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FEATURES 18 Learning About Preemies

Kids lose out when we’re always plugged in.

feedback Facebook sharing, giveaways and more.

21 Girls, Moms and

cincinnati news Cover Kids 2014 kicks off, Canstruction event begins, Happen, Inc. celebrates their anniversary and more.

10 kids’ health

Self Image

The challenge of raising a girl to feel good in her own skin is probably one of the most difficult aspects of raising a daughter.

24 The Boy in the Boat

Sneaking your way toward better eaters. parent talk Manis and pedis for girls.


Be prepared should your baby arrive earlier than expected.

A summer camp lover looks back on the lessons he learned at camp in this Q & A with a former camp director.

15 family getaway


Follow the shamrock for fun St. Patty’s Day events!

THINGS TO DO The town’s BEST and AWARDWINNING family calendar! GET SMART! Use “Things to Do” from your Smartphone when you’re out and about with the kids. See the “Plan Ahead” section for upcoming events requiring registration.


27 Camps, Summer Activities & After-School Programs 52 Market Place

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daydream believer


“Oh my gosh, Mommm!”

hen I was a kid, it showed up on my report card a lot: “Susie would do so much better if she’d only apply her self a little,” or, “if she’d just try a little harder,” or something like that. But I was the kid who liked to look out the windows. Other times I’d be more mesmerized by my teacher’s bouncing curls than the current math lesson. I was more interested in the tiny details of life, the teeny fascinating things that happened right in front of me, or, if not so interesting, my daydreams. I still love exercising my imagination regularly, but I don’t get blamed for it anymore since I’m well past school days. Thankfully my parents never shamed me for my musings; they “got” that I was gifted in other ways and accepted me for that, and they knew I loved to read — that was very important to them — and that it would serve my education well. I also loved to write. I kept journals and I studied people and life. It’s what I did ... it’s what I still do. So I’m having trouble with this not wanting to read business that’s happening to kids, but with all the live streaming and the Netflix monopoly and everything, lots of times a kid can “watch” a story rather than read it. This recently happened at my house with Lord of the Flies (which, bless Golding’s heart, is a good book, but one that’s been taught and taught and taught like there are no other books out there! By the time you’re on your third child reading Lord of the Flies you want to cry, “Not THAT again!”). Anyway. My son thinks it’s OK to simply watch Lord of the Flies rather than read the book. Well I LOVE movies, but it’s just not the same deal, sorry. “Ohhh, Mom, it doesn’t matter,” he moans. “When I take the test or have to write about it, I’ll know what’s happening, so what difference does it make?” Feeling kind of helpless to that and not wanting to preach at him, I just keep stacking dishes. But somehow it comes to me — the reason why kids can’t just watch the movie instead of read the book. I decide to feed this thought to him at another time when he’s more receptive, which happens to be the next night as he’s once again, watching Lord of the Flies on the laptop at the kitchen table. “OK, I got it,” I say, clearing away a place for me at hectic table central. He looks at me, earphones on head, as I slowly lower the laptop’s lid. “Mommmm!” “Here it is. The reason why it’s not the same thing as reading the book,” I say pleasantly. “Ughhhhhhhhhh!” Defense mechanisms are clearly locked in good and solid. I trudge on, good soldier. “You have a mind and an imagination. When you watch the story rather than read the story you are FED to accept what’s shown rather than exercising your imagination. When you read a book you get all of the amazing details that the writer puts in, and your imagination does the rest.” “Ohhhhh my gosh, Mommmmm ....” he groans. I stop. It’s pathetic. We’re done. I have this brilliant kid here and he’s slowly turning into a robot each day hooked up to this, listening to that, to everything but his own mind. I am convinced that what ails the world’s kids is this very thing: If they’d all read more and keep reading, keep learning ... if they would only know the great joy of hopelessly sobbing over a wonderful book sprawled across a bed! This particular boy loved me to read to him when he was younger. I feel I have failed this child by allowing him to come of age with Xbox. I imagine hammering that machine to bits. Good idea, see? And that, my friends, is what comes from daydreaming.

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What’s the best time of day for a preschooler’s naps and how long should it last? “I have the same question. My 3-year-old wakes up at 8 a.m. and will not nap! But around 5 p.m. he gets sleepy (which makes him crabby and mean); but I feel at that point it’s too late to nap. He usually goes to bed around 9 p.m. on NO nap days. On days he does nap, he will stay up to 11:30 p.m.! I blame this little spell on the weather, he just isn’t getting enough physical activity to ‘wear out’; but once spring comes should I ‘force’ him to nap or just let it be what it is? By the way, baby number two is due in May — napping would be GLORIOUS!” Kim Townsley

“I have a 2- and 4-year-old ... both boys. My 2-yearold naps about an hour, sometimes longer if we’re home. I lay him down around 1 p.m. and get him up around 3 p.m. so I have at least two hours to get stuff done. With my 4-year-old I tell him he has to take a good rest but doesn’t have to fall asleep. It’s good for him because even if he doesn’t fall asleep he still isn’t running around. It works for me, too. My only issue is my 4-month-old who doesn’t like to nap all the time.” Amber Traft

“When naps ended quiet time began. One hour of constructive play in your room doing whatever it is you want to do. Read books, play Barbies or house. Rest (hopefully) as long as you’re playing quietly and alone. It’s worked well and when she complains about it the choices are nap or quiet time. Quiet time always seems to be the winner.” Betsy Simms

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Correction In the February issue, we quoted Camp Director Matt Steinberg and Program Director Abby Solomon of the Mayerson JCC’s Camp at the J program in the feature, “Away Camps: Letting Go Helps Kids Grow.” Camp at the J is not an overnight residential camp, but rather a day camp that offers multiple opportunities for children of all ages. Fully accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), Camp at the J is open to all. To register, or for more information, visit or contact Nikki Sandor at 513-792-5657.


Logan, photographed at Winton Woods Park by Bobbi Ratliff of CelJak Photography.

MARCH GIVEAWAYS Try your luck at winning one of our great monthly prizes! Win a four-pack of tickets to the CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER’S FAMILY FESTIVAL on Saturday, March 22 ... Win a copy of ELMO’S WORLD: ALL ABOUT ANIMALS on DVD from Sesame Workshop and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment ... Win a voucher good for four tickets to see the ROALD DAHL’S WILLY WONKA JR. on April 4 or 5 from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati ... Win a LASER TAG BIRTHDAY PARTY FROM LAZER KRAZE, including up to ten players for a two-mission party, unlimited fountain drinks, a party room, a party coach, and a T-shirt and mission pass for the birthday kid to play another time! To register for our random drawings, visit or One entry per prize, per person. •

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Cover Kid winner Corbin had a professional photo shoot with Photography by Jacobson at EnterTrainment Junction.

Canstruction On the Move!

The 17th annual Canstruction contest kicks off March 4 with teams of architects, engineers and designers from across Cincinnati building huge sculptures out of canned goods! In order to bring awareness and to help feed the hungry, this year’s event includes free walking tours at 10 a.m. on March 8, 15 and 22 (a canned good donation is appreciated). Canstructions will be on display through March 23 at the following locations: The Weston Art Gallery Aronoff Center for the Arts (650 Walnut St.)

our child on the cover of our magazine? Maybe! Here comes Cover Kids, our all-online cover contest that gives your child a shot at being on our cover. One child in each of four age categories — 0 - 12 months, 13 - 35 months, 3 - 6 years and 7 - 10 years — will be selected to appear on a cover of Cincinnati/NKY Family. A fifth “wild card” winner from one of the age groups will also be chosen. From March 3 - May 15, upload your child’s photo from your device at (a $10 non-refundable submission fee applies, a portion of which will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation). On May 16, Cincinnati Family’s editors will select 10 finalists in each age group and then the public voting begins! Get your friends and family to go online and vote for your child (one vote per person per age category). At the end of the two-week voting period, the child with the most votes in each age category will be a Cover Kid! For a complete list of rules and to enter your child in Cover Kids 2014, visit

Aronoff Center for the Arts (front lobby) The Scripps Center 312 Walnut St. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County Main Branch, 800 Vine St. The Contemporary Arts Center 44 East 6th St. The Center (600 Vine) Hyatt Regency Cincinnati 151 West 5th St. At the end of the exhibit, winners of the contest will go on to compete nationally, and all of the canned goods used in the sculptures will be donated to the Freestore Foodbank. Visit

Children’s Author Signs Books

Happy Anniversary to Happen, Inc.!

Former Cincinnatian and author Elizabeth Kelly Gillihan visits Little Lords and Ladies Children’s Boutique on March 22 to read and sign her book, The Summer Fairy. Based on a 30-year tradition, the children’s book tells the tale of a Summer Fairy who bestows a seasonal gift on the last day of school and plenty of wisdom on how to have fun while being safe during the summer. Pick up a copy and meet the author beginning at 11 a.m. Call 513-891-1569 or visit

Happen, Inc., the non-profit that brings families together with creative art experiences, celebrates the beginning of its 15th year with a party at their Northside Studio (4201 Hamilton Ave.) from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Stop by for food, music, fun and the chance to say congratulations and Happy Anniversary to the Happen, Inc. team! Visit or e-mail for the scoop on all their planned celebrations.

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Activity Boxes in the mail!


reschoolers and toddlers love creativity and moms love to see their sweeties learning and busy, so take a look at “M is for Monster,” fun activity boxes you can order for your child to keep him engaged all month long! Created by a local West Chester mom “with too much time on my hands!,” purchase a single box of “M is for Monster” for $39.95 or opt for the monthly subscription box ($34.95 a month). Either way you’ll receive a box with week-byweek activities and materials for all kinds of age-appropriate engaging activities. Check out all the activities and options at

Ballet Toybox is a Fun Intro for Kids Cincinnati Ballet restages Ballet Toybox, a family-friendly program featuring Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company dancers for one performance only on Sunday, March 30 at 2 p.m. At just under an hour, Ballet Toybox is a mix of ballet and storybook classics designed to introduce young audience members to the beauty of dance. The Aronoff Center for the Arts at 650 Walnut St. is the venue. Tickets are $20. Call 513-621-5282 or visit

“Hog Logs” for Kids Fitness The Cincinnati Flying Pig Kids’ Marathon and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County team up again this year to encourage kids to “Be Smart, Eat Well, and Move More.” Kids are invited to pick a Hog Log to track their daily activity, as well as visit select library branches this month for fun learning programs that will score them extra “miles.” March 4 at 3:30 p.m. Avondale Branch (3566 Reading Road, 513-369-4440) March 12 at 3:30 p.m. Corryville Branch (2802 Vine St., 513-369-6034) March 18 at 3 p.m. Walnut Hills Branch (2533 Kemper Lane, 513-369-6053) Can’t make it? Just sign up online at!

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kids’ health

pleasing picky eaters When finicky rules the day, moms’ll do just about anything to get kids to eat. Tips from locals can help.


odeling good eating habits to your kids isn’t always easy when you’re on the go-go-go, but you can still get nutritious bites into your little ones — one sneaky trick at a time!

For Babies Transitioning to solid foods with your tot? Start with cooked fruits and veggies over cereals, says Elizabeth Blessing, owner of Green BEAN Delivery, a local service that delivers fresh produce to your home. “Get the infant in the habit of eating fruits and vegetables right from the start,” she says. Kid favorites include avocado, banana, baked sweet potato, boiled green beans and ripe pear. Blessing is a big fan of introducing fresh solid foods prior to breast weaning. Cut fruits and vegetables into tiny shapes so Baby can feed herself, too. “Quickly, your baby will be eating the same (slightly

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modified) meal as everyone else at the table, and a family that eats together is a healthier family,” she says.

Picky Toddlers “Kids are a moving target,” says Missy Chase Lapine, famously known as The Sneaky Chef. “What they like today, they may not like tomorrow.” Lapine says to sneak puréed veggies like sweet potatoes, carrots and cauliflower into pasta sauce, for example, or puréeing spinach and blueberries into brownie batter. “The whole idea is to offer a solution that doesn’t require a total behavior change.” Lapine says it’s important to introduce natural, whole foods to kids in familiar ways, like in pizza or pasta sauces, but also in ways that are fun. Avoid a child’s life-long aversion to green beans by being creative! Last fall, Lapine introduced the Sneaky Chef product line, including three types of pasta sauce and a no-nut peanut butter, so that busy moms don’t have to fuss with food processors if they

don’t have the time. Blessing advises parents to give picky toddlers choices — broccoli or peas for lunch, or cooked or raw carrots for dinner, for example. “This approach allows them to make the decision, but the parent provides the healthy guidelines. “

Growing Teens Happily, once kids are bigger and making their own choices about food, their tastebuds become more adventurous but you may still have another challenge on your hands. “Teenagers are tricky because it is easier for them to obtain food outside of the house,” says Blessing. Keep being a good role model by eating fresh produce, and always providing fruits and veggies at home — if you’re consistent in both your meals and your message, even phases where kids avoid their produce will likely pass.

