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Escape Room Junior opens in Sharonville; plan now for Cincinnati Family's annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair; registration is open for Mayerson JCC classes; Syrian Shrine Circus is in town and more. Plus, the month's giveaway!

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TEACH'EM TO ICE SKATE! Local learn-to-skate programs for kids will yield glorious freedom on the ice.

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BABYBITS Up-to-date info for new parents plus top items needed for Baby.

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BRINGING HOME YOUR PREEMIE The smallest babies require fortified parents to care for them.

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RULES FOR 2018 • NO to checking my Facebook feed only to discover other people’s nasty posts that make me feel awful inside. When I find mean and hateful posts, I WILL block and unfollow. I am also going to teach my kids how to distance themselves from bullies on THEIR social media. • NO to driving with my phone in my lap as if I can’t do anything without having it tethered to my life. I will point this out to my kids and try to impress on them that this is a dead-end way to live. Save your phone for before or after your car journeying. • NO to accepting negative, ugly language. I detest the words “suck” and “crap,” for instance, and they are not allowed in my home. My home, my rules. • YES to getting out there and doing more together. Yes to family dinners, going to the movies and shows, exercising, taking walks, doing fun things overall and in general! • YES to seeking out positive, interesting people who are like minded about being positive, interesting people. • YES to saying YES as much as possible.

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Whether you want to get in shape, learn about dinosaurs, play a sport, or discover ways to help protect the planet, the Mayerson JCC (8485 Ridge Road) has a class perfect for all of your family members. Classes starting this month include Fun & Fit Mommy & Me Workout (ages 0 - 2); Fun & Fit: Mommy & Me Music (ages 0 - 3); Planet Protectors (ages 3 - 5); Dinosaur Digs With Mr. Mike (ages 3 - 5); Travels With Ms. Teeny (ages 3 - 5); Beginning Dance (ages 3 - 4); Primary Dance (ages 4 - 6); Little Blue Jays Baseball (ages 3 - 5); Little Blue Jays Tennis (ages 3 - 5); Hitting Clinic (ages 7 - 14); and Adapted Youth Basketball (ages 5 11 and 12 - 18). Learn more and sign up at mayersonjcc.org.

Kids First Sports Center (7900 E. Kemper Road) is now home to Foundations, small-ratio pediatric therapy classes for children with developmental challenges. Foundations offers occupational, physical and speech therapy services in a smallgroup setting, where with the goal is to include kids in regular Kids First programming. The Foundations’ classes are open to children with speech and language delays, developmental delays, learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, Asperger Syndrome, cerebral palsy, anxiety, Down Syndrome and more. A range of classes focuses on developing motor skills, sensory integration and speech skills. Learn more at kidsfirstsports.com/ programs/foundations-pediatric-therapy.

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Why should adults get to have all the escape-room fun? Answer: they shouldn’t! So, there’s a new escape room for kids now open in Sharonville! From the owner of Cincinnati Escape Room, Escape Room Junior features all the fun and excitement of an escape room, only designed for ages 8 - 17 (and parents, of course). The adventures promote teamwork and brainpower along the quest to earn a bronze, silver or gold medal. Get the full scoop and book a room (or birthday party packages are available) at 513-328-6789 or escaperoomjunior.com.

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Parents looking to encourage positivity in their children are invited to attend a new series from Mayerson Academy, in partnership with Beech Acres Parenting Center and Children, Inc. The four-session series features international experts who will share with parents how to nurture hope, strength, confidence and resilience in their children. Gather at the Mayerson Academy Interactive Learning Center (2650 Highland Ave.) from 6 - 8 p.m. for Raising Strong Children (Jan. 11); Raising Confident Children (Feb. 15); Raising Mindful Children (March 15); and Raising Resilient Children (April 19). Tickets are $25 each, and can be ordered at raising-positive-children.eventbrite.com.

Even though the holiday season has passed, there’s plenty of ways for families to keep the giving spirit alive this winter. Sweet Sweats for Love is a new initiative from Julie Whitney and Sibcy Cline that is collecting hooded sweatshirts and sweatpants for foster teens throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Coming off their successful drives to collect suitcases and gloves, Whitney’s new drive runs Jan. 2 - Feb. 14. Families are invited to drop off new hooded sweatshirts and sweatpants (with tags intact) for teen boys and girls at any Sibcy Cline location from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. Learn more at facebook.com/SweetSweatsForLove.

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SIGN UP FOR TCT ACADEMY Budding thespians, dancers and singers are invited to check out TCT Academy’s winter series, beginning Saturday, Jan. 27 and running through May. Open to ages as young as 2, classes include Create In Two’s & Three’s and Creative Toddling. Older kids and even adults can get in on the action with classes for dance, drama, voice, tech theater and more. Head to thechildrenstheatre.com to register and review scholarship information. “Where Every Family Matters.”


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TOO COLD TO PLAY? NO WAY!

COLD AIR IS ACTUALLY GOOD FOR MOST KIDS, SO DON’T LET WINTER ROB THEM OF OUTDOOR FUN

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hat a phenomenon! We know fresh air is good for kids and yet when it’s cold outside we tend to keep them indoors. Why? Playing outside, sledding, skating and skiing are all great ways to benefit from the winter weather, as is just taking a brisk walk or hike, or having a fun romp in the snow. Dr. Jillian Klein at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has easy tips for allowing kids to play outside daily — no matter the temperature! CF: Is cold air bad for your lungs? JK: For most children, cold air is not bad for the lungs! Our bodies are built to regulate heat and moisture when we breathe (that’s a big part of the nose’s job). For kids with asthma, we take extra precautions because cold air can cause airways to tighten up. So, when your child with asthma goes out into the cold to play, it might be a good idea to give them two to four puffs of their

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inhaler to prevent any problems. For the rest of the kids, bundle up to protect their skin and keep them cozy, but their lungs will be fine and happy with the winter air! CF: We always worry about hydration in the summer, but what about when it’s cold outside? Do hydration needs change? JK: Hydration is important no matter what time of year it is. When it’s summer and you’re running around sweating, you lose water through the sweat. You sweat when you’re active during the winter, too. You also are using extra water to moisturize the air you’re breathing. Make sure that children are drinking plenty of fluids, no matter what time of year it is. Water is the best way to stay hydrated — the goal is to drink a half cup to two cups of water every 15 - 20 minutes while exercising/playing. The recommended daily amount of fluids is: five glasses (one liter)

for 5- to 8-year-olds, seven glasses (1.5 liters) for 9- to 12-year-olds, eight to 10 glasses (two liters) for 13 years and older. CF: Are kids susceptible to the “winter blues” and will getting outside to play help? JK: Everyone can be susceptible to feeling “blue” or “down” during the winter. Sunlight does a lot to benefit our mental and physical health — and children are just as likely to be affected as adults. Helping kids get outside and play during the winter helps their mood for multiple reasons. First, exercise and active play releases endorphins which improves kids’ moods. Second, playing outside (especially with others) keeps their minds and imaginations active and helps them with social skills. Third, exposure to sunlight means higher vitamin D levels — which leads to improved mental and physical health. Some people use sun lamps during the winter months to improve their vitamin

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D levels, but nothing beats good, old-fashioned sunshine. CF: Any good rules to bundling up when it’s cold? JK: Layers! Layers provide extra warmth and make going inside and outside easier. Make sure you keep sensitive skin protected from the cold air — covering up hands, faces and ears will protect you from frostbite and just uncomfortable cold skin. Waterproof clothes for the most outer layer is a really good idea — especially if you’re going to play in the snow. Keeping the layer of clothing closest to your skin dry is really important for preventing heat loss and damage to the skin. Cold, wet clothes up against your skin is also just really uncomfortable! Another important thing to remember for babies is that they lose most of their heat through their heads — hats are super important in the winter to keep babies warm.


