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t goes something like this: “OK, Thomas! Time to take a break from Xbox!” or ... you name it, the iT ouch or the computer or the television. The love affair with technology at my house is in full throttle for all of us but guess what, I’m weary of it! W eary of having to repeat myself over and over again to get eye contact. Weary of the boredom that seeps into my kids when they don’t know what to do with themselves for longer than five minutes after we cut them of f ... I mean, really? And then I look at myself. And my husband. We are constantly in front of a screen — just look at me right now! W e LOVE our devices and our smartphone habits, right? But everywhere you go everyone’ s plugged in, dare a moment of time go by that we miss something. What’ s happening to us? This is not the way I was raised, and I had loving, attentive, smart parents who looked me in the eyes when we had something to talk about. I nag at my children to get off of their devices so much that I should be wearing a badge like a hall monitor or something. I mean, it’s practically comical. Yet for all the energy I put into trying to limit my kids’ technology endeavors, it’s only recently that it struck me how awful it must be for them to see myself or their dad constantly on the computer or cell phone in their pres ence. Kids can’t discipline their parents, so ... who is? Our endless use of such technology — and its impact on our kids — is now an equal source of concern to child-development researchers. In the book, Alone Together by Sherry Turkle, director of the Massachusetts Institute ofTechnology Initiative on Technology and Self, the author says that in her studies of children, over and over again she heard it was hurtful to them for their moms and dads to be on devices rather than paying attention to them at meals, during school pickup lines, at sports events and the like. What are we doing? Why? And if this is how we are teaching our children to be while hypocritally telling them to limit time on their own devices, what can we expect? There’s no question that engaged parenting (responsive ness to children, talking and teaching and BEING THERE) is best for them. But if we’re not willing to see the bigger picture — that what WE are doing may actually be harming them — then we really are nothing but hypocrites. In this issue, a camp director talks about how kids aren’t permitted to have cell phones at camp ... hallelujah! But I also think: when am I not allowed to have my smartphone with me? Worse: Is my smartphone actually dumbing me down? It may be late for new year resolutions, but in truth I can’t remember what resolution I actually made. I guess it didn’t matter enough. I have one now: to enforce time at home or at sporting events with my kids or in the car as THEIR time, not technology’s. It’s time to get real about what my children need from me: ME. Present and available ME!

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he Macy’s Art s Sampler retu rns this month with three weekends of FREE art all across Greater Cincinnati! Feb. 9: A backstage tour of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park and a performance from Madcap Puppets at the Cincinnati Art Museum. March 2: Families are entertained by a joint concert by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Ballet, the Cincinnati Opera, and the May Festival Chorus at Music Hall. April 13: Tours and tunes at the Contemporary Arts Center, the Cincinnati Ballet, and the Taft Museum of Art. Weekends include free events at arts venues around the Tri-State. Get a complete schedule at, and download the free Macy’s Arts Sampler app for iOS and Android mobile devices.

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itch’s Mission, a non-profi t dedicated to helping patients at Cincinnati Children’ s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, is of fering a special playdate for families on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 - 5 p.m. Families can play games and have fun with the UC Bearcat football team, including corn hole, autographs, carnival games and access to the UC Rec Center (2820 Bearcat W ay), with swimming, rock-climbing and basketball. Cost is $15 per person, or $50 for a family of five. All proceeds help Mitch’s Mission send kids with cancer and blood diseases to summer camp. Call 513-520-5409 or visit mitc for more info on the Playdate or Mitch’s Mission.

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top by the atrium in the Main Library (800 V ine St.) for the Cincinnati Public Schools City Wide Art Exhibition. Families can check out the artwork of CPS students in grades K - 12, including drawings, paintings, sculpture and photographs. The exhibit’s open from Feb. 23 - April 21. Visit for more.



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Penguins, Alligators & More for Families


ave a bundle while checking out two local attractions with the kids this month.

• The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (3400 Vine St.) offers Penguin Days through Thursday, Feb. 28 — get half-price admission (regular admission is $15 adults, $10 ages 2 - 12, $8 parking) and enjoy special animal encounters, as well as a King Penguin Parade. Visit for the scoop! • Winter Family Days returns to The Newport Aquarium (1 Aquarium Way, Newport on the Levee) through Thursday, Feb. 28. It’s your last chance to see 800-pound Mighty Mike, the alligator who exits Gator Alley later this month. Winter Family Days offers two free kids’ admission tickets with each adult ticket ($23 adults). Call 800-406-3474 or visit

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oy do your nutritional needs change when you’re expecting! And while you can’t go wrong with a healthy diet of lean meats, fruits and veggies, plenty of women have a hard time finding food that actually appeals to them when a baby’s on the way, opting to eat anything that “sounds” good at the time. Meanwhile, expecting moms can have up to a 30 percent increase in their need for certain vitamins, according to Lee Lautman, M.D. with Group Health in Cincinnati. Enter prenatal vitamins. Pregnant women need iron and calcium to help Baby’ s developing bones, as well as folic acid which helps prevent neural tube defects in the brain and spine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that women need 400 micrograms of folic acid every day — pregnant or not — and your best bet for meeting this requirement is to get that prenatal vitamin down!


Gaining weight is part of a healthy pregnancy. A pregnant mom weighing 130 pounds can expect to gain about 25 pounds during pregnancy, according to Lautman, who says that you’ll lose a lot of that in the form of the baby, placenta and other fluids over the course of six to eight weeks post delivery . Lautman points out that overweight women should gain less, while slimmer ones may need to gain a bit more. “About half a pound to a pound a week,” says Lautman, with a goal of six pounds in the first trimester. A 25-pound weight gain translates into a 2,200-calorie diet, as opposed to the 1,800-calorie •

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diet women consume on average. Of course, your caloric needs also depend on your activity level. Expecting moms who already exercise regularly can continue doing so, as long as they have no medical issues. The goal is to monitor yourself. “If you’re a runner, your center of gravity will be of f,” says Lautman. So you may need to scale things back to avoid injury. Lautman encourages women who don’t regularly exercise to start walking, whether inside or out. “We just don’t want the heart to get above 160 beats per minute,” he says, explaining that pregnancy itself already stresses the heart.


With uncomplicated pregnancies, Lautman says you’ll see your OB at about eight to 10 weeks for your first appointment, then about once a month, until you reach 28 weeks, at which point you’ll start to make a visit every two weeks. Finally, at 36 weeks, you’ll see your doctor once a week until delivery. These visits are important, even if you’re not experiencing any problems, as issues related to pregnancy can develop at any time. For example, Lautman says some pregnant women may not notice a developing urinary tract infection (UTI), since the sensation of pressure in the bladder is common during pregnancy. Regular appointments with your OB can discover such infections before they become a problem. HIGH-RISK PREGNANCY? Read more online at our website. Search “Special Delivery”.

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We relaxed on a bench and took in the view . A stairwell of stones led down the sloping hill, covered in wildflowers. Two boys splashed in the waves while their mom kept a watchful eye from an inflatable raft. W e continued our walk until we reached the tennis court, and then returned to our hotel through town, stopping at the ice cream shop along the way . We stayed at the Hotel Lakeside, a National Historic Landmark built in 1875 where the lobby beckons visitors to relax, chat, read and listen to the piano. The café of fers delicious gourmet dinners, and I loved bringing my complimentary continental breakfast items out to the large wrap-around porch to watch people by the lake along with the bustle of chairs and tents going up on the lawn in preparation for the day’ s activities. In fact, I loved everything about the Hotel Lakeside — except our bed’ s mattress — but you can request another room if your ’s doesn’t meet your needs. Since each guest room is unique, go ahead and find your favorite. Decorated and furnished with period antiques, there is no Internet or television, but we didn’t mind. Guests come here to unwind and many request the same room year after year. I can certainly understand why they keep going back. Everyone at Lakeside is warm and friendly, the community is beautiful, there’s much to do, and it’s a pleasant place to simply relax, like we did on our last evening. The two of us sat by the fountain, holding hands, watched the sun set over Lake Erie, and then we headed home. J Barbara Littner David is a local wr iter and mother of five. She is also the author of Cincinnati Trips for Kids, a collection of more than 40 great Cincinnati-area attractions.

