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Cincinnati Zoo’s Penguin Days, CAM seeks teen volunteers, workshops for parents and more.

11 kid’s health

What to know about kids and sore throats.

12 kid crafts


15 Winter FUN Guide

It’s healthy to go outdoors for fresh air and activity! Bundle up for fun winter sports and nature exploration.

21 Kids & CODING

Coding’s less of an extracurricular and more of a life skill. Learn why it’s catching on for kids as a must-have on the resumé.

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Selecting a private school can be a daunting task, especially with so many options in the area. We help you get started.

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Resolution: Goodbye, Red Hen (or, to each their own)


m no helicopter parent, but I AM a red hen. And I’m tired of it. I have been known to sweep in and take over and fix things and do it all myself. I’ve also learned this is wrong and bad, bad, bad when it comes to raising self-sufficient kids. Something’s gotta give. I’m now convinced that I do TOO MUCH for my kids, and that for THEM learning HOW to live your life is educationally JUST AS IMPORTANT as learning how to solve a math problem. If your kids are lacking in the HOME LIVING department, let’s help’em out. For instance, most big boys are perfectly capable of cleaning a bathroom. They are perfectly capable of making their own lunches in the morning or getting their own breakfasts. They are perfectly capable of remembering to get their hockey bag or soccer bag out of your car. My 10-yearold is perfectly capable of NOT stuffing his clothes under his bed (but man, there’s nothing faster than a good under-the-bed stuffing when it’s time to clean the old room, right?) So why do I pick things out from under his bed? I told you! I am a little red hen. But no more. No more say I! I am a mother, not a hen. I need to NOT DO FOR MY THREE BOYS WHAT THEY CAN DO FOR THEMSELVES. As January, 2015 kicks in gear, here are, forthwith the things I will no longer do for them: • wash and fold laundry • match socks • gather sports equipment into one spot • pick up the toys in the backyard • turn off lights in their rooms • turn off the TV when they’ve left it on • remember to feed the dog • remember to feed the fish • take dishes from the TV room back to the kitchen • change the sheets on their beds once a week • put back food stuff after getting it out • rinse dishes BEFORE putting them in the dishwasher • flush toilets • put toilet seats down • wipe toilet seats • wipe off toilet floor area with Chlorox wipe when needed • close the door if running outside to play • hang damp bath towels to dry • rinse a sink after spitting in it There are plenty of other things, I’m sure. I will reserve making breakfast, lunch and dinner for them since they are growing and I need to see them fed. Soon enough I will teach them how to cook. I don’t want my boys to be helpless at home when they get married one day, I want them to be renaissance men! Good bye, Little Red Hen! (Sung to the melody of Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road). Can you add to this list? What things do you think your kids should do for themselves that you’re tired of doing for them? It is a new year, a time to turn over new leaves. Join me — let’s make our kids independent and strong and show them how important it is to participate in the LIVING OF THEIR OWN LIVES!

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FAVORITE DOCS Tanya E. Cahill, M.D.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati We’ve seen Dr. Cahill for both of our children who were preemies. Our son was born at 27 weeks and has had several problems along the way. Dr. Cahill has been outstanding with everything she has done for our kids. She takes the time to really get to know the kids and the parents as well so she can best help with any issues. She goes above and beyond to reassure us with concerns we may have and finding the best option plans. She truly cares about the kids and really wants the best for them even after they graduate from the High Risk clinic. I don’t think we could have found a better doctor to help us down the long journey of high-risk preemies. Dana Noble

NeeOo W. Chin, M.D.

The Fertility Wellness Institute of Ohio, Mason I can’t say enough about Dr. Chin! The first time we met with him my husband asked if he could be our family doctor. His bedside manner and care for his patients is nothing like I’ve ever experienced. From the moment you meet him you can tell he loves what he does in blessing people with children. Infertility was the hardest journey I’d ever been on, and Dr. Chin and his staff were with us every step of the way! Rhonda Edwards

Anne L. Housholder, M.D.

UC Health Dermatology, Cincinnati She is a dermatologist. When children come in she makes them feel comfortable. She speaks to them in a way that is calming and has a gentle approach. She’s able to perform injections and procedures with minimal tears, if any. She treats a wide range of issues and is knowledgeable and up to date with the most effective course of treatment. Carman Lake


Kelsey Logan, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.P., F.A.C.P.

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati My daughter, Amanda, sustained a concussion in April of this year. Dr. Logan was recommended and we went to see her several days after the incident. She took the time to see Amanda for nearly 45 minutes, and talked to her, not just us as parents. Dr. Logan was genuinely interested in helping Amanda heal, no matter how hard it was to get to that point, and treated her as an individual, not just a case. She is empathetic, and truly cares about each one of her patients. A teammate of Amanda’s saw her for concussion as well and would back up these statements. I truly cannot say enough about the level of care that Dr. Logan gives. We saw her three times, and each time she spent more than the usual amount of time with us than we generally see from a doctor. Dr. Logan is focused on the individual patient, and does not breeze in and out of the room in five minutes. She gives personalized care and we can’t say enough about her. I think Amanda recovered so well due to the advice and care given her by Dr. Logan. Please consider her one of the top doctors in this area ... she has earned it in our opinion!

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Michael A. Chunn, M.D.

Premier HealthNet, Mason Dr. Chunn is extraordinarily kind and truly cares about each patient. He’s always available to answer questions, no matter how big or little my concern. He treats the whole family which is wonderful when illnesses run through the group! Dr. Chunn takes time with each patient and never makes us feel rushed. His office is very efficient and we never have to wait long to see him or to get an appointment! He also has a great sense of humor — a MUST in a doctor! Mel Barrett


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arch yourself to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (3400 Vine St.) and save some cash! Penguin Days offers families half-priced admission and special animal encounters with penguins, polar bears, snow monkeys and even elephants. Penguin Days takes place every Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 4 - Feb. 28. General admission is $15 ages 13 - 61, $11 ages 2 - 12 and ages 62 and older, plus $9 for parking. Call 513-281-4700 or visit for details.



The Blue Ash Recreation Center recently received a grant from ArtsWave to offer public plays and workshops for families. Mark your calendars now for these upcoming events!


• Playhouse in the Park’s Theory of Mind by Ken LaZebnik on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. Best for ages 11 and older; free. • Madcap Puppets’ Long Lost Stories on Sunday, March 1 at 2 p.m. Good for all ages; free. • Playhouse in the Park’s Bird Brain by Vern Thiessen on Saturday, April 11 at 7 p.m. Best for ages 5 and older; free. • Ensemble Theatre’s Play in a Day Workshop on Saturday, April 18 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Ideal for grades 2 - 7; $5 per participant and RSVP is required.

Interested in volunteering, or need to fulfill community service requirements? Teens are invited to help out at the Cincinnati Art Museum (953 Eden Park Drive) with Family First Saturdays! From 11:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, September through May, teens will help prepare art projects, assist children with art making, greet visitors and more. No previous art history or studio experience is required! For more information, and to be added to the volunteer list, contact Russell Ihirg at 513-639-2334 or

Winter skies offer some of the best times to look at the stars! The Cincinnati Observatory (3489 Observatory Place) will be open every Thursday and Friday night at 7 p.m. in January for ages 7 and older to get outside and under the stars. Admission on Thursdays is a suggested donation of $5, and on Fridays, the cost is $7 for adults and $5 for students — reservations are required. And don’t miss Jupiter Night on Saturday, Jan. 31 from 8 - 10 p.m. — learn about the giant planet and get a look at its four largest moons through the Observatory’s oldest telescopes (weather permitting). Cost for Jupiter Night is $7, no RSVP required! Call 513-321-5186 or visit •

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MORE PROGRAMS FOR PARENTS Whether you want support from fellow moms or to learn about parenting topics like babywearing and toddler tantrums, the CINCINNATI FAMILY ENRICHMENT CENTER

(4244 Hamilton Ave) has plenty happening this month, including a free discussion with local pediatric dentists about children’s dental health on Jan. 24 at 12:45 p.m., and a free workshop on chiropractic care for kids on Jan. 31 at 12:45 p.m. Call 513-5912332 or visit theplaceforfamilies. com for a full schedule and to register.



eech Acres (513-231-6630 or offers plenty of classes and workshops for parents of children ranging in age from wee ones to teens. Whether you just want some advice on goal setting, or need to learn how to help kids cope with divorce, Beech Acres has experts available to discuss a load of parenting topics. This month, check out the following (please RSVP): • BACK ON TRACK: This free four-week program is designed for recently divorced dads or dads who have had a change in their parenting situation. Class meets at 6 p.m. beginning Jan. 20 at Feldman Cottage, Beech Acres Parenting Center (6881 Beechmont Ave.). • WORKSHOPS IN ANDERSON TOWNSHIP: Two programs are available this month, including Raising Responsible Kids: Teaching our kids more by doing less (Jan. 12), and Dealing with Peer Pressure: Making good decisions in tough times (Jan. 14). Both classes meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Anderson Township Rec Plex (6915 Beechmont Ave.), and cost $20 per resident, $30 per non-resident. • FAMILY GOALS: Learn to set goals as a family in this free workshop that covers family values, communication and being accountable. Class meets at 6 p.m. on Jan. 21 at the Mason Community Center (6050 Mason Montgomery Road). • PARENTING 101: This six-week course covers parenting styles, child development, positive discipline, managing stress, and family goals. Class meets from 6 - 8 p.m. beginning Jan. 26 at the Feldman Cottage, Beech Acres Parenting Center; cost is $160.

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The CIVIC GARDEN CENTER (2715 Reading Road) offers classes for both adults and families throughout the year. This month, grown-ups are invited to check out Basic Organic Vegetable Gardening on Jan. 28 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Learn how to plant, maintain and harvest your own garden. Cost is $10; RSVP at 513-221-0981 or visit The PUBLIC LIBRARY OF CINCINNATI AND HAMILTON COUNTY offers plenty of programs for adults at all of their branches, including Let’s Get Organized on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Green Township Branch (6525 Bridgetown Road, 513-369-6095) and Coupon Clippers on Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. at the Harrison Branch (10398 New Haven Road, 513-3694442). Other programs include introductions to yoga, tai chi, family finances and more. Visit for a full schedule.

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At Seven Hills, child-centered teaching is at the head of our program, a warm and nurturing atmosphere is at its heart — and children experience the joy of learning. For more information or to schedule a tour, visit or call 513.728.2400. Guardian Angels School is a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a leader in technology integration, differentiated instruction, and STEM Education. Our staff guides each student to reach his or her academic, social, and spiritual potential. 6539 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati • 513-624-3141 •

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Is it just a cold, or something worse? Should you ride it out or call the doctor? What to know when it comes to that burning sore throat.


y throat hurts, Mommy ...” Those are words every parent dreads hearing, especially this time of year, when colds and flus and plenty of whoknows-what are running rampant. Some woeful pipes are easy to explain — hay fever and allergies, for one, or maybe going overboard cheering for a favorite basketball team. Sleeping with your mouth open can cause some tenderness in the morning, but the majority of sore throats are caused by infection.

Viruses Vs. Bacteria “There are two types of ‘germs’ that infect us,” says Chuck Kelly, M.D., of Pediatric Care of Kentucky. “Viruses and bacteria, and it is no different with throats.” He points out that it is very important to determine which type of infection your child has, as that will determine the


proper treatment method. “Most human infections, including those of the throat, are viral and will go away in about seven to 10 days, no matter what we do,” he says. Viral infections are typically accompanied by upper respiratory symptoms, explains Kelly, like a runny or stuffy nose, a low-grade fever, or a cough from post-nasal drip. Unfortunately, infections caused by viruses won’t respond to antibiotics, so all you can really do is have your child rest and wait it out. “If these symptoms are present, this is most likely a viral infection and not much can really be done,” says Kelly. If your child has a sore throat but no cold symptoms like those mentioned above, or he has a sore throat and a high fever, or has a sore throat that gets worse, it’s time to call the doctor. This may be a sign of a bacterial infection, like tonsillitis, strep throat or even whooping cough, all of which are

very contagious. Children are very likely to have strep throat, so a prompt visit to your pediatrician for antibiotics, is your best defense.

