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FEBRUARY 2019

THE #1 LOCAL GUIDE FOR PARENTS

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FEATURES

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editor's Note

You're a good mom.

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Our Parent Poll reveals how many parents buy or make school Valentines, and parents share thoughts on handing them out; plus, this month's giveaways!

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cincinnati news

My Furry Valentine pet adoption event ... a new children's book, Draw Alphabeasts ... CMC's new Egypt exhibit ... our annual Summer Camp Adventure Fair ... Black History Month events and more.

12 kids' health

Get your kids moving with our fun fitness ideas!

Now that life is ALL about taking care of another person, get it together with our hacks and sanity savers.

21 TODDLERS: TIME FOR A BIG-KID BED! It's a milestone when you finally put the crib away, but tenderly transition your little one for peaceful nights of slumber ahead.

24 SUMMER: JOY OF SLEEPAWAY CAMP

Give your child the ultimate summer camp experience with a sleepaway camp.

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The GOLD AWARDWINNING family calendar highlights VALENTINE'S DAY events and lots more for your fun-filled February. PLAN AHEAD Find "must pre-register" events and activities online.

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“So the popular children with lots of friends will receive lots of cards and candy and the children who may be shy or socially awkward will be made to feel bad or worse about themselves? Melinda Memory

“I guess someone has found a problem with this, too, so now kids won’t be able to celebrate Valentine’s Day.” Angel Patton

“When I was a kid, everyone in the class received one Valentine from everyone else. It was fun and no one was ever left out. Handing out a Valentine to a kid you don’t know or talk to is a good way to meet new friends!” Tracy Noel

“Of course. Not a big deal to make sure everyone gets a little treat.” Constance Mara

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NEW EGYPT EXHIBIT AT CMC

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here are many reasons to visit the recently renovated Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC), and now there’s another one. Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs opens Friday, Feb. 15, so you can get swept away to a time when gods walked among mankind. The exhibit boasts more than 300 original artifacts, including some that are more than 4,500 years old! Explore interactive hands-on components — this will be a crowd pleaser for curious minds young and old. If you have a budding “Egyptologist” in the family, be sure to investigate the upcoming Egypt-themed camps at CMC, which include a visit to the new exhibit, Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs: Exploring Egypt Camp (grades 2 - 4) May 28 - 31 and July 8 - 12 Decipher hieroglyphs, uncover artifacts and explore mythology. Archaeology Camp (grades 5 - 8) July 8 - 12 Meet real-life archaeologists, discover various archeological techniques and tools and travel around Cincinnati to learn about local archaeology. Cincinnati Museum Center is located at 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati. Call 513-287-7000 or visit cincymuseum. org/Egypt for ticket information.

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FIND A FURRY FRIEND AT TRI-STATE ANIMAL ADOPTION EVENT

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y Furry Valentine has paired people with perfect pets for more than eight years. In fact, more than 5,000 companion animals have been adopted since 2010. Now it’s your turn! Head to Sharonville Convention Center (11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati) Feb. 9 - 10 from 12 - 6 p.m. to find your family’s purr-fect furry friend. Hundreds of dogs, cats, puppies, kittens and other small animals are available for adoption from various groups within the Greater Cincinnati area. All of the available animals are spayed/neutered, up to date on health vaccinations and come with a swag bag for you. Adopters can enter to win a raffle basket. Tickets to the non-profit event are $5 (ages 5 and under are free); Saturday early-bird tickets are $25. Call 513-2397673 or visit myfurryvalentine.com for more information.

OHIO ELITE SOCCER ACADEMY HONORED Ohio Elite Soccer Academy has earned the recognition for being one of US Club Soccer’s first-ever PlayerFirst licensed clubs. Only 46 clubs from 19 states can claim this honor, which concentrates on commitment to individual players reaching their potential. Congratulations to Ohio Elite Soccer Academy on this prestigious title! For more information on Ohio Elite Soccer Academy and to sign up for one of their summer training camps or sessions, visit ohioelite. com.

LOCAL AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR’S FUN NEW BOOK Local author and illustrator Steve Harpster adds to his collection of more than 90 published books with a clever ­— and somewhat monstrous — new children’s drawing book. Draw Alphabeasts (IMPACT Books; 2018) is a stepby-step guide for kids who are learning the alphabet. Each set of drawing instructions starts off with a specific letter or word, and silly stories start each chapter bringing the alphabet to life and making learning fun for your child. Purchase your copy of Draw Alphabeasts at your local bookstore or on Amazon. (please turn the page)

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SUMMER CAMP ADVENTURE FAIR!

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ummer’s around the corner and parents everywhere are getting a jump on summer camp registrations for their kids. You can, too! Make plans to attend the 2019 Cincinnati Family Summer Camp Adventure Fair on Saturday, Feb. 16 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Blue Ash Recreation Center (4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash). Visit great folks at more than 50 camp booths (local day camps and residential camps), try hands-on activities, watch performances and enter to win giveaways. Make sure you bring the kids! For more information, call 513-252-0077.

CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH In honor of the contributions African Americans have made to U.S. history, we’ve found several ways to celebrate Black History Month with your family here in the tri-state:

GIFTS • “BECAUSE OF THEM WE CAN” A “monthly box of black history and excellence for kids,” this subscription box encourages positivity and creativity in kids. Subscriptions are available for one, three, six or 12 months ($35 a month). Box contents include branded apparel; kids can dress up like Rosa Parks, Langston Hughes and Janelle Monae. Themed toys and activities come with each box. For more information, visit botwcbox.com. • Celebrate history’s talented black voices with the new book, Black Music Greats: 40 Inspiring Icons (WideEyed Editions; 2019). Soulful, rhythmic music is a deeply ingrained part of black heritage. This book gives insights to unique musicians and vocalists. Pick up a copy at your local bookstore or on amazon.com. 10

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The 2019 Summer Camp Adventure Fair will highlight more than 50 camps including the Mayerson JCC golf camp.

THINGS TO DO CRAFT AND MAKERSPACE OPEN HOUSE Saturday, Feb. 16 | 2 - 4 p.m. Covington Branch 502 Scott Blvd., Covington FREE Teens can visit the makerspace to work on current crafts or create a custom button for Black History Month. Call 859-962-4000 or visit kentonlibrary.org. ADVENTURE CLUB: CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH Monday, Feb. 18 | 4 - 5 p.m. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas FREE An informative program plus an art craft. Call 859-572-5033 or visit cc-pl.org.

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THE CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF CINCINNATI PRESENTS ROSA PARKS Thursday, Feb. 28 | 4 - 5 p.m. Walnut Hills Branch 2533 Kemper Lane, Cincinnati FREE Learn about Rosa Parks’ inspiring story, adapted by TCT’s Deondra Kamau Means. Call 513-369-6053 or visit cincinnatilibrary. org. JACKIE ROBINSON Monday, Feb. 25 | 3 - 4 p.m. Avondale Branch 3566 Reading Road, Cincinnati; — and — Tuesday, Feb. 26 | 3 - 4 p.m. Westwood Branch 3345 Epworth Ave., Cincinnati FREE Discover the inspiring and heroic tale of the first African-American Major League baseball player. Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre. Call 513-369-4440 or visit cincinnatilibrary.org.