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$54 • These comfy shoes by TOMS Shoes are available just in time for Valentine’s Day. Containing no animal products, the shoes have a cushioned insole with an arch insert for additional support. Bonus: for every pair of TOMS shoes you buy, a new pair of shoes is donated to a child in need. So far, more than 2 million pairs of new shoes have been given to kids around the world! — sh

$24.95 • Cooking up sizzling steaks for your sweeties? Surprise them by branding two hearts onto them with this awesome branding iron from Texas Irons. Stainless steel and with a wooden handle, the brander works great on most anything with a flat surface and you don’t have to cook on the grill to use it. Prepare meat as you would, leaving it plain, then add that special touch before presenting it at the table. — sh

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Mo mmy Bird Lockets $55 • Mamma Birds will flutter for these sterling silver lockets by EclecticWendyDesigns that are hand stamped with a custom mommy bird design. The inside of the locket holds 20 characters around the edge or five characters across the center — perfect for inscribing a special message or children’s names. The locket comes with a 16- or 18-inch sterling silver chain. A love birds version is also available — in case Dad wants to give Mom a special token of his own! — sh

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Babies and sleep. It’s enough to keep you awake all night!

t always begins pleasantly enough. You quietly head upstairs with the baby, close the blinds, softly read bedtime stories, croon lullabies and rock him until his eyes drift shut and his breathing deepens. Slowly, gently, you lay him down in the crib, then tiptoe out, exhaling the contented sigh of a mother in anticipation of a nice, long break as you gingerly close the door . Yet no sooner have you cleaned up the breakfast dishes, made a cup of coffee and settled into your morning before ... “WAAAAH!” What gives? Parents of infants and toddlers understand the importance of good sleep. We recognize that when our baby doesn’t get enough sleep, everything from diaper changes to public outings can quickly turn into scenes from The Omen. We also know that naptime offers an essential break for other family members. But what we may not realize is that there are other issues at stake. “A good daily nap can improve your child’ s attention span and ability to learn,” says Elizabeth Pantley, parent educator and author of The No-Cry Nap Solution (McGraw-Hill; $15.95). “Naps (or lack of them) can af fect all 24 hours of your child’s day. They can influence his mood, behavior and health.” Right. Some Need Less The average newborn requires around 14 - 16 hours a day, but some babies will sleep more than that, and some much less. “Babies sleep dif ferently from adults,” says Wendy McHale, owner of Nurturing Lactation, ( “They’re not designed to sleep for long periods of time.” Because your little one’s internal clock is different from yours, he won’t have the same kind of sleep patterns. In addition, newborns need to refuel their little tummies every three to four hours, which also keeps them from sleeping long periods of time. That’s what makes a nap a necessary part of

Baby’s day. “Napping helps them meet the total amount of sleep they need,” says McHale. So naps are important. We know it. The experts know it. How do we get a non-napping baby to know it? Pantley suggests that parents examine how their babies are falling asleep in the first place. You might be cuddling and rocking your little one to sleep for very good reason — if you put him down before he is asleep, he is up and wailing. But that’s because you might be going for the nap a wee bit too soon. “Babies sleep lighter than adults,” says McHale. According to, babies spend more time in rapid eye movement (REM) sleep. The theory is that babies need more REM sleep for all the happenings in their developing brains. But REM sleep is lighter than the other stages of the sleep cycle (and is also shorter than an adult’s sleep cycle), which means it’s a lot easier to wake Sleeping Beauty. So if your baby has fallen asleep in your arms, and you lay him down while he’s still in a light sleep state, “he will notice,” says McHale, adding that he’ll wake up and realize that he’s alone. And you can be sure he will let you know he’s not happy about it! “Most babies do need to be parented to sleep,” explains McHale, adding that it can take 15 to 30 minutes to get babies to a deep sleep stage. If you can hold them until they reach that stage, chances of disturbing or waking them when you lay them down are smaller, and they just might sleep a little longer. Can You Extend a Nap? Maybe, Pantley says. For younger babies, she advises parents to try “cycle-blender” naps, where the baby is asleep in a swing or rocking cradle. The constant gentle motion will help him return to sleep at the end of his first sleep cycle. For older babies, the same can be achieved by trying to catch him when he’s just beginning to wake up and soothing him back to sleep with quiet words

or “shhhh.” She also encourages a darkened room and white noise or soft music throughout the nap. When he awakens slightly at the end of a sleep cycle, these things will encourage him to drift off into another one. For babies of all stages, Pantley stresses the importance of a comfortable sleep environment, pre-nap routines (such as stories and lullabies) and interpreting your child’ s signs of tiredness correctly. Go Ahead and Hold Him While experts recommend that Moms and Dads encourage their babies to fall asleep on their own, it often takes quite a bit of time for a little one to do that. “When a child relies on a parent to help him fall asleep with rocking, breastfeeding, providing a bottle or other aid, he’ll become wide awake after his first cycle,” Pantley says. However, McHale says that there’s not really a point in which these kinds of “aids” make it hard for a baby to sleep. “Babies are coming into this world needing to be held a lot, and parents don’t always like that! But it’s a true physiological need,” she says, adding that babies will outgrow that need, and parents don’t need to worry that they are setting up their children for bad sleep habits. In fact, she says, it’s just the opposite: babies who are held, rocked, breastfed or cuddled to sleep — even babies that take naps in their mother’s arms — learn that “sleep is a wonderful, comfy state to get into.” There may be times in your newborn’ s first weeks that you need to wake him to make sure he’s feeding, and there may be times when you need to “shhhh” him back to sleep to ensure he’ s getting proper rest, but it’s usually wise to follow your baby’s lead. “Much of baby care is about watching your baby, trusting your instincts, and finding what works for your family,” says McHale. J Stephanie Deflefs is a freelance wr iter. Sherry Hang is editor of this publication.

Babies sleep differently from adults. They’re not designed to sleep for long periods of time.”

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she can do it! C How Camps Build a Child’s Self-Reliance I have witnessed first-hand the incredible journeys of children who come to recognize their own power in steering their own destinies.

amp is a stepping-stone to self-reliance! It is one community in which children can learn to navigate on their own without wellintentioned parental course-plotting to avert choppy waters. As a parent, I confess to the compelling desire to negotiate smooth sailing for my own children. Yet, over the years, as a camp director, I have witnessed, first-hand, the incredible journeys of children who come to recognize their own power in steering their own destinies. Opportunities for decision-making and problem-solving at camp, which foster a culture of success, allow children to discover their strengths and their abilities to make good choices and to influence positive outcomes for themselves. After all, coaching kids to feel capable is what camp directors do. Not quite so obvious but just as central is their proficiency to coach parents to support their children with just the right combination of back-up and encouragement. Kids learn quickly to rely upon themselves and the adults they trust at camp instead of their parents, who could be one hundred miles away or more! Ariel, a second-year camper, casually asked me during camp, “Does my Mom still call every day?” She and Mom had fallen into a predictable pattern: Ariel would tell her mom about “what was wrong” (we know that kids tend to “save” things for their parents!), and Mom would dutifully call the camp to “fix” the problem. They were each doing their “jobs.” Carefully and slowly , with appropriate guidance, Mom came to understand that she was perpetuating a cycle that was preventing her daughter from being independent. As trust increased, she started redirecting her daughter ’s pleas, encouraging her to speak with someone at camp who could more quickly and ef ficiently help her resolve the situation — yet still validating Ariel’s feelings. (please turn the page) •

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Parents and Camps Foster Children’s Self-Reliance I was gratified to answer Ariel’s query: “Actually, no,” to which Ariel quickly responded: “That’s because I stopped complaining to her!” Lessons learned for both parent and child! “Aha’s” like this happen every day at camp. How can parents and camps cooperate to help children gain just the right degree of independence? • Many camps have a designated contact person. During the decisionmaking process of “which camp,” ask questions that give you an idea of the partnering and communication philosophy of the camp and learn who the primary contact person is — build rapport early . (See the sidebar: Questions to Ask the Camp Director.) • Remember that camp directors have a reservoir of experiences to back their counsel to you. Know, too, that they have your child’ s best interests at heart and the skill to guide your child towards an appropriate level of independence, self-confidence, and success.

Questions to Ask

• Keep in mind that kids often triumph over their adjustment to a new environment before their parents can accept the next stage of their development! Do not offer to rescue your child; that only confirms for him that you believe he cannot cope with something that is dif ficult. • Get on board with the notion of supporting kids to solve their own problems or asking a trusted counselor for help; let her experience the real world in the camp setting, not the one that you sculpt for her during the rest of the year. Picture success! Admittedly, it is a leap of faith to let your baby bird fly from the nest; it is the greatest gift you can bestow. The key is to build the nest in a tree that gives you a sense of security, so do your homework to find the right fit — there is a camp for every child and a feeling of comfort for every parent. Marla Coleman is a past president of the Amer ican Camp Association, she is a co-owner of Coleman Family Camps, which includes Camp Echo and Coleman Country Day Camp. Adapted from CAMP Magazine, reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association.

Get to know camp directors as people through phone conversations, e-mails and a personal visit. Have the director describe the camp’s philosophy and how the staff implements it.

What’s the camp director’s background?

What about special needs? If your child has special

American Camp Association (ACA) minimum standards recommend directors possess a bachelor’s degree, have completed in-service training within the past three years, and have at least sixteen weeks of camp administrative experience before assuming the responsibilities of director.

requirements, ask the camp director about needed provisions and facilities.

What about references? This is generally one of the best ways to check a camp’ s reputation and service record. Directors should be happy to provide references.

What’s the camp’s philosophy and emphasis? Each camp has its own method of constructing programs based on its philosophy. Does it complement your own parenting philosophy?

What training do counselors receive? At a minimum, camp staff should be trained in safety regulations, emergency procedures and communication, behavior management techniques, child abuse prevention, appropriate staff and camper behavior, and specific procedures for supervision.

What’s the counselor-to-camper ratio? ACA standards require different ratios for varying ages and special needs.

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What are the ages of the counselors? ACA standards recommend that 80 percent or more of the counseling/ program staff be at least 18 years old. Staf f must be at least 16 years old and be at least two years older than the campers with whom they work.

What percentage of the counselors return each year? Most camps have from 40 - 60 percent returning staf f. If the rate is lower, find out why.

How are behavior problems handled? This is where the director’s philosophy comes through loud and clear. Positive reinforcement, assertive role modeling and a sense of fair play are generally regarded as key components of camp counseling and leadership.

