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recently made a decision to start writing little notes to Will and hide them in his lunchbox. Simple, thoughtful notes like, “Have a great day at school! Love, Mom.” After a few weeks, I began to think that maybe Will didn’t like or care about this so much; he’s getting to that “everything is embar-
rassing” age and all. One morning, I forgot to write a note and it crossed my mind that maybe it didn’t really matter that much to him. To my surprise, Will walked up to me the next morning and asked, “Mommy, can you put a note in my lunchbox today?” My heart melted. From then on we started a new tradition, and I love taking those extra five minutes every morning to write him a little care note. No matter how old they get, your kids will always want and need you. They want to feel loved by you, and they want your attention. Just taking that extra time to listen, understand and let them know you care means everything. When your child proudly presents a scribbly drawing for you to acknowledge and stick on the refrigerator, give them that satisfaction and do it —- even if that means stopping whatever it is you are doing and taking five minutes out of your busy day. It hurts me to see impatient parents who don’t take a second to listen to their kids. I once saw a little girl excitedly telling her mom a story. She was looking right at her mom, and her mom didn’t even look back at her. In fact, the mom continued to stare away distracted and didn’t even acknowledge with an, “Oh really?” or “Wow, that’s great!” Nothing. So if you’re not listening to your kids and taking their needs to heart, it’s never too late to start! Begin by penciling in some extra minutes to ask them about their day, or pay a little visit to them in their room just to have some silly, small talk. Our kids need our attention now more than ever, and sometimes life doesn’t allow us to give it all to them. Life is busy, but if we are more mindful and pay attention to our kids’ needs, we can make a difference in their lives. Listening and understanding your kids more can make a positive impact on their mental health, so it’s vitally important to build up the relationship and trust you have with them. It will allow them to open up to you. Once you create that bond, you may be surprised by what doors it opens up. “Will, I hope that this little note makes a difference in your life. I’m so proud of you, and I know you’re going to do something great one day. Love, Mom.”
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“My child came home from child care with a bite mark. I’m so upset — what do I do?” “Let it go ... unless they drew blood. I would talk to the center, but being a former daycare worker, I can tell you that outside of putting the biter in a chair and tying them to it ... bites are very difficult to prevent. It happens in a split second. We had two biters in our class of 20-year-olds, and despite our best efforts and eagle eyes, it happened ... until one day when child ‘A’ bit child ‘B’ then child ‘B’ bit child ‘A.’ Both drew blood and neither ever bit again.” Deb McReynolds
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• Head to Heritage Bank Center (100 Broadway St., Cincinnati) to be wowed by CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S LATEST SHOW, "AXEL." The new show features acrobatics, choreography and amazing aerial stunts — all on ice skates! This show runs January 23 - 26. Call 1-800-745-3000 or visit cirquedusoleil.com/usa/cincinnati/axel/buy-tickets for more information. • Visit Sharon Woods (11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville) January 18 - 20 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. for a great glacial experience. STEP INTO THE ICE AGE will take visitors back in time 20,000 years ago to a Pleistocene Forest where they can create ice age crafts, touch a real mammoth leg bone and more! A sensory-friendly hour will be available each day from 10 - 11 a.m. Call 513-521-7275 or visit greatparks.org for more information. • Take in a family-friendly Cincinnati Cyclones game at Heritage Bank Center (100 Broadway St., Cincinnati). THROWBACK WEEKEND + TEDDY BEAR Kids will love Marvel Weekend with the Cincinnati Cyclones January 17, 18 at the TOSS takes place January 3 and 4 and features disHeritage Bank Center. See item left. counted tickets and $1 John Morrell hot dogs, Donatos pizza, soda and beer (for the grown-ups!). Bring a teddy bear to throw onto the ice after the first Cyclone’s goal! MARVEL WEEKEND takes place January 17 - 18. The kids will enjoy a hockey game and the opportunity to meet The Hulk, Black Panther, Ant Man and others. Puck drops at 7:30 p.m. both nights. To calm things down at the Heritage Bank Center, January 19 will be a SENSORY-FRIENDLY MATINEE GAME, featuring no goal horn, decreased microphone volume, decreased music volume, no strobe lights, no pre-game pyro, a “chill zone” and sensory kits available. Puck drops at 3 p.m. Call 513-421-4111 or visit cycloneshockey.com for more information.
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WHAT’S UP WITH BABY’S GUT? Is it normal for your baby to eat so much and then just explode down there?! Learn more about Baby’s system in order to stop fretting. BY AMANDA HAYWARD
t’s one of the biggest topics that raises concerns for moms and dads — is my baby’s poop normal? In fact, it’s the number one worry parents have, according to Nick DeBlasio, M.D., medical director of the Pediatric Primary Care Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Of course, whenever something strange is “coming out,” you quickly text a friend or call your doctor worried about it. “It [baby’s stool] will start with a tarry stools for the first few days, and after that you just kind of transition into that yellow-y, seedy stool,” says DeBlasio. “And the yellow, seedy stools will stay around for the next few weeks or couple months or so. And the next really big change you’ll begin to see is around four to six months when your baby starts to eat solid foods.” It’s all completely normal and nothing to worry about. But every baby eats differently — whether breastfed or formula fed — which means they will all “stool” differently, too. In the first few weeks of Baby’s life, he should be producing eight to 12 dirty diapers a day, more often for breastfed babies. As your little one grows and transitions to solid food, you will notice less “watery” and more “solid ” — all completely normal.
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That’s not right is it? In general, babies have weak belly muscles, DeBlasio says. If you notice your baby is having a difficult time passing stool through, there’s not much you can do other than be patient. DeBlasio reassures parents to not get too worked up on the amount of time it takes for stool to present itself, but DO pay attention to what it looks like when it comes out. “The main thing I look for is that the stool is not hard,” says DeBlasio. “It doesn’t matter if it’s hard to pass, I just worry if the stool itself is hard.” So think about resting on your back and trying to go to the bathroom — difficult, right? Naturally, there will be times when Baby’s stool is taking longer to pass through than is typical, and that’s OK. It’s the consistency and color that really matters, DeBlasio says. If your baby does seem to be constipated, DeBlasio suggests giving him
If your baby does seem to be constipated, give him one ounce of prunce juice once or twice a day.” — Nick DeBlasio, M.D. “Where Every Family Matters.”
one ounce of prune juice once or twice a day. “The other thing that people really focus on is the color,” says DeBlasio. “The only thing I worry about with the color is if it is black, white or red. Other than that, any color stool is really fine.” If you DO notice your baby’s stool is red, black or white, give a call to your doctor.
