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ne of my favorite memories of childhood includes tall onion grass and a damp, rustic spring house near the house I grew up in. Because we lived on a farm, we had a pond, a barn and plenty of field and meadow for long legs to run on and for all kinds of outdoor activities all day. I liked playing house — outdoors. And I didn’t have a playhouse. I don’t know what it was that inspired me to gather pine cones and oversized flat rocks to place in shapes designating the different rooms in my outdoor mansions, but I thought it was wonderful and I did it a lot, sometimes with friends, sometimes with sisters, sometimes alone. I got a kick from the smells and colors I found outside, like the pungent roots of the onion grass and the dark, juicy stains of fresh-picked blackberries. I could play for hours and not get bored because I liked nature. I loved walking around the muddy path that went around our pond and stepping closer and closer to the water’s edge just in time to catch a large bullfrog leap from the bank to the water, heavy with moss. My brother fished there — I didn’t so much, but I did learn how to unhook a fish’s mouth. I loved turning over wet stones with a stick, skimming flat ones and playing adventurous games of make believe in the spring house that oozed with water and broken slabs of concrete. I carved my name in there. My kids don’t have the daily nature encounters I sought out growing up. For one thing, my kids don’t live on a farm. We’re in a development. Nature encounters at our house come when we discover a bird’s nest in a tree or a golden orb spider hanging on a web between two bushes. We cherish the bunnies that frequent our backyard in springtime, but that’s about it. Still, I send them outside as much as possible for fresh air, running around and such ... but sometimes you really DO have to leave the comfort of your own backyard to find more ... I worry that children today spend too much time indoors, in front of a back-lit screen of choice. What can be said about raising happy, healthy, well-rounded kids in this day and age? If they could, many kids would fritter away days on all the different screens they have access to. How can you expect them to give a hoot about a pine cone or what’s hiding under a rock when they can play Sims or Xbox Live all day? It’s possible that kids who haven’t experienced nature encounters in childhood might actually be bored by them by age 11 or 12. So parents have to literally build a love for the outdoors in their children — and not because we need to save the Earth. Because being outside in the sunshine or the rain is filled with possibilities — the possibilities that only unfettered imagination can conjure. I think some childhoods can be saved from the one-way sendentary life that technology offers us. So it’s time to go outside and play. Time to make that choice yourself for YOU and your children. It’s time to look at the world around us ... as the promise of spring unfolds. Time to make every effort to fill your children’s cups with a little of what a good, fulfilling life is all about. We all need our Walden Ponds, you know? Email me your thoughts and suggestions. I'd love to hear from you! susan@daycommail.com

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his season at Wake Nation, beginning wakeboarders and kids as young as 5 can try out their skills on the new Practice Pond. While more experienced riders and kids 10 and older can cruise the 10-acre main lake, newbies will learn to ride wakeboards at a much slower speed and take advantage of a starting dock at each end of the pond for “easy-start” learning. “We had lots of parents coming in with younger kids,” says Peter Kennedy, CEO, “and I have kids of my own that are ages 2, 5 and 7, and the main cable was just too fast for them.” He added that beginners often need something slower as well, and that the Practice Pond will ensure a successful venture for everyone. Construction of the Practice Pond is currently underway and should be ready when Wake Nation opens for its 2010 season on May 1. The park is a “pay as you play” facility with ride times starting at $25 for two hours. Hours are 10 a.m. until dark through October. For more details, call 513-887-WAKE or visit wakenation.com.

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elebrate the grand opening of The Web, located at 7172 CincinnatiDayton Road, West Chester, on March 26 from 6 - 11 p.m. The new facility features laser tag, go-karts, mini-bowling, a pizzeria and ice cream shop and more. All ticket sales on March 26 benefit the Anthony Munoz Foundation, an umbrella organization that supports Munoz’ many charitable programs — including a scholarship fund, youth leadership seminars, the Impact for Eternity Camp for boys in grades 6 - 8 and the Hall of Fame Football Camp for boys and girls in grades 3 - 8. Munoz will also make a special appearance. Find out more at funattheweb.com.

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amilies raising children with special needs are invited to attend the Remarkable Families Symposium on March 26, featuring an evening keynote address from dyslexic writer and activist Jonathan Mooney. Parents can learn about advocacy and enjoy two documentaries, including one from Xavier University’s own Thomas Knestrict, Ph.D. “The mission of the Remarkable Families: Building Family Resiliency Symposium is to provide learning opportunities, access to resources, networking opportunities and a day of fun to parents of children with disabilities and the professionals that support them,” says Knestrict. “The symposium consists of 21 breakout sessions ranging in topics from schools and IEP development, to medical technology for children with severe disabilities,” Knestrict says. “It will include experts from the fields of education, psychology, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, counseling and faith-based programs.” The symposium takes place at Xavier University, 3800 Victory Pkwy. Registration is $75 per person, or $90 the day of the event. Find out more at 513-745-3703 or xavier. edu/familyresiliency.

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ed-wetting can be embarrassing and frustrating for parents and children. But understanding the cause can help you get past it. Bed-wetting is actually a common stage of child development, according to Kathryn O’Malley, M.D., of Muddy Creek Pediatrics, who adds that she doesn’t like to label children under the age of 5 as bed-wetters. Some common bed-wetting causes include family history, chronic constipation, sleep apnea, very deep sleepers, stress, and slower development of the central nervous system, meaning the brain may not recognize that the bladder is full. Parents can consult their pediatricians if their child continues to still wet the bed after the age of 5, or if he was staying dry through the night then suddenly started wetting the bed. O’Malley says a quick urinalysis can rule out things like a urinary tract infection or diabetes. “We usually talk about treatments around 8 years or older,” says O’Malley, adding that is about the age when bed-wetting becomes a social problem for kids who want to attend sleepovers and other activities. “Most children will either grow out of the stage, or else they will learn to wake up in the night to go to the bathroom, without intervention,” she says. Avoiding caffeine, citrus drinks or carbonated beverages will help, as well as decreasing fluid intake an hour or two before bedtime. A bedwetting alarm may help — O’Malley advises purchasing one that has both auditory and vibrating options (and be sure to try out the alarm first so your little one knows what to expect!). Medications are also available, but O’Malley suggests that they be used intermittently — since children often outgrow their bed-wetting woes, it can be tough to decide when to stop the medication. Most importantly, she advises parents to understand that children aren’t wetting the bed on purpose, so support is the best option rather than any teasing or punishment. Consult your pediatrician if you are concerned about your child’s bed-wetting.

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moking and asthma definitely do not mix, but a recent study published in the February issue of Pediatrics found that asthmatic children exposed to second-hand smoke suffered from poorer sleep quality. After examining more than 200 children in an asthma intervention trial, researchers found that children exposed to second-hand smoke had difficulties falling asleep, showed more sleep-disordered breathing and showed more daytime sleepiness. The researchers concluded that eliminating exposure to second-hand smoke would improve not only a child’s physical health, but emotional health and school performance as well. Find out more at aap.org.

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FYI: family getaway

B Y B A R B A R A L I T T N E R D AV I D

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LOUISVILLE Johnny takes his turn at bat for a photo op at the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory.

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Good food, baseball regalia and more. With much to do, you’re sure to find something for the entire family.

y youngest found the elephant in the tree, and challenged me to find the whale. I scanned the bright branches, looked past the kite, the paper lanterns, and imaginative sculptures, and finally found it. But first, our family of seven took our seats in mismatched chairs at a wide table in Lynn’s

Paradise Café. This fun, eclectic piece of paradise is on Barret Avenue in Louisville, Kentucky. We spotted the red, retro sign from the road, and the long line made us glad we had reservations. The crowd created a happy murmur as we scoured the extensive menu. Food Network devotees, my husband and I went with items featured on a Throwdown with Bobby Flay. I found the Kentucky Farmhouse Scramble tasty and filling, especially with the enormous biscuits and side of gravy, but I was jealous of my husband’s decadently delicious Bourbon Ball French Toast. Meanwhile, the kids ordered their standard cheeseburgers and chicken fingers, and rated the fries among “the greatest.” We stopped in adjoining World of Swirl gift shop on our way out, and enjoyed its vastly varied collection of unique items. After all, who can resist potato guns that shoot real potatoes? Our adventure continued in downtown Louisville. We parked for $5 under the bridge along the Ohio River, and then took in a couple stops along Museum Row on Main. Nine different attractions in the area allow visitors to show their ticket stub from any of the other attractions and receive a $1 discount on admission. We hit the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory first. We picked up tickets for the 11:40 a.m. tour and enjoyed the exhibits until it was our turn. Our older kids read about America’s pastime and the history of Louisville slugger bats, and also gripped the bats of a few famous players. Meanwhile, our 10-year-old baseball fanatic donned gloves and posed with Mickey Mantle’s bat, while our youngest enjoyed opening a safe that held some of the 1885 secrets of Louisville Slugger founder, John A. “Bud” Hillerich. When we heard our tour time announced, we joined the line and headed into the factory. The day we visited, no one was actually making bats. (Visitors should consult the website if they want to tour during actual production.) Instead, our guide showed us videos of the process, making less noise and no sawdust. We learned all about bat-manufacturing-- from the eco-friendly for-

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Frazier International History Museum fraziermuseum.org 829 West Main Street Louisville, KY40202-2619 (502) 753-5663 or toll-free (866) 886-7103

Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory sluggermuseum.org 800 West Main St. Louisville, KY 40202 1-877-7-SLUGGER (877-775-8443)

estry methods where the maple and ash woods are grown, to the final stainLynn’s Paradise Cafe ing and stamping lynnsparadisecafe.com after computerized 984 Barret Avenue specifications craft Louisville, KY 40204-2063 each individual bat. We held samples at each stage of the process, took home nubs cut from the ends of the bats, and best of all, received our own free miniature souvenir bats. However, our seven souvenir bats were soon collected (and returned after our visit) by the staff of the Frazier International History Museum who, understandably, didn’t want kids walking through the exhibits “covering 1,000 years of history” with bats. While the kids made crayon rubbings of soldiers, guns, and armor, I enjoyed an actor’s portrayal of Holt Collier, an ex-slave, trapper and guide, who told about his adventure with Teddy Roosevelt that led to the naming of the teddy bear. After the performance, we went upstairs. A WWII exhibit featuring ordinary people discussing their experiences during the war emotionally moved me, while the kids pretended to move in a genuine Jeep, and found they could barely move under the weight of a soldier’s parachute. Nearby, “Hollywood and the Wild West Theater” discounted much of the Hollywood lore about the old west, and on the third floor, several small theaters and life-sized dioramas revealed interesting details of medieval life – like, just how long it took to put on a suit of armor. The kids and I also found out just how much strength is required to shoot a crossbow (a lot) and look forward to returning to the Frazier Museum to see similar weapons in action in the Tournament Ring. J Barbara Littner David is a local writer and mother of five. She is also the author of Cincinnati Trips for Kids, a collection of more than 40 great Cincinnati-area attractions.

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Exciting Productions for Young People Saturdays Through April 3, 2010 World of Wonder March 6, 2010 • Performed by Leland Faulkner Extraordinary physical comedian Leland Faulkner travels the globe in World of Wonder with clowning, mime and dance.

The Stinky Cheese Man March 13, 2010 • Featuring Paul Mesner Puppets An adaptation of the Caldecott Award-winning book, this hilarious puppet troupe delights audiences with wacky tales.

An Asian Occasion of Storytelling March 20, 2010 • Featuring Eth-Noh-Tec Folktales and urban legends from Japan, China, the Philippines and other Asian countries.

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The Garden of Rikki Tikki Tavi March 27, 2010 & April 3, 2010 • Adapted by Y York from Rudyard Kipling • Featuring the Playhouse’s Touring Company A free-flowing and hilarious adaptation of the Kipling classic.

All shows performed in the Playhouse’s Rosenthal Plaza at 10:30am & 1:00pm* / Ages 4-18: $5; Adults: $6. To ensure the enjoyment of all in attendance, children younger than 4 must sit on an accompanying adult’s lap throughout the performance. *1:00pm performance is signed for the hearing impaired courtesy of Cincinnati State.

For tickets and information call 513/421-3888 or visit www.cincyplay.com

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spring FUN

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OUTDOOR ROUNDUP!

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Note: Hamilton County Parks (*) require a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) to enter the park.

Get a breath of fresh air by taking a walk through Eden Park or one of the many other local parks.

Warm weather is on the way — pick your favorite outdoor spot for fun and play, or discover a new one in our get-out-there roundup!

HIKING Alms Park 710 Tusculum Ave. 513-352-4080 • cincinnatiparks.com

The 94-acre park with a short hiking trail offers a view of the juncture between the Little Miami and Ohio Rivers

*Armleder Park, 5057 Wooster Pike 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org Enjoy the one-mile Sycamore Trail

Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave. 513-956-9876 • cincinnatiparks.com

More than 200 acres offer paved and unpaved nature trails

Avon Woods, 4235 Paddock Road 513-861-3435 • cincinnatiparks.com

Hiking trails in this park are rated as moderate

Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Drive 513-751-3679 • cincinnatiparks.com

Hiking trails run through this park that was designated an “Important Birding Area” by the Audubon Society

Caldwell Preserve 500 W. North Bend Road 513-761-4313 • cincinnatiparks.com

Three-and-a-half miles of nature trails include a level-paved trail for wheelchairs

California Woods, 5400 Kellogg Ave. 513-231-8678 • cincinnatiparks.com

Miles of nature trails lead hikers to discover more than 200 species of herbaceous plants and the chance to spot some live animals

Central Park 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org

Home to 2.35 miles of paved walking and hiking trails, including a Born Learning Trail — an interactive walk for young children to learn about the ABCs, shapes and animals

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Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford Long Branch Farm & Trails 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen 513-831-1711 • cincynature.org

Forest Run Wildlife Preserve 1810 New London Road, Hamilton 513-867-5835 butlercountymetroparks.org

Lakeside Commons Park & Gardens U.S. 27, Highland Heights 859-547-3632 • campbellcounty.ky.gov

Crooked Run Nature Preserve U.S. Highway 52 • 513-876-9013 parks.clermontcountyohio.gov

*Francis Recreacres 11982 Conrey Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org One-mile paved trail

Lincoln Ridge Park 420 Independence Station Road, Independence 859-525-PLAY (7529) • kentoncounty.org

Combined, the two locations offer more than 20 miles of hiking trails

More than one mile of hiking trails with wildlife viewing blinds and a scenic river overlook

Doe Run Lake 1501 Bullock Pen Road, Covington 859-525-PLAY (7529) • kentoncounty.org Hike along the Doe Run Nature Trail

Dudley Woods 5591 Hankins Road, Liberty Township 513-867-5835 butlercountymetroparks.org Offering easy nature trails and the Historic Gregory Family Cabin

England Idlewild Park 5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org

Almost two miles of paved walking and hiking trails with fitness stations

*Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve 3455 Poole Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org Accessible Pin Oak Trail and a butterfly garden