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LOCAL ACTIVITIES

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Our area is loaded with physical activities for kids — here are just a few to get you started.

MOVE!

CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER 1301 Western Ave. Cincinnati cincymuseum.org 513-287-7000 The Center holds a Dance Party every weekend. You can also find plenty of hands-on activities for kids and Museum Camps.

Getting kids to exercise is as simple as dance parties in the kitchen, strolling around the neighborhood and signing up for an active class.

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ids are energetic. They love to run, jump and play. So isn’t this the way exercise should be? Making exercise seem more like a fun activity is a smart strategy for getting kids up and moving, but take it easy as you get started with a new routine. “I encourage families to start slow — it requires conditioning to achieve the ability to regularly complete any activity,” says John La Count, M.D., pediatrician at St. Elizabeth Physicians. “If you want to maintain their interest and prevent injuries, consistent activity is more important than high intensity,” he adds.

SPARK AN INTEREST

Help your child participate in activities that interest her the most. Does she love the water? Try swim lessons. Does she love the outdoors? Try going on a family hike. According to La Count, when you take small steps and introduce activities slowly, kids are more likely to stick with it. “The slogan ‘just do it’ is truly applicable when it comes to exercise,” La Count says. “Finding something that interests them is crucial.” Ask your child what she would love to do, and give it a go!

DO IT TOGETHER

Families that workout together, get stronger together. You are your child’s greatest advocate.

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Your child watches you and learns your every move. Modeling that exercise is fun is one way of steering her in the right direction. “From the time your child is born, set a good example by taking her on walks in the neighborhood,” La Count says. “Strollers, wagons or backpack carriers are options to help introduce activities to her, while setting a good example,” he adds. Of course, there are dozens of trails in the tristate area plus our beautiful local parks for active hiking. Helpful apps such as Maplets and Alltrails can help guide you along the way while monitoring your distance and elevation. Exercise is important indoors, too, during our cold winter months. If your child loves video games, encourage ones that require movement. Technology can provide fun, physical activity.

IMPORTANCE OF EXERCISE

The earlier exercise is introduced, the better. It will increase your child’s energy level, better her mood and start her on a pathway to good health. “When established early in life, exercise becomes a lifelong passion decreasing the risk of obesity, heart disease, stroke and diabetes as an adult,” says La Count.

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4949 Tealtown Road, Milford cincynature.org | 513-831-1711 From guided hikes and summer camps to Marge & Charles Schott Nature PlayScape activities, kids actively explore nature.

THE RED BALLOON CAFE AND PLAY 6200 Montgomery Road Cincinnati redballooncafe.com 513-620-8328 This playroom, cafe, birthday destination and shop offers various kid classes like Zumbini and yoga.

STRETCH-N-GROW sngcincinnati.com/index.html 513-474-3685 Kids of all ages can choose between Stretch-N-Grow Fitness, Dancing Stars, Soccer Stars and more at this mobile one-stop fitness shop that comes straight to your school, home or facility.

YMCA OF GREATER CINCINNATI myy.org The YMCA offers various indoor activities from swimming, to gymnastics, sports and energetic camps. Locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.


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When dinosaurs roamed her mind Children take in information in great, big, giant strides. That learning doesn’t stop in the classroom. It’s reinforced and amplified with every observation and interaction. At Kiddie Academy®, we recognize it’s never too early to nurture every learning opportunity.

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EXPECTING TIPS & TRICKS TO EASE YOU INTO PARENTHOOD

BEST ORGANIZING HACKS

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We have tips and tricks you need for staying organized at home and on the go with Baby.

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BEST ORGANIZING HACKS

Life was different when all you needed were your purse

and car keys, then out the door you went. Add an extra little human to the equation, and everything changes. Where’s the diaper bag? Did I pack extra clothes? How many bottles should I bring? There is so much to think about. Worry no more, we have your organizational advice right here, plus helpful tips for home or heading back to work.

KEEP IT TOGETHER Simple errands suddenly aren’t that simple anymore, so get ahead of the game! Separate Baby’s items into little baggies or containers and place in your diaper bag or car. Doing this gives you quick access to the items you use most. Refill items often so your bag’s always ready

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to go. Pack several diapers; baby wipes; petroleum jelly; pre-measured formula if you’re bottle-feeding; bottled water for mixing formula and quick pacifier rinses, etc.; a burp cloth or two; a bib for spit ups; a bulb syringe; a first aid kit, extra outfits and a plastic bag for disposables. You may want to toss in a healthy snack for you, if you’re nursing.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR Many of us don’t take the time to write down a to-do list. Keeping a calendar makes life easier, whether it’s a pad or a handy app. “Having a shared calendar with the adults in the household is really helpful,” says Leanne Olshavsky, M.D., at The Christ Hospital Health Network Women’s Health Service line. “Everybody can see what is

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there. Make the grocery list, make the family schedule. Include doctor’s appointments, and then if everybody has access to that on their phone, that makes life so, so much easier,” Olshavsky suggests. Plan a moment when Baby is resting, and map out your week. Download free apps to help you organize your life, grocery lists and more; the Wunderlist app, for example, is free and allows you to create various lists from shopping, to-do, grocery and even create-your-own. The Google Express app helps you create shopping lists quickly through voice command. Share your grocery list with others plus shop at other retailers and order items in advance.

GET OTHERS INVOLVED Moms can’t do it all. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from other family members and friends. If you have older kids, enlist their help, too. Olshavsky says big kids can help out with tasks to ease the household workload. Let them know they are being great helpers so they know they are deeply valued at home. Online grocery shopping (older kids can help) and grocery delivery services have eased a lot of new mom’s minds, so take advantage of them. Explore Instacart (instacart.com), The Grocery Runners (thegroceryrunners.com), Shipt (shipt.com) and Best Friend Errand Service (bestfrienderrand.com). Life just got so much easier!

SWITCH OFF DUTIES It’s important to set aside Mommy and Daddy time with older kids, but also difficult when you’re spending countless hours attending to your new baby. “It’s a family task to take care of Baby, it’s not just mom’s task,” says Olshavsky. “Scheduling a little special time with the older kids is important so that they feel a part of it. Just having that little bit of special Mommy time always helps, too. That way, older kids feel like their getting attention, too — it’s not all of a sudden only baby.” Play with your 3-year-old while Daddy takes care of the baby. Or Dad can take the kids to the park while Mom focuses on Baby or gets rest. It takes a team effort to make that new life with Baby easier.

PLAN, PREPARE, REPEAT! Planning and preparing can make a mountain look more like a foothill. Lay out outfits the night before, meal prep on Sundays and plan errands and activities for the week ahead. Olshavsky says planning is the key. “If you’re at the grocery store and you don’t have a clue at what the heck you’re having for dinner that week, you’re going to be there for five hours,” she says. “If you’re braving Kroger with little ones, you probably will want to have a list so you can make sure you get in and get out,” she adds. We gathered some of our favorite items to help kickstart your new organized life with a new baby!