Your Baby’s Digestion Before wringing your hands about constipation or serving prune juice, take a reality check and call your pediatrician to put your mind at ease. “A baby’s belly is about the size of a fist,” says DeBlasio. A baby fist, that is. Realize that what goes in must come out again and relax. In general, a newborn should be eating about every two to three hours, more often for breastfed babies, DeBlasio says. As a rule of thumb, your baby is unique, so don’t compare the amount they are eating to anyone else’s babe. There is no magic number — as long as your little one is healthy and gaining good weight, you are doing the right thing. “Every kid is different, every kid has a different eating pattern, every kid has a different stooling pattern, and you really need to talk to your pediatrician if you have specific concerns about your child,” he says. Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication and mom of two kids.
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o, it’s not just you. New parenthood is rife with uncertainty. “It’s a major life change,” says Camille Graham, M.D., a pediatrician at Mercy Health Primary Care and Family Medicine and Pediatrics in Kenwood. “No matter if it’s your first baby or your fifth baby, it’s still another human being added to the family dynamics,” she adds. Feedings, growth spurts and sleeping patterns are always changing and are some of the topics that concern new parents. One of the best things to do for these curveballs is to prepare and know that every baby is unique. With an infant, you’ll need to plan on leaving early for outings, allow yourself time to rest and gather up all of the family and friend support you can, according to Graham. “There is no magic thing that says every baby is going to be perfect,” says Graham. “Parents just kind of have to let their instincts be their guide.”
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In the midst of a perplexing dilemma, what parent hasn’t turned to Google or an online parent support group for quick answers? But, proceed with caution — if you’re in need of advice, the internet isn’t always the best option. “Not Facebook and not Google,” laughs Graham. If your baby is crying, uncomfortable or if something doesn’t seem right, your pediatrician is always the best way to go. “We are used to questions like that and we are used to new moms,” she continues. “I would rather someone call.”
Don’t skip your newborn’s well-baby checkups. Your baby’s physician will assess his overall health to ensure he is gaining weight as he should. A newborn should regain their birth weight by around 10 to 14 days of age. “We monitor growth and development; two very important things, even for babies that seem normal,” assures Graham. “We want to make sure the head circumference is growing frequently, also looking at developmental milestones; are they growing at an appropriate time, are they making beginning language sounds like cooing, things like that,” she adds. Your pediatrician not only makes sure your baby is healthy, he or she assesses your wellbeing, too and offers safety, positive-parenting tips and age-appropriate vaccinations. A common misconception for parents who choose not to vaccinate is they don’t need to keep up with their well-checks, when in fact they do, according to Graham. Your pediatrician will still want to assess and go through all of the other important elements. Your baby’s appointment is also a good time for you to ask questions and raise any concerns.
Babies eventually will adjust to your routine. Sleeping when Baby sleeps can help. “A routine is good in general, even going forward as the child gets older,” says Graham. “The first month or two of life, you have to go by the baby.” Let them sleep and eat when they want
during the first couple months, and by two months, try scheduling quiet time and nap times to help Baby slowly ease into a routine. Infants are smart and can adjust to your families schedule so you can get rest during this time as well.
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Just as babies don’t care about clocks when it comes to sleep, they also eat on demand, anywhere between eight and 12 times in a 24-hour period. “Babies eat a lot during their first weeks thanks, in part, to their tiny tummy size, and the rapid physical and mental growth they experience in the first couple months of life,” says Jenna Eschol, M.D., a family medicine physician. But if you’re breastfeeding, how do you know if Baby is getting enough? “If your baby seems happy and your pediatrician has assured you that weight gain is commensurate with the age, and enough dirty diapers are being produced, then your baby is probably getting plenty to eat,” assures Eschol. If you participate in a breastfeeding support group at an area hospital, lactation consultants usually conduct weigh-ins, too.
Because a baby’s skin is sensitive and thin, they are more susceptible to dry, chapped skin. Avoid long baths, and bathe your infant in lukewarm water only two or three times a week using fragrance-free hypoallergenic soaps. “And no bubble baths!” Eschol says.
For a newborn, nothing is as comforting as Mom or Dad’s arms. “There’s no such thing as holding them too much, but parents do eventually have to go to the bathroom and take a shower,” laughs Graham. “It’s precious to hold a baby or a newborn. It does help with their mental development and bonding,” she adds. Although there are many benefits to holding a baby, it’s OK to teach your baby to have those few minutes to themselves by setting them down and practicing self soothing. “There’s no such thing as spoiling them,” assure Graham. In addition to skin-to-skin contact, talk and sing to your baby, and show her storybooks with high contrast colors like red, black and white.
While you should hold your baby as much as possible, don’t fall asleep that way. “Safe sleep is Alone, Back and in the Crib [ABC],” says Graham. “When we say ‘Alone’ in the crib, we mean nothing in the crib. Any soft surface is not good. We want them to be on a firm mattress,” she states. If your baby does fall asleep while nursing, be sure to place him on his back in his bassinet near your bed for naptime and bedtime. Do not use fluffy blankets, pillows, stuffed animals or crib bumpers.
Cry Me a River
Babies often cry when they’re hungry, tired or if they have a dirty diaper. Other times they seem to cry for no apparent reason. Parents worry that it could be cholic. “Colic isn’t caused by pain,” Eschol says, but it’s still a mystery. She suggests the following
• Try a pacifier • Hold Baby while rocking in a glider • Place Baby in a mechanical swing •Sing or play soothing lullabies at low volume • Take Baby for a stroller or car ride • Give Baby a warm bath If you are becoming frustrated with your crying baby and no one can help, take a timeout by placing Baby safely in his crib and taking a warm shower. Better yet, have someone you trust take over duties for an hour or more. Tears can signal a health issue. Call your doctor if your baby seems sick, has difficulty breathing or isn’t feeding. “There are some serious things that cause crying,” says Graham. “Rather than have a parent wonder about those things, we’d like to hear from them.”
