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FROM JANUARY 1 TO JANUARY 30, 2015, 102 PEOPLE FROM 14 STATES WERE REPORTED TO HAVE MEASLES. Measles is one of the most contagious of all infectious diseases; approximately 9 out of 10 susceptible persons with close contact to a measles patient will develop measles. The virus is transmitted by direct contact with infectious droplets or by airborne spread when an infected person breathes, coughs, or sneezes. Measles can be prevented with measles-containing vaccine, which is primarily administered as the combination measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine. CDC recommends routine childhood immunization for MMR vaccine starting with the first dose at 12 through 15 months of age, and the second dose at 4 through 6 years of age.

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Dr. Small has been with Children’s Medical Center since 1985. She is currently the Chair of the Pediatrics Section at Atrium Medical Center. Dr. Small received her medical degree from Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, Ohio in 1981 and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital in Akron, Ohio in 1984. Dr. Small lives with her husband, Joe, in Middletown.

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Dr. Gray was raised in Indiana, then moved to Louisiana. She attended Louisiana State University and received her M.D. degree from Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at Dayton Children’s Medical Center and WrightPatterson Air Force Base. Dr. Gray, her husband Ed, and their 2 sons live in Lebanon.

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Our post on feeding solid foods to babies got moms posting; giveaways galore plus get set for COVER KIDS 2015!


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If You’re Gonna Call it Boyhood ...

o me, it’s not fair that the movie Boyhood hijacked the actual term “boyhood,” and injected it with images of a boy’s harmed, dreary and basically passion-less life. The movie won all kinds of awards for its 12-year undertaking (the trickiness of the feat being the real reason for its accolades), but it also took that great iconic term “boyhood” and made it murky. I was really excited about the movie when I first saw the poster. The image of the little boy, back down on the grass, arm above his head and looking up, made me think of something I knew well ... my own childhood, and all of that wonderment that got crammed into my pockets and long summer days. I loved my childhood. I would hate for movie makers to make a film called Childhood and then wreck it with themes of alcoholism, emotional abuse and moms who don’t know how to pick a decent guy. So why’d they do that with Boyhood? I think they wanted a really compelling title — that’s all. They knew it would sell. The poster, really cool music and a fantastic title that would snag a wide net of people. Mine was a typical upbringing — the stuff of most children’s lives. I entered the world like everyone else, without getting to select who gave birth to me or any of the other variables that come with life at the start. We all grow where we’re planted, whether we’re loved or not. We all tuck away different degrees of painful things that happen to us along the way, and which we wrestle with for the rest of our lives, but for the majority of us, childhood is an all-too-fast blur of daily adventures large and small. Boyhood was a long film filled with instability, abuse, bullying, emotional disconnects and victimized adults. It really blind sided me, because I grew up with a lot of security, positivity and trust. I’m also the mom of three boys, so I get a first-hand glimpse of boyhood everyday. I’m an expert at it. For my three, boyhood means — and has meant — bugs, snakes, pets, toy soldiers, playing army, Legos, Brio, cars, crawdadding, trains, camping, fishing, forts, handfuls of cookies, ice hockey, soccer, football, baseball, races, buddies, mud, go-carting and even the keen observation of dead, flattened frogs on the driveway while chucking black oak pits down our hill. Stuff like that. I KNOW that many boys suffer through hard childhoods. But MORE boys have wonderful loving parents and good, healthy upbringings. I am weary of downtrodden themes. And then this: No matter what circumstances a child is born into, he WILL always find a way to play. It’s what children do. I don’t remember a smidge of that in Boyhood. ALL boys would love to have a boyhood like the kind Norman Rockwell illustrated or Mark Twain wrote about — it’s what they really want deep inside. I’d like more parents to know it’s possible and that THAT’S what boyhood really means. Boys are pure joy, and they need to know that there are endless possibilities awaiting them — every single one of them. THAT’S boyhood.

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Facebook Post of the Month: The Question: Trying Baby out on some new solid foods? The faces babies make when they’re given something they don’t like are hilarious! But, if baby doesn’t like it, will you try that food again anytime soon?

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mpty out your child’s closets of things he no longer can wear and look to local children’s consignment sales this month to re-fill his shelves and room! Lots going on: • Rhea Lana’s of North Cincinnati holds their children’s consignment event in Cincinnati Mills Mall (600 Cincinnati Mills Drive, near Babies “R” Us). Hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. March 15, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. March 16, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. March 17. Half Price Sale Hours are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. March 18, and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. March 19. Visit • Changing Hands Sale Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Madeira Elementary School (6840 Thomas Drive). Admission is $1, cash or credit cards accepted. Visit • Once and Again Kids’ Sale Saturday, March 14 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Mason United Methodist Church (6315 S. Mason Montgomery Road). Free admission. Visit

• The MOPS Baby and Kids Sale takes place Saturday, March 7 from 8 - 11 a.m. at Faith Church (5910 Price Road, Milford). Admission is $1, cash or credit cards accepted (a $1 fee will be charged to use a credit card). Visit • West Chester Mothers of Twins and More Club’s spring sale takes place Saturday, March 14 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Lakota East High School (6840 Lakota Lane, Liberty Township). Admission is $1 (cash only); cash and credit cards accepted for purchases (small fee for credit cards). Visit • Northeast Mothers of Twins and More Club’s spring sale takes place Saturday, April 18 from 8:30 - 11 a.m. at Loveland Middle School (801 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland). Admission is $1. Visit •

Autism Expo REGISTER NOW Families with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) hosts the Autism and ALL Special Needs Expo on Saturday, April 4, at the Sharonville Convention Center (11355 Chester Road). This FREE event for families touched by autism and special needs requires registration and connects parents with local resources, services, therapists, doctors and support organizations. Kids can enjoy activities at the event and breakout sessions will feature local experts discussing current topics in autism and special needs. Attendees will also receive a free copy of the Autism Yellow Pages, a resource guide created by Families With ASD. Visit

Anthony Munoz Foundation Scholarships Available High school seniors are invited to apply for one of several $20,000 scholarships, thanks to the Anthony Munoz Scholarship Fund, a non-profit created to impact area youth. The Foundation is looking to award students who demonstrate a desire to overcome adversity, have financial need, excel academically, and fulfill a leadership role in the community. Recipients will be recognized during the Hall of Fame Dinner in June. The deadline to submit applications is Thursday, April 30. Find eligibility requirements and the application on the Foundation’s website:

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n Saturday, March 7, the Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) hosts the grand opening of the new Rosenthal Education Center! The art education space, located just off the museum’s Great Hall, is designed to encourage families to discover the CAM’s collection in fun, immersive, hands-on experiences. Activities in the Center will also enhance the CAM’s other children’s programming, like Family First Saturdays, Baby Tours, Wee Wednesdays and Summer Camps. The kick-off celebration begins at 11 a.m., and like the rest of the Museum, admission is FREE! Call 877-472-4226 or visit A local group of kids enjoy hands-on fun at the CAM.



The Ballet Toybox, now in its fourth year, is a perfect introduction to the beauty and wonder of ballet for very young children. At under an hour and just $20 a ticket, it’s a great family outing that features CBII (Cincinnati Ballet Second Company) in a mix of ballet and storybook classics that teach burgeoning and long-time fans about the essential elements of dance. The one-time performance takes place Sunday, March 22 at 2 p.m. Call 513-6215282 or visit to order tickets.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park (962 Mt. Adams Circle) presents Peter and the Starcatcher — the prequel to Peter Pan based on the bestselling children’s novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. The story centers on Molly, the daughter of a British lord on a secret mission for Queen Victoria. She meets a homesick orphan boy and they embark on an adventure with not-so-swashbuckling pirates, singing mermaids and a shipwreck. Best for ages 8 and older, the Playhouse also offers Spring Break

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IF ALLERGIES GET THE BEST OF OF HIM Sometimes all of that pollen is too much for a kid’s sensitive system.


ere comes that time of year again — ready, set, blow! Parents and kids fall prey to all sorts of common allergens, but no more so than in spring when it’s all about tree pollen, says David Bernstein, M.D., of Bernstein Allergy Group, Inc. High pollen counts begin in early March and peak the first couple weeks in April, he says, after which grass pollen takes over in mid-May and continues through June. Lovely. If your child experiences symptoms like itchy or red eyes, runny nose, and congestion during these time periods, it’s a safe bet he’s got seasonal allergies, which means it’s pretty easy to figure out what he’s allergic to. But it’s still a good idea to see an allergist for a full-on evaluation, especially if your little one is buried in a mound of tissues. After a thorough history is taken, including a check for asthma (Bernstein says about a third of

kids with nasal allergies develop asthma), there comes a skin prick test — a drop of allergen is placed on the skin then pricked or scratched to look for a reaction.

What To Do at Home On the home front, Bernstein says parents can look into options like investing in a HEPA filter, keeping the humidity at 40 - 50 percent, and use fine-woven casings for pillows and mattresses. These are preventative steps which can often help some kids a lot. Others who don’t see relief may need to see that allergist.

On the Horizon Last spring, the FDA approved a tablet for grass pollen allergies, according to Bernstein. Oralair is approved for ages 10 - 65 and is placed under the tongue. The first tablet is taken in the office under a doctor’s supervision, but after that, they can be taken daily at home. They take several months to have an effect which is just like

immunotherapy — allergy shots. When a kid has severe allergies, busy parents have to try and work in allergist visits every couple of weeks, so Oralair is good news for them and great news for kids who

SEVERE ALLERGIES Immunotherapy — aka, allergy shots — is for kids who can’t get any kind of allergy relief any other way. The idea behind allergy shots is to reduce a kid’s sensitivity to an allergen by exposing him to it in incrementally increasing doses. Allergy shots are given every two to four weeks, for anywhere from three to five years. Bernstein says that children often respond very well to the treatment and can eventually stop receiving the shots. He adds that shots can even reduce a child’s risk of developing asthma. •

don’t like to get shots. Although it only treats one kind of allergy (and plenty of kids suffer from multiple allergens), it’s always great when something new — and easy to take — comes along.

