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f you don’t find me at the nearest coffee shop diligently working on the next Cincinnati Family issue, you’ll find me running through one of Greater Cincinnati’s stunning local parks, striving to squeeze in a quick run; or teaching group fitness classes at LA Fitness. I live for my kids, I live for my
family and I live for health and fitness. I often cross my fingers, hoping my kids will notice my healthy living style and high energy; and I hope they will follow along right behind me. One morning, I laid in my cozy bed. There were no birthday parties on the agenda; nowhere to go. This was a rare occasion to actually relax on Saturday morning. As I lay there listening to silence and no kids running up and down the halls (yet), I heard a
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lab — getting him ready for the “run” of his life — and I secretly wanted this tiny phase Eva was going through to turn into a lifelong habit. I imagined Eva and me preparing for a race together sometime in the near future, lacing up our sneakers and taking off, all in and ready to try out our new shoes. Distilling healthy habits in our kids right now can instill healthier patterns later in their lives. Kids look at it as play, not work. If we look at exercise and vegetables in a positive way, so will they. This doesn’t mean making them run every day or signing them up for every sport under the sun. It’s about discovering creative ways to spark their interest such as a post-dinner walk or adventurous family hike.
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My 5-year-old boy is in the 4th percentile for weight according to the pediatrician’s chart. Should I be bulking him up? “I would not try to bulk him up. He will develop in his own time. My 4 year old was pencil thin and all of a sudden started developing a little pot belly. If the doctor is concerned they would have recommended something.” Tabitha Cooper “As a nurse practitioner, I really look at their trends for weight and height more than just a single time. Truthfully, the charts are created by looking at a lot of kids and then coming up with averages and standard deviation. Personally, a healthy diet and happy kid are more indicative of health than a number. If you did want to try to get something more in him that would help, proteins are essential for both weight and height growth. So a good snack might be a scoop of peanut butter and sliced apples. If he has a balanced diet with a stronger focus on protein, vegetables, and fruits he will do well long term.”
“I learned not to pay attention to what a chart says my child should be when I had my daughter. She was a preemie
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and will be 2 in April. She was not even on the charts for the first year of her life and is barely on them now but she is growing and healthy and that’s all that matters.”
“I’ve always thought these charts to be ridiculous. We are not created equal in size and body shape. Healthy comes in many sizes! I think the chart causes confusion and mom guilt. They always told me my boys were too tall!”
“Ignore the charts. They’re based on averages and don’t represent individual kids very well. All kids grow differently and some kids are just smaller than others, just like some adults are smaller than others. I’d look into how you and your husband grew as kids. Were either of you smaller? Are either of you still smaller?”
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“As long as he’s staying on that curve and not dropping off, he’s fine, just small. Or, as my petiteboth-ways daughter says about herself, he’s ‘fun-sized.’”
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SHIPWRECK: Realm of the Eels
his spring, visit the Newport Aquarium (1 Aquarium Way, Newport, Ky) to explore a sunken ship taken over by eerie eels! The Aquarium’s newest exhibit, "Shipwreck: Realm of the Eels," showcases colorful fish, curious crustaceans, venomous lionfish and mysterious eels. Visit the Captain’s quarters, then investigate a large treasure chest and other parts of the sunken ship. Find out more by calling 1-800-406-3474 or visit newportaquarium.com.
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e transported to Bali during the 25th Annual Butterfly Show opening March 21 at Krohn Conservatory (1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati). The muchloved celebration of the butterfly continues through late July. Be surrounded by free-flying butterflies, explore plant and floral life, and go on a scavenger hunt! Vivid colors make Butterflies of Bali a must-see. Visit cincinnatiparks.com/ krohn or call 513-421-4086 for more information.
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ooking for school options for your little nature lover? Cincinnati Nature Center’s (4949 Tealtown Road, Milford) Nature Preschool has expanded its curriculum to reach even more students, from Kindergarten through 2nd grade. The K-2 Nature School will focus on STEAM education for fall, 2020 through a Montessori style that meets Ohio Learning Standards. Find out more about Cincinnati Nature Center’s new school options at cincynature.org/education/nature-schools-1/kindergarten-2nd-grade-nature-school-32 or call 513-831-1711. cincinnatifamilymagazine.com
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tep back in time to discover a world of Mayan innovators at Cincinnati Museum Center’s latest special exhibit. "Maya: The Exhibition" showcases more than 300 artifacts that shed light on the insights of the Mayan people including the development of the first calendar, advancements in mathematics and sports and the invention of chocolate. Discover Mayan history and uncover how the Maya live on today during this limited time engagement (March 14 through Sep 7). Find out more by calling 513-287-7000 or visit cincymuseum.org/maya. portaquarium.com. (please turn the page)
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hanks to help from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (3400 Vine St., Cincinnati) has a brand-new calming room. The room's soothing environment features tools chosen by specialists to help guests self-regulate. Amenities include a crash pad, rocking chair, dimming lights and a projector with calming images. The calming room is located in the Vine Street village area and can be accessed by visiting the Welcome Center and communicating with a staff member. "We are normalizing the developmental disability community for visitors who may not be touched by people with different needs," says Riannon Hoeweler, the zoo's VP of visitor engagement and fun. A second calming room is in the plans for the Safari Area, in part funded by an IMLS grant. Along with the calming room, visitors with sensory needs can rent a sensory bag and map for a more meaningful visit. Find out more about Cincinnati Zoo’s many inclusive initiatives by visiting http://cincinnatizoo.org/plan-your-visit/ zoo-access-for-all or calling 513-281-4700.
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ou read that right! Local 80’s and 90’s babies will recall fond memories of DZ’s climbers and slides, and now current kiddos will get the chance to fall in love with Discovery Zone, too. The modern Discovery Zone (4601 Eastgate Blvd., Cincinnati) opened in February in Eastgate Mall. Children can build, balance, climb, crawl, slide and swing the day away on DZ’s huge playscape. Looking to have a birthday? Discovery Zone has many party packages available. Check out the newest indoor play place and be filled with memories of your own childhood. Visit discovery zone.com or call 513-834-3588 for more information.
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ith a sprawling 16-acre campus, Cincinnati Sports Club (3950 Red Bank Road) serves local residents by providing exercise classes, a full service spa, indoor and outdoor pools, swim teams, tennis courts, summer camps and even more. To kick off CSC’s 30th year, a brand-new, adults-only pool and poolside cafe and bar will be opening in May, with plans for an on-site dog sitting facility to open soon after. Learn more about Cincinnati Sports Club’s membership information, new facilities and awesome exercise opportunities by calling 513-527-4000 or by visiting cincinnatisportsclub.com. Turn to page 16 “Spring into Fitness,” for details about their family fitness classes!
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WORK OUT? IS YOUR CHILD OLD ENOUGH?
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Daily physical activities are one thing, but weights and conditioning are another. Is it safe for your child? The answer may surprise you.
our young athlete plays seasonal sports and goes on spontaneous bike rides with his friends. But when he approaches you with the question, “Can I work out with you, Dad?” How do you know if he is ready? Greg Myer, Ph.D., director of research, Division of Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, says kids can begin resistance exercises at a young age, although it depends on the child. “It has a lot to do with their capacity to take instruction; some kids are ready to do more advanced things when others aren’t,” says Myer. “As they build their training age and show their moving competence, then you can start adding external resistance,” he adds. Resistance training doesn’t necessarily mean adding external resistance — there are plenty of body weight exercises for younger kids to try, and you can keep it interesting and fun, too. Worried resistance training may stunt your kids’ growth? This old wives’ tale is well, just an old wives’ tale, according to Matthew Busam, M.D., Mercy Health orthopedic and sports medicine surgeon and chief medical officer for FC Cincinnati. “All the research indicates that resistance training exercises do not harm children’s growth plates therefore there is no evidence that resistance training can ‘stunt a child’s growth.’” he says. “Resistance training can benefit a child by improving strength,
coordination and overall physical fitness. Try teaching your kids physical movement and competence using animal positions, for example, such as acting like a bear or rabbit to get them to hop. Your active child will learn various movements while staying engaged. So start training your child right now, and build as he grows.