*Fernbank Park, 50 Thornton Ave. 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org Paved walking trail and a nature trail

Nature trails run through a variety of settings

French Park, 3012 Section Road 513-352-4080 • cincinnatiparks.com

Miles of hiking trails take hikers through creeks, meadows and along wooded hillsides

Giles Conrad Park 7500 River Road, Hebron 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org

More than one mile of paved walking trails with fitness stations

*Glenwood Gardens 10405 Springfield Pike 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

More than two miles of walking trails, including a one-mile paved trail, as well as a 1.5-mile gravel trail

Gunpowder Creek Nature Park 6750 Sperti Lane, Burlington 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org

More than one mile of unpaved walking and hiking trails

Kelley Nature Preserve 297 Center St., Loveland • 513-876-9013 parks.clermontcountyohio.gov More than one mile of hiking trails

LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane 513-542-2909 • cincinnatiparks.com More than two miles of hiking trails plus a nature center for educational programs

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Take a stroll around the asphalt path surrounding the lake

Offering hiking trails and a link in the Northern Kentucky Bluebird Trail for birders

*Miami Whitewater Forest 9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

More than 35 miles of trails for hiking, biking, in-line skating and horseback riding

Middle Creek 5501 Middlecreek Road, Burlington 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org

More than five miles of unpaved walking and hiking trails, including horse trails

Middleton-Mills Park 3415 Mills Road, Covington 859-525-PLAY (7529) • kentoncounty.org

Offering unpaved trails, as well as a link in the Northern Kentucky Bluebird Trail and a winter bird feeding station

*Mitchell Memorial Forest 5401 Zion Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org Contains the Wood Duck nature trail

Mt. Airy Forest, 5083 Colerain Ave. 513-352-4080 • cincinnatiparks.com

More than 1,400 acres includes miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding

Mt. Echo Park, 381 Elberon Ave. 513-352-4080 • cincinnatiparks.com Hiking trails and an overlook featuring a dramatic view of the city


Rentschler Forest Preserve 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton 513-867-5835 butlercountymetroparks.org Several miles of hiking trails

Pattison Park 2228 U.S. Highway 50, Batavia 513-732-2977 parks.clermontcountyohio.gov

An interpretive hiking trail and a quarter-mile paved walking trail

Pioneer Park 3951 Madison Pike, Covington 859-525-PLAY (7529) • kentoncounty.org Offering a paved walking trail

Sebald Park 5580 Elk Creek Road, Middletown 513-867-5835 butlercountymetroparks.org

More than 250 acres includes hiking trails throughout the park and along Elk Creek

*Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

A 2.6-mile paved multi-use trail, and a .7-mile Gorge Nature trail

*Shawnee Lookout 2008 Lawrenceburg Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org Offers three nature trails

Stanbery Park, 2221 Oxford Ave. 513-352-4080 • cincinnatiparks.com

One of the city’s most extensive hiking trail systems through streams and woodlands

Sycamore Park 4082 State Route 132, Batavia parks.clermontcountyohio.gov

More than four miles of hiking trails and a short paved trail, and home to the new James L. and Frances Wilson Nature Preserve, featuring rougher terrain and steep climbs for a more challenging hike

Voice of America Park 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 butlercountymetroparks.org

Hiking trails and a quarter-mile paved walking path

Wilson Nature Preserve 4082 State Route 132, Batavia parks.clermontcountyohio.gov

More than 100 acres contains three miles of challenging hiking trails

*Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org A two-and-a-half-mile trail, two nature trails and a horse trail

*Woodland Mound 8250 Old Kellogg Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

Nature trails and a 1.2-mile paved multi-use trail

BIKING

Loveland Bike Trail 206 Railroad Ave., Loveland 513-683-0468 • lovelandbiketrail.com

Contains more than 70 flat, paved miles in Little Miami Scenic State Park; the web site offers suggested rides, including a shorter one for small children that leads to a playground

Lunken Playfield Beechmont and Wilmer Avenues 513-321-6500

More than six miles of paved trails for bike riding

*Miami Whitewater Forest 9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

More than 35 miles of trails for hiking, biking, in-line skating and horseback riding

*Mitchell Memorial Forest 5401 Zion Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org Contains a 3.9 mountain bike trail

Pioneer Park 3951 Madison Pike, Covington 859-525-PLAY (7529) • kentoncounty.org Offering a paved trail for biking

Rentschler Forest Preserve 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton 513-867-5835 butlercountymetroparks.org

Home to the Great Miami River Recreation Trail bike path (in development)

Voice of America Park 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 butlercountymetroparks.org

A quarter-mile paved path is open to bikes

PICNIC & PLAY A.J. Jolly Park Racetrack Road, Alexandria 859-547-3632 • campbellcounty.ky.gov

A Tot Lot playground, picnic and play areas, a private picnic area, a bird sanctuary, ball fields, an 18-hole disc golf course, and campgrounds

Alms Park, 710 Tusculum Ave. 513-352-4080 • cincinnatiparks.com

Two playgrounds are located near picnicking areas

Cincinnati Nature Center Rowe Woods 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford Long Branch Farm & Trails 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen 513-831-1711 • cincynature.org

*Miami Whitewater Forest 9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

Picnic shelters, an interpretive museum, and a steamboat-themed playground

Educational programming encompasses a range of ages that encourage children and families to explore the outdoors in hands-on activities

Daniel Drake Park, 5800 Red Bank Road 513-352-4080 • cincinnatiparks.com Playgrounds, a shelter and a paved walking path leading to an overlook

Eden Park, 1501 Eden Park Drive 513-421-4086 • cincinnatiparks.com

Home to playgrounds, picnic areas, Mirror Lake, Twin Lakes, the Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Art Museum and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

*Embshoff Woods, 4050 Paul Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

New playground, three picnic areas and shelters and a nine-hole Frisbee golf course

England Idlewild Park 5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org

Shelters, picnic tables, a playground, disc golf and play fields and courts

*Fernbank Park, 50 Thornton Ave. 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

Playground with toddler-appropriate section, and educational and game panels

Fox Run, 1510 Woodside Drive, Florence 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org Picnic tables and a playground are located in this five-acre park

*Francis Recreacres 11982 Conrey Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org Soccer fields, volleyball courts and a playground

Giles Conrad Park 7500 River Road, Hebron 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org Playground, a reservable shelter and a basketball court

Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave. 513-956-9876 • cincinnatiparks.com

*Glenwood Gardens 10405 Springfield Pike 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

Children’s play areas and picnic facilities are located throughout this park

Home to the Highfield Discovery Garden, a children’s garden for ages 2 - 12

Boone Woods 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org

Gunpowder Creek Nature Park 6750 Sperti Lane, Burlington 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org

Playground and picnic shelter

Reservable shelters, disc golf, basketball and bocce ball courts, a stage for free movies and summer concerts, picnic tables, and two playgrounds

Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Drive 513-751-3679 • cincinnatiparks.com

Friendship Park, 1135 Eastern Ave. 513-352-4080 • cincinnatiparks.com

Central Park 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org

Designed in part from a child’s friendship bracelet, this park features a riverside bike trail and a few walking paths

Lunken Playfield Beechmont and Wilmer Avenues 513-321-6500

*Armleder Park, 5057 Wooster Pike 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

England Idlewild Park 5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org

More than six miles of unpaved mountain bike trails

Chilo Lock 34 Park U.S. Highway 57 • 513-876-9013 parks.clermontcountyohio.gov

Playgrounds, picnic areas, a disc golf course and home to the Trailside Nature Center for educational programs

Reservable shelters, an arboretum, play fields and a playground

Offering a reservable shelter and a playground

Lincoln Ridge Park 420 Independence Station Road, Independence 859-525-PLAY (7529) kentoncounty.org

Shelterhouses, picnic areas, a winter bird feeding station, disc golf course, play fields and playgrounds, including one with ADAaccessible safety surfacing)

Lincoln Woods 1 City Park Drive, Florence 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org

Picnic tables, a shelter, playground, tennis and basketball court and baseball fields

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Golf, paved trails, tennis, picnic areas and a large playground

Home to Parky’s Pirate Cove wet playground ($2 per child), Pirate Parky’s Pedal Bay, picnic and shelter area, a Frisbee golf course and campground

Middleton-Mills Park 3415 Mills Road, Covington 859-525-PLAY (7529) • kentoncounty.org Shelterhouses, playgrounds (one with ADAaccessible safety surfacing), as well as play fields and horseshoes

*Mitchell Memorial Forest 5401 Zion Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

Contains a playground and picnic areas, as well as a stone memorial shelter

Mt. Airy Forest, 5083 Colerain Ave. 513-352-4080 • cincinnatiparks.com

Reservable picnic areas and two lodges, or use one of the 23 picnic areas complete with tables, charcoal grills and swing sets

Mt. Echo Park, 381 Elberon Ave. 513-352-4080 • cincinnatiparks.com Playgrounds, picnic areas and a historic picnic shelter make this park popular

Mt. Storm Park, 700 Lafayette Ave. 513-352-4080 • cincinnatiparks.com

Featuring a shelter and a playground with an overlook of the Clifton Skyline and the Millcreek Valley

Pattison Park 2228 U.S. Highway 50, Batavia 513-732-2977 parks.clermontcountyohio.gov

Picnic shelter and playground, home to the annual Pancakes in the Park event

Pioneer Park 3951 Madison Pike, Covington 859-525-PLAY (7529) • kentoncounty.org Shelterhouses, playgrounds and picnic areas, play fields and horseshoes

Rapid Run Park, 4548 Rapid Run Pkwy. 513-352-4080 • cincinnatiparks.com

Baseball diamonds are kept open for impromptu games, or picnic near the playground and follow it up with a stroll over one of the paved walkways (please turn the page)

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he Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, showcases more than 3,500 plant species from around the world and is home to the International Butterfly Show, which begins next month on April 17. Admission to the Krohn is free, although donations are appreciated and special events do charge a small fee. Call 513-421-5707 or visit cincinnatiparks.com

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spring FUN Rentschler Forest Preserve 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton 513-867-5835 butlercountymetroparks.org

Picnic shelters, a youth group campsite, play fields and playgrounds

Richardson Road Park 3415 Richardson Road, Independence 859-525-PLAY (7529) • kentoncounty.org Enjoy a playground with ADA-accessible safety surfacing, baseball fields, basketball and tennis courts, and a reservable shelterhouse

Sebald Park 5580 Elk Creek Road, Middletown 513-867-5835 butlercountymetroparks.org

England Idlewild Park 5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org The Boone County Dog Park is located adjacent to England Idlewild Park

Mt. Airy Forest, 5083 Colerain Ave. 513-352-4080 • cincinnatiparks.com

Bring your pooch to the enclosed dog park

Pioneer Park 3951 Madison Pike, Covington 859-525-PLAY (7529) • kentoncounty.org Home to the Kenton Paw Park containing two off-leash, fenced areas for dogs (kentonpawpark.com)

Voice of America Park 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 butlercountymetroparks.org Home to the Wiggly Field Dog Park

Open fields, covered picnic shelters and three play areas

FISHING

*Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

A.J. Jolly Park Racetrack Road, Alexandria 859-547-3632 • campbellcounty.ky.gov

Reservable shelters and picnic areas and home to an indoor play area ($2.50 per child), and the New Harbor playground with water features

*Shawnee Lookout 2008 Lawrenceburg Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

Playgrounds, play field, picnic areas, reservable shelter, and the Springhouse School and Log Cabin

Stanbery Park, 2221 Oxford Ave. 513-352-4080 • cincinnatiparks.com

Play areas, picnics and band concerts are popular here

Sycamore Park 4082 State Route 132, Batavia parks.clermontcountyohio.gov

Two playgrounds, reservable picnic shelters, tennis courts and sand volleyball courts

*Triple Creek, 2700 Buell Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org Playground and reservable shelter

Voice of America Park 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 butlercountymetroparks.org

Fish from the 200-acre lake

Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Drive 513-751-3679 • cincinnatiparks.com

Take a hike or enjoy a picnic after fishing in the park’s lake

Camp Ernst Lake 7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org

Fish from the 22-acre lake and enjoy a picnic

*Campbell Lakes Preserve 10431 Campbell Road, Harrison 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

Four fishing lakes totaling 57 acres; $2 daily fishing ticket required for ages 16 - 59

Doe Run Lake 1501 Bullock Pen Road, Covington 859-525-PLAY (7529) • kentoncounty.org

Visitors are welcome to fish from the lake with proper fishing licenses

Dudley Woods 5591 Hankins Road, Liberty Township 513-867-5835 butlercountymetroparks.org Go fishing in Gregory Creek and visit the Historic Gregory Family Cabin

Enjoy one of the many playgrounds like this at Glenwood Gardens. *Miami Whitewater Forest 9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org An 85-acre lake with fishing by rental boat and bank fishing

Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington 859-525-PLAY (7529) • kentoncounty.org Fishing allowed with license

*Mitchell Memorial Forest 5401 Zion Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

Catch and release fishing in River Hill Pond

Pattison Park 2228 U.S. Highway 50, Batavia 513-732-2977 parks.clermontcountyohio.gov Fishing lake is open year-round

Pioneer Park 3951 Madison Pike, Covington 859-525-PLAY (7529) kentoncounty.org Bring a license to fish here

England Idlewild Park 5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org

boathouses opening in march

Thirty acres with two playgrounds, a short paved walking trail, picnic tables, shelters, play fields and more

*Fernbank Park, 50 Thornton Ave. 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

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

*Lake Isabella 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

Picnic areas, pedal boat rental, reservable athletic fields and a reservable gazebo

Walton Community Park 35 Old Stephenson-Mill Road, Walton 859-334-2283 • boonecountyky.org

Home to Parky’s Farm, along with reservable picnic areas and shelters, an 18-hole Frisbee golf course, playgrounds and Parky’s Ark wet playground ($2 per child)

*Woodland Mound 8250 Old Kellogg Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

Offering the Seasongood Nature Center with interactive displays, Parky’s Wetland Adventure wet playground, play fields and additional playgrounds

DOGGIE PARKS *Armleder Park, 5057 Wooster Pike 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

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Three fishing ponds are regularly stocked with bluegill and catfish

Bank fishing area

A 28-acre fishing lake where ages 12 and younger fish free every day

Lakeside Commons Park & Gardens, U.S. 27, Highland Heights 859-547-3632 campbellcounty.ky.gov Enjoy fishing and picnicking

Lincoln Ridge Park 420 Independence Station Road, Independence 859-525-PLAY (7529) kentoncounty.org Fishing allowed with proper license

iami Whitewater Forest Boathouse (513-3679632) opens March 5, and rainbow trout will be stocked in the lake for opening day. Sharon Woods Boathouse (513-769-4326) will open weekends beginning March 13. And Winton Woods Boathouse (513-931-1849) will open weekends for fishing on March 13. Call the boathouses for details on boat rentals, fishing license requirements and operating hours. Or visit greatparks.org.