“WILL IT HURT?” Anticipating a shot can strike fear in the hearts of many children. How to help them cope? • Use distraction suitable to your child’s age to ease the pain perception of the shot. Distraction can reduce the distress. • For older kids, having them repeat a positive statement like, “I can do this” or “I am brave” can help. • Always be honest, but don’t dwell on the idea of pain. Tell your child it’ll be quick, but that he’ll get through it. Source: Lions Aren’t Scared of Shots by Howard Bennett, M.D.

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ifty innovations begin even before you arrive at Zip City, in the form of electronic waivers: All adventure venues require visitors to sign them, but Zip City lets you do it electronically at home, saving time at the start and then also on return visits. Zip City’s zip lines are innovative too, because they’re indoors, and although there are no indoor treetops, they’re still tall enough for an adrenaline rush, and safe enough for kids to hang upside down. Personally, I prefer zipping upright, and love the thrill of soaring through the air, but inevitably the end point of the line usually also ends my love: Stopping depends on a well-placed glove, meeting a slanted platform feet first, or dragging through a runway, none of which I’ve mastered. At Zip City, a magnetic braking system slows and stops riders — genius! After a few zips, my oldest said, “Let’s climb the walls.” So,

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my boys lined up, got hooked up and started up. Variousshaped “holds” determine a climb’s difficulty: beginner, midlevel or expert; my older two didn’t A local child works at zipping upside down at Zip CIty located in Evendale’s Sports Plus. make it far. However, my youngest soft, but they’re more of a pad than moved to the top like a mountain anything,” one said. goat, grabbing holds, ringing the Zip City strives to keep you victory bell, and rappelling down informed throughout your visit. triumphantly. Zip City From the Sky Lounge, you can Next, the boys hopped over 10765 Reading Road watch three screens that show a to the trampoline park. It spans (inside Sports Plus) closed circuit video system “that almost 10,000 square feet and 513-632-5261 tracks all your child’s movements includes two open jump courts, within our space.” You can also four basketball courts, a dodgeball cincinnati enjoy snacks catered by Ohio’s court and two trampoline foam Shooter’s Restaurant, use free pits. My boys took off for an open All jump, zip line and rock Wi-Fi, catch the game on 10 jump court, and reported that these 60-inch flat-screens and sit wall participants must be trampolines are far superior to our comfortably on couches and club 30 inches tall, at least 3 backyard version. chairs while watching your kids years of age and no more “It’s a better bounce,” my having a blast. J than 250 pounds. Prices oldest said. And while they vary, visit the web site for Barbara Littner David is a local writer enjoyed bouncing, hopping and and mother of five. She is also the discounts, bundled rates, hitting against the walls, they author of Cincinnati Trips for Kids, and special events. a collection of more than 40 great were disappointed that the walls Cincinnati-area attraction themselves lacked bounce. “They’re

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Migraines are no laughing matter for kids, and if a child is going to get them, they will start happening sometime in his first decade. Here’s what you need to know.

aura Greene’s daughter, 13, experienced her first bad headache when she was just a toddler at her sister’s birthday party. “She kept saying her head hurt, so I was holding her, and suddenly she threw up everywhere!” says Greene, a nurse practitioner. She added that her daughter soon fell asleep and the headache was better when she woke up. “For the next year, she would have them once a month or so, not always with vomiting, but sometimes.”

WHAT IS A MIGRAINE? Headaches in kids can happen for a lot of different reasons, and most of them aren’t due to serious problems. But a migraine is a completely different story. According to the Migraine Research Foundation, about 10 percent of school-aged children suffer from migraine. Half of all migraine sufferers experience their first attack before the age of 12. And like Greene’s daughter, migraine has been reported in children as young as 18 months. While onset is a bit earlier for boys (age 7, as opposed to girls’ average age at 11 years), the prognosis for boys tends to be better than girls, who often experience hormonal-related migraines due to their monthly cycle. During a migraine, the trigeminal nerve (the main sensory nerve of the head and face and what the Mayo Clinic refers to as a “major pain pathway”) is activated, releasing chemicals that both irritate nerves and dilate blood vessels.

This results in pain that can last for a couple hours or a couple days. According to Andrew Hershey, M.D., director of the Headache Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, headaches are a symptom of something else, while migraine is its own disorder. He explains that there are established criteria for diagnosing all headache disorders, and that for migraines, the criteria include recurring headaches (at least five over the past year) lasting two to 72 hours with at least two of the following characteristics: throbbing, focal location on the head and moderate to severe pain that worsens or limits activity. Migraines are also associated with nausea and/or vomiting or photophobia and phonophobia (intolerance of light and sound).

WHAT CAUSES A MIGRAINE? Causes for migraine aren’t entirely understood, but doctors and kid patients have been able to pinpoint factors that can trigger them, such as hormonal changes (girls are three times more likely to have migraines than boys), changes in sleep, change in weather or barometric pressure, bright lights and strange smells, some medications and alcohol. For a small percentage of sufferers (about five to 15 percent according to the Migraine Research Foundation), certain foods and food additives are the culprit — think aged cheeses, MSG, and salty or processed foods. Sometimes just going too long without food or sleep can trigger a migraine. Migraines are also genetic, according to Hershey, but interestingly enough, he points

out that families and patients may not realize that what they have are migraines. “This is due to the misconception that migraines are severe, very disabling, [sufferers are] stuck in a dark bedroom, not doing anything and withdrawn from family and friends,” he says. “Although migraines can be disabling and interfere with function, they aren’t necessarily to the degree that many people perceive.” As a nurse practitioner whose husband suffers from migraines, Greene suspected that her daughter had inherited the disorder.

WHEN A MIGRAINE STRIKES An untreated migraine can last anywhere from two to 72 hours, including hours spent sleeping if the child goes to sleep with a headache. Hershey says that these times can get longer as children age, and that there is an increased risk for prolonged headaches (more than 72 hours) as children reach adolescence. When asked what parents can do to help ease the pain, Hershey says, “First, recognize that kids get migraine … Early recognition and treatment is important. NSAIDs (like ibuprofen) and rehydrating fluids (sports drinks) often work well if caught early. Migraine specific medications can be used when this is not completely effective. Our goals of treatment are that headaches resolve within one to two hours with a return to normal function (i.e., they don’t miss school or other functions.)” Cold compresses to the forehead, reclining in a cool, dark room and taking deep, calming breaths can also help. Hershey adds that if headaches become •

frequent, kids might require preventative medication or cognitive behavioral therapy. Greene’s daughter was placed on medication around 8 years of age. “She takes it every night, and this has helped a lot,” she says.

ARE MIGRAINES CAUSE FOR WORRY? Migraines are a burden for children who suffer from them, but they can be treated and even controlled if a child learns to avoid the triggers, anticipates when one is about to strike, and takes necessary measures. While Greene admits that they haven’t necessarily figured out all of her daughter’s triggers, they do give her ibuprofen if she feels a headache blossoming. “Sometimes it helps, but when it doesn’t, she usually just goes to bed to get rid of it,” she says. If a headache grows more severe over a period of days or weeks, if it wakes your child from sleep, if the headache occurs in the back of the head rather than the front or all over, or if the headache is accompanied by vision changes, dizziness, or other abnormalities, definitely see your doctor. If headaches happen more than one to two times a month, are causing kids to miss normal activities, if there’s a change in nature from a typical headache, or if treatments aren’t working, Hershey advises parents to also consult their doctors. The good news is that migraine doesn’t have to put limits on your child. According to Hershey, “If well controlled, migraines should not be a long-term problem.” Sherry Hang is editor of this publication.

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DISCONNECT By Bonnie Jean Feldkamp

What happens when the phone seems more important than your child?


he effects of distraction in the workplace have been widely recorded. A 2007 study conducted by Microsoft Research found that participants spent, on average, nearly 10 minutes switching tasks caused by alerts such as e-mail or instant messages, and spent, on average, another 10 to 15 minutes before returning to the disrupted task. The study also found that people were likely to visit other applications while they were already distracted. If distraction does this to our work productivity, what does it do to our parenting? The main concerns of the 2007 study were e-mail and instant messaging in the workplace. But now, we carry these traditional workplace distractions and more right in our pockets. Sandra Bond Chapman, Ph.D., founder and chief director of the Center for Brain Health at the University of Texas, reported

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THE PARENT-CHILD DISCONNECT to Forbes that multi-taskers who are constantly connected to e-mail, text and social media apps, seek the immediate satisfaction of beeps, dings and buzzes. Responding to the device actually creates an addicting release of dopamine in the brain. Catherine Steiner-Adair, Ed.D., clinical psychologist, consultant and co-author of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (Harper Paperbacks, 2014), says we develop a psychological dependency on our phones, “like a little blankie.” We experience separation anxiety and lose the ability to self regulate our usage. If you experience phantom rings — the sensation that your phone has vibrated or pinged when it really hasn’t — or if you take your phone with you to the bathroom, you may be experiencing a psychological dependency on your phone.

WHAT HAPPENS AT HOME Young children seek meaningful interaction with their parents and instead are left feeling left out, like they’re boring, uninteresting and less important than whatever is on their parent’s device. While kids are trying to navigate a techheavy outside world, Steiner-Adair says, at home, you become that anchor for your child to learn deep, active listening. Picture the family room of your home. Your young child sits on the floor playing Legos or coloring. You sit nearby with your laptop open. Are you really there? Pediatrician Jane Scott, M.D., wrote for the Washington Post, “Parents today are probably the most informed and involved generation in history. And, yet, in the company of their children, they often act as though they’d rather be someplace else.” Scott says she sees evidence every day of how inattention affects kids. It presents as temper tantrums and separation anxiety. She says, “Yes, all of this is normal attention-getting behavior, but it often is preventable.” Steiner-Adair says children’s emotions towards their parent’s devices (Smartphones, iPads, laptops, etc.) are similar to what one would see in sibling rivalry. The child feels the need to compete with the phone. In fact, children consistently use the same adjectives when describing to Steiner-Adair how they feel about their parent’s interaction with their electronic devices. Sad. Mad. Frustrated. Lonely. “Wait a minute,” you might protest. “How is this any different than when TV came on the scene? Or radio?” Yes, if we reach back far enough we’ll see parents who shooed their children away

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for the company of a good book or gossiping neighbor. But the difference is this: our phones are constant. Steiner-Adair points out that at the ping of a notification we “turn our backs on our conversations.” It’s akin to giving attention to the baby sibling tugging on mommy’s shirt when the other one is trying to show her the champion worm he just dug up. When your child bounds into the room and you’re deep into responding to an e-mail or text, take a second to breathe and remind yourself that you love this person. It sounds silly, but it will help your tone. Steiner-Adair says that when we are texting we are in a psychological task-mastering mode. When we’re interrupted in that mode we can sound harsh or curt and most often feel annoyed. Be conscious of this and take the opportunity to soften your response. Say something like, “Just a minute sweetie, I need to respond to this,” is much better received than a curt, “Hold on! I’m just checking on something!” “Just checking” is the dreaded phrase, she adds. “Just checking,” means you’ve “checked out,” and by saying, “just” you justify it. But what you’ve really done is made a choice. You chose to interact with the phone instead of your child. You made your child wait — and made him feel less important — while you interacted with someone who’s not even in the room.

