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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 cincynature.org.

WELCOME SPRING HIKE

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.

sun 22 BALLET TOYBOX

Please see “Spotlight” on page 40 for details.

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

HERON ROOKERY VIEWING

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 greatparks.org.

ORCHID POTTING BEE

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 cincinnatiparks.com/ krohn.

mon 23 SUPER SPROUTS: GLOW IN THE DARK ART

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 cincymuseum.org.

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END OF SPRING SHOW PLANT SALE

ANIMAL TALES

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 cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

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 greatparks.org.

FREE HOMESCHOOL POETRY GROUP

SUPER SPROUTS: GLOW IN THE DARK ART

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 bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE SCIENCE TIME

Please see March 10 for details.

wed 25 DAY OF GIVING FOR CANCERFREE KIDS

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; jerseymikes.com/mog.

SIGNS OF SPRING

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.

FREE WEE WEDNESDAY: SPRING

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 cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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 cincymuseum.org.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: PLAYING WITH SHADOW

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 contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 27 FREE AUTHOR DISCUSSION

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 josephbeth.com.

CIRQUE MECHANICS

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.

daily listings FREE NATURE STORY TIME

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 bluemanateebooks.com.

sat 28 ARTRAGEOUS SATURDAY

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.

CIRQUE MECHANICS

Please see March 27 for details.

EASTER BUNNY EXPRESS

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 lebanonrr.com.

EASTER EGG HUNT

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 amgardens.org.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES TOUR

Please see March 7 for details.

FAMILY FESTIVAL: TO THE SEA

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 contemporaryartscenter.org.

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