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the crux of friendship

ichelle Pompus took Janet Maier away from me in fourth grade. All of these years later, I remember that, because I loved Janet Maier and we had a wonderful, easy friendship based on our mutual love for Barbies and boys. Michelle didn’t give a hoot about Barbies, her “thing” was field hockey, and since she had the advantage of living next door to Janet, she got Janet into it. When I started playing softball in fifth grade, Janet and I were pretty much over. I couldn’t figure out how to get her back, did all kinds of nice things to win her love again (I gave her my favorite pens and pencils for pete’s sake), but that next door neighbor thing couldn’t be beat and I suffered for it. Not too long after that, I found myself having to “share” my new fifth-grade bestie, Nancy, with a new girl in town, Joanne. Here I was again, my inner circle threatened, looking for a way to hold on. As a kid, I always had a handful of close friends and a very wide circle of acquaintances. I was fiercely devoted to my best friends, so when that inner circle got tampered with it was traumatizing. When Nancy’s father got deployed to Africa toward the end of our fifth-grade year, Joanne and I did our best to carry on, but Nancy had been the glue, and Joanne and I eventually drifted apart. I moved on to dance and theater and found a wonderful world of fun, uncomplicated friendships. The world of kids and friends is paved with peril for more introverted types (like me); filled with risk for extroverts (since they are energized by new people and places and will gather all sorts of people to them), but no matter what, all people share one thing that can’t be tampered with: we are all human, prone to insecurities about our social status, and not a one of us is immune from the difficulties of relationships. We have ups and downs, good and bad days, personal experiences that give wind to our sails or topple us in a storm. Moms and dads need to be aware of it as their kids grow: keep the lines of communication open and non threatening. Don’t care if your child is “popular” or not; life’s too short to get hung up on “who’s best friends with whom,” and anyway, by the time kids get into high school, as my daughter once told me, it’s important to be your own person so you can keep your wits about you through all the “drama.” My son claims that the popular kids are the onces who experiment, i.e. party. While I want my kids to go to parties from time to time, I’m glad my son’s not a partier. One way to give your child a built-in social life? Send him to summer camp. Counselors at day and residential camps spend a great deal of time helping kids build friendships through all kinds of bonding experiences. Summer camp is nothing if not a bonding adventure. My daughter attended a sleep-away camp for many years; that she makes friends easier than anyone I’ve ever seen is a direct result of just having fun and enjoying herself and others. THAT’S what friendship is supposed to be about. THAT’s what you can focus on when your child comes home upset to lose a friend or ready to move on from one. Life is filled with people who will come and go in your life. Best to teach your kids to be themselves, easy going no matter what and ready to enjoy what life brings their way. They WILL share the world with others and most of the time they’ll enjoy doing that. It’s not that complicated, it’s friendship!

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kids to go through that. His dad and I may have to sit down soon and talk on an age-appropriate level and address it more and more each year as he gets older.”

“I feel like the healthiest way isn’t to save it all up for a ‘talk’ but to give information age appropriately constantly and consistently. In the car is a great time! We first spoke of bodily differences and respecting privacy at age 4. Now, at 13, we’re talking about sexual choices, consequences both physical and emotional, consent standards, responsibility and our family expectations of what is age appropriate (kissing, hugging and hand holding). I really feel that if you wait to have one talk and never revisit it, you may be waiting far too long. Most American children have a first sexual experience by age 14. Many know about sex and see it before then. Besides, how many of our children hear something ONCE and follow it forever? I’ve asked my son to put away clean laundry at least twice a week for three years and he still can’t seem to do that without a reminder, why would I expect something as important as sexuality should only be mentioned once?”

“I never had to ‘initiate’ the talk. Sex has just been an ongoing part of our family’s conversations from day one.”

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put it in terms they understood. We’re pretty open with them. We will have a more in depth talk when they’re older, since they’re still all under 10.”

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“Our kids are 7 and 2. We discuss things casually in terms they can understand when the moment presents itself. I have a couple of books on hand for different ages/stages to help with the more specific conversations for when they get older; one is more appropriate for 9 - 10 and one is more for 13 - 14. It’s important to demystify it and be clear on boundaries and expectations.” Malinda Long-Copland

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think that was too young for the sex talk, but now I’m not so sure. I feel like kids are maturing faster in ways. My parents didn’t have the talk with me really. I had my son when I was 17. I don’t want any of my

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The Jewish Holiday of


An inspiring story of bravery!


nce upon a time…about 2,000 years ago in a land called Shushan, Persia, lived a king who threw a lavish feast. He wanted to show off his wife and commanded her to dance before the crowd. She refused, so he did away with her! The king now needed a new queen, so he sent his men from house to house to bring back the most beautiful young women from his empire. One of these women was a Jewish orphan named Hadassah. She lived with her uncle Mordechai, who told her when she was taken to hide her identity and use her Persian name, Esther.


sther was kind and very beautiful. As soon as the king saw her, he chose her from among all the other women as his new queen. This event is the world’s first recorded beauty pageant! Esther kept her word to Mordechai and didn’t reveal to the king that she was Jewish.


oon after, the king appointed Haman -- the richest man in the kingdom -- as his new prime minister. All the king’s subjects were ordered to bow down to Haman. Everyone did, except for Mordechai. This caused him to develop a hatred for the Jewish people. As a result he hatched an evil plot to get the King to sign a decree to have them all killed.


hen Mordechai learned this, he told Esther she must go to the king to try and save the Jews. Esther was afraid, because it was forbidden to come before the king without being invited. She knew this could result in her death. However, she also knew that she was the only real hope her people had.


he asked the king to come to a private banquet for Haman. Fortunately he was not angry with her and agreed to attend. Haman was delighted to be invited by the queen to this private affair. However, during the dinner, Esther shocked Haman by begging the king. “Spare my life and the lives of my people,” she cried! “We have been sentenced to death!” “By whom?” asked the surprised king. “By an evil and wicked man -- by your minister Haman!” When the king heard this he immediately sentenced Haman to death.


s a result, Esther and Mordechai instituted the Jewish holiday of Purim, as a day of giving thanks, feasting and joy. Purim is still celebrated today and is one of the most popular Jewish holidays, especially with children who typically dress up in costumes depicting characters from the Purim story or other characters. Many families gather in synagogues to hear the retelling of the Purim story, take part in costume parades and go to Purim carnivals. Special tri-corner fruit filled cookies called hamentasche are eaten and represent Haman’s signature triangular hat. There are few religious holidays that celebrate a woman’s act of bravery, which is what also makes Purim so significant!

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Sweet Maple Sugar


t’s that time of year for tapping maple trees for sap that gets turned into maple syrup! Celebrate the season and learn a little about maple sugaring at one of these fun programs — and find more activities in “Things to Do” on page 33 — for families:

• Kids Maple Day at the Park takes place Monday, Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve (3455 Poole Road). Cost is $6 per person; 513-5217275 or great A second program featuring tasty treats takes place Feb. 22 and 23 from 12 - 5 p.m.

• Sign up now for Maple in Mt. Airy taking place March 1. Take a hay wagon ride, learn about the process of converting sap to sugar, and enjoy a pancake breakfast. Breakfast seatings begin at 9 a.m. and end at 12 p.m.; price is $8 per person; call 513-321-6070 or visit

• The Caldwell Nature Center (430 W. North Bend Road) offers a Maple Sugaring program for homeschoolers on Friday, Feb. 21 (RSVP by Tuesday, Feb. 18). For $5 per person, kids take a hike and tap a maple tree. Then on Saturday, Feb. 22, families can learn the secret to making maple syrup at home (RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 20). Call 513-761-4313 or visit

• During select times between Monday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, March 2, campers can travel back in time to the 1850s during Sugar Camp - Makin’ Maple Syrup to learn all about how the sap from a maple tree gets converted into a sugary, tasty treat at Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington. Families, classes or scout groups can sign up for one of three time slots each weekday: 10 a.m., 12 or 2 p.m. Call 859-525-7529 or visit for details. No RSVP necessary for Saturdays or Sundays.

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Get Ready to Spring Into Health


ungle Jim’s and Mercy Health are teaming up for a new, free health-centered event, Spring Into Health. On Saturday, March 1 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Head to the Oscar Event Center for a full day of screenings from Mercy Health, nutritious snacks from Jungle Jim’s, and plenty of good info on leading a healthy lifestyle. Visit for more.

Free Arts Days from the Macy’s Arts Sampler


he Macy’s Arts Sampler returns for another three Saturdays loaded with fine arts fun for the whole family. On Feb. 8, enjoy family shows and backstage tours at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, or international music and dance and the Madcap Puppets at Cincinnati Museum Center. On March 15, parents and children can join a free concert at Music Hall or Memorial Hall, featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Ballet, the Cincinnati Opera, the May Festival Chorus, and the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. And on April 12, the Contemporary Arts Center and the Taft Museum of Art will offer hands-on crafts. Additional events will take place across Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky on these same dates. Visit for a complete schedule and to download the free Macy’s Arts Sampler app.

See Albino Alligators at a Great Price


uring the month of February, two kids ages 12 and younger get in free with each adult paying full price at the Newport Aquarium (1 Aquarium Way, Newport). Watch a dive show, pet a shark and get a look at two white alligators, Snowball and Snowflake, before they leave at the end of the month. Admission for adults (ages 13 and older) is $23. Call 859-2615888 or visit For more great deals, head over to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (3400 Vine St.) for Penguin Days. Visitors can enjoy watching the penguins on parade, snow monkeys feasting on treats, and elephants playing with ice blocks, all for half-priced admission. Call 513-2814700 or visit for a schedule of activities.

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Is My Child Short? On Growth Hormones and Kids Plenty of parents worry about their child’s short stature ... but should they?


t happens all the time — a kid on your child’s sport’s team lags behind the others in height and he’s worried about it. So too are his mom and dad. It’s tough on a kid when he’s the shortest one on the team or in a classroom; competition makes us all want to keep up, do what we can to eliminate, well, our shortcomings. Nevertheless, all kids are different and spring from their family genetic pool and there’s nothing wrong with being little. But some parents are willing to take measures to give their kids a boost. Enter growth hormones. Typically used to help children with medical issues, growth hormones are being re-examined for their use in helping healthy children gain ground in height and size. But are they the answer? “Quite simply, human growth hormone is indicated for the treatment of very few conditions,” says Richard B. Heyman, M.D., a senior physician at Suburban Pediatric Associates. “These include certain congenital genetic disorders, growth hormone deficiency (which has a variety of causes), and some kidney diseases; it may also be useful in enhancing the growth of some infants born prematurely.” Nana-Hawa Yayah Jones, M.D., assistant professor in the Department of Endocrinology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (CCHMC), says that human growth hormone can also be used to treat idiopathic short stature, which basically means, shortness in a child with no diagnostic explanation. However, a child has to fulfill certain requirements to be considered a good candidate — at least 2.25 standard deviations below the mean for his age, sex and population group. “If your child’s below the first percentile,” says Jones, “he could be a candidate, but you have to consider his genetic potential.” If mom and dad are both less than average height, growth hormones aren’t going to make their child six feet tall.

