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Feb. 17 is Cincinnati Family's annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair; the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden offers landscaping series; The Wonderful World of Disney on Ice comes to US Bank Arena; My Furry Valentine returns to the Sharonville Convention Center; the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati brings Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical to the stage and more.

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MOM'S GUIDE TO FIRST-TIME CAMPERS Ease your child into the summer camp journey through day camps featuring a variety of programming and experienced camp counselors.

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READ TO BABY Get a jump on your baby's language development and more. Read every day!

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ll these years later, I can remember hiding behind my mom’s legs. She’d be in a dress or slacks, and something would be happening ... someone would be coming over, or we’d be going somewhere new where we had to meet new people. This made me nervous, all of 5 years old, so my “spot” became behind her legs. I’d peek out, unsure, take a quick look before hiding again. I have no idea how long this behavior lasted, but to remember it means it was fairly significant. My mother laughed it off as only my mother could. She was a “downplayer” not an “overplayer.” I don’t recall ever having a serious “something’s wrong with Susie” type of intervention, but it’s true that I still get nervous about new situations and meeting new people. I sort of think that most of us do, and it’s actually the abnormal ones who love walking into a room where they don’t know anyone. Terms like “break the ice” are important to me. Today, people are astonished to learn that I’m an introvert. Many writers are. Shy. Not the first to jump in. The middle of five kids, I came from a noisy household with easygoing parents. Life at home was wonderful and easy. But I dreaded it when things fell away from routine. Is your child like that? Are you? Don’t make it such a big deal or you risk making it actual. Growing up, things like anxiety, depression, ADHD and all the “isms” thrown around ad nauseam today were less emphasized. We were just living our lives. Some kids bounced off walls, that’s all. Medication certainly wasn’t the go-to to make everything “right.” My big sister was outgoing. I was shy. Both of us were normal. Things were not warped into bigger issues like they are so easily today. So I just want to say something about how good it is to use a light touch with kids. My mother was the queen of the light touch. She worried about things plenty (as all parents do) but she sheltered us kids from the weight of her adult concerns. THAT was the key. Looking back, I can see it made the difference at home to have a mom who enjoyed experiences and enjoyed living life with her kids. No big deal. So what if Susie was shy? We were all OK and were all permitted to be who we were without judgment. Lots of parents are so fast to jump in to try and “fix” their kids. When they jump in to “fix,” they send the message that their children are not capable of “fixing” things themselves. It’s good that the era of helicopter parenting is ending, that we’re aiming to raise more resilient kids. One big idea that can help in this department? Leave your kids alone and let them do things for themselves so they don’t feel like they can’t. Don’t indulge in their behavioral issues because all kids have them. Kids are kids. Messy, complicated, emotional, energetic, fun, live wires of life. Let’em be. With a healthy, light parenting touch.

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I like making the cool boxes. I remember making a turtle out of a hatbox with my daughter. We don’t celebrate at home and I’m a firm believer that you don’t need a special day to show you care, but if it’s done in good friendship at school, I’m OK with it. I agree, it’s best when it comes with a party!

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SUMMER CAMP ADVENTURE FAIR, FEB. 17 1. We’re giving away tickets to The Wonderful World of Disney On Ice every hour, beginning at 11 a.m.! 2. A live stingray and other critters will be on hand for kids to meet, thanks to the WAVE Foundation. 3. You can try your “hand” at fun things! Like: Place your hand into a Greenacres’ box and see if you can identify what’s inside using your senses! 4. More than 40 reps from popular summer camp programs will be in attendance, ready to give you all the info you need! 5. The local youth circus school — My Nose Turns Red — will perform ... don’t miss it!

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POLKADOTS: THE COOL KIDS MUSICAL The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati invites families to a regional premiere that’s all about learning to love our differences. Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical features 8-year-old Lily Polkadot, who experiences daily bullying and even segregated drinking fountains until she meets a shy Square boy who becomes an ally, and more importantly, a friend. Inspired by civil rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine, Polkadots is a history lesson, and a reminder that what makes us different is also what makes us awesome. Performances take place Feb. 21 - March 25 at 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. Wed and Thu, 10 a.m. and 12 and 7 p.m. Fri, 12 and 5 p.m. Sat, and 2 and 5 p.m. Sun. A sensory-friendly performance will be held at 7 p.m. on March 2, and on March 24, TCT welcomes Carlota Walls LaNier of the Little Rock Nine for a special Q&A after the 5 p.m. performance. Tickets are $20 ($30 for the March 24 performance with Ms. Walls LaNier) and can be ordered at thechildrenstheatre.com.

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Save Your Child From A MOUTHFUL OF CAVITIES! The largest population of kids with tooth decay is children ages 0 - 3 ... but your child’s not one of the stats, right?

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ucky cavities. The most chronic childhood disease, according to the dentists at Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, located in Cincinnati. Five times more prevalent than asthma in children, cavities can cause major trouble for kids, including pain, tooth decay and dental abscesses. That’s why it’s so important to follow guidelines for tooth care for children. Don’t ignore them: you are the catalyst that makes the difference in your child’s healthy teeth!

Don’t Be Blasé Some parents make the mistake of playing down the importance of early tooth care for kids, but this is a mistake. Whether or not you schedule your baby for a first dental visit right on time or not, you are actually his first dentist. Gently cleaning your baby’s gums after drinking is important. When the first tooth erupts, brushing that tooth with a soft-

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bristled brush on a regular basis matters. And when your child’s first birthday looms, ask around and then pick a “dental home” for your child.

The First Visit The largest population in the U.S. with tooth decay is children ages 0 - 3, according to Sea of Smiles, so your child’s first visit is critical in assessing his future dental health. Your dentist will gather information on family history, brushing habits, fluoride in your drinking water or not and other things like, is your child still nursing or does he get to toddle around with a sippy cup of juice from time to time? Your dentist will assess the strength of your child’s teeth and whether factors like ongoing prescription medication may cause dry mouth that affects your child’s ability to prevent tooth decay. Sea of Smiles says illness and high fevers can have an effect on

your child’s dental health, so it’s important to share your child’s health history with your dentist, too.

Cavity Culprits Sea of Smiles says sweet drinks are the main culprits of cavities in little ones, along with typical snacks like dry cereal and fruit snacks. For older kids, sports drinks and soda are often the cause of cavities. But how do you get your kids to brush at least twice a day for two minutes at a time ... and floss as well?

Where You Come In Your child’s good teeth hygiene starts with you. Sea of Smiles says to assist your young children for as long as possible. Also, keep an eye on your kids ages 7 and older; big kids can skimp on good brushing habits. Build good habits early in your kids and you’ll have done your part to save them from years of dental visits!

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PEARLY TIPS • Always use soft-bristled brushes, whether electric or manual. • Only put water in a sippy cup at bedtime. • Let kids snack on cheese. Cheese stimulates saliva production that helps to clean the mouth. • Let your toddler play with a toothbrush to make it fun from the start, and use games like pretending to brush the teeth of her stuffed animals, dolls or you! • Model good tooth brushing habits — brush your teeth together so children can see you doing it, plus you’re there to watch and help them. Source: American Academy of Dentistry.


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READ TO BABY! THE TIME TO START IS NOW.

Start while your baby is in utero and then keep it up daily. Watch your child grow in leaps and bounds!

