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When kids say "no."




Parents reveal how they bond with their kids, and this month's giveaways!


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Check out the new Buckabee's Brownies store ... exhibits returning to CMC ... local spring consignment sales ... staycations and minications to help you rock your spring break.

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remember the first time I wanted so badly to sign up for a school team. I was in second grade and the new kid in class. I heard the loud speaker announce there were only two more days left for cheerleading tryouts. “Nah,” I thought to myself. Until I turned around and saw my best friend bouncing up and down, gathering her poms-poms. “Wow! That looks like fun! I want to do that!” As soon as I got home that day, I darted off the school bus and ran up to my mom; I told her I wanted to tryout. She signed me up. I only had one day to learn the routine, and then I was there. My tryout number was ‘0.’ My mom and I stood in the hallway, patiently waiting for the coach to read off the numbers that made the cut. The last number they called off was mine! Me! I did it! We jumped for joy, and 10 years down the road, I was still going strong. It’s astonishing how a memory can so strongly stick with a kid from such a young age. You remember why you loved something or someone so much. You remember those little things that meant the most. It’s important that we take that to heart. Kids are smart, and they know what they want. It’s not about what we want. I do my best to never make my kids do things they don’t want to do. I try giving them options. I ask, “William, do you want to play soccer this year?” My head spinning, hoping he says “yes!” It does hurt when they give you the dreaded, “no” and start stomping around the kitchen like a boss. Then what do you do? What can we do? Say we sign them up anyway, fingers crossed hoping they will change their little minds, since that’s what kids do. You show up to the soccer field just to have your screaming kid holding onto you for dear life, begging not to go onto the field. Midway through the game, they are picking dandelions. So we ask ourselves, is this really worth it? We want our kids to remember good things about their childhood like their best friends and their favorite family vacation. The same goes for sports and activities they get involved with. We want to see them love it, and honestly, parents want to love it, too. Kids need a break just as adults do. Whether it be stubbornness or a hard, “no,” we should try to listen and understand why. After all, there is always next year. After years of trial and error, my now 7-year-old finally came to me and asked, “Mommy, can I play soccer this year?” So I signed him up.




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FAMILY FUN TIME What’s your family’s favorite thing to do together?

“In warm weather, we like to go to downtown Loveland for dinner, ice cream, and a walk down the bike path to the playground and river.”

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— Heather Lyn Bersaglia “In cooler seasons, we roast marshmallows, have Spotify singoffs, play board games or Wii, and have movie nights. During warm weather we are outside! We go camping, go on nature hikes, go to the playground and walk to the dairy whip.” Sara Croxton

“We love to explore the parks around Cincinnati, and we love to go camping as a family.” James Kara Neal

“Austin likes to play board games or explore the city. (Cincinnati has so much to offer) Hudson likes to do anything that involves food!” Stephanie LeeAnn Randolph

“We love playing Just Dance together. It’s a little exercise and a whole lot of fun for us!” Christina Miller

An impulsive Princess Aurora adds an hilarious twist to the Disney classic in Sleeping Beauty.

“Build Lego sets together! We all love working on them.” Brigid Marie

“Last night, everyone was home for dinner and there was no practice. So we played ‘Match the Sock.’ Two baskets full of single socks were sorted and paired. Family fun for all ages!” Presley Lindemann

TICKETS TO SLEEPING BEAUTY The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of Sleeping Beauty hits the stage at The Taft, April 27 - 28 and May 3 - 5. This new rock musical comedy employs humor, heart and an impulsive, but courageous, Princess Aurora. Learn more at WE’RE GIVING AWAY A FAMILY FOURPACK OF TICKETS to Sleeping Beauty — good for Sunday, April 28 at 5 p.m. or Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m. Deadline to enter is Sunday, March 31. Winner will be drawn at random and contacted the following week. Head to our website and enter under “Contests.”

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very year throughout the month of March, Jersey Mike’s locations raise funds for local charities. All 20 Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Jersey Mike’s locations are participating in this Month of Giving, with donations going to CancerFREE Kids. On March 27, 100 percent of purchases will be donated to CancerFREE Kids — every penny will go to helping kids in need. Take a break from cooking, buy the family subs and help in the effort. Visit for more information, and help support Jersey Mike’s.



xplore more at the Cincinnati Museum Center (1301 Western Ave.) with the re-opening of two popular exhibits. In the Natural History & Science Museum, “The Caves” exhibit let you tour a 500-foot-long replica limestone cave. Then, in the History Museum, “Cincinnati in Motion” shrinks the Queen City down to 1/64 scale. Entry to both exhibits is included with purchase of a Discovery Pass or with a valid membership. For more information, visit or call 513287-7000.

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SPRING INTO CONSIGNMENT SALES Spring is here and the kids have grown again! While you’re probably in need of outfits for the kids, you don’t want to overspend on items they’ll quickly outgrow. The solution? Consignment! Anything for Kids Sale Saturday, March 16 from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. Lakota East High School 6840 Lakota Lane, Liberty Township Pay $1 to shop. Changing Hands Saturday, March 2 from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Madeira Elementary School 7840 Thomas Drive Road, Cincinnati Pay $1 to shop. Everything for Kids Sale Facebook: @EverythingKidsSale Saturday, March 2 from 9 - 11:30 a.m. Receptions Banquet Center, 1379 Donaldson Road, Erlanger, KY

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SHOULD WE STAY OR SHOULD WE GO? Spring break’s around the corner — time to make your plans!


The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis draws visitors in with dinos on the outside!

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— through May 5 — check out the crocs!

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Star Trek: Exploring New Worlds is full of

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Pick up an explorer guide to test your croc IQ.

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Other great exhibits include Mythic Creatures:

over to an alien planet with a transporter

Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids and lots more.

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA Indianapolis, Indiana, is a marvelous mini-trip city for Cincinnatians. Family favorite attractions include: • The Indianapolis Zoo (1200 West Washington St.; • Newfields 100 Acre Art Nature Park (1850 West 38th St.; • Conner Prairie (13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers; • The Indianapolis Children’s Museum (3000 N. Meridian St.;

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COLUMBUS, OHIO Bursting with fun opportunities, Columbus, Ohio, is a great minivacation spring break

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WHY EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW IT Be ready for anything by learning CPR and first aid skills — the kids, too! BY AMANDA HAYWARD


wo of the first things you may look for in a nanny is that 1) she’s certified, and 2) she knows CPR. You want your children to be in safe hands. So, shouldn’t YOU know CPR, too? You may have top notch parenting skills, but being CPR certified is a skill everyone should know. It can save your spouse or even your child’s life. Your kids can learn, too! Lori Fovel, communications director at the American Heart Association (AHA), says that 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes. “If you are called on to give CPR in an emergency, you will most likely be trying to save the life of someone you love: a child, a spouse, a parent or a friend,” says Fovel. We all react differently in an emergency situation. We are human. Like any skill, practice makes us more confident. In fact, only 46 percent of people who experience an out-ofhospital cardiac rest receive the care they need before professional help comes to the scene, according to Fovel. “CPR, especially if performed immediately, can triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival,” she says.