How does the camp handle homesickness? Again, the camp’s philosophy on helping children adjust is important. Be sure you are comfortable with the camp’ s guidelines on parent/child contact.

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aking summer plans for your kids comes front and center this month, and to help you out, we learned the low-down from several local camps about what kids can expect this year. And while you’re at it, mark your calendars for Saturday, Feb. 23, when Cincinnati Family and NKY Family’s 2013 Summer Camp Adventure Fair takes place at Cincinnati Sports Club. You’ll be able to meet camp directors, and learn about both local and residential camps for your kids while having fun in between.

Start Now

Right now is the best time to research camp options (residential, local or both?), but it’ s also a great time to get ready for camp activities. The Hubbard Family Swim School (hubbardswim. com) uses the spring months as a time to help little swimmers get ready for the summer, whether they want to improve on their swimming foundation, or brush up on their skills to feel confident before camp begins.

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Explore the New

Camp, whether overnight or a local day program, has a unique opportunity to introduce kids to new experiences — whether it’s shooting a bow and arrow at Black River Farm & Ranch (, or even if those experiences are “old hat” to someone else.

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“By far, the most popular camp activity at Gorman Heritage Farm is doing ‘farm chores,’” says Camp Director Mike Roman ( “T ypically kids might not think of chores as fun. But how often do kids from the city get to feed chickens, goats, rabbits, pigs and miniature horses?” He says Gorman Farm campers will hike to the Lookout, plant and harvest in the gardens and cook the freshly picked food, explore the farm’ s pond, make art and play games. All familiar activities, but experienced in a completely new environment through programs like Farm Chef Camp, V et Camp, Farm Adventures and Wilderness Camp. Hamilton County Park District’s day camps ( offer kids a variety of outdoor activities, including horseback riding, camps that take kids to the farm, camps that teach skills like paddling a canoe, or shooting a bow and arrow. New this year is a camp that’ s all about animals — just not the soft and fluffy kind, according to Outdoor Education Director Amy Roell. In this camp, kids will get up close and personal with “Creepy , Crawly, Scaly, Slimy” creatures. Camps are available for ages 2 - 17, and dates and times vary, so your child can attend more than one program over the course of the summer, exposing him to multiple experiences. Camps are all about what’s new, even for returning campers. “We are very excited to be opening a brand new pool with a twisty slide this summer ,” says Elizabeth Cochran, Executive Director for YMCA Camp Ernst ( Other popular features include the zipline, banana boats, and the eight ga-ga pits. At Cincinnati Parks (, campers can immerse themselves in the language and culture of China or Germany with two new camps that combine traditional outdoor activities like hiking, exploring, and learning about plants and animals, with basic vocabulary, songs and games reflecting the lives of those around the world. Even kids who attend a summer program focused on an area they are already interested in like theatre, can be introduced to a new challenge. Terah Herman, director of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’ s Summer Theatre Day Camp (, says that stage combat and improvisation are popular because these are activities that are new to students. Trying something new always takes a bit of courage, but one of the benefits to the Playhouse’ s program, according to Herman, is that “kids are placed in a totally new but supportive environment with other students who share their love of theatre.”

What Kids Get

Summer campers might just think they’re having fun. After all, who doesn’t want to hang out with baby porcupines, like the ones born this winter at Cub Creek Science Camp (, or hang out in the camp’ s new, 4,000-square-foot Lemur Encounter, sharing treats, toys and the jungle gym? One of Cub Creek’s most popular activities, according to owner Linda Martin, is “Adopt an Animal.” Kids help care for their favorite animal from the camp’ s zoo, learning responsibility, problem-solving skills, and gaining confidence — not to mention friendships, as kids learn to work and play together . “Overnight camp is the perfect environment for a child to hone his social skills and friend-making and teambuilding, while also developing strong confidence about being independent,” says Cochran. “W e hear from parents every year who tell us about how their child learned to swim, learned to braid, met her lifelong friend, or ‘came out of his shell’ in their time at YMCA Camp Ernst.” Jessica Ciferri Williams, activities manager of Black River Farm and Ranch says, “I think being away for a couple days helps kids to become more independent, because they have to learn to do things for themselves, pick up after themselves, and learn to care and be responsible for all types of animals. The

Campers had fun painting Magic during camp at Hamilton County Parks.

other big benefit is our camp is secluded and away from the hustle and bustle of cities … it’s cell phone, TV and video game free so the campers have to interact, participate and use their imaginations. I think that is important in this day and age.” Day camps have their own unique benefits as well, says Erin Morris, assistant manager of Explore Nature! of Cincinnati Parks, who says that a day program allows kids to enjoy the camp experience near home and still engage in playtime with family and friends.

What Parents Want for Kids

A parent’s input is critical for a successful camp program — your feedback, along with your child’s — is what pushes camps toward innovation. “W e are always changing and getting great ideas from camper/parent suggestions that we incorporate into our program,” says Ciferri Williams. Cincinnati Nature Center ( conducted a focus group composed of parents and grandparents of past and future campers to determine what should be offered. “They told us that it should be fun engagement in nature, a unique learning opportunity, and a chance to socialize outside with new friends without electronics,” says Kristi Masterson, director of marketing and membership. “CNC really appreciated their feedback and incorporated it to create new experiences.” That focus group led to some new programs this summer at CNC, including an Enchanted Forest camp for ages 5 - 10, where kids will explore their creative sides with “pretend time” and still learn about real-world creatures like woodpeckers and chipmunks. Tribal Nature, designed for ages 6 - 12, will challenge campers to some nature survival skills, like building a temporary shelter. And Camp H20 takes ages 7 - 12 to the water to explore the worlds that live in creeks, ponds and springs. Summer of 2013, here we come! A wide variety of activities are in store for kids this summer. And while there are plenty of “growing-up” benefits to camp, the main thing it does is get them out of the house and into the world with others who want the same thing: FUN! J •

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RESIDENTIAL/AWAY CAMPS Animal Camp at Cub Creek Science Camp

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

YMCA Camp Campbell Gard

4803 Augspurger Road, Hamilton 513-867-0600 Thanks for voting us Cincinnati’s Best Camp! Co-ed sleep-away camp that gives kids 5 - 17 a safe environment to connect with positive role models, explore skills and interests, make new friends and have fun. Enjoy banana boating, zip line, jumping pillow, horseback riding, mountain biking, archery and more. Facebook us at: YMCA Camp Campbell Gard News, Friends of YMCA Camp Campbell Gard

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YMCA Camp Ernst

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

LOCAL DAY CAMPS ballet tech of ohio

7623 Old 3C Hwy, Maineville 513-683-6860 • bto 2013 International Summer Dance Intensive. Ages 8 - 2 with, among others, renowned instructors Valery Lantratov and Ka-Ron Brown Lehman. Individual attention. Performance opportunities. Musical Movement/Movement Discovery, ages 2 - 4. Kid’s Camps, ages 5 - 7. Adult classes, tae kwon do. Jun. 10 - Aug. 16.

Brazee Street School of Glass

4426 Brazee Street, Cincinnati 513-321-0206 Brazee Street SOG offers a range of workshops in kilnformed glass for young artists ages 3-18. Choose from one-day to week-long workshops, each exploring new themes and techniques in glass, including robots, portraits, beadmaking, and more! Please visit our website for workshop descriptions and registration.

Camp Wildbrook, LTD.

9664 Daly Road, Cincinnati 513-931-2196 • ACA accredited. Family owned and operated. Co-ed, grades K - 6. Six weeks, Jun. 17 - Jul. 26). Day camp, Mon. - Fri., 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 62nd season holding active, outdoor, traditional summer camp activities including archery, arts and crafts, basketball, BB air gun, drama and singing, gymnastics, kickball, nature and camping, soccer, softball, daily swim lessons, and special events. Bus transportation available.

Camp-A-Palooza at Kids First Sports Center

7900 E Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-489-7575 Camp-A-Palooza is a day camp from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for grades K - 7. We offer before-care that starts at 7:30 a.m. and after-care until 6:00 p.m. We offer themed weeks, in-house field trips, on-site swimming, weekly field trips around the tri-state, lunches, snacks, and an all inclusive price. Two day minimum for registration. We have a staff full of experienced, CPR/first aid certified counselors.

Camp Invention

Multiple Locations 800-968-4332 • Camp Invention inspires creativity and inventive thinking during a week-long summer adventure of fun and exciting real-world challenges led by qualified educators. Discounts are available to new and returning children. Locations nationwide. Visit our website or call to find the location near you.

The Cathedral Domain

800 Hwy 1746, Irvine, KY 606-464-8254 • Come and enjoy summer camp at The Cathedral Domain, a ministry of The Episcopal Diocese of Lexington for 100 years. An ACA accredited camp meeting over 300 standards for operations, facilities, health, and safety. Summer camp sessions for children grades K - 12. We offer traditional adventure programs and environmental education camps at our 800 acre center located in the Red River Gorge area. Registration information available on our website.

Cincinnati Parks Summer Nature Daycamps

Multiple Park Locations 513-321-6208 • Cincinnati Parks’ Summer Nature Daycamps were voted 2012 “Best of the City” by you for the best value in educational, fun-filled outdoor activities. Fees: $40 - $75 weekly. Hikes, crafts, and games for ages 3 - 17 in parks throughout the city. Online registration in late February on our website.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Summer Theatre Day Camp

962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati 513-421-3888 The Playhouse offers three two-week camp sessions beginning Jun. 17, Jul. 8 and Jul. 22 for students entering grades 3 - 12 and six one-week camp sessions for children entering grades 1 and 2. Classes are taught by theater professionals in a fun, no-fail environment. All levels of experience are welcome!

