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he Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Greatest Show on Earth is a family experience for real: Ringmaster Johnathan Iverson gratefully brings his family along on the circus’s tour. “Only at The Greatest Show on Earth can I do what I love with the people I love alongside me to enjoy the experience,” he says. “I have the world’s greatest gig!” Ringmaster Iverson will introduce a remarkable lineup of stars, too, including the Flying Caceres, the Barnum Bouncers, Duo Fusion, the Ulaanbaatar Ballerina, and of course, Clown Alley. This year’s tour, FUNundrum, comes to Cincinnati March 11 - 20, at U.S. Bank Arena (100 Broadway St.). Ticket prices range from $14.50 to $85. Call 800-745-3000 or Visit or for more show details and fun circus trivia!

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ore than one-third of third graders in Hamilton County are obese, according to the Hamilton County Public Health Department (HCPH), a statistic they aim to change with the We THRIVE campaign. With partners like Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati, the project encourages schools, community centers, and families to make efforts at healthier lifestyles. Several school districts have set guidelines to reduce fat, sugar and salt in their cafeterias and increase fruit and veggie options. We Thrive participants can take advantage of opportunities like reduced family memberships at the YMCA. “Our goal is to increase access to good nutrition and physical activity through environment, policy and programs,” says Sandy Berlin Walker, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati. “The more people and organizations that join in this effort — the better for all.” Learn more at •

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he kids zoomed past me. “We only have 30 seconds!” My daughter dashed with her little brother down the hall to wave their wand and complete their quest. The adventure happened in a game of MagiQuest at Great Wolf Lodge. Located in Mason, Ohio, with a view of Kings Island, Great Wolf Lodge is probably best known for its indoor waterpark. And with good reason. The 380,000-gallon waterpark features fun attractions for everyone, and you can enjoy the waterpark as early as 1 p.m. the day you check in, and all day long the day you check out. The pool deck feels comfortable in street clothes, so you’ll feel fine if you just want to keep an eye on the kids and relax with a book. But if you’re comfortable when you’re dressed and dry, you’ll be a little chilly when you first get wet. Still, like all water adventures, once you’re acclimated to the temperature, you’re fine. We started out in the wave pool, called the Slap Tail Pond area. I found it very relaxing and fun, floating up and down on the waves in a tube, and drifting through the pool. Until I kept drifting, unsuspecting, toward the shallow end, where the waves crashed and knocked me over. Since I was already drenched, I agreed to go on the Hydro Plunge with the kids. We climbed up, up, and up to the entrance of the indoor roller coaster. We settled in our boat, launched from the top, rolled over the hills and shot down the tubes, banking on the edges and down to the final splash. Besides the roller coaster, Great Wolf Lodge features several giant water slides like Alberta Falls and Coyote Canyon, along with slides that offer more moderate challenges. You’ll find twin slides in Fort Mackenzie, a tree house of rope ladders and suspension bridges, where kids wait with water guns to ambush you on your way. I braved those obstacles with my son, and then took a seat on an orange slide beside my 11-year-old who sat on the yellow one. In a moment, the lifeguard gave us the sign. Go! I raced my son to the bottom, sliding, swerving, splashing and again, and again, coming in pathetically last.

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He then showed me his Indiana Jones abilities, takGreat Wolf Lodge ing on the floating toadstools 2501 Great Wolf Drive, Mason and rocks as he held on to 866-227-2929 the rope ladder above. He hopped across the first two with ease, lost his balance a bit on the next, recovered and made it easily to the next, and the next, but splashed down and had to swim to the ladder after that. He and his brothers shot some hoops at the basketball nets, as I relaxed in the lazy river. The waterpark is open exclusively to guests of the hotel, definitely keeping the crowds under control, but also making it an expensive venture. And the expenses mount quickly at Great Wolf Lodge, with add-ons for the arcade, Spa packages (there’s one just for kids), meal packages (we hit the nearby Kroger’s and fast food places,) and the MagiQuest game. But the MagiQuest game is a must, and you don’t have to be a guest of Great Wolf to play. Purchase a rechargeable wand for about $15 and then game play for another $10. For four kids we bought two wands and two games, and they worked in pairs, which they loved. The adventure starts at a training video that even my older gang grew impatient with, but it gave them the information they needed. Most younger kids (around 6 and under) seemed to disregard the information, which meant we saw a lot of frustrated parents giving unheeded directions and little kids just running around waving their wands. Not quite worth the money in my frugal opinion. But my kids loved it. They choose their missions, read the clues and dashed to enchanted and forested hallways throughout the lodge, collecting treasures, mastering quests, and all proudly earning Junior Magi status.  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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o your little love is ready to start eating solid foods? Amazing how fast he’s grown! It’s true that most babies are ready to start solids at 4 to 6 months, but until his first birthday, remember that your goal is introducing solids as you continue feeding him breast milk or formula for the first 12 months. Take it slowly, and remember, while you may be tempted to sneak in cereal in order to get him to sleep through the night, wait. Doctors Laurel Pramuk and Angela Rath of Group Health Associates claim that babies younger than 4 to 6 months don’t have the necessary enzymes to digest solid foods. They also point to evidence that starting solid foods at earlier ages increases Baby’s risk for food allergies.

Getting Started Once your baby is able to sit up on his own, it’s time to begin. The goal is to expose him to a wide array of foods from all food groups (in fact, you’ll want to do this all through your child’s growing up years). The more flavors and textures he tries early on, the less likely he’ll grow up to be a picky eater. Pramuk and Rath say that Baby’s first food is usually single grain cereal (like rice cereal), which can be mixed easily with formula or breast milk and spoon-fed. As a good source of the iron growing babies need, it’s best to feed (please turn the page) •

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ON SOLID GROUND the cereal twice a day. At about 9 months, babies will need about half a cup of cereal.

Watching for Allergies After a successful launch with cereal, it’s time for vegetables — pediatricians suggest veggies over fruit since the sweetness of fruit might make your baby partial to say, bananas, and cause him to turn up his nose to say, peas. Since yellow and orange vegetables are sweeter than green ones, babies usually love carrots, yams, and butternut squash. But take it slowly. Pramuk and Rath point out that if more than one food is started at the same time, and your baby has an allergic reaction, there’s no way of knowing which food was the culprit. The doctors advise waiting three to five days between starting new foods in order to monitor for allergy symptoms, which may include a rash, hives, wheezing, difficulty breathing, vomiting, excessive gas, diarrhea, or blood in stools. Call your pediatrician if you notice any of these symptoms (they can take minutes or even days to appear), and go to the ER if the reaction seems serious. The good news is that a food reac-

the menu Introduce new foods one at a time, and wait at least three days in between. That way, you won’t overwhelm your baby, and if there’s an allergic reaction, you’ll be able to identify the culprit. (If a food provokes a reaction, such as a rash, vomiting, or diarrhea, shelve it for one to three months before bringing it out again. If your baby still doesn’t tolerate it, keep it off the menu entirely until he’s a year old. By then, he’ll probably have outgrown the intolerance.)

7 or 8 months:

tion in the first year of life doesn’t usually mean a life-long allergy, say the doctors, however, they do advise waiting several months if your baby vomits after eating peaches. First attempts at feeding may end up with veggies sliding down his little chin as he learns how to coordinate his ability to swallow with his mouthful of food. And some babies may reject certain flavors, but keep trying. Repeated exposure, up to a dozen times, can convert even the most stubborn baby. Pramuk and Rath also suggest trying to mix in a new food with one of your baby’s favorites. Start with strained or puréed vegetables and then move on to mashed. Servings should gradually increase from a few teaspoons to about two tablespoons, twice a day. After your child has sampled a variety of vegetables, bring on the fruit. (Start small and work up to a couple of tablespoons, twice daily.) Avoid sweetened treats like cobblers and puddings -— the extra fat and sugar add empty calories and can sour your baby on plain fruit. And continue to feed Baby milk, although it is safe to reduce the amount he gets. Remember, says Susan B. Roberts, Ph. D., author of Feeding Your Child for Lifelong Health (Bantam), breast milk or formula is still a very important part of your baby’s diet, particularly because milk fat is essential for brain development and because calcium builds strong teeth and bones. Susan Day is editor in chief of this publication and the mom of four amazing kids, ages 17, 15, 12 and 8. At least three of them enjoy vegetables.

Add pureed meat and poultry

Avoid the following choking hazards until your child is 4: Nuts and seeds, popcorn, raw vegetables, hard candy, chewing gum, whole grapes or cherries, chunky peanut butter (use smooth instead)

Between 9 and 12 months: Phase in soft foods, such as macaroni and cheese, pasta with tomato sauce, and casseroles. You can also begin serving finger foods such as rice cake pieces, O-shaped cereals, baby crackers, and bite-sized cooked frozen vegetables.