Kids are capable of learning basic lifesaving skills at an early age. Kids are curious; they are eager to learn and they are sponges. Begin using available area resources. For example, the AHA has local CPR training kiosks at the Cincinnati Museum Center and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.


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Middle schoolers can learn CPR — as can you!

“The kiosk walks you through how to recognize symptoms of cardiac arrest and when and how to administer hands-only CPR,” says Fovel. “Middle school is a great age to teach children and often even earlier.” In June of 2016, Ohio was the 33rd state to pass the CPR in Schools legislation which took effect in the 2017/2018 school year. The result? Now, more than 100,000 high school graduates will be trained in CPR and AED skills each year.


Life gets busy, so keeping your certification up-to-date (it needs to be renewed every one or two years) can easily slip your minds. Consider getting an at-home training kit that has all of the tools your family needs to learn CPR, choking relief skills and more while you’re at home. The AHA has kits available at shopheart. org/cpr-anytime. There are plenty of free ways families can learn CPR, too. Local community events will often have a kiosk. The AHA and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital host “Recess in the Stadium,” a free community event at Paul Brown Stadium each year, and local fire departments including the Union Township Fire Department ( and Green Township ( fire-ems/cpr-training/) offer free CPR and AED training classes. Now you’re armed with research. No more excuses! Amanda Hayward is editor for this publication and mother of two.

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GET CERTIFIED! Check out these places where you can get your CPR certification in no time. American Red Cross American Heart Association CityWide CPR cincinnati-oh CPR Cincinnati Cincinnati Children’s Hospital community/cpr-first-aid NKEMS Health and Safety Training Most fire departments offer CPR classes and are partnered with the American Heart Association or the American Red Cross. Check with your local fire department for more details.

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etween work, school, sports, social engagements, appointments, household chores and more, it seems like there is less and less time for family bonding. The daily grind leaves minimal time for sitting down, spending quality time together and having family conversations. If you feel like you are constantly running at a ragged pace, rarely spend much needed time with your family, and only cram family time in IF there’s a break in your schedule, you are not alone. According to a recent Nielsen total Audience Report, Americans nearly spend half of their day — 11 hours — consuming content ... by themselves. This includes listening to media, watching, reading or interacting with it all together.

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“ALONE WHILE TOGETHER” Last summer, the American Time Use Survey released by the U.S. Department of Labor revealed that in 2017 Americans spent the most time (2.8 hours a day) watching TV. Meanwhile, socializing and visiting with friends consumed only about 39 minutes out of 1,440 minutes per day. That’s less than 3 percent each day! The survey also showed (in 2017) that adults spent more time watching TV than interacting with others. This means that even when families are home together, they are often “alone” together engaging in technology like television or social media. How does this “alone while together” time affect our children? Afterall, the more time we spend on activities that don’t involve

in-person socialization, the less time we are teaching our kids these important life skills. Doreen Jajack, LSW, character effect specialist at Beech Acres Parenting Center, recommends finding more time to socialize with your kids. According to Jajack, it is important for parents to be intentional about creating quality time. One great way to make more quality time is by starting with a family meeting. “Check in with everyone,” says Jajack. “Ask all family members, ‘What is going well? What do we need to work on? How can we accomplish what we need to work on?’” Ask everyone to share things that they did well during the past week, whether it was helping a sibling with homework, using problem-solving skills creatively or remembering to take out the trash. This creates family bonding as well as increases family connection. “It also gives time for parents to model appropriate skills for kids and to discuss everyone’s feelings,” she continues. “When you have that regular time, you really start to open these lines of communication.”

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Here are some easy ways you can open the door to family time! THEME YOUR TOGETHER TIME Ink in time on a real family wall calendar so everyone can see what’s coming up to look forward to. Have a Family Game Night one night a week. A Taco Tuesday Night; a Family Walk Evening and so on.

EAT MEALS TOGETHER This is hard to do these days, but DO make the effort. Make the meal table a “no technology” zone. That means no smartphones, no tablets, no laptops. And turn off the TV, too. It’s now time to talk! Need conversation starters? Go around the table and have each person tell about their day, what they did, who they saw, what they ate, what they liked or didn’t like. And try telling each other stories. Soon enough you’ll be amazed that everybody enjoys this time together.



Set aside time at home to play board games. When families sit together

Jajack also recommends talking about things that matter to your family — defining your values — and creating family value statements together. This is about defining who you all want to be as a family and it is a tool to help strengthen your bond. But carving out together time should be your focus. When you make the effort to spend quality time with your kids, they will feel more valued. And when your kids feel valued, their selfesteem increases. Look at your calendar and see what can be crossed off or postponed. Better yet, catch yourself at home spending time online and turn it off. Go read a book or play a game with the kids. Research shows that spending time as a family is not only important for your child’s emotional intelligence, it can increase your child’s desire to be social while building parent-child bonds, trust and open lines of communication. Here’s your challenge — pencil in some quality family time this week! Better yet, do it in ink!

playing games they automatically loosen up and just enjoy hanging out. Fun games like Apples to Apples; The Game of Life; Sequence; Codenames; Clue; Sorry and more are fun as heck to play together.

PRIORITIZE FAMILY TIME Family time is precious. Learn to say, “no” to obligations of lower importance. Demand that a “keep work at work” value be instilled.

CREATE TOGETHER ROUTINES For example, read one chapter of a book together each night before bedtime. Or, decide as a family what movie you might watch together after dinner (if homework is done!). Another great way to spend time together is in simply having a catch in the backyard. With the weather getting nicer, it’ll be time to get to the park together.

SCHEDULE VACATION TIME Try to schedule at least one family trip each year. Have your kids help plan the vacation by exploring options online — this is when technology is GREAT together!

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Pregnancy brings joy, love ... and eating limitations. What exactly is safe for you to eat for your growing baby? It can be confusing! Luckily, we have your eating guide right here.


You’re craving cottage cheese.

You pick up the entire container, a large spoon and that’s it, you’re going in … wait. Is this safe to eat? What did the doctor say again? Nowadays, there is an abundance of information out there for expecting mamas, and sometimes it can feel more overwhelming rather than helpful. Among trying to juggle your emotions, family and life, the last thing you need is to worry about what you’re eating. How can a hungry pregnant woman manage? “One of the biggest concerns expecting

moms face is trying to sift through all of the information available on nutrition during pregnancy,” says Brandy Frederiksen, owner of The Birth Nest of Cincinnati, certified Bradley instructor and certified DONA birth doula. “I always emphasize that women focus on ‘progress, not perfection’ when it comes to their nutrition. Everyone is starting from a different baseline, with their own unique food preferences and lifestyle choices,” Fredericksen says. The good news is, healthy eating it isn’t as

bad as we may think. Sticking to what your body craves and what your doctor says may be all your “prego-brain” can take or need. If you were eating healthy before you got pregnant, there are only a few modifications you need to make now that you are. If you were a fries and milkshake kind of mama, it may be a bit harder to start incorporating healthy eating habits into your diet to be sure that you and your baby are getting all of the proper nutrients you need. “By taking each day as a fresh start, every woman has the opportunity to make a (please turn the page) •

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different choice when it comes to what she eats that day in order to feel confident in her ability to eat well for the baby or babies she is carrying,” says Frederiksen.