Physical Development You may notice your tiny tot jumping on and off the couch. This is him naturally building his strength and he doesn’t even know it. Girls’ physical development happens a bit earlier than boys due to their neuromuscular growth and activity (puberty), according to Myer, but boys and girls can begin physical activity as soon as they are ready and able, which plays a huge role in their health, now and in later years. The problem with a kid not being physically active, is that he is not building skill sets such as jumping, landing, pulling and climbing, Myer says. “Those skill sets are not being developed like they used to be and development is highly correlated with physical activity,” he adds. A child’s physical development requires a variety of movements and skills, and sports’ specialization plays a huge role in this, which is why sports for kids are so huge. “Body weight exercises include push-ups, air squats and sit ups,” suggests Busam. “Well-trained and certified personal trainer’s are available at most commercial gyms and
YMCA’s or recreation centers.” Strength is the foundation for introducing physical activity to your child. If you have questions, consult a strength coach or physical therapist for guidance. Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication and mom of two kids.
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Variety helps to keep a kids’ attention. Play games that involve running, then do a family pushup challenge for fun. Kids won’t even realize they just completed a cardiovascular and strength workout!
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Monkey see, monkey do: If you get excited about a bike ride or jog and your kids see that, they will look at physical exercise in a positive way and just may follow right along.
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he National Sleep Foundation hosts Sleep Awareness Week on March 8 -14, celebrating sleep health and encouraging everyone to get more sleep to improve their health. Toddlers need 11 to 14 hours; preteens and teens require 8 to 10 hours. Here are some ways you can help your kids sneak in those extra zzz’s: CREATE REGULAR BEDTIME ROUTINES — For better sleep habits — especially for little heads to hit the pillow at an ideal hour. Going to bed too late actually makes it harder for kids to fall asleep. HEAD OUTSIDE — Burning off steam during the day really helps to create better sleep at night.
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LIGHTEN THE ATMOSPHERE — Soft music and lighting, a comfortable temperature and satisfied bellies all set the scene for better rest. DEVICES, OFF! — Turn off devices at least an hour before bed; the blue light found in iPads, computers and TVs can keep you awake. Source: Sleep Foundation; sleepfoundation.org
Teen Smoking Decline; E-Cigarettes Rising
hile the American Academy of Pediatrics reports a decline in smoking cigarettes for teens in a study called, “Trends in Smoking Behaviors Among U.S. Adolescent Cigarette Smokers,” the uptick in the use of e-cigarettes among teenagers can’t be denied. Since e-cigarettes are loaded with nicotine, the news is not good. Turn to page 20 for our special report on kids and juuling.
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Family Fitness The perfect way to get kids active is to set an example; move as a family! MAYERSON WELLNESS FAIR MARCH 15, 1 - 3 P.M. MAYERSON JCC 513-761-7500 8485 RIDGE ROAD CINCINNATI, OH MAYERSONJCC. ORG/EVENT/ HEALTHWELLNESS-FAIR-2 Mayerson JCC offers fun fitness classes for the whole family, come celebrate at their wellness fair! This free event will have fitness demos and challenges, group exercise class samples, raffles and prizes, chair massages and more! CROSSFIT KIDS ESF CROSSFIT 513-395-7872 10800 READING ROAD UNIT D, EVENDALE, OH ESFCINCY.COM/ CROSSFIT-KIDS CrossFit Kids is for ages 3 - 18; they will learn proper movement and good mechanics which all prevent sports injuries for your little athlete. These classes prove that exercise is beneficial to your kids’ cognitive function, too, leaving a positive impact on academic achievement. Your active kid will gain strength, and confidence! YMCA OF GREATER CINCINNATI (VARIOUS LOCATIONS IN OHIO AND NKY) MYY.ORG/PROGRAMS/ HEALTH-WELLNESS/
YOUTH-TEEN The Y offers fitness classes for youth and adults! Members, ages 9-11, can use cardio equipment after completion of an orientation and while under direct supervision of a parent or an adult; and ages 12-15 who have completed Teen Fit orientation - learning safety, rules and regulations - can use the fitness center without a parent. Teens will learn the basic principles of nutrition, flexibility and major muscle groups, too!
KIDS FIRST SPORTS CENTER 513-489-7575 7900 EAST KEMPER CINCINNATI, OH KIDSFIRSTSPORTS.COM The ideal spot for your little active kid to put their skills to the test through one of their many interactive classes taught by top-notch instructors. From Yoga with Pooja to Tumble Bees; to Nishime Family Karate and Mommy and Me Swim Lessons, your kid will be exposed to a variety of activities.
FIVE SEASONS SPORTS CLUB 859-341-3687 345 THOMAS MORE PKWY. CRESTVIEW HILLS, KY FIVESEASONSSPORTSCLUB. COM/CINCINNATI/YOUTHKIDS-CLUB A family-friendly sports club that features kids’ camps and child care; classes for future athletes of all ages include Kids Fitness for ages 5 and older. Classes incorporate the perfect balance of fitness and engaging activities to help make exercise just plain fun!
CINCINNATI SPORTS CLUB 513-527-4000 3950 RED BANK ROAD, CINCINNATI, OH CINCINNATISCDEV.COM Classes for ages 5 - 8; Juniors classes for ages 9 - 13; Teens classes for ages 13 - 16; and of course, Family Fitness Times for ages 9 - 14! CSC classes encourage activity in a group setting year-round. Kid and Junior Kids Cardio consists of kickboxing, jump rope, games and activities to keep your kids active and energetic; and Kids Yoga for ages 5 - 8 teach simple yoga postures mixed with fun; plus your active kid will love the interactive Kids Boot Camp.
LIFE TIME FITNESS 513-234-0660 DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP 8310 WILKENS BLVD. MASON, OH; LIFETIME.LIFE Kids classes are for ages 3 - 11; drop on in or choose a 10-week multilevel, developmental curriculum in dance, fitness, yoga or gymnastics. Kids Academy will keep your kid active and strong, and they’ll have a blast! Moms and dads, enjoy your workout, too, while the kids play - drop-in classes are held all day where littles can tumble, stretch, dance, play and learn about nutrition. LITTLE GYM OF MASON 513-204-1400 8201 ARBOR SQUARE DRIVE, MASON, OH THELITTLEGYM.COM/ MASONOH A place for kids to be kids, and grow and move. Parent/child classes start a strong foundation for ages 4 months - 3 years old (read on for more parent and me classes); and Pre-K Gymnastics (ages 3 - 6) to Grade School Gymnastics (ages 6 - 12) give kids the opportunity to tackle new obstacles. Then there is Sports Skills, Dance, Kindermusic and more! (please turn the page)
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wellness KIDSTRONG KENWOOD LOCATIONS IN MASON AND KENWOOD KIDSTRONG.COM Kids can gain strength and build character. Kids train their bodies while having tons of fun with peers and following the slogan, “I am strong. I am brave. I can do this.” They will learn about the whole body and mind curriculum developed for 14 months - age 8.
Mommy and Me Fitness Get active and bond with your baby and tot! QUEEN CITY ZUMBINI QUEENCITYZBINI.COM Dance the day away with your little one! They will learn new movements through dancing, instruments and play. Classes held at LilyPad; Learning Through Play Cafe; Dance Concepts; and the MadCap Education Center; check website for upcoming classes. KANGAMOVES BABY WEARING QUEENCITYZBINI.COM/ KANGAMOVES-REGISTRATION Whether you’re ready to groove or take it easy, this class is for all levels, and know that safety comes first as you wear your tiny dancer close to you in your favorite baby carrier, Mom or Dad! For ages 6 weeks and older and a caregiver. Check their Facebook page for upcoming classes at facebook. com/queencityzbini. FIT4MOM CENTRALCINCINNATI. FIT4MOM.COM Various locations throughout Greater Cincinnati including Kids First Sports Center and Liberty Towne Center; Stroller Barre, Stroller Strides and more! Classes moved indoors through the end of March then back outside this spring.