Do ADHD Meds Stunt Growth? A 2007 study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry found that after three years on the ADHD drug Ritalin,

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participating children were about an inch shorter and 4.4 pounds lighter than their peers. Several other studies indicated the same results, but researchers are waiting for long-term data. “The use of psychostimulants (such as Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, etc.) is frequently associated with a temporary fall-off in weight and some studies show a slight fall-off in height,” says Heyman. However, he adds, “Most authorities consider the growth issues minimal, and unless weight loss is severe it’s not an indication to discontinue use of the drug. Competent physicians pay close attention to nutrition and growth for those children treated with these meds, and appropriate monitoring will minimize that side effect.” Jones says nutrition is a big factor. Some stimulant medications — and even some non-stimulant ones — can cause a decrease in appetite. If a child isn’t getting the proper amount of calories, his ability to gain weight and grow taller will be affected. “So it’s important that we make sure the child’s nutritionally sound first,” she says.

Hormones and Risks It’s natural to want to give a child every advantage, but giving growth hormones to a short but otherwise healthy child raises scientific and ethical questions for us all. For instance, are we teaching kids that being short is a disease in need of curing? Further, treatments are costly, with estimates ranging into the tens of thousands of dollars. And, as with all medications, side effects can happen, according to Jones and Heyman. These include growing pains, an elevated risk of diabetes (for those with a family history), fluid retention, an underactive thyroid gland, a hip slipping out of the socket, or the hormones causing a pre-existing condition (such as scoliosis) to worsen. Long-term side effects may include damage to the kidneys, pancreas or nervous system. “It’s not for everybody,” says Jones. “You have to decide if it’s worth the risk. But if you’re concerned, start with your pediatrician.” Chances are good, though, that your child’s short stature is nothing to worry about.

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Kids & Money. When do you start teaching your child about money? Does your child get an allowance or does he earn his money doing chores or for good behavior? Who uses cash? My son’s 5-and-a-half. We’ve started teaching him about money, and he’s just starting to catch on. My husband will give him a dollar for cleaning up his playroom or helping to unload the dishwasher. It would probably be more useful to teach him how to pay credit card bills online. LOL. We never pay for anything with cash so all he ever sees us do is swipe a credit card. When he has to take his cash out for stuff he wants to buy, he really doesn’t get it. Laura Hartman Roland

Create a chore chart for him to earn money. My son’s 6 and we use a chore chart. He earns 25 cents for every chore he completes. If he completes all his chores it comes to like $5 at the end of the week. Shannon Fitzgerald Benvenuti

Allowance plus extra for help around the house. Mine get $1 for every year of their age, plus an extra dollar or two for helping with things like cleaning the bathrooms, setting/clearing the dinner table, etc. Allowance day is on Sunday, and bedrooms must be clean to get anything. If they’re not clean, they have to pay ME a couple dollars instead. Lori Mode Wagner

Get a piggy bank and start early by having the child put the money in. We’ve had a piggy bank for our little girl since she was born and let her put money in it as soon she could. She’s only 2-and-a-half. We’ve only put it in the bank once so far but she’s understanding that it’s money to save! Obviously no allowance yet ... she’s still little.

Follow the Ramsey way. We started around age 4 using concepts from Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University For Kids. “Commissions” are earned for chores and as reinforcement for positive behavior. (NOTE: Ramsey uses term “commissions” instead of “allowance” because the latter suggests an entitlement.) Money’s divided three ways between saving/ giving/spending. It’s only $1/week for now as there are only a few chores/ behaviors. We’ll transition to specific amounts of money per chore plus extra for positive behavior when they get older. We’re looking forward to them fighting over the chores that pay most. LOL. Malinda Long-Copland

The money they get goes to a savings account. My boys aren’t allowed to spend the money they’re given as gifts for Christmas or their birthdays. It always goes into their savings account. They get to make the trip to the bank and put it in. At our local bank, they let children pick a small prize for making a deposit into their savings account. On occasion, I’ll give them a dollar or two to spend at yard sales or flea markets we may be at. They understand that 98 percent of their money goes into the savings account one day to pay for college. We don’t really talk like college is an option ... it’s a necessity. And I’m a firm believer that if the student is paying their own way, they try harder on their academics, as well. Alison Berne Knue

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With Ohio being home to several U.S. Presidents, a visit to one of their homes — such as William Howard Taft — seems only fitting during this national holiday.

hio prides itself as the birthplace of eight U.S. presidents. Three of these esteemed men hailed from Cincinnati: Ulysses S. Grant, Benjamin Harrison and William Howard Taft, the only person to ever serve as both the President of the United States and the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The William Howard Taft National Historic Site in Mount Auburn honors Taft’s contributions to our nation and his family’s contributions to our community as well. We entered the center where a park ranger greeted us, and invited us to begin with the 14-minute orientation film. Inside the small theater, we saw Will’s childhood in Cincinnati and his love of baseball, a passion that led to his initiation of the President’s Opening Day pitch. The video also highlights Taft’s education, graduation from Yale and his friendship with Teddy Roosevelt. We heard about his role in building the Panama Canal, his difficult presidency and

his loss to Woodrow Wilson in his second presidential campaign, and finally, the fulfillment of his dream: his appointment to the United States Supreme Court and subsequent role as our 10th chief justice. After the film, we looked at exhibits in the education center. My daughter posed by the larger-than-life William Howard Taft standup poster. We enjoyed the Kodak cameras of the early 1900s and photo albums filled with black and white snapshots of exotic trips to Japan and the Philippines. We admired displays that reflected other Taft family members and their contributions to broadcast history, the Cincinnati Symphony and the opera. But, the best part, of course, was the animatronic Charlie Taft. Dressed in fishing gear and posed beside his mustard yellow car, Charlie turned to us and spoke, talking about his parents, ancestors, and other family members, depending on the buttons we pushed. When we finished with Charlie, we toured the actual house. William Howard Taft’s birthplace and boy-

hood home was built in the 1840s in the Greek Revival style, and owned by his father, Alphonso. A curious fireplace with tiles depicting Shakespearean dramas and Aesop’s fables captured our attention in the first room, where our guide confided that sometimes the characters’ eyes seem to stare, watch and follow her. With a shiver, we left that room, and went to the nursery. The children had a crib and bed, but the nanny slept in a trundle just off the floor, and like the other servants, answered the families’ calls when they pulled a cord and rang a bell for them. We visited the library, where we saw the awkward connections between ceiling fixtures and table lamps, made necessary by early gaslights, and also saw a portrait of young William. He had long hair and wore a dress, but our guide explained that such styles were common for toddlers. “You could tell whether a

child was a boy or a girl by the way the hair was parted,” she said. We next went to the home’s most elegant room. Large enough for entertaining, the room featured a piano imported from Boston, beautiful furnishings, delicate figurines, detailed family portraits, lush drapes, and hideous carpet. “To us, the colors clash,” our guide explained. “The Victorians liked patterns and colors and frills. Sometimes it just comes off as garish.” We toured the remaining areas on our own, taking in the grand staircase, a few more furnishing and exhibits of campaign materials and other artifacts. Visitors ages 6 - 12 should pay close attention to these things, and everything they see and hear at the site, and then note their responses in their Taft activity booklet available on entry. Their efforts will earn them historic knowledge, as well as a Junior Ranger badge and certificate. J Barbara Littner David is a local writer and mother of five. She is also the author of Cincinnati Trips for Kids, a collection of more than 40 great Cincinnatiarea attractions.

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 2038 Auburn Ave.
 Cincinnati, Ohio 45219 Open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily Visitor Information 513-684-3262 Admission and parking are free

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after a miscarriage If you’ve been through a pregnancy loss, you have experienced thwarted hopes and dreams. Grieving your loss takes time — different amounts


he day that you miscarry, you become part of a club that no one wants to belong to.

It’s a club shrouded with secrecy, pain and even misplaced shame. You’re no longer pregnant, but everywhere you look, there are reminders of the baby that you had already loved and been

of it for different women — and most importantly,

preparing for. The box of maternity clothes you

you need support.

had just brought up from the garage. Your What

By Sandi Haustein

on the nightstand. The e-mails reminding you of

to Expect When You’re Expecting book sitting your baby’s progress. Those looking in from the outside think your miscarriage is something that you can quickly “get over,” as if it’s a sickness to recover from instead of a loss that takes time to heal. Erin Peirce, a mother who’s miscarried, says, “To the people around me, my miscarriage isn’t a tangible loss. While I might be thinking, ‘I would have been 20 weeks pregnant today’ or ‘I’d be able to feel the baby move by now,’ others see me as clearly not pregnant. They’re not aware of the baby I still hold in my mind’s eye.” How do you move forward towards healing when on the outside you look okay but on the inside you’re still hurting?

Know That You Didn’t Do Anything “It’s not the parents, it’s the process,” says Michelle Federer, DO, OB/GYN with Mercy Health. She explains that while certain conditions like diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome or certain blood coagulation disorders may increase your risk of a miscarriage, the majority of miscarriages occur during the first trimester, and are usually due to chromosomal complications.

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“Where Every Family Matters.”

life matters But that doesn’t mean that a miscarriage is due to

season. Make time for the things that help you

ultrasound pictures, cards and other mementos.

a defect in the parent’s chromosomes, but rather

feel taken care of, whether it’s listening to music,

Spend time as a family making a list of what you’ll

something happened during the chromosomal

gardening, exercise, reading or playing with your

miss about not having a new baby; then make

replication process. “Miscarriages are a lot more

children. Let friends make meals or take your kids

another list of things you can look forward to in

common than people talk about,” she says,

for a morning.

the future. No matter what you choose to do,

and while she admits this may not help you feel

finding a way to honor your baby will help give

Prepare for Insensitive Comments

You can’t force a timeline on your grief, but

“You’re young — you can have more kids ...

eventually, your good days will start to outweigh

Allow Yourself to Grieve

There must have been something wrong with

your bad ones. Until then, when you open that

You know the children’s story about going on a

the baby ... It was God’s will.” Sometimes,

baby shower invitation or see that pregnant

bear hunt? Grief is like going through that tall,

when people don’t know what to say, they

woman in the grocery store, don’t be ashamed of

tall grass. You can’t go under it, and you can’t go

unintentionally make statements that bring pain

your tears. Those tears water a seed in your heart

over it. As painful as it is, you have to go through

instead of comfort. “I usually try to talk with my

that will, one day, grow into hope. And when it’s

it to heal. Susan Killeen, a family therapist, says

patients,” says Federer, adding that mothers

your turn to reach out to others who become part

that while you can’t push a pause button on your

are often given the impression by others that a

of this painful club of miscarriage, you’ll find that

life to process grief, it’s important to set aside

miscarriage is not a big deal. “But you’re the one

you’re a braver, stronger you. J

regular small chunks of time to get quiet and be

who sees the ultrasound, you’re the one who

honest with yourself. “Ask yourself what you’re

sees the pee stick — that little blue line is already

feeling, what you wish had happened, what you’re

a life for you.”

better, it might help alleviate the fear that you did something wrong to cause this to happen.

angry about. Give voice to the places where

some closure to your loss.