Time for You
Without taking time for self-care, attending to your baby’s needs can become exceptionally challenging and overwhelming. “It’s helpful to have others help pitch in for the extra cooking and cleaning so you can focus on Baby and yourself,” says Graham. Even if it’s just 10 or 15 minutes, time to yourself is important to your health and wellbeing so you can be the best for your baby and you. Know that postpartum mood disorders are common and curable. Contact your health care provider if you are struggling. “Parenthood is miraculous, a privilege, joyous and rewarding, but it’s not predictable,” says Eschol.
Embrace Life with a Newborn • Tune into your feelings: reflect, meditate, breathe, journal, read an uplifting, inspirational book • Call a friend • Simplify life by ordering meals from a delivery service, hiring a housekeeper or sending out laundry • Get a massage, gentle yoga or a mani/pedi • Exercise (with an OK from your doctor) • The Cincinnati area has a wealth of new mom support groups. Go to cincinnatifamilymagazine.com and search “New Mom Groups” for the updated 2020 list. Christa Melnyk Hines is a freelance journalist who frequently covers pregnancy and postpartum issues. She is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life.
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HOW TO DREAMFEED Before YOU turn in for the night: • Have your breast or bottle ready • Lift baby from where he’s sleeping • Sit comfortably in a dimly lit area • Gently poke your baby’s mouth with your nipple or the bottle’s nipple; a drop of milk on top may help
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ou’re a new mom, and a forgetful one at that. Maybe it’s what everyone is talking about these days: “mom brain.” Could this be what’s going on with all the new mothers who forget stuff all the time after having a baby?
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According to recent research, a woman’s brain actually does change after giving birth for the first time. Researchers from the Autonomous University of Barcelona scanned the brains of a group of women before and after they gave birth, and found changes in the structure of their brains that were long-lasting, remaining for at least two years. Researchers say a big part of mom brain is the result of being overwhelmed by new and challenging responsibilities that invade the same space where old responsibilities still reside. A new-mom brain, though — forgetfulness, emotionality — might end up helping us become good, responsive parents, researchers said. But, fret not, it’s only temporary and may last until your child’s first birthday (this may be the result of sleep deprivation during the first year of motherhood, researchers say). To offset the effects of mom brain, make lists at the beginning of each day and check off tasks as you go. In addition, delegate at home and work when you can to avoid multi-tasking (which seems impossible for a new mom, right?) Steady as you go! Source: Pregnancy Day by Day
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ou take your sleeping baby into your arms and sit down in a comfy spot to feed him — while he’s sleeping. Yup. That’s the idea behind “Dreamfeeding,” the phrase coined by Robert Bucknam, M.D. in the book, On Becoming Babywise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep (Parent Wise Solutions; 2012). The point is to dreamfeed your baby right before YOU go to bed so you both get a couple of extra hours sleep during the night. Here’s how:
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OPEN HOUSE GUIDE Beginning the search for your child’s education? Not sure where to begin? Here’s everything you need to know about an open house visit.
aking the leap and deciding on the best school for your child is a big life decision — where do you begin? Attending an open house is one way to find the school that is the best fit for your family, and there are plenty of options in the area for private schools, but how do you choose? “Go to friends and family or other older children that they think are great kids and say, ‘Hey, word of mouth, where do your kids go to school?’ if you see your values and murals align with that family,” suggests Casey Reed, director at the Children’s Meeting House Montessori school. Now is the time to begin your search. Start by sitting down as a family and writing down what you are looking for in a school for your child or children. Next, create a list of schools that you are interested in touring and take a look at their websites. These provide a great first glance into what the school values and prides themselves in. Write down what stands out to you, such as awards the school may have earned, and
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what questions you may have for the admissions director. “Parents in the Greater Cincinnati area are fortunate to have many schools which host open houses or other admission events, says Janet Hill, Seven Hills School director of Enrollment Management. “Narrow down the events you attend by learning about the schools through their websites. Click beyond the school’s homepage and peruse the entire site,” she suggests. Next, attend open houses and come prepared with questions.
HELPFUL QUESTIONS: When is registration paperwork and down payment due? What forms do you need for registration? Are there any admissions testing or interviews, and when do those take place? Who do I contact to schedule them? Is there a waitlist? Are there before-and-after care options available?
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Does your school provide transportation? For a religious school, do you have to be that religion to attend the school? What does this school provide that the public school does not? Do you provide scholarships or tuition assistance? If so, what is the process to apply? Is tuition charged monthly or by the year? What is included in tuition? Do you offer school shadowing where my child can shadow a student for a day? Do you offer tours during the school day? What if I missed the open house or the application deadline, can we tour and still apply? What are the typical class sizes per grade? Do you cap out or go over these numbers pending enrollment? What options do you have for differentiated instruction such as gifted or special education services? What curriculum do you use? How is technology used in the school and in the classrooms? What services are provided for children with learning needs or disabilities such as dyslexia, anxiety or ADD/ADHD. What extracurriculars, clubs and sports are available? Is my child able to participate with the local school district in sports if you do not have the sport they like to participate in? Are there new family programs available such as family mentors? Is there a requirement for parent or student volunteer hours? If so, how many hours a year?
After attending open houses and narrowing down your choices, reach out to the schools and ask for a tour during school hours for a “taste” of what the school day looks like. “I’m a huge fan of the feeling that you get when you come to a school,” says Reed. “You get a feeling or kind of a ‘gut’ check and you’re kind of like, ‘Wow, I feel like I can be here, like this could be a good place for my child,’” she adds. Everyone has their own perception of things. When you come into the school and see the day in action, it gives you a better idea of the fit for your child. You can also request for your child to shadow a student for a day. “Parents should feel welcome to contact admission representatives
to gather information,” says Hill. “Perhaps a one-on-one parent tour, student visit or ‘shadow,’ for older students would be helpful,” she adds. It is also important to sit down as a family and go over the positives and negatives of each school. Note any additional questions you have and follow up with the school(s).
Put Your Plan in Place
Once your family decides on a school, reach out to ensure that you have all of the registration materials and tuition assistance/ scholarship applications, and that you have submitted the registration fee to hold your child’s spot for next year. “It’s kind of like college these days,” says Reed. “Is there a waiting list? When is the deadline for financial assistance? How do you apply for that? Each school can be quite different, so make sure you really understand,” she adds. If your child has any special needs, schedule a meeting with the school to discuss what supports will be in place before the school year starts to ensure your child’s success.