“Where Every Family Matters.”

Fun Food Ideas from Local Moms “I made up the shiner dance. If they make a ‘shiner’ (clean plate), we get to do the dance. My and 6- and 4-year-old live for it.” Rebekah Theiss

“Our kids love veggies. Their favorites are broccoli, green beans, raw carrots, raw celery and cucumbers. They also enjoy asparagus. To introduce asparagus, we had a Sponge Bob Dinner: Crab cakes (aka, Crabbie Patties), Asparagus (aka, Plankton), and Spinach Noodles (aka, Seaweed).” Leslie Mattie Rich

“When I was a nanny the kids would gag at the sight of veggies

before trying them. I got a Magic Bullet and pureed veggies and mixed them into sauces and such. They couldn’t tell the difference!” Tara Smith

“Mine love beets because they make everything pink, and because I call them beet candy. Now they watch Lazy Town and they have learned the term ‘sports candy,’ which we can use to refer to any healthy food.” Alice Rericha

“We use juice. We love the green goodness from Bolthouse. You’d think it’s a delicacy, but they love it and they’re getting the nutrition they need (they’re only 20 months). We will deal with eating them when they’re a bit older.” Betsy Simms




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In an emergency, call 911 at once. If you think your child has an urgent health problem you may call us at (513) 336-6700. The following list may provide some useful guidelines • Trouble with breathing • Bleeding that does not stop • Rhythmical jerking and loss of consciousness (a seizure) • Unconsciousness • Increasing or severe persistent pain • Persistent pain in the right lower section of the abdomen • A head injury involving loss of consciousness, confusion, a bad headache, or vomiting several times LOCATIONS: Mason-Montgomery 9600 Children’s Dr., Mason, OH 45040 Liberty Township 7335 Yankee Rd., Liberty Twp. OH 45044 Forest Park 752 Waycross Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45240

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Manis & Pedis & Spas Oh My! WE ASKED: Do you take your girls to get manicures or pedicures? If so, at what age? It’s fun for kids! My daughter had her third birthday party at the nail salon with her best friend. It was adorable and super fun for all involved. Krista Imhoff Werne

We do the princess package. My daughter turned 4 when I took her to get her princess package mani, pedi and hair styled. Kimberly Ohmer Sellmeyer

It’s not the right thing to do for young girls. Glad I don’t have girls, but I want to say no way would I take them! Your time would be better spent doing these kinds of things at home. I know it’s fun for girls to get their nails painted, but I think going to a salon might be giving them the

wrong idea about vanity and their place as young women. OK, maybe I’m thinking into it too deeply but it just doesn’t seem like you’d be starting them off on the right foot in life. Though I think it’s a great idea to have some mommy and me time at home where you could do things like this, I just think the whole idea of spending so much money and time on beauty isn’t the right thing to do with very young girls. And of course this is coming from someone who doesn’t frequent nail salons. I’ve paid for manis and pedis, but on special occasions like prom or MY wedding. Alison Berne Knue

It’s something they can look forward to when they get older. No, I don’t take our 7-year-old for manis/pedis. Hubby and I think

that kids grow up too fast as it is and have agreed that we want our daughter to have something to look forward to when she’s becoming a woman. We have also asked her to wait to wear nail polish and get her ears pierced until she is an older tween/teen — probably 12-ish but we’ll see. (Don’t get me started on how our society sexualizes young girls!) Malinda Long-Copland

Make it a relaxing thing to do at home. I don’t even go and get manis and pedis for myself! I take a quiet evening by myself when the hubby has my son out and my daughter goes to bed and do it myself. It’s more relaxing I think to pamper at home. Plus I know people who spend $50 or more a week or every other week ... It’s crazy! •

It’s better to just do your nails together at home. It’s more fun and better bonding time when we do our nails together at home. Chrissy Grimes Norris

It’s just too costly. I haven’t done it yet but only because I’m too cheap. She’s 7 and I imagine it would be a fun time getting our nails painted and going out to lunch. I’ll wait for a gift certificate. Becca Sontag

Save it for a birthday ... when she gets older. My daughter will be 14 in a couple weeks and that’s our birthday gift to her ... a day of pampering. Getting her hair done and a mani and pedi. Kristy Boaz

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family getaway


at OMNI!

Family pool with chair lift.

By Kiera Ashford

Relax at the pool, crash through ocean waves, hike to a hidden playground ... family activities are endless on Amelia Island.


ockin’ away to the rhythm of the waves on one of the comfy rocking chairs, I seemed to have lost myself in a world of beauty and relaxation. The Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Northeast Florida is a place filled with fun for all ... with some extra perks here and there, too.

Get Water-logged Pick from one of many outdoor lounge chairs and relax by a fire pit, fountain, pool or just under a palm tree. Did you know, there’s a chair for every bed there is? You don’t have to worry about not finding a place to sit near the pool. Enjoy the breeze and let your mind wander ... until the kids come shouting, “Wake up, Mom! We wanna go out to the beach!” Rent a cabana and chairs out on the sand or just plop right down on the guest towel you grabbed at the pool desk. Remember your room key — it’s how you get in and out from resort to beach. Done playing at the beach? Wash off and return to enjoy the three-tiered swimming area. The


adult-only hot tub and serenity pool begin at the top, followed by the family-friendly pool down to the kids’ splash area. Both pools have chair lifts to Splash area for kids. make access easy for everyone. If you need help, staff will help you into the chair and gently lower you down. The kids’ splash area has rock formations making it a great little spot for climbing toddlers. Lots of water spouts up from the ground in an inches-deep pool. When everyone’s had enough water for the day, take in one of the many other activities.

See and Do If you’ve got kids ages 13 and older, go for some stand-up paddleboarding. Don’t know how? All skill levels are invited to give it a try with an introductory paddle lesson. Once you’re set, tour the marsh. It’s a quiet area for sneaking up on local wildlife. The water’s not too deep, so don’t worry about falling off. It’s a lot of fun and a must-do activity. (please turn the page) •

Paddleboarding along the marsh.

Hiking path that leads to an overlook of the beach.

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+ 10 Reasons to Visit Camp Amelia

Aury Island Playground

The Amelia Island Nature Center offers lots of scheduled tours and programs. “Beach Bounty” allows you to hunt for natural treasures along the shore. “Timucuan Indian Tour” lets you explore Walker’s Landing to look for historic Timucuan Indian remnants around a burial mound. You can also learn about the critters that live at the Nature Center during “Critter Encounter.” Enjoy crabbing with naturalists the old-fashioned way, go freshwater fishing on the banks of Aury Island, take on a treasure hunt and more. When your kids are done with the group setting, set out on your own little adventure to find a place to let loose and play around. One of the many paths etched into this serene location leads you to a little hidden area, Aury Island Playground. The play structure is a wooden ship and surrounding it are things to climb on and dig with, swings and more — all nestled in its own quiet spot. For more family fun, head over to Heron’s Cove Adventure Golf for a round of friendly putt-putt or over to Camp Amelia for scheduled themed fun for ages 4 - 12. Kids can register to participate in a wide variety of programs at Camp Amelia. Interactive learning excursions are offered as either half-day or full-day sessions and give your kids something fun (and ... shhh! ... educational) to do while on vacation. The newly remodeled Camp Amelia room is also filled with toys, games, a giant dry-erase board and more. The kids are in wonderful care and are sure to have fun while enrolled in one of the activities led by award-winning counselors. Ages 9 - 15 can also take on Junior Adventures. There are plenty of programs for them as well. Teens aren’t left out either. They have their very own room filled with game systems, foosball and more. Teens can hang out and make new friends here. One feature that I’ve never seen at a resort before is unlimited use of a telescope. The hotel has a telescope that guests can use for free to view the night sky ... but be sure to share. While you wait your turn, enjoy a s’more by one of the fire pits. These spots become popular as people gather around to warm up as the cooler evening sets in.

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And for Mom or Dad? There’s lots just for them, too. Mom, it’ll be a good idea to schedule yourself some alone time at the resort’s luxurious full-service spa and salon. The spa offers lots of unique experiences, including treatment rooms with a nature view and a relaxation area and garden, which is simply wonderful after a massage. Who said you had to hurry off just after you’re all relaxed and refreshed? It’s nice to just sit back and let it all soak in. Golfers will be in awe at the availability of places to play a good round of golf — there are two different courses (and a member’s only course) to take on! I’ve never picked up a club before, and let me tell you ... it wasn’t pretty. But, with the help of a quick private lesson from a trained staff member, I felt a little more comfortable ... and I learned a lot, too. The courses are amazingly crafted and stunning. It’s a great place for Dad — or Mom — to enjoy a little time away from the family.

What to Eat? Nine restaurants including a deli/market, Marché Burette over in the shopping area, will surely leave you asking, “Where do we want to eat today?” There are many options offering a variety of tastes. If you need something quick and familiar, head to Natural Slice, which is a surf shop with a pizza restaurant. Yummy! There’s also a farmers’ market if you come during the right season, where you can buy locally grown fresh veggies, fruits, cheeses, jams, jellies and more. That’s a great way to pick up a healthy snack for the kids. My favorite dining spot was Sunrise Café. The breakfast buffet is extraordinary and you can sit with the view of the rising sun over the Atlantic — lunch is served seasonally. You can order a la carte from the menu, too. There are just so many options that will leave your taste buds screaming for more. When the family is all worn out and everyone’s bellies are full, rest peacefully in your room and prepare for the next day’s events. This family-friendly resort is a blissful place filled with amazement. A place where every room has an ocean view! R Kiera Ashford is associate editor for this publication and mother of two, ages 7 and 3.

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A Nature Center with programs for the kids and several animal tenants to view ... and talk to, too!


A 1,350-acre plantation explorable by Segway, bike, golf cart or just a good hike.


More than three miles of wide, uncrowded beach and pool scape.


404 oceanfront rooms/suites with patios/balconies overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.


Largest pool scape in Northern Florida, featuring the infinity-edged adult swimming pool, 10,000-square-foot family-friendly pool, children’s splash park and two hot tubs.

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Nine on-site dining venues from gourmet to casual.

Youth and family activities including Camp Amelia, teen Gamers Lounge and more.

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Cliff Drysdale Tennis professionals and 23 Har-Tru tennis courts.

Nature-geared full-service spa and salon.

Shopping village with 14 boutiques and a French-style deli/market.


Golf courses including Ocean Links Course, Oak Marsh Course and Long Point Golf Course. Heron’s Cove Adventure Golf means putt-putt for all ages.


Lakes, ponds and marshes great for fishing, kayaking or paddleboarding.

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When Baby Comes Early: Understanding Premature Delivery By Jamie Lober


preemie is any baby who is born before 37 weeks of pregnancy, according to the March of Dimes. While the baby is small, the issue is not. “Preterm birth is the single leading cause of infant mortality. Those babies are at the greatest risk for having complications from being born early or less than 34 weeks of gestation,” says Louis Muglia, M.D., a professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Doctors acknowledge there is a lot of work

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Unexpectedly, your delivery is ... NOW! Your baby will be born early, so there are plenty of things you need to know. to be done among Cincinnati families and obstetricians alike. The fact that the warning signs come in different forms makes premature labor hard to diagnose. “You will have patients who have contractions that are early or preterm, which is before completing 37 weeks, and about 50 percent go away. It is not a problem and they end up going to term,” says Michelle Federrer, M.D., an obstetrician/ gynecologist with Mercy Health. The March of Dimes releases an annual report on how states are doing in eradicating preterm births. In 2013, Ohio earned a “C,” the same grade as 2012. That may sound bad, but Ohio is making progress. While the preterm birth rate stayed the same from 2012’s report card,

at 12.1 percent of live births, the percentages of uninsured women of childbearing age (17 percent) and of women of childbearing age who smoke (27.3 percent) went down from 2012. As well, the percentage of infants born between 34 and 36 weeks gestation (8.1 percent) dropped as well. “Ohio is below the national average in preterm birth rate,” says Muglia.

Know Your Risk Factors You may have heard that preemies are more likely to be boys than girls and that can be true. “When we put someone in preterm labor we look at the sex. If it is a boy born to a Caucasian family, we get more worried because they do not

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do as well,” says Federrer. Other factors that put moms at risk include expecting twins or triplets, African American status, or a previous preterm birth. “If we know the mom has had a preterm delivery before, one of the things that has been shown to help with treating or preventing another is giving a weekly injection of progesterone earlier in the pregnancy until they get closer to term,” she says. The final major hurdle is smoking and drug use. “The current drug use that is out there whether it is tobacco, marijuana or prescription drugs has been disturbing and can cause pre-term birth or your placenta to abrupt,” says Federrer.