Sandi Haustein is a freelance writer and the mom of three boys. Her fourth and fifth pregnancies ended in miscarriage.

When unwelcome comments happen, Killeen

you’re hurting,” Killeen says. Journal, listen to

recommends cutting the conversation short to

music, meditate or pray. Lean into your grief

protect your heart from being further hurt. If

instead of running away from it.

you don’t know the person well, say something simple like, “I appreciate your compassion.” If it’s

Find Your Safe People

a close friend or family member, tell them that

Build a strong support system, starting with your

while you’re sure they mean well, what they’ve

husband. He can care for you best when you

said isn’t helpful. Follow up with specific ways

communicate clearly what you need most from

that they can help (just listening or helping out

him, whether it’s validating your feelings, holding

with your kids, for example). In a perfect world,

you or doing the dishes. Melanie Evans, a mother

everyone would know the exact right things to

who’s experienced the pain of two miscarriages,

say, but by having a response ready, you can

suggests reaching out to friends who have

keep an awkward situation from deteriorating into

miscarried or finding a support group, either at a

something even more hurtful.

hospital, a church or online. Talking to someone who understands what you’ve been through can

Honor Your Baby

help you feel less alone, even if that someone is

Without a gravestone to visit or a body to bury,

found in an online support group.

miscarriage can feel like an ambiguous loss. Finding something tangible to represent your

Be Kind to Yourself

baby can help validate her existence. Give her a

Instead of feeling pressured by deadlines or

name, release balloons, or buy a plant, a figurine,

social activities, give yourself permission to step

or a piece of jewelry to remind you of her. Make

back from responsibilities or to withdraw for a

a scrapbook or a memory box and fill it with •

Further Reading Miscarriage: Women Sharing from the Heart by Shelly Marks and Marie Allen Miscarriage: A Shattered Dream by Sherokee Isle and Linda Hammer Burns Surviving Pregnancy Loss: A Complete Sourcebook for Women and Their Families by Rochell Friedman and Bonnie Gradstein Find Local Resources for Miscarriage Support online at cincinnatifamilymagazine. com and

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The upper elementary years present challenges for kids on the social ladder as they grow and change. Be ready to help your child navigate these choppy waters! By June Allen Corrigan


hen Shawna Crist’s daughter, Carly, entered third grade last September, the 8-year-old fully expected to continue hanging out with a girl she considered a close friend. “But pretty soon, I wasn’t hearing this little girl’s name anymore,” recalls Crist. When pressed, Carly offered, “Mom, she’s just not the same. All she talks about is softball.” And while Carly enjoys the sport, it simply doesn’t hold the same degree of interest for her. Enter new friends. It’s tricky keeping up with your child’s shifting social scene in the elementary school years. The upper grades in particular can be a breakaway time for a lot of kids. Polarization around different activities

becomes evident, cliques form and long relied upon friends start to move in different circles. It’s all normal and a part of life for kids, but that doesn’t make it any easier. In the early school years, it’s very typical for kids to develop friendships based on proximity. “But as kids grow up, it’s less about being in the same classroom or even on the same team and more about mutual interests and how those interests relate to who they are as individual people,” says Cathi Cohen, a licensed clinical social worker, certified group psychotherapist and author of Raise Your Child’s Social IQ: Stepping Stones to People Skills for Kids (Advantage Books; 2000). “There are two noticeable social transitions,” says Jonathan League, owner of Adult Child Family Counseling of Mason. (please turn the page) •

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Your Child’s Shifting Friendships “The early school years ages, which are ages 6 to 10, and then again during the middle school years, which are ages 11 to 14,” he says. During these periods, the structure and understanding of life radically changes for kids. They start to figure out what they like and where their abilities lie. Some kids will naturally drift apart from friends because now they’re spending more time in various organized activities. A child’s best friend may start playing competitive sports and develop new friendships within the team. There are also significant brain changes occurring at this time which translate into new cognitive abilities and cause a child to view themselves in new ways in relation to their social groups. Children start to notice differences in abilities and perspectives and compare themselves to their friends. “As children get older, even when they spend time together, they may not feel a strong connection with each other,” League says.

Waning Friendships

“Losing a friend is a big deal to a child and with any big loss in life there are predictable emotions that must be processed,” says League. Allow your child to share her emotions while remaining neutral. You could say, for example, “I’m sorry that your friend is not calling you back. Will you talk to me about how you are feeling?” Spend some time acknowledging your child’s hurt and provide a safe place for them to talk to help her move from hurt to acceptance. Let your child know that no matter what they experience, they are loved and cared for, League advises. Eager parents may take it upon themselves to try and find a new friend for their child or even push them to try harder to stay connected to current ones, but it probably won’t work. “Pushing usually doesn’t work,” says League. “It doesn’t address what’s really going on, and puts stress on the parent-child relationship,” he adds. By the same token though, you shouldn’t ignore what’s going on with your child. “We encourage parents to work with their kids to understand how friendships work and then create opportunities for a child to find new friends or enrich their current relationships,” League says. In other words, keeping the atmosphere light and friendly, sit down and talk with your child about how to be a good friend and develop a plan for meeting new friends. This may include

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how people like to be treated in a friendship and opening up your home for a sleep over or signing them up for an organized activity. League adds gentle encouragement for parents. “Something we tell parents is that they can’t grow up for their child; they have to do that for themselves. Your job is to love them and guide them as they figure it out.”

“The EG NOG process is a way of empowering kids. It’s a way of keeping you neutral as a parent while helping them cognitively limit their distortions. It keeps them focused on the part of the situation they do have control over and that they can change,” says Cohen. Add it to your arsenal of coping strategies and together you and your child can ride out any storm! J

“EG NOG”: A Helpful Parent Tool

June Allen Corrigan is a freelance writer.

As they forge new interests and friendships, kids are bound to experience rough patches. They may be left out of activities (this is particularly hard to swallow) and welcoming smiles may be replaced by steely glances overnight. Whether they say it or not, kids need their parents’ steady guidance during this time. Cohen suggests an exercise she’s labeled EG NOG for parents to use the next time their child comes home upset. The acronym breaks down as follows. E: is for Empathize. G: is for Get neutral and listen as they spill out their story. At some point they’ll peak out and that’s when you can begin to ... N: Narrow their focus. Ask which part of this upsets them the most? Which part can you help them fix? After you help them narrow it down into a more realistic thinking pattern then you can ... O: Operationalize. Meaning put into action a plan for dealing with that one piece she can do something about. And then the last G: Get moving. Have your child get moving on the plan, hopefully develop a backup plan and then have them report back after they try out it out. If it didn’t work, how can it be tweaked to make sure it does?

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The “EG NOG” exercise E= Empathize G= Get neutral N= Narrow focus O= Operationalize G= Get moving Source: Raise Your Child’s Social IQ

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Away Camps: Letting Learning to be away from home is a critical step toward independence. Many of childhood’s sweetest memories — and enduring lessons — happen when parents aren’t there. By Gayla Grace

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uring this era where many of today’s parents manage their kids’ lives to the extent they’re accused of “overparenting” and raising overly dependent children, experts say sleep away camp may be just what’s needed for your child to gain independence and confidence. Time away from parents helps kids learn how to make their own decisions without checking with Mom or Dad first and residential camp provides the perfect training ground, says Michael Thompson in his book, Homesick and Happy: How Time Away From Parents Can Help a Child Grow. If you’d like your kids to develop maturity and to gain independence (and if you’d like to begin learning to let go yourself!) it’s time to start researching sleep away camps. Week- or month-long adventures away from home give kids opportunities to experience unique adventures they’d never find at home. Looking into camps now leaves you plenty of time to talk with friends and find out where your child’s friends might be heading:

sometimes having a friend at camp is a beautiful thing for parents leery of separation. To find a camp that fits your child’s needs, seek out opinions from friends and neighbors, ask teachers and church counselors, attend camp fairs and explore options on your own. Residential camps of all kinds and sizes are located all over the country, so there’s sure to be one your child can love and gain valuable skills from. Elizabeth Cochran, Director at YMCA Camp Ernst, says, “Regardless of background, children at summer camp learn both independence and dependence on each other, through building friendships with cabin mates, from diverse experiences, and trying new things in the controlled camp environment monitored by cool camp counselors. Developmentally, children grow because of their points of influence. When they are younger, they look to their parents but naturally change to look up to their peers.” Need more convincing? Here are a few thoughts to consider:

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1) Camps build maturity and allow children to make their own decisions in a safe, caring environment, according to Matt Steinberg, Camp Director at Mayerson JCC’s Camp at the J. He explains that camp gives kids a breadth of activities to try with their friends as a group, but also allows kids to make choices about the activities they enjoy the most. This lets them have some control over their schedule and a say in what they do each day. 2) Camp forces kids to unplug from technology and enjoy the beauty and benefits of nature. Through outside activities, kids find new hobbies without academic pressure or expectations. Kids gain self-confidence through trying new things and discovering talents they didn’t know they had. 3) Camp teaches good sportsmanship by encouraging each child to be fair and kind. Team activities teach kids how to cooperate with each other and the value of getting along with others through working together and supporting one another.

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Go Helps Kids Grow 4) Camp fosters new friendships with kids who come from varying backgrounds. Abby Solomon, program director at Camp at the J, says, “What’s cool about camp is the community — younger campers get to be with their peers, but they also get to interact across age groups.” She adds that this gives kids a chance to develop social relationships in a different environment than something as structured as a classroom, and provides kids with leadership opportunities, and chances to grow and mature. In a relaxed atmosphere, kids easily make friends while they play, sing, work, eat and bunk together. 5) Camp creates life-long memories of new adventures in places they’ve never experienced before. Camp offers carefree days where kids can learn how to thrive outside the structure of overscheduled days.

Parents & “Childsickness”

Cochran recommends campparents. org for more on how kids benefit from a week or month away from home.


Tips for Letting Go

hen it comes to sending a child to sleep away camp, plenty of parents feel that while the child might be ready, they are not. That’s what “childsickness” is all about, and it strikes well-meaning, devoted parents who don’t like being away from their kids. “Parents today are more anxious than their peers were 20 and 30 years ago,” says Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association. “That said, the partnerships between parents and camp directors have increased. Parents should share their concerns with camp directors who are prepared to respond with responsible, informed answers.”

• The greatest gifts you can give your child are confidence and independence. • Let your child have trial runs being away from you by permitting sleep overs. * Don’t show anxiety to your child — it will make it hard on him. • Have a plan for yourself: Get a project done that you’ve never had time for, go on a trip with your spouse.

Gayla Grace sends her kids to camp every summer and always looks forward to hearing new stories when they return. •

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8374 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester 513-829-2345 Music lessons for all ages in piano, voice, guitar, drums, strings, winds and brass. Dance classes in tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyric. Other popular programs: Music for Young Children, a keyboard program for ages 4 and up; Music Pups, for preschoolers with a caregiver; Jumbie Jam, a kid-sized steel drum ensemble; and Fun with Drums. Special one-week camps throughout the summer. Free sample classes. 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 Celebrating over 40 years of authentic Montessori education for students 3 - 12 yrs. Offering half- and full-day programs, before- and after-school care, and after-school enrichment options. Each classroom is a partnership of experienced, treasured teachers and multi-age communities. CMH summer camps offer children a great opportunity to extend their learning while having fun around the campus. More information and a camp schedule on our website.