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NEW STUDY: DAD’S NUTRITION PRIOR TO SEX MAY CONTRIBUTE TO HEALTH OF NEW BABY For years, doctors have encouraged women to eat right and take care of their bodies prior to conception for the best health outcome of their babies. But now ... the spotlight may be turning on Dad’s prenatal health, too. Biologists at the University of Cincinnati manipulated the nutrition of male fruit flies and observed a strong correlation between poor diet and poor survivorship among their offspring. Since dads are responsible for half of an offspring’s genes, it’s worth taking a look at the study and drawing your own conclusions. The full study is published in the British journal, Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

ST. ELIZABETH WINS “BEST HOSPITAL” AWARD ... AGAIN St. Elizabeth Healthcare recently received a Best Hospital award in Obstetrics for the fourth consecutive time. The hospital, which offers a Level III NICU, is a Baby-Friendly Hospital, as designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF. St. Elizabeth’s Family Birth Place also offers 24/7 neonatology and perinatology care, and a new maternal fetal center. Learn more at stelizabeth.com.

PHYSICAL TOUCH CHANGES A CHILD’S MOLECULAR PROFILE It should come as no surprise that physical contact between infants and their caregivers affects children deeply. A November, 2017 study of DNA methylation patterns at the University of British Columbia showed that children who had been more distressed as infants and had less physical contact had a molecular profile that was underdeveloped for their age. The study is the first of its kind to show that the simple act of touching early in life has deep-rooted consequences for humans. Hold, touch, snuggle and caress your infant!

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4. DIAPER BAG There are so many out there to choose from, but you’ll love the sleekness of the Citi Babies Traveler Bag (citibabies.com; $64.99). It’s a diaper bag with a modern, unisex design you carry on your shoulder or as a backpack. It features 10 pockets, a changing pad, insulated bottle holders in the front zipper pocket, removable shoulder strap and stay open top. You’ll love the hidden zipper pocket along the back that you can hide your cell phone in while wearing it as a backpack. 5. BREAST PUMP To get your milk supply up and keep it going, new moms will need a hospital-grade breast pump. Medela’s Sonata Smart Breast Pump (medelasonata.com; $399.99) is a double electric, daily-use breast pump. It features hospital level performance, a touch screen, rechargeable battery and it connects to the Smart Solution on the MyMedela app that keeps track of your pumping sessions. It’s super quiet, too!

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6. NURSING PILLOW Breastfeeding mothers, or even dads who want to bottle feed the new baby, will love the Itzy Ritzy’s Milk Boss Feeding Support (itzyritzy.com; $24.99). It’s a nursing pillow that fits on your arm to provide added support while feeding your infant. Rotate the pillow to get the desired position and level of comfort for you and Baby. It will keep your arm from getting tired! 7. BABY BOTTLES Whether you’re breastfeeding and need to supplement or strictly bottle feeding, you’ll want a bottle set that’s comfortable for Baby. The Philips Avent Essentials Set (usa. philips.com; $69.99) has everything you need to get you started. It includes two nine-ounce bottles and two four-ounce bottles featuring

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BRINGING HOME YOUR PREEMIE By Tina Pratt

Expected or not, you have a premature baby. Whether it’s days, weeks or months later, knowledge is power when it’s finally time to bring your sweetheart home.

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s my baby getting enough food? Is she growing at an appropriate rate? Is her breathing normal? These are just a few of the questions parents of

newborns ask themselves on a regular basis. However, these are also questions that parents of babies born premature ask themselves multiple times a day. Shantel P. shared that when she was finally able to take her son home from the hospital, she was fearful of not having a scale at home to weigh him after every feeding and not having alarms that would go off in case he stopped breathing. “Every cold he got, I was afraid he had RSV

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which would lead to more hospital stay,”

sleep at night as he constantly worried about

Shantel says.

his son’s breathing affecting his heart rate.

Luke H. shared that the hardest thing about bringing his daughter home was all of his

PREMATURE BIRTHS: THE STATS

worrying. He stressed about her feeding regi-

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) defines

ment and if she was getting enough calories.

preterm birth as any baby born before 37

He stressed about her breathing and if it was

weeks of pregnancy.

normal. Years later, he still worries about her breathing.

Amy Mueller, March of Dimes NICU Family Support Coordinator, says there are

Ken H. says that the hardest thing about

“380,000-plus babies born premature in the

coming home with his preemie was worrying

U.S. each year. In Ohio, approximately 270

about episodes of bradycardia — an abnor-

babies are born premature each week.”

mally low heart rate usually associated with

The CDC estimates that in 2016, one out

apnea. He spent two weeks watching monitors

of every 10 babies born in the U.S. was born

that would show his son having spurts of bra-

premature. That’s a lot of babies. And a lot of

dycardia, which made it challenging for him to

jittery parents.

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HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS During the final weeks of pregnancy, the fe-

“When can my baby go home?” Most preemies can go home when they are:

tus’s brain, lungs and liver finish developing.

1) able to maintain a stable body temp in an

Every day counts developmentally, and obvi-

open crib; 2) breath on their own; 3) outgrow

ously, babies born prior to 32 weeks will have

apnea and bradycardia; 4) complete breast or

a stay in the NICU. The earlier they are born,

bottle feeding; 5) take in enough calories to

the longer they’ll stay, with eager parents

gain weight; and 6) can sit in a car seat and

hopeful for the infant to achieve milestones.

maintain normal breathing and heartrate.

Tanya Cahill, M.D., the medical director

Cahill says that reaching the developmental

at the NICU Follow-Up Clinic at Cincinnati

skills needed for discharge is challenging. But

Children’s Hospital Medial Center says, “The

perhaps not as much as going home.

degree of complications a preemie faces depends on how early the baby is born. Babies

ALONE AT LAST

born at 23 - 24 weeks will spend an extended

While parents desire to take a well baby home

period of stay in the NICU.” Both short-term

as soon as possible, when that day finally ar-

and long-term issues can occur with preemies.

rives, they are often terrified. No more nurses.

One of the most common differences between full-term babies and preemies is in the reaching of developmental milestones. Shantel says that “people forget that when babies are born early, their milestones take that much longer to achieve.”

No more machines displaying the child’s vitals. It’s all up to the parents now. Some babies may still need breathing or feeding support or an apnea machine — that’s why it’s critical that parents learn to care for the baby in the NICU before going home. The good news is that no hospital will send you

HAVING A PREEMIE

home with a preemie that hasn’t achieved the

Having a preemie is a difficult and stressful

milestones he needs to survive on his own.

experience for parents, but NICUs try to make

Still there are things you can do to strengthen

the stay as comfortable as possible for them.

yourself inwardly for the solo journey ahead:

Marie Wise, University of Cincinnati Medical Center (UCMC) NICU Nurse Manager, says family is at the center of their care. As soon as a preemie enters the NICU, a full team of support staff from nutritionists to lactation consultants to respiratory specialists and more is available for parents eager to learn how to care for their baby. NICUs offer a variety of classes designed just for the parents of preemies. Occupational and physical therapists help teach parents about feeding and positioning. Mueller says a variety of classes are available at UCMC. Some of the classes include information on caring for your baby while in the NICU, kangaroo care, advocating for your baby, keeping germs away, discharge prep, safe sleep for your baby, car seat safety and developmental milestones. Parents are

• Have important phone numbers at-theready • Read and learn as much as possible • Listen to and review all discharge information for your infant • Talk with your case manager about setting up in-home nurse care if your baby needs additional support

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS THAT HELP PARENTS • You are your child’s #1 advocate! • Be there when the doctor does rounds — speak up, ask questions, voice concerns. • Provide Kangaroo Care, hold hands, and read to your baby. • Ask to help in all aspects of your baby’s care in the NICU. • Trust your instincts! You know your baby better than anyone. • Build relationships with your baby’s caregivers. • Learn NICU language and best practices. • Create a comforting environment. • Reach out to other NICU families — The March of Dimes has a group called Friends of Tiny Hearts.

WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL SUPPORT Call your pediatrician or healthcare provider if your baby: • Has trouble breathing or his lips are turning blue

your baby may qualify for services

• Has a temperature slightly above the normal range (101°F-rectal or 99.5°F-armpit)

• Know the importance of hand washing for

• Has a temperature below 97.5°F

• Obtain contact information for Ohio’s Help Me Grow or Kentucky’s First Steps in case

all visitors • Be careful where you go with your infant; reduce large crowds and set boundaries • Keep Baby away from sick people • Sleep when the baby sleeps in order to preserve your energy

• Has difficulty waking for feedings • Is not interested in feeding or is feeding poorly • Has fewer than six wet diapers per day

encouraged to speak up and to participate

While bringing home a preemie is scary at

in changing Baby’s diaper, taking tempera-

first, remember, parents with full-term babies

tures and participating in every aspect of a

usually head home after 24 hours ... and not

preemies care, depending upon the age of the

with the support of a dedicated staff found in

• Is listless and tired

child and how stable he is.

the NICU.

• Is vomiting or has diarrhea

Tina Pratt is a wife, mom, behavior specialist and lifelong learner. Follow her on Twitter @ TPrattBehavior.

• If you observe a color change, go to the ER immediately

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• Is unusually irritable or crying inconsolably

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PRESCHOOL PREP WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW FOR YOUR CHILD By Sherry Hang

Is preschool on the horizon for your child? Read up so he’s all set for the big transition ahead.

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typical day for most little kids is filled with play. For preschoolers in formal programs, that play is filled with learning. Katelynn, a local little girl, enjoys a preschool day that includes circle time with classmates, songs, stories and games in the “Muscle Room” (aka, gym). While her mom, Casey, says the program is mostly play-based, that’s actually the point for PREK: Fun activities ... filled with purpose. A game played with dice, for example, is actually designed to introduce young minds to numbers, counting and the importance of taking turns. What feels like play to children is actually the start of their academic future, but before they blast off on this educational journey, there’s plenty you can do to help them prepare.

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A NEED-TO-KNOW BASIS? Preschools vary on what they expect of incoming children. At Summit Country Day School (summitcds.org), Montessori Director Kathy Scott explains that while the school doesn’t expect potential preschoolers to have mastered academic knowledge, they do conduct an assessment that will give their teachers a starting point for working with children. A 3-year-old is not expected to know their letters/sounds or numbers, yet it is hoped that a 4-year-old has some knowledge and experience with them. “Parents are very attuned to things like ABCs and counting,” Scott says. But Summit faculty looks for qualities like the ability to follow simple directions, ability to separate from parents, comfort level around other adults and children, ability to “attend” or exhibit self-control, and ability to interact with the environment. Scott says the faculty also looks for whether or not children have reached widely accepted milestones for their ages, i.e. can they communicate their needs? Can they stand and walk independently and do things like climb stairs, which demonstrates balance? These things help a child to function in the classroom, she says. “We look at the whole child for preschool readiness,” she says, “then adapt and address individual needs. Children don’t have to know their ABCs — we start with the child and where he is.”

WHAT YOU CAN DO There are a couple of steps you can take to improve your child’s preschool start, says Angie McDonald of 4C for Children, a childcare resource and referral network. Mommy & Me classes are “absolutely” helpful, and good for developing social skills for little ones. An added bonus is that parents get to meet and connect with other parents working through child-rearing issues, concerns and accomplishments. Scott recommends looking for classes that allow parents to step back a little, allowing kids to explore and play independently for a confidence boost, and a chance to learn separation from parents. To that same end, Scott says that playgroups and activities that are short in nature can help children learn to be around other children. 4C for Children has teamed up with the local library systems for Play & Learn, a biweekly gathering for parents and their children ages

0 - 5 who are not in a formal child care program. The groups are led by facilitators trained on the national Kaleidoscope Play & Learn Program — families spend 90 minutes on developmentally appropriate play activities, with additional materials for parents to use at home. A complete schedule can be found online at 4cforchildren.org.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT? “The best thing parents can do is be ready for children to get messy!” says McDonald. “That’s how they problem-solve and learn.” She says that Ohio has developed what are known as Early Learning and Development Standards (education.ohio.gov), markers of a child’s social/emotional, cognitive, language/literacy, and gross/fine motor skill abilities There is also attention paid to Approaches

Summit’s Toddler Program, for ages 18 - 36 months, introduces children to the Montessori philosophy and prepares them for the multiage classroom for ages 3 - 6. At the foundation of the Summit Montessori experience are four major goals, according to Scott: • Independence: Helping kids take on tasks for themselves (like putting on a coat or setting a table at lunch time). • Control: Teaching children to do things in an orderly way without being messy and cleaning up afterward. • Concentration: Attending to ttend to a task until completion. • Order: Being able to recognize a beginning, middle and an end to tasks and projects and that it’s important to complete the order of tasks. (This comes in handy as students’ progress to multi-step lessons, Scott says.)

GET READY

If you provide the right environment,

children can do so many things!” — Kathy Scott, Montessori Director at Summit Country Day

Toward Learning, which looks at a child’s attitude toward learning, initiative, curiosity, level of attention and motivation to try new experiences. Preschool programs can use these standards as a guideline for what children will accomplish during their time with their program. Katelynn’s preschool operates much like a co-op, according to Casey — parents are expected to take a day to help and be a part of the classroom experience. It gives teachers a chance for some one-on-one time while a parent leads a story time with other students, the benefit being that parents can see how to take what’s happening in the classroom and continue those lessons at home.

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When researching preschools, McDonald advises parents to look for Ohio’s Step Up to Quality program, and Kentucky’s All STARS program. Both provide rating systems for preschool programs and programs participate voluntarily. Completion of certain milestones, like a low student-to-teacher ratio, gives the school a higher rating. Learn more about each program at stepuptoquality.org or kentuckyallstars.ky.gov. Preschool readiness and success will really come down to finding the program that best suits your family’s needs. Casey wanted a program for Katelynn with a kind staff and a lot of fun built in to the day. Convenience and a flexible schedule were also on the wish list. “I think you have to find what works for you and your family,” she says. “It’s about where you fit in best.” McDonald suggests touring and observing programs, and bringing your future preschooler with you to see how he reacts to the environment and the teachers. Be sure to interview with the school too; children do at Summit. It gives the faculty a chance to learn about their students’ starting points so they can teach to the best of each child’s ability. “If you provide the right environment, children can do so many things!” says Scott. Sherry Hang is managing editor for this publication.

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Don’t let your child be the one holding onto the wall for dear life. Teach him to skate and watch him soar!

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harp silver blades slide across slick ice. Whoosh! The skater picks up speed as he glides around the rink. Whether he’s gracefully twirling and flying through the air doing lutzes and performing axels, or passing a puck to the next player and assisting in a goal, ice skating is a wonderful sport — winter and beyond. January is national ice skating month, and with the 2018 Winter Olympics coming next month, now’s the perfect time to get your kids into skates to learn about using the edges of the blades. Luckily, there are plenty of local opportunities for children to try out ice skating and hockey, both recreationally and competitively.

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Check out one of these indoor or outdoor ice skating rinks for public skate and hockey sessions. Looking for a fun, unique way to celebrate a birthday? Many rinks offer iceskating birthday party packages. Dates and times are subject to change; please call to confirm availability.

GOGGINS ICE CENTER AT MIAMI UNIVERSITY Indoor Rink, 610 S. Oak St., Oxford 513-529-9800 • miamioh.edu/hdrbs/goggin/ community-youth/public-skating/index.html

Public Skate: Ice skaters 5 years and younger are required to wear a helmet (a bike helmet is fine). Fridays 7:30 - 9 p.m., Saturdays 4 - 7 p.m. and Sundays 3 - 5 p.m. Admission: $9, $7.75 high school and younger, $5.75 Miami University student with ID Skate Rental: $3.25 Skate Aid Rental: $2 Birthday Party Package: For $150, parties include admission and skate rental for ten youth skaters and two adult skaters. Also included: two skate aides, ten licensed Goggin water bottles, and locker room rental. Make your party extra special by adding on an ice skating character appearance!

NORTHLAND ICE CENTER 10400 Reading Road, Evendale 513-563-0001 • northlandicecenter.com Public Skate: Mon - Fri 1 - 3 p.m., Sat - Sun 2 - 4 p.m. Admission: $9 ages 13 and older, $7 children Skate Rental: Free Skate Trainers: Free (with $25 refundable security deposit) Public DJ Skates: Club Northland plays hit songs as ice skaters enjoy lights, lasers and fog Fri - Sat from 8 - 10 p.m. Admission is $10 ages 13 and older, $8 children.

