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A PENGUIN MEET-AND-GREET Want to meet a real, live penguin? Head to the Contemporary Arts Center (44 E. Sixth St.) on Feb. 25 between 12 and 2 p.m. for a visit with a special guest from the WAVE Foundation during their free Family Festival. Then enjoy some frosty fun until 3 p.m. as you experiment with snow and ice painting, build a giant igloo and take part in an epic snowball battle. Of course, no blizzard bash is complete without something to warm you up, so be sure to hit the hot chocolate station to create your own concoction. Get the scoop at 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter. org.

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WINTER FAMILY DAYS AT NEWPORT AQUARIUM Looking for something to do indoors this winter? Head to the Newport Aquarium for the annual Winter Family Days, where one child ages 2 – 12 gets in free with each full-priced adult, now through Feb. 26. Kids can meet the title characters from Splash and Bubbles, the newest PBS Kids TV show! The animated series encourages kids to explore the undersea world, and during their visit to the Aquarium, they’ll get to see several of the species featured in the cartoon in the Shore Gallery. The Aquarium will open one hour early in February and on Presidents Day Weekend. Get a schedule of events and prices at newportaquarium.com.

HELP MITCH’S MISSION! It’s time for the annual Playdate With the Bearcats, a chance for families to hang out and play games with UC athletes at the UC Rec Center (2820 Bearcat Way). Bring the gang for face painting, games, basketball, Minute to Win It, corn-hole, swimming in the center’s lazy river, rock-climbing and a silent auction. The day is designed 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. It all takes place from 2 - 5 p.m. on Feb. 12; admission is $20 per person or $60 for a family of four. Get the scoop at mitchsmission.com. 10

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LAUGHING MATTER: KIDS & NITROUS OXIDE What does it do to kids?

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What is laughing gas typically used on kids? SH: Nitrous oxide is a colorless, odorless gas that, when inhaled, is a safe and effective way to reduce anxiety, produce analgesia, and enhance effective communication between a patient and a health care provider. What are some common reactions to Nitrous oxide? SH: Nitrous oxide exhibits a superior safety profile when used within recommended concentrations. Common reactions to the use of nitrous oxide are euphoria, analgesia and anxiolysis. This may allow a patient to tolerate unpleasant procedures by reducing anxiety, discomfort, or pain. It also works well to reduce gag reflex. How long do the effects last? SH: The American Academy of Pediatric Dental Guidelines recommends “Where Every Family Matters.”

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FEBRUARY 11-12, 17-19 By L. Frank Baum. With Music and Lyrics by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg. Background Music by Herbert Stothart. Dance and Vocal Arrangements by Peter Howard. Orchestration by Larry Wilcox. Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Based upon the Classic Motion Picture owned by Turner Entertainment Co. and distributed in all media by Warner Bros. Adaptation and support materials for the Young Performers’ Edition. Developed by iTheatrics. Under the supervision of Timothy Allen McDonald.

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INDOOR WINTER FUN GUIDE By Sherry Hang

Stay warm with the kids at a place where adventure runs wild! Check out these cool activities around town.

from the heart Enjoy special Valentine’s Day-themed activities with your little one! THURSDAY, FEB. 9 10:30 a.m. Head to the Contemporary Arts Center (44 E. Sixth St.) to celebrate the day of love with crafts and cookies. Free for members, $5 per child for nonmembers. Call 513-345-8405 or visit contemporaryartscenter.org. SATURDAY, FEB. 11 11 a.m. Kids can enjoy Valentine’s Daythemed stories at Barnes & Noble West Chester (9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 513-755-2258).

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FEB. 11 - 12 1 - 3 p.m. The Krohn Conservatory (1501 Eden Park Drive) explores chocolate with displays, demos and samples. Admission is $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 17, and free for ages 4 and younger. Call 513-421-5707 or visit cincinnatiparks.com. SUNDAY, FEB. 12 1 p.m. Ages 3 - 12 can make special crafts to celebrate the big day at Woodland Mound (8250 Old Kellogg Road). Cost is $1 per craft; call 513521-7275 or visit greatparks.org. 2 p.m. Head to Sharon Woods (11450 Lebanon Road) to make a plantable Valentine that will bring color to the yard when the weather warms up. Call 513-521-7275 or visit greatparks.org.

FEB. 12 - 13 Sun 2 p.m., Mon 11 a.m. At Winton Woods (10245 Winton Road), kids can discover why we adore chocolate on Valentine’s Day. Cost is $6 per child; RSVP to 513521-7275 or greatparks.org. FEB. 14 - 15 9:30 a.m. Ages 2 - 5 with a parent can visit Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods (10073 Daly Road) to spend Valentine’s Day with the animals! Cost is $10 per child plus one free adult; $5 for each additional adult. RSVP is required at 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org. FRIDAY, FEB. 17 7 p.m. Ages 5 and older can go to Wolff Planetarium in Burnet Woods (3400 Brooklin Drive) for a special show all about the greatest love stories ever told in the stars. Cost is $5 and RSVP is required. Call 513-751-3679 or visit cincinnatiparks.com.

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indoor play spots Kids can run free while you get to chill — yes! ADVENTURE STATION AT SHARON WOODS 11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org Open to ages 2 - 12, the playground includes ladders, tunnels, a ball pit and interactive play areas. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tue - Sat; and 12 - 4 p.m. Sun. They’re open on President’s Day, too. $3 admission.


BEE ACTIVE ADVENTURE ZONE 1050 Cincinnati Mills Road (inside Cincinnati Mills) 513-563-2600 • beeactive.biz Inflatable and gymnastic fun! Admission is $5 for 30 minutes, $10 unlimited play, Mon - Thu; $5 per hour per child on Fri; $5 for 30 minutes and $10 for an hour on Sat and Sun. Hours are 12 - 8 p.m. Mon; 4 - 8 p.m. Tue - Wed; 12 - 8 p.m. Thu; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri; 12 - 9 p.m. Sat; and 12 - 6 p.m. Sun.

ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION 7379 Squire Court, West Chester 513-898-8000 entertrainmentjunction.com Bring kids to Imagination Junction, a railroad-themed play area for climbing, sliding, crawling, pushing buttons “running” trains and even shoveling coal! Train Journey tickets are $13.95 adults, $11.95 seniors, $9.95 ages 3 - 12, and free ages 2 and younger. Open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon - Sat; and 12 - 6 p.m. Sun.

BLUE COCOON’S MOMMY + ME PLAY CAFÉ 9361 Montgomery Road, Ste. G 513-791-1089 bluecocoonbaby.com Bring babies and tots to the customdesigned play area for imaginative fun while you enjoy some coffee or join the fun. Admission is $6 all day play for ages 12 months - 5 years; free for ages 12 months and younger and adults. Open 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon - Fri; 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat; 12 - 4 p.m. Sun.

GET AIR TRAMPOLINE PARK 7106 Office Park Drive West Chester • 513-717-1593 getairwestchester.com Trampolines, dodgeball, toddler time and more good fun to be had! Prices range from $10 - $22; jump socks ($3 plus tax) required. Hours are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Mon - Thu; 10 a.m. midnight Fri - Sat; and 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun; toddle time is 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mon - Thu ($8 per child per hour).

CINCINNATI FAMILY ENRICHMENT CENTER 4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2322 theplaceforfamilies.com Visit the play café, play porches or fenced-in yard for only $5, and learn about all the class offerings. Family membership passes available. Hours are 9:15 a.m. - 1 p.m. Mon - Fri; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sat. DUKE ENERGY CHILDREN’S MUSEUM IN CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER 1301 Western Ave. 513-287-7000 • cincymuseum.org Kids can climb, crawl, explore and learn about themselves and the world around them. Includes The Woods, Kids Town, the Energy Zone and planned programs. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon - Sat; and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun. Admission is $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 2, free ages younger than 1.

JUMP & JACK’S 7102 Office Park Drive West Chester (in Liberty Towne Centre) 513-779-5867 jumpandjacks.com It’s open play all day, every day! Kids can enjoy the playground, a toddler zone and inflatables (open Friday nights and other specified times like Monday holidays). Admission is $4 crawlers through age 2, and $8 weekdays and $10 Friday nights and weekends for ages 3 and older. Free for adults. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Mon - Thu; 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri - Sat; 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sun; 5 - 9 p.m. JUMP!ZONE PARTY AND PLAY CENTER 5765 Constitution Drive, Florence 859-283-5867 jumpzoneparty.com Find open play schedule online and enjoy inflatables, games and more. Ages 23 months and younger are free with a $5 paid admission; free for adults.

LAZER KRAZE 1335 Donaldson Road Erlanger • 859-371-5729 7082 Columbia Road Maineville • 513-339-1030 lazerkraze.com Laser tag, an indoor trampoline park, and an arcade … what more could a kid ask for? Hours are Tue - Thu 4 - 9 p.m., Fri 4 p.m. - 12 a.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 11 p.m. and Sun 12 - 8 p.m. MAYERSON JCC 8485 Ridge Road 513-761-7500 • mayersonjcc.org Special camps, after-school programs, classes and an indoor water park make the “J” a happening spot for families with kids of all ages. Visit the website for special events and programs. PLAYTIME USA 8120 Hamilton Ave. 513-521-3111 itsplaytimeusa.com For ages 1 - 13, this indoor spot offers fun and games (even video games) along with day care days for working parents. Open playtime is 12 - 7 p.m. Mon - Thu, 12 - 9 p.m. Fri - Sat, and 12 - 8 p.m. Sun. POGO PLAY CENTER 10870 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash 513-432-5593 • gopogoplay.com Hit the sports court, engage in dramatic play, check out the toddler area, or go nuts on the giant playground! Hours are 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon - Wed; 9 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Thu - Fri; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sat; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun. Open jump hours are 5:30 - 8 p.m. Fri. Admission is $4 for ages 2 and younger and $10 for ages 3 and older. Play passes available. PUMP IT UP 7724 Service Center Drive West Chester • 513-829-7867 pumpitupparty.com/west-chester-oh Open jump schedule is online, including special events where kids can enjoy inflatable fun. Open jump admission is $8 per child, $2 for walking toddlers ages 2 and younger.

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RECREATIONS OUTLET/BIG SHOTS SPORTS TRAINING 885 OH-28, Milford 513-831-7383 recreationsoutlet.com bigshotstraining.com Head to the indoor playland to burn off energy, and visit the website for Charitable Play Hours (admission is only $2 per family, up to three children, and $1 for each additional child). Recreations Outlet is home to the NEW Big Shots Sports Training center, which offers training for the serious young athlete, as well as fun classes for tots as little as 3 years old. THE RED BALLOON CAFÉ AND PLAY 6200 Montgomery Road 513-620-8328 redballooncafe.com Kids can climb, push, pull, ride and get creative in this indoor play space designed for little ones. Free for adults and ages younger than 1, $8 first child, $6 each additional child, $10 for eat + play combo, and play passes are also available. Visit the website for more info, and be sure to check out the café and store offerings. RUN, JUMP, AND PLAY 8481 Duke Blvd., Mason 513-701-7529 runjumpnplay.com Play sets, trampolines, inflatables, hoops and a toddler zone all add up to a fun day, regardless of weather. Open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon - Thu; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Fri; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat; and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun. Check the calendar for inflatable open play. Indoor playground admission is $7 Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; and $10 Sat and Sun. SCALLYWAG TAG 5055 Glencrossing Way 513-922-4999 491 Ohio Pike • 513-528-3696 scallywagtag.com Go for a round of laser tag, or check out the arcade or blacklight mini-golf for an afternoon of fun. Visit the web site for hours and pricing, including daily specials.

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INDOOR WINTER FUN GUIDE SKY ZONE TRAMPOLINE PARK 11745 Commons Drive, Springdale 513-671-1333 skyzone.com/springdale Jump your way to fun (and get in a good workout, too). Jump times start every 30 minutes, and jumpers are placed near others of a similar age or size for safety. Open 4 - 8 p.m. Tue - Thu; 12 - 9 p.m. Fri; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sat; and 12 - 8 p.m. Sun. Prices range from $11 - $23 per person, depending on length of jump time. SPLASH CINCINNATI INDOOR WATER PARK 11320 Chester Road 513-841-1515 splashcincinnati.com Let’em taste summer with water fun, a special kids’ area, the raging water cavern, white water falls, adventure grove and more. $12 for a half-day pass, or $20 for a full-day pass. TOTTER’S OTTERVILLE 4314 Boron Drive, Latonia 859-491-1441 • tottersotterville.com It’s a place of discovery and fun for wee ones, where kids up to age 10 can explore the ball pit and slides, or engage their creative side in the art studio. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon Thu; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Fri - Sat; and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun. Admission is $8.95 per child and free for adults. TRI-COUNTY MALL 11700 Princeton Pike 513-346-4482 • tricountymall.com The new children’s play area features a school bus, gas station and car wash, and a multi-level structure with the Springdale Police Department on one side, and the Springdale Fire Department on the other.