Cincinnati Sports Club

3950 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-527-4000 Kids ages 3 - 12 will have their best summer ever at CSC! Choose from Kidsports Weekly Camp (a.m. and p.m. care available), tumbling camp, racquet sports camp, golf camp, soccer camp and aquatics programs. Open to members and non-members.

Cincinnati Waldorf School Nature Camps in Indian Hill

7550 Given Road, Cincinnati 513-541- 0220 Our Waldorf teachers lead nature-based parent-child and child-only camps incorporating neighboring Turner Farm along with woodlands and meadows into activities that engage, inspire and challenge. From daily farm visits, hikes, and arts for the upper ages, to crafts, creek exploration, and Faerie Tree stories for the tots, a fun summer experience in a uniquely beautiful setting.

Classroom Antics Tech Camps

Multiple Locations 800-595-3776 Week-long day camps for ages 7 - 13 in video game design, LEGO robotics, computer programming, and stop motion animation. $199. Save $15 with code CF3 (expires 2/28/2013).

Falcon Camp

4251 Delta Road SW, Carrollton 800-837-2267 • Ohio’s premier summer camp since 1959. Boys and girls ages 6 - 16 enjoy a beautiful lakefront setting, wide variety of activies and outstanding staff. “Fun for Now, Skills for Life” is more than a catchy logo. It really defines the environment created at Falcon. ACA accredited. References available. Great fun!

Fruit of Zion Child Development Center

9180 Cincinnati Columbus Road, West Chester 513-531-1180 • Full-day adventures for both younger and older children. Summer camp is a healthy balance of fun and learning. Every day brings something new and exciting. Learning, exploration, physical activities in a safe, nurturing environment. Children participate in teacher support workbook-based activities that focus on math, science and literacy, as well as participate in field trips. Mon. - Fri., 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Ages 5 - 12 yrs.

The Goddard School (Mason)

754 Reading Road, Mason 513-398-2777 Circus Fun in the Summer Sun! Goddard summer camp is a great way to discover that learning is all around. Children 6 wks. - 10 yrs. can explore our exciting curriculum as we have a summer full of big top fun. Enjoy arts, crafts, cooking projects and don’t miss our special visitors and fun-filled trips. •

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Goddard School Summer Camps (Anderson Twp.)

1280 Nagel Road, Cincinnati 513-474-5292 Looking for an active summer camp loaded with high energy, outdoor activities, fun field trips, weekly water days and engaging visitors in a safe environment? Then Let’s Go Exploring with The Goddard School this summer. Camps are specifically designed for ages toddler - 10 yrs. Enjoy our expanded campus, large indoor gym, crafts, cooking projects, sewing school, gymnastics, and more. Full- and half-day camps available.

Gorman Heritage Farm

10052 Reading Road, Cincinnati 513-563-6663 • Your child will love our Farm Camp. Over 80% of our campers last year called it their favorite camp. Activities include: caring for our animals, exploring nature, garden fun, cooking, hiking, making art, making music, making friends, and more. Camps for age 4 - 15. Visit our website for a full brochure.

Greenacres Summer Camps

8255 Spooky Hollow, Cincinnati 513-891-4227 • Arts, aquatic adventures, environment, equine, food or garden... a camp for every child! Greenacres offers hands-on, small group camps led by a caring staff.

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Hubbard Family Swim School at Kids First Sports Center

7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-530-0123 Our priority is to teach children starting as young as 2 mos. to love and respect the water. We are committed to providing swim lessons that build confidence and teach water safety skills in a child-centered environment. Our international reputation for excellence in teaching has grown as a result of our learn-to-swim techniques.

Jacob’s Well

5334 Socialville Foster Road, Mason 513-229-0223 • Brand new 10,000 sq. ft. facility with large indoor playground. Make new friends, keep your mind sharp, learn about God’s love and how to love each other. Exciting summer camp for 2013! Two to three field trips each week, including weekly trips to the local pool. Grades K - 5. New camp enrollments will receive a special discount.

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Marmon Valley Ministries

7754 St. Rt. 292, Zanesfield 937-593-8051 • Trusted, ACA accredited, Christian horse camp near Bellefontaine. With 160 horses, Ohio’s largest horse camp! Campers also enjoy climbing, archery, swimming and more. Develop skills, make friends and build a relationship with Jesus Christ. MVM has been serving up farm fresh fun for kids 7 - 17 since 1964.

• Three two-week camp sessions beginning June 17, July 8 and July 22 for students entering grades 3-12. • Six one-week camp sessions for children entering grades 1 and 2. • Classes are taught by theatre professionals and conclude with a culminating demonstration. • All levels of experience welcome! For information call 513-345-2242 or visit

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Camps Held in Multiple Locations 859-581-7100 • Circus camps. Fun, unique, and challenging. Selected Best in the City by Cincinnati Magazine. Circus camps conducted by My Nose Turns Red, the area’s only non-profit youth circus. Skills taught include: stilt walking, juggling, rolling globe, clowning, and more. Ages 4 - 7 and 7 - 16, plus two-week intensive featuring unicycle and German Wheel.

Pleasant Vineyard Ministries

1259 Swann Beatty Road, Camden 937-452-3347 This is not your typical camp! Pleasant Vineyard is a nondenominational Christian summer camp located near Camden Ohio. PVM Camp offers a wide variety of exciting camp programs to choose from which include: paintball, paintball extreme, rock climbing, Nascamp, digital photography, drama, art, Mythbreakers, LIT, crew, and Rez Classic Camp.

Saddle Lake Equestrian Center Horse Camp

2369 Nelson Road, Melbourne, KY 859-635-3773 • Day camp participants will learn how to groom, bathe, clip, band, and braid a horse. They participate in two daily riding lessons. Campers will follow the barn staff responsible for the care of our horses, learn about daily horse care, and why this information is important in horse ownership.

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My Nose Turns Red Theatre Company

755 Reading Road, Ste. 1, Cincinnati 513-770-1257 • Want to perform a live concert? One-week performance camps for students capable of playing through a song. Camps rehearse for a week then perform a live concert on Friday evening. Just starting out on guitar, bass, drums, keys or vocal? Rock 101 Camp introduces kids to each over five days.

Springer School

2121 Madison Road, Cincinnati 513-871-6080 • Adventures in Summer Learning is designed for students of at least average potential who are not making expected progress. The morning program provides strategic instruction in language arts, math, and critical thinking. In the afternoon, classes are available in math, writing, social skills, and creative expression. Jun. 17 - Jul. 12, grades 1 - 8.

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3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati 513-351-1109 The Baldwin Music Education Center, a division of Music Learning Center, Inc., has been serving the tri-state area for 50 years. Specially-designed preschool group music classes are offered for students ages 6 mos. - 4 yrs. and piano classes for 5 yrs. and older. All classes are taught by trained music educators and piano pedagogues. Classes are offered six days a week year round. Convenient location in Hyde Park/Oakley and family discounts. “Every Life Needs Music”

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6200 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery 513-985-6747 • Energetic camps for active kids! Campers ages 3 - 15 can enjoy a variety of full-and half-day, week-long camps. All summer TriHealth Pavilion will offer sports and specialty themed camps and activities. Facility includes indoor gyms, outdoor fields and swimming pools. Visit our website for more information and cost.

Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cincinnati 513-257-0705 Groundbreaking program combining sensory motor, cognitive and nutrition coaching into one solution for children ages 4 - 17 with ADD, autism, dyslexia and other learning/processing disabilities.

Cincinnati Ballet, Otto M. Budig Academy

1555 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati 513-562-1111 The region’s only pre-professional ballet training program combines professional instruction, performance opportunities and a strong connection to Cincinnati Ballet. Classes are held in the state-of-the-art studios where Cincinnati Ballet Company dancers rehearse. Ballet students frequently interact with company dancers, gaining insight into the life of a professional dancer.

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uild enthusiasm in your kids for the glorious summer months ahead during Cincinnati Family and NKY Family magazines’ annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair! Kids can explore activities and play games while you gather info and learn about camps of all kinds from local to residential, academic to art. Meet camp directors one-on-one and be sure to tour Cincinnati Sports Club’s open house, where families can enjoy chef samplings, Q&A’s with personal trainers, and fitness related games and prizes. Everyone who takes the tour receives a complimentary Tonics Spa & Salon gift certificate. Admission and parking are FREE! Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call 513-252-0077 or visit •

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oin Donna Wissinger in this presentation from Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series! With galloping horses, heroes and myths from faraway lands, children and their grown-ups will be enthralled with this musical, imaginative delight. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle; 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.; $6 adults, $5 ages 4 18. Call 513-421-3888 or visit


Don’t miss a magical indoor celebration of every kids’ favorite — Thomas the Train! The exhibit, which opens today and runs through March 3, is complete with Thomas wooden train layouts, Thomas HO scale electric train display, videos, Thomas & Friends scavenger hunts with prizes and crafts, an indoor train ride and much more! Open every day except W ed in Feb and March; hours are Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sun, 12 - 6 p.m. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, W est Chester; admission prices start at $9.95; 513-898-8000 or


You’re invited for a free expo that’s all about babies! Win prizes, receive free samples, meet local pediatricians and other experts, and register for your baby shower! Babies R Us, 925 Cincinnati Mills Drive; 1 - 5 p.m.; 513671-2430 or


Got a little one who’ s taken a few spills? Find out how chiropractic care can help improve sleeping, behavior , and immune system function with Dr . Heather Iannelli. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center , 4244 Hamilton Avenue; 12:45 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.