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big decision looms: do I stay home or do I go to work? Either way, it’s hard. “Giving yourself time to adjust is important,” says Olshavsky. “It’s a big life change; it’s hard. Know that and own that,” she adds.

ORGANIZE THE NURSERY Less mess, less stress! Keep it all in one spot and accessible. Drawer organizers and plastic bins give quick access to tiny baby essentials. Storage containers such as the Delta Children’s MySize 9 Bin Plastic Toy Organizer (deltachildren. com) are perfect for tidying up.

ASK FOR HELP Get everyone on the same page. If mornings are hectic, have a plan for your spouse to take the older kids to school or drop Baby off at daycare. Assign tasks to make the workflow a breeze. Stay-athome parents need relief after a long day; you may wish to hire a mommy’s helper for busy afternoons. Ask friends for available local teen girls who may enjoy an afternoon gig.

BE FLEXIBLE Be ready for those tiny curveballs! Baby can be unpredictable, so communicate with your employer and switch your hours as needed.

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HIRE A SITTER OR NANNY Having a sitter or grandparent on-hand helps when you need to catch up on life in general. Find a sitter you trust; take your time searching, and don’t be afraid to keep searching if you’re not satisfied. “Whether you’re going back to work or working at home and having someone in your house, you need to feel like your little one is in good hands. Otherwise, it won’t work,” says Olshavsky.

MAKE A SCHEDULE Your calendar is your best friend, but know that life doesn’t always go as planned. Interruptions happen! Write down tasks, errands and get-togethers with friends whether you stay at home or work. Olshavsky says you’re more likely to complete tasks if they’re written down. You can also enjoy the act of crossing items off of your to-do list once they are completed.

BALANCE & EMBRACE Take breaks as you need them from your daily workload to just breathe and focus on your family. Know what can wait until tomorrow, embrace the changes and know that you will eventually find your balance! It won’t happen overnight, but it will happen over time.

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TIPS FOR THE TODDLER BED TRANSITION (FROM A TRIPLET MOM)

BY SARAH LYONS

The signs are clear — it’s time for the awaited toddler bed transition, but doing it right can take some trial and error. Take it from a triplet mom.

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he moment I have been dreading for months has arrived. I can no longer contain my triplet 2-year-olds in their cribs. Two thirds of them are climbing out of their cribs and destroying the room. The one child who cannot climb out has declared her crib as party central. The two monkeys go straight into their crib after they have destroyed their entire bedroom with such fun activities as opening the shades, emptying drawers and dumping diapers. I find them like this on a daily basis, screaming and cheering as they bounce up and down in one crib together. This is how I knew I could no longer wait to make the transition to toddler beds. Here are some toddler bed transition tips from a triplet mom. (please turn the page)

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TIPS FOR THE TODDLER BED TRANSITION

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WAIT AS LONG AS POSSIBLE

If your child is climbing out of his crib and wandering around the room, it is time to switch to a big-kid bed. Climbing in and out of a crib puts your child at high risk of falling and getting hurt. However, if your child is content in his crib and has made no attempt to escape, don’t rush to make the switch. Alaba Robinson, M.D., pediatrician and physician at Mercy Health, says the signs can tell all, and when your toddler begins climbing out of his crib, it may be time for the switch. “If your child can put his leg up over the crib or if his chest is above the rail when standing in the crib, it’s time. Typically, kids are ready to transition between the ages of 2 and 3.” My oldest son slept in his crib without trying to climb out until he was almost 3. Eventually, he became too tall for a crib and he had an easy transition to a twin bed.

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CHOOSE THE RIGHT TIME

Many parents transition their kids to a twin or toddler bed because they need the crib for a soon-to-be arriving younger sibling. If possible, try to make the transition to a big kid bed when there are few other transitions going on in your child’s life. Starting a new school, potty training, moving or the arrival of a new sibling can all be reasons to delay the switch. “The transition should be fun and come during a peaceful time in your lives,” says Robinson. “If there’s lots of change going on, such as a move, starting at a new school or a new baby in the house, hold off until things have settled down.” If you do have a new baby arriving and need the crib, consider starting shortly after you find out you are pregnant, using a bassinet for Baby for a few months, or purchasing a second crib.

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MAKE IT THEIR OWN

If you decide it’s the right time to make the switch, get your child excited about his new bed. Purchasing new bedding and pillows can make his new space more welcoming and exciting. Consider updating his room with new big-kid decorations, too or buying fun pillowcases with his favorite cartoon characters on them. “Take your child bed shopping and tell him that this will be his big-boy or big-girl bed,” says Robinson. “Let him play a part in picking his sheets, blanket and comforter to build anticipation.”

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CREATE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT

Whether your child was climbing out of bed before the switch or not, he will have more freedom in his bedroom than they had in the past, and it is important to make sure they are safe during rest times. “Make sure you do a gentle transition,” says Robinson. “Kids do really well with talking to them about what’s going to happen,” she adds. If your child were to climb on his dresser or bookshelf, it could tip forward and cause an injury. Bolt dressers, bookshelves, changing tables or any other furniture to the wall to create the safest environment for your toddler. Put away breakable items, cover outlets and clear the room of any hazards. If your child can open the bedroom door, consider installing a door knob safety cover or gate so that he can’t wander the house freely if he wakes up earlier than you. “Make sure that wherever they are, it’s a safe environment,” Robinson continues. “By this age, most people have baby-proofed their homes, but this is a great opportunity to double check. You may wish to consider putting a baby gate at your door of your child’s room for extra protection.”

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Transitions can be difficult for toddlers, but they are easier when parents are consistent. Most parents worry that once their child transitions to a big-kid bed, he will stop sleeping well. For the best results, lay your child down when he’s tired and ready to rest. According to Robinson, if your child does decide to get out of his bed, keep calm and stay positive. A little positive reinforcement can go a long way. “Kids love attention, and they will come out of their rooms and want to play or have extra cuddles,” she says. “We either negatively or positively reinforce their getting out of bed. C My big tip, if a child gets out of the bed, is to not make a big to do of it. Keep things quiet, M hold his hand and walk him back to his room. Y Do this consistently. Children love attention CM even when it includes strong messages to go MY back to bed,” she adds. If you followed a daily routine before laying CY your child down in his crib, continue it. If CMY not, try starting a daily routine that might K look something like this: take a bath, put on pajamas, read a book, brush teeth and visit the restroom, have some snuggle-time and then it’s off to bed. When your child knows what to expect, he will know that it is not playtime and it is time to rest. “When you move from the crib to the bed, things will change, like the layout of the room, for example. Keeping the bedtime routine maintains continuity and kids like that,” Robinson adds. Transitioning from a crib to a big-kid bed is a big deal! It is exciting, fun and sometimes challenging. Parents can help their kids with this milestone by being supportive and giving positive reinforcement. Praise and reward your child for making it through each night, for taking a nap and for following rules. Before too long, the crib will be a thing of the past. Sarah Lyons is a midwestern mom of six children, including 2-year-old triplets.

