profit Public Community School for students K - 12 with AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disorders. We have 26 schools in 14 communities throughout Ohio. Our therapeutic curriculum includes targeted social skills training and is fully aligned with College and Career readiness Standards.

Summit Country Day School

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2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati 513-871-4700 Celebrating 50 years of Montessori preschool education! The area’s only Catholic, independent, co-ed, college prep school serving students 2 yrs. - grade 12. Programs include a classical academic curriculum with a global perspective and a nationally recognized Educating for Character program. Preeminent Montessori Toddler Program now in its fifth year. Open House dates online.

Sycamore Presbyterian Preschool

11800 Mason Road, Cincinnati 513-683-7717 3 star Step Up To Quality program for children 3 - 5 yrs. Qualified teachers provide a nurturing atmosphere and instill Christian values. Along with morning and afternoon classes, extended day classes are offered. Teachers greet children daily at the car door and escort them into the building. Enrolling now for 2013/2014. Call for a tour with Jamie.

CAMPS AND SUMMER ACTIVITIES Animal Camp at Cub Creek Science Camp

16795 State Route E, Rolla, MO 573-458-2125 • Feed monkeys, pet a kangaroo, take classes in veterinary medicine, animal care, survival skills or crime science. Other activities include zip line, pottery, archery, culinary science, swimming, crafts and so much more. Campers live in air-conditioned cabins and enjoy delicious meals, a great staff, fantastic campers and fun activities. Airport service available for every session. Free brochure.

Enabling the child to grow into a well-developed human being: spiritually, intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally.

YMCA Camp Ernst

7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY 859-586-6181 • Co-ed, ages 6 - 15, one-week sessions Jun. 9 - Aug. 10. NEW! Intro to Overnight and Half-Week summer sessions, co-ed, ages 5 - 9, May - Aug. Steeped in tradition and built on positive values, we host campers who enjoy top-notch counselors and making friends while doing a wide variety of activities including zip line, archery, banana boat, 100 ft. waterslide, riflery, giant swing, horseback riding, the BLOB, and much more!


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PARENTING On-site group READER’S CHOICE AWARDS music classes Cincinnati Family Magazine available for your preschool or daycare for children ages 6 months to 5 years

locally owned and operated by degreed teachers

(513) 545-7125

Founded in 1998 as Queen of Angels Montessori, we've renamed our school to better reflect what we offer: excellent academics and a unique Catholic faith formation program - all in the hands-on Montessori tradition. It's the only school of its kind in Cincinnati.

• Preschool through 8th Grade including full day Kindergarten • Proven Montessori methods & best educational practices • Student/Teacher ratio (12:1)

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The Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori 4460 Berwick Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45227 (½ mile north of Mariemont Square)

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Sycamore Presbyterian Preschool Child Development Center

Register for 2013/2014 Enrolling Now!

9180 Cincinnati-Columbus Road West Chester, OH 45069 (513) 531-1180

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Nurturing Atmosphere Drop-off Services

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Jamie Coston, Director 11800 Mason Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249 513-683-7717

Infants – Toddlers – Preschool – Before/After School

grades K-8 SMALL ENOUGH TO KNOW YOU - BIG ENOUGH TO SHAPE YOU · Full Day Kindergarten · Reading, Writing and Art Enrichment 513-863-0685 · SmartBoards in every classroom providing interactive learning · Athletics through CYO Grades 3-8 Sunday, Jan. 27th · Bus Services from all local School Districts 12 - 3pm · Extended After School Care · Specialized instructors in Spanish, Gym, & Music


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cooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang have been asked to help solve a mystery featuring a trouble-making ghost that’s been haunting a local theatre. It’s up to Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, Velma and Scooby-Doo (arriving in style in the Mystery Machine) to solve it — with music, dance, and plenty of fun for the whole family! U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St.; 7 p.m.; $18 - $75. Visit •

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hat should you bring on a winter hike? Do you know what to do if you need to make an unprepared stay? Learn a few basic survival skills and practice your skills at making a shelter. Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Batavia; 1 p.m. Call 513-876-9013 or visit

Clever Container hosts a free workshop with professional organizers to help you sort through your clutter. Learn to problem solve and find out what areas of organization need the most help! Antonelli College West Chester, 9100 W Chester Towne Centre Road, W est Chester; 7 p.m.; 513-494-6774 or clevercontainer .com/ themessymoms.


Bring the whole family for a glimpse back in time with the CAM’s galleries and art through the ages. Enjoy some toe-tapping tunes, a performance from Dramakinetics, story times, and make-your-own artwork in Artworld. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or


Learn basic German vocabulary using stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Birds of prey are truly fascinating creatures — bring your cameras for an in-person introduction to learn all about these powerful hunters. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


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Visit EnterTrainment Junction all month long for winter fun, including the world’ s largest indoor model train display, the A-Maze-N FunHouse, a giant play area for kids cafe and more. Open every day but W ednesdays in January. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester; 10 a.m.; admission prices start at $9.95; 513-898-8000 or


