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There's no "minimum" to how much alcohol is safe to drink in pregnancy.

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Get more veggies in your kids' diets, provide ample time for nature play and lots more good ideas for the spring.

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19 baby development LOOK WHO'S TALKING!

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own the street from our house, I hear them. The little kids in their backyard jumping up and down on their trampoline. These littles are outside almost constantly — I even see them out there when it’s lightly raining. A Shetland collie’s usually romping around with them, too. It’s just too ... adorable. They are all so ... happy. They moved in about two months ago, and I just LOVE these three little kids who love to play outside! I walk out my back door and their laughter and chatter spills through the air across the yards. They’re always gabbing and running. There’s a playhouse for them, a swingset, a trampoline. Lucky ducks. These same kids ride their little bikes and scooters up and down our street — a road that’s otherwise quiet. We have lots of little kids on our street, so where are they? And what’s the difference between the kids down the street and the other kids? Their mom? She’s often outside, too. I see her walking around or just watching them play. Yesterday I saw her digging, maybe planting something. I really should stop watching and just pop over. These kids show me the way childhood should be. None of this sit-around-on-the-couch stuff. None of the low-energy “I’m tired” routines. Young kids need to go and do and get out and take off on adventures and get a taste for how fun it is to be out there doing ... life! Otherwise, they’ll start the great “safe” holing-up mentality. That thing that leads to boredom. And whining. And unhappiness. And obesity. I mean really, that’s not safe at all, is it? Living healthily ... organically, naturally, whatever, is a whole mindset you can give to your kids. Not a lot of sugar. Plenty of good, balanced meals with fresh vegetables to eat, less snacks. Lots of playtime because that’s what growing kids need most. And plenty of sleep. Early bedtimes. They also need you to be watchful and to make healthy choices for yourself and for them. One child psychologist I chatted with this month told me what we model to our kids is the single most important influence in their lives. I believe we should hear that! Lots of times we go, go, go and bark orders while we’re going. It’s time to end that. It’s time to slooooooowwwwww down. Smell the hyacinths blooming. Buy a kite. Make a mudpie. I’m so happy for spring and the chance to peel off the coats and extra blankets and to get my own hands into the dirt. I want to plant flowers and a spring vegetable garden. And I want my kids to do it, too. And just talk and laugh. We’’ll laugh and laugh and laugh.

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The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (3400 Vine St.) is all a-bloom with tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, flowering trees and other spring bulbs. It’s bursting with welcomed color (after our long, dreary winter!). Families can visit on Thursdays from 6 - 8:30 p.m. for Tunes & Blooms — free concerts in the garden. Zoo admission after 5 p.m. is FREE (parking is $10). This year’s lineup includes the favorite Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, The Cliftones and more. Get the scoop at cincinnatizoo.org.

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incinnati Family is super excited about Canstruction this year because we will be judging the canstructions! Each year, teams of architects, engineers and designers from companies and universities across Cincinnati compete to design unique structures from canned goods, all to help raise awareness of hunger in our community. On Tuesday, April 10, teams have five hours to build structures, which will remain on display through Sunday, April 29 (afterward canned goods will be donated to the Freestore Foodbank). Winners will go on to compete in the international Canstruction competition. Families are invited to join a free Strut the Structures walking tour on April 14, 21 and 28 to view the exhibits spread across downtown, from the Weston Art Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts (650 Walnut St.) to the Scripps Center (312 Walnut St.) and more. For more info, visit cincinnaticanstruction.org. The Kroger Canstruction display from last year.

GET READY FOR SOME AUCTION ACTION! CET hosts its annual Action Auction from April 24 - 28, when families can bid on fun items like tickets to Reds games, gift certificates, gift baskets, theatre tickets and more, all to help support the channel’s programming and educational workshops. Volunteers will be ready to take your bids from 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. April 24 - 27, and 3 - 11 p.m. April 28. Visit cetconnect.org for a list of items on which you can bid.

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Charley Harper’s whimsical, natureinspired artwork has a special place in the hearts of many Cincinnatians. A new book now introduces middlegrade readers to the delights of Harper’s work. Count the Wings: The Life and Art of Charley Harper, by Michelle Houts, recounts Harper’s amazing life and work and features full-color illustrations, supplemental materials and discussion questions so you can explore Harper’s art together. Scheduled for release this month, fans can meet the author at Joseph-Beth Booksellers (2692 Madison Road) on Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. for the book’s debut. Learn more at ohioswallow.com/book/ Count+the+Wings.

There’s no better way to introduce children to the ballet than with a kid-friendly performance of a classic tale. Cincinnati Ballet presents Beauty and the Beast April 6 - 8 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts (650 Walnut St.), featuring the Cincinnati Ballet Second Company and students of the Otto M. Budig Academy, along with vibrant costumes and live narration. Ticket prices start at $20; premium ticket holders can visit the lair of the Beast backstage 45 minutes prior to the performance (limited number available). Visit cballet.org for details.