What You and Your Doctor Can Do Bed rest and fluids are not that effective, unfortunately. Some of it is genetics, as some women are simply disposed to having babies preterm. Expecting moms are advised to focus on modifiable risk factors. “One modifiable risk factor is appropriate spacing between pregnancies, so at least 18 months, [along with] normal pregnancy weight gain and going into the pregnancy with a healthy body mass index,” says Muglia. There is still a lot that remains unknown about what triggers preterm birth. “Right now we measure something called cervical length as an indicator but even that is not very sensitive or specific,” says Muglia. This tool indicates the women that are more likely to have a preterm birth and reflects those that should probably receive progesterone supplementation during pregnancy. “We need better markers of the women that are likely to deliver preterm well before they start into labor and get more effective interventions for the women who have contractions,” he says. If you know you are at risk, make sure your obstetrician knows it, too. “Women that have risk factors should be having cervical length measurements around 24 weeks of gestation, and women that had a previous preterm birth should talk to their doctor about whether he thinks she should receive progesterone supplementation to reduce risk of preterm birth,” said Muglia. There has to be good communication between the mom and obstetrician. But even the best of communicators can run into the shock of preterm labor.

Discover the Signs There are two broad classes of preterm delivery and birth. “One is spontaneous where the mom starts into labor for reasons that more than half the time we do not understand. About 25 percent of the time it may be due to an infection.

But for more than half, maybe up to three-quarters, we do not have the cause,” says Muglia. The other cause is medically indicated, which means the mom or baby is having a problem with the pregnancy where their health is compromised such that the pregnancy has to be stopped by the physician. Knowing the signs of premature labor can make a difference. Low back pain and abdominal pressure should alert women that there could be a potential problem. “Many women will not recognize signs like low back discomfort or other non-specific abdominal complaints, while others clearly will recognize forceful contractions,” says Muglia. Some women deliver acutely but have had some labor symptoms without recognizing them ahead of time. “Moms should have a high index of suspicion that preterm labor is happening because it is such a common event — about one in nine pregnancies end up in a preterm delivery, and an even greater fraction of those have signs suggestive of preterm labor,” says Muglia.

steroids at least 48 hours before birth to help promote maturation of the lungs, and to minimize complications after birth. You can expect that the baby will not go home until the time that he was normally due to be born. “If the baby is born two moths early, he will be in the hospital for two months. So make sure you are connected with services in terms of developmental assessment and long-term outcomes … because early intervention is critically important,” says Muglia. And moms need to remember to take care of themselves, too. “A lot of times they do not rest like they should and are overdoing it when they have a preterm,” says Federrer. Obstetricians recognize prematurity as a problem and have adopted a mindset accordingly. “One of the biggest pushes in the obstetric world in the last five years is that we do not want to deliver at 37 weeks; we want to get them to 39,” says Federrer.

life matters Elective deliveries used to be fairly accepted. “Everybody wants to have their baby and deliver early but most moms are reasonable, want to help their baby, and will go into natural labor,” she says. Thanks to medical advances, preemies are surviving and going on to lead normal, productive lives. “There is a blood pressure medication called Procardia that is starting to be used and has helped some,” says Federrer. More Cincinnati families are becoming aware of premature birth in general. “We want to make sure moms and babies are as healthy as they can be going into pregnancy to have the best opportunity to have healthy babies,” said Muglia. J Jamie Lober, author of Pink Power, is dedicated to providing information on women’s and pediatric health topics.

Preemie Complications The earlier the baby is born, the more chance of problems. “You could have a baby at 26 weeks and it doesn’t seem like there are any problems at all and then seven to eight weeks later, he could have a significant problem with the lungs. It is always individualized,” says Federrer. Some preemies have to spend time in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), which is the part of the hospital that takes care of sick newborns. Other possible health complications include respiratory distress syndrome, anemia, infections, jaundice, apnea, problems with vision and heart and lung issues.

Caring for Your Preemie Do your best to give the baby a healthy start. Muglia says that moms with babies likely to be born early should receive prenatal

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Healthy Self Image By Sherry Hang

Moms want their daughters to grow up happy with their bodies, but sometimes a mother’s own body confidence can get in the way. Given all the imagery of the female “ideal” girls grow up with in our world, it’s no wonder this is an issue.


or many girls growing up, Mom is the most beautiful and perfect person imaginable. But she’s not just an example of what it means to be an adult in the world, she’s also a model to her daughters about how she feels about herself. So is she complains about her jiggly thighs or awful hips, her girls hear those messages loud and clear. Girls learn that judging their bodies — often in negative terms — is to be expected. Girls can grow up to de-value themselves, to fret over things like “thigh gaps” and “bikini bridges,” rather than appreciating how their strong legs and arms help them to run faster or give bigger, better hugs. (please turn the page) •

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Mothers, Daughters & a Healthy

Self Image When you’re a mom, it’s your turn to pass along the life lessons you’ve learned about being a girl. The question is what will YOU pass on? A healthy relationship with food and self-image, or a continuous cycle of self-criticism and negativity?

Girls Are Listening The preoccupation for girls to be pretty and thin in our culture is undeniable, and while the “ideal” body type may have changed over time, what hasn’t changed is the need for girls to try and achieve the “ideal.” They can feel shame if they fail to achieve the impossible, and this widespread issue impacts even the youngest among us. “Children are watching us as models before they can even talk,” says Sarah Lavanier, a clinical psychologist for the Harold C. Schott Eating Disorders Program at the Lindner Center of Hope. Lavanier says that girls as young as 6 can begin “fat” talking and focusing on thinness. She also points out a few disturbing numbers: 50 percent of adolescent girls report using unhealthy means — like vomiting, laxatives or skipping meals — to lose weight; 25 percent of elementary school girls report dieting regularly. And according to the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA), dieting school girls are pretty savvy when it comes to understanding things like calories and caloric restrictions. Plenty of outside influences feed girls the message that they must be thin in order to be popular, admired or even loved. Media images that glorify skinny, the mass marketing of “beauty” and peer pressure from friends who compete in rituals like who can eat the least or go the longest without food, are all a factor

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in how a girl determines the ideal for herself. “These messages are coming from many different directions,” says Lavanier, adding that recent research shows that one’s body image is negatively affected by how much social media one uses. “And Photoshop isn’t helping.” Failing to duplicate the images on TV and computer screens is pretty stressful, whether you’re 6 or 16. Young girls are still trying to determine who they are, and when they’re told that the most obvious identifying factor about themselves — their bodies — is wrong, the doubts and bad feelings can take over. Mothers and female role models need to take a good look at themselves. According to NEDA, young girls inherit their mothers’ attitudes toward weight and nutrition just as easily as other important life issues. And a study by the American Dietetic Association found that girls as young as 5 are in tune with and affected by their mother’s negative attitudes about their body image. All of the off-handed comments women make about themselves as they get dressed each day or night, no matter how harmless the intention, are heard. They’re internalized even when they don’t reflect reality. Think about it: As she grows up, if a young girl is told over and over again how much she looks like her mother, and her mother shames herself for her weight, the young girl will believe she’s just like her mom even if both of them are actually very different in size. So if Mom skips meals and has a habit of expressing dissatisfaction with her figure, her daughter is more likely to do the same.

Managing the Message How can a mother communicate the importance of eating healthy and loving the body, especially when she has her own food and self insecurities to overcome? Lavanier suggests that when moms look at their own relationship with food and body image, they should ask themselves, how much do I focus on body, shape, size, image and food throughout my day? Does this focus influence my behaviors, my interactions with others and how I talk to and treat myself or my child? If the answers indicate an unhealthy relationship with your own body, Lavanier says to first praise yourself for recognizing there may be a problem. “This is the first important step,” she says. “Next is to begin to shift focus to self-love and self-acceptance and treating the body well.” She advises moms to remind themselves of what they love about themselves and their life outside of their appearance. “Also know that treatment is available. Get an evaluation from someone who specializes in body image or eating disorders.” It’s like the oxygen mask on airplanes — you can’t securely fasten your child’s mask if you haven’t taken care of your own first. In the same way that parents are a main influence on children who develop a negative body image, parents are also a main influence for developing a positive one, which makes you more powerful than all those media images. “Work on making your message stronger, consistent and more meaningful,” says Lavanier. She adds that parents should talk to their children about ads on TV and in beauty magazines and remind them that advertisers are trying to sell something so their viewpoints are skewed. Limit access to TV and magazines if you feel it’s necessary. Also, help your girls (and boys) focus

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on things besides body shape and size. Instead, turn their attention toward their talents and their gifts that make them unique and special. The bottom line is that a healthy self image comes down to understanding what being healthy actually means. Lavanier uses the Three F’s in her therapy work: Fun Friendly Fitness — doing the things that bring you and your family the most joy. According to her, “Being healthy is about honoring the body’s needs in a balanced way, including diverse and balanced eating, movement for the joy of it and regular self-care.” J Sherry Hang is editor for this publication.

Warning Signs of an Eating Disorder Dissatisfaction with one’s body can lead to serious consequences, like eating disorders. Know the warning signs: • Increased anxiety around food • Picky or restrictive eating • Avoiding social or extracurricular activities, especially ones that involve food or showing the body (e.g., swimming) • Increased interest in diets and exercise • Negative comments about one’s body or “fat talk” The Harold C. Schott Eating Disorders Treatment Team at the Lindner Center of Hope (4075 Old Western Road, Mason) offers evaluations and treatment of eating disorders. Call 513-536HOPE (4673) or visit

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theBoy in theBoat Life Lessons Learned at Camp By Stephen Wallace, M.S. Ed., and Ben Seifer

Kids learn to be independent, confident and adventurous when they go to camp — just listen to Ben.

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ith summer on the horizon, you’re probably eyeing those long months ahead with your kids in mind. June may include a day camp or two and you may even send your child to a residential camp. Regardless of the exact ingredients, kids will learn the true meaning of what summer camp is all about. Camp provides the opportunity for kids to connect with nature, participate in counselor-lead activities, and to benefit from personal relationships. Many kids who attend camp experience an increase in self-esteem and are able to establish a true sense of being on their own. For most kids, that’s music to their ears. It certainly was for Ben. Ben was the boy in the boat; a gregarious go-getter whose journey through camp was inextricably linked to sailboats on the water. The lessons he learned at camp originated from challenges he faced as a skipper, navigating the constantly shifting conditions of wind, tide, crew and competition. Learning lessons about self-reliance, self-confidence, exploration and responsibility — all important metrics of a successful summer camp experience. Ben grew up to become a successful sailor. I asked the grown up Ben about the experiences of his summer camp life and a whole lot more.

Reflecting with the Camp Director On Self-Reliance

Wallace: Developmental dictates eventually steer young people away from dependence on their

summer of ‘14 parents and toward independence and self-reliance. In psychological terms, it’s called developing an “internal” as opposed to “external” focus of control — meaning that what formerly was other-directed (“Do this”; “Don’t do that”) is now self-directed (“I should do this” and “I shouldn’t do that”). Without long-established support systems, kids at camp have to identify the resources that can help them meet personal and group goals, resolve conflicts, and find success.

Seifer: When my parents’ SUV moved out of sight, I was, for the first time in my nine years of life, on my own. It didn’t hit me right away that the next morning my mom wouldn’t be there to wake me up, my dad to help me sail, or even that I wouldn’t come home at the end of the day to find my bed nicely made. My camp counselors introduced me to something new: adults who would show me the way but not hold my hand the entire time. I did a lot of active learning. I would always try something the first time and if I couldn’t figure it out on my own, my counselors would be there for guidance.

On Self-Confidence

Wallace: For campers, becoming self-reliant is related to self-confidence educationally and socially. In turn, self-confidence is born of a positive sense of oneself: the experiences one has (and one’s evaluation of those experiences) and how closely one’s achievements match one’s expectations. Campers gain self-confidence when they find meaningful, fulfilling educational and social experiences at camp, interpret those experiences correctly, and have reasonable, achievable expectations for success. Seifer: At my summer camp, activity awards were handed out at assemblies. Campers’ names

were read aloud as they walked onstage to the sound of applause. In retrospect, I realized this simple act served a much greater purpose than just handing out certificates. It is not always essential for campers to become the best at whatever they choose to do, but it is essential that they feel they’ve accomplished something. Publicly recognizing a camper for his or her accomplishments builds selfconfidence.

On Exploration

Wallace: Camp is, in short, about learning: learning about oneself, learning about others and learning about new ways to approach the world. Selfconfidence leads to learning through exploration of one’s interests, abilities and relationships. To maximize exploration, young people need to feel safe — free from fear of ridicule, sarcasm or insult. Creating a community of caring where young people feel comfortable moving beyond their “comfort zone” to the “challenge zone” promotes exploration. Seifer: My counselors were always pushing me. Pushing me during unit games, pushing me in the cabin towards new activities, pushing me to be a better sailor and pushing me towards girls at dances. In their own ways they encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone and take a risk. I developed a trust with them and in turn with the entire camp community. Whether I was on the water, on a field or in my cabin, I always knew that my counselors and the camp would “have my back.”

