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I have such a good baby.
Win a family prize pack to Urban Air Adventure Park Cincinnati. Plus, moms discuss kids and coat-wearing outside.
Fun ideas for hiking, skating and more; private school open houses for January and newsy briefs.
Kids, Powerful Emotions and What Moms and Dads Need to Know The way you talk to or "at" your kids is a very big deal, and you have the power to make their inner aparatuses stronger or weaker.
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Baby, it may be cold outside, but there's still plenty of fun to be had in Cincinnati!
Today, you can choose to have a c-section rather than deliver vaginally. Should you? Plus: Baby Bits! New products for babies as the new year gets underway.
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the little things By Amanda Hayward
You Have a Good Baby "What a good baby!" — stranger on the street "Wow! She is advanced for her age!" — family member "She is such a happy baby!" — someone else
t’s nice to hear these compliments, especially on those days where you feel you are failing at parenting. I admit, a compliment every now and then from a stranger or friend sure is uplifting, and it’s always nice to hear someone compliment my now 9-month-old baby girl (where has the time gone?).
I’m amazed by her every day — watching her grow and crawl after her big brother and sister and learn adorable new tricks. If you ask me, sure, she got moving more quickly than her siblings did when they were babies — granted she is my third, so that can sometimes be expected. I was out grocery shopping with my baby, Cate, and there came a stranger as Cate grinned from ear to ear. “What a good baby! She is so happy!” the stranger said. Hours before that, Cate wasn’t a happy baby. She was fussy and wouldn’t take a nap. So hearing this made me giggle inside, but I took the compliment and moved on. When I hear these compliments I wonder, “What is a happy baby? What is a good baby?” I mean, all babies cry and not every baby is always happy. After all, they are babies and crying is how they communicate. So really, aren’t all babies “good?” We all have secretly compared our babies; there may have been a time when you got together for a playdate with your friend who has a baby the same age as yours; and then it happened — their little one rolled over first. Then there was that moment when your toddler threw a royal fit out in public and your friend’s serene little tot was calmly holding hands and listening to her mom without a fuss. Maybe you wondered, “What’s wrong with my kid? Why is it that my kid is acting bad right now?" At that moment, your kid wasn’t the “good” kid. I am here to remind you, you do have a good kid. No kid always stays in line; learns to walk right “on time”; smiles for the family photo when you need them to. Kids are kids and they all develop at their own pace, and act out at different times, too. So what makes a good baby? Just being a baby, that’s all there is to it. A good baby cries; a good baby laughs; a good baby doesn’t sleep through the night until over a year old; a good baby latches on; a good baby prefers the bottle; a good baby hates car seats; a good baby has stranger danger. So yes, you do have a good baby!
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“Tell them we’re not going outside unless you wear it. My son loves playing outside so wearing the coat is usually not an issue." Leah Koerner
“Wear it or carry it above age 3. They usual carry it. For a toddler, I dress in layers and I just carry the outer shell to throw on when they are ready." Nicola Qureshi
“Call it armor against the cold monster. Games and silliness are fine, but be the parent. If it’s below 50, force the coat on toddlers and preschoolers. Their low body mass makes them at higher risk of hypothermia. Remember we’re talking about the age kids who don’t always notice they need to pee until they go in their pants because they are so focused on fun. Those age kids don’t get to make the same bodily aware calls as my 10 year old." Jennifer Schumacher
“Unless they're at risk of hypothermia or frostbite, I don't stress it. Being cold doesn't cause illness, and big coats aren't safe in carseats. If they're playing outside, either they're running so much that they're staying warm, or they'll get cold and change their minds." Stephanie Brown Eversole
“I let mine go outside without it … they make the choice to come back in and put it on within minutes. And since it was their choice, they typically start wanting to put it on after a few times of going out without it. If we are leaving somewhere, I don’t make them put it on but bring it along. Being strapped into a car seat with a large coat, #1 isn’t safe because you cannot tighten the straps enough, and #2, is hot and uncomfortable. Bottom line, as long as you aren’t allowing them to be outside for hours without a coat in freezing temps, they will be fine and will eventually decide it’s more fun to be warm with a coat!" Jessica Stiver
“I have one kid who rarely gets cold. I’ve never made her wear a jacket even as a toddler. I kept it with us and offer. Trust me she puts it on when she gets cold." Amy King “We had a decorative wall hook panel right next to the door, at the correct height for the children, not me. Coordinated hats and gloves — in characters or colors they like — were also right there within their reach. We just made it a natural, fun part about going outside to go to school, an activity, or just play." Kathleen Rideout “Be the adult and make them." Terri Chandler january 2022 3
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HIKING Big Bone Lick State Park 3380 Beaver Road, Union, Ky 859-384-3522 | parks.ky.gov Start 2022 off on the right foot with a self-guided “First Day” tour with highlights like Ice Age mega mammals and modern day, real life bison! Maps are available in the Gift Store. Cincinnati Nature Center 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, Oh 513-831-1711 | cincynature.org January programs include maple tree tapping, bird watching, hiking, fish-feeding and more. Cincinnati Parks More than 45 parks in Cincinnati 513-357-2604 | cincinnatiparks.com Explore Cincinnati’s parks for their beautiful naturescapes nestled among the city! Looking to make some hiking buddies? Check out Frosty Fridays at California Woods Nature Center. Great Parks of Hamilton County More than 17,500 acres in the Cincinnati area 513-521-7275 | greatparks.org Great Parks recommends sledding at Miami Whitewater Forest (Overlook off Harbor Ridge Drive); Sharon Woods (Cardinal Crest Meadow Shelter); and Winton Woods (Butterfly Bluff Shel-
ter). Families can also enjoy cross-country skiing and explore any lake (except Campbell Lakes Preserve and Lake Isabella) by ice fishing or ice skating. MetroParks of Butler County Nearly 5,000 acres in 11 parks 513-867-5835 | yourmetroparks.net Go on an outdoor adventure this winter; MetroParks of Butler County offers winter birding events as well as the popular Show and Tell children’s program this month.