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Open Hockey: Weekdays from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Admission is $10 all ages. Birthday Party Packages: First Choice Package costs $11 per person, eight person minimum and includes two hours of skate time during a public skate session, plus use of one of the private party rooms before and after skating. Skate rental is included. Cake or pizza can be chosen in this package. The Deluxe Package costs $12.50 per person, eight person minimum includes the same benefits of the first choice package, but you get both pizza and cake with the deluxe package.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY ICE CENTER 2638 Anderson Road, Crescent Springs 859-344-1981 • nkyicecenter.com Public Skate: Fri 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Sat - Sun 1 - 3 p.m. Admission: $6 ages 11 and older, $5 ages 10 and younger Skate Rental: $2 Public Hockey: Fri 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Sat - Sun 1 3 p.m. Weekday hours available, call for availability. Admission is $6, skate rental is $2. Birthday Party Packages: Silver Medal Package costs $130 and includes admission and skate rental for ten people, use of party room for two hours, and paper products (bring your own cake). The Gold Medal Package costs $160 includes all benefits of the silver medal package, plus pizza and soda for ten people.

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SPORTS PLUS 10765 Reading Road 513-769-1010 • sportsplusohio.com Open Skate: Jan. 1: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., 2 - 6 p.m. and 6 - 10 p.m.; Jan. 2: 12 - 3:30 p.m. and 6 - 10 p.m.; Jan. 3: 12 - 3 p.m., 3 - 6 p.m. and 6 10 p.m.; Jan. 6: 2 - 4 p.m. and 8 - 10 p.m.; Jan. 20: 2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m.; Jan. 27: 2 - 4 p.m. and 8:30 - 10:30 p.m. Admission: $10 all ages ($9 online discount) Skate Rental: Free Open Hockey: Jan. 1: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., 1 - 4 p.m., 4 - 7 p.m. and 7 - 10 p.m. for ages 16 and older. Cost is $10 per player, per session.

SUMMIT PARK ICE RINK 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash 513-745-6259 • summitparkblueash.com/residents/ice_rink/index.php Public Skate: Jan. 2 - 4: 12 - 9 p.m.; Jan. 5: 12 10 p.m.; Jan. 7 - Feb. 19: 5 - 9 p.m. Thu, 5 - 10 p.m. Fri, 12 - 10 p.m. Sat, 12 - 5 p.m. Sun (closed Jan. 5 and Feb. 15) Admission: $5, free ages 3 and younger Skate Rental: Free

LEARN TO PLAY HOCKEY AT SPORTS PLUS 513-858-5072 • swordshockey.com/Page. asp?n=74193&org=SWORDSHOCKEY.COM Cincinnati Swords has boys and girls ages 4 - 16 participating in 80 minutes of ice time on Sunday afternoons, with the goal of having them ready to participate in a game after two to four weeks of practice.

LEARN TO SKATE AT NORTHLAND ICE CENTER 513-759-4259 • learntoskatecincinnati.com Lessons that focus on everything from basics, flying and combos, ice dancing, hockey, and more! Whether you are a true beginner, or honing in on a certain skill, there is a class for you. Private lessons are also available for all ages and abilities.

LEARN TO SKATE AT GOGGINS ICE CENTER 513-529-9800 • miamioh.edu/hdrbs/goggin/ figure-skating/learn-to-skate/index.html Skaters enjoy 45-minute classes, focusing on various basic ice-skating, or hockey skills. At the end of the session, skaters receive a certificate of completion! Cost for six-week session: $87, including skate rental, plus two free public skate passes for additional practice.

LEARN TO SKATE AT NKY ICE CENTER 859-344-1981 nkyicecenter.com/learn2skate/learn2skate.asp Register your whole family for classes — there are classes for tiny tots all the way up to adults. Sessions consist of six weeks of hour-long classes. Each one-hour class is broken into a 30-minute lesson, followed by 30 minutes of practice. Private lessons are also available for all ages and abilities.

To celebrate national skating month, Cincinnati Skating School and 3CDC are offering beginners a free hour-long skating lesson at the Fountain Square ice rink! Register online at skatingschool.skatecincinnati. org/events/free-lessons/ to participate in this US Figure Skating (USFS) Learn to Skate program. Admission is $6, skate rental is $4, and an ice skating lesson from a trained pro? Well, that is priceless! 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

FIGURE SKATING ORGANIZATIONS & HOCKEY TEAMS

Want to compete in figure skating, or are you interested in joining a hockey team? Here are local organizations to check out: CINCINNATI SKATING SCHOOL skatingschool.skatecincinnati.org FIGURE SKATING CLUB OF CINCINNATI skatecincinnati.org NORTHLAND FIGURE SKATING ACADEMY - northlandicecenter.com/blog/nsa NORTHERN KENTUCKY SKATING CLUB nkysc.com NORTHERN KENTUCKY YOUTH HOCKEY ASSOCIATION - nkyha.com QUEEN CITY FIGURE SKATING CLUB queencityfsc.com SWORDS HOCKEY LEAGUE swordshockey.com USA HOCKEY - usahockey.com Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and three terrific sons. Follow her on Instagram (@amandaciani) and Twitter (@ haikuciani).

LESSONS

Brand new to the ice? Most local indoor ice skating rinks offer both group and individual lessons — be sure to inquire about lessons at any of the indoor rinks featured in this article. There is also a Learn to Play Hockey group with a 10-week session starting in January; and three local Learn to Skate programs with six-week sessions starting in January, and again in February. Finally, there is an opportunity to experience one free hour of skate lessons, courtesy of Cincinnati Skating School and 3CDC. Whichever route you choose, bundle up for the ice, and your lessons will be nice.

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-569-8080 thechildrenstheatre.com • info@thechildrenstheatre.com New facility offering additional classes in drama, vocal music, and dance-specific studios for the ever-growing performing arts classes offered by TCTC. A small 150-seat performance space will also be a key component, along with a costume shop and expanded rehearsal space for both MainStage productions as well as ArtReach touring shows.

Camp Art Academy

Held at Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati 513-562-8748 artacademy.edu/com-ed/summer-art-camp/summer-art-camp.php commed@artacademy.edu Art Academy of Cincinnati’s Camp Art Academy offers kids ages 5 - 12 six unique weeks of art camp programs! Balancing technical instruction with freedom of self-expression, Camp Art Academy’s curriculum includes fundamental visual art skill building activities, two and three dimensional hands-on experiences, top-notch guest artists and creative problem solving with lots of fun!

Cincinnati Ballet Kids Dance Camp

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Fifth-Third Theater, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 639 Main S., Cincinnati 513-396-7664 cincinnatiboychoir.org/camp The Cincinnati Boychoir’s week-long, half-day summer camp gives music-loving boys entering grades 2 - 6 the opportunity to explore the world through music. Campers will experience other countries through music, games, drum circles, dance, and more! Camps are 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Jun. 25 - 29. Price: $199. More info and registration on our website.

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starglazers.com 513-474-6364 Paint pottery at your location. Pottery experts will bring all the supplies and offer booklets and ideas for your masterpiece. Pricing includes the cost of supplies, glazing and firing. No mess!

Tippi Toes

Multiple Cincinnati Locations tippitoesdance.com/cincinnati Tippi Toes Dance Company cheerfully provides children with a fun, positive, and nurturing environment so they are able to experience the joys of dance, self-expression, and movement. Classes are specifically designed to develop motor skills and body awareness while enhancing each child’s self-esteem. Open enrollment throughout the year – it’s never too late to join!

West Chester Academy Music, Dance, Gymnastics

8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester 513-829-2345 westchesteracademy.com From a child’s very first lesson to the experienced adult, West Chester Academy has something for everyone in music, dance, and gymnastics. Located in West Chester, we specialize in beginners of all ages and offer training through pre-professional levels. We have camps for all ages.