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omputer camp, soccer camp, cooking camp, dance camp ... and then there’s the wild and wonderful sleep-away camp. Towering over all of the local day camp adventures looms the gleaming possibility of a week or more away from home at a top-notch residential haven. But if the thought of sleep-away camp for your child makes you anxious, you’re not alone. Plenty of today’s parents insist on keeping their kids close to home each summer in order to keep tabs on them and keep them safe. Short

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of bubble wrapping them, they orchestrate daily kid activities with text messages and calls throughout the day, making multiple arrangements for car rides and the next several hours worth of activities. Add everything up, and a week away at sleepaway camp may make more sense. Sleep-away camps are the REAL camp experience your child craves. “I don’t know who I would be without Riverview camp,” Alexandra tells me. She’s 24 and looking back, marveling. “I made my best friends there!” Alexandra attended Riverview Camp for Girls in Mentone, Alabama from the time she was 8 until she became a counselor there at 18. In her opinion (and mine), sleep-away camp builds independence, confidence, community, and makes for adventures to remember. In this era where parents are often accused of being helicopters hovering over their children, sending a kid to camp is the ultimate way of saying, “No, I do not hover; I know you can get along without me.” Recognizing that your child is ready to face challenges on his own is the first step. If you feel he’s ready, he will learn selfcontrol and empathy through a variety of experiences without you. Your child will try new foods, sing around a campfire, stay up at night chatting with a bunkful of kids with flashlights, run like the wind on “nuttybuddy” nights, overcome homesickness and hug you harder than he’s ever hugged you before when he sees you again. The truth is, your kids need to be away from you. Loving, doting moms and dads fully engaged in the day to day of their kids’ lives end up over managing everything, striving to make everything “right” and “safe.” At camp, kids get to test new boundaries, learn new skills, discover what they can do by trial and error and do things they never have before. No matter how hard you try to provide interesting activities at home to keep your kids occupied each summer, you just can’t replicate a real camp experience in your own neighborhood. And while you love your kids like crazy, it’s GREAT to get a little time away from them. You’ll get plenty of “just us” time or “me” time and a teensy-weensy glimpse into life the way it was before you even had children — which isn’t at all what you want, so thank goodness they’re happy at camp! As Alexandra says with a soft look in her eyes, “I’d go back to summer camp in less than a second. Not as a counselor, but as a camper. Wow.” — Susan Day

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The “Secret Sauce” of Summer Camp Pen pals (or rather, Snapchat pals) are a happy result of sleep-away camp. “When I was 8 years old, I begged my parents NOT to send me away to camp,” says Amanda Ciani, a local mom and writer. Ciani’s also associate editor of this publication. “My elementary school experience was one where I felt like only my best friend understood me and everyone else just thought I was weird. Why would camp be any different?” she wondered. Looking back, Ciani

smiles knowingly. “Some of my happiest memories are from sleep-away summer camp!” she laughs. “In my heart, I felt like no one would like me and I would be an outcast; it would be just like school. “But at the end of my first week of camp, I begged my parents to let me stay another week because I had so much fun,” she says. Ciani met new friends who she became pen pals with. She learned how to zip line, rock climb, ride horses, shoot a BB gun and work with a bow and arrow. Endless afternoons

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of crafts and dance later, the best thing she recalls was forging new friendships and being accepted for the personality quirks that often made her feel awkward at school. After her first summer, Ciani went to camp for a few weeks each summer. “I was able to forge an identity outside of school cliques,” she says. “I made diverse friends and realized I didn’t have to have friends just like me; I made friends who were as unique as me. And I learned that I loved summer!” — Amanda Hayward

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Camps, Summer Programs and After-School Activities ARTS Abrakadoodle Summer Art Camps

Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati 513-297-5655 Abrakadoodle offers summer art camps for kids, as well as special holiday art camps during school breaks. We offer art camps at schools and other community locations. Our art camps include art lessons, music, games and special activities for children ages 3 - 12. Call for locations and dates.

Art Workshop

3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park 513-406-4009 theartworkshopinc.net Art enrichment for kids ages 3 and up. Pottery wheel, clay, drawing, painting and cartooning. Mom and Me, Freestyle (choose your own project) and teen classes offered weekdays and Saturdays.

ArtsConnect Kids and Teen Classes

9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati 513-522-2108 theartsconnect.us • artsinfo@springfieldtwp.org ArtsConnect is proud to bring Kids and Teens Arts Classes to you. Classes range from Pint-Size Picassos for ages 4 - 6, to Teen Woodshop for ages 13 - 16. Private and partner music lessons for ages 7 and older are offered in piano and in all band instruments. Classes located at the Springfield Township Community Art Center

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!

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

1195 Elm St., Cincinnati 513-381-2273 cincyshakes.com CSC Summer Theatre Camp for “Juniors” (grades 1 - 6) and “Seniors” (grades 7 - 12) for students who want a fun and challenging stage experience this summer!

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-569-8080 thechildrenstheatre.com • info@thechildrenstheatre.com Join TCT for our one week long, themed summer camps! Sessions for 6-7yr olds, 8-10 yr olds at our facility on Red Bank Rd. Register online!

Cincinnati Art Museum Summer Camp

1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati 513-721-2787 cincinnatiartmuseum.org/summercamp • camsummercamp@cincyart.org 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. Convenient before- and after-care available. Camps run Jun. 10 - Aug. 9. Registration begins Feb. 1 at 11:00 a.m.

Cincinnati Ballet

1555 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati 513-562-1111 cballet.org/academy • cbacademy@cballet.org Students ages 4 - 8 explore a “Storybook Summer” as they dance their way through favorite tales including Sleeping Beauty, The Wizard of Oz and The Little Mermaid.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Summer Theatre Camp and Performance Academy

962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati 513-421-3888 cincyplay.com Summer Theatre Camp offers an introduction to theatre that’s influenced by the movies! Half-day camps, full-day camps and performance academy available. Multiple locations around Cincinnati for ages 3 - 5. For complete details call or visit our website.

Circus Classes presented by My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus

mynoseturnsred.org • rednose@fuse.net 859-581-7100 Classes for beginner and intermediate students include unicycle, German wheel, and circus skills class (juggling, wire walking, physical theater, and more). MNTR has been teaching circus arts to youth for more than 20 years. Open House Sep. 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Evendale Cultural Arts Center.

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 summer and mini-camps!

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 Have fun while you learn to paint, sculpt, and draw like a master artist with experienced instructors in small classes. Grades 1 - 12. After-care available.

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3054 Madison Road, Cincinnati 513-417-8491 visionariumcincy.com Make lasting memories at Visionarium’s unique, art-filled summer camp! Explore new ideas with artists from the Visionaries + Voices studios and beyond. Programs available for ages 5 - 18, plus an end of summer art show!

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 Children’s Meeting House

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. 17, Jun. 24, Jul. 15, and Jul. 22. Visit our website for more details.

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Cincinnati Country Day School

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.

Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati 513-287-7000 cincymuseum.org/museum-camps When school is out, Museum Camps are in! Spring and summer Museum Camps take school’s-out energy and turns it into new friends and new interests. Register now on our website.