On Responsibility

Wallace: Beyond the buddies, baseballs and bonfires lies the true value of the summer camp experience: a heightened sense of personal responsibility toward self and others. That “other •

orientation” manifests itself in many ways, including a strong sense of connectedness and a commitment to give of oneself. Indeed, research from SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) points out that young people who have attended summer camp are significantly more likely than those who have not to feel good about their relationships and to take positive risks, such as volunteering for community service.

Seifer: I met some of the greatest people in the world at camp. In fact, I made such real friendships that the time I spent at camp each summer was enough to make me feel good the entire year. One of many lifelong things I learned at camp is a conscious responsibility to always be there for my friends and for others. Away from camp, I have volunteered as a peer leader, facilitating discussions about alcohol and drug use with middle and high school students and their parents, and I have joined fellow athletes in performing community service.

Life Lessons Learned at Camp The benefits to young people of a summer at camp have long been discussed and more recently evaluated. What are they? Simply put, they’re opportunities. Opportunities not exclusive to camps but rather concentrated at camp, where under the direction, supervision and influence of caring counselors, young adults can learn to become more independent, more confident, more self-aware and more giving toward others. These are just some of the life lessons learned at camp. Stephen Wallace, M.S. Ed., is a school psychologist and adolescent counselor. Reprinted by permission of the American Camp Association.

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Hillsdale Campus: 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-728-2400 Doherty Campus: 2726 Johnstone Place, Cincinnati An award-winning independent, non-sectarian and coeducational school serving students 2 yrs. - grade 12 on two campuses. An intellectually vibrant environment encourages personal attention and the average class size is 15. Educating the whole child with a college-prep, 21st century curriculum. Our summer program offers a full spectrum of high-interest activities, from architectural modeling and wakeboarding to top-secret science, fantasy football, gourmet cooking, Lego robotics, kite making, space exploration, and many more. Open House on the Hillsdale Campus for grades preK - 5, Feb. 25, 9 a.m. Open House on the Doherty Campus Feb. 24, 9 a.m.

Springer School

2121 Madison Road, Cincinnati 513-871-6080 • Adventures in Summer Learning is designed for students of at least average potential who are not making expected progress. The morning program provides strategic instruction in language arts, math, and critical thinking. In the afternoon, classes are available in math, writing, social skills, and creative expression. Jun. 17 - Jul. 12, grades 1 - 8.

ARTS CAMPS Baldwin Music Education Center

3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati 513-351-1109 For more than 50 years, BMEC has provided specially designed music classes for students ages 6 mos. and up. The unique preschool music program includes keyboards, rhythm instruments, movement, and singing as a way to learn musical concepts through everyday experiences. In addition, trained group music teachers offer group piano classes for ages 5 and up. Conveniently and centrally located, BMEC also offers family discounts.

Cincinnati Children’s Choir Festival

UC- CCM Preparatory Department, Cincinnati 513-556-0338 • Jul. 28 - Aug. 2. Singers ages 9 - 15 will visit UC’s campus to experience sessions in vocal artistry, sight-singing, musicianship through movement, music theory and music history/world music. The festival culminates with a concert featuring the Festival Choir and members of the gold medal-winning Cincinnati Children’s Choir. Tuition: $200.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Summer Theatre Day Camp

962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati 513-421-3888 The Playhouse offers summer camp sessions for students entering grades 1 - 12. Classes are taught by theater professionals in a fun, no-fail environment. All levels of experience are welcome!

Christ Church Cathedral

318 E. 4th St., Cincinnati 513-621-1817 • (art) • (choir) Music and Art in a Sacred Space. Children can explore Christian spirituality through music and art camps. Choir Camp, Jun. 16 - 20. Art Camp, Jun. 23 - 27. Ages 6 and up. $75 first camp registration; $50 for second camp or second child.

French Woods Festival of the Performing Arts

350 Bouchoux Brook Road, Hancock, NY 800-634-1703 • Located in the Catskills of New York, this performing arts camp offers dance, music, circus, magic, visual arts, some sports and horseback riding for campers ages 7 - 17.

MamLuft&Co. Dance Camp

at Contemporary Dance Theater, 1805 Larch Ave., Cincinnati 513-494-6526 • Contemporary Dance Theater and MamLuft & Co. Dance offer an all-day camp, Aug. 4 - 8, focus on dance and other activities. Driven to help your 5 - 10-year-old find confidence through healthy movement, the camp teaches modern dance, ballet, art and crafts, and other fun activities, including optional after care up to 6 p.m.

The Music Factory 513-545-7125 Celebrating 10 years of music education classes, for children 6 months to 5 years, taught onsite at your preschool or day care! These 30-minute award-winning classes lay the musical foundation through seasonal activities, creative movement, singing, and the use of rhythm instruments. This musical environment also enhances the listening, language development, and gross motor skills for children.

School of Rock Mason Summer Camp

755 Reading Road, Ste. 1, Cincinnati 513-770-1257 • Want to perform a live concert? One-week performance camps for students capable of playing through a song. Camps rehearse for a week then perform a live concert on Friday evening. Just starting out on guitar, bass, drums, keys, or vocal? Rock 101 Camp introduces kids to each over the five days.

Stagedoor Manor

116 Karmel Road, Loch Sheldrake, NY 540-337-7619 • Total theater immersion for performers of all levels ages 10 - 18. Rehearsals and classes result in 14 full-scale shows every three weeks in eight indoor and outdoor theaters. Campers choose either musical or drama productions.

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Young Rembrandts

Cincinnati West and Hamilton 513-779-7278 • Young Rembrandts uses art as a way to develop essential learning skills. We offer child-friendly and relevant subject matter to spark children’s interest and increase knowledge retention, never losing sight that children learn best when they are engaged and entertained. We will teach basic to advanced drawing skills, art techniques, and vocabulary while expressing creativity in a positive environment. All new lessons every session. All supplies are provided.

NATURE CAMPS Cincinnati Parks Summer Nature Daycamps

Multiple Park Locations 513-321-6208 • Our camps for ages 3 - 14 are voted “Best of the City” for the great value in educational, fun-filled outdoor activities! Hikes, crafts, and games are part of each day. Fees: $45 - $80 weekly. New this year: Harry Potter and 50 Plus Camp. Online registration on our website.

Gorman Heritage Farm – Farm Camp

10052 Reading Road, Cincinnati 513-563-6663 • Be a farm kid! Camp activities include: interacting with barnyard animals, exploring the woods, gardening, games, hiking, cooking, crafts, and more. Special themed camps for wilderness, art, cooking, vet, and science. Camp sessions scheduled by age group. Please see our website for full brochure. You will never want to leave.

SCIENCE CAMPS Camp Invention • 800-968-4332 Led by local educators, the week-long Camp Invention experience immerses elementary school children in hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. Children spend their time building original prototypes, creating a personalized motor-powered vehicle and taking apart electronics to construct a pinball machine. Discounts available, register today!

iSPACE Summer Day Camps

3254 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-612-5769 Voted Best Camp by the readers of Cincinnati Family magazine in the 2013 Best of Parenting poll, iSPACE - The STEM Learning Place, offers 30+ day camp sessions (entering grades K - 12). Transform Lego or Tetrix into robotic animals, smart cars, underwater bots, space rovers or band bots. Ignite imaginations by launching radial rockets, exploring Lego engineering, discovering the ups and downs of living and working in space, and much, much more.

Space Camp and Aviation Challenge

One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 800-637-7223 • Space Camp and Aviation Challenge are camp programs of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center located in Huntsville, AL. By focusing on space, aviation and teamwork, you will learn how to become the next generation of astronauts, fighter pilots and leaders. Get ready for a week of non-stop fun and adventure!






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Flying Horse Farms

5260 Ohio 95, Mt Gilead 419-751-7077 Flying Horse Farms is a camp for children with serious illnesses located in Mt. Gilead. The children who benefit from our camp have illnesses including arthritis, asthma, cancer, bleeding disorders, gastrointestinal disease, heart disease, kidney disease, and craniofacial anomalies. Flying Horse Farms is always free of charge.



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SPORTS CAMPS Chris Mack Basketball Camp

Cintas Center, Xavier University,1624 Herald Ave., Cincinnati 513-745-3417 • For boys grades 2 - 9 – Day camp is an exciting four day experience in one of the college basketball’s best facilities. From individual instruction to exciting five-on-five tournament play, this is a camper’s unique opportunity to be a part of our program. Jun. 16 - 19, Jun. 30 - Jul. 3, or Jul. 14 - 17. For boys and girls ages 4 - 7 – Little Dribblers Camp offers younger campers and opportunity to experience Xavier Basketball firsthand focusing on the fundamentals of basketball, teamwork and sportsmanship. Jun. 20, Jul. 18.

Cincinnati Sports Club

3950 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-527-5026 Ages 3 - 12: Kidsports Summer Camp – All summer long we provide a field trip and a special guest appearance every week, games, weekly themes, crafts, swimming, and more. Ages 3 - 6: Tumbling Camp – Campers will be active and healthy while having fun and making new friends and learning introductory tumbling. Ages 4 - 12: Junior Racquet Camp – Children will learn the proper strokes and strategies for four exciting racquet and paddle sports.

Hubbard Family Swim School at Kids First Sports Center

7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-530-0123 Our priority is to teach children starting as young as 2 mos. to love and respect the water. We are committed to providing swim lessons that build confidence and teach water safety skills in a child-centered environment. Our international reputation for excellence in teaching has grown as a result of our learn-to-swim techniques.

McCallie Sports Camp

500 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga, TN 800-672-2267 • An action-oriented sports camp for boys with an emphasis on fun. Open to boys ages 9 -15 of all athletic abilities. Along with team and individual sports, boys enjoy off-campus activities that include Six Flags Over Georgia, an Atlanta Braves game, white water rafting and paint ball.

US Sports Camps The official operator of Nike Sports Camps, this is American’s largest sports camp network. Go to the website and search offerings using the “Select Your Sport” tab located at the top of the homepage.

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Tumbling Camp Racquet Sports Camp Golf Camp Soccer Camp Aquatics Programs Register to win a FREE week of camp!

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TRADITIONAL CAMPS Animal Camp at Cub Creek Science Camp

16795 State Rt. E, Rolla, MO 573-458-2125 • Animals, animals, animals! Campers feed monkeys, work llamas, hold baby kangaroo, play with putties, bunnies and kittens. Our Jr. Vet program is a perfect fit for anyone who wants to become a vet (great for college applications!) 100+ activity choices including archerty, zip lines, pottery, and swimming. Transportation available from the St. Louis airport.

Voted the best of the city!

Black River Farm & Ranch

5040 Sheridan Line, Croswell, MI 810-679-2505 • • Girls who love horses and horseback riding have come to the BR since 1962 for a worry-free and friend filled summer. Set away from the hustle and bustle of the city on 360 acres, girls ages 5 - 15 enjoy our excellent western riding program and our wide variety of activities.

Camp at the J

8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 513-722-7249 Camp at the J provides great social and cultural opportunities that foster friendships and features good old fashioned fun. In addition to traditional activities such as swimming and archery, Camp at the J offers recycled art, silly science, social action projects, and more. For children entering grades K - 8.

Camp Laney

916 West River Road, Mentone, AL 256-634-4066 • Camp Laney is an independent, traditional boys’ camp located on Lookout Mountain in northeastern Alabama. Camp Laney is accredited by the ACA and offers four two-week sessions for ages 8 - 14 and a one-week junior camp session for boys finishing grade 2. Activities include canoeing, water slide, swimming, team sports, ropes course, climbing wall, mountain biking bouldering, archery, riflery and tennis.

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Camp Wildbrook, LTD

9664 Daly Road, Cincinnati 513-931-2196 • ACA accredited summer day camp. Family owned and operated for 63 years. Dedicated staff leading active, outdoor, traditional camp activities: daily swim lessons, archery, arts and crafts, basketball, BB air gun, drama and singing, gymnastics, kickball, nature and camping, soccer, softball, tennis, and special events. Six weeks (Jun. 16 - Jul. 25), Mon. - Fri., 9:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Woodmont CRC_SDC_2014_PRINT ad_Cinti Fam Mag_Layout 1 2/13/14 2:21 PM Page Camp 1 381 Moonlight Drive, Cloudland, GA 423-472-6070 • Camp Woodmont is a traditional, overnight camp for boys and girls ages 6 - 14. Just 30 minutes from Chattanooga, Camp Woodmont features horseback riding, high ropes/climbing, sports, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery and more. Founded on Christian principles in 1981, Camp Woodmont is the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and memories. Open House May 18, 2 - 5 p.m.

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7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-629-KIDS • An early learning center for active kids - 6 wks. - preK. For 40 years, the Kids First Sports Center family has been dedicated to our mission of helping kids grow into happy, healthy, responsible adults. It’s true, Campus Kids receive the area’s finest academic and physical education. Your child’s long-term happiness and emotional well-being always comes first at The Campus.