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onight in Cincinnati, a mother is building her daughter’s brain, without lifting

a finger. Well, except to turn the pages of The Going-to-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton. Parent-child reading helps prepare infants for future learning, observes Danielle Z. Kassow, Ph.D., of the Talaris Research Institute, a nonprofit research organization studying early brain development. “Experiences with parents help the brain get organized,” Kassow says. “Any experiences that are loving, warm, nurturing — such as singing, playing or reading together — affect the wiring of the brain.” Positive memories of snuggling and reading together build an enduring interest in books. After all, as adults, many of us still relax before bed with a good novel. In order to create a budding bookworm, take the time to read with your child consistently. Plus, reading together boosts long-term success, Kassow points out, because it increases attach-

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brain scan to see if the newborns

The benefits of reading to a baby start even before birth, while Baby is still in utero. Moms who talk, sing and coo to their babies in the womb actually play a part in shaping their baby’s brain, according to research from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. While it’s nothing new that babies can hear their mother’s voice before they are born, current evidence shows they can also recognize subtle changes in pitch and indeed process complex information. Researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland looked at 33 moms-to-be, and examined their babies following birth. While

this because the brain activity in

Remember, infants explore

the babies picked up when those

with their mouths — in fact, all

words were played, while babies

that tasty cardboard is good for

who didn’t hear the CD in the

your curious child. They see books

womb did not react as much.

as an everyday object they feel

So is it time to go out looking

comfortable playing with, rather

for fetal brain boosters? Maybe

than an off-limits treat. “It’s great

not. But definitely time for some

for a young child to hold the book,

sweet singing and conversation,

and put it in their mouth,” Kassow

and yes, reading aloud some of

says. Keep books easily accessible,

your favorite stories from child-

so your baby can crawl over and

hood. According to whattoexpect.

pick one up any time.

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WHAT’S ON BABY’S BOOKSHELF? DON’T FEEL SILLY PUTTING ON A SHOW WHILE YOU READ TO YOUR BABY — MAKE FUNNY NOISES, SPEAK DRAMATICALLY OR IN PARENTESE.”

SING A STORY Babies love poems, songs and nursery rhymes, particularly when they’re sung by you or another trusted caregiver. Once you’ve got a book memorized (it won’t take long), try singing the text while in the car, or waiting at a doctor’s office as a distraction. You may be building long-lasting verbal skills, too — a recent study from Georgetown University suggests that music and language share the same brain real estate.

SELECT BABY-FRIENDLY TOPICS Animals, routines (bedtime, getting dressed), food; or books with many simple, bright illustrations and few words. Talk about what you see on each page, and don’t worry about following a narrative. Kassow points to studies showing that children exposed to a wide variety of words have a better vocabulary by school entrance. Try the Baby Unplugged board book series designed by Dr. John Hutton, a researcher at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Reading and Literacy Discovery Center and

owner of blue manatee children’s

brains learn language from hu-

bookstore. The books celebrate

man interaction, not expensive

iconic childhood experiences,

foreign-language videos. If you’re

like blankets, going to the beach,

bilingual, you can help baby’s

exploring the backyard, meeting

future fluency by reading books in

new pets, playing with water, and

your native (or second) language.

even books themselves. Books

Too busy for books? Don’t

with a clear rhyming pattern, like

despair. Once babies start crawl-

Dr. Seuss titles, are also a good

ing, they may not want to stop

choice as the rhythms can be

for stories. A couple of strategies:

soothing.

read during mealtime, playtime

SEE READING AS A FORM OF PLAY

or bath time. You can read to your child as she motors around the room. Kassow suggests keeping

Don’t feel silly putting on a

reading sessions short: “It’s fine to

show while you read to your

stop halfway through, and come

baby — make funny noises, speak

back to the book later on.”

dramatically or in “parentese,”

Nestle on the couch or before

the sing-song voice that parents

bed and read to your baby. He

worldwide use to converse with

will enjoy the sound of your voice,

babies. Your enthusiasm demon-

particularly if it’s part of a com-

strates that “books can be exciting

forting nighttime routine. Kassow

and entertaining,” Kassow says.

acknowledges that some parents

Plus, many researchers believe

don’t feel comfortable reading

“parentese” helps prep baby

aloud to an infant. But don’t wait

brains for the natural patterns of

until your child is a toddler to be-

everyday language.

stow the benefits of a good book.

BILINGUALISM AND BOOKS According to research from the

Amy Schardein, children’s librarian at Kenton County Public Library, suggests the following titles to read aloud with your infant: Hello Animals (by Smitri Prasadam) is a black and white book that’s perfect for newborns and their developing vision. This one has a touch of sparkle for added interest. Fiona’s Feelings (by Dr. John Hutton) takes a gentle, loving look at feelings using simple words and our favorite hippo, Fiona! Indestructibles: Baby Animals (by Amy Pixton) is a book (and others in the series) that can’t be ripped and can be tossed in the washing machine if it gets yucky. Where is Baby’s Bellybutton? (by Karen Katz) is a book filled with bright illustrations on sturdy flaps that are fun for little fingers to flip. Moo, Baa, La La La! (by Sandra Boynton) uses rhythmic text and silly rhymes to make this book just as fun for parents to read as it is for babies to hear. My First Baby Signs (by Phil Conigliaro) helps you teach baby to sign well before she can speak! A simple book with common baby sign language words is a great way to get a helpful skill started. The Babies and Doggies Book (by John Schindel and Molly Woodward) uses adorable photographs of babies and dogs to illustrate their similarities — a must for dog-owning families. One Two Three, Mother Goose (by Iona Opie) is filled with classic nursery rhymes that are brought to life with charming illustrations from Rosemary Wells.

University of Washington, baby

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DOES MY CHILD HAVE

ANXIETY? By Tina Pratt

Nail biting, fidgeting and pacing the floor are just a few signs that say your child’s anxious. Here’s what to know and how you can help.

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an I stay home with you to-

NORMAL ANXIETY

• Disrupted sleep

day mom?” “Can you pick

• Fear of strangers: typically 7 - 12 months

• Headaches, chest pain, nausea

me up early?” “Do I have to go to school today?”

These were questions that my daughter, then 3, was asking me each day. At first, I thought she just wanted to stay home and snuggle, but then I wondered if it could be more. She was constantly twirling her short hair — was she trying to avoid going to daycare? Was she experiencing anxiety ... at age 3?

NORMAL ANXIETY Amanda Porter, psychiatric nurse practitioner at the Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason, says it’s important to understand that experiencing occasional anxiety is normal for people of all ages. Anxiety is the completely normal reaction to stress, and it keeps us safe in certain situations. If you want to perform well, you may feel anxious in anticipation of the event. Once

• Animals, monsters, loud noises, the dark: typically 1 - 5 years old • Getting into trouble, being alone, getting hurt: typically 6 - 12 years old • Peer acceptance, social embarrassment and school performance: typically 12 - 18 years old

SIGNS OF ANXIETY Anxiety in children can be difficult to recognize since it’s an internal culprit. Outwardly, it can present in many ways. Since little kids can’t articulate the cause of their anxiety, parents need to be observant and aware of personality changes. Signs that your child may be experiencing anxiety include: • Change in behavior

the perceived threat has passed, the anxiety

• Excessive worry/fear

goes away. It’s normal for kids to go through

• Increased heartrate

phases of anxiety as they grow. These phases are usually short lived and harmless:

• Irritability

• Nervousness around change • Difficulty concentrating • Restlessness/fatigue during waking hours • Asking to avoid certain activities • Excessive hair twirling • Fingernail/lip biting Sometimes helping kids manage their anxiety is easy, but different temperaments of children and the way parents handle situations set the precedent. Sometimes parents have to go farther with their children to understand the “triggers” of their anxiousness. One big trigger is a change in day to day life. Katie Strubbe, M.A., a local behavior intervention coach, recommends you “create a routine and prep your child for new environments. Let them know that change is coming.” Strubbe says if you recognize that your child doesn’t like going to new activities, for example, you can review what the next day looks like for your child the night before. (please turn the page)

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DOES MY CHILD HAVE ANXIETY? Kids need to know what’s going on day to

HELPING YOUR CHILD COPE

day and it doesn’t help with anxiety if parents

If your child is experiencing anxiety at home,

simply spring things on them without giving

he is likely experiencing anxiety at school,

them time to adjust and “see” what’s coming

too. It may be causing your child to struggle

up. Helping your child recognize that a transi-

socially or academically.

tion is coming helps them prepare in order to

If you have concerns abut your child at

reduce anxiety about change.

school, e-mail his teacher.