Soothe the Savage Throat When waiting out a sore throat, there are a few things you can do to help ease the discomfort. Kelly suggests taking an antiinflammatory like ibuprofen (but not Tylenol), and consuming cool liquids or popsicles. Parents can also try a teaspoon of honey to help with cough in children over 1 years old. Other tips include eating soft foods like jello or sherbert, gargling one teaspoon of salt in eight ounces of warm water twice a day and using a humidifier. Coughing kids should always cover their mouths, get plenty of rest, wash hands often and of course, get plenty of rest. “Nothing helps your immune system more than sleep!” says Kelly. •

• Unusual spots on the throat • Postnasal drip and coughing • Fever • Swollen lymph nodes

HOME CARE FOR SORE THROATS • Gargle salt water. • Breathe in steam from a humidifier or vaporizer. • Warm compress. • Eat soothing foods like ice cream, milk shakes, gelatin and hot soup. • Increase water intake. • Avoid citrus drinks. • Give over-the-counter pain relievers, like acetaminophen, ibuprofen or naproxen. • Use a numbing spray or lozenge. • Suck on ice chips.

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SNOWMAN CRAFTS Kids love to play in the snow and make snowmen. Warm them up inside with these easy crafts! By Kiera Ashford

Fence Post Snowman What You Need Old fence post cut into two different sizes (five inches and three inches), white paint, black and brown puff paint, any other color of paint for scarf, paint brush, sand paper

What You Do • Once you have your two pieces of wood, sand the edges and surface to make them as smooth as you can. • Paint each white all over. • Once the white paint is dry, use the black puff paint to make the eyes, mouth and spots on belly. • Use the brown puff paint to draw on stick arms. • With your different colors of paint, give him a scarf (or you can tie a ribbon on). • You can add any other details you see fit. Once you’re done, stack them together to form your snowman.

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Melted Hot Glue Snowman What You Need Hot glue, black puff paint, thin strip of ribbon, white paper, thin tip paintbrush, orange paint

What You Do • Set your hot glue gun to the lowest setting. • Drop hot glue onto the white paper in three differently sized circles connected together in a row. You can also drop the glue onto a smooth surface off of which you can easily peel the drops. • Once it has cooled, cut the excess white paper off. • Tie on your ribbon. • Use the black puff paint to add eyes, mouth and spots on belly. With a paintbrush, you can add a stroke of orange for the nose.

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Bundle up, it’s time to get OUTDOORSY! Enjoy some winter sports or explore nature activities this month.

Take the family dashing through the snow with Great Parks of Hamilton County’s many park sledding options.

Downhill Skiing, Boarding & Tubing THE BEACH MOUNTAIN 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason 513-398-7946 Snow tubing is the perfect winter activity for families with kids of all ages. Whether your tweens and teens want to slide down the 400-foot runs, or the tots want to sled and play in the kids’ area, the Beach Mountain has something for everyone, including viewing areas for parents, a warm-up pavilion, and concessions like hot chocolate and s’mores kits that you can make over the fire. Birthday parties and group sales are available; two-hour snow tubing passes for adults and kids over 42” are $24; kids under 42” who just want to play in the kids’ area are free!

 19074 Perfect Lane, Lawrenceburg, IN
 812-537-3754 513-381-7517
 Perfect North offers downhill skiing and snowboarding for the adventurous ones, plus snow tubing for kids of all ages (even grown-up kids). New equipment, additional parking, and an expanded and redesigned beginner area will make for a great visit for families and firsttimers. Ski or snowboarding tickets with tubing included range from $28 - $35 for kids and $35 - $47 for adults; snow tubing only tickets are $20 - $25 for ages 12 and younger, and $25 - $30 general admission; lessons and equipment rental is extra.

 1000 Snow Valley Road, Zanesfield, OH
 Ohio’s largest ski resort, Mad River is open for skiing, snowboarding and tubing, and features family passes, over eight acres of beginner learning terrain, and a new Kicker Lane trail. Check the web site for special holiday hours. Lift tickets range from $20 - $40; tubing tickets are $25 to $50 for the Thursday Family of Four special. Equipment rental and lessons are available for an additional fee.

skiing, but no skiing on golf courses or conservation areas. Bring your own equipment. A motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the parks.

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• Central Park
 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union
 Home to the Boone County Arboretum, this park offers paved walking and hiking trails.

GREAT PARKS OF HAMILTON COUNTY 513-521-PARK winter-sports All parks are open to cross-country •

Hiking BOONE COUNTY PARKS 859-334-2283 • Boone Cliffs 4990 Middle Creek Road, Burlington The unpaved trails are rated moderate to difficult and feature 20 to 40 foot cliff formations.

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FUN GUIDE • Dinsmore Woods 5700 Burlington Pike, Burlington Dinsmore Woods is over 100 acres of old growth forest with moderate to difficult hiking trails. • England/Idlewild Park
 5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington
 This park offers hiking trails along with a dog park for the four-legged members of your family. • Florence Nature Park 7200 Nature Park Drive, Florence This small park features a short paved path and a gazebo, perfect for a quiet winter stroll. • Giles Conrad Park
 7500 River Road, Hebron
 A 1.3-mile paved and level trail connects riverbank overlooks to large green spaces. This park also offers fitness stations and a playground. • Gunpowder Creek Nature Park
 6750 Sperti Lane, Burlington
 Unpaved walking trails measure 1.25 miles long that travels an elevation of 620 to 830 feet. • Middle Creek Park
 5501 Middlecreek Road, Burlington
 Middle Creek offers more than eight miles of unpaved walking and hiking trails that range from moderate to difficult. Trails are also open to horseback riding. • Waller-Stephenson Mill Park 2744 Verona Mudlick Road, Verona For the general public, enjoy 2.37 miles of unpaved trails running through old forest growth at the back of this property that is a joint project between Boone County Parks and Walton-Verona Schools.

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• Walton Community Park 35 Old Stephenson-Mill Road, Walton This 30-acre park features a gentle paved walking trail and two large playgrounds. BUTLER COUNTY PARKS 513-867-5835 A valid motor vehicle permit ($5 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter all parks. • Dudley Woods
 5591 Hankins Road, Liberty Township
 This park offers easy nature trails, making a winter hike with little ones a real treat. • Forest Run Wildlife Preserve
 1810 New London Road, Hamilton
 Offering an observation deck amongst the nature trails which run through the woods and meadows and along the wetlands. • Gilmore Ponds Interpretive Preserve
 7950 Gilmore Road, Hamilton
 This park is a good one for families interested in birding and spotting abundant wildlife. • Rentschler Forest Preserve
 Miami-Erie Canal 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton
 Offers a scenic nature area, along with plenty of hiking trails and play areas. • Sebald Park
 5580 Elk Creek Road, Middletown
 Most of the park remains in a natural condition, but there are trails for winter hikes, as well as horse trails. • Voice of America Park
 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester
 A 2.5-mile paved scenic trail plus Wiggly Field Dog Park makes this park a perfect spot for all families.

Take a winter hike with Clermont County Parks.

 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711
 Comprising over 1,600 acres, CNC offers more than 16 miles of award-winning trails that wind through Eastern deciduous forests, fields, streams and ponds. CNC is also home to educational programs for kids, including the Nature PlayScape and the Nature Preschool. When conditions are favorable in January, families are invited to play in the snow in the Nature PlayScape, whether they want to sled down the meadow hill or build a snowman. Check the Facebook page or call the Front Desk, or sign up to receive e-mail updates at natureplayscapre@ Rowe Woods is open daily in January from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission is $8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, and $6 for seniors and active military. CINCINNATI PARKS 513-352-4080 • Caldwell Nature Preserve
 430 West North Bend Road
 More than three miles of nature trails, including a paved path. • California Woods
 5400 Kellogg Ave.
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 5400 Lanius Lane
 More than two miles of hiking trails cross this nature preserve full of geological history. • Mt. Airy Forest and Arboretum
 5083 Colerain Ave.
 Cincinnati’s largest park offers miles of trails, as well as an arboretum. CLERMONT COUNTY 513-732-2977 • Crooked Run Nature Preserve
 521 County Park Road, Chilo
 Crooked Run offers 77 acres, more than a mile of hiking trails and three wildlife viewing blinds. • Kelley Nature Preserve
 297 Center St., Loveland
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FUN GUIDE • Sycamore Park and Wilson Nature Preserve
 4082 State Route 132, Batavia
 Offering more than four miles of hiking trails that traverse several large hills and offer great views of the East Fork of the Little Miami River. GREAT PARKS OF HAMILTON COUNTY 513-521-7275 winter-sports A valid Hamilton County Parks District motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter all parks. Great Parks of Hamilton County is also offering a Winter Hike Series for all ages — the series rotates hikes ranging in length from four to 5.5 miles among five different parks, followed by hot soup cooked over an open fire. This year’s schedule includes Winton Woods (Jan. 10); Woodland Mound (Jan. 17); Miami Whitewater Forest (Jan. 24); Sharon Woods (Jan. 31); and Shawnee Lookout (Feb. 7). Cost is $6 per person (free ages younger than 12 when accompanied by a paying adult) and RSVP is required. • Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve
 3455 Poole Road, Colerain Township
 This is Hamilton County’s smallest park, but the Pin Oak Trail offers a short, paved nature trail that passes a prairie, a forest and a pond. • Fernbank Park
 50 Thornton Ave., Cincinnati
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• Glenwood Gardens
 10397 Springfield Pike, Woodlawn
 This park has everything for a winter walk, including a trail that winds through wetlands, prairies and meadows. • Miami Whitewater Forest
 9001 Mount Hope Road
 The Shaker Trace Trail has an inner loop with Parcours fitness stations and an extended outer loop through prairie and wetland. • Mitchell Memorial Forest
 5401 Zion Road, Miami Township
 This park has one of the first official mountain bike trails in Hamilton County, at 3.9 miles in length, it also makes for a great rustic hike through the woods. The Wood Duck Trail is one mile in length. • Sharon Woods
 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville
 Sharon Woods offers a scenic, 2.5mile, paved course around Sharon Woods Lake, a .7-mile gorge trail that runs past waterfalls and a onemile Parcours Fitness Trail with 18 exercise stations. • Shawnee Lookout
 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, Miami Township
 This park offers three moderate nature trails, including Blue Jacket (1.3 miles), Little Turtle (2 miles) and Miami Fort (1.4 miles). • Winton Woods
 10245 Winton Road, Springfield Township
 Winton Woods offers two challenging nature trails, a 2.6-mile multi-purpose trail, and a horse trail, or stop by Parky’s Farm to visit the animals. • Withrow Nature Preserve
 7075 Five Mile Road, Anderson Township
 The Trout Lily trail is a 2-mile nature trail with a view over the Ohio River.

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• Woodland Mound
 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Anderson Township
 Woodland Mound offers two moderate nature trails, as well as the Seasongood Nature Center, which includes interactive displays, two outdoor observation decks, and a classroom for Naturalist programs. KENTON COUNTY PARKS 859-525-7529 • Lincoln Ridge Park
 420 Independence Station Road, Independence
 Offering unpaved hiking trails with playgrounds nearby. • Doe Run Lake
 1501 Bullock Pen Road, Covington
 Hike along the Doe Run Nature Trail and keep an eye out for animal dwellers. • Middleton-Mills Park
 3415 Mills Road, Covington
 Hiking trails and playgrounds make this park a great spot for winter hikers. • Pioneer Park
 3951 Madison Pike, Covington
 Pioneer Park offers paved walking and biking trails, along with the Kenton Paw Park for your furry friends.

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Ice Fishing GREAT PARKS OF HAMILTON COUNTY 513-521-PARK (7275) winter-sports Call or visit the website to check on conditions before fishing. Ice fishing is gauged upon the thickness of the ice, which rangers check daily. Bring your own equipment. A motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park.