A past production of Cincinnati Ballet’s Beauty and the Beast. Photo by Kelli Bramble.

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kids’ health By Sherry Hang

One Sip Too Much? Experts say there’s no “safe minimum” for drinking during pregnancy.

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oms-to-be are always advised to avoid certain foods and drink while expecting, but alcohol has long reigned as the big no-no — even for those who are trying to get pregnant. That rule is especially important in consideration of a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. According to the study, one in 20 U.S. children suffer from a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). That’s up from a previously held statistic of one in 100 children. This is a sobering rise, and one that should lead expectant moms to look at wine consumption a bit more seriously.

WHAT IS FASD?

Continued study has shown that what was formerly known as Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) is actually a spectrum of disorders now described as Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, according to Julia H. Lee, M.D.,

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F.A.C.O.G., of Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates, Inc., in Fairfield. “FASD is a wide range of physical, psychiatric and learning problems associated with drinking alcohol either around the time a woman becomes pregnant and/or during her pregnancy,” she says.

says. Learning disabilities are also on the list, as children with FASD can struggle with problem solving and complex reasoning. “They have difficulties processing information and putting together facts to form a plan,” says Lee.

WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF FASD?

So will a glass of wine have an effect on your growing baby? How about just a sip of champagne? It’s hard to say for sure. “Because it is difficult to study, there is no established minimum safe level of alcohol in pregnancy or pre-pregnancy,” says Lee. This is why expecting moms and women trying to conceive should be especially diligent. “As a practical manner, babies born with FASD tend to be born to mothers who drink regularly and to excess,” says Lee. “Alcohol is a teratogen which means it causes birth defects. The effect appears to be related to the level of alcohol in the mother’s blood and the duration of the baby’s exposure.” Lee says that she

Lee says the three classic physical features of FASD include small eyes, a smooth flirt (the normally ridged area between the nose and the mouth), and a thin upper lip. She adds, “Small head, other facial abnormalities, eye and ear problems, heart problems, and kidney problems are also part of the disorder.” A child with FASD is at increased risk of mental health issues, according to Lee, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and poor impulse control. “There are also increased substance abuse and suicide rates in these patients,” Lee

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doesn’t feel the occasional sip of wine puts a woman at high risk of having a baby with FASD.

WHAT IF YOU DIDN’T KNOW?

Nearly half of babies are unplanned, according to the Centers for Disease Control, which can put a newly pregnant mom in a state of terror if she’s been consuming a glass of wine on a regular basis. The best thing to do is share your concerns with your OB/GYN and most importantly, cut out alcohol. “In the event a woman has been drinking alcohol and discovers she is pregnant, the best thing to do is to stop drinking and start prenatal vitamins,” says Lee. “These vitamins contain folate which is felt to have a beneficial effect on the developing central nervous system. By minimizing your baby’s exposure to alcohol, you minimize his risk of developing FASD.” Sherry Hang is editor of this publication.


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pontaneous road trips are always a blast! The following family-friendly destinations clock in at under 110 miles each. Enjoy kid rights of passage in the car with loud singing, playing I-spy, getting semi-truck drivers to honk their horns, and picking out fun snacks when you refuel. Don’t worry about being asked “Are we there yet?” because with these trips you’ll be “there” in under two hours!

Dayton, Ohio 54 Miles away National Museum of the United States Air Force 1100 Spaatz St. Dayton, OH 45431 937-255- 3286 nationalmuseum.af.mil One of the most iconic World War II symbols, the Memphis Belle, will be on permanent display beginning Thursday, May 17. This heavy bomber completed over 25 combat missions to help defeat Nazi Germany, and will be on exhibit with historic video footage, personal artifacts, and interactive components. There

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are more than a dozen additional exhibits to explore, including exhibits that allow you to walk inside the aircraft interior, or sit in the cockpit. Before heading home, head to the outdoor Air Park’s playground! The National Museum of the USAF’s admission and parking are free.

Lexington, Kentucky 83 Miles away Explorium of Lexington 440 W Short St Lexington, KY 40507 859-258-3253 • explorium.com Have tiny tots? Investigate the updated Wonder Woods area of the Explorium, designed for visitors 3 and younger. Learn through water play, a pretend playhouse, outdoor lily pads and ladybugs and more! Have your camera at the ready when you walk through a giant set of teeth in the Healthy Me Gallery, and in the bubbles in the Bubble Zone. (Cincinnati Museum Center members get 50 percent off admission to the Explorium with valid I.D.)

