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B FAREWELL TO THE CIRCUS It’s the final tour for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, as they head into Cincinnati this month with Circus XTREME. So what happens to all of the animals? Since 2016, elephants have been living at the Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida. And many of the animals are actually owned by the performers themselves and will stay together. The Circus is working on finding suitable homes for the rest! The Circus will be in town from March 10 - 19 at U.S. Bank Arena (100 Broadway St.). Tickets start at $15 on ticketmaster.com.

lue manatee children’s bookstore, an Oakley icon for families that is home to fantastic books, story times and lots of memories, is packing up and moving to a brand-new location — right up the street! Owners John and Sandy Hutton, and their team of “Manateers,” anticipate moving in the second half of this month (target re-open date of April 1) to their new building at 3094 Madison, right next to the Sleepy Bee Café. That means you can enjoy a good book as well as a good meal in one visit. Visitors can expect the same great selection of children’s literature, “unplugged” toys and intimate events. And don’t worry, the autograph walls will be preserved! For more details, head to bluemanateebooks.com! Photo: Sarah plays her guitar for blue manatee guests during story time.

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“Sleep is like the unicorn – it is rumored to exist, but I doubt I will see any.” – Dr. Seuss

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INFANTS & NEWBORNS Newborns require the most sleep. Unfortunately, they tend to only sleep in two- to four-hour intervals and wake often for food. They’re unable to self soothe, and are incapable of controlling their reflexes. This can also cause newborns to wake frequently. As babies get a little bit older, they may begin to sleep for longer stretches at night. Junaid Malik, M.D., at TriHealth Bethesda Sleep Center, shared that between birth and age 1 (and for some up until the age 2), kids are establishing their sleep patterns. You can help your child establish these patterns by creating a bedtime routine and sticking to it. This routine may include dimming the lights, giving him a bath, feeding him or reading him a story. Low stimulus, calming activities are the most effective.

TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS Bring on the toddler and preschool bedtime battles! Kids in this age range have a hard time calming down and often resist bedtime. This resistance can be a straight out “no” or procrastination in the form of needing more water or using the potty a hundred times. Continue to stick to a bedtime routine. Set guidelines for what bedtime looks like in your house, and make sure he knows them. At this age toddlers may also begin to experience nightmares or separation anxiety. You can support your child by adding a nightlight or giving him a lovey, such as a stuffed animal or blanket, to help comfort him.

SCHOOL AGE KIDS By 5 years of age, most school age children have outgrown a midday nap. They do, however, have a multitude of things that can keep them up at night like homework,

sports and electronics. Often, these activities interfere with their scheduled bedtime and push it back later and later into the night. Malik recommends removing TVs from bedrooms, which will help reduce the distractions at bedtime and get your child to sleep faster at night.

TWEENS & TEENS Once kids begin puberty, you’ll likely see another shift in sleep. First, their brains are going through another round of major development and secondly, teens experience a physiological shift in sleep called Phase Delay, which is a shift in their circadian rhythm. They begin to feel tired about two hours later than when they used to. This affects their wake up time. Teens try to “make up” the two-hour delay in sleep in the morning. Unfortunately, school starts early and with sports, jobs and homework sprinkled in, teens are likely not getting all of the sleep that they need.

RECOMMENDED SLEEP RANGES “Babies, children and teens need significantly more sleep than adults to support their rapid mental and physical development. Most parents know that growing kids need good sleep, but many don’t know just how many hours kids require, and what the impact can be of missing as little as 30 to 60 minutes of sleep time,” according to the National Sleep Foundation’s website. Here’s the recommended amount of sleep needed by each age group: Infants (0 - 3 months): 14 - 17 hours per day Infants (4 - 11 months): 12 - 15 hours, which includes two to three naps Toddlers (1 - 2 years): 11 - 14 hours, which includes two naps

Preschoolers (3 - 5 years): 10 - 13 hours, which includes one nap School Age (6 - 13 years): Nine - 11 hours Tweens/Teens (14 - 17 years): Eight - 10 hours Adults: 7 - 8 hours “When children are not able to meet their biological needs such as sleep, hunger or pain, they’re not able to regulate their bodies when demands are put on them. It’s important that these needs are met so they can be successful at home or at school,” says Katie Strubbe, MA, BCBA, COBA, a behavior interventions coach with Warren/Butler County Collaborative Behavior Coaching. Lack of sleep can also be confused with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD and sleep problems share many of the same signs including nervousness, hyperactivity, mood swings, aggressive behavior and difficulty concentrating. You play a vital role in helping your kids get the sleep that they need. Malik adds that it’s normal to wake up every two hours, but it’s abnormal to get up and do something. He recommends seeing a physician if your child is going to bed tired and waking up tired. Tina Pratt is a local mom and writer, and M.Ed Behavior Intervention Specialist with Butler County ESC.

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SIGNS OF NOT ENOUGH SLEEP Infants/Toddlers • Wakes up groggy • Difficult to wake up • Snores • Cranky/fussy • Seems antsy School Age • Falls asleep at inappropriate times • Academics are impacted • Snores • Extreme restlessness at night • Breaks in breathing Tweens/Teens • Mood swings • Unmotivated • Sudden drop in grades • Sleeps excessively on weekends

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WHEN TODDLERS LOSE CONTROL Your child has been bitten by another child and you have no idea why! Keep calm and read on. By Gina Holt

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lthough it’s been 15 years, I remember it like it was yesterday. My 2-and-a-halfyear-old daughter Andi kept coming home from the babysitter’s with bite marks and bruises on her. The sitter told me her own 2-and-a-half-yearold daughter was the culprit. She encouraged Andi to bite her daughter back saying that’s the only way it was going to stop. Since the sitter was an experienced mother and previous daycare worker and Andi was my first, I thought this (please turn the page)

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don’t bite! WHEN LITTLE ONES LOSE CONTROL

was the best solution. The next day when I arrived to pick Andi up, the sitter’s daughter had a black eye. I immediately asked what happened. “Well, Andi didn’t bite her back … she punched her,” the sitter said. I couldn’t believe it. My 2-anda-half-year-old blacked another kid’s eye! But, the little girl never bit Andi again. I’m not saying that was the right answer, it’s just what happened. Some children make a habit of biting, which can be very frustrating for the victim and the parents of both children.

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with my children as toddlers. She was around 2-and-a-half and it lasted about six months. She never appeared to bite out of frustration or anger. It always appeared to be a sign of love. It sounds strange but she would hug and then go in for a bite. It was like she wanted to squeeze and love and hug but didn’t know how to express herself properly.”

HOW TO HANDLE BITING “I tried everything that everyone recommends,” says SpangAnderson. “Removing her from situations, talking calmly eye to eye, biting back, staying home for weeks, talking about ‘no biting’ prior to outings, talking consequences, ‘helicoptering’ her at every event, etc. Other children bit her back, too. Nothing stopped her.” Professionals discourage teaching children to bite back or hit. “Matching the frustration or anger would not be a teachable moment,” says Browning. Instead, she says it’s best to show empathy to the child who was bit and to try to help the biter understand that they hurt the other child physically as well as emotionally. Her staff encourages the biter to apologize and give their “friend” a hug. Web MD says that biting the child back definitely isn’t the right answer. “You might have heard from other parents that if your child bites you, bite your child back. Children learn by imitation. If you bite your child, the child is going to get the impression that this behavior is acceptable. The same goes for hitting a child for biting.” Michael Fielder, M.D., with

Primary Pediatrics in Florence says firmly telling the child that biting is not OK and placing them in time out is key. “You must be consistent,” he adds. Browning says that when a child is bitten, they make sure the biter knows that is not OK, but they also give the victim a lot of attention. This shows the biter that they will not get attention for showing aggression. “You teach them not to bite by firmly telling them ‘no’ when they do it or start to do it,” says Griffin. “You can try to distract them with a toy or an activity.” Browning adds that it’s important to work with the family so the child isn’t just labeled and expelled from daycare. The child care workers will often shadow the kid to see if the child is more likely to bite in certain situations. “We will make sure the environment is more suitable for the child. If Johnny always bites in certain situations, we try to change the situation.” It can be really hard on the parent of the biter because their child is hurting someone else. “I really feel like she just had to outgrow the horrible phase,” says Spang-Anderson. “Almost every parent of the child that my kid bit was very understanding and sympathetic. I left playgroups and outings crying several times.”

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FENDING OFF A BITER Several parents say they’ve taught their children to bite back and it has worked while others discourage retaliation. Crawford says she has taught her children not to grab things from other children since it seems to provoke biting. “It’s hard because usually biters and those being bit aren’t great with words yet,” says Katy Leftin, Fort Thomas mother of three. Fielder suggests teaching kids to react to the biter like they would a bully. “Look them in the eye and firmly say ‘I don’t like that. Don’t do it again.’” Biting typically happens so fast that it’s not always easy for children to defend themselves. “I tried to keep my children away from kids who were known to bite,” says Amy Lococo, Cincinnati mother of two. “We wouldn’t avoid events but I encouraged my kids to play in another area.” Luckily my second child was never a biter or a victim of biting. Although I don’t think there’s an easy answer when it comes to preventing your child from being a victim of biting, I definitely wouldn’t encourage parents to tell their children to punch another child. Gina Holt is a local writer and mother of two.


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icole England is the mother of two girls under age 5 and at the time of this writing, both had strep throat. It started with her eldest girl. England says, “After we got her diagnosis I got new toothbrushes, stripped all the beds down and put new sheets on, disinfected the toys, wiped down hand rails, light switches and door knobs.” She was also sure the girls knew they couldn’t kiss or hug and that they had to stick to using their own cups. (please turn the page)

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CONTAGIOUS Almost a week went by before her youngest started showing symptoms. “I thought we were in the clear,” says England. But when her youngest was diagnosed with strep throat, England had to start all over again with cleaning and disinfecting. “I even got new toothbrushes and pacifiers. Again!” What can be done to prevent a virus from racing through each and every family member once it strikes? Or is it just a matter of letting it run its course? The answers are that it can get a bit tricky and it depends.

GERM HYGIENE Leah Zemany, A.P.R.N., F.N.P.C., for The Little Clinic reminds us, “You’re most contagious right before symptoms develop and in the first 24 - 48 hours.” Good germ hygiene is important all the time if you’re going to prevent viruses, not just when someone shows symptoms of being sick. She says, “The best way to prevent a virus from spreading is by washing your hands frequently, coughing and sneezing into your sleeve or a tissue. Also, after disposing of tissues in the trash, sanitize your hands.” Zemany says she understands executing germ hygiene practice with a 2-year-old can be a bit of a challenge. Sometimes the best way to contain a virus is to keep kids separated. Ronna Schneider, M.D., of Suburban Pediatrics says to “set up one room as a sick bay and one room as a healthy room.” There’s a reason you see waiting rooms in doctors’ offices set up this way. It works.