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Students follow a proven method of teaching that will improve their skills as figure skaters, hockey players or recreational skaters — kids have a chance to perform in ice shows, camps and competitions to gain experience. Learn to Skate also offers Hockey ONE Academy. Visit the web site for a schedule of free sample lessons. NORTHERN KENTUCKY ICE CENTER
 2638 Anderson Road, Crescent Springs, KY
 Home to the Northern Kentucky Skating Club (NKSC) and Northern

listing of public skate and stick times. Sports Plus is also home to Figure Skating Club of Cincinnati, and the Cincinnati Skating School, as well as ice hockey practice and tournaments. Sports Plus is also home to plenty of other fun activities, like the new Zip City.

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Kentucky Youth Hockey Association (NKYHA), the ice center offers plenty of public skating sessions, just call for times. The studio rink offers time for beginning skaters and stick times for hockey players, as well as lessons for kids and adults and hockey for youth and adult teams. The larger rink is ideal for hockey games, figure skating and public ice skating sessions. Family rates and group rates available. QUEEN CITY FIGURE SKATING CLUB AT NORTHLAND ICE SKATING
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 513-563-0001 Group lessons for all skill levels and ages provided in a fun environment from a highly trained coaching staff. E-mail learntoskate@queencityfsc. com for more information. January is National Skating Month and Queen City Figure Skating Club has planned an Ice Party and Open House to celebrate all things iceskating. Enjoy open ice-skating with free lessons, door prizes, refreshments, info and a skating exhibition. Free skate rental is also available. Open house takes place Saturday, Jan. 31 from 5 - 6:30 p.m. SPORTS PLUS OHIO 10765 Reading Road 513-769-1010 Head to the website for a daily

 Winter just doesn’t feel like winter without a spin on the U.S. Bank Ice Rink at Fountain Square! Rent a pair of skates or bring your own, enjoy concessions or one of the nearby restaurants and give a call if you’re interested in hosting a private party or a group. Admission is $4, plus $4 for skate rentals. Hours are 12 - 5 p.m. Monday - Thursday, and 12 - 10 p.m. Friday - Sunday (subject to change). CINCINNATI PARKS Blue flags at Cincinnati Parks indicate that ice is at least three inches thick and safe for skating. Call 513-352-4080 to determine skating conditions before visiting. The following Cincinnati Parks offer the best ice skating opportunities: • Mirror Lake and Twin Lakes in Eden Park
 950 Eden Park Drive
 Five minutes from downtown off Gilbert Avenue and Victory Parkway.

daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the parks. Call 513521-PARK (7275) or visit winter-sports to check on skating conditions before visiting: • Miami Whitewater Forest
 9001 Mount Hope Road, Crosby Township
 In addition to skating, check out the park’s hiking trails. • Mitchell Memorial Forest
 5401 Mount Zion Road, Miami Township
 After skating, enjoy a walk along Wood Duck Trail. • Sharon Woods
 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville
 Don’t miss a spin on Sharon Woods Lake with 35 acres of ice skating fun. Or if it gets too cold outside, head indoors to the Adventure Station inside Sharon Centre. • Triple Creek
 2700 Buell Road, Colerain Township
 Offers a pond for skating, paved trail for walking and a playground on more than 170 acres. • Winton Woods
 10245 Winton Road, Springfield Township
 This park offers trails and a lake to skate on. • Woodland Mound
 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Anderson Township
 Enjoy nature trails and ice skating on the pond.

• Rapid Run
 4450 Rapid Run Road
 On Rapid Run Parkway between Queen City Avenue and Glenway Avenue. Skaters can use the smaller, man-made lakes.


GREAT PARKS OF HAMILTON COUNTY Permitted skating areas in the following parks are marked with barrels and signs. Rangers check the conditions daily. A motor vehicle permit ($3

GREAT PARKS OF HAMILTON COUNTY Sledding is permitted in the following Great Parks of Hamilton County (greatparks. org/recreation/wintersports. html). Call 513-521-PARK •

(7275) to check on conditions before visiting. A motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10) is required to enter: • Embshoff Woods
 4050 Paul Road, Delhi Township
 The disc golf course becomes a fun sledding hill in the winter. • Miami Whitewater Forest
 9001 Mount Hope Road, Crosby Township
 Take a fun ride down the hill by the harbor overlook and check out the beautiful lake in the winter. • Sharon Woods
 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville
 There is a popular sledding hill located near Sharon Centre. Be sure to stop inside and visit Nature’s Niche Gifts & Books store. • Winton Woods
 10245 Winton Road, Springfield Township
 This park has a designated sledding location at Elm Ridge Overlook Shelter, which also has a nice view of Winton Lake. DEVOU PARK
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 The band shell area offers ample hills for sledding, but sled at your own risk. VOICE OF AMERICA PARK
 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester
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alking out of a store, a kid of about 10 was immersed in his iPad while his dad hurried him along. “Put the Minecraft away, Sean!” the dad said hurriedly, through clenched teeth, trying to move his family through the front doors crowded with kids. Dad’s anxiety aside, plenty of tech whizzes would have been delighted by the scenario. Minecraft and other games that require logic for outcome provide the underlying roots of what comes next: coding. Easier for kids to understand than many parents, what the heck exactly IS coding and why does my kid need to learn it, you ask? Simply put, “coding” is the language used for telling a computer what to do whereas “programming,” is advanced, incredibly

in-depth … and, well, the stuff that Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook is famous for. You’ve got to start somewhere ... and the beginning is code.

Keeping it Real “For many, coding and programming are synonyms,” says Jean Bolte, Outreach Coordinator at iSPACE, The STEM Learning Place. iSPACE offers both in-school and after-school programs that use hands-on learning experiences to teach kids from Kindergarten through high school the power of programming and how to develop skills to use that power. “For the more discerning, the difference is that a coder is converting the logic and objectives of a program into computer code.” Coding is the beginning principle

that can eventually lead to more advanced work, aka, programming … and plenty of tech companies want more kids to get into it. That’s why Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and other tech biggies have donated millions to code. org — an online company aimed at getting computer programming into schools across the nation. But let’s back up. After all, we’re just raising kids here. The best way to describe computer code is as a digital language. Think about that for a second. Being able to “speak” to a computer is what we’re talking about, and you need to learn the language to do it. Getting a computer to do something by itself may sound bewildering at first, but for kids native to technology, the thought doesn’t hang them up like

it does adults, especially when learning code is framed in what they love most — fun. With technology advancing at a rapid pace, the truth is all aspects of our kids’ lives will be connected to computers when they’re older, whether it’s on their home thermostat or their car’s computer phone. “Technology is such an integral part of their daily lives that kids today are veracious users of code,” says Bolte. “The more they understand the uses, concepts and logic, the more prepared they will be to create and utilize technology to its fullest potential.” Toby Foote of Classroom Antics Tech Camps says, “Writing a computer program is the equivalent of solving a problem using structured

logic. When we learn how to write a computer program, we are learning how to use logic and how to problem solve. This process trains our brains how to rationally solve problems using data.” So along with learning about coding, kids are developing the necessary skills to become better problemsolvers, something they can use in all areas of their lives. Learning to code involves a process called ‘computational thinking,’ which is: 1) breaking down a task into a series of steps; 2) problem-solving, testing and evaluating; and 3) revising to achieve a unique solution. Even toddlers go through this process as their brains develop, although they’re not yet developmentally ready to understand the concepts and principals (please turn the page) •

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Local Coding Groups, Events & Resources Learn more about coding with these resources and events! behind computer programming, according to Foote. “It isn’t until around age 7, children begin to understand logic-based thinking and troubleshooting techniques, which is required for basic computer programming.” Foote says that computer programming is prevalent in most of Classroom Antic’s technology camps. “For example,” he says, “our Video Game Design Tech Camps are about using computer programming to create interactive, multi-level, multi-character video games. Our LEGO Robotics Tech Camps teach how to build and program robots to move. And, of course, our Computer Programming Tech Camp teaches how to use programming to create multi-dimensional, interactive, multi-media computer programs using formal programming techniques. We use a hands-on approach to show kids that they can do more than play games they love; they can actually learn to make games for themselves to share with friends and family.”

Minecraft Heads Up Minecraft creators have partnered with a group called ThoughtSTEM who designed a new educational add-on for Minecraft called LearnToMod. LearnToMod allows kids to write code to do special things like create bows that shoot arrows to open new portals and more.

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The creators hope that with the kids’ interest in coding they may hunger for more and become interested in what comes next, i.e. programming.

The Coding Movement The word on learning to code is spreading at rapid speeds. — the organization that trains teachers to offer more advanced curriculums, and for younger students — reports that 20,000 teachers from kindergarten through twelfth grade have introduced coding lessons in the past two years. Big cities across the country are angling to get ahead of the national curve in offering computer programming in schools: according to the New York Times, Chicago’s public school system hopes to have computer science as a graduation requirement at all of its 187 high schools in five years and to have the instruction in 25 percent of other schools. New York City public schools have trained 60 teachers in computer programming for this year’s classes in 40 high schools, in part to prepare kids for college. In Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, some schools offer programming as electives and after-school clubs, while local libraries are increasing their offerings to kids as well. J Susan Swindell Day is the editor in chief of this publication and the mom of four amazing kids. — A national non-profit dedicated to bring computer science to schools and their students. The web site offers a searchable database of area programs, both public and private. Classroom Antics — Offering educational summer camps for ages 7 - 13 in video game design, LEGO robotics, stop-motion, animation and computer programming throughout Greater Cincinnati. Call 800595-3776 or visit iSPACE, Inc. — Offering a range of programs in computer science, robotics and more, including summer camps for students of varying ages, including children as young as Kindergarten. Located at 3254 E. Kemper Road. Call 513-612-5703 or visit Teen Tech Club — Teens will design a virtual Rube Goldberg machine online on Jan. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Clifton Branch Library (351 Ludlow Ave.; 513-3694447; Engineering for Kids — Ages 4 - 14 in Boone, Kenton and Campbell counties can explore STEM education and take part in fun activities like creating their own video game or building a rocket during workshops, camps, classes, even birthday parties. Call 859-6303268 or visit Boone County Public Library — The Florence Branch Library (7425 U.S. 42, Florence) will host a Minecraft program for grades 3 - 5 in February. Build and create a world that is limited only by your imagination! Call Pamela Jayne at 859-342-2665 or visit for the date, and to learn about upcoming summer camps as well. Kenton County Public Library — Teens and younger kids are invited to the Coders and Makers Club, which meets twice a month at the Covington branch (502 Scott Blvd.) for individual projects, guest speakers and workshops. A Scratch workshop will take place on Jan. 29 (call to RSVP). Additional club dates include Jan. 8, Feb. 12 and 26 at 6:30 p.m. The Children’s Department is planning an after-school program on coding, along with several more spring and summer programs at both the Erlanger and Covington branches. Call 859-578-7948 or visit iGineering — Exposing youth to science, technology and engineering, including LEGO, code, graphic design, apps and more. Call 513-399-7836 or visit GIRLS at Cincinnati Museum Center — Girls In Real Life Sciences (GIRLS) is open to girls of all ages and focuses on activities in science, technology, engineering and math. Call 513-287-7000 or visit cincymuseum. org/programs/girls.

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Additional Coding Resources Ann Schoenenberger, MILS and Digital Librarian for the Kenton County Public Library System ( suggests the following books and web sites for parents and kids to explore, as well as this Ted Talk by Mitch Resnick on why kids should learn to code: talks/mitch_resnick_let_s_ teach_kids_to_code Help Your Kids With Computer Coding: A Unique Step-by-Step Visual Guide, from Binary Code to Building Games (DK Publishing) Super Scratch Programming Adventure! Learn to Program by Making Cool Games (The LEAD Project) Hello World! Computer Programming for Kids and Other Beginners (Manning Publications) Scratch — Google Made with Code — Kahn Academy — hourofcode Blocky — blockly-games. Stencyl — Crunchzilla — crunchzilla. com Baltie — Default.asp Code — Best Apps and Websites for Learning Programming and Coding — graphite. org/top-picks/best-appsand-websites-for-learningprogramming-and-coding

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Selecting the private school that’s right for your child is a daunting task, especially with so many options in the area. Do your homework as you make the decision on where to send your kids.


struggle to choose between public and private school is over. Now a new issue arises: which private school is right for your child? Groups like the National Association of Independent Schools and others offer useful materials, but we’ve done some homework for you. Here’s what to look into before you go any further.