What should you eat? We have the top problematic foods, plus better alternatives for a happier, healthier pregnancy.


(A pregnant mom is more susceptible to getting sick with food poison and other illnesses, so it’s best to avoid any undercooked meats.)

Each and every body is different, and every pregnant body is different, too. The “right” amount of calories an expecting mom needs to maintain and gain healthy baby weight varies depending on her daily activity level and lifestyle. Frederiksen says a woman carrying one baby requires at least 2600 calories per day in order to sustain a healthy weight and pregnancy. “But it’s not just about how many calories are consumed,” Frederiksen says, “it’s about where those calories are coming from that matters.”



There are some things we are not in control of when we are growing another human being (morning sickness, hormone surges, food cravings) but to the slightest degree you CAN control it, why not do the best you can? Frederiksen says the most important thing a woman can do in her pregnancy, is to maintain good health. “During pregnancy, a woman’s blood volume needs to expand by 50 - 60 percent,” she says. “This requires adequate calories, protein and salt. Deficiencies in any of these areas can lead to inadequate blood volume expansion which is associated with various complications of pregnancy.” Complications related to deficiencies in the blood include: high blood pressure, severe edema (swelling), preeclampsia, HELLP syndrome and premature birth. However, when a mama is well nourished, her baby is well nourished. This means with a healthy diet, both the mama and baby have a lower risk of complications during and even after Baby is welcomed into the world.

FISH Eat This: Flounder, rainbow trout, shrimp, cod, mahi mahi, tilapia and catfish. (Provides healthy DHA, omega-3 fatty acids and plenty of healthy proteins.) Not That: High mercury fish which includes shark, swordfish, mackerel and tuna. (High mercury can be dangerous for Baby. Raw fish such as sushi should also be avoided as it has a higher risk of carrying harmful bacteria that can cause illness to Mom and Baby.)

CHEESES & DAIRY Eat This: Pasteurized milk and dairy made from pasteurized milk including skim and 1 percent milk, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, cottage cheese and yogurts. Soy and almond milk are non-dairy but still have an excellent source of

calcium and protein for moms who are lactose intolerant. (Dairy provides calcium, Vitamin D, protein and more for Mom’s and Baby’s bones, teeth, heart and nerves.) Not That: Unpasteurized dairy products such as Brie, goat cheese and other soft cheeses made from “raw” milk. (More likely to carry bacteria which can be dangerous for Mom and Baby.)

MEATS & POULTRY Eat This: Fully cooked ground/processed meat and poultry, cooked until steaming hot. (Fully cooked meats and poultry are safe plus offer a great source of protein and iron — just what a pregnant mama needs!) Not That: Undercooked or raw meat, especially poultry and ground/minced meat.

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Eat This: Whole foods, or natural foods with less than five ingredients. This included nuts, beans, lean meat, legumes, avocado, sweet potatoes leafy greens, fruits, vegetables and eggs. (Whole foods and natural foods are loaded with healthy vitamins, healthy fats, proteins, probiotics and more. A pregnant mom and her bump need healthy, natural foods for growth and development.) Not That: Processed foods and “junk” foods such as chips, frozen meals, fast food, foods with added sugars and additives and sweets. (Let’s face it, we can’t always resist a pregnancy craving, but too much junk food can be dangerous to your baby. Plus, it puts Mama at higher risk for developing complications and fatigue. It’s all about balance, so be sure the goods foods significantly outweigh the bad for a healthy, happy pregnancy.)

WARM DRINKS Drink This: If you’re craving warm fluids, warm milk or lowsodium broth are the way to go. (Milk is a great source of proteins, calcium and vitamins for Baby’s development.) Not That: Herbal teas that contain nettles, dandelion, alfalfa and bilberry. (Most herbal teas are not safe due to the diuretic properties, meaning causing increased urine.)

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Healthy foods are

always the safest, best way to go. The more natural, the better the nutrients to help Baby’s developing mind, bones and immune system. One very important macronutrient that mama needs in her diet is protein.

PROTEIN IMPORTANT “Research suggests a minimum of 80 - 100 grams of protein a day is needed for adequate blood volume expansion to support a healthy pregnancy,” says Frederiksen. “Protein also provides the building blocks for fetal growth and development.” Some moms worry they aren’t getting enough nutrients due to their special dietary needs. For example, they may be lactose intolerant, allergic to gluten, a vegetarian or vegan. However, there are alternate food sources out there to accommodate. According to Frederiksen, the best way to be sure you’re taking in all of the essential nutrients for you and Baby is to choose wisely and do your research. “Women with special dietary needs will just need to be conscious and diligent in their food choices so that they are getting enough vitamins, minerals, protein and salt to support the pregnancy,” she says. Discuss specific nutritional information with your doctor, of course, and follow his or her guidelines for your good and sustaining prenatal care. We are all different, and your body has a way of telling you what it needs, so listen closely! Eat well, be well and chances are, you will have a wonderful, healthy pregnancy!


We rounded up our favorite essential baby items to get you rockin’ and rollin’ in no time!

SWADDLE SACK | $22+ Swaddle baby and place him on his back for safe, comfortable sleep. For newborn to 6 months old.

BABY FOAM PLAY MATS | $149.95 This waterproof, easy-to-clean, comfortable foam play mat is perfect for tummy time, babies learning to sit up, mommy and me exercise and fun! Nontoxic, reversible and 6.5 x 4.5 foot of cushioned padding.

BBLÜV TERMÖ 4-IN-1 DIGITAL THERMOMETER $49.99 This thermometer offers a precise, non-contact way to quickly and accurately check Baby’s temperature. Hold it to Baby’s forehead or even use it to take the temp of your warmed milk or even the bath water. It’s different temperature zones will alert you with colors: normal (green), slight fever (orange) or high fever (red). Peace of mind made handy.

BBLÜV RINÖ NASAL ASPIRATOR $49.99 In less than one minute, this aspirator gently cleans Baby’s nose. It provides a unique, safe continuous suction not available on manual aspirators, and it also has a large, transparent leak-proof collection cup. Easy to clean (no filters!), it will help limit the spreading of germs.

ECO-FRIENDLY, DYE-FREE BABY CLOTHES Babies have sensitive skin, so it’s important to use natural laundry detergents and many parents opt for dye-free clothing, too. Finn + Emma’s clothing line is 100 percent organic, adorable and comfy. Their soft Wildflowers and Clouds collections include rompers, onesies, shirts, pants and more all from local moms and businesses.

Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication and mother of two.


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ARTS Abrakadoodle Summer Art Camps

Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati 513-297-5655 Abrakadoodle offers summer art camps for kids, as well as special holiday art camps during school breaks. We offer art camps at schools and other community locations. Our art camps include art lessons, music, games and special activities for children ages 3 - 12. Call for locations and dates.

Art Workshop

3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park 513-406-4009 Art enrichment for kids ages 3 and up. Pottery wheel, clay, drawing, painting and cartooning. Mom and Me, Freestyle (choose your own project) and teen classes offered weekdays and Saturdays.