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CCM Preparatory offers year-round learning and performing opportunities in music, learning dance and CCM Preparatory offers year-round and theatre arts at CCM, UC-Blue Ash and Westwood. CCM Preparatory offers year-round learning and performing opportunities in music, dance and CCMarts Preparatory offers year-round performing opportunities in Ash music, dance and learning and theatre at CCM, UC-Blue and Westwood. Phone: 513-556-2595 theatre arts at CCM, UC-Blue Ash andin Westwood. Online at performing opportunities music, dance and Phone: 513-556-2595 Phone: 513-556-2595 Online at theatre arts at CCM, UC-Blue Ash and Westwood. Online at

Multiple Locations in the Greater Cincinnati area 877-217-9528 Sign Up Now for the Great Summer Escape! Join your friends at Childtime this summer and enjoy nature, sports, music, and more. You’ll love our great field trips – selected by kids just like you! Reserve your spot today. Call or visit us online to find the location nearest you.

Falcon Camp

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

The Goddard School Summer Camps

Phone: 513-556-2595 CCM Preparatory offers year-round learning and paratory offers year-round learning and Online at performing opportunities in music, dance and ng opportunities in music, dance and theatre arts at CCM, UC-Blue Ash and Westwood. rts at CCM, UC-Blue Ash and Westwood.

1280 Nagel Road, Anderson Township 513-474-5292 Looking for an active summer camp for your kids? Then come join The Goddard School Summer Camp. This year’s theme is “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?” Our camps are designed for young and curious minds, ages toddler - 10 yrs. Children will enjoy our expanded campus, large indoor gym, crafts, cooking projects, sewing, gymnastics, garden activities, sports, behind the scenes tours, and lots of field trips. Full and half day camps available.

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Greenacres Summer Camps

8255 Spooky Hollow Road, Cincinnati 513-891-4227 • Arts, aquatic adventures, environment, equine, food, or garden ... a camp for every child! Greenacres offers hands-on, small group camps led by a caring, professional staff. • Ann ua mily Fa

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Setting The Standard in Early Care & Education

7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-489-7575 • Campers at Kids First get the very best! A backyard with mini-golf, a climbing wall and playground as well as 108,000 sq. ft. of everything kids Love: basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, karate, dance, cheer, swimming, you name it! New this year: Leaders in Training course for teens covering topics like leadership, conflict resolution, communication, and group dynamics. Teens can look forward to excursions, service opportunities and more.

Marmon Valley Ministries

7754 St. Rt. 292, Zanesfield 937-593-8051 • Trusted, ACA accredited, Christian horse camp near Bellefontaine. With 160 horses, Ohio’s largest horse camp! Campers also enjoy climbing, archery, swimming, and more. Develop skills, make friends, and build a relationship with Jesus Christ. MVM has been serving up farm fresh fun for kids 7 - 17 since 1964.

My Nose Turns Red Circus Camps

Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati/Northern KY 859-581-7100 • Camps held in multiple locations in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area. Our 17th year! CIRCUS CAMPS – Fun, unique, and challenging. Selected Best in the City by Cincinnati Magazine. Circus camps conducted by My Nose Turns Red, the area’s only non-profit youth circus. Skills taught include: stilt walking, juggling, rolling globe, clowning, and more. Camps for ages 4 - 7 and 7 - 16 plus two-week intensive featuring unicycle, aerials, and German Wheel. Register by April 15 for early bird discount!

Pleasant Vineyard Ministries

1259 Swann Beatty Road, Camden 937-452-3347 This is not your typical camp! Pleasant Vineyard is a nondenominational Christian summer camp located near Camden Ohio. PVM Camp offers a wide variety of exciting camp programs to choose from which include: paintball, paintball extreme, rock climbing, Nascamp, digital photoraaphy, drama, art, Mythbreakers, LIT, crew, and Rez Classic Camp.

YMCA Camp Carson

Discover the difference that degreed teachers, a child centered philosophy, outstanding parent communication and NAEYC Accreditation can make for you and your child. Offering full & part-time Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten & After School programs. CHECK OUT OUR REVIEWS ON GOOGLE!

9370 Waterstone Blvd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45249 Call 513.683.8833 to schedule your personal tour!

2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton, IN 812-385-3597 campcarsonorg • YMCA Camp Carson where all kids are accepted, challenged, empowered. Join campers and staff from around the country and around the world as you dive into daily adventures. Archery, pottery, horseback, dirt bikes, water ziplines, and so much more. It’s a non-stop week of opportunity, wrapped in the YMCA character development values. Only 3.25 hours southwest of Cincinnati.

YMCA Camp Ernst

7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY 859-586-6181 • Steeped in tradition and built on the YMCA values of honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility, Camp Ernst hosts campers who enjoy top-notch counselors, making friends, and participating in a variety of activities including zipline, banana boat, 100 ft. waterslide, giant swing, horseback riding, the blob, and much more.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps 12 locations in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky


The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati offers themed day camps, preschool camps, teen camps, counselorin-training programs, specialty camps, and sports camps for children ages 3 - 15. Camps at the Y are all about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, it’s fun too! Registration begins Mar. 1. Camps run May - Aug.; dates for each camp are available on our website.

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Camp We have a variety of creative camps for 3-12 year olds on our beautiful CMH campus in Loveland. Camps are open to all, not just CMH families! Five Weekly Sessions

(morning, afternoon or all-day camps available)

June 16, June 23, July 7, July 14, July 21

Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian

Nursery School Preschool for 21⁄2 years - 5 years

2, 3, 4 or 5 day programs, mornings or afternoons Degreed staff, excellent ratios Step Up To Quality Top Award Winner

Visit for specific camp sessions or call (513) 683-4757 for more information

Megan Sprigg, M.S.Ed., Director 5950 Montgomery Road • 513.631.0170


Camp it. Sign up your adventurer, ages 2-17, for a half or full-day summer camp. Camps include: • Habitat Explorers • Awesome Animals • Barnyard Friends • Growing Up a Farm Kid

• Archery • Kayaking • Fishing • Horseback Riding

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey’s Built To Amaze March 12 - 16


hildren of all ages are invited to find out what it takes to build “The Greatest Show on Earth” in this exciting circus experience, full of high-energy high-jinx! Andre McClain, Ringmaster and America’s favorite cowboy, takes the reins with his horse Comanche to lead the audience on delightful journey featuring over 100 of the world’s best performers with never-beforeseen feats. New this year includes the Tower Tumblers, a troupe of aerial athletes, and a fiery gang of whirling unicyclists from New York City. The circus opens an hour before show time with an All-Access Preshow available, which is FREE to all ticket holders! Performances take place at 7 p.m. March 12 - 16, 11 a.m. March 15 - 16, and 3 p.m. March 15 - 16. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway Street; $12 - $85. Call 800-745-3000 or visit

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It’s time for a French adventure — celebrate art with a special scavenger hunt, fun with Happen, Inc., local artists, French vocabulary lessons, French-inspired music and more. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.


Willkommen! Learn simple German vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Visit the Clifton Cultural Arts Center to view the works of multiple artists, including two wood sculptors, two photographers, and a painter. The exhibit remains open through April 12; hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mondays, 12 - 7 p.m. Thursdays, and 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturdays. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Avenue; 513-497-2860 or


Join the naturalist for a celebration that’s all about owls — learn about their adaptations, meet a common owl of the area, and dissect an owl pellet for $2. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


Winter’s a great time to investigate the night — owls, salamanders, woodcocks and forests are all a part of this hike. Meet at the Picnic Shelter. Dudley Woods, 5591 Hankins Road, Monroe; 6 - 8 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or


Learn how to make maple syrup the old-fashioned way during Sugar Camp! Stop by anytime on Saturday or Sunday to travel back in time to 1850s frontier America! Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m., 12 p.m., 2 p.m. March 1 and 2; 859-525-7529 or


During a short hike and demonstration, you can learn how simple and delicious tapping a maple tree can be. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


Experience the process of producing “liquid gold” from maple sap. Bask in the warmth of the evaporator and its maple-scented steam, then drop by the sugar house, or join an interactive sap-collecting maple hike. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. March 1 and 8; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


Jungle Jim’s and Mercy Health are teaming up for a new, free health-centered event. Head to the Oscar Event Center for a full day of screenings from Mercy Health, nutritious snacks form Jungle Jim’s, and plenty of good info on leading a healthy lifestyle. Oscar Event Center at Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfield; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 513-674-6055 or


Come clap your hands, stomp your feet and learn about rhythm while you feel the beat! The trumpet, piano and drums provide a variety of musical treats in this performance from the Linton Musicians. Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Avenue; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-381-6868 or



John Adams El Nino tells the traditional biblical story of the birth of Jesus, incorporating poetry, sermon excerpts and more. Today’s performance features the CCM Philharmonic, the Chamber Choir and the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Avenue; 3 p.m.; $12 general, $6 students, free for UC students; 513-556-4183 or

FREE MAPLE SUGAR CAMP Please see March 1 for details.


During a short hike and demonstration, you can learn how simple and delicious tapping a maple tree can be. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


Experience the process of producing “liquid gold” from maple sap. Bask in the warmth of the evaporator and its maple-scented steam, then drop by the sugar house, or join an interactive sap-collecting maple hike. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 12 - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-8311711 or


Survival at night can be difficult. Activities and live animals teach you how local creatures use their own night surveillance systems. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Ohio’s largest rodent is also nature’s most skilled architect! Join the naturalist to learn all about this critter, then explore a life-sized beaver lodge and join an indoor scavenger hunt. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Avenue; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. Call 513-521-7275 or visit

Feed your critter fascination during an exploration of bear facts — do they live in the area? What species are in Ohio? What do they need to survive? Find out these answers and more. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

SPOTLIGHT: Pancakes in the Park Saturday, March 8


elebrate spring’s arrival with a pancake breakfast complete with 100 percent pure maple syrup. After breakfast, step outside and take a guided tour of the sugar bush, and discover how the park makes its very own syrup. A limited supply of maple syrup will be available for purchase. Pattison Park Lodge, Batavia Pike; 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 ages 6 - 12, free ages 0 - 5. Call 513-732-2977 or visit

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Head to EnterTrainment Junction for crazy deals — check out the A-Maze-N FunHouse for $1.99 with the purchase of a ticket to Train Journey. Enjoy hot dogs for a quarter and discounts in the toy shop. From March 3 31; hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon - Sat, and 12 - 6 p.m. Sun. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; admission prices start at $9.95; 513-898-8000 or


Bring the kids to join the naturalist for a story time that’s all about mammals, including an introduction to a furry friend. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


It’s time for the bear to wake up! These large mammals are making their way into the springtime air after hibernating all winter. Ages 3 - 6 will have a “bear” of a good time learning more about these furry creatures. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


This playgroup is for children being raised in a bilingual household — meet other Spanish speaking families and make some new friends! Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Avenue; 11 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or


The UC Men’s and Women’s Choruses and Cabaret Singers perform a variety of classical, popular and jazz tunes, featuring selections from the upcoming UC Choruses tour to Charleston, South Carolina. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Avenue; 8 p.m.; $12 general, $6 students, free for UC students; 513-5564183 or

Grammy Award-winning Gospel leader Pastor Marvin L. Winans headlines this annual concert with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, including the premiere of his own work, Even Me, Lord. Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street; 7:30 p.m.; $20 adults, $8 students; 513-381-3300 or


More than 2,000 total pounds of rainbow trout will be stocked on Fridays in March, beginning today. All of your trout bait and tackle needs for catching these and other fish are available at the boathouse. Boathouse, Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


Put on your PJs for this ArtReach presentation of Sleeping Beauty. Bedtime snacks of fresh fruit cups will follow the show. Join Bob Evans in Finneytown on March 4 during Kids Eat Free night in your PJs and get a Sleeping Beauty coloring page — bring in your colored page to display during tonight’s performance. Grove Banquet & Event Center, 9158 Winton Road; 7 p.m.; free, but a donation of new PJs for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is appreciated; 513-522-1410 or


Meet indoors to learn about the curious “timberdoodle” and the amorous American toad. Then take a short walk to listen for these crooners in the preserve. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

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The Northern Kentucky Mothers of Twins Club hosts their semi-annual sale today. Shoppers can browse gently used baby and children’s clothing, toys, furniture, equipment and more. Items for both singles and multiples will be available. Purchases are cash only — please bring an empty laundry basket to carry your items. The METS Center, 3861 Olympic Boulevard, Erlanger; 9 - 11 a.m.; $1 admission; 859-547-8700 or


Meet several live frogs to discover how they move, what they eat, and where they live. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


All ages are invited to help Happen, Inc. celebrate the start of its 15th year — enjoy food, music, fun and the kick off to six months of exciting Happen events and activities to celebrate bringing families together through art. Happen, Inc., Northside Studio, 4201 Hamilton Avenue; 6 - 8:30 p.m.; 513-751-2345 or



Learn about attachment parenting and its benefits, and share your experiences with other parents. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Avenue; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or


See how a unique craft gives wood another life — the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild shows their skills through an exhibit and live demonstrations on wood lathes. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or



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The 350 members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir celebrate the artistry of youth premiering commissioned works, the 2013 winner from the national composition competition, and performing repertoire from around the globe. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Jefferson Avenue; 5 p.m.; $12 general, $6 students, free for UC students; 513-556-4183 or

Kick off the springtime running season with this 5/10K race through Covington, hosted by Covington Latin School. The route spans the riverfront and begins and ends at the beautiful Cathedral Basilica. Registration closes on March 5. Cathedral Basilica, 1140 Madison Avenue, Covington; 9 a.m.; $25 for 10K, $15 for 5K (add $10 for long sleeve shirt) through March 5; 859-2917044 or




Get the ball rolling and say good-bye to traditional materials — who needs paint brushes when you can dip a tricycle in paint and take off? Whether large or small, this art is on the go! Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8405 or

Parents can check out top-quality clothing, toys, baby gear, furniture, sports equipment and more, as well as visit with vendor booths like Stella and Dot, Origami Owl and Usbourne Books. Madeira Elementary School, 7840 Thomas Drive; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $1 admission; 513-9856080 or

Learn simple Spanish vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or

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ook out! Science is coming! Join Docktor Kaboom for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular experiments. He will take audiences on an amazing educational tour of the modern scientific method, using comedy while demonstrating applications of the physical sciences. Muntz Theater, UC Blue Ash College, 9555 Plainfield Road; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; $5. Visit performingarts/artrageous.html.