By His First Birthday • 4 to 8 tablespoons of fruit and veggies • 4 servings of breads and cereals (a serving is one quarter of a slice of bread or 2 tablespoons of rice, potatoes, or pasta) • 2 servings of meat or poultry (1 tablespoon each) KEEP IN MIN D: Don’t worry if your child doesn’t complete a perfect food pyramid each day. Instead, look for signs that he’s healthy and thriving. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding for six months, with a gradual introduction of solids after that time. It is also recommended NOT to introduce children to eggs until they are 2 and nuts and shellfish until age 3.

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R ice Cereal It’s easy to digest and rarely triggers an allergic reaction. Make sure it’s iron fortified. • Prepare it very thin at first — one teaspoon of cereal to four or five teaspoons of breast milk, formula, or water.

A typical baby may eat (in one day):

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• Scoop a little bit onto a baby spoon, and put it between your baby’s lips. • If the cereal comes sliding back out, don’t worry. Your baby needs to figure out how to swallow something that isn’t liquid. It may take several tries before she gets the hang of it. • If she refuses to open her mouth or begins to cry, try again the next day. If she still balks, wait a week before trying again. KEEP IN MIN D: Some experts believe that vegetables (either mashed, strained, or pureed) should be a baby’s first food instead of cereal or fruit because exposing kids to healthy foods from the start can lay the foundation for healthy eating habits throughout life.

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EATING GOOD MATTERS kids, parents and a healthy lifestyle

One out of every three American children is overweight and 80 percent of them have overweight parents. Change the statistics! Get real about healthy eating at your house.


not. Teaching kids to eat reasonably and save the good stuff to enjoy again tomorrow is a gift that will last a lifetime. Also, serving sizes can be misleading, so do the math before digging in. At first glance, a small three-ounce bag of chips appears to contain 175 calories. But there may be three servings in the bag which means he’s eating 525 calories, almost half of his daily recommended calories in a single snack!

What are some of the basics about good eating that I should know?

Time may be running out on juice bags. Each bag contains more sugar than a can of Coke! The World Health Organization recommends that no more than 10 percent of our calories come from sugar. A juice bag has 50 grams of sugar — more than half the daily allowance for a child.

eah, yeah, yeah. You’ve heard it before, right? Eat right and exercise, but never does that become more true than when you have children. Of course, no parent intentionally puts their child’s health at risk, but sometimes parents are simply unaware of what their kids are eating. And while you have looked at those pesky food labels, they don’t help you get dinner on the table, right? You need to be a picky eater yourself if you want your children to be. You are their number one teacher. Here are simple questions and answers you can begin implementing at your home today:

First, know how many calories your child needs for optimum health. Toddlers only need 1,300 calories a day. Children ages 4 - 6 only need about 1,800 calories a day and big kids ages 7 - 10 only require about 2,000 calories a day. To put that into perspective, one Starbucks oatmeal raisin cookie — the kind of treat you’d hand to your child when you pay for your coffee — contains 390 calories. Just four of those cookies total up more calories than a young child needs in an entire day! Also, remember, it’s not big dinners that pile on the pounds; it’s the daily intake of treats like candy, cookies and other snacks and sweet drinks.

I want my children to be healthy and to eat heartily. Do serving sizes really matter? Of course, it’s fun to watch deliriously happy kids dig into a third helping of mashed potatoes or enjoy a huge slice of homemade chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream on top, but should they eat like that every day? Of course

I put a juice bag in with my child’s lunch because she doesn’t like milk. Is that so bad?

My husband and I both have sweet tooths and we know how to manage them — the problem is, our kids don’t. While it’s good news when moms and dads have figured out how to enjoy sweets without busting at the seams, the bad news is it’s hard to teach children the same. Try dedicating the family to a mantra: If everyone in the house eats healthy foods 90 percent of the time, two sugary snacks won’t do much harm every now and then. Modeling to kids the right way to eat is the easiest way to teach them. Likewise, if mom and dad are eating ice cream right out of the container while basking in the comfort of the living room sofa, they can pretty much expect their children will learn to do the same.  Deborah Bohn is a personal fitness trainer, writer and mom. •

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split momS now that the children are grown ... another one’s on the way? By Mysti Koontz

Whether it’s an “oops!” or a conscious choice, having a baby later in life is not such a big deal, afterall.

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ife did not go the way I expected. I married early,

them individually, over the phone, and she laughs now to think about

had kids out of high school, started college and

how she must have sounded. Her caution made one son think maybe

then divorced in my late 20s. The idea that I

something was horribly wrong, like she had cancer or worse. He was

would remarry with three kids in tow was comi-

relieved when she told him she was expecting. To her relief, both boys

cal. Who in their right mind would want an instant

were supportive and empathetic. Nine months later, and following a

family like that? But one day I met a man who

relatively problem-free pregnancy (early testing revealed Down syn-

challenged this notion, and won my reluctant

drome markers although later testing revealed the baby to be normal),

heart. My brave new husband went from happy

Connie delivered a healthy baby girl they aptly named Joy. She says

bachelor with no kids, to step dad of three, in

her husband and she were like two kids with a new toy in the hospital,

what I’m sure felt like overnight, and soon life was in full swing. But

as they kept saying in delight to one another, “Can you believe we

every now and then my husband would see an infant or a pregnant

have a baby?”

woman and tease, “Ah honey, don’t you want to have a baby with me?”

I did not. However, I began to wonder if later in life he would regret not

Adjustments ... and Benefits

having a child. The thought bothered me. He had willingly given us so

Life with a newborn was especially hard, Connie says. They had just

much; did I have good reasons to refuse him? There is nothing like

moved to a new area and she had left her job to stay home with Joy.

having a baby to show you how selfish you are.

All her old friends were working in the day, and the moms she would

Cindy Hansel, M.D., an OB/GYN at Cincinnati Crescent Women’s

have to make friends with were 20 years her junior. Connie says that

Center says that remarriage is the primary reason women have

to help with the transition she strove to keep the lines of communica-

children a significant number of years apart. She says adding a new

tion open with Duane. They discussed how parenting responsibilities

husband, and the desire to bring a family together, drive women to

should be shared, so Connie could get time for herself. She says

have babies long after they have ditched their diaper bags. And then

she also sought spiritual connectivity, seeking out people who would

there are the “oops” babies — children conceived in happy marriages

support, encourage and pray for her. Now at 54, she is fully settled

later on in years, after the other babies are grown.

into her role, and loving life with her 6-year-old little girl. A few benefits

However a new baby enters your world, Hansel says it can be a

to having a child later in life she says, is that things that were worri-

wonderful experience for everyone, but cautions it be approached with

some when they were younger, are just not an issue now. They are

much thought. New additions require big lifestyle adjustments, and

financially stable, solid in their marriage and at this stage of life, she

not just because baby paraphernalia is long disposed of. Familiar life

feels she has nothing to prove.

styles will change and the cycle of family life will begin all over again ...

and then there are the older children.

baby later in life is not that much different than when you are 25. She

Hansel comments that as long as you are in good shape, having a

says your body complains a little more and there are tests that are

Sometime Reluctant Sibs

recommended such as those Connie endured, but these are optional

Older children will need to be walked through the idea of a new baby

and the outcome in most cases is a healthy baby.

and may not be receptive. Hansel says the 10- to 14-year-old crowd can be particularly reluctant and verbal in their displeasure with having

Full Circle

a new sibling. They may be embarrassed at first, and if this occurs, it’s

Personally, I am now in my seventh month of pregnancy with our first

best to deal with it during your pregnancy (consider family counseling

child together, and preparing myself for the reality of having another

if it’s serious) rather than waiting until your newborn is on the scene,

baby. My body has complained more this time around, but nothing seri-

Hansel points out.

ous. My kids, ages 15, 12 and 7, are excited about the new addition.

As for the happy marriage “oops” babies, Hansel says these chil-

My oldest, who went with us to our ultrasound, saved the image of her

dren are unintentionally conceived by parents later in years, which was

forthcoming sibling as a screen saver on her phone. My husband has

the case for Connie and Duane Davis. Married for 27 years, at ages

stepped up the time he is spending one-on-one with each of the older

47 and 48, having babies was in their past. The Davis’ two sons were

kids, by taking them on individual dates, so that when the baby comes,

21 and 23. They had settled into their empty nest, when they found

they feel secure in their relationship and in his heart. We will adjust,

out that they were expecting a third child. Both were in shock, Connie

we will change and we will choose to let it draw us closer together. J

says, and she approached the telling of her sons gingerly. She told

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Your 2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and AfterSchool Programs A Paid Advertising Directory

Academy of Music and Dance, West Chester

8374 Princeton-Glendale Road West Chester, OH 45069 513-829-2345 • Music and dance classes under one roof . Music lessons for all ages in piano, voice, guitar, drums, strings, winds and brass . Dance classes in tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyric . Other popular pro grams: Music for Young Children, a keyboard program for ages 4 and up; Music Pups , for preschoolers with a caregiver; Jumbie Jam, a kid-sized steel dr um ensemble; and Fun with Drums. Special one-week camps throughout the summer. Free sample classes.