Start Now Janet Hill, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at The Seven Hills School, says, “School choice is one of the most important decisions parents can make for their children … there are so many options, especially at early childhood.” Admissions offices typically work about a year in advance of actual enrollment. Schools usually have deadlines posted on their web sites, or you can pick up a school calendar during your site visit. According to the National Association of Independent Schools

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(NAIS), most schools accept applications in December, January and February, and make admissions decisions in April and May for the following August or September. Some schools will also accept applications on a rolling admission basis if space permits. If you’re looking into a school that is particularly competitive, it might be wise to make contact even sooner. According to Aaron Kellenberger, Director of Admission at Cincinnati Country Day School, space is always an issue. He advises parents to learn a school’s admission process, and to be aware of special dates and deadlines, and adds that it’s not unusual for him to take calls from parents who are actually still expecting! And The Montessori School at The Summit Country Day School is what Kelley Schiess, Assistant Head of School for Enrollment Management, calls “a prime entry point,” but she adds that space is very limited. The Summit has several different deadlines for The Montessori School, according

to Schiess, who advises parents to visit the website for the complete schedule.

Identify Matches Traditional or progressive? Small or large? Half-day or full-day for preschoolers? Draw up a list of desirable qualities in order to rate your prospective schools, including education styles. “Over and over again we hear from parents who have been here for a year that they are happy with not just what their kids are learning, but how they learn it,” says Hill, explaining that The Seven Hills School focuses on a handson atmosphere and the process of learning. She advises parents to also consider some of the following factors: a diverse learning experience, including academics, extra-curricular activities, community services, and a diverse student body; average class size and teacher-to-student ratio; a challenging curriculum, especially

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for older students; extra-curricular opportunities; and a strong sense of community within the school. “We’re very proud of our community,” she says, adding that The Seven Hills School prizes their partnership with parents. “We are like an extension of your family.” Schiess suggests that parents ask questions about accreditation (and by who), how students are evaluated, opportunities for parents to be involved, and the possibility of you sitting in on a class or your child shadowing a student for a day. It also helps to ask about student outcomes. “Recently, 100 percent of our 97 graduates were accepted to colleges and universities across the country and abroad, and were awarded $24.9 million in merit scholarship awards,” she says. Kellenberger says that most parents who visit Cincinnati Country Day School want to know about curriculum and the school’s educational philosophy first. But he also tries to share what he calls “the routine of the classroom” and

“School choice is one of the most important decisions parents can make for their children … there are so many options, especially in early childhood.” — Janet Hill, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at The Seven Hills School

give parents a picture of how their child will spend their day. “Parents are focused on the whole child,” he says, adding that parents want to know about the teachers, but they also want to know about opportunities in art, music, the outdoors. He also says that he’s starting to notice an increase in questions about nutrition — what kinds of snacks and lunches are served, and what are the school’s policies when it comes to food allergies.

Due Diligence Open houses are great, but visiting a classroom in action is critical, according to Kellenberger, especially with very young children. “You can’t find fit from looking at a screen or a brochure,” he says. At Cincinnati Country Day School, parents bring their tots to a classroom for about 30 minutes, divided into 15 minutes of oneon-one time with a teacher, and 15 minutes of “free time” to let the

child explore. This gives teachers a chance to see how well your child can separate from you, and to see what activities draw his attention. The school also likes to talk with parents about other influences at home, like older siblings, and parenting philosophies to get a better feel for how your family works. “We really believe that this will be a family experience,” says Kellenberger, adding that the school’s most successful students are the ones who are part of a strong relationship between the parents and the school. Interviews of older prospective students aren’t quite “interviews,” according to our sources. Kellenberger says they’re a nonpressure opportunity for kids to talk about how they liked their school visit, and to ask questions of their own. Hill refers to these chats as just an easy conversation to get to know the child. And Schiess says that a meeting with the child is a great opportunity for faculty

and admission staff to learn about the child’s interests and share the school’s programs. “Parents don’t need to prepare their children for these interviews,” she says. “Parents should approach the interview with their children as an exciting learning opportunity.” Your interviews with school administrators are going to be crucial in determining whether a school is right for your child, but mine other sources for information, too. Seek out parents who have children enrolled at the schools you like and get real-world answers to your questions. A number of points of view will help you make a decision. Keep a log of your contact with various schools, know names, be courteous and mindful of timing.

Brass Tactics Annual tuition ranges from about $3,000 for early childhood programs and increase from there for secondary grades. But the good news is that most schools offer •

some form of financial aid or tuition scholarships, and you can explore financing options with them. You’ll want to be mindful of ancillary expenses such as uniforms, laptops, sports equipment, books, supplies and school trip fees when determining costs per year.

Keep It Real A school’s name, recognition and reputation within your community might play a role in your final choice, but it should really only be a small part. At the end of the day, it’s all about finding the school where your child’s most comfortable, the school that understands your family’s needs and goals, and also makes you feel like you’re a crucial part in your child’s education. It’s a team effort, after all. J Susan Swindell Day is editor in chief of this publication and a mom of four. Sherry Hang is editor of this publication.

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Accepting new students now! Our curriculum for dancers of all ages includes ballet, pointe, lyrical, tap, hip-hop and tumbling, taught by university-trained professionals. We have two recitals per year, Christmas and Spring. We have competition teams as well as recreational dancers who want to dance just for fun.

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.

Mason Dance Center provides an opportunity for anyone, ages 3 - adult, to discover the joys of dance. Register now for fall classes. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes.

Midwest Elite Dance Center takes pride in providing the best possible service to each individual student. Motivated by their passion for the art of dance, the Midwest Elite Dance Center staff feels that they need to pass on their traditions, their skills and their knowledge to the young dancers of today. Their 12,000 sq.ft. center is just five miles from I-275 and Beechmont Ave.

The Music Factory provides music education for children 6 mos. - 5 yrs. taught on-site at your preschool, daycare or summer camp! Locally-owned and operated by degreed teachers.

Would you like your children to participate in a wholesome activity that promotes good health and athleticism while building confidence and self-esteem? Try Premier Tumbling and Dance. We offer a variety of classes including tumbling, acro, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, pre-school and after-school programs, as well as adult fitness classes. Recreational or competitive dance teams. Serving the Cincinnati area with our newly updated 20,000 sq. ft. dance studio.

Offering classes for ages 2 - adult! Piano, voice, violin, cello, drums, guitar, brass, ukulele, winds and acting classes are offered at our studio located near Hyde Park. Also offered are early childhood classes, private and group lessons and in-home lessons. Enroll anytime with no registration fees or try a free trial lesson! What separates QCMS from others is our instructors are handpicked.

Online registration begins Aug. 4 on our website. Classes run September 2014 - May 2015. Come join us for a fantastic year in Toddler & Me; Baby Ballet; Ballet, Tap, & Jazz; and Hip-Hop classes! Annual recital is in May.

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3833 Eastern Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45226

* Dance classes for children and adults! * Offering ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, hip hop, and pas de deux

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Saturday, January 10th, 12-3pm.

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Children’s Workshop Art Music Dance June 15th-19th June 22nd-26th

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The oldest music studio in Cincinnati. We provide private lessons for students of all ages (2 - 99). We offer lessons in piano, violin, voice, guitar, bass guitar, drums, trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, classical guitar, double bass, visual art, and banjo.

EDUCATION/ENRICHMENT Bethany School 555 Albion Ave., Cincinnati


Highly diverse student population. Offers services to students in grades K - 8 with wireless laptop computers, state-of-the-art computer lab, Spanish classes, elective courses, learner support/tutoring, before- and after-school care, and a wide range of after school activities. Student/teacher ratio - 15:1. Join us for our Open House Feb. 8, 2 - 4 p.m.

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513-629-KIDS (5437)

An early earning center for active kids ages infant through Kindergarten. For 40 years, the Kids First Sports Center family has been dedicated to our mission of helping kids grow into happy, healthy, responsible adults. It’s true, Campus Kids receive the area’s finest academic and physical education, but your child’s long-term happiness and emotional well-being always comes first at The Campus.

Central Montessori Academy 1904 Springdale Road, Cincinnati


Children’s Meeting House Montessori House 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland


Cincinnati Christian Schools Elementary Campus: 7350 Dixie Highway, Fairfield Junior/Senior High Campus: 7474 Morris Road, Fairfield

513-874-8500 513-892-8500

Discover an authentic Montessori environment where children are invited to grow and develop from preschool through sixth grade. At CMA, each child has an opportunity to discover a love of learning, in a small and caring community. Small class sizes allow each student to progress at an individual pace. Part-time preschool, extended day, and summer programs are available. Our school is a place of discovery, curiosity, respect and enthusiasm. Come take a tour and see for yourself!

Authentic Montessori education for students 3 - 12 yrs. Offering half- and full-day preschool and full-day kindergarten, before- and after-school care, and after-school enrichment options that provide a natural complement to the instructional day. Each classroom is a partnership of two full-time Montessori-credentialed teachers and multi-age communities that enable students to work at a pace conducive to individual learning. Please call to schedule a tour. Open House Jan. 25, 2 - 4 p.m.

Cincinnati Christian Schools is a non-denominational Christian school system offering outstanding, Biblically centered academic and extracurricular opportunities for young people from preschool - 12 grade. We deeply believe in each child’s ability to believe, belong and become. Open House (both campuses) Sun. Jan. 25, 2 - 4 p.m.

Cincinnati Country Day School 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati


CCDS is a co-educational, independent, college-preparatory school for students from 18 mos. - grade 12. Located on a beautiful 62-acre campus in Indian Hill. Merit and need-based tuition assistance is available.

The Compass School 9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati


Outstanding project-based curriculum. Offering full- and part-time infant, toddler, pre-school, kindergarten and after-school 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


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.

The Gardner School 9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati


An award-winning, academically-focused preschool for ages 6 wks. through private full-day kindergarten. Our early childhood education curriculum is age-appropriate and is among the highest standards in the industry. Your child will reach their full potential guided by our highly qualified, degreed teachers and may participate in such activities as sign language, the Be Smart Kids computer program, dance, gymnastics, foreign languages and music and drama.

The Goddard School 754 Reading Road, Mason 513-398-2777 1280 Nagel Road, Anderson Township 513-474-5292 •

clean, safe, nurturing environment and talented teachers foster a lifelong love of learning and long-term success in school and in life for students ages 6 wks. - 10 yrs. Programs for infant - private kindergarten and before and after school. Spanish, yoga, language arts, sign language, math, science, art, music, fitness, nutrition and character enrichment. Fun summer camps! Join us for our 19th birthday celebration Open House on Jan. 2. Event lasts all day.

Guardian Angels School 6539 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati


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Kinder Garden School 10969 Reed Hartman Hwy., Blue Ash 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C, West Chester

513-791-4300 513-874-3100

Liberty Bible Academy 4900 Old Irwin-Simpson Road, Mason


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Guardian Angels School is a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence and a leader in technology integration, differentiated instruction and STEM Education. We invite you to take a tour and see how our dedicated staff guides each student to reach his or her academic, social and spiritual potential. Come to our Open House on Sun., Jan. 25 from 1 - 3 p.m.

Montessori with a Mission – Since 1965, Kennedy Heights Montessori Center has provided superior educational opportunities to a racially and economically diverse student body, with a low student/teacher ratio. An award-winning, not for profit parent cooperative, we offer a rich full-day preschool program with Montessori classes for children ages 3 - kindergarten. Hamilton County Day Care vouchers/United Way funding accepted. Spanish and Webby Dance available. Information/Registration Night for new families, Nov. 5 at 7:00. Babysitting provided. Open House Feb. 4, 6:30 p.m.

Celebrating 10 great years! 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. Join us for an Open House Jan. 8, 15, 22 and 29 from 4 - 5 p.m.