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Rentschler Forest Preserve, 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton 513-867-5835 butlercountymetroparks.org Bank fishing available

*Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

Fish from the 35-acres Sharon Woods Lake

*Triple Creek, 2700 Buell Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org Offers a small fishing pond

Voice of America Park 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 butlercountymetroparks.org Fishing by MetroPark permit only

*Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org Fish from the 156-acre Winton Lake

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When to ... Stop Using a Highchair Feeding a toddler in a highchair is convenient — it keeps your child in one place and helps contain the mess. However, by age three, she’ll have the skills to climb out if she chooses. At that point, switch to a booster seat. — Henry L. Shapiro, M.D., a pediatrician in St. Petersburg, Florida

Teach a Child to Tie His Shoes A child’s fine motor skills mature between ages 4-and-a-half and 6, so that’s the optimal time to begin lace-tying lessons. But don’t give up and resort to Velcro if your child doesn’t catch on quickly; it won’t help him master the skill. Just keep practicing. There are even books available that have shoelaces in them, along with step-bystep lessons. — Annette Lansford, M.D., a developmental behavioral pediatrician at Carle Clinic, in Urbana, Illinois

Move a Child to a Big-Kid Bed Not until you absolutely have to! A crib is the best way to contain a very active toddler during the quiet times of sleep and naps. Most toddlers make this move sometime between age 18 months and 3 years. There is no age limit for this transition, but parental guidance is required! A good indicator is when your child repeatedly expresses a desire to move into a bed. — Jeremy Friedman, M.D., author of The Toddler Care Book (Robert Rose; $29.95)

Teach Kids to Floss According to the American Dental Association, children are usually ready to floss on their own by age 8. If a child can tie his shoes, he may have the manual dexterity to floss, too. Each child is different, and supervision is key. But don’t ignore flossing until your child can do it himself. Once his teeth come in close together, it’s time to do the flossing for him. — Kimberly Harms, D.D.S., a consumer advisor for the American Dental Association (please turn the page)

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growing KIDS Let a Child Bathe Alone Deciding whether to let a child scrub in the tub by himself depends not only on his physical skills but on his good judgment as well. Even if your 4-year-old is a terrific swimmer, you’d never leave him alone in a pool. Of course there’s less water in a tub, but a child can drown in a very small amount. While there are no specific guidelines on when a child can bathe solo, most kids are independent enough to handle it by around age 6. — Henry L. Shapiro, M.D.

Give Kids an Allowance The sooner kids learn how to handle money, the better. Usually, when children enter elementary school, they start to want their own spending money. So, a lot of parents begin giving very small amounts as early as first grade. A dollar a week with gradual increases is typical; whatever you decide, it’s important to be consistent. Also, be sure to lay down some ground rules, such as how much they’ll get and when, what they can and can’t buy, and whether you expect them to save part of the money. Around sixth grade, you might try giving your child a month’s allowance up front rather than on a weekly basis. That way, he can learn to handle a larger amount of money and plan ahead — a lesson that will help him handle finances as an adult. — Nan Mead, director of communications for the National Endowment for Financial Education

Expect a Child to Be Responsible for a Pet Many experts feel that age 3 is the earliest age for a child to have a pet, because a child this age understands “No, don’t pull the kitty’s tail.” Regarding pet care, there are age-appropriate tasks in which a child can participate, such as measuring out the dog’s food or choosing a toy. That said, children should never be primarily responsible for a pet. They’re too young to understand the long-term responsibilities (like having to walk the dog every day) and may neglect their duties, especially once they learn that some of it is hard work and not always fun. Even the most responsible teen can lose interest. Parents need to understand that they are getting a pet for the lifetime of the animal — and the parent is always going to bear the brunt of the responsibility.

Let Your Child Have a Sleepover Many kids can’t manage a night away from home until they’re well into their grade-school years. Others are doing it at 4 and 5 without incident. Your child might be ready for a trial run if he’s mentioned it several times, has practiced at a relative’s house, can eat in various places and doesn’t have a lot of trouble settling down in the evening. Often success depends on luck — the kids can have a fight just before bed, the room can be too dark, anything can happen — but preparation helps. — Ron Taffel, Ph.D., author of Nurturing Good Children Now (St. Martin’s Press; $15.95)

Let Kids Cross the Street Alone Pedestrian injury is the second-leading cause of accidental death among children ages 5 - 14. Children 10 and younger should never cross the street alone. Kids are impulsive and have difficulty judging speed, spatial relations and distance. Sharp hearing and eyesight, good depth perception and proper scanning ability all develop gradually and do not fully mature until at least age 10. — Angela Mickalide, Ph.D., program director for the National SAFE Kids Campaign

Let Kids Stay Home Alone No child under 14 should be left home alone. If you’ll be gone overnight, the child should be at least 16. In any case, it may be illegal in your state to leave a child under 18 home alone, so check with law enforcement. You could be charged with neglect if, say, you leave your 14-year-old alone and a fire breaks out. — Kathleen Paget, Ph.D., a research associate at The Center for Child and Family Studies at the University of South Carolina, in Columbia

Talk to a Child About Death Death should be a part of normal conversation with children of all ages to demystify it. When a child sees a dead animal or hears that a public figure has died, don’t pretend nothing has happened. The simplest way to explain death to a small child is to say, “When someone dies, he’s not alive anymore.” Answer questions simply and truthfully. Any discussion of Heaven or the afterlife should be based on your own personal beliefs. Don’t use the word sleep in connection with death — your child may be afraid to close his eyes at bedtime. — Lawrence Balter, Ph.D., a professor of applied psychology at New York University

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Let Children Choose Their Own Clothes Most kids can dress themselves by age 4 — but parents aren’t usually thrilled with the outfits that young children select. Take the conflict out of dressing by letting your child have some input. So what if the pants and shirt don’t match perfectly? If the outfit is inappropriate for the season, then you should, of course, play a bigger role in the decision. —Annette Lansford, M.D.

Enroll a Child in Piano Lessons A child is physically ready to manage the keyboard and reach the pedals when she is between the ages of 5 and 7. However, your best clue to instrument readiness is to tune in when your child sings. If she is able to croon on key and consistently keep the beat to an unfamiliar piece of music, sign her up for lessons. — Cynthia Taggart, Ph.D., an associate professor of music education at the Michigan State University School of Music, in East Lansing

Explain a Period to Your Daughter Since most girls start their periods between the ages of 11 and 14, it’s a good idea to broach the subject around age 10. A girl’s first period can be very frightening if she doesn’t know what is going on. Even if your daughter gets information from her friends, it’s best if she hears all the facts from you. If you feel uncomfortable initiating the discussion, there are some good books on the market to help break the ice. We recommend reading Growing Up, It’s a Girl Thing: Straight Talk about First Bras, First Periods and Your Changing Body by Mavis Jukes (Knopf; $10) and The Period Book: Everything You Don’t Want to Ask (But Need to Know) by Karen Gravelle (Walker & Company; $16.95). — Annette Lansford, M.D.

Talk to Your Son About Puberty Bring up the subject when your son is 10 or 11 — and try to anticipate any questions he might have. Within a year or so of that age, a boy may start to experience some hormonal changes, such as hair growth and voice changes. He might also experience a little breast swelling and need reassurance that the swelling is a normal, temporary effect of the hormone surges and not a sign that he’s growing breasts. J — William Samuel Yancy, M.D., a practicing pediatrician and clinical professor of pediatrics at Duke University, in Durham, North Carolina Sharlene K. Johnson is a freelance writer.

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Ages Birth - 3: Babies are naturally curious, and their bodies are the most convenient objects to explore. Now is the time to start naming body parts, says Jelecia Hoskins, M.A., from the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center. While it’s tempting to use silly names, she advises parents to use proper terms like “penis” and “vagina.” “Why teach them the wrong words and then have to re-teach them the right ones?” she says. “Also, it’s not an embarrassment to them later if they have always called body parts by the right name.” Correctly naming private parts is the first step in keeping things comfortable — and estab-

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lishes trust. If he can’t count on you to give him the right names, how can he count on you to answer the big questions that come later? Hoskins also points out that at this age, toddlers can get that they grew in Mommy’s belly and that Daddy played a big part in helping to make the baby, but they aren’t going to be interested in detailed answers. However, she advises that they WILL get interested if you hedge and don’t seem to want to talk! “Answer as honestly as possible with the vocabulary your child can understand,” she says.

Ages 4 - 5: This is the perfect age for asking LOTS of questions — and kids are most likely going to do it when you’re standing in line at the grocery store! Not to worry. Give a short answer and promise to explain more when you get home. Sometimes an opportunity simply presents itself. Christine, a single mom, says that her 5-yearold daughter’s father is having another baby, and her daughter wanted to know how that baby came to be. “I didn’t go too in depth,” she says, adding that she tries to keep conversations about bodies and babies light-hearted for now, so that they remain comfortable. “She’s still at that age where she doesn’t know that these conversations can be a little weird.” Boundaries should be set up around this time, according to Sharon James, M.A., from Beech Acres Parenting Center. “Preschool children have a keen interest in body parts,” she says. “They will show a normal curiosity about them and will ask questions about their purpose. They may make silly jokes and talk about body parts and bodily functions. Set clear boundaries around acceptable behaviors regarding exploration and talk, but do not punish or scold.” This is also a good time for your child to establish her own boundaries. Good touches and bad touches can come up here, and the importance of telling Mom and Dad if someone touched them in a way that made them uncomfortable or scared. The key is to establish yourself as THE resource for questions and concerns. But if you’re feeling uncomfortable, James advises parents to check out a few books to help them. Hoskins agrees and adds that kids can learn a lot through storytelling.

Ages 6 - 8: Your child might come home from school and ask you if he really came from an egg. Before you launch into an explanation, James advises parents to not assume kids want all the details. “Ask them what it is that they want to know about before you answer,” she advises, telling the story of a mother who gave her inquisitive daughter

the truth about how she was born. “Horrified, her daughter said all she wanted to know is do they come into the world on their own or do you have to help them.” But for kids who DO want the details, it’s best to provide simple facts, according to James. “The more you handle the subject in a calm, matter-offact way, the easier it will be for your child to accept and comprehend.” Around this age, kids can grasp a basic understanding of the mechanics of sex, but don’t be surprised if their reaction is “Gross.” You can let it go at that, and reassure them that as they get older, it will seem less icky. In fact, it will even be something they really want to do, but that they will need to exercise control. Now might be a good time to start teaching kids to understand desire for a thing and how to control it. Sharon Maxwell writes in her book The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear From YOU About Sex, “The best gift we can give our children is helping them develop the muscle to pause when their desires are activated and choose how they want to release the energy of their desires.” This “muscle of self-discipline” can be strengthened through use. Even when delaying

books to read • Everything You Never Wanted Your Kids to Know About Sex (But Were Afraid They’d Ask): The Secrets to Surviving Your Child’s Sexual Development from Birth to the Teens by Justin Richardson and Mark Schuster (Three Rivers Press; $14.95) • Amazing You! Getting Smart About Your Private Parts by Gail Saltz and Lynne Avril Cravath (Puffin; $6.99) • It’s Not the Stork! A Book About Girls, Boys, Babies, Bodies, Families and Friends by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley (Candlewick; $11.99) • The Talk: What Your Kids Need to Hear From YOU About Sex by Sharon Maxwell (Penguin Group; $14.95) • It’s So Amazing! A Book About Eggs, Sperm, Birth, Babies and Families by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley (Candlewick; $12.99) • The “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Girls by Lynda Madaras and Area Madaras (Newmarket; $12.95) • The “What’s Happening to My Body?” Book for Boys by Lynda Madaras ad Area Madaras (Newmarket; $12.95)

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the gratification of a new toy, they learn to stop, think and make a good choice in the face of a powerful emotion — desire.

Ages 9 - 12: Your family values will determine what you want or don’t want your children to know about sex, but the easier it is for you to talk about it with them, the easier it will be for them to understand why you feel sexual activities should only take place under certain circumstances. Once children enter their pre-teen years parents should discuss consequences of sex — not only pregnancy and disease, but issues of respect. “Talking about sex is more than providing information about the biology of sex,” says James. “Pre-teens and teens need to know that a sexual relationship involves respect and responsibility, an emotional commitment. By understanding that sex is way more than a physical act, you can also help them to think of things that they can do to avoid peer pressure.” She explains that kids who plan in advance how to handle urges or pressure from others will help them be prepared and better able to make a smart decision. Keep talking about love and the important role it plays in a relationship. It’s good for your kids to see you showing affection with your significant other — they learn that hugs and kisses say “I love you” just as much as sex does. You’ll also want to address what your kids see on TV, a big influence on a child’s perception of sex, in Nanette’s opinion, mother to two boys, ages 9 and 11. She finds herself grappling with what her kids see on TV and dealing with slang terms like “hittin’ it.” “To me, that’s combining sex with violence,” she says. “How do you counter that with the message that sex goes with love? I am thankful for decent pre-teen shows like iCarly and Wizards of Waverly Place and movies like High School Musical, when the kids can fall in love, but a kiss is the only big deal.” No doubt some of the shows on TV can make things difficult. Rachel found herself having a very serious conversation with her 10-year-old about a teenage pregnancy that happened to be on TV one evening. “We talked about how if you’re going to make adult decisions about having sex, then you will have to make adult decisions about the consequences. We try not to sugar-coat anything.” Hopefully, she adds, that honesty will pay off. “I try to encourage him to talk to me by always telling him ‘Thank for you telling me about that’ and instill in him that he can always come to me,” she says. Which is probably the most important message a parent can convey.  Sherry Hang is editor of this publication.

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CCM Village, University of Cincinnati 513-556-2595 • ccm.uc.edu/prep Ages 4 - adult, beginners - advanced students. We offer aspiring actors, musicians and dancers the opportunity to explore the arts in a variety of programs. Offerings include performing camps and exploration experiences. Highlights include summer band, orchestra, jazz, piano, guitar and musical theater, including performances of “Seussical, Jr.” and an intensive theater arts program for high school students.

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888-65-CHESS (652-4377) chesscamp.com • gamebuildercamp.com/video.htm Email: info@usachess.com Chess is a great way to hone strategic thinking skills! Co-ed, ages 5 - 16. Morning, afternoon and all-day sessions available. Anyone including complete beginners are welcome. Create your own video game at our Game Builder Camp! State-of-the-art computers and software combined with expert instruction. Co-ed, ages 8 - 16. New for '10: 3D Animation Creation Camp. Car Race Game Creation Camp too! Visit our website to register.

Children’s Meeting House Montessori School

927 O’Bannonville Road, Cincinnati, OH 45140 513-683-4757 childrensmeetinghousemontessori.com This co-ed day camp located in historic Loveland provides campers with 350 wooded acres of land with many paths, ponds, and gardens to explore. Designed for ages 3 - 12.