Anderson Dance Academy

8263 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-474-7837 • Offering dance and fitness classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, ballroom, Zumba, pilates and yo ga for all ages , including preschool and home schooled students. Other programs include performance and competitive dance teams. The success of each student is ensured with a focused, non-competitive environment, with an aim to build self-esteem and self-confidence.

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513-761-5555 • We are the Camping Caterers who offer camp par ty and event planning for groups of all sizes. Whether you are looking for a few hours of fun with your yplagroup, activity/craft stations for your event or an epic birthday party we can cater to your needs. Backyard Camp’n’Gear is about getting your camp on,so call today.

The Baker Hunt Art & Cultural Center

620 Greenup St., Covington, KY 41011 859-431-0020 • Camp Da Vinci, Jun. 20 - 24, Jul. 18 - 22 and Aug. 1-5, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Students will par ticipate in a variety of activities designed to e xplore the role of art in their daily lives. Sessions will include drawing, painting, sculpture, kite-making, cooking, masks, nature projects , toys, games, puzzles, exercise, gardening and imagineria. Camp Da Vinci combines both inspiration and perspiration. Join us for a summer to remember.

Baldwin Music Education Center/Music Learning Center, Inc.

taught by trained group music and piano instr uctors and are offered y ear round, 6 da ys a w eek. BMEC offers referral credits and family discounts .

Ballet Theatre Midwest

3833 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226 513-320-2334 • In the Spencer T ownship Hall. Children’s dance, music and ar t camp offers weekly themes with F riday performances for children ages 4 - 8. Cre ative and engaging activities . Children ages 8 - 25 can also par ticipate in the Summer Intensive Performance Workshop and Jazz/Musical Theatre Workshop. Pro grams run Jun. 13 - Jul. 29. Cost be gins at $ 185 per w eek.

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888-65-CHESS (652-4377) • Email: Chess is a great wa y to hone strate gic thinking skills! Co-ed, ages 5 16. Mor ning, afternoon and all-da y sessions a vailable. Anyone including complete beginners are w elcome. Create your o wn video game at our Game Builder Camp! State-of-the-ar t computers and software combined with expert instruction. Co-ed, ages 8 - 16. 3D Animation Creation Camp and Car Race Game Creation Camp too! Visit our w ebsite to re gister.

Children’s Meeting House

6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230 513-232-8230 • Email: agartner@coneyislandpark. Coney Island presents Camp Cone y 2011, which offers a unique approach to summer “edu-tainment.” In celebration of Coney’s 125th anniversary, Camp Coney will offer a variety of camps including two week-long Stage Camps, multiple Friday Fun Camps and three new Kid’s Night Out events. See website for details.

927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140 513-683-4757 • For 37 y ears, CMH has pro vided a Montessori pro gram education children ages 3 12. This AMS-affiliated school is located on 300 acres of w ooded property, less than a mile from do wntown historic Loveland. Call for more information or to schedule a tour.

The Cathedral Domain

1555 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati, OH 45214 513-562-1130 •

800 Hwy. 1746, Irvine, KY 40336 606-464-8254 • The Cathdral Domain has been a ministr y of the Episcopal Diocese of Le xington for 98 y ears. We are located in the Red River Gor ge area of Ken tucky and offer traditional or ad venture programs and en vironmental education camps in a Christ centered en vironment at our 800 acre center.

CCM Preparatory Department

CCM Village, University of Cincinnati 513-556-2595 • 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 “Grease” and “101 Dalmatians Kids.” High school students can participate in an intensive tw o-week musical theater or acting pro gram.

3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45209 513-351-1109 • For 45 years the Baldwin Music Education Center has offered specially designed piano-based group music classes for ages 6 mos . - grade 12. Classes are

Cincinnati Ballet Kids Dance Camp Email: For dancers ages 4 - 8. Combine physical fitness and artistic expression at Kids Dance Camp. Introduce your child to the fascinating world of ballet. Each week offers a different theme. At the end of each camp, the young dancers perform.

Cincinnati Country Day School

6905 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243 513-561-7298 • CCDS is a co-educational, independent, college-preparatory school for students from 18 mos. - grade 12. Located on a beautiful 62-acre campus in Indian Hill. Merit and need-based tuition assistance is available. Open House May 11.

Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203 513-287-7000 • All three museums at Cincinnati Museum Center offer enrichment pro gramming throughout each month. The Museum of Natural Histor y and Sci ence offers Music in Motion for children ages 5 and younger. The Cin cinnati History Museum offers Once Upon a Story for preschoolers. And Duke Energy Children’s Museum has an intense focus on ear ly childhood education, including daily pro gramming and the Sprouts Institute w orkshops. please turn the page ... •

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2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and After-School Programs Circus Camps - My Nose Turns Red Theatre Company

859-581-7100 • Email: Let your child run away and join the circus without lea ving home! Age-appropriate activities include stilt walking, low tight wire, rolling globe, clowning and more. Two week intensive camp includes unicycle and acrobatics. Camps conclude with a performance. Week-long day camps for ages 7 - 16, $150 (beginners and experienced). Half-day, four day long camps for ages 4 - 7, $100. Two-week, fullday intensive camp, for beginning, intermediate, and advanced, ages 7 - 21, $300.