Creative Tots of Mason

6408 Thornberry, Mason 513-770-6776 Creative Tots has specialized in the private education of toddler, preschool and pre-K children for more than 20 years. Our holistic approach allows children the opportunity to learn, explore, play, and grow while engaging in the fine arts and Montessori activities. Our modernized curriculum is rich in opportunities to use creativity, solve problems, use language, develop new vocabulary and reading skills, while engaging in intellectual activities. Toddler, preschool, and pre-K and beyond camps held each summer. Details and registration available on our website.

The Seven Hills School

Hillsdale Campus: 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-728-2400 Doherty Campus: 2726 Johnstone Place, Cincinnati An award-winning independent, non-sectarian and coeducational school serving students 2 yrs. - grade 12 on two campuses. An intellectually vibrant environment encourages personal attention and the average class size is 15. Educating the whole child with a college-prep, 21st century curriculum. Our summer program offers a full spectrum of high-interest activities, from architectural modeling and wakeboarding to top-secret science, fantasy football, gourmet cooking, Lego robotics, kite making, space exploration, and many more. Open House on the Hillsdale Campus for grades preK - 5, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. Open House on the Doherty Campus Feb. 24, 9 a.m.

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.

3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati 513-351-1109 For more than 50 years, BMEC has provided specially designed music classes for students ages 6 mos. and up. The unique preschool music program includes keyboards, rhythm instruments, movement, and singing as a way to learn musical concepts through everyday experiences. In addition, trained group music teachers offer group piano classes for ages 5 and up. Conveniently and centrally located, BMEC also offers family discounts.

962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati 513-421-3888 The Playhouse offers summer camp sessions for students entering grades 1 - 12. Classes are taught by theater professionals in a fun, no-fail environment. All levels of experience are welcome!

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318 E. 4th St., Cincinnati 513-621-1817 • (art) • (choir) Music and Art in a Sacred Space. Children can explore Christian spirituality through music and art camps. Choir Camp, Jun. 16 - 20. Art Camp, Jun. 23 - 27. Ages 6 and up. $75 first camp registration; $50 for second camp or second child.

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The Music Factory 513-545-7125 Celebrating 10 years of music education classes, for children 6 months to 5 years, taught onsite at your preschool or day care! These 30-minute award-winning classes lay the musical foundation through seasonal activities, creative movement, singing, and the use of rhythm instruments. This musical environment also enhances the listening, language development, and gross motor skills for children.

School of Rock Mason Summer Camp

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 the five days. •

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Young Rembrandts

Cincinnati West and Hamilton 513-779-7278 • Young Rembrandts uses art as a way to develop essential learning skills. We offer child-friendly and relevant subject matter to spark children’s interest and increase knowledge retention, never losing sight that children learn best when they are engaged and entertained. We will teach basic to advanced drawing skills, art techniques, and vocabulary while expressing creativity in a positive environment. All new lessons every session. All supplies are provided.

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Gorman Heritage Farm – Farm Camp

10052 Reading Road, Cincinnati 513-563-6663 • Be a farm kid! Camp activities include: interacting with barnyard animals, exploring the woods, gardening, games, hiking, cooking, crafts, and more. Special themed camps for wilderness, art, cooking, vet, and science. Camp sessions scheduled by age group. Please see our website for full brochure. You will never want to leave.


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3254 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-612-5769 Voted Best Camp by the readers of Cincinnati Family magazine in the 2013 Best of Parenting poll, iSPACE - The STEM Learning Place, offers 30+ day camp sessions (entering grades K - 12). Transform Lego or Tetrix into robotic animals, smart cars, underwater bots, space rovers or band bots. Ignite imaginations by launching radial rockets, exploring Lego engineering, discovering the ups and downs of living and working in space, and much, much more.

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7754 Camargo Road 513.561.1888 Minutes from Kenwood Town Center

Flying Horse Farms

5260 Ohio 95, Mt Gilead 419-751-7077 Flying Horse Farms is a camp for children with serious illnesses located in Mt. Gilead. The children who benefit from our camp have illnesses including arthritis, asthma, cancer, bleeding disorders, gastrointestinal disease, heart disease, kidney disease, and craniofacial anomalies. Flying Horse Farms is always free of charge.

SPORTS CAMPS Chris Mack Basketball Camp

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Cintas Center, Xavier University,1624 Herald Ave., Cincinnati 513-745-3417 • For boys grades 2 - 9 – Day camp is an exciting four day experience in one of the college basketball’s best facilities. From individual instruction to exciting five-on-five tournament play, this is a camper’s unique opportunity to be a part of our program. Jun. 16 - 19, Jun. 30 - Jul. 3, or Jul. 14 - 17. For boys and girls ages 4 - 7 – Little Dribblers Camp Girls and Boys, to experience Xavier Basketball firsthand focusing on the fundamentals of offersFor younger campers and opportunity Ages 18teamwork months - 12yearsJun. 20, Jul. 18. basketball, and sportsmanship.

Cincinnati Sports Club

3950 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-527-5026 Ages 3 - 12: Kidsports Summer Camp – All summer long we provide a field trip and a special guest appearance every week, games, weekly themes, crafts, swimming, and more. Ages 3 - 6: Tumbling Camp – Campers will be active and healthy while having fun and making new friends and learning introductory tumbling. Ages 4 - 12: Junior Racquet Camp – Children will learn the proper strokes and strategies for four exciting racquet and paddle sports.

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.

McCallie Sports Camp

at Kids First Sports Center 7900 E. KEMPER ROAD

We teach comfort & confidence in the water

500 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga, TN 800-672-2267 • An action-oriented sports camp for boys with an emphasis on fun. Open to boys ages 9 -15 of all athletic abilities. Along with team and individual sports, boys enjoy off-campus activities that include Six Flags Over Georgia, an Atlanta Braves game, white water rafting and paint ball.

US Sports Camps The official operator of Nike Sports Camps, this is American’s largest sports camp network. Go to the website and search offerings using the “Select Your Sport” tab located at the top of the homepage.

TRADITIONAL CAMPS Animal Camp at Cub Creek Science Camp

16795 State Rt. E, Rolla, MO 573-458-2125 • Animals, animals, animals! Campers feed monkeys, work llamas, hold baby kangaroo, play with putties, bunnies and kittens. Our Jr. Vet program is a perfect fit for anyone who wants to become a vet (great for college applications!) 100+ activity choices including archerty, zip lines, pottery, and swimming. Transportation available from the St. Louis airport.

Black River Farm & Ranch

5040 Sheridan Line, Croswell, MI 810-679-2505 • • Girls who love horses and horseback riding have come to the BR since 1962 for a worry-free and friend filled summer. Set away from the hustle and bustle of the city on 360 acres, girls ages 5 - 15 enjoy our excellent western riding program and our wide variety of activities.

Our programs are internationally recognized stop in and find out why!

Heated pool & small class sizes · Learn-to-swim, strokes & squads FREE BABY SPLASH 8 wks - 5 mos


Camp at the J

8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 513-722-7249 Camp at the J provides great social and cultural opportunities that foster friendships and features good old fashioned fun. In addition to traditional activities such as swimming and archery, Camp at the J offers recycled art, silly science, social action projects, and more. For children entering grades K - 8.

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Camp Laney

916 West River Road, Mentone, AL 256-634-4066 • Camp Laney is an independent, traditional boys’ camp located on Lookout Mountain in northeastern Alabama. Camp Laney is accredited by the ACA and offers four two-week sessions for ages 8 - 14 and a one-week junior camp session for boys finishing grade 2. Activities include canoeing, water slide, swimming, team sports, ropes course, climbing wall, mountain biking bouldering, archery, riflery and tennis.

Camp Wildbrook, LTD

9664 Daly Road, Cincinnati 513-931-2196 • ACA accredited summer day camp. Family owned and operated for 63 years. Dedicated staff leading active, outdoor, traditional camp activities: daily swim lessons, archery, arts and crafts, basketball, BB air gun, drama and singing, gymnastics, kickball, nature and camping, soccer, softball, tennis, and special events. Six weeks (Jun. 16 - Jul. 25), Mon. - Fri., 9:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Camp Woodmont

381 Moonlight Drive, Cloudland, GA 423-472-6070 • Camp Woodmont is a traditional, overnight camp for boys and girls ages 6 - 14. Just 30 minutes from Chattanooga, Camp Woodmont features horseback riding, high ropes/climbing, sports, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery and more. Founded on Christian principles in 1981, Camp Woodmont is the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and memories. Open House May 18, 2 - 5 p.m.

Falcon Camp



4251Delta Road SW, Carrollton 800-837-CAMP • Ohio’s premier summer camp since 1959. Boys and girls ages 6 - 16 enjoy a beautiful lakefront setting, wide variety of activities, 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!

The Goddard School Summer Camps

1280 Nagel Road, Anderson Township 513-474-5292 Looking for an active summer camp for your kids? Then come join The Goddard School Summer Camp. This year’s theme is “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?” Our camps are designed for young and curious minds, ages toddler - 10 yrs. Children will enjoy our expanded campus, large indoor gym, crafts, cooking projects, sewing, gymnastics, garden activities, sports, behind the scenes tours, and lots of field trips. Full and half day camps available.

Greenacres Summer Camps

8255 Spooky Hollow Road, 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, professional staff.

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Dance Classes Competitive or Recreational Music Lessons Private or Group Birthday Parties Dance or Music Pups (Birth to Age 4) Acting Classes WEST CHESTER



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Kids First Sports Center – Camp-A-Palooza

Art Reach Sleeping Beauty

February 8, 2014 | 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.



7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-489-7575 • Campers at Kids First get the very best! A backyard with mini-golf, a climbing wall, and playground as well as 108,000 sq. ft. of everything kids love: basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, karate, dance, cheer, swimming ... you name it. New this year: Leaders in Training course for teens covering topics like leadership, conflict resolution, communication, and group dynamics. Teens can look forward to excursions, service opportunities, and more.

Marmon Valley Ministries

Tickets $5

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.

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 photoraaphy, drama, art, Mythbreakers, LIT, crew, and Rez Classic Camp.

Riverview Camp for Girls

757 CR 614, Mentone, AL 800-882-0722 • A traditional Christian summer camp for girls located on top of Lookout Mountain in Mentone, AL. Riverview offers both one-and two-week options for girls ages 6 - 16. Activities include: horseback riding, ropes course, canoeing, swimming, gymnastics, arts and crafts, archery, golf, and more. Accredited by the American Camping Association.

Valley View Ranch Equestrian Camp for Girls

Tickets & Info: or (513) 745-5705

606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA 706-862-2231 Private equestrian camp for girls ages 8 - 16 in the scenic region of Lookout Mountain. Horseshows, sports, crafts, cookouts, entertainment, competitions and more.