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Cincinnati Nature Center Summer Camps

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513-321-6208 • cincinnatiparks.com Nature camps include a variety of programs at park locations throughout Greater Cincinnati. Camps includes Nature Detectives, Young Naturalists Camps, Urban Safari Camp, Astronomy Camp, NatureCamps in the Parks for ages 5 - 12, Discovery Mornings in the Parks for preschoolers. Flexible times and dates.

Cincinnati Zoo

3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45220 513-559-7767 • cincinnatizoo.org Full- and half-day camps for ages 4 - 14 with before- and after-care available. Featured topics include Animal Rescue, Catch Me if You Can, Zooper Heros, Working with Wildlife, ZSI: Zoo Scene Investigators and Bringing Up Baby. Weekly from May 31 - Aug. 20. Members: $200 for full-day camps; $90 for half-day. Non-members: $215 for full-day camps; $105 for half-day. Camp includes free t-shirt, daily snacks and show admission. Select camps include some behind-the-scenes.

Circus Camps - My Nose Turns Red Theatre Company

859-581-7100 • mynoseturnsred.org Email: rednose@fuse.net Let your child run away and join the circus without leaving home! Age-appropriate activities include stilt walking, rolling globe, clowning and more. Advanced campers study unicycle, tight (but low) wire and acrobatics. Camps conclude with a performance. Boys and girls. Week-long day camps. Half-day camp, ages 4 - 7, $100. Full-day camp, beginners and intermediate, ages 7 - 16, $220. Twoweek, full-day camp, intermediate and advanced, ages 7 - 16, $350.

Circus Mojo Summer Camp at Tri-State Circus Center

326 Elm St., Ludlow, KY 41016 800-381-TADA • circusmojo.com Email: info@circusmojo.com At Circus Mojo kids learn juggling, hat tricks, partner acrobatics, tight-wire, stilt-walking, trapeze and clowning. In this multidimensional camp combining humor, grace and athleticism, students are encouraged to conquer doubt and learn skills in a non-competitive environment. The last day culminates in a performance where everyone shows their mojo! please turn the page...

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Listings in RED are residential camps. Listings in BLUE are day camps. Listings in GREEN are after-school and summer programs. The Compass School - CompassQuest 2010 Summer Camp

9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45249 513-683-8833 • thecompassschool.com Campers ages 6 - 12 yrs. will participate in arts and crafts, cooking, recreation, field trips, games and activities related to weekly summer vacation adventures (weeks include Road Trip, Play Ball!, Food For Thought, Dog Days of Summer and more). Cost is $195 per week. Jun. 7 - Aug. 20.

Dance Etc.

5985 Meijer Drive, Milford, OH 45150 513-576-1400 • dance-etc.com Dance Etc. – "The Fun Place to Learn!" – is offering weekly dance, tumbling and cheerleading classes, as well as one-week day camps. Camps are one to three hours per day for five days. At the end of each camp, children will perform the dance they learned for friends and family. Camps are a great way to let children try something new without the commitment of the entire summer. Tumbling camps available for those wanting to improve their skills quickly. Mother-daughter classes are a lot of fun too!

Dancing Horse Farm's Riding School Day Camps

Full- and half-day co-ed camp for ages 3 - 12 yrs. Campers will enjoy a range of indoor and outdoor sports and activities at our facilities. These include tennis, basketball, swimming in a pool with diving boards, outdoor adventures, arts and crafts and much more. Camps run throughout summer break.

The Gardner School of Blue Ash

9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-985-9444 • thegardnerschool.com Your child will participate in fun-filled educational activities in addition to our academic curriculum on our beautiful campus. Children will explore a new and dynamic camp theme every two weeks with special events and visitors to make each day exciting and unique. Come see why we’re voted #1 Preschool by Cincinnati Family magazine! Serving ages 6 wks. - 5 yrs.; Jun. 7 - Aug. 20.

The Goddard School®

800-GODDARD • goddardschoolcom Whether gently holding infants, encouraging toddlers to share, or providing preschoolers with enriching activities, The Goddard School® supports the healthy development of children from six weeks to six years. Call us or visit our website to find which of our suburban locations is nearest to you.

4080 Weisenberger Road, Lebanon, OH 45036 513-933-0343 • dancinghorsefarmoh.com Email: lindsay@dancinghorsefarmoh.com A fantastic way for youth ages 6 - 16 to experience the joy of horses. In addition to riding lessons, campers learn all aspects of caring for horses such as grooming, tacking, handling, feeding, care of tack and equipment and safety. Campers develop important life skills like confidence, teamwork and responsibility while having fun in an encouraging learning environment including horse-themed activities, arts and crafts and scavenger hunts. $350 per person per session.

Gorman Heritage Farm

Drake Planetarium and Science Center

Heritage Village Museum

2060 Sherman Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45212 513-396-5578 • drakeplanetarium.org Email: pbowers@drakeplanetarium.org Come let your imagination soar in our hands-on summer camps! Featuring our popular Lego camps: robotics, architecture, Crazy Contraptions and Young Builders. New this year are: rocketry, Robot World, Total Science and Anything That Moves. Plus exciting Space Camp is back! Discounts for Drake Planetarium Members, multiple weeks and siblings.

Falcon Camp

4251 Delta Road SW, Carrollton, OH 44615 800-837-CAMP • falconcamp.com Email: info@falconcamp.com Ohio's premier summer camp since 1959. Boys and girls ages 6 - 16 enjoy a beautiful lakefront setting, wide variety of activities and outstanding staff. "Fun for Now, Skills for Life" is more than a catchy logo. It really defines the environment created at Falcon. ACA accredited. References available. Great fun!

Falcon Horse Lover Camp

4251 Delta Road SW, Carrollton, OH 44615 800-837-CAMP • falconcamp.com Email: horsecamp@falconcamp.com Eat, sleep and breathe horses in this unique program designed for horse lovers only! Girls ages 11 - 15, one-week sessions, limited enrollment to assure individual attention. Excellent horses and instructors, about four hours per day actual riding time and so much more. ACA accredited. References available. If you love horses, you'll love Falcon!

Five Seasons Family Sports Club - Summer Camp 2010 11790 Snider Road, OH 45249 513-469-1400 –and– 345 Thomas More Parkway, KY 41017 859-341-3687 fiveseasonssportsclub.com

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10052 Reading Road, Evendale, OH 45241 513-563-6663 • gormanfarm.org Email: email@gormanfarm.org Director: Mike Roman Be a farm kid! Camp activities include interacting with barnyard animals, exploring the woods, garden fun, games, hiking, crafts, music and more. Special themed camps for wilderness, art, cooking and science. Camp sessions scheduled by age group. Please visit our website for full brochure. You will never want to leave!

themed activities and special guests are fun and adventurous and reinforce what your child learned throughout the school year.

KidzArt Summer Art Camps

kidzartcinci.com Half-day art camps and full-day art and play camps in Milford, West Chester, Fairfield, Colerain and Harrison. Details and registration on our website. Drawing-based curriculum with 2D and 3D projects. Artist-grade materials including acrylic paints, clay, pastels and Prismacolor markers.

Kinder Garden School

10969 Reed Hartman Hwy. Blue Ash, OH 45242 513-791-4300 –or– 5900 West Chester Road West Chester, OH 45069 513-874-3100 kindergardenschool.com This year we are inviting all KGS alumni to participate in our school-age summer camp. Weekly themes include Great Outdoors, Pirates, The Beach, Sports, KGS Cruise, Medieval Times, Fairy Tales, Animals, Summer Foods, Summer Science and much more. A perfect day camp for grades K - 4, activities include fine arts, computers, dance, field trips, music, soccer and martial arts as well. Dates are Jun. 7 - Aug. 20. Cost is $175 per week.

The Little Gym Summer Camps

7318 Yankee Road, Liberty Twp., OH 45044 513-777-1110 • thelittlegym.com Our summer camps offer hours of fun and activities. The specially-developed camp curriculum combines physical fitness and play with arts, crafts and special events. It's the perfect break for kids (and parents!) during the long summer months. For ages 3 - 8. Jun. 14 - Aug. 20.

The Mad Potter

11450 Lebanon Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241 513-563-9484 • heritagevillagecincinnati.org Located in Sharon Woods, this co-ed day camp for ages 6 - 12 offers an active week to learn about and do historic arts, chores and experience the 19th-century life of a kid. Camp meets Jun. 21 - 25 and Jul. 19 - 23. The Young Pioneer camp for children ages 11 - 14 (and experienced campers) will meet Jul. 12 - 16. Cost is $145 for members, $160 for non-members.

7754 Camargo Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243 513-561-1888 • madpottercincinnati.com Get creative on your summer vacation at Mad Potter! Offering hours of pottery painting, glass mosaics, crafts and games during five two-hour sessions (Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. - noon). Camp dates are: Jul. 12 - 16, ages 6 - 9; Jul. 19 - 25, ages 10 - 13; Aug. 2 - 6, ages 6 - 9; Aug. 9 - 13, ages 10 - 13.

Imago Nature Summer Camp

Mad Science of Cincinnati

700 Enright Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45205 513-921-5124 • imagoearth.org Email: camps@imagoearth.org You don't have to leave the city to find a great nature camp this summer! At Imago children can experience nature and have a ton of fun while they attend any of our six week-long nature camps. From creating art in nature to travelling through time, campers will enjoy a week packed with hikes, games, crafts and much more, all centered around the theme of the week. Email or visit our web site for more information about these exciting camps.

iSPACE Summer Day Camps and Mini-Camps

3285 E. Kemper Road, Sharonville, OH 45241 513-612-5769 • ispacescience.org iSPACE invites YOU to sign on as a crew member and take part in an incredible summer experience. Ignite your imagination as YOU build and program robots, discover the "ups and downs" of living and working in space, experience the thrill of building and launching radical rockets, encounter exciting engineering endeavors and more! Week-long camps offered in Northern KY and Cincinnati locations. Sessions fill quickly so register early. For rising K - grade 12 students.

Kiddie Academy - Camp Adventures

6202 Snider Road, Mason, OH 45040 513-234-0699 • kiddieacademy.com/mason Email: kiddieacademy.mason@yahoo.com Camp Adventures at Kiddie Academy is summer fun and learning for life. All day adventures, all summer long. Imagine a summer filled with friends, fun and learning. Our field trips, outdoor events,

“Where Every Family Matters.”

513-793-6784 • madscience.org/cincinnati Interactive, hands-on science programs for ages 5 - 12. Halfand full-day programs at locations throughout the area, June through August. Content is correlated to State of Ohio Education standards. Children enjoy "make and/or take home" projects and activities each day. Programs range from $10 - $15 per classroom hour. Sibling and early registration discounts available.

Marmon Valley Ministries

7754 St. Rte. 292 S., Zanesfield, OH 43360 937-593-8051 • marmonvalley.com Email: info@marmonvalley.com Marmon Valley Ministries is a trusted, ACA accredited, Christian horse camp near Bellefontaine, OH. With 160 horses, Marmon Valley is Ohio's largest horse camp. Campers also enjoy climbing, archery, swimming and more. Develop skills, make friends and build a relationship with Jesus Christ. MVM has been serving up farm fresh fun for kids 7 - 17 since 1964.

Martial Arts America - Karate Camp

Ohio Locations: West Chester, Amelia, Milford and Eastgate Kentucky Locations: Wilder, Independence 513-755-1900 • maududo.com Email: wchestermartialarts@live.com Cincinnati's premier martial art schools offer the finest character building camp program. Camps include lunch, snacks, fun karate classes, games and activities. Six convenient locations. Ages 5 - 12. Call for information on a great camp near you! please turn to page 28...


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The YMCA is Your Summer Fun Headquarters! 14 YMCA Camp locations feature tons of fun & character-building for ages 3-16. Need-based scholarships, early drop-off and late pick up are available at Y Day Camp. Ask about YMCA Camp Ernst resident camp--voted best in the region! (Cincinnati Magazine) 513-362-YMCA www.MyY.org cincinnatifamilymagazine.com • nkyfamily.com

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2010 Guide to Summer Camps, Activities and Programs

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Listings in RED are residential camps. Listings in BLUE are day camps. Listings in GREEN are after-school and summer programs. Mercy HealthPlex Kids Camps 2010

7495 State Road, Anderson 3050 Mack Road, Fairfield 3131 Queen City Ave., Western Hills 513-942-PLEX • mercyhealthplex.com Co-ed full- and half-day programs for campers ages 3 - 12 years with a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Learn to be a scientist, an artist, a sports hero or a princess. Go on field tips, have fun in the gym, pools, classrooms, gymnastics center, tennis courts and more! Full day and extended camps available. Meets Jun. - Aug.

Montessori Academy of Cincinnati

8293 Duke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040 513-398-7773 • montacademy.org Preschool (3 yrs.) - K. Have fun ... create ... explore! Weekly themes such as: Cooking Up Some Fun, Dinosaur Discovery (including Museum Center's "Dinosaur Dig" program), Space Station Vacation, Summer Olympics and more. Kindergarten enrichment (Fall 2010) and extended care available

The Music Factory

8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-545-7125 • themusicfactoryonline.com The Music Factory is offering a fun and educational fourweek summer camp for ages 9 mos. - 5 yrs., not in Kindergarten. Our summer curriculum is designed to encourage learning through music! Camp meets Jul. 5 - 29 (schedule varies per age group). Infants, $70; ages 2 - 5, $100.

Party Hoppers

5170 Delhi Pike, Cincinnati, OH 45238 513-451-4386 • partyhoppersonline.com Email: aimee@partyhoppersonline.com Party Hoppers offers various summer programs including craft camps, dance and fitness programs,music and theater camps and weekly bounce camps. All program and camp information is available on our website.

Playhouse in the Park

962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-345-2242 • cincyplay.com Playhouse camp instructors are local theater professionals. All camp sessions conclude with a culminating demonstration in the Playhouse theater. All levels of experience are welcome. This co-ed day camp is designed for grades 1 - 12. Two-week sessions begin Jun. 14, Jul. 5 and Jul. 19.

Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Nursery School

5950 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213 513-631-0170 • prpc.org The June Days program offers two one-week sessions of specialty summer camps for children 3.5 - 6 yrs. Each session day is three hours long and includes playground or gym time, circle time with music, time to relax and enjoy free play with friends, and lunch. If your little Picasso enjoys creating and exploring with a variety of art materials, then the June Days art camp is the place to be! Aspiring young chefs will love the week of hands-on cooking projects with literature links.

Queen of Angels Montessori Summer Camp Program

4460 Berwick St., Cincinnati, OH 45227 513-271-4171 • qams.org QAMS offers a variety of fun, hands-on classes for students preK grade 8. Camps will include clay sculpting, music, dance, Celtic culture, Red Cross babysitting certification, chemistry, engineering, scrapbooking, beading, theater and more. Classes offered mornings and afternoons during the weeks of Jun. 7 and Jun. 14. Optional supervised lunch. $129 per class, or register by May 1 for early rate of $119.