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THE WEB EXTREME ENTERTAINMENT 7172 Cincinnati Dayton Road West Chester 513-860-2882 • funattheweb.com Laser tag, mini-bowling, mini-golf, or go-karting, it’s all here for adventurous kiddos. Hours are 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun - Thu; 11 a.m. - midnight, Fri - Sat. Prices range from $4 - $8, depending on activity. YMCA OF GREATER CINCINNATI Multiple locations cincinnatiymca.org Swimming, recreational sports and plenty of family fun opportunities abound. Call your local branch to find out what offerings they have for your gang, or check it out online. ZIP CITY 10765 Reading Road (inside Sports Plus Ohio) 513-632-5261 • zipcityusa.com Enjoy jump time on trampolines, go ziplining on the only indoor zipline park, or test kid skills on the rock climbing wall in this huge facility full of fun. Unlimited package is $21.99, visit the website for additional package options.

mommy & me classes Feeling cooped up? Check out these spots just for Baby and you! BEAR PADDLE SWIM SCHOOL 3099 Disney St. • 513-285-8855 9376 Mason Montgomery Road 513-285-8855 bearpaddle.com BLUE COCOON MOMMY+ME PLAY CAFÉ 9361 Montgomery Road 513-791-1089 bluecocoonbaby.com

BLUE MANATEE CHILDREN’S BOOKSTORE 3054 Madison Road 513-731-2665 bluemanateebooks.com BOONE COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY Multiple locations bcpl.org CAMPBELL COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY Multiple Locations cc-pl.org CINCINNATI FAMILY ENRICHMENT CENTER 4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 theplaceforfamilies.com CINCINNATI SPORTS CLUB 3950 Red Bank Road 513-527-4000 cincinnatisportsclub.com GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL WEST CHESTER 7058 Ridgetop Drive 513-857-1700 goldfishswimschool.com HUBBARD FAMILY SWIM SCHOOL Inside Kids First Sports Center 7900 E. Kemper Road 513-530-0123 • hubbardswim.com KENTON COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY Multiple locations kentonlibrary.org

MAYERSON JCC 8485 Ridge Road 513-761-7500 • mayersonjcc.com MUSIKGARTEN Multiple locations musikgarten.org PREMIER TUMBLING AND DANCE 679 Loveland Madeira Road 513-677-1240 premiertumblinganddance.com PUBLIC LIBRARY OF CINCINNATI & HAMILTON COUNTY Multiple locations cincinnatilibrary.org THE RED BALLOON PLAY CAFÉ 6200 Montgomery Road 513-620-8328 redballooncafe.com REFLEXIONS DANCE ARTS 10832 Kenwood Road 513-954-8951 reflexionsdancearts.com SONGS FOR SEEDS CINCINNATI Inside Kids First Sports Center 7900 E. Kemper Road 513-510-0439 songsforseeds.com/oh/cincinnati TIPPI TOES Locations vary 513-578-1280 tippitoesdance.com/cincinnati

KIDS FIRST SPORTS CENTER 7900 E. Kemper Road 513-489-7575 • kidsfirstsports.com

WEST CHESTER ACADEMY OF MUSIC & DANCE 8107 Market Place Drive West Chester • 513-829-2345 westchesteracademy.com

KINDERMUSIK Multiple locations kindermusik.com

WYOMING FINE ARTS CENTER 322 Wyoming Ave. 513-948-1900 • musicartdance.org

THE LITTLE GYM OF MASON 8201 Arbor Square Drive 513-204-1400 thelittlegym.com/masonoh

YMCA OF GREATER CINCINNATI Multiple locations cincinnatiymca.org

LITTLE SONGBIRD MUSIC STUDIO 240 Main St., Florence 859-547-8765 littlesongbirdmusic.com

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SUMMER DAY CAMPS ... for The Preschool Set!

Local preschoolers participate in Cincinnati Ballet’s Kids Dance Camp.

Summer camps for preschoolers are catching on — check it out! Or, if you’re looking for something really different, join forces with friends to create a summer co-op camp for your kids — it’s fun and trés affordable!

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Local Summer Programs for the LittleS Compiled By Sherry Hang Big Shots Training Center bigshotstraining.com Preschoolers can enjoy 90 minutes of basketball, soccer and free play as they explore sports and have fun with friends. Multiple three-day sessions are available in June and July. Cincinnati Ballet cballet.org Children ages 4 - 8 can attend a week-long Kids Dance Camp (dates TBA), for three hours of movement day. Kids will build up motor skills, enjoy crafts and get to participate in a final performance! Cincinnati Country Day School countryday.net Children 18 months and older can explore learning centers, an outdoor classroom environment, music and movement and even meet special guests.

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Cincinnati Nature Center cincynature.org Camps for ages 3 and older, with themes like Stories and Trails, Natural Discoveries, Little Acorns and Growing Outside. Cincinnati Parks cincinnatiparks.com Encourage your preschoolers’ natural curiosity with Preschool Discovery Mornings in the Parks. The fun includes hikes, games, puppet shows, live animal encounters, storytelling and more. Great Parks of Hamilton County greatparks.org Ages 2 - 4 and a grown-up can partake in summer camps at Parky’s Farm where they’ll meet farm animals, sample farm chores, make crafts and play games. Camps fill up fast, so register early.


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CAMP CO-OPS! Create one for Your Child

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ne of my son’s favorite camps was one I created with friends for our little ones the summer before they started kindergarten. Each mom took a day to have all of the kids and on the other four days got free time for herself — a success for all! Here’s how to create a memorable (and affordable) co-op camp for little kids:

RECRUIT 4 PARENTS of kids your child enjoys playing with and invite them to participate. Choose dependable, fun parents whom you know. Get their contact info and important details about each child (allergy info, for instance). Put all of the info for each child/parent on one sheet and distribute to everyone.

• CREATE A SCHEDULE, deciding which parent hosts on each day, Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. (or determine your own days and times). Remember, you will only be the host for ONE of these days; other days you will deliver your child to another child’s home.

Little ones have fun petting farm animals during summer camp at Parky’s Farm with Great Parks of Hamilton County.

My Nose Turns Red mynoseturnsred.org Offers 10 weeks’ worth of summer camps for ages 4 - 7 at various locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Learn about the offerings by signing up for the newsletter. Safety Town at Tri-County Mall 513-671-0120 Ages 4 - 6 can learn the basic fundamentals of street and bicycle safety over a fiveday course in a program presented by the Springdale Police Department, Springdale Fire Department, Princeton City Schools and the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio. First session begins in July.

• THINK “STRUCTURE” and “THEME” Plan the day you host with fun in mind,

and plan it out in 30-minute increments. For instance, do clay creations for 20 minutes, then have a snack. As for theme, make it easy on yourself. If you choose “Art,” pick up supplies from a dollar store or borrow supplies. Get ideas from teacherplanet.com, lessonplanspage.com or other sites appropriate to your theme. •

• Summit Country Day School summitcds.org Week-long day programs are open to ages 3 and older with themes like sports, cooking and arts.

PREPARE TO DITCH THE PLAN

Lots of times kids have plans of their own — they can get really involved in something that takes more time than you thought it would or they only take two minutes to do something you thought would take 20. Be prepared to be flexible and go with the flow. As long as the kids are engaged in what they’re doing and having fun, it’s all good!

KEEP YOUR BONUS IN MIND:

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LOCAL DAY CAMPS! By Sherry Hang

Here’s the scoop on local summer fun for kids.

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here’s a ton to explore when it comes to summer camps, and we’ve got the skinny on local top-notch programs that will satisfy kids of all personalities. Read on to find out what’s new this year, and make plans to visit our free SUMMER CAMP ADVENTURE FAIR on Saturday, Feb. 11 at the Blue Ash Recreation Center (4433 Cooper Road) from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. It’s your best bet for meeting with camps face-to-face and finding out what they’re really all about!

Photos from top to bottom: Cincinnati Country Day School; My Nose Turns Red.

Keep up with summer learning at Cincinnati Country Day School Summer Programs (countryday. net). Club-centered programs offer grades 1 - 6 engaging activities like Creativity and Discovery Clubs, Academic Blast, Nature Connection, Sports Series, Technology and in spite of the fact that the pool will be closed as part of the North Campus Project, campers will still get to enjoy some off-campus swimming fun. For the kid who just can’t stop clowning around, check out My Nose Turns Red (mynoseturnsred.org), the area’s only non-profit dedicated to teaching circus arts. Ten weeks of circus camps are available at locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and are open to ages 7 16, with a separate camp for ages 4 - 7. Kids

will explore circus arts and clowning, as well as get a taste of some physical skills like the gym wheel, unicycle, and aerial silks. Nature-loving kids will want to head to Cincinnati Nature Center (cincynature. org) for week-long, nature day camps for ages 3 - 13. Camps kick off in June and run through August at both Rowe Woods in Milford (4949 Tealtown Road) and Long Branch Farm & Trails in Goshen (6926 Gaynor Road). Themes include a range of topics this year, including Animal Babies, Read & Roam, Digging Into Dirt, Things With Wings, Earth Art, Eco Engineers, Creek Week, and the intriguing Animal Grossology. Older campers ages 9 - 13 can sign up for the Wilderness Survival Camp, which includes one overnight stay. With plenty of fresh air, hands-on activities, close encounters with animals and plants, your campers are certain to come home worn out at the end of the day. Great Parks of Hamilton County (greatparks.org) has several new camps to offer this year. Mythical Beasts & Magical Stories at Sharon Woods lets campers learn about fantastic beasts and enchanted forests with inspiration from Grimm’s fairy tales and Harry Potter. IEA Hunt Seat Bootcamp at Winton Woods Riding Center is designed for serious riders (members of an Interscholastic Equestrian Association team or collegiate Hunt Seat bound). Survival Camp at Winton (please turn the page)

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summer of ‘17 Woods teaches kids the necessary skills for surviving in the wild, including how to start a fire, build a shelter, create a snare and signal for help. Summit Country Day School (summitcds.org) has a new line-up of day programs for preschoolers through Grade 8, beginning in June. Themes for ages 3 - Kindergarten include the arts, cooking, sports, a multi-cultural week and a wet and wild week. Grades 1 - 8 can choose from a menu of camps like robotics, forensics, fashion design and sewing, as well as sports, survivor skills and more. New this year is an all-camp lunch led by the Upper School student leaders organizing relay races, scavenger hunts and water balloon tosses. Registration begins in the first few weeks in February and camps are open to children from all areas. The Cincinnati Ballet (cballet.org/ academy) offers audition-based, summer intensives for dance students, but for those who just want a glimpse of the ballet world, check out the Kids Dance Camps. These weeklong “safaris” to explore animal kingdoms near and far will introduce students to the steps they need to explore the “terrain.” Participants will explore different forms of dance while building creativity, coordination, flexibility and strength, as well as artistic expression as they work toward a final performance at the end of the week. Registration begins in mid-February. Young athletes will want to hit up Big Shots Training (bigshotstraining.com), located inside Recreations Outlet in Milford. The brand-new sports facility helps kids keep on top of skills, regardless of sport. This summer, workshops are available in lacrosse and basketball for boys and girls of all ages and levels of play. Plus, kids can also sign up for one-on-one training to really up their game. Four-day camps begin in June and run through July. Aspiring thespians can check out The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (thechildrenstheatre.com) including 11 one-week summer camps starting midJune that include successive “Adventure Series” Camps designed for kids to attend consecutively, according to Artistic Director of Education and Outreach Jay Goodlett. Serious theater students can audition this

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month for the STAR Camp Red Bank, a twoweek intensive camp for ages 9 - 18 held in July, or the STAR Intensive at Northern Kentucky University. Participants in these audition-based camps work with area professionals in all areas of musical theatre. The Mayerson JCC (mayersonjcc.org) has a little something for everyone, including traditional summer camps for grades K - 8, as well as one, two, and three-week specialty sessions for young campers covering fun topics like Super Science Sleuths, horseback riding, and Camp We-Go-Out, a series of field trips to venues around Greater Cincinnati. In addition to programs for youngsters, the “J” also offers Golani Teen Camps for teens in grades 9 and 10. Designed to develop leadership skills in kids, the camps include fun field trips with an inside look at what it takes to be a staff member at Camp at the J. Registration for camps is available online. The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s Camp Ernst (myycamp.org) introduces kids to fun “hang out” games like four-square and gaga, and this year, Program Director Michael Lindley has a new game planned: Nine Square in the Air. It’s like taking four-square to the next level, he says. Plus, campers at Camp Ernst can enjoy zipline, archery, fossil hunts, swimming, canoeing, horseback riding and more during week-long, overnight stays. Open houses are on April 2, May 7 and June 4 from 1 - 4 p.m. What do Harry Potter, Star Wars and Pokemon have in common? They are some of the specialized themes children will explore at Cincinnati Parks’ (cincinnatiparks. com) summer day camps. Open to ages 3 14, kids will enjoy the pop culture of science

fiction, magical fantasies and creative art projects along with daily hikes, games, live animal encounters and more. Camps fill up quickly, so register early! Although under construction for a while, Cincinnati Museum Center (cincymuseum.org) has plenty of happenings this summer. Camps for grades K - 8 are held at seven different locations around town like Union Terminal, the Blue Ash Recreation Center, Cincinnati Country Day School and more. Themes range from chemistry and engineering to dinosaurs and archaeology to the ever-popular Harry Potter camps. Registration is open now, and camps fill up quickly — sign up early! Sherry Hang is editor for this publication.