YMCA Camp Ernst

7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY 859-586-6181 • Steeped in tradition and built on the YMCA values of honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility, Camp Ernst hosts campers who enjoy top-notch counselors, making friends, and participating in a variety of activities including zipline, banana boat, 100 ft. waterslide, giant swing, horseback riding, the blob, and much more.



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february 16, 1–4 p.m. Visit with a real pony from Great Parks of Hamilton County, make a horse of your own to take home, and explore Chinese symbols at the Art Cart.

Dancers from the Greater Cincinnati Chinese School will enthrall audiences at 1 p.m. FREE. No reservations required

Families explore, create, and play! Sponsor: Charles H. Dater Foundation 316 Pike Street downtown Cincinnati (513) 241-0343

Children’s Education Programs Generously Supported by Joy and W.G. (Pete) Alpaugh Trust ArtsWave Partner: Enquirer Media Photo courtesy of iSPACE Camp

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• AMS affiliated and State of Ohio accredited • 2 highly qualified teachers per classroom • Sprawling 8 acre campus • State of the art classrooms and hands-on learning materials • All day preschool and kindergarten • Enrichment classes include: Spanish, music, fitness, yoga, library and nature programs • Early bird and after school care available

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Seeing is believing! Schedule a tour by calling (513) 683-4757

INSPIRING YOUNG MINDS Our holistic approach nourishes young minds and allows children the opportunity to learn, explore, play & grow in a unique environment. 18 Months - 5 years Art Music Yoga Spanish Science Monthly visits from the Cincinnati Zoo!

Here are a few of our Tots’ masterpieces replicating Andy Warhol, Picasso, Henri Matisse, Eric Carle, Van Gogh, Monet & more!

With state-of-the art facilities, four-year degreed teachers, a research-based curriculum, and an award-winning preschool program, your child is sure to grow at The Gardner School. Offering classes for children 6 weeks to Private Kindergarten. Visit today to see The Gardner School difference. Follow us online!

Thank you, Cincinnati families, for voting us your #1 childcare provider 4 years in a row!

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Disney Live! Mickey’s Music Festival Saturday, Feb. 15


ickey Mouse and friends rock the arena with Disney hits, plenty of dancing, and performances from more than 25 favorite Disney stars, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Ariel, Sebastian, Woody, Buzz, Jessie and plenty more! U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway Street; 1 p.m.; $18 - $55. Visit

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Bald eagles are making a comeback in the area. Stop by the nature center this weekend to enjoy hands-on discovery stations, and at 1 p.m. visit the naturalist at Steamboat Bend Boat Ramp to look for these majestic birds. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 4 p.m. Feb. 1 - 2; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Ohio is now home to hundreds of breeding pairs of eagles — join the naturalist to learn about this bird’s past, present and future in our state. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Avenue; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Please see “Spotlight” on page 37 for details.


Enjoy performances, visits with local artists, storytelling, scavenger hunts through the CAM, art-making activities and more. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or


Willkommen! Learn simple German vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill presentation of Joan the Girl of Arc comes to the College of Mount St. Joseph today, featuring the adventure of a young girl who changed the course of the war between France and England. College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road; 7 p.m.; please call in advance for free tickets; 513-244-4863 or


Experience a fresh and creative spring landscape at the Krohn’s annual spring show, Avant-Garden, presented by Scherzinger Termite and Pest Control. Highlighting a unique variety of spring bulbs, shrubs and annuals not typically used in a spring garden, the show will feature twisted grasses, delphiniums, and recycled materials. Basket frames and tomato cages are transformed into moss-covered chandeliers, flower sculptures are created from layered glassware, and recycled cans are modified to hang plants upside down. Enjoy an early spring at the Krohn! Open daily 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. through March 30. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4; 513-421-5707 or


Bring the gang to enjoy performances from the students at School for Creative and Performing Arts as they use song and dance to tell classic fairy tales, and employ techniques first used by Paul Sills and his company, the inspiration behind many famous performers today. School for Creative & Performing Arts, 108 West Central Parkway; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1, 2 p.m. Feb. 2; $15 adults, $13 seniors, $10 students and children; 513-363-8100 or


Animals in an art museum? Sure! Ages 6 and older are invited to hear about the many animals found through the collection at the Taft Museum of Art in this illustrated talk by docent Sue Monteith. It’s almost a zoo, and it’s all in time for Groundhog Day! Main Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine Street; 2 p.m.;


Clap your hands, stomp your feet and learn about rhythm with help from the Linton musicians, a piano, the trumpet and drums in this Peanut Butter & Jam concert! Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7701 Kenwood Road; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $5, free ages younger than 2; 513381-6868 or


The CCM Choral Department offers a program featuring secular and sacred music from the Renaissance through the 21st century and performances from CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, the UC Men’s & Women’s Choruses, and the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. Corbett Auditorium, CCM, University of Cincinnati, East Corry Street; 8 p.m.; $12 general public, $6 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-556-4183 or

SPOTLIGHT: Joan the Girl of Arc Open through Saturday, Feb. 22


ased on the famous story of the young girl who helped to save France, this production takes a look at Joan as a very young girl, and how she examined and shaped her beliefs. A relevant tale for today’s teens, this production is best for ages 11 and older. Through Feb. 22; various venues throughout Greater Cincinnati, see site for locations, dates, times and fees. Call 513-345-2242 or visit

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Winter’s a great time to get out and explore nature! Take a hike and look for tracks and other clues left behind by winter wildlife. Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Batavia; 1 p.m.; 513-876-9013 or

sun 2 EAGLE EXPLORATION WEEKEND Please see Feb. 1 for details.


Groundhog Day is here! Learn the funny history of this unusual holiday while making a fun craft and acting out your own groundhog forecast. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 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


Believe it or not, the smell of a skunk this time of year should make you look forward to spring! Learn more about this and other subtle clues of spring unfolding. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Avenue; 1 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


The Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill series continues this month with a performance of Joan the Girl of Arc (best for ages 11 and older), detailing the story of an adventurous young girl who helped to save France. Lebanon Theatre Company, 10 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon; 2 p.m.; call for ticket price; 513-228-0932 or


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Enjoy singing, clapping, reading and playing during this story time designed just for babies. Cold Spring Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring; 11 a.m.; 859-781-6166 or

FEBRUARY events requiring advance registration begin on page 45. FREE FAMILY STORY TIME

Help your child build early literacy skills through reading, playing, singing and having fun together. Lents Branch, Boone County Public Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Hebron; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or


Ages 2 - 12 share books with an adult reading buddy, followed by pizza and prizes. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 4:30 - 6 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or


Families are invited to join the naturalist for a story all about nighttime creatures and to meet a local owl. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m., 1 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


As you watch the Winter Olympics, you’ll see plenty of skating, skiing and more. Learn how wildlife competes in the snow and ice and their own Olympic-sized adaptations to the winter. Programs take place Feb. 5 - 16, 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. on Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. on Sun. Programs are weather dependent, please call ahead. 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; 513521-7275 or


This playgroup’s for children being raised in a bilingual or Spanish-speaking home — meet other Spanishspeakers and interact in Spanish outside the home. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Avenue; 11 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.


All ages are invited for a special performance from the Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre featuring West African music, song and dance. Fairfield Central Elementary School, 5058 Dixie Highway, Fairfield; 6:45 p.m.; 513-221-6112 or


Meet Pout-Pout Fish and swim along with him during this special story time, then have your picture taken with the star of the book. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


The Loose Parts Project embraces creativity and learning through play — join a special guest educator to explore recycled and repurposed materials for collaboration and fun. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8405 or


Enjoy a heartwarming evening at this fun fundraiser for non-profit organization, A Kid Again. Cheer on the Cincinnati Football All Stars or the Cincinnati Celebrity All Stars in a friendly game of basketball, all for a good cause. Bank of Kentucky Center, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Newport; 7:30 p.m.; call for prices; 513-232-5104 or


Grammy-Award winning singer and songwriter Barbara Bailey Hutchison entertains young and old alike in this interactive concert with high-energy fun and lessons of compassion and tolerance. Fairfield Community Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 7 p.m.; $5 - $7; 513-8675348 or


Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park brings their Off the Hill production of Joan the Girl of Arc to Circus Mojo this evening — bring your kids ages 11 and older for the story of an adventurous and courageous young woman. Circus Mojo, 322 Elm Street, Ludlow; 7 p.m.; call for ticket price; 800381 or


ArtReach, a division of The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, brings this fairy tale to life in UC Blue Ash’s ongoing series, ARTrageous Saturdays. When an enchanted spindle curses a young princess to 100 years of sleep, her fairy godmother does her best to protect her, but will anyone be able to wake her? UC Blue Ash, 9555 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; $5; 513-936-1576 or artrageous.html.


The Linton Musicians perform a free concert for all ages as part of the Macy’s Arts Sampler. Clovernook Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired, 7000 Hamilton Avenue; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; 513-381-6868 or


Whether you’re interested in learning more about attachment parenting, or are already practicing it, join this group and meet other like-minded families. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Avenue; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.


Join a laid-back stroll to relieve your cabin fever. Please wear sturdy hiking shoes in case of icy conditions. Great Oaks Trail, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 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


Stuck inside? Escape to the park for a walk along the gorge and learn about what plants and animals are doing this time of year. 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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Enjoy an Off the Hill presentation from Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park about the story of a young girl who changed the course of the war between France and England. Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 7 p.m.; call for ticket price; 513-7456261 or


Hibernation’s the only way animals survive the winter. Discover who hibernates and how other animals face the cold. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 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


Springtime means that love is in the air! Meet an educator to investigate the coming signs of spring and courtship. Please dress for the weather. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 10 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or Also at 2 p.m. at the Rentschler Forest MetroPark, 5701 Reigart Road, Fairfield.