PROUD PARENTS Picture a professional mom and dad watching a little league game. Their child plays center field. The child makes the game-winning catch, looks up to his parents in the stands, and instead of seeing proud smiles the child sees two people staring at their phones. “We’ve lost the boundaries between work and home,” says Steiner-Adair. One child who actually faces this predicament said to Steiner-Adair, “I wish my dad wouldn’t go to the games.” That’s not the feeling a parent wants to prompt when they’re trying to be supportive. In your mind, you may think you’re effectively multitasking. You tell the boss, “My daughter has a softball game I’d like to go to, but if you need me you can get me via text.” But, by doing this you’re selling yourself and your child short. Your child doesn’t see a parent who wants to be there so badly, that he’s willing to be “on call” for the boss. “The child sees that the phone is more important, not that you’re compromising a little work for play,” says SteinerAdair. “If you’re going to take your child to the park and then sit on the bench to text, don’t take your child to the park.”

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IN THE CAR Why do we expect teens not to text and drive, but then fudge it when it comes to us? It’s illegal to text and drive! You justify that you’re an adult with many years of driving under your belt. You’re an expert driver. Or you think, this is important. It’s work. I’m just checking — see? The kids get into the car and tell you how dangerous it is. They tell you what they’ve learned at school about texting and driving. Then many times you offer up a justification or just don’t listen, getting annoyed and shushing them. Steiner-Adair points out that you should encourage your children to stand up to risky behavior — and that they should stand up to your’s. But if your child gets a negative reaction when pointing out your risky phone use, how do you expect him to handle it when he’s at a party and his friends are engaging in risky behaviors? When the kid is right, the kid is right. Put your phone away.

WHAT TO DO Businesses focus a lot on time management — you can, too. It may sound simple, but it’s not always easy. Turn the notifications off on your phone. Get rid of the “ping” that makes you anxious and eager to “just check.” You control when you engage. Don’t let the phone control you. Self regulate. If it’s too easy to reach for a phone in your pocket and get distracted, put it someplace else. Yes, playing Candy Land can be the most boring game in the world when you’ve played it 18 million times, but it’s important to your child and he’s laying the groundwork for social skills, math and creative play. Give him a chance to do that and have your undivided attention. Steiner-Adair has a tip sheet of eight things you can do each day to strengthen your family connections. One is to wake up 30 minutes before your child in the morning. Use that extra time to check e-mails and see what you missed on social media and then put your phone away. This will leave you free to engage with your child while he gets ready for his day. He needs you and needs to know you’re responsive and reliable. Other tips of Steiner-Adair (all of them can be found at include: • No phones while driving period. • Perk up for pick up: Be phone-free when you collect your child from anywhere • No phones during mealtime • No phones during the bed/bath routine Bonnie Jean Feldkamp is a freelance writer, wife, and mother of two.

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garden By Susan Day

As you head out to your yard this spring, take your children along. Growing little gardeners is surprisingly easy and satisfying for all involved! 20 March 2015

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ardening makes for great family adventure and experimentation. March is the perfect time to begin planning your garden. Here are some family tips to help get you and yours started:

FIRST THINGS FIRST Browse through gardening books and magazines at the local library. Think about vegetables or flowers you’d like to grow and learn about their growing habits. Visit a local nursery with your children — the staff will be glad to answer your questions about proper soil, watering and growing habits.


and kid-sized tools are available in hardware stores. Start by digging up your soil, breaking up lumps of clay and removing rocks. Even very young children can be surprisingly helpful when it comes to this part — they love removing stones and can even reserve some for rock painting. Later, without the children, sprinkle a commercial fertilizer on your amended soil and then let the kids water it well. Let it sit for a day before planting. As you prepare for gardening, remember that children can dig, rake, hoe and use sticks to mark off rows with strings. They also enjoy helping you label rows with the names of different vegetables or flowers.

In early spring, seeds can be germinated indoors to ready them for planting. Seed starter kits are inexpensive, but small pots or empty egg cartons work just as well. Fill your containers with potting soil, water lightly each day and set in a southern, sunny window. The earlier you start this method, the more “sprout” you’ll have for planting. An easy way to ensure success is by purchasing small basic plants to simply pop into the ground.




Sit down with graph paper and a pencil to make a sketch of what you’re planting and where. Measure the space you have to work with and divide it up for the optimal amount of usage and variety. Use gardening books to check for companion plants (some plants will not grow well next to others). If you have the space, divvy up small 3’ by 4’ sections for different family members and let them design their own space. For instance, your 6-year-old can be in charge of green beans in her space; your 10-year-old can man the peppers. Enjoy creating your garden on paper … and then get ready to transfer your imagination to the soil!

I’ve never met a child who didn’t like to play with a garden hose. Watering plants can be a fun activity for all ages. Be sure to teach your children the proper amounts necessary and when the best time of day for watering is. Never water a garden in full sun or risk drying out their leaves; early morning or evening is a good time. Show children how to tell whether a plant needs water or not.

LET CHILDREN BEGIN WITH SIMPLE TASKS Wear comfortable clothes just right for getting dirty. Everyone should don gardening gloves and have tools ready. Children love digging in the soil,

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Refer to your sketches and show family members how far apart plants need to be spaced. Dig the first example then let the kids have a go at it. When transplanting plants from pot to earth, be especially careful with roots. You will need plenty of patience, so remember that a child’s attention span is shorter than that of an adult. If gardening becomes drudgery, it’s time for a break. If only two plants get in the ground this time, then so be it!

THINGS TO KNOW The type of garden you choose to grow depends on individual tastes. Some people believe that if kids help grow vegetables they may be more inclined to eat them as well. With vegetables, after everything blooms you can share in the bounty and have a garden feast. But flower gardens are a good choice, too … in time, the entire family can learn to do both!


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Our camps are designed to supplement and enrich your child’s existing education. We host programs across fall, winter, spring and summer break. Camps are half-day and full-day. Summer camps last one week with morning/afternoon sessions focusing on different engineering fields. Call or email us!

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iSPACE ignites imaginations and transforms campers into robotics engineers and rocket scientists! In our engaging, hands-on summer day camps, we spark interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Over 30 interactive camps are available for grades K - 12.


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SPECIAL NEEDS COTI Camp OdakOTa 4440 Carver Woods Drive, Cincinnati

campus and large indoor gym. Discovery, under 5 yrs.; Explorer, 5 - 6 yrs.; Adventure, young schoolage; Quest, older schoolage.


Camp OdakOTa is a full day camp for children with occupational therapy and sensory integration needs. Camp OdakOTa campers are children 6 - 12 yrs. who would benefit from a sensory sensitive approach to summer day camp.

Flying Horse Farms 5260 State Route 95, Mount Gilead


Flying Horse Farms is a camp for children with serious illnesses, where for a week or a weekend at a time being sick takes a backseat to being a kid. The children who attend camp have diagnoses including cancer, heart conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, blood disorders, severe asthma, gastrointestinal disorders, kidney conditions and craniofacial anomalies. Flying Horse Farms is always free of charge.

TRADITIONAL CAMPS Archbishop McNicholas High School Summer Camps 6536 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati 513-231-3500

McNicholas High School offers a variety of summer camps beginning June 8 for students entering grades 1 - 9. Camps include sports, arts and academics and are conducted by McNicholas faculty, staff and coaches. For a full listing visit our website. Registration begins March 1.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati 600 Dalton Ave., Cincinnati


The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati has been building great futures for kids who need a safe and positive place to go after school. Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Camp at the J 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati


From American Red Cross swim lessons and archery to arts and crafts, Camp at the J provides great social and educational opportunities that foster friendships and features all the fun that has made camp a summertime staple for kids. Camp at the J offers weekly theme days, sports and field trips.

Camp Rockmont for Boys 375 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC •


Camp Rockmont is a Christian summer camp for boys, ages 6 - 16, located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Rockmont’s mission of developing boys into healthy young men is accomplished through age-appropriate skills, activities and challenges that help campers to know themselves better and discover God’s love for them.

Camp-I-Can 5050 Madison Road, Cincinnati •


Dates: Jun. 2 - Aug. 6. Ages/Grades: 5 -12. Cost Range: $185.00 a week, child care vouchers are accepted. Enroll your child today in an enriching camp on our 40 acre campus that includes: breakfast, lunch, snack, sports, swimming, crafts, and off-site field trips. Designed to enhance self-esteem, social skills and provides learning opportunities. Kids will fall asleep on the way home. Last year’s class read over 300 books.

Champions Summer of Wonder 10901 Reed Hartman Hwy., Ste. 100, Cincinnati


Gorman Heritage Farm 10052 Reading Road Evandale


Green Acres Summer Camps 8255 Spooky Hollow Road, Cincinnati •


Kids First Sports Center - Camp-A-Palooza 7900 E Kemper Rd. Cincinnati •


Mother of Mercy High School Summer Camps 3036 Werk Road, Cincinnati


My Nose Turns Red Circus Camps Locations in Greater Cincinnati/Northern KY *


YMCA Camp Ernst 7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY


Be a farm kid! Camp activities include: interacting with barnyard animals, exploring the woods, garden fun, games, hiking, crafts, music and more. Special themed camps for wilderness, art, cooking, science and veterinary. Camp sessions scheduled by age. Please see our website for full brochure. You will never want to leave!