Kiddie Academy of Mason

6202 Snider Road, Mason 513-234-0699 8178 Highland Point, West Chester 513-847-1145 kiddieacademy.com/mason Days filled with learning and fun are the foundation of our academy’s Life Essentials® educational philosophy. We make this foundation part of every facet of our school, from fun activities to the hot nutritious meals we provide every day. We maintain this environment to foster wellbeing and creativity in every child. Accredited by the NAEYC.

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6200 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge redballooncafe.com Classes, events, parties and play café. Visit our Facebook page for our monthly calendar.

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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

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Cincinnati Nature Center

4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 cincynature.org • registrar@cincynature.org CincyNature 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 Voted Best Day Camp in 2018! We offer great value in education and outdoor fun for ages 3 - 14. Hikes, crafts, live animal encounters, active games and engaging hands on activities occur daily. Register on our website. Building better lives and a better community. Come join us!

Great Parks of Hamilton County Summer Day Camps

greatparks.org 513-521-7275 Great Parks Day Camps, offered June through August, provides opportunities for children ages 2 - 17 to explore nature with handson activities and educational experiences that will last a lifetime. For details, visit our website.

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Center for Integrative Natural Sciences and Mathematics, at Northern Kentucky University inside.nku.edu/artsci/centers/cinsam/p12students/summercamps.html Want to see your rising third - twelfth grader explore STEM this summer? Check out our camps and high school academies that include primatology, neuroscience, engineering and more! Registration on our website.

Classroom Antics Summer Tech Camps

Multiple Locations 800-595-3776 classroomantics.com/cincinnati-summer-camps/ Kids ages 7 - 13 choose from Lego™ robotics, stop-motion animation, game design, video production, Minecraft coding and programming. These enrichment classes are sure to ignite your child’s passion for learning! Use code CF10 for $10 off before Apr. 30. 2020 Sherman Ave., Cincinnati 513-396-5578 drakeplanetarium.org Imaginations soar at Drake’s STEM Camps! Featuring robotics, BattleBots, rockets, Space Camp, Crazy Contraptions, EV3, NXTs, Waterbotics and much more. Ask about our discounts.

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Multiple Locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky reds.com/camps Registration is open! Campers receive their own Reds uniform, instruction from a Reds coach, guest appearance by a current Reds star, free tickets and more. Details at on our website.

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fri 1 BIRDS AT OUR FEEDERS

Learn which birds are local, how they survive the cold winter months and how we can help them thrive. Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; programs available Feb. 1, 2, 6, 7, 8 and 9 at 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Feb. 3 and 10 at 1 p.m.; program included in admission ($2.50 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information); 513-771-8733 or greatparks.org.

FABULOUS FOLIAGE AT KROHN CONSERVATORY

Discover how various plants and flowers can make a statement in any garden. Vivid, lively colors fill the Krohn Conservatory during the 2019 Spring Show, Fabulous Foliage, with traditional budding bulbs like hyacinth, tulips and daffodils and the colorful leaves of coleus, grasses and succulents. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. through

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PENGUIN DAYS

It may be chilly outside, but many zoo animals are loving the winter weather. All this month, visit the zoo for half-price admission and special animal encounters, including the popular penguin parade. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; see website for more information; 513-281-4700 or cincinnatizoo.org.

FREE WEEKLY STORYTIMES

Joseph Beth Booksellers weekly storytimes occur in Cincinnati on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m. These fun storytimes feature interactive songs, beloved children’s books and more. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2962 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

sat 2 CHILDREN’S MUSEUM DANCE PARTY

Explore the museum then stop to shake your sillies out and boogie with friends at a fun dance party. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; Saturdays and Sundays this month at 3 p.m.; included in admission ($14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free for ages 1 and younger and members); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

CINCINNATI POP’S: FIONA’S PLAYLIST

Join the Cincinnati Pop’s for a fun and lively playlist inspired by Fiona the Hippo including songs from A Bug’s Life and Harry Potter, among others. Arrive an hour before the show to play with instruments and make crafts at the preconcert Family Fun Zone. This show is ASL interpreted. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m.; $4 - $15; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony. org.

EVERYTHING THOMAS AT ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION

Everybody’s favorite blue engine pulls into the station at the world’s largest train display. Thomas-themed layouts, crafts, coloring pages and a scavenger hunt during this monthlong Thomas and Friends celebration. Kids can also pretend to be engineers on the indoor train ride — choo choo! EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; $13.95 adults, $11.95 seniors 65+, $9.95 ages 3 - 12, free for members and ages 3 and younger; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY: MAKE YOUR MARK

There is so much to do and see during this fun, free family event at the CAM. Explore and make discoveries as your family watches a performance, goes on a scavenger hunt, listens to a story, takes a tour and even makes original artwork. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

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FREE MAPLE SYRUP MAKING AND GUIDED SAP COLLECTING HIKES IN THE SUGARBUSH

Experience the process of producing maple syrup from sap. Then stop by the Outdoor Learning Center to join in an interactive sap-collecting maple hike. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 a.m. - 3

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p.m.; included in daily admission ($9 adults, $6 seniors 65+/active military, $4 ages 4 - 12, free ages 3 and younger and members, $2 dogs); 513831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE SUGAR CAMP PREP WORK DAY: VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

It is going to take a lot of firewood to keep the iron kettles burning for the Kenton County Parks & Recreation Sugar Camp. Ages 8 and older can help keep the fires burning by volunteering to prep for Sugar Camp. Dress for the weather, bring work gloves and a wheelbarrow if you can. Hot chocolate is provided. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 859-525-7529 or bit. ly/kcparksandrec.

FREE WORLD CANCER DAY CELEBRATION!

Volunteers, facilitators and members of the community come together for a cultural celebration of countries with delicious food and fun activities from all around the world. If you’re interested in volunteering, contact Jennifer VanLandingham at 513-791-4060, ext. 14. 4918 Cooper Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; cancersupportcincinnati. org.

sun 3 FREE LIBRARY LOVE NOTES

Write a love letter to the library, play games and enjoy a snack during this Valentine’s Day program. Tales the dragon visits, too. Scheben Branch, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 2 - 3 p.m.; 859342-2665 or bcpl.org.

SEWWHAT?! HEART STUFFIES

Make the perfect Valentine for a loved one during this beginners sewing class — create a small stuffed heart with a hidden message inside. KidSPACE at Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 3 p.m.; activity included with admission ($14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free for ages 1 and younger and members); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: GROW AS WE GO

Investigate how living things grow and change through hands-on activities, a craft and a snack. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

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mon 4 FREE ADVENTURE CLUB: EXPLORING INDIA

Explore India’s culture through games and crafts at the library — no passport needed. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-572-5033 or cc-pl.org.

FREE CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER PRESENTS THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: IT’S HISTORY, PEOPLE AND GLORY!