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started to feel bad. “I went home anyway and then I passed a stomach bug to everyone who was recovering in that house.” This is precisely why Astra Groskaufmanis says, “After a while (OK, after the first kid!) I let the thing run its course.” She had her three children in less than five years. “Sometimes everyone gets sick, sometimes not,” she says, “Germs build immunity, right?” There is some truth to that. Yes, disinfectant and cleaning toys is a good idea, “especially when you’re dealing with a stomach virus,” says Zemany. However, sometimes it comes down to what you’re exposed to and what you’re able to fight.

BUILDING IMMUNITY People regularly ask Zemany how she keeps from getting sick while working in retail health. She says, “I don’t. I don’t do anything special to keep from catching all the bugs I see on a daily basis.” She follows the same germ hygiene recommended above. That helps, but also the frequent exposures at work have built up her immune system. “When I first started working in retail health, I was sick consistently for the first three months,” she says. She had gone from working in a hospital setting to working at The Little Clinic. “I just hadn’t been exposed to the same type of germs, so my immune system had to adjust to my new setting.” The same is true for children. When kids first start school or daycare they tend to get sick much more frequently. “They’re being exposed to more viruses and bacteria that they’ve not come into contact with before and the body has to learn to fight them off,” says Zemany. This may seem like an argument for shrugging off illness as one of the pains of childhood. It’s good for

their immune systems! However, both Zemany and Schneider stress the importance of keeping children home until they are completely well. If a child has a fever, the rule of thumb is to keep them home until they’re fever free (without the help of fever-reducing medications) for 24 hours. If you send a child to school or daycare too soon, not only will they spread the virus but also their immune system is still compromised from being sick. A child will pick up a whole new illness while their defenses are down and you’ll have to start all over again. Schneider says, “I’m seeing a lot of kids who are getting sick with something new because they were not 100 percent when they went back to school.” It is also important to remember that many kids who struggle with immune disorders or illnesses rely on their community members to be responsible and do their best to self-contain a virus when they get sick. Zemany also stresses the importance of getting an annual flu vaccine. She says, “The best way to not get the flu, first and foremost is to get vaccinated every year.” When a kid gets sick, germ hygiene is the most important step for containing that illness to one child. If you can’t contain it to the child then the next best thing you can do is contain it to your home. Keep kids (and parents) home until everyone is healthy.

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KEEPING PARENTS HEALTHY No matter what happens when the kids are sick, parents are always in the mix. Germ hygiene is key to getting through it all. Schneider says she washes her hands three times per patient, “I wash my hands when I first walk into an exam room, again before I leave the exam room and then again when I walk into another room.” She says, “It is the best line of defense.” Parents should do the same. Wash your hands before and after coming into contact with your sick child and kiss cheeks instead of lips while they’re sick. England didn’t get sick the last two times a virus ran through her household. She thinks she was spared because “I’m around people all the time at work,” meaning her immune system is healthy and used to warding off illness. “Plus, I’m the one who cleans the house. I’m always in soap and water or antibacterial wipes. The girls don’t drink from my water bottle either,” she says. But as Palmer says, “You can beat one bug but you can’t beat them all.” Parents will get sick sometimes and good germ hygiene will keep a virus contained to the sick parent as well. Schneider stresses the importance of taking care of yourself — “stay hydrated and rest.” Get help from a friend or family member so you can recover without spreading illnesses further. Bonnie Jean Feldkamp is a writer and mother of three.


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Abrakadoodle offers summer camps and camps during school breaks. Our camps include art lessons, music, games, crafts, and more for children ages 3 - 12. Call for locations and dates.

The Academy of Music and Dance, West Chester 8374 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester 513-829-2345 wcaomd.com

We offer many summer camps as well as year-round private lessons in piano, most musical instruments, and voice, as well as group dance and music programs with Spring recitals. Music Pups, Young Musicians, Angelina Ballerina, and Mommy and Me classes are popular and fun for preschoolers. Call to schedule a rick-free introductory lesson.

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The best summer art camps in Cincinnati for 25 years. This is a place for kids to create and explore all aspects of art, to exercise their imaginations, and generate ideas. Create your own world, Pokemon or pet, have fun with drawing, painting, and pottery wheel. Ages 6 and up.

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ArtsConnect Kids Camp 9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati theartsconnect.us/camps

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Brazee Street School of Glass 4426 Brazee St., Cincinnati brazeestreetstudios.com

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Summer art camp the weeks of Jul. 10 - 14, Jul. 17 - 21, and Jul. 31 - Aug. 4. Camp is Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 12 noon. Offering a variety of projects including painting pottery, canvas and watercolors, tie-dye, clay work, string art, and more. Ages 6 - 15.

Your kids are empowered to make a difference through their art with a summer packed full of imaginative, creative, and fulfilling art projects. The ArtsConnect Kids Camp offers before- and after-care if needed. Experience a week or an entire summer of art!

Calico Theatre Camp at UC Clermont UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia ucclermont.edu

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Calico Theatre Camp at UC Clermont is a week-long, fully-staged musical experience for young actors in grades 1 - 12. Children are cast and well-rehearsed throughout the week, learning lines, songs, and choreography that will culminate into an original musical production.

Camp Art Academy Held at Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati artacademy.edu/com-ed/summer-art-camp/summer-art-camp.php commed@artacademy.edu

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Camp Art Academy is an award-winning, memorable art experience for your camper! Balancing technical instruction with freedom of self-expression, Camp Art Academy’s curriculum includes fundamental visual art skill building activities, two and three dimensional hands-on experiences, top-notch guest artists and creative problem solving with lots of fun!

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Experience the performing arts at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music this summer. Acting, ballet, and music classes and camps for children, teens, and adults.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati thechildrenstheatre.com • info@thechildrenstheatre.com

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Join TCT for our one week long, themed summer camps! Sessions for 6 - 7 year olds and 8 - 10 year olds, weekdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at our facility on Red Bank Road. A special opportunity for 11 - 14 year olds the week of June 26. Just $250 per week. Register online!

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The Cincinnati Art Museum is the place for fun and creativity in the summer. Jump into art with eight weeks of exciting art projects, gallery games, and more! Explore a different theme each week with activities taught by skilled educators and museum staff. Designed for children ages 6 - 12. Jun. 12 - Aug. 11.

Introduce your child to the world of glass! Brazee is a national leader in art glass education for children. Day camps for kids 3 - 11 and up.

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Cincinnati Ballet Center Kids Dance Camp cballet.org/academy/kids-dance-camp 513-562-1111

Students ages 4 - 8 embark on week-long safaris through Kids Dance Camp! Each day, they’ll dance their way through wildlife adventures and culminate in a performance.

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Get creative on your summer break at The Mad Potter! Offering hours of pottery painting, glass mosaics, crafts, and games during five 2-hour sessions. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. daily, Mon. - Fri. $140 per child, $130 for additional sibling. Dates TBA.

Are you looking for a fun and creative camp for your 4 - 8-year-old this summer? Well… Madcamp is the answer! During the puppet camp week your child will: explore different types of puppetry, storytelling and writing plays, and learn about multi-cultural puppetry. But best of all, they will get to build their own puppet masterpiece! Hurry, space is limited! Some scholarships available for those who qualify.

Embark on a week-long adventure exploring fashion sewing or creative small business at Mary Helen Studio Summer Camps! For ages 7 - 15. More information and registration on our website

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Mason Dance Center provides an opportunity for anyone ages 3 - adult to discover the joys of dance. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes. Summer camps forming soon – sign up now!

Committed to the fine arts which emphasizes educating the child as a whole. A professional level studio is qualified to accentuate and strengthen your child’s learning through updates of the latest dance techniques and methods with creative strategies. Open to ages 2.5 - adult in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, pointe, and a competition team. Sign ups open during the entire season.

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This weekly, 45 minute, interactive class encourages children, newborn - 6 yrs. to sing, dance, and play along with a live, threepiece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards, and instruments from around the world. By mixing our original kids rock ‘n’ roll with popular tunes, the band is sure to please little ones and their adults. It is the most fun you and your child will have all week!

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Paint pottery at your location. Pottery experts will bring all the supplies and offer booklets and ideas for your masterpiece. Pricing includes the cost of supplies, glazing and firing. No mess!

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Moeller Summer Camps are designed to provide positive, skill-focused environment where highly experienced teachers and coaches provide instructions in a well-structured, character driven atmosphere.

Chai Tots provides a blend of Jewish and Montessori education offering strong academics stressing life skills, interpersonal relationship skills and nurturing a love for life-long learning. We customize a curriculum for each student. Now offering a cutting edge technology enhanced program, web cams, yoga, music, Hebrew, French, art, tae kwon do, after-school enrichment and a “drop off” childcare service. Separate Discovery Hebrew School. Limited space. Now enrolling.

Our camps offer a variety of arts, crafts, nature, science, drama, and fun activities for children ages 3 - 12 on our beautiful 7+ acre campus. Camps are led by experienced CMH staff who are eager to share their passion for learning and having fun with our campers. Childcare is available after day camp until 5:30 p.m. to accommodate working families. Camp dates: Weeks of Jun. 19, Jun. 26, Jul. 17, and Jul. 24. Visit our website to see all our camps. Reserve your space NOW!

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Great Oaks Career Camps greatoaks.com

Choose from digital arts, cooking, construction, healthcare, animal science, automotive, and more. For kids entering grades 9 or 10 from Great Oaks affiliated school districts.

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Welcome to Camp Adventure, designed for children 2 - 12. Each weekly theme will offer a unique exploration, with arts and crafts, food, games, and more. Camp Adventure participants will enjoy many hands-on, self-directed activities. Camp Atlantis will give your child the opportunity to spend the summer exploring their connection to the world around them during field trips and weekly activities such as Foamtastic, Cool Critters, and Charlie Cadabra.

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New learning summer camps where students learn reading, writing, math, Chinese/Spanish through fun small group activities. Full- and half-day camps. After-school enrichments. SAT/ACT test prep classes all year around.

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At the Y, we ensure that children and teens reach their full potential by helping them grow physically, mentally, and socially. Leadership and academic enrichment programs include school age care (over 85 sites), preschool (two Autism centers), kindergarten, infant/toddler care, teen college and career readiness program, youth and government program, and day and overnight camps.

FITNESS, SPORTS Big Shots Sports Training 885 State Route 28 (inside Recreations Outlet), Milford bigshotstraining.com • hello@bigshotstraining.com

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Big Shots is a sports training facility that is unlike anything else in the Cincinnati area. We specialize in basketball, volleyball, soccer, and lacrosse training. What makes Big Shots unique is that we offer batting cage style courts and fields for athletes looking to develop and improve their skills in order to compete at the next level.