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BURPEES AND BABIES 859-331-0979 GRIFFIN ELITE SPORTS AND WELLNESS CENTER ERLANGER, KY GRIFFINELITE.COM/BURPEESAND-BABIES Combine your mommy duties with a structured workout for you and Baby! Includes a 45-minute high intensity workout designed for you and your baby using bodyweight, resistance bands, soft weights, stroller sprints and more! WEST CHESTER ACADEMY 513-454-7829 8107 MARKET PLACE DRIVE WEST CHESTER TOWNSHIP, OH WESTCHESTERACADEMY.COM Parent and Tot classes teach little ones creative body movement, range of motion and rhythm with their parent!
classes are for yogis and newbies, ages 18 and older, taught by a certified instructor. Outdoor class moves indoors if rainy or cold; $10 per person, payable at the door. A valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park. ST. ELIZABETH FITNESS COURT - FREE LIVE WELL NEWPORT OUTDOOR FITNESS GYM BUENA VISTA PARK, 12TH ST. (BETWEEN COLUMBIA ST. AND CENTRAL AVE.), NEWPORT, KY Workout for free at this new outdoor gym! Students at nearby schools can use it, too! Do your own body weight circuit training using the nifty equipment or if you don’t know where to begin, download the free Fitness Court App to help track your training progress, learn new routines and compete in exciting fitness challenges!
ZIEGLER PARK - FREE 1322 SYCAMORE ST. CINCINNATI, OH ZIEGLERPARK.ORG Free pool access, climbing, a walking trail, playground and tons of opportunities for the family to get active outdoors. Check the 2020 spring schedule on the website for information on programs such as swim lessons, workout classes and summer camp for kids. WELLNESS ON THE LEVEE FREE NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE 1 LEVEE WAY NEWPORT, KY NEWPORTONTHELEVEE.COM/ WELLNESS-ON-THE-LEVEE Join in on Sunday’s from 4 - 5 p.m. for yoga classes lead by The Yoga Bar - it’s FREE! Grab a mat and find your zen in the Gallery Building located on the first floor (across from the AMC ticket booth) next to Claire’s.
Grab the whole family and get active outdoors! WASHINGTON PARK WEEKEND WORKOUT — FREE SATURDAYS, STARTING MARCH 28 1230 ELM ST. CINCINNATI, OH WASHINGTONPARK. ORG/SERIES/WEEKENDWORKOUT-5 Rotating fitness classes led by licensed Central Parkway YMCA instructors 9 - 10 a.m. on Saturdays. All skilllevels welcome! Check their Facebook page for weather updates and cancellations. GREAT PARKS OF HAMILTON COUNTY OUTDOOR FITNESS SERIES FARBACH-WERNER NATURE PRESERVE ELLENWOOD NATURE BARN 3455 POOLE ROAD, COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH GREATPARKS.ORG Reduce stress, and just breath! These mixed-level
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JUUL Your kids’ health is major — staying educated on trendy habits such as Juuling — can help you protect them. BY NYKETA GAFFNEY
eneration after generation, kids are into the “it” thing of the moment. Whatever is trendy, the kids want. Whatever is popular, the kids do. But as we know, not everything that is “cool” is good for our kids — a point of contention for teenagers who cannot see past what seems to be mom or dad impeding on their social lives. Music, fashion, food, technology, and unfortunately, yes, recreational drug, are topics which should not be taken for granted — especially when there’s something called a “Juul” (pronounced “jewel”) around.
THE JUUL It’s a tobacco-less vape, a sleekly designed ultrasonic atomizer with a battery-powered cartridge. It’s basically an e-cigarette disguised like a flash drive, and it’s firing up a whole new wave of young smokers. The Juul’s cartridge delivers a vaporized form of nicotine liquid solution, available in flavors teens like. Only, it’s not harmless. According to the Center on Addiction, vaping doesn’t produce tobacco smoke, but rather an aerosol — often mistaken for water vapor — consisting of fine particles. Sounds harmless enough, but that vapor contains toxic chemicals, many which have been linked to cancer as well as respiratory and heart disease.
THE RAGE Kids as young as grade school through high school have taken on Juuling — but why and how? Reasons vary. One powerful reason is that
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it’s trendy. From the sleek colorful packaging, resembling a simple flash drive, to how social media glorifies the product, to the desire to just be cool, kids are Juuling — and getting hooked in the process. Meanwhile Truth Initiative — America’s largest non-profit dedicated to eradicating tobacco use — says just one Juul cartridge contains 20 cigarettes worth of nicotine and more chemicals than any other e-cigarette out there, just to give some perspective. According to Truth Initiative, before Juul was introduced in 2015, the most popular e-cigarette product contained nicotine strengths of between roughly one percent and 2.4 percent. When Juul debuted, its pods contained 5 percent of nicotine strength. This high potency is literally creating an epidemic of dependency among the kids who engage in vaping.
THE ACCESS It has been reported that older teens are buying Juul pods in bulk during nonchalant convenient store transactions and then selling cartridges to peers. But President Trump signed a ban on flavored e-cigarettes last fall and now the sale of fruity and mint-flavored vape cartridges are
FACTS • one Juul pod
= 20 cigarettes worth of nicotine
e-cigarettes are smoke-free, but not all are nicotine-free even though some claim to be
nearly 95% of regular smokers start by the age of 21
banned. Still, kids can purchase Juuls and other vaping products online, and all parents know that teens are experts at finding loopholes in systems. “E-cigarettes and Juul in particular, have become an epidemic among high school-age students,” says Jayson Roland, M.D. of TriHealth’s Queen City Pediatrics. “While cigarette smoking has steadily declined in this age group, electronic nicotine device use has skyrocketed,” he adds.
THE PROBLEM What began as an alternative intended for adults who wanted to cut back on smoking, the Juul has now proven to be more harmful to smokers than their original habit. According to the Center on Addiction, “Despite early optimism when these products first came on the market in the late 2000s, health advocates now recommend caution in using them in light of growing evidence suggesting that their risks — especially to young people — outweigh their benefits.” There are many documented claims indicating how much harder it is to let go of a Juul addiction than a cigarette one. In an ongoing effort to protect the public, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
placed strong emphasis on warning consumers about the dangers of vaping. The FDA says that their cautionary campaign comes “amid more than 1,000 reports of lung injuries — including some resulting in deaths — following the use of vaping products. The FDA is working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as well as state and local public health partners to investigate these illnesses as quickly as possible.” Julian Guitron, M.D., a general thoracic surgeon at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, says it wasn’t until the first vaping-related deaths were reported in late 2019 that the problem received national attention. “We have seen an alarming increase in the use of vaping among high school students,” Guitron says. “The CDC and FDA launched fullfledged investigations to determine what element of the vaping products was responsible for the severe lung damage found in previously healthy teens,” he adds. It is evident that Juuling is a widespread societal issue — and one that’s become too close for comfort. Although the legal age to smoke/ vape or purchase tobacco products was raised to age 21 in the state of Ohio and Kentucky, this doesn’t stop teens and kids from gaining access to it.