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Email: Join us for a week of camp! Have fun, do crafts, ride horses daily and enjoy a mini show on the last day. Summer camps: Jul. 11 - 15 and Aug. 8 - 12. Mon. - Fri., KinderCare® Summer Camp 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $200 for a eek, w sibling discount. Email for full calendar of events . 10 Locations in Greater Cincinnati area 888-518-2213 • The Gardner School Designed to pro vide pre-school through school-age kids with what the y 9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 want: T ONS of summer fun! F rom the old w est to space-age machines , 513-985-9444 • from the antics of animals to lear ning new sports, each of our 12 camp An award-winning, academically-focused preschool for ages 6 wks. through Cincinnati Waldorf School offerings is a combination of lear ning and fun that adds up to one unprivate full-day kindergarten. Our ear ly childhood education curriculum is 5555 Little Flower Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45239 forgettable summer! 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Full- and half-day camps for ages 4 - 14 with before- and after-care available. 10052 Reading Road, Evendale, OH 45241 The Mad Potter Madeira Featured topics include Expedition Naturalist,Where in the World, Extreme Animals, 513-563-6663 • 7754 Camargo Road, Madeira, OH 45243 Zoo Careers, Animal Mythbusters and Shake, Rattle and Roll. Weekly from May 30 Email: - Aug. 19. Members: $205 for full-day camps; $95 for half-day. Non-members: Be a farm kid! Camp activities include interacting with bar 561-1888 • nyard animals, explor$220 for full-day camps; $110 for half-day. Camp includes free t-shirt, daily ing the woods, garden fun, games, hiking, crafts, music and more. Special themed Pottery painting, parties and special events. Choose a piece, paint it and snacks and show and ride admission. Select camps include some behind-the-scenes . camps for wilderness, art, cooking and science. Camp sessions scheduled by age pick it up in a w eek. Special events include Kidz Nite and Ladies Nite . group. Please visit our website for full brochure. You will never want to leave! Community Montessori School Mad Science of Cincinnati 9035 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester, OH 45069 Happy Hooves Equestrian Day Camp 513-793-6784 • 513-777-0808 • Interactive, hands-on science pro grams for ages 5 - 12. Half- and full-da y 100 Ranch Road, Ft. Thomas, KY 41075 programs at locations throughout the area, June through August. Content is Camps are one week long, 9 - 11 a.m. Children will ha ve one hour in the 859-8 1 4-3387 • correlated to State of Ohio Education standards . Children enjo y “make and/ Montessori classroom, group snack, then outside time with water activities, speAt Happy Hooves the emphasis is on individual attention to support our cial art activities as well as community visitors. Each week will have a theme. or take home” projects and activities each da y. Programs range from $ 10 campers in having a positive and fun experience. Campers rotate in groups of Cost is $75. Sign up by Mar. 1 and save $10. Dates are: Jun. 13 (Animals on - $15 per classroom hour. Sibling and ear ly registration discounts available. four through riding instruction, horsemanship and crafts. Each day ends with the Farm), Jun. 20 (Reptiles), Jul. 11 (Science) and Jul. 18 (Community Helpers). a positive youth empowerment exercise using horses. Each Friday family and Marmon Valley Ministries friends are invited to a horse show featuring our camper’s horse skills. Ages Summer Horse Camps The Compass School 9 - 15. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. $300 per week. Ask for Mary or Regina when you call. 7754 State Route 292, Zanesfield, OH 43360 9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45249 513-683-8833 • 937-593-8051 • Heritage Village Museum The Compass School offers outstanding Re ggio-inspired infant, todEmail: Kids Summer Camp dler, preschool and kindergarten programs, as well as after-school Ohio’s largest horse camp, Marmon Valley Ministries is a tr usted, ACA acand summer camp through age 12. De greed teachers, supe- 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, OH 45241 credited, Christian camp near Bellefontaine , Ohio. Besides our in5 1 3-563-9484 • rior parent communication and a welcoming family environment. depth horsemanship classes , campers enjo y climbing, archery, swimLocated in Sharon Woods Park, this co-ed da y camp for ages 6 - 12 ofming and more. Learn horsemanship, make friends and get to know Creative Tots fers an active w eek to lear n about and do historic ar ts, chores and to Jesus Christ. MVM has been ser ving up farm fun for kids since 1964. 7803 Laurel Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45243 experience the 19th century life of a kid. Camp meets Jun. 20 - 24, The Mount Washington 513-272-2223 • Jul. 11 - 15 and Jul. 25 - 29, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Ear ly drop-off -andand late pick-up a vailable. $145 for members and $ 170 for non-members. Educational Arts Center 6408 Thornberry Court, Mason, OH 45040 2127 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230 iSPACE Summer Day Camps 513-770-6776 • 513-827-9144 • 3285 E. Kemper Road, Sharonville, OH 4524 1 A small private preschool in the heart of Madeira and Mason. We believe children Enjoy creative fun-filled camps or regularly scheduled classes that chal flourish in a stimulating environment which emphasizes growth in intellectual, so- 513-612-5769 • lenge and inspire kids from ages 2.5 14. Cooking, science, archicial, emotional and physical development. We are committed to creating a warm, iSPACE invites YOU to sign on as a crew member and take part in an incredible tecture, pottery, drawing, wizardry and computer gaming are a few of caring and supportive atmosphere. We welcome each child as an individuality, summer experience. Ignite your imagination as you build and program robots, the themes that will be mix ed with gym, dance, crafts, games and other nurture their self-confidence and develop within them a life-long love of learning. encounter the excitement of LEGO engineering, discover the “ups and downs” of fun and creative activities . Before- and after-care options are a vailWe encourage you to visit our website to discover a new approach to preschool living and working in space, experience the thrill of building and launching radi- able. Enjoy a mor ning and after noon camp for a full w eek of adventures. cal rockets and more! Week-long camps offered in Northern KY and Cincinnati Falcon Horse Lovers Camp locations. Sessions fill quickly so register early. For rising K - grade 12 students. The Music Factory 4521 Delta Road SW, Carrollton, OH 44615 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 Kids First Sports Camp-a-palooza 800-837-CAMP • 513-545-7125 • 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249 Email: The Music Factory offers fun and educational group music classes for children 513-489-7575 • Eat, sleep and breathe horses in this unique pro gram designed for horse ages 6 mos . - 5 yrs . The curriculum is specially designed to build musi Email: lovers only! Gir ls ages 11 - 15, one-week sessions, limited enroll cal foundations and encourage lear ning through music . Over 20 y ears of ment to assure individual attention. Excellent horses and instr uctors, Jun. 6 - Aug. 19. K - grade 7. Kids F irst is a 108,000 sq. ft. facility teaching experience. Classes a vailable on-site for preschool and da y care. about four hours per da y actual riding time and so much more . ACA dedicated to children’s sports education. Weekly activities include swimming, Playhouse in the Park gymnastics, arts and crafts, karate, basketball, giant slip‘n slide , putt-putt golf accredited. References a vailable. If you lo ve horses, you’ll lo ve Falcon! and more. $233 per w eek, $54 per da y. Visit our website for more details . 962 Mt. Adams Cir., Cincinnati, OH 45202 Falcon Camp 513-345-2242 • Kinder Garden School 4251 Delta Road SW, Carrollton, OH 44615 Playhouse camp instructors are local theater professionals. Camps focus on acting 1 0969 Reed Hartman Hwy. Blue Ash, OH 45242 800-837-CAMP • and acting-related activities. All camp sessions conclude with a culminating dem513-791-4300 • onstration on stage. All levels of experience are welcome. This co-ed day camp is Ohio’s premier summer camp since 1959. Boys and girls ages 6 - 16 enjoy –and– designed for grades 1 - 12. Two-week sessions begin Jun. 20, Jul. 11 and Jul. 19. a beautiful lak efront setting, wide variety of activies and outstanding staff . 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C “Fun for Now, Skills for Life” is more than a catchy logo. It really defines the West Chester, OH 45069 environment created at Falcon. ACA accredited. References available. Great fun! 513-874-3100 • Ages 6 wks. - 6 yrs. Together with interaction of child, staff and family, we de-

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Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Nursery School

dance workshops and camps r un Jun. - Aug. Full info a vailable mid-March.

5950 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213 513-631-0170 • Professionally-qualified teachers provide active, expressive, child-centered learning experiences at this 3-star award-winning program. Choose two, three-, four- or five-day morning or after noon sessions for children 30 mos. - 5 yrs . Excellent ratios , degreed teachers and spacious , sunny classrooms a wait your preschooler. P arent and child classes are also available for infants and toddlers . Call to schedule a tour toda y.

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Star Glazers

1610 Dixie Hwy., Park Hills, KY 41011 859-431-7190 •

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of the Kentucky All-Stars! Pro viding competitive cheer leading and training, tumbling classes , squad lessons , private lessons , summer and birthday parties to athletes of all ages and skill levels. Onregistration for tumbling classes and competitive cheer leading.

Pump It Up – Jump-N-Art Camp

7724 Service Center Drive W, Chester, OH 45069 513-829-7867 • A giant indoor inflatable playground known for hosting hundreds of par ties and events . Jump-N-Ar t is an ar t camp for children that combines art projects, playtime and str uctured physical activities on the facility’ s wide variety of indoor inflatables as well as games and guest perform ers. Ages 5 - 12. F ive sessions a vailable between Jun. 20 - Aug. 12

Rock Quest Climbing Center

3475 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241 513-733-0123 • Climbing is a great activity for kids of all ages . While kids are busy getting to the top of the wall, their minds are busy w orking other skills: problem solving, critical thinking, endurance, self confidence and trust. Join our Recreational Climbing Club (ages 10 and up) or Ju nior Climbing Club (ages 6 - 9). All climbers must call to pre-re gister.

Rockwern Academy

8401 Montgomery Road, Kenwood, OH 45236 513-984-3770 • Rockwern Academy, founded in 1952 as Cincinnati’ s community Jew ish day school, offers a superior and balanced academic program that is integrated with and informed b y Jewish culture , values and iden tity. P artnering with parents to develop critical minds and compassion ate hearts for children age 2 yrs . - grade 6. Small class sizes allo w students to be intellectually engaged, spiritually aware and socially responsible .

St. Romain Dance Academy

7938 Liberty One Drive, Liberty Twp., OH 45044 513-779-0135 • Classes for ages 3 - adult, including ballet, pointe, jazz, hip-hop, tap, musical theater, modern, lyrical and yo ga classes. P erforming groups include our SYCD: Youth Community Dancers , ACE: Competition Ensemble and an annual Spring Show and Nutcrack er. Summer

5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 513-272-5345 • Hands-on, adventurous, energetic and creative . Offering a full spectr um of activities from architectural modeling to wak e boarding, top secret science to space exploration. Partnering with the Cincinnati Opera for our first student produced and performed opera. Boys and girls, ages 3 - 18. Jun. 13 - Aug. 12. Small groups lead by a seasoned staff. Sign up for one week or all nine. 513-474-6364 • Offer a Star Glazers cla y class or potter y painting class for your enrich ment program! Star Glazers brings all the supplies to your space , sets up, teaches and cleans up. You just need tables and chairs . Classes are project-based and everyone succeeds – no need to be an artist. Number of classes tailored to your pro gram. Grades K - 8. $10 per day per student.

SummerSMART at Lindner Center of HOPE

4075 Old Western Row Road, Mason, OH 45040 513-536-4673 • SummerSMART is a unique program offered by the Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason, Ohio for children age 11 - 14 with impulsivity, socialization difficulties, attention and concentration issues , and anxiety disorders . The pro gram lasts three w eeks and will be offered three times during the summer of 2011. Now registering for session 1 (Jun. 13 - Jul. 1), session 2 (Jul . 11 - 29) and session 3 (Aug. 1 - 19). Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Summit Country Day School

2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-871-4700 • The area’s only Catholic , independent, co-ed, college prep school serving students age 2 - grade 12. Pro grams include a classi cal academic curriculum with a global perspective and a nationally recognized Educating for Character pro gram. T uition assistance and schol arships available. Montessori toddler pro gram now includes Orff Music .