Photos from top to bottom: Cincinnati Parks; Great Parks of Hamilton County.

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Bounce houses, horse back riding, laser tag, sign language, performing arts, math & reading and much more!

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2017 Guide to Camps, Summer Programs and After-School Activities ARTS Abrakadoodle Summer Art Camps Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati

513-297-5655

Abrakadoodle offers summer camps and camps during school breaks. Our camps include art lessons, music, games, crafts, and more for children ages 3 - 12. Call for locations and dates.

The Academy of Music and Dance, West Chester 8374 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester 513-829-2345 wcaomd.com

We offer many summer camps as well as year-round private lessons in piano, most musical instruments, and voice, as well as group dance and music programs with Spring recitals. Music Pups, Young Musicians, Angelina Ballerina, and Mommy and Me classes are popular and fun for preschoolers. Call to schedule a rick-free introductory lesson.

ArtsConnect 9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati theartsconnect.us/camps

513-522-1410

Your kids are empowered to make a difference through their art with a summer packed full of imaginative, creative and fulfilling art projects.

Brazee Street School of Glass 4426 Brazee St., Cincinnati brazeestreetstudios.com

513-321-0206

Introduce your child to the world of glass! Brazee is a national leader in art glass education for children. Day camps for kids 3 - 11 and up.

Calico Theatre Camp at UC Clermont UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia ucclermont.edu

513-558-1215

Calico Theatre Camp at UC Clermont is a week-long, fully-staged musical experience for young actors in grades 1 - 12. Children are cast and well-rehearsed throughout the week, learning lines, songs, and choreography that will culminate into an original musical production.

Camp Art Academy Held at Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati artacademy.edu/com-ed/summer-art-camp/summer-art-camp.php commed@artacademy.edu

513-562-8748

Camp Art Academy is an award-winning, memorable art experience for your camper! Balancing technical instruction with freedom of self-expression, Camp Art Academy’s curriculum includes fundamental visual art skill building activities, two and three dimensional hands-on experiences, top-notch guest artists and creative problem solving with lots of fun!

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati thechildrenstheatre.com • info@thechildrenstheatre.com

513-569-8080

Join TCT for our one week long, themed summer camps! Sessions for 6 - 7 year olds and 8 - 10 year olds, weekdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at our facility on Red Bank Road. A special opportunity for 11 - 14 year olds the week of June 26. Just $250 per week. Register online!

Cincinnati Art Museum - Summer Camp cincinnatiartmuseum.org/summercamp • summercamp@cincyart.org

513-639-2334

The Cincinnati Art Museum is the place for fun and creativity in the summer. Jump into art with eight weeks of exciting art projects, gallery games, and more! Explore a different theme each week with activities taught by skilled educators and museum staff. Designed for children ages 6 - 12. Jun. 12 - Aug. 11.

Cincinnati Ballet Center Kids Dance Camp cballet.org/academy/kids-dance-camp 513-562-1111

Students ages 4 - 8 embark on week-long safaris through Kids Dance Camp! Each day, they’ll dance their way through wildlife adventures and culminate in a performance.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Summer Theatre Camp and Performance Academy cincyplay.com 513-421-3888

Introduce young theatre fans in your life to the world of performing arts! With Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s summer theatre day camp and multi-week performance academy, students learn foundational performance and production skills. Camps held at the Playhouse, Middletown and Mason. Call or visit our website for more information.

The Mad Potter Madeira 7754 Camargo Road, Madeira madpottercincinnati.com

513-561-1888

MadCap Puppets Camp 3316 Glenmore Ave., Cincinnati madcappuppets.com • m.hatch@madcappuppets.com

513-921-5965

Get creative on your summer break at The Mad Potter! Offering hours of pottery painting, glass mosaics, crafts, and games during five 2-hour sessions. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. daily, Mon. - Fri. $140 per child, $130 for additional sibling. Dates TBA.

Are you looking for a fun and creative camp for your 4 - 8-year-old this summer? Well… Madcamp is the answer! During the puppet camp week your child will: explore different types of puppetry, storytelling and writing plays, and learn about multi-cultural puppetry. But best of all, they will get to build their own puppet masterpiece! Hurry, space is limited! Some scholarships available for those who qualify.

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Mary Helen Fashion Sewing Camp 1981 Madison Road, Cincinnati maryhelenstudio.com

513-802-5020

Mason Dance Center 600-B Reading Road, Mason masondance.com

513-398-0353

Premier Studio for Dance 679 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland premiertumbling.com

513-677-1240

Shannon’s All About Dance 8419 U.S. 42, Florence, KY saadance.org

859-331-4122

Songs For Seeds Cincinnati Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati songsforseeds.com/oh/cincinnati

513-510-0439

The Silver Diva 7594 Voice of America Drive, West Chester thesilverdiva.com

513-873-4561

Embark on a week-long adventure exploring fashion sewing or creative small business at Mary Helen Studio Summer Camps! For ages 7 - 15. More information and registration on our website

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From tap to ballet to hip-hop, you’ll find it all at Premier Tumbling & Dance! Check out our classes today to learn more.

Committed to the fine arts which emphasizes educating the child as a whole. A professional level studio is qualified to accentuate and strengthen your child’s learning through updates of the latest dance techniques and methods with creative strategies. Open to ages 2.5 - adult in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, pointe, and a competition team. Sign ups open during the entire season.

This weekly, 45 minute, interactive class encourages children, newborn - 6 yrs. to sing, dance, and play along with a live, threepiece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards, and instruments from around the world. By mixing our original kids rock ‘n’ roll with popular tunes, the band is sure to please little ones and their adults. It is the most fun you and your child will have all week!

Stamping jewelry is a great after school activity or you can bring your children in for our Wednesday evening classes from 7 - 8:30 p.m. to hand stamp bracelets, keychains, necklaces, dog tags and so much more! No experience required. Fun for ages 6 and up. Instruction is always free. Make jewelry and accessories from this store or our sister store Stampin Off The Path.

Star Glazers starglazers.com 513-474-6364

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

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Archbishop Moeller High School 9001 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati moeller.org

513-791-1680

Chai Tots Early Childhood Center 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason chaitots.com

513-234-0600

Children’s Meeting House 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland cmhschool.com

513-683-4757

Cincinnati Country Day School 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati countryday.net

513-561-7298

Moeller Summer Camps are designed to provide positive, skill-focused environment where highly experienced teachers and coaches provide instructions in a well-structured, character driven atmosphere.

Chai Tots provides a blend of Jewish and Montessori education offering strong academics stressing life skills, interpersonal relationship skills and nurturing a love for life-long learning. We customize a curriculum for each student. Now offering a cutting edge technology enhanced program, web cams, yoga, music, Hebrew, French, art, tae kwon do, after-school enrichment and a “drop off” childcare service. Separate Discovery Hebrew School. Limited space. Now enrolling.

CMH summer camps offer children a great opportunity to extend their learning while having fun on campus. We have a variety of arts, crafts, nature exploration, science activities, and more for children ages 3 - 12. Visit our website for more details.

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

Great Oaks Career Camps greatoaks.com

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

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Kiddie Academy of Mason 6202 Snider Road, Mason 8178 Highland Point, West Chester kiddieacademy.com/mason

513-234-0699 513-847-1145

Welcome to Camp Adventure, designed for children 2 - 12. Each weekly theme will offer a unique exploration, with arts and crafts, food, games, and more. Camp Adventure participants will enjoy many hands-on, self-directed activities. Camp Atlantis will give your child the opportunity to spend the summer exploring their connection to the world around them during field trips and weekly activities such as Foamtastic, Cool Critters, and Charlie Cadabra.

Mayerson JCC 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati mayersonjcc.org

513-722-7221

Our children and family classes offer exciting and interactive programs that give your entire family unique and playful learning experiences. From music and cooking to travels and fitness, every theme is sure to be an exciting new adventure!

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati myy.org

Kids love learning to dance

513-362-YMCA (9622)

At the Y, we ensure that children and teens reach their full potential by helping them grow physically, mentally, and socially. Leadership and academic enrichment programs include school age care (over 85 sites), preschool (two Autism centers), kindergarten, infant/toddler care, teen college and career readiness program, youth and government program, and day and overnight camps.

FITNESS, SPORTS Big Shots Sports Training 885 State Route 28 (inside Recreations Outlet), Milford bigshotstraining.com • hello@bigshotstraining.com

All About Dance

513-BIG-SHOT (244-7468)

Big Shots is a sports training facility that is unlike anything else in the Cincinnati area. We specialize in basketball, volleyball, soccer, and lacrosse training. What makes Big Shots unique is that we offer batting cage style courts and fields for athletes looking to develop and improve their skills in order to compete at the next level.

Full Throttle Indoor Karting 11725 Commons Dr., Springdale gofullthrottle.com • info@gofullthrottle.com

513-341-5278

Offering single day and week-long go kart speed camps where drivers 8 - 15 can experience hands-on driving and racing skills. The single day camps serve as an introduction to racing while the week-long camps focus on fundamental racing skills with on track and classroom sessions. All camps include lunch, snacks, and racing-themed entertainment. Camps run from 8:30 - 4:30. Single day camps are scheduled Jun. 15, Jul. 13, and Aug. 10. Week-long camps are scheduled Jun. 5 - 9, Jun. 19 - 23, Jul. 3 - 7, Jul. 17 - 21, and Jul. 31 - Aug. 4. Single day camps are $75, week-long camps are $300.

Hubbard Family Swim School 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati hubbardswim.com

• Family-focused studio - Ages 2 1/2 through adult • Budget-friendly tuition • Sign-ups open during entire season 8419 US 42 · Florence, KY 859-331-4122 saadance.org missshannonsaadance@gmail.com

513-530-0123

Hubbard Family Swim School’s international reputation for excellence is a result of our passion for teaching and our learn-to-swim techniques. We are committed to provide swim lessons that build comfort and confidence in a child centered environment while making them safer around water. Join us for weekly classes.

NATURE Cincinnati Nature Center 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford cincynature.org • registrar@cincynature.org

513-831-1711

Cincy Nature Camps at Cincinnati Nature Center are a fun way for kids, ages 3 - 13, to use their creativity and imaginations in a safe, friendly environment. These week-long day camps are held in Milford and Goshen, June through August. Register on our website.

Cincinnati Parks Summer Nature Day Camps Multiple Park Locations cincinnatiparks.com

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513-321-6208

Our camps for ages 3 - 14 are voted “Best of the Parenting” by YOU for the great value in educational, fun-filled outdoor activities! Hikes, crafts, and games are part of each day. Fees: $50 - $85 weekly. NEW THIS YEAR: Pokémon, Star Wars: Going Rogue, Narnia, plus more. Online registration.

Great Parks of Hamilton County Summer Day Camps greatparks.org 513-521-7275

Camps for children ages 2 - 17. Campers will explore nature with two-day to week-long nature, adventure, farm, fishing, and horse camps. Online registration is open. Get early bird discount pricing through Mar. 31. For details, visit our website.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY Blossom Scholastic blossomscholastic.org 330-612-2598 Don’t want her to be the only girl at tech camp? Blossom STEM camps for girls at University of Cincinnati. Ages 8 - 12.

Camp Invention campinvention.org 800-968-4332

Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp Invention! This summer’s all-new curriculum allows children in grades K - 6 to experience real-world problem solving and creative thinking as they transform a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities that will launch your child’s imagination. Discounts available, register today!

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Classroom Antics Tech Camps Multiple Locations classroomantics.com/cincinnati-ohio

800-595-3776

Drake Planetarium & Science Center 2020 Sherman Ave., Cincinnati drakeplanetarium.org

513-396-5578

Kids age 7 - 14 get to LEARN what they LOVE by creating video games, producing stop-motion animation movies, coding computer programs, modding in Minecraft, or engineering LEGO robots in a Classroom Antics Tech Camp. These affordable week-long camps are being held in Anderson, Blue Ash, Cheviot-Bridgetown, Fairfield, Florence, Liberty Twp-West Chester, Loveland, Madeira, Mason, Newtown-Mariemont, Springboro, and Wyoming. Join us this summer. Space is limited so register early!

Come let your imagination soar in our hands-on summer camps! Featuring our popular Lego Camps (robotics, architecture, Crazy Contraptions, and Young Builders) and our Science Adventure Camps (video game design, Battle Bots, engineering, coding, and Destination: Space). Discounts for Drake Planetarium members, multiple weeks, and siblings.

iSPACE ispacescience.org/programs/summer-day-camps/ 513-612-5786

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

Junior Tech Academy juniortechacademy.com • info@juniortechacademy.com

513-284-7240

Exciting year-round technology skill-building program for kids grades 1 - 8. Following a short introductory course, children rotate through programming, electronics, robotics, engineering, and animation projects during weekly after-school classes. Homeschooling options available. Check our website for more details and locations.