Also, learn to pay attention to your child’s

Terri Doerr, a parent mentor at Lakota

emotions; ups and downs can alert you to

Local Schools suggests being “as proactive

stressors in his life.

with your child’s needs as possible. Work

Anxious kids benefit from certain de-stress-

as a team to come up with strategies to try

ing techniques that many anxious adults know

at school and home to make your child as

well: Deep breathing, mindfulness, calming

comfortable as possible. Sometimes, students

music, yoga and exercise.

with anxiety just need gentle reassurance they

THINGS TO SAY TO AN ANXIOUS CHILD Navigating anxiety is an essential life skill. Here are simple things you can say that can make anxiety less powerful over your child and help him to realize you are there to help. • “I love you, you are safe.” • “Can you draw it?”

are safe.”

• “Say, ‘I can do this.’”

WHEN TO SEEK SUPPORT

Doerr also recommends making sure his

If your child seems to be overly anxious and

teacher know what behaviors your child dis-

there’s no immediate issue, or if he continues

plays when anxious and what strategies they

• “What’s the worst thing that can happen?”

to worry about a situation long after it occurs,

can implement to help reduce his anxiety.

he’s probably experiencing anxiety. When

Also, ask your child’s teacher to keep a record

this sort of behavior becomes chronic and

of behavior changes at school so you can share

unmanageable, you will need help.

it with your child’s doctor if needed.

• “Let’s pull out our calm-down checklist.”

ANXIOUS PARENTS, ANXIOUS KIDS

• “You are not alone in how you feel.”

You can work through it as best you can with patience and understanding, but you can get good behavioral guidance from your pediatrician. Porter says that parents can benefit from keeping a “mood diary” of an anxious child. This is an objective record of things going on in your child’s life to help you grow in awareness of his anxiety and the things that cause it. If symptoms are present for a six-month duration or longer, according to the American Psychiatric Association, your child may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are “excessive and unrealistic worry about everyday tasks or events, or may be specific to certain objects or rituals,” according to the Centers for Disease Control. And, according to the 2015 Child Mind Institute Children’s Mental Health Report, one in eight children has an anxiety disorder. When anxiety becomes excessive, it interferes with daily living. Anxiety affects school performance, relationships and increases negative behaviors. The root of anxiety disorders are unknown, but experts concur that they involve a combination of factors including genetic, environmental, psychological and developmental.

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Raising a child with anxiety can be difficult on you — especially if you’re anxious yourself. It’s true that anxious parents can model anxious behavior to their kids and pass it on, but some anxious kids come from adults who have normal levels of anxiety.

• “I get scared/worried/anxious sometimes, too. It’s not fun.”

• “Let’s take a deep breath.” • “This feeling will pass.” • “We’ll get through this together.” Source: PsychCentral

Remember that your child’s anxiety is not a reflection of your parenting skills. Doerr says that “when dealing with an anxious child, remember to take care of yourself. Your energy level is just as important as your child’s, so make sure you get enough sleep, take deep breaths to calm and center yourself and focus on the positive attributes of your child.” After extensive research on child anxiety,

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or local mom Amy Mund, sending her son to a day camp at Cincinnati Nature Center was an obvious

choice, since she is a member of the staff. But that doesn’t mean she didn’t have her concerns.

“My biggest concern was that my son, who had just turned 7 at the time, was in a camp that had 7- to 13-year-olds.” That seems like a pretty big age gap, but after speaking with Director Eve Smallwood, she was assured that the camps were broken into age groups so that her son would spend his day with kids closer to his age. “It worked out great,” says Mund. “He had a great time and we were both really happy with his experience.”

HOW TO START?

Which brings us to another impor-

Greater Cincinnati is home to plenty day

tant resource — fellow parents. Horne

camp options for families who aren’t yet

says she always tries to connect with a

ready for the overnight experience, or

family that has done a camp before to

are looking for a first-time intro to all

hear about their experiences. Those two

of the available summer adventures. So

sources are what led her to also choose

how to choose? Start with getting some

the Cincinnati Nature Center for her

input from your child! Consider his age,

children, where she found a “nice bal-

interests and abilities — is he an avid

ance of adventure and learning.”

artist, an athlete looking to develop his

You might find other factors influ-

skills, or would he like to just play fun

encing your decision — you may want

games in the outdoors?

to send your child to the same camp as

Mom Anne Horne says, “With so

his best friend, or give him a chance to

many camps available, on all kinds of

make new friends. Or, you might find

topics, I began by asking my child what

it convenient to find a camp that allows

he would like to do or learn more about

for carpooling with other parents in

(swimming, nature, art, etc.). This

your circle. And sometimes, a little prior

helped me narrow my search both on-

knowledge can go a long way. Alyce El-

line and when I spoke to other parents.”

lison based her choice of Camp at the J at the Mayerson JCC based on conversa-

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tions with other parents, but it helped

parents register early, as spots here also

to be making friends, the counselors’

that her daughter already enjoyed her

fill quickly.

experience, and the dreaded question

swimming lessons at the center, and that

Over at Great Parks of Hamilton

of what happens in an emergency. The

her husband had good memories of at-

County, which offers several camps

good news is that camps think about

tending the camp when he was growing

this summer at both Sharon Woods

these things all year long, so they are

up.

and Parky’s Farm and where kids will

well prepared.

enjoy crafts, games, gardening, hiking

“At Camp at the J, we believe in

WHEN TO START?

and meeting live local wildlife, Early

strong welcomes,” says Rapport. “At

When researching programs, it’s crucial

Bird pricing ends on Feb. 28, according

the beginning of each session, we make

to pay attention to deadlines. Cincin-

to Regional Education Manager Julie

sure everyone meets each other so that

nati Nature Center’s camp enrollment

Robinson.

we can start to form a community. All of camp gathers near the flagpole every

opens at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 6,

morning to sing songs and get excited

(She suggests you create or update your

GETTING WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

camp registration account ahead of time

So you’ve narrowed in on a few pro-

loads of activities — everything from

so you are ready to go when enrollment

grams, and now you need to get specific.

music classes to games to exploring

opens.)

This is the time to ask camp directors for

nature, along with daily swimming in ei-

At Camp at the J, campers are ac-

details like what a typical day will look

ther the indoor or outdoor pools. Coun-

cepted until capacity is reached, but

like for your child, what happens if he

selors are trained to get to know each

Director Judith Rapport recommends

isn’t enjoying himself or doesn’t seem

and Smallwood says that spots go fast.

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camper, so that if a child doesn’t seem

camper in their group and finding out

At Cincinnati Nature Center, Small-

to be joining in, they can easily take note

what their interests are. Learning these

wood explains that staff is certified in

when something might be wrong.

interests helps us connect campers to

first aid and CPR, and practice safety

“We want every camper to feel like

others who enjoy similar hobbies or ac-

scenarios during training. “CincyNature

they had a great day, and that they are

tivities, which supports them in making

Camp counselors always work in pairs,

liked and appreciated, so we make sure

new friends at camp.”

so if a camper gets sick or is injured,

that our staff is aware of what’s hap-

All of the camps we spoke to have a

one counselor is able to provide care to

pening each day so that they can watch

small camper-to-counselor ratio, which

that camper while the other counselor

for any signs of problems and work to

allows for individual attention — a plus

engages the rest of the group. Counsel-

resolve them right away,” says Rapport.

whether your child just needs a little

ors carry digital walkie-talkies that can

Robinson at Great Parks says it’s

extra encouragement to try a new activ-

connect them immediately with other

not that kids aren’t having fun, but are

ity, or when a real need arises. No one

Nature Center staff, who can come to

nervous about being separated from

likes to think about it, but injuries and

their aid as needed.” She adds that lots

their parents or not knowing anyone.

illnesses do happen. So be sure to ask all

of water breaks and calm activities are

“Each camp starts with ‘getting to know

of those “What If …” questions like how

part of keeping campers at their best.

you games’ and counselors will focus

camps deal with food allergies, home-

more attention on kids at the beginning

sickness, tummy aches and both minor

GETTING READY

of a camp that seem to be going through

and more serious accidents.