Learn how animals live in their habitats and compare local wildlife to those living in other parts of the world. Programs are weather-dependent, please call ahead. Programs begin at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Jan. 2 - 20. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $2 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Enjoy a collection of antique quilts on display through Jan. 22. Heritage Village Museum inside Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $2 adults, $1 ages 5 - 1 1, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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Ages 3 - 7 can join in for edible art and rainbow cooking with a special visit from Whole Foods. Start out the New Year right and learn about healthy items you can eat and play with. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages 2 and younger); 513-345-8430 or


Springfield Township will host an informative program designed just for kids by The Cincinnati Zoo. Experience the unique opportunity of seeing leash-trained cats up-close and without bars (students will not be permitted to touch animals). Through interaction with a Zoo naturalist, learn about these endangered predators and what is being done to meet the challenges to their survival. This 45-minute series will allow children to see five dif ferent cats, including the powerful cheetah! Sponsored by Target. The Grove, 9158 Winton Road; 7 p.m.; free admission, but donations will benefit the Springfield Township Arts & Enrichment Council; 513522-1410.

Everything might seem frozen and dead, but plenty of wild creatures are alive and well. Find out more about them and how they spend the winter . Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt Hope Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


Kids can have fun with crafts and inflatables while parents meet with camp staf f to help design the most amazing summer ever. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; 513-761-7500 or summercamps.


Join other families in the CNC Nature PlayScape and bring your favorite mug for hot cocoa and winter nature fun. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe W oods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12); 513-831-1711 or


Celebrate the New Year with a festival and traditional Polish Pajaki Chandelier. Create a small one for yourself and add to a larger one hanging in the museum. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 Western Ave, Cincinnati; 3:30 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or

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Excellent Choices, All for One Great Price — $0.00

Now Enrolling. Get your application today! A great education is a right, not a privilege. And when it comes to your child, we know you want the best. You can be proud of the choices you have among Cincinnati Public Schools — one of Ohio’s best performing urban school districts. We offer many innovative magnet programs — at no cost to you — that provide a strong foundation for lifelong learning and prepare students for leadership in the 21st century. Through choices of teaching styles — such as Montessori, Paideia and Gifted — and content areas — such as foreign language, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), the arts and college preparatory — we offer the perfect choice to prepare your child for success in high school and beyond. For more information or to order a complete guide to our tuition-free magnet schools, call our Enrollment Hotline at 513-363-0513 or visit us online at

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J Lance Rock and his friends Foofa, Brobee, Toodee, Plex and Muno are back with fan favorites from their past two shows, plus some all-new music and other surprises. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 3 and 6 p.m.; tickets start at $26. Call 513-721-2787 or visit

Enjoy the talents of Mother of Mercy High School’ s sophomore drama students and grade school students who are members of Mercy’s Young Actors Academy. Sing and dance along with the best of Broadway!. Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 Werk Road; 7 p.m.; $7 Jan. 10 and 11; 513-661-2740 or christmasoncampus.


Meet other parents and community members and discuss topics of interest, including wellness and nutrition, child development, and birth and pregnancy . A copy of Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine will be give to each participant. Apex Chiropractic & W ellness Center, 8624 Winton Road, Ste. B; 7 p.m.; 513-931-4300 or


Come for a workout and stay for some art! Enjoy a fantastic yoga session with Moksha Yoga, then create a mural with some painted footprints. Who doesn’t like squishy paint between their toes? Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages 2 and younger); 513-345-8430 or

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All things in nature are pieces to an environmental puzzle. Your family can work as a team to solve giant floor puzzles, crossword puzzles and even a few nature mysteries. You will learn how you are a piece of the puzzle, too. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor V ehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Gaze at winter constellations and enjoy the bright lights of the night sky (weather permitting), and learn about the stories behind the stars. Sharon Centre, Sharon W oods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 6:30 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Facts and myths are woven into a presentation on the beautiful and eerie owl. Participants will have a chance to dissect an owl pellet for $1 and take it home. V isitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt Hope Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily , $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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Join an educational program on rocks and minerals, with a special children’ s program beginning at 7:30 p.m., followed by a program for adults and kids. Sharon Centre, Sharon W oods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 7:30 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily , $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or



Bring your baby for a fun literacy development program with books, songs and play . Duke Energy Children’ s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 W estern Ave.; 10:15 - 1 1 a.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or


Bring your little ones to share a fun story about winter and meet a special guest. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 1 a.m., 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor V ehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or

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Music Director Laureat Paavo Järvi and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra will perform Schumann’ s striking Overture to “Genoveva” and Brahms’ rich Symphony No. 2. The opening work will be performed by the Hamilton High School Symphony Orchestra, conducted by CSO Associate Conductor Robert Treviño. A portion of the proceeds from this concert will benefit the instrumental music program at Hamilton High School. There will be a reception following this performance, recommended for children 6 and older . Hamilton High School Auditorium, 1165 Eaton Ave.; 7:30 p.m.; $10 students, $20 adults; 866-967-8167 or


Calico Children’s Theatre welcomes the Frisch Marionettes, who will tell the timeless story of Hansel and Gretel using exquisite marionettes, costumes and settings, along with the music of Engelbert Humperdinck. Krueger Auditorium, UC Clermont College Campus, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia; 7 p.m.; $5; 513558-1215 or


Bring little ones ages 18 - 36 months for activities to help build cognitive and literacy skills. Loveland Branch Library, 649 Loveland Madeira Road; 1 1 a.m.; 513-3694476 or