HELPING YOUR CHILD Create a Safe Space — Open dialogue can help tackle your kids’ troubles. Focus on simple questions that prompt transparent conversations, such as, “How was your day?”; “Anything new you want to share?”; “How are you feeling?”; and “Are you OK?” These are warm invitations that help breakdown any strongholds your child
may have with being honest about vaping. Of course, all kids and teens are different; what may work for one may not work well for the other. Understand your child and know what approach works best for them; and of course, keep an eye out for the signs and take action. Monitor Behavior and Peers — No secret, recreational drug use is of social influence. Pay close attention to how your kids alter their behavior around their friends, and the introduction of new friends who may have prompted “new personality traits” which explicitly go against the positive attitude you’ve worked to establish. Changed behavior means something in their environment needs to be adjusted. One way to combat the peer-induced effect is to create a pact with other parents. Agree to supervise all leisure and interactive gatherings, reviewing and removing any questionable gadgets that may be vaping related. Communication and Education — A general consensus among parents, educators, coaches and others that vaping is dangerous and unacceptable can be helpful for your child. Then, if your child still chooses to use e-cigarettes out of rebellion, you can demonstrate compassion by intervening to help get at the root of his problematic decision-making. Seek help if necessary and stay involved to avoid addiction. “It is a challenging situation,” says Guitron, “but the ‘news of the day,’ where previously healthy teens have died because of vaping, should provide parents with a starting point to educate and encourage their kids not to pick up the habit,” he says.
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Your 2020 Guide to Camps, Summer Programs and After-School Activities ARTS
Abrakadoodle Summer Art Camps
Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati 513-297-5655 abrakadoodle.com/oh-greater-cincinnati 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.
3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park 513-406-4009 theartworkshopinc.net 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 theartsconnect.us • firstname.lastname@example.org Kids 7 - 13 yrs. will have a creative and imaginative summer filled with themed art projects. Campers will be empowered to make a difference in their world through art.
baldwinmusiceducenter.com • email@example.com Baldwin Music Education Center offers an outstanding curriculum combining the cognitive, social, emotional and musical concepts every young life needs for ages 6 mos. and up. Group classes are engaging with lots of options, affordable pricing and convenient location.
Camp Art Academy
1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati 513-562-8748 artacademy.edu/camp • firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
290 CCM Blvd., Cincinnati 513-556-2595 ccm.uc.edu/prep • email@example.com CCM Preparatory provides enjoyable and accessible arts opportunities in music, dance and theatre arts. Our programs educate and inspire students from 3 yrs. - adult.
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1555 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati 513-562-1111 cballet.org/academy • firstname.lastname@example.org Students ages 4 - 8 will dance their way through the “Summer of Dreams” as they explore favorite ballet stories including The Wizard of Oz, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid.
Cincinnati Shakespeare Company
1195 Elm St., Cincinnati 513-381-2273 cincyshakes.com Join Cincinnati Shakespeare Company downtown for Theatre Summer Camp! We offer unique and fun programs for beginner to advanced thespians. Learn more online.
Cincinnati Art Museum Summer Camp
953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati 513-721-2787 cincinnatiartmuseum.org/summercamp • email@example.com 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. 8 - Aug. 7. Registration begins Feb. 1 at 10 a.m.
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Summer Theatre Camp and Performance Academy
962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati 513-421-3888 cincyplay.com Explore fantastical worlds, storybook lands, favorite books and movies, and so much more. Half-day, full-day and multi-week performance academy camps available. Camps held at the Playhouse plus locations in Evendale, Blue Ash, Mason and the West End. Also available, the Launch Pad Accessibility Program integrates students with developmental disabilities. 2020 Performance Academy offerings include Disney’s Mary Poppins Jr., Clue: On Stage and Disney’s 101 Dalmatians KIDS.
The Mad Potter Madeira
7754 Camargo Road, Madeira 513-561-1888 madpottercincinnati.com 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!
Mason Dance Center
600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353 masondance.com 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!
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School of Rock
cincinnati.schoolofrock.com 513-586-7625 nky.schoolofrock.com 859-999-7625 Does your son or daughter want to play in a rock band? Ages 7 - 18 will find their tribe, make music and have fun! No experience needed and every skill level welcome – including beginners!
starglazers.com 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!
Summer Circus Arts Camps presented by My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus
Evendale Cultural Arts Center, 10500 Reading Road, Evendale 859-581-7100 mynoseturnsred.org • firstname.lastname@example.org Stretch your child’s creative muscle. For ages 4 - 6 yrs. and 7 - 18 yrs. Skills for ages 7 - 18 includes gym (German) wheel, aerial silks, unicycle, Diabolo, physical comedy, and more. Camps for ages 4 - 6 include circus games and activities just right for their age.
West Chester Academy Music, Dance, Gymnastics
8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester 513-829-2345 westchesteracademy.com 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.
CINSAM Summer Camp
Center for Integrative Natural Sciences and Mathematics, at Northern Kentucky University inside.nku.edu/artsci/centers/cinsam/p12students/summercamps.html Want to see your rising 2nd - 12th graders explore STEM this summer? Check out our camps and academies that include astronomy, LEGO, data science, neuroscience, chemistry, engineering and more! All programs are hosted by NKU faculty and staff with scholarships available for low income students.
Classroom Antics Summer STEAM Camps
Multiple Locations 800-595-3776 classroomantics.com • email@example.com 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.
The Stem Lab
1644 E. Kemper Road, Suite #4, Sharonville 513-857-3366 cincystemlab.com Our after school STEAM Club offers scholars a variety of experiences including crafts, hands-on STEAM opportunities, reading support, team challenges, and homework support. Find out more on our website.
SPORTS/FITNESS Life Time Fitness
8310 Wilkens Blvd., Mason 513-770-9751 lifetime.life Weekly themes, dress-up days, field trips and even more activities that help kids grow and learn. Activities focus on healthy eating and physical activity (swimming, rock climbing, turf sports), community connections, S.T.E.A.M, character development, games, and weekly warrior challenges. Ages 4 and up Extended day care available.
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927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 cmhschool.com 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. 15 - 19, Jun. 22 - 26, Jul. 13 - 17, and Jul. 20 - 24. Visit our website for more details. 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati 513-287-7000 cincymuseum.org/museum-camps 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.
YMCA of Greater Cincinnati
myy.org 513-362-9622 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, school age care, preschool, two autism centers, kindergarten toddler care, teen college and career readiness program, youth and government program and day and overnight camps.
NATURE Cincinnati Nature Center
4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 cincynature.org • firstname.lastname@example.org Spend summer outside! CincyNature Camps empower kids, ages 3 - 13, to use their creativity and explore outdoors in a safe, friendly environment. Camps are Jun. - Aug. Learn more on our website.
Great Parks of Hamilton County Summer Day Camps
greatparks.org 513-521-7275 Great Parks Day Camps, offered June through August, provides opportunities for children ages 2 - 17 to explore nature with hands-on activities and educational experiences that will last a lifetime. For details, visit our website.
SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY 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!
Cincy Stem Lab
cincystemlab.com 513-857-3366 This summer your kids will taste, smell, hear, touch, see, and do STEM! Choose from all Girl STEM camps to Electrifying Engineering at multiple locations throughout Greater Cincinnati. Your kid’s summer will be scientificall. This summer we’ll have camps all over Cincinnati.
8201 Arbor Square Drive, Mason 513-204-1400 thelittlegym.com/masonoh 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.
Camp at the J – Mayerson JCC
8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 513-722-7249 mayersonjcc.org/campatthej At Camp at the J, kids can experience the best of summer. From swim lessons to archery, sports to arts and crafts, kids will create memories and form friendships to last a lifetime. Camp at the J’s inclusive camp offers camp for every kid! Traditional day camp provides all the fun that makes camp a summertime staple, with flexible weekly options to fit your schedule. A wide range of specialty camps, including arts, science, theater, horseback riding, sports and much more.
4251 Delta Road SW, Carrollton 800-837-CAMP (2267) falconcamp.com • email@example.com 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 green-acres.org • firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
Kids First Sports Center – Camp-A-Palooza
7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-489-7575 kidsfirstsports.com • email@example.com Campers at Kids First get the very best! 108,000 square feet of everything kids love: basketball, karate, gymnastics, dance, cheer, swimming, volleyball, you name it! Field trips every week outside Kids First and in-house entertainment brought in throughout week. Leaders in Training course for teens ages 13 - 15 covering topics like leadership, communication, and group dynamics. Teens can look forward to excursions, service opportunities, and more.