Introduce Your Family
You can begin to acclimate yourself to the school community by requesting a school events calendar for the remainder of this school year. This will provide you with information on after-school events that the school has going on. Attending a school game or festival is an informal way to introduce your family to the school community. However, many schools, such as Mother Teresa (MTCES) have programs to help welcome new families. These programs pair up current families with new families to help them acclimate to the school and to meet new people. Choosing a school for your child is a huge decision as it is an investment in your child’s future. Make sure you are as prepared as possible in making this decision by visiting schools and asking the questions that are the most important to you. “The people that your child is spending their time with is really vital to who they become; as a person and as a learner in their future,” says Reed.
OPEN HOUSE ROUND UP AZALEA MONTESSORI SCHOOL PRE-K 4502 CARTER AVE., NORWOOD, OH 513-449-0653; AZALEAMONTESSORI.ORG JANUARY 19, 1 - 3 P.M. BETHANY SCHOOL K-8 555 ALBION AVE., GLENDALE, OH 513-771-4662 BETHANYSCHOOL.ORG JANUARY 26, 2 - 4 P.M. CALVARY CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS PRE-K AND 3-12 5955 TAYLOR MILL ROAD, COVINGTON, KY 859-356-9201; CCSKY.ORG JANUARY 25, 10 A.M. - 12 P.M. CHILDREN’S MEETING HOUSE PRE-K-12 927 O’BANNONVILLE ROAD, LOVELAND, OH 13-683-4757; CMHSCHOOL.COM CINCINNATI CHRISTIAN PRE-K-12 ELEMENTARY: 7350 DIXIE HIGHWAY, FAIRFIELD, OH 513-874-8500 JH/SH CAMPUS AND ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE: 7474 MORRIS ROAD, FAIRFIELD, OH 513-892-8500 CINCINNATICHRISTIAN.ORG JANUARY 11 LEMENTARY CAMPUS: 1 - 3 P.M. JH/SH CAMPUS: 3 - 5 P.M. CINCINNATI COUNTRY DAY PRE-K-12 6905 GIVEN ROAD, CINCINNATI, OH 513-561-7298 COUNTRYDAY.NET Contact school to schedule a school or class visit; February 15 is the deadline for tuition assistance. CORNERSTONE CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN ACADEMY - K-4 3800 CHURCH ST., COVINGTON, KY 859-640-5147 CCAMONTGOMERY.ORG JANUARY 28 MARS HILL K-12 4230 AERO DRIVE, MASON, OH 513-770-3223; MARSHILL.EDU RHETORIC SCHOOL CLASSROOM VISIT DAY – JANUARY 30 8:30 11:45 A.M. MITTENS & MUFFINS PREK-2 OPEN HOUSE, JANUARY 31, 9:30 - 11:30 A.M. MIDDLETOWN CHRISTIAN K-12 3011 UNION ROAD, MIDDLETOWN, OH 513-423-4542; MCSEAGLES.NET FEBRUARY 9, 2 - 4 P.M. MTCES K-8 7197 MOTHER TERESA LANE LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, OH 513-779-6585; MTCES.ORG JANUARY 26, 2 - 4 P.M.
PRINCE OF PEACE SCHOOL PRE-K-8 625 PIKE ST., COVINGTON, KY 859-431-5153; POPCOV.COM Contact school to schedule a tour. ROYALMONT ACADEMY PRE-K-12 200 NORTHCREST DR, MASON, OH 513-754-0555; ROYALMONTACADEMY.ORG JANUARY 26, 2 - 4 P.M. SACRED HEART K-8 400 NILLES RD, FAIRFIELD, OH 513-858-4215; SHJS.ORG JANUARY 26, 1 - 3 P.M. ST. CECILIA ELEMENTARY PRE-K-8 5313 MADISON PIKE, INDEPENDENCE, KY 859-356-6119; SAINTCECILIASCHOOL.NET Call school to schedule a tour ST. GABRIEL K-8 18 W SHARON AVE, CINCINNATI, OH 513-771-5220 STGABESCHOOL.ORG JANUARY 26 – 1 P.M. ST. IGNATIUS PRE-K-8 5222 N BEND ROAD, CINCINNATI, OH 513-389-3242; SAINTI.ORG JANUARY 26, 1 - 2:30 P.M. ST. PAUL ELEMENTARY K-8 7301 DIXIE HWY., FLORENCE, KY 859-371-8051 STPAULNKY.ORG/SCHOOL JANUARY 26, 11 A.M. – 2 P.M. ST. PETER IN CHAINS PRE-K-8 451 RIDGELAWN AVE., HAMILTON, OH 45013 513-863-0685 STPETERINCHAINS.ORG JANUARY 26, 1 - 4 P.M. ST. SUSANNA K-8 500 READING ROAD, MASON, OH 513-398-3821 STSUSANNASCHOOL.ORG Contact school to schedule a visit. ST. THOMAS ELEMENTARY PRE-K-8 428 ST. FT. THOMAS AVE., FT. THOMAS, KY 859-572-4641; SAINTTHOMASSCHOOL.ORG Contact school to schedule a tour. SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL PRE-K-12 2161 GRANDIN ROAD, CINCINNATI, OH 513-871-4700 SUMMITCDS.ORG Contact school to schedule a visit. THE SEVEN HILLS SCHOOL PRE-K-12 5400 RED BANK ROAD, CINCINNATI, OH 513-728-2400; 7HILLS.ORG Contact school to schedule a visit.
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The Children’s Meeting House
927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 cmhschool.com Children’s Meeting House fosters the development of the whole child by implementing the philosophy and curriculum of Dr. Maria Montessori, using the abundant natural resources of our seven-acre campus. Voted Best Preschool by the readers of Cincinnati Family magazine.