Liberty Bible Academy, founded in 1984, is located on a beautiful 12-acre campus in Mason (close to Deerfield Town Center). LBA offers small classes in a safe, nurturing and character-building environment. In 2013-2014 students scored in the top 14% nationally and middle school students scored on an average of four grade levels above the national average. LBA seeks to develop Christ-like servant leaders who will embrace Christ’s call to transform their world. Open House Jan. 10, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Many parents are seeking new alternatives to their child’s academic success. MathWizard recognizes the value parents place on education – and we are here to help. Our unique approach provides students in pre-kindergarten through high school with the skills necessary to achieve all of their academic goals in math, English and science.

Mercy Montessori Center 2335 Grandview Avenue, Cincinnati

513-475-6700 x 210

Mercy Montessori provides a world-class education and a strong foundation for learning and discovery as Greater Cincinnati’s first and oldest Montessori school. Started in 1969, Mercy Montessori is a private, independent Catholic Montessori school offering personalized educational experiences for children from preschool through eighth grade. Preschool Open House Sun. Jan. 25, 12 - 2 p.m.

Miami Valley Christian Academy and Preschool 6830 School St., Newtown (513) 272-682

A private, non-denominational Christian school that partners with families seeking a Christ-centered education. MVCA educates children ages preschool - grade 12. Our curriculum provides rigorous college preparatory instruction from a Biblical worldview. Fine arts, athletics and other co-curriculars complement core subjects. MVCA’s graduates are prepared academically and spiritually to succeed at any college or university and to be Christian leaders in their homes, in their communities and in their chosen professions. Open House Feb. 7, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Montessori Academy of Cincinnati 8293 Duke Blvd., Mason 513-398-7773

Celebrating 27 years of offering Montessori education in the Greater Cincinnati area. Providing a supportive learning environment, the school focuses on individualized education, through which students are offered opportunities for self-paced acceleration. Experienced, degreed teachers are committed to the success of each student. Self-motivation and an excitement about learning are encouraged. 7.5 acre campus! Extended care available. Open House Jan. 25, 1 - 3 p.m.

Montessori Center Room 2505 Riverside Drive, Cincinnati


Located on the scenic Ohio River, MCR has been enriching the lives of 3 - 6 year old children since 1966. The school is childcentered with a dedicated and highly-trained staff, committed and involved parents and a warm and inviting environment. Before and after care available, healthy snacks, Musikgarten, indoor gym climber and AMS affiliated. Call to schedule your private tour and time to watch the classroom from our observation booths!

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A Paid Advertising Directory The New School Montessori 3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati


Valuing diversity, our experienced Montessori-credentialed teachers have been supporting the academic, social, and emotional development of children since 1970. Classroom ratios are 1:10 (preprimary) and 1:12 (elementary). Half-, part-, full-day and before- and after-school programs available. Tuition includes healthy lunches. Call to visit. Open Houses: Jan. 25 and Apr. 26 from 2 - 4 p.m.

Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Preschool 5950 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati Rockwern Academy 8401 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati


Saint Ursula Academy 1339 East McMillan St., Cincinnati •


A premiere Jewish day school focused on academic excellence since 1952. Educating students from 18 mos. - grade 8. Rockwern Academy is a community of learners where students, families and teachers join together to ensure that every individual child is free to rise to challenges and soar, academically and personally. Rockwern Academy has created a culture of excellence, reflected by our teachers, programs, curriculum and our commitment to fostering a love of Jewish life and learning.

Our reputation for superior academics, unique campus and welcoming atmosphere are why students from 90 area grade schools choose Saint Ursula each year! We nurture young women to become confident leaders who are ready to achieve their goals and dreams. Students develop friendships, work with talented teachers and pursue their interests in clubs, student service organizations and athletic programs. We are committed to educating students to become women of faith, integrity and courage.


St Vivian School provides an education that nurtures students to become life-long learners and models of Christianity. We strive to engage each student academically and spiritually in a Christ-center environment. Visit our Open House on Sun., Jan. 25 from 12 - 2 p.m.

The Seven Hills School Hillsdale Campus: 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati Doherty Campus: 2726 Johnstone Place, Cincinnati


An award-winning independent, non-sectarian and coeducational school serving students 2 yrs. - 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 Meeting on the Hillsdale Campus for grades preK - 5, Jan. 13 and Feb. 25, 9 a.m. Informational Meeting on the Doherty Campus Jan. 14 and Feb. 24, 9 a.m.

Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati


Founded in 1890, 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 Character Education program. Celebrating 50 years of academic excellence in Montessori education!

FITNESS/SPORTS Bear Paddle Swim Lessons

855-550-SWIM (7946)

Bear Paddle specializes in swimming lessons for children of all ages and abilities. We are dedicated to helping children become safe and confident swimmers! Bear Paddle offers year round swimming lessons keeping swim lessons a convenient and consistent part of any family’s routine.

Hubbard Family Swim School 7900 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati


Hubbard Family Swim School’s international reputation for excellence is a result of our passion for teaching and our learn-to-swim techniques. We are committed to provide swim lessons that build comfort and confidence in a child centered environment while making them safer around water. Join us for weekly classes.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

513-362-YMCA (9622)

At the Y, we ensure that children and teens reach their full potential by helping them grow physically, mentally, and socially. Leadership and academic enrichment programs include school age care (over 85 sites), preschool (two Autism centers), kindergarten, infant/toddler care, teen college and career readiness program, youth and government program, and day and overnight camps.

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Professionally qualified teachers develop programs rich in language experiences and reading and math readiness to encourage in each child a love of learning, curiosity, creativity, self-confidence, and independence as a learner.

St. Vivian School 855 Denier Place, Cincinnati


Do you know what your kids are doing this summer? It’s time to start planning! Our annual camp guide begins here and will run through the June issue. You can also find camp listings on our website.

Don’t forget Camp Fair! Saturday, February 14 at Cincinnati Sports Club

Cincinnati Parks Summer Nature Day Camps Multiple Park Locations in Cincinnati •


Our camps for ages 3 - 15 are voted “Best of the City” for the great value in educational, fun-filled outdoor activities! Hikes, crafts and games occur daily. Fees are $45 - $80 weekly. New this year: Harry Potter 2, Science Mythbusters, Magic Camp and more! Online registration Feb. 1 on our website.

Cincinnati Circus Summer Camp 513-921-5454

Cincinnati Circus Camp is packed full of fun things to do! Fly on a trapeze, play on our best inflatables, and learn fun circus skills like juggling, aerial acrobatics, balloon twisting, and so much more! No other circus camp compares! Jun. 8 - 12, Jun. 15 - 19, and Aug. 3 - 7 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon).

Classroom Antics Tech Camps Multiple locations


Drake Planetarium & Science Center 2020 Sherman Ave., Cincinnati


Green Acres Summer Camps 8225 Spooky Hollow Road, Cincinnati •


Kids First Sports Center - Camp-A-Palooza 7900 E Kemper Rd. Cincinnati •


YMCA Camp Kern 5291 Ohio 350, Oregonia •


Learn how to create video games, produce stop-motion animation movies, code computer programs and program LEGO robots in a Classroom Antics Tech Camp! Kids ages 7 - 13 across Cincinnati are attending our week-long Tech Camps. Join us this summer. Limited space available so register early on our website.

Voted Best in the City award winning STEM camps at Drake Planetarium & Science Center provide a wide range of enrichment programs for Greater Cincinnati’s youth in grades K - 8. We inspire a lifelong passion for learning and teach kids teamwork, creative problem solving, and follow through in a fun environment.

Arts, aquatic adventures, environment, equine, food or garden…Greenacres has a camp for every child! Each Greenacres summer camp is led by of our caring and professional who strive to give campers memories and experiences to cherish for a lifetime. Log onto our website for more information or to register.

Campers at Kids First get the very best! A backyard with mini-golf, a climbing wall and playground as well as 108,000 square feet of everything kids love: basketball, karate, gymnastics, dance, cheer, swimming, volleyball, you name it! Field trips every week outside Kids First and in-house entertainment brought in throughout week! Leaders in Training course for teens ages 13 - 15 covering topics like leadership, communication and group dynamics. Teens can look forward to excursions, service opportunities and more.

YMCA Camp Kern is a traditional Summer Camp with a 104 year history of camping excellence with a “Kids and Guests first” philosophy. We are known for our creative programming (such as literary camps, themed weeks, ranch camps and leadership development camps), our incredible staff and our ability to create lifelong memories and friendships.

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MEET REPS FROM OVER 50 CAMPS AND SUMMER PROGRAMS INCLUDING: Day Camps, Overnight Camps, Away Camps, Sports Camps, Equestrian Camps, Arts Camps Academic Camps, Faith-Based Camps, Science Camps and so many more!


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See Toy Trains through Jan. 18


t’s the 23rd annual display of holiday toy trains! Lionel and Plasticville trains will chug along more than 250 feet of track, while guests play engineer with 33 interactive accessories. An expanded studio 56 Christmas Carol village display, Thomas the Train, a train raffle and the museum’s amazing Faragher permanent model train exhibit will add to the fun! Exhibit runs through Jan. 18; special holiday hours are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for New Year’s Day. Wednesdays are Grandparents’ Day, one child is admitted free with each paying grandparent! BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; free with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17). Call 859-491-4003 or visit



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PRIVATE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES Archdiocese of Cincinnati Visit the website for an extensive list of open houses. Bethany School 555 Albion Ave. 513-771-7462 Open house Feb. 8 from 2 - 4 p.m. Calvary Christian School 5955 Taylor Mill Road, Latonia 859-356-9201 Open house Jan. 24 and Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Central Montessori Academy 1904 Springdale Ave. 513-742-5800 centralmontessoriacademy. com Open house Feb. 8 from 12 - 2 p.m. Children’s Meeting House Montessori 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 Open house Jan. 25, 2 - 4 p.m. Cincinnati Christian Schools 7350 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield (elementary) 7474 Morris Road, Fairfield (junior/senior) 513-874-8500 (elementary); 513-8928500 (junior/senior); Open house Jan. 25 from 2 - 4 p.m., both campuses

Cincinnati Country Day School 6905 Given Road 513-561-7298 Open house April 29 for early childhood - Grade 12 Cincinnati Nature Center Preschool 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 Open house on Feb. 1 from 2 - 4 p.m. The Compass School 9370 Waterstone Blvd. 513-683-8833 Open house on Feb. 21 from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Covington Catholic High School 1600 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills 859-491-2247 Preview to the Blue for 8th grade boys on Jan. 18 from 6 - 8 p.m. Cost is $5 per student and includes pizza, pop, prizes and a CCH Class of 2019 T-shirt Covington Latin School 21 East 11th St., Covington 859-291-7044 Open house on Feb. 8 at 1 and 3 p.m. Creative Tots 6408 Thornberry Ct., Mason 513-770-6776 Open house Jan. 14 from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Goddard School of Mason 754 Reading Road 513-398-2777 cincinnati/mason-route42-oh Open house and 19th anniversary celebration all day, Jan. 2 Good Shepherd Catholic Montessori 4460 Berwick St. 513-271-4171 Open house Jan. 26 Guardian Angels School 6539 Beechmont Ave. 513-624-3141 Open house Jan. 25 from 13 p.m.; informational coffee Feb. 25 at 9 a.m.; please RSVP to Holy Cross High School 3617 Church St., Covington 859-431-1335 Open house Jan. 14 Kennedy Heights Montessori 6120 Ridge Ave. 513-631-8135 kennedyheightsmontessori. org Open house on Feb. 4 at 6:30 p.m. Liberty Bible Academy 4900 Old Irwin Simpson Road 513-754-1234 Open house Jan. 10 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Mars Hill Academy 4230 Aero Drive, Mason 513-770-3223 Open houses Jan. 19 and March 10 from 9 - 11 a.m.