Science Matters in America STEM Camps sciencematters.tv 859-462-3340

Hands-on STEM camps with locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Every summer, Science Matters in America offers an exciting and educational summer camp program for children 5 - 11 yrs. The Science Journeys summer camp is intelligently designed with a variety of stimulating hands-on activities.

STEMs for Youth stemsforyouth.org - info@stemsforyouth.org - (513) 774-8545

At STEMs for Youth summer camps, your child will discover the power of technology and math through hands-on, creative activities. Learn real-world skills like programming, teamwork and problem-solving by having fun with activities like LEGO Robotics, Minecraft Modding, Minecraft Adventures, Wearable Technology, or App Development!

TRADITIONAL CAMPS Camp at the J 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati mayersonjcc.org

513-761-7500

From American Red Cross swim lessons and archery, to arts and crafts. Camp at the J provides great social, educational and cultural opportunities that foster friendships and feature all the good, old-fashioned fun that has made camp a summertime staple for kids. In addition to traditional activities such as weekly theme days, sports and field trips, Camp at the J also incorporates value-based learning and offers enrichment programs such as drama, science, social action projects, and more.

Camp Chabad 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati Kiddie Camp Facility: 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason campchabad.org • info@campchabad.org

513-731-5111

A camp that has it all! From Jun. 26 - Aug. 4 children ages 2 - 13 yrs. enjoy sports, nature, art, music, character growth, field trips, and swimming lessons. Mix-and-match your weeks or sign up for all six weeks. Lunch and transportation included. ACA accredited. The only full-day Jewish preschool camp in Cincinnati.

Camp Wildbrook, LTD 9664 Daly Road, Cincinnati campwildbrook.com

513-931-2196

Our 66th season! ACA accredited, co-ed day camp for grades K – 6. Active, outdoor six-week program, led by adult staff, includes archery, arts and crafts, basketball, daily American Red Cross group swim lessons, drama and singing, gaga, kickball, nature and camping, soccer, softball, special events, field trips and more!

Cincinnati Circus Company cincinnaticircus.com • cincinnaticircus@yahoo.com

513-921-5454

If the little ones are making life feel like a circus, send them our way! Your kids will work closely with professional performers to learn how to juggle, make balloon animals, walk on a tight rope, swing on a trapeze, and so much more. This camp is a great way to build confidence, learn teamwork skills, stay physically fit, make new friends, and have a blast all at the same time. We welcome all kids ages 5 - 16 and no prior skills are necessary.

Cincinnati Museum Center 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati cincymuseum.org

513-287-7000

Explore science, technology, history, and the arts through creative, hands-on activities and games at Cincinnati Museum Center’s fun and educational Museum Camps! Go beyond the classroom with visits from curators, community groups, and experts in a variety of fields. Camps are available at Union Terminal and in a neighborhood near you in our offsite camps. Whether there is a day or a week off from school, there’s a camp for that!

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Falcon Camp 4251 Delta Road SW, Carrollton falconcamp.com • info@falconcamp.com

800-837-CAMP (2267)

Widely recognized as Ohio’s premier summer camp since 1959. Beautiful lakefront setting with wide range of activities. Boys and girls ages 6 - 16 choose their own schedule within general framework, separate activities with planned co-ed events. 1:4 staff/ camper ratio. Most of all, it’s a great time! ACA accredited, many references.

Gorman Heritage Farm 10052 Reading Road, Evendale 513-563-6663 gormanfarm.org • app.campdoc.com/register/gormanheritage • camp@gormanfarm.org

Gorman Heritage Farm offers full- and half-day camps from June to August. Summer camp activities include care for barnyard animals, exploring the gardens, hiking, cooking, crafting, and more! We also offer themed summer camps exploring hobbies and activities around the farm: wilderness, science, cooking/chef, and veterinary camps!

Greenacres Summer Camps 8255 Spooky Hollow Road, Cincinnati green-acres.org • camps@green-acres.org

513-891-4227

Kids First Sports Center –Camp-A-Palooza 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati kidsfirstsports.com • msmith@kidsfirstsports.com

513-489-7575

Arts, aquatic adventures, environment, equine, food or garden…Greenacres has a camp for every child! Each Greenacres summer camp is led by of our caring and professional staff who strive to give campers memories and experiences to cherish for a lifetime. Log onto our website for more information or to register.

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, karate, gymnastics, dance, cheer, swimming, volleyball, you name it! Field trips every week outside Kids First and in-house entertainment brought in throughout the week. Leaders in Training course for teens ages 13 - 15 covering topics like leadership, communication, and group dynamics. Teens can look forward to excursions, service opportunities, and more.

My Nose Turns Red Circus Camps Multiple Locations in the Greater Cincinnati Area mynoseturnsred.org • rednose@fuse.net

AT CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER Register at www.CincyNature.org Online registration opens February 7 at 9 am

859-581-7100

Let your child run away and join the circus ... without leaving home. Circus camps held in multiple locations throughout the area – now in our 18th year! My Nose Turns Red Circus Camps are fun, unique, and challenging. MNTR is the area’s only non-profit youth circus. Skills taught include: stilt walking, juggling, rolling globe, physical comedy, unicycle, aerial silks, and more (see schedule on our website). Camps for ages 4 - 7 and 7 - 16.

Playtime USA 8120 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati itsplaytimeusa.com

explore, discover and play

4949 Tealtown Road, Milford, OH 45150

513-521-3111

Playtime USA is offering a half/full day summer camp to keep your campers active and learning! Bounce houses, horseback riding, laser tag, sign language, math, and more!

Safety Town at Tri-County Mall 11700 Princeton Pike, Cincinnati tricountymall.com

This program is taught with the help of the Springdale Fire Department, Springdale Police Department, and Mason City Schools bus system. We help kids learn the basics of safety, plus get them acquainted with starting school. Jul. 10 - 14, 17 - 21 and 24-28 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Registration starts May 1. The application can either be printed from the Tri-County mall website and mailed/dropped in, or can be picked up at the mall office. Registration is $20/child.

Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati summitcds.org

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Summer Fun at the Summit. We provide both full and half day programs for preschool-grade 8. Our program is new, fresh and packed full of fun Each week, we feature a different theme including arts, cooking, Wide World of Sports, and Wet & Wild Week. Please see our website for more information.

YMCA Camp Ernst 7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY myycamp.org

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859-586-6181

Come see why generations of campers love to tell stories about their adventures at camp Ernst. Enjoy top notch counselors, new friends and doing a wide variety of activities including ziplines, banana boat,100-ft waterslide,horseback riding, the BLOB and more.

Great Parks Summer Day Camps Sign up for nature, adventure, farm, fishing and horse camps at greatparks.org/daycamps. Early bird pricing ends March 31.

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aniel and his friends are hopping aboard the Trolley for an interactive musical adventure as they explore the vibrant world of the Neighborhood of Make Believe. Sharing stories of friendship, helping others and celebrating new experiences, this musical production is full of singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 3 p.m., 6:30 p.m.; $25 - $75. Call 513-621-2787 or visit cincinnatiarts.org.

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BLOOMS ON THE BAYOU

Step into the south and celebrate spring on the bayou with the Krohn’s 2017 annual spring show. Inspired by the colorful culture of New Orleans, the spring show features both a fun and festive side as well as the eerie, yet enchanting, swamp southern bayou. Wander through bald cypress trees, blossoming bog lilies, and Spanish moss, then dance to some Dixieland jazz and enjoy hundreds of vibrant annuals. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tue - Sun, through March 12. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 17, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/ krohn.

EVERYTHING THOMAS

Check out this indoor celebration of Thomas the Train with themed layouts, videos, scavenger hunts, coloring, crafts and the indoor kids’ train ride. Exhibit remains on display through Feb. 28. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; free with admission (Do-It-All tickets are $15.95); 513-8988000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

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Bring your toddler or preschooler to the Rosenthal Education Center for a morning of art-themed storybooks, songs, and sensory activities in a 30-minute program designed to get them excited about art. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

SKATING ON FOUNTAIN SQUARE

Bring the gang for some ice-skating fun downtown all winter long. The rink remains open through Feb. Visit the website for a complete schedule of operating hours. Fountain Square, Vine St.; $6 admission, $4 skate rental; 513381-0782 or myfountainsquare.com.

STORY TREE TIME

Dorothy from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of The Wizard of Oz is today’s special guest for stories, songs and fun. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m.; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

FREE STORYTIME AT JOSEPH-BETH

Bring kids ages 0 - 6 for stories, songs and dances every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in February. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

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While we are sleeping and keeping warm inside, the garden’s residents are living their lives and leaving clues in the snow and mud. Get ready to be a garden detective and see what they have been up to. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, through Feb. 5. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $2 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

thu 2 CINCY BREASTFEEDING RESOURCE GATHERING

Meet other breastfeeding moms in this gathering facilitated by a certified lactation consultant. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. Feb. 2 and 16; donations are appreciated; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

FREE MANABABIES

The littlest readers enjoy a fun introduction to language with finger plays, rhymes, songs and bouncy times. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

REVERSE STENCILS

Create an a-peeling painting by using different sticky stencils. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 p.m.; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

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FREE STORYTIME WITH MISS ALICIA

Bring your little ones, ages 2 and older, for stories and fun. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 a.m. Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

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TAFT JR. SHAPE UP

Ages 3 - 5 have fun learning about and making art with a story, a craft and a close-up encounter with a piece of art. All-things shapes will be the focus today — practice naming shapes and then look for them with an I-Spy game in the museum, then make a masterpiece out of shapes. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free for members, $10 nonmember adults, free for children; 513-684-4517 or taftmuseum.org.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: WOODLAND WONDERS

Meet a special guest that’s a little prickly! Check out Spike the hedgehog and make woodland-inspired art using tree slices for painting, nature rubbings on the light table and then visit a cozy tent and “campfire” to read some forest-themed stories. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free members, $5 per child nonmembers; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 3 PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Get a look at the night sky from the comfort of the indoors at free Haile Planetarium shows. Enjoy topics like Secret Lives of Stars, Shining Light on Stars, From Earth to the Universe and Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way. Haile Planetarium, Northern Kentucky University Campus, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive; 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 3 and 17, 12 p.m. Feb. 7, 13, 24 and 27 parking not included; planetarium@nku.edu or planetarium.nku.edu.

POST COMEDY THEATRE

Hilarious, poignant and physically dazzling, this one-man variety show serves up a feast of entertainment for the whole family. Robert Post is his own master of ceremonies as his sketches fill the stage with bumblers, dreamers and heroes. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive; 7 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 ages 12 and younger; 513-8675348 or fairfield-city.org.

SPANISH PLAY GROUP

Bring the gang for stories, songs and free play, all in Spanish. Any level of comfort with the language is welcome. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. Feb. 3 and 17; donations are appreciated; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.

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A WORLD OF MUSIC

Explore the world of music with the flute, cello and harp in this performance from the Linton Musicians. Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 4418 Bridgetown Road; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513381-6868 or lintonmusic.org/pbjtickets/.

FEBRUARY events requiring advance registration begin on page 49. making experiences, campfire stories, and a musical performance. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

we celebrate Groundhog Day. For ages 8 and older. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE GERMAN STORY TIME

Music and paintings — a harmonious partnership comes to life as seven young pianists from Greater Cincinnati come together for a recital based on great works of art. Learn about world famous artists in this multimedia program designed for all ages and produced in collaboration with AlivenArts. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; 513-7212787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

CYCLONES FROZEN 5K RUN/WALK

The Cincinnati Cyclones present the annual 5K and 10K run/walk, a unique winter race that takes participants along the Banks of the Ohio River and through Cincinnati’s Transit Center underneath Second Street. Join Twister, the Zamboni driver, and thousands of other brave souls on this frosty, but fun, run. Downtown Cincinnati, 100 Broadway St.; 9 a.m.; $25 - $30; 513421-1243 or cycloneshockey.com/5k.

FREE DISNEY READS DAY

Read popular Disney stories and join some fun activities all designed to inspire your child’s imagination. Enjoy giveaways like stickers, bookmarks and mini-posters (while supplies last). Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES

Join a docent-led interactive tour with fun facts and hands-on activities, including “touchable” art objects, the whole family can enjoy. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 p.m. Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY: BLACK HISTORY MONTH

Bring the gang for a day of art and history ­—­­collect badges while viewing the CAM’s works, enjoy some art

Learn simple German vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

JEWISH AND ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL: OPENING NIGHT

In the rollicking rom-com, Mr. Predictable, responsible Adi finds himself overlooked and un-valued nearly very day of his life. When he meets wild Natalia, his whole world is flipped upside down, and he has to choose between love and reason. 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road; 7:30 p.m.; pre-sale is $32 J members, $36 public or $36 at the door; 513-722-7258 or mayersonjcc. org/cultural-arts/jewish-and-israeli-filmfestival.