Cincinnati Country Day School
6905 Given Road, Cincinnati 513-561-7298 countryday.net 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.
ARTS Art Workshop
3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park 513-406-4009 theartworkshopinc.net Art enrichment for kids ages 3 and up. Pottery wheel, clay, drawing, painting and cartooning. Mom and Me, Freestyle (choose your own project) and teen classes offered weekdays and Saturdays.
baldwinmusiceducenter.com • firstname.lastname@example.org Baldwin Music Education Center offers an outstanding curriculum combining the cognitive, social, emotional and musical concepts every young life needs for ages 6 mos. and up. Group classes are engaging with lots of options, affordable pricing and convenient location.
290 CCM Blvd., Cincinnati 513-556-2595 ccm.uc.edu/prep • email@example.com CCM Preparatory provides enjoyable and accessible arts opportunities in music, dance and theatre arts. Our programs educate and inspire students from 3 yrs. - adult.
1555 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati 513-562-1111 cballet.org/academy • firstname.lastname@example.org Students ages 4 - 8 will dance their way through the “Summer of Dreams” as they explore favorite ballet stories including The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid.
The Mad Potter Madeira
7754 Camargo Road, Madeira 513-561-1888 madpottercincinnati.com 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. Summer camp options to be announced soon!
Mason Dance Center
600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353 masondance.com Mason Dance Center provides an opportunity for anyone ages 3 - adult to discover the joys of dance. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes.
7398 Liberty One Drive, Liberty Township 513-779-0135 email@example.com We are committed to finding and nurturing the beautiful dancer in every student by providing a comprehensive dance learning experience based upon a solid foundation of technique training and quality performing opportunities. We work hard to provide a safe, wholesome, positive, and challenging atmosphere of friendship, guidance, and encouragement that enables our students to achieve their highest potential and become the very best dancer they can be. We believe in our students and we believe in ballet!
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!
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.
Summit Country Day School
2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati 513-871-4700 summitcds.org 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!
YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
myy.org 513-362-9622 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, school age care, preschool, two autism centers, kindergarten toddler care, teen college and career readiness program, youth and government program and day and overnight camps.
SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY The Stem Lab
1644 E. Kemper Road, Suite #4, Sharonville 513-857-3366 cincystemlab.com Our after school STEAM Club offers scholars a variety of experiences including crafts, hands-on STEAM opportunities, reading support, team challenges, and homework support. Find out more on our website.
SPORTS/FITNESS Buckner Martial Arts
8216 Highland Pointe Drive, West Chester 513-779-2413 bucknermartialarts.com Voted one the best martial arts studios in Cincinnati, we combine defense skills with personal development. Students progress quickly while learning leadership and strong values under the teaching of master instructors. Free uniform with class sign-up.
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8201 Arbor Square Drive, Mason 513-204-1400 thelittlegym.com/masonoh For children ages 3 - 10 yrs., Super Quest camps invite kids to exercise their muscles, imaginations, and cooperation skills. You’ll love how easy our flexible scheduling is.
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8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 513-722-7249 mayersonjcc.org/campatthej At Camp at the J, kids can experience the best of summer. From swim lessons to archery, sports to arts and crafts, kids will create memories and form friendships to last a lifetime. Camp at the J’s inclusive camp offers camp for every kid! Traditional day camp provides all the fun that makes camp a summertime staple, with flexible weekly options to fit your schedule. A wide range of specialty camps, including arts, science, theater, horseback riding, sports and much more.
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laborate costumes, breathtaking sets, amazing choreography, majestic music and a truly beloved story will transport audiences to the Pride Land during this fabulous family-friendly show. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati; showtimes available January 8 through February 2; tickets starting at $29; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts. org/events/detail/the-lion-king. cincinnatifamilymagazine.com
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Grab a conductor’s cap and chug on into Highfield Discovery Garden for fun train activities and a wonderful winter train display. Glenwood Gardens/ Cotswold Visitor Centre, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; Jan 2 - 4, 10:45 a.m.; Jan. 5, 1 p.m.; program included in Highfield admission, $2.50 per person; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-7718733 or greatparks.org.
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A ZINZINNATI HOLIDAY
Don’t miss out on this beloved family tradition! Watch as trains chug past beautiful evergreens and poinsettias and Cincinnati landmarks during Krohn Conservatory’s holiday show, A Zinzinnati Holiday. Open daily through Jan. 5. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 youth, free for ages 4 and younger; 513-421-4086 or cincinnatiparks.com.
Come celebrate the holidays with the Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments, toys and decorations. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; Wed - Sun through Jan. 6 (closed Christmas); 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 seniors, free for members and ages 18 and younger; 513-241-0343 or taftmuseum. org.
BOREALIS: HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE HILL
Hop in the car and prepare to be dazzled by thousands of lights. Pyramid Hill features 2.5 miles of festive lights in an illuminated drive through display. New this year, enjoy dozens of art
installations by light and media artists and the creators of BLINK Cincinnati, Brave Berlin. Pyramid Hill, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; open through Jan. 5, $20 per carload Mon - Thu 6 - 9 p.m., $25 per carload Fri - Sun 6 - 10 p.m.; 513-868-1234 or pyramidhill.org/holiday-lights-on-the-hill.
FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
The 37th Annual PNC Festival of Lights has once again transformed the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden into a “Wild Wonderland.” Bask in the glow of 3 million LED lights, watch a MadCap black-light puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fiona’s Fairy Land, marvel at the spectacular Swan Lake show and enjoy seasonal treats like hot chocolate and s’mores. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; open through Jan. 4, 4 - 9 p.m. (open until 10 p.m. on Fri and Sat); prices vary, see website for more information; free for members; 513-281-4700 or cincinnatizoo.org/events/festival-of-lights.
Choo choo! Be sure to visit Holiday Junction Featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains at Cincinnati Museum Center before it leaves the station. Children of all ages will enjoy the whimsical train displays, hands-on components like playful dress-up snowmen and a train that young
engineers can ride (additional fees apply). Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; open through Jan. 5, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; included with Discovery Ticket, $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1-2, free for ages 1 and younger and members; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org/holiday-junction.
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The Behringer-Crawford Museum’s 28th annual train display will surely dazzle and delight with over 30 animated, guest-operated features and 250 feet of track rolling through busy cities and snowy countrysides. Also on display is Wahoo’s Winter Wonderland, a kidsized animated exhibit based on “The Holiday Adventures of Wiley Wahoo & Me,” the Dickens Village and more! Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; open through Jan. 5, Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun, 1 - 5 p.m.; $9 adults, $8 seniors 60 +, $5 children, free for members; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum. org.