EDUCATION/ENRICHMENT Bethany School

555 Albion Ave., Glendale 513-771-7462 bethanyschool.org Offering a one-of-a-kind educational experience for grades K - 8 including a dedicated faculty, a rigourous curriculum, and a strong sense of “family” and community. Dedicated to the development of the “whole child” and fostering the spirit, the mind, and the “heart” of our students. Offering a wide array of academic enrichment, fine arts, and athletic opportunities. With our small class sizes, our teachers get to know each student well and help each one reach his or her fullest potential.

The Campus at Kids First

7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-629-5437 thecampuskf.com Private, full-day Kindergarten! Located inside the nationally acclaimed Kids First Sports Center, we offer the premier early learning experience for children ages 6 wks. - Kindergarten. As the only early learning center in the area to make physical education a priority, we give your child an academic edge by integrating a physical education curriculum into every child’s daily schedule. Campus Kids receive the most well-rounded physical and academic education, but your child’s long-term happiness and emotional well-being always comes first at The Campus.

Children’s Meeting House

927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 cmhschool.com CMH summer camps offer children a great opportunity to extend their learning while having fun on campus. We have a variety of arts, crafts, nature exploration, science activities, and more for children ages 3 - 12. Camp dates are Jun. 18, Jun. 25, Jul. 16, and Jul. 23. Visit our website for more details.

Cincinnati Country Day School

6905 Given Road, Cincinnati 513-561-7298 countryday.net Our summer program is known for being one of the top day camps in Cincinnati. Children 18 mos. - grade 6 are led by experienced teachers who provide engaging activities that promote growth and encourage discovery. Our beautiful 62-acre campus offers learning opportunities both inside and out.

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Great Oaks Career Camps

greatoaks.com Choose from digital arts, cooking, construction, healthcare, animal science, automotive, and more. For kids entering grades 9 or 10 from Great Oaks affiliated school districts.

Kiddie Academy of Mason

6202 Snider Road, Mason 513-234-0699 8178 Highland Point, West Chester 513-847-1145 kiddieacademy.com/mason Welcome to Camp Adventure, designed for children 2 - 12. Each weekly theme will offer a unique exploration, with arts and crafts, food, games, and more. Camp Adventure participants will enjoy many hands-on, self-directed activities. Camp Atlantis will give your child the opportunity to spend the summer exploring their connection to the world around them during field trips and weekly activities such as Foamtastic, Cool Critters, and Charlie Cadabra.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY iSPACE

ispacescience.org/programs/summer-day-camps/ 513-612-5786 iSPACE ignites imaginations and transforms campers into robotics engineers and rocket scientists! In our engaging, hands-on summer day camps, we spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). All camps meet on the Scarlet Oaks Campus in Sharonville.

SPORTS/FITNESS Full Throttle Indoor Karting

11725 Commons Dr., Springdale gofullthrottle.com • info@gofullthrottle.com Speed Camp - Learn to Race! Ages 8 - 15. Week-long camp, $300 per person. Day Camp, $75.

Magnified Giving – Camp Give

9940 Reading Road, Evendale 513-733-9727 magnifiedgiving.org/camp Camp Give: A day camp teaching your camper to use their time and talents to become young philanthropists. Visit our website fore more information. 2018 focus: Childhood Hunger.

Royalmont Academy

200 Northcrest Drive, Mason 513-745-0555 royalmont.org Private preK - grade 12 Catholic school located in Mason. The school is located within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Royalmont is divided into a half-day and all-day preschool, a K - 8 division, and the Royalmont Academy Classical Preparatory High School. Open House Jan. 31, 6 - 8 p.m.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

myy.org 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.

NATURE Cincinnati Nature Center

4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 cincynature.org • registrar@cincynature.org Cincy Nature Camps at Cincinnati Nature Center are a fun way for kids, ages 3 - 13, to use their creativity and imaginations in a safe, friendly environment. These week-long day camps are held in Milford and Goshen, June through August. Register on our website.

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TRADITIONAL CAMPS Camp at the J, Mayerson JCC

8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 513-761-7500 mayersonjcc.org From swim lessons and archery, to arts and crafts, Camp at the J provides great social, educational, and cultural opportunities that foster friendships and feature all the good, old-fashioned fun that has made camp a summertime staple for kids. In addition to traditional activities such as sports and field trips, Camp at the J incorporates value-based learning and offers enrichment programs to build skills in areas such as science, nature, art, and more.

Falcon Camp

4251 Delta Road SW, Carrollton 800-837-CAMP (2267) falconcamp.com • info@falconcamp.com Widely recognized as Ohio’s premier summer camp since 1959. Beautiful lakefront setting with wide range of activities. Boys and girls ages 6 - 16 choose their own schedule within general framework, separate activities with planned co-ed events. 1:4 staff/ camper ratio. Most of all, it’s a great time! ACA accredited, many references.

Greenacres Summer Camps

8255 Spooky Hollow Road, Cincinnati 513-891-4227 green-acres.org • camps@green-acres.org 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 staff who strive to give campers memories and experiences to cherish for a lifetime. Log onto our website for more information or to register.

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PAW PATROL LIVE! RACE TO THE RESCUE JAN. 27 - 28

t’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race between Mayor Goodway and Mayor Humdinger, but Goodway is nowhere to be found! PAW Patrol to the rescue as Ryder, Marshall, Chase, Skye, Rubble, Rocky, Zuma and Everest rush to rescue the Mayor — or run the race in her place! Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 10 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m. Jan. 27, 10 a.m., 2 p.m. Jan. 28; tickets start at $22.50 (VIP Packages available). Call 513-621-2787 or visit cincinnatiarts.org. cincinnatifamilymagazine.com • nkyfamily.com

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Mon 1

CATHERINE PALACE AT CHRISTMAS

Catherine Palace is back at the KSB Miniatures Collection and decorated for the holidays. See the special exhibit depicting the lavish Russian castle at Christmas along with hundreds of other 1/12-scale buildings and fine art miniatures. Open through Jan. 20. Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, 215 Sutton St., Maysville; $10 adults, $2 students; 606-564-5865 or ksbminiaturescollection.com.

KROHN HOLIDAY SHOW: THE CINCINNATI CHOO CHOO

The Conservatory is filled with poinsettias, evergreens and more holiday plants, plus check out the train display and historical buildings created by Applied Imagination. Enjoy the sights and sounds of chugging trains, along with the Schmalz Family Collection’s display of vintage holiday decorations. New this year is the “Who Lives Here” display that features whimsical critter homes

FIND JANUARY EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. to delight all ages. Exhibit remains on display through Jan. 7. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 17, free ages 4 and younger; 513421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com.

NEW YEAR’S ORIENTEERING

Join Orienteering Cincinnati, Inc. to learn more about this fun sport in an intro course for beginners. Rentschler Forest MetroPark, 3976 Hamilton Middletown Road, Hamilton; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $7 OCIN members, $10 nonmembers; ocin.org.

Tue 2

ANTIQUE CHRISTMAS

Bring the whole family to experience the wonder and joy of beautiful antique ornaments, decorations and toys. Exhibit remains on display through Jan. 7. Timed tickets are recommended, and required on Sundays. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; please see website for prices; 513-684-4517 or taftmuseum. org.