Rock Quest Summer Camp

3475 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45251 513-733-0123 • rockquest.com We welcome campers ages 7 - 14 yrs. Activities include tons of climbing, rappelling, rafting, crafts, games, challenge courses, hiking and more. Dates: Jul.19 - 23, Jul. 26 - 30, Aug. 2 - 6 and

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Aug. 9 - 13. Cost: $220 per child per week, $200 for additional siblings in same family. Ask about our Jr. Counselor program for ages 13 - 16. Call or visit our website for more information.

Seven Hills Summer Program

5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 513-272-5345 • 7hills.org Email: summer@7hills.org The Seven Hills Summer Program offers a wide range of excellent programs for ages 3 - 18 with weekly options from Jun. 14 - Aug. 13. Whether you are looking for a half-day, fullday or an entire summer of activities, we have the perfect opportunity for you that will enrich your child’s summer months.

The Summit Country Day Camp

2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-871-4700, ext. 850 • summitcds.org Email: summerprograms@summitcds.org Head over to The Summit for this exciting and fun-filled day camp for children 3 yrs. - grade 3. Themed weeks include: Down on The Farm; Cooking with Kids; Space Exploration; A Bird of a Different Feather; and more. Half- and full-day camps available from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Before- and after-care from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Also available is a full array of academic and enrichment classes for all ages. Camps meet Jun. 7 - Aug. 20. Call or email Kathy Scott for more information.

Tippi Toes Princess Camp and SummerDance Camp

Deerfield, Mason, Cincinnati: 513-708-9162 Blue Ash, Mariemont, Cincinnati: 513-578-1280 tippitoesdance.com Tippi Toes Princess Camp is a magical camp that includes dance, stories, special crafts, costumes and visits from princesses like Cinderella, Belle and Snow White. Space is limited. Tippit Toes Summer Dance Camp is a high-energy and fun dance class that meets for 45 minutes once a week for six weeks. Our award-winning dance classes will be sure to get your children moving and enjoying dance more than ever before!

TriVictory Recreational Summer Day Camp

Xavier University, O'Connor Sports Center 3800 Victory Pkwy., Cincinnati, OH 45207 513-745-3044 • trivictory.com Our 24th year at XU. Designed for boys and girls ages 5 8 and 9 - 12. Offering theme weeks, trips off campus and daily swim lessons at the indoor pool. Education/college-age staff is certified in CPR and first aid and develop the daily activity. Ten (one-week) sessions start June and run through August. Call Jim Ray, Director of Recreational Sports, Xavier U.

YMCA Camp Campbell Gard (residential and day camps)

4803 Augspurger Road, Hamilton, OH 45011 513-867-0600 • ccgymca.org Thanks for voting us Cincinnati’s Best Camp! Camp Campbell Gard is a co-ed day camp and sleep-away camp that gives kids 5 - 17 a safe environment to connect with positive role models, explore skills and interests, make new friends, and have fun! Join the fun with banana boating, the zip line, horseback riding, mountain biking, archery and much more. Dates of camp are Jun. 13 - Aug. 13; cost is $175 - $600.

YMCA Camp Carson

2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton, IN 47670 812-385-3597 • campcarson.org Voted #1 area resident camp by Kentuckiana Family magazine. Make new friends, sail off The Blob, slide down the water zip-lines or fly from the Tom Sawyer swing. Campers and staff from 25 states and seven countries. Horseback riding, dirt bikes, canoeing, sailing, swimming, kayaking, archery, marksmanship, climbing, mountainboards, pottery, wood-working, drumming program, radio station and more. New this year: mountain biking! Co-ed programs for ages 7 - 16. Christian emphasis based on YMCA core values. ACA accredited.

“Where Every Family Matters.”

YMCA Camp Ernst of Cincinnati

7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY 41005 859-586-6181 • myycamp.org Co-ed, ages 6 - 15, one-week sessions Jun. 13 - Aug. 21. Cost is $570. Steeped in tradition and built on positive values, we host campers who enjoy top-notch counselors and making friends, doing a wide variety of activities including zip line, banana boat, 100-ft. water slide, giant swing, horseback riding, The Blob, new adventure trips and much more!

YMCA Camp Kern

5291 State Rt. 350, Oregonia, OH 45054 513-932-3756 • campkern.org At YMCA Camp Kern, we build strong kids, strong families and strong communities through programs that teach the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Our character development focus describes how we operate as a YMCA – we don't just teach swimming, canoeing, climbing, horseback riding and more, we teach values through these programs.

YMCA Camp Piomingo

1950 Otter Creek Park Road Brandenburg, KY 40108 800-411-5822 • ymcacamppiomingo.org Celebrating 72 years of the overnight camp experience that makes memories for a lifetime. Co-ed, sleep-away camp with a new 3,000 sq. ft. swimming pool with water slide and numerous other camp updates. English horseback riding, caving, kayaking, fishing, water trampoline, mountain bikes/boards/scooters, 40 ft. high ropes course and 350 ft. zip line, adventure activities, crafts and more. Ages 6 - 16. Camps are Jun. 6 - Jul. 30. $203 $1,270 depending on selected program. Financial aid is available.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps 513-362-YMCA (9622) • myy.org

YMCA Camps offer a variety of fun, safe activities that build character and esteem in young people. Some camp fees start at $75/week. Scholarships available. American Camping Association (ACA) accredited. Day camps available all across the greater Cincinnati area – locations include:

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps: North Clippard Family YMCA Day Camp (Colerain) Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA Day Camp (Springfield Twnshp)

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps: Central/West Gamble-Nippert YMCA Day Camp (Western Hills) Carl H. Lindner YMCA Day Camp (West End) Richard E. Lindner YMCA Day Camp (Norwood) Melrose YMCA Day Camp (Walnut Hills)

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps: South Campbell County YMCA Day Camp Kenton County YMCA Day Camp R.C. Durr YMCA Day Camp (Burlington, KY)

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps: East Blue Ash YMCA Day Camp Clermont YMCA Day Camp M.E. Lyons YMCA Day Camp (Anderson)

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Child Development Centers Camp Various locations

Young Chefs Academy

6649 Western Row Road, Mason, OH 45040 513-770-4267 • youngchefsacademy.com We are looking forward to an exciting summer of fun at Young Chefs Academy. Nine mini-camps offered. We'll use our four years of summer camp experience to provide you with a summer that is tons of fun! Registration begins Mar. 19. Space is limited so sign up now.


Chess Camp 14th Annual USA Chess National Summer Chess Camp Tour USA Chess is the largest and premier summer camp organizer for children in the U.S. with more than 100 schools nationwide. Our staff is comprised of the finest children’s chess instructors. Campers experience a fun filled week while learning the skills needed to play casual and/or competitive chess.

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Day Camps Whether it’s magic, mysteries or dinosaurs, summer means fun at Museum Center. Make new friends, learn something new and have a blast! Harry Potter: A Week at Hogwarts II July 5 through 9

Dinosaur Camp July 19 through 23 History’s Mysteries Explored! July 12 through 16 Harry Potter: A Week at Hogwarts June 28 through July 2

Aviation, Trains & Transportation! June 21 through 25 Space Camp June 14 through 18

For details call (513) 287-7021 or visit www.cincymuseum.org.

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1 monday ADHD WORKSHOP

Parents of children with ADHD are invited to this workshop featuring Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D., who will speak on executive function and how to make living with ADHD easier. Hosted by the Springer School and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Cintas Center, Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave.; 7 p.m.; $20; springer-ld.org.

ANYTHING GOES

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BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

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2 tuesday CAN-STRUCTION

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FORWARD MARCH

March into spring with a morning hike around the lake. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 8:30 a.m.; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE HALF PINT KIDS CLUB (AR)

Ages 3 - 8 and a caregiver are invited to make some no-bake peanut butter cookies and learn why they are also good for you. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods.com.

PARENT DISCUSSION GROUP

Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman’s book, NurtureShock, challenges traditional assumptions about parenting. Join this monthly discussion group from Jewish Family Service to discuss the book and topics including why kids lie, the sibling effect, teaching self-control and more. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 9:30 - 11 a.m. and 6:30 - 8 p.m. on March 16; $10 members, $15 nonmembers; 513-766-3352 or jfscinti.org.

FREE SEUSS-MANIA

Celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss’ birthday in one big party featuring Sneetch races, one-fish-two-fishing and pin the hat on the cat. Boone County Public Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 6:30 p.m.; 859-342-BOOK (2665) or bcpl.org.

UC CHORUS WINTER CONCERT

The UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses, along with the Mason High School Choir, present an evening of choral classics, vocal jazz and other popular arrangements. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus; 8 p.m.; $10, $5 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-5564183 or uc.edu/ccm.

3 wednesday FREE CAMP AT THE J

Parents are invite to meet camp directors and staff and learn more about the J’s summer camp programs. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 7 - 9 p.m.; 513-761-7500 or jointhej.org.

FREE WORLD PIANO COMPETITION (AR)

More than 200 contestants from 15 countries compete for cash prizes and performance opportunities in this free concert. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 2 p.m.; donations appreciated; 513-421-5342 or cincinnatiwpc.org.

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PLEASE NOTE: Dates and times are subject to change.

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4 thursday

OPEN HOUSE AT KINDER GARDEN

Learn about the offerings at Kinder Garden School, serving ages 6 weeks - 6 years. Kinder Garden School, 5900 West Chester Road and 10969 Reed Hartman Hwy.; 4 - 6 p.m. today and March 11, 18 and 25; 513-874-3100 or 513-791-4300 or kindergardenschool.com.

LADIES OF HISTORY (AR)

Last day to register! Meet famous and infamous women of the past, including pirate Anny Bonny and Civil War spy Sarah Edmonds. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 - 4 p.m. on March 13; $5 per family and a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

WETLAND MAGIC HIKE

Take an evening hike to temporary vernal pools in search of salamanders and their eggs. Bring a flashlight! Glenwood Gardens, 10405 Springfield Pike; 6 p.m.; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

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LET’S TALK TURTLES

Learn all about turtles and how they live. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m.; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks. org. (please turn the page)

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MAPLE IN MT. AIRY (AR)

Ride to the Arboretum and talk with sugar makers of the past, while sampling maple tea, sap and sugar. A free pancake breakfast is provided before the program begins! Mt. Airy Forest, 5083 Colerain Ave.; starting at 9 a.m.; $7 per person; 513-321-6070 or cincinnatiparks.com.

SPOTLIGHT: CAN-STRUCTION March 2 - 15

MUSIC FROM SCRATCH (AR)

C

heck out this exhibit featuring oversized sculptures created completely from canned goods, all to benefit the Freestore Foodbank. “Cincinnati architects, engineers and contractors strut their design and construction genius to aid in the cause to fight hunger,” says spokesperson Stephanie Kirschner, “All cans donated or used in the structure benefit the Freestore Foodbank.” Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St.; March 2 - 15, 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Tue - Sat, 12 - 5 p.m. Sun; a canned food item donation is appreciated; freestorefoodbank.org.

Please see March 5 for details.

MUSIC MAKING 101

The Percussion Group Cincinnati presents an interactive, hands-on music making experience for grades 1 - 8, followed by a mini concert. UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia; 12:30 p.m.; $4 per child; 513-558-1215 or ucclermont.edu.

SHEN YUN

This performance of classical Chinese dance includes breathtaking backdrops and costumes, live orchestral music and drums to make your heart pound. Enjoy ancient tales brought to life and told alongside more modern stories of courage. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 7 p.m.; $30 - $125; 513-621-ARTS (2787) or cincinnatiarts.org.

SYRIAN RUMMAGE SALE

Peruse toys, jewelry, clean clothing, furniture and household items for a rummage sale to benefit Syrian Shrine. Donated items may be dropped off by March 4. Syrian Temple, 217 William Howard Taft Road; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 513-751-3800 or syrianshrine.net.

TREE TAPPING TIME MUSIC FROM SCRATCH (AR)

Grades K - 8 are invited to enjoy the musical stylings of the Percussion Group Cincinnati, featuring the entire spectrum of percussion instruments including the piano, drums, cymbals, gongs, marimbas and even garbage cans. UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia; 7 p.m. and March 6 at 10:30 a.m.; $6 adults, $4 children; 513-558-1215 or ucclermont.edu.

TEEN NIGHT (AR)

Teens are invited for a little March Madness, including games, basketball, Wii and more. Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive; 8 - 10 p.m.; $2 in advance, $4 at the door; 513-563-2895.

FREE TOT SHABBAT

Families with pre-readers are invited to share the joy of Shabbat. Nonmembers are welcome. Rockdale Temple, 8501 Ridge Road; 5:30 p.m.; 513-891-9900.

6 saturday

ARTIFACT TRIVIA CHALLENGE

Nature detectives are invited to check out a collection of natural items and make your best guess for a prize. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 4 p.m. today and tomorrow; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE BI-OKOTO’S GATHERING

Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre has moved into its new location and is inviting the community to celebrate its grand re-opening with African drumming classes, African dance classes, performances, poetry and demonstrations. A special performance will take place at 3 p.m. Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, Ste. 662; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-221-6112 or bi-okoto.com.

FREE DR. SEUSS STORY TIME

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a story! Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1 p.m.; 513-731-2667 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FAMILIES CREATE (AR)

CANstruction is an annual competition featuring sculptures created from canned goods. Use the local sculptures to inspire your own can labels in this workshop for ages 5 - 12 and adults. Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St.; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $8 members, $12 non-members; 513-684-4524 or taftmuseum.org/ familiescreate.htm.

FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY

Bring your dancing shoes and learn a few swing dance moves, followed by stories, art-making, scavenger hunts and a demonstration from printmaker Annie Stephens. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 4 p.m.; parking is $4; 513639-2995 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE FAMILY MUSIC CLASS (AR)

Enjoy a free demonstration class with Miss Mary and explore the joy of making music, singing and dancing with little ones. Open to ages 18 months - 3 years with an accompanying adult. Center for the Arts, Wyoming, 322 Wyoming Ave.; 513771-7675.

HOME AND GARDEN SHOW

The Fifth Third Bank Cincinnati Home and Garden Show blossoms this weekend with information about home improvements, landscaping ideas, and opportunities to meet and talk with local contractors. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.; 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. today and March 13, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. March 7 and 14, 12 - 9 p.m. March 10 - 12; $11, free ages 13 and younger; hartproductions.com.

THE HUNT FAMILY

This award-winning musical family of nine bring you Irish stepdance, Celtic, bluegrass and other popular tunes in this performance from the Rhythm ‘n Blue Ash Series. Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road; 8 p.m.; $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $5 for children; 513-745-5705 or rwc.uc.edu.

JACK & THE BEANSTALK

Please see “Now Playing” on page 42 for details.