Kids like to know what they’re going

separation anxiety. If you start talking

Like the lead camp counselors at

to be doing each day, so once you have

to a child one-on-one as you introduce

Great Parks, senior counselors at the J

made your selection, get him ready

them to a craft or live animal, many

are certified in first aid and CPR. A camp

and excited. Drive by the place he’ll be

times the parents can leave quicker than

nurse is on site at the J most days and

spending his time, show him some of the

they originally think,” she says.

in the case of minor incidents, parents

activities he will get to experience, and if

And you don’t have to worry about

are notified immediately that their child

there’s an opportunity to attend an open

kids feeling left out at CincyNature

is OK, according to Rapport. “Should

house or meet up with other families

Camps either. Says Smallwood, “One

the accident or injury require more than

attending the same program, take full

of the things we value most at camp is

basic first aid, we will call 911 and notify

advantage. The only thing left to do now

making sure each camper feels included

our aquatics department. All lifeguards

is eagerly anticipate the first day of his

and is part of the team. CincyNature

are trained as first responders. They

big summer adventure!

Camp counselors and teen Leaders-in-

will administer first aid until the EMS

Training enjoy getting to know each

arrives,” she adds.

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2018 Guide to Camps, Summer Programs & After-School Activities

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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.

ArtsConnect Kids Camp

9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati 513-522-2108 theartsconnect.us/camps Your kids are empowered to make a difference through their art with a summer packed full of imaginative, creative and fulfilling art projects.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

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Camp Art Academy

Held at Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati 513-562-8748 artacademy.edu/com-ed/summer-art-camp/summer-art-camp.php commed@artacademy.edu Art Academy of Cincinnati’s Camp Art Academy offers kids ages 5 - 12 six unique weeks of art camp programs! 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!

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Cincinnati Ballet Kids Dance Camp

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Cincinnati Boyschoir Camp

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Summer Theatre Camp and Performance Academy

962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati 513-421-3888 cincyplay.com Summer of Stories! Our one-week Summer Theatre Camps offer five exciting courses that are influenced by a unique, book-based theme. Courses and theme vary by week. Three-week Performance Academy is for the theatre enthusiast who wants to experience the production of a play from beginning to end. No auditions necessary!

Cincinnati Shakespeare Theatre Summer Camp

1195 Elm St., Cincinnati 513-381-2273 cincyshakes.com/summercamp Cincinnati Shakespeare Theatre Summer Camp is a theatre camp for students grades 3 - 12 who want to learn more about the

My Nose Turns Red Circus Arts Classes

Evendale Cultural Arts Center, 10500 Reading Road, Cincinnati 859-581-7100 Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash mynoseturnsred.org • rednose@fuse.net Our 21st year! Skills taught include unicycle, German wheel, tight wire, rolling globe, juggling, Chinese yo yo, hooping, and more for ages 7 - 18. Circus Fun classes for ages 4 - 7. My Nose Turns Red is the area’s only non-profit dedicated to youth circus. Register by May 1 for early bird discount.

The Mad Potter Madeira

7754 Camargo Road, Madeira 513-561-1888 madpottercincinnati.com Pottery painting, parties, and special events. Choose a piece, paint it, and pick it up in a week. Special events include Kidz Nite and Ladies Nite. Summer camp options to be announced soon!

Mason Dance Center

600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353 masondance.com Mason Dance Center provides an opportunity for anyone ages 3 - adult to discover the joys of dance. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes. We offer one day and mix-and-match camps. Summer camps forming soon – sign up now!

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!

Taft Museum of Art

316 Pike St, Cincinnati 513-241-0343 taftmuseum.org Summer art day camps offer fun, hands-on studios creating art with experienced instructors. Each weeklong session ends with a show for family and friends.

Tippi Toes

Multiple Cincinnati Locations tippitoesdance.com/cincinnati Tippi Toes Dance Company cheerfully provides children with a fun, positive, and nurturing environment so they are able to experience the joys of dance, self-expression, and movement. Classes are specifically designed to develop motor skills and body awareness while enhancing each child’s self-esteem. Open enrollment throughout the year – it’s never too late to join!

West Chester Academy Music, Dance, Gymnastics

8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester 513-829-2345 westchesteracademy.com From a child’s very first lesson to the experienced adult, West Chester Academy has something for everyone in music, dance, and gymnastics. Located in West Chester, we specialize in beginners of all ages and offer training through pre-professional levels. We have camps for all ages.

EDUCATION/ENRICHMENT Bethany School

555 Albion Ave., Glendale 513-771-7462 bethanyschool.org Offering a one-of-a-kind educational experience for grades K - 8 including a dedicated faculty, a rigourous curriculum, and a strong sense of “family” and community. Dedicated to the development of the “whole child” and fostering the spirit, the mind, and the “heart” of our students. Offering a wide array of academic enrichment, fine arts, and athletic opportunities. With our small class sizes, our teachers get to know each student well and help each one reach his or her fullest potential.

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Children’s Meeting House

Cincinnati Parks’ Summer Nature Day Camps

Cincinnati Country Day School

Great Parks of Hamilton County Summer Day Camps

Cincinnati Museum Center

Classroom Antics Tech Camps

927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 cmhschool.com 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. Camp dates are Jun. 18, Jun. 25, Jul. 16, and Jul. 23. Visit our website for more details. 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati 513-561-7298 countryday.net 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. 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati 513-287-7000 cincymuseum.org 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!

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.

Kiddie Academy of Mason

6202 Snider Road, Mason 513-234-0699 8178 Highland Point, West Chester 513-847-1145 kiddieacademy.com/mason 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.

Magnified Giving – Camp Give

9940 Reading Road, Evendale 513-733-9727 magnifiedgiving.org/camp Camp Give: A day camp teaching your camper to use their time and talents to become young philanthropists. Visit our website fore more information. 2018 focus: Childhood Hunger.

Montessori Academy of Cincinnati

8293 Duke Boulevard, Mason 513-398-7773 montacademy.org We offer art, computer, music, physical education, Spanish, and science enrichment programs. We also host summer camp with a focus on STEM, adventure, arts, and more!

Royalmont Academy

200 Northcrest Drive, Mason 513-745-0555 royalmont.org Private preK - grade 12 Catholic school located in Mason. The school is located within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Royalmont is divided into a half-day and all-day preschool, a K - 8 division, and the Royalmont Academy Classical Preparatory High School.

STEAM Mania Camp

docere4parents.org 513-550-5394 Launch your child’s summer with hands-on, fun STEAM experiences! Kitchen chemistry, forensics, and robotics are just some of the camp topics they’ll explore. Register on our website.

The Summit Country Day School

2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati 513-871-4700 ext. 369 summitcds.org/summer Full- and half-day camp programs from Jun. 4 - Aug. 11 for children in preschool - grade 8. Our program is new, fresh, and packed full of fun. Extended day is also available. There will be smiles everywhere as we explore the arts, cooking lessons, Construction Week, Explore the Outdoors Week, Wet & Wild Week, and much more. For grades 1 - 8 we offer robotics, sports training, Service Camp, study skills, Survivor Skills Camp, and much more.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

myy.org 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.

NATURE Cincinnati Nature Center

February 2018

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 Multiple Locations 800-595-3776 classroomantics.com/cincinnati-summer-camps/ Kids age 7 - 14 LEARN what they LOVE in Tech Camp by designing video games, creating stop-motion movies, producing videos, coding programs, modding Minecraft, or engineering LEGO robots. These affordable week-long day camps are in Anderson, Blue Ash, Cheviot-Bridgetown, Liberty Twp-West Chester, Madeira, Mason, Newtown-Mariemont, Springboro, and Wyoming.

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.