ICE SKATING Fifty West Brewing Company 7605 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati, Oh 513-834-8789 | fiftywestbrew.com Northland Ice Center 10400 Reading Road, Cincinnati, Oh 513-563-0001 | northlandicecenter.com
SKIING & TUBING Mad River Mountain 1000 Snow Valley Road, Zanesfield, Oh 800-231-7669 | skimadriver.com Learn to love the snow with classes or take to the snow on skis, a snowboard or even in a tube. Perfect North Slopes 19074 Perfect Place Lane, Lawrenceburg, In 812-537-3754 | perfectnorth.com Experienced skiers can hit the snow the first day of the New Year for Winter Welcome Rail Jam or take a class, ski, snowboard or tube the day away. Valley's Edge 8925 State Route 121 N., New Paris, Oh 937-437-1386 | valleysedgesnowtubing.com Grab a tube and hit the slopes at this snow tubing destination; birthday parties welcome!
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Private School Open Houses This Winter
hile the following schools are holding date-specific open houses, all schools offer personal tours upon request, so if the school you're interested in is not on this list, you can still request a tour by calling them. Bethany School bethanyschool.org 513-771-7462 555 Albion Ave., Glendale, Oh Jan. 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. Calvary Christian ccsky.org | 859-356-9201 5955 Taylor Mill Road, Covington, Ky Jan. 22, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Feb. 26, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m
Central Montessori Academy centralmontessoriacademy.com 513-742-5800 1904 Springdale Road, Cincinnati, Oh Feb. 27, 12 - 2 p.m. Children's Meeting House cmhschool.com | 513-892-8500 927 O'Bannonville Road Loveland, Oh Jan. 23 from 2 - 4 p.m. Cincinnati Christian Schools cincinnatichristian.org 513-892-8500 7474 Morris Road, Fairfield, Oh Jan. 22: Elementary, 1 - 3 p.m., JH/SH 3 - 5 p.m. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy | chca-oh.org 513-247-0900 8283 East Kemper Road Cincinnati, Oh
Jan. 20: Pre-K and K, 8:30 - 10 a.m.; Live chats Tuesdays, 7 - 7:45 p.m. Cincinnati Waldorf School cincinnatiwaldorfschool.org 513-541-0220 6743 Chestnut St. Cincinnati, Oh Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. Great Oaks Career Campus greatoaks.com 513-771-8840 110 Great Oaks Dr. Cincinnati, Oh Virtual tour online. Royalmont Academy royalmontacademy.org 513-755-0555 200 Northcrest Dr., Mason, Oh Jan. 23 from 2 - 4 p.m.
Springer School springer-ld.org | 513-871-6080 2121 Madison Road Cincinnati, Oh Jan. 10, Virtual Open House St. Ursula Villa School stursulavilla.org 513-871-7218 3660 Vineyard Place Cincinnati, Oh Jan. 23 from 12 - 2 p.m. West Chester Cooperative Nursery School wccns.net | 513-779-5827 9463 Cincinnati-Columbus Road West Chester, Oh Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
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Whether you choose to have a c-section or not, it’s a big decision — weigh your options first for a happy, healthy delivery.