Explore the CAM’s galleries while jamming to the tunes of Xavier University’s male a cappella group, Hamon-x. Hunt through the museum, run into the Madcap Puppets, visit with local artists, meet Curator of Fashion Arts and Textiles Cynthia Amneus, and make some art of your own in Artworld. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

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Bring your favorite mug for a cup of hot chocolate and winter nature fun in the Nature Playscape. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe W oods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-8311711 or


Please join in for some Splat the Cat books and fun feline crafts. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 2 p.m.; 513-794-9320 or


Ages 5 - 10 are invited to this exhibit opening, featuring a book reading and signing from Linda Leopold at 2 p.m. This exhibit closes on March 31 with a print-making demonstration from Alexi Natchev at 2 p.m. Hebrew Union College, Skirball Museum inside Mayerson Hall, 3101 Clifton Avenue; 2 p.m.; 513-487-3098 or hucinci. org.


Need a dose of art? Stop by the First Saturday Family Art Studio for an open-ended art project that lets you explore a variety of art materials. Ages 12 and older may be dropped of f, ages 1 1 and younger must be accompanied by a parent. W yoming Fine Arts Center, 322 Wyoming Avenue; 1 - 3 p.m.; $10 per family of two or more, $5 for a child 12 and older if dropped of f ;


What is Groundhog Day and why do we celebrate it? Join a special story time to find out. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 1 1 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or


Bring your gently used clothes, toys, books, CDs, DVDs, and household items, and discover “new” treasures to take home. Everyone is welcome! LifeSpring Christian Church, 1373 West Galbraith Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513522-7707.


Celebrate the opening of the new Kenwood Stay & Play, a drop-in childcare service that offers educational activities, healthy snacks and fun for little ones. Kids will have fun meeting a magician and the Bengals’ mascot! Kenwood Stay & Play , 8110 Montgomery Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-891-7829 or


Step aboard the Spaceship Cincinnati Pops with “JMR” and blast off for a musical ride! This concert is jampacked with sonic spectaculars, including music from Holst’s “The Planets” and Mozart’ s “Jupiter” Symphony, set to some amazing images from NASA. Be sure to arrive early for crafts and games in the pre-concert Family Fun Zone, as well as a chance to check out the “instrument petting zoo!” Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street; 10:30 a.m.; $12 adults, $7 children; 513-381-3300 or


Bring your baby for a fun, research-based literacy development program with books, songs and fingerplays. Duke Energy Children’ s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $5 per child members, $7 per child nonmembers plus admission (all-museums pass $12.50 adults, $1 1.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or


Little ones and their parents are invited to join the naturalist for a story about Nicki and his snow-white mittens. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Ages 6 - 12 are invited for stories and crafts. Today, learn all about the Chinese New Year. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or


Connect with other like-minded parents and community members to discuss topics such as wellness, nutrition, child development, and birth and pregnancy . Copies of Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine will be given to each participant. Apex Chiropractic & W ellness Center, 8624 Winton Road; 7 p.m.; 513-931-4300.

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All ages are invited to enjoy free performances from April Eight, Exhale Dance Tribe/Planet Dance, Erickson Academy of Irish Dance, the Riley School of Irish Music and more. Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Avenue; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-473-5745 or

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


Fourth-generation storyteller L yn Ford arrives for the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Rosenthal Next Generation Series — with folktales, spooky stories and more, she’ll spin a few yarns rooted in her family’ s multicultural traditions. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle; 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.; $6 adults, $5 ages 4 - 18; 513-421-3888 or


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Join a Super Pet Adoption Event featuring hundreds of adoptable pets from shelters and rescues throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Meet lots of animals and find your perfect match — all adopted pets go home with free pet supplies, products, toys, food and a flexi retractable leash. My Furry Valentine events held throughout Greater Cincinnati, as well as at the main location. Visit the website for a complete schedule. flexi USA, Inc. Distribution Center , West Chester; 1 1 a.m. - 5 p.m. Feb. 9 and 1 1 a.m. - 4 p.m. Feb. 10;



Paint wooden sculptures and help design a giant balloon collage inspired by the Dutch artist, Merijn Hos! Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.40 ages 3 - 13); 513-3458400 or


They’re here! Ten-thousand pound, car-crushing giants have invaded the Bank of Kentucky Center to compete in racing, wheelie contests and freestyle action. Meet the drivers and trucks up close at the pre-event Autograph Pit and get the ride of your life! Bank of Kentucky Center, Northern Kentucky University, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Newport; 7:30 p.m. Feb 8 and 9; $12 - $37, $10 parking; 859-442-2652 or


A tiny touring theatre company attempts to tell the story of the infamous scientist who learns to split his good from his evil side; however they are sabotaged at every step by the director who suf fers from his own inability to keep his morality straight. The three women in the company slowly take control of the story as they learn to take control of their lives. Best for ages 1 1 and older. Families will enjoy a complimentary healthy snack after the show and will be able to meet and talk to the actors. Free admission, but donations benefit the Springfield Township Arts and Enrichment Council and the Wyoming Fine Arts Center. The Grove Banquet Hall, 9158 Winton Road; 7 p.m. Call 513-522-1410 or visit springfieldtwp. org/playhouse.cfm.

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Bring your little ones for Linton Music’ s introduction to the melodious sounds of the harp, violin, flute, voice and piano featuring members of the Muddy River Consort, who will tug at your heartstrings with American folk music. Clovernook Center for the Blind & V isually Impaired, 7000 Hamilton Avenue; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; free, as part of the Macy’ s ArtsWave Sampler; 513-3816868 or



Reverend Wheeler returns to celebrate African American History Month, with a Q&A and fun prizes. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 4 p.m.; 513-794-9320 or


Celebrate the arts with some hands-on experiences, including a free Musik Kids class, a free dance class, free Art Studio Sampler , Flying Cloud V intage Dance program, a Suzuki Violin performance and more! Wyoming Fine Arts Center, 322 Wyoming Avenue; 9:45 a.m. - 9 p.m.;


Learn more about attachment parenting, or meet other parents currently practicing it, at this gathering for families. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center 4244 Hamilton Avenue; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or



Ages 5 - 10 can watch how fibers magically transform into yard on a large spinning wheel, and use a drop spindle to make some yarn of their own. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 Western Avenue; 2:30 p.m.; $5 per child members, $7 per child nonmembers plus admission (all-museums pass $12.50 adults, $1 1.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or •

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Peter Lerangis, author of the middle-grade series Seven Wonders, will be in the manatee today to discuss and sign the first book in the series, The Colossus Rises. The novel features 13-year-old Jack McKinley , captive in a mysterious hospital where he must help retrieve seven magical objects to save his life, and the lives of his fellow friends. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 4 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


The public is invited to celebrate Goddard School’ s 25th birthday, including fun family activities, yummy snacks, and more. The Goddard School, 754 Reading Road, Mason; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-398-2777 or schools.gspx.


It’s time to celebrate the Chinese New Year! This year the snake slithers in as the animal of 2013. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 2 p.m.; 513-794-9320 or

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our time Grammy award nominees Trout Fishing in America is an eclectic folk/rock band best known for family music and kids songs. Songs like “My Hair Had a Party Last Night,” “18 Wheels On A Big Rig,” and “When I Was A Dinosaur” have earned them a place in the hearts of kids and parents everywhere. Join a kid-friendly reception prior to the 7:30 p.m. performance. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Avenue, Hamilton; 6:30 p.m.; $10 adult members, $12 adult nonmembers, free children with the purchase of an adult ticket. Call 513-863-8873 or visit


The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra welcomes Judy Collins, who shares some of the best music from the ‘60s generation, including “Both Sides Now ,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and “Send in the Clowns,” along with new music from her album, Bohemian. Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street; 7 p.m.; tickets start at $25; 513-381-3300 or


Learn the steps to recycle old newspaper and scrap paper into V alentines for loved ones. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


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Discover the magic of music with your wee ones. Sing, dance, chant and play instruments in an informal setting with Eliana Corredor , a registered Music Together teacher. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $5 per child members, $7 per child nonmembers plus admission (all-museums pass $12.50 adults, $1 1.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or

Join other families in the new PJ Patch for music, games and other fun! Bring your lunch or order one from the J Cafe. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 10:30 - 1 1:30 a.m.; lunch may be ordered from the J Cafe for a fee; 513-761-7500 or This tradition marks the beginning of Spring! Take a nature walk through the sugar bush and learn how maple syrup is produced. W ood Duck Trail, Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Cleves; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park.; call 513-521-7275 or


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Mitch’s Mission, a non-profit dedicated to helping patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute, is preparing a special play date for your family . Play games and have fun with the UC Bearcat football team, including corn hole, autographs, carnival games and access to the UC Rec Center , with swimming, rock-climbing and basketball, and all proceeds benefit Mitch’s Mission which sends kids with cancer to summer camp. UC Rec Center, University of Cincinnati Campus, Bearcat Way; 2 - 5 p.m.; $15 per person, or $50 for a family of five; 513-520-5409 or



The area’s most talented middle school and high school jazz musicians perform classical and popular jazz music this evening. Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM, University of Cincinnati campus, East Corry Street; 7 p.m.; 513556-4183 or


Join others in the Reading Garden Lounge of the Main Library for performances from the talented students of the University of Cincinnati’ s College Conservatory of Music. Main Library , Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine Street; 5 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or


Find out why the maple is the sweetest tree in the forest. This program is weather dependent, please call ahead. Open today through Feb. 28; 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. on Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $2 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-771-8733 or


Check out the latest OMNIMAX film, opening today! Flight of the Butterflies takes audience members on a journey following the monarch butterflies from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico — a journey that took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover . Show times vary and are subject to sell-outs, please visit website for a complete schedule. OMNIMAX Theater, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 W estern Avenue; 1 p.m.; please visit website for ticket prices; 513-2877000 or


Learn about Sailor ’s Valentines and create one of your own to celebrate this lovely day with sweet stories, heart prints and pink sculptures. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.40 ages 3 - 13); 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter . org.