MAPLE SYRUP MAKING AND GUIDED SAP COLLECTING HIKES

Experience the process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Bask in the warmth of the evaporator and maplescented steam. Drop by the sugar house near Krippendorf Lodge and join an interacting sap collecting hike. Hikes start at the sugar house. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Feb 4, 18 and 25 and 12 - 4 p.m. Feb. 5 and 12; free with admission ($9 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $4 ages 4 - 12); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE OH, GROUNDHOG!

Woodchuck, groundhog or whistle pig, no matter what you call them, they’re pretty special. Learn all about Ohio’s second largest rodent and find out why

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Plants and animals are caught in an arms race — find out how they try to outwit and outlast one another. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES ARTSTOP

Visit a docent at an interactive art cart in the galleries for hands-on activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 3 p.m. Feb. 5, 12, 19 and 26; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

SUPER TUBE SUNDAY

Saturday, Feb. 11 ake your child’s summer plans at the 2017 Summer Camp Adventure Fair! Meet with dozens of vendors from both day and residential programs and learn what’s new this summer, plus enjoy entertainment, raffles, prizes and more! Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Call 513-252-0077 or visit cincinnatifamilymagazine.com/campfair17.

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Shake off the winter blues and head outside. Follow the clues provided to discover all the items on your list. Return your completed hunt sheet by 4 p.m. to claim a prize. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 12 - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

Slow down the first Sunday of each month and sketch at the CAM! Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 4 p.m.; a $5 refundable deposit is required to check out a supplies kit; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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THE NATURE OF VIDEO GAMES

Join the naturalist as you come in close contact with real-life creatures that inspired Pokémon, Kong and Super Mario Bros. See how they may be living in your own backyard, and try out a game inspired by the Ordovician Sea. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

mon 6 JEWISH AND ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL: FEVER AT DAWN

After surviving the Holocaust, Miklós is living in a Swedish rehabilitation camp and has been given a terminal diagnosis. Determined to find love, he sends letters to complete strangers with hope that someone will respond. Mariemont Theatre, 6906 Wooster Pike; 7:30 p.m.; pre-sale is $10 J members, $12 public or $12 at the door; 513-7227258 or mayersonjcc.org/cultural-arts/ jewish-and-israeli-film-festival.

tue 7 A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES

Celebrate two of the greats — Gershwin’s score to An American in Paris followed by a complete performance of Charlie Chaplin’s score to his masterpiece City Lights, which will be played along with a showing of the movie in this presentation from the CCM Concert Orchestra. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Ave.; 8 p.m.; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-5564183 or ccm.uc.edu.

JEWISH AND ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL: WHO’S GONNA LOVE ME NOW?

Saar is a gay man living in London, where he found refuge from the religious kibbutz of his youth. Since his HIV diagnosis, Saar has craved his family’s love, while they struggle with fear and prejudice. In a life he never planned for, will he be able to find his way home to Israel? Special Feature: Pre-movie performance by the Männerchor, an elite ensemble made up of members of the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave.; 7:30 p.m.; pre-sale is $10 J members, $12 public or $12 at the door; 513-722-7258 or mayersonjcc.org/cultural-arts/jewishand-israeli-film-festival.


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Parents and children are invited for a short story and activity about nocturnal animals. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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FREE ESSENTIAL OILS 101

Learn how essential oils can support your body, get your questions answered and choose a custom blend. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 7 p.m.; 513-7911089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

JEWISH AND ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL: A HEARTBEAT AWAY

Israeli cardiologist Dr. Akiva Tamir and his team perform heart surgeries in Tanzania, and confront the conflicts between science and faith as they determine if 6-year-old Julius is a candidate for life-saving treatment. This stirring documentary explores human drama, life, and death. Special Feature: Dr. David Cooper, Medical Director of the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, will share his experiences serving on medical missions in developing countries. Kenwood Theatre, 7815 Kenwood Road; 7:30 p.m.; pre-sale is $10 J members, $12 public or $12 at the door; 513-722-7258 or mayersonjcc.org/cultural-arts/jewishand-israeli-film-festival.

FREE WINTER FARMERS MARKET

Stop by for your favorite coffees, breads, meats, produce and treats during the winter months. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive; 5 - 7 p.m.; 513-8675348 or fairfield-city.org.

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Marcus, a solitary Holocaust Survivor, must find a way to prove his identity in order to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. With the help of a brash young woman, they embark upon a life-changing journey. Special Feature: Short film screening of Broken Branches. Mariemont Theatre, 6906 Wooster Pike; 7:30 p.m.; pre-sale is $10 J members, $12 public or $12 at the door; 513-722-7258 or mayersonjcc. org/cultural-arts/jewish-and-israeli-filmfestival.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: VALENTINE’S BASH

Celebrate the day of love with a fancy party: Make a Valentine’s Day necklace, paint a canvas bag for someone you love, and decorate heart-shaped cookies. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free members, $5 per child nonmembers; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 10 KIDS EAT FREE NIGHT

Cheer on the Cyclones as they take on the Elmira Jackals while all fans ages 2 - 12 get a free kids meal. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St.; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $15; usbankarena.com.

WINE, WOMEN & SONG

The Queen City Sisters bring their unique blend of vintage style and sass for a swingin’ concert of close harmony arrangements of songs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive; 8 p.m.; $20 cafe, $18 stadium; 513-867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.

sat 11 FREE BABYWEARERS PLAY GATHERING

Learn the benefits of wearing your baby in a wrap or sling, meet with other moms, and take advantage of the lending library. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 12:15 - 2 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

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FREE CLOTH DIAPERING 101

Learn the basics of cloth diapering including cost, care, quantity and more. This class will be followed by Cloth Diapering 102 at 4 p.m. (cost for Cloth Diapering 102 is $10 per family). Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 3 p.m.; 513791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

DIFFERENCE MAKERS 2017

Join Cincinnati Museum Center and the Duke Energy Children’s Museum for the Difference Maker’s Awards, a celebration that highlights the amazing work focused on youth in the community done by adults, teens, businesses and agencies. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 East Freedom Way; 5:30 p.m.; $45 adults, $25 children; 513-287-7001 or cincymuseum.org.

EAGLE WATCH

Put an eye to the sky over the Ohio River in the search of bald eagle activity. Bring binoculars if you have them. Steamboat Bend Boat Ramp, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

KROHN ZONE EXPLORES CHOCOLATE

Learn how chocolate is grown, and how to use it in recipes, thanks to help from Chef Ursula. Enjoy a display and demo, sample chocolates and explore the Krohn’s spring show, Blooms on the Bayou. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m. Feb. 11 and 12; free with admission ($4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 17, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/ krohn.

MY FURRY VALENTINE

My Furry Valentine (MFV) is the Tri-State’s largest companion animal adoption event sponsored by PhoDographer and The Petco Foundation. The event’s mission is to find homes for as many homeless animals as possible, to help end the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable cats and dogs. Hundreds of adoptable dogs and cats are brought together in a festive and family friendly event, making it fun and easy to find your perfect pet. Adopter swag bags, raffle prizes, vendor booths and free kid’s activities will be at MFV! Sharonville Convention Center, 11413 Chester Road; 12 - 6 p.m. Feb. 11 and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Feb. 12; $5 per person ages 5 and older, $25 for early bird admission; myfurryvalentine.com.

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Take an interactive night hike to search for nocturnal animals and call for owls. Registration is encouraged, but walk-ins are welcome. Governor Bebb Metropark, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 6:30 8:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

Explore the high-flying world of raptors during this live animal program. Cameras are welcome. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

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Bring the kids to learn about the flute, cello and the harp in this musical delight from the Linton Musicians. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7701 Kenwood Road; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $5; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org/pbj-tickets/.

FREE SPANISH STORY TIME

Use stories and songs to learn some basic Spanish vocabulary. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE STARFALL

Teens are invited to a presentation from Melissa Landers, author of Starfall, featuring Princess Cassia as she rises to Queen of her home planet, Eturia. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE VALENTINE’S DAY STORYTIME

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with stories like The Secret Life of Squirrels: A Love Story and Valentine’s Day is Cool. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-7552258.

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With a background in children’s literature plus a Grammy nomination for his kids’ songs, Zak Morgan brings all of his life experience to his live performances. Enjoy an interactive concert that is friendly, full of funny wordplay, and great for all ages. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 2 p.m.; $5 adults, free for children; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

It’s the world’s most amazing race — via rail, boat and even elephant, Phileas Fogg must travel the globe in 80 days or forfeit a fortune. But a snooping detective and Mother Nature conspire against him in this adaptation of Jules Verne’s classic tale. Best for ages 8 and older. The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Ave.; 2 p.m.; free with advanced registration, $5 at the door; 513-473-5745 or thecarnegiecenter.org.

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This drama follows the real-life story of Japanese consul Chiune Sugihara, who issued transit visas to European refugees during WWII. By casting aside his country’s culture and values to follow his morals, Sugihara saved the lives of more than 6,000 Jews. Kenwood Theatre, 7815 Kenwood Road; 3 p.m.; pre-sale is $10 J members, $12 public or $12 at the door; 513-722-7258 or mayersonjcc.org/cultural-arts/jewishand-israeli-film-festival.

MAPLE AT MITCHELL

Drop in and meet a naturalist to learn about maple trees and see sap boiled, then taste real maple syrup. Wood Duck Trail, Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Cleves; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

MITCH’S MISSION

Join a fun playdate with the UC Bearcats! Enjoy face painting, games, basketball, Minute to Win It, corn-hole, swimming in the Rec Center’s lazy river, rock-climbing and a silent auction, all to benefit Mitch’s Mission, a non-profit raising funds to send pediatric cancer and blood disease patients to summer camp. UC Rec Center, 2820 Bearcat Way; 2 - 5 p.m.; $20 per person or $60 for a family of four; mitchsmission.com.

MY GREAT PARKS IN PICTURES PHOTO WALK

Winter landscapes can make for amazing photos. Join photojournalist Malinda Hartong as she share tips for getting great pictures with your smartphone or SLR camera. No experience necessary. Wood Duck Trail, Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Cleves; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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Make your very own valentines to share with those you love — when the weather warms, they can even be planted to bring a burst of color to the yard. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; $1 per valentine plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

VALENTINE’S CRAFTS

Ages 3 - 12 make up to two crafts to take home to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; $1 per craft plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

WINTER CHORAL SHOWCASE

CCM Chamber Choir and Chorale, Cincinnati Children’s Choir Bel Canto, and UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses offer selections from William Byrd, Dominick DiOrio, Stephen Paulus, and Craig Hella Johnson. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Ave.; 4 p.m.; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

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Learn the basics for supporting your breastfeeding lifestyle and a long breastfeeding relationship. Husbands and partners are welcome to attend at no additional charge. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 6 p.m.; $25; 513791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

FREE STORY TIME WITH PJ LIBRARY

PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement program for ages 8 and younger. Each month, families are sent free books and music. Come out to hear stories about Jewish tales, holidays, life cycle events and more. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m. Feb. 13 and 27; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

tue 14 JEWISH AND ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL: MOOS

In this offbeat comedy, Moos is faced with obstacles on her way to greatness. Between the handsome singing teacher, her father’s new girlfriend, and the fact that she was denied entrance to the performing arts school, Moos has

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ROMANCE IN THE HEAVENS

Take your date to dinner, then join others for a special Valentine’s Day show featuring actors sharing romantic constellation lore, plus live music and a box of chocolates to take home. Haile Planetarium, Northern Kentucky University Campus, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive; 7:30 p.m.; $20 per couple plus parking; planetarium@ nku.edu or planetarium.nku.edu.

wed 15 JEWISH AND ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL: MR. GAGA

Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin has stunned and captivated the world with his passion and talent. Known for his dance style called “Gaga,” Naharin has left an indelible mark on the global stage. Eight years in the making, this documentary uses rehearsal and archival footage to depict his creative journey. Special Feature: Victoria Morgan, Artistic Director and CEO of the Cincinnati Ballet, will speak after the film. Kenwood Theatre, 7815 Kenwood Road; 7:30 p.m.; pre-sale is $10 J members, $12 public or $12 at the door; 513-722-7258 or mayersonjcc.org/cultural-arts/jewishand-israeli-film-festival.

thu 16 JEWISH AND ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL: WOUNDED LAND

In this taut, critically-acclaimed drama, police officer Kobi Amar and his Region Commander Yehuda Neumann find themselves at odds. After years of service together, they are plunged into a tumultuous night after a terrorist bombing. Their moral and professional values are at stake, as well as their dedicated friendship. Special Feature: Discussion led by University of Cincinnati professor Gila Safren-Naveh, The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati Endowed Chair, and the Head of the Department of Judaic Studies. Mariemont Theatre, 6906 Wooster Pike; 7:30 p.m.; pre-sale is $10 J members, $12 public or $12 at the door; 513-722-7258 or mayersonjcc.org/cultural-arts/jewishand-israeli-film-festival.