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Baby Shark Live! Is touring the nation with one-performance-only showings. Hurry to get your tickets!
DISNEY ON ICE
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WCMOTMC Tag Sale Cincinnati Reds’ Opening Day Cincinnati Ballet “Snow White”
ROAD TRIP ADVENTURES
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it the road with Mickey and his pals as they embark on a worldwide adventure; follow Moana to Motunui, meet up with Simba in the Pride Land, Mary Poppins in London and spend some time with Woody, Buzz and the gang at a fun carnival. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; March 19 and 20, 7 p.m., March 21 and 22, 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.; tickets starting at $15; 513-421-4111 or heritagebankcenter.com/event/2020/03/disney-on-ice-roadtrip-adventures.
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FIND MARCH EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. FREE STAR LIGHT, STAR BRIGHT Meet up with local astronomy enthusiasts, Cat Behrman and Rachel Page, to check out the night sky through the lens of a telescope. Hyde Park Branch, 2747 Erie Ave., Cincinnati; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 513369-4456 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
SUPER SPROUTS Little ones can stop by the museum to create a masterpiece each week. This program is available on Mondays and Thursdays with a new theme offered each week. Cincinnati Museum Center - Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; program included with Discovery Pass admission, $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 children, free for members; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.
tue 3 FIRE MUSEUM LEPRECHAUN HUNT
Baby Shark Live! Plays one performance only on March 7.
sun 1 BLOOM AND GROW AT KROHN CONSERVATORY Step into a colorful, whimsical world inspired by children’s imaginations at the conservatory; Krohn is popping with spring colors from delightful daffodils and terrific tulips during Bloom and Grow. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; through March 8, Tues - Sun, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $7 adults, $5 ages 5 - 17 years old, free for members and ages 4 and younger; 513-4214086 or cincinnatiparks.com.
FREE CINCINNATI HOME + GARDEN SHOW Get a 20/20 vision for future home and garden dream projects at the Cincinnati Home + Garden Show! Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $14 adults ($12 advance order), free for ages 12 and younger; 513-419-7300 or cincinnatihomeandgardenshow.com/ information.
FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES Families can explore the CAM and enjoy hands-on-activities at an interactive art cart. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 2 - 3 p.m.; 513721-278 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
PENGUIN DAYS Visit the zoo discounted admission and special animal encounters, including the popular penguin parade (weekends at 11 a.m.). Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; daily through March 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; discounted general admission, see website for more information; 513281-4700 or cincinnatizoo.org/events/ penguin-days.
FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: IN LIKE A LION, OUT LIKE A LAMB Celebrate March with friends at the farm and explore the weather with fun spring activities. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 3 p.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.
MADNESS IN MARCH
Experience “mad” savings at EnterTRAINment Junction; visit the AmazeN-Funhouse for half-off, then have lunch at the cafe: hot dogs are 50 cents all monthlong! EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; Mon - Sat, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun, 12 - 6 p.m.; $4.97 admission to the Amaze-N-Funhouse; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.
Search for hidden leprechauns that highlight fun fire museum facts; find all 10 leprechauns to win a special pot of gold! Cincinnati Fire Museum, 315 West Court St., Cincinnati; Tue - Sat in March, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $7 ages 7 - 17, free for ages 6 and younger; 513621-5553 or cincyfiremuseum.com.
SCARY TAILS Become a myth buster for World Wildlife Day; learn the stories behind misunderstood animal friends and discover why they are more special than scary. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 2 - 2:30 p.m.; program included with Discovery Pass admission, $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 children, free for members; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.
FREE STORY TIME AT KING ARTHUR’S COURT Spend Tuesday mornings hearing fun stories and enjoying free popcorn (bonus: free coffee for the grown-ups). King Arthur’s Court, 3040 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m.; 513-531-4600 or kingarthurstoys.com.
wed 4 CYCLONES VS. WINGS Enjoy a riveting hockey game as the Cyclones take on the Wings. Grownups (21+) can enjoy $1 Miller High Life and Pabst Blue Ribbon beers during the match! Heritage Bank Center, 100
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Broadway St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; $20 day-of, $18 advanced; 513421-7825 or cycloneshockey.com/ game/2020/03/4/1-beers.
IN LIKE A LION Learn all about spring weather with daily programming (March 4 - 7, 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m.; March 8, 1 p.m.). Glenwood Gardens, Highfield Discovery Garden, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; program included with admission to Highfield, $2.75 per person; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-7718733 or greatparks.org.
KROHN NATURE STORY TIME Get inspired by nature in Krohn’s showroom; children will hear a nature story and create a guided craft. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11 a.m.; $7 adults, $5 children, free for ages 4 and younger; 513-421-4086 or cincinnatiparks.com/ krohn.
FREE REC READS Get little ones excited for art with this 30-minute class in the Rosenthal Education Center. Young artists will hear art-themed 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 cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
thu 5 FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: MINI GARDENS Learn all about the health benefits of growing a garden and create a minigarden to take home. Make a craft and enjoy a snack, too! Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.
TAFT JR. SHAPE UP Little artists will love learning all about shapes while identifying them and using some to make a masterpiece. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; 11:15 a.m.; $9.99 adults, free for ages 18 and younger and members; 513-241-0343 or taftmuseum.org/ experience/families-children/taft-jr.
THURSDAY ART PLAY: STREET ART Join the CAC to learn about artist, St. Vhils, and create artwork inspired by his new exhibition; stick around after the program for some kid friendly yoga. Contemporary Arts Center,
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Summer of Dreams KIDS DANCE CAMP 2020
March 14th • 8am-12pm Lakota East High School
Featuring gently used kids clothing sizes newborn-teen, maternity clothing, baby equipment, kids/baby furniture, toys, accessories, books & electronics
June 1 – 5: The Wizard of Oz June 8 – 12: Cinderella July 27 – 31: The Little Mermaid
Bring this ad for 1 free admission. Printed version only, digital copies NOT accepted. Present at time of admission.
$1 Cash Admission
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daily listings 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free for members, $5 for non-members; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/ calendar/2020/03/05/thursday-artplay-street-art.
100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; $20 day-of, $18 advance; 513421-7825 or cycloneshockey.com/ game/2020/03/6/blanket-giveawayfirst-responders-night.
FREE TISSUE PAPER FLOWERS
Enjoy all of Pogo Play PLUS lots of bouncing, climbing and sliding on giant inflatables. Pogo Play, 10870 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati; 5:30 - 8 p.m.; $10.50 ages 3 and older, $4.50 ages 2 and younger, adults free, play passes available; 513-432-5593 or gopogoplay.com.
Craft something beautiful out of something simple; come to the library to make tissue paper flowers. Elmwood Place Branch, 6120 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-4452 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: IMAGE TRANSFER STICKERS Looking to spice up notebooks, water bottles or laptop cases? Artists and educators will be on-hand to teach teens image transfer techniques using packing tape. Supplies and snacks will be provided by the CAC. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 4 - 8 p.m.; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/programs/ teen-programs/young-adult-lab.
fri 6 CYCLONES FIRST RESPONDERS NIGHT The Cyclones show their appreciation for local first responders. The first 3,000 fans will receive a fleece blanket presented by the Plastic Surgery Group! Plus enjoy $5 craft beers (21+) , $1 sodas, and $3 cheeseburgers as part of 513 Friday! Heritage Bank Center,
OPEN JUMP AT POGO PLAY
sat 7 BABY SHARK LIVE! The viral video-turned-touring-show includes 20 songs and quick-moving spectacle to hold your toddler’s attention. Tickets start at $30. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati. Learn more at cincinnatiarts.org/events/detail/babyshark or call 513-621-2787.