Sunrock Farm Spring Break Camp 103 Gibson Lane, Wilder, KY 41076 859-781-5502 •

Email: Sunrock Farm is an educational farm helping children ages 4 11 enjoy nature and animals through hands-on activities. Children will milk goats, gather e ggs, hold chicks , brush horses and interact with a lar ge variety of farm animals . Along with animal care w e will e xplore the woodlands and creek. Crafts and games are also included. Camps r un Mar. 28 - Apr. 2. Youth camp (ages 12 - 15) Mar. 30. Re gister online. •

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Tippi Toes Princess Camp and Summer Dance Camp

Deerfield, Mason, Cincinnati: 513-708-9162 Blue Ash, Mariemont, Cincinnati: 513-578-1280 Tippi Toes Princess Camp is a magical camp that includes dance , stories, special crafts , costumes and visits from princesses lik e Cinderella, Belle and Sno w White. Space is limited. Tippi T oes Summer Dance Camp is a high-ener gy and fun dance class that meets for 45 minutes once a week for six w eeks. Our a ward-winning dance classes will be sure to get your children mo ving and enjo ying dance more than ever before!

YMCA Camp Campbell Gard

4803 Augspurger Road, Hamilton, OH 45011 513-867-0600 • Thanks for voting us Cincinnati’ s Best Camp! Camp Campbell Gard is a co-ed sleep-a way camp that gives kids 5 - 17 a safe en vironment to connect with positive role models , explore skills and interests , make new friends and ha ve fun. Join the fun with banana boating, the zip line , jumping pillow, horseback riding, mountain biking, archery and much more. Dates of camp are Jun. 12 - Aug. 12; cost is $175 - $600.

YMCA Camp Ernst of Cincinnati

7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY 41005 859-586-6181 • Co-ed, ages 6 - 15, one-week sessions Jun. 12 - Aug. 20. Cost is $500 - $675. Steeped in tradition and built on positive values , we host camp ers who enjo y top-notch counselors and mak e friends, doing a wide va riety of activities including zip line , banana boat, 100-ft. water slide , giant swing, horseback riding, The Blob, new adventure trips and much more!

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps 2011

513-651-3540 • Email: Caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are cor nerstones of allYMCA camps. Each week features a different theme but all pro vide opportunities to learn, make friends and have fun. Registration begins Mar. 5 at all Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky locations. Visit our website for locations, camp dates, program guides and costs.

Yoseikan Anderson Karate School

7762 Beechmont Ave., Ste. A Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-232-1035 Family martial arts for fun, fitness and self defense. “Chito-Ryu” Karate is a traditional form focusing on self defense , self discipline , self a wareness and self control, while helping to impro ve flexibility, strength and bal ance. Students will lear n the ph ysical, psychological and philosophical as pects of Chito-Ryu Karate . Come and e xplore a w ell rounded mar tial art.

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Jump-N-Art is a one-of-a-kind camp, offered exclusively at Pump It Up. Kids spend part of their time exploring their inner artists and the rest of their time laughing, enjoying snacks, playing games and, of course, bouncing. Our new Jump-N-Art program was developed by a fine-arts education center and emphasizes the joy of self-expression through art. Register your child for Jump-N-Art today!

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heck out Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek and Olympic Silver Medalist Sasha Cohen, along with Michael Weiss and more for an afternoon of ice skating feats, fun and fundraising, as a portion of the show’s proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway; 4 p.m.; tickets start at $25; 800-745-3000 or •

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he Tanglewood Marionettes bring their hand-crafted pieces to life in this dramatic and favorite fairy tale from the Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series. “Our audience love quality puppets and puppet theatre,” says Mark Lutwak, Playhouse in the Park Director of Education. “Tanglewood Marionettes are among the best of the very best. We are thrilled to have them back at the Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series. This production of Sleeping Beauty is dramatically compelling and aesthetically enchanting.” Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $6 adults, $5 ages 4 - 18. Call 513-421-3888 or visit


Bring a water bottle, mat or towel and sample this stroller-based fitness class designed to get moms back in shape, all while using the your baby, his stroller and resistance tubes to work out with. Cornerstone Church, 7600 Princeton-Glendale Road; 9:45 - 11 a.m. today, March 10 and 22;


Scout groups (minimum 10) are invited to delve into the science and lore of turning sap into maple syrup through a guided hike, a look at the Native American origins of sugaring, and a visit to the Sugar House. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road; 4:30 p.m. today, March 3, 8 and 10; $50 - $159; 513-8711711 or


Please see “Now Playing” on page 35 for details.


Bring your yoga youngsters ages 3 - 5 to learn to stretch, relax and have fun with Miss Jenny. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or

2 wednesday FREE CAMP AT THE J (AR)

Parents are invited to meet camp directors and staff and find out what’s new and exciting for this year’s camp programs. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 7 - 8 p.m.; 513-761-7500 or or


Award-winning author Doreen Cronin discusses and signs her new chapter book, The Trouble With Chickens. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 6 p.m.; line numbers with purchase of book; 513731-2665 or


Enjoy a story, songs and fun with the folks from blue manatee children’s bookstore. Lululemon Cincinnati Showroom, 3437 Michigan Ave.; 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or

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The Observatory has been an important institution in Cincinnati since 1845. Learn about its history, how a telescope works and the importance of the Hubble Space Telescope. Cincinnati History Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 - 4 p.m. today and March 17, 3 - 4 p.m. March 5 and 19, 2 - 3 p.m. March 13; free with admission (all museums pass: $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 12, $4.50 toddler pass); $6 parking; 513-287-7000 or


Little ones can use a variety of materials to sculpt a three-dimensional piece of art. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 - 4 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass: $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 12, $4.50 toddler pass); $6 parking; 513-287-7000 or

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Ages 2 - 6 are invited to enjoy a selection of tasty dainties while listening to a story. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; $4 per child; 513-731-2665 or


Experience the sounds of the balalaika and the piano in this collaboration from Russian Duo that includes dance tunes, classical music, gypsy melodies and Russian folk songs, all from the Calico Children’s Theatre. The audience becomes an essential part of the concert as they sing and play Russian percussion instruments on stage. UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia; 7 p.m. today and 10:30 a.m. March 5; $6 adults, $4 children; 513-558-1215 or


Families with members who use sign language to communicate will enjoy informational booths, crafts, and games in this fair from the Deaf Institute. Cincinnati Christian University, Worship/Ministry Building, 2700 Glenway Ave.; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; 513-471-2990, or


Jackson Katz, Ph.D., an expert on bullying and abusive behavior, speaks to parents and educators about preventing negative behavior, preceded by a dessert reception. Enjoy clips from Katz’s films and hear stories about working with the U.S. Marines, and collegiate athletes and fraternities. Wise Temple, 8329 Ridge Road; 7 p.m.; 513-766-3318 or


Kids and adults both need veggies for a healthy lifestyle — learn how to incorporate them into your family’s diet. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.


Send in the clowns for a lesson from My Nose Turns Red, and learn about the magic of art from Happen, Inc., in today’s tribute to the circus that includes stories, scavenger hunts and art-making activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 4 p.m.; free admission, $4 parking; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or


All ages are invited to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with a special storytime. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Please see March 3 for details.


The Cincinnati Pops welcomes the eight-member Leahy Family for an evening of Celtic music, song and dance. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 8 p.m. today and 3 p.m. March 6; $25 - $94.50; 513-381-3300 or cicninnatisymphony. org.


Put on your cowboy hat and boots — Madcap Puppets presents Annie Oakley’s Wild West Show this afternoon. Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Ave.; 2 p.m.; $5; 513-662-9109 or


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This Calico Captivities workshop for grades K - 5 centers around the era in Russia when troikas (three horsedrawn carriages) were used. Participants will learn the famous dance and perform it to traditional music. UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia; 12:30 p.m.; $4; 513-558-1215 or ucclermont. edu.


The Covedale Children’s Series continues with a visit from the Cincinnati Zoo’s traveling bird show featuring seven different species of winged wonders. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; 11 a.m.; $7 adults, $5 children; 513-241-6550 or


The JCC Russian Children’s Theater Group performs this classic tale in Russian in a presentation designed for all ages. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; $5; 513-761-7500 or


Older kids can learn a variety of pottery techniques developed by Native Americans, and take home their own hand-made pottery. Museum of Natural History & Science, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 - 3 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass: $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 12, $4.50 toddler pass); $6 parking; 513-287-7000 or

Parents interested in the educational opportunities at Villa Madonna Academy are invited for an open house to meet the faculty and staff. Villa Madonna Academy, 2500 Amsterdam Road, Villa Hills; call for time; 859-3316333 or


Last day to register. Ages 3 - 5 can enjoy a fun program about night critters with games, stories and an owl craft. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10 a.m. on March 16; $4 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Please see March 5 for details.