Full Throttle Indoor Karting 11725 Commons Dr., Springdale gofullthrottle.com • info@gofullthrottle.com

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Hubbard Family Swim School 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati hubbardswim.com

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Offering single day and week-long go kart speed camps where drivers 8 - 15 can experience hands-on driving and racing skills. The single day camps serve as an introduction to racing while the week-long camps focus on fundamental racing skills with on track and classroom sessions. All camps include lunch, snacks, and racing-themed entertainment. Camps run from 8:30 - 4:30. Single day camps are scheduled Jun. 15, Jul. 13, and Aug. 10. Week-long camps are scheduled Jun. 5 - 9, Jun. 19 - 23, Jul. 3 - 7, Jul. 17 - 21, and Jul. 31 - Aug. 4. Single day camps are $75, week-long camps are $300.

Hubbard Family Swim School’s international reputation for excellence is a result of our passion for teaching and our learn-to-swim techniques. We are committed to provide swim lessons that build comfort and confidence in a child centered environment while making them safer around water. Join us for weekly classes.

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Cincy Nature Camps at Cincinnati Nature Center are a fun way for kids, ages 3 - 13, to use their creativity and imaginations in a safe, friendly environment. These week-long day camps are held in Milford and Goshen, June through August. Register on our website.

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Camps for children ages 2 - 17. Campers will explore nature with two-day to week-long nature, adventure, farm, fishing, and horse camps. Online registration is open. Get early bird discount pricing through Mar. 31. For details, visit our website.

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Camp Invention campinvention.org 800-968-4332

Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp Invention! This summer’s all-new curriculum allows children in grades K - 6 to experience real-world problem solving and creative thinking as they transform a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities that will launch your child’s imagination. Discounts available, register today!

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Classroom Antics Tech Camps Multiple Locations classroomantics.com/cincinnati-ohio

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Kids age 7 - 14 get to LEARN what they LOVE by creating video games, producing stop-motion animation movies, coding computer programs, modding in Minecraft, or engineering LEGO robots in a Classroom Antics Tech Camp. These affordable week-long camps are being held in Anderson, Blue Ash, Cheviot-Bridgetown, Fairfield, Florence, Liberty Twp-West Chester, Loveland, Madeira, Mason, Newtown-Mariemont, Springboro, and Wyoming. Join us this summer. Space is limited so register early!

Come let your imagination soar in our hands-on summer camps! Featuring our popular Lego Camps (robotics, architecture, Crazy Contraptions, and Young Builders) and our Science Adventure Camps (video game design, Battle Bots, engineering, coding, and Destination: Space). Discounts for Drake Planetarium members, multiple weeks, and siblings.

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Learn new skills at the #1 tech camp! Students ages 7 - 17 code apps, design video games, mod Minecraft, engineer robots, 3D-print objects, and discover virtual reality.

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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). All camps meet on the Scarlet Oaks Campus in Sharonville.

for info: 513.510.0439 cincinnati@songsforseeds.com www.songsforseeds.com

Junior Tech Academy juniortechacademy.com • info@juniortechacademy.com

513-284-7240

Exciting year-round technology skill-building program for kids grades 1 - 8. Following a short introductory course, children rotate through programming, electronics, robotics, engineering, and animation projects during weekly after-school classes. Homeschooling options available. Check our website for more details and locations.

Science Matters in America STEM Camps sciencematters.tv 859-462-3340

Hands-on STEM camps with locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Every summer, Science Matters in America offers an exciting and educational summer camp program for children 5 - 11 yrs. The Science Journeys summer camp is intelligently designed with a variety of stimulating hands-on activities.

STEMs for Youth stemsforyouth.org - info@stemsforyouth.org - (513) 774-8545

At STEMs for Youth summer camps, your child will discover the power of technology and math through hands-on, creative activities. Learn real-world skills like programming, teamwork and problem-solving by having fun with activities like LEGO Robotics, Minecraft Modding, Minecraft Adventures, Wearable Technology, or App Development!

INSPIRING FUTURE INNOVATORS

TRADITIONAL CAMPS Camp at the J 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati mayersonjcc.org

From swim lessons and archery, to arts and crafts. Camp at the J provides great social, educational and cultural opportunities that foster friendships and feature all the good, old-fashioned fun that has made camp a summertime staple for kids. In addition to traditional activities such as weekly theme days, sports and field trips, Camp at the J also incorporates value-based learning and offers enrichment programs such as drama, science, social action projects, and more.

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For children entering K-6th grade — Led by experienced local educators • Hands-on Fun

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• Teamwork

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• Design & Build Prototypes

1,000+ Summer Programs Nationwide campinvention.org | 800.968.4332

Camp Chabad 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati Kiddie Camp Facility: 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason campchabad.org • info@campchabad.org

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513-731-5111

A camp that has it all! From Jun. 26 - Aug. 4 children ages 2 - 13 yrs. enjoy sports, nature, art, music, character growth, field trips, and swimming lessons. Mix-and-match your weeks or sign up for all six weeks. Lunch and transportation included. ACA accredited. The only full-day Jewish preschool camp in Cincinnati.

Camp Wildbrook, LTD 9664 Daly Road, Cincinnati campwildbrook.com

513-931-2196

Our 66th season! ACA accredited, co-ed day camp for grades K – 6. Active, outdoor six-week program, led by adult staff, includes archery, arts and crafts, basketball, daily American Red Cross group swim lessons, drama and singing, gaga, kickball, nature and camping, soccer, softball, special events, field trips and more!

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Cincinnati Circus Company cincinnaticircus.com • cincinnaticircus@yahoo.com

CAMP PLAYTIME!

513-921-5454

If the little ones are making life feel like a circus, send them our way! Your kids will work closely with professional performers to learn how to juggle, make balloon animals, walk on a tight rope, swing on a trapeze, and so much more. This camp is a great way to build confidence, learn teamwork skills, stay physically fit, make new friends, and have a blast all at the same time. We welcome all kids ages 5 - 16 and no prior skills are necessary.

Cincinnati Museum Center 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati cincymuseum.org

513-287-7000

Book your Summer Camps Today!

Bounce houses, horse back riding, laser tag, sign language, performing arts, math & reading and much more!

Explore science, technology, history, and the arts through creative, hands-on activities and games at Cincinnati Museum Center’s fun and educational Museum Camps! Go beyond the classroom with visits from curators, community groups, and experts in a variety of fields. Camps are available at Union Terminal and in a neighborhood near you in our offsite camps. Whether there is a day or a week off from school, there’s a camp for that!

Falcon Camp 4251 Delta Road SW, Carrollton falconcamp.com • info@falconcamp.com

513.521.3111

8120 Hamilton Ave. 45231 www.itsplaytimeusa.com

800-837-CAMP (2267)

Widely recognized as Ohio’s premier summer camp since 1959. Beautiful lakefront setting with wide range of activities. Boys and girls ages 6 - 16 choose their own schedule within general framework, separate activities with planned co-ed events. 1:4 staff/ camper ratio. Most of all, it’s a great time! ACA accredited, many references.

Gorman Heritage Farm 10052 Reading Road, Evendale 513-563-6663 gormanfarm.org • app.campdoc.com/register/gormanheritage • camp@gormanfarm.org

Gorman Heritage Farm offers full- and half-day camps from June to August. Summer camp activities include care for barnyard animals, exploring the gardens, hiking, cooking, crafting, and more! We also offer themed summer camps exploring hobbies and activities around the farm: wilderness, science, cooking/chef, and veterinary camps!

Greenacres Summer Camps 8255 Spooky Hollow Road, Cincinnati green-acres.org • camps@green-acres.org

Kids First Sports Center –Camp-A-Palooza 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati kidsfirstsports.com • msmith@kidsfirstsports.com

513-489-7575

Campers at Kids First get the very best! A backyard with mini-golf, a climbing wall, and playground as well as 108,000 sq. ft. of everything kids love: basketball, karate, gymnastics, dance, cheer, swimming, volleyball, you name it! Field trips every week outside Kids First and in-house entertainment brought in throughout the 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.

859-581-7100

Let your child run away and join the circus ... without leaving home. Circus camps held in multiple locations throughout the area – now in our 18th year! My Nose Turns Red Circus Camps are fun, unique, and challenging. MNTR is the area’s only non-profit youth circus. Skills taught include: stilt walking, juggling, rolling globe, physical comedy, unicycle, aerial silks, and more (see schedule on our website). Camps for ages 4 - 7 and 7 - 16.

Playtime USA 8120 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati itsplaytimeusa.com

513-521-3111

Playtime USA is offering a half/full day summer camp to keep your campers active and learning! Bounce houses, horseback riding, laser tag, sign language, math, and more!

Safety Town at Tri-County Mall 11700 Princeton Pike, Cincinnati tricountymall.com

This program is taught with the help of the Springdale Fire Department, Springdale Police Department, and Mason City Schools bus system. We help kids learn the basics of safety, plus get them acquainted with starting school. Jul. 10 - 14, 17 - 21 and 24-28 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Registration starts May 1. The application can either be printed from the Tri-County mall website and mailed/dropped in, or can be picked up at the mall office. Registration is $20/child.

Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati summitcds.org

Get all the dance apparel you need in one place! Look, Feel and Try on your dancewear so you GET IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME!

513-891-4227

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.

My Nose Turns Red Circus Camps Multiple Locations in the Greater Cincinnati Area mynoseturnsred.org • rednose@fuse.net

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753-6611 l-a-dancewear.com 637 Ohio Pike, Suite G Cincinnati, OH 45245

STEMs For Youth Day Camps Learn about science, technology, engineering, and math in a fun, creative, hands-on way! LEGO Robotics

App Development

Movie-Making Magic

Video Game Design

Minecraft Modding

Wearable Tech

Minecraft Adventures Web Design in History Learn more at

513-871-4700

www.stemsforyouth.org

Summer Fun at the Summit. We provide both full and half day programs for preschool-grade 8. Our program is new, fresh and packed full of fun Each week, we feature a different theme including arts, cooking, Wide World of Sports, and Wet & Wild Week. Please see our website for more information.

info@stemsforyouth.org

YMCA Camp Ernst 7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY myycamp.org

Or contact

859-586-6181

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.

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BLOOMS ON THE BAYOU

Step into the south and celebrate spring on the bayou with the Krohn’s 2017 annual spring show. Inspired by the colorful culture of New Orleans, the spring show features both a fun and festive side as well as the eerie, yet enchanting, swamp southern bayou. Wander through bald cypress trees, blossoming bog lilies, and Spanish moss, then dance to some Dixieland jazz and enjoy hundreds of vibrant annuals. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tue - Sun, through March 12. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 17, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/ krohn.