HOLIDAY TOY TRAINS

The beloved trains roll again with more than 30 guest-activated displays, plus Polar Express readings, Santa visits, a Charles Dickens display and more. New this year is Wahoo’s Winter Wonderland, a kid-sized, animated exhibit based on the children’s book The Holiday Adventures of Wiley Wahoo & Me. Exhibit remains on display through Jan. 14. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; free with admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

FREE MANATOTZZZ

Enjoy great books, easy laughs and sweet songs. Sleepy Bee Cafe, 3098 Madison Road; 10 a.m. Jan. 2, 16, 23 and 30; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

NATURE STORIES

Join other families for stories, songs and activities about the natural world. 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; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

Wed 3

FREE MANATOTS

Enjoy stories, songs and fun on the LePage Stage. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10 a.m. Jan. 3, 5, 6, 13, 17, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27, 31; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE REC READS

Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to the Rosenthal Education Center for stories and sensory activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

SPOTLIGHT

FREE STORYTIME

Bring ages 6 and younger for stories, songs and games. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 10:30 a.m. Mon, Wed and Fri, and 11 a.m. Sat in Jan; 513396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

MARTIN’S DREAM Friday, Jan. 12

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reated, directed and performed by Deondra Kamau Means, this one-man show explores the real person behind the pictures: a funny, intelligent, passionate man whose faith, family and education made him one of the most revered people in our nation’s history. Watch the story of his life unfold — from his childhood in the Deep South all the way to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where he delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. Best for grades 2 - 12. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, 4015 Red Bank Road; 10 a.m., 7:30 p.m.; $10 in advance, $15 day of show. Visit thechildrenstheatre.com. 30

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Thu 4

IT’S ALL IN THE SNOW

Learn about snowflakes and how snow affects what we do on the farm through hands-on activities and crafts inside the Augspurger House during Show & Tell On The Farm. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

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FREE STORYTIME WITH MISS ALICIA

Bring the littles for stories and fun, then stick around for a fun intro to language for blue manatee’s youngest readers at 10:30 a.m. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10 a.m. Jan. 4, 18, 25; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

TAFT JR

Art can be made out of anything — even things you use every day. Ages 3 - 5 and their caregivers hear a story about the things a mouse finds on his first day of school, learn about still lifes and how to use everyday objects to make one, and practice your new skills by arranging your own still life. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; free for members and children, $10 in advance for nonmembers, $12 day of event; 513-684-4517 or taftmuseum. org.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: DEEP SPACE FAREWELL

Say good-bye to a favorite UnMuseum piece, as Deep Space leaves the CAC to make way for a new work of art. Stop by to make art inspired by the iridescent dome. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 a.m.; $5; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

Fri 5

KOI CAVALCADE OF CUSTOMS

Check out hundreds of custom cars, hotrods, motorcycles, trucks, and more, along with special guest celebrity appearances, special events, activities, contests, great KOI deals, good food and tons of fun. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.; 3 - 10 p.m. Jan. 5, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Jan. 6, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Jan. 7; $17 general, $6 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger; koiautoparts.com/cavalcade.

FREE MANABEBES

A fun intro to Spanish for young readers, including rhymes, songs and more. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. Jan. 5, 19, 26; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Sat 6

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES

Take a docent-led interactive tour with fun facts and hands-on activities for the whole family. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 p.m. Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.


SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES Bethany School 555 Albion Ave. 513-771-7462 • bethanyschool.org Open house Jan. 28, 2 - 4 p.m.

Achieving Balance

Children’s Meeting House 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 • cmhschool.com Open house Jan. 28, 2 - 4 p.m. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 8283 East Kemper Road 513-247-0900 • chca-oh.org/admission/visitus/open-house/rsvp Open house Feb. 24, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Cornerstone Montessori School 2048 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights 859-491-9960 • cornerstonemontessori.us Open house Jan. 22, 1 p.m. Nature Preschool at Rowe Woods, Cincinnati Nature Center 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 • cincynature.org Open House Jan. 28, 2 - 4 p.m. Royalmont Academy 200 Northcrest Drive, Mason 513-754-0555 • royalmont.org Open house Jan. 31, 6 - 8 p.m. St. Aloysius of Gonzaga School 4300 Bridgetown Road 513-574-4035 • saintals.org Open house Jan. 28, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. St. Gertrude School 6543 Miami Ave. 513-561-8020 • stgertrudesch.org Open house Jan. 28, 1 - 4 p.m. St. Peter in Chains 451 Ridgelawn Ave., Hamilton 513-863-0685 • stpeterinchains.org Open house Jan. 28, 2 - 4 p.m.

Academic Excellence in a Christian Environment

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Sunday, January 28th, 2018 ~ 2:00 - 4:00 BETHANY SCHOOL

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Creating Beautiful Smiles

St. Thomas School 428 S. Ft. Thomas Ave., Ft. Thomas 859-572-4641 • sttschool.org Open house Jan. 28, 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. The Seven Hills School 513-728-2400 • 7hills.org Doherty Campus, 2726 Johnstone Place, Open House Jan. 9, 9 a.m. Hillsdale Campus, 5400 Red Bank Road, Open House Jan. 10, 9 a.m. Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700 • summitcds.org Montessori information session, Jan. 9 and Feb. 8, 8:30 a.m. Parent Preview Day, Jan. 30, 8:30 a.m. RSVP required. (please turn the page)

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In honor of the exhibit Albrecht Durer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance, families celebrate Renaissance art and music with a scavenger hunt, special performances and more. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

JULES AND VERNE’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

With the science fair just around the corner, Jules challenges Verne to a race around the world. May the best scientist win in Madcap Puppets’ reimagining of Jules Verne’s epic adventures, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea and Around the World in 80 Days. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $8, free ages 1 and younger; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

FREE WHAT DO YOU DO WITH A CHANCE?

The final book in the award-winning What Do You Do With …? picture book series by bestselling author Kobi Yamada and illustrator Mae Besom, What Do You Do With a Chance? inspires kids to find the courage to go for the opportunities that come their way. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-7552258.

Sun 7

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES ARTSTOP

All ages can check out touchable art objects at interactive stations throughout the galleries. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 p.m. Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

HATS OFF WITH MADCAP PUPPETS

Madcap Puppets presents Jules’ and Verne’s Excellent Adventure, a crazy tale of a science fair and a race around the world. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St.; 2 p.m., 4 p.m.; $8 in advance; madcappuppets.com.

KITS, KITS AND KITS

Show & Tell On The Farm is all about which animals have babies called kits. Enjoy crafts, activities and a snack inside the Augspurger House and help feed the farm critters. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

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Mon 8

MY BREASTFEEDING LIFESTYLE

Learn everything you need to know to breastfeed successfully — partners are welcome and encouraged to come. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy + Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 6 p.m.; $35 per couple; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

Tue 9

Fri 12

ALL ABOUT TREES

Ages 2 - 4 learn about the giants of the forest with an activity, craft and a story. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 11 a.m.; $7 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 greatparks.org.

MARTIN’S DREAM

FREE MUSIC, MOTION AND STORIES

Enjoy an active 30 minutes of music and movement with Joel the Singing Librarian. Durr Branch Library, 1992 WaltonNicholson Road, Independence; 10:30 a.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary. org.

FREE YOGA FOR KIDS

Yoga for kids taught by a kid! Meet youngster Vivienne, who is excited to introduce kids to yoga. Hyde Park Branch Library, 2747 Erie Ave.; 4 p.m.; 513-369-4456 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

Wed 10

ANIMAL ADVENTURES

Learn about local wildlife and how they survive the winter, and meet an animal ambassador in person. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Jan. 10 - 21. Highfield Discovery Garden, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $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 greatparks.org.

Thu 11

Please see “Spotlight” on page 30 for details.

FREE NKU PLANETARIUM SHOW

Bring the littles, ages 4 and older, for a special hour-long planetarium show, “One World, One Sky.” Haile Planetarium, Northern Kentucky University, 500 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights; 7:30 p.m.; 859-572-5309 or nku.edu.

FREE RON PURDON QUINTET

Enjoy live jazz and swing standards from a full band. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

Sat 13

ANIMAL ADVENTURES

Learn about local wildlife, make a craft from 12 - 4 p.m. each day, and enjoy a live animal presentation at 2 p.m. Cotswold Visitor Center, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 12 4 p.m. Jan. 13, 14; 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.

CLOTH DIAPERING 101 AND 102

THERE’S A COW IN MY MARSHMALLOW

Join Show & Tell On The Farm to figure out how a cow got into the marshmallows, then help feed the farm critters. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: SWOON INSTRUMENTS

Learn the basics of cloth diapering including cost, care and quantity, then stick around for the 102 session for a look at topics like wool, lanolizing, heavy wetting and potty training (cost for 102 is $10). Blue Cocoon’s Mommy + Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 3 p.m.; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

JULES AND VERNE’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

Please see “Spotlight” on page 34 for details.