Appreciate the nation’s history through photographs, maps, navigational tools and true stories. Gain a better understanding of The Underground Railroad and discover the resourcefulness, courage and determination of slaves and abolitionists. Covedale Branch, 4980 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; 513-369-4460 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE FULL STEAM AHEAD

Playing with Play-Doh is always fun, but it can also be educational. Ages 3 and older enjoy scientific hands-on activities featuring Play-Doh. Carrico/ Fort Thomas Branch, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas; 7 - 7:45 p.m.; 859572-5033 or cc-pl.org.

tue 5 FREE JULIE BOGART AUTHOR VISIT

Homeschool expert and local author Julie Bogart stops by Joseph-Beth to discuss her newest book, The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life. The book provides many tips and tools to encourage a lifelong love of learning in children. Bogart’s expertise stems from decades of developing homeschool curricula, homeschooling her now grown five children and training homeschooling families around the world. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE KIDS’ STORYTIME

Bring the little ones to Joseph-Beth in Crestview Hills for a storytime Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers Crestview Hills Location, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 859-912-7860 or josephbeth. com.

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wed 6 STORY TREE TIME

Take a break from playing to sit down to enjoy a storytime with friends every Wednesday at 11 a.m. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; included with admission ($14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 2, free for 1 and under and members); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

FREE KRISTEN SIMMONSTHE DECEIVERS BOOK SIGNING

Join local author Kristen Simmons as she discusses and signs copies of her new book, The Deceivers. This Pretty Little Liars meets Ocean’s 11-style book is available for on-site purchase. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE LITTLE PRODIGIES: DRAGONS

Children ages 2 - 7 enjoy after-school fun with toys and a dragon craft at the library. Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-5725035 or cc-pl.org.

FREE REC READS

Get your little ones excited for art with this 30-minute class in the Rosenthal Education Center. Young artists hear artthemed stories, sing songs and explore the world around them through sensory activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE WINTER FARMERS MARKET

Browse through jewelry, candles, coffee, produce, baked goods and lots more — 85 percent of the items sold at this market are grown or produced in Butler County! Shop fresh all while supporting local vendors the first and third Wednesday’s of the month through March. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 4 - 7 p.m.; fairfield-city.org/market.

thu 7 FREE GALAXY ART

Create an out-of-this-world piece of artwork and learn about star gazing and constellations during this library program for teens. Scheben Branch, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 6 - 7 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: IT’S ALL IN THE SNOW

interactive activities, a craft and a tasty snack. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

TAFT JR.: DOWN ON THE FARM

Browse the Taft’s collections for barnyard buddies during this program where you also practice making animal sounds, hear a story about shapes at the farm and create an original farm-inspired artwork out of paper shapes. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; free for children and members, $10 adults advance registration, $12 adults day of; 513-684-4517 or taftmuseum.org.

FREE TEEN TIME: SUSHI BEESWAX CANDLE

Create a sushi candle that looks good enough to eat — maybe even gift it as a Valentine treat. This program is for ages 10 - 18. Forest Park Branch, 655 Waycross Road, Cincinnati; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-369-4478 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

fri 8 FREE FREE FRIDAY AT RED BALLOON

Free Friday means your little one gets to play for free with purchase of a kid’s meal. The Red Balloon Cafe + Play, 6200 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati; 4 - 8 p.m.; 513-620-8328 or redballooncafe.com.

sat 9 DINO DAYS

Celebrate prehistoric pals, make dino discoveries and meet some of the newest, oldest residents of Dinosaur Hall. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; Feb. 9 - 10, 11 a.m.; included in admission ($14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free for ages 1 and younger and members); 513-2877000 or cincymuseum.org.

MY FURRY VALENTINE 2019

Find a new furry best friend this weekend at the tri-state’s largest annual pet adoption event. In eight years, this event has helped facilitate more than 5,000 companion animal adoptions. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road, Cincinnati; Feb. 9 - 10, 12 - 6 p.m.; $25 Early Bird Entry for Saturday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., $5 admission for ages 5 and older; 513509-7681 or myfurryvalentine.com.

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Feb. 8 | 7 p.m. 513-522-2108 | theartsconnect.us The Grove Events Center, 9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati. Find out if the beautiful Roxanne falls for Cyrano’s thoughtful words and kind soul or handsome Christian’s looks.

FREE THE CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF CINCINNATI PRESENTS RUMPELSTILTSKIN

Feb. 16 | 2 - 3 p.m. 859-342-2665 | bcpl.org Main Branch BCPL, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington. Discover the magic and wonder of this classic fairy tale. Sign language interpretation is provided during the show.

DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK KIDS

Feb. 16 - 17, 22 - 24 | $10+ See website for showtimes 513-569-8080 thechildrenstheatre.com Taft Theatre, 317 East 5th St., Cincinnati. Follow man-cub Mowgli’s journey through the jungle as he makes friends and learns what it means to be human.

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Feb. 24 | 2 - 4 p.m. | $2 deerfieldrec.com Kings High School, 5500 Columbia Road, Mason. Watch as Buzby goes on a space adventure. His journey results in a crashed spaceship but also a friendship with a silly alien named Galax. After the MadCap performance, stick around for post-show activities from The Arts Alliance, Cincinnati Museum Center and more.


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FREE VALENTINE PARTY!

Have a sweet afternoon at the library with friends. Create a Valentine’s card, play games and make crafts at this fun party. Corryville Branch, 2802 Vine St., Cincinnati; 3 - 4 p.m.; 513-369-6034 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

sun 10 FREE HEART PAPER CHAIN

Teens, get ready for Valentine’s Day and craft a painted heart decoration at the library. Covington Branch KCPL, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington; 2 - 3 p.m.; 859962-4000 or kentonlibrary.org.

SECOND SUNDAY FAMILY SHOWTIME PRESENTS THE CORNER: STORYTELLING FOR TODAY

Join the Clifton Cultural Arts Center for a moving storytime presented by The Corner. Interactive skits, storytelling, aerobic movements, poetry and music

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FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: LOVE IS CHOCOLATE

Get ready for Valentine’s Day with some sweet discussion about chocolate. Did you know there is a connection between Esther Price, chocolate and the Chrisholm Historic Farmstead? Learn all about it through hands-on activities, crafts followed by a snack. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE VALENTINE CARDS FOR SENIORS

Help spread Valentine’s Day cheer by crafting handmade cards for residents of a local senior living center. Kids can also create a card for one additional loved one to take home. Erlanger Branch KCPL, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 2 - 3 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary. org.

mon 11 FREE ADVENTURE CLUB: NO SEW HEART PILLOWS

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Head to the library to make a cuddly heart pillow for someone you love. No sewing skills required. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-5725033 or cc-pl.org.

FREE CREATE A LURVE CATCHER

Dream catchers catch dreams and “lurve” catchers catch “lurve.” Visit the library to craft a “lurve” catcher for the upcoming lurve-ly holiday, Valentine’s Day. Hyde Park Branch, 2747 Erie Ave., Cincinnati; 6:30 - 7:45 p.m.; 513-3694456 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE MASTERPIECES IN THE MAKING: AMY SHERALD

Celebrate artist Amy Sherald in Masterpieces in the Making presented by the Kennedy Arts Center. Then create artwork to continue celebrating Black History Month. Bond Hill Branch, 1740 Langdon Farm Road, Cincinnati; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-369-4445 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE READY FOR K THROUGH PLAY: VALENTINE’S DAY

Learn through play with this fun Kindergarten prep series. This week’s focus is on celebrating Valentine’s Day through silly songs, games, stories and art. Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 10 - 11 a.m.; 859-5725035 or cc-pl.org.