JUNGLE BOOK

Please see “Now Playing” on page 42 for details.

LEARNING THROUGH PLAY

This one-day conference for families focuses on how children learn through their playing, including interactive sessions for the entire family and a free information fair with vendors. Free forums take place at 9:30 and 11:15 a.m. and at 1:30 and 3:15 p.m. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; early bird registration through March 2 includes $10 per adult or $15 for a family of up to three people; day of registration is $15 per adult or $20 for a family of up to three people; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

MADCAP’S HATS OFF!

Madcap Puppets ends its Hats Off series with Annie Oakley’s Wild West Show, featuring tall tales, stunts and American history like you’ve never seen it before. Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 1 and 5 p.m. on March 7; $7; 513-745-3576 or xavier.edu/players.

Take a short walk to learn how to tap a maple tree then head back inside for some tasty maple treats. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m. today and tomorrow; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE WHY MONTESSORI? (AR)

Meet with a local Montessori principal and learn about the benefits of a Montessori education. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-5912332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

WORLD OF WONDER

The Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series presents Leland Faulkner, a physical comedian who has traveled the world and brings it all to the hearts of audiences both young and old. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $6 adults, $5 ages 4 - 18; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.

7 sunday

ARTIFACT TRIVIA CHALLENGE Please see March 6 for details.

COMPASS COURSE CHALLENGE

Take a basic compass lesson and then put your skills to the test in a beginner course. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adventure Outpost, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks. org.

THE HOW OF HAPPINESS (AR)

Sonja Lyubomirsky, Ph.D., speaks on increasing happiness in your daily life and how to cope with life’s challenges in this presentation called The How of Happiness: A Science and Practice. Receptions Conference Center, 10681 LovelandMadeira Road, Loveland; 11:30 a.m.; $20 in advance, $25 at the door; 513-766-3352 or jfscinti.org.

MAMA-MATION (AR)

Ages 9 and older can learn about stop-motion animation films in this two-part series that includes materials and a snack. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1 - 2:30 p.m. today and March 14.; $15 per child for both classes; 513731-2667 or bluemanateebooks.com.

PAINTING WITH GOLD

Learn how artists have used gold in their artwork, and make some of your own shiny pieces to display. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 3 p.m.; free members, free with admission nonmembers ($8 adults, $6 ages 3 - 12); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

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SUNDRY OF SALAMANDERS

Salamanders can conduct their courtship under the ice of late winter. Learn more interesting facts from the naturalist in today’s presentation on mole salamanders. Waterhole Meadow, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

TREE TAPPING TIME

Please see March 6 for details.

8 monday

Ages 3 - 8 and a caregiver are invited to make rainbow ribbons with leprechaun dip in this hands-on food activity. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods.com.

MONTESSORI INTERVIEWS (AR)

The Summit Country Day School conducts its Montessori interview sessions today. Summit Country Day, 2161 Grandin Road; 8:45 a.m. today and March 25; 513-871-4700 or summitcds.org.

MORE SIGNING, LESS WHINING (AR)

HANG AT THE J (AR)

Last day to register! Kids can hang out with friends in the indoor waterpark, play games, eat dinner, watch a movie and more. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 6:30 - 11 p.m. on March 13; $27, $20 for each sibling; 513-761-7500 or jointhej.org.

Bi-Okoto holds a grand opening on Saturday, Mar. 6.

FREE HALF PINT KIDS CLUB (AR)

9 tuesday

Join this workshop and learn how to “talk” to your hearing baby or toddler with American Sign Language — a form of communication proven to enhance speech development. Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road; 6:45 p.m.; $45; 513-475-4500 or trihealth.com.

FREE PAJAMA PARTY

Ages 2 - 8 are invited to a PJ Party where they can have snacks and hear Jewish tales. Barnes & Noble, 9891 Waterstone Blvd.; 6 - 7 p.m.; 513-234-0777 or jdiscovery.com.

FREE PASSOVER POTTERY & PUPPET PARTY (AR)

SILENT AUCTION

FREE 39 CLUES

Join an evening of entertainment, food, music, prizes and more in this annual gala for the Jewish Discovery Center. Marriott Northeast, 9664 Mason-Montgomery Road; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; 513-234-0777 or jdiscovery.com.

Peter Lerangis, author of the 39 Clues series, discusses and signs his latest contribution to the collection. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

Last day to register! Create a one-of-a-kind ceramic seder plate or choose from kiddush cups, candle sticks and more, all while enjoying the puppetry of Kathy Wise and her Puppet Players in Six Sitting on a Seder Plate. Mad Potter, 6680 Tri Way Drive; 3 p.m. on March 14; fusionnati.org.

SSSSSNAKES!

ADVENTURE INTO MAPLE SUGARING (AR)

STINKY JAMBOREE (AR)

ANNUAL CONCERTO CONCERT

FREE WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT READING & COMPREHENSION (AR)

A variety of snakes start to emerge from their winter resting spots. Meet a few examples of what you might find in your own backyard. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

Last day to register! Ages 3 - 5 are invited for a sugar-filled adventure including activities, crafts and a treat. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10 a.m. on March 16; $4 and a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

SPRINGER SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE

This concert features the winners of the CCM piano and trumpet studios. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus; 8 p.m.; $10, $5 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-556-4183 or uc.edu/ccm.

The Springer School and Center hosts an open house for prospective parents today. Springer School and Center, 2121 Madison Road; 1:30 - 3 p.m.; 513-871-6080 or springer-ld.org.

Last day to register! Ages 3 - 5 can learn all about skunks with crafts, a hike and a story. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 10 a.m. on March 12; $4 and a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

This presentation outlines what parents need to know to raise successful readers, and will cover the science behind how we read and comprehend. Langsford Learning Acceleration Center, 9402 Towne Square Ave.; 9:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-531-7400 or langsfordlearning.com.

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10 wednesday CCM ORCHESTRA SERIES

Enjoy the opera of Bellini, Donizetti and Rossini, featuring CCM faculty and student soloists from CCM Opera Theater. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus; 8 p.m.; $10, $5 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-556-4183 or uc.edu/ccm.

MATINEE MUSICALE

Pianist Nareh Arghamanyan performs in a late-morning concert, courtesy of Matinee Musicale Cincinnati. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road; 11 a.m.; $15, $3 students; 513-469-9819 or matinee-musicale-cincinnati.org.

SPOTLIGHT: RINGLING BROTHERS BARNUM & BAILY CIRCUS March 10 - 14

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he Greatest Show on Earth rolls into town with “Zing, Zang, Zoom,” a brand new show loaded with clowns, animals, amazing feats of daredevilry, high-energy performances and more for all ages. Check out the all access pre-show an hour before stage time and learn how to be a circus clown while meeting the performers. U.S. Bank Arena, downtown; 7 p.m. March 10 - 14, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. March 13 and 14; $14.40 - $85; 513-562-4949 or ticketmaster.com.

ZING ZANG ZOOM!

Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.

11 thursday

BABY’S AMAZING JOURNEY (AR)

This workshop helps new parents meet the common challenges of a newborn, as well as provides some insights into how babies learn. Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road; 7 - 9:30 p.m.; $35 per parenting team; 513-475-4500 or trihealth.com.

FREE CUSTOMER ADVISORY PANEL (AR)

Share your feedback and ideas in this one-hour group discussion. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 6 p.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods.com.

MUSIC WITH MISS MEGHAN (AR)

Move, sing songs, play instruments and more, all with your little one. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; today and March 25, ages 17 months and younger at 9:45 a.m., ages 3 and younger at 10:30 a.m., ages 18 months - 4 years at 11:15 a.m.; $8 per child; 513-731-2667 or bluemanateebooks. com.

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FITTON FAMILY FRIDAY

Little ones and their caregivers can share a love of reading and nature though a maple sugaring themed story. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

Billy Jonas throws out all the rules in his musical performance that includes the entire audience as part of his ensemble. Music from found objects and traditional instruments will fill the air and you won’t know what to expect next. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton; 7:30 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.; $15 members, $17 nonmembers, $7 member children, $8 nonmember children; 513-863-8873, ext. 110 or fittoncenter.org.

OPEN HOUSE AT KINDER GARDEN Please see March 4 for details.

FREE ROCK SHABBAT SERVICE

FREE OUT OF MY MIND

Enjoy a Shabbat Service with participation from the first, second and third graders of the Tzur Shalom Religious School. Rockdale Temple, 8501 Ridge Road; 5:15 p.m.; 513-891-9900.

Local author Sharon Draper discusses her latest book about a determined young girl with cerebral palsy. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 6 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

TEACH YOUR CHILD TO SIGN IN SPANISH (AR)

STINKY JAMBOREE (AR)

Please see March 9 for details.

See Billy Jonas during the Fitton Family Friday on March 12.

Learn how to communicate with your baby or toddler using sign language as taught by a Spanish speaking Child Sign Language Specialist in this two-hour workshop. University Hospital, 234 Goodman Ave.; 6:45 p.m.; $45; 513584-1000 or universityhospitalcincinnati.com.

THURSDAY ART PLAY (AR)

Paint unique images onto a puzzle to take home. UnMuseum, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 1 - 2 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $4.50 ages 3 - 13; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

12 friday CULTURE KIDS (AR)

Preschoolers and a caregiver can experiment with printmaking techniques in a hands-on art workshop. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 - 11:30 a.m. or 2 - 3:30 p.m.; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair public, $3 and $6 for each additional person; 513-639-2995 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

13 saturday ART IN THE PARKS

The Ohio Photographers Guild, a mostly internet-based photography club, showcasees their work this week. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; today - March 21; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

CCM CHORAL SERIES

The Cincinnati Children’s Choir, ranging in age from 7 18, performs a variety of classical, world and folk music, with special performances from the CCM Chamber Choir. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus; 4 p.m.; $10, $5 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-556-4183 or uc.edu/ccm.

FREE CHOREOGRAPHER’S SHOWCASE

Original works by CCM student choreographers are on display this weekend. Patricia Corbett Theater, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus; 2:30 and 8 p.m. today and 2:30 p.m. March 14; 513-556-4183 or uc.edu/ccm.

DADDY LONG LEGS

Please see “Now Playing” on page 42 for details.

FAMILIES CREATE (AR)

Explore the world of art through gallery visits and art-making activities for ages 5 - 12 and their adults. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $8 members, $12 nonmembers; 513-684-4524 or taftmuseum.org/familiescreate.htm.

FREE GET YOUR IRISH ON

Stop by Whole Foods for Irish food samples, goodie bags for the first 100 people, and traditional potato stamping and face painting for the little ones. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@ wholefoods.com.

HANG AT THE J (AR)

Please see March 8 for details.

LADIES OF HISTORY (AR) Please see March 4 for details.

LEGO MANIA (AR)

Construct unique machines from Legos and then put them to the test in a friendly competition with challenge courses. Drake Science Center, 2060 Sherman Ave.; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. today and March 20; $20 for one Saturday, $35 for both; 513-396-5578 or drakeplanetarium.org.

NATURE HAD IT FIRST

Try hands-on activities and discover the natural inspiration for common household items. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

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FREE PARENTING WORKSHOPS (AR)

New parents are invited to meet with others and discuss common parenting dilemmas ranging from reading readiness to getting a good night’s sleep. Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 7 p.m. today and March 18, 25 and 30; 859-962-4002 or kentonlibrary.org.

SPOTLIGHT: AN ASIAN OCCASION OF STORYTELLING Saturday, Mar. 20

SILLY SPORTS CHALLENGE (AR)

Last day to register! Ages 4 - 6 can play scooter canoe races, hula hoop hop or some other wacky game. Dress for the weather and wear athletic shoes. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m. on March 18; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

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ombining music, theatre and dance, EthNoh-Tec shares folktales and legends from Japan, China, the Philippines and more. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $6 adults, $5 ages 4 18; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.

TOT TUESDAY

Bring little leprechauns to the museum for a program devoted to St. Patrick’s Day, including a story, a craft and maybe some singing and dancing. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park; $1 plus admission ($7 adult, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

17 wednesday

OHIO VALLEY WOODTURNERS DEMO

The Ohio Valley Woodturners show their craft through an exhibit and live demonstrations of works in progress. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

SHARONVILLE FAMILY CINEMA (AR)

Bring the whole family for a movie screening designed for all ages to enjoy. Sharonville Fine Arts Center, 11165 Reading Road; 6 p.m.; $2, free ages 2 and younger; 513-563-2895.

FREE SPANISH STORY TIME

Enjoy stories told in Spanish and learn a few basic vocabulary words. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2667 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE KIDS CAN COOK (AR)

PASSOVER EXPERIENCE

Kids can learn how to make quick and easy snacks to tide them over until dinner time in this workshop. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 7 p.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula. mangold@wholefoods.com.

Learn about Passover through hands-on activities. Jewish Discovery Center, 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason; 10:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. today and March 15 - 17; 513-234-0777 or jdiscovery.com.

MEDITAINMENT

FREE PASSOVER POTTERY & PUPPET PARTY (AR)

STARRY-EYED FOR SPRING (AR)

Please see March 9 for details.

Leave your worries behind in this guided mediation under the stars. Drake Planetarium, 2020 Sherman Ave.; 7 p.m.; $7 in advance, $8 at the door; 513-396-5578 or drakeplanetarium.org.

FREE SPRING SCAVENGER HUNT

15 monday

Last day to register! Enjoy a hike on a spring evening and look for early bloomers, followed by some stargazing with help from the Cincinnati Astronomical Society. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 6:30 p.m. on March 19; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

THE STINKY CHEESE MAN

The Cincinnati Youth Wind Ensemble and the CYWE Jr. perform today under the direction of Ann Porter. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus; 7 p.m.; 513-556-4183 or uc.edu/ccm.

18 thursday

Search for the signs of spring on a walk around the park — be dressed for wet and muddy paths! Alms Park, 710 Tusculum Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 513-321-6070, ext. 16 or cincinnatiparks.com. This puppet troupe has come all the way from Kansas City to show off their interpretation of the award-winning book that includes a retelling of Chicken Little and a really ugly duckling. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $6 adults, $5 ages 4 - 18; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.

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ANDERSON PLAYS ANDERSON

The Anderson Community Band plays the music of LeRoy Anderson. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road; 2 p.m.; $5; 513-232-4409 or andersoncommunityband.org.

CCM JAZZ SERIES

This popular tribute to the sounds of big bands returns with performances from faculty, alumni and more. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus; 4 p.m.; $10, $5 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-5564183 or uc.edu/ccm.

THE GOLDEN AGE OF JEANS (AR)

Ages 5 - 10 can explore the gold rush and the role that jeansmaker Levi Strauss had in helping the miners. Then use old jeans and glitter to make your own golden paper. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 12 p.m.; $5 per child member, $7 per child nonmembers plus admission ($8 adults, $6 ages 3 - 12); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

JCC FAMILY BINGO (AR)

Families of all ages are invited for a game of Bingo with prizes. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $5 per person; 513-761-7500 or jointhej.org.