Experience the process of converting sap to maple syrup in this guided tour through the sugar bush and a visit to the Sugar House. A self-guided maple hike is also available. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Feb. 8, 15 and 22; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


Hola! Use stories and songs to learn simple Spanish vocabulary. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Snakes, turtles and toads ... join the naturalist for an up-close look at some of the animals that call the park home. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 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


Taking place 50 years to the date of the Beatles’ appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra uses the original Fab Four orchestrations, while the Classical Mystery Tour members (who look just like the famous quartet) bring together the most popular songs of the band. Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street; 7 p.m.; tickets start at $25; 513-381-3300 or


The Cincinnati Dulcimer Society invites everyone to enjoy the sweet music of the mountain dulcimer. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or (please turn the page)

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SPOTLIGHT: Everything Thomas Now through March 2


homas the Train delights fans in this exhibit at EnterTrainment Junction — celebrate the world’s most famous tank engine with wooden train layouts, an electric train display, videos, and Thomas & Friends scavenger hunts and crafts. Kids can also enjoy an indoor train ride and stop by the circus-themed A-Maze-N FunHouse or the play area. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon - Sat and 12 - 6 p.m. Sun. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; admission begins at $9.95. Call 513-898-8000 or visit


Experience the process of converting sap to maple syrup in this guided tour through the sugar bush and a visit to the Sugar House. A self-guided maple hike is also available. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 12 - 4 p.m. Feb. 9, 16, and 23; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


This sweet tradition marks the beginning of spring for many! Take a walk through the sugar bush and learn how maple syrup is produced. Wood Duck Trail, Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Cleves; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


Bison, mountain lions and wolves once roamed Ohio, but the landscape has changed drastically over the last 200 years. Learn what is gone from the area, what has moved in, and what the future may hold. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Avenue; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


Join this family event to benefit Mitch’s Mission, a non-profit that raises money to send pediatric cancer and blood disease patients from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to summer camp. Kids will enjoy shooting hoops with UC athletes, minute-to-win-it games, corn hole, basketball, swimming, rock climbing and a lazy river, while parents can check out a silent auction and other activities. University of Cincinnati Rec Center, Bearcat Way; 2 - 5 p.m.; $15 per person, $50 for family of five, $75 for six (plus 20 raffle tickets), $100 for eight (plus 50 raffle tickets);


Ages 5 - 11 can stop by for stories and an art activity. Covington Library, Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Boulevard; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-962-4060 or


Enjoy songs and books with your baby. Cold Spring Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring; 10 a.m.; 859-781-6166 or


Use stories, songs and play time together to help your toddler build early literacy skills. Main Library, Boone County Public Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 10 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or

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Join Naturalist Sheila Riley in the Visitor Center before heading outdoors for a look at the night sky. Bring a telescope if you have one. Program will be moved indoors in the case of cloudy skies. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


Get in the mood for love with some heart-inspired art, followed by some lovely yoga poses with guests from Modo Yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8405 or

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Happy Valentine’s Day! FREE PLAYART: LOVE BUG

Ages 2 - 6 can make a love bug for Valentine’s Day! Durr Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 1992 Walton Nicholson Road, Independence; 10 a.m., 11 a.m.; 859-962-4030 or


Join this story time that’s been designed especially for children with sensory sensitivities. Main Library, Boone County Public Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 10:30 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or


Take a blind taste test of several different chocolates, make a valentine card, and grown-ups can enter to win a door prize! St. Bernard Branch Library, 4803 Tower Avenue; 4 p.m.; 513-369-4462 or


Celebrate the Chinese New Year with music from both the East and the West in this concert form the Greater Cincinnati Chinese Music Society (GCCMS). Enjoy a performance of The Grand Canal Symphonic Suite, followed by performances from local talent, including pianist Hanqing Chang and the Sound of Joy choir. Corbett Auditorium, CCM, University of Cincinnati, East Corry Street; 7:30 p.m.; call for ticket price; 513-6583852 or


Join other homeschooling families as children read favorite poems or ones they’ve written themselves. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2:30 - 3 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or

Bring the kids for fun and games while you learn about summer camp options at Cincinnati Family and NKY Family’s annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair! Meet face-to-face with representatives from over 50 camps and summer programs, including day camps, overnight camps, and camps for kids interested in science, the arts, sports and more. Live entertainment and lots of great prizes, including discounted camp tuition, are all in the works! Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 513-252-0077 or •

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Little princesses and their grown-up princes are invited to dress like royalty for a special dance featuring photos, a make-your-own sundae bar, and plenty of music and dancing. Grandpas, uncles and caregivers are all welcome! Kids First Sports Center, 7900 East Kemper Road; 6 - 8 p.m.; $16 per father/daughter couple, $6 each additional daughter; 513-489-7575 or


Mickey Mouse and friends rock the arena with Disney hits, plenty of dancing, and performances from more than 25 favorite Disney stars, including Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Ariel, Sebastian, Woody, Buzz, Jessie and plenty more! U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway Street; 1 p.m.; $18 - $55;


Galileo Galilei was born 450 years ago on Feb. 15, and the Cincinnati Observatory is cooking up a special celebration that includes history and science to showcase Galileo’s astronomical achievements, as well as a few demonstrations of his greatest experiments — so get ready to drop off objects from the side of the building! Viewings of Jupiter and the Galilean Moon are also on tap (weather permitting). Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 7 - 9 p.m.; $7; 513-3215186 or


Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a scavenger hunt! Return your hunt sheet by 4 p.m. for a prize. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Avenue; 12 - 4 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



The Linton musicians teach listeners all about rhythm in this concert featuring the piano, drums and the trumpet. Wyoming Center for the Arts, 322 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $5, free ages younger than 2; 513-381-6868 or


Celebrate Valentine’s Day and 50 years of The Giving Tree with a story time and special activity. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


This park provides a diverse habitat for many winter birds — learn to identify and spot them in the winter twilight. Pavilion, Otto Armleder Park & Recreation Complex, 5057 Wooster Pike; 4 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

MAPLE SYRUP MAKING Please see Feb. 9 for details.


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Reduce, reuse and recycle. There are many ways to recycle, but nature did it first. From worms to birds of prey, find out how! Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Avenue; 2 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


Winter is a great time to investigate the night — learn about owls, salamanders, woodcocks and other forest creatures. Meet at the Mayer Picnic Shelter. Indian Creek MetroPark, 6500 Springfield Road, Oxford; 6 - 8 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or

Salamanders begin their courtship under the ice of late winter. Learn about their secretive world with the naturalist. This is an outdoor program, please dress for the weather. Waterhole Meadow, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road; 2 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



Enjoy a play about a young woman who changed the course of the war between England and France in this presentation from Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill series. District A at Nativity School, 5936 Ridge Avenue; 7 p.m.; call for ticket price; 513-458-6767 or

MAPLE SYRUP MAKING Please see Feb. 8 for details.


Follow along through the sugar bush, and observe every step of the process that turns maple sap into maple syrup. Then enjoy a sample of the sugary goodness! Meet at the Sugar Shack. Pattison Park, 2228 U.S. 50, Batavia; 1 p.m.; 513-876-9013 or


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Celebrate the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Horse! Visit with a real pony from Great Parks of Hamilton County, make a horse of your own to take home, explore Chinese symbols at the Art Cart, and look at images of the New Year and children in Chinese art. Dancers from the Greater Cincinnati Chinese School will also perform at 1 p.m. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike Street; 1 - 4 p.m.;


Join a day of learning about maple sugaring — see a movie, take a hike, taste some yummy maple syrup and more. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m.; $6 plus 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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SPOTLIGHT: Pinkalicious the Musical Feb. 14 - 16 and 22


ased on the popular children’s book, this production from the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati featuring a girl who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes will delight audiences young and old. Pinkalicious finds herself at the doctor’s office, where she is diagnosed with Pinkititis, which turns her pink from head to toe. It’s fun at first, but then the hue goes a little too far, and it’s up to Pinkalicious to figure a way out of her pink predicament. Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth St.; $7 - $22. Call 513-569-8080 ext. 10 or visit

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It’s time for some arctic fun with your little tot! Listen to an exciting story and make a fun craft that’s all about the wintry cold. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859491-4003 or


Show off your creative side and make some jewelry to keep for yourself or give to a friend. The Library will provide the beads, you just determine the design. Elmwood Place Branch Library, 6120 Vine Street; 3:30 p.m.; 513-369-4452 or


Celebrate Presidents’ Day by creating a personalized campaign button and poster. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 4 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or

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Parents who are going it alone are invited to this support group to meet others, share ideas and receive encouragement. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Avenue; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or


Charley Harper’s whimsical art was inspired by his love of nature. Examine his work and create your own art focused on birds and bugs. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8405 or


The Great David Kaplan welcomes audiences young and old to a wonderful and strange world full of illusion, music, juggling and deadpan comedy. Inspired by vaudeville acts of the past, Kaplan will amaze as he tames a rogue bowling ball, juggles furniture, and plays

melodies on his great-grandfather’s ukulele — and a turkey baster! Be sure to arrive early for a pre-show reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Avenue, Hamilton; 7:30 p.m.; $10 adult members, $12 adult non-members, free children 16 and younger (free with purchase of adult ticket and must live in same household as adult, otherwise $5 child members, $6 child nonmembers); 513-863-8873 ext. 110 or


It can be stressful for your child to receive an autism or sensory processing disorder (SPD) diagnosis. Get support in this monthly gathering and meet other families who can relate to your challenges and triumphs. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Avenue; 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or


Artist Diane Landry plays with the shadows her artwork creates, and now it’s your turn to do the same! Make shadow puppets and turn down the lights for a show, then examine your own silhouettes, play with sun catchers, and learn some new poses from Modo Yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 1 - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8405 or


Bonjour! Learn simple French vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Investigate the nightlife of woodcocks during this evening hike. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 6 - 8 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or


Madcap Puppets presents Fantastic Fairytales — meet the King’s Royal Court Jester, Flump, who accidentally overhears a plot to turn the King into a mouse. Flump will do his best to save the King, but he’s going to need help from the audience to do it! Sharonville Community Center, 10900 Reading Road, Sharonville; 7 p.m.; $2 in advance, $5 at the door; 513-563-1144 or


It’s maple sugaring time! Bring your family to celebrate the awakening of the trees as they prepare for spring. Learn about the traditional craft of making maple syrup, then purchase a few treats for a small fee. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 12 - 5 p.m. Feb. 22 - 23; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

MAPLE SYRUP MAKING Please see Feb. 8 for details.


Do toads really freeze solid in winter? Do beavers eat fish? Test your nature knowledge in this program that separates myth from truth. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Avenue; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Learn all there is to know about rhythm, and catch a few beats with the Linton musicians, some drums, a trumpet and the piano in this Peanut Butter & Jam concert. Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Highway, Lakeside Park; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $5, free ages younger than 2; 513-381-6868 or


Join an out-of-this-world experience in the inflatable planetarium and marvel at the night sky in winter as you spot some of the brightest stars and constellations. Programs begin on the half hour. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 - 4 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

Joan of Arc was a courageous young woman who eventually altered the course of the war between England and France. Learn more about her in this presentation from Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The Tall Institute, Oakley, 3950 Edwards Road; 1 p.m.; call for ticket price; 513-731-7077 or (the “Calendar” continues on page 42)

SPOTLIGHT: My Furry Valentine Feb. 15 - 16


ooking for a new pet? Look no further! My Furry Valentine brings together dozens of shelter and rescue organizations for a two-day event featuring hundreds of adoptable animals. Meet lots of homeless animals — like Kiwi pictured here — and help them find a new home with your family! Flexi USA, Inc. Distribution Center, Firebird Drive, West Chester; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Feb. 15, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Feb. 16. Visit

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School Open Houses Bethany School

Montessori Center Room

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555 Albion Ave. 513-771-7462 Open House Feb. 9, 2 - 4 p.m.

2505 Riverside Drive 513-321-3282 Open House Feb. 23, 12 - 2 p.m.

Hillsdale Campus 5400 Red Bank Road 513-728-2400 Doherty Campus 2726 Johnstone Place 513-728-2300 Informational Meeting Lower School at Doherty Campus Feb. 24 from 9 a.m. and at Hillsdale Campus Feb. 25 from 9 a.m.

Cincinnati Country Day School 6905 Given Road 513-979-0220 Application Deadline is Feb. 15

Saint Ursula Villa 3660 Vineyard Place 513-871-7218 Open House Feb. 2, 12 - 2 p.m. (snow date is Feb. 9)

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 11525 Snider Road 513-247-0900 Open House Feb. 1

Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700 • Parent Preview Day, Feb. 4, 8:45 a.m. Please RSVP.