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eat the winter blues with a moderately strenuous three-mile hike through the park and preserve, while enjoying views of the East Fork River Valley. Warm up with hot chocolate after the hike! Meet at the bridge. Sycamore Park, 4082 State Route 132, Batavia; 1 p.m. Call 513-876-9013 or visit

Meet the King’ s Royal Court Jester , Flump, who overhears a plot to turn the king into a mouse. It’ s up to Flump to save the day — with a little help from the audience, of course, in this presentation from Madcap Puppets. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. Jan. 12, 1, 3 p.m. Jan. 13; free for members, $8 nonmembers; 513-721-2787 or


Hola! Learn some simple Spanish vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’ s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


All ages are invited for an hour-long hike to explore the park with a MetroParks Outdoor Educator . Rentschler Forest MetroPar, 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton; 10 a.m.; a valid Motor V ehicle Permit (please visit site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or


Join a celebration with a story in the bear cave and some winter crafts. Capture unique winter wildlife knowledge and explore the cold weather indoors and out. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; $2 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Stop by to make a craft, and don’t miss a special presentation at 2 p.m. to learn about and meet some critters with slime, scales, fur and feathers. Cotswold Visitor Center, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 12 - 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Enjoy the sweet sounds of the mountain dulcimer and join in with your own jamming and singing. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


Meet the slimy , the slithery , and even the cute in this animal program. V isitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt Hope Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or



Practice using your sense at night, just like nocturnal animals! Find out how your own vision and hearing stack up to nighttime animals. Keep your eyes peeled while on the trails for a chance to sight one of the area’s most common owls. Crooked Run Nature Preserve, 521 County Park Road, Chilo; 6:30 p.m.; 513-876-9013 or


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Students and adults will enjoy this annual performance from CCM’s popular Steel Drum Band, when improvisation becomes a key element to their traditional music of Trinidad. Corbett Auditorium, CCM, University of Cincinnati, Jef ferson Ave.; 8 p.m.; $12 general, $6 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-556-4183 or

By the last half of the 20th century the bald eagle was a rare sight in Ohio. Diligent federal and state conservation efforts have allowed populations of these birds to recover to a point where they are once again a common presence in Ohio skies. Learn more in this afternoon program. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


Please see Jan. 12 for details. (the “Calendar” continues on page 38)

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adcap Puppets presents this twist on a classic fairy tale at UC Blue Ash’s ArtRageous Saturday series. What happens when the Fairy God-Father has to help send Cinderella to the ball? Hopefully, the audience will help him save the day. UC Blue Ash, 9555 Plainfield Road; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; $5. Call 513-745-5705 or visit ucblueash. edu/performingarts/artrageous.html.

Have some winter fun indoors with a craft and story that’s all about snowmen. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859491-4003 or


Kids can stop by to make beautiful snowflake crafts at the library. Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave.; 3 p.m.; 513-369-6038 or


After an opening work performed by the Loveland High School Orchestra, conducted by CSO Assistant Conductor William White, the CSO will present Brahms Second Symphony. A portion of the proceeds from this concert will benefit the instrumental music program at Loveland High School. A reception will follow the concert, recommended for ages 6 and older . Loveland High School Auditorium, 1 Tiger Trail, Loveland; 7:30 p.m.; $10 students, $20 adults; 513-683-1920, ext. 3715 or


Check out Casey Riordan Millar ’s installation, Come Follow Me, and create some Shark Girl inspired sculptures, prints and underwater images. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages 2 and younger); 513-345-8430 or



Explore the basic elements of producing parchment from hide, making scribe’ s ink, and fashioning quills from goose feathers to create a unique scroll in this program with the Chabad Jewish Center . Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 Western Ave.; 2 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or


Ages 2 and older can hear some favorite winter stories and make a beautiful snowflake art project to help kick off the blue manatee’ s annual winter blues sale. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Join a celebration with a story in the bear cave and some winter crafts. Capture unique winter wildlife knowledge and explore the cold weather indoors and out. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; $2 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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Take a stroll with the naturalist into the forest to see how animals and plants cope with the cold. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor V ehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


This family class is based on the Musikgarten curriculum and features movement, instruments, and children’ s imaginations. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 W estern Ave.; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or

Come join MetroParks by viewing ice creatures great and small under the lights. See ice carving competitions, demonstrations and activities for everyone including spectacular ice sculptures created by Olympic, International and local carvers. Hundreds of ice sculptures and 40 tons of ice will be on display! Downtown Hamilton, High Street, Hamilton; 5 - 9 p.m. Jan. 18, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Jan. 19; 513-785-7000 or


Learn about the creation of fossils and get to know the unique history of Cincinnati during the Ordovician Period. Using fossils gathered locally , participants identify dominant fossils of Ohio, and discuss some that are similar to present-day organisms. Then make your own fossil cast with play-doh and plaster-of-Paris. Loveland Branch Library, 649 Loveland Madeira Road; 2 p.m.; 513-369-4476 or

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oin GrammyAward winner Bill Harley for songs and stories that paint a vibrant (and hilarious) picture of growing up in this performance from the Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series. All shows in the series are recommended for ages 4 and older. Rosenthal Plaza, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt Adams Circle; 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.; $5 ages 4 - 18, $6 adults. Call 513-421-3888 or visit


Ages 9 - 15 can join the Explorers’ University and dissect a dogfish shark to learn about biology and anatomy of our distant vertebrate relatives. Museum of Natural History & Science, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 - 3 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Bring the kids for a family friendly movie — popcorn and drinks available for purchase. Armory Gymnasium, Tower Park, Douglas Drive, Fort Thomas; 6:30 p.m.; 859-781-1700 or


Bison, mountain lions and wolves once roamed Ohio, but westward expansion dramatically changed the wildlife landscape over the last 200 years. Learn what is gone from the area, what has moved in and what the future may hold. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


Please see Jan. 19 for details.