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ou’ve thought it over once or twice — maybe you’re a planner and having some control of your baby’s due date relaxes you. Or maybe this is your first baby and you’re on the fence about whether a vaginal delivery or c-section would be best for the both of you. There are many reasons why women choose to have an “elective c-section,” and some women’s choices are slim to none due to known medical conditions. So is a c-section for you or not? While c-sections are very common, they are still major surgery, according to Tifany Nolan, M.D., OB/Gyn at Premier Health. When an expecting mother chooses to undergo this surgery, it’s called elective c-section because the mom requests it — not because there are any medical reasons. Some moms may choose to do this to avoid labor pain; lower any fear or anxiety they may have about childbirth; have control over their little one’s birth debut; and other personal reasons. “The main advantage to c-sections is avoidance of risks to mom and baby that occur during the labor process,” says Nolan. “Most times, c-section does not delay initiating nursing or bonding with your baby.” And then there are women who have to have a c-section due to medical reasons. “There are several scenarios that can be known ahead of a woman’s due day where a vaginal delivery may not provide the safest
birth for either mom or baby,” she continues. “For example, for mom — previous surgery or injury, complicated medical conditions; for baby — position, placental location, size or amniotic fluid issues.” No matter the route you choose to take, there are inherent risks with both vaginal delivery or c-section, so choosing the “right” course is up to you, your family and your OB/ gyn. “The course of your care with your OB provider will help to determine which route is safest for the health of you and your baby,” assures Nolan. Pros and Cons Now it’s time to weigh out your options. Are you at risk? Have you had a c-section or vaginal delivery before? Your OB/Gyn will help you make the best decision based on your health and medical history. No matter how your baby enters this world, remember that the most important thing is to deliver a healthy baby and to enjoy the experience. “Expecting a child is an amazing experience but also can be overwhelming; and individualized discussion with your OB provider can help you choose the best delivery for you and your baby,” says Nolan. “Regardless of the route your baby is born, all mothers should feel pride in the family they created.” Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication and a mom of three.
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• Avoidance of risks to Mom and Baby that may occur during the labor process. • Most times, a c-section does not delay initiating nursing or bonding with your baby. • You can choose a delivery date. • Reduces the risk of incontinence. • Can be more convenient for Mom and help reduce stress related to labor.
• Risks of bleeding, infection or other surgical complications can be greater. • Longer recovery process for Mom. • Moms tend to need more help in the early postpartum time. • Less of a natural process. • Less benefits for Baby transitioning to life outside Mom.
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BABIES, KIDS AND EMOTIONS It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it. Here’s why it’s important to consider your kids’ emotions before you speak too soon. By Amanda Hayward
remember how unsettled I felt when I saw a dad at my boy’s football game not only yell in his kid’s face, but add the ‘f’ bomb in there, too. It was over something silly — the little boy, maybe 5 years old, wouldn’t sit still in the bleachers. He was running around being a little kid who only has so much tolerance for sitting still at a long sporting event. It hurt deep in my gut and I thought to myself, “If the dad acts like this in public, what is going on in the home?” What upset me even more was wondering how his actions affected his little boy’s brain development and behavior. How much do our words, actions and body language really affect our kids? A lot actually, and it all begins when they are baby sponges. Tina Pratt, M.Ed, a behavior specialist, says that what we say and do around our kids is very important. “The words we choose and the tone we choose becomes what babies learn to be their environmental norm,” says Pratt. “We, in a
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sense, become their inner voice.” This all begins on day one of their babyhood. Think about how you interact and play with your baby — including your facial expressions and body language — this is equally important to the words coming out of your mouth. That is how their vocabulary is built, according to Pratt. “Nonverbal communication is just as important as verbal language, so ensure that when you talk with your baby, you are using appropriate language, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language,” she explains. Effective verbal and body language for babies includes singing songs, reading and rhyming. This is the base to his language and communication development. The more you talk to your baby, the better! When you speak to your baby, most likely you are using a variety of sounds and words whether you realize it or not.