ArtsConnect Kids and Teen Classes

9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati 513-522-2108 • ArtsConnect is proud to bring Kids and Teens Arts Classes to you. Classes range from Pint-Size Picassos for ages 4 - 6, to Teen Woodshop for ages 13 - 16. Private and partner music lessons for ages 7 and older are offered in piano and in all band instruments. Classes located at the Springfield Township Community Art Center

Camp Art Academy

Held at Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati 513-562-8748 Art Academy of Cincinnati’s Camp Art Academy offers kids ages 5 - 12 six unique weeks of art camp programs! 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!

Cincinnati Shakespeare Company

1195 Elm St., Cincinnati 513-381-2273 CSC Summer Theatre Camp for “Juniors” (grades 1 - 6) and “Seniors” (grades 7 - 12) for students who want a fun and challenging stage experience this summer!

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4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-569-8080 • Join TCT for our one week long, themed summer camps! Sessions for 6-7yr olds, 8-10 yr olds at our facility on Red Bank Rd. Register online! 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati 513-721-2787 • 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. Convenient before- and after-care available. Camps run Jun. 10 - Aug. 9. Registration begins Feb. 1 at 11:00 a.m.

Cincinnati Ballet

1555 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati 513-562-1111 • Students ages 4 - 8 explore a “Storybook Summer” as they dance their way through favorite tales including Sleeping Beauty, The Wizard of Oz and The Little Mermaid.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Summer Theatre Camp and Performance Academy

962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati 513-421-3888 Summer Theatre Camp offers an introduction to theatre that’s influenced by the movies! Half-day camps, full-day camps and performance academy available. Multiple locations around Cincinnati for ages 3 - 5. For complete details call or visit our website.

Circus Classes presented by My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus • 859-581-7100 Classes for beginner and intermediate students include unicycle, German wheel, and circus skills class (juggling, wire walking, physical theater, and more). MNTR has been teaching circus arts to youth for more than 20 years. Open House Sep. 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Evendale Cultural Arts Center.

Clifton Performance Theatre Summer Camp.

3938 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati 513-813-7469 Immerse your child in this highly-acclaimed theater camp program for children ages 5 - 15. Each camp week concludes with a weekend performance of one of 8 camp options from Rapunzel to Aladdin.

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600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353 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. We offer summer and mini-camps! 513-474-6364 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!

Taft Museum of Art

316 Pike St., Cincinnati 513-241-0343 Have fun while you learn to paint, sculpt, and draw like a master artist with experienced instructors in small classes. Grades 1 - 12. After-care available.


3054 Madison Road, Cincinnati 513-417-8491 Make lasting memories at Visionarium’s unique, art-filled summer camp! Explore new ideas with artists from the Visionaries + Voices studios and beyond. Programs available for ages 5 - 18, plus an end of summer art show!

West Chester Academy Music, Dance, Gymnastics

8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester 513-829-2345 From a child’s very first lesson to the experienced adult, West Chester Academy has something for everyone in music, dance, and gymnastics. Located in West Chester, we specialize in beginners of all ages and offer training through pre-professional levels. We have camps for all ages.

EDUCATION/ENRICHMENT Children’s Meeting House

927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 CMH summer camps offer children a great opportunity to extend their learning while having fun on campus. We have a variety of arts, crafts, nature exploration, science activities, and more for children ages 3 - 12. Camp dates are Jun. 17, Jun. 24, Jul. 15, and Jul. 22. Visit our website for more details.

Cincinnati Country Day School

7754 Camargo Road, Madeira 513-561-1888 Pottery painting, parties, and special events. Choose a piece, paint it, and pick it up in a week. Special events include Kidz Nite and Ladies Nite. Summer camp options to be announced soon!

6905 Given Road, Cincinnati 513-561-7298 Our summer program is known for being one of the top day camps in Cincinnati. Children 18 mos. - grade 6 are led by experienced teachers who provide engaging activities that promote growth and encourage discovery. Our beautiful 62-acre campus offers learning opportunities both inside and out.

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Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati 513-287-7000 When school is out, Museum Camps are in! Spring and summer Museum Camps take school’s-out energy and turns it into new friends and new interests. Register now on our website.

Kiddie Academy of Mason

6202 Snider Road, Mason 513-234-0699 8178 Highland Point, West Chester 513-847-1145 Days filled with learning and fun are the foundation of our academy’s Life Essentials® educational philosophy. We make this foundation part of every facet of our school, from fun activities to the hot nutritious meals we provide every day. We maintain this environment to foster wellbeing and creativity in every child. Accredited by the NAEYC.

The Red Balloon Play and Café

6200 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge Classes, events, parties and play café. Visit our Facebook page for our monthly calendar.


The Summit Country Day School

2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati 513-871-4700 ext. 369 Full- and half-day camp programs from Jun. 4 - Aug. 11 for children in preschool - grade 8. Our program is new, fresh, and packed full of fun. Extended day is also available. There will be smiles everywhere as we explore the arts, cooking lessons, Construction Week, Explore the Outdoors Week, Wet & Wild Week, and much more. For grades 1 - 8 we offer robotics, sports training, Service Camp, study skills, Survivor Skills Camp, and much more.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati 513-362-9622 Are you ready for the best summer ever? At camp, kids make new friends, build confidence, try new things and learn leadership skills. Crafts, field trips and discovery weeks will keep your child engaged. Who knew learning could be so much fun?

Cincinnati Parks’ Summer Nature Day Camps

Multiple Park Locations Voted Best Day Camp in 2018! We offer great value in education and outdoor fun for ages 3 - 14. Hikes, crafts, live animal encounters, active games and engaging hands on activities occur daily. Register on our website. Building better lives and a better community. Come join us!

Great Parks of Hamilton County Summer Day Camps 513-521-7275 Great Parks Day Camps, offered June through August, provides opportunities for children ages 2 - 17 to explore nature with handson activities and educational experiences that will last a lifetime. For details, visit our website.


CINSAM Summer Camp

Center for Integrative Natural Sciences and Mathematics, at Northern Kentucky University Want to see your rising third - twelfth grader explore STEM this summer? Check out our camps and high school academies that include primatology, neuroscience, engineering and more! Registration on our website.

Classroom Antics Summer Tech Camps

Multiple Locations 800-595-3776 Kids ages 7 - 13 choose from Lego™ robotics, stop-motion animation, game design, video production, Minecraft coding and programming. These enrichment classes are sure to ignite your child’s passion for learning! Use code CF10 for $10 off before Apr. 30.

Drake Planetarium

2020 Sherman Ave., Cincinnati 513-396-5578 Imaginations soar at Drake’s STEM Camps! Featuring robotics, BattleBots, rockets, Space Camp, Crazy Contraptions, EV3, NXTs, Waterbotics and much more. Ask about our discounts.