Sample authentic goods and food from a bustlingAfrican marketplace, listen to skilled narrators tell their tales and watch exciting performances by African drummers and dancers, and even visit an African village featuring fullsize huts complete with African villagers demonstrating traditional crafts and activities. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; Jan. 19 - 21; all museums pass $12.50 adults, $1 1.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or



Bundle up and join the naturalist for a late afternoon hike — be on the lookout for wildlife that is active just before nightfall. Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Playhouse in the Park presents this hilarious adaptation that explore the themes of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic horror novel. Ages 11 and older will enjoy verbal wit and physical comedy in this story of the infamous scientist. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 1 p.m.; 513761-7500 or



Illustrator Jeffrey Ebbeler returns to the manatee to discuss and sign his latest work, Snow Day for Mouse, which features a winter adventure for Mouse. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or




Please see Jan. 18 for details.


Jazz singer Patti Austin joins the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for favorite Ella Fitzgerald songs such as “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “I Only Have Eyes for You,” and “Mack the Knife.” Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 8 p.m.; Jan. 19, 2 p.m. Jan. 20; tickets start at $25; 513-3813300 or

Bring your family and test your knowledge on all things wild and woolly — complete the identification game and win a prize! Sharon Centre, Sharon W oods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

The Floodwall Jazz Quintet calls upon members of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and friends to perform the music of Claude Bollin g, Dave Brubeck Vince Guaraldi, Chick Corea, J.S. Bach and more. Notre Dame Academy, 1699 Hilton Drive, Park Hills; 8 p.m.; call or visit site for ticket prices; 859-431-6216 or

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr . Day, all ages are invited to celebrate the dreams we all have. Learn about Robert S. Duncanson’ s dream of becoming an artist, add your face to the community mural, and make a craft commemorating Rosa Parks’ historic bus ride. At 2 p.m., ArtReach will present The Rosa Parks Story. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-241-0343 or

Please see “Spotlight” on 38 page for details.


Learn how some animals’ adaptations help them survive the cold, and how other animals must hibernate through the winter. Seasongood Nature Center , Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m. Jan. 19 and 20; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor V ehicle Permit ($3 daily , $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Please see Jan. 19 for details.


Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.


Bring the family for an outdoor scavenger hunt and receive a prize for all your hard work! V isitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt Hope Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily , $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Please see Jan. 19 for details.

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Join a goofy winter scavenger hunt — find all the crazy items and win a cool prize. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach W erner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 1 1 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


Ages 3 - 6 will learn poses to increase balance, flexibility, coordination, strength and even calming techniques through stories, songs and games. Duke Energy Children’ s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or

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Grade school students are invited to cheer with Mercy students as the Bobcats take on the Oak Hills Highlanders. Enjoy an evening of basketball, activities and prizes. Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 W erk Road; 4:30, 6, 7:30 p.m.; free admission for all grade school girls; 513-661-2740 ext. 346 or

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Join other homeschooling families as kids read their favorite poems or share original works on the LePage stage. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2:30 p.m.; 513731-2665 or


BabyWearing promotes an intimate connection between parent and baby, and is one important factor in the healthy social, motor , and intellectual development of infants. If you enjoy babywearing and would like to socialize with other parents who do as well, bring your favorite wraps and carriers to share at this drop-in style play group. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or


Please see Calendar opener on page 31 for details.


Nature has many stories to tell, listen to one this morning that’ s great for the whole family . Seasongood Nature Center , Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor V ehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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he Hats Off series from Madcap Puppets continues with Fantastic Fairytales. Royal Court Jester Flump learns about a plot to turn his beloved King into a mouse. Bring the gang to help Flump save the king! Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; $8. Call 513-497-2860 or visit

Artist and educator L ynne Gibbs helps children create their own art using organic materials like plants, soil, leaves, seeds and twigs. Then explore the Green Acres exhibit and learn about making art from nature. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E 6th St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter. org.


Bonjour! All ages can learn a few basic French words through stories and songs. blue manatee children’ s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-7312665 or


Learn about the Mathnasium program during today’ s open house. Mathnasium Blue Ash, 9525 Kenwood Road; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 513-984-1212 or mathnasium. com/blueash.