LITTLE TYKES

Animals and birds are on the move at this time of year. It’s migration time! Winged critters move to warmer homes and amphibian critters move to lay eggs. Spring is jump-starting nature! Bring ages 3 - 6 to learn how during this seasonal active exploration time. 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 greatparks.org.

MAGIC OF THE MAPLE

Reenact the time-honored North American tradition of maple sugaring by trying your hand at the historic work of the sugaring season. The reward is a tiny taste of the fruits of your labor. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, through March 12. 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; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

FREE REC READS

Bring your toddler or preschooler to the Rosenthal Education Center for a morning of art-themed stories, songs and activities in a 30-minute program to get little ones excited about art. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. March 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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CINCY BREASTFEEDING GATHERING

Meet other breastfeeding moms in this discussion led by a certified lactation consultant. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. March 2 and 16; donations are appreciated; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

FREE MANABABIES

Bring your little manatees for a fun intro to language with finger plays, rhymes, songs and bouncy times. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m. March 2 and 9; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

NURTURING YOUR NEWBORN

Enjoy refreshments while learning tips on thriving through the newborn stage, meeting other parents, and getting expert advice on topics like sleeping, eating, calming and child development. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 10 a.m.; $12; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.

SPIRIT NIGHT

Head to Chick-fil-A this evening and mention Back2Back Ministries for 15% of your purchase to support their fundraising efforts. Chick-fil-A, 7733 Voice of America Centre Drive, West Chester; 4 - 8 p.m.; 513-779-1767 or cfawestchester.com.

FREE STORY TIME WITH MISS ALICIA

Ages 2 and older are invited for stories and fun! blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 - 10:30 a.m. March 2 and 9; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: TEXTILE CREATIONS

The artist Noel Anderson uses blankets, rugs and tapestries in his work. Use similar materials and create some textileinspired artwork, then stick around for kid-friendly yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free members, $5 per child nonmembers; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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OESA BOYS COLLEGE SHOWCASE

The Ohio Elite College Showcase has become one of the top events in the Midwest, attracting more than 200 of the top U14-U19 teams to play in front of nearly 200 college coaches from NCAA Division I, II, III and NAIA. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 8 a.m. - 7:15 p.m. March 3 - 5; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; yourmetroparks.net.

FREE PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Enjoy an evening with the stars as all ages are invited to look at the evening and morning skies, a fulldome feature, and a video relating to recent news in astronomy. Haile Planetarium, Northern Kentucky University, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Newport; 7:30 p.m. March 3 and 17; 859-572-5600 or planetarium. nku.edu.

FREE SPANISH PLAY GROUP

Join in for stories, songs and free play while using Spanish. Children and adults of any level of comfort in the language are welcome. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m.; 513-5912332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

THEATREWORKS USA: THE LIGHTNING THIEF

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school ... again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 7 p.m.; $7 - $10; 513867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.

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2017 SCALE MODEL EXPO

Train fans won’t want to miss this display of operating steam and gas engines, all set to 1/6-scale figures and dioramas. Check out live steam locomotives, models of boats, planes, military items and more. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. March 4, 12 - 5 p.m. March 5; free with admission (tickets start at $13.95); 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

FREE AUTISM FAMILY EXPLORATION DAY

This new program is designed for families with children with autism to explore the CAM before public hours. Families or individuals are welcome to visit sensory stops, and participate in an art-making experience. This month, explore all kinds of art, textures and fun activities that are made with paper. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 - 11 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

BUCKS FOR BOTTOMS

Once Upon a Child hosts a diaper drive today — all nine stores are donation sites for diapers for Sweet Cheeks in Cincinnati and Hannah’s Treasures in Dayton. Last year, the stores collected 2,600 diapers during the drive, help double the number and get more diapers to babies and families in need. Once Upon a Child Cincy/Dayton stores; onceuponachildcincydayton.com.

CHANGING HANDS SALE

This premier children’s consignment event offers clothing, shoes, accessories, toys, games, books, bikes, baby equipment, maternity and more. Madeira Elementary School, 7840 Thomas Drive; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $1; changinghandssale.com.

FREE CLEAN UP SERVICE DAY

KCP&R and Scott High School National Honor Society will facilitate the Lincoln Ridge Clean Up/Service Day, as part of the Keep America Beautiful Great American Cleanup 2017, presented by Keep Cincinnati Beautiful. This event provides citizens an opportunity to make a difference by picking up trash, trail maintenance, stair step building along trails and mulching at Lincoln Ridge Park. Rubber gloves and trash bags will be provided. Wear boots or old shoes and old clothes. It will be messy! Lincoln Ridge Park, 420 Independence Station Road, Independence; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty.org.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES

Join a docent-led tour with fun facts and hands-on activities with “touchable” art objects. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 p.m. March 4, 11, 18 and 25; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY: PAPER PARTY

It’s a fun-filled day for the whole family — collect badges and see great art. Stops include an art-making experience, campfire stories, and a family-friendly musical. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-7212787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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

FREE GOOD NIGHT, GOOD NIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE

As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest so they’ll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play in this story time. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

HATS OFF!

Madcap Puppets presents Carnival of Animals, the final show of the series, and a tribute to the famous musical selection. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 p.m., 3 p.m. March 4 - 5; free members, $8 nonmembers; 513-7212787 or madcappuppets.com.

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Every Saturday in March, families are invited to stop by the Duke Energy Children’s Museum to experience the joy and benefit of playing together. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; March 4, 11, 18 and 25; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

MAPLE SYRUP MAKING AND GUIDED SAP COLLECTING HIKES

Experience the whole process of producing liquid gold from maple sap. Bask in the warmth of the evaporator and its maple-scented steam. Drop by the sugar house near Krippendorf Lodge and join in an interactive sap collecting maple hike. Hikes begin on the hour until 2 p.m. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($9 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $4 ages 4 - 12); 513831-1711 or cincynature.org.

OLD TOWN TRADE FAIR

See how our forefathers lived in days gone by in this living history event where dealers and demonstrators all dress in pre-1890s style clothing. There will be spinning wheel, basket making, broom making and chair caneing demonstrations. Vendors will offer items and reproductions that were used in the pre-1890s. Door prizes awarded with a grand prize of a Pendleton blanket both Saturday and Sunday. Greene County Fairgrounds, 210 Fairground Road, Xenia; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. March 4, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. March 5; $4, free ages younger than 12; 937-372-8621 or oldtowntradefair.com.

FREE REGIONAL SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

Cheer on hundreds of junior and senior high school students as they mix chemicals, manipulate robots, launch bottle rockets and more in this tournament that tests their science skills. Events open to the public will be held in the O’Connor Sports Center Gym and Conaton Learning Center. Xavier University, 3800 Victory Pkwy.; 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; ispacescience.org.

SONGS, STORIES AND OUT AND OUT LIES

The Ronny Cox Band performs this evening with a concert that only a gifted storyteller can provide, full of funny, sad and tender moments. Cox will be accompanied by his new band members, Sal Garza on fiddle and Matt Margucci on muted coronet. This combination of world-class, virtuoso musicians enhances the gift of a consummate storyteller who uses his musical skills and songwriting ability to create an unforgettable performance. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 8 p.m.; $30 orchestra, $25 stadium; 513-867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.

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his fast-paced and fun-filled show from the Frisch Marionette Company features fabulous puppets performing fantastic feats! It is a puppet explosion of Marionettes! Hand puppets! Shadow puppets! Blacklight puppets! Rod puppets! Puppets singing, dancing, and performing tricks that will have you laughing and shouting for more! The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, 4015 Red Bank Road; 12 and 7:30 p.m. March 9 and 10, 2 and 5 p.m. March 11 and 12; $10 in advance, $13 at the door, $1 lap passes for infants. Call 800-745-3000 or visit ticketmaster.com. 32

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Spring along on an outdoor search for evidence of nature awakening then return your completed sheet for a prize. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg 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.

THE MOTHER’S EXCHANGE SALE

Peruse loads of gently used items like clothing, bedding, sports equipment, games, books, maternity, toys and more. Plus, stop by the Girl Scouts booth to check out their bake sale. Bring a laundry basket for easier shopping. All sales are cash only. Lakota West High School, 8940 Union Centre Blvd., Beckett Ridge; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $1; facebook.com/mothersexchange.

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Take a tour of the Meadow Links & Golf Academy and see all the features the facility has to offer. Learn about the variety of lesson programs, meet the staff and find out how they can assist with your golf game. Meadow Links & Golf Academy, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton 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 greatparks.org.

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FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES ARTSTOP

Visit a docent at an interactive art cart in the galleries for some hands-on activities for all ages. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 3 p.m. March 5, 12, 19 and 26; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FOSSIL QUEST

Cincinnati is famous for its ancient geology — take your family on a scavenger hunt for fossils and win a prize. 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; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

MADCAP PUPPET SHOW

Max and Vinnie are expert zookeepers, but keeping rascally monkeys from getting in trouble is easier said than done in this performance of Monkey See, Monkey Do. Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 1:30 p.m.; please call for price; 513-7458550 or madcappuppets.com.

OPEN SWIM AT HUBBARD

Bring the kids to Hubbard Family Swim School (inside Kids First Sports Center) for an afternoon of splashing, swimming and playtime in the heated, indoor swimming pool. Open to members and nonmembers! Hubbard Family Swim School, 7900 East Kemper Road; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.; $5 per swimmer, $15 max per family, free ages younger than 3; 513-530-0123 or hubbardswim.com.

SKETCHING SUNDAY

Get a look at the CAM in a whole new way — through sketching. Bring your own supplies or check out a kit and get a prompt to jumpstart 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; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.


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Kansas City swings to life with an exciting concert tribute to the most swinging band of all time, courtesy of the CCM Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Lab Band. Patricia Corbett Theatre, College Conservatory of Music, Corry and Jefferson Streets, University of Cincinnati campus; 7 p.m.; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

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FREE AN AFTERNOON WITH THE CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY

Celebrate Teen Tech Week while learning how astronomers use technology to learn about space. This hands-on program takes place outside if weather permits. Main Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St.; 4 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary. evanced.info/.

FREE FAMILY TECH NIGHT

Join a fun night exploring different stations set up to showcase the library’s technology kits, all followed by a snack. Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 7 - 8 p.m.; 859-962-4200, ext. 4235, or kentonlibrary.org.

FREE SUPERHEROES OF STEMVILLE

Calling all engineer heroes of the future! Help celebrate Teen Tech Week by using your skills to solve a challenge such as solving a crime or diverting a city-wide disaster to save the citizens of STEMville. Presented by Cincinnati Museum Center. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Deer Park Branch Library, 3970 East Galbraith Road; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; 513-369-4450 or cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/.