LIGHT UP THE FAIR
Head down to the fairgrounds for a fun, family event; this festive light show is set to synchronized music and is one-anda-half miles long with over half a million lights. Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington; open through Jan. 4, 5:30 - 9 p.m.; $6 per person,
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Pick up a scavenger card upon entry and search throughout the museum exhibits for important fire related artifacts; find all 12 items to win a fun, wintry prize. Cincinnati Fire Museum, 315 West Court St., Cincinnati; Scavenger hunt available during regular hours, Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $6 ages 7 - 17, free for ages 6 and younger; 513-621-5553 or cincyfiremuseum.com.
FREE SNOW DAZE: GUMDROP & MARSHMALLOW CONSTRUCTION
Head to the library to create sweet decorations like trees, wreaths and ornaments using gumdrops, marshmallows and toothpicks. Main Library, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati; 3 - 4 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary. org.
TAFT JR.: DRAW THE LINE
Simple lines can make something amazing! Head to the Taft to hear a story about a boy who uses a line to go on an adventure, practice looking skills by seeking lines in Taft paintings then create line art by using strings. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; $9.99 adults, free for children 18 and younger and members; 513-241-0343 or taftmuseum. org/experience/families-children/taft-jr.
THE FROG PRINCESS
Prince Ivan’s father has declared that it is time for his sons to marry, but when Ivan discovers his bride-to-be is actually a frog, he is toad-ally disappointed. Vasilisa is more than your typical hoppy-go- lucky frog, though — she’s a kindhearted princess under a curse! When the villainous Old Bones takes Vasilisa to a faraway land, Ivan sets out to save her, discovering along his journey that
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daily listings love sees beyond outside appearances. Ensemble Theatre, 1127 Vine St., Cincinnati; Jan 2 and 3, 2 and 7 p.m.; Jan. 4, 2 p.m.; tickets starting at $35; 513-421-3555 or ensemblecincinnati. org.
TODDLER THURSDAYS AT DIG ‘N PLAY
Dig up some fun; kiddos can explore a huge sand table, dramatic play area and a giant three-story play structure. Dig ‘N Play, 9405 Cincinnati Columbus Road, West Chester; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $3 for ages 0 - 2 years old; 513-8471055 or dignplay.com.
TRAIN DAYS AT HERITAGE VILLAGE
Trains chug in model displays. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $3 admission, free for members; 513-5639484 or heritagevillagecincinnati.org.
VACATION TO VENUS
Blast off! Celebrate National Science Fiction Day by creating a journey through the galaxy. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 3 - 3:30 p.m.; program included with membership or Discovery Pass admission, $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 children; 513-2877000 or cincymuseum.org.
WINTER ESCAPE AT ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION
Celebrate the New Year with EnterTRAINment Junction. See tons of trains at the world’s largest indoor train display; plus, kids will love the indoor play center and interactives! EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; promotion runs through Jan. Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun, 12 - 6 p.m.; buy online for savings - Do-It-All tickets only $14.95 in Jan.; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch - CCPL, 1000 Highland Ave., Newport; 4 p.m.; 859-572-5033 or cc-pl.org.
CINCINNATI CYCLONES – THROWBACK WEEKEND AND TEDDY BEAR TOSS
Throwback weekend features vintage pricing on food ($1 John Morrell hot dogs, Donatos pizza, soda and beer) and a great hockey game; plus, bring a gently loved teddy bear to throw onto the ice after the first Cyclone’s first goal. Heritage Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; Jan. 3 and 4, 7:30
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HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN IN CONCERT
Magic loving muggles and wizards alike will enjoy watching and hearing Harry’s year at Hogwart’s unfold as the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra performs alongside The Prisoner of Azkaban. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati; Jan. 3 and 4, 7 p.m.; Jan. 5, 2 p.m.; tickets starting at $25; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts. org/events/detail/harry-potter-andthe-prisoner-of-azkaban-film-with-liveorchestra.
FREE SNOW DAZE: SUNCATCHERS
Brighten up winter windows with a beautiful tissue paper creation! Main Library, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati; 3 - 3:30 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAYS: FIESTA
Celebrate the special exhibit, Treasures of the Spanish World, all day long! Families will enjoy free and fun activities such as a special scavenger hunt, performances, hands-on art making and so much more. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
Toddlers 6 years old and younger can bounce and play the mornings away! This family-friendly promotion is available Mon - Fri from 9 - 11 a.m.; and Sat from 8 - 10 a.m. Rockin’ Jump Cincinnati, 8350 Colerain Ave., Groesbeck; 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.; $12 for 2 hours of jump time, each additional child $3, each additional parent $9; 513-449-2968 or rockinjump.com/ cincinnati.
FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES
Families can explore the CAM and enjoy hands-on activities at an interactive art cart. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; Saturdays and Sundays in Jan., 2 - 3 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
Take the Littles to the Zoo for Penguin Days on Jan. 5!
It may be chilly outside, but many zoo animals are loving the winter weather. Visit the zoo all monthlong for discounted admission and special animal encounters, including the popular penguin parade (weekends at 11 a.m.). Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; through March 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; discounted general admission, see website for more information; 513-2814700 or cincinnatizoo.org/events/ penguin-days.
FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: ABC’S Through hands-on activities and a craft, learn about farm life while learning the letters of the alphabet. A snack will be provided. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 3 p.m.; a valid parking permit is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.
FREE STORY TIME IN THE FOREST
Families, gather under the branches of the Summit Center tree for a naturethemed story! Summer Center, 1580 Summit Road, Cincinnati; 12 p.m.; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
Little one’s can stop by the museum to create a masterpiece each week; young artists will have fun, make friends and develop fine motor skills. This program is available on Mondays and Thursdays with a new theme offered each week! Cincinnati Museum Center - Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301
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Western Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; program included with Discovery Pass admission, $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 children, free for members; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.
FREE NATURE STORIES
Nature has many stories to tell; head to the park for a nature-themed story. Sharon Woods Sharon Centre, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 11 a.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
FREE FREE PAPER FACTORY
Learn about the production of paper from start to finish and make recycled paper during this fun program presented by the Hamilton County Recycling District. Reading Branch, 8740 Reading Road, Reading; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-3694465 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
Learn and play with friends! Little ones will participate in activities designed to support the natural stages of development that take place during a child’s first five years. This weekly program is available on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 11 - 11:30 a.m.; program included with Discovery Pass admission, $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 children, free for members; 513-2877000 or cincymuseum.org.