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Private School Open Houses Get the scoop on local private schools during these upcoming open houses. CINCINNATI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 6905 Given Road 513-979-0220 countryday.net Regular application deadline Feb. 15 CINCINNATI HILLS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 11525 Snider Road 513-247-0900 • chca-oh.org Feb. 9, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. CINCINNATI PUBLIC SCHOOLS cps-k12.org High school application period begins Feb. 20 COMPASS SCHOOL 9370 Waterstone Blvd. 513-683-8833 thecompassschool.com Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. GREAT OAKS 3254 E. Kemper Road 513-771-8840 greatoaks.com Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m.

THE KINDER GARDEN SCHOOL 5900 West Chester Road 513-874-3100 10969 Reed Hartman Hwy. 513-791-4300 kindergardenschool.com Thursdays in February ROYALMONT ACADEMY 200 Northcrest Drive, Mason 513-754-0555 royalmont.org Feb. 1, 6 - 8 p.m. ST. GABRIEL CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL 18 W. Sharon Road 513-771-5220 stgabeschool.org Feb. 1, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CATHOLIC SCHOOL 5375 Dry Ridge Road 513-385-7970 stjohnsdrschool.org Feb. 2, call for time SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700, ext. 209 summitcds.org Montessori Information Session Feb. 9, 8:30 a.m.; please RSVP

Join an identity-themed Art Play and learn about our similarities and our differences. Create a 3-D selfie and design a mirror portrait that can be layered on the light table with your friends. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free members, $5 per child nonmembers; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

WEE WONDER ABOUT OWLS

Ages 3 - 5 are invited to learn all about these creatures of the night with crafts, a story, and a meeting with a live owl. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m.; $6 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

fri 17 A COLD WINTER’S NIGHT HIKE

Join others for a brisk hike through nature at night. Enjoy activities along the trail as you listen for creatures braving winter’s cold. Blue Jacket Trail, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend; 6 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

A LITTLE NIGHT MAGIC

Celebrate the one-year anniversary of A Little Night Magic, an exciting theatrical show that recreates the vaudeville experience. Featuring awardwinning magician Sir Pat-Trick and a special guest, the 90-minute show uses traditional magic, side-splitting comedy, and a return to the golden age of legends like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Falcon Theatre, 636 Monmouth Ave., Newport; 8 p.m. Feb. 17 and 18; $10 ages 12 and younger, $15 adults and VIP Kid, $20 VIP Adult; littlenightmagic.com.

FREE FRENCH STORY TIME

Learn basic French vocabulary using stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 11 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

sat 18 FREE A CONSTRUCTION STORYTIME

All of your child’s favorite trucks are back on the construction site with a focus on team-building and friendship in this story, Mighty, Mighty Construction Site. Coloring and activities will follow. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-7552258.

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FREE ARTS SAMPLER

Enjoy free admission and entertainment for all ages all day long. BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

FREE BABYWEARING 101

Discuss different types of carriers, safety, and get some one-on-one help and try out a few samples to see what you like. Followed by Babywearing 102 at 3:30 p.m. (cost for Babywearing 102 is $10 per family). Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 2 p.m.; 513-7911089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

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ESSENTIALLY ELLINGTON FESTIVAL

CCM hosts this daylong event that celebrates the region’s top high school jazz ensembles and culminates in an evening concert performance from the competition’s Outstanding Ensemble winner as the opening act as a prelude to a special guest from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Patricia Corbett Theatre, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Ave.; 7 p.m.; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

FREE MACY’S ARTS SAMPLER

Celebrate all things creative with free activities like Forget-Me-Not Dance (10:45 a.m.), Skool Aid (12:15 p.m.), School House Symphony (1:15 p.m.); and ROKCincy6 (2:15 p.m.). Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive; 10:45 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 513-8675348 or fairfield-city.org.

MAPLE MANIA

Most of us love maple syrup, but where does the tasty treat come from? Ages 8 and older learn the history and how-to of this most American of sugars. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

OH DEER!

How much do you know about Ohio’s state mammal? Test your knowledge of the white-tailed deer today. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.


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Today’s concert from the Linton Musicians is free. Explore the world of the flute, cello and the harp! Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church, 6312 Kennedy Ave.; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org/ pbj-tickets/.

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JEWISH AND ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL: THE LAST MENTSCH

Marcus, a solitary Holocaust Survivor, must find a way to prove his identity in order to be buried in a Jewish cemetery. With the help of a brash young woman, they embark upon a life changing journey. Special Feature: Short film screening of Broken Branches. Discussion led by Gail G. Ziegler, LISW-S, Senior Manager at Jewish Family Service Center for Holocaust Survivors. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati; 3 p.m.; pre-sale is $10 J members, $12 public or $12 at the door; 513-722-7258 or mayersonjcc.org/cultural-arts/jewish-andisraeli-film-festival.

WHEN: Saturday February 11, 2017 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

FREE Program for the whole family! Whooo lives in the woods? Learn about nocturnal animals and their adaptations. Listen for owls while enjoying a pleasant night hike through the park.

Register at www.YourMetroParks.net or by calling 513-867-5835. Walk ups welcome. This program is conducted in the dark and we will rely on our night vision to help us along the way.

NATURAL LEADERS

Some of America’s greatest presidents were also avid naturalists. Learn how in touch with nature the founding fathers were, meet some animals that presidents helped protect, and create a nature journal. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or greatparks.org.

Motor Vehicle Permit required at MetroPark locations. Free to Butler Co. residents, Non Residents: $5/Daily; $10/annually.

FREE THIRD SUNDAY FUNDAY: YEAR OF THE ROOSTER

Celebrate the beginning of the Chinese Year of the Rooster with a craft, an exploration of Chinese symbols at the Art Cart, and a look at celebrations and children in Chinese art. A real hen (a female rooster) will stop by for a visit, along with dancers from the Greater Cincinnati Chinese School, who will perform at 2 p.m. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-684-4517 or taftmuseum.org.

WINTER ANIMAL HIKE

Join the naturalist to see what animals may be out and about on a winter day. Look for birds, tracks, scat and more. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise Journey through the prolific life of the “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” author and activist.

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mon 20 KIDS’ MAPLE DAY AT THE PARK

Celebrate the day with a class about the sweet tradition of maple sugaring — see a movie, take a hike, taste some maple syrup and more. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Groesbeck; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $6 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

PRESIDENTS’ DAY TUBING

Kids get a day off from school, so why not spend it tubing with friends. Bring your school ID for a $5 discount. The Beach Mountain, 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason; see web site for prices; 513-398-4356 or thebeachmountain. com.

tue 21 JEWISH AND ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL: TIME TO SAY GOODBYE

In this quirky coming-of-age film, Simon Grunberg is preparing for his bar mitzvah and has a lot on his mind. With the recent separation of his parents, he finds himself in a family divided … and lovesick for his new rabbi. Special Feature: Short film screening of Hannah Cohen’s Holy Communion. Mariemont Theatre, 6906 Wooster Pike; 7:30 p.m.; pre-sale is $10 J members, $12 public or $12 at the door; 513-7227258 or mayersonjcc.org/cultural-arts/ jewish-and-israeli-film-festival.

TOT TUESDAY

Bring your toddler to learn all about our feathered friends, sing some bird songs, and create a bird craft. BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-4914003 or bcmuseum.org.

wed 22 JEWISH AND ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL: A.K.A. NADIA

Twenty years ago, Palestinian Nadia took on the identity of a Jewish woman named Maya. Now with an established career and family, her past has caught up with her. Nadia is forced to face conflicts of family, culture, and religion against a tense political backdrop. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave.; 7:30 p.m.; pre-sale is $10 J members, $12 public or $12 at the door; 513-7227258 or mayersonjcc.org/cultural-arts/ jewish-and-israeli-film-festival.

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Reenact the time-honored North American tradition of maple sugaring by trying your hand at the historic work of the sugaring season. The reward is a tiny taste of the fruits of your labor. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Feb. 22 - March 12. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $2 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE S.M.A.R.T.I.E.S. OPEN HOUSE

Parents and their preschoolers are invited to explore programs for ages 3 - 5 that cover social studies, science, math, art, and reading together in an educational surrounding. Meet the instructors and sample some fun and engaging activities. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive; 6:30 - 8 p.m.; 513-867-5348 or fairfield-city. org.

FREE WEE WEDNESDAY: TRAVEL THE WORLD

Preschoolers and their parents look at contemporary local art through learning stations in the galleries. Artists from the exhibit Employed: A Staff Art Exhibition share their skills, along with a story time, and an art making activity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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NOW PLAYING! AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS

The second production of Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s Off the Hill season features Toby Hulse’s adapation of the classic book by Jules Verne. Join Phileas Fogg in the world’s most amazing race as he travels the globe in just 80 days or forfeit a fortune. Three actors portray 19 characters to create a fast-moving comedy for ages 8 and older. Various locations throughout Greater Cincinnati; visit site for schedule and prices; cincyplay.com.

THE BOYS NEXT DOOR

Four mentally handicapped men live under the supervision of an earnest, but burned out young social worker named Jack. Meet the “boys,” and hear their stories. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive; 8 p.m. Feb. 17, 18, 24 and 25, and 2 p.m. Feb. 19 and 26; $15 adults, $13 seniors or students; 513-867-5348 or Fairfield-city.org.

DOUBT, A PARABLE

In this drama best suited for older teens and adults, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects Father Flynn of an inappropriate relationship with a male student. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; through Feb. 12; please visit website for ticket prices; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

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ANIMAL TALES

Nature has many stories to tell. Families are invited to join the naturalist for a nature-themed story. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

JEWISH AND ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL: CLOSING NIGHT

The inspiring documentary On the Map tells the story of the 1977 Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team. Faced with repeated challenges, the team gathered the courage and strength to become international champions — putting Israel “on the map.” Special Feature: Appearance and discussion with the film’s director, Dani Menkin, and Tal Brody, leading member of the Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team featured in this film. 20th Century Theatre, 3021 Madison Road; 7:30 p.m.; pre-sale is $12 J members, $14 public or $14 at the door; 513-722-7258 or mayersonjcc.org/cultural-arts/jewishand-israeli-film-festival.

Ages 4 - 12 are invited for an exclusive, 45-minute performance featuring Harriet Tubman as she journeys back into slave country to rescue her family and many others. Traveling by cover of night and cloaked in extreme secrecy, Harriet never lost a passenger during her trips on the Underground Railroad. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, 4015 Red Bank Road; 12:30 and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24; $7.

KING ARTHUR’S CAMELOT

The Cincinnati Ballet presents this legendary tale, with original choreography by Victoria Morgan. Travel to the mystical land of Camelot where the story of King Arthur, Lancelot, and Guinevere unfolds in a display of dance and drama, complete with puppets, projections and jousting. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 8 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11; 2 p.m. Feb. 11, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 12; tickets start at $32; cballet.org.

LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

One of the longest running off-Broadway musicals of all time, this show’s score combines the best of rock, Motown and Broadway as it tells the story of a downtrodden floral assistant, the sweet

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but troubled girl of his dreams, and a bloodthirsty plant that sends them down a diabolical path. Best for ages 11 and older. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; through Feb. 19; tickets start at $40; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

The fan-favorite arrives this month, featuring toe-tapping tunes, outrageous costumes, and of course, plenty of audience participation. Best for older teens and adult audiences. Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, 801 Matson Place; Feb. 16 - March 5; $26 adults, $23 students and seniors; 513-2416550 or cincinatilandmarkproductions. com.

SOMETHING ROTTEN

Set in the 1590s, this smash hit tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers desperate to write their own hit play while Shakespeare gets all the attention. But then the brothers set about writing the world’s first musical after a soothsayer foretells the future of theatre holds singing, dancing and acting. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Feb. 21 - March 5; see web site for tickets; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

SUMMERLAND

Based on true events, this production tells the tale of William H. Mumier, a spirit photographer with a talent for taking haunting images of the dead. Set in 1869, the story follows his rise and fall from success to indictment. Did he really capture the visits of loved ones long gone, or were his clients just victims of deception? Best for adults and teens. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Feb. 4 - March 5; see site for prices; 513-4213888 or cincyplay.com.

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Click your heels three times and follow the yellow brick road (or go over the rainbow) to the wonderful land of Oz, in this presentation from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. A cyclone transports Dorothy and Toto to a magical land where she meets Munchkins, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and of course, the Wicked Witch of the West. Taft Theatre, 317 E. Fifth St.; 2 p.m. Feb. 11, 2 and 5 p.m. Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 17, 2 and 5 p.m. Feb. 18, 2 p.m. Feb. 19; $10 - $30; 800-745-3000 or thechildrenstheatre. com.

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THURSDAY ART PLAY: BLAST OFF!