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Parents and their children are invited for a short story and activity that’s all about nature at night. 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 greatparks.org .

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FREE PUBLIC PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Enjoy a look at the night sky plus a fulldome feature. This month’s selections include From Earth to the Universe and Journey to the Centre of the Milky Way. Haile Planetarium, Northern Kentucky University, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Newport; 12 p.m. March 7, 13, 21 and 27; 859-572-5600 or planetarium.nku.edu.

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Music is beneficial for children even before they can walk and talk! Babies who participate in interactive music classes smile more, communicate better, and show earlier and more sophisticated brain responses to music. Join others in a parent and baby musical movement class which features bouncing and rocking songs, finger-play and peeka-boo games, along with other fun rhythm activities. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 9:30 a.m.; $12; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

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ZUMBA GLOW PARTY

Experience a special Zumba class and dance under black lights in your neon/ white/glow clothes. This Glow Party is for all ages and a good opportunity to try a unique fitness program. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 6 - 8 p.m.; $10 with Zumba class pass, $14 drop-in; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

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PUPPETS KAPOW

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THURSDAY ART PLAY

Say goodbye to the Roe Ethridge exhibition, Nearest Neighbor. Ages 3 - 6 enjoy loads of photography themed activities, including an Ethridge inspired photo booth. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free members, $5 per child nonmembers; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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FITTON FAMILY FRIDAY

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati presents Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale, The Ugly Duckling. Follow a downtrodden duckling deemed worthless because of his appearance as he discovers his own self-worth while transforming into a beautiful swan. Arrive early for a reception before the show! Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Ave., Hamilton; 7:30 p.m.; $11 members, $13 nonmembers; 513-863-8873 or fittoncenter.org.

RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY’S CIRCUS XTREME

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FREE BABYWEARERS GATHERING

Meet some other babywearing families and talk about your experiences as well as explore the lending library. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 12:15 - 2 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.

FREE DANCE STORY TIME

From the #1 New York Times bestselling children’s book creator Matthew Van Fleet comes a laugh-out-loud, jazzy story of a little baby chick who learns how to dance from a friendly band of animals who know all the right moves! Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

EMERALD MILES 5K

Help support the Epilepsy Foundation’s services, including counseling, support groups, community education, and the Camp Flame Catcher program, in this fun 5K run and walk that begins and ends at Newport on the Levee. Newport on the Levee, Newport; 7:30 a.m.; $15 - $35; epilepsy-ohio.org.

KITE MAKING WORKSHOP

Take advantage of those March winds and craft a kite that you can send dancing into the sky. Debbie Von Bokern of the PIGS Aloft Kite Club shows you how to create a plastic sled kite that kids and parents can embellish with their own art. All supplies included and kites will be flight-ready at the end of the session. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 2 p.m.; $6 for members, $8 nonmembers; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

FREE LEGO BATMAN BUILD

Celebrate the release of The LEGO Batman Movie! Collect two limited edition trading cards (while supplies last) featuring characters from the movie. Kids will enjoy giveaways, make and play themed moments with Lego bricks and blocks, and more! Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 2 p.m.; 513-755-2258.

FREE LINKS INSTRUMENT DRIVE

Have a spare clarinet around the house? Haven’t picked up that violin in years? Donate your musical instruments to LINKs, Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids, where your neglected tuba will be fixed up and given to an aspiring musician in the community. No pianos, please, but everything else is welcome! Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. March 11 - 12; 513-3968960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE MEET MARSHALL & CHASE

Bring the kids for a meet-and-greet with Paw Patrol’s very own Marshall and Chase, along with crafts, games and fun! Learning Express Toys Crestview Hills, 2812 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills; 11 a.m.; 859-331-2094 or facebook.com/ learningexpressofcrestviewhills.

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The Ohio Valley Woodturners show their skills through an exhibit of finished pieces and live demos of works-in-progress on wood lathes. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Groesbeck; 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.

Enjoy a performance from the Cincinnati Boychoir, one of the premiere professional boychoirs in the United States. Located in the urban arts core of Cincinnati at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, the Boychoir reaches approximately 200 young men each year from more than 90 schools in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. Since 1965, the Cincinnati Boychoir has been dedicated to the musical, intellectual, and emotional development of these young men and has served as one of the foremost music education and performance organizations in the region. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 2 p.m.; $5 adults, free ages 0 - 12; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

FREE SPANISH STORY TIME

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Hola! Learn simple Spanish vocabulary through stories and song. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

SPRING ORCHID SHOW AND COMPETITION

Hundreds of beautiful and exotic orchids are on display during this competition, plus orchids and supplies are available for purchase from vendors, and local experts share tips on growing your first orchid. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. March 11 - 12; free with admission ($4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 17, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/ krohn.

FREE ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE

Head downtown for a parade loaded with floats, marching bands, step dancers, pipers and more fun! Downtown Cincinnati, East Mehring Way; 12 p.m.; cincystpatsparade.com.

TIMBERDOODLE TREK

Take a hike at sunset to catch the courtship display of the American woodcock. Please dress for the weather; ages 8 and older. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 6:30 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.

Come dressed in costume for an afternoon of Purim fun, including a Speedy Megillah Reading, Purim crafts, Hamantashen, unlimited bowling, laser tag, gravity rope and billiards! Main Event, 9477 Oxford Way; 4 - 6 p.m.; $10 with advanced RSVP, $12 at the door; jdiscovery.com/purim17.

TAPESTRY OF VOICES

Enjoy a concert featuring the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Corry and Jefferson Streets; 5 p.m.; $15 general, $10 non-UC students, free UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

VULTURES ALONG THE RIVER

Stop by to observe wild vultures overhead and learn the truth about these often-overlooked members of the neighborhood. Playground, Fernbank Park, 50 Thornton Ave.; 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.

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G’day mater! Ages 3 - 5 sing, dance and listen to stories to learn about animals from Australia. Durr Branch Library, Kenton County Public Library, 1992 Walton Nicholson Road, Independence; 7 - 7:30 p.m.; 859962-4000 or kentonlibrary.org.

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Experience a session of gentle and playful yoga with teacher Brenda Zechmeister! Especially for families with children ages 3 - 6 years old. Covedale Branch Library, 4980 Glenway Ave.; 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.; 513-369-4460 or cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/.

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END OF SPRING SHOW PLANT SALE

Get a jump on your spring landscape with plants from the spring show! Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m.; free with admission ($4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 17, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

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The weather plays a large role in nature as well as how we plan our day. Learn about different types of weather through fun facts and activities. Programs held at 10:45 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, March 15 - 26. 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.

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THURSDAY ART PLAY: RAINBOW LOVE

Ages 3 - 6 focus on raindrops, clouds and rainbows. Decorate some fluffy cloud pillows, paint a personalized umbrella for you to take home, and design a rainbow ribbon mobile. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free members, $5 per child nonmembers; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

WEE WONDER ABOUT SPACE

Ages 3 - 5 learn about all the things beyond our atmosphere through a craft, a story and an activity. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m.; $6 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.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! NIGHT OWLS

When darkness falls, a cacophony of rustlings, hoots and howls can be heard coming from the trees. Meet a nocturnal animal and learn about the world that exists past 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 greatparks.org.

FREE RON PURDON QUINTET

Enjoy live jazz and swing standards as you peruse the bookshelves this evening. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

ST. PATRICK’S AT NATUREPLAY

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and dream of the green of spring at NaturePlay@ BCM with a story, a craft and a light snack in the fresh air. Be sure to dress for the outdoors! BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $1 members, $2 nonmembers plus admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

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FREE ALL ABOUT DEAF KIDS FAIR

This event encourages families with deaf and hearing members to spend time together participating in family-friendly games, crafts and activities, as well as story-sharing times throughout the day. Everything will be signed and voiced, thanks to the Deaf Institute. Cincinnati Christian University, 2700 Glenway Ave.; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 513-471-2990 or deafinstitute.org.

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MOM REPORT: GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL By Tina Pratt

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Did you ever want to see an elephant ballet? Encounter giant sea creatures in a submarine? Or, run from a dinosaur skeleton that’s come to life? Using mostly the art of shadow puppetry, Madcap Puppets brings this popular musical suite to life with vibrant colors and comical characters. Hold on to your seats as one giant puppet escapes the boundaries of the shadow screen and gets up close and personal with the audience! Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; $8; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

FREE EGG STORY TIME

Egg is a graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise and an unlikely friendship by Caldecott Medalist and New York Times bestselling author Kevin Henkes. Egg is not only a perfect Easter gift, but also a classic read-alone and read-aloud that will appeal all year long. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

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Check out new and gently used baby to teen clothing, toys, furniture and gear from dozens of consignors. McCormick Elementary School, 751 Loveland Miamiville Road, Loveland; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $1 (cash only); facebook.com/ mccormickfeatherthenest.

FREE GIANT FAMILY GAME NIGHT

Bring the gang for some life-sized versions of Jenga, Connect 4, Operation, Dominoes and more, along with inflatables, snacks, and drinks. Bethany UMC, 6388 Cincinnati Dayton Road, West Chester; 4 - 8 p.m.; 513-7774448 or bethanyumchurch.org.

HERON ROOKERY VIEWING WEEKEND

Get a bird’s-eye view of a great blue heron nesting spot. Travel along the West Branch Trail at your own pace to view these feathered marvels in their tree-top homes. Spotting scopes will be provided. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 - 4 p.m. March 18 - 19; 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.

HOVERING HUMMINGBIRDS

Maneuvering through a wildflower patch, hummingbirds hover over each flower while feeding, and then dart forwards or backwards to the next sweet treat. Their high metabolism dictates 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; 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 greatparks.org .

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HIKE INTO SPRING

Put on your hiking shoes for a hike in search of critters waking from their long winter nap. Hedgeapple Trail, 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 greatparks.org.

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SPRING FAMILY FUN

Check out the premier children’s consignment event all week long, and shop gently used toys, clothing, equipment, maternity, furniture and much more. Be sure to take advantage of pre-sale opportunities by becoming a consignor. Cincinnati Mills, 717 Cincinnati Mills Drive; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. March 19, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. March 20, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. March 21, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. March 22, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. March 23; 513-258-3699 or northcincinnati.rhealana.com.

WATERFOWL WALK

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Ohio would be a lot less colorful without its 500 species of native bees. Join the naturalist to learn about these powerful pollinators and build a mason bee house. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

Sands Montessori Parent Organization hosts its semi-annual consignment sale benefiting the students of Sands Montessori in Mt. Washington. Check out gently used children’s gear, toys, clothing, books and more. Funds raised are used for scholarships for low-income students to participate in after-school enrichment programs, field trips, classroom technology and more. Sands Montessori Elementary School, 6421 Corbly Road, Cincinnati; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $1 per adult, cash only (cash or credit will be accepted for sale items); sandsboxsale.org. Stop by to celebrate the changing of the seasons — say goodbye to winter and welcome spring with a seasonal scavenger hunt, a craft and more fun. Registration is appreciated but not required. Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, 2715 Reading Road; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5; 513221-0981 or civicgardencenter.org.