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4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 • CincyNature 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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2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati 513-731-5111 Kiddie Camp Facility: 7560 Reinhold Drive, Cincinnati • A camp that has it all! Sports, nature, art, music, character growth, field trips, swimming lessons, and more. Mix-and-match to fit your schedule or sign up for all six weeks. Lunch and camp t-shirt included. ACA accredited. Kiddie Campers enjoy Soccer shots, music, pony rides, tiny tennis, gymnastics, story time, crafts, swimming lessons, and lunch. The only full-day Jewish preschool camp in Cincinnati! Camps run from Jun. 24 - Aug. 2. For boys and girls ages 2 - 13 yrs.

Buckner Martial Arts

8216 Highland Pointe Drive, West Chester 513-779-2413 Voted the best martial arts studio in Cincinnati, we combine defense skills with personal development. Students progress quickly while learning leadership and strong values under the teaching of master instructors. Free uniform with class sign-up.

Cincinnati Red’s Summer Baseball Camps

Multiple Locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Registration is open! Campers receive their own Reds uniform, instruction from a Reds coach, guest appearance by a current Reds star, free tickets and more. Details at on our website.

Camp Lincoln for Boys and Camp Lake Hubert for Girls

23416 Camp Lincoln Road, Lake Hubert, MN 800-242-1909 Since 1909, Camp Lincoln for Boys and Camp Lake Hubert for Girls have excelled in providing one of the best sleep-away adventures in the United States. Our brother-sister camps are located on opposite sides of Lake Hubert in Minnesota. We serve ages 5 - 17 with 2-, 3- and 4-week sessions, and a 10-day family camp. Campers come from 40 states and 13 countries all for our top-of-the-line activities and to just have a blast.

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11725 Commons Drive, Cincinnati 513-341-5278 Speed camp – Learn to Race! Ages 7 - 15. Week-long camps for girls and boys. Racing, games, movies, food and fun.

The Little Gym of Mason

8201 Arbor Square Drive, Mason 513-204-1400 For children ages 3 - 10 yrs., Super Quest camps invite kids to exercise their muscles, imaginations, and cooperation skills. You’ll love how easy our flexible scheduling is.

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4727 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-739-5528 • Our week-long day camps allow kids to challenge themselves and build confidence. Three hour sessions with obstacle courses and camp games!


Falcon Camp

4251 Delta Road SW, Carrollton 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.

Greenacres Summer Camps

8255 Spooky Hollow Road, Cincinnati 513-891-4227 • Summer camps at Greenacres offer fun for every personality, from arts and music, to farming and horseback riding, Greenacres’ camps will fill your child’s summer with joy and memories!

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8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 513-722-7249 Spend summer at Camp at the J! From swim lessons and archery to arts, camp values and more, kids will create lasting memories and friendships.

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Seven world-class vocalists combine beloved, classic Disney tunes with acapella. Taft Theatre, 317 East 5th St., Cincinnati; 8 p.m.; tickets starting at $29.50; 513-232-6220 or tafttheatre. org.

Explore the Cincinnati Art Museum with the family. Weekend tours and art carts allow you to interact with” art objects for a memorable hands-on experience. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 2 p.m.; 513-7212787 or

FABULOUS FOLIAGE AT KROHN CONSERVATORY Fabulous Foliage fills the Krohn! Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; through March 10; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 17, free for members and ages 4 and younger; 513-421-4086 or

FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT: A PRINCESS AND THE FROG Mardi Gras fun for the whole family includes free popcorn and A Princess and the Frog with friends. KCPL Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 6:30 - 9 p.m.; 859-9624200 or

PENGUIN DAYS Many animals love the winter weather. Visit the zoo for half-price admission and special animal encounters, including the penguin parade through March 8. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 513-281-4700 or cincinnatizoo. org.

PUBLIC LANDING COSTUMED INTERPRETERS Step back in time to meet costumed interpreters in the Cincinnati History Museum’s Public Landing each Monday, Friday and Saturday. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 1 - 3 p.m.; included in admission ($14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free for members and ages 1 and younger); 513-287-7000 or

THE WIZARDING WORLD OF THE CINCINNATI CYCLONES Hurry, Muggles! The first 3,000 fans get a wand! Cincinnati Cyclones take on the Indy Fuel. Get there early — doors open at 6:30 p.m. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; $17 and up, $15 and up advance tickets; 513-421-4111 or


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CHANGING HANDS: CINCINNATI’S PREMIER CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE Don’t miss the premier children’s consignment sale. Bring a laundry basket or tote bag to make shopping a breeze. Madeira Elementary School, 7840 Thomas Drive, Cincinnati; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $1 admission; changinghandssale. com.

Experience the Luck of the Irish! Get into the Irish spirit at your local library and park. Check out these programs to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day!

Sat 9 & Sat 16 — MCGING IRISH DANCERS PERFORMANCE • Sat 9, Oakley Branch, 4033 Gilmore Ave., Cincinnati; 2 - 3 p.m.; 513369-6038 or • Sat 16, Madeira Branch, 7200 Miami Ave., Cincinnati; 3 - 3:45 p.m.; 513-369-6028 or • Sat 16, KCPL Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 3 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM DANCE PARTY Explore the museum, then shake your sillies out at a fun dance party. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 3 p.m.; included in admission ($14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free members and ages 1 and younger); 513-287-7000 or



With more than 40 vendor booths, discover great Boone County programs and opportunities for ages 5 and younger. Vision and development screenings, door prizes, fun activities and more. BCPL Main Branch, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or

A scavenger and leprechaun hunt. Find the pot of gold for a prize. KCPL Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 7 - 8 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or

FAMILY ART ADVENTURES This interactive tour uses games and activities to inspire. Recommended for ages 8 and older, but all welcome. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Spring St., Cincinnati; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; free for members and children; $10 advance registration adults ($12 day of); 513-684-4517 or

FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAYS AT THE CAM Enjoy artist demonstrations, storytelling, performances, scavenger hunts, tours and hands-on art projects. Be sure to visit each month for a new and exciting theme. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953


Wed 13 — LITTLE PRODIGIES: ST. PATRICK’S DAY Craft beaded charm necklaces for the greenest of holidays. CCPL Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-572-5035 or

Sun 17 — SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: LUCK OF A 4-LEAF CLOVER Create a leprechaun trap, learn who eats clover and plant a lucky clover of your own. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or

Sat 23 — CELTIC LANDS PERFORMANCE Harp Duo 72 Strings joins the library for an hour of traditional tunes from the Celtic Lands. KCPL Covington Branch, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington; 1 - 2 p.m.; 859-9624000 or

Thu 28 — IRISH MUSIC CONCERT Wear green and hear beautiful melodies performed by the Riley school of Irish Music. KCPL William E Durr Branch, 1992 Walton Nicholson Road, Independence; 7 - 8:30 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or

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Stories, games, songs and crafts. Cold Spring Branch, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; 859781-6166 or

Join tots on the floor for stories, songs and playtime. Ages 18 months - 2-and-ahalf years. Scheben Branch, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 10 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or

FREE GROWING UP WILD: WIGGLING WORMS Explore nature through stories, activities and crafts. Reading Branch, 8740 Reading Road, Reading; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-369-4465 or

FREE THINK SPRING SCAVENGER HUNT Search in and outside of the nature center. Prizes at the end. Woodland Mound/ Seasongood Nature Center, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or

sun 3 FREE BIRDS OF PREY Meet some of Ohio’s grandest birds of prey. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 2 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

KROHN ZONE EXPLORE CITRUS Discover fascinating varieties of citrus and sample some, too. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 17, free for ages 4 and younger; 513-421-4086 or

FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: IN LIKE A LION, OUT LIKE A LAMB Celebrate spring with friends at the farm and spring activities. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or


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NOW PLAYING THE VISIT March 1 - 2, 8 p.m. | $15 513-398-7804 | Theatre 42, 2752 U.S. 42, Lebanon. A tale of revenge unfolds onstage as a wealthy woman returns to her debt ridden hometown.