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Louisville Zoo: Nature Connects: Art with Lego Bricks 1100 Trevilian Way Louisville, KY 40213 502-459-2181 • louisvillezoo.org From April 19 - Sept. 3, Lego bricks become life-sized renderings of 12 endangered, and one extinct animal in a collection by artist Sean Kenney. Lego, animal, and art lovers will marvel at Kenney’s art — tiny Lego pieces intricately assembled on a larger scale. Observe the zebra, rhinoceros, polar bears, and other Lego creations — then see the real deal animals at the Louisville Zoo! (Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden members, show your membership pass, and valid I.D. for 50 percent off admission.)

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COSI is home to classic beloved exhibits like Ocean and Space, as well as the infamous high wire unicycle! COSI has two new exhibits for your family to experience, too. The American Museum of Natural History’s (AMNH) Dinosaur Gallery boasts a full size T-Rex cast, dinosaur models and fossils galore, and many hands on experiences. Through Monday, Sept. 3, the AMNH’s Traveling the Silk Road exhibition features interactive components to illustrate trade and commerce between various cultures. (Cincinnati Museum Center members, show your membership pass and valid I.D. for free admission to COSI.)

Climb aboard one of 36 enclosed gondolas on this giant Ferris wheel and take in panoramic views of the city. Visit at night to see the LED light show, which

Amanda Ciani lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and three terrific sons. She enjoys writing haiku parenting poems for her blog (haikuciani.com) and Twitter account (@haikuciani).

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BABYBITS Little tidbits to make life with Baby fun and easy.

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DockATot Baby Dock dockatot.com; $175+ DockATot is a great option for your bed. It keeps Baby flat on his back, is comfortable yet firm. Better sleep for Baby means a happier baby ... and Momma is happy when Baby is well rested and happy, too. Breast Milk Storage Bags $7.99 - $19.99 Hygienically pre-sealed and with double zipper protection to prevent leaking, these storage bags include write-on labels. Bags are available in packs of 25, 50 or 100 and hold six ounces each. Quick Clean Breast Pump & Accessory Sanitizer $7.99 A no-rinse, no-wipe spray that eliminates 99.9 percent of germs. No harsh chemicals, fumes, bleach, dyes or alcohol. Contact Nipple Shields with Case $10.99 Designed to address typical breastfeeding issues like latching difficulties, flat, inverted or sore nipples. — recommended by Cincinnati Family Managing Editor Kiera Ashford

Finn + Emma Dream World Raccoon Rattle Buddy finnandemma.com; $28 Hand-knit from 100 percent G.O.T.S. certified organic cotton yarn and free of Phthalate, this adorable Rattle Buddy is non-toxic with eco-friendly dyes and the perfect companion for naps, bedtime and on-the-go.

Finn + Emma Dreamworld Balloon Lap Bodysuit finnandemma.com; $24 Made with certified organic cotton, this onesie will have your little one looking adorable, and more importantly, super comfy.

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LOOK WHO’S TALKING!

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All the gibbering from Baby is going somewhere, believe it or not! Encourage it and help her develop her language.

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hether it’s “dotdog” when they mean “hotdog” or

“yeyyow” when they mean “yellow,” every parent remembers when their toddlers first started talking and which words they mispronounced. Some words are so adorably appropriate they get adopted as part of the family’s vocabulary. Gina Heeg’s daughter Kate called Bandaids, “bangdangs” and it stuck. “We still use it,” she says. But when does cute become a concern for long-term language issues?

BUILDING BLOCKS Language development starts long before a baby says her first word. Candace Ganz, Ed.D., CCC/SLP is the Director of the Division of

Speech-Language Pathology at

When first words do emerge,

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

babies will have different prefer-

common concern for families.”

Medical Center (CCHMC). She

ences when making sounds. And

Ganz points out, “Sounds aren’t

says, “In a typically developing

even though Mom and Dad are ea-

developed overnight — it can take

child there are things we look at

ger to hear their baby say “mama”

six or seven years.” Mastering a

in addition to sounds and cooing

and “dada,” Ganz says, “babies

sound depends on the context

and babbling.” They look to see if

will generically say ‘mama’ or

and the placement in a word or

a baby is smiling, and looking at

‘dada’ before they actually pin it

sentence. A child may say, “yes”

his caregiver. Does she seem like

on Mom or Dad.”

clearly but as mom Dorothy Rosby

she’s watching your mouth and

a big concern for us, but it is a

remembers, her son would say, “I

listening to what you’re saying?

TODDLER SPEAK

Does she light up when she hears

Once we get beyond first words

Ganz says it takes a while with lots

a familiar voice? They look at

the fun begins with toddlers put-

of mistakes to master the different

gestures being made. Ganz says,

ting words and phrases together

sounds and placements.