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Stroll along the paved trail to look for the wet and wild water birds that call the park home. Bring your binoculars and dress for the weather. For ages 8 and older. Harbor Parking Lot, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 8 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.

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Celebrate the maple season with pancakes and sausage served up by celebrity chefs. Learn the process and story of maple sugaring in this event that benefits California Woods and Magrish Riverlands preserves. California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave.; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; suggested $7 donation; 513-231-8678 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE RHEA LANA’S 2017 SPRING CONSIGNMENT EVENT

FREE THIRD SUNDAY FUNDAY: BLINGED-OUT ART

It’s a glittering Funday as kids create their own blinged-out accessory, learn how a touch of gold or sparkle can glam up a painting, and learn about the materials artists use to create beautiful works of art at the Art Cart. At 2 p.m. join OTRimprov for a hilarious performance of sketch comedy. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-2410343 or taftmuseum.org.


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Grades K - 2 create a unique masterpiece using tools found in nature, such as leaves, flowers and stones. Scheben Branch, Boone County Public Library, 8899 U.S. 42 West, Union; 6:30 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl. org.

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TOT TUESDAY: FISH

Swish, it’s a fish! Toddlers and their parents learn about these slippery swimmers through songs, crafts and snacks. BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

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Bring your littles to play, dance, sing and listen to a story with Jane from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s upcoming production of Tarzan the Stage Musical! Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

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ANIMAL TALES

Nature has many stories to tell. 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; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org .

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FLORENCE KIDS’ SALE

Check out pre-owned kids’ clothing toys and gear. Be sure to bring a laundry basket to carry all your goodies! Cash only. Florence United Methodist Church, 8585 Old Toll Road, Florence; 4 - 9 p.m. March 24 and 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. March 25; florencekidssale.tripod.com.

FREE GIRLS READ TOUR

Blue Marble Books is the first stop on the Girls Read Tour, featuring children’s book authors Debbie Dadey, Gail Nall, and Stephanie Faris. Debbie Dadey has written and co-written more than 160 books, including The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids and the Mermaid Tales series. Gail Nall has written and co-written middle grade and YA books such as Out of Tune and Exit Stage Left. Stephanie Faris has written books such as the Piper Morgan series and books for tweens such as Best. Night. Ever. and 30 Days of No Gossip. Blue Marble Books, 1356 South Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas; 4 - 6 p.m.; 859-7810602 or bluemarblebooks.com.

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BOB CATES: COMEDY IN MOTION

A four-time “Entertainer of the Year (CEIA),” “Best Variety Act” and “Best One Man Show” nominee (Canadian Comedy Awards), Bob Cates is a Juggling Champion, clean comedian, and physical variety artist that has been delighting audiences full time for over 22 years. He keeps audiences laughing with comedy routines involving advanced juggling, wild unicycling and balancing skills, magic, dance, black light, lasers, and an insane 21 realplate-spinning finale that has to be seen to be believed. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 8 p.m.; $15 - $18; 513-867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.

FREE CREATE YOUR OWN LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK

In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Little Golden Book, join us to create your very own Little Golden Book to take home. Read classic Little Golden Book titles such as The Monster at the End of This Book from the Sesame Street Series. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

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Now Playing! ANNIE JR.

With equal measures of pluck and positivity, little orphan Annie charms everyone’s hearts despite a nextto-nothing start in 1930s New York City in this presentation by Kids in the Spotlight. Annie is determined to find her parents, but instead ends up foiling the machinations of the evil orphanage owner all while discovering a new family. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Dr., Fairfield; 7 p.m. March 17 - 18, 2 p.m. March 19; $7 adults, $5 ages 12 and younger; 513-8675349 or Fairfield-city.org.

BOLD MOVES

The Cincinnati Ballet presents a mixedrepertoire of contemporary dance that showcases Israeli artistic innovators. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 8 p.m. March 17 - 18 and 2 p.m. March 18; please visit website for ticket prices; 513-621-2787 or cballet.org.

DISENCHANTED

Poisoned apples. Glass slippers. Who needs ‘em? Join these fairytale princesses for an evening of irreverent humor and satirical snipes as they toss the tiaras and start getting real about happily ever after in this not-for-kiddies cabaret. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott St., Covington; March 25 - April 9; 859-957-1940 or thecarnegie.com.

IDOMENEO

Set in the aftermath of the Trojan War, Mozart’s opera seria weaves a tale of gods and monsters, unrequited love and selfless heroism. During his journey back to Greece, King Idomeneo pledges to sacrifice the first mortal he finds to Neptune in exchange for a safe journey home, but he struggles to find another way when that mortal turns out to be his son. Corbett Theatre, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Corry and Jefferson Streets; 8 p.m. March 30 - April 1, 2 p.m. April 2; $31 - $35 general, $22 - $25 students, $18 - $21 UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

LEADING LADIES

Two destitute Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, find themselves performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear that an old lady is about to leave her fortune to her long-lost English nephews, they impersonate her relatives and scheme to get the cash. But then they find out the nephews are actually nieces! Can they still pull it off? Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; March 9 - April 2; please see website for ticket prices; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

MACK AND MABEL

Set against the backdrop of the madcap world of Keystone Kops, Bathing Beauties and pies-in-the-face, the tumultuous relationship between film director Mack Sennet and his silent-screen star Mabel Normand was the stuff of Hollywood legend. Enjoy a memorable score as you explore this bittersweet love story. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Corry and Jefferson Streets; 8 p.m. March 2 - 4, 2 p.m. March 4 - 5; $31 $35 general, $22 - $25 students, $18 - $21 UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

MY FAIR LADY

Cincinnati Christian Schools presents this musical adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Watch Eliza Doolittle transform into a grand lady along with familiar songs like “Wouldn’t it Be Loverly?” and “I Could Have Danced All Night.” Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 7 p.m. March 3 and 4, 1 p.m. March 4; $20; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW

The fan-favorite arrives this month, featuring toe-tapping tunes, outrageous costumes, and of course, plenty of audience participation. Best for older teens and adult audiences. Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, 801 Matson Place; through March 5; $26 adults, $23 students and seniors; 513-2416550 or cincinatilandmarkproductions. com.

SOMETHING ROTTEN

Set in the 1590s, this smash hit tells the story of Nick and Nigel Bottom, two brothers desperate to write their own hit play while Shakespeare gets all the attention. But then the brothers set about writing the world’s first musical after a soothsayer foretells the future of theatre holds singing, dancing and acting. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; through March 5; see website for tickets; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

SUMMERLAND

Based on true events, this production tells the tale of William H. Mumier, a spirit photographer with a talent for taking haunting images of the dead. Set in 1869, the story follows his rise and fall from success to indictment. Did he really capture the visits of loved ones long gone, or were his clients just victims of deception? Best for adults and teens. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, through March 5; see site for prices; 513-4213888 or cincyplay.com.

See Something Rotten at the Aronoff Center for the Arts through March 5.

THE ILLUSIONISTS: LIVE FROM BROADWAY

Prepare to have your minds blown by the most incredible illusionists on Earth! This spectacular show has dazzled audiences of al ages with a mix of the outrageous and the astonishing. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 7:30 p.m. March 21 - 23, 8 p.m. March 24 - 25, 2 p.m. March 25, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. March 26; tickets start at $30; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

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daily listings FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL: SING, PAINT, DANCE AND PLAY

Celebrate the UnMuseum’s tuneful artwork with a music themed festival! Enjoy guests from Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Music Lab bringing different orchestral instruments for families to try out. Stick around to build an instrument of your own and experiment with music, paint and movement. Don’t miss out on a special performance at 1 p.m. from the Constella Festival. A young boy named Beethoven will take audiences to a magical world where adventure awaits! Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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Join an evening of unscripted fun as Cincinnati’s own improv comedy troupe Highly Improvable returns to CCAC! A series of improvisational games, combined with audience suggestions, makes each show uniquely entertaining. This event is for adults and children 13 and older. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 8 p.m.; $7.50 in advance and $9 at the door; 513-4972860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

FREE MEET PEPPA THE PIG

Fans of Peppa won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet the famous pig in person, along with fun crafts and games for all! Learning Express Toys Crestview Hills, 2812 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills; 1 p.m.; 859-331-2094 or facebook. com/learningexpressofcrestviewhills.

PEEPS 5K, KIDS RUN, AND EGG HUNT

Bring the entire gang for a 5K race, a fun, quarter-mile kids run, and the Tri State Running Company Easter Egg Hunt, which will be broken into age groups. Sawyer Point, 705 East Pete Rose Way; 10 a.m.; $15 - $45; itsyourrace.com/ event.aspx?id=8520.

FREE WORLD DAY OF PUPPETRY

The Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild presents a fun day with puppets! At 10 a.m., families can watch puppetry videos and enjoy some pancakes. At 11 a.m., Guild members will perform, and from 12 - 4 p.m. Happen, Inc. will help kids make a puppet to take home. Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; cincinnatipuppetryguild.com.

FREE YOUNG ARTIST OPEN STUDIO

Teens are invited to bring their materials or borrow some from the CAM for an afternoon of inspiration from other young artists. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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Meet a live avian ambassador up close, learn about the important role raptors play in the environment, touch interesting artifacts, speak to the staff, and join some fun activities during this open house that helps support local birds of prey conservation. Raptor, Inc., 961 Barg Salt Run Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-825-3325 or raptorinc.org.

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My Legacy Matters, hosted by Atlanta faves Melissa Chambers and Razzie “The Model” Odom offers an intimate evening that takes the audience up close and personal with The Deele and other recording artists. The livestreamed event by Rosemary’s Babies Co. is adding funk to fundraising to bring awareness to the socio-economic ills of teen parents and childhood poverty. The Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St.; 4 - 9 p.m.; $49.50; 513-813-8336 or rosemarysbabies.co.

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SPRING CRAFTS

Ages 3 - 12 can make up to two crafts celebrating spring. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; $1 per craft 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.

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FREE BUILD A BRIDGE

Ages 6 - 12 can stop by to build a bridge and see if they can pass the strength and length challenges. Forest Park Branch Library, 655 Waycross Road; 3 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-4478 or cincinnatilibrary. evanced.info/.

FREE TINKER TOTS

Preschoolers are invited for a STEM storytime that introduces them to the worlds of science, technology, engineering and math. Covington Branch Library, Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington; 11 a.m.; 859-962-4077 or kentonlibrary.org.