FREE 2020 SCALE MODEL EXPO Bring the family to see hundreds of 1/6 scale figures, dioramas, locomotives, models of boats, planes and more. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; entertrainmentjunction.com/calendar
CHANGING HANDS Cincinnati’s premiere children’s consignment sale is a don’t-miss event. Stock up on discounted brand-name clothing, toys, games, accessories, play
equipment and more. Bring a tote to make shopping a breeze. Thirty percent of purchase proceeds go to the Madeira Elementary PTO. Madeira Elementary School, 7840 Thomas Drive, Cincinnati; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Admission is $1. Learn more at changinghandssale.com.
CYCLONES WIENER DOG RACES Woof! Bring your best furry friend to the Cyclones Pucks N Pups - during intermission, see which Weiner dog reigns supreme during a fun race. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; $20 day-of, $18 advance; 513421-7825 or cycloneshockey.com/ game/2020/03/7/pucks-n-pupswiener-dog-races.
FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAYS AT THE CAM Bring the family to the CAM for a fun, free day focusing on the theme “cut and paste”; there will be performances, artist demonstrations, storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours and hands-on art projects. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.
FREE MAKE & TAKE DAY Families can browse great books and make a fun craft with this monthly series; this month create a cute critter out of clay. Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 2 p.m.; 859-912-7860 or josephbeth.com.
FREE PETE THE CAT CHARACTER DAY Celebrate “Pete the Cat” by reading or acting out stories, making crafts, playing games and having snacks. North Central Branch, 11109 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati; 2 - 3 p.m.; 513-369-6068 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
International Women’s Day
FREE PLAY CAFÉ
WCMOTMC TAG SALE
est Chester Mothers of Twins & More (WCMOTMC)’s spring tag sale is here. Browse aisles of clothes, toys and tons of gear at this bi-annual baby sale. Lakota East High School, 6840 Lakota Lane; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $1 cash-only admission; items available for purchase; wcmultiples. org/tag-sales-1.
Meet friends during this fun, family program; there will be sensory stations, curated toys and more during this giant community play date! Hungry? Check out Fausto, the CAC’s new restaurant, serving yummy morning bites and lovely lattes. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; food and drink available for purchase; 513-3458400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/ calendar/2019/12/08/play-cafe.
“Where Every Family Matters.”
SECOND SUNDAY FAMILY Families, spend the second Sunday of the month at the CCAC for special musical and theatrical performances; stick around after each show for a festive reception. CCAC @ Short Vine, 2728 Short Vine St., Cincinnati; 2 p.m.; $5 for adults (scholarships available), free for kids; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts. org/events/signature-event-series/ second-sunday-family-showtime.
FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: ABCs Through hands-on activities and a craft, learn about farm life while learning the letters of the alphabet. A snack will be provided. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 3 p.m.; a valid parking permit is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.
FREE DANCING WITH ELEMENTZ Enjoy dancing tips from the pros; kids can work on their moves with help from Elementz. Bond Hill Branch, 1740 Langdon Farm Road, Cincinnati; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-369-4445 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
SUPER SPROUTS Little one’s create masterpieces .This program is available on Mondays and Thursdays with a new theme offered each week! Cincinnati Museum Center - Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; program included with Discovery Pass admission, $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 children, free for members; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.
tue 10 FREE AN AFRICAN STORYTELLING ADVENTURE Meet up at the library to hear stories from Africa’s Cultural History. Avondale Branch, 3566 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 5 - 6 p.m.; 513-369-4440 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
FREE SNACK ‘N’ CRAFT Sing songs, hear stories, make a craft and enjoy a tasty snack! Every Tuesday at 11 a.m. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 11 a.m.; 859-912-7860 or josephbeth.com.
TODDLER TIME AT BMLP Toddlers will love this interactive story time with the ManaTeam. Blue Manatee
Literacy Project, 3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 10 - 10:30 a.m.; $2 suggested donation; 513-257-0774 or bluemanatee.org.
2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.
THURSDAY ART PLAY: COLOR COLLABORATIONS
FREE ANIMALS ALIVE! See cool critters up-close with a naturalist from Great Parks of Hamilton County. Greenhills Branch, 8 Enfield St., Cincinnati; 10 - 11 a.m.; 513-3694441 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
FREE HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DR. SEUSS Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the library with bowling, painting and tic-tactoe. Hebron Branch, 1863 North Bend Road, Hebron; 6 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.
LIGHT AND SHADOWS Celebrate the lengthening days with creative daily activities (March 11 14, 10:45 a.m. & March 11 - 15, 1 p.m.). Glenwood Gardens/ Highfield Discovery Garden, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; program included with Highfield Admission, $2.75; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-771-8733 or greatparks. org.
MEET A MILLIPEDE AT CINCY NATURE CENTER Learn all about millipedes and meet a few, too! Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Cincinnati; 3 p.m.; included in daily admission, $9 adult, $4 children, free for members; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.
thu 12 FREE MAD SCIENCE MANIA Experiment with science; push the boundaries of nature and be wowed with some crazy results. Summit Center, 1580 Summit Road, Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
MEET AND GREET: SNAKES AT CINCY NATURE CENTER Meet at the Rowe Woods Visitor Center Lobby for this exciting drop-in program; visitors can meet a snake, learn all about it and even discover what it eats. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m.; included with daily admission, $9 adults, $4 children, free for members; 513-8311711 or cincynature.org.
FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: OHIO FEEDS THE WORLD Explore how “Ohio Feeds the World” through fun hands-on activities, craft, snack and live animal demonstrations. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead,
Explore colors and collaborate with friends during this bright art play; stick around after the program for some kid friendly yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free for members, $5 for non-members; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/programs/ family-programs/thursday-art-play.
FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: THE ART OF SLIME Teens, journey to the UnMuseum to create, paint and explore the art of slime. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 4 - 8 p.m.; 513-3458400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/ programs/teen-programs/young-adult-lab.
TODDLER THURSDAYS AT DIG ‘N PLAY Dig up some fun; kiddos can explore a huge sand table, dramatic play area and a giant three-story play structure. Dig ‘N Play, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $3 for ages 0 - 2 years old; 513-847-1055 or dignplay.com.
fri 13 FREE FREE BABY STORY TIME @ BMLP Bundles of joy can come to Blue Manatee for a special story time just for infants up to 3 years old. Blue Manatee Literacy Project, 3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 9:30 - 10 a.m.; $2 suggested donation price; 513-2570774 or bluemanatee.org.
FREE FRIENDSHIP BRACELETS Children and teens can come to the library to make friendship bracelets during this fun program. Elmwood Branch, 6120 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-4452 or cincinnatilibrary. org.
JURASSIC QUEST Step back in time to a prehistoric era when dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Make discoveries at the dinosaur exhibit, see the brand-new, 50-foot Megalodon, create dino-themed crafts, explore the science station and more. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati; March 13, 3 - 8 p.m., March 14, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m., March 15, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; $22 adults and kids, $20 seniors, $36 VIP kids’ pass; jurassicquest.com.
National Pi Day
FREE EARLY CHILDHOOD FESTIVAL Learn about services available for little ones; be sure to bring the kiddos, there will be plenty of fun activities for them to enjoy! BCPL Main Branch, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 10:30 a.m. 1 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.
FREE LINKS INSTRUMENT DRIVE Have a musical instrument collecting dust? Donate it to Lonely Instruments for Needy Kids at Joseph-Beth. Instruments will be restored by Buddy Roger’s Music and donated to local school band and orchestra programs! Sat, March 14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. or Sun, March 15, 12 - 5 p.m.; Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 513-3968960 or josephbeth.com.
NATURE PALS: RAINBOWS Toddlers can search for the end of the rainbow with this fun class; meet new friends, spend some time outside, hear a story and make a rainbow-tastic craft (small fee applies). Miami Whitewater Forest, Visitor Center, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; small craft fee; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513367-4774 or greatparks.org.