Arts, aquatic adventures, environment, equine, food or garden…Greenacres has a camp for every child! Each Greenacres summer camp is led by of our caring and professional staff who strive to give campers memories and experiences to cherish for a lifetime. Log onto our website for more information or to register.

Campers at Kids First get the very best! A backyard with mini-golf, a climbing wall and playground as well as 108,000 square feet of everything kids love: basketball, karate, gymnastics, dance, cheer, swimming, volleyball, you name it! Field trips every week outside Kids First and in-house entertainment brought in throughout week! Leaders in Training course for teens ages 13 - 15 covering topics like leadership, communication and group dynamics. Teens can look forward to excursions, service opportunities and more.

Mother of Mercy High School offers a variety of summer camps for grade school boys and girls. Our athletic camps include basketball, bowling, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and volleyball, all led by current coaches and alumnae playing at the collegiate level. Mercy also offers camps in art, dancing and writing. Your children will be sure to find at least one camp that meets their interest!

Our 18th year! 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 - 18, plus two 2-week intensive camps featuring unicycle, aerials and German Wheel. Register by April 15 for early bird discount.

Come see why generations of campers love to tell stories about their adventures at camp Ernst. Enjoy top notch counselors, new friends and doing a wide variety of activities including ziplines, banana boat,100-ft waterslide,horseback riding, the BLOB and more. Check out Camp Ernst during our Open Houses on Mar. 29, Apr. 26 and May 31.

YMCA Camp Kern 5291 St. Rt. 350, Oregonia

513-932-3756 ext. 1530

Voted ‘Best of Dayton’ in 2014, YMCA Camp Kern is well-known for its innovative and unique summer camp programming. Residential summer camp boasts activities that appeal to a variety interests – from literary camps to teen leadership programs. Open to children ages 5 - 16, there is an adventure waiting for everyone!

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

Your neighborhood YMCA has been providing outstanding day camps for for boys and girls ages 2 - 15. Y camps provide the perfect setting to appreciate nature, building skills, create memories and establish friendships that last a lifetime. Summer camps weekly themes include everything from super heroes and amazing inventions, to sports and teen camps. And don’t forget about the incredible field trips.

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CRAFTOLOGIST CAMP FOR TWEENS & TEENS AGES 10 AND UP Choose one (or more!) of the following camps for a skill building week of crafty fun! •Stitches: hand sewing •Yarnia: crochet & fun with yarn


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SUMMER CAMPS 2015 McNicholas High School Sports, Arts, and Academic Camps

Become creative and expressive as you try your hand at painting, building and sculpting. Create your own works of art and let you imagination soar.

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ehold the living legends! Experience tons of family fun for the young and young at heart in this amazing show featuring performers from around the globe as they complete awe-inspiring feats of daring, spectacles of strength, and thrills of wonder. Watch as mythical and mysterious creatures are summoned from the past, like a unicorn, a pegasus and a woolly mammoth! Enjoy a visit to Clown Alley, and thrill to the acrobatics of the China National Acrobatic Troupe, along with plenty more fun and games. Be sure to arrive one hour before the show begins for a free, pre-show party on the arena floor where you can get autographs, learn some juggling skills and more. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 3 p.m., 7 p.m. March 6, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m. March 7, 1 and 5 p.m. March 8; $16 - $75. Visit •



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Visit the Krohn Conservatory for their next show, Falling Water Gardens: A Modern Work of Nature, featuring gardens inspired by the creative works of Frank Lloyd Wright. Exhibit remains open through March 22; hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday - Sunday. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4; 513-421-5707 or


Visit a docent at an interactive art cart in the galleries. The art cart includes handson activities for the whole family. This month’s themes include Japanese Tea Ceremony (March 1 and 29); Ceramic Art (March 8); Furniture Art (March 15); and Painting (March 22). Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 3 p.m.; 877-472-4226 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

MARCH events requiring advance registration begin on page 44. MUMMIES OF THE WORLD

Come face to face with the largest exhibition of mummies and related artifacts in this exhibit, opening today. Learn how science can help shed a light on history, and explore never-beforeseen objects and specimens from South America, Europe and Egypt, and see how mummification has take place all over the globe. Exhibit remains open through April 26, 2015. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; $19.50 adults, $12.50 children and member adults, $17.50 seniors, $8.50 member children; 513-287-7000 or


View the CAM in a new way by sketching what you see. Stop by the Front Lobby to pick up your supplies kit and sketchbook then sketch where you like, or pick up

a prompt to jump-start your creativity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 4 p.m.; a $5 refundable deposit is required to check out a supplies kit; 877-472-4226 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.


Little ones can watch things pop and fizz as they turn their artwork into a science experiment. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or


It’s maple sugaring time! Bring your family and celebrate the awakening of the trees as they prepare for spring. Learn about the traditional craft of making maple syrup, along with crafts, demonstrations, and hikes. Maple treats, including waffles and ice cream, will be available for a small fee. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 12 - 5 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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Parents and children, wear your jammies for this fun story about the starry night sky followed by a short activity. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.

Bring your little ones ages 3 - 6 for kid fitness in the great outdoors — animal style! Learn about animal antics and wiggle and jump to physical fitness. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

Exercise your design skills in a fun competition! You and your family can create a mission-style work of art inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright with Legos provided by King Arthurs’ Court Toys in Oakley. Judges will award winners free passes to the 2015 Krohn Conservatory Butterflies of the Philippines Show and their art will be put on display at Krohn for everyone to enjoy. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or The Madcap Puppets presents this tale of a forgotten trunk and two young explorers who are captured by its secrets and tales from around the world. Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road; 2 p.m.; 513-745-8550 or blueash. com.





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Ages 2 and older are invited for stories and fun with blue manatee’s Miss Alicia. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 - 10:30 a.m.; 513731-2665 or


SPOTLIGHT: Canstruction Through March 22


eams of architects, engineers and designers from firms and universities across Cincinnati will compete in Canstruction, an exhibit featuring sculptures creating entirely of canned goods. A panel of judges from Cincinnati’s art, food and design communities award teams with a variety of accolades. The winners go on to compete in the national Canstruction competition. Visitors to the exhibit sites are encouraged to donate a canned good or non-perishable item as the cost of “admission.” At the close of the exhibit on March 22, all of the canned goods are donated to the Freestore Foodbank. Walking tours of the Cincinnati Canstruction exhibits are available free of charge. Meet at 10 a.m. at the Weston Art Gallery on March 7, March 14, and March 21. Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St.; a canned good donation is appreciated. Visit

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Little ones can watch things pop and fizz as they turn their artwork into a science experiment. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 - 4 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Robert Smithson was interested in mapping and using our environment to make his artwork — create a map collage and use natural materials to make some earthworks of your own. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-345-8405 or

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Join others as Barney Saltzberg, bestselling author and artist, introduces young readers to his latest character and board book series, Redbird. This interactive event includes drawing, songs and reading for the whole family. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


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MARCH events requiring advance registration begin on page 44. FREE GERMAN STORY TIME

Willkommen! Learn some basic German vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-7312665 or


Listen closely, here we go! The Linton musicians present this fun performance featuring musical opposites, like the flute, string, bass, piano and drums. Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave.; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-381-6868 or


Enjoy a weekend of free arts activities including theatre, music, dance, crafts, museum tours and more. Explore the CAM, the Taft, head to the Campbell County Public Libraries, the Fitton Center and more for plenty of artsy fun, including a culminating performance at Music Hall! Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky; discover/events/macys-arts-sampler.


Enjoy musical performances from CCM Preparatory Suzuki, Peraza Music, and the Cincinnati World Piano Competition. Also check out a variety of self-guided tours to explore the Taft’s permanent collection and the special exhibition Wild West to Gilded Age: American Treasures from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 513-241-0343 or taftmuseum. org.


Discover how easy and delicious tapping a maple tree can be. Maple syrup samples and activities are sure to interest the whole family this weekend, including a short hike with a naturalist and tree-tapping demonstration at 2 p.m. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 4 p.m. March 7 - 8; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


2015 will be an exciting year for NASA! This spring “Dawn” reaches Ceres, the largest of the asteroids and “New Horizons,” launched in 2006, will speed past Pluto finally revealing her secrets. CAS President Terry Endres will take elementary and middle school students (all are welcome) on a tour of past, current and future space exploration missions. Cincinnati Astronomical Society, 5274 Zion Road, Cleves; 7 p.m.; 513-941-1981 or


Meet in the front lobby to take a docentled tour with fun facts and hands-on activities for the whole family. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 p.m. March 7, 14, 21 and 28; 877-4724226 or


Bring the whole family for performances, artist demonstrations, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours, and hands-on art making activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 877472-4226 or

Experience the process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Drop by the sugar house to bask in the warmth of the evaporator and its maple-scented steam and join an interactive sap-collecting sugarbush tour at 10 and 11 a.m., and 1 and 2 p.m. A self-guided maple hike is also available. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-8311711 or


Stop by to check out incredible working miniatures built by model craftsmen — see functioning miniature steam engines, internal combustion engines, ships, boats, airplanes, action figures and more. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction. com.