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FREE BLACK OUT POETRY

Ages 5 - 12 are invited to create poetry with old books and sharpies. Cheviot Branch Library, 3711 Robb Ave., Cheviot; 4 - 5 p.m.; 613-369-6015 or cincinnatilibrary.evanced.info/.

FREE TECH FREE PLAY

Bring the whole gang to play with the library’s tech toys, including Sperhos, Little Bits, Ozobots and more. Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 859-9624002 or kentonlibrary.org.

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FREE DUKE ENERGY MAKERSPACE: LIGHT AND SOUND

Celebrate the newest addition to the UnMuseum by artist collaborative Intermedio. This interactive exhibit explores what happens when technology, art and sound come together — and you’re in control! Enjoy an evening of experiments with light and sound with the artists, composers and programmers of Intermedio. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.


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What is an egg? What does it do? Are they all the same? What kinds of animals produce eggs? Get the answers to these and other questions about eggs. Programs held at 10:45 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, March 29 - April 2. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $2 in March, $5 in April, 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 WEDNESDAYS

Preschoolers and their parents look at contemporary local art through interactive learning stations in the galleries, as well as enjoy story time and an art-making activity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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FREE BLAST OFF TO KINDERGARTEN

Ages 3 - 5 experience new stories, activities, crafts and skills to prepare them for Kindergarten. Children have fun singing, dancing, learning finger rhymes and playing with parachutes, bean bags and scarves. Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 10 - 11 a.m.; 859-962-4200, ext. 4235, or kentonlibrary.org.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: FROM ANY POINT

Explore one of the UnMuseum’s newest installations, From Any Point. Investigate the work with an interactive flashlight tour, learn about swarm intelligence and experiment with a bit of shadow inspired art making. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free members, $5 per child nonmembers; 513345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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Share a brew to bring kids to the Zoo! Join a happy hour for all ages, including animal encounters, education programs, and more. Every $30 raised this evening will send five kids to the Zoo for an adventure! Rhinegeist Brewery’s main taproom, 1910 Elm St.; 6 - 10 p.m.; donations accepted, raffle tickets available; cincinnatizoo.org.

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PLAN AHEAD ART ON FIRE

9336 Colerain Ave. 513-923-FIRE artonfirecincinnati.com

•Pallet Party Create your own unique pallet sign with friends. 6:30 p.m. March 3; $40. •Ladies Night Gather the girls for a fun night out and make a unique craft to take home. 6:30 p.m. March 31; prices vary, half off studio fees.

BEHRINGER CRAWFORD MUSEUM

1600 Montague Road, Covington 859-491-4003 • bcmuseum.org

•Homeschool Program: Harlan Hubbard Homeschool students learn about the life and art of Harlan Hubbard, who lived in harmony with nature, creating music and literature along the Ohio River. They will be challenged to determine how art is influenced by the time, place and culture in which it is created and will design their own art using Hubbard as inspiration. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. March 22; $5.

BETHESDA NORTH HOSPITAL

10500 Montgomery Road 513-475-4500 • trihealth.com

•Baby’s Amazing Journey Learn about the developmental milestones of the first year, and how to deal with typical eating, sleeping, and fussiness issues. 6:45 p.m. March 9; $35. •SmallTalk Learn to “talk” to your hearing baby or toddler with American Sign Language and discover the benefits of earlier speech development and less frustration. 6:45 p.m. March 14; $50.

BIG BONE LICK STATE PARK 3380 Beaver Road, Union 859-409-0791 nkyurbanforestry.org

•FREE Reforest NKY Volunteers are welcome to help plant tree seedlings in this annual project that is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year. Bring the family for education and awareness of trees in the region, and help beautify the community. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. March 25.

BLUE ASH RECREATION CENTER 4433 Cooper Road 513-745-8550 blueashevents.com

•Kids Night Out Drop off the kids for a fun-filled evening of movies, crafts and snacks while you enjoy a night off. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. March 31; $5.

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•National Read Across America Day Celebrate this special day devoted to reading, which also happens to coincide with Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Ages 2 - 5 read favorite stories, make your own red and white stovepipe hat and more. 12 - 1 p.m. March 2; $2. •FREE If Pets Had Thumbs Ages 2 - 4 learn all about thumbs and the kind of trouble their pets would get into if they had thumbs like humans, then make a thumb-tastic piece of artwork. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. March 3. •Make a Mess RSVP by the Friday before. Join Ms. Anne for a good book and an art-making activity with your child ages 2 - 4. 10 - 11 a.m. March 6; $10.

•Postpartum-ology A postpartum doula discusses maternal recovery, newborn needs and behaviors, adjustment of partners and siblings to new roles, soothing a fussy baby, warning signs of postpartum mood disorders, nutrition, baby wearing, sleep and more. 12:45 p.m. March 1; $25. •Tummy2Tummy Learn about the benefits of wearing your baby in a sling or carrier and try out a few samples to decide what works best for you. 11 a.m. March 11; donations accepted.

•FREE Recognizing and Coping with the Legacy of Trauma Is a past traumatic experience affecting you today? Most people have experienced some form of trauma in their lives, which unfortunately can cause longterm — and sometimes unexpected — effects known as the legacy of trauma. The good news is that the effects of trauma are resolvable if we understand how to identify and work with them in ourselves or in those we care about. Learn more when Jewish Family Service Alan R. Mack Speaker Series presents this talk with trauma-treatment expert Janina Fisher, Ph.D. 7 - 8:30 p.m. March 15.

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4918 Cooper Road 513-791-4060 cancersupportcincinnati.org

•FREE Teen Pizza Trail Teens affected by cancer are invited to meet up for pizza and time with others in similar situations. 6 p.m. March 24.

CINCINNATI ART MUSUEM 953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-2787 cincinnatiartmuseum.org

•Madcap Puppets: Carnival of Animals Madcap presents a brandnew addition to its concert series, Camille Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals! Using mostly the art of shadow puppetry, Madcap brings this popular musical suite to life with vibrant colors and comical characters. Hold on to your seats as one giant puppet escapes the boundaries of the shadow screen and gets up close and personal with the audience! 1 and 3 p.m. March 4; $8. •FREE Baby Tours: High Contrast This 30-minute experience introduces you and your infant to the world of art with a tour designed to stimulate their developing minds. 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. March 17. •Art in the Making: Samurai Helmets Ages 6 - 12 and an adult explore the CAM before creating their own masterpiece in the studio with help from professional artists who will discuss and teach their creative process. 1 - 3 p.m. March 18; $5 members, $10 nonmembers.

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CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER

4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 • cincynature.org Daily admission is $9 adults, $6 seniors and active military, and $4 ages 4 - 12

•Tools of the Sugarhouse While the evaporator is still cold, families are invited to drop in for an up close look at the maple syrup evaporator and sugaring tools like skimmers, filters and thermometers. Participants look inside the sap storage tanks, try on fire gloves, and help set up the Native American rock boiling demonstration, and more. 9 a.m. March 4. •Babes in the Woods Introduce your toddler to nature with this monthly series that lets them use simple sensory experiences and fun indoor and outdoor play to discover the wonders of nature. 10 - 11 a.m. March 11; $36 members, $44 nonmembers.

CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER

44 E. Sixth St. 513-345-8405 contemporaryartscenter.org

•Homeschool Wednesday Tour two exhibitions by the artists Noel Anderson and Andrea Bowers. Both artists focus on notions of identity and social justice. Discuss what role others have in shaping our identities and how one’s identity might change over time, then design personality portraits. 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. March 15; free members, $5 nonmembers.

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•Nashville Nite in Cincy Enjoy a couple of Nashville’s finest singersongwriters this evening with masterful musical storytelling from Rob Harris, and brisk country-folk tunes from Marcia Ramirez. 7:30 p.m. March 18; $15 donation.

FAIRFIELD COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER

411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield 513-867-5348 • Fairfield-city.org

•PajamaRama Wear your favorite PJS, bring a favorite teddy bear and blankie for a fun bedtime event full of stories, songs, games and a bedtime snack. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. March 1 and 8; $25 residents, $30 non-residents. •Music & Movement: This Old Band Singing, playing music and creative movement are the focus of these classes. Each class centers around a different book that get children using instruments and dancing. 5 - 6 p.m. March 1; $25 residents, $30 nonresidents. •Sing Along Stories: Puff the Magic Dragon Ages 4 - 6 enjoy a different sing-along storybook and make a craft. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. March 1; $15 residents, $20 non-residents. •Parent With Child Workshop Ages 6 - 12 and their parents have fun while making and painting an animal craft. 6 - 8 p.m. March 3; $25 residents, $30 non-residents.

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PLAN AHEAD GLENWOOD GARDENS

10397 Springfield Pike 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org 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 10. Bear Cub Scout Leaders can help their troops complete the “Fur, Feathers and Ferns” badge today. 10 a.m. March 11 and 1 p.m. March 12; $6.

GOOD SAMARITAN HOSPITAL

375 Dixmyth Ave. 513-475-4500 • trihealth.com

•The Toddler Tantrum Survival Guide Learn why toddlers have tantrums, how to prevent them and what to do if your child does have a tantrum. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. March 4; $30.

HERITAGE VILLAGE MUSEUM 11450 Lebanon Road 513-563-9484 heritagevillagecincinnati.org

•First Person: Annie Oakley Teens and adults enjoy learning about Annie Oakley, also known as Lil’ Sure Shot. A woman ahead of her time, Oakley overcame poverty, prejudice and physical setbacks to become a star and break many boundaries for women. 7 p.m. March 3; $17 members, $20 nonmembers. •First Person: Judith Kemper Born to a wealthy Virginia family in 1756, Judith Hathaway married her childhood neighbor and followed him as he built a farm from scratch, taught school, became a surveyor, and studied theology while she learned new skills to run a household and raise the couple’s 15 children. 7 p.m. March 17; $17 members, $20 nonmembers. •First Person: General L.L. Lomax Confederate Major General Lunsford Lindsay Lomax was stationed on the frontier in the South as the area moved toward secession. Listen to his story as he made his way through the Civil War. 7 p.m. March 24; $17 members, $20 nonmembers. •First Person: Edith Wilson Prohibition was the law of the land in 1925, the “Roaring Twenties” are in full swing, and Mrs. Wilson is quietly greeting a new year after the death of her husband, the President. 7 p.m. March 31; $17 members, $20 nonmembers.

HYDE PARK COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH

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•FREE Pipelines Cincinnati Piano students have the opportunity to perform a short solo on a mighty pipe organ — find out how it works, how it is played, and how it became the “King” of the instruments! 10 a.m. March 18.