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Mary, Queen of Heaven School 1130 Donaldson Hwy., Erlanger 859-371-8100 Open house Jan. 25 Mercy Montessori Center 2335 Grandview Ave. 513-475-6700, ext. 210 Preschool open house on Jan. 25 from 12 – 2 p.m. Miami Valley Christian Academy 6830 School Road 513-272-6822 Open house Feb. 7 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Montessori Academy of Cincinnati 8293 Duke Blvd., Mason 513-398-7773 Open house Jan. 25 from 1 - 3 p.m. The New School Montessori 3 Burton Woods Lane 513-281-7999 Open houses Jan. 25 and April 26 from 2 - 4 p.m. St. Catherine of Siena 23 Rossford Ave., Ft. Thomas 859-572-2680 Open house Jan. 20 at 7 p.m. St. Gabriel Consolidated School 18 W. Sharon Road, Glendale 513-771-5220 sgcs_welcome.asp Open house Jan. 28 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Saint Thomas School 428 South Fort Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas 859-572-4641 Open house Jan. 25 St. Vivian Catholic School 855 Denier Place 513-552-6858 Open house Jan. 25 from 12 - 2 p.m. The Seven Hills School Hillsdale Campus, 5400 Red Bank Road Doherty Campus, 2726 Johnston Place 513-728-2400 Informational meetings for the Lower School (Grades PreK - 5) on Jan. 13 and Feb. 25, 9 a.m. (Hillsdale Campus); and Jan. 14 and Feb. 24, 9 a.m. (Doherty Campus) Springer School and Center 2121 Madison Road 513-871-6080 Open house Jan. 28 from 9 - 10:30 a.m. Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700, ext. 261 Please call to RSVP for all dates: Parent Preview Days (Montessori PreK - K and Grades 1 - 8) on Jan. 28 at 8:30 a.m. Montessori Interview Sessions (PreK - K) on Jan. 13 at 8:30 a.m. Villa Madonna Academy 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills • 859-331-6333 Winter Social for students interested in Kindergarten and First Grade on Jan. 25 from 1 - 2:30 p.m.

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513-621-ARTS (2787) 937-228-3630 “If heaven is the way we saw it tonight, count me in!”

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“Brilliant choreography! Extravagantly beautifult!” —Broadway World

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Visit this outdoor museum and sculpture park for a breathtaking holiday scene — a million-plus lights will decorate the park and its enormous sculptures to create a festive and unique look that the whole family will enjoy. The lights will remain on display through Jan. 4; hours are 6 - 9 p.m. Monday - Thursday, 6 - 10 p.m. Friday - Sunday. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; $20 per carload Monday - Thursday, $25 per carload Friday - Sunday, $15 members; 513-868-1234 or


Please see Calendar opener on page 33 for details.


This year’s exhibit features the return of the interactive train display and thousands of colorful poinsettias, cyclamen and tropical flowers. Enjoy local musicians, the Schmalz Family holiday display, strategically placed baskets of mistletoe and plenty of great photo opportunities. Exhibit remains open through Jan. 4; hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; 513-4215707 or


See the largest exhibit of mummies and related artifacts. Learn how science can help shed a light on history, and explore never-before-seen objects and specimens from South America, Europe and Egypt, and see how mummification has taken place all over the globe. Exhibit remains open through April 26, 2015; hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sundays. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; $19.50 adults, $12.50 children and member adults, $17.50 seniors, $8.50 member children; 513-287-7000 or

It’s a Greater Cincinnati holiday tradition. Check out the Wild Lights Show on Swan Lake, visit the S’mores-N-More station by the Skyline Stand in Vine Street Village, enjoy a Madcap Black-Light Puppet Show, strolling entertainment, the North Polar Express Train Ride, and search for the five hidden fairies in Fairyland! Open through Jan. 3; 5 - 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 5 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; free with admission (general admission $15 ages 13 - 61, $11 ages 2 - 12 and 62 and older), $9 parking; 513-281-4700 or



Join Orienteering Cincinnati, Inc. to learn more about this fun sport. Courses of various length and difficulty will be offered for families of all ages, and there will be special instructions for beginners. Rentschler Forest MetroPark, 3976 Hamilton Middletown Road, Hamilton; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $7 OCIN members, $10 nonmembers ($2 discount if you have your own SI timing card), free for Tri-State Regional Orienteering League season pass holders; 513-867-5835 or

Celebrate the arrival of 2015 with a firework frenzy in this program designed for ages 5 and younger. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 - 4 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass $16 adults, $15 seniors, $11 children); 513-287-7000 or


Strap on your skates and enjoy a visit downtown, where the holiday spirit is on full display. Ice Rink hours of operation: from Jan. 2 - Feb. 15, hours are 12 - 6 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, 2 - 10 p.m. Friday, and 12 - 10 p.m. Saturday. U.S. Bank Ice Rink, Fountain Square, West 5th St.; $3 admission, $3 skate rental;


The Ensemble Theatre presents its annual holiday production in this tale of romance, comedy, action, rock n’ roll, overprotective parents, three wacky fairies and one wicked one, and a dragon with an attitude. Don’t miss this contemporary twist on a classic tale from the creators of past productions of Cinderella and Snow White. Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St.; through Jan. 4; $18 - $44; 513-421-3555 or


Please see “Spotlight” on page 39 for details.


Meet a few of the slimy and scaly critters that call our area home. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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ith three rings of affordable family fun, the popular Syrian Shrine Circus returns to thrill all ages! See death-defying aerial acts, the hilarious Shrine Circus Clowns, and animal attractions including tigers and elephants. Plus, kids will have a unique

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opportunity to ride and pet different animals, including elephants, donkeys and camels! Bank of Kentucky Center, 500 Louie B. Nunn Drive; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, 2 p.m. Jan. 11; $10 - $30. Call 800-745-3000 or visit

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Meet a docent in the front lobby and take a tour laden with fun facts and hands-on activities for the whole family! Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 p.m. on Saturdays in January; 513-7212787 or


Families are invited for performances, artist demonstrations, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours and handson art making activities. This month’s theme is all about the Artistic Journey! Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or


Willkommen! Use stories and songs to learn some basic German vocabulary. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513731-2665 or


Where have all the animals gone? Learn how some of the animals’ adaptations help them to survive the cold, while others cannot and must hibernate. You will even meet a few critters up close that would normally be sleeping! Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.



Those interested in dance are invited to this open house featuring tours of the facility, live performances, and free sample classes. Le Jeune Dance Academy, 11444 Deerfield Road; 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.; 513-257-8083 or

Stop by to create a special winter craft, using the park’s craft supplies. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.



How does a cold-blooded critter outsmart the winter? Learn about their special adaptations during an up-close visit with some scaly creatures. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Stop by the CAM’s front lobby to pick up your supplies kit and sketchbook, then sketch wherever you like, or let one of the museum’s prompts help jump start your creativity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 4 p.m.; $5 deposit for supplies kit (refunded upon return of kit); 513-721-2787 or

Look at buds, branches and bark that helps identify some local trees in the winter. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


Toast the full moon of the year with a hot chocolate at a roaring campfire following a short hike. Pine Meadow Picnic Area, Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Cleves; 6 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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Parents and children are invited to join the naturalist for a wintry story and activity all about snow. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


Bestselling author Sharon Draper presents her book about the Ku Klux Klan’s unwelcome appearance in the heroine’s segregated southern town, and the battle between bravery and prejudice in the Depression Era. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or


Ages 6 - 12 are invited to celebrate National Bird Day by making a feeder for the birds in their yard. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road; 4 p.m.; 859962-4000 or



Hawks and owls are some of the most fascinating of all wild creatures — join the naturalist to learn about special birds and meet some local raptors in person. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival Jan. 3 - 4


ne of the oldest continuing festivals of the Christmas season, the Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival features music, processionals, and a story of days past and gone. Photo by C.K. Wang. Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East 4th St.; 2 p.m., 5 p.m. Jan. 3 and 2:30 and 5 p.m. Jan. 4; all attendees must have a ticket, please call in advance. Call 513-621-2627 or visit


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Visit a docent at an interactive cart in the galleries! This month’s themes include Painting Art Cart (Jan. 4); Ceramics Art Cart (Jan. 11); Art Cart (Jan. 18); and Ancient Art Cart (Jan. 25). Cincinnati Art Museum 953 Eden Park Drive; 3 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

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Parents of children ages 18 months through 6 years are invited to share the joys, customs and traditions of raising children in a multicultural home, all while the children play. Loveland Branch Library, 649 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland; 11 a.m.; 513-369-4476 or


Ages 8 - 13 are invited to challenge their friends in some friendly Wii competition. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas; 4 p.m.; 859-5725033 or

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The coyote is a fairly new arrival to the Cincinnati area — take a closer look at the perceptions, habits and ecology of this often vilified animal. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 7 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

Join the naturalist to learn about local wildlife, make a craft, and enjoy a live animal presentation each day at 2 p.m. Cotswold Visitor Center, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 12 - 4 p.m. Jan. 10 - 11; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org. Please see Jan. 9 for details.

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Make some special snow-themed art — create your own sparkly snow globe, experiment with natural materials and make a snowflake sun catcher. Then join a frosty story time and warm up with a winter treat. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 students with ID and seniors, free members and children younger than 5); 513-345-8405 or

Car lovers are invited to descend upon this exhibit, featuring special guests, cars from the movie The Fast and the Furious, demonstrations and even a few visits from SpongeBob Squarepants! Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.; 3 - 10 p.m. Jan. 9, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Jan. 10, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Jan. 11; $16 adults, $6 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger;


Winter is a hard time for native wildlife to find food. Give them a hand during the toughest part of winter and make a variety of foods that will fill the stomachs of birds and squirrels. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 p.m.; $2 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or Hola! Learn some simple Spanish vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-7312665 or


Bi-Okoto takes you on a journey to experience Africa. This program presents culture, language, math and history through songs and folk stories, highlighting geography, with drumming and dances from Nigeria, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Senegal, and more. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 2 p.m.; $5 adults, free ages 0 - 12; 513497-2860 or



Stop by to test your nature knowledge by identifying bird-themed artifacts and earning a prize for your efforts! Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


fri 9 With three rings of affordable family fun, the popular Syrian Shrine Circus returns to thrill all ages! See death-defying aerial acts, the hilarious Shrine Circus Clowns, and animal attractions including tigers and elephants. Plus, kids will have a unique opportunity to ride and pet different animals, including elephants, donkeys and camels! Bank of Kentucky Center, 500 Louie B. Nunn Drive; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, 2 p.m. Jan. 11; $10 - $30; 800-745-3000 or


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SPOTLIGHT: Owls Up Close Sunday, Jan. 11


nder the cover of the night these mysterious creatures float through the forests hunting for prey. Learn why owls may be easier to find this time of year, and meet a few live examples. Fernbank Lodge, Fernbank Park, 50 Thornton Ave.; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. Call 513-521-7275 or visit

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CAVALCADE OF CUSTOMS Please see Jan. 9 for details.


Enjoy the sweet music of the mountain dulcimer and feel free to join in on the jamming and singing! Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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The sky is a canvas painted by our everchanging weather. Explore how these changes come about through hands-on activity stations. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 p.m.; $1 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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Bring the gang to hear from author Leon Logothetis, whose book tells the incredible journey of one man who sets out to circumnavigate the globe on a vintage motorbike fueled by kindness. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or

Explore how artists Dennis Oppenheim and Mike Kelley use memory in their work — create postcards from your past and trace images and ideas with friends in a memory transfer game. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 students with ID and seniors, free members and children younger than 5); 513-345-8405 or


Grade school students of all ages are invited to cheer on Mercy’s basketball teams with current Bobcats and other future Bobcats as they face Seton. Get ready for an energetic night filled with activities, prizes and Bobcat spirit! Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 Werk Road; 6 p.m., 7 p.m.; $6 adults, $3 students, free ages younger than 6 and grade school girls; 513-661-2740 or



Families with children ages 6 and older collect or bring in seed pods, berries and dried leaves and learn how to create their own nature paper. Please note that drop-ins are welcome, but pre-register if you plan to bring a group or would like to be notified about weather cancellations. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 3 p.m.; $3 per person plus admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or



Parents and their tots are invited for stories, songs and activities designed to support early literacy skills all while having fun. Covington Library, Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington; 10 a.m.; 859-962-4060 or

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Join an open house event and learn all about de la arts place’s arts and dance offerings. de la Arts Place, 3833 Eastern Ave.; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-871-0914 or

This month, families make their own tin art with just a bit of glue, some tin foil, and imaginations. No artistic skill needed! Mt. Healthy Branch Library, 7608 Hamilton Ave.; 6:30 p.m.; 513-3694469 or

Ages 6 - 12 bring in holiday cards and use them to make fun recycled crafts. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road; 4 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or

Bonjour! Learn some basic French vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-7312665 or


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People looking at the night sky have brought the stars to life through their imaginations. Step inside an indoor planetarium to hear the tales and learn to find our skies’ constellations. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. Jan. 17 - 19; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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SPOTLIGHT: FREE Mascot Broomball Saturday, Jan. 17


t’s an epic match of skills when Cincinnati’s favorite mascots battle it out on the U.S. Bank Ice Rink! Watch the broomball showdown filled with thrills ... and spills! Mascots will be available before and after the game for meet-and-greet and photo opportunities. U.S. Bank Ice Rink, Fountain Square, West 5th St.; 11 - 11:30 a.m. Call 513621-4400 or visit

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Visit the Krohn Conservatory for their next show, Falling Water Gardens: A Modern Work of Nature, featuring gardens inspired by the creative works of Frank Lloyd Wright. Exhibit remains open through March 22; hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4;


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Follow Alvis and Sydney through a magical grandfather clock to a land of adventurous stories from around the world, including The Frog Prince, Sanji and the Tigers, and The Feathered Ogre. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18; $8; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.