Explore the ancient pyramids and what Egyptians hid inside them. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass: $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); $6 parking; 513-287-7000 or

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Dress like a pharaoh with your very own Egyptian necklace. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. today and 2 - 4 p.m. March 10; free with admission (all museums pass: $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); $6 parking; 513-2877000 or


Kids 4 and younger are invited to move, sing songs and enjoy time with their parents. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. today and March 24; $8 per child; 513-731-2665 or


Learn about the Brain Balance approach to working with kids affected by ADD, Autism, and other neurobehavioral disorders. Parents will have an opportunity to hear about the program and speak to parents of students currently enrolled. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 12084 Montgomery Road; 7 p.m. today and March 24; 513-257-0705 or

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Bring ages 3 - 6 for a nature-themed story, followed by a venture outdoors to see if nature is waking up from its winter slumber. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Learn all about turtles and how they live. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Nature detectives are invited to stop by and try to identify a curious collection of items pertaining to warm and fuzzy creatures. You could win a prize for your efforts! Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Make a plan for these outdoor activities and get ready to greet the warmer air!


Take a short walk to learn how to tap a maple tree, then head inside for some maple treats. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or


Little ones and their parents are invited to join the naturalist to share their love of reading and nature with a maple sugaring themed story. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or


Learn about Jefferson salamanders and hike to the ponds to search for them. Be sure to bring a flashlight. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7 p.m. today and March 17; $5 adult members, $1 child members, $7 adult nonmembers, $3 child nonmembers; 513-871-1711 or


Take a haywagon ride to the Arboretum and meet sugar makers from the past. Along the way, taste maple sap, tea and sugar, learn how trees produce sugar and how it is tapped, all preceded by a pancake breakfast. Mt. Airy Forest, 5083 Colerain Ave.; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $8 per person;

Local animals are celebrating the arrival of spring — take a look at some examples of these critters and learn a few things about them. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or



Savor the first taste of spring and stop by the Sugar House to explore the process of turning maple sap into maple syrup. Join a sap-collecting hike at 10 or 11 a.m., or 1 or 2 p.m., or enjoy a self-guided maple trail. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; free members, free with admission nonmembers ($5 adults, $1 children); 513871-1711 or


Stop by for a scavenger hunt sheet that will take you indoors and out. Then turn in your score card for a prize. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 12 - 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Discover the differences between feathered, furry and scaly friends and meet some live guests. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or

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Wear your favorite team jersey and play a game to test your knowledge of wildlife mascots as you learn about some of the animals behind team names, including wolverines, cardinals and bears. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


This annual family night hike will visit the vernal pools to look at the salamander hatcheries. Bring along a flashlight and keep an eye out for woodcocks, spring peepers and other nocturnal crooners. Please dress for the weather and be ready to hike over one mile. Gatehouse, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 6 - 8:30 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Celebrate spring as you build and fly your own kite, followed by stories and aerospace demonstrations. National Museum of the United States Air Force, WrightPatterson AFB OH, 1100 Spaatz St.; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 937-255-1283 or

23 Wednesday NATURE’S COLORS (AR)

How do animals use colors to show off or to hide? Why is there pink in our blue sky? Join an array of family programs this week to explore nature’s palette of color. Please note Highfield Discovery Garden is closed March 28 and 29. Highfield Discovery Garden, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Road; today - April 2, please call for times; $2 per person; 513-771-8733 or

24 Thursday FROG FORAY (AR)

Learn about the lives of chorus and wood frogs, toads and green frogs and hike to the ponds to listen for their spring music. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7 p.m. today and March 31; $5 adult members, $1 child members, $7 adult nonmembers, $3 child nonmembers; 513-871-1711 or


Ages 7 and older can take a hike and try to catch some salamanders, then learn about their fast, slimy and cold world. Gatehouse, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 10 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Bring the family to hike and look for clues that spring is on its way. Timberlakes Program Shelter, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or


Enjoy the warming weather by coming to Parky’s Farm with your preschooler or toddler in a three-day camp that includes crafts, farm animals, stories, puppet shows, games and more. Register for one, two or all three days. Parky’s Farm, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. today - March 30; $15 - $40; 513-521-3276, ext. 100 or

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all-access pre-show. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway; today - March 20; $14.50 - $85; 800-745-3000 or



Last day to register. Shalom Family invites families with children ages 10 and younger, and in which at least one parent is Jewish, are invited to celebrate the Purim holiday with magic, a masquerade, the Hub Network’s Justin Kredible, games, prizes, hamantaschen and more. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 3 p.m. on March 20;

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and May Festival present this concert for the entire family, featuring artists Angela Brown and Rodrick Dixon and a 150-member community mass choir from area churches. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 7:30 p.m.; $20 adults, $8 students; 513381-3300 or


You and your preschooler can explore warm and cool colors during this day of stories, tours and art-making activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers, $3 and $6 for each additional person; 513721-ARTS (2787) or

The Imago Earth Center will host a new series for ages 3 - 6 designed to inspire the connection between creativity and the natural world in children. Get messy and make some art with your little ones. Imago Earth Center, 700 Enright Ave.; 10 - 11 a.m. today and March 24; free, members, $5 nonmembers; 513-921-5124 or


Please see March 1 for details.


Please see March 7 for details.

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Dr. John Hutton tells ages 3 and older all about the ins and outs of the human body. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-7312665 or

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Hop on board for edge-of-your-seat entertainment from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Thrill-seekers will delight to see death-defying feats, including the Spherical Miracle, high-wire artists, the Masters of Musculature, and of course, laughs and hi-jinks with a posse of clowns. Don’t forget to show up early for the


Get a sampling of local arts offerings in this ongoing series from ArtsWave, with a special spotlight on Northern Kentucky and the Cincinnati Ballet. Visit for a complete schedule of area activities.


Parents are invited to connect, discuss and learn about attachment parenting. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-238-3183 or


Explore Celtic culture’s arts and heritage through a marketplace, performances and authentic goods. Enjoy programming throughout the museums as well. Rotunda, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. today and March 13; free; additional activities free with museum admission (all museums pass: $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); $6 parking; 513-287-7000 or




Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series. Cincinnati 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

Prospective students in grades 1 - 12 will take their entrance exams this morning. Summit Country Day School, 2161 Grandin Road; 8:30 a.m.; 513-871-4700 or

Join the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Cincinnati in their annual fundraiser, featuring a 5K run or walk across the Purple People Bridge, food, music, prizes and awards. Purple People Bridge, Newport on the Levee; 9 a.m.; $25; 513-721-2905 or


Diane Macklin weaves together chants, songs, music and movement in her traditional African stories, from the (please turn the page)






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The Imago Earth Center hosts a new series for ages 6 12 designed to inspire the connection between creativity and the natural world in children. Practice making art that celebrates nature in many mediums. Imago Earth Center, 700 Enright Ave.; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. today and March 26; $8 members, $10 nonmembers; 513-9215124 or


Put on your cowboy hat and boots — Madcap Puppets presents Annie Oakley’s Wild West Show this afternoon. Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 South College Ave., Oxford; 11 a.m.; free as part of the ArtsWave Sampler Weekend; 513-524-8506 or


Learn some basic Spanish vocabulary while listening to stories read in Spanish. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-7312665 or


Author Alfie Kohn discusses unconditional parenting, discipline and more in this presentation from the Cincinnati Montessori Society. Cintas Center, Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave.; 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; $75 (includes continental breakfast and buffet lunch);


Listen to one mom’s tips on going back to work while still breastfeeding, including pumping and storing breastmilk, talking to your employer and preparing your child care provider. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or



Please see March 12 for details.


Please see March 3 for details.


Join this book club that makes room for little ones. Call for title. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or


Celebrate the maple season with a pancake breakfast, followed by a presentation on the process of maple sugaring. Children’s activities include crafts and games, and all proceeds benefit California Woods and Magrish Riverlands Preserves. California Woods, 5400 Kellogg Ave.; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $6 adults, $4 children; 513-2318678 or


Ages 13 - 15 and 16 - 18 are invited to join other teens from around the city in a three-on-three basketball tournament. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; 513-761-7500 or or


Little ones can design their own ancient Egyptian amulet. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. today and 2 - 4 p.m. March 17; free with admission (all museums pass: $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 12, $4.50 toddler pass); $6 parking; 513-287-7000 or

Children’s favorite musician will perform a live concert benefiting the Montessori Center Room — enjoy magic, music, theater and comedy in a program all ages will love. Pleasant Ridge Montessori, 5945 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; $10 per person in advance, $15 at the door, free ages 2 and younger; 513-321-3282, ext. 3 or


Ages 6 months to 5-and-a-half years and their parents are invited to a party to celebrate Purim. Enjoy stories and crafts and sample some hamentaschen. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.; 513-761-7500 or or


Learn how to help your child bounce back and gain strength from stressful situations in this workshop from the Beech Acres Parenting Center. Beech Acres Parenting Center, 6881 Beechmont Ave.; 7 - 8 p.m.; $15; 513-231-6630 or


Bring your preschooler for stories, games, songs and crafts, then explore the museum and visit the play tables and train displays. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or


Learn about current research on young readers and how to better follow and encourage your own child’s reading development and learning. Langsford Learning Acceleration Center, 9402 Towne Square Ave.; 9:30 - 11 a.m. today and 4:30 - 6 p.m. on March 23; 513-531-7400 or

16 wednesday ADVENTURE INTO NIGHT (AR) Please see March 9 for details.