PANCAKES IN THE WOODS

Celebrate the maple season with pancakes and sausage grilled by celebrity chefs. California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave.; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $6 adults, $4 children; 513-2318678 or cincinnatiparks.com.

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FREE BUDDING MUSICIANS

HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK (AR)

Learn how to help your newborn sleep better at night and how to soothe even the fussiest of babies in just minutes. Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road; 6:45 p.m.; $50; 513475-4500 or trihealth.com.

L.E.A.N START PROGRAM (AR)

Learn how to retrain your children’s food cravings so that they actually want what’s good for them in this workshop for parents of children ages 3 - 12. Focus on Youth, 8904 Brookside Ave., West Chester; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. today, and March 22 and 29; $75; 513-673-1725 or 2moms4healthykids.com.

16 tuesday

ADVENTURE INTO MAPLE SUGARING (AR) Please see March 9 for details.

FREE GLUTEN FREE STORE TOUR

Learn about living with a gluten free diet, while touring the store and tasting some samples. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 7 p.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula. mangold@wholefoods.com.

FREE HALF PINT KIDS CLUB (AR)

Ages 3 - 8 and a caregiver can make traditional Irish potato stamps and use them to create mini masterpieces. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-4596131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods.com.

MONTESSORI DISCOVERY DAY

Open house today at both locations. Montessori Academy of Cincinnati, 8293 Duke Blvd., Mason (513-398-7773) or The Child’s Place Montessori School, 4936 Old Irwin-Simpson Road, Mason (513-398-6928); 9 a.m; montacademy.org.

MORE SIGNING, LESS WHINING (AR)

Join this workshop and learn how to “talk” to your hearing baby or toddler with American Sign Language — a form of communication proven to enhance speech development. University Hospital, 234 Goodman St.; 6:45 p.m.; $45; 513-5841000 or universityhospital.com.

“Where Every Family Matters.”

LITTLE TREASURES KIDS’ SALE

More than 150 consignors are on hand to sell used clothing, shoes, toys, books, furniture, equipment, and maternity clothes. Get half price on select items on the final day of the sale. Madison Office Products Building, 8307 Hwy. 42, Florence; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. today and March 19, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on March 20; littletreasuressale.com.

OPEN HOUSE AT KINDER GARDEN Please see March 4 for details.

FREE PARENTING WORKSHOPS (AR) Please see March 16 for details.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

Bring your preschooler for springtime story about animals waiting for warmer days, followed by some playtime outside. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 10 a.m.; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

SILLY SPORTS CHALLENGE (AR) Please see March 16 for details.

STORYTELLING GUILD

The Storytelling Guild presents stories from the British Isles this evening. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7:30 p.m.; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

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GETTING TO KNOW … THE KING AND I

Please see “Now Playing” on page 42 for details.

STARRY-EYED FOR SPRING (AR) Please see March 17 for details.


SYRIAN SHRINE CIRCUS

FREE GARLIC MUSTARD PARTY

Join the dedicated clowns and other performers of the Syrian Shrine Circus in this annual celebration of the Shriners Hospital for Children — check out live animals, clown tomfoolery, daredevil feats and more. Get discounted tickets on the backs of Arby’s and Kroger receipts, or pick up free kids’ tickets at partner and supporter Burger Farm & Garden Center, 7849 Main St., Newtown. Cincinnati Gardens, 2250 Seymour Ave.; 2 and 7 p.m. today and March 20, 2 p.m. March 21; $18 - $22, $5 ages 12 and younger; 513-751-4717 or syrianshrine.net.

What makes this weed so successful in our area? Find out and get an up close and personal look at it as you join a friendly competition to see who can remove the most. LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Lanius Lane; 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-542-2909 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE GERMAN STORY TIME

Enjoy stories told in German and learn a few basic vocabulary words. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2667 or bluemanateebooks.com.

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JCC TWEEN SCENE (AR)

Grades 6 - 8 are invited for Wii tournaments, gym games, indoor waterpark challenges, ice cream and Rockband rock-offs. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 7 - 10 p.m.; $15; 513-7617500 or jointhej.org.

18TH CENTURY LIFE

Visit a log house from 1795 and listen as interpreters discuss food, politics and fashion of the times. Historic Log House, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

60 HIKES WITHIN 60 MILES

Local author Tammy York shares ideas on hiking and exploring the natural world with children, followed by a signing of her book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

ART IN THE MAKING (AR)

Parents and children can collaborate with local artist Kristine Donnelly and make some watercolors. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 - 4 p.m.; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair public, $3 and $6 for each additional person; 513-639-2995 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

AN ASIAN OCCASION OF STORYTELLING Please see “Spotlight” on page 38 for details.

KIDS EAT FREE NIGHT See The Stinky Cheese Man on Saturday, Mar. 13 at the Playhouse in the Park.

Kids can enjoy a free meal while cheering the Cincinnati Cyclones on to victory! U.S. Bank Arena, downtown; 7:30 p.m.; $12 admission tickets; 513-421-PUCK (7825) or cycloneshockey.com.

FREE KITES BUCKEYE ROVER TALES

Hear the adventures of Ohioans who traveled to California to experience the Gold Rush. Meet at Canal Boat and travel to the gold fields on the Landing. Cincinnati History Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 1 - 3 p.m.; free members, free with admission nonmembers ($8 adults, $6 ages 3 - 12); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

FREE CELEBRATE SPRING WITH ANIMALS

Meet local farm animals during this celebration of the first day of spring. Norwood Branch Library, 4325 Montgomery Road; 3 - 4 p.m.; 513-369-6037 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

Celebrate the coming of spring with kites! Watch demonstrations and build your own kite, followed by stories and aerospace demonstration stations. National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 937255-1376 or nationalmuseum.af.mil.

LEGO MANIA (AR)

Please see March 13 for details.

MONTESSORI CONFERENCE FOR TEACHERS (AR)

The Cincinnati Montessori Society hosts its annual spring conference for Montessori teachers from preschool through junior high. Mercy Montessori Center, 2335 Grandview Ave.; 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; $75; cincinnatimontessorisociety.org.

FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT SERIES

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati performs their version of Hansel & Gretel in show designed for all ages. Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive; 7 p.m.; $3 in advance, $5 at the door; 513-563-0252. (please turn the page)

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FREE ON CLOTH DIAPERING (AR)

Cloth diapers have come a long way, and there are plenty of benefits to using them — including babies who learn to use the toilet at an earlier age. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

FREE PREPARATORY BRASS CHOIR

This select group of high brass players performs selections from the Renaissance to the modern era. Robert J. Werner Recital Hall, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus; 1 p.m.; 513-556-4183 or uc.edu/ccm.

SPRING FLOWERS

This drop-in family program includes tours and crafts for the whole gang as you get ready for spring. The Betts House, 416 Clark St.; 12:30 - 5 p.m.; $2 per person; 513-651-0734 or bettshouse.org.

SPOTLIGHT: PLAYHOUSE DISNEY LIVE! Friday, Mar. 26

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ou’re invited to the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, where Mickey is busy preparing a party for his friends, including Pooh, Tigger, the Little Einsteins and more. Handy Manny and his tools will help along the way, all while the audience sings along and ventures through Hundred Acre Wood, Sheetrock Hills and all over the world. U.S. Bank Arena, Downtown; 3 and 6:30 p.m.; $17 - $45; 513-562-4949 or ticketmaster.com.

FREE TRACKS AND SCAT 101

Put your nose to the ground and search for signs of wildlife — tracks and scat can help you identify what animals have recently passed through the area. French Park, 3012 Section Road; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-751-3679 or cincinnatiparks.com.

YO GABBA GABBA LIVE!

Please see Calendar Opener on page 31 for details.

21 sunday ANIMAL TIME

Learn how animals prepare for and celebrate the arrival of spring. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

CCO’S ALL ITALIAN

The Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra plays selections from Puccini, Verdi and Gesualdo. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road; 7:30 p.m.; $20, $5 children; 513-723-1182 or ccocincinnati.org.

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24 wednesday Last day to register! Learn how hunting tools have changed throughout history — everything from a rock to a bow and arrow will be covered. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m. on March 27; $5 and a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

CHAI TOTS OPEN HOUSE

FREE WII TOURNAMENT (AR)

Learn about this Montessori Jewish program in an open house where parents can meet teachers and explore new classrooms. Chai Tots Early Childhood Center, 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-234-0600 or chaitots.com.

Test your skills at the Wii Sports Resort — and other Wii games — in this friendly tournament. Boone County Public Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 6:30 - 8 p.m.; 859-342-BOOK (2665) or bcpl.org.

FREE HEALTH SAFETY AND WELLNESS FAIR

23 tuesday

Interactive safety displays teach kids how to be safe at home, in case of a fire, as a pedestrian, on their bikes and more. A collaboration between Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Kenton County Extension Agency, the Northern Kentucky Health Department, the City of Erlanger, and the Kenton County Public Library. Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 1 - 4 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary.org.

FREE JCC FAMILY FIT FUN DAY

Families are invited for inflatables, games, challenges, prizes, safety info, free bike helmet fittings, exercise classes and more in this day devoted to staying fit. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-761-7500 or jointhej.org.

THE SECRET OF THE CARDBOARD ROCKET

Two young adventurers turn a cardboard box into a rocket and take off an amazing adventure — join them as they tour the solar system! Drake Planetarium, 2020 Sherman Ave.; 2 p.m. today and 7 p.m. March 24; $6 in advance, $7 at the door; 513-3965578 or drakeplanetarium.org.

TWILIGHT SERENADE

FREE HALF PINT KIDS CLUB (AR)

Experiment with different natural egg dyes in this program designed for ages 3 - 8 and a caregiver. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula. mangold@wholefoods.com.

HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK (AR)

Learn how to help your newborn sleep better at night and how to soothe even the fussiest of babies in just minutes. University Hospital, 234 Goodman St.; 6:45 p.m. and on March 25 at 6:45 p.m. for Spanish-speakers; $50; 513-584-1000 or universityhospitalcincinnati.com.

FREE MUSIC CAFÉ

Enjoy a free performance this evening in the Fitton Center’s ongoing series featuring a range of musical styles. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton; 7 p.m.; 513863-8873 or fittoncenter.org.

SILLY SPORTS CHALLENGE (AR)

Twilight is actually a busy time for some animals as they prepare for the coming night. Explore the Silt Basin and nearby vernal ponds to look and listen for frogs, killdeer and other signs of spring. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 6:30 p.m.; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks. org.

Last day to register! Ages 4 - 6 can race each other in scooter canoes, or try out some hula hoop hopping. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes! Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m. on March 25; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

WIZARD OF OZ

Create your own Tin Art and learn about the impact gold and tin had on the history of Mexico. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 3 p.m.; free members, free with admission nonmembers ($8 adults, $6 ages 3 - 12); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

Please see “Now Playing” on page 42 for details.

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ON TARGET (AR)

OUTDOOR ARCHERY (AR)

Last day to register! Ages 8 and older can learn basic archery skills and then take practice shots on the outdoor range. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 6 p.m. on March 26; $15 and a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

THE SECRET OF THE CARDBOARD ROCKET Please see March 21 for details.

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FOR MOMS AND DAUGHTERS (AR)

Beech Acres’ For the Love of Kids presents Rosalind Wiseman, best-selling author of Queen Bees and Wannabes in this twohour workshop that’s all about facing the common challenges in the mother-daughter relationship. Cintas Center, Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave.; 6:30 p.m.; $50 per motherdaughter pair; 513-233-4734 or fortheloveofkids.org.

FULL MOON DISC GOLF (AR)

Last day to register! Enjoy a game of disc or Frisbee golf in the light of the full moon on a glowing course. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 8 p.m. on March 25; $5, $3 to rent a disc or Frisbee and a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE MOMS’ NIGHT OUT

Get together with other mothers and relax, socialize and be pampered with samples and goodies. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula. mangold@wholefoods.com.

MONTESSORI INTERVIEWS (AR) Please see March 9 for details.

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MUSIC WITH MISS MEGHAN (AR)

FREE EGGSCEPTIONAL EGGSTRAVAGANZA (AR)

Please see March 11 for details.

OPEN HOUSE AT KINDER GARDEN Please see March 4 for details.

Learn about eggs, play games and enjoy an egg hunt. For children ages 3 - 10, accompanied by an adult. Wilson Commons, Bodley Avenue and Wilsonia Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; 513751-3679 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE PARENTING WORKSHOPS (AR)

EHMOTC SALE

Please see March 16 for details.

SILLY SPORTS CHALLENGE (AR) Please see March 23 for details.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN

Please see “Now Playing” on page 42 for details.

THURSDAY ART PLAY (AR)

Design and build your own robot from found objects in this recycling activity. UnMuseum, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 1 - 2 p.m.; $7.50 adults, $4.50 ages 3 - 13; 513-3458400 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

26 friday

IS THERE A COMIC IN THE HOUSE?

Please see “Now Playing” on page 42 for details.

MOZART’S REQUIEM

The Cincinnati Ballet offers a world-premiere full-length ballet set to Mozart’s famous Requiem. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 8 p.m. and 2 and 8 p.m. March 27; $25 - $80; 513-621-5282 or cincinnatiballet.com.

FREE NATURE STORY TIME

Enjoy a nature-themed story about spring peepers, followed by songs and activities. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

OUTDOOR ARCHERY (AR)

Please see March 24 for details.

Enjoy one of the many activities during Hamilton County Park District’s Easter Spectacular Saturday, Mar. 27.

The Easter Hills Mothers of Twins and More Club hosts a spring babies’ and children’s clothing and equipment sale. All sales are final, and only cash will be accepted. Check out a half price sale beginning at 11 a.m. Nagel Middle School, 1500 Nagel Road; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $1 door charge; ehmotc.com.

FAMILY LIFE EXPO REMARKABLE FAMILIES SYMPOSIUM (AR)

Join other parents in this day-long workshop devoted to families with special needs and featuring a keynote address from dyslexic writer and activist Jonathan Mooney. Xavier University, 3800 Victory Pkwy.; 8:30 a.m.; $90; 513-745-3703 or xavier.edu/ familyresiliency.

THE WEB’S GRAND OPENING

Check out the newest laser tag center, The Web. A grand opening celebration will include laser tag, go-karts, mini-bowling and more. All ticket sales will benefit the Anthony Munoz Foundation, with a special appearance from Mr. Munoz himself. The Web, 7172 Cincinnati-Dayton Road, West Chester; 6 - 11 p.m.; funattheweb.com.

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EASTER SPECTACULAR (AR)

Bring the family for lunch with the Easter Bunny, an egg hunt, pony rides, moon bounces and more springtime fun. Parky’s Farm at Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Ave.; 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 or 1:30 p.m.; $8.95 plus tax and a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

The Ohio State University Extension and the Hamilton County Park District offers information on backyard gardening, rain gardens, nutrition and food preservation, 4-H school programs and more. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-946-8989 or hamilton. osu.edu.