SPORTS/FITNESS Full Throttle Indoor Karting

11725 Commons Dr., Springdale gofullthrottle.com • info@gofullthrottle.com Speed Camp - Learn to Race! Ages 8 - 15. Week-long camp, $300 per person. Day Camp, $75.

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TRADITIONAL CAMPS Camp at the J, Mayerson JCC

8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 513-761-7500 mayersonjcc.org From 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 sports and field trips, Camp at the J incorporates value-based learning and offers enrichment programs to build skills in areas such as science, nature, art, and more.

Camp Chabad

2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati 513-731-5111 campchabad.org A camp that has it all! From Jun. 25 - Aug. 3, children ages 2 - 13 yrs. years enjoy sports, nature, art, music, character growth, field trips, and swimming lessons. Using 200,000 sq. ft. of unmatched fun! Nurturing, dedicated staff. Mix-and-match your weeks or sign up for all six weeks. Lunch and transportation included. ACA accredited. Cincinnati’s premier Jewish day camp. Kiddie Campers enjoy soccer shots, music, pony rides, tiny tennis, gymnastics, story time, crafts, swimming lessons, and lunch. The only full-day Jewish preschool camp in Cincinnati!

Camp Livingston

8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 513-793-5554 camplivinston.com Offering an unmatched summer experience for children and teens since 1920. Just 90 miles from Lexington, Camp Livingston has provided a safe and nurturing environment where campers gain confidence, self-esteem, and form lifelong friendships. Camp Livingston is a fun Jewish overnight camp experience like no other! Programs for campers entering grades 2-12. Multiple session length choices. Scholarships available. Family Camp Weekend: Jun. 1 - 3.

Falcon Camp

4251 Delta Road SW, Carrollton 800-837-CAMP (2267) falconcamp.com • info@falconcamp.com 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.

Greenacres Summer Camps

8255 Spooky Hollow Road, Cincinnati 513-891-4227 green-acres.org • camps@green-acres.org 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.

Kids First Sports Center – Camp-A-Palooza

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

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Multiple Park Locations cincinnatiparks.com Voted as Best Day Camp in 2017, we offer great value in educational and outdoor fun for ages 3 - 14! Hikes, crafts, live animal encounters, active games, and other engaging, hands-on activities occur daily. Fees $50-$85 weekly. Popular camps: Creek Week, Pokémon, Art, Outdoor Skills, Star Wars, Harry Potter to name a few! Online registration on our website.

7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-489-7575 kidsfirstsports.com • msmith@kidsfirstsports.com Campers at Kids First get the very best! 108,000 square feet 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 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.

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ased on the hit film of the same title, this hilarious musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock start posing as a substitute teacher who turns his unsuspecting students into a legit rock band. Featuring new songs from musical giant Andrew Lloyd Webber, plus the original songs from the movie, the show features the first-ever kids’ rock band playing instruments on stage! Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; tickets start at $30. Call 513-621-2787 or visit cincinnatiarts.org. cincinnatifamilymagazine.com • nkyfamily.com

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Thu 1

CAN YOU SEE A SHADOW?

Learn how shadows change throughout the year by making a sun dial, then visit the farm animals. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

EVERYTHING THOMAS

Thomas the Train rolls into the Junction for a month-long visit that includes Thomas-themed layouts, videos, scavenger hunts, coloring and crafts. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; Do-It-All tickets start at $13.95; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

SPRING SHOW AT THE KROHN

The Krohn Conservatory kicks off their spring show, A Garden of Pure Imagination, with a show room blossoming with vivid colors of cherry, lemon, grape, orange, blue raspberry and sour apple. The candy-inspired exhibit includes vibrant tulips, cheerful daffodils, fluffy hydrangeas and more, all to make you feel like you’re inside Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tue - Sun (closed Mondays), through March 11. Krohn

FIND FEBRUARY EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $4 adults, $2 ages 4 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE STORY TIME WITH MISS ALICIA

Ages 2 and older join Miss Alicia for stories and fun, then stick around with the littlest readers for ManaBabies at 10:30 a.m. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10 a.m. Feb. 1, 8, 15 and 22; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: SHADOW ART ILLUSIONS

The artist Glenn Kaino plays with illusion and shadow in his work. Create shadow puppets, paint reflections and experiment with light boxes. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per child, free for members; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

WHO’S BEEN HERE?

Get ready to be a garden detective and find out what the garden residents are up to this winter. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, through Feb. 4. Highfield Discovery Garden, 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 YOGA AND MINDFULNESS

Ages 6 - 11 enjoy a yoga class featuring books and poses with friends from Busy Being Kids Yoga. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Fri 2

FIRST FRIDAYS SHABBAT DINNER

Enjoy a unique Shabbat experience for your family with a meal and a memorable program for all ages. Registration requested, but walk-ins welcome. Jewish Discovery Center, 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason; 6 p.m.; rabbibuzzy@jdiscovery.com or jdiscovery.com.

FREE MANABEBES

Bring ages 0 - 1 for a fun intro to Spanish with rhymes, songs, bouncy times and finger play. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE MANATOTS

Bring your littles for stories and songs on the LePage Stage. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10 a.m. Feb. 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17, 21, 23, 24 and 28; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE PRESCHOOL PLANETARIUM SHOW

Bring your preschoolers for fun planetarium shows this month, including One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure (Feb. 2) and Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (Feb. 16 and 23). Haile Planetarium, Northern Kentucky University, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Newport; 6 p.m. Feb. 2, 16 and 23; nku.edu.

FREE STORYTIME

SPOTLIGHT

Ages 5 and younger enjoy stories, songs, favorite children’s books and more. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. Feb. 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 24, 26, 28; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

JUSTIN ROBERTS WITH LIAM DAVIS

SYRIAN SHRINE CIRCUS

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inner of eight Parents’ Choice Gold Awards and known as the “Judy Blume of kiddie rock,” Justin Roberts presents a soundtrack to your family’s life, with songs that navigate the triumphs and sorrows of growing up. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive; 7 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 ages 12 and younger. Call 513-867-5348 or visit fairfield-city.org. 30

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Celebrate the 97th annual Syrian Shrine Circus featuring death-defying aerial acts, animal attractions and the Shrine Circus clowns. Plus, kids have the opportunity to ride and pet different animals. It’s all to benefit a great cause, so come one, come all! BB&T Arena, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Newport; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2, 1 and 7 p.m. Feb. 3, 1 p.m. Feb. 4; $30 premium, $15 general, $10 horseshoe; 513-7514717 or syrianshrine.org.

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FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES

Take a docent-led interactive tour with fun facts and activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 p.m. Feb. 3, 10, 17 and 24; 513-7212787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY

Celebrate Black History month with scavenger hunts, learning stations, and other activities that explore the contributions of African American artists. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

HOT COCOA AND FIRE-BUILDING SCAVENGER HUNT

Stop by to collect material to help start a fire, watch it start and then enjoy tasty hot cocoa. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free with admission ($9 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $4 ages 4 - 12, $2 dogs); 513-831-1711 or cincynature. org.

FREE I AM HARRIET TUBMAN STORYTIME

The 14th book in author Brad Meltzer’s series Ordinary People Change the World, tells the story of Harriet Tubman’s pivotal role in the fight against slavery. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-7552258.

LOLLIPOPS CONCERT: MOZART’S NEIGHBORHOOD

Mozart wrote his first symphony when he was only 8 years old. Get to know Mozart and his music, including excerpts from Don Giovanni, The Marriage of Figaro and more of his most famous works. Be sure to check out the family fun zone, which opens at 9:30 a.m. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 10:30 a.m.; $10 - $15; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony.org.

MAPLE SYRUP MAKING AND GUIDED SAP COLLECTING HIKES

Experience the process of producing liquid gold from maple sap — visit the evaporator, stop by the sugar house, and join a sap collecting hike at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 or 2 p.m. on Saturdays, and 1, 2, 3 p.m. on Sundays. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Feb. 3, 17 and 24, 12 - 4 p.m. Feb. 4 and 11; free with admission ($9 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $4 ages 4 - 12, $2 dogs); 513-8311711 or cincynature.org.