Peruse the offerings from other moms during this consignment event for babies and kids. Faith Church, 5910 Price Road, Milford; 8 - 11 a.m.; $1 admission, cash and credit cards accepted ($1 free for credit cards);


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Come out for the spring sale and pick up top-quality clothing, toys, baby gear, furniture, sports equipment and more. Cash or credit cards will be accepted. Bring a friend and a tote! Madeira Elementary School, 6840 Thomas Drive; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $1 admission;





usic echoes through the galleries as three diverse acts present free performances of acoustic blues, Celtic jigs, and a potpourri of classical, jazz and pop — all for free as part of the Macy’s Art Sampler Weekend. Beginning at noon, singer-songwriter John Ford will play acoustic originals influenced by blues, gospel and country. The Clark & Jones Trio, featuring Celtic harp, violin, guitar, recorder and bodrhan (an Irish frame drum) will perform Celtic and folk music at 1 p.m. And at 2 p.m., former White House cellist Nat Chaitkin will present “Bach and Boombox — Declassifying the Classics,” which pairs live performances with recorded pop songs to show how all music works the same way. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 12 p.m. Call 859-4914003 or visit

Some stinky business is happening around here. Join the naturalist to learn all about a stinky, early-blooming wildflower and an often-smelly mammal. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


Help with trail improvements and honeysuckle removal along the trails. Forest Run MetroPark, 1976 Timberman Road, Hamilton; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835, or

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MARCH events requiring advance registration begin on page 44. FREE THE ROSENTHAL EDUCATION CENTER GRAND OPENING

The Rosenthal Education Center (REC) is a new art education space inside the CAM designed to encourage families to discover art in a fun, immersive, hands-on manner through a variety of experiences. Stop by the Great Hall and help celebrate the center’s grand opening! Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11 a.m.; 877-472-4226 or


In the wilds of India, a young boy named Mowgli is raised by wolves to obey the laws of the jungle. After surviving close encounters, he is returned to his mother where the tries to learn the ways of Mankind. When the tiger Shere Kahn threatens to defeat Akela the Wolf to become Lord of the Jungle, Mowgli must return to the wild to save his animal family. Follow the classic story The Jungle Book as presented by the Frisch Marionettes. Box office opens at 1:30 p.m., performance begins at 2 p.m. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 2 p.m.; $5 adults, free ages 0 - 12; 513-497-2860 or


Volunteers are needed to help monitor over 100 nestboxes — beginners are welcome to join this Citizen Science volunteer training and refresher workshop. Bring a snack to share! Registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Forest Run MetroPark, 1976 Timberman Road, Hamilton; 4 5 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES ART STOP Please see March 1 for details.


Meet local landscape expert Adam Wyman, from the Pool Masters show, who will share free advice on designing and installing world-class water features for your home landscape. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 3 p.m.; free with admission ($4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or krohn.


The Blue Night Jazz Band perform live jazz standards this afternoon. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 3 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or



Get ready for some spring shopping at this sale for gently used clothing, books, toys, equipment and more! Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Florence; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. March 11 - 14, 1 - 5 p.m. March 15; $1 admission, cash and credit cards accepted (small free for credit cards);


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You don’t have to be a night owl to learn astronomy. Join the naturalist for a closer look at the solar system through sundials and other interesting activities. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Ave.; 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Let the imaginative architecture of Antonio Gaudi inspire a mosaic masterpiece. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or


Grades K - 5 listen to some stories and perform a fun science experiment. Covington Library, Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Boulevard, Covington; 4 - 5 p.m. March 10 and 24; 859-9624060 or


Homeschoolers ages 5 - 12 learn new skills and a cool way to work out with Mike Dominach and his students. Please note that parents must attend. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 1 - 2 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or

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Let the imaginative architecture of Antonio Gaudi inspire a mosaic masterpiece. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 - 4 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with some rainbow exploration — make your own shiny gold coins, paint with raindrops and enjoy a tasty green snack. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-345-8405 or


When darkness falls in the woodlands, a cacophony of rustlings, hoots and howls can be heard coming from the trees. Meet a nocturnal animal to help discover the outdoor world that exists after bedtime. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


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; 6 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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This presentation, based on Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book, tells the story of the young boy Mowgli, who was raised by wolves in the jungle. When Shere Khan, the tiger, threatens the jungle, Mowgli must face his destiny and bring peace to the jungle. The Frisch Marionette Company brings the story to life with stringed puppets in a production featuring original music. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the performance at 7:30 p.m. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Avenue, Hamilton; $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


The Ron Purdon Quintet perform live jazz and swing music this evening. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or

LITTLE TREASURES KIDS’ SALE Please see March 11 for details.


The nation’s most competitive Monster Trucks and FMX Motocross are invading the Bank of Kentucky Center! Check out these 10,000-pound, car-crushing giants as they compete in racing and wheelie contests, and rock the house with some amazing freestyle action. Bank of Kentucky Center, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Highland Heights; 7:30 p.m. March 13 - 14; $12 - $37;


Musical worlds merge in this groundbreaking collaboration — enjoy two unique programs over the course of two evenings, featuring world premieres by award-winning composers. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 8 p.m. March 13 - 14; $80 for two-day pass; 513-381-3300 or


Spring is coming and so are the amphibians — discover amazing amphibians native to Ohio and meet a few up close. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or (please turn the page) •

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Bring the family for a unique opportunity to meet a few native animals up close. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.


Please see March 7 for details.

LITTLE TREASURES KIDS’ SALE Please see March 11 for details.


Please see March 13 for details.


Please see March 13 for details.


The Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild will show their skills through an exhibit of finished pieces and live demonstrations of works-in-progress on wood lathes. This unique craft gives wood another life! Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

MARCH events requiring advance registration begin on page 44. PI DAY

Celebrate your favorite mathematical constant — pi! Watch pi in action, and learn to measure the circumference, area and volume of domes and planets, then use the Observatory’s historic telescopes to view Venus and Jupiter in the night sky (weather permitting). As a special treat, enjoy sectors of pie provided by Frisch’s and pizza from Pi Pizzeria. Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 8 - 10 p.m.; $5; 513-321-5186 or cincinnatiobservatory. org.


Hola! 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


The West Chester Mothers of Twins and More will host their spring sale today! Lakota East High School, 6840 Lakota Lane, Liberty Township; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $1 admission, cash and credit cards accepted (small fee for credit cards);


Head to Babies “R” Us for an interactive story time led by a Boone County librarian that includes pre-literacy activities to encourage a love of books and help build pre-reading skills. Babies “R” Us, 4999 Houston Road, Florence; 11 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or


This afternoon of inspirational entertainment features a talk by Philip Gulley (a Quaker pastor and author of such works as If the Church Were Christian) as well as a concert by singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer. This event is sponsored by Cincinnati Friends Meeting in celebration of their 200th anniversary. Armstrong Chapel, 5125 Drake Road; 3 p.m.; $20 adults, $15 seniors and students, free for children 6 and under; 513-791-0788 or

Check out gently used children’s items including clothes from all seasons, equipment, toys and more. Mason United Methodist Church, 6315 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free admission; 513-252-4005 or

The Linton musicians are back with their concert, “High-Low, Fast-Slow, Listen Closely, Here We Go!” Find out what kind of musical delights can arise from instrumental opposites. Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 4418 Bridgetown Road; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-3816868 or

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The 450 members of the Cincinnati Children’s Choir, including all seven CCM resident choirs and 12 satellite choirs from across the Tri-State area, celebrate the artistry of youth, performing traditional, folk and world music. Christ’s Church at Mason, 5165 Western Row Road, Mason; 4 p.m.; $12 general public, $6 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-556-4183 or

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES ART STOP Please see March 1 for details.


LITTLE TREASURES KIDS’ SALE Please see March 11 for details.




Beavers are flourishing in our parks. Celebrate their return during this busy open house complete with beaver themed, hands-on activities. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

Maneuvering through a wildflower patch, hummingbirds can hover over each flower while feeding, and then dart forwards or backwards to the next sweet treat. Their high metabolism means they must consume many calories. Learn how to attract these tiny birds to your feeder for a sugar fill up. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast complete with 100% pure maple syrup, then step outside and discover how syrup is made in the park. Pattison Park Lodge, 2228 U.S. 50, Batavia; 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; $6 adults, $5 seniors, $3 ages 6 - 12, free ages 0 - 5; 513-7322977 or




heck out the Newport Aquarium’s all-new Canyon Falls exhibit with Asian small-clawed otters among other delights, like two species of lizard never before seen at the Aquarium, and the Turtle Corral, featuring Thunder, the 100-year-old snapping turtle Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $23 adults, $15 ages 2 - 12, free ages 1 and younger. Call 800-406-3474 or visit

“Where Every Family Matters.”

Plants have been used to dye items for thousands of years, so why not eggs? See how plants are used for dyes, and try your hand at dyeing an egg with common household plants. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Ave.; 1 p.m.; $1 per egg, plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Celebrate the maple season! Enjoy pancakes and sausage grilled by celebrity chefs. Learn about the process and story of maple sugaring. All proceeds benefit California Woods and Magrish Riverlands Preserves. California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave.; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $7; 513-231-8678 or

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Be sure to check out this semi-annual children’s consignment event with a boutique feel — choose from highquality, gently-used items like children’s clothing, shoes, furniture, toys, books equipment, maternity items and more. Sale takes place 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. March 15, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. March 16, and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. March 17, with half-priced sales at 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. March 18, and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. March 19. Cincinnati Mall, 600 Cincinnati Mills Drive; free admission;

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Lines curve, loop, wiggle and wave to create a masterpiece inspired by the artist Joan Miro. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or

MARCH events requiring advance registration begin on page 44. RHEA LANA’S CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT EVENT Please see March 15 for details.


Sure and begorrah, it’s St. Patty’s Day! Bring your preschooler for an hour of Irish fun — hear some leprechaun stories and craft a shamrock mobile to take home. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 11:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-4914003 or

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Ages 2 and older are invited for stories and fun with blue manatee’s Miss Alicia. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 - 10:30 a.m.; 513731-2665 or


Lines curve, loop, wiggle and wave to create a masterpiece inspired by the artist Joan Miro. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 - 4 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Help welcome the first day of spring with a flower-themed art play — make blossom crowns, floral portraits, and a lovely nature mobile. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-345-8405 or

Meet three authors of some of the most talked about new young adult novels: Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters forever altered by a terrible accident in Vanishing Girls; Mindy McGinnis returns to a dystopian, drought-stricken world in her sequel In a Handful of Dust; and debut author Jasmine Warga spins the tale of two depressed teenagers who make a suicide pact until one of them falls in love in My Heart and Other Black Holes. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or


Cincinnati Enquirer sports journalist Paul Daugherty presents his new book, An Uncomplicated life: A Father’s Memoir of His Exceptional Daughter, a love letter to his daughter with Down syndrome whose life can teach us all how to better live our own. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-3968960 or

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Check out gently used clothing, toys, equipment and more for babies and children. Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road, Florence; 4 - 9 p.m. March 20, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. March 21 free admission, cash sales only please;


Bonjour! Use stories and songs to learn some basic French vocabulary. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513731-2665 or


Please see March 7 for details.


Please see March 20 for details.