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Understanding Kids’ Emotions Babies and kids may be little, but they have big emotions. Think of how you feel as an adult after a long family vacation — tired, off balance and maybe even emotional depending on if it’s time to head back to the “daily grind” aka work. If you are feeling this way, how do you think your kids are feeling? This is when we have to take a step back and think about their feelings, too, before losing our patience with them. “They [kids] have the same emotions as adults, but stored in their tiny bodies,” Pratt explains. “While they learn about their emotions, it is important to validate them. What may not make me mad, may make someone else mad. That doesn’t make it bad or wrong, just how someone else feels in the same situation.” So rather than asking, “What’s wrong with you?” try saying something such as, “I see that you are upset right now. Is there anything I can do to help?” Rather than yelling or saying harsh words, try to remain calm and leave the bad words out of it. Kids actually enjoy your reaction and may even engage in the same behavior with hopes of getting that same response again later on, says Pratt. In other words, kids will more than likely match what you are saying and doing. “Don’t take anything they say or do personally, remain calm, use a quiet voice (I like to refer to it as a whisper voice) and model for your child the socially appropriate response,” she continues. According to Beech Acres Parenting Center, a concept called “Natural Strength Parenting” is another way to help you and your kid to understand what may be causing big outbursts. It helps them identify what may be happening inside or “under the water.” “Intentional parenting, as part of the Natural Strength Parenting approach, means being proactive instead of reactive in your parenting,” according to Beech Acres. When your kids present emotions, it’s easy to just react. But first think, “Why is he acting sad? Or worried? Or angry?” There’s something causing his emotions to surface. “Rather simply react to their emotions, try and figure out what’s causing them,” Beech Acres continues. Ask powerful questions. Instead of asking closed-ended questions such as, “What’s wrong?” or “How was your day?” try asking more specific questions about their emotions such as, “How does that make you feel?” or “What do you think about what happened today?” Spending time actively listening to their answers to powerful questions can provide deeper insight into how he is feeling, according to Beech Acres. Speaking More Positively Talking to your baby and kids in a more positive manner makes a world of a difference. Here’s why: you are their inner voice. Positive reinforcement is one of the best actions you can take if you want your kids to respond in a more positive way. For example, if we are constantly pointing out all of the things they do bad or wrong, we are shaping their self image as a “bad” kid, explains Pratt. “Research in behavior shows that positive reinforcement (such as positive praise) is far more effective than punishment,” she says. There is a time and place for everything. Of course if your kids are misbehaving, there are effective ways you can address the situation. Also keep in mind that when we praise our kids for the little things they are doing well, says Pratt, such as kisses, hugs, high fives, smiles or verbal praise, for example, you are building a more positive, happier kiddo. A happy parent = a happy kid. It’s math. “We are increasing the likelihood that they will engage in that behavior again in the future, as well as building up their self-esteem and positive self image,” says Pratt. Helping His Emotions Calming a baby, calming your kid. It’s deemed to be effective, and the more you help soothe your little one’s emotions the right way,
the better it will help their brain development, success in school, work and relationships, long-term. Pratt suggests practicing deep breathing by saying words such as, “Watch me take some deep breaths,” or “Watch me ‘smell the flowers and blow out the candles,’” for example. Letting them know that their feelings are OK will help them understand that feelings are valid and important. Modeling Good Behavior Modeling good behavior around our kids is another way to teach them how to deal with all of the emotions we are going through on a daily basis - happy, sad, frustrated, confused, embarrassed - all of them. “When adults model getting frustrated, upset, raising their voice, using inappropriate language, degrading comments, etc., with their child, they are modeling that this behavior is OK,” says Pratt. The way we act around our kids can absolutely have short- and long-term effects on them. Short-term effects include kids’ using the same behaviors at school when upset such as raising their voices, using inappropriate language, etc, says Pratt. Some longterm effects can include a negative self image/negative self talk/ poor self-esteem. In addition, the “they are little they will grow out of it” idea isn’t the way to go. “Some unexpected/negative behavior seems cute when kids are little,” she explains. “However, if unexpected/negative behavior is reinforced (by either an adult reaction that a child likes or through no consequences) then the behavior ‘works’ for the child and they are likely to continue to engage in it.” Therefore, the longer a behavior “works” for your kid, the harder it is to create a change in behavior to a more desired behavior, she continues. The way we intervene now will make a positive difference in the future. Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication and a mom of three.
POSITIVE RESOURCES PARENTING WITH LOVE AND LOGIC By Foster Cline and Jim Fay NavPress; 2020 This parenting classic newly updated to address screen time and social media, helps you learn ways to parent while teaching your kids responsibilities and character. LOVE AND LOGIC PARENTING SKILLS AND TECHNIQUES loveandlogic.com A great online parenting resource to help navigate the science of caring and respectful relationships between parents and their kids. THE ZONES OF REGULATION By Leah M. Kuypers Think Social Publishing; 2011 Easy-to-use; a curriculum that teaches you, and your kids, helpful strategies for emotional and sensory self-management. CINCINNATI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER cincinnatichildrens.org Offers an array of resources and help for parents.
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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.
The Seven Hills School
5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-728-2400 • 7hills.org Seven Hills is a co-ed school for students from pre-kindergarten for 2-year-olds through grade 12. At its core, Seven Hills celebrates human complexity. We love that we’re all different. In our diverse, inclusive community, we learn to approach each other with open minds and compassionate hearts. We learn that each of us has unique potential and we celebrate each person’s own pathway to purpose.