The artist Swoon creates instruments out of recycled materials — design your own sound sculpture from found objects. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 a.m.; $5; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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FREE LOVE STORYTIME

In this heartfelt celebration of love, Newbery Medalist Matt de la Pena and bestselling illustrator Loren Long describe the strongest bond there is and the diverse and powerful ways it connects us all. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 11 a.m.; 513-3968960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE MEET A MUSIC THERAPIST

Kids and their grown-ups are invited to a musical experience led by two boardcertified music therapists. Enjoy singing, instrument play, and movement. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 3 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE PADDINGTON STORYTIME

More than 50 years ago, a small bear set out on the adventure of a lifetime. Since then, Paddington has charmed readers around the world with his earnest good intentions and humorous misadventures. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

PB&J SESSION

There’s more to being a drummer than just “sticking” to it. Feel the beat and explore the world of the percussion family. Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave.; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $6; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org.

Sun 14

ABC’s OF FARM LIFE

Explore what’s on the farm that begins with the letters A, B and C. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

DULCIMER TUNES

The Cincinnati Dulcimer Society invites all ages to enjoy the sweet music of the mountain dulcimer. 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 greatparks.org.

MARIO THE MAKER MAGICIAN

Join MARIO for an original magic +DIY robotics show that will inspire audiences of all ages with his maker-STEAM themes! Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 2 p.m.; $20 adults, $15 seniors and ages 12 and younger; 513-867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.


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January 28, 2-4 p.m.

Quintino R. Mano, PhD, a clinical neuropsychologist with a specialty in learning disabilities, leads a team offering low-cost, comprehensive evaluations of dyslexia and other disabilities in math and writing. Child, teen and adult assessments available. artsci.uc.edu/dyslexia 513-556-5559 uc.dyslexia@uc.edu

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Presented by ROKCincy, this original work titled Trip Jones and The Case of the Missing Backpack is an interactive, choose-your-own-adventure opera and is sure to be a hit. Grades K - 6 and families. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave; 2 p.m.; 513-4972860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

WINTER CRAFTS

Ages 5 - 12 make winter-themed crafts. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.; $1 per craft 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 greatparks.org.

WINTER TREE ID

Winter is a great time to learn how to identify trees by their bark and buds. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 1:30 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.

WINTER’S WANDERERS

Most wildlife has gone to sleep or moved away for the winter, but a few still wander the cold and snow. Learn more about these tough creatures that can stay awake in Ohio’s winter. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon 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.

Mon 15

KIDS’ DAY AT THE PARK

Learn all about nature in winter with a hike, a craft and some hot chocolate. Ellenwood Nature Barn, FarbachWerner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; $7 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

RETURNING TO WORK AND PUMPING

Learn how to continue your breastfeeding relationship after returning to work as you discuss milk storage, frequency, tips and more. Private flange fit included. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy + Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 6 p.m.; $35; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby. com.

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FREE STAYING RESILIENT

In 2012, when Larry Blundred’s wife Diana was diagnosed with cancer and given six - 12 months to live, their family stuck together, relying on their faith and each other to keep them strong. Fast forward to 2017 and Diana is still going strong! Larry was so inspired by her spirit that he began writing Staying Resilient: When Life Throws You More Than a Curveball, a guide for anyone going through hard times. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.

TOT TUESDAY

No lions or tigers, just bears today! Bring your little ones and their favorite stuffed companions for a “beary” good time making crafts, listening to stories, and enjoying a snack. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $1 craft fee plus admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-4914003 or bcmuseum.org.

Wed 17 FREE LOONEY BALLOONEY

Explore the life of worms and their importance to the farm, then visit the farm animals. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE YOGA AND MINDFULNESS

Ages 6 - 11 enjoy a yoga class featuring books and poses with friends from Busy Being Kids Yoga. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 4 - 5 p.m. Jan. 18, 25, Feb. 1; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

Fri 19

CCM’S MOVABLE FEAST

Experience the magic of CCM Village as you sample performances by the stars of tomorrow in different performance spaces throughout the facility. Create your own menu and timetable of artistic selections, including music, theater and dance in this annual fundraiser. CCM Village, University of Cincinnati, Corry Blvd.; 6:30 p.m.; 513-556-2100 or ccm.uc.edu/support/ccmpower.

All ages are invited for some balloon twisting fun. Madisonville Branch Library, 4830 Whetsel Ave.; 4 p.m.; 513-3696029 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE NKU PLANETARIUM SHOW

Budding astronomers are invited to a free planetarium show, featuring “Solar Quest” and “Sunstruck.” Haile Planetarium, Northern Kentucky University, 500 Nunn Drive, Newport; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19, 16; 859-572-5309 or nku.edu.

POOF DADDY COMEDY MAGIC SHOW

Dr. T-Rex returns with a new magic show, teaching kids the three magic words that make their school a safe and bullyfree zone: Kindness, Character, and Cooperation. With over-sized puppets and audience interaction, anything can happen with Poof Daddy! Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Ave, Hamilton; 7:30 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmemebrs; 513-863-8873 or fittoncenter.org.

Sat 20

BABYWEARING 101 AND 102

Learn about different types of carriers and wraps, then stick around for the 102 session to learn more about wrapping your baby, safety, and try out samples (cost for 102 is $10). Blue Cocoon’s Mommy + Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 2 p.m.; 513-7911089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAY

Need a mid-week break? Stop in for music, board games, video games, snacks and more. Covington Branch Library, 502 Scott St.; 4 p.m.; 859-9624077 or kentonlibrary.org.

Thu 18

MOVE TO RHINEGEIST

Celebrate Cincinnati’s finest movement dance groups and the Cincinnati Circus Company with MOVE, a benefit to support Mission2Move, a local nonprofit encouraging movement, mediation and nutrition to underserved children. Fifty percent of proceeds benefit Mission2Move. Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St.; 6 - 9 p.m.; please see website for prices; mission2move.org.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: CRAZY COMBOS

The artist Glenn Kaino’s work often has unusual pairings, like an ostrich covered in snakeskin -- stop by to make some crazy combos of your own. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 a.m.; $5; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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It’s an ostentatious wedding in Knoxville, and five reluctant bridesmaids are hiding out, each with her own reasons to avoid the proceedings. As the day wears on, these five very different women find just how much they have in common. Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, 801 Matson Place; Jan. 25 - Feb. 11; $26 - $29; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET

Relive the evening of Dec. 4, 1956, when Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley find themselves at Sun Records in Memphis for what would turn out to be one of the greatest jam sessions in history. Enjoy powerhouse performances with an incredible score that pays homage to these four greats. Best for adults and older teens. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; Jan. 20 - Feb. 18; tickets start at $35; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.

PINOCCHIO

The much-loved tale about a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy is packed with magical characters, circus antics and lots of fun for the whole family in this presentation from Playhouse’s Off The Hill Touring Series. Various locations throughout Greater Cincinnati, please see web site for a complete schedule of dates, venues and tickets; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.

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Based on the 1971 Oscar-nominated film, this production follows enigmatic candy maker Willy Wonka as he stages a contest by hiding five golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bards. Whoever finds a ticket gets a free tour of the factory and a lifetime supply of candy! The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington; weekends, Jan. 18 - 28; $30, $23 students, $18 ages 12 and younger; 859-957-1940 or thecarnegie.com.

WAITRESS

Grab the girls for a moms’ night out and enjoy this musical from an all-female creative team that tells the tale of a waitress and expert pie maker whose skills are her ticket out of a small town and loveless marriage. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Jan. 9 - 21; tickets start at $30; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

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Bring the gang for a weekend of candy inspired crafts and activities then check out the Krohn’s spring show. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Jan. 20, 21; $4 adults, $2 ages 4 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FAMILY DAY

Head to the museum for a fun day all about robotics. National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St., Riverside; 937-255-3286 or nationalmusuem.af.mil.

HIT IT!

Explore the world of percussion instruments with the Linton Musicians today. Sycamore Presbyterian Church, 11800 Mason Road; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $6; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic. org.