“Those are communication even

and communicating more verbally

While a child is learning, Ganz

if the words aren’t there. Those

with their caregivers. They will get

and Fisher both say it is more

are building blocks that will lead

things adorably wrong.

important how much we under-

to language later.” Typically we

Brian Fisher, MS, CCC-SLP,

stand what she is saying. Ganz

see these building blocks emerge

and Speech-Language Patholo-

says at age 2 you should be able to

during social interaction and play;

gist at CCHMC says that Rs and

understand about half and by age

we don’t think of them as being

Ls are common trouble spots;

3 that should increase to 75 - 80

foundation skills for speech and

these sounds are more difficult so

percent of what she says. “There

language. But Ganz says, “they are

children master them a little later.

are still lots of mistakes,” stresses

critical early pieces.”

Fisher says, “At 2 and 3 this is not

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LOOK WHO’S TALKING! Ganz, “but they can get their point across. When a 3-year-old says ‘Wook at the wabbit,’ understanding her is more important than whether the R and L are correct.” Ganz says to listen for more than whether the sound is spoken correctly. For example, even if the consonant at the beginning of the word is wrong, is there a consonant being articulated at all? Ganz also reassures that it’s not uncommon to see a 5-year-old who still makes some mistakes. When you can’t understand a child, Fisher says, “Take the pressure off and encourage her to try once more.” You can also give her the option to gesture or point so that her message is understood.

BOYS VERSUS GIRLS Ganz is the mother of three boys and she says though there are individual variances, if you look at normative data, girls tend to have larger vocabularies earlier. Girls also tend to be referred less often than boys for speech and language issues. However, Ganz is quick to stress that the outcome down the road does not tend to be significantly different. She explains, “A 2-year-old girl may have more words than a boy but they both still have a lot of words. A toddler girl’s speech may be a little clearer, but once she enters school, those differences tend to be minimized.”

STUTTERING “There’s a difference between what we call normal non fluency and stuttering and it is associated more with stage-of-language than age,” says Ganz. Normal non fluency can happen anywhere from ages 2 to 7. According to the Stuttering Foundation (stutteringhelp.org), “Approximately 5 percent of all children

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go through a period of stuttering that lasts six months or more.” Most recover by late childhood, but The Stuttering Foundation reports that about 1 percent experience longterm challenges.

LONG-TERM CONSEQUENCES When early language disorders don’t get treated it’s sometimes hard to know who will struggle later. Everyone knows a 2-year-old who didn’t have any words and grew up just fine. Ganz says, “We

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can’t always predict which 2-yearolds who aren’t talking are going to have later language issues or possibly learning disabilities.” Therefore, she stresses, “If there is a problem early on it’s most prudent to treat it.” If left untreated, Fisher says, “It’s definitely harder to fix errors once a habit is formed.” Lettersound recognition is an important part of literacy and when kids start to read and sound out words to spell, their speech errors may work against them. Kids with speech issues may experience psychosocial issues if teased by their peers or if unable to get their point across. “Nobody wants to repeat themselves three times,” says Fisher. A child may deal with high levels of frustration and decide it’s not worth it. Looking further into the future, uncorrected speech issues can make employment difficult if a person is not easily understood. “The biggest thing to remember,” says Fisher, “is you’re the expert on your child.” He stresses, “If you’re concerned, get a referral and talk to someone.” It doesn’t hurt to call and ask. “We’re a lot of fun,” says Fisher. “We don’t give shots. We have fun and we play with toys.” Bonnie Jean Feldkamp is a writer, wife and mom of three kids. Find her on social media @WriterBonnie, or on her website at writerbonnie.com.

1. Use Child Directed Talk. Sometimes called “Motherese,” this melodic, simplified language is something you can do when you talk to Baby. Ganz says the key is to keep her engaged when you’re talking. When you speak to her, simplify your language, slow down, change the inflection of your voice, but don’t change the articulation of the words being spoken. Speak your words correctly. Use correct grammar. When she says something incorrectly, let her hear you say it naturally and correctly. You can still have your nicknames for things based on his adorable errors, but also teach her the real words. 2. Experience screen time together. Yes, screen time should be limited. When a young child does have screen time it should be to watch quality programming with an adult. Treat screen time like you treat a book. Instead of static entertainment, it should be dynamic and prompt conversation. Point to things and ask questions; let her tell you what she likes about what she’s watching.

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3. Read to your baby. There’s so much more you can do with a book than read the words to get through a story. Let her skip pages and talk about the illustrations. Point, giggle, gesture and share in the experience of observation in the illustrations along with the stories and rhymes. Board books with few or no words remove the distraction of the words and let you talk about the story unfolding in pictures. 4. Learn a second language together. If English is not your best language, you may not be teaching your child proper articulation or grammar. Communicate in your stronger language, and learn the second language together. “Typically, kids do remarkably well learning multiple languages at the same time, says Ganz. ”They do develop language differently so their trajectory will be different.” Learning multiple languages while young is a benefit to her development.


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healthy family BY SHERRY HANG

Going Organic It’s getting green in Cincinnati! Going organic is more than what you eat, it’s a total mindset — teach it to your kids!

iving the natural, organic lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard — or expensive — and the benefits for your children are plenty. Get the scoop here on how to get started, with everything from cloth diaper info to farmers’ markets and ways to spend more time in the great outdoors!