Investigate nature as it springs up around us — dress for the weather! Also held at 2 p.m. at Rentschler Forest MetroPark (5701 Reigart Road, Fairfield). Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 10 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or


Ages 8 and older learn the basics of nature observation, then hit the trail to put some new skills into practice. Please dress for the weather. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Meet some live birds of prey and learn more about them, why they are protected, and what role they play in the local ecosystem. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


What Shakespeare was to the English-speaking world, Bach was to the music-speaking world. Revisit his works in this festival that includes performances on March 9, 16, 23 and 30, as well as special additional performances on March 25, all taking places in various venues throughout the city. Greater Cincinnati; ticket prices vary, see site for details;


The Cincinnati Dulcimer Society invites you to enjoy the sweet music of the mountain dulcimer. All ages are invited to join the jamming and singing. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Celebrate the maple season with pancakes and sausage grilled by celebrity chefs, then learn about the process and story of maple sugaring. All proceeds benefit California Woods and Magrish Riverlands Preserves. California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Avenue; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; a $7 donation is appreciated; 513-231-8678 or


Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park presents storyteller Diane Macklin, who shares her trickster tales and stories of friendship for audiences of all ages. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Avenue; 2 p.m.; $5 adults, free for children; 513-497-2860 or


Follow your nose to celebrate all that is stinky! Some animals and plants rely on their super sense of smell or their ability to offend someone else’s to survive. Test your knowledge of smelly trivia today. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Avenue; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or

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Bring your babies for songs, bounces and books! Cold Spring Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring; 10 a.m.; 859-781-6166 or


Students from the Cincinnati Music Academy perform on string instruments for audiences of all ages. Pleasant Ridge Branch Library, 6233 Montgomery Road; 6:30 p.m.; 513-369-4488 or


Wear your PJs and bring your favorite stuffed animal to an evening program with stories, rhymes and dancing. Wind up the session with time to color or make a craft. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 7 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or


Ages 4 - 8 are invited to celebrate the holiday with a story, a craft and a snack! Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road; 6:30 p.m.; 513-369-6001 or


Kids in grades 6 - 12 learn all kinds of interesting things artists make using geometry, ratios, fractals, and lots of other kinds of math. Join the fun and exercise both sides of your brain. Durr Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 1992 Walton Nicholson Road, Independence; 6 - 8 p.m.; 859-962-4030 or


Please see Calendar opener on page 37 for details.


Please see Calendar opener on page 37 for details.


Moms learn to rediscover themselves and their abilities for self-expression with mind-body yoga activities from a holistic creative life coach. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Avenue; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; a $5 donation is appreciated; 513-591-2332 or


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some rainbow exploration — paint a plexiglass rainbow, make a colorful collage and hunt for gold! Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8405 or

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The public is invited to an educational program on a topic about rocks and minerals. A children’s program begins at 7:30 p.m., and a program for both adults and children follows a brief business meeting at 8 p.m. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 7:30 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Based on the suggestion of an audience member, the players of this company completely improvise a whole new Shakespearian-style play appropriate for audiences of all ages. Have fun and brush up on your “thee’s” and “thou’s”! Fairfield Community Center, 411 Wessel Drive; 7 p.m.; $7; 513-867-5348 or


Please see Calendar opener on page 37 for details.

sat 15 ARTRAGEOUS SATURDAY: DOKTOR KABOOM Please see “Spotlight” on page 41 for details.


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Get a bird’s eye view of this active great blue heron nesting spot. Travel along the trail to view the feathered marvels in their tree-top home. Spotting scopes are provided. Stop by the Winton Centre for directions. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 - 4 p.m. March 15 and 16; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.




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Back by popular demand, families are invited to a sheep shearing demo and to meet all the animals on a real working farm. Indian Creek MetroPark, 6500 Springfield Road, Oxford; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or

Beginning at 11:30 a.m., ROKCincy presents The Barber of Seville — families with kids grades K - 8 are invited to Rossini’s beloved comedy, sung in English and Italian. Immediately following the performance, Jonathan Heart will crack up the audience with his crazy game show, Win It In An Origami Minute, during which contestants will compete for prizes. Grove Banquet & Event Center, 9158 Winton Road; 513-522-1410 or


Ages 3 - 9 are invited to join the fun at the this free event, thanks to the Macy’s Art Sampler. Join the Clifton Performance Theatre to build a story, create a character and begin to understand simple stage presence, all taking place at 1 p.m. Then stick around for a presentation of The Adventures of Oz with Dramakinetics at 1:45 p.m. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 859-491-4003 or


Madcap Puppets presents Twain’s Twisted Tales, the final show in the annual Hats Off Series. Performances are today at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and March 16 at 1 and 3 p.m. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; free members, $8 nonmembers; 513-721-2787 or


Join a fun family scavenger hunt throughout the park. Follow the colors of nature and you might find a lucky pot of gold! Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


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An enchanted spindle curses Sleeping Beauty to 100 years of sleep, and although she is protected by her fairy godmother, will anyone be able to save her? Join ArtReach for this touring production at the Covedale Children’s Series. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Avenue; 11 a.m.; $5; 513-241-6550 or

HERON ROOKERY VIEWING Please see March 15 for details.


Learn how your family can work together to make your home more environmentally friendly and become “green” through interactive games and activities. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; $2 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

MADCAP PUPPETS’ HATS OFF! Please see March 15 for details.


Join a fun family scavenger hunt throughout the park. Follow the colors of nature and you might find a lucky pot of gold! Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


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Travel down the yellow brick road with the Frisch Marionettes in this charming presentation of the beloved children’s tale, hosted by the Arts Alliance in collaboration with Deerfield Township. Be sure to take advantage of the free face painting provided by Skidaddles Anytime Kid Care! Kings High School Auditorium, 5620 Columbia Road, Kings Mills; 3 - 4 p.m.; $2; 513-309-8585 or (the Calendar continues on page 44)

SPOTLIGHT: CANSTRUCTION Saturday, March 8, 15 & 22


heck out the amazing sculptures designed by teams of architects, engineers and designers in the annual Canstruction exhibit, benefitting the Freestore Foodbank. New this year are walking tours to see all the structures on display at the exhibit’s various downtown venues, including the Weston Art Gallery, the Aronoff Center for the Arts, the Scripps Center, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the Contemporary Arts Center, and more. The exhibit will be on display through March 23. Walking tours take place at 10 a.m. on March 8, 15 and 22. Downtown Cincinnati; a canned good donation is appreciated. Visit

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Babies from walking to age 2 can enjoy singing, clapping, reading and playing at this story time. Newport Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 901 East 6th Street, Newport; 11 a.m.; 859-572-5035 or


Join in for a lively time during the 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration of Song and Dance. Main Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine Street; 11:45 a.m.; 513-369-6900 or


Apex Chiropractic and Wellness Center will host a Girls Night Out event, including fun classes like Laughter Yoga and Zumba, chair massages, wine tasting (for an additional fee), refreshments and door prizes. Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Road; 6:30 - 9 p.m.; $15 or $12 with RSVP by March 11; 513-931-4300 or


Bring your preschooler for fun with stories, a craft and more. Then stick around to enjoy the museum’s interactive play stations. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859491-4003 or


This literacy-based story time is designed for ages 4 - 7 and is a great way for early readers to have fun and learn in a more structured setting. Read stories, collaborate and play fun early literacy games! Cold Spring Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring; 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m.; 859781-6166 or


$10 adult members, $12 adult non-members, free children 16 and younger (free with purchase of adult ticket and must live in same household as adult, otherwise $5 child members, $6 child nonmembers); 513-863-8873 ext. 110 or


Join the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra for MusicNOW, featuring two unique concerts. On March 21, audiences will be treated to Pleasure Ground, and St. Carolyn by the Sea, complete with electric guitar solos. The March 22 performance features a new work by David Lang, Krzysztof Penderecki’s Polymorphia, and Johnny Greenwood’s (of the rock band Radiohead) 48 Responses to Polymorphia. Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street; 8 p.m.; tickets start at $12; 513-381-3300 or

Kids can create a gooey green substance that’s not quite liquid or solid, and learn the science behind it all. Walnut Hills Branch Library, 2533 Kemper Lane; 3 p.m.; 513-369-6053 or

Ages 6 - 12 are invited to create their own creature, whether cute, creepy or cuddly. It’s up to you! Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 4 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or

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Single parents are invited to gather to share their experiences during this support group meeting. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Avenue; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.


Gather indoors to meet some local animals and hear stories about them as told by the Greater Cincinnati Storytelling Guild. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


Help welcome special guest dancers from Elementz — they’ll be on the scene to teach kids some hip hop dance moves, followed by movement paintings and graffiti art with washable spray paint. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8405 or


Mr. Blue Shoes is a highly interactive and multisensory musical experience that combines Blues music, oral history and life lessons, all designed to inspire audiences of all ages. Join a historical journey through America’s cultural heritage and be ready to sing, clap and dance along. A pre-show reception begins at 6:30 p.m., with the performance taking place at 7:30 p.m. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Avenue, Hamilton;

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adcap Puppets introduce children to one of America’s greatest literary figures with this life story told through giant puppets and audience participation. Stories included are The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, Legend of Sagenfeld and selections from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Avenue; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; $8. Call 513-497-2860 or visit

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Visit this open-house style program at the 1795 log cabin. Ponder over the shape of the Ohio Valley forest of the 1790s, as you learn about the plants and animals that the first European settlers encountered. Historic Log Cabin, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road; 2 - 5 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


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It can be confusing for your child to receive an autism or sensory processing disorder diagnosis. Meet with other parents to find the support you need at this monthly gathering. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Avenue; 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or


The Buildering exhibit, Misbehaving the City, has inspired many to explore the city’s architecture — help reshape the UnMuseum with pillow forts, tunnels and homemade tents. Design edible skyscrapers, recreate the Cincinnati skyline with stamps from Steam Whistle Letterpress, and make your own chalk board building blocks. The fantastic Amy Schardein will share a Cityscape Storytime at 2 p.m. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 1 - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513345-8405 or

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Bonjour! Learn simple French vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Moms can enjoy a special evening with their little fellas — as well as grandmothers, aunts and caregivers! It’s time for “Lights, Camera, Action” in this cinematic themed dance, highlighted with dinner and a keepsake photograph. Grove Banquet & Event Center, 9158 Winton Road; 7 - 9 p.m.; $28 per mother-son, $8 for each additional son; 513-522-1410 or


Please see March 21 for details.


Start your spring with a celebration of salamanders — meet some critters that only come above ground for a few weeks in the early spring. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Please see “Spotlight” on page 44 for details.



Little tots are invited for stories, singing, clapping, and playing this morning. Cold Spring Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring; 11 a.m.; 859-781-6166 or


Make a cheese and cracker surprise during this afternoon story time. Durr Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 1992 Walton Nicholson Road, Independence; 4:30 p.m.; 859-962-4030 or


Young library users and their grown-ups will have fun developing pre-reading skills through stories, songs, rhymes and activities. Scheben Branch, Boone County Public Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 11 a.m.; 859-3422665 or


Bring your preschooler for a look at the CAM’s collection, complete with interactive storytelling stops. Best for ages 5 and younger. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or

Join the naturalist to see what’s stirring in the forest. Take a relaxing hike along a woodland trail to welcome in the spring season. Timberlakes Program Shelter, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Avenue; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or

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Celebrate world culture with performances from local dance groups, tasty cuisine, free samples and more. This event benefits Whole Planet Foundation, a non-profit of Whole Foods Market that provides grants to microfinance institutions in Asia, Africa, the Americas and Middle East, who in turn develop and offer microenterprise loan programs, training and other services to self-employed poor. Whole Foods Market Mason, 5805 Deerfield Boulevard, Mason; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-398-9358 or mason.