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FREE MAKE A GIFT FOR YOUR VALENTINE

SUGAR CAMP: MAKING MAPLE SYRUP Saturday, Feb. 9

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tep back in time to experience what life was like at two mid-1800’s sugar camps. Discover the science that American settlers used to make maple syrup 150 - 200 years ago. Then, visit a Native American camp to learn about their sugar making process. Come tap maple trees, gather sap and even sample finished maple syrup. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; make reservations for school and family groups Feb. 6 - 8. No reservations are necessary for Feb. 9, additional activities are also held on Saturday. Call 859-525-7529 or visit bit.ly/kcparksandrec. 36

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Create a Valentine’s Day gift for a loved one at the library. Bond Hill Branch, 1740 Langdon Farm Road, Cincinnati; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-369-4445 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE TWEEN SCENE: DRIP PAINTINGS

Tweens ages 8 - 14 enjoy music, snacks and artwork created by dripping paint on a canvas at the library after school. Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-572-5035 or cc-pl.org.

FREE VINTAGE VALENTINES

Get ready for Valentine’s Day at the library and craft a handmade card for a loved one using a vintage design.

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Reading Branch, 8740 Reading Road, Reading; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; 513-3694465 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

wed 13 FREE LITTLE PRODIGIES: VALENTINE’S DAY

Create a craft for a loved one during this Valentine’s Day-themed library program designed for ages 2 - 7. Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-572-5035 or cc-pl.org.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAYS: GROW A CRYSTAL HEART

Calling all kids who love science. Ages 7 - 12 shape and grow a crystal heart from borax and pipe cleaners during this library program. Erlanger Branch KCPL, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 7 - 8 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary. org.

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Happy Valentine’s Day! FREE CAROL ANN’S CAROUSEL: HEARTS A FLUTTER

Love is in the air at Carol Ann’s —bring your sweetheart to enjoy a spin around the carousel, then enjoy Valentine’s Day crafts and prizes. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati; Feb. 14 - 16, 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; free event programming; carousel ride tokens available for purchase; 513-381-3756 or cincinnatiparks.com/carousel.

FREE EXPLORATION STATIONS

Play, learn and discover something new at the library. Explore lots of stations including sensory bins, water tables, discovery bottles and more. Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 5 - 7 p.m.; 859-572-5035 or cc-pl.org.

FREE FONDUE AND A FILM

Head to the library for after-school fun with fondue and a film. Covington Branch KCPL, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington; 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.; 859962-4000 or kentonlibrary.org.

FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Make valentine’s for the farm animals, and learn about animal hearts with a live animal demonstration. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11


daily listings a.m.; a valid MetroParks vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

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fri 15 EGYPT: THE TIME OF THE PHARAOHS OPENING

Head to Cincinnati Museum Center for the opening day of Egypt: The Time of the Pharaohs. Step into a period of history when civilization grew along the Nile, pyramids dotted the skyline and gods walked among man. This new exhibit boasts more than 300 artifacts. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m.; see website for ticket pricing; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

FREE SOLDIER, COME HOME PRESENTED BY THE FALCON THEATRE

This play brings together the letters of playwright Frank W. Wick’s great-grandparents and family members written between 1859 and 1865 from western Pennsylvania and major Civil War sites. Areas include Gettysburg, the Siege of Petersburg and Appomattox. Registration not required, but register if you wish to receive weather notification. Main Branch BCPL, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 7 - 8 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

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FREE programs for all ages Registration required by the Friday before each program

Enjoy the night sky at MetroParks! A few nights this year, we will be exploring the stars with local astronomers. You’ll have the chance to observe the planets, moon, stars, and a few meteor showers through the lens of some amazing telescopes. Plus, you’ll be able to participate in fun family crafts at our Meet the Planet programs! Bring a blanket or chair, relax, and enjoy the night like you have never before! ORIONID METEOR SHOWER WATCH Governor Bebb MetroPark October 19, 2019 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

MEET THE PLANET: MOON & MARS Rentschler Forest MetroPark Riegart Road Area Saturday, February 16, 2019 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER WATCH Forest Run MetroPark Wildlife Preserve Area August 10, 2019 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.

MEET THE PLANET: JUPITER Elk Creek MetroPark Sebald Park Area June 8, 2019 8:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

LEONID METEOR SHOWER WATCH MEET THE PLANET: SATURN Forest Run MetroPark Timberman Elk Creek MetroPark Meadow Ridge Area November 16, 2019 Ridge September 7, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

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

AMERICAN PIE

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra serves up Americana with a program that includes the tri-state premiere of Mason Bates’ Mothership, Ferde Grofe’s Grand Canyon Suite, Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto featuring Sandy Cameron, violin. Greaves Concert Hall, 1 Louie B Nunn Drive, Highland Heights, 7:30 - 10 p.m.; $19 - $35; 859-431-6216 or kyso.org.

SPOTLIGHT FREE CINCINNATI FAMILY’S SUMMER CAMP ADVENTURE FAIR 2019

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amilies, get ready for summer with us! More than 50 booths with representatives from local day camps and residential camps will be on hand to help you learn about options for your kids this summer. Explore handson activities, watch performances and enter to win prizes. Don’t miss out on this fun and informative event and bring the kids! Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Call 513-252-0077 or visit cincinnatifamilymagazine.com. (please turn the page)

Admission is free, but a reservation is required. Call 513-345-6508 Visit www.CETconnect.org/KidsClub for more information.

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Imagination Station has been made possible by CET Kids Club and The Ohio Tuition Trust Authority.

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sun 17 FREE 3RD SUNDAY FUNDAY: OUT OF THIS WORLD

Browse the Taft’s collection of “stars,” use balloons to paint the solar system, learn about constellations at the Art Cart and watch the Madcap Puppets perform The Great Space Caper at 2 p.m. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-684-4517 or taftmuseum.org.

FAMILY FUN DAY AT THE LIBERTY EXHIBITION HALL. “DO YOU LIKE MY HAT?”

Fedoras, top hats, baseball caps, bowlers ... there are so many types of hats. Pick a favorite, and create a unique one of your own during this hatthemed programming with games, crafts and stories. Registration encouraged, but not required. The Liberty Exhibition Hall, 3938 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati; 1 - 3:30 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 ages 3 and older; 513-813-7469 or libertyexhibitionhall.org.