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Ages 6 and older and their families are invited to stop by to borrow binoculars and look for birds, imitate bird calls, and make classic pinecone bird feeders. Please note that materials with nuts will be used during this program. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or cincynature. org.


Capture some unique winter wildlife knowledge and join the celebration with a story in the “bear cave” and wintry crafts. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of cold-weathered fun, both indoors and out. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; $2 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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Bring the family for a free movie in the Armory Gymnasium — popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase. Check the website for the movie title. Tower Park, Douglas Drive, Fort Thomas; 6:30 p.m.;


In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., Day, celebrate the journey to freedom and equality. Check out important events in America’s history at the Art Cart, make a craft to take home, explore Robert S. Duncanson’s artistic journey with a self-guided tour of the museum, and enjoy a special performance. Meet Jimmy Berten, author of Littsie and the Underground Railroad, and hear excerpts from the book. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-2410343 or


Capture some unique winter wildlife knowledge and join the celebration with a story in the “bear cave” and wintry crafts. Bring the whole family for an afternoon of cold-weathered fun, both indoors and out. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; $2 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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Slimy, scaly and creepy are just a few words used to describe these creatures — meet a few reptiles up close and decide for yourself! Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Ave.; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


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Bring your preschooler for an hour of stories, crafts and fun! Make a snowflake and listen to a reading of Snowman at Night by Caralyn and Mark Buehner. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17, plus $1 craft fee; 859-491-4003 or

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Kids, bring your grown-ups to learn all about nature in winter. Take a hike, have some hot chocolate, and make a craft. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 10 a.m., 1 p.m.; $6 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the parku; 513-5217275 or

Teens are invited to celebrate the Chinese New Year — check out crafts, discussions and food while exploring and learning about Chinese culture. Avondale Branch Library, 3566 Reading Road; 3 p.m.; 513-369-4440 or


Ages 6 - 12 celebrate Popcorn Day with corny stories and a delicious craft. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road; 4 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or


Families with little ones are invited for stories, songs, finger plays and fun! Covington Library, Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Blvd.; 7 p.m.; 859-9624060 or


Ages 3 - 6 enjoy some fun and frosty crafts! Scheben Branch, Boone County Public Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 1 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or



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sun 18 Learn about Ohio’s largest rodent and how it greatly affected the history of the state. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

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rade school students of all ages are invited to cheer on Mercy’s basketball teams with current Bobcats and other future Bobcats as they face Seton. Get ready for an energetic night filled with activities, prizes and Bobcat spirit! Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 Werk Road; 6 p.m., 7 p.m.; $6 adults, $3 students, free ages younger than 6 and grade school girls. Call 513-661-2740 or visit

Nature has many stories to tell — families are invited to join a naturalist for a nature-themed story. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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The artist Simon Evans uses ordinary materials that we see every day to create his artwork. Examine some of his work and create a collage and painting using a similar process. Then join Modo Yoga for a special yoga session. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 students with ID and seniors, free members and children younger than 5); 513-345-8405 or


This annual tradition is a favorite among fans of the fine arts — visit the CCM Village as you sample performances by the “stars of tomorrow” including music, theatre, dance and more. Create your own menu and timetable of selections, all while supporting the hopes and dreams of CCM students through student travel funds and scholarships. Please note that seating is limited! CCM Village, Jefferson Ave.; 6:30 p.m.; call for prices; 513-556-2100 or


Join friends from Imago Earth Center for nature stories, songs and other fun activities. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


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Don’t miss out on this fabulous winter wonderland party at the CAC! Stop by for some frosty fun and experiment with ice painting, create magical snow globes, build an igloo fort, take part in an epic snowball battle. No blizzard bash would be complete with a hot chocolate warm-up station stocked with all of your favorite toppings (because whipped cream makes everything better!)! Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 students with ID and seniors, free members and children younger than 5); 513-345-8405 or


Dare to enter the world of enchanting stories with Alvis and Sydney, two kids attempting to unlock the secrets of their uncle’s clock shop. Each time they climb through his magical grandfather clock, they are swept away to a land of exciting stories! Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; $8; 513497-2860 or

sun 25 FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES: ARTSTOP Please see Jan. 4 for details.


Covered in ice and home to some of the largest mammals the world has ever known, ice age Ohio looked a lot different than it does now. See how glaciers changed our landscape and get a look at some remnants the ice age left behind. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


ArtRageous Saturday Saturday, Jan. 31


he ArtRageous Saturday series continues, with a special presentation from Madcap Puppets! Once Upon a Clock features two young boys trying to solve the mysteries of their grandfather’s clock shop — as they climb through a magical clock, they find themselves immersed in a magical land of stories that come from all over the world. UC Blue Ash College, 9555 Plainfield Road; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; $7. Call 513-745-5705 or visit about/community/ artrageous.html.


When food is scarce and the temperatures drop, local frogs and toads must pull out all the stops to survive. Find out what extremes they will go to in order to make it through the winter. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Children ages 2 - 5 and their parents listen to stories and rhymes, dance and color. Limited to the first 40 children in attendance. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road; 11 a.m.; 859-962-4000 or


Kids are invited to stop by during library hours to write a letter to their favorite character, and get a letter back! Delhi Township Branch Library, 5095 Foley Road; 10 a.m.; 513-369-6019 or


Join other homeschooling families as children read favorite poems or ones they’ve written on the LePage stage. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2:30 - 3 p.m.; 513-7312665 or


This “open house” program for preschoolers and their parents offers interactive learning stations in the galleries, story tellers, and a hands-on art project. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513721-2787 or

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Examine works by artists Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, then play with light, design glow paintings, and learn a few tricks or two. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 students with ID and seniors, free members and children younger than 5); 513-345-8405 or


Ages 2 - 6 and their grown-ups enjoy stories, songs and a craft. Limited to the first 40 children in attendance. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; 859-962-4000 or


Teens can hang out at the library after hours for pizza, games and more. Florence Branch, Boone County Public Library, 7425 U.S. 42; 6 - 8 p.m.; 859342-2665 or

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Let your imaginations run wild with the classical musical story for children, Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens. Hear the royal lion, the graceful swan, and a dozen other animals, all brought to life through music and poetry! Be sure to arrive early for pre-concert fun and festivities. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 10:30 a.m.; $6 - $12; 513-381-3300 or


Ohio is now home to hundreds of breeding pairs of eagles — join the naturalist to learn about this bird’s past, present and future. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Ave.; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.





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More winter? Or bring on spring? Join the naturalist with your Groundhog Day predictions and learn some facts about the big day and its famous star. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


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Fans of the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series can rejoice! For the release of the latest book, Fairest, join a Lunar Ball dressed in your New Beijing finest (prizes for the best costume), and celebrate with your fellow Earthens. Festivities begin at 6 p.m., followed by a book talk and signing by Marissa Meyer at 7 p.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; line tickets are free with the purchase or pre-order of the book from Joseph-Beth; 513-396-8960 or

January is National Skating Month, and the Queen City Figure Skating Club is hosting a party to celebrate! Enjoy open ice-skating and a free skating lesson (along with free skate rental), as well as door prizes, refreshments, information on this history of ice-skating, and a skating exhibition from the club’s talented figure skaters. Northland Ice Center, 10400 Reading Road; 5 - 6:30 p.m.; or

SPOTLIGHT: Jupiter Night Saturday, Jan. 31


iant Jupiter has returned to the evening skies! Learn about the planet, its blustery hurricanes, its shrinking red spot, and its 67 moons. Then view Jupiter’s cloud tops and four largest moons through the oldest telescope in the U.S. and marvel at the craters of our own Moon through portable telescopes (weather permitting). Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 8 - 10 p.m.; $7. Call 513-321-5186 or visit

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In this hilarious send-up of small town morals and mores, the citizens of Tuna, Texas, will find that they have more in common than they think! Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; Jan. 22 - Feb. 15; $21 - $24; 513241-6550 or


Adapted from the Broadway production, this musical biography looks at Cash’s life thematically while featuring more than 30 of his classic songs, including “Folsom Prison Blues,” “I Walk the Line,” and “Man in Black.” Appropriate for adult and teenage audiences. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; Jan. 17 - Feb. 15; ticket prices vary; 513-421-3888 or


The Tony Award-winning musical comes to Cincinnati with its contemporary take on a classic tale. Relive all the moments you love, including a changing pumpkin, the masked ball, and of course, the famous glass slipper, as well as some new surprises. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Jan. 6 - 18; $29 - $94; 513-621-2787 or


The Ensemble Theatre presents its annual holiday production in this tale of romance, comedy, action, rock n’ roll, overprotective parents, three wacky fairies and one wicked one, and a dragon with an attitude. Don’t miss this contemporary twist on a classic tale from the creators of past productions of Cinderella and Snow White. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St.; through Jan. 4; $18 $44; 513-421-3555 or


Extended through Jan. 11 due to popular demand! America’s favorite girl singer comes home in this inspiring musical biography co-written by Cincinnati-based playwrights Janet Yates Vogt and Mark Friedman. Rosemary’s journey starts with her Cincinnati childhood and rise to Hollywood stardom and continues beyond a battle with depression to a comeback. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; through Jan. 11; ticket prices vary, please see site for details; 513-421-3888 or


Recommended for ages 11 and older, this production by Ken LaZebnik tells the story of a teenager on the autism spectrum, and explores the challenges of a young man who wants to love someone but struggles with the social skills needed to achieve a relationship after his first date. This is the second production of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s popular Off the Hill season. Various venues throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, please visit web site for a complete schedule of locations, dates and ticket prices; Jan 23. - Feb. 22;


The world’s greatest love story takes to the streets in a Broadway musical that is one of modern theatre’s best takes on Shakespeare’s classic story of star-crossed lovers. Young lovers Tony and Maria find themselves caught between warring street gangs as the story unfolds with timeless songs and breathless choreography. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington; Jan. 9 - 18; $21 - $30; 859-957-1940 or

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• FREE Ashland Avenue Buddy Break RSVP to Buddy Break is a respite program for families with children with special needs, ages 2 - 16. Children participate with a one-on-one “buddy” in a variety of age-appropriate activities while parents get a much-needed break. 11 a.m. the second Saturday of each month.

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

• Brownie Hiker Badge RSVP by Jan. 13. Work with a naturalist to scout out a trail before hiking to find objects on a nature scavenger hunt. Learn about trail safety, backpacking gear, and Leave No Trace principles. 4 - 5:30 p.m. Jan. 15; $5 per scout with up to two free leaders. • Winter Habitats and Adaptations RSVP by Jan. 26. Homeschoolers will learn about where animals go in the winter, and how they survive outside. Best for ages 5 - 10. 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30; $5.


1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington 859-491-4003 • • Night at the Museum BCM members with kids ages 5 and older are invited for a sleepover at the museum, including exploration, scavenger hunts, games, snacks and more fun. 8 p.m. Jan. 30 - 8 a.m. Jan. 31; free to members. • Junior Curator Program RSVP by Jan. 14. Ages 9 and older can spend their MLK holiday learning how to use artifacts to piece together a story. For BCM members only; please bring a brown-bag lunch. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Jan. 19.