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2692 Madison Road 513-396-8960 • josephbeth.com

•FREE The Jayne Eyre Book Club Playhouse in the Park presents this book discussion group where participants can make their predictions for the upcoming performances of the live production. 7 p.m. March 6; RSVP to 513-421-3888. •Annual Spring VIP Night Gives Back members can enjoy 20 percent off the entire store, free food and drinks, as well as live music. 7 - 10 p.m. March 30.

KROHN CONSERVATORY 1501 Eden Park Drive 513-421-5707 cincinnatiparks.com/krohn

•Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball Ages 21 and older can enjoy the sights, sounds and tastes of New Orleans in this festival full of life music, light appetizers, fortune-telling and fun. 6 - 10 p.m. March 3; $15. RSVP by krohn.cincyregister.com/mardigras.

LANGSFORD LEARNING ACCELERATION CENTER 9402 Towne Square Ave., Blue Ash • 513-531-7400 langsfordcenter.com/RSVP

•FREE What Parents Should Know About Reading and Comprehension Do you have concern for a struggling reader? In our communities, about 20 percent of the population has difficulty learning to read. This presentation simplifies the complex process of reading by explaining the five critical skills that support successful reading. Learn about the developmental path of successful readers, the root causes of reading difficulties, and why some good readers struggle with comprehension. 9:30 - 11 a.m. March 14.

LAZER KRAZE

7082 Columbia Road Maineville • 513-339-1030 1335 Donaldson Road Erlanger • 859-371-5729 lazerkraze.com

•Special Needs Night Players ages 4 and older with special needs can play laser tag or jump on the trampolines for free with their family member’s paid admission. Please see web site for jump rules; jump socks not included and are $2 per pair. Held the first Thursday of each month from 4 - 9 p.m.

LEARNING EXPRESS OF CRESTVIEW HILLS

2812 Town Center Blvd. Crestview Hills • 859-331-2094 facebook.com/ LearningExpressOfCrestviewHills

•St. Patty’s Day Paint Sign up to create a custom canvas painting that’s all in honor of St. Patrick’s Day! 6 p.m. March 17; $10.

MAYERSON JCC

8485 Ridge Road 513-761-7500 • mayersonjcc.org

•FREE Math Circle Meet other kids who share a passion for math in this nationally recognized program with professors from University of Cincinnati and award-winning area high school teachers. Students will be challenged and inspired with intriguing math activities, topics and prizes. 2:30 - 4 p.m. March 12. •FREE Israelity: Hand in Hand How can Israel’s Arabs and Jews break down the barriers of mistrust and separation? Hand in Hand is an organization that is reshaping Jewish-Arab relations in Israel with a growing network of integrated schools and communities. Hand in Hand changemakers Mohamad Marzouk and Noa Yammer will explore their personal journeys to this work, as well as the dilemmas and successes that come with building a shared and equal future. 7 p.m. March 21.

MIAMI WHITEWATER FOREST

9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

•All About Frogs RSVP by March 8. Ages 2 - 4 learn all about happy hoppers with a story and a craft. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. March 10; $6. •Homeschool Science: Habitats RSVP by March 14. Homeschool students ages 5 - 12 explore learning stations and enjoy a guided outdoor exploration. 1 - 3 p.m. March 16; $6. •Operation Observation RSVP by March 9. Learn how you can contribute your own observations about nature to this citizen science project. 7 p.m. March 11.

MOTHER OF MERCY HIGH SCHOOL

3036 Werk Road motherofmercy.org/juniorbobcat

•Junior Bobcat Night Girls in grades 5 and 6 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, plus each girl will go home with a free t-shirt. 6 - 8:30 p.m. March 3; $5.

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MT. AIRY FOREST

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•Maple in Mt. Airy Enjoy a pancake breakfast before heading outside to meet sugar makers from the past and learn how people have tapped this sweet source over the centuries. Seating begins at 9 a.m. March 4; $8 per person.

NEUSOLE GLASSWORKS 11925 Kemper Springs Drive 513-751-3292 neusoleglassworks.com

•St. Patrick’s Day Mug Have fun by making green beer mugs for St. Patrick’s Day! With the help of professional glassblowers, blow your own beer mug from hot molten glass. For ages 10 - 12 and older. RSVP for a 30-minute time slot. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. March 11, 21; $45.

PARKY’S FARM AT WINTON WOODS

10073 Daly Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

•Follow the Rainbow RSVP by March 12. Ages 2 - 5 follow the rainbow clues to find the pot of gold. Program includes a wagon ride and time in Parky’s Playbarn. 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 14 and 15; $6 per child, $4 per adult. •Birdbath, Red Robin & Tula Awards RSVP by March 16. Daisy Girl Scouts are invited to learn about goats and chickens. 9 and 11 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m. March 18; 1 and 3 p.m. March 19; $5 per child, $3 per adult. •Prancing Ponies RSVP by March 19. Ages 2 - 5 step with the ponies as they learn about how ponies move, play in the paddock, and try out their own different gaits. Program includes a wagon ride and time in Parky’s Playbarn. 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 21 and 22; $6 per child, $4 per adult. •Brownie Girl Scouts: Pets RSVP by March 23. Strap up your boots and get ready to dig into some real farm chores and learn how to care for different barnyard animals. 9 and 11 a.m. and 2 and 4 p.m. March 25; 1 and 3 p.m. March 26; $5 per child, $3 per adult. •Junior Girl Scout: Playing the Past RSVP by March 23. Jump into life in the early 1800s as you learn some pioneer games, dances, and what school and farm life was like. 9 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. March 25; $5 per child, $3 per adult.


CALL AHEAD TO RESERVE YOUR CHILD’S SPOT! These events require ADVANCE REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted. •Small Fry Fishing Fun RSVP by March 26. Ages 2 - 5 enjoy fishing activities, including touching and examining a fish, and making a fishy snack to feed the real fish at the pond. Program includes a wagon ride and time in Parky’s Playbarn. 9:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. March 28 and 29; $6 per child, $4 per adult.

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SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700, ext. 261 summitcds.org

•FREE Montessori Information Session Learn about Summit’s Montessori programs for ages 18 months - 6 years, as well as details on the admission process. 8:30 a.m. March 7.

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•Rare Plants RSVP by March 16. Join the naturalist to sniff around for skunk cabbage, a rare plant with many unique features. 1 p.m. March 19.

•Comfort Measures for Labor Join the team of doulas at Tender Beginnings for an evening of handson demos of the tools and techniques to help you work through the stages of labor, whether you plan to go unmedicated, want an epidural, or aren’t sure yet. 7 p.m. March 8; $15.

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

SALAMANDER RUN

4821 Layhigh Road, Hamilton 513-867-5835 yourmetroparks.net

•FREE Amphibians & Salamanders Jeff David, Ohio Division of Wildlife Herpetologist, is your guide to exploring Salamander Run’s early spring amphibian population. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes to walk near wetlands, fields and woods. 1 - 3 p.m. March 12.

SHARONVILLE BRANCH LIBRARY

10980 Thornview Drive 513-369-6049 cincinnatilibrary.org

•FREE Teen Maker Faire Celebrate Teen Tech Week by trying out some fun makerspace equipment! Write your name on a ping-pong ball using an Egg Bot, create 3-D art with a 3-Doodler, design your own buttons, and more! 7 p.m. March 8.

SHAWNEE LOOKOUT

2008 Lawrenceburg Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

•Hiking Lightly to Hidden History RSVP by March 21. Ages 14 and older take a strenuous hike to discover off-trail historical areas while practicing basic orienteering skills and Leave No Trace guidelines. Long pants, rain gear, two water bottles and snacks are recommended. 11 a.m. March 25; $18.

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WESTON ART GALLERY

650 Walnut St. westonartgallery.com/learn westonartgallery@cincinnatiarts.org

•Families Create: Discover Drawing Artist Kate Kern investigates the scientific and the spiritual. Be drawn in by her artwork and make your own remarkable renderings. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. March 11; $5.

WINTON WOODS 10245 Winton Road

513-521-7275 • greatparks.org A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

•Canoe & Kayak Jumpstart RSVP by March 2. Ages 14 and older will work with a certified American Canoe Association instructor as you and your family prepare for the 2017 season on the open waters. 10 - 11:30 a.m. March 4; $8. •Outdoor Archery RSVP two days in advance. Ages 8 and older learn the basics of shooting a compound bow then try out their skills on the outdoor range. 1 p.m. March 4 and 18; $15. •Homeschool Science: Women in History RSVP by March 2. Ages 5 - 12 explore learning stations. Bring a picture of your favorite historical woman to share. 11 a.m. March 6; $6. •Teen Volunteer Orientation RSVP by March 9. Teens learn about the volunteer roles available, with a focus on opportunities at the Winton Woods Riding Center. 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. March 11. •Archery Accuracy & Apple Challenge RSVP by March 10. Ages 8 and older put their skills to the test with an advanced class and challenge. 1 p.m. March 12; $16.

Families get together and make something during Weston Art Gallery’s Families Create workshops. This month is all about drawing! •Homeschool Science: Heron Rookery Day RSVP by March 23. Ages 5 - 12 explore learning stations and take a guided hike to view a heron rookery. Bring binoculars if you have them. 11 a.m. March 28; $6.

WOMEN WRITING FOR (A) CHANGE 6906 Plainfield Road 513-272-1171 womenwriting.org

•Claiming Our Own Voices During this six-week session, teens and young women in grades 8 - 12 employ the art of writing to honor and strengthen their own voices. Though writing prompts, provided readers, spoken word, conversation, collage art, and song, transform the ripples of voices into waves. 1:30 - 4 p.m. March 5 - April 9; $149. •Mothers & Daughters: Celebrating the Ordinary and the Extraordinary After gathering in small groups (mothers with mothers and daughters with daughters), participants join in an art activity. Open to girls in grades 4 - 7 and their mothers or other adult women in their lives. 1 - 4 p.m. March 19, April 23 and May 21; $50 per class or $135 for three classes.

WOODLAND MOUND

8250 Old Kellogg Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

•Ocean Jamboree RSVP by March 8. Ages 3 - 5 learn all about the ocean through crafts and activities. 10 a.m. March 10; $7. •Operation Observation RSVP by March 9. Discover how you can contribute your own observations from your backyard to this citizen science project. 2 p.m. March 12.

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XAVIER UNIVERSITY, CINTAS CENTER

1624 Herald Ave. 513-871-6080, ext. 402 springer-ld.org

•The Journey from STRESS to SUCCESS for Students with LD/ ADHD Dr. Jerome Schultz, author of Nowhere to Hide: Why Kids with ADHD and LD Hate School and What We Can Do About It, examines the role of stress in learning, and offers practical strategies for parents to help their children with stress. 7 - 9 p.m. March 23; $25 per person or $20 each for multiple tickets.

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