Farmer’s Markets Here are some of our favorite neighborhood farmers’ markets and places to find fresh fruits and veggies. Find the full list, including area farms, online at cincinnatifamilymagazine.com. IN OHIO … Blue Ash Farmers Market at Summit Park 4335 Glendale Milford Road blueash.com Wednesdays, 3:30 - 7 p.m., May - Sept. Deerfield Farmers Market 4361 Irwin Simpson Road, Mason deerfieldfarmersmarket.com Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. May - Oct. Findlay Market 1801 Race St. findlaymarket.org Open year round

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Madeira Farmers Market 8000 Miami Ave. madeirafarmersmarket.com Thursdays, 3:30 - 7 p.m. May Sept. at corner of Dawson and Miami; Thursdays, 3:30 - 6 p.m. Nov. - April at 8000 Miami Ave. Montgomery Farmers Market 9609 Montgomery Road montgomeryfarmersmarket.org Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., May - Oct. West Chester Farmers Market 9100 West Chester Towne Center Drive westchesterohiofarmersmarket.org Saturdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. May 26 - Sept. 29 IN KENTUCKY …

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Enjoy the Great Outdoors Nothing’s more organic than good, old-fashioned outdoor playtime. Here are just a few ways to enjoy nature with your kids. YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day Head to Parky’s Farm at Winton Woods (10073 Daly Road) on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati’s annual Healthy Kids Day! Get moving and enjoy fitness class demos, scavenger hunts, bounce house, wagon rides and more. Visit myy.org for details. Gardening at Blooms & Berries Blooms & Berries Farm Market (9669 S. St. Rt. 48, Loveland) is known for its excellent produce and fresh flowers, along with some fun u-pick opportunities for the whole family. Coming later this month, the farm will introduce a new kids’ gardening center. Kids can check out interactive gardening projects and learn all about how easy and fun gardening can be (and parents can get some adorable photos while they’re at it). Get the full scoop at bloomsandberries.com.


Nature Playscapes Combine education, history and the great outdoors all in one visit to a local Nature Playscape. The Cincinnati Nature Center (4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 513831-1711 or cincynature.org) is home to the Marge and Charles Schott Nature PlayScape, full of natural features for kids to play on and explore, while you relax on a bench or enjoy a picnic lunch. At Behringer-Crawford Museum (1600 Montague Road, Covington; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org), the NaturePlay@ BCM takes kids back in time to play house in a log cabin, explore a rocky cave, uncover fossils and pretend to haul a flatboat down a river. Cincinnati Earth Day Celebrate Earth Day at Summit Park (4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash) on Saturday, April 21 beginning at noon for exhibits, a scavenger hunt, live entertainment, recycling games, and a Kids’ Zone complete with games, animals, a fire truck and smoke house, climbing wall and inflatables. Get a complete schedule at cincinnatiearthday. com. Spring Fest in the Woods Families can celebrate Spring with children’s activities, live music, wild edible cooking demos, crafts and vendors, along with guided tours through Burnet Woods (3400 Brookline Ave.) on Saturday, April 28 from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Visit cincinnatiparks.com for details!

Cloth Diapering It’s not that messy, can save you tons of money, and it’s even been suggested that potty training is easier and earlier with babies who wear cloth diapers. These local stores and services are the experts when it comes to cloth diapering!

Blue Cocoon 9361 Montgomery Road 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com Choose from a selection of cloth diapers and accessories, and be sure to check out their All About Cloth Diapering class, held the second Saturday of every month at 3 p.m. ($10, RSVP required). Good Natured Baby goodnaturedbaby.com Good Natured Baby will pick up your dirty diapers and leave clean ones for you, and they also sell cloth diapering products like covers, liners and more. The Red Balloon Café 6200 Montgomery Road 513-620-8328 or redballooncafe. com This cloth diapering hub offers an array of products and accessories, as well as classes and groups — visit their Facebook page for upcoming events, including the Great Cloth Diaper Change on Saturday, April 21 at 11 a.m.

Teach Kids Mindfulness with Yoga Mindfulness goes along with organic — it’s all a state of mind, afterall. Here, find spots where your kids can take yoga classes designed just for them, along with a few locales where you can get a good sample of what a yoga class is like! blue manatee children’s bookstore 3094 Madison Road 513-731-2665 bluemanateebooks.com RSVP for Yoga and Mindfulness, taking place from 4 - 5 p.m. on Thursdays in April, and where kids will learn balance and how to calm their bodies. Cost is $9, or $28 for four classes.