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WINTER OLYMPICS CAMP

POGO PLAY by Amanda Ciani

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ith three boys — ages 1, 4 and 6 — it’s tricky to find one place that suits all of their needs and abilities. However, Pogo Play in Blue Ash makes them all happy! Pogo Play is equipped with features for the whole family to explore, including a giant play structure, basketball court, and toddler room. There are also stations for dramatic play, Lego and block building. And on Fridays from 5:30 - 8 p.m., there is open jump, where your kids can bounce, climb and slide on six inflatables! You may be wondering, what is a GIANT play structure? Imagine a 7,600-square-foot playscape equipped with seven slides, multiple bridges, built in pogo sticks, and tons of spots to climb up, and crawl through. After a couple hours of play, my boys are always exhausted and hungry. Thankfully, Pogo Play has a reasonably priced and delicious cafe. Looking for a fun birthday party destination? Pogo Play does that, too! We celebrated my oldest son’s fourth birthday at Pogo Play, and we had a ball! Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, or just seeking refuge from chilly weather, Pogo Play is an awesome place for your children to burn energy and have fun. Pogo Play is located at 10870 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash. Admission is free for adults, $10.50 ages 3 and older, $4.50 ages 2 and younger. Call 513432-5593 or visit gopogoplay.com.

WHEN

Monday, February 19, 2018 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE

Voice of America MetroPark Ronald Reagan Lodge 7580 VOA Park Drive West Chester OH 45069

PRICE

$40/Butler County Resident $50/Non-Resident

REGISTER

Online or by phone by February 16, 2018

ABOUT Though the Winter Olympic games are miles and miles away, MetroParks is hosting their very own Winter Olympics Camp. Children ages 6-9 will choose or create their country to represent throughout the day with activities and games to take home the gold!

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Motor Vehicle Permit Required. FREE to Butler County Residents. Non-Residents $5/daily or $10/annually.

MORE INDOOR PLAY SPOTS: Joseph-Beth Booksellers 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills josephbeth.com Huge variety of children’s book and gift options. Rookwood storytimes offered Mon/Wed/Fri at 10:30 a.m., and Sat at 11 a.m. Crestview storytimes offered Tue/Thu/Sat at 10:30 a.m. Sharon Woods Adventure Station 11450 Lebanon Road greatparks.org/Sharon-woods/adventure-stationindoor-playground Educational indoor playground; the visitor center is home to wildlife friends!

Based on the Pinkalicious book series by Victoria Kann

Premieres February 19 Weekdays at 10am on CET

Jungle Jim’s International Market 5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield 4450 Eastgate South Drive, Cincinnati junglejims.com Animatronic figures, and so many diverse foods; it’s a sensory feast to visit either of Jungle Jim’s locations! Rockin’ Jump: The Ultimate Trampoline Park 8350 Colerain Ave. cincinnati.rockinjump.com Toddler jump area, open jump area, dunk zone, dodgeball arena, x beam, stunt bag, and my family’s favorites — the rock wall and ninja warrior course.

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daily listings THE SNOWFLAKE EXPRESS

Take a train ride through the countryside and listen to conductors describe railroad history and operations. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon; 11 a.m., 2 p.m. Feb. 3 and 10; $15 - $25 adults, $12 - $20 seniors and ages 2 - 16; 513-9338022 or lebanonrr.com.

WAKE UP, GROUNDHOG!

A wild cast of animal puppets entertains all ages. Stick around after the show to meet an animal ambassador. 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; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

Sun 4

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES: ART STOP

Interact with “touchable” art objects at learning stations in the galleries. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 p.m. Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

INDOOR SCAVENGER HUNT

Pick up a hunt sheet and search for winter-themed facts and animals around the nature center. Return by 3 p.m. for a prize. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 3 p.m. Feb. 4 and 18; 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.

MOMMY & ME

Enjoy a fun morning with songs, crafts and a chance to meet other moms in the area. Registration requested, but walkins welcome. Jewish Discovery Center, 7587 Central Parke Boulevard, Mason; 10:45 - 11:30 p.m.; $30 for series, $10 a session per child; rabbibuzzy@ jdiscovery.com or jdiscovery.com.

PIGOPOLIS

Learn about the pigs that used to roam the farm through crafts, activities and games, then meet other farm animals. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.

WILDLIFE TRACKING

Learn to decipher the language that tracks, scat and signs can tell us about local wildlife. Timberlakes Program Shelter, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle

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Thu 8

LOVE IS ON THE FARM

Mon 5

FREE MASTERPIECES IN THE MAKING: SAM GILLIAM

Create your own 3D masterpiece inspired by the artist Sam Gilliam. Corryville Branch Library, 2802 Vine St.; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-6034 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

Tue 6

FREE BROKEN BEAUTIFUL HEARTS

Author Kami Garcia with Emery Lord and Kate McGary present this YA novel about a star soccer player who is injured off the field under mysterious circumstances, but when she goes to stay with her uncle to recover, she meets Owen, someone she never expected to fall for. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE MANATOTZZZ

Enjoy great books, sweet songs and easy laughs especially for ages 0 - 4. Sleepy Bee Cafe, 3098 Madison Road; 10 a.m. Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

NATURE STORIES

Join in for stories, songs and activities about the natural world. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m., 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.

Celebrate love on the farm with activities, crafts and a visit with some farm animals. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: I SWOON FOR YOU

Swing by for a special Swoon inspired Valentine’s Day party — make ceramic pins inspired by Swoon’s tiles, design street art cards, and snack on some pink treats. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per child, free for members; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: NOTEBOOK COLLAGE

Teens are invited to experiment with mix media materials and create something new. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

Fri 9

ALL ABOUT ANIMAL COVERINGS

Ages 2 - 4 enjoy an activity, craft and a story all about furs, feathers and scales. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 11 a.m.; $7 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.

JUSTIN ROBERTS WITH LIAM DAVIS

Wed 7

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DINOSAURS & FOSSILS

Learn about these extinct wonders and their fossilized friends. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Feb. 7 - 18. Highfield Discovery Garden, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; $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 REC READS

Bring your toddlers and preschoolers to the Rosenthal Education Center for a morning of art-themed stories, songs and activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28; 513-7212787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

MARVEL SUPER HERO WEEKEND

Join the Cincinnati Cyclones as they celebrate Marvel Super Heroes with special character appearances. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway Street; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10; tickets start at $15; cycloneshockey.com.

FREE NURSERY RHYME TIME

Enjoy a Mommy and Me concert with Jennifer Ellis that’s full of high energy, audience interaction, singing, dancing, bubbles, maracas, free snacks and fun. Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, 82 Carothers Road, Newport; 10:30 a.m.; jenniferellismusic.com.

FREE PINOCCHIO

Playhouse in the Park presents the favorite tale of a little wooden puppet

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who just wants to be a real boy. Best for ages 6 and older. Kids can make a craft and parade in their PJs after the show. The Grove Banquet & Event Center, 9150 Winton Road; 7 - 8:30 p.m.; 513-522-2108.

Sat 10

FREE CINCINNATI SPORTS CLUB OPEN HOUSE

Celebrate 28 years with Cincinnati Sports Club during an open house that includes a Wellness Expo, tours of the facility and more. Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; cincinnatisportsclub.com.

FREE CLICK, CLACK, MOO I LOVE YOU STORYTIME

Little Duck and her friends on the farm celebrate Valentine’s Day by inviting a newcomer to join the fun. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Boulevard; 11 a.m.; 513-7552258.

FAMILY PIZZA TRAIN

Enjoy a slice of pizza and a soda during your train ride between Lebanon and Hageman Junction, while listening to conductors describe railroad history and operations. Tickets must be purchased 24 hours in advance. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon; 6 p.m.; $24 - $30 adults, $22 - $28 seniors, $16 - $25 ages 2 - 16; 513-933-8022 or lebanonrr.com.