650 Walnut St., Cincinnati 513-396-7664 • cincinnatiboychoir.org The Cincinnati Boychoir is one of the premiere boychoirs in the United States. The Boychoir meets the needs of each boy who enters the program with a curriculum that teaches not just musical skills but self-discipline, intellectual curiosity, empathy, and a spirit of volunteerism. Boys in grades 3-12 in the 2021-2022 school year and love to sing are encouraged to audition! cincinnatiboychoir.org/audition
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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.
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!
200 Northcrest Drive, Mason 513-754-0555 • royalmontacademy.org With preschool through high school offered at Royalmont Academy, it’s a unique design that complements your child’s learning capabilities. Forming Christian leaders for 25 years.
St. Ursula Academy
1339 East McMillan St., Cincinnati 513-961-3410 • saintursula.org St. Ursula Academy, located in the East Walnut Hills neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a Catholic college-preparatory high school for young women that offers an intensive four-year program in the fields of English, mathematics, science, social studies, French, Spanish, Latin, and religion. Join us for our Open House, Oct. 24 from 1 - 4 p.m. Register on our website.
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West Chester Academy Music, Dance, Acting and 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, acting, and gymnastics. Located in West Chester, we specialize in beginners of all ages and offer training through preprofessional levels. We also have camps for all ages.
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Look for more camps starting in our February issue! Offering Overnight and Day Camp from Jun. 12 - Aug. 13 for campers ages 6 - 15. Campers stay in cabins with top notch counselors and enjoy the lake, ropes course and activities like archery, team building and biking. Ranch camps available for horse lovers ages 7 - 15. Call or visit our website for full details.
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Week-long camps are offered Jun. 1 - Aug. 13 for campers ages 5 - 15. Your child will grow confident, make friends and create amazing memories by being included in all the fun. Campers rotate with a small group visiting the swimming pool, S.T.E.M. activities, group games and more. 11 Camp Sites serving Anderson, Batavia, Blue Ash, Burlington, Colerain, Ft. Thomas, Hillsboro, Springfield Township, West End, and Western Hills. please turn the page...
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LIBRARY HAPPENINGS For our round-up of events for kids at a library branch near you, please go to cincinnatifamilymagazine.com.
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outdoor adventure all under one roof! Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati; January 14 - 16, 19 - 23, 5 - 9 p.m.; $13 general admission; $22 two-day tickets; 765-641-7712 or cincinnatiboatsportandtravelshow. com.
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and younger; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.
BILL SCHOTT’S HOLIDAY TRAIN DISPLAY Through Jan. 9, watch as locomotives make their way through wintry scenes. Highfield Discovery Garden, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; $2.75 per person + valid vehicle permit required for park entry; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org/calendar/specialevents/bill-schotts-holiday-traindisplay.
CHRISTMAS NIGHTS OF LIGHTS Last chance Jan. 2. Drive through more than 1 million lights. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati; dusk - 10 p.m. $30 per carload (up to eight passengers), christmasnightsoflights.com/ cincinnati.
CHRISTMAS AT THE JUNCTION Last chance Jan. 2. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun, 12 - 6 p.m.; $18.95 Do-It-All admission, free for members and ages 2
HOLIDAY TOY TRAINS AT BCM Through Jan. 9. Vintage Christmas train displays. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun, 1 - 5 p.m.; $9 adults, $8 seniors 60 +, $5 children, free for members and ages 3 and younger; Wednesdays are Grandparents Days: one grandchild admitted free with each paying grandparent; 859-
491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.
ICE SKATING & BUMPER CARS (register) See website for hours of operation and reservations; UC Health Ice Rink at Fountain Square, 500 Vine St., Cincinnati; open daily, 12 p.m.; $15 bumper + skating, $10 skating only; 513445-8546 or myfountainsquare. com/ice-rink.
PNC FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS There are only nine nights left for the 39th PNC Festival of Lights! Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4 - 9 p.m.; included in daily admission or membership; 513-281-4700 or cincinnatizoo.org/events/festivalof-lights.
JOURNEY BOREALIS HOLIDAY LIGHT SHOW Last chance Jan. 2. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; Sat Sun, 6 - 10 p.m.; $25. 513-8681234 or journeyborealis.com.
TRAINS AND TRADITIONS, A CINCINNATI HOLIDAY “Botanical Architecture” by local artisans and holiday traditions including “The Crib of the Nativity,” open daily through Jan. 9 from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; see website for hours; $10 adults, $7 ages 5 - 17, free for ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks. com.