Boone County Public Library bcpl.org Get an intro to stretching and mindfulness at the library. Visit the web site for a list of Stories and Stretches classes. Campbell County Public Library cc-pl.org Moms and their babes can get an early start on yoga and mindfulness with Mommy & Baby Yoga classes – visit the website for a full schedule. The Healing Space of Cincinnati 217 Wyoming Ave. 513-288-9633 thehealingspacecincinnati.org Yoga Adventures for ages 3 - 5 will combine art projects, music and more with their yoga practice. Kids First Sports Center 7900 East Kemper 513-489-7575 kidsfirstsports.com Yoga With Pooja is designed specifically for kids with a progressive, curriculum based, structured course to help children ages 2 - 14 years old develop their physical, mental and social life skills. Modo Yoga 3527 Columbia Pkwy. 513-321-9644 150 West McMillan St., Clifton 513-221-6636 2428 High St., Crescent Springs 859-344-8642 cincinnati.modoyoga.com With a location on both sides of the Ohio River, Modo Yoga has an array of classes for babies through age 12, including a class specifically on yoga and mindfulness. Modo Yoga also makes frequent appearances at the Contemporary Arts Center’s Thursday Art Plays.

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Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County cincinnatilibrary.org Multiple branches for the library system host yoga classes for children, including a class led by a fellow kid. Visit the website for a complete schedule. Shine Yoga Center 3330 Erie Ave. shineyoga.com Specialty classes include Little Sprouts for toddlers, Kids Yoga for ages 3 - 8, and a Family Yoga class.

Get Your Zzzzs One of the most important keys to an organic life is building in an un-plugged bedtime routine. Shut everything off a good two hours before bedtime. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) top tips for a good night’s sleep include a comfy environment with cooler temps and fresh air, reducing noise and light (so no devices or reading in bed), and a bedtime routine such as a lavendar bath and a story with Mom or Dad. The AAP also recommends the following amounts of sleep for children of various ages: 12 - 16 hours for ages 4 - 12 months 11 - 14 hours for ages 1 - 2 years 10 - 13 hours for ages 3 - 5 years 9 - 12 hours for ages 6 - 12 years 8 - 10 hours for ages 13 - 18 years

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Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati 513-297-5655 Abrakadoodle offers summer camps and camps during school breaks. Our camps include art lessons, music, games, crafts, and more for children ages 3 - 12.

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ArtsConnect Kids Camp

9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati 513-522-2108 theartsconnect.us/camps Your kids are empowered to make a difference through their art with a summer packed full of imaginative, creative and fulfilling art projects.

Art Workshop

3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park 513-406-4009 theartworkshopinc.net We have the best summer art camps! What makes them great? Wide variety of camps and mediums are explored, each student has their own pottery wheel, certified art educators, 6:1 teacher student ratio, before- and after-care and a convenient location. Every week is something new and exciting. Seriously, the kids don’t want to leave!

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-569-8080 thechildrenstheatre.com • info@thechildrenstheatre.com 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!

Camp Art Academy

Held at Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati 513-562-8748 artacademy.edu/com-ed/summer-art-camp/summer-art-camp.php • commed@artacademy.edu 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!

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953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati 513-721-2787 cincinnatiartmuseum.org/summercamp 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. Call or visit our website to register

Cincinnati Ballet Kids Dance Camp

1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati 513-562-1111 cballet.org/academy • cbacademy@cballet.org Students ages 4 - 8 explore the “Summer of Magic” as they dance their way through the enchanted stories of Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin.

Cincinnati Boyschoir Camp

Fifth-Third Theater, Aronoff Center for the Arts, 639 Main S., Cincinnati 513-396-7664 cincinnatiboychoir.org/camp The Cincinnati Boychoir’s week-long, half-day summer camp gives music-loving boys entering grades 2 - 6 the opportunity to explore the world through music. Campers will experience other countries through music, games, drum circles, dance, and more! Camps are 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Jun. 25 - 29. Price: $199. More info and registration on our website.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Summer Theatre Camp

962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati 513-421-3888 cincyplay.com Summer of Stories! Our one-week Summer Theatre Camps offer five exciting courses that are influenced by a unique, book-based theme. Courses and theme vary by week. Three-week Performance Academy is for the theatre enthusiast who wants to experience the production of a play from beginning to end. No auditions necessary!

Cincinnati Shakespeare Theatre Summer Camp

1195 Elm St., Cincinnati 513-381-2273 cincyshakes.com/summercamp Cincinnati Shakespeare Theatre Camp is a drama camp for students in grades 1 - 12 who want to learn more about the art of theatre – and have fun! Six weeks available for all!

My Nose Turns Red Circus Arts Classes

Evendale Cultural Arts Center, 10500 Reading Road, Cincinnati 859-581-7100 Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash mynoseturnsred.org • rednose@fuse.net Our 21st year! Skills taught include unicycle, German wheel, tight wire, rolling globe, juggling, Chinese yo yo, hooping, and more for ages 7 - 18. Circus Fun classes for ages 4 - 7. My Nose Turns Red is the area’s only non-profit dedicated to youth circus. Register by May 1 for early bird discount.