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Do you like me? Check yes or no in this fun day of Valentine crafts, prizes and rides on the Carousel. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 West Mehring Way; 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Feb. 10 and 11; see site for ticket prices; 513-381-3756 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE MAKERSPACE: THE AIR WE BREATHE

Science and art come together in this festival format class for all ages that’s inspired by the latest work in the UnMuseum — learn how air can inspire both scientists and artists alike. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 1 - 3 p.m.; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

MY FURRY VALENTINE

Check out the area’s largest companion animal adoption event — meet dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other small animals that are in search of their fur-ever home, plus win prizes, visit with vendors, enjoy kids’ activities and more. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road; 12 - 5 p.m. Feb. 10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Feb. 11; $5 $25; myfurryvalentine.com.

OH DEER!

Test your knowledge of Ohio’s fascinating white-tailed deer. 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.

PB&J CONCERT

The Linton Musicians introduces young listeners to the percussion family. Wyoming Fine Arts Center, 322 Wyoming Ave.; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $6; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org.

SHABBAT MINYAN & KIDDUSH LUNCH

Enjoy user-friendly Shabbat Day Minyan Services in Hebrew and English, and with singing, dancing, a children’s program and lunch. Registration requested, but walk-ins welcome. Jewish Discovery Center, 7587 Central Parke Boulevard, Mason; 9:30 a.m. Feb. 10 and 24; rabbibuzzy@jdiscovery.com or jdiscovery.com.

FREE STORIED THREADS

Join the opening of BCM’s newest exhibit that celebrates the contributions of textile artists from the region. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free admission Opening Day as part of ArtsWave Days; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

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SECOND SUNDAY FAMILY SHOWTIME

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the mating display of the American Woodcock during an evening hike. Elk Creek MetroPark, 5580 Elk Creek Road, Middletown; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

Playhouse in the Park presents Pinocchio, the much-loved tale about a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy. Packed with magical characters, cartwheels, circus antics and plenty of fun for the whole family. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 2 p.m.; free for children, $5 adults; 513-4972860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

Sun 11

THE CASE OF THE KIDNAPPED BACKPACK

CINCINNATI DULCIMER SOCIETY

Enjoy the sweet music of the mountain dulcimer this afternoon. 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.

CINCINNATI JUGGLING FESTIVAL

Join a one-day event for jugglers, manipulators, hoopers, magicians and more. Cincinnati Circus School, 6433 Wiehe Road; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; $1; cincinnaticircus.com.

Madcap Puppets presents this who-dunit about a missing backpack that requires the audience’s help to return it. Stick around after the show for an art project, games and more. Kings High School, 5500 Columbia Road, Mason; 2 - 4 p.m.; $2; deerfieldrec.com.

VALENTINE’S CRAFTS

Make crafts 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.

Mon 12

FREE SANAA BORA

Sanaa Bora in Swahili means “very best.” Teens learn about the musical history of and learn to play traditional instruments in the Swahili culture including congo, djembe and gitaa. Main Library, Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, 800 Vine St.; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-3696900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

Tue 13

MARDI GRAS FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN

Join Welcome House of Northern Kentucky for this fun evening filled with food, drinks and music, all to benefit the Shelter for Homeless Women and Children. Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 West Rivercenter Blvd., Covington; 6:30 - 10 p.m.; welcomehouseky.org.

MAPLE AT MITCHELL

Stop by to learn about the maple tree and how it has been a valuable resource for many generations, then see sap boiled and get a taste of 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; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

SPOTLIGHT MADAGASCAR: A MUSICAL ADVENTURE

PLAYDATE WITH THE BEARCATS

Feb. 10 - 11 & 16 - 18

Join a family-fun afternoon that’s full of games, swimming, rock climbing, a silent auction, raffle and food. Plus, meet UC athletes who will be on hand to paint faces, play games, shoot hoops and hang out. All proceeds help send pediatric cancer and blood disease patients from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center to summer camp. UC Rec Center, 2820 Bearcat Way; 2 - 5 p.m.; $20 per person or $60 for a family of four; 513-835-1113 or mitchsmission.com/category/events.

FREE READ TO A THERAPY PET

Friends from Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati are in the store for all ages to meet, read to and pet. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

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he Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents a fun tale based on the smash DreamWorks picture. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo and plotting penguins as they escape form their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo and find themselves on a journey to the world of King Julien’s Madagascar. Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth St.; 2 p.m. Feb. 10, 2 and 5 p.m. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, 2 and 5 p.m. Feb. 17, 2 p.m. Feb. 18; tickets start at $10. Visit thechildrenstheatre.com.

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NOW PLAYING CARMINA BURANA + SERENADE

The Cincinnati Ballet brings Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana score to life with live music and the voices of the May Festival Chorus followed by Balanchine’s Serenade set to Tchaikovsky’s romantic Serenade for Strings. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 8, 8 p.m. Feb. 9 and 10, 2 p.m. Feb. 10, 1 and 6:30 p.m. Feb. 11; please see site for ticket prices; 513621-5282 or cballet.org.

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The rock opera based on the last week of Jesus’ life was a global phenomenon. The students of CCM bring the iconic 1970s rock score to life in this production. Patricia Corbett Theater, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Corry St.; 8 p.m. Feb. 22, 23, 25, 28, March 1, 2, 3 and 2 p.m. Feb. 24, 25, March 3 and 4; $31 - $35 general, $22 - $25 students, $18 - $21 UC students; 513-556-4186 or ccm.uc.edu.

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It’s an ostentatious wedding in Knoxville, and five reluctant bridesmaids are hiding out, each with her own reasons to avoid the proceedings. As the day wears on, these five very different women find just how much they have in common. Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, 801 Matson Place; through Feb. 11; $26 - $29; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com. Set in New York City, this oddball romantic comedy features a gambler trying to find the cash for a craps game while eluding the cops and keeping his fiancée of 14 years happy. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; Feb. 15 - March 11; $29 adults, $26 seniors, students and children; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

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PINOCCHIO

The much-loved tale about a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a real boy is packed with magical characters, circus antics and lots of fun for the whole family in this presentation from Playhouse’s Off The Hill Touring Series. Various locations throughout Greater Cincinnati, please see website for a complete schedule of dates, venues and tickets; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.

POLKADOTS: THE COOL KIDS MUSICAL Eight-year-old Lily just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway, where she is the first Polkadot in an all Square school. Lily’s quest for acceptance seems hopeless until she meets a shy boy whose curiosity for her polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected friendship. Inspired by Civil Rights pioneers, this tale is a fun lesson about acceptance for all. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, 4015 Red Bank Road; Feb. 21 - March 25, please see website for a complete schedule of performances; $20; thechildrenstheatre.com.

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Wed 14 KRAFTY KIDS

Stop in to make a free Valentine’s Day surprise for your favorite someone. No purchase necessary, but crafters receive $2 off Wacky Wednesday pass (from 6 - 9 p.m.) or a 30-minute jump pass. Also at Maineville location (7082 Columbia Road; 513-339-1030). Lazer Kraze, 1335 Donaldson Hwy., Erlanger; 4 - 9 p.m.; 859-371-5729 or lazerkraze.com.

FREE VALENTINE’S DAY STORY TIME

Celebrate the holiday with stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 4 p.m.; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Thu 15

A FARMER TURNED PRESIDENT

Learn which United States President was a farmer with some crafts and activities, followed by a visit with some farm animals. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

A WHIRLIN’ GOOD TIME

Enjoy unlimited rides today and get ready to giddy up on the carousel. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 West Mehring Way; 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; $6; 513-3813756 or cincinnatiparks.com.