FREE BUILD A BOARD GAME Teens in grades 6 - 12 work with peers to make a playable board game. Main Library - Teen Spot, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or

FREE DRAWING Learn how to draw superheroes with Jasper Foster. St. Bernard Branch, 10 McClelland Ave., Saint Bernard; 6 - 7 p.m.; 513-369-4462 or

FREE NATURE STORIES Join the Great Parks interpreters for a nature-themed story for all ages. Sharon Woods Sharon Centre, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; 513-521-7275 or

FREE TEEN TECH WEEK: ROBLOX PARTY Celebrate Teen Tech Week by playing Roblox with friend and eating snacks. Pleasant Ridge Branch, 6233 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-4488 or cincinnatilibrary. org.

FREE TEENS WHO CODE Learn to navigate coding in various forms — whether it be Scratch, Cubelets, Swift or something else. Norwood Branch, 4325 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-6037 or

Through March 10 | $148.75+ See website for showtimes 513-621-2787 | Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway smash production is finally in Cincinnati. Hear Founding Father Alexander Hamilton’s story set to hip hop, blues, R&B and jazz.

JANE EYRE, A MUSICAL DRAMA March 15 - 17 | $15 - $18 See website for showtimes 513-582-6288 | Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton. Jane Eyre forges hrough a mysterious maze of secrets in this Victorian Gothic romance story.

ALICE IN NEVERLAND PRESENTED BY THE KNOW THEATRE March 16, 19, 21, 23 | Free Delhi Township Branch, 5095 Foley Road, Cincinnati; March 16 from 3 - 4 p.m.; 513-369-6019. Miami Township Branch, 8 N. Miami Ave., Cleves; March 19 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 513-369-6050. Symmes Township Branch, 11850 Enyart Road, Loveland; March 21 from 7 - 8 p.m.; 513-369-6001. Oakley Branch, 4033 Gilmore Ave., Cincinnati; March 23 from 1 - 2 p.m.; 513-3696038. Join Alice, the best detective in all of Wonderland, as she takes the case to solve the mystery of Peter Pan’s disappearance.

ON YOUR FEET! March 19 - 24 | $31 See website for showtimes 513-621-2787 | Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati. Discover the story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan as they experience ups and downs and create record-breaking music. Iconic songs to get you on your feet.

wed 6 FREE HOT WHEELS WEDNESDAY Vroom, vroom! Get your engines roaring and learn all about speed velocity, physics, engineering and more. Mt. Healthy Branch, 7608 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; 513-3694469 or

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FIND MARCH EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. FREE LITTLE PRODIGIES: MARDI GRAS Make colorful masks and tambourines at the library to celebrate Mardi Gras. CCPL Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-5725035 or

FREE LITTLE TYKES Spring has sprung and animals are on the move. Ages 3 - 6 explore seasonal migration through games and learn about lots of cool critters. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

SPRING FORWARD Explore light and shadows, plants and animals that use the wind and look for early signs of the garden awakening. Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; 10:45 a.m.; this is an ongoing program throughout March, Wed - Sat; program included in Highfield admission; $5 per person; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-771-8733 or

STORY TREE TIME @ DECM Hear a story and meet new friends. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 11 a.m.; activity included with admission to DECM; $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free for members and ages 1 and younger; 513-287-7000 or

FREE TURTLE TIME The WAVE Foundation of Newport Aquarium visits the library for a turtle-y program. Discover the differences between a turtle and tortoise then learn about conservation, adaptations and more. Westwood Branch, 3345 Epworth Ave., Cincinnati; 3 - 4 p.m.; 513-369-4474 or

FREE WINTER FARMERS MARKET Browse through jewelry, candles, coffee, produce, baked goods and more — 85 percent of the items sold at this market are grown or produced in Butler County. Shop fresh and support local vendors the first and third Wednesday of the month through March. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 4 7 p.m.;

thu 7 DISNEY ON ICE PRESENTS FROZEN Please see “Things to Do” opener on page 31 for details.

FREE LET’S GET PHYSICAL! YOGA SERIES Beginners yoga class every Thursday. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel and water. Covedale Branch, 4980 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-4460 or

FREE MASTERPIECES IN THE MAKING — AMY SHERALD Learn about the artist who painted the official portrait of former First Lady, Michelle Obama. Then create artwork in the artist’s style. Avondale Branch, 3566 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-369-4440 or

FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: SLOW FOOD VS FAST FOOD Go on a farm scavenger hunt to learn about food. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or

TAFT JR.: MAKING FRIENDS Preschool pals ages 3 - 5 hear a story, make a puzzle, and more. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.; free for members and children; $10 advance registration adults ($12 day of); 513-648-4517 or

THURSDAY ART PLAY: BUILT IT! Make giant cities, decorate a tool belt to hold art supplies and design a set of building blocks to take home during this building-themed Art Play. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per nonmember child, free for members; 513345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter. org.

FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: PAINTED MOBILES Teens can learn about painting mobiles from artists at the CAC. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-345-8400 or

fri 8 FREE ALL ABOUT TURTLES Ages 2 - 4 discover what turtles are up to in the woods plus a story time, hands-on learning and a craft. Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 11 a.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-367-4774 or

FREE CAROL ANN’S CAROUSEL: FOSSIL DAY See fossils and make one to take home, play games and become a paleontologist for the day while making prehistoric discoveries. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; free event, ride tokens available for purchase; 513-381-3756 or


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FREE CINCINNATI DULCIMER SOCIETY Join in on the jamming as The Cincinnati Dulcimer Society plays sweet mountain music. Sharon Woods, 11555 Swing Road, Cincinnati; 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or

FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: WE ARE ROCKIN’ Explore the rocks found on the farm through hands-on activities and crafts. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or

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Enjoy live jazz and swing standards while you pick up new reading material. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; 513-3968960 or

sat 9 NORTHERN WRESTLING FEDERATION Bring your friends and family out for a night of NWF Pro Wrestling action. Then, head to Buffalo Wings and Rings in the Crestview Hills Plaza for an after-party. Hits Indoor Baseball, 3785 Lake Park Drive, Covington; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; $12 front row, $10 general admission; 859-916-1366 or

YES, SHE CAN: AN INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY CELEBRATION Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.

sun 10 FREE AMPHIBIAN AWAKENINGS Search for amphibian friends in pools of water to learn about migration. A small number of nets and buckets will be available. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 1 p.m.; •

Encounter three live avian ambassadors and learn about the adaptations which make birds of prey supreme hunters in the sky. Northside Branch, 4219 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati; 7 - 8 p.m.; 513-369-4449 or

tue 12 FREE EMILY HENRY AND BRITTANY CAVALLARO YA AUTHOR VISIT Join two of the most exciting voices in young adult fiction writing to discuss their latest books. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.