Madcap Puppets presents The Cinderella Files as part of the Covedale Saturday Morning Children’ s Series. With no Fairy Godmother to help, it’s up to her husband Ralph to get Cinderella to the ball! Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; 11 a.m.; $5; 513-241-6550 or


Quietly walk through the woods, and hope to go unnoticed. As the nocturnal creatures wake, defending territories and finding food are their priorities. Help call in the hunter of the sky - the owl. Tallgrass Prairie Trail, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt Hope Road; 5 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


Linton Music presents today’ s jam session, American Heartstrings. The melodious sounds of the harp, violin, flute, voice and piano will tug at your own heartstrings in this performance of American folk music, featuring members of the Muddy River Consort, Cincinnati’ s own musical family. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7701 Kenwood Road; 10, 1 1:30 a.m.; $5; 513-381-6868 or


Yummy art is the best kind. Ages 3 - 7 examine Claes Oldenburg’s Floor Cake and do some “baking” of their own. Make flour paintings that rise when heated, create crazy cupcake sculptures from clay and silly string, and decorate some real cakes with edible markers. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages 2 and younger); 513-345-8430 or contemporaryartscenter. org.


Ralph, the husband of the Fairy Godmother, has to help send Cinderella to the ball. It’s madness and mayhem with the Madcap Puppets and a little help from the audience! Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S College Ave., Oxford; 7 p.m.; 513-524-8506 or htm.

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Stop by the manatee for a nature-themed story time (including songs and other fun activities) with friends from the Imago Earth Center . blue manatee children’ s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-7312665 or


Join the naturalist to meet and learn about some of the animals that are found in the park. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor V ehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Please see “Spotlight” on page 40 for details.


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Winter may seem stark, but the forest of fers many gifts for us and the other animals, including food, medicine, entertainment, and unfortunately, even some poisons. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; 513-231-8678 or


Toast the first full moon of the year with a hot chocolate at the campfire following a short hike. Pine Grove Picnic Area, Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Cleves; 6:30 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Use common household items to make a craft. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or

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Some would say that some animals are like super heroes due to their ability to survive the wintery elements. Meet and greet some critters that can and some that cannot. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Bring your infant or toddler for a sign language program that is entertaining to learn, easy to implement and helps to reduce stress in the early childhood years. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 Western Ave.; 10:15 - 1 1 a.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Did you know that nearly 41% of the trash in Hamilton County could be recycled? Learn more interesting facts about recycling as well as how to get started with your own conservation ef forts. North Central Branch Library, 11109 Hamilton Ave.; 7 p.m.; 513-369-6068 or


Preschoolers are invited for a splash of color at four interactive story times led by the CAM’ s docents. Wander at your own pace and stop in the Terrace Cafe for a discounted lunch. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or


Bring the family to a spirited event to learn all about the history of Groundhog Day and the famous critter that makes it all possible. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


Embrace your inner snowman and celebrate winter with snow sculptures, ice ball painting, and seasonal songs and stories. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E 6th St.; 10:30 - 1 1:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages 2 and younger); 513-345-8430 or

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AVON WOODS NATURE PRESERVE 4235 Paddock Road 513-861-3435 or

• Incredible Edible Insects RSVP by Jan. 10. Drop by for a snack, including crunchy crickets and BBQ flavored mealworms (as well as non-insect light refreshments)! Take a look at facts on exactly what the rest of the world is eating! It is surprising how many nutrients that insects contain. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Jan. 12.

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• Baby’s Amazing Journey Expecting parents are invited to this workshop that will help them navigate the waters of infancy by offering strategies to deal with typical eating, sleeping and fussiness issues. 6:45 p.m. Jan. 10; $35 per couple or single. • Hypnobirthing Join a childbirth series designed to give you a peaceful, empowering birthing experience. 5:45 or 8 p.m. on W ed in Jan.; $200 for ten-week package. • Happiest Baby on the Block Learn how to turn on your newborn’s “Calming Reflex” for better nights and less stress. 6:45 p.m. Jan. 14; $50 (includes Parent Kit and DVD). • More Signing, Less Whining Learn to “talk” to your hearing baby or toddler using American Sign Language for better communication and less stress for both you and your baby. 6:45 p.m. Jan. 8; $45 (includes pictorial dictionary and DVD).

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• Make a Mess at the Manatee Join Miss Kelli to hear a good book and make an art project with your little ones, ages 2 - 4. 10 a.m. Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28; $5 per child.

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Part three of Neil Simon’ s autobiographical trilogy features Eugene and Stanley trying to break into show biz as writers while facing their parents’ divorce. When their writings are aired on the radio, the family is none too pleased to hear some tooclose-for-comfort similarities. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; Jan. 24 Feb. 17; $23 adults, $20 seniors and students; 513241-6550 or


Based on true events, this Tony Award-winning tale of a white radio DJ and a black club singer looking for her big break features a score with music by Bon Jovi, powerful dancing and plenty of rock and roll.

• Amazing Amy’s Writing Club Join Amy Dean for a writing workshop designed for ages 8 and older . Write your own version of a fairy tale in the manner of Jon Sciezka’s “The Stinky Cheese Man.” All work will be posted on the blog with parent and author permission. 4 - 5 p.m. Jan. 9, 16, 23 and 30; $8 per child per session, or $40 for a package of 6. • Miss Meghan’s Music Ages 4 and younger and their grown-ups are invited for dance, songs and time together. 9:45 or 10:30 a.m. Jan. 10 and 24; $8 per child. • FREE Gymboree Story and Play Time Ages 1 - 3 will join friends from the Gymboree for stories, songs, movement activities and parachute play. 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11.