Leave behind all your worries with a guided, relaxing tour under the stars, complete with stories, music and moving space images. Drake Planetarium, 2020 Sherman Ave.; 7 p.m.; $7 in advance, $8 at the door; 513-396-5578 or


Ages 3.5 - 5 can enjoy arts, crafts, games and activities, followed by a snack. Parents, please make sure children are potty-trained. Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave.; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $15 residents, $20 nonresidents; 513-388-4515 or


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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!


he 14th annual Canstruction art exhibit, benefiting the Freestore Foodbank, is unveiled for public viewing, featuring giant sculptures made entirely from canned goods and non-perishable food items. “Canstruction is a great way for our city to come together, to have a lot of fun and at the same time raise awareness about the issue of hunger right here in our neighborhoods,” says John Young, President and CEO of the Freestore Foodbank. Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St., and Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St. Visit


Kids ages 0 - 5 and a caregiver are invited to enjoy a mixed age music class. Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E. Kemper Road; 10:25 - 11:10 a.m. today and March 24; 513-652-6267 or or


Please see March 3 for details.


Please see March 14 for details.

18 friday FIREBIRD

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ike Hemmelgarn brings a unique blend of comedy juggling and ventriloquism, with a bit of magic, to his show that includes “human puppets” — when a few members of the audience are turned into live ventriloquist dummies. “We are very excited for Mike’s performance,” says Jodi Fritsch, Director of Public Relations and Marketing. “As a ventriloquist, Mike also blends some comedy into his show. One of the highlights is when he uses human puppets. He’ll snag a few people from the audience and use them as his human “dummy.” Our audience is always enthusiastic and willing to participate. Whether parents or their kids, everyone will really enjoy his magic of ventriloquism.” Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton; 7:30 p.m.; $10 adult members, $5 children members, $12 adult nonmembers, $6 child nonmembers. Call 513-863-8873 or visit


Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.


Please see “Ongoing” on page 34 for details.

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Parents, educators and childcare professionals are invited to this one-day conference that focuses on how children use play as an effective tool to learn. Sessions include family interactive activities ideal for adults and children, adult-only sessions, and a free forum that focuses on language and literacy in preschoolers. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $10 - $25; 513-287-7000 or


Parents and children ages 6 - 12 can collaborate with local artist Katie Labmeier to learn about weaving, sewing and soft sculpture. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 - 4 p.m.; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers, $3 and $6 for each additional person; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

Bring your friends to help construct unique Lego machines, then put them to the test on challenge courses. Drake Science Center, 2060 Sherman Ave.; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $20; 513-396-5578 or drakeplanetarium. org.


Please see March 3 for details.

ADHD is a unique condition that can’t be treated with a single method. Join a Q&A session and learn about some of the various treatment methods available to parents of children with ADHD. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or


Top performing Christian artist Chris Tomlin brings his tour, And If Our God Is For Us, to Greater Cincinnati, along with Louie Giglio, Christy Nockels and Rend Collective. The Bank of Kentucky Center, 500 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights; $22 - $32; 859-442-2653 or


Learn basic German vocabulary while listening to stories read in German. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or



Princesses ages 2 - 5 are invited for pretend tea, treats, and a special appearance. Be sure to dress the part! Parents, please make sure all princesses ages 3.5 - 5 are potty trained. Beech Acre RecPlex Kingdom, 6915 Beechmont Ave.; 9:30 a.m. for ages 2 - 3, 11 a.m. for ages 3.5 - 5; $8 resident ages 2 - 3, $12 resident ages 3.5 - 5, $10 and $15 nonresidents; 513-388-4515 or


School-aged children are invited to learn the art of scrapping using pieces of nature to create a book of memories. Avon Woods Nature Center, 4235 Paddock Road; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-861-3435 or


The ArtRageous series finishes the season with The Shelley Oliver Tap Dancers & The David Leonhardt Jazz Group, who lead the audience on a tour of jazz and dance, improvisation, and rhythm and melody. Raymond Walters College, 9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $5 per person; 513-745-5705 or

Use the family guide to explore the special exhibition The American Impressionists in the Garden, use building blocks to experiment with garden design, enjoy a puppet show from the Cincinnati Waldorf School, make a flower fairy or gnome and more in this day of Flower Power. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; free admission, $8 adult nonmembers for the special exhibition; 513-684-4515 or


Celebrate the beloved book by Eric Carle, followed by games, treats and art activities. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1 - 2 p.m.; $3 per child; 513-731-2665 or


Bring your little ones ages 0 - 5 for some tub tunes with Kindermusik. Kindermusik/Music Makers, 6131 Campus Lane, Mt. Washington; 10 a.m.; $15 (includes CD and instrument); 513-231-3973 or siebertkm@aol. com or


Please see March 1 for details.


Last day to register. Join park naturalists for a three-day camp that lets ages 6 - 12 explore nature, play games, make crafts and share a snack. Woodlound Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., March 30 - April 1; $45 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or

23 wednesday LIGHTNING

Learn about lightning safety in this hair-raising demonstration of the power of electricity. Museum of Natural History & Science, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 - 3 p.m. today and March 31; free with admission (all museums pass: $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); $6 parking; 513-287-7000 or


NASA JPL Ambassador Pam Bowers will take audiences on a journey of discovery using images from the Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-Ray Observatory. Learn how stars and black holes are formed and other interesting space trivia. Drake Planetarium, 2020 Sherman Ave.; 7 p.m.; $6 in advance, $7 at the door; 513-396-5578 or


Please see March 15 for details.

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Stories and activities with weekly themes for ages PreK and older. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 7800 Montgomery Road; Saturdays at 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320.


Bring your little ones for a variety of themed story times — everything from stories about being hungry and sleepy to rainy day tales. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 9891 Waterstone Blvd.; 10:30 a.m. Tue and Thu in March; 513-683-5599.



Cleopatra’s story fascinates all — view recently discovered artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at the ongoing expeditions of Dr. Sahi Hawass and Franck Goddio as they search for the story of the last queen of Egypt. $15 - $23.

This class teaches simple Bible truths to children 20 months - 5 years using the FaithWeaver Friends curriculum that includes Bible stories, crafts, snacks and activities. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; Wed at 9 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more;



See works based on metamorphosis, evolution and change from leading Cincinnati artists, as well as the life and work of Charles Darwin. John A. Ruthven Gallery; museum hours.

Ages 6 - 12 can learn about the beauty and strength behind African dance. Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, Ste. 662; 11:15 a.m. on Sat; 513-6962112 or



Join Sean Casey from Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers on a mission to experience a tornado’s power at point blank range. Armed with customized vehicles, you can join the effort to understand the origins, structure and evolution of tornadoes, all in Tornado Alley — “the severe weather capital of the world.”

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


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.

Ages 6 - 12 are invited to build confidence, listening skills and discipline through African drumming. Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, Ste. 662; 10 a.m. on Sat; 513-696-2112 or


Ages 20 months - 5 years will learn how to praise and worship with songs, dancing, puppets, play games and more. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; Thur at 9 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more;


Half Price Books is currently collecting children’s books to distribute through area community organizations. For every book donated, Half Price Books will match it with one of their own. Half Price Books, 8118 Montgomery Road, 9720 Colerain Ave., 3185 Princeton Road, 8211 Arbor Square Dr., 4999 Houston Road; through March 31;


Babies up to age 4 are invited for stories and songs. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 9:30 a.m. on Sat; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.


Meet with other moms and get answers to all your “new mom” questions. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 10:30 a.m. on Thu and Fri, 11:30 a.m. on March 19; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.


Ages 3 and older can enjoy a story followed by a book-making workshop that might help your little ones make a picture book, a pop-up book, or whatever else inspires them for the day. Books will be autographed and displayed. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1:30 p.m. on Tue; $5 per child; 513-7312665 or


Enjoy a playground atmosphere indoors in this drop in and play program where kids can burn off energy. Parents must remain on-site and supervise their children. Beech Acres Park RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave.; 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Tue and Thu through April 14 (excluding March 29 and 31); $2 per child; 513-388-4515 or


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


Private interactive playgroups, offered twice a month for Jewish families with children 18 months and younger. These playgroups are free and feature the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with songs and stories, followed by a snack. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 2 - 3 p.m. first and third Sunday;


Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East Sixth St., 513-345-8400,

Bring your little ones to hear favorite stories and listen to new tales each week. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. on Mon, Wed and Fri; 513396-8960 or

Join your child in singing, signing, playing and rhyming and learn how to improve communication with your little one by using sign language. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:30 a.m. on Wed or Sat; $13 per class; 513-591-2332 or




An artist will join families to help create art projects in the UnMuseum. Meet from 1 - 4 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages younger than 3.