Bring your kids to make a nature-related V alentine’s Day craft with the naturalist. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


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Leave your flashlights at home for this nocturnal hike that will have you looking and listening for the sounds of the night. Try luring one of the native owls that calls the park home while you’re there! Sycamore Park, 4082 State Route 132, Batavia; 6:30 p.m.; 513-876-9013 or


Welcome the newest American Girl, Saige, with a special story time, games and crafts. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 1 1 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or

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Experience the mountain culture of Appalachia during this two-day festival that features great food, skilled mountain crafters selling handmade wares, traditional arts demos, storytellers and live bluegrass music. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; Feb. 16 - 17; all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or


Ages 9 - 15 learn how species evolve over time and learn how seemingly dif ferent animals are actually related. Museum of Natural History & Science, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 2 - 3:30 p.m.; $5 per child members, $7 per child nonmembers plus admission (all-museums pass $12.50 adults, $1 1.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or


Follow along as guides lead you through the sugar bush, and learn every step of the process of turning maple sap into sweet sugary syrup. Learn everything you need to know to make your own syrup at home! Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Batavia; 1 1 a.m.; 513-876-9013 or


Linton Music and the Muddy River Consort present an intro to the elegant sounds of the harp, violin, flute, voice and piano in a concert that features American folk music to tug at your heartstrings. Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Avenue; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-381-6868 or

APPALACHIAN CULTURE FEST Please see Feb. 16 for details.

heck out the entries in the annual competition featuring large-scale sculptures constructed from canned goods and other non-perishable foods. The sculptures will be on display at the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts, the Scripps Center on Walnut Street, the Main Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, and the Contemporary Arts Center on Sixth Street. Visitors to the exhibits are encouraged to donate a canned good as the cost of “admission” to benefit the Freestore Foodbank. The exhibits will be on display through March 10. Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut Street; exhibit open through March 10; a canned good donation is appreciated. Visit


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Take part, support someone else or watch all the fun! As Special Olympics Indiana’ s signature fundraising event, the Polar Plunge invites Hoosier residents to be “freezin’ for a reason” and “take the plunge” for adults and children with intellectual disabilities. For the last decade, brave souls and warm hearts have jumped into bodies of water in February to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Indiana. For the sixth year in a row, Special Olympics Indiana will hold 11 Polar Plunge events throughout the state, including one at V ersailles State Park. Awards are given for those who raise the most funds for Special Olympics Indiana. This wet and wacky event also includes prizes for the best costume, incentives for dollars raised, a 3K walk and 5K run, and an After Splash Bash. Visit site for a complete schedule of activities. Versailles State Park, 13 87 U.S. 50, Versailles; 10 a.m.; participants must raise a minimum of $75; 812-584-6861 or polar-plunge/2013-versailles-polar-plunge/.


Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series presents four-time Grammy nominees and winners of numerous Parents’ Choice Awards, Trout Fishing in America, which creates music for people who take their fun seriously! This eclectic folk and rock duo have earned a place in the hearts of parents and kids everywhere with songs including “My Hair Had a Party Last Night” and “When I W as a Dinosaur.” Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle; 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.; $6 adults, $5 ages 4 - 18; 513-421-3888 or


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


Why do we celebrate Presidents’ Day? Join a special story time to find out. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 2 p.m.; 513-794-9320 or


Enjoy a performance showcasing the talented students from the Starling Preparatory String Project. Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, CCM, University of Cincinnati, East Corry Street; 7 p.m.; 513-556-4183 or


Ages 5 - 10 explore the basic elements of producing parchment from hide, making scribe’s ink, and fashioning quills from goose feathers to create a one-of-a-kind scroll. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 W estern Avenue; 2 p.m.; $5 per child members, $7 per child nonmembers plus admission (all-museums pass $12.50 adults, $1 1.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or


The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park presents this high comedy for ages 11 and older, featuring verbal wit, slapstick and plenty of clowning. Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Avenue; 2:30 p.m.; 513-473-5745 or


Celebrate the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Snake by making a Chinese lantern to take home, playing with traditional Chinese toys, trying your hand at chopsticks, and taking a look at images of the New Year and children in Chinese art. Students from the Greater Cincinnati Chinese School will share their talents in performances at 2 and 3 p.m., and a naturalist from Hamilton County Park District will stop by with some real, live snakes. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike Street; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-241-0343 or

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Ages 2 - 5 are invited for creative, hands-on activities while parents learn how to encourage and understand their children’s artistic point of view. Led by Jamie Muenzer of Visionaries + Voices. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 Western Avenue; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $5 per child members, $7 per child nonmembers plus admission (all-museums pass $12.50 adults, $1 1.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or

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Join Thumbelina, the miniature heroine who emerges from a flower, as she encounters her friends (Toad, Fish, Field Mouse, Mole, and Swallow) in a series of astonishing, delightful, and sometimes perplexing adventures in nature’s tiny, enchanted world. TICKETS $5 MORE INFORMATION:

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oin the Midwestern Astronomers as they bring their knowledge and their telescopes to the park for an evening of stargazing. Find out what’s visible this time of year, then take a look for yourself through a telescope. Rain or clouds will cancel this event, please visit the website for cancellation information. Chilo Lock 34 Park, 521 County Park Road, Chilo; 7 p.m. Call 513-876-9013 or visit


Bring the kids to learn about the sweet tradition of maple sugaring. Watch a movie, take a hike, taste some yummy maple syrup and more. Farbach-W erner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m.; $5 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily , $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Join the Madcap Puppets for a presentation of The Cinderella Files, followed by character appearances, activities, discounts and prizes for Mom, and more great fun. Dayton Mall, Miamisburg Centerville Road, Miamisburg; 10 - 11:30 a.m.;


Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.


Winter weather is upon us, so have some icy fun while staying warm! Listen to a chilly story and make a wintery craft. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or


Learn how to build a bird feeder this afternoon! Designed for ages 6 - 12. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or

Join artist Samantha Messer as she uses art based around the idea of recycling. Using products that we normally throw away , make beautiful artwork for your home. Samantha will also draw from the work of Hema Upadhyay, who uses the idea of a big city and how does a small person fit into that world. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 1 - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.40 ages 3 - 13); 513-345-8400 or


Madcap Puppets presents The Cinderella Files this evening — find out what happens when the Fairy GodFather is in charge! Sharonville Community Center , 10990 Thornview Drive; 7 p.m.; $3 in advance, $5 at the door; 513-563-2895 or


Linton Music presents American Heartstrings, a concert featuring the Muddy River Consort, who introduces children to the melodious sounds of the harp, violin, flute, voice and piano. Wyoming Center for the Arts, 322 Wyoming Avenue; 10 a.m., 1 1:30 a.m.; $5; 513-3816868 or



You break it, you make it! Break apart twisty straws, wires and plastic into lots of dif ferent shapes and sizes, then take the broken materials and build a glass-like sculpture. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.40 ages 3 - 13); 513345-8400 or


Ages 2 and older are invited for nature stories, songs and other fun activities with friends from Imago Nature Center. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


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Nearly 200 boys come together for a day of music, games and singing, concluding with a short concert for friends and family at 1 p.m. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm Street; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10 participant fee; free admission to concert; 513-396-7664 or


Join Thumbelina, the miniature heroine who emerges from a flower , as she encounters her friends Toad, Fish, Field Mouse, Mole and Swallow in a series of adventures in nature’s tiny, enchanted world. THEATRE IV brings Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved fairytale of heroism and surprise to life in this musical adaptation. UC Blue Ash, 9555 Plainfield Road; 1 1 a.m., 1 p.m.; $5; 513-745-5705 or artrageous.html.

In honor of Black History Month, listen to stories celebrating the lives of those who have had a great impact on America. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or


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In this musical extravaganza from Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series, Bash the Trash spins the tales of the trickster-turnedspider Anansi to explore how he became the owner of all stories! These folktales showcase the exploits of Anansi and his neighbors Tiger, Dog and Moos-moos the Mouse with African-inspired instruments made entirely from recycled and reused materials. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mount Adams Circle; 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m.; $6 adults, $5 ages 4 - 18; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay . com.