WCMOTMC TAG SALE (See Spotlight on page 28)
FREE ZOO ON THE MOVE The zoo is on the move; come meet some of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botantical Garden’s amazing animal ambassadors at the library. Avondale Branch, 3566 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 2 - 2:45 p.m.; 513-369-4440 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
sun 15 FREE 3RD SUNDAY FUNDAYS: WILD WEST Yee haw! Calling all cowboys and cowgirls; come to the Taft to create a cowboy craft and see art about cowboys in the “N.C. Wyeth: New Perspectives” exhibition. There will also be live music and a yodeling lesson with Wild Carrot (2 - 3 p.m.). Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-241-0343 or taftmuseum.org/ experience/families-children/fundays.
EXPLORE NATURE! PANCAKES IN THE WOODS Celebrate maple season with a tour of the “sugarbush” to learn all about the the syrup-making process. Next, enjoy pancakes and sausage grilled by local
celebrity chefs. Don’t miss out on this educational and tasty event! California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; suggested donation: $7 per person; 513-231-8678 or cincinnatiparks.com.
FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: LUCK OF A 4-LEAF CLOVER Get ready for Saint Patrick’s Day with a visit to the farm. Create a leprechaun trap, learn who eats clover and plant some lucky clover. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 3 p.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.
mon 16 FREE GET ARTISTIC WITH MS. MELINDA Each month, kids can make a new craft with Ms. Melinda to showcase their creativity! Elmwood Place Branch, 6120 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513369-4452 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
FREE LEGO LEPRECHAUN TRAPS Build a brick creation to trap a sneaky leprechaun! Walton Branch, 21 South Main St., Walton; 6:30 p.m.; 859-3422665 or bcpl.org.
FREE SPRING INTO SELFCARE Discover how to relax and unwind using nature; participate in yoga, make herbal tea, meditate and create body scrubs during this three-week class (March 16, 23 and 30). Summit Center, 1580 Summit Road, Cincinnati; 5:30 p.m.; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
Saint Patrick’s Day FREE IRISH MUSIC WITH THE FOLEY ROAD BAND Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day with some great Irish music. Mount Washington Branch, 2049 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati; 6 - 7 p.m.; 513-369-6033 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
FREE KID’S ACTIVITY HOUR – SALT AND SLIME Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by making shamrock slime and rainbow raised salt art. Miami Township Branch, 8 North Miami Ave., Cleves; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 513-369-6050 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
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FREE LIVE ANIMALS WITH GREAT PARKS
Visit the library to meet some live animals with a naturalist from Great Parks. Elmwood Branch, 6120 Vine St., Cincinnati; 2 - 3 p.m.; 513-369-4452 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
sun 22 FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: WE ARE ROCKIN’ This rockin’ program will explore sedimentary, metamorphosis and igneous rocks found at the farm through hands-on activities and crafts. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 3 p.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.
SPILL NOT Monster Jam is at Heritage Bank Center March 28 and 29.
wed 18 FREE HOT WHEELS FUN Explore the physics of motion while racing Hot Wheels with friends. West End Branch, 805 Ezzard Charles Drive, Cincinnati; 5 - 5:45 p.m.; 513-3696026 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
THE NEED FOR A NEST During springtime, nature’s housing market is booming! Find out who is moving into the garden habitat and what the “homes” will look like (March 18 - 21, 10:45 a.m.; March 18 - 22, 1 p.m.). Glenwood Gardens/ Highfield Discovery Center, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; program included with Highfield admission, $2.75; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-771-8733 or greatparks. org.
Learn all about monarch butterflies. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 2 - 2:30 p.m.; program included with Discovery Pass admission, $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 children, free for members; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.
DISNEY ON ICE: ROAD TRIP ADVENTURES (see “Things to Do” opener on page 25)
FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: NESTING WREATHS Find out who on the farm uses a nesting wreath and then make one to share on the farm, too! Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.
THURSDAY ART PLAY: HELLO SPRING!
Celebrate the joy and beauty of spring with this lively Art Play; stick around after the class for some kid friendly yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free for members, $5 for non-members; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/programs/ family-programs/thursday-art-play.
FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: FAKE FLYERS Artists and educators will be on-hand to help teens create fake flyers, inspired by the artist, Nathaniel Russell. All supplies will be provided by the CAC. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 4 - 8 p.m.; 513-345-
8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/ programs/teen-programs/young-adult-lab.
fri 20 FREE LIBRARY SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILY NIGHT
Green Township Library invites friends with special needs and their families to explore the collection, enjoy activities and utilize resources in a low-stress environment. All ages welcome! Green Township Library, 6525 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati; 6:30 - 8 p.m.; 513369-6095 or cincinnatilibrary.org
sat 21 BUTTERFLIES OF BALI Celebrate Krohn’s Butterfly Show’s 25th anniversary with free-flying butterflies, unique plants and flowers and a scavenger hunt at Butterflies of Bali. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; through June 21, daily, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $7 adults, $5 ages 5 - 17, free for ages 4 and younger; 513421-4086 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.
FREE LET’S GO HIKING SCAVENGER HUNT Go on a nature scavenger hunt; use clues to explore what the park has to offer. Huffman Park, 2100 John Gray Road, Fairfield; 10:30 a.m. - 12
“Where Every Family Matters.”
Honor World Water Day and stop by Waterworks to learn all about Newton’s Second Law of Motion. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; program included with Discovery Pass admission, $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 children, free for members; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.
mon 23 FREE RACE YOUR HOTTEST WHEELS Bring three of your best cars to participate in the Big Race, Mini-Car Show and off track racing just for fun! Any brand is welcome as long as they fit on traditional Hot Wheels race track. Hyde Park Branch, 2747 Erie Ave., Cincinnati; 1 - 2 p.m.; 513-369-4456 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
tue 24 FREE INCREDIBLE INSECTS Get up-close and personal with the creatures that make up Earth’s largest group of animals! Learn the characteristics of insects, see the world through the eyes of a fly and learn amazing facts about insect defense. Corryville Branch, 2802 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4:30 - 5 p.m.; 513369-6034 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
MEET AND GREET: REDEARED SLIDER TURTLE AT CINCY NATURE CENTER Gather at Rowe Woods Visitor Center Lobby for an amazing animal demo; visitors will learn all about red-eared sliders, meet one and even see what they like to eat. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Cincinnati; 10 a.m.; included with daily admission, $9 adult, $4 children, free for members; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.
FROM A TINY SEED What is a seed and how does it work? Investigate some seeds and discover how they travel and grow (March 25 28, 10:45 a.m. & March 25 - 29, 1 p.m.) Glenwood Gardens/ Highfield Discovery Center, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; program included with Highfield admission, $2.75; a valid motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-771-8733 or greatparks. org.
thu 26 REDS’ OPENING DAY 2020 To celebrate the Reds’ Opening Day, the fire museum is offering refreshments and fire truck rides to its visitors (additional cost applies). Cincinnati Fire Museum, 325 West Court St., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; admission: $8 adults, $7 ages 7 - 17, free for ages 6 and younger. Fire truck ride: $10 per person or $20 per family of four; 513-621-5553 or cincyfiremuseum.com.
FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: LET’S HELP THE LITTLE RED HEN Help the little red hen on the farm; participate in a puppet play, create a craft, meet some animal friends and enjoy a snack to explore how bread is made. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.
THURSDAY ART PLAY: BATTER UP!
Root, root, root for the home team! Celebrate Reds’ Opening Day by creating a pennant and decorating a baseball hat (provided by the CAC); stick around after the program for some kid friendly yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free for members, $5 for non-members; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org/programs/ family-programs/thursday-art-play.
The Great American Ballpark will host thousands this season. Take the kids to the ballpark!