Shake off winter’s sleep and venture into the forest to look for early signs of spring. Parcours Trail, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Graceful, beautiful, noble: these are not words we often associate with vultures. Stop by to learn the truth about these often overlooked members of our wild neighborhood. See wild vultures in the sky and meet a live vulture up close. Playground, Fernbank Park, Thornton Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

Nature has many stories to tell. Join the naturalist for a nature-themed story this morning. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Doug Coates, author of Pitching for Success: Character Lessons, the Joe Nuxhall Way, sells and signs copies of his book today. Bring out your baseball fans to meet this young adult writer! Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 - 9 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.


Create your own Cincinnati Skyline with stamps from Steam Whistle Letterpress and Desin. Make an art deco building inspired by the city and practice poses with Modo Yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513345-8405 or


In collaboration with BalletMet Columbus, this marks the third time Bolero has returned to Cincinnati. Audience members follow young dance students as they progress to accomplished corps members to flawless principals. Bolero is followed by a classical ballet filled with world-famous choreographer George Balanchine’s appreciation of lines and structure. Aronoff Center for the •

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Friends from Imago Earth Center join the manatee for nature stories, songs and other fun activities. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.


Search the newly created wetlands for singing spring peepers, one of the smallest, yet most vocal frogs. Bring a flashlight and waterproof boots. Shor Park, 4659 Tealtown Road, Milford; 8 p.m.; 513-732-2977 or


From nest building to migration, birds do the craziest things! Stop by to learn what motivates our feathered friends to behave in such strange ways. Crafts are available for $1. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Avenue; 12 - 4 p.m. March 29 and 30; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or

BOLERO AND SYMPHONY IN C Please see March 28 for details.


A bird, a cat, a duck and a boy come face-to-face with the big, bad wolf. Grandfather will not be amused, but audiences will delight in this introduction to the symphony and the stories that music can tell. Be sure to arrive early for the Family Fun Zone so that kids can meet musicians and check out the “instrument petting zoo.” Music Hall, 1241 Elm Street; 10:30 a.m.; $7 - $12; 513-381-3300 or


The ducks are taking a break on their way back north. Don’t miss the chance to see them through spotting telescopes in all their colorful spring plumage. Meet and then caravan together to the viewing spot. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 10 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


Join a one-mile round trip hike to discover the wetland and the unique animals and plants that call it home. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


My Nose Turns Red presents its annual extravaganza, showcasing the program’s youth circus students who will demonstrate their skills with the UniHoop, unicycles, giant German wheels, as well as plenty of physical feats and plenty of clown-filled fun. Jarson-Kaplan Theater, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 7 p.m. March 29 and 2 p.m. March 30; $15 adults, $12 seniors, students, and ages 12 and younger; 859-581-7100 or (please turn the page)

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Get ready for Opening Day in style with a special evening with Western Hills’ favorite son, Pete Rose! This benefit for the Incline Theater Project in East Price Hill features classic stories from the Hit King’s career, tales of growing up on the West Side, and more. All proceeds will go toward Cincinnati Landmark Productions’ Incline Theater Project, a proposed 220-seat theater and parking garage in the Incline District. All attendees will receive an autographed copy of the 2010 documentary, 4192: The Crowning of the Hit King. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Avenue; 8 p.m.; $65 - $125; 513-241-6550 or


This one-time only performance features Cincinnati Ballet’s Second Company, CBII, and is the perfect opportunity to introduce children to the wonderful world of ballet. Learn about the essential elements that make up the beauty of this inspiring discipline with a range of excerpts from exciting ballets. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut Street; 2 p.m.; $20; 513-621-5282 or


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They are creepy, crawly, have lots of legs and they are edible! Learn about tasty insects and sample a few if you are brave enough. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; $1 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Look for the beautiful, burgundy, bell-shaped pawpaw flowers among the branches, as well as other early bloomers on the forest floor. Miami Fort Trail, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or

Roll up your sleeves and get your hands wet while sneaking a peek at the water world of the wetland. Wetlands serve as nurseries for many insect and amphibian species. Participate in collecting and identifying the critters that start their life in the water. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Head to Findlay Market to help kick off the 2014 Cincinnati Reds’ baseball season! Findlay Market, 1801 Race St.; 12 p.m.;


Celebrate Reds Opening Day and bring the kids to meet young adult author Doug Coates, who will sign his book Pitching for Success: Character Lessons, the Joe Nuxhall Way. The Booksellers on Fountain Square; 12 2 p.m.; 513-304-3633 or (the “Calendar” continues on page 49)


The Tony Award-winning musical returns to Cincinnati! Eva Peron used her beauty and charm to rise to the top as First Lady of Argentina. Adored by the people of her country, even while her greed and ambition led to her downfall, Eva’s story is both remarkable and tragic. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; through - March 2; $28 - $78;


This production features a thrilling score of 40 standards, all recorded by Tony Bennett, including favorites like “Because of You,” “Cold, Cold Heart,” and his best-known hit, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 490 Glenway Ave.; through - March 23; $21 - $24; 513-2416550 or


Revolution, crime, and a quest for salvation run through this epic musical from CCM’s Mainstage Series. Follow the story of Jean Valjean as he serves time in jail for stealing a loaf of bread, to his release and intersection with a student revolution, all while enjoying the famous musical score from Claude-Michel Schonberg. Patricia Corbett Theatre, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus; through - March 9; $31 - $35 general public, $20 - $24 students, $18 - $22 UC students; 513-556-4183 or


Girl meets boy. Girl loathes boy. Girl and boy fall in love. So goes the story behind Jane Austen’s popular novel. Ages 10 and older will fall in love with the headstrong Elizabeth Bennet, the arrogant Mr. Darcy and all her many beloved characters as they navigate the rocky road of manners and matrimony. Visit the site for details on classic afternoon teas by the Bonbonerie prior to each 4 p.m. Saturday matinee. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; March 8 - April 5; $30 $75; 513-421-3888 or


Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park continues its Off the Hill series with master storyteller Diane Macklin, who will share everything from trickster tales to stories of friendship. Get to know fabulous characters with claws, paws, fins, feet and wings in this fun-filled interactive performance celebrating the richness of America, Africa and more. Various venues throughout Greater Cincinnati, please see web site for a complete schedule;


Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls became friends in the Land of Oz - one is beautiful and popular, while the other is of a different sort. The story of how they grew to become Glinda the Good and the Wicked Witch of the West makes for a thrilling tale. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; March 5 - 23; tickets start at $38;

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• Creative Craniums Ages 15 and older will transform a Styrofoam head using a variety of materials to create color, texture and meaning. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. March 22; $40 (includes all supplies, snack and beverage).

• Blue Cocoon Classes Register online for classes for babies and parents including Tummytime, YogaBaby, Baby Led Weaning, DIY Babyfood, Healthy Toddler Food, Infant Massage, Miss Tisha’s MusikGarten for Babies, Momtography 101, Hypnobabies, Fit Mommies, and Dogs and Storks. Class prices range from free to $50 for a series.

• Culture Kids Ages 2 - 5 and their grown-ups work on hands-on art activities together. 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. March 14; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers ($3 and $6 for each additional person).

Held at the Snyder House at Cottell Park, 5847 Irwin Simpson Road, Mason 513-309-8585 •

ASHLAND AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH 4255 Ashland Ave., Norwood 513-531-3626 • FREE Ashland Avenue Buddy Break RSVP to Buddy Break is a respite program for families with children with special needs, ages 2 - 16. Children participate with a one-on-one “buddy” in a variety of age-appropriate activities while parents get a much-needed break. 11 a.m. the second Saturday of each month.

AVON WOODS NATURE CENTER 4235 Paddock Road 513-861-3435 •

• Outdoor Survival for Homeschoolers Ages 8 - 12 will learn to build a shelter from forest materials, start a fire, and how to purify water. Pack a lunch and a drink. 10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. March 28; $5.

BEECH ACRES PARENTING CENTER 6881 Beechmont Ave. 513-233-4706 •

• FREE Families in Conflict Situations Join this free class for divorcing families. 6 - 7:30 p.m. on Thu, March 13 - 27. • FREE Kinship Connections This class is for any Warren or Clinton County resident who is caring fulltime for a relative or loved one’s child or children. Meets at Countryside YMCA, 1699 Deerfield Road, Lebanon; 9 - 11 a.m. March 22.


10500 Montgomery Road 513-475-4500 • • The Toddler Tantrum Survival Guide Learn the reasons behind toddler tantrums and the best techniques for taming them without crushing your child’s spirit. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. March 1; $30. • Baby’s Amazing Journey Join this workshop to learn about the major developmental milestones your baby meets in his first year, as well as tips on how to handle typical sleeping, eating and fussiness issues. 6:45 p.m. March 13; $35. • Happiest Baby on the Block Learn how to calm a fussy newborn in this two-hour workshop. 6:45 p.m. March 17; $50 (includes Parent Kit with DVD). • Birthing With Ease Expecting parents are invited to this course on hypnobirthing to learn how to make your baby’s delivery a peaceful and empowering experience. 6:45 p.m. March 5, 12, 19 and 26; $200 for eight week package. • Small Talk Learn how to “talk” to your baby or toddler using American Sign Language in this class led by a Child Sign Language Specialist. 6:45 p.m. March 11; $45 (includes pictorial dictionary and DVD).

9393 Montgomery Road 513-791-1089 •


3054 Madison Road 513-731-2665 • • Make a Mess at the Manatee Join Miss Kelli and have fun listening to a good book, followed by an artmaking activity. 10 - 10:30 a.m. March 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; $7. • Little Yogis Join Hollie Nesbitt from Omya Studio in Northside for a yoga class for children ages 2 - 4, with an emphasis on focus, flexibility and fun. 10:30 - 11 a.m. March 5, 12, 19 and 26; $9. • Miss Meghan’s Music Join Miss Meghan to sing songs and have fun. 9:45 or 10:30 a.m. March 13 and 27; $10.


3251 Brookline Drive 513-751-3679 • • The Zodiac Unlock the mysteries of the Zodiac as audiences explore the stars and their signs. Best for ages 5 and older. 7 p.m. March 21; $5.


430 W. North Bend Road 513-761-4313 • • Animal Habitats RSVP by March 21. Learn about different animals and their habitats by exploring, hiking and investigating the animals that call the park home. Junior Girl Scouts earn the requirements of the Animal Habitats Badge (patches not provided). 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. March 25; $5 per scout.

CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY 4918 Cooper Road 513-791-4060

• FREE Kid Support Kid Support is a free peer support group for children ages 4 - 12 who have a parent, grandparent, family member or friend with cancer, or for children who have cancer themselves. This program provides fun interactions for kids and resources for parents. Please note that space is limited. Parent Orientation, 5:30 p.m. March 6, 10-week group meetings begin March 13.


953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-2787 •

• Art in the Making Ages 6 - 12 and an adult share in an art experience designed to build appreciation for art and each other - this month, it’s all about jewelry. 1 - 3 p.m. March 15; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers ($3 and $6 for each additional person).

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

• CFEC Classes Register for the center’s classes for ages birth to 5 years, including Rock n Rollers, The Pottery Train, Little Sprout Yogis, Tiny Tunes, Head & Shoulders Knees & Toes, Movers & Shakers, Crawlers and Climbers, The Next Step, Silly Science, Jitterbugs, Wiggle Worms, Crazy Maze, Tip Tap Toe, and new classes Eating the Alphabet, Jumpin’ in Our Jammies, Setting Sun, Movin’ and Groovin’ and Expressive Adventures. Class packages range from $50 - $150. • Family Classes Register for classes for the family including Whale of a Tale, Imagination Station, Family Fiesta, Animal Action, Cupcake Kids, PeaWee Patch, Cultural Club, Yoga Adventures, Rise & Shine, DRUMatic, Hands Up, and new classes Grossology and Music Express. Class packages range from $50 $110. • Parent Classes Register for parent workshops including BellyRobics, Signing Safari, The Potty Train, Tree of Life prenatal yoga, and more. Class package prices vary. • HappEsextalk Join this series of four workshops that help you learn to introduce preschoolers to discussions about pregnancy, childbirth and sexual development. The goal is to make talking about sex with children less stressful and awkward by establishing a healthy foundation at this age. Facilitated by Erica Butler, the founder of HappEsextalk. 12:45 and 1:45 p.m. March 8; $30. Please register at https://cfecsexedprogram.eventbrite. com. • Breastfeeding Realities Join an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant to learn about common breastfeeding struggles and how to handle them. 3 - 5 p.m. March 15; $30. • FREE Tummy to Tummy Learn the benefits of wearing your baby and how to choose a sling or carrier that is right for you. 12:45 p.m. March 8.