Join a chamber music concert program for ages 6 - 12 and their families, in an extension of Linton Music’ s Peanut Butter & Jam programs. Today, the Muddy River Consort will perform the sounds of the harp, violin, flute, voice and piano. W yoming Center for the Arts, 322 Wyoming Avenue; 2 p.m.; $5; 513-381-6868 or


Hear one breastfeeding mother ’s tips and advice for making the transition back to work as stress-free as possible, and discuss topics like pumping and storing breast milk, talking to your employer , preparing your child’s care provider . Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Avenue; 12:45 p.m.; 513-5912332 or


Read some of Curious George’ s best adventures and create your own Curious George to take home. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 2 p.m.; 513-794-9320 or (the “Calendar” continues on page 40)

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Have fun with your little ones in this sign language program that is easy to learn, easy to implement, and helps to reduce stress during those early childhood years. Duke Energy Children’ s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $5 per child members, $7 per child nonmembers plus admission (all-museums pass $12.50 adults, $1 1.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or


Join other homeschooling families as children read favorite poems or ones they’ve written themselves on the LePage Stage. blue manatee children’ s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2:30 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


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


This opera from CCM features a farce all about a supposed poisonous omelet! Georges Bizet’s opera features young lovers, the mayor of Padua, and a conniving servant — rest assured, love triumphs over all. Sung in French with English supertitles. Cohen Family Studio Theater, CCM, University of Cincinnati, Corry St.; 8 p.m. Feb. 15 - 16, 2 p.m. Feb. 17; free but tickets are required (tickets available Feb. 11 at CCM Box Office); 513-556-4183 or


This world-premiere musical introduces audiences to the teenage wizard, Merlin, and his mysterious and magical youth. This coming-of-age tale from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati shares the backstory of Merlin, his boyhood friend King Arthur, and the beautiful, bewitching Morgana as teens in mythical ancient England. Featuring magic tricks, slight-of-hand, illusions and more! Taft Theater, 317 East Fifth St.; Feb. 15 - 17 and 23; $7 - $20; 513569-8080 or


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to choose the best wrap or carrier for you and your wee one. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center , 4244 Hamilton Avenue; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or


Ages 2 - 5 and their grown-ups tour the galleries and enjoy four interactive story times with the docents. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or


Mother of Mercy High School’s Theatre Department presents School House Roc ks! The Emmy Awardwinning 1970’s Saturday morning series that taught history, grammar, math and more through clever, tuneful songs is not only making a small-screen comeback, it’ s lighting up stages everywhere! Tonight’s preview night is a special performance for grade school students and their families. Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 W erk Road; 7 p.m.; $6; 513-661-2740 ext. 346, hyland_c@ or


Learn about the Japanese artist YoyoKisuma and create dot collages on everything from clothing to beach balls. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.40 ages 3 - 13); 513-3458400 or

inspired by the story of the famed recording session that brought together Elvis Presley , Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. Re-live that famous night with favorite songs like “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and more. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Feb. 19 - March 3; tickets start at $28;


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the greatest love story of all time, presented by The Cincinnati Ballet. Feel your heart stir with Prokofiev’s score, and soar with Shakespeare’s star-crossed young lovers in this tragic, yet beautiful, tale. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Feb. 14 - 16; $31 - $82; 513621-5282 or


Discover the fantastically rich culture of classical China, brought to life through dance and music with amazing costumes, all designed to evoke a sense of wonder and magic. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 and 8; tickets start at $53;

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Four girlfriends gather for a wedding, and as the bachelorette party gets into full swing, they discover more about each others’ love lives than they ever imagined. This homage to friendship features fun tunes like “My Boy Lollipop,” “I Will Follow Him,” and of course, the title song. Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; Feb. 28 March 24; $23 adults, $20 seniors and students; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions. com.


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1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington 859-491-4003 or • Divided We Stood RSVP by Jan. 31. Home school students in grades 4 - 8 are invited to learn about the Civil War in an interactive program that transports students back to the era for them to experience the War for themselves. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 7; $4.

THE BETTMAN CENTER OF CINCINNATI PARKS 4 Beech Lane, Hyde Park/O’Bryonville 513-321-6070 or

• Me and My Best Friend Sign up ages 6 - 8 for a workshop learning how to be a good friend to their new puppy or current dog. This fun and educational program covers the do’s and don’ts of playing safe and caring for a dog. Special crafts and games add to the fun, and everyone leaves with a “doggie bag” filled with pet-friendly recipes, activity ideas and other resources. Limited to 20 children, accompanied by one parent. Please do not bring pets with you — Ben the demonstration dog is on the scene to meet and greet the children. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Feb. 16; $5.

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• Signing and Drawing Workshop Ages 6 and older can join a workshop with illustrator Christina W ald, who also discusses her books, including A Warm Winter’s Tale. 2 - 3 p.m. Feb. 2. • Make a Mess at the Manatee Join Ms. Kelly to explore your creative side — listen to a good book and then make a work of art with your little one ages 2 - 4. 10 a.m. Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25; $5. • Amazing Amy’s Writing Club Join writing instructor Amy Dean for a workshop that’s all about emphasizing creativity and skill development and fun! All work will be posted on blue manatee’ s blog with parental and author permission. For little literati ages 8 and older. 4 - 5 p.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27; $8 per child, per session, or $40 for a package of six sessions. • Miss Meghan’s Music Ages 4 and younger and their grown-ups spend time together this morning enjoying songs and movement. 9:45 or 10:30 a.m. Feb. 14 and 28; $8 per child. • Gymboree Story and Play Time Friends from The Gymboree stop by with stories, songs, movement activities and parachute play for ages 1 - 3. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8; $3 per child. • My Fuzzy Valentine Ages 8 and older are invited to create a needle-felted Valentine heart for a loved one. 1 p.m. Feb. 10; $16 per child. (the “Plan Ahead” continues on page 42)

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PLAN AHEAD • Teeny Tiny Puppets Ages 5 and older bring a fairy tale to life by making teeny tiny puppets and a stage with The New School’s Robin Hartmann. 11:30 a.m. Feb. 16; $8 per child. • Show Your Love for Books Party The winners of this month-long contest are announced, and contest participants read their most loved picture books, and enjoy some live entertainment from Joel the Singing Librarian. 5 - 6 p.m. Feb. 28; free for contest participants; visit the website to download the contest entry form.


430 W. North Bend Road 513-761-4313 or • Backyard Maple Learn how to make maple syrup at home, including what trees to tap, how to collect and cook the sap into syrup and more. Please dress for the weather; a small amount of tree-tapping spouts, called spiles, will be for sale. 9:30 - 1 1:30 a.m. Feb. 9.

THE CARNEGIE CENTER OF COLUMBIA TUSCULUM 3738 Eastern Ave. 513-473-5745 or

• After School Art for Kids The Art Academy of Cincinnati hosts art classes for kids after school each Wednesday. Students learn various art methods and techniques through hands-on projects. 4 - 6 p.m. Wed beginning Feb. 20; $65 for a six-week session.


1223 Central Pkwy. 513-345-6508 or • FREE Clifford’s Birthday Party RSVP by Feb. 1. Clifford is 50 years old, can you believe it? Help him celebrate with crafts, stories, a giant birthday card signing and a meet-and-greet with the Big Red Dog himself! 1 - 3 p.m. Feb. 9.


2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton 513-867-5835 or • Discovery Kids RSVP by Feb. 19. Kids and their parents are invited to discover the slimy secrets of salamanders through stories, crafts and other handson activities. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Feb. 20; $3 per child plus a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park.


953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-ARTS (2787) or • Culture Kids Ages 2 - 5 can take a tour through the galleries and then try their hands at using paper and scissors to make art. 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Feb. 8; $10 per adult/child team members, $20 per adult/child team nonmembers ($3 and $6 for each additional person). • Art in the Making Ages 6 - 12 and their parents explore screen printing with local artist Annie Stephens. 1 p.m. Feb. 16; $10 per adult/child team members, $20 per adult/child team nonmembers ($3 and $6 for each additional person).

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

• FREE Tummy to Tummy Learn more about the benefits of using a sling or carrier, and how to determine which one is right for you. 12:45 p.m. Feb. 2. • FREE These Aren’t Your Momma’s Cloth Diapers Cloth diapers have plenty of benefits — for you, for Baby, and for Mother Earth. Learn more in this free workshop. 12:45 p.m. Feb. 16.


1301 Western Ave. 513-287-7021 or • Presidents’ Day Camp: Diggin’ Up the Past Learn how archaeology can help us answer questions about history — hundreds, even thousands, of years ago. Feb. 18; $40 members, $45 nonmembers, before and after care available.

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

• Cabin Fever Warm yourself by the fire and learn about the lives of early pioneers with stories, folk songs and other activities of the time. Then, treat yourself to a bowl of fire-cooked soup and cornbread! Please dress for the weather. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Feb. 2; $4 members, $6 nonmembers. • Backyard Maple Sugaring Learn to make maple syrup from the maple trees in your own yard during this workshop that covers trees, tapping, sap collection, storage, boiling and canning. Spiles (tree taps) will be available for purchase. 2 - 4 p.m. Feb. 9; $5 members, $8 nonmembers. • Maple Syrup Making and Sugarbush Tours Drop by the Sugar House near the Krippendorf Lodge and experience the process of turning sap into maple sugar. Join an interactive sap-collecting hike at 10 or 11 a.m., or 1 or 2 p.m. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Feb. 16, 23 and March 2, 9; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military).