ROLLED PAPER SCULPTURES ARTBUILD

Learn how to make strong structures and help build a large-scale sculpture at the Children’s Museum KidSPACE. KidSPACE at the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 2 p.m.; activity included with admission ($14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free for ages 1 and younger and members); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: FROM FARMER TO PRESIDENT

Learn which president of the United States was a farmer and who said farming was a fight with “trees and logs and grubs.” Along with hands-on activities, a snack and a craft inside the Augspurger House, spend time with the farm animals, too. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE SNOW SLIME

Love snow and slime? Head to the library to create oozy and sparkly snow slime. Covington Branch KCPL, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington; 2 - 3 p.m.; 859962-4000 or kentonlibrary.org.

mon 18 FREE ADVENTURE CLUB: CELEBRATE BLACK HISTORY MONTH

View and create art to celebrate Black History Month. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-572-5033 or cc-pl.org.

FREE CAROL ANN’S CAROUSEL PRESIDENTS DAY PROGRAM

Cincinnati was the name of famous general’s horse and that went on to become the 18th president of the United States, Ulysses S. Grant. Head to Carol Ann’s Carousel to take a ride on a horse named Cincinnati and learn more about United States presidents through interactive games and crafts. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; free

event programming; carousel ride tokens available for purchase; 513-381-3756 or cincinnatiparks.com/carousel.

FREE SPA DAY!

Craft spa day products at the library including lotion, lip balm, bath bombs, glitter slime and hair chalk to take home and enjoy. Sharonville Branch, 10980 Thornview Drive, Cincinnati; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-369-6049 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

tue 19 FREE MEG WOLITZER & HOLLY GOLDBERG SLOAN AUTHOR VISIT

Join two authors for a discussion of their new book, To Night Owl From Dogfish. Meg Wolitzer and Holly Goldberg Sloan’s new book provides tween readers with thought-provoking laughs in this “summer to remember” story. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 4 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

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daily listings FREE TWEEN SCENE: POLYMER CLAY SCULPTING

Tweens ages 8 - 14 visit the library for after-school fun with friends including snacks, music and crafts. Craft features polymer clay to create a unique item like a figurine or jewelry. Note: Tween Scene is extended by 30 minutes to allow the polymer clay time to dry. Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 4 - 5:30 p.m.; 859-5725035 or cc-pl.org.

wed 20 FREE LITTLE PRODIGIES: WE LOVE THE LIBRARY!

February is Library Lovers’ Month, and where better to celebrate than at the library? Ages 2 - 7 celebrate their love of the library during this program with a bookish craft. Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859572-5035 or cc-pl.org.

thu 21 FREE CANDY CATAPULTS

Have any stale Valentine’s Day candy laying around? Don’t just throw it away — bring it to the library and fling it. Learn how to create several types of candy catapults, then test which design works best. Erlanger Branch KCPL, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary. org.

FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: A FARMER’S NATIVE FRIENDS

What kind of native friends are there down on the farm? Find out through live animal demonstrations, hands-on activities, craft and a snack. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE TEEN TIME: BUILD A ROBOT

Teens, come to the library for some STEM fun — use Cubelets and creativity to build a robot. Forest Park Branch, 655 Waycross Road, Cincinnati; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-369-4478 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

WHIRLIN’ GOOD TIME

Take a spin around Cincinnati to discover beautiful and iconic Queen City landmarks — all while riding the carousel. Purchase an unlimited ride band for a fun filled day at Carol Ann’s Carousel. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. 3:30 p.m.; $6 per unlimited ride band; 513-381-3756 or cincinnatiparks.com.

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Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-572-5035 or cc-pl.org.

FREE BABY TIME

Join your youngster on the floor to explore stories and songs. For ages birth to 18 months. Scheben Branch, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 9:30 a.m.; 859-3422665 or bcpl.org.

FREE WEEKLY STORYTIMES

Joseph Beth Booksellers weekly storytimes occur on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:30 a.m. and feature interactive songs, beloved children’s books and more. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2962 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 513396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

sat 23 FREE AUTISM FAMILY EXPLORATION AT THE CAM

Explore the CAM in a comfortable setting. Families receive a map indicating multi-sensory learning centers, led by specially trained docents. Be sure to stop by the Rosenthal Education Center to participate in an all-ability, art-making activity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 9 - 11 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

FREE HOGWART’S HOUSE SCARVES AND MOVIE

Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff or Slytherin ... which house do you belong? Come to the library to create a house scarf (supplies limited) and watch the first Harry Potter movie. Covington Branch KCPL, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington; 1 - 4 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary. org.

sun 24 FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: ABC’S OF FARM LIFE

Celebrate the ABC’s of farm life through fun experiments, games, a craft and a snack. This month, explore life on the farm starting with the letters “C” and “D.” Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

mon 25 FREE ADVENTURE CLUB: MAKE YOUR OWN BOARD GAME

Board games are fun to play, but even more fun to make. Visit the library to create a game all your own. Newport

FREE READY FOR K THROUGH PLAY: SELF-ESTEEM

Kids build their self-esteem and kindergarten readiness skills through singing silly songs, playing games, reading stories and exploring art. Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 10 - 11 a.m.; 859-5725035 or cc-pl.org.

latest book. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.

FREE LITTLE PRODIGIES: FAIRY TALES

Visit the library for a whimsical fairy craft, then stick around to play with toys and check out some books. Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-572-5035 or cc-pl.org.

FREE WEE WEDNESDAYS

FREE SNOWY SCIENCE

This open house-style program for preschoolers includes storytelling, touchable objects and more — the theme is Wee Cincinnatians. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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Warm up inside the library while you enjoy cold weather-themed activities like making snowflake slime and building an igloo. Walton Branch, 21 S. Main St., Walton; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 859-3422665 or bcpl.org.

FREE FREEDOM SONGS: THE MUSIC OF BLACK HISTORY

Hear the compelling story of the role of the music that accompanied the history of African Americans. From the work songs of slavery and the hymns of the Underground Railroad, to the blues of Beale Street and the anthems of the Civil Rights Movement. Presented by Bright Star Touring. Forest Park Branch, 655 Waycross Road, Cincinnati; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 513-369-4478 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

NATURE IN WINTER STORYTIME

Hear a chilly-weather nature book and try out simple winter crafts at the Rowe Visitor Center’s Whittaker Library. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; included in daily admission ($9 adults, $6 seniors 65+/active military, $4 ages 4 - 12, free ages 3 and younger and members, $2 dogs); 513831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE TWEEN SCENE: PAPER PLATE MAZES

Ages 8 - 14 can visit the library for music, snacks and games — make mazes out of paper plates. Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-572-5035 or cc-pl.org.

wed 27 FREE GWENDA BOND AUTHOR VISIT

Ever wonder what happened in that mysterious lab with that sinister scientist? Learn the truth about Eleven’s mother in Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds, a prequel book to the hit show Stranger Things. Join author Gwenda Bond at Joseph-Beth Booksellers to discuss her

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FREE ANIMAL TALES

Nature has many stories to tell; hear one of them in this nature-themed story time. Woodland Mound Seasongood Nature Center, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE BOOKWORMS

Ages 3 - 5 gobble up books like little bookworms. Bring them to the library to hear stories, sing songs, rhyme and play during this fun program. Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 1 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

FREE SWEET POTATO BAR

Celebrate National Sweet Potato Month and wrap-up Black History Month with a delicious sweet potato bar. Avondale Branch, 3566 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-3694440 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

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