The Madcap Puppets present the tale of a little beetle named Ko, who is ready to leave the safety of his bonsai tree, but not before his caretaker Hachi emboldens him with tales of the Far East to prove how strength and courage can come from the humblest of creatures. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; $8; 513-497-2860 or


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ow in its fourth year, Ballet Toybox offers the perfect opportunity to introduce young children to the joy of dance. The program features CBII (Cincinnati Ballet Second Company) in a mix of ballet and storybook classics. Bring the kids for an interactive adventure where you will learn about the essential elements that make up the beauty, humor and inspiring discipline of dance with a range of excerpts from a treasure chest of exciting ballets. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 2 p.m.; $20. Call 513-621-5282 or visit

“Where Every Family Matters.”

Get a bird’s eye view of this active great blue heron nesting spot. Travel along the Harbor Trail at your own pace to view these feathered marvels in their tree-top homes. Spotting scopes are provided, stop by Winton Centre for directions. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Join this day-long thank you to the community and check out familyfriendly activities, giveaways, special in-store savings and more. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.

MARCH events requiring advance registration begin on page 44. TREASURE HUNT

X marks the spot! Drop in to test your map skills and search for hidden treasures around the PlayScape. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 2 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-8311711 or


Join the naturalist to see what’s stirring in the forest. Go for a relaxing hike along a woodland trail to welcome in the spring season. Timberlakes Program Shelter, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Ave.; 10 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


Please see “Spotlight” on page 40 for details.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES ART STOP Please see March 1 for details.


Get a bird’s eye view of this active great blue heron nesting spot. Travel along the Harbor Trail at your own pace to view these feathered marvels in their tree-top homes. Spotting scopes are provided, stop by Winton Centre for directions. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Local orchid experts offer free advice and professionally repot your orchid. Donations are gratefully accepted. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 4 p.m.; free with admission ($4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or krohn.


There’s no need to be afraid of the dark — kids ages 5 and younger light the way with a glowing work of art. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or

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Get a jump on your spring landscaping and purchase the beautiful plants from the Krohn’s spring show. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free with admission ($4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or

Nature has many stories to tell. Families are invited to join the naturalist for a nature-themed story. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or



Join other homeschooling families as children read favorite poems or ones they’ve written themselves on the LePage stage. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2:30 - 3 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Please see March 10 for details.


Stop by your local Jersey Mike’s in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky during the March Month of Giving, and buy a sub to help support CancerFree KIDS — 100 percent of today’s sales will benefit the non-profit organization that helps to fund promising childhood cancer research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Jersey Mike’s;


It’s finally time for spring! Get ready by learning about all the seasons. Blooming bulbs and sprouting seeds are a few of the things to discover around the garden. Programs take place at 10:45 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 25 29. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $2 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


Ages 2 - 5 will love this “open house” at the CAM that includes learning stations in the galleries, story tellers, and an art activity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 877472-4226 or

There’s no need to be afraid of the dark — kids ages 5 and younger light the way with a glowing work of art. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 - 4 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or


Make shadow puppet and turn down the lights to create your own shadowy show. Examine your silhouette as you learn some new poses with friends from Modo Yoga. Then explore the use of light and color with radiant sun catchers! Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8405 or


New York Times bestselling author Chris Grabenstein presents his new book, The Island of Dr. Libris. Billy is spending the summer in a lakeside cabin owned by the mysterious Dr. Libris, but whenever he opens the books in the doctor’s private bookcase, he can hear sounds coming from the island in the middle of the lake — almost as if the stories are coming to life! Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-3968960 or


Dazzling acrobatics, popular classics, and an 18-foot “Gantry Crane” all come together for a unique show for all ages. Marvel at aerialists, trapeze artists and contortionists as they perform daring feats, all set to the Cincinnati Pops’ majestic selections by Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Copland, Ravel and more. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 8 p.m. March 27 - 28, 2 p.m. March 29; visit site for prices, $10 children for all performances; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony. org.


Join friends from Imago for nature stories, songs and other fun activities. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-7312665 or


Meet the Gizmo Guys! Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker have amazed and amused audiences for years. Bring along the whole gang for their winning combination of technique and humor as they juggle and clown around in this performance courtesy of UC Blue Ash’s ArtRageous Saturday series. UC Blue Ash, 9555 Plainfield Road; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; $7; 513-745-5705 or ucblueash. edu/performingarts/artrageous.html.


Please see March 27 for details.


Hop aboard and enjoy a train ride to the LM&M Junction for a special visit with the Easter Bunny (parents, be sure to bring your cameras)! Kids will receive a special gift and can join an egg hunt. Trains depart at 10 a.m., 12:15, 2:30 and 4:45 p.m. on March 28 - 29 and April 3 - 4. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon; prices vary, please see site for details; 513-933-8022 or


Bring the tots ages 2 - 7 for a springtime Easter egg hunt! Arlington Memorial Gardens, 2145 Compton Road; call for times; 513-521-7003 or


Please see March 7 for details.


Explore all things nautical in honor of the artist Duke Riley — hop aboard the S.S. UnMuseum to learn about life at sea, make tiny wooden sailboats and carve a piece of scrimshaw by hand, just like a real sailor! Find out about the international code of signals and create your own flag to communicate with other ships. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8405 or

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Stop by the 1795 log cabin and contemplate the state of the forest in the Ohio Valley during the 1790s. Learn about the plants and animals that the first European settlers encountered and how the landscape has changed. Historic Log Cabin, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Drop by the Rowe Visitor Center to fill a mesh bag with soft, natural materials for the birds to use for building their nests this spring. Hang the bag outside at home and watch what happens! Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 4 p.m. March 28 - 29; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-8311711 or

MARCH events requiring advance registration begin on page 44. UNDER THE BONSAI TREE

When it’s time for Ko, a little beetle, to say goodbye to safety and comfort under the bonsai, he must confront his fears. But his caretaker first shares some captivating tales from the Far East to show Ko that even the power of dragons and emperors are no match for the smallest of heroes. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 p.m., 3 p.m. March 28 - 29; $8; 513-721-2787 or


Walking in the natural world is good for you! All ages are invited to explore the park in this walking series. Great Miami River Recreation Trail, Bicentennial Commons, Carmody Boulevard, Middletown; 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


Stop by this kid and baby expo featuring over 40 vendors including health and education groups, childcare providers, toys, children’s clothing boutiques,


This offbeat Irish love story tells the tale of two 60-somethings who bond over their shared affection for animals. Long divorced, Betty spends most of her time alone (when she’s not acting as a caregiver to an elderly friend or her 19 cats); while Dan is still grieving the loss of his longtime love, and puts his faith in his loyal dog, Chapatti. Their paths cross in unexpected ways, giving them both hope for the future. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; through March 8; see web site for ticket prices; 513-4213888 or


Harvard’s beloved blonde takes the stage by a pink storm in this fun, upbeat musical that’s been reworked for audiences of all ages by Acting Up, featuring talented young people from the community. Mason Middle School, 6370 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason; 7 p.m. March 20 - 21, 3 p.m. March 21 - 22; $12; actingup. com.


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Brown Lindiwe Mkhize as “Rafiki” in the opening number “The Circle of Life” from The Lion King National Tour. Disney. Photo Credit: Joan Marcus.


SPOTLIGHT: THE LION KING March 31 - April 26


iraffes strut, birds swoop, gazelles leap, and the entire savannah comes to life in this Tony Awardwinning production. Audiences will marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by a cast of more than 40, and thrill to the rhythms of an unforgettable score, including Elton John and Tim Rice’s Oscar-winning song, “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” and “Circle of Life.” Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; March 31 - April 26. Visit for ticket prices.

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furniture and accessories, family photographers, party planning services, and services for new and expecting parents. Photo ops with fire trucks and police cars, as well as plenty of prizes for adults and kids are also in the plans, along with The Cutest Baby Contest. Elements Conference & Event Center, 11974 Lebanon Road, 3 - 6 p.m.;

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company presents this adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel. Join the March family, an American household during the Civil War era composed of matriarch Marmee, shy Beth, romantic Meg, willful Amy, and independent Jo. Audiences of all ages will share in the March sisters’ humorous and sometimes heartbreaking experiences. Cincinnati Shakespeare Company, 719 Race St.; through March 21; $22 - $36; 513-381-2273 or


Travel back in time to the 1958 Springfield High School prom to meet the Wonderettes, four girls with hopes and dreams as big as their crinoline skirts. Learn about their lives and loves through classic 50s and 60s

“Where Every Family Matters.”

songs, including “Lollipop,” “It’s My Party,” and more. Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 6550 Glenway Ave.; March 12 - April 4; visit site for ticket prices; 513-241-6550 or


The Cincinnati Ballet presents this moving exploration of mortality, told in a series of achingly beautiful vignettes that follow the characters’ journeys from grief and loss towards acceptance and hope. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 8 p.m. March 20 - 21 and 2 p.m. March 21; tickets start at $32; 513-621-5282 or


Adapted for the stage by Rick Elice from the bestselling children’s novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park presents this hilarious Peter Pan prequel that is full of fun and silliness for children and adults alike. Molly is an insatiably curious girl on a secret mission with her father, when she meets an orphan boy. The two embark on a daring adventure, full of pirates, mermaids and a grand shipwreck. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; March 7 - April 4; Spring Break special for select performances allows parents to purchase half-priced children’s tickets with regular-admission adult tickets, please see site for details; 513-4213888 or


It’s the famous tale of a mischievous boy who can fly, who never ages, and spends his time adventuring on the Isle of Neverland. Featuring highflying spectacle and timeless music, CCM Musical Theatre’s production will thrill and delight audiences of all ages. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati Campus, Corry and Jefferson Streets; 8 p.m. March 5 - 7, 2 p.m. March 7 - 8; $31 - $35 adults, $20 - $24 students, $18 - $22 UC students.

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EASTER BUNNY EXPRESS Please see March 28 for details.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES ART STOP Please see March 1 for details.


Please see March 28 for details.