Held at The Spotted Goose, 3048 Madison Road 513-651-5679 or conversathefrenchschoolincincinnati • French Activities for Kids Ages 4 - 5 and ages 6 - 8 are invited for a fun and educational program designed to expose them to basic communication skills in French through story-telling and creative projects. All classes are taught with a nativespeaking French instructor. Classes begin Feb. 5, call for complete schedule; $24 for four sessions.


3455 Poole Road 513-521-7275 or A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. • Maple Sugaring at Home Learn about the tools, techniques and tastes of maple sugaring through a discussion and some hands-on activities. Tastings included! 1 p.m. Feb. 13; $5.


7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason 513-234-0777 or • Jewish Kids Club Ages 7 - 13 are invited to discover an exciting Mitzvah and create unique Polymer Mezuzos under the guidance of Brenda from The Little Red Haus. Refreshments will be served! 1 - 2:30 p.m. Feb. 10; $10. • Jewish Women’s Circle Meet other women of diverse affiliations and backgrounds for fun, talk and to explore Jewish themes. Held at Aveda Fredric’s Institute, 7664 Voice of America Centre Drive, West Chester; 9:45 a.m. Feb. 14; $10.


1501 Eden Park Drive 513-542-2909 or • Plant Fun for Brownies See tropical food plants on a mini-tour of the “plant museum,” dissect a bean, make a food chain and set up two seed experiments to take home. 12:30 p.m. Feb. 3; $7 per scout, $3 per adult.


5400 Lanius Lane 513-542-2909 or • Plant Clones for Junior Girl Scouts After reviewing seeds, explore examples of vegetative propagation, or cloning. Each scout prepares and plants several plant clones of house plants to take home and grow . 1 p.m. Feb. 1; $10. • Wild Puppets for Brownies Brownies make three different animal puppets, and work as a team to construct a puppet theater for original plays. A hike in the woods, an active game and a close look at real animals round out the day. Bring a bag lunch and a drink. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9; $15.


1335 Donaldson Hwy., Erlanger 859-371-KRAZ 3187 Western Row Road, Deerfield Twp. 513-339-1030 • Krazy Valentines Buy a one-hour jump pass for $14 and get a free laser tag mission in Erlanger , or purchase two laser tag missions for $14 and get your third mission free at either location. In Erlanger , participants must be 4 and older and wearing tennis shoes; parent-signed waiver and socks required for the Trampoline Park. 4 - 9 p.m. Feb. 14; $14.

LONGBRANCH FARM & TRAILS 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen 513-831-1711 or

• Groundhog Day Hike for Families Subdue your cabin fever with a hike, and search for signs of the elusive groundhog. Then look for your own shadow, enjoy some Groundhog Day activities, and finish your hike hot chocolate and a marshmallow roast. 2 - 4 p.m. Feb. 2; $2 members, $6 nonmembers.


600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353 or • Showcase & Dinner RSVP by Feb. 23. Students from the MDC Intensive Dancers will of fer ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and musical theater performances, followed by a dinner from LaRosa’s. Held at Mason

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Middle School, 6370 Mason Montgomery Road; 4 p.m. March 2; $12 adults for show and dinner in advance, $6 children ages 5 and younger for show and dinner in advance, $6 show only in advance or at the door.


Held at Kings High School, 5500 Columbia Road, Kings Mill 513-309-8585 or • FREE Music and Origami Sampler RSVP by Feb. 5. All ages are invited to a piano concert recital featuring the students of Professor Sergei Polusmiak at 3 p.m. Arrive early for a pre-concert activity with origami instruction John Rogers. 2 p.m. Feb. 9.


8485 Ridge Road 513-761-7500 or • Presidents’ Day School Break Camp RSVP before Feb. 18. Grades K - 6 splash in the water park, play games in the gym, create art projects and enjoy the awesome game room. Bring a lunch with a drink, bathing suit and towel, and closed-toe shoes. Parents must complete a Medical Authorization Form for each child. 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Feb. 18; $48 members ($40 siblings), $58 nonmembers ($50 siblings), before and after care available for an additional fee. • FREE Once Upon a Purim RSVP by Feb. 21. Shalom Family and The Mayerson JCC invite families in the Jewish community to step inside a storybook for the afternoon when they present Once Upon a Purim. The fun begins with Children’s Theater of Cincinnati’s production of Rumplestilskin and continues with a fairytale-fantasy-themed Purim carnival, complete with games, prizes, professional face painters, balloon artists, Hamentaschen cookies and more! Kids are encouraged to come dressed as characters from the Purim story or in other costumes. Open to families in the Jewish Community with children 12 and younger, in which at least one parent is Jewish. 3 - 5 p.m. Feb. 24.

METROPARKS AT MIAMI HAMILTON DOWNTOWN CENTER FOR CIVIC ENGAGEMENT 100 Wilks Conference Center, 221 High St., Hamilton • FREE The Truth About Bats Join a MetroParks of Butler County Outdoor Educator to debunk the myths of the only flying mammal: bats. Meet a live bat and explore the world in which he lives. 10 - 1 1 a.m. Feb. 9.


9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-7275 or A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. • Bunny Bliss RSVP by Feb. 5. Bring your toddlers for an exciting program all about bunnies that includes a story time and a craft. 11 a.m. Feb. 8; $5.

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

• After the Boxes are Unpacked: Making Cincinnati Your Home New to the Area? MCC is hosting a free class for women who are new to town or who are looking to connect with others in their community.

Class runs for seven weeks and is based on a book by Susan Miller. Childcare is provided for free but space is limited. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. beginning Feb. 5.

SHALOM FAMILY • FREE Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun For You and Your Little One These private interactive playgroups feature Miss Meliss, who keeps both parents and their little ones engaged with her unique brand of fun. Play dates include a snack and are open to families in the Jewish community with children ages 2 and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Two families will each win a $50 Target gift card at each event. Presented by Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation. The Gymboree, 6209 Snider Road; 2 p.m. Feb. 10 and 24. • Once Upon a Purim Please see listing under Mayerson JCC.


Held at Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Drive, Milford 513-474-6364 or • Family Clay Class Ages 5 and older and their parents are invited to make their own works of art with kiln-fired clay. 6:30 - 8 p.m. Feb. 5 and 12; $30 per child, $15 per adult.


234 Goodman St. 513-584-2230 or • Childbirth Classes Expecting moms are invited to sign up for a range of childbirth education classes, including Prepared Childbirth on Feb. 2 and 13; maternity tours on Feb. 4 and 18; Baby Care Basics on Feb. 4 and 18; Infant CPR on Feb. 7; Breastfeeding at West Chester location on Feb. 14, and at Walnut Hills Health Center on Feb. 19; and Little Bit of Everything on Feb. 23.

VOICE OF AMERICA METROPARK Ronald Reagan Lodge 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 or

• Discovery Kids RSVP by Feb. 20. Kids and their parents learn the secrets of salamanders with stories, songs, snacks and more fun. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Feb. 21; $3 per child plus a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park.


650 Walnut St. 513-977-4165 or • Families Create! It’s art you can eat! Join a workshop designed in honor of the CANstruction exhibit. Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St.; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Feb. 23; $5 per child; 513-977-4165 or

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10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) or A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. • Growing Up a Farm Kid: Triangles and Squares RSVP by Feb. 4. Search for triangles, squares, and other shapes around the farmyard and woods. Please dress for the weather! Best for ages 2 - 5 and an adult. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Feb. 5 or 6; $10 per child, one adult free. • All Things Chocolate RSVP by Feb. 7. Chocolate is a natural choice on Valentine’s Day — learn more and share in some special treats. 3 p.m. Feb. 10; $5. • 1803 Farm Sampler RSVP by Feb. 14. Immerse yourselves in the 1800s at Parky’s Farm — check out activities and crafts representing the year Ohio became a state. Program will be indoors and outdoors, so please dress appropriately. Best for grades 1 - 6; children must be accompanied by an adult. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Feb. 18; $5.


Trailside Nature Center, Burnet Woods, 3400 Brookline Drive 513-751-3679 or • Native American Nights Ages 5 and older discover the stars, constellations, galaxies and more in this presentation that features the stories behind the Big and Little Dippers, Orion and other. 7 p.m. Feb. 15; $5. • Cincinnati Skies Homeschool groups are invited to learn about the constellations of the night sky, how stars form, star types, nebulas and more. Students will receive materials to construct star charts for nighttime viewing at home. 10 a.m. or 12 p.m. Feb. 22; $5.


8250 Old Kellogg Ave. 513-521-PARK (7275) or A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. • Homeschool Science RSVP by Feb. 7. Home school students ages 5 - 12 and their parents are invited for interactive learning stations, and a visit to the traveling indoor planetarium to learn about astronomy. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Feb. 14; $5. • Stars Jamboree RSVP by Feb. 12. Ages 3 - 5 make a craft and take a tour of the nighttime sky in the indoor traveling planetarium. 10 a.m. Feb. 15; $5.

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Classes now available on-site for your Preschool or Daycare

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Coming to Louisville! The popular LEGO

KidsFest tour offers LEGO lovers an exciting, interactive experience — packed with activities & creative fun for the entire family! Large-scale models built entirely of LEGO bricks Wow! Challenge Zone & Big Brick Pile Giant group builds: Creation Nation, Art Gallery and Monochrome Master Builder Academy, DUPLO®, LEGO Ninjago, LEGO Friends, LEGO Games & more And much more!


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