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ALL ABOUT STARS
Let the new year spark new nature interests; marvel at the moon, get captivated by beautiful backyard birds and so much more. Glenwood Gardens/ Cotswold Visitor Centre, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; daily programming Jan 8 - 11, 15 - 18, 22 - 25, 29 - 31 at 10:45 a.m.; program included with Highfield admission, $2.50 per person; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513771-8733 or greatparks.org.
FREE REC READS
Get your little ones excited for art with this 30-minute class in the Rosenthal Education Center. Young artists will hear art-themed stories, sing songs and explore the world around them through sensory activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
FREE WORKOUT WEDNESDAY - ASTRONAUT TRAINING
Attend this stellar program to get moving and learn how to train like an astronaut. Oakley Branch, 4033 Gilmore Ave., Cincinnati; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; 513-3696038 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: WHOSE MITTEN IS THIS?
805 Ezzard Charles Drive, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-369-6026 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
FREE WINTER HIBERNATION HIKE
Get lost in space with fun astro activities, a starry story and cool craft. Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7.50 per child plus a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-367-4774 or greatparks.org.
RECREATIONS OUTLET PAY TO PLAY
Stop in to test out the showrooms; kids will love the bouncy trampolines, awesome swing sets, basketball hoops and so much more! Open Mon - Sat 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; and Sun 12 - 6 p.m.; Recreations Outlet, 885 Ohio 28, Milford; $7 Mon - Fri, $10 Sat and Sun (per child for up to two hours of play); 513-831-7383 or recreationsoutlet.com.
FREE SENSORY STORIES AND PLAY
Children with sensory sensitivities can enjoy gentle stories, songs and rhymes at the library. BCPL Main, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 10 a.m.; 859-3422665 or bcpl.org.
FREE ROBLOX BLOCK PARTY
Gamers ages 8 - 14 years old can learn all about Roblox; they will learn tips and tricks and meet new friends along the way, too! West End Branch Library,
Take a walk with a nature interpreter to find signs of animals and learn what happens to nature during winter. Summit Center, 1580 Summit Road, Cincinnati; 12 p.m.; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.859-342-2665 or bcpl.
SECOND SUNDAY FAMILY SHOW
Families, spend the second Sunday of the month at the CCAC for special musical and theatrical performances; stick around after each show for a festive reception. CCAC @ Short Vine, 2728 Short Vine St., Cincinnati; 2 p.m.; $5 for adults (scholarships available), free for kids; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts. org/events/signature-event-series/ second-sunday-family-showtime.
FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: BIRD BEAK BUFFET Learn about a bird’s beak size and diet through games and activities. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 3 p.m.; a valid vehicle permit required; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.
FREE BABY STORY TIME @ BMLP
Bundles of joy can come to Blue Manatee for a special story time just for
infants up to 3 years old. Blue Manatee Literacy Project, 3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati; Tue, Thu and Fri in Jan., 9:30 - 10 a.m.; $2 suggested donation price; 513-257-0774 or bluemanatee.org.
FREE BAGEL BITES FOR BEASTS
January 15 is National Bagel Day, celebrate by turning a bagel into a winter feast for outdoor beasts. Hyde Park Branch, 2747 Erie Ave., Cincinnati; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 513-369-4456 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
FREE DIY RAIN STICKS
Get creative and get grooving; go to the library to create rain stick musical instruments. Elmwood Place Branch, 6120 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-369-4452 or cincinnatilibrary. org.
TODDLER TIME AT BMLP
Toddlers will love this interactive story time with the ManaTeam. Blue Manatee Literacy Project, 3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati; Tue, Fri and Sat in Jan., 10 - 10:30 a.m.; $2 suggested donation; 513-257-0774 or bluemanatee.org.
FREE STEM CHALLENGE: HATCHING DINOSAUR EGGS
Create rain sticks. Elmwood Place Branch, 6120 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-369-4452 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
Who is living in the “mitten” at the farm? Create a mitten and puppets to put on a play while learning all about farm life; then enjoy a snack inside the Augspurger House. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.
TREASURES OF THE SPANISH WORLD
Explore the visual culture of Spain and Latin America over 4,000 years; artworks in this exhibit include sculptures, featherwork mosaics, and more. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; $16 general public, $8 for seniors,
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FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: MIGRATE, HIBERNATE AND TOLERATE
Brr, it is cold outside! How do animals survive in this winter weather? Learn all about migration, hibernation and toleration during this program through hands-on activities and crafts. Then enjoy a snack inside the beautiful Augspurger House. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.
MARVEL WEEKEND AT THE CINCINNATI CYCLONES
Cyclones fans, assemble! Head to Heritage Bank Arena for a hockey game where fans can meet some Marvel Super Heroes. Sunday’s matinee matchup will be a Sensory Friendly game, sponsored by Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, where there will be decreased auditory and visual stimulation. Heritage Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; Jan. 17 and 18, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 19, 3 p.m.; $18 and up; 513-421-4111 or cycloneshockey.com.
FREE STEP INTO THE ICE AGE
Find out what it would be like to walk around 20,000 years ago through Ice Age-themed crafts; kids will even have a chance to touch a real mammoth leg bone! (Sensory friendly hour 10 - 11 a.m.) Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; Jan. 18 - 20, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.
WONDERFUL WINTER WEEKEND EXHIBIT
Animals are hard to spot during the winter months; learn where animals go during the cold weather through cool games and interactive activities. Crafts are available for a small fee. Miami Whitewater Forest Visitor Center, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; Jan. 18 - 19, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-367-4774 or greatparks.org.
sun 19 FREE 3RD SUNDAY FUNDAYS: GET MOVING!