ArtReach presents Beatrix Potter’s famous longeared character, now a rambunctious teen! He still can’t stay out of the McGregor garden, as he seeks to escape the monotony of the rabbit hole and play his guitar at “The Farm.” Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Ave.; 2:30 p.m.; $5; 513-473-5745 or


Is your adolescent struggling with mental health or co-occurring addiction issues? Are you at a loss on how to determine what’s wrong and what steps should be taken to get them back on track? Research indicates that adolescence is the time when psychiatric illness develops and becomes more present. However, accurate diagnosis and effective treatment can change your child’s trajectory. The Adolescent Diagnostic and Treatment Program at Lindner Center of HOPE, located in Mason, Ohio, focuses on intensive assessment (21 days) and treatment of patients, age 11 through 17, suffering with complex co-morbid mental health issues.

Please see March 28 for details.


Use straight lines and primary colors to create a stained glass window decoration, inspired by Dutch artist Piet Mondrian. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


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Curious George Swings into Spring

Emery Lord presents her new book The Start of You and Me, a story of love, friendship and second chances aimed at ages 12 and older. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or


Stop by for stories about the monarch butterfly — if it’s cold outside, everyone will warm up by the fireside. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 - 11 a.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or

March 30 at 8am and 3pm on CET Out in the country, George tries to cheer up a homesick Hundley by giving him a case of spring fever.

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CALL AHEAD TO RESERVE YOUR CHILD’S SPOT! These events require ADVANCED REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted.


• FREE Create Your Own Wacky Holiday Ages 6 and older are invited to a creative writing event to develop your own holiday in honor of Make Up Your Own Holiday Day. 4 - 5 p.m. March 26.

• 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.

• Miss Meghan’s Music Ages 0 - 4 and their grownups can join Miss Meghan for songs and fun. 9:45 or 10:30 a.m. March 12 and 26; $10.

4255 Ashland Ave., Norwood 513-531-3626


7623 Old 3C Highway, Maineville 513-683-6860 • • Master Classes Valery Lantratov, renowned Russian teacher and former principal dancer offers beginning/ intermediate and intermediate/advance level classes. 4:45 - 9 p.m. March 5 and 6.


1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington 859-491-4003 • • Make a Kite Day March is the best time of year to fly a kite! BCM members and their children learn to make their own 18-inch plastic sled kite, then fly it in Devou Park. Joe and Debbie Von Bokern of PIGS ALOFT Kite Flying Club lead this kite-crafting workshop. Materials provided. 2 - 4 p.m. March 28; $5 per kite.

BETHESDA NORTH HOSPITAL 10500 Montgomery Road 513-475-4500 •

• Baby’s Amazing Journey This workshop helps parents navigate the first year of life with baby, including how to deal with common eating, sleeping and fussiness issues. 6:45 p.m. March 12; $35. • Birthing With Ease This birthing workshop takes to task the myth that suffering must accompany labor. 6:45 p.m. March 4, 11, 18 and 25; $200 for eight-week package. • Toddler Tantrum Survival Guide Learn about the reasons behind toddler tantrums and how to deal with them effectively. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. March 14; $30. • SmallTalk Learn to “talk” to your hearing baby or toddler with American Sign Language and improve your communication skills with your little one. 6:45 p.m. March 10; $50 (includes pictorial dictionary and DVD).


3977 Hunt Road 513-793-5200 • • Musical Purim Party Come in costume and ready to make some noise! Craft colorful musical instruments using fun and exciting materials. 2 - 4 p.m. March 1; $10 with advanced RSVP, $15 at the door. • Mini Mommies and Daddies Passover Party Get ready for independence! Little ones make grape juice, peel veggies, soak lettuce and prepare a little seder for the parents. Instill pride and confidence as they practice their fine and gross motor skills in a loving, warm environment. 2 - 4 p.m. March 29; $10 with advanced RSVP, $15 at the door.


953 Eden Park Drive 877-472-4226 • • FREE Baby Tour Sign up for this 30-minute tour of the CAM that is designed to stimulate your eyes and minds. Please note that strollers are not permitted. 2 p.m. March 20. • Art in the Making: Fashion Design Ages 6 - 12 and their parents are invited to this class led by a local artist that includes a gallery tour and an art project. 1 - 3 p.m. March 21; $10 per adult/child members, $20 per adult/child nonmembers, $3 and $6 for each additional person. • Art + Design Teen Workshop Teens can explore creative fields and industries with working artists and professionals before putting their own skills to the test with a project on designer toys and 3D printing. 2 - 4 p.m. March 28; $5 members, $10 nonmembers.

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• CFEC Classes Register for the center’s classes for ages birth to 5 years, including Tummy Time, Parent-Baby Yoga, Baby Yoga, Movers and Shakers, Crawlers and Climbers, ABCs and 123s, JitterBugs, Curious Kids, Toddler Times, Earth Rocks, Preschool FUNdamentals, and Karma Kids. Class packages range from $50 - $150.

• Classes at Blue Cocoon Sign up for classes at Blue Cocoon, including Mommy & Me Yoga and Prenatal Yoga; Baby Yoga and Tummy Time; Creative Movement, Ballet/Jazz and Baby Wearing Ballet; Toddler’s Acting and Little Show Stoppers; Come Sign With Me, Ballet/Jazz, Baby Wearing Ballet and Creative Movement.

• 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.

• Hello Spring! Join friends ages 3 - 5 to celebrate spring — read favorite books about the season and make a craft full of bright flowers. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. March 20; $5.

• Tummy to Tummy Learn about the benefits of wearing your baby in a carrier or sling, including calming a fussy baby, aiding good digestion, and promoting better sleep patterns. 12:45 p.m. March 14; donations gratefully accepted.


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• Breastfeeding Realities This class teaches parents the basics of breastfeeding along with ways to avoid many typical breastfeeding problems. Led by an international board certified lactation consultant. 3 - 5 p.m. March 21; $30. • What About Sleep? Learn about baby’s sleeping and how to get a better night’s rest for the both of you. 12:45 p.m. March 7; call for price.

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

• Learning Through Play Join the area’s best childhood development experts for a family interactive, one-day conference that explains how open-ended, hands-on play is crucial to your child’s growth and development. • Mini Makers Ages 5 - 10 are invited to these interactive workshops. This month, kids explore Cloud Lamps (March 14); Motor Madness (March 21); and Blowin’ UP! (March 28). All programs begin at 2:30 p.m.; $8 members, $10 plus admission nonmembers. • Explorer’s University Ages 9 - 15 explore the world of science! This month, kids learn about the science behind the game of basketball. 2 - 3:30 p.m. March 14; free with admission. • Sprouts Institute Infants to 6-year-olds and their grown-ups can explore a variety of family workshops. This month, explore the Joy of Art (March 2); Little Yogis (March 30); Miss Meghan’s Music (March 9); and Zumbini (March 16). All programs begin at 10:15 a.m. $8 members, $10 plus admission nonmembers.


4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 • Daily admission for nonmembers $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 -12 • Bluebirding Basics 101 The Nature Center welcomes the Ohio Bluebird Society to share their knowledge and passion for bluebirds and bluebird nest box monitoring. Learn about the history of bluebirds in Ohio then take a short hike to check boxes and learn how you can monitor at home. Best for ages 10 and older; please dress for the weather. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. March 14; free with admission. • DIY Garden Mushroom Decoration RSVP by March 19. Garden season will soon be upon us — make and decorate your own concrete mushroom to help cheer up your garden. For ages 6 and older. 2 - 3 p.m. March 28; $7 plus admission.

CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY CENTER 3489 Observatory Place 513-321-5186 •

• Astronomy 2.0 Turn your love of astronomy into a lifelong hobby with this short-course for beginners who want to take their knowledge to the next level, led by Dean Regas, co-host of the PBS’ Star Gazer. He will discuss a variety of topics like comets and meteors, the new and improved solar system, star clusters and galaxies. Students will then get first-hand experience using the many observatory telescopes. 7 - 9 p.m. March 18 and 25; $30 for the series ($25 for members).

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44 East Sixth St. • 513-345-8405 • Home School Wednesdays Explore different forms of mapping in two of the CAC’s exhibits and learn how maps can be anything but traditional — they can represent a city grid, illustrate a memory, some maps even float in space! After the tour, create your own map. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. March 18; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger).


1976 Timberman Road, Hamilton 513-867-5835 • A motor vehicle permit ($5 daily, $10 annually, free to Butler County residents) is required to enter the park • Nature Photograph Seminar Teens and adults are invited to join this day-long workshop facilitated by Rich Sears and members of the West Chester Photo Club. Suitable for point-and-shoot or DSLR cameras. Teens younger than 18 must have an adult present. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. March 21; $20 (includes morning presentation, box lunch and afternoon photo-shoot in the park).


7819 Cooper Road 513-609-9393 • • FREE Birthday Bash Did your girl have a birthday this month? Bring her to Girls’ World to celebrate with other birthday girls! Every girl who had a birthday this month will receive a special gift. Friends are welcome to attend this bash that includes music, dancing and creative art. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. March 28.


10397 Springfield Pike 513-521-7275 • A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Bear Badge Day RSVP by March 16. Cub Scouts can complete the Sharing Your World With Wildlife achievement with two hours of activities to accomplish the necessary requirements. 10 a.m. March 21 and 1 p.m. March 22; $6.

JEWISH DISCOVERY CENTER 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason 513-234-0777 •

• Mother and Daughter Challah Bake Share fun with your daughter as you join this special women’s Mitzvah! 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. March 10; $10 per batch. • Purim: Skate, Rattle & Roll Purim is rolling and rocking with the JDC at Skate American roller rink. Enjoy skating, games, a bounce house, costumes, pizza, pop, treats, and a cool new sand art video during the Rabbi’s ultra-fast Megilah reading. There’s fun for the whole family! 5 - 7 p.m. March 5; $7 before Feb. 26, $8.50 at the door; held at Skate America, 1260 Hicks Blvd., Fairfield. • Kids in the Kosher Kitchen “Travel” around the world for a unique cooking experience with friends. In March, our taste buds will “visit” Italy. Mangia! 1:30 2:30 p.m. March 22; $35 for whole session, or $10 per class plus $7 per apron.

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7900 E. Kemper Road 513-489-7575 • Bunny Palooza All ages are invited to meet the Easter Bunny, and enjoy open gym play, inflatable slide, open indoor family swim, face painting, an egg hunt, and a Peep candy art contest! 3 - 5 p.m. March 29; $10 ages 2 and older, free for ages younger than 2 and adults.