FREE STORIES WITH ART Every Tuesday, stimulate Baby’s development, and help build language and literacy skills through interactive stories, songs and music. Scheben Branch, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 6:30 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or

FREE YOGA FOR KIDS Yoga for kids, presented by a kid. Meet Vivienne Konz who is a certified yoga teacher. Hyde Park Branch, 2747 Erie Ave., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-3694456 or

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wed 13 FREE ASTRONOMY PROGRAM WITH CINCINNATI OBSERVATORY Make intergalactic discoveries when the Cincinnati Observatory visits the library to explore stars, planets, moons and the sun. Avondale Branch, 3566 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; 513-369-4440 or

FIND MARCH EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. FREE REC READS Get your little ones excited for art with this 30-minute class in the Rosenthal Education Center. Young artists hear artthemed stories, sing songs and explore the world around them through sensory activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or

thu 14 FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: NESTING WREATHES Learn about nesting wreathes, make one to share with the animals at the farm and one to take home. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or

THURSDAY ART PLAY: JULIEN NGUYEN ART Learn about painter Julien Nguyen and create artwork inspired by his current CAC exhibition. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per nonmember child, free for members; 513345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter. org.

WEE WONDER ABOUT SPRING Learn about spring at the park with an activity, craft and story. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 11 a.m.; $7.50 per child, payable at the door; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or

FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: COLLAGE STUDIO Teens, learn about the collage-making process from expert artists and educators. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-3458400 or


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ho runs the world? Girls! Today’s dreamers and tomorrow’s leaders are welcome to join Cincinnati Museum Center to celebrate International Women’s Day. Meet local female leaders, participate in workshops, watch demonstrations and more during this inspirational day. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; included in admission: $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free for members and ages 1 and younger. Call 513-287-7000 or visit cincymuseum. org. 36

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MARVEL WEEKEND AT THE CINCINNATI CYCLONES Meet Marvel characters Black Widow, Captain America, Iron Man and Black Panther as the Cincinnati Cyclones take on the Nailers. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; $17 and up day of tickets, $15 and up advance tickets; 513-421-4111 or

FREE SPANISH STORY TIME TIEMPO DE CUENTOS Stimulate Baby’s development and help your child build language and literacy skills through interactive stories, songs and music. Florence Branch BCPL, 7425

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sat 16 FREE CAROL ANN’S CAROUSEL: CAROUSEL IN BLOOM “Bee” inspired and learn all about pollinators, meet live amphibians, play games and make a fun springtime craft. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; free event, ride tokens available for purchase; 513-381-3756 or

FREE CINCINNATI DAY OF PUPPETRY Celebrate National Puppetry Day with Happen, Inc. and the Cincinnati Area Puppetry Guild. Puppet shows and making sock puppets. Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; and

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! FREE 3RD SUNDAY FUNDAY: SPLASH OF COLOR Create artwork using all of the colors of the rainbow. Pones Inc. performs using Dr. Seuss’s My Many Colored Days as inspiration at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. Then, explore the Paint 3D app with the help of the Microsoft Store, become an art detective at the art cart and more. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-684-4517 or

EXPLORE NATURE! PANCAKES IN THE WOODS Learn all about the syrup-making process from sap collecting to boiling to tasting. Enjoy pancakes and sausage grilled by local celebrity chefs. California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $7 per person; 513-231-8678 or

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mon 18 FREE ADVENTURE CLUB: THINK LIKE A DETECTIVE Children in grades 1 - 5 become super sleuths to solve puzzles and uncover a villain. CCPL Carrico/Fort Thomas, 1000 Highland Ave., Newport; 4 4:45 p.m.; 859-572-5033 or

FREE INTERNATIONAL SNACK FUN Love tasty snacks and learning about different cultures? Grab your passport and travel the world one treat at a time during this globe trotting adventure. Forest Park Branch, 655 Waycross Road, Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-3694478 or

tue 19 FREE BUILD A BOARD GAME Teens, join peers to create a playable board game. Meet every other week to work on building the story and actual game board. Game pieces

and the board will be crafted in the MakerSpace. Main Library - TeenSpot, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or

FREE STEM FUN: BALLOON ROCKET FUN Learn and have fun with this fun program. Use a water balloon and construct a rocket car to race against friends. Reading Branch, 8740 Reading Road, Reading; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; 513-3694465 or

wed 20 FREE ALIEN CRAFT DAY Cows beware — it’s Alien Day. Come to the library to celebrate and make a flying saucer. Hyde Park Branch, 2747 Erie Ave., Cincinnati; 3 - 4 p.m.; 513369-4456 or

FREE LITTLE PRODIGIES: HELLO SPRING Say hello to a brand-new season by painting a flower pot and planting a seed. CCPL Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-5725035 or

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FREE SPRING EQUINOX HIKE Celebrate the first day of spring with a hike to see what critters have awoken from their long winter naps. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 5:30 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

thu 21 FREE FAMILY SCIENCE NIGHT Experience fun and colorful experiments with Science Matters. BCPL — Florence Branch, 7425 U.S. 42, Florence; 6:30 - 8 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or

FREE NATURE NIGHT: TURTLE HURDLES Explore turtles, meet animal ambassadors and more. Embshoff Woods, 4050 Paul Road, Cincinnati; 6:30 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

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Come to this program to learn how a cow got into the marshmallows, then help feed the critters the food they actually like to eat. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or

THURSDAY ART PLAY: HELLO SPRING! Welcome the first day of spring by experimenting with natural materials. Create floral-inspired artwork like a window collage made from pressed flowers and a nature mobile. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per non-member child, free for members; 513-345-8400 or

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FIND MARCH EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: ALTERED PHOTO ART Teens, experiment with altered photos in the UnMuseum. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-345-8400 or

fri 22 FREE NIGHT OWLS Meet a nocturnal animal and discover the outdoor world that exists after bedtime. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

FREE OWLS OF OHIO Whoo goes there? Learn about the fascinating lives of nocturnal feathered friends with a live animal demonstration. Corryville Branch, 2802 Vine St., Cincinnati; 2 - 3 p.m.; 513-369-6034 or

REOPENING DAY AT CMC: CAVES AND CINCINNATI IN MOTION Get ready to go caving and see a scaled down version of Cincy; the 500-foot-long replica limestone cave and 1/64 model of Cincinnati are re-opening at Cincinnati Museum Center. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m.; included in admission ($14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free for members and ages 1 and younger); 513-287-7000 or

sat 23 FREE AUTISM FAMILY EXPLORATION AT THE CAM Come explore the CAM in a comfortable setting. Families receive a map indicating multi-sensory learning centers, led by specially trained docents. Be sure to stop by the Rosenthal Education Center to participate in an all-ability art making activity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 9 - 11 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or



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Wear Baby and boogie down at the library with line dances, classics and children’s favorites to get active with Baby. Representatives from Cincinnati Babywearing Society are on-hand to help safely secure Baby or help you try a new babywearing option. Siblings are welcome. Kids can even bring a doll or stuffed animal so they can babywear, too! Harrison Branch,