BETHESDA NORTH HOSPITAL 10500 Montgomery Road 513-475-4500 •

• Baby’s Amazing Journey This workshop covers the challenging waters of infancy and helps parents learn strategies for common eating, sleeping and fussiness issues. 6:45 p.m. Jan. 8; $35. • Birthing With Ease This childbirth series works on debunking the myth that suffering must accompany labor. 6:45 p.m. Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28; $200 for eightweek package.

Parents can enjoy a night out with their teens and the music of Cash with Cincinnati Playhouse’s production of Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash.

• The Toddler Tantrum Survival Guide This workshop will cover the most common reasons behind those dreaded toddler tantrums, and give parents coping strategies to help calm their child. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Jan. 10; $30.

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PLAN AHEAD • Small Talk Learn to “talk” to your hearing baby or toddler with American Sign Language and discover the benefits of pre-verbal communication. 6:45 p.m. Jan. 13; $50 (includes pictorial dictionary and DVD).


9393 Montgomery Road 513-791-1089 • • Classes at Blue Cocoon Sign up for classes at Blue Cocoon, including Mommy & Me Yoga and Prenatal Yoga on Mondays; Baby Yoga and Tummy Time on Tuesdays; Creative Movement, Ballet/Jazz and Baby Wearing Ballet on Wednesdays; Toddler’s Acting and Little Show Stoppers on Thursdays; Come Sign With Me, Ballet/Jazz, Baby Wearing Ballet and Creative Movement on Saturdays.


3054 Madison Road 513-731-2665 • • Penguin Story Time In honor of Penguin Awareness Day, ages 3 - 6 celebrate with a penguin-themed story and craft! 3 - 3:30 p.m. Jan. 20; $5. • Snowman’s Story Signing Local author and illustrator Will Hillenbrand presents his newest picture book, Snowman’s Story, for a special story time open to all ages. Line numbers for the signing are given with purchase of book. Call to reserve your copy. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Jan. 29. • Make a Mess at the Manatee Join Miss Kelli and have fun listening to a good book and making an art project with your child. 10 - 10:30 a.m. Jan. 5, 12, 19 and 26; $7. • Miss Meghan’s Music Join Miss Meghan to sing songs and have fun! 9:45 or 10:30 a.m. Jan. 8 and 22; $10.

CALL AHEAD TO RESERVE YOUR CHILD’S SPOT! These events require ADVANCED REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted. CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM

953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-2787 • • Art in the Making: Collage Ages 6 - 12 and their parents join select local artists for an interactive class that also includes a gallery tour and a hands-on art activity. 1 - 3 p.m. Jan. 17; $10 per adult/child pair members, $20 per adult/child pair nonmembers ($3 and $6 for each additional person). • FREE Baby Tour Parents and their infants ages 0 - 2 are invited for a tour that covers the positive effects of visual stimulation with masterpieces that will mesmerize the CAM’s youngest visitors. Please note that strollers are not permitted. 2 - 2:30 p.m. Jan. 23.


4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 • • 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, Tree of Life prenatal yoga and more. Class package prices vary.

• FREE Family Science Night RSVP by Jan. 15. Bring your family to delve into science! Spend time outdoors trying “in the dark” experiments presented by the “Wizard of the Woods.” Families will also enjoy indoor presentations and experiments. 7 - 9 p.m. Jan. 17.

• FREE Calling All Tooth Fairies Parents meet with a local pediatric dentist team to learn about children’s dental health during a fun workshop that covers teething remedies, baby and permanent teeth, keeping gums and teeth healthy, impact of diet, the fluoride controversy, and dental emergencies. 12:45 p.m. Jan. 24.


• FREE Chiropractic for Kids Toddlers and young children take a beating as they learn to walk, run and play. Learn about the benefits of chiropractic care for kids from Dr. Heather Ianelli. 12:45 p.m. Jan. 31.

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• Auditions for STAR Program and Cincinnati Boychoir Boys and girls ages 9 - 18 are invited to audition for both The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and The Cincinnati Boychoir (the Boychoir is looking specifically for boys ages 7 - 12 with unchanged voices). Please prepare a memorized, age-appropriate monologue (one minute maximum); a memorized 16-bar song selection (please bring piano sheet music); and be prepared to demonstrate dance ability. Bring a recent 8x10 headshot and resume. Auditions for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati held Jan. 10 and 11; Jan. 12 for boys only.

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• Tree of Life Prenatal Yoga Drop in as your schedule permits for this yoga class that helps moms increase flexibility and balance as they adapts to the many physical changes of pregnancy. 11:30 a.m. Jan. 10, 17 and 24; $10 per class. • Tummy to Tummy Learn the benefits of wearing your baby in a sling or carrier, and get tips on how to choose the best one for you. 12:45 p.m. Jan. 10; donations accepted. • Breastfeeding Realities Learn the basics of breastfeeding, along with its many benefits, in this workshop that covers hunger cues, and what to do when breastfeeding doesn’t go according to plan. 3 5 p.m. Jan. 17; $30.

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1301 Western Ave. 513-287-7000 • All-museums pass $16 adults, $15 seniors, $11 children • Mini Makers This program introduces ages 5 - 10 to new and creative ideas. This month’s themes include Record Clocks (Jan. 3); Animal Feet (Jan. 10); Winter Wonderland (Jan. 24); and Art Machines (Jan. 31). All programs begin at 2:30 p.m.; $8 per child member, $10 per child nonmember plus admission. • Explorers’ University Explore how forensic science can be used to study mummies, and try your hand at solving some cold cases when provided with mummy evidence. Open to ages 9 - 15. 2 - 3:30 p.m. Jan. 31; call for workshop fee. • Sprouts Institute These interactive workshops are designed by Early Childhood Consultants for infants to age 6. This month’s themes include Joy of Art (Jan. 19); Miss Meghan’s Music (Jan. 12); Music and Movement (Jan. 26); and Songs and Stories (Jan. 5). All programs begin at 10:15 a.m.; $8 per child member, $10 per child nonmember plus admission.


4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 • Daily admission for nonmembers $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 -12 • Ohio Young Birders’ Club Teens are invited to learn more about birding during this club that meets monthly. Be sure to sign up in advance, as club locations vary. 5 - 9 p.m. Jan. 10; an online $10 fee to join OYBC is required.


44 East Sixth St. 513-345-8405 • Home School Wednesdays Things aren’t always as they appear! Examine works by Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs, then experiment with light and optical illusions. Following the tour, visitors will create a collage inspired by The Great Unreal. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Jan. 21; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors and students, free ages younger than 5).


112 East Liberty St. 513-482-7557 • • FREE Power Pack-a-Thon Volunteers of all ages are invited to help prepare Power Packs on Fountain Square, packs of nutritious food that are given to grade school students on Fridays to ensure they have something to eat over the weekend. Power Pack-a-Thon is the Freestore Foodbank’s response to President Barack Obama’s call to transform Martin Luther King Day into a national day of community service. In its seventh year, the event has helped feed thousands of Tri-State children. 12:30 p.m. Jan. 19.


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• Nature Did It First! RSVP by Jan. 8. Families with children ages 8 and older will be fascinated by innovations in nature that have passed the test of time. Explore adaptations and survival techniques of the natural world that have been used as a starting point for human inventions, and make your own simple invention based on concepts borrowed from nature. Then head outdoors for a hike focused on finding patterns. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Jan. 10; $5.

• If You Can Dream Enjoy a delightful, hour-long musical story. Performance includes lunch, drink, games and door prizes. Seating is limited. 3 p.m. Jan. 17 and 18; $8.

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• Frozen Critters: Surviving Winter Day Camp! RSVP for this holiday break camp and let your kids discover how plants, animals and trees survive the winter months through games, activities and experiments. Hike into the winter woodlands to find what happens when the temperature changes, and search for animal signs, followed by a craft. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Jan. 19; $25.


• FREE Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun For You and Your Little One These private interactive play groups take place on the second and fourth Sundays of each month, featuring the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. Play dates are open to families in the Jewish community with children 2 years and younger and in which at least one parent is Jewish. The programs are free and always include a snack. Plus, two families will each win a $50 Target Gift Card at every event! Dates and times are subject to change, please check the web site for updates and to RSVP. Sensory Sunday is a program of Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation and Mayerson JCC. Held at The Gymboree, 6209 Snider Road, Mason; 2 p.m. Jan. 11 and 25.


9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Homeschool Science: Wildlife in Winter RSVP by Jan. 20. Ages 5 - 12 and their parents discover interactive learning stations, lessons and a guided outdoor exploration. 1 - 3 p.m. Jan. 22; $6. • All About Winter RSVP by Jan. 21. Ages 2 - 4 are invited to this exciting program about what happens in the winter months, complete with story time and craft. 11 a.m. Jan. 23; $6.

MONTGOMERY COMMUNITY CHURCH 11251 Montgomery Road 513-489-0892 •

• After the Boxes These weekly meetings are for women who are new to Cincinnati, for out-of-towners to make new friends, explore the city through fun events, and more. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays; $20.

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1021 Delta Ave. 513-201-8593 • • FREE Trial Music Lesson RSVP for a free, 30-minute music lesson in piano, violin, voice, guitar, Little Mozarts (piano and early childhood), ukulele, drums, viola, flute, trumpet and trombone. Limited availability, please call to schedule an appointment.


11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Wee Wonder About Stars RSVP by Jan. 13. Bring your 3 - 5-year-olds to learn about stars through activities, crafts, and a visit inside an indoor planetarium. 11 a.m. Jan. 15; $6 per child.


650 Walnut St. 513-977-4165 • • Families Create! Painter Joyce Phillips Young inspires you and your children with her fanciful figures and pulsating patterns so that you can make your own joyous creation. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Jan. 24; $5 per child.


• Native American Nights Journey back in time and hear the campfire tales told about a sky filled rampaging bears, cunning coyotes, and beautiful dancing maidens. Open to adults and children ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult. 7 - 8 p.m. Jan. 16; $5. • Sky Search for Junior Scouts Scouts are invited to learn about constellations, stars, planets and more through hands-on activities, as well as learn how to use star maps and find their way by using the North Star. 3:30 - 5 p.m. Jan. 20; $5 per scout, free for leaders.


8250 Old Kellogg Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Winter Jamboree RSVP by Jan. 14. Ages 3 - 5 will learn about the season of winter through crafts and activities. 10 a.m. Jan. 16; $6.

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• FREE Family Music Time Open House Ages one-and-a-half to 7 years with a parent or caregiver are invited for a fun musical program that includes instrument making and music activities led by Musik Kids faculty. 10 a.m. Jan. 17.


• Minecraft Art Party! Please register by 4 p.m. the Friday beforehand or e-mail Kelly at artatwyoming@ Love Minecraft? Party with fellow fans, make Minecraft inspired art, eat pizza and treats and have tons of fun. For ages 6 - 12; includes art, dinner and treats. 5 - 8 p.m. Jan. 31; $40.

• Wilderness Skills: Survival in a Bottle RSVP by Jan. 5. Everything you need to survive can fit in a 32-ounce bottle! Fire, water, shelter, food and signal will all be discussed as you explore the essentials of survival on the go. 7 p.m. Jan. 6; $6.

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10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

• Intro to Winter Backpacking RSVP by Jan. 6. Winter can add extra challenges to enjoying the outdoors. Join an indoor presentation about preparation, tips and essentials that make the great outdoors enjoyable and safe. 7 p.m. Jan. 8; $6. • Growing Up a Farm Kid RSVP by Jan. 11. Ages 2 - 5 and their adults learn how a sheep’s wool keeps it warm, and how it can keep you warm too! 9:30 - 11 a.m. Jan. 13; $10 per child plus one adult, $5 for each additional adult. • 1803 Farmstead RSVP by Jan. 16. From work boots to dancing shoes, discover life as a 1800s farmer. Program is indoors and out, so please dress for the weather. For grades K - 6 with an adult. 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Jan. 19; $5 children, $3 adults. •


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