MAPLE SYRUP MAKING

Experience the process of producing liquid gold from maple sap -- tour the evaporator and take a sap collecting maple hike. Hikes leave from the Outdoor Learning Center on Saturdays at 10 and 11 a.m., or 1 and 2 p.m.; on Sundays at 1, 2, or 3 p.m. Cincinnati

Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Jan. 20, 27, 12 - 4 p.m. Jan. 21, 28; free with admission ($9 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $4 ages 4 - 12, $2 dogs); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE SIGN LANGUAGE STORY TIME

MYSTERY OF THE WINTER WOODS

SPRING SHOW AT THE KROHN

Winter tree ID can be tough, learn the basics of what to look for when out in the winter woods then take a guided hike to test your knowledge. RSVP requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Forest Run MetroPark, 1976 Timberman Road, Hamilton; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.

FREE NEW YEAR, NEW YOU

Jungle Jim’s and Mercy Health-Fairfield are teaming up for a day of natural food, supplement, and other healthrelated product samples, along with activities, screenings and more. Jungle Jim’s Oscar Event Center, 5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield; 10 a.m.; junglejims. com.

Bring your little one to learn simple signs through songs and stories. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

The Krohn Conservatory kicks off their spring show, A Garden of Pure Imagination, with a show room blossoming with vivid colors of cherry, lemon, grape, orange, blue raspberry and sour apple. The candy-inspired exhibit includes vibrant tulips, cheerful daffodils, fluffy hydrangeas and more, all to make you feel like you’re inside Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tue - Sun (closed Mondays), through March 11. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $4 adults, $2 ages 4 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; 513421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE YOU! STORYTIME

A life full of adventure first requires big dreams, and big dreams need big encouragement. From world-renowned author and artist Sandra Magsamen comes the new book You!, offering

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This is a research study to find out more about the safety and tolerability of an investigational medication. Researchers want to see whether it can help people with fibromyalgia. An “investigational” medication is a medication that is being tested and is not approved for use in the United States by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

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inspiration and hope to all ages. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

Sun 21

FIRESIDE HOT COCOA

Stop by the Nature PlayScape by 1 p.m. to help build a fire and watch it start, then stick around for demos on how to use fire safely, a scavenger hunt and hot cocoa. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($9 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $4 ages 4 - 12, $2 dogs); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE SARAH CANNON SIGNS ODDITY

Meet author Sarah Cannon as she visits to discuss and sign her book, Oddity, a novel for middle readers full of adventures and action. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE THIRD SUNDAY FUNDAY: PATCHWORK FUN

You’ll be in stitches! Learn about fabric at the Art Cart, create your own patchwork masterpiece, and at 1 p.m., meet a sheep and learn how its wool plays a part in quilt-making. Then learn how quilts tell stories during a musical performance from Russ and Barb Childers at 2 p.m. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-684-4517 or taftmuseum.org.

WHERE ARE THE BATS?

Learn where these flying furry mammals have gone for the winter through activities and crafts, then visit with the farm animals. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

Mon 22

FREE SCAMPER SQUAD

Ages 3 - 5 sing, dance and listen to stories as they learn about mythical animals. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road; 10:30 a.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary.org.

FREE TINY TOTS

Ages 18 months - 2.5 years enjoy interactive fun that encourages a love of books and begins to build pre-reading skills. Scheben Branch Library, 8899 US 42, Union; 10 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

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FREE PRESCHOOL TIME

Bread, tomato sauce and cheese taste better when you make them into a pizza. For ages 2 - 3 and their grownups. Carrico/Ft. Thomas Branch Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Ft. Thomas; 11 a.m.; 859-572-5033 or cc-pl.org.

FREE STORIES WITH ART

Bring ages 3 - 6 for an artsy, messy story time. Scheben Branch Library, 8899 US 42, Union; 6:30 p.m.; 859342-2665 or bcpl.org.

Wed 24

FREE FIONA’S STORYTIME BIRTHDAY PARTY

Happy 1st Birthday to Fiona! In honor of the world’s favorite little hippo, join a hippo-themed storytime and craft. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Get ready to be a garden detective and find out what the garden residents are up to this winter. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Jan. 24 - Feb. 4. Highfield Discovery Garden, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $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 greatparks.org.

Thu 25 ANIMAL TALES

Families are invited to join the 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 greatparks.org.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: CINTO’S SEA AND SKY

Sandra Cinto designs landscape murals of natural elements like the ocean, sky and snowflakes — create your own art inspired by her striking images. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 a.m.; $5; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

WHOSE MITTEN IS THIS?

Learn who is living in the “mitten” and then make your own mittens and puppets for a play about farm life. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

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MAYA ANGELOU: A WRITER’S LEGACY

Maya Angelou experienced a life that most of us could hardly imagine and her impact on society was immeasurable. Her talents as an actress, dancer, songwriter and poet entertained and challenged us, while her life, filled with heartache, political activism and humanitarian service taught us to value each other as beautiful, intelligent, works of art. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, 4015 Red Bank Road; 10 a.m., 7:30 p.m.; $10 in advance, $15 day of show; thechildrenstheatre.com.

Sat 27

FREE AUTISM FAMILY EXPLORATION

Families with children who have autism or other developmental disabilities are invited to discover the CAM with a special tour and an all-ability art making activity in the REC center. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 9 - 11 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL: COLLECTIVE BREATH OPENING

Head to the UnMuseum for the opening of artist Karen Saunders’ exhibit, Collective Breath. Enjoy an exciting interactive and inflatable work of art, create your own art inspired by air and make a painting using only your breath. Don’t miss the child-friendly artist talk at 1 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

FREE FANCY NANCY: OODLES OF KITTENS STORYTIME

Fancy Nancy returns in a story about felines, canines and making new fourlegged friends. Nancy’s new kitten meets her posh pup, Frenchy. Will her two pets ever get along? Will Nancy be able to love them both the same? Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

FREE FRENCH STORY TIME

Learn simple French vocabulary through stories and song. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

JIMMY WEBB: AMERICA’S SONGWRITER

You may not recognize his name right away, but chances are you will recognize his songs, like “The Highwayman,” “Up, Up and Away,” “MacArthur Park” and more. Fairfield Community Arts Center,

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PB&J SESSION

Join the Linton Musicians for a look at percussion instruments. Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $6; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org.

TURANDOT IN CONCERT

The KSO teams up with CCM to perform this opera set in Peking (now Bejing) about a prince who warms and wins the heart of an ice princess. Greaves Concert Hall, Northern Kentucky University, 500 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights; 7:30 p.m.; $35; 859-4316216 or kyso.org.

Sun 28

CABIN FEVER RELIEVER HIKE

Take a laid-back stroll along the trail to relieve your cabin fever. 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 greatparks.org.

FREE ROSEMARY WELLS STORY TIME

Join a special story time in honor of author Rosemary Wells and hear some classic Max and Ruby stories. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 4 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Tue 30

FREE MOVERS AND SHAKERS DANCE PARTY

Ages 2 - 4 enjoy a silly dance party full of balance beams, tunnels, obstacle courses and of course, dancing. Newport Branch Library, 901 East Sixth St., Newport; 10 a.m.; 859-572-5035 or cc-pl.org.

FREE TODDLER TALES

Ages 2.5 - 3.5 and their grown-ups have fun developing pre-reading skills through stories, songs, rhymes and activities. Scheben Branch Library, 8899 US 42, Union; 10 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

Wed 31

FREE BLUE MOON ECLIPSE

FREE GROW AS WE GO

Stop by on your way to work or school to check out a partial lunar eclipse — this is the second full moon in a calendar month, making it a Blue Moon Eclipse! Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 6 - 7:30 a.m.; 513321-5186 or cincinnatiobservatory.org.

Mon 29

The first three months of 2018 have two Blue Moons and even a Black Moon — take a hike to catch a glimpse. RSVP requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Rentschler Forest MetroPark, 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

Explore the life cycle of farm animals and crop plants to investigate how living things grow and change. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE NKU PLANETARIUM SHOW

Bring the gang for a one-hour planetarium show that’s all about sizing up space. Haile Planetarium, Northern Kentucky University, 500 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights; 12 p.m.; 859-5725309 or nku.edu.

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FREE WEE WEDNESDAY

Bring your preschooler for interactive learning stations in the galleries, stories and a hands-on art project. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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