102 Wooster Pike, Milford, OH 513-516-7366 • Children’s Bird Art Workshop Ages 4 - 8 and their grown-ups will enjoy free movement and guided movement with nature and animal influences, all to help create awareness for area foster children in need of a good home. 1:30 p.m. Jan. 19; $10 or $15 per family. • Prenatal Wisdom Workshop I Expecting parents can build the foundation of a wonderful birthing experience through yoga exercise and relaxation. 1:30 - 4 p.m. Jan. 26; $35 per family .


UC Clermont, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia 513-558-1215 or • Calico Acting Classes Calico Children’s Theatre will partner with the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park to provide acting classes to introduce students to the beginning concepts of performance. No experience is necessary! Classes include Creative Dramatics for grades K - 2 (5 p.m. Thu, Jan. 24 - March 7); Children’s Acting for grades 3 - 4 (5 p.m. Thu, Jan. 24 - March 7), and Lower Juniors’ Acting for grades 5 - 6 (6:30 p.m. Thu, Jan. 24 - March 7); $75 per child.

Best for teens and older , as the show features one scene of violence and deals with serious subjects regarding race. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Jan. 22 - Feb. 3; . com.


Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park presents their Off the Hill Production, which explores the themes of Robert Louis Stevenson’ s classic novel, as well as turns things around with plenty of clowning around. A small theatre plans to tell the story of the infamous scientist, but finds the director a bit too domineering. Leave it to the women of the company to turn things around and take control — of the show and of their lives. Best for grades 6 - 12. V arious locations throughout Greater Cincinnati; Jan. 22 Feb. 22; please visit website for complete schedule of locations, dates and times;

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• After School Art for Kids The Art Academy of Cincinnati will host art classes for kids after school each Wednesday. Students will learn various art methods and techniques through hands-on projects. 4 - 6 p.m. Wed, beginning Jan. 9; $65.


953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-ARTS (2787) or • Culture Kids Ages 2 - 5 and their grown-ups will discover all types of hats in the CAM collection with a tour, a snack and a hat-making activity. 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Jan. 11; $10 per parent/child members, $20 per parent/child nonmembers, $3 and $6 for each additional person. • Art in the Making Ages 6 - 12 and an adult will explore relief sculpture with local artist Christian Schmit. 1 p.m. Jan. 19; $10 per parent/child members, $20 per parent/child nonmembers, $3 and $6 for each additional person.

CINCINNATI FAMILY ENRICHMENT CENTER 4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 or

• CFEC Classes Register for the center’s classes for ages birth to 5 years, including Rock n Rollers, The Pottery Train, Little Sprout Yogis, Tiny Tunes, Head & Shoulders Knees & Toes, Movers & Shakers, Crawlers and Climbers, The Next Step, Silly Science, Jitterbugs, Wiggle Worms, Crazy Maze, Tip Tap Toe, and new classes Eating the Alphabet, Jumpin’ in Our Jammies, Setting Sun, Movin’ and Groovin’ and Expressive Adventures. Class packages range from $50 - $150. • Family Classes Register for classes for the family including Whale of a Tale, Imagination Station, Family Fiesta, Animal Action, Cupcake Kids, PeaWee Patch, Cultural Club, Yoga Adventures, Rise & Shine, DRUMatic, Hands Up, and new classes Grossology and Music Express. Class packages range from $50 - $110. • Parent Classes Register for parent workshops including BellyRobics, Signing Safari, The Potty Train and more. Class package prices vary. • Breastfeeding Realities Learn the basics of breastfeeding along with ways to avoid typical problems, how to identify baby’s hunger cues, why breastfeeding is so important and more. Taught by Wendy McHale, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. 3 - 5 p.m. Jan. 19; $25. • FREE Tummy to Tummy Learn about the benefits of using a sling or carrier, and get tips on how to choose the best one for you and your baby . 12:45 p.m. Jan. 19. • FREE These Aren’t Your Momma’s Cloth Diapers Learn about the benefits of cloth diapering - it’ s not as messy as you think. 12:45 p.m. Jan. 12. • FREE Weelicious Learn tips on how to create fun and healthy meal options for your finicky toddler. 12:45 p.m. Jan. 26.

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These events require advanced registration. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted.


1301 Western Ave. 513-287-7021 or • Overnight at the Museum Grab a sleeping bag and pillow for an overnight experience with your family at the museum - explore the museums after-hours and enjoy an OMNIMAX film the following morning. 7 p.m. - 10 a.m., Jan. 12 and 26; $28 per person.

CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER AT ROWE WOODS 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 or

• Ohio Young Birders’ Club Ages 12 - 18 are invited to join a youth-led bird program with an emphasis on field work. Please dress for the outdoors and bring binoculars. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Jan. 12; families must pay a $10 registration fee to Ohio Young Birders Club. • Full Moon Walk Ages 8 and older can hit the trails at night to enjoy the full moon and natural history readings. Meet at the Rowe Woods kiosk. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26; free members, $8 nonmembers. • Homeschool Guided Winter Hike Ages 5 and older and their families should dress for the weather to investigate how birds, mammals, insects and amphibians survive the winter. Learn to reveal the stories told in animal tracks and enjoy nature in winter. Families may bring their own picnic lunch to enjoy after the program. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Jan. 25; $5. • Naturalist Explorers Series Sign up your kids ages 10 - 13 for five sessions that explore various themes in nature. The first session will search for signs of hibernating animals. Bring a travel mug for some hot cocoa while you explore! 1 - 4 p.m. Jan. 19 - May 18; $80 members, $120 nonmembers.