LIGHT IN THE FOREST (register) A holiday lights walking tour ends Jan. 2. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; $12 non-member adult, $7 non-member child, $10 member adult, $5 member child; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org. LIGHT UP THE FAIR Last chance tonight! Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington; $7 per person, free for ages 4 and younger; 859-568-4046 or lightupthefair.com. PORTOPIA An art endeavor that turned 5,000-square-feet of space into sensorial whimsy. Torchlight Pass Building, 1131 Central Ave., Middletown; Thu - Fri, 6 - 9 p.m., Sat, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun, 12 - 4 p.m.; $21 adults, $16 students and seniors 65+, $14 ages 5 - 12, free for ages 4 and younger; portopia.org.
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THE SCIENCE BEHIND PIXAR EXHIBIT (register) See how Pixar makes movies and more! Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; Thu - Mon, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $19.50 adult, $15.50 child/senior, $13.50 adult member, $9.50 member child; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum. Your #1 Hometown Family Resource
HOLIDAY JUNCTION Don’t miss the Duke Energy Holiday Trains; last day Jan. 2. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; Thu - Mon, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $10 general admission. 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org/holidayjunction.
sun 2 WARM 98.5 ICE RINK AT SUMMIT PARK Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; 5 - 8 p.m.; $7 per person, includes skate rental; 513-745-6259 or summitparkblueash.com. FAMILY STEM NIGHT (register) Families can challenge themselves with games and problems during STEM night. The Stem Lab, 11223 Cornell Park Drive, Blue Ash; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; $10 refundable ticket per family; 513-857-3366 or cincystemlab.com. FREE SIMPLY BRILLIANT: ARTIST-JEWELERS OF THE 1960s AND 1970s Browse 120 stunning pieces of
jewelry so amazing, they are truly works of art! Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; through Feb. 6, open Tue - Sun, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org/art/ exhibitions/upcoming-exhibitions/ simply-brilliant.
mon 3 FREE FUNDAY MONDAY Create, cook, dance and chat with friends each week! Bond Hill Library, 1740 Langdon Farm Road, Cincinnati; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-369-4445 or cincinnatilibrary. org. MUSIC MONDAY AT HAPPY HANGOUT Monday’s will be music to your ears; come explore Happy Hangout’s collection of instruments, giant indoor playscape, cool kid’s city and more! Happy Hangout Westside, 2041 Anderson Ferry Road, Cincinnati; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; included with playpass; 513-458-1470 or happyhangoutws.com. WINTER ESCAPE AT ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION Celebrate the New Year with EnterTRAINment Junction; save $2 on full price Do-ItAll tickets purchased online. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; through Jan. 31 (closed Weds) Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m.; purchase tickets online for savings; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.
tue 4 CINCINNATI FIRE MUSEUM SCAVENGER HUNT Search throughout museum exhibits to find important firerelated artifacts. Find all 12 artifacts to win a fun, wintry prize! Cincinnati Fire Museum, 315 West Court St., Cincinnati;
Tue - Sat, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $6 ages 7 - 17 years old, free for ages 6 and younger with admission of an adult; 513621-5553 or cincyfiremuseum. com. HAIRSPRAY Broadway in Cincinnati brings this popular show to town! Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; tickets starting at $34; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/ hairspray.
wed 5 MEET AND GREET: SNAKES AT CINCY NATURE CENTER (register) Meet at the Rowe Woods Visitor Center Lobby for this drop-in program; visitors can meet a snake, learn all about it and even discover what it eats. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m.; included with daily admission, $10 adults, $6 children; free for members; 513-831-1711 or cincynature. org.
thu 6 FREE ART PLAY HIKE (register) Ages 2 - 7 can get moving each month as they explore a new park with a naturalist. Pick up an Art-2-Go bag to create a masterpiece at home. Friendship Park, 1135 Riverside Drive, Cincinnati; 10:30 11:30 a.m.; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/ programs/family-programs/artplay-hike.
fri 7 FREE PIZZA AND PAGES (register) School-age children and teens can hear a story and enjoy pizza
Hairspray is at the Aronoff Center January 4 - 9.
and drinks with youth librarians, Bridgid and Jacob. Westwood Branch, 3345 Epworth Ave., Cincinnati; 3 - 4 p.m.; 513-3694474 or cincinnatilibrary.org. FREE STORIES BY THE FIRESIDE Little ones can enjoy big winter fun through stories, songs and awesome activities with friends! Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m.; valid vehicle permit required for park entry; 513-923-3665 or greatparks.org. FREE WINTER WOODLAND: BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN Enjoy a log fire, crafting and a woodland scene in the Ellenwood Nature Barn. Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; valid vehicle permit required for park entry; 5135217275 or greatparks.org.
sat 8 MAPLE TREE TAPPING DAYS (register) Identify trees, drill holes, set taps and hang sap buckets. Later, warm up by a fire and sip cocoa. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.; $12 non-members (includes daily
admission), $7 members. Most appropriate for adults or interested youth 8 and older with a caretaker; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.