RAISING CONFIDENT CHILDREN

The Mayerson Academy in partnership with Beech Acres Parenting Center presents this workshop for parents on building confidence and resilience for both you and your children. Mayerson Academy Interactive Learning Center, 2650 Highland Ave.; 6 p.m.; $25; 513-475-4100 or raising-positivechildren.eventbrite.com.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: KIT BASH

Stop by and make a crazy sculpture out of parts from model kits that cover everything from dinosaurs to boats. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per child, free for members; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: HEARTBREAKERS

Teens are invited to stop by for a free drop-in art making program where they can experiment with mix media materials. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

Fri 16

FITTON FAMILY FRIDAY

The Cincinnati Ballet presents a Carnival of Animals in this performance featuring a sumptuous score, the Royal March of the Lion, Kangaroos and The Swan all performed by some of the area’s most talented young dancers. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Avenue, Hamilton; 7:30 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers; 513-8638873 or fittoncenter.org.

FREE RON PURDON QUINTET

Enjoy live jazz and swing standards this evening. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE SCHOOL AGE PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Bring grades 5 and older for a free screening of Secret Lives of Stars. Haile Planetarium, Northern Kentucky University, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Newport; 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16 and 23; nku.edu.

FREE WORLD READ ALOUD DAY

Join a special story time that’s all about families reading aloud together and support Reach Out and Read’s World Read Aloud Day. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 4:30 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Sat 17

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eet with representatives from dozens of residential and local day camps for ages 4 and older, and learn about fun summer programs for the athlete, nature enthusiast, artist and tech-guru. Campers make new friends and have fun like these two seen above at Falcon Camp. Register to win fun prizes, enjoy live entertainment and get ready for summer. Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call 513-252-0077 or visit cincinnatifamilymagazine.com.

Take an action-packed train ride with your child’s favorite heroes. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic St., Lebanon; 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.; $16 - $20 adults, $14 - $18 seniors and ages 2 - 16; 513933-8022 or lebanonrr.com.

HIT IT!

The Linton Musicians are all about the percussion family in today’s PB&J Concert. Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church, 6312 Kennedy Ave.; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $6; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org.

FREE MOTHER BRUCE STORYTIME

When Bruce the curmudgeonly bear’s goose eggs hatch, leaving him with four live goslings convinced he is their mother, he tries to get them to fly south. Will he be able to rid himself of his new

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companions? Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

Sun 18 CELLAR FOOD

Roots, tubers and shoots are the topic today as kids learn what was stored in the cellar. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

PAW PATROL AND THE CYCLONES

Young fans can meet Chase from Paw Patrol on the concourse before and during the Cyclones’ game. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St.; 3 p.m.; tickets start at $15; cycloneshockey.com.

PINOCCHIO

Playhouse in the Park brings its Off the Hill program to the Carnegie for a production of Pinocchio, the much-loved story of a wooden puppet who dreams of becoming a boy. The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Ave.; 2 p.m.; free with advance registration, $5 per person at the door; events@thecarnegiecenter.org or thecarnegiecenter.org.

FREE THIRD SUNDAY FUNDAY: CELEBRATE TIFFANY

Celebrate all things stained glass. Learn about transparency at the Art Cart, and create your own pasta “stained glass” work of art to take home. At 2 p.m. OTRimprov presents ComedySportz Cincinnati, a hilarious performance of family-friendly improv games. Meet some creatures that inspired works in the Tiffany show during a visit from Cool Critters at 3 p.m. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-2410343 or taftmuseum.org.

WINTER STAR QUEST

Visit the inflatable planetarium to marvel at the night sky in winter. Programs begin on the half hour. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 - 3 p.m. Feb. 18 and 25; $2 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.

WINTER TRIP

Join CTeen Mason for an exciting winter adventure. Registration requested, but walk-ins welcome. Jewish Discovery Center, 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason; 11 a.m.; rabbibuzzy@ jdiscovery.com or jdiscovery.com.

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Mon 19

KIDS DAY AT THE PARK

Learn about the sweet tradition of maple sugaring — see a movie, take a hike and taste some maple syrup. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; $7 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 CRAFTS

Cincinnati was the name of the horse belonging to a general who later became our 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant. Learn other fun facts and make a craft. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 West Mehring Way; 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; see site for ticket prices; 513-381-3756 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE PRESIDENTS’ DAY STORY TIME

Find out about Presidents Lincoln and Washington and make a craft at this special storytime. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 2:30 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Tue 20

TOT TUESDAYS: BEARS

Toddlers and their teddy bears enjoy fuzzy crafts, snacks, music and fun. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children); 859491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

Wed 21 MAPLE SUGAR

Explore the process required to turn sap into everyone’s favorite pancake topping. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Feb. 21 - March 11. Highfield Discovery Garden, 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 22 LITTLE RED HEN

Visit the hen then learn how bread is made from wheat with activities and a craft. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

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Little ears get a big bang out of today’s concert with the Linton Musicians that’s all about the percussion family. John P. Parker Elementary School, 5051 Anderson Place; 5:30 p.m.; 513-3816868 or lintonmusic.org.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: JUST BREATHE

Learn about the new installation, Collective Breath, by Karen Saunders then create a piece of art inspired by her work. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per child, free for members; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: THRIFTSHOP ART HACK

Teens can experiment with materials provided by the CAC in this drop-in art making program. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter. org.

Fri 23

FREE HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. SEUSS STORYTIME

Celebrate the beloved children’s author with a special storytime full of coloring, activities and more. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Boulevard; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

HIT IT!

Join the Linton Musicians for a fun concert all about the percussion family. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7701 Kenwood Road; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m.; $6; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org.

MAPLE SUGAR DAYS

Enjoy a delicious weekend of tastes, crafts, demonstrations and hikes all about the maple tree. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 12 - 4 p.m. Feb. 24 and 25; 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 THE S.M.A.R.T. PROGRAM

Ages 3 - 6 have fun with science, math, art, reading and technology in this program designed to build young brains. Limited to the first 40 children in attendance. Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary.org.

Sat 24

FREE AUTISM FAMILY EXPLORATION

Families with children who have autism or other developmental disabilities are invited to explore the CAM in a comfortable environment. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL: PLAY PARTY

Celebrate the UnMuseum’s newest installation, Please Play!, which invites visitors to create and collaborate using repurposed materials. Join an artist talk at 1 p.m., followed by a musical performance at 2 p.m. from the Constella Festival. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

FREE FRENCH STORY TIME

Bonjour! Learn simple French vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

This year, February will not have a full moon, an instance known as a Black Moon. Take a night hike to call for owls and listen for other nocturnal animals. 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 rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE SIGN LANGUAGE STORY TIME

Learn simple signs through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

WIZARD EXPRESS

Take a magical train ride featuring a fun cast of characters available for photos, plus get sorted into a house with the magic sorting hat and more. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic St., Lebanon; 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.; $16 - $20 adults, $14 - $18 seniors and ages 2 - 16; 513933-8022 or lebanonrr.com.

Sun 25

BACKYARD MAPLE SUGARING

Learn how to make maple syrup in your own backyard, from identifying a maple tree to producing finished syrup. 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; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

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BIRD BEAK BUFFET

Learn how birds’ diets depend on the shape and size of their beaks with some activities and games. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.

Mon 26

FREE PLANETARIUM SHOW

Enjoy a free screening of the planetarium shows Fixing Hubble and Two Small Pieces of Glass (ideal for grades 4 and older) this afternoon. Haile Planetarium, Northern Kentucky University, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Newport; 12 p.m.; nku. edu.

Tue 27

RAIN: A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES

RAIN presents this loving tribute to The Beatles, including every song, gesture and nuance of the Fab Four, giving a live, note-for-note performance that will satisfy long-time fans and create new ones. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $35; 513-6212787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

Wed 28

TEEN PREGNANCY: THEN, WHEN & NOW

Join some of Ohio’s leaders on health and law in a conversation hosted by Rosemary’s Babies Co. about childhood poverty and teen pregnancy. United Way of Greater Cincinnati, 2400 Reading Road; 8:30 - 11 a.m.; $20; facebook. com/events/139040670146077/.

FREE WEE WEDNESDAY

Ages 3 - 5 enjoy learning stations in the galleries, storytellers and an art project. This month, explore wild things in the museum. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

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