Villa Madonna Montessori 2402 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills 859-341-5145 Kicking off National Montessori Education Week (Feb. 23 - March 1) with an open house, Feb. 23, 1 - 3 p.m. Please RSVP, walk-ins accepted.

Cincinnati Public Schools 513-363-0123 Held at Xavier University’s Cintas Center 1624 Herald Ave. High School Showcase, Feb. 6, 4 - 7 p.m.

Cincinnati Waldorf School 6743 Chestnut St. 513-541-0220 Open House Feb. 8, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Compass School 9370 Waterstone Blvd. 5130683-8833 Open House Feb. 22, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Kinder Garden School 10969 Reed Hartman Hwy., Blue Ash, 513-791-4300 5900 West Chester Road, West Chester, 513-874-3100 Open houses every Thursday, 4 - 6 p.m. •

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The timberdoodles are back — take a sunset hike with the naturalist to watch the courtship flight of these birds. Best for ages 8 and older. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 6 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

Secretive salamanders can be difficult to find unless you know where to look. Help search for them at the vernal pond this afternoon. Tallgrass Prairie Trailhead, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Avenue; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or

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Ever wondered what the Olympics would look like with animal athletes? Test your skills against the fastest and strongest animal talents in the park’s version of the Olympic Games! Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 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 greatparks. org.

MAPLE SUGAR DAYS Please see Feb. 22 for details.

MAPLE SYRUP MAKING Please see Feb. 9 for details.



A combination of spy novel and Monty Python, The 39 Steps presents a fast-paced, Hitchcockian whodunit full of laughs, 150 characters (played by a cast of four!), an on-stage plane crash, and even a little romance. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; through Feb. 16; $21 - $24; 513-241-6550 or


This award-winning play features two acts set 50 years apart in the same Chicago bungalow. It tells the tale of the home’s 1950 sale to the neighborhood’s first black family, and then in 2009, during the neighborhood’s gentrification. Warning: this production contains adult themes and language, and is best suited for adults and older teens. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; through Feb. 16; $25 - $55; 513-421-3888 or


The Tony Award-winning musical returns to Cincinnati! Eva Peron used her beauty and charm to rise to the top as First Lady of Argentina. Adored by the people of her country, even while her greed and ambition led to her downfall, Eva’s story is both remarkable and tragic. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Feb. 18 - March 2; $28 - $78; com.

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Join an out-of-this-world experience in the inflatable planetarium and marvel at the night sky in winter as you spot some of the brightest stars and constellations. Programs begin on the half hour. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 - 4 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


The Arts Alliance presents their 2014 Performing Arts Series, and this month features everyone’s favorite, Zak Morgan! The Grammy-nominee’s unique brand of children’s music delivers songs and poems with plenty of laughs to tickle your funny bone. After the performance, kids are invited to meet the man himself! Kings High School Auditorium, 5620 Columbia Road, Deerfield Township; 3 - 4 p.m.; $2, free ages younger than 2; 513309-8585 or


It’s cold outside! Make a hot chocolate craft and enjoy a cup of the yummy treat while you’re at it. Durr Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 1992 Walton Nicholson Road, Independence; 4:30 p.m.; 859-962-4030 or


When school is in session, kids can get help with their homework from volunteers at the library. Main Library, Boone County Public Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 5 - 7 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or


Everything is better with a mustache! Celebrate National Fake Mustache Day by making your own everyoccasion-appropriate fake mustache! Hyde Park Branch Library, 2747 Erie Avenue; 3:30 p.m.; 513-369-4456 or


The library’s partnering with Northern Kentucky University for a new story time — NKU Spanish students will read Spanish stories, sing songs and help make a craft. Open to children and parents interested in learning Spanish as well as bilingual families. Cold Spring Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring; 2 p.m.; 859-781-6166 or (the “Calendar” continues on page 45)


This production features a thrilling score of 40 standards, all recorded by Tony Bennett, including favorites like “Because of You,” “Cold, Cold Heart,” and his best-known hit, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 490 Glenway Ave.; Feb. 27 - March 23; $21 - $24; 513-241-6550 or


Based on the famous story of the young girl who helped to save France, this production takes a look at Joan as a very young girl, and how she examined and shaped her beliefs. A relevant tale for today’s teens, this production is best for ages 11 and older. Through Feb. 22; various venues throughout Greater Cincinnati, see site for locations, dates, times and fees; 513-345-2242 or


The Cincinnati Ballet celebrates their 50th anniversary with a world premier ballet based on the legendary tale of King Arthur’s Camelot. This new work includes beautiful costumes, original music, magic, projections, puppets, jousting, and all things Camelot. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Feb. 13 - 16; single tickets start at $32; 513-621-5282 or


Revolution, crime, and a quest for salvation run through this epic musical from CCM’s Mainstage Series. Follow the story of Jean Valjean as he serves time in jail for stealing a loaf of bread, to his release and intersection with a student revolution, all while enjoying the famous musical score from Claude-

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Michel Schonberg. Patricia Corbett Theatre, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus; Feb. 27 - March 9; $31 - $35 general public, $20 - $24 students, $18 - $22 UC students; 513-5564183 or


MamLuft&Co. Dance presents this modern dance performance that explores what happens when a community must re-build after a life-changing event. Dancers encounter a reluctant peacemaker, two rising leaders at odds with each other, and others simply searching for their place. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 8 p.m. Feb. 21 - 22; $26 - $40; 513-621-ARTS (2787) or


Based on the popular children’s book, this production from the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati featuring a girl who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes will delight audiences young and old. Pinkalicious finds herself at the doctor’s office, where she is diagnosed with Pinkititis, which turns her pink from head to toe. It’s fun at first, but then the hue goes a little too far, and it’s up to Pinkalicious to figure a way out of her pink predicament. Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth St.; Feb. 14 – 16 and 22; $7 - $22; 513-569-8080 ext. 10 or


Billy is the deaf son in a very outspoken family who never quite figured out how to adapt to him. But when he meets a new family in the deaf community, tensions are high in a play about family dynamics and communication. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St.; through Feb. 16; $16 - $43; 513-421-3555 or

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Bring the whole gang for a night of board games, family and fun. Snacks and drinks provided; games are best for ages 6 and older. Blue Ash Branch Library, 4911 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 7 p.m.; 513-369-6051 or


Join an on-the-floor, interactive story time that encourages a love of books and begins to build six pre-reading skills through songs, stories and play time. Scheben Branch, Boone County Public Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 10 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or


Little ones and their grown-ups are invited for a story at the CAM. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or



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

BEECH ACRES PARENTING CENTER 6881 Beechmont Ave. 513-233-4706 •

• FREE Back on Track This series is designed for dads who have recently experienced a divorce or other change in their parenting role. 6 - 8:15 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 4 - 25. • Basic Mediation Training This training session is open to anyone interested in becoming a mediator, or simply wants to learn to improve conflict resolution skills. 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6 and 7; $250. • Parent Enrichment Series Parents who need extra guidance on topics such as how to use positive forms of discipline or how to strengthen their coping skills are invited to this series. 6 - 8 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 3 - March 17; $130 (financial assistance is available).


10500 Montgomery Road 513-475-4500 • • Toilet Training Without Tears Frustrated with your child’s resistance to use the potty, or just want to know where to begin? Join this workshop to discuss the signs of readiness, dealing with accidents and regression, and the pros and cons of using a reward system. 10 a.m. Feb. 1; $30.


Join friends from Imago Earth Center for nature stories, songs and other fun activities. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513731-2665 or

In anticipation of the upcoming exhibit, Buildering: Misbehaving the City, participants play with structure and form, and explore new ways to look at architecture. Create a unique cityscape out of nontraditional materials, then learn some building inspired poses from Modo

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Yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8405 or


These events require ADVANCED REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted.

• Birthing With Ease Expecting parents can take a unique childbirth series on hypnobirthing that dispels the myth that suffering must accompany labor. 6:45 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Feb. 8; $200.

BI-OKOTO CULTURAL CENTRE 5601 Montgomery Road 513-221-6112 •

• FREE Intro to West African Drum Ages 4 - 6 can learn the origins and cultural traditions of basic West African rhythms and songs, along with general greetings and sayings of the Yoruba tribe of Nigeria. A one-time student registration is required. 10 a.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Intro to West African Dance will be held at 10:45 a.m. • FREE Beginning West African Dance Ages 7 - 12 learn the origins and cultural traditions of transitional West African movement, dances and song. 10 a.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Beginning West African Drum will be held at 11:15 a.m. • Level 1 Adult West African Drum Ages 13 and older learn intricate West African rhythms/ poly-rhythms and songs in multiple West African languages. 10 a.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Level 1 West African Dance held at 11:15 a.m. Free ages 13 - 17; $10 per class ages 18 and older. • Beginning Yoruba Language Learn basic greetings, sayings, the alphabet and tonal comprehension of the Yoruba language from the tribe in Nigeria. 12:30 p.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22. Free ages 4 - 17, $15 per class ages 18 and older.


9393 Montgomery Road 513-791-1089 • • Blue Cocoon Classes Register online for classes for babies and parents including Tummytime, YogaBaby, Baby Led Weaning, DIY Babyfood, Healthy Toddler Food, Infant Massage, Miss Tisha’s MusikGarten for Babies, Momtography 101, Hypnobabies, Fit Mommies, and Dogs and Storks. Class prices range from free to $50 for a series.

• Tummytime Join a fun class that improves overall tummy function, facilitates sensory awareness, and promotes healthy head and body shape/movements. This class incorporates baby massage, reflexology and baby yoga with tummy time position. 9:45 10:30 a.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24; $50 for four weeks or $15 for drop in. • YogaBaby Babies enjoy yoga while on their backs, tummies, or held in loving arms. For parents, this class is an opportunity to meet other moms, get support, and learn about their babies’ emerging personalities. No experience required; please bring a blanket for baby to lie on. 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24; $50 for four weeks or $15 for drop in. • Momtography 101 Join professional photographer Erin from LBV Baby for one-hour classes that teach how to catch those perfect images of your kids. Bring a notebook and pen, and your camera. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13; $20 or buy five classes and get one free.


3054 Madison Road 513-731-2665 • • The Day the Crayons Quit Party RSVP by Feb. 21. Ages 3 - 7 will celebrate all the colors in their crayon boxes - read the book, enjoy colorful snacks and activities. 2 - 3 p.m. Feb. 23; $8. • Make a Mess at the Manatee Join Miss Kelli and have fun listening to a good book and participating in an art-making activity with your little ones, ages 2 - 4. 10 - 10:30 a.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24; $7. • Little Yogis Join Hollie Nesbitt from Omya Studio for a yoga class for ages 2 - 4 with an emphasis on focus, flexibility and fun. 10:30 - 11:10 a.m. Feb. 6 and 20; $9. • Miss Meghan’s Music Bring your tots for songs and fun. 9:45 or 10:30 a.m. Feb. 13 and 27; $10.