Ages 3 - 7 and a caregiver can explore their imaginations and express their creativity in the UnMuseum. Meet at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages younger than 3.

Miscellaneous events continuing this month: ARTSTOP WORKSHOPS (AR)

Children are invited to explore their creative side in these artistic series that meet once a week for eight weeks. The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington; $10; 859-491-2030 or

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Ages 6 months - Kindergarten can make crafts, play games, and have a snack with friends while parents run errands, meet with friends, or have some time away from the demands of parenthood. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; Tue at 9 - 11:30 a.m. or 12 - 2:30 p.m., lunch bunch from 11:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more, $5 lunch bunch;


Ages 2 - 4 can join blue manatee’s artist-in-residence, Miss Kelli, to read a picture book, followed by an art project based on the book. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 a.m. on Mon; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or


Ages 4 - 7 can explore the elements of art with Miss Kelli. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1:30 p.m. on Fri; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or

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


Enjoy a day out with and for the kids, including lunch! Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; 9 - 11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (lunch bunch) and 12:30 - 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 - 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; $10 for one child, $15 for families, $5 additional for lunch bunch; 513-7913142 or


Instill the love of reading in your child with a multi-sensory story time. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 10:30 a.m. on Tue and Thu, 12 p.m. on Sat; 513-591-2332 or

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Lace up your sneakers and support the Muscular Dystrophy Association in this walk with over 300 fellow walkers. UC Rec Center, 2820 Bearcat Way; 513-2312222 or


Please see March 17 for details.

Families are invited to enjoy games, prizes, refreshments and a variety of raffles in this carnival hosted by Central Reading’s PTO and parent volunteers. Reading Central Elementary, 1301 Bonnell Ave.; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 513554-1800 or



Please see March 10 for details.


Please see March 10 for details.


Please see March 10 for details.


Prospective students are invited to join the interview sessions for Summit Country Day School’s Montessori program. Summit Country Day School, 2161 Grandin Road; 8:30 a.m.; 513-871-4700 or


Experiment with this ancient Egyptian alphabet. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 - 4 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass: $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); $6 parking; 513-2877000 or


Ages 2 and older are invited for a nature-themed story, songs and other fun activities with friends from Imago Earth Center. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or

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Enjoy an old-fashioned glass slide show using a period projector and check out the Observatory’s collection of of star-gazing events from the late 1800s to the early 1900s, some of which haven’t been seen by the public in more than 100 years! Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 7 - 9 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children; 513-321-5186 or


Check out gently used children’s clothing, toys, strollers, swings, pack-n-plays, bedding, books and other mommy must-haves, and then indulge in a bake sale from the Tri-State Multiples. Princeton Community Middle School, 11157 Chester Road; 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $1 per adult;


Learn about volcanoes, earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes and typhoons today. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 4 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass: $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); $6 parking; 513-287-7000 or


Please see Calendar Opener on page 27 for details.


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Join a celebration of Nano Science with demonstrations in conjunction with the Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network and the National Science Foundation. Museum of Natural History & Science, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. today - April 1; free with admission (all museums pass: $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 12, $4.50 toddler pass); $6 parking; 513-287-7000 or

Get a sampling of local arts offerings in this ongoing series from ArtsWave, with a special spotlight on Kennedy Heights, Northside, the Cincinnati Art Museum and the Cincinnati May Festival Chorus. Visit artswave. org/sampler for a complete schedule of area activities. Lesarn about clouds and weather. Look for pictures in clouds and create your own cloud picture based on what you learned. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 1 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass: $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); $6 parking; 513-287-7000 or


Learn about the benefits of using cloth diapers with the staff from Good Natured Baby, Cincinnati’s only diaper service. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or


Learn some basic French vocabulary while listening to stories read in French. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-7312665 or


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Grades K - 6 can spend their spring break splashing in the waterpark, playing games in the gym, exercising in the game room and creating works of art. Bring a swimsuit, lunch and drink each day. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; today - April 1; 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; $48 per day for members, $58 per day for nonmembers, sibling discounts and before and after care available; 513-761-7500 or or jointhej. org.


29 tuesday NANO DAYS

Please see March 28 for details.

30 wednesday NANO DAYS

Please see March 28 for details.


Please see March 22 for details.


Explore the five senses through art during this program designed for ages 2 - 5. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m.; free admission, $4 parking; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or


Please see March 7 for details.


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Please see March 23 for details.


Please see March 28 for details.


Please see March 28 for details.

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To have your events listed in our April calendar, send details by Friday, Mar. 4 to Sherry Hang at or fax to 513-252-0081.




With music and lyrics by Irving Berlin, this production features Annie Oakley’s discovery by Buffalo Bill Cody, and his efforts to persuade her to join his Wild West Show. Romance, fame and a final shoot-out determines Annie’s fate, along with favorite songs like “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and “Anything You Can Do.” Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; March 31 - April 17; $21 adults, $19 students; 513241-6550 or


Cincinnati Ballet presents this double bill, featuring the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, including the premiere of contemporary ballet Firebird, along with an homage to the Russian Imperial Ballet in Theme and Variations. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; March 18 19; $30 - $80; 513-621-5282 or


Join your friends and decorate your own Egyptian Scarab. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. today and 2 - 4 p.m. March 31; free with admission (all museums pass: $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); $6 parking; 513-2877000 or

Travel back to the sounds, fashion and freedom of the 60s in this revue that follows five ladies coming of age during 1960s England. Enjoy favorite songs like “To Sir With Love,” “Song of a Preacher Man,” “Downtown,” and more. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; through March 13; $21 adults, $19 seniors and students; 513-241-6550 or •

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now hiring an assistant! Must be great with kids & have a flexible schedule. Call or email Karen for info 859-322-9313 * CLASSES/EDUCATION/SCHOOL

Spring Break CIRCUS


• TWO SESSIONS! March 28-Apr 1, 9am-3pm & April 25-28, 9am-3pm • beginning & intermediate circus students • cost: $175 • 859-581-7100


Music-Art-Dance for Babies, Children & Adults 513-948-1900

Parent & Child Classes at

Pleasent Ridge Presbyterian Nursery School Enrichment classes for infants and toddlers to enjoy with a parent or caregiver. Each session includes facilitated play, music & movement, art explorations and informal parenting discussions. Come join the fun!

Call (513)631-0170 for more information. PARTY/ENTERTAINMENT

Music for All Ages

Located in Montgomery

Piano, Voice, Guitar, Drums, Violin, Viola, Cello, Flute, Harp, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, French Horn, Oboe, and Acting Classes!

Call for a free sample lesson!



My Nose Turns Red


• Classes • Summer Camps • Residencies • Performances • 859-581-7100

Music classes for children Ages 9 mos. - 5 yrs.

Classes now available on-site for your Preschool or Daycare


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Music Pups B-day Party! Have a Music Pups Birthday Party for your 1 to 4 year old. Singing, dancing, music instruments, parachutes, bubbles, puppets, & more.



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Y ou’re Jewish... Y our partner’s not... * How can one couple from two different backgrounds turn

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the perfect blending of backgrounds and traditions A program of the Jewish community for couples and families who want to meet others just like themselves, learn a little bit about Jewish customs, rituals and traditions, socialize and have a great time!

Have a family with young children? Check out Fusion Family on our website. * Fusion is open to couples and families in which only one adult is Jewish and the other isn’t, or in which one or both adults have converted to Judaism

Fusion is an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation

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Presented by Duke Energy Children’s Museum Presenting Partner

March 19, 2011 Cincinnati Museum Center Mark your calendars for the Third Annual Learning Through Play Conference Open Forum- Free! In this discussion, the Hearing Speech & Deaf Center gives you tips to facilitate speech-language and literacy in a child’s everyday environment. Gain tools to help recognize children at risk for speech and language delays. Information Fair- Free! Browse, talk and learn with local organizations devoted to educating and supporting young learners and families just like you! Family Interactive Sessions Bring your little ones and learn together. With nine inspiring presenters including Signing Safari and Happen, Inc., you’re sure to have fun while learning valuable tools. Adult-Only Sessions Interested in raising your kids to be self-disciplined? Want to know more about developmental red flags? Curious about how kids really do learn through play? Explore these topics and more with knowledgeable presenters including Cincinnati Union Bethel, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Cincinnati Museum Center. Pricing Family Interactive and Adult-Only sessions range from $10 – 25 each. Attend one or two sessions, or stay for the whole day! Register before March 15 and take advantage of discounted rates. Visit for more information

PARENTS! EDUCATORS! FAMILIES! Approved for Ohio Step Up To Quality hours Kentucky Approved Early Care and Education Training

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