mon 10 PENGUIN DAYS 2022 Many zoo animals love the winter weather. Visit the zoo for discounted admission and special animal encounters, including the popular penguin parade (weekends only - 11 a.m. outside the Wings of the World Bird House - temperature must be under 50 degrees for penguins to walk). Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; daily through Feb. 28, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; discounted general admission, see website for more information; 513-281-4700 or cincinnatizoo.org/events/ penguin-days. FREE SPRINGER SCHOOL AND CENTER VIRTUAL OPEN HOUSE Learn all about the Springer curriculum and personalized learning strategies during a virtual open house. Springer School and Center, 2121 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 9:30 a.m.; 513-871-6080 or springerld.org. (please turn the page) january 2022 19
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tue 11 SCHOOL DAY PLAY AT URBAN AIR Home-schoolers and distance learners can climb, jump, zip and slide at Urban Air during these monthly play days. Urban Air Adventure Park, 3321 Alamo Ave., Cincinnati; 12 - 4 p.m.; $17 pp + tax; 513-322-3130 or urbanairtrampolinepark.com/ locations/ohio/cincinnati.
wed 12 FREE 4-H ROLLER SKATING CLUB Boone County kids ages 9 - 12 can meet up once a month to learn the basics of roller skating. Enrichment Center, 1955 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; 859-586-6101 or boone. ca.uky.edu.
FREE COLLABORATIVE FAMILY ART Families can drop by the library to recreate a selected portrait using acrylic paints on canvas. Anderson Branch, 7450 State Road, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; 513-369-6030 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
thu 13 KNOCK KNOCK, WHO’S THERE? DISCOVERY AT THE NATURE NOOK (register) Explore what creatures have lived in the nook during a 10-20 minute mini-program led by a Nature Center staff member. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 12 p.m.; included with daily admission, $10 adults, $6 children; free for members; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org. THURSDAY ART PLAY: WINTER WONDERLAND Embrace the spirit of winter
with some ice-related activities including experimenting with snow and watercolors, ice chalk and snow sculptures, too. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 for non-members; free for members; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/ calendar/2022/01/13/thursdayart-play-winter-wonderland.
fri 14 FREE FROSTY FRIDAYS HIKE SERIES (register) Grab a coat and gloves and get ready to enjoy the great outdoors while making some new friends! California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; donations accepted; 513-231-8678 or explorenature.regfox.com/frostyfridayshikeseries. CINCINNATI BOAT, SPORT & TRAVEL SHOW See “Things to Do” opener on page 17. FIRESIDE STORY TIME (register) Cozy up by the fire and get lost in nature-themed tales and activities! Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 - 11 a.m.; $10 nonmember adult, $6 non-member child (includes daily admission); free for members; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.
sat 15 FAMILY WORKSHOP: SOCK PUPPETS WITH PERSONALITIES Families can get creative while constructing fanciful puppet friends. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 2728 Short Vine St., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $30 per family (tuition assistance available); 513-4972860 or cliftonculturalarts.org/ product/family-workshop-sockpuppets-with-personalities. Come see the penguins waddle along on weekends during Penguin Days at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.
MAPLE SYRUP MAKING & SAP COLLECTING IN THE SUGARBUSH (register) Hit the trail for a guided interactive maple hike; collect sap in the sugarbush and then see the steaming evaporator while boiling “liquid gold” maple syrup. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $10 non-member adults, $6 non-member children (includes daily admission); free for members; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.
sun 16 KIDS JERSEY GIVEAWAY DAY AT CINCINNATI CYCLONES Head to Heritage Bank Center to pick up a Cyclones youth jersey (first 1,500 kids ages 2 - 12) and watch a great game versus the Toledo Walleye. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 3 p.m.; advance tickets starting at $19, $21 day of; 513-756-3061 or cycloneshockey.com/game/2022/01/16/ kids-jersey-jersey-giveaway. TOOLS OF THE SUGAR HOUSE (register) During this behind-the-scenes tour, families will investigate the maple syrup evaporator, learn about various sugaring tools and discover how maple syrup is made. Sweet! Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.; $11 non-members, includes daily admission; $5 members; 513831-1711 or cincynature.org.
mon 17 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day FREE CELEBRATION OF PEACE Honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a special story time; crafts and activities that promote kindness will follow. Main LibraryBCPL, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 1 p.m.; 859-3422665 or bcpl.org. (please turn the page) january 2022 21
THINGS TO DO OUTDOOR SKILLS CAMP (register) Children ages 8 - 12 can work on survival skills including shelter and fire building. Caldwell Nature Preserve, 430 West North Bend Road, Cincinnati; 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; $25 per child; 513-761-4313 or explorenature. regfox.com/schoolbreakcamps. ZOO PLAY DATE (register) Campers will learn the importance of play while creating special enrichment items to keep the zoo’s animals happy and healthy. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $65 non-members, $50 members; 513-559-7730 or cincinnatizoo. org/education/kids-families/zoocamp.