9501 Colerain Ave. (Northgate Mall) 513-886-3997 • • Loveable You Prince & Princess Pageant RSVP by March 7 for this children’s pageant in which kids ages 1 - 18 are divided into age-appropriate groupings and compete in either Your Choice Wear or Formal Wear. Pageant will be held on April 12. Winners receive a sash, trophy, certificate and crown or tiara! $150 per child.


• FREE Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun For You and Your Little One These private interactive play groups feature the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun. Play dates are open to families in the Jewish community with children 2 years and younger and in which at least one parent is Jewish. The programs are free and always include a snack. Plus, two families will each win a $50 Target Gift Card at every event! Dates and times are subject to change, please check the web site for updates and to RSVP. Sensory Sunday is a program of Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation and Mayerson JCC. Held at The Gymboree, 6209 Snider Road, Mason; visit web site for dates and times.


8485 Ridge Road • • FREE Camp Family Fun Fest Spend the evening at the J getting a taste of camp! Enjoy swimming, Ga-Ga, s’mores and a Purim celebration. Meet the camp staff and see friends from last summer. Don’t forget to wear a fun costume! 4 - 6 p.m. March 1. • FREE The Rockin’ Adventures of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter’s most famous long-eared character grows up into a rambunctious teen — and he still can’t stay out of the McGregor’s Garden! It seems that the Rabbit family must contend with the young Peter, whose goal is to get out of the humdrum life of the rabbit hole and play his guitar at “The Farm.” 1 p.m. March 15.


9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park All About Bunnies RSVP by March 11. Ages 2 - 4 enjoy a story time and a craft all about bunnies. 11 a.m. March 13; $6. • Homeschool Science: Mammals RSVP by March 17. Homeschool students ages 5 - 12 and their parents explore interactive learning stations and a guided outdoor exploration. 1 - 3 p.m. March 19.

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MITCHELL MEMORIAL FOREST 5401 Zion Road, Cleves 513-521-7275 •

• Adventure Hike Series: Using Your Map and Compass RSVP by March 11. Adults and children ages 12 and older can join a half-day of hiking and learn to translate what’s on the map with what’s underfoot. Maps and compasses provided, participants must bring their own hiking gear. 10 a.m. March 14; $15.


3036 Werk Road 513-661-2740 ext. 456 • Junior Bobcat Night Fifth and sixth grade girls are invited to spend a night with friends and other Future Bobcats at Mercy. Activities include a scavenger hunt, crafts, a bonfire and a pizza party. 6 - 8:30 p.m. March 13; $5.


5083 Colerain Ave. 513-321-6070 • • Maple in Mt. Airy Enjoy a hay wagon ride to the Arboretum and meet costumed sugar makers — along the way, taste maple sap, tea and sugar. A pancake breakfast will be provided before the program begins. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. March 7; $8.


One Aquarium Way 859-261-7444 • • Faith Weekend RSVP by March 4. Join other for Faith Weekend at the Newport Aquarium! This is an exclusive offer for members, families and friends of any faith organization. Enjoy the day in a fun, unique, climate-controlled environment. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. March 7 - 8; $12. • Homeschool Days You can enhance your child’s knowledge of marine life and conservation while having a wonderful time in the process. Visit the Newport Aquarium for Homeschool Days when admission is only $11 per person and no minimum is required. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. March 9 - 10; $11.


4222 Hamilton Ave. • Cooking Classes The Northside Farmers Market offers three youth cooking classes in March. On March 11 and 25, the Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center offers its popular Young Chef’s Kitchen class right at the market. On March 18, kids can learn to bake with Northside Farmers Market vendor Flour Power. Classes are for ages 7 - 12. March 11, 18 and 25; $3.


1021 Delta Ave. 513-201-8593 • • FREE Trial Music Lesson RSVP for a free, 30-minute music lesson in piano, violin, voice, guitar, Little Mozarts (piano and early childhood), ukulele, drums, viola, flute, trumpet and trombone. Limited availability, please call to schedule an appointment.


4000 West Kemper Road 513-521-7275 • A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • A Stinky Hike RSVP by March 5. If you can’t smell it from home, join the naturalist to sniff around for an interesting plant that has many unique features. 1 p.m. March 8.


11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Wee Wonder About Foxes RSVP by March 18. Ages 3 - 5 learn all about the gray and red fox with crafts, a story and an activity. 11 a.m. March 19; $6. • Webelos Badge Day RSVP by March 19. Complete the Naturalist and Forester badges with a hike and all the activities necessary to accomplish the badges’ requirements. 2 p.m. March 22; $6. • Clay Play RSVP by March 26. Ages 5 - 10 go creekside to look for clay deposits then head indoors to play with clay and make a pinch pot to take home. 2 p.m. March 28; $8.

SHARONVILLE CONVENTION CENTER 11355 Sharon Road 513-871-6080, ext. 402

• Calming the Chaos: Essential Skills That Help Smart but Scattered Students Reach Their Full Potential The Springer School welcomes psychologist and author Peg Dawson, Ed.D., NCSP, who addresses parents on ways to help their students who are disorganized, distractible, forgetful and prone to careless mistakes. Dr. Dawson will present strategies parents can use to help their children acquire the critical skills they need to calm the chaos and become successful students. 7 - 9 p.m. March 15; $25, or $20 per ticket for two or more tickets.


7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 • A motor vehicle permit ($5 daily, $10 annually, free to Butler County residents) is required to enter the park Eggstravaganza Families are invited for a yummy buffet, a visit with Mr. E. Bunny, an egg hunt, and many more activities and crafts. 12:30 - 3 p.m. March 29; $12.95 adults, $9.95 ages 2 - 8, free ages younger than 2 (prices increase after March 15).


650 Walnut St. 513-977-4165 • • Families Create It’s time for Candy Land! Join this annual Canstruction Workshop — use candy to make a sweet structure, then eat your creation. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. March 7; $5.

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FREE Eggceptional Eggstravaganza RSVP by March 25. Springtime is here! Join in the fun to learn about eggs and play a game or two, followed by an egg hunt. Open to ages 3 - 10 and their adults. Please note that there are no restrooms on site. 1 2:30 p.m. March 28. WINTON WOODS

10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Family Dinner Series: An Evening With Zak Morgan Join Grammy nominee Zak Morgan for an evening of his unique brand of children’s music. Zak delivers songs and poems with wit and charm that inspire and tickle the funny bones of children and adults alike. 6:30 p.m. March 7; $29.95 adults, $14.95 ages 2 - 12, plus tax. • Intro to Backpacking RSVP by March 8. Join an indoor presentation that covers everything from pretrip preparation to on-the-trail tips and must-have essentials. 6:30 p.m. March 10. • Brownie Girl Scout Program: Pets RSVP by March 12. Get ready to handle some real farm chores — explore the barnyard and learn how to care for different animals. Help feed the cow, clean out a horse stall, and check on the rabbits. 9:30 or 11:30 a.m., 1:30 or 3:30 p.m. March 14; $5 per child, $3 per adult. • Junior Girl Scout Program: Playing in the Past RSVP by March 12. Jump into life in the early 1800s. Go to school, complete your farm chores, play some pioneer games, and dance your shoes off in this blast from the past. 9:30 or 11:30 a.m., 1:30 or 3:30 p.m. March 14; $5 per child, $3 per adult. • Campfire Cooking: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day RSVP by March 11. The rainbow ends at Adventure Outpost with pot o’ gold soup and other leprechaunpleasing recipes. Join friends around the campfire to learn some cooking skills, swap recipes and sample a few unique treats. 2 p.m. March 15; $10. • Growing Up a Farm Kid: Sense of Touch Pat a soft bunny, touch a chicken foot and feel a sheep’s wool as you explore the farm using your sense of touch. For ages 2 - 5 and their adults. 9:30 - 11 a.m. March 17 and 18; $10 per child plus one free adult, $5 for each additional adult. • Outdoor Archery RSVP by March 19. Learn the basics of shooting a compound bow on the outdoor range, then put your new-found skills to the test. For ages 8 and older. 1 p.m. March 22 and 29; $15.

live entertainment and more. 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m. March 28 and 29; $9.50 plus tax. • Barnyard Bonanza: Farm Babies RSVP by March 29. Learn about the different stages of animals on the farm and interact with some bouncing barnyard babies. There will also be time to play in Parky’s Playbarn and take a wagon ride. 9:30 and 11 a.m. March 31; $6 per child, $4 per adult.


• Cincinnati Skies Discover stars, constellations, galaxies and more. Learn the stories behind the Big and Little Dippers, Orion and many constellations in the night sky. Best for ages 5 and older. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 19; $5. • The Zodiac Unlock the mysteries of the Zodiac as you explore the signs. Open to ages 5 and older accompanied by an adult. 7 p.m. March 20; $5.


8250 Old Kellogg Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Homeschool Science: Amphibians RSVP by March 9. Homeschool students ages 5 - 12 and their parents can explore interaction learning stations, lessons, and a guided hike. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. March 11; $6 per child. Bunny Jamboree Ages 3 - 5 learn all about bunnies with crafts and a story. 10 a.m. March 20; $6.

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• Colors and Cupcakes Ages 6 - 12 are invited for art, dinner and treats — all centered around everyone’s favorite game, Minecraft. RSVP early, this is a redux of an earlier event that sold out! 5 - 8 p.m. March 14; $40.

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4803 Augspurger Road, Hamilton 513-867-5835 • • Escape on the Underground Railroad Experience a piece of the 1851 Underground Railroad through the eyes of a fugitive slave in this powerful living history program. For ages 10 and older (an adult must accompany those younger than 18). Staggered start times between 6 and 7:15 p.m. March 14; $15.

• Archery Games RSVP by March 19. A certified archery instructor reviews the steps to archery success, then archers will play some skill games aimed at accuracy. For ages 8 and older; Outdoor Archery is a prerequisite. 3 p.m. March 22; $15.


• Hit the Trail RSVP by March 22. When spring weather finally gets here, hikers are eager to get outside. Take a short hike and get some hiking tips while looking for signs of spring. 10 a.m. March 24.

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