Get active this winter during a free, family-friendly event at the Taft; create an action painting, learn about poses at the Art Cart and join Mission2Move at 2 or 3 p.m. for an interactive program Fiona the Hippo turns 2! Celebrate with the library on Jan. 24. featuring stretching, dancing and lots of FREE SHOW AND TELL fun. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., ON THE FARM: WHOSE Cincinnati; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-241-0343 TRACKS ARE THESE? or taftmuseum.org/experience/familiesFREE EDIBLE CRAFTS: Whose tracks are these? Solve the children/fundays. DONUT SNOWMENHDo mystery by completing a scavenger hunt you want to build a snowman? Head all around the farm. Be sure to dress FREE CARNIVAL FAMILY DAY to the library to make the perfect warm, as some of the footprints even go snowman using donuts, icing and candy. FEATURING SPACE PAINTER outside! This program will include a craft, Covedale Branch, 4980 Glenway Ave., Families can play games, make crafts live animal demonstration and a snack. Cincinnati; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; 513-369and enjoy refreshments at this exciting Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 4460 or cincinnatilibrary.org.program program; special guest entertainer Space 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; included with membership or Discovery Painter will be performing at 2 p.m. 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid vehicle permit is Pass admission, $14.50 adults, $13.50 Sharonville Branch, 10980 Thornview required to enter the park; 513-867seniors, $10.50 children; 513-287Drive, Cincinnati; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-3695835 or yourmetroparks.net. 7000 or cincymuseum.org. 6049 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
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FREE CELEBRATION OF PEACE
Honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special story time, crafts and activities. Main Library - BCPL, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 1 p.m.; 859342-2665 or bcpl.org.
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr., say a kind word about yourself and others. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 1 - 3 p.m.; program included with membership or Discovery Pass admission, $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 children; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.
FREE P IS FOR PEACE STORY TIME
Join the library to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and stick around for a slice of cake. Greenhills Branch, 8 Enfield St., Cincinnati; 4 - 4:30 p.m.; 513-3694441 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
FREE STEM FUN: EDIBLE ROCK CYCLE
Explore sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous rock types and how they form using Starbursts candy. Reading Branch, 8740 Reading Road, Reading; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-4465 or cincinnatilibrary. org.
FREE STORY TIME AT KING ARTHUR’S COURT
Spend Tuesday mornings hearing fun stories and enjoying free popcorn (bonus: free coffee for the grown-ups). King Arthur’s Court, 3040 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m.; 513-531-4600 or kingarthurstoys.com.
CIRQUE DU SOLEIL PRESENTS AXEL
This amazing Cirque ice show will wow with acrobatics, visual effects and live music. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; Jan. 23, 24, 25, 7:30 p.m.; Jan. 25, 3:30 p.m.; Jan. 26, 1 and 5 p.m.; tickets start at $44; cirquedusoleil.com/axel.
WEE WONDER ABOUT SNOWFLAKES
Come learn about snowflakes; children will enjoy an activity, craft and story. Sharon Woods/ Sharon Centre, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 11 a.m. 12 p.m.; $7.50 per child, payable at the door; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.
FREE FIONA’S BIRTHDAY PARTY
Celebrate Fiona the Hippo’s 2nd birthday with videos of Fiona, snacks and a hippo mask craft. Elmwood Place Branch, 6120 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4:40 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-369-4452 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
OPEN JUMP AT POGO PLAY
Enjoy all of Pogo Play PLUS lots of bouncing, climbing and sliding on giant inflatables. Pogo Play, 10870 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati; 5:30 - 8 p.m.; $10.50 ages 3 and older, $4.50 ages 2 and younger, adults free, play passes available; 513-432-5593 or gopogoplay.com.
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thu 30 FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: FARMING BY THE MOON
Learn about the moon and the connection farmers have with its cycles through hands-on activities and a craft. Enjoy a snack inside the beautiful Augspurger House, and visit with the farm animals, too. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.
Cirque du Soleil Axel is at Heritage Bank Center Jan. 23 - 26. Everything’s on ice skates!
sat 25 FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL: FROSTY FUN
Families will have a fun and frosty day during this festival! Create a snow painting, meet a real live penguin from the WAVE foundation (12 - 2 p.m.), participate in an indoor snowball fight, design a frozen crown and warm up with a tasty cup of hot cocoa with yummy toppings. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-3458400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/ calendar/2020/01/25/family-festivalfrosty-frozen-fun.
FREE LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
Celebrate the 2020 Lunar New Year with traditional Asian music, dance, crafts, games and activities. Be sure to stop by the green screen photo booth for a free family photo and join in the dragon parade at the end of the celebration! Hebron Branch - BCPL, 1863 North Bend Road, Hebron; 2 p.m.; 859-3422665 or bcpl.org.
FREE SENSORY SATURDAYS
Explore the CAM in a comfortable environment! Be sure to pick up a map at the Visitor Center and discover docent-led sensory learning centers throughout the galleries, then stop by the REC for an all-abilities art making activity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive,
Cincinnati; 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org/ events-programs.
FREE DO YOU WANT TO BUILD A SNOWMAN?
FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: PIONEER ICE FARMERS
Head to MetroPark’s to learn all about ice and how it was harvested before refrigeration was invented. Children will enjoy hands-on activities, experiments, crafts and a snack. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 3 p.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.
FREE UP & MOVING NATURE GAMES
Burn off some energy and learn about nature with recess style games. Sharon Woods/ Sharon Centre, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 12:30 1:30 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.
Come get creative and design a snowman at the library. Elmwood Place Branch, 6120 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-4452 or cincinnatilibrary. org.
TEAM BLIND BUILD
Dream it and build it! Design a masterpiece for Lego Day. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 2 - 2:30 p.m.; program included with membership or Discovery Pass admission. $14.50 adults, 413.50 seniors, $10.50 children. 513-2877000 or cincymuseum.org.
FREE WEE WEDNESDAYS: BRIGHT AND SHINY
Preschoolers can explore the CAM to find interactive learning stations that feature storytelling and art making. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatimuseum.org.
January 20 is Penguin Awareness Day! Waddle into the library and celebrate this holiday a few days early by making a penguin snow globe. Hyde Park Branch, 2747 Erie Ave., Cincinnati; 6:30 - 8 p.m.; 513-369-4456 or
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FREE SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILY NIGHT
Special needs families can enjoy an after-hours, low-stress visit to the library; they can explore the collection and participate in fun activities together. Norwood Branch Library, 4325 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati; 6:30 - 8 p.m.; 513-369-6037 or cincinnatilibrary. org.
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