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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 one day and mix-and-match camps. Summer camps forming soon – sign up now!

Peraza Music Workshop

Classes in the Wyoming Area (513) 681-5551 perazamusicworkshop.com • perazamusicworkshop@gmail.com Founded in 2005, we have grown to one of the finest and strongest violin studios in the Tri-County area. Classes for ages 3 and up starting now. Conveniently located in Wyoming.

Star Glazers

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!

Taft Museum of Art

316 Pike St, Cincinnati 513-241-0343 taftmuseum.org Summer art day camps offer fun, hands-on studios creating art with experienced instructors. Each weeklong session ends with a show for family and friends.

Tippi Toes

Multiple Cincinnati Locations tippitoesdance.com/cincinnati Tippi Toes Dance Company cheerfully provides children with a fun, positive, and nurturing environment so they are able to experience the joys of dance, self-expression, and movement. Classes are specifically designed to develop motor skills and body awareness while enhancing each child’s self-esteem. Open enrollment throughout the year – it’s never too late to join!

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Bethany School

555 Albion Ave., Glendale 513-771-7462 bethanyschool.org Offering a one-of-a-kind educational experience for grades K - 8 including a dedicated faculty, a rigourous curriculum, and a strong sense of “family” and community. Dedicated to the development of the “whole child” and fostering the spirit, the mind, and the “heart” of our students. Offering a wide array of academic enrichment, fine arts, and athletic opportunities. With our small class sizes, our teachers get to know each student well and help each one reach his or her fullest potential.

Children’s Meeting House

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. 18, Jun. 25, Jul. 16, and Jul. 23. Visit our website for more details.

Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati 513-287-7000 cincymuseum.org/programs/museum-camp Summer is coming! Cincinnati Museum Center program specialists have designed over 50 days of camps from May 29 - Aug. 10 that fit your schedule and your kids’ interests. From favorites like Harry Potter and Star Wars to Crazy Chemistry and Messy Science. Find a full schedule of camps on our website.

Great Oaks Career Camps

greatoaks.com/camp 513-771-8840 Choose from digital arts, cooking, construction, healthcare, animal science, automotive, and more. For kids entering grades 9 or 10 from Great Oaks affiliated school districts.

Kiddie Academy of Mason

6202 Snider Road, Mason 513-234-0699 8178 Highland Point, West Chester 513-847-1145 kiddieacademy.com/mason Welcome to Camp Adventure, designed for children 2 - 12. Each weekly theme will offer a unique exploration, with arts and crafts, food, games, and more. Camp Adventure participants will enjoy many hands-on, self-directed activities. Camp Atlantis will give your child the opportunity to spend the summer exploring their connection to the world around them during field trips and weekly activities such as Foamtastic, Cool Critters, and Charlie Cadabra.

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.

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Magnified Giving – Camp Give

9940 Reading Road, Evendale 513-733-9727 magnifiedgiving.org/camp Camp Give: A day camp teaching your camper to use their time and talents to become young philanthropists. Visit our website fore more information. 2018 focus: Childhood Hunger.

Montessori Academy of Cincinnati

8293 Duke Boulevard, Mason 513-398-7773 montacademy.org We offer art, computer, music, physical education, Spanish, and science enrichment programs. We also host summer camp with a focus on STEM, adventure, arts, and more!

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 include school age care (over 85 sites), preschool (two Autism centers), kindergarten, infant/toddler care, teen college and career readiness program, youth and government program, and day and overnight camps.

Cincinnati Parks’ Summer Nature Day Camps

Multiple Park Locations cincinnatiparks.com Voted Best Day Camp in 2017, we offer great value in educational and outdoor fun for ages 3 - 14! Hikes, crafts, live animal encounters, active games, and other engaging, hands-on activities occur daily. Fees $50-$85 weekly. There are still spots left but they may be gone before June! Register on our website.

CincyNature Camp

4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 cincynature.org • registrar@cincynature.org Cincy Nature Camps at Cincinnati Nature Center are a fun way for kids, ages 1 - 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.

Great Parks of Hamilton County Summer Day Camps

greatparks.org 513-521-7275 Camps for children ages 2 - 17. Campers will explore nature with two-day to week-long nature, adventure, farm, fishing, and horse camps. Online registration is open. Get early bird discount pricing through Mar. 31. For details, visit our website.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY Classroom Antics Tech Camps

Multiple Locations 800-595-3776 classroomantics.com/cincinnati-summer-camps/ Kids age 7 - 14 LEARN what they LOVE in Tech Camp by designing video games, creating stop-motion movies, producing videos, coding programs, modding Minecraft, or engineering LEGO robots. These affordable week-long day camps are in Anderson, Blue Ash, Cheviot-Bridgetown, Liberty Twp-West Chester, Madeira, Mason, Newtown-Mariemont, Springboro, and Wyoming.