CINCINNATI REDS’ OPENING DAY 2020
ajor League Baseball gets underway on March 26 with a 4:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Lots of fun is on deck to celebrate the new season. Of course, start the day at the Findlay Market’s 101st Opening Day Parade at 1801 Race Street. The
parade route will go straight down Race to 5th where it will turn east to end at the Taft Theater. It’s a two-hour parade so there will be plenty of time to make it out to the Reds’ game! Learn more at findlaymarketparade.com, and get excited for the Reds at mlb.com/reds.
FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: OPENING DAY In honor of Reds’ Opening Day, enjoy some baseball-themed art making! Step up to the plate and create a celebratory pennant. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 4 - 8 p.m.; 513345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter. org/programs/teen-programs/youngadult-lab.
fri 27 FREE SPECIAL NEEDS FAMILY NIGHT Browse the library collection and participate in fun activities together. Norwood Branch Library, 4325 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati; 6:30 - 8 p.m.; 513-369-6037 or cincinnatilibrary. org.
sat 28 CINCINNATI REDS’ KIDS OPENING DAY Kids can walk a pre-game red carpet with Reds’ players and mascots before
watching the Reds take on the St. Louis Cardinals. Children 14 and younger can also pick up a promotional Reds’ cap, while supplies last. Presented by Frisch’s Big Boy; Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; 2:10 p.m.; visit website or call for pricing information; 513-765-7000 or mlb. com/reds/tickets/promotions.
FREE DIGGING FOR DINOSAURS Dino-lovers will have a roaring good time during this program; little paleontologists will love learning all about fossils, dinos and going on a mock dino dig. Presented by Cincinnati Museum Center. Forest Park Branch, 655 Waycross Road, Cincinnati; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513-369-4478 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
MONSTER JAM This. Is. Monster Jam! The most actionpacked motorsports experience for families in the world is back in town for another high-octane weekend featuring the ultimate mix of high-flying action and four-wheel excitement. Families, get ready for six exciting competitions showcasing a variety of Monster Jam
vehicles. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; Sat, March 28, 12 and 6 p.m., Sun, March 29, 12 p.m.; tickets starting at $15; 513421-1302 or monsterjam.com/en-us/ events/cincinnati-oh/mar-28-2020mar-29-2020.
FREE SENSORY SATURDAYS Explore the CAM in a comfortable environment. Be sure to pick up a map at the Visitor Center and discover docentled sensory learning centers throughout the galleries, then stop by the REC for an all-abilities art making activity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 9:30 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org/eventsprograms.
FREE WILD ABOUT SPRING WILDFLOWERS Look for spring wildflowers. Rentschler Forest MetroPark Reigart Road Area, 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton; 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.
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sun 29 FAMILY SUNDAYS AT GABP The Reds take on the Cardinals, plus enjoy mascot races, face painting and more. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; 1:10 p.m.; visit website or call for pricing information; 513-765-7000 or reds. com/family.
FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: DOGS ON THE FARM Discover the role of working dogs on the farm through hands-on learning. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 3 p.m.; a valid vehicle permit is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.
mon 30 FREE JOSEPH-BETH STORY TIME Enjoy daily story times all monthlong at 11 a.m.; these fun story times feature interactive songs, beloved children’s books and more. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.
RECREATIONS OUTLET PAY-TO-PLAY Stop in to test out the showrooms; kids will love the bouncy trampolines, awesome swing sets, basketball hoops and so much more! Open Mon - Sat, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Sun, 12 - 6 p.m.; Recreations Outlet, 885 Ohio 28, Milford; $7 Mon - Fri, $10 Sat and Sun per child for up to 2 hours of play; 513831-7383 or recreationsoutlet.com.
National Crayon Day
FREE DRAMATIC PLAY: PIZZERIA Mamma mia - the library has turned into a pizzeria! Kiddos can enjoy dramatic play as they pretend to cook up some pizzas with friends during this program. Symmes Township Branch, 11850 Enyart Road, Loveland; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 513369-6001 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
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WHAT’S PLAYING ANNIE JR.
Sun, March 1 at 2 & 5 p.m.; Fri, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.; Sat, March 7 at 2 & 5 p.m.; Sun, March 8 at 2 p.m.; 513-569-8080 thechildrenstheatre.com Taft Theatre 317 East 5th St., Cincinnati, Ohio America’s most charming orphan is back! Watch as Annie sings and dances her way through the big apple during her journey to find a family. (Feb. 29 — signed for the hearing impaired; March 8, 11 a.m. — a sensory-friendly performance). Tickets start at $10.
BABY SHARK LIVE!
Sat, March 7 at 2 p.m. 513-621-2787 cincinnatiarts.org/events/ detail/baby-shark Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, Ohio It’s the viral little predator ... Baby Shark, doo doo doo doo doo doo! Watch as Baby Shark, Ollie and Pinkfong go on an underwater adventure to learn all about shapes, colors, numbers and more. Tickets starting at $30.
HARRIET TUBMAN: STRAIGHT UP OUTTA’ THE UNDERGROUND
Sat, March 14 at 2 & 5 p.m.; Sun, March 15 at 2 p.m.; 513-569-8080 thechildrenstheatre.com Ralph and Patricia Corbett Showtime Stage 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, Ohio A one-woman interactive experience; follow Harriet Tubman, the most recognized conductor of the Underground Railroad work to free more than 300 slaves. $10, plus fees.
SHEN YUN 2020 Wed, March 18 - 20 7:30 p.m 513-621-2787 cincinnatiarts.org/ events/detail/shen-yun Aronoff Center 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati, Ohio Take a theatrical journey featuring original orchestral work and lavish backdrops; audiences can explore
5,000 years of traditional Chinese culture and heritage through stories, dance and music. Tickets starting at $83.75.
THE PRICE IS RIGHT LIVE! Sat, March 21 at 4 & 8 p.m. 513-721-2787 cincinnatiarts.org/ events/detail/the-priceis-right Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St. Cincinnati, Ohio Audience members have a chance to play classic games like Plinko, participate in the showcase and even spin the Big Wheel. Feeling lucky? Buy tickets today! Tickets starting at $34.50.
Sat, March 28 at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. 513-497-2860 cliftonculturalarts.org/ccacevents/twice-upon-a-time Bethel Cincinnati Church, 3722 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati
Clifton Cultural Arts Center and Madcap Puppets present, “Twice Upon a Time” as part of the 2019 - 2020 Hats Off Series! Aiden Legend, only child, is making funny faces into a mirror when it falls and breaks, accidentally propelling Aiden’s mirror image into the real world. Is there room in our world for two Aiden Legends? Can Aiden get the Accidental Twin back into the mirror!? $10 general admission.
THE PUMP AND DUMP SHOW Wed, March 25 at 7:30 p.m.; 513-779-5233 liberty.funnybone.com Liberty Funny Bone 7518 Bales St., Liberty Township, Oh
Moms (ages 21 and older) get ready for the perfect mom’s night out filled with laughs, all-original music, games, prizes, commiseration and validation. Tickets $25.
SPOTLIGHT! CINCINNATI BALLET’S SNOW WHITE
Sat, March 28 at 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sun, March 29 at 1 and 4:30 p.m. 513-621-2787 cballet.org Aronoff Center 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati Find out who is the fairest of them all with this classic fairy tale. Including narration and performances by Cincinnati Ballet’s Second company, this hour-long production is the perfect troduction to ballet for even youngest dancers. Tickets starting at $20.
TWICE UPON A TIME
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Open Gym and Indoor pools and Interactive Kid friendly Free Kidâ€™s Club Sports Leagues water parks family fun fitness classes while you work out YMCA Family Membership includes so much to love. Join today at MyY.org/join
Sunday, March 29 Noon - 2 p.m.
Ages12 and under
Parental supervision required YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Visit MyY.org for locations Children will be divided into a variety of age groups; parents must join non-swimmers as they hunt for colored plastic eggs in the pool; the eggs can be exchanged for prizes poolside.