1501 Eden Park Drive 513-761-4313 or • FREE Haunted Eden Take a walk through Eden Park and learn about its history, including a few ghostly figures. Amateur ghost hunters will show off some basic equipment, and then see if they can catch some apparitions. Meet in front of the Krohn Conservatory. 5:30 - 7 p.m. Jan. 26.


513-482-7550 or • Power Pack-a-Thon Jan. 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service and in its honor, the Freestore Foodbank will host a pack-a-thon on Fountain Square. Bring the whole family to assemble Power Packs, bags of nutritional food given to children at schools on Friday to ensure they have something to eat over the weekend. 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Jan. 21.


1725 Commons Drive, Springdale 513-772-4888 or fullthrottleracing/ • Karting for the Cure Starts Now Night Help raise funds for pediatric brain cancer research while having a great time with indoor go-kart racing. Guests receive a free $10 game card compliments of Dave & Buster’s. To race, guests must be at least 8 years old and 48 inches tall. Slot car racing is for all ages. 5 - 6 p.m. Jan. 13; $20.


• FREE Rock n Roll Shabbat RSVP by Jan. 14. How does your family roll? Take to the rink and get ready to have some Fusion-style fun at this family night out. Enjoy this FREE event which includes skate rental, game arcade tokens for all kids, DJ, prizes, family friendly dinner, the Hokey Pokey, Chicken Dance and other popular roller rink games. Fusion Family is an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation and is a program of the Jewish community for families in which at least one parent is Jewish and the other is not, or in which one or both parents have converted to Judaism. Siblings and grandparents welcome! Held at Castle Skateland, 980 Loveland Madeira Road; 5 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. private Fusion Family rink time, 7 p.m. Shabbat dinner, 8 - 10 p.m. all skate, Jan. 18.


7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason • Jewish Kids Club: Mitzvah Art Series Ages 7 - 13 will discover an exciting Mitzvah and create unique Polymer Mezuzos under the guidance of Miss Brenda from My Little Red Haus. 1 p.m. Jan. 13; $8; RSVP to • Jewish Women’s Circle: Cooking with Chef Jamie Meet other women from varying backgrounds in this gathering that will focus on Jewish themes. 7 - 9 p.m. Jan. 28; $12; RSVP to


Madeira Silverwood Presbyterian Church, 8000 Miami Ave., Madiera Music Makers, 6131 Campus Lane, Mt. Washington 513-231-3973 or • Jingle Jangle RSVP at least 24 hours in advance for a morning of music, movement and fun with your little ones. 11 a.m. Jan. 11 in Madeira, 9:30 a.m. Jan. 7 in Mt. Washington; $15.


5400 Lanius Lane 513-542-2909 or • Recycling and Landfill Visit for Homeschoolers RSVP by Jan. 2. Homeschool students ages 6 - 10 will learn about recycling composting and other ways to save our valuable resources and land space. Take a hike to observe nature’s own way of recycling, enjoy some friendly competition with educational games and check out composting with and without worms. Students need transportation to the landfill for a 1 p.m. tour. 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., 1 p.m. Rumpke Landfill tour, Jan. 9; $5.

LANGSFORD LEARNING ACCELERATION CENTER 9402 Towne Square Ave., Blue Ash 7616 Cox Lane, West Chester 513-531-7400 or

• FREE What Parents Should Know About Reading and Comprehension Learn about current national research focusing on successful readers, and how to follow your child’s reading development and learning. 10:30 a.m. Jan. 8 in Blue Ash, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in West Chester.

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Bike Center, 701A U.S. Route 50, Milford 513-232-5327 or • FREE Annual Bike Day Everyone should get the chance to ride a bike! Learn more about the therapeutic benefits of a bike for a child with special needs, get a free assessment, and place your orders for a spring arrival. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Jan. 21.


CMC Blue Ash, 10901 Reed Hartman Hwy., Ste. 119 Anderson Center Station, 7832 Five Mile Road 513-947-8387 or • The Dog Ate My Homework: Keys to Unlocking School Success Learn the keys to helping your child develop life management strategies; also ideal for ages 13 - 18. 6:30 - 8 p.m. Jan. 29 in Blue Ash, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Jan. 31 in Anderson; $20 before Jan. 18 for Blue Ash, $20 before Jan. 23 for Anderson, $30 until event is full.