2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton 513-867-5835 •

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

• Discovery Kids RSVP by March 17. It’s the end of hibernation, so bring your favorite teddy bear to wake them up! Explore the natural wonders of the world through stories, crafts, songs and activities with ages 3 - 5. 10:30 a.m. March 19; $3. (please turn the page) •

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PLAN AHEAD CINCINNATI MONTESSORI SOCIETY Held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center, One West River Center Blvd., Covington

• Montessori: The Right Fit for All Learners The Cincinnati Montessori Society will host its annual spring conference featuring multiple, expert-led workshops on a variety of topics, including a keynote address on creating a learning environment that meets the needs of all students. 8 a.m. March 1.

CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER 1301 Western Ave. 513-287-7000 •

All Museums Pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2

• Learning Through Play Learn how to get the most from your play time interactions with your little ones by choosing from more than 30 different speaker sessions, two forums, and a free information fair. Kids of all ages are welcome to join in, so be sure to bring yours along! 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. March 8; $15 - $25. • Bright Ideas Kids ages 5 - 10 can explore new concepts through hands-on activities. This month, check out Wind Chimes (March 9 at 3:30 p.m.) and Cupcakery (March 29 at 2:30 p.m.). $5 members, $7 plus admission nonmembers. • Explorer’s University Ages 9 - 15 explore computer science in this workshop that is eligible for GIRLS program points. 2 - 3 p.m. March 29; $5 members, $7 plus admission nonmembers. • Sprouts Institute Ages 0 - 6 and their parents are invited to enriching workshops led by early childhood consultants. Enjoy Songs and Stories (March 3), Miss Meghan’s Music (March 10), Joy of Art (March 17), and Sign, Say & Play (March 24). All programs begin at 10:15 a.m.; $5 members, $7 plus admission nonmembers. • Super Sprouts Little ones ages 5 and younger can stop by between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Mondays, or between 2 and 4 p.m. on Thursdays to learn about different artists cultures, art movements and artistic styles from around the world. Free with admission.

CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER AT ROWE WOODS 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 •

Daily admission for nonmembers $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 -12

• Maple Days for Scouts Scouts can delve into the science and lore of turning sap into sweet maple syrup, with a guided hike in the sugarbush, a look at Native American origins of sugaring, and a visit to the Sugar House. 4:30 - 6 p.m. March 4 and 6; $50 up to 12 scouts, one free chaperone, $100 13 - 20 scouts, two free chaperones, $150 21 - 30 scouts, three free chaperones. • Full Moon Walk Join in for sweet potatoes, maple syrup and a walk under the light of the full moon. 7:30 p.m. March 16; $3 members, $11 nonmembers.

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7704 Dixie Hwy., Erlanger 859-912-2634 • Hoofin’ it for Hunger Walk to support the Mary Rose Mission, the first soup kitchen to open in Boone County and serving hot meals on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 4 - 6 p.m. 11 a.m. March 29; $10.


Held at Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road 513-985-1581 • • Healing Early Attachment Wounds RSVP by March 3 for early registration discount. Professionals can earn 6 CEUS during this workshop with expert Diane Poole Heller, PhD, that will focus on how healing childhood wounds is key for enjoying fulfilling relationships as an adult. 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. March 13; $125 or $115 per person for agencies registering two or more people at the same time, $140 between March 4 - 12.


5400 Lanius Lane 513-542-2909 • • Ravine to Freedom RSVP by March 13. College Hill was considered the second most important community along the Cincinnati Underground Railroad in the 1840s and 1850s. Hike along a ravine used by escaping slaves on their way to abolitionist homes in the area. The hike covers 1.5 miles of rough hill terrain. Follow the hike with a viewing of historical documents and maps. Best for ages 10 and older. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. March 16; $5.


7616 Cox Lane, West Chester 513-531-7400


9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) or

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

• Bunny Bliss RSVP by March 5. Ages 2 - 4 are invited to an exciting program all about bunnies, followed by a story time and a craft. 11 a.m. March 7; $6 per child. • Webelos Badge Day RSVP by March 10. Webelos Cub Scout leaders, complete your Naturalist and Forester badges with your den - join a hike and interactive activities as you spend two hours accomplishing all the necessary tasks to earn your badges. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 15; $6 per scout. • Homeschool Science RSVP by March 18. Home schooled students ages 5 - 12 will explore interactive learning stations and a guided outdoor exploration of reptiles and amphibians. 1 - 3 p.m. March 20; $6.

MOTHER OF MERCY HIGH SCHOOL 3036 Werk Road 513-661-2740, ext. 346

• Junior Bobcat Night Fifth and Sixth Grade girls are invited to spend an evening with friends, including a scavenger hunt, crafts, a bonfire and a pizza party. 6 8:30 p.m. March 7; $5.


5083 Colerain Ave. 513-321-6070 • • Maple in Mt. Airy Enjoy a hay wagon ride to the Arboretum to meet costumed sugar makers from the past. Along the way, taste maple sap, tea and sugar, and learn how people have tapped maple trees for sap over the centuries. A pancake breakfast is included. Breakfast seating starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 12 p.m. March 1; $8.

• FREE What Parents Should Know About Reading and Comprehension Learn about current national research focused on the path of successful readers, and how to better follow your own child’s reading development and learning. This seminar will cover the five critical literacy skills of successful reading and compensation skills that mask successful reading development. 5:30 - 7 p.m. March 10.




7816 Cooper Road, Montgomery 513-891-1569

• Silhouette Artist Need a keepsake for mom or grandma? Stop by to meet Erik Johnson, a North Carolina artist who specializes in children’s silhouettes. 3 - 6 p.m. March 1.

MIAMI TOWNSHIP CIVIC CENTER 6101 Meijer Drive, Milford 513-474-6364 •

• Create Your Own Pieces from Clay Sign up to make your own pieces with kiln-fired clay from Star Glazers in this family class for ages 5 and older. 7 - 8:15 p.m. March 4 and 11; $15 per adult plus $25 Miami Township Resident child, $30 nonresident child.

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• FREE Power Walk Training Ages 18 and older are invited to these training sessions to prepare them for their participation in the upcoming Power Walk on May 3. 10 - 11 a.m. Saturdays, March 15 - April 26. 1000 St. Anne Drive, Melbourne 859-525-7529 • • FREE Reforest NKY Reforest NKY is an annual, all-volunteer project organized by NKY Urban and Community Forestry Council to restore native Kentucky woodlands. Volunteers are invited to help make a different by planting trees in the community, while enjoying some refreshments and tree seedlings to take home. Parking is limited — go green and carpool! 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. March 29.

SHALOM FAMILY • FREE Hamantaschen Hip Hop YO, YO, YO! Get ready for Shalom Family and the Mayerson JCC’s Hamentaschen Hip Hop: Kids’ Concert and “Off the Chain” Purim Carnival! Back by popular demand, the Mama Doni Band kicks off the celebration, delivering

PLAN AHEAD funky music with a Jewish twist. The festive fun continues at Shalom Family’s biggest carnival to date in the JCC’s gym, with inflatable carnival games, face painters, balloon artists, traditional carnival food, and of course, hamentaschen. RSVP by March 10 to receive six free tickets toward carnival games and prizes. The event is open to families in the Jewish community with children 12 and younger. Grandparents welcome! Shalom Family is an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation, in partnership with the Mayerson JCC. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 3 6 p.m. March 16. • FREE Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun For You and Your Little One These private interactive playgroups feature Miss Meliss, who keeps both parents and their little ones engaged with her unique brand of fun. Play dates include a snack and are open to families in the Jewish community with children ages 2 and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Two families will each win a $50 Target gift card at each event. Presented by Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation. The Gymboree, 6209 Snider Road; 2 p.m. March 9 and 23. Dates subject to change, please call to confirm.


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650 Walnut St. • 513-977-4165 • Families Create! Join this popular workshop featuring a Candy Land Canstruction project - use candy to make sweet sculptures, then take a bite out of your creation. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. March 15; $5.


5771 SR 128, Cleves • Bible Study: Stronger by Angela Thomas On the road of life, each of us encounters struggles, challenges and heartache. This study group addresses topics like overload, attitude, broken relationships, and more to help you find hope in fragile places. Become stronger and face your real life challenges in practical, meaningful and actionable ways. 7 - 8:30 p.m. Mondays, through - March 17; $11 for workbook, $2 per child ages Grade 6 and younger for childcare.



5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason 513-398-9358

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

• FREE Half Pint Kids Club Ages 2 - 9 explores healthy eating through craft activities. Themes for this month include Parmesan Cheese (March 5); St. Patrick’s Day (March 12); Fitness with Barb from BG Fit (March 19); Springtime and Mangoes (March 26). 10 a.m. March 5, 12, 19 and 26.

11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-7275 •

• Wee Wonder About Signs of Spring RSVP by March 18. Ages 3 - 5 will learn about the spring season with a craft, a story and a short walk. 11 a.m. March 20; $6.



10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) •

• Gospel Brunch The Cincinnati Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., invites families to the first gospel brunch - enjoy a southern style lunch buffer, along with local performers, all to benefit the chapter’s collegiate scholarship fund and its youth programming. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. March 8; $45 adults, $25 ages 12 and younger.

• Wilderness Skills: Orienteering I RSVP by March 6. Whether you’re a beginner or just brushing up on your skills, this program will get you moving in the right direction. 2 p.m. March 8; $6.

513-601-9130 •


234 Goodman St. or 7700 University Drive, West Chester 513-584-2229 • • Childbirth Classes Expecting parents are invited to a variety of classes, including Prepared Childbirth (March 1); Baby Care Basics (March 3); Infant CPR & Safety (March 13); Natural Childbirth and Breastfeeding Combo (March 19); Little Bit of Everything (March 22) and Maternity Tours (March 3 and 20).

VOICE OF AMERICA METROPARK 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 •

A valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park

• Discovery Kids RSVP by March 18. It’s the end of hibernation, so bring your teddy bear to help wake him up. Ages 3 - 5 and their adults will explore the natural world through stories, songs and crafts. 1 p.m. March 20; $3.

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

• Wilderness Skills: Orienteering II RSVP by March 6. Dress for the weather and put your orienteering skills to the test on the course. 4 p.m. March 8; $6. • Wilderness Skills: Fire RSVP by March 6. Learn about several fire starting techniques to prepare you for survival in the woods. 1 p.m. March 9; $6. • Wilderness Skills: Orienteering III RSVP by March 6. Discover how a map and compass can help save your life. Must complete Orienteering II before participating. 3 p.m. March 9; $6. • Growing Up a Farm Kid RSVP by March 9. Explore the different ways animals eat and smell with their nose, mouth or beak as you walk around the farm. For ages 2 - 5 with an adult. 9:30 - 11 a.m. March 11 - 12; $10 per child plus one free adult, $5 per each additional adult. • Outdoor Archery RSVP by March 13. Ages 8 and older can learn the basics of shooting a compound bow on the outdoor range, then try out their skills with some target practice. 4 p.m. March 15, 2 p.m. March 22, and 1 p.m. March 23; $15. •

• Wilderness Skills: Orienteering I and Night Navigation RSVP by March 13. Learn some quick basics on how to use a compass, and then challenge yourself under the night sky on the glowing course. 7:30 p.m. March 15; $7. • Wilderness Skills: Fire and Food Challenge RSVP by March 13. Learn some fire starting techniques before taking on a s’mores challenge. 1 p.m. March 16; $7. • Wilderness Skills: Water and Food RSVP by March 13. Drink water or else! Learn and practice techniques used to gather and purify water, as well as some food guidelines to increase your odds at survival in the woods. 3 p.m. March 16; $6. • Silt Basin Exploration RSVP by March 20. Strap on some sturdy shoes and grab your binoculars to explore a unique habitat filled with a variety of wildlife. 1 p.m. March 22. • Archery Games RSVP by March 20. After taking an Outdoor Archery program, learn some fun games to improve your shot. 3 p.m. March 23. • Spring Break Farm Fest RSVP by March 25. Get an up-close-and-personal chance to say hello to some of the animals at Parky’s Farm. Package includes time to play in Parky’s Playbarn and a wagon ride. 9 - 10:30 a.m. March 27; $6 per child, $4 per adult. • Climbing Basics RSVP by March 27. This outdoor class will cover basic knots, equipment used and climbing techniques. Participants ages 8 and older will then climb the 23-foot rock wall. 3:30 p.m. March 29; $8. • Glow Disc Golf RSVP by March 27. Challenge your family and friends to a round of disc golf at night on the glowing woodland course. Bring your own glow disc or rent one! 8 - 9:30 p.m. March 29; $5 per player, $5 per rental disc.


8250 Old Kellogg Ave. 513-521-PARK (7275) or

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

• Homeschool Science RSVP by March 10. Home schooled students ages 5 - 12 and their parents are invited to explore interactive learning stations, lessons and a guided hike. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. March 12; $6. • Salamander Jamboree RSVP by March 18. Ages 3 - 5 will learn about what makes salamanders so special. 10 a.m. March 21; $6.

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