thu 20 THURSDAY ART PLAY: THE REGIONAL Learn about the CAC’s newest exhibition, The Regional, and create artwork inspired by the show. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per non-member child; free for members; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/ calendar/2022/01/20/thursdayart-play-the-regional.
fri 21 FREE BUGCICLES: DISCOVERING HIBERNATING INSECTS Think insects die off when the snow hits? Think again! Come to the park to discover local hibernating insects; valid vehicle permit required for park entry;
Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, Oh; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org. CIRQUE GOES BROADWAY Marvel at the eye-popping feats of Cirque’s mesmerizing acrobats with JMR and the Pops performing top Broadway hits to accompany contortionists, balancers, tumblers and athletes on aerial silks defying gravity and doing the seemingly impossible. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; $25 - 115; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony.org/tickets-and-events/ buy-tickets/pops/2122-pops-season/cirque-goes-broadway.
sat 22 FREE ABIYOYO TCT on Tour is coming to Memorial Hall with a fun South African
Bundle up and welcome the new year together with a Winter Family Hike at Woodland Mound.
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folk tale about a giant who eats everything in sight! Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati; 12 OR 2 p.m.; 513-977-8838 or memorialhallotr.com/cincinnatishows/abiyoyo. FARMYARD FAMILY STORY TIME (register) Little ones will enjoy a farmthemed story time and meet some farm animal friends, too! Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 1 - 3 p.m.; $25 non-member families, $20 member families; 513-5636663 or gormanfarm.org/adultand-family-programs.
thu 27 KNOCK KNOCK, WHO’S THERE? DISCOVERY AT THE NATURE NOOK (register) Explore what creatures have lived in the nook during a 10-20 minute mini-program led by
Where Curious Learners Thrive
January 23, 2022 2:00-4:00 p.m.
- K-8 Independent School - Small Class Sizes - Full Day Kindergarten 555 Albion Avenue Glendale, Ohio 45246 www.bethanyschool.org
Saturday, January 22
ElEmEntary Campus 1-3 p.m. Junior/sEnior HigH Campus 3-5 p.m.
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ElEmEntary Campus 7350 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield
Junior/sEnior HigH Campus 7474 Morris Rd., Fairfield
admissions offiCE 513.892.8500 cincinnatichristian.org Big Book of Schools 1221.indd 1
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THINGS TO DO
The scavenger hunt experience is a new part of the 2021 PNC Festival of Lights at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
Meet your favorite Marvel characters during Cincinnati Cyclones’ Marvel Super Hero Weekend on January 28.
a Nature Center staff member. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 12 p.m.; included with daily admission, $10 adults, $6 children; free for members; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.
fri 28 MARVEL SUPER HERO 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. Heritage Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; advance tickets starting at $19, $21 day of; 513-4214111 or cycloneshockey. com.
24 january 2022
MISTER C’S FULL STEAM AHEAD Sing and dance with Mister C, all while learning amazing STEAM lessons. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 7 - 8:30 p.m.; $17 adult, $12 ages 12 and younger; 513867-5348 or https://bit. ly/3mcXTtz.
sat 29 FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL: ICE, ICE BABY Experiment with ice painting, design a frozen snow crown and take part in an epic snowball battle. The WAVE Foundation will even bring by a real live penguin by from 12 - 2 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.
org/calendar/2022/01/29/ family-festival-ice-icebaby. YOUNG AT ART: WINTER WORKSHOP SERIES FOR KIDS (register) An eight-week workshop. Check out marbles mazes, creating candles and more; see website for the full lineup offerings. Kennedy Heights Art Center, 6546 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; $120 for all eight sessions, $20 per individual session (or sliding scale- as low as $12 for all eight sessions or $2 per individual session); 513-631-4278 or kennedyarts.org/classes/ winter-kids-workshops.
sun 30 FREE WINTER FAMILY HIKE Enjoy a winter wonderland hike and discover nature during the coldest time of the year. Choose from a daytime family hike (1:30 - 3:30 p.m.) or nighttime family hike (5:30 - 7 p.m.). Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m., 5:30 - 7 p.m.; valid vehicle permit required for park entry; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
mon 31 WWE MONDAY NIGHT RAW Don’t miss the fallout of royal rumble at Heritage Bank Center when WWE Monday Night Raw
Your #1 Hometown Family Resource
returns to Cincy. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; tickets starting at $24; 513-421-4111 or heritagebankcenter.com/ event/2022/01/wwemonday-night-raw.
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