8485 Ridge Road 513-761-7500 or • Winter Break Camp: Around the World in 8 Days! Grades K - 6 are invited to travel the world to explore sports, food, crafts and more. Kids will splash in the waterpark, play games in the gym, exercise in the Game Room, and create masterpieces in the Art Room. Bring a lunch, drink, bathing suit, towel and closed-toe shoes each day. Parents must complete a Medical Authorization Form for each child. 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Jan. 2, 3 and 4 (before and aftercare available for additional fees); $48 members, $58 nonmembers ($40 and $50 sibling). • MLK Day School Break Camp Grades K - 6 can come to the J for a day of swimming, sports, art, and fun in Club J. Pack lunch with a drink, bathing suit, and closed-toe shoes. Parents must complete a Medical Authorization Form for each child. 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Jan. 21 (before and aftercare available for additional fees); $48 members, $58 nonmembers ($40 and $50 sibling). • FREE PJ Library Presents Going Green RSVP by Jan. 21. Ages 6 and younger and their grown-ups will celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the “birthday of the trees,” with games, crafts, and a chance to learn about Israeli inventions that conserve water and energy. 10:30 - 11:45 p.m. Jan. 27.


9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-7275 or A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. • Birds in Winter RSVP by Jan. 2. Toddlers ages 2 - 4 will learn all about how birds spend the winter with stories and a craft. 11 a.m. Jan. 4; $5.


Timberhill Activity Center, 3976 HamiltonMiddletown Road 513-867-5835 or • Discovery Kids Parents and their tots are invited to learn about animals in wintertime through stories, crafts, songs, snacks and hands-on activities. 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Jan. 16; $3 plus a valid MetroParks Motor Vehicle Permit (visit site for priaces).


8401 Montgomery Road 513-984-3770 or • FREE Celebration of the Book Nationallyrenowned Jewish author and storyteller, Peninnah Schram, will visit for today’s storytelling festival. Schram will share an hour-long performance for all ages, followed by a book signing and discussion. Don’t miss other storytellers performing in the school library, and in the Mayerson activity room, Kathy Wise and The Art Spark will help children make puppets, costumes and scenery for their own storytelling. 3 - 5 p.m. Jan. 13.

SHALOM FAMILY • FREE Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun For You and Your Little One These private interactive playgroups feature Miss Meliss, who keeps both parents and their little ones engaged with her unique brand of fun. Play dates include a snack and are open to families in the Jewish community with children ages 2 and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Two families will each win a $50 Target gift card at each event. Presented by Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation. The Gymboree, 6209 Snider Road; 2 p.m. Jan. 13 and 27.


11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-7275 or A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. • Aaaargh Spider! RSVP by Jan. 15. Ages 3 - 5 will have a friendly spider adventure that includes a story and a craft. 10 a.m. Jan. 17; $5.


234 Goodman St. 513-584-2230 or • Childbirth Classes Expecting moms are invited to sign up for a range of childbirth education classes, including maternity tours on Jan. 7 and 24; Prepared Childbirth on Jan. 5 and 19 (at the W est Chester location); Baby Care Basics on Jan. 7; Breastfeeding on Jan. 8 and 15 (at the W alnut Hills Health Center); Infant CPR on Jan. 10; Natural Childbirth on Jan. 16; and Adoptive Parents Baby Care Basics (at W est Chester location).


Ronald Reagan Lodge, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester • Discovery Kids Bring your little ones to learn about what animals do to survive the winter, using songs, stories, crafts, snacks and activities. 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Jan. 17; $3 plus a valid MetroParks Motor Vehicle Permit (see site for prices).


650 Walnut St. 513-977-4165 or • Families Create! Meet artist Pamela DeCoker and make a colorful container using all sorts of utensils except a brush! 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Jan. 5; $5. •

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10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) or A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. • Wilderness Skills: Fire RSVP by Jan. 3. Creating a fire is crucial to survival because it provides heat, water purification, signaling, food prep and more. Learn several basic fire-starting skills. Sign up for a second presentation beginning at 2 p.m. that will focus on campfire cooking. 12 p.m. Jan. 5; $6. • Wilderness Skills: Backpacking the Appalachian Trail RSVP by Jan. 3. Join an indoor talk about hiking the trail, basic backpacking essentials and hear a trail story or two. 7 p.m. Jan. 4; $3. • Growing Up a Farm Kid: Cool Colors RSVP by Jan. 7. Ages 2 - 5 and an adult will practice colors as they explore the farmyard. Please dress for the weather! 9:30 a.m. Jan. 8 or 9; $10 per child, one adult complimentary. • Wilderness Skills: Orienteering I and II RSVP by Jan. 10. Learn the basics of orienteering and put your newly found skills to the test. 1 p.m. Jan. 12 for Level I, 3 p.m. Jan. 12 for Level II; $6. • Wilderness Skills: Orienteering III RSVP by Jan. 10. Learn some advanced orienteering skills in this program (Orienteering II is a prerequisite). 3 p.m. Jan. 13; $6. • New Moon Night Navigation RSVP by Jan. 10. Ages 8 and older will get a quick lesson on compasses and evening orienteering before hitting the nocturnal course. 5:30 p.m. Jan. 13; $7.


Trailside Nature Center, Burnet Woods, 3400 Brookline Dr. 513-751-3679 or • Winter Constellations Learn the stories behind the most famous constellations in the sky and discover stars, galaxies and more. Best for ages 5 and older . 7 - 8 p.m. Jan. 18; $5.


8250 Old Kellogg Ave. 513-521-PARK (7275) or A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. • Tracks Jamboree RSVP by Jan. 15. Ages 3 - 5 are invited for a jamboree all about animal tracks — enjoy crafts and games and then look outside for tracks. 10 a.m. Jan. 18; $5.

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