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FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL: THE ARTIST IS IN Celebrate the Artist in Residency program with a family-friendly, art-making festival. Featured artists are on-hand to inspire attendees in their own creative processes. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-3458400 or

FREE FIGURECON 2019 Bring the whole family to the Sixth Scale Collectors Club 11th annual Figurecon. See hundreds of scale figures, trains and vehicles on display during this GI Joe and Action Figure show; there will even be some for sale. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court; March 23, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; March 24, 12 - 4 p.m.;

FREE ORIGAMI BONSAI Create a bonsai tree that lives forever out of paper and glue. Greenhills Branch, 8 Enfield St., Cincinnati; 2 - 3 p.m.; 513369-4441 or

FREE STEAM MADNESS: ROCK PAINTING Decorate a rock with glitter and paint to keep, trade or hide. All materials provided. CCPL Alexandria Branch, 8333 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria; 1 - 3 p.m.; 859-572-7463 or

FREE THINGS THAT FLUTTER SERIES: BIRD BANDING & ROOKERIES Bird banding and exploring communal nesting sights for ages 10 and older. Gilmore MetroPark Bilstein Boulevard Area, 8300 Bilstein Blvd., Hamilton; 7 9:30 a.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or

sun 24 SEW WHAT?! BEADED EMBROIDERY Learn about texture, patterns and art during this sewing project that combines beads and embroidery. KidSPACE at Duke Energy Children’s Museum KidSPACE, 1301 Western Ave.,

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FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: ABC’S OF FARM LIFE Celebrate the ABC’s of farm life through fun experiments, games, a craft and a snack. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.

mon 25 FREE STEM MONDAYS: SNAP CIRCUITS Kids in grades 3 - 6 learn about electronics and make discoveries using Snap Circuits. Covedale Branch, 4980 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati;

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; 513-369-4460 or

FREE TURTLE TIME FROM THE NEWPORT AQUARIUM WAVE FOUNDATION The WAVE Foundation of Newport Aquarium visits the library for a turtle-y awesome program. Discover the differences between a turtle and tortoise then learn about conservation, adaptations and more. Pleasant Ridge Branch, 6233 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-4488 or

tue 26 FREE MASTERPIECES IN THE MAKING: FAITH RINGGOLD Learn about and make art in the style of artist and children’s book illustrator, Faith Ringgold. Corryville Branch, 2802 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-3696034 or

wed 27 FREE BEAKS AND TALONS Meet three live birds up close and personal, and learn about their amazing animal adaptations. Presented by RAPTOR, Inc. Madisonville Branch, 4830 Whetsel Ave., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-6029 or cincinnatilibrary. org.

FREE LITTLE PRODIGIES: KITES The kites crafted during this program may not fly, but they sure will get ages 2 - 7 ready for a windy spring day. CCPL Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-572-5035 or

FREE LIVE ANIMALS IN SPRING Encounter cute critters at the library, presented by the Great Parks of Hamilton County. Madeira Branch, 7200 Miami Ave., Cincinnati; 3 - 4 p.m.; 513-3696028 or

FREE OPENING DAY STORY TIME! Take me out to the bookstore! Celebrate Cincinnati traditions by reading baseball-themed books, singing ballpark songs and participate in an opening day parade all around the bookstore. Wear red to cheer on the Cincinnati Reds this season. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m.; 513-396-8960 or

FREE PLAY BALL! Discover the science of baseball and get ready for Opening Day with a visit from the Reds Hall of Fame. BCPL Scheben Branch, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 6:30 7:30 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or

FREE WEE WEDNESDAYS This open house-style program for preschoolers includes storytelling, touchable objects and more for a fun and memorable learning experience — March’s theme is “Bonjour!” Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513721-2787 or

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thu 28 FREE CULTURAL CUISINES Discover flavors of the world and explore new cultures with this globetrotting Cultural Cuisine program. North Central Branch, 11109 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-6068 or

FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: BREAK OUT OF THE SHELL Explore the life cycle of chickens and break out of your shell with friends; help feed the farm animals and then enjoy a snack yourself. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or


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Create colorful, playful and wearable art inspired by artist Lindsey Whittle. After the session ends, enjoy kid-friendly yoga in the UnMuseum. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per nonmember child, free for members; 513345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter. org.


fri 29 FREE CAROL ANN’S CAROUSEL: NATURE’S PORTRAIT Create a portrait using natural elements, in the fashion of artists such as Vincent Van Gogh. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; free event, carousel tokens

Families with children and youth with special needs are invited to a night at the library to experience a variety of activities in a stress-free and accepting space. Green Township Branch, 6525 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati; 6:30 - 8 p.m.; 513-369-6095 or

sat 30 FREE ARTSWAVE DAY AT BCM Enjoy all that Behringer-Crawford Museum has to offer plus special children’s programming and a scavenger hunt. Help complete a community art project started by local artist Cedric Cox. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10 a.m. 5 p.m.; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum. org.

GLENDALE FIRE DEPARTMENT PANCAKE BREAKFAST Support the Glendale Fire Department as they serve up a tasty hot breakfast of pancakes, sausage, fruit, juice and coffee. There will also be splitthe-pot and silent auctions. Glendale Fire Department, 80 East Sharon Road, Cincinnati; 7 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $5, free for ages 8 and younger; 513-7717200 or

FREE HIP-HOP STORYTELLING WITH THE CORNER Get moving and grooving to thoughtful words and rhythmic beats as The Corner visits the library to rap stories. Forest Park Branch, 655 Waycross Road, Cincinnati; 3 - 3:45 p.m.; 513-3594478 or



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on’t miss out on the Cincinnati Rollergirls 2019 Home Season Opener. Fans can enjoy two games for the price of one, with the CRG Black Sheep taking on the Brandywine Roller Derby Belligerents at 6 p.m., and the CRG Violent Lambs taking on the Brandywine Roller Derby Brawlers around 8 p.m.; Memorial Fieldhouse, 3900 Winding Way, Cincinnati; 6 - 9 p.m. Call 513-818-3372 or visit 40

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Ages 10 and older go off the trail for an adventure to see what’s happening in the spring woods. Dress for the weather. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 1 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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sun 31 ART BUILD: PAJAKI CHANDELIERS Help the museum celebrate spring by creating a large scale chandelier. Get creative with colorful handmade pom poms, festive garland and more. KidSPACE-Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 2 p.m.; included in admission ($14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free for members and ages 1 and younger); 513-287-7000 or

DISNEY PROM The “Little Mermen” perform covers of hit songs from Disney movies. Wear your best princess apparel and enjoy an afternoon of family-friendly dancing. Bogart’s, 2621 Vine St., Cincinnati; 2 p.m.; $16; 513-872-8800 or bogarts. com.

FREE MAKE WITH ME Drop by the library and create springtime keepsakes to celebrate the new season. KCPL Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 2 - 3 p.m.; 859962-4000 or

FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: HORSING AROUND Bring friends to the farm to horse around and have some fun with crafts, hands-on activities and a yummy snack. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or



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