Test your rocket launching skills! In honor of the UnMuseum’s new exhibit Deep Space, ages 3 - 6 experiment with missiles of all shapes and sizes, decorate a manpowered spaceship, challenge friends to a rocket race, and grab their safety goggles to watch some alka seltzer rockets take off! Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; free members, $5 per child nonmembers; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

FREE WINTER CONCERT

The Linton Musicians bring their Peanut Butter ‘N Jam session for little ones to explore the world of music through the harp, cello and flute. John P. Parker Elementary School, 5051 Anderson Place; 5:30 p.m.; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org/pbj-tickets/.

fri 24 FITTON FAMILY FRIDAY: THE ZANIAC SHOW WITH ALEX ZERBE

World-class prop comic Alex Zerbe offers a comedic onslaught of absurd ideas and odd skills in this hilarious show for all ages. Join a family-friendly reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. before the show! Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Avenue, Hamilton; 7:30 p.m.; $11 members, $13 nonmembers; 513863-8873 or fittoncenter.org.

OESA GIRLS COLLEGE SHOWCASE

The Ohio Elite College Showcase is a top event in the Midwest, drawing more than 200 of the top U14 - U19 teams to play in front of nearly 150 college coaches from NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA. The Showcase provides both outstanding exposure for its participants and quality competition to prepare for the spring season. Come out to cheer on your favorite teams! Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Feb. 24 - 26; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

SUTTON FOSTER’S BROADWAY

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra teams up with one of Broadway’s biggest stars, the two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, who offers selections from Cole Porter’s iconic songbook. Taft Theatre, 317 East 5th St.; 8 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25, 2 p.m. Feb. 26; tickets start at $25; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony.org.

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MAPLE SUGAR DAYS

FREE DR. SEUSS STORYTIME

It’s maple sugaring time! Bring the family to celebrate the awakening of the trees as they prepare for spring with the very traditional craft of making maple syrup. Enjoy a delicious weekend of tastes, crafts, demos and hikes. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Groesbeck; 12 - 4 p.m. Feb. 25 and 26; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FAIRY FLOWER FESTIVAL

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back for a night of action as the Cyclones take on the Indianapolis Fuel. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St.; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $15 ($17 day of event); usbankarena.com.

BOYS SINGING BACH, MEN SINGING MOZART

Celebrate some of the greatest music ever written, as sung by the Cincinnati Boychoir and the MANChoir. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 7 p.m.; $15 - $25; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org. Celebrate Dr. Suess’ upcoming birthday on March 2 with a special story time, along with coloring, activities and plenty of fun. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513755-2258. Listen to some fairy tale stories, and make some flower and fairy crafts. Plant a fairy garden and create your own special fairy to live in it, then check out the Krohn’s spring show, Blooms on the Bayou. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 3 p.m.; free with admission ($4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 17, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/ krohn.

FAMILY DINNER THEATER: ZANIAC COMEDY SHOW

When was the last time you laughed as hard as your kids? With captivating amounts of energy, Alex Zerbe moves like a rubber band from one end of the stage to the other. Beat boxing, juggling, dancing, singing, music and magic are just a few of the things that led Piers Morgan of America’s Got Talent to call Alex, “The total package.” For this family dinner theater engagement, the two-time Guinness World Record holder will perform his 60-minute comedy show. The Grove Banquet and Event Center, 9150 Winton Road; 6:30 - 9 p.m.; $33 dinner and show, $25 show only (ticket sales end Feb. 22); 513-522-1410 or theartsconnect.us.

FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL: FROSTY, FROZEN FUN

Meet a real live penguin from the WAVE Foundation between 12 and 2 p.m., then experiment with snow and ice painting, build an igloo, have a snowball fight, and enjoy some hot chocolate. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

FREE LEGO BATMAN BUILD

Celebrate the release of The LEGO Batman Movie. Collect two limited edition trading cards (while supplies last) featuring characters from the movie. Cards collected at all events (additional events in March) will unveil a special scene. Kids will enjoy giveaways, make and play themed moments with Lego bricks and blocks, and more. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 2 p.m.; 513-755-2258.

NINJA TURTLE NIGHT

FREE SUGAR CAMP

Step into the forest and back in time to experience life in a mid-1800s sugar camp and learn the art and science of making maple syrup the old-fashioned way. Make a spile, tap a tree and gather sap! Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m., and 12, 2 and 5 p.m.; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty.org.

THE WORLD OF MUSIC

Little ones can explore music made by the flute, cello and harp today in this Peanut Butter ‘N Jam session from the Linton Musicians. Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave.; 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org/pbj-tickets/.

WALK THROUGH THE SUGAR BUSH

Discover where maple syrup comes from as you walk through a grove of sugar maple trees, sampling sap along the way. After the walk, enjoy the Maple Sugar Days festival, which begins at noon. Pin Oak Trail, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Groesbeck; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE YOUNG ARTIST OPEN STUDIO

Teens are invited to hang out and work on their own art projects, or get inspiration from the CAM’s collection. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

sun 26 INFANT/CHILD CPR

Choose from the certification or noncertification course, a must-take for parents and anyone caring for your child. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 3 p.m.; please call for price; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

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FREE MADCAP PUPPET SHOW

Madcap Puppets presents Jumping Over the Moon, a musical featuring Vaudeville actors Sigmund and Alex, who must perform musical numbers at a birthday party for a mischievous little monster. Audience participation is a part of the party. City of Wyoming Civic Center, 1 Worthington Ave.; 2 p.m.; madcappuppets.com.

FREE WINDWITCH

Ages 8 and older meet author Susan Dennard, who presents her book Windwitch, featuring Prince Merik, who finds himself bringing justice to the oppressed. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 4 p.m.; 513-3968960 or josephbeth.com.

WINTER STAR QUEST

Marvel at the night sky in winter as you look for the brightest stars and the constellations they form inside the inflatable planetarium. Programs begin on the half hour. Winton Center, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; $2 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

mon 27 FREE ALL ABOARD!

Ages 3 - 6 should get their engines ready for a night of train-related fun with stories, crafts and the library’s toy tracks. Walton Branch Library, 21 South Main St.; 6:30 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

tue 28 FREE ANIME AND MANGA CLUB

Middle and high school students are invited to join other “otakus” for movies, snacks, and “kawaii” crafts. Main Library, Boone County Public Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 6:30 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

FREE ART AFTER DARK

School age kids are invited to make some art using different mediums each week. Covington Branch Library, Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington; 7 - 8 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary.org.

FREE LINUS PAULING DAY

Celebrate Linus Pauling Day with the state of Oregon by making your very own glow-in-the-dark nuclear waste. Hyde Park Branch Library, 2747 Erie Ave.; 3:30 p.m.; 513-369-4456 or cincinnatilibrary. org.


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BEHRINGER CRAWFORD MUSEUM

BURNET WOODS

CINCINNATI ART MUSUEM

•Freedom Stations Although slavery existed in Kentucky in the 18th and 19th centuries, not all citizens supported it. In fact, many helped guide runaway slaves to freedom. Lower to upper elementary students will learn the stories of daring Railroad conductors, including Sojourner Truth, John Parker, Harriet Tubman and more. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Feb. 22; $5.

•Recycling and Resources RSVP by Feb. 21. Ages 6 - 10 explore ways to reduce, reuse and recycle natural resources through hands-on activities, as well as learn about the latest Rumpke recycling standards. 10 a.m. 12 p.m. Feb. 23; $5.

•FREE Baby Tours This 30-minute tour introduces infants ages 0 - 2 to the world of art as parents learn about the positive effects of visual stimulation found in the CAM’s masterpieces. Strollers not permitted. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 17.

•The Stars in Your Eyes Learn about some of the greatest love stories ever told in the Wolff Planetarium, where the stars come to life. For ages 5 and older. 7 - 8 p.m. Feb. 17; $5.

•Art in the Making Ages 6 12 and their parents explore the CAM before creating their own masterpiece in the studio, as artists from Employed: A Staff Art Exhibition discuss and teach about their creative processes. 1 - 3 p.m. Feb. 18; $5 per person members, $10 per person nonmembers.

1600 Montague Road, Covington 859-491-4003 • bcmuseum.org

BETHESDA NORTH HOSPITAL

10500 Montgomery Road 513-475-4500 • trihealth.com •Birthing With Ease Join this childbirth series that explores the myth that suffering must accompany labor. 6:45 p.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22; $200 for eight-week package. •Happiest Baby on the Block Learn how to calm your newborn and help him (and you!) get a better night’s sleep in this workshop. 6:45 p.m. Feb. 13; $50. •Toilet Training Without Tears Learn the physical, intellectual and psychological readiness signs, strategies to prevent resistance, and how to deal with accidents and regression. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Feb. 4; $30.

BLUE MANATEE CHILDREN’S BOOKSTORE 3054 Madison Road 513-731-2665 bluemanateebooks.com

•Make a Mess RSVP by the Friday before. Join Ms. Anne for a good book and an art-making activity with your child, ages 2 - 4. 10 a.m. Feb. 6; $10 per child. •FREE Don’t Cry Over Spilled Milk Day Ages 3 - 5 listen to It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw and then make their own “spilt milk” project to celebrate this silly holiday. •Presidents Day Fun Celebrate our presidents. Read a few favorites on the subject, then look at famous faces on currency and make your own “Kid Coin.” 2 - 3 p.m. Feb. 20; $3. •Tell a Fairy Tale Day Ages 3 - 5 read fairy tales and create a beanstalk that will help them reach the castle in the sky! 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Feb. 27; $3.

3400 Brookline Drive 513-751-3679 cincinnatiparks.com

•Homeschool: Cincinnati Skies RSVP by Feb. 22. Homeschool students discover stars, constellations, galaxies and more, as well as the stories behind some of the most famous constellations in the night sky. 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. Feb. 23; $5.

CALDWELL NATURE PRESERVE

430 West North Bend Road 513-761-4313 cincinnatiparks.com •Homeschool: Maple Sugaring RSVP by Feb. 6. Ages 5 - 7 enjoy a lively indoor program about the importance of plants and photosynthesis and learn why maple syrup is made only at this time of year. Then take a hike and tap a tree. A simultaneous program will be held for ages 8 - 12. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Feb. 8; $5. •FREE Backyard Maple 101 RSVP by Feb. 9. Learn how to make your own maple syrup this winter — discover what trees to tap, how to collect the sap, and how to cook it into syrup. 1 - 3 p.m. Feb. 11.

CALIFORNIA WOODS NATURE PRESERVE 5400 Kellogg Road 513-231-8678 cincinnatiparks.com

•Holiday Fun Camp Kids can be a maple sugar farmer for the day — tap some trees and make maple syrup, as well as play some games and make a craft. 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Feb. 20; call for price.

CANCER SUPPORT CINCINNATI

4918 Cooper Road 513-791-4060 cancersupportcincinnati.org •FREE Kids Kamp: All We Need Is Love Join in for an afternoon of celebrating your family, complete with food, games, and crafts that are all about love, just in time for Valentine’s Day! 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Feb. 18.

953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-2787 cincinnatiartmuseum.org

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

•Toddler Times Join a gathering designed to prepare your 2-year-old for the preschool experience. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Tue or Wed in Feb; $20 per day. •Playful Learning Ages 3 - 5 are invited to this gathering that serves as a supplement, or alternative, to preschool. 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mon and Fri in Feb; $25 per day. •Potty Training Your Child With Autism Parents are introduced to the Potty Party method and learn to train their special needs child to use the potty in just a few days. 12 p.m. Feb. 25; $25. •Tummy2Tummy Learn the benefits of wearing your baby in a sling or carrier, try out a few samples, and meet other moms and experts who can share their favorites. 11 a.m. Feb. 11; donations accepted.

•Owl Prowl Discover some fun facts about local owls and what makes them different from other birds. Then head outdoors to listen and look for them. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight for each member of your party. Best for ages 5 and older. 7 - 9 p.m. Feb. 7; $3 members, $7 nonmembers. •Family Maple Sugaring Delve into the science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup. Take a guided hike in the sugarbush, look into Native American origins of sugaring, and visit the Sugar House. Homeschool students will tap a tree with a hand drill, help with sugaring work, and sample syrup. Best for ages 5 and older (ages 10 and older can join a group geared for older students). 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Feb. 10 and 20, 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and 20; $6 per child member, $10 per child nonmember. •Tools of the Sugar House: An Up Close Experience for Preschoolers While the evaporator is still cold, preschoolers and their adults are invited for an up close look at it and sugaring tools like skimmers, filters and thermometers. With an adult’s help, ages 4 - 6 look inside storage tanks, try on fire gloves, set up the Native American rock boiling demos and more. Meet at the Outdoor Learning Center. 11 a.m. Feb. 5 and 9 a.m. Feb. 18; free with admission ($9 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $4 ages 4 - 12).

CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER

44 E. Sixth St. 513-345-8405 contemporaryartscenter.org

•Breastfeeding Realities This gathering, led by a certified lactation consultant, discusses the basics of breastfeeding, along with common questions, concerns and struggles. 1 3 p.m. Feb. 18; $35.

•Homeschool Wednesday: Deep Space Tour Ages 6 - 12 and their parents are invited to explore one of the new works in the UnMuseum. Deep Space first premiered at the People’s Liberty Globe Gallery and features nontraditional structures. Kids will experiment with LED lights and kaleidoscopes following the tour. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Feb. 15; free to members.

CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER

DOWNTOWNE LISTENING ROOM

4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 • cincynature.org

Downtown Cincinnati downtownelisteningroom.com

•Full Moon Walk Ages 8 and older are invited to hit the trails at night to enjoy the full moon and some natural history readings. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10; $5 members, $9 nonmembers.

•Folky Pop and Rootsy Rock Kevin Heider’s music is influenced by roots-rock and folk-pop. He straddles a variety of tempos and styles creating catchy story-song soundscapes with hints of Spingsteen, the Avett Brothers, and Mumford & Songs. Also featured is Matt Schneider with a modern mix of relaxed folk-rock originals. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18; $12 donation. (please turn the page)

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PLAN AHEAD GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL 7058 Ridgetop Drive West Chester • 513-857-1700 westchester.goldfishswimschool. com

Valentine’s Day Family Swim Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a family open swim, plus arts and crafts, snacks and more! Ages 6 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  6:30 - 8 p.m. Feb. 10; $5 per swimmer or $15 per family maximum.

GRACE TREE STUDIO

8933 Cincinnati-Dayton Road West Chester • 513-373-7396 gracetreestudio.com •Smart Phone Smart Bodies If you suffer from “iSlouch,” “text neck,” “screen squint,” or “gamer’s thumb,” bring your phone or mobile device to a hands-on workshop to learn ways to engage with various devices and cultivate posture-saving body intelligence that can spare you a headache. 12 - 3 p.m. Feb. 5; $35 adults, $25 teens. •Pregnant Body Know-How A growing baby upsets your center of gravity and crowds your visceral organs. Learn to make the best use of your body’s innate structural support system to maintain equilibrium, including strategies for bending, lifting, moving and resting, and activities that can help prevent back pain and relieve chest and tummy discomfort. 1 - 4 p.m. Feb. 25; $35.

HARBIN PARK

1300 Hunter Road, Fairfield 513-867-5348 • fairfield-city.org •FREE Let’s Go Hiking Bring the dog and join others at the Overlook Stone Shelter for a free, guided hike, followed by hot chocolate. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Feb. 18.

HERITAGE VILLAGE MUSEUM 11450 Lebanon Road 513-563-9484 heritagevillagecincinnati.org

•Edgar R. Aston, Buffalo Soldier Teens and adults are invited for this first-person look at the life a Buffalo soldier, a name given to members of the African American cavalry army regiments who served in the American West from 1867 to 1896. 7 p.m. Feb. 3; $17 members, $20 nonmembers, $10 high school students. •U.S. Grant First Person Teens and adults can get a first-person look at General Ulysses S. Grant as the Civil War comes to an end, and he reflects upon his life. 7 p.m. Feb. 10; $17 members, $20 nonmembers, $10 high school students.

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•William Wells, Settler, Soldier, Indian Agent Learn about the life of William Wells in this first-person look that portrays how he straddled the white man’s world and the world of the Native American. Never fully trusted by either, he became indispensable to both. Best for teens and adults. 7 p.m. Feb. 17; $17 members, $20 nonmembers, $10 high school students. •Dolley Madison First Person Teens and adults will learn all about charming, flamboyant, and strongwilled Dolley, who was tested in the calamity of the War of 1812 and later became the Grand Dame of Washington. 7 p.m. Feb. 24; $17 members, $20 nonmembers, $10 high school students. Chocolate, Champagne and Candlelight Adults are invited on a date night that includes a chocolate dessert buffet, a DJ and band for some dancing music, and raffles and an auction to benefit Heritage Village Museum. 7 p.m. Feb. 18; $35 per person.

IMAGINATION YOGA

10990 Thornview Drive Sharonville • 513-491-3573 facebook.com/imaginationyoga. greatercincy.dayton •Imagination Yoga Ages 6 - 8 use an adventure theme to guide them as they learn developmentally appropriate yoga poses and calming techniques. Yoga mats and other materials provided. 5:30 - 6:10 p.m. Feb. 23 - March 23; $55 for five classes.

JEWISH DISCOVERY CENTER 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason jewish-discovery.com

•CKids Popcorn, PJs and Prayer Bring new meaning to bedtime at this late-night pajama party. Kids will enjoy a unique, adventurous scavenger hunt illuminated by hand-crafted glow-in-thedark lanterns. The evening ends with a paint party where kids will create their own canvas with the Shema prayer. 6:30 - 8 p.m. Feb. 12; $5 per child, free for Hebrew School students. •First Fridays Come together as a community once a month for a short service followed by a social gathering and Shabbat dinner. Get a taste of singing and prayers. A fun and educational children’s program will be hosted simultaneously. 6 - 8 p.m. Feb. 3; free with RSVP by Feb. 1, $10 per adult and $7 per child after Feb. 1.

KROHN CONSERVATORY 1501 Eden Park Drive 513-421-5707 cincinnatiparks.com/krohn

•Krohn by Candlelight Date Night Adults are invited to a magical and romantic evening with their special someone and learn about chocolate as well as see the spring show during twilight hours. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Feb. 10; $15; RSVP to krohn.cincyregister.com/ krohnbycandlelight2017.

LABOITEAUX WOODS 5400 Lanius Lane 513-542-2909 cincinnatiparks.com

•Underground Railroad: Ravine to Freedom RSVP by Feb. 13. Ages 8 - 15 walk part of a documented route used by escaping slaves during the 1850s. Discover if you have what it takes to attain your own freedom during a simulation activity and other hands-on activities. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Feb. 16; $5.

LANGSFORD LEARNING ACCELERATION CENTER 9402 Towne Square Ave. Blue Ash • 513-531-7400 langsfordcenter.com/RSVP

•FREE What Parents Should Know About Reading and Comprehension Do you have concern for a struggling reader? In our communities, about 20 percent of the population has difficulty learning to read. This presentation simplifies the complex process of reading by explaining the five critical skills that support successful reading. Learn about the developmental path of successful readers, the root causes of reading difficulties, and why some good readers struggle with comprehension. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Feb. 8, 12:30 - 2 p.m. Feb. 23.

LAZER KRAZE

7082 Columbia Road, Maineville 513-339-1030 1335 Donaldson Road, Erlanger 859-371-5729 lazerkraze.com •Special Needs Night Players ages 4 and older with special needs can play laser tag or jump on the trampolines for free with their family member’s paid admission. Please see web site for jump rules; jump socks not included and are $2 per pair. Held the first Thursday of each month from 4 - 9 p.m.

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MAYERSON JCC

8485 Ridge Road 513-761-7500 • mayersonjcc.org •FREE Math Circle Meet other kids in grades 6 - 8 who share a passion for math with this nationally-recognized program with professors from University of Cincinnati and awardwinning area high school teachers. Students will be challenged with math activities, topics and puzzles. 2:30 - 4 p.m. Feb. 26. •Kids Night Out: Movie Mania Ages 5 - 12 are invited for a fun evening of movies. Children of all abilities are invited to participate, e-mail inclusion@mayersonjcc.org to discuss. 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. Feb. 11; $25 members, $30 nonmembers.

MIAMI WHITEWATER FOREST

9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

•All About Trees RSVP by Feb. 8. Ages 2 - 4 learn all about some woody wonders with a story and a craft. 11 a.m. Feb. 10; $6 per child. •Operation Observation: Project Bud Burst RSVP by Feb. 9. Join this citizen science project and contribute your own observations about the changes in your plants and trees. 2 p.m. Feb. 11. •Homeschool Science West: Food Chains RSVP by Feb. 14. Homeschool students ages 5 - 12 explore learning stations and take a guided hike. 1 - 3 p.m. Feb. 16; $6 per child. •Adventure Hike Series: Using a Map and Compass RSVP by Feb. 23. Ages 12 and older take an off-trail hike to learn how to translate a map and read a compass. Be sure to pack water and dress for the weather. 10 a.m. Feb. 25; $15 per person.

MIDDLETON MILLS PARK

3415 Mills Road, Covington 859-525-7529 • kentoncounty.org •FREE Sugar Camp Step into the forest and back in time to experience life in a mid-1800s sugar camp, and learn the art and science of making maple syrup the old-fashioned way. Make a spile, tap trees, and gather sap. 10 a.m., 12, 2 or 5 p.m. Feb. 20 - 24.


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NEUSOLE GLASSWORKS 11925 Kemper Springs Drive 513-751-3292 neusoleglassworks.com

Valentine’s Day Heart Paperweight With the help of professional glassblowers, ages 5 and older sculpt hot molten glass into a heart-shaped paperweight to give to a special someone. RSVP for a 30-minute slot between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m., Feb. 4 and 11; $35 per person.

NORTHSIDE FARMERS MARKET

4222 Hamilton Ave. 513-614-3671 • northsidefm. org/couples-cooking-classes.html Couples Cooking Class Enjoy a unique date-night opportunity and share your love of food and cooking with your someone special. Learn how to jazz up your sweet potatoes with a decadent cinnamon butter sauce.  5:30 - 7 p.m. Feb. 8; $10.

PARKY’S FARM AT WINTON WOODS 10073 Daly Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

Valentines RSVP by Feb. 12. The farm animals invite ages 2 5 and their adults to spend Valentine’s Day with them. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Feb. 14 and 15; $10 per child plus one free adult, $5 for each additional adult. •Daisy Girl Scout Badge Program: Birdbath, Red Robin & Tula Awards RSVP by Feb. 16. What do Daisies, goats and chickens have in common? Find out while learning about these fun farm animals. 9 and 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. Feb. 18; $5 per child, $3 per adult. •Brownie Girl Scout Program: Pets RSVP by Feb. 23. Get ready to do some farm chores and explore the barnyard as you learn to care for different animals. 9 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Feb. 25; $5 per child, $3 per adult. •Junior Girl Scout Program: Playing the Past RSVP by Feb. 23. Jump into life in the early 1800s — go to school, complete your chores, try some pioneer games, and get ready to dance! 9 and 11 a.m., and 2 p.m. Feb. 25; $5 per child, $3 per adult.

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VERSAILLES STATE PARK

1387 US-50, Versailles, IN 812-584-6861 soindiana-rod.org/polarplunge •2017 Special Olympics Indiana Polar Plunge and Polar Climb 5K Run Raise a “bear” minimum of $75 to take a daring dip into Versailles State Park’s winter waters to benefit Special Olympics Indiana. Plunging not your style? Then lace up your running shoes and join a 5K. Then be sure to warm up inside the heated festival tent with entertainment, food, the Razzle Dazzle Basket Raffle, face painting, games and more. 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Feb. 18; $75 to plunge, $30 to run, free to watch.

VOICE OF AMERICA METROPARK

7850 VOA Park Drive West Chester • 513-867-5835 yourmetroparks.net

A valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park

•Murder Mystery Dinner: Deadly Game of Love RSVP by Feb. 9. Enjoy a parents’ night out with dinner and a mystery, thanks to the WhoDunit Players. Come dressed in costume for lots of fun and enjoy a three-course meal with adult beverages available for purchase. 6:30 - 9 p.m. Feb. 10; $35. •Winter Mini-Camp RSVP by Feb. 16. Ages 6 - 12 enjoy fun festivities about environmental ethics this morning. Bring a lunch and sign up for Learn to Geocache for some afternoon fun. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Feb. 20; $10 Butler County residents, $15 nonresidents. •Winter Mini-Camp RSVP by Feb. 16. Ages 6 - 12 spend the afternoon learning to geocache. Bring a lunch and sign up for the morning camp all about environmental ethics. 1 - 4 p.m. Feb. 20; $10 Butler County residents, $15 nonresidents.

WESTON ART GALLERY

650 Walnut St. westonartgallery.com/learn westonartgallery@cincinnatiarts.org •Families Create: 2D 3D 4U: Digital Objects Explore how the digital world can expand the three-dimensional world we inhabit. Compute with artist Casey James Wilson and make new connections with art. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Feb. 18; $5 per child.

Kids can enjoy tapping the maples to collect syrup during Sugar Camp at Middleton Mills Park happening Feb. 20 - 24.

WINTON WOODS

10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

•Outdoor Archery RSVP two days in advance. Ages 8 and older learn the basics of shooting a compound bow and arrow before testing out their skills on the outdoor range. 1 p.m. Feb. 11, 18 and 26; $15 per person. All Things Chocolate RSVP by Feb. 9. Chocolate is the natural choice for many on Valentine’s Day, but why do we have such a fascination with it? Find out and share in some special treats. 2 p.m. Feb. 12; $6 per person. Also at 11 a.m. on Feb. 13 for ages 5 - 12 ($6 per child). •Volunteer Orientation RSVP by Feb. 17. Ages 14 - 17 learn leadership skills, gain work experience and build friendships in this volunteer program with a focus on opportunities at the Winton Woods Riding Center. 2 - 5 p.m. Feb. 20. •Homeschool Science: Winter Star Quest RSVP by Feb. 23. Homeschool students ages 5 - 12 explore the stars in the inflatable planetarium. 11 a.m. Feb. 27; $6 per child.

WOODLAND MOUND

8250 Old Kellogg Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

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