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3251 Brookline Drive 513-751-3679 • • Native American Nights Journey back in time and listen to campfire tales while discovering a sky that was filled with rampaging bears, cunning coyotes and beautiful dancing maidens. Best for ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult. 7 p.m. Feb. 21; $5.


430 W. North Bend Road 513-761-4313 • • Maple Sugaring Homeschool RSVP by Feb. 18. Ages 5 - 7 enjoy an indoor program about the importance of plants and learn why maple syrup is made only this time of year. Then take a hike and tap a maple tree while tasting samples along the way. Ages 8 - 11 will also engage in some scientific experiments dealing with density and boiling point. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Feb. 21; $5. • Backyard Maple RSVP by Feb. 20. Learn the tricks of the trade for making maple syrup at home — find out what trees to tap, how to collect sap, and how to turn it into maple syrup. Most of the program will be held outdoors, and tree-tapping spouts will be available for sale. Meet at the Nature Center. 1 - 3 p.m. Feb. 22; call for price.


2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton 513-867-5835 • A valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park • Discovery Kids Ages 3 - 5 and their adults learn all about how their senses work with stories, snacks, songs and crafts. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19; $3.


953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-2787 • • Culture Kids Preschoolers and their parents can enjoy stories, art activities, a tour of the CAM and more while spending quality time together. 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Feb. 14; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers ($3 and $6 for each additional person). • Art in the Making Ages 6 - 12 and their parents work together on an art project that includes a gallery tour. 1 p.m. Feb. 15; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers ($3 and $6 for each additional person). • Art + Design Teen Workshop Teens ages 13 - 19 explore creative fields and industries with working artists and professionals before putting their skills to the test with a hands-on project. 2 p.m. Feb. 22; $5 members, $10 nonmembers.


4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 • • CFEC Classes Register for the center’s classes for ages birth to 5 years, including Rock n Rollers, The Pottery Train, Little Sprout Yogis, Tiny Tunes, Head & Shoulders Knees & Toes, Movers & Shakers, Crawlers and Climbers, The Next Step, Silly Science, Jitterbugs, Wiggle Worms, Crazy Maze, Tip Tap Toe, and new classes Eating the Alphabet, Jumpin’ in

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These events require ADVANCED REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted.

Our Jammies, Setting Sun, Movin’ and Groovin’ and Expressive Adventures. Class packages range from $50 - $150. • Family Classes Register for classes for the family including Whale of a Tale, Imagination Station, Family Fiesta, Animal Action, Cupcake Kids, PeaWee Patch, Cultural Club, Yoga Adventures, Rise & Shine, DRUMatic, Hands Up, and new classes Grossology and Music Express. Class packages range from $50 - $110. • Parent Classes Register for parent workshops including BellyRobics, Signing Safari, The Potty Train, Tree of Life prenatal yoga, and more. Class package prices vary. • FREE Tummy to Tummy Learn about the benefits of using a sling or baby carrier, and how to choose the one that works best for you and Baby. 12:45 p.m. Feb. 8. • FREE These Aren’t Your Momma’s Cloth Diapers Cloth diapers aren’t as messy as you might think — learn about their benefits to you, your baby and the environment. 12:45 p.m. Feb. 15. • FREE Working Without Weaning Learn how to make the transition back to work as easy as possible, including details about pumping and storing your milk. 12:45 p.m. Feb. 15. • Simplifying Breastfeeding Expecting parents are invited to a workshop to learn about the basics of breastfeeding and their benefits, including a brief and private consultation. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Feb. 10; $30.

CINCINNATI MONTESSORI SOCIETY Held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, One West River Center Blvd., Covington

• Montessori: The Right Fit for All Learners The Cincinnati Montessori Society hosts its annual spring conference featuring multiple, expert-led workshops on a variety of topics, including a keynote address on creating a learning environment that meets the needs of all students. 8 a.m. March 1; $90 by Feb. 21 (includes light breakfast and lunch)


4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 • Daily admission for nonmembers $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 -12 • Maple Days for Scouts Learn the science and lore behind the process of converting maple sap to sweet maple syrup with a guided hike through the sugar bush, a look at Native American origins of maple sugaring, and a visit to the Sugar House. 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 and 27; $50 up to 12 scouts and one free chaperone, $100 13 - 20 scouts and two free chaperones, $150 21 - 30 scouts and three free chaperones. • Ohio Young Birders’ Club Ages 12 - 18 can join this youth group for hiking and birding. Locations vary, so you must be a member in order to receive e-mail updates on each outing. E-mail Bill Creasey at 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Feb. 8; $10 online registration fee to join the club.

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• FREE Re-Purpose for a Purpose at Jungle Jim’s Join a unique tour of Jungle Jim’s International Market in Eastgate and learn how the crew recycles materials to create an environmentally responsible marketplace, all while exploring food from around the world. 4 p.m. Feb. 12.


3489 Observatory Place 513-321-5186 • • Valentine’s Night Starry-eyed lovers have gazed at the night sky for generations — let this year be your turn as you enjoy a romantic evening with your Valentine, complete with music, drinks, chocolate, flowers and a special viewing of the Moon and Jupiter through the historic telescopes (weather permitting). 8 - 10 p.m. Feb. 14; $50 per couple.


2715 Reading Road 513-221-0981 • • Nature’s Love Notes Want to make something special for Valentine’s Day? Get creative and celebrate loved ones by making cards and other fun crafts. 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Feb. 8; $5.


Held at Marriott Northeast, 9664 S Mason Montgomery Road, Mason 513-967-7278 • • Gala Casino Night This annual fundraiser benefits The Dragonfly Foundation, a local non-profit that brings comfort and joy to kids and young adults living with cancer. Enjoy music, champagne, a silent auction and more. 6 - 11 p.m. Feb. 15; $125.


3455 Poole Road 513-521-7275 • A valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Maple Sugaring at Home RSVP by Feb. 6. Learn about the tools, techniques and tastes associated with the sweet tradition of maple sugaring through a discussion and some hands-on activities, including a tasting. 1 p.m. Feb. 12; $6.


1501 Eden Park Drive 513-861-3435 • • Brownies Plants Fun Patch Get a tour of one of the largest and oldest conservatories and tropical plant collections in the nation and learn about the power of plants while making a plant project to take home. A Greenhouse Fun patch is included. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Feb. 1; call for price. • Junior Girl Scouts Flowers Badge Earn your Flower Badge during this tour of the conservatory while learning about the science of flowers and how they help us all. Take home some dried-flower art at the end of the program. 12:30 - 2 p.m. Feb. 1; call for price.


5400 Lanius Lane 513-542-2909 • • Ravine to Freedom RSVP by Feb. 10. Homeschool students are invited to walk part of a route used by escaping slaves on a rugged, 75-minute trail hike through the winter woods. Learn the history of the Underground Railroad and how the woods were a part of this important network. Best for ages 7 - 14. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Feb. 14; $5.


9402 Towne Square Ave., Blue Ash 513-531-7400 • events/rsvp.php • FREE What Parents Should Know About Reading and Comprehension RSVP by Feb. 17. Learn about current national research focused on the path of successful readers, and how to better follow your own child’s reading development, including the five critical literacy skills for successful reading and compensation skills that mask development. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Feb. 18.


9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • I Love Nature RSVP by Feb. 5. Ages 2 - 4 explore all the reasons to love nature, including a story and a craft. 11 a.m. Feb. 7; $6.


5083 Colerain Ave. 513-321-6070 • • Maple in Mt. Airy Enjoy a hay wagon ride to the Arboretum to meet costumed sugar makers from the past. Along the way, taste maple sap, tea and sugar, and learn how people have tapped maple trees for sap over the centuries. A pancake breakfast is included. Breakfast seating starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m. March 1; $8.


2228 US Highway 50, Batavia 513-876-9013 • • Maple Syrup for Homeschoolers RSVP by Feb. 21. Discover everything you need to know about making maple syrup. Tap trees, collect sap and see how it is turned into maple syrup. 10 a.m. Feb. 24; $4 per child.

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. 9 and 23. Dates subject to change, please call to confirm.


These events require ADVANCED REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted.


11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-7275 • A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Wee Wonders: Snow Fun RSVP by Feb. 17. Ages 3 - 5 learn all about the delights of snow with stories, crafts, a simple experiment and a short walk. 11 a.m. Feb. 20; $6.

VINEYARD COMMUNITY CHURCH 11340 Century Circle 513-803-1176 •

• Fluency Friday Join a one-day intensive workshop designed to educate and support students who stutter. This program was started over 10 years ago and has developed into a community effort with faculty from UC, Hamilton County Educational Service Center and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Feb. 21; $10.


7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 • A valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park • Basics of Birding Mini Camp RSVP by Feb. 14. All ages are invited to learn the basics of bird watching from binocular use to bird identification. Ages 8 and older will be split into age groups. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. or 1 - 3 p.m. Feb. 17; $5. • Discovery Kids Ages 3 -5 and their adults will learn how the senses work through stories, crafts, songs and snacks. 1 p.m. Feb. 20; $3.


650 Walnut St. 513-977-4165 • Families Create: Super Streetscapes Ages 5 - 12 will discover the art that exists in every corner of the city by creating a one-of-a-kind expression of your hometown with help from artist Joel Whitaker. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Feb. 8; $5.


5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason 513-398-9358 • FREE Half Pint Kids Club Ages 2 - 9 are invited to explore healthy eating and craft activities. This month’s themes include Football (Feb. 5); Valentine’s Day (Feb. 12); Fitness & Movement (Feb. 19); and World Cuisine (Feb. 26). 10 a.m. Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26. • FREE Valentine’s Day Kids’ Craft Kids of all ages are welcome to the Café for a special, lovely craft. 5 - 7 p.m. Feb. 12.


10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • All Things Chocolate RSVP by Feb. 4. Chocolate is a natural choice for many on Valentine’s Day. Explore our fascination with the luscious treat and taste a few samples. 3 p.m. Feb. 9; $6. • Growing Up a Farm Kid RSVP by Feb. 9. All the farm animals invite ages 2 - 5 and an adult to celebrate Valentine’s Day with them. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Feb. 11; $10 per child plus one free adult, $5 per each additional adult. • 1803 Farmstead RSVP by Feb. 13. Immerse yourself in the 1800s with activities and crafts from the year Ohio became America’s newest state. This program is held indoors and outside so please dress appropriately. Best for grades 1 - 6 and organized groups accompanied by an adult. 9:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Feb. 17; $5 per child, $3 per adult.


8250 Old Kellogg Ave. 513-521-PARK (7275) • A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Owl Jamboree RSVP by Feb. 4. Ages 3 - 5 will make a craft, play games, and meet a real owl. 10 a.m. Feb. 6; $6.


5771 SR 128, Cleves • Bible Study: Stronger by Angela Thomas On the road of life, each of us encounters struggles, challenges and heartache. This study group addresses topics like overload, attitude, broken relationships, and more to help you find hope in fragile places. Become stronger and face your real life challenges in practical, meaningful and actionable ways. 7 - 8:30 p.m. Mondays, Feb. 3 March 17; $11 for workbook, $2 per child Grade 6 and younger for child care. •

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