FREE FRENCH STORY TIME

Enjoy stories told in French and learn a few basic vocabulary words. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2667 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FULL MOON DISC GOLF (AR) Please see March 25 for details.

THE GARDEN OF RIKKI TIKKI TAVI

The Kipling classic is brought to life with an all new adventure — Darzee is upset when a mongoose washes up in her garden and she does everything she can to run him off before she discovers that Rikki Tikki Tavi could make for a good ally against Nag the cobra. Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $6 adults, $5 ages 4 - 18; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.

PLAYHOUSE DISNEY LIVE!

Please see “Spotlight” on page 40 for details. (please turn the page)

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MADCAP’S HATS OFF!

Madcap Puppets ends its Hats Off series with Annie Oakley’s Wild West Show, featuring tall tales, stunts and American history like you’ve never seen it before. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. on March 28; $7; 513-745-ARTS (2787) or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

ON TARGET (AR)

Please see March 24 for details.

ROCKIN’ SCAVENGER HUNT

Mine for precious metals in this interactive hunt for all things geology-related. Receive a prize if you can return your instruction sheet by 4 p.m.! Visitor Center and Harbor, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 12 - 3 p.m. today and tomorrow; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks. org.

28 sunday ALICE IN WONDERLAND

Please see “Now Playing” this page for details.

CINCINNATI BOYCHOIR

The Cincinnati Boychoir presents its annual concert inspired by the art of Dickenson and Rembrandt — pieces featured in the Taft’s Music Room, where the concert will be held. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 3:30 p.m.; free for members and children under 18, $8 adults, $6 students; 513-684-4515 or taftmuseum.org.

THE GARDEN OF RIKKI TIKKI TAVI

Playhouse off the Hill Theater for Families presents this classic tale. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road; 3 p.m.; $5; 513688-8400 or andersoncenterevents.org.

NOW PLAYING: Theatrical Fun for Everyone!

ALICE IN WONDERLAND This all-child cast will present a musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic story in a show for all ages. Clifton Performance Theatre, 404 Ludlow Ave.; 2 p.m. March 28; $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7 children; 513861-7469 or cliftonperformancetheatre.com. ANYTHING GOES UC’s College Conservatory of Music presents this popular musical featuring long-lost loves, eccentric characters, romance and more, all aboard an ocean liner bound for New York. Patricia Corbett Theatre, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati; Feb. 25 - March 7; $26 - $28 general admission, $15 - $17 students; 513-556-4183 or ccm. uc.edu. BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO Lois and Marge are two long-time friends in search of a good time over Labor Day weekend in 1960. This production features plenty of familiar songs, including “Sweet Sixteen,” “Calendar Girl,” and of course, the title song. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; Feb. 18 - March 7; $21 adults, $19 students and seniors; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com. DADDY LONG LEGS When an orphanage offers a college education to a young girl, it comes with the condition that she write monthly letters to her anonymous benefactor. Her letters lead to love in this musical. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; March 13 - April 10; $25 - $51; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay. com.

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JCC MOVIE DAY (AR)

Families are invited to check out Rugrats Passover today. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 3 - 4 p.m.; $3; 513-761-7500 or jointhej.org.

ROCKIN’ SCAVENGER HUNT

FREE HALF PINT KIDS CLUB (AR)

Make the candy version of sushi in this hands-on food activity designed for ages 3 - 8 and a caregiver. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula. mangold@wholefoods.com.

Please see March 27 for details.

MARCH MADNESS (AR)

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FREE PARENTING WORKSHOPS (AR)

Please see March 29 for details. Please see March 16 for details.

MARCH MADNESS (AR)

ROCKDALE PASSOVER SERVICES

Last day to register! Burn off extra energy by completing the obstacle course. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m. on March 30 and 31; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

Enjoy a Passover morning service, followed by a luncheon and a congregational Passover Seder later in the evening. Rockdale Temple, 8501 Ridge Road; service at 10:30 a.m., luncheon at 11:30 a.m.; Passover Seder at Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road, at 6 p.m.; $32 adults, $12.50 ages 3 - 12; 513-891-9900.

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31 wednesday

Shop at Whole Foods today and five percent of the proceeds will benefit the Mason Parks & Recreation Foundation, as they raise funds for Common Ground, an all-inclusive playground and park — it’s designed to address all levels of disabilities, such as autism, Down Syndrome, and hearing impairment. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods.com.

Please see March 29 for details.

COMMUNAL SEDER

Learn fun facts about bunnies and meet both a wild and domestic critter up close. Highfield Discovery Garden, Glenwood Gardens, 10405 Springfield Pike; 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. today through April 3, 1 and 4 p.m. on April 4; a valid Motor Vehicle Permit ($2 daily, $5 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

5% DAY

Bring the family to enjoy the Holiday of Freedom. Jewish Discovery Center, 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason; 7:45 10:45 a.m.; 513-234-0777 or jdiscovery.com.

MARCH MADNESS (AR)

FREE WEE WEDNESDAYS

Explore art through storytelling, activities and more. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; parking is $4; 513-639-2995 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

WILD ABOUT WABBITS

GETTING TO KNOW … THE KING AND I Young actors from the CCM Preparatory Theatre Arts program perform this timeless story of an English widow and the King of Siam. Patricia Corbett Theater, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus; 7:30 p.m. March 19, 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. March 20, and 2:30 p.m. March 21; $10, $8 children; 513-556-4183 or uc.edu/ccm. IS THERE A COMIC IN THE HOUSE? The Mason Community Players present this lighthearted comedy featuring a boarding house filled with has-been comedians that is taken over by kidnappers who don’t know what they’re in for. Mason Intermediate School, 6307 Mason Montgomery Road; 8 p.m. today, 2 and 8 p.m. March 27 and 2 p.m. March 28; $12, $10 for seniors and students; masonplayers. org. JACK & THE BEANSTALK A poor boy named Jack trades the family cow for magical beans (much to his mother’s dismay), but the beans soon lead him on adventure with a giant and his wacky wife in this presentation from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth St., Downtown; March 6 at 2 p.m.; $7 - $20; 513-569-8080 or thechildrenstheatre.com. JUNGLE BOOK Meet Mowgli, a little boy raised by wolves, his friend Baloo the bear, and other famous characters from Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale in this performance from an all-child cast. Clifton Performance Theatre, 404 Ludlow Ave.; 7 p.m. March 6, 2 p.m. March 7, and 7 p.m. March 14; $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7 children; 513-861-7469 or cliftonperformancetheatre.com.

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Don’t miss Covedale Center for the Performing Arts’ production of Singing in the Rain March 25 - April 11. SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN Don’t miss the stage adaptation of one of the most beloved musical films to ever hit the big screen. This light-hearted romantic comedy features favorite tunes as Hollywood does its best to save the career of a small-voiced actor making the transition to talking movies. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; March 25 - April 11; $21, $19 for students and seniors; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com. WIZARD OF OZ Follow this all-child cast down the yellow brick road to see the Wizard in search of brains, courage, a heart and a home. Clifton Performance Theatre, 404 Ludlow Ave.; 2 p.m. March 21; $10 adults, $8 seniors, $7 children; 513-861-7469 or cliftonperformancetheatre. com.


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FAIRY TALE FOREST

Ages 3 - 7 are invited to use their imagination as they create stories and characters and learn about acting. Clifton Performance Theatre, 404 Ludlow Ave.; Saturdays at 11 a.m.; $12; 513-861-7469 or cliftonperformancetheatre.com.

FAMILY FIESTA

Enjoy a Friday night screening of a favorite OMNIMAX film. Fridays at 7 and 9 p.m.; $7.50, adults; $6.50, seniors; $5.50, ages 3 - 12.

Learn some basic Spanish vocabulary through games, puppetry, stories and songs. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 9:45 and 10:45 a.m. on Wednesdays; $13 per class or $100 for ten classes; 513591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

GOLD

FESTIVAL IN THE WOODS

FRIDAY CLASSIC FILM

Explore the world’s most valued mineral, from the molten depths of the Earth to its solid form, and learn about its tumultuous history, including gold rushes and modern pop culture. Through May 16.

UNDER THE SEA

Jim Carrey narrates this journey to locations under the sea, including Southern Australia, New Guinea and more. Meet some of the most mysterious and beautiful creatures through July 4.

Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) 953 Eden Park Drive 721-ARTS (2787) cincinnatiartmuseum.org ARTWORLD

Stop by the CAM between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for hands-on activities and art-making inspired by current exhibitions.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES

These weekend tours led by CAM docents feature touchable objects and hands-on ARTSTOPS. Meet at 1 p.m. on Saturdays; 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Miscellaneous events continuing this month: FREE ARTSTOP AFTERSCHOOL

Ages 5 and older are invited to stop by after school for a snack, art stations and new friends. Must have a signed permission form to participate. Eva G. Farris Education Center, The Carnegie Visual & Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington; 3:30 - 5 p.m. on Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri; 859-491-2030 or thecarnegie.com.

BALLET BASICS

Ages 5 - 12 can explore the world of dance with Ms. Blair. Clifton Performance Theatre, 404 Ludlow Ave.; Mondays at 4 p.m.; $13; 513-861-7469 or cliftonperformancetheatre. com.

Enjoy nearly 4,000 works of art from area students. Muntz Hall, Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road; through April 1; 513-745-5600 or rwc.uc.edu.

FREE GIVE MOMS A BREAK (AR)

Children ages 6 months - Kindergarten can have fun while moms get a little me-time. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; every Tue, Wed and Thu, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; cos-umc.org.

HISTORY UNEARTHED: ARCHAEOLOGY SPEAKS

Explore the history of archaeology and join an indoor “dig” or scavenger hunt in this exhibit featuring photographs, artifacts and more. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; through June 6; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17, free for members; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

JAMMIN’ IN JAMMIES

Shake out the sillies for a good night’s sleep with songs, dancing, instruments and a bed-time story. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 6 p.m. on Thursdays; $13 per class or $100 for ten classes; 513-5912332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

MAKE A MESS AT THE MANATEE (AR)

Ages 2 - 4 are invited to join Miss Kelli for a story and an art project. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; Mondays at 10:30 a.m.; $4 per child; 513-731-2667 or bluemanateebooks.com.

MAPLE SUGARING DISPLAY

Find out why the maple is the sweetest tree in the forest. Program is weather dependent, so please call ahead. Highfield Discovery Garden, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; through March 14, Wed - Sat, 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m., Sun, 1 and 4 p.m.; 513-771-8733 or discoverygarden.org.

FREE MOM TO MOM (AR)

Meet other moms for support, encouragement, and answers to your “new mom” questions. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 10:30 a.m. on March 4, 11, 18 and 25 and 11:30 a.m. on March 20; 513591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

FREE BARNES & NOBLE STORYTIMES

FREE NATURE STORY TIME

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Stories and activities with weekly themes for ages PreK and older. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 7800 Montgomery Road; Thursdays at 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320. Three artists combine objects and images in unique ways, including everything from metal, wood and fabric to pasta, seeds and nuts. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Ave., Hamilton; through March 12; 513-8638873 or fittoncenter.org.

DUTCH UTOPIA

Tulips are in bloom, windmills are turning and peasant costumes abound in this exhibit from the Taft featuring American artists in Holland from 1880 - 1914. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; through May 2; $8 adults, $6 students and seniors, free ages 17 and younger; 513-241-0343 or taftmuseum.org.

EARLY SPRING FLORAL SHOW

Learn about the North, Central and South American plant communities in this colorful exhibit. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; through March 7; 513-352-4080 or cincinnatiparks.com.

Join a weekly story time that includes songs, crafts and an outdoor adventures based on nature themes. Imago Earth Center, 700 Enright Ave.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays through April 29; 513-921-5124 or imagoearth.org. Now that your toddler is learning to walk and talk, bring them along to listen to the world through song, dance, games and stories. They’ll develop fine motor skills and enhance their language development. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 9:45 a.m. on Tuesdays; $13 per class or $100 for ten classes; 513-5912332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

THE PEAWEE PATCH

Bring your little ones to learn about gardening in a hands-on gardening project that they can cultivate over time. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 10 and 11 a.m. on Tuesdays beginning March 23; $13 per class or $100 for ten classes; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

PRESCHOOL OPEN PLAY (AR)

The inflatables room will be open for toddlers and preschoolers in addition to huge slides, obstacle courses and bouncers. Lazer Kraze, 1336 Donaldson Hwy.,

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Erlanger; 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; $6 per child; add a craft activity for $1; 859-371-KRAZ (5729) or lazerkraze.com.

PRESCHOOL PREP

Thinking about sending your little one to preschool? Learn about the preschool experience and help prepare your child in this program that focuses on pre-reading skills and more. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays or Wednesdays; $18 per class or $150 for ten classes; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

FREE PRESCHOOL STORY TIMES

Get ready for finger puppet fun with Miss Gail. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; Wed at 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665; bluemanateebooks.com.

PRESCHOOL YOGA (AR)

Ages 3 - 4 can learn to stretch and relax with Miss Suzi in this yoga for preschoolers program. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m.; $8 per child; 513-731-2667 or bluemanateebooks.com.

SPANISH SIGNING SAFARI

If you enjoy signing with your little one, consider introducing a new language into their lives by learning to sign in Spanish. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. on Thursdays; $13 per class or $100 for ten classes; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

FREE SPRING FLORAL SHOW

Enjoy the scents and sights of this spring garden in bloom, featuring lilies, hydrangeas and other spring favorites. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; March 20 April 11; 513-352-4080 or cincinnatiparks.com.

STREET TEAM

Ages 7 - 16 are invited to learn some hip hop moves and get in some exercise. Clifton Performance Theatre, 404 Ludlow Ave.; Thursdays at 4 p.m.; $15; 513-861-7469 or cliftonperformancetheatre.com.

FREE TRINITY TOGETHER TIME

Parents and grandparents with children ages birth - 5 are invited to experience activities like guest speakers, crafts, games, stories and snacks. Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road, 1 - 2:30 p.m., first and third Tuesday; 513-791-7631 or trinitycincinnati.org.

THE WARTIME ESCAPE

This exhibit tells the story of the Rey’s journey from France, based on The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True War-Time Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey, by local author Louise Borden and illustrated by Allan Drummond, and inlcudes 27 framed prints. Main Library, 800 Vine St., Downtown; through March 10; 513-369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE WHALE OF A TALE

Instill a love of reading in your children with this multisensory story time featuring weekly themes and a takehome craft. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 10:30 a.m. on March 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27 and 30; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

WIGGLE WORMS

Toddlers are invited to dance, stomp, clap and tap as they explore yoga, dance, games and diverse musical styles in this program designed to develop balance, coordination and rhythm. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Thursdays; $13 per class or $100 for ten classes; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

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