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Summer Camp

University of Cincinnati, 812 Rhodes Hall, Cincinnati 513-556-4461 eecs.ceas.uc.edu/alumni-outreach/summer-camp • ralescal@ucmail.uc.edu Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Summer Camp provides high school students with a fun introduction to the fields of engineering and computer science. Camp activities will take place in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. Jun. 11 - 22. Weekdays, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

First Unitarian Church

536 Linton St., Cincinnati 513-281-1564 firstu.church We invite your child to travel back in time and put Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematic principles to use in order to save the world! With a mixture of live action role play, real world science experiments, inventing, and social activism, STEAMpunk summer camp is bound to be fun and have something for everyone! Visit the family programming section of our website for more information and to register.

iD Tech Camps

Held at Xavier, OSU, Case Western Reserve, MIT and other locations 844-788-1858 idtech.com iD Tech is the world’s #1 summer STEM program for ages 7 - 18 held at 150 prestigious universities including Xavier, OSU, Butler, MIT, Harvard, and University of Louisville-Shelby Campus. With world-class instructors and innovative courses in coding, game development, robotics, and design, our programs instill in-demand skills that embolden students to shape the future.

iSPACE

ispacescience.org/programs/summer-day-camps/ 513-612-5786 iSPACE ignites imaginations and transforms campers into robotics engineers and rocket scientists! In our engaging, hands-on summer day camps, we spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). All camps meet on the Scarlet Oaks Campus in Sharonville. Multiple Locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky 859-462-3340 sciencematters.tv • rollin@sciencematters.tv Space – The Final Frontier, Outrageous Invention Convention, Science Matters Maker Space - Stem Camps. STEM summer camps are hands-on and exciting with fun science and critical thinking projects, camp games, and songs. Where STEM and fun are one! It’s the “Best Summer Camp Ever.” Camps are held Jun. 11 - Aug. 6. Ages 5 - 11. Half- and full-day options.

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STEMs for Youth

stemsforyouth.org - info@stemsforyouth.org 513-774-8545 At STEMs for Youth summer camps, your child will discover the power of technology and math through hands-on, creative activities. Learn real-world skills like programming, teamwork and problem-solving by having fun with activities like LEGO Robotics, Minecraft Modding, Minecraft Adventures, Wearable Technology, or App Development!

SPORTS/FITNESS Full Throttle Indoor Karting

11725 Commons Dr., Springdale gofullthrottle.com • info@gofullthrottle.com Speed Camp - Learn to Race! Ages 8 - 15. Week-long camp, $300 per person. Day Camp, $75.

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8257 Arbor Square Drive, Mason 513-847-4626 tkdworldclass.com World Class Tae Kwon Do offers a fun, safe, and educational summer camp for children ages 4 - 12. Campers will enjoy a wide range of age-appropriate activities including games, arts and crafts, field trips, sports, along with professional Tae Kwon Do instruction.

TRADITIONAL CAMPS Camp at the J, Mayerson JCC

8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 513-761-7500 mayersonjcc.org From swim lessons and archery, to arts and crafts, Camp at the J provides great social, educational, and cultural opportunities that foster friendships and feature all the good, old-fashioned fun that has made camp a summertime staple for kids. In addition to traditional activities such as sports and field trips, Camp at the J incorporates value-based learning and offers enrichment programs to build skills in areas such as science, nature, art, and more.

Camp Chabad

2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati 513-731-5111 campchabad.org A camp that has it all! From Jun. 25 - Aug. 3, children ages 2 - 13 yrs. years enjoy sports, nature, art, music, character growth, field trips, and swimming lessons. Using 200,000 sq. ft. of unmatched fun! Nurturing, dedicated staff. Mix-and-match your weeks or sign up for all six weeks. Lunch and transportation included. ACA accredited. Cincinnati’s premier Jewish day camp. 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!

Camp Livingston

8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 513-793-5554 camplivinston.com Offering an unmatched summer experience for children and teens since 1920. Just 60 miles from Cincinnati, Camp Livingston has provided a safe and nurturing environment where campers gain confidence, self-esteem, and form lifelong friendships. Camp Livingston is a fun Jewish overnight camp experience like no other! Programs for campers entering grades 2-12. Multiple session length choices. Scholarships available. Family Camp Weekend: Jun. 1 - 3.

Champions Summer Camps

Multiple Locations in Cincinnati 513-620-2838 discoverchampions.com • rjohnson@klcorp.com Explore! Learn! Play! A full-time camp with local field trips and fun themes to explore so magic moments happen daily. Visit our websitefor more information.

Falcon Camp

4251 Delta Road SW, Carrollton 800-837-2267 falconcamp.com • info@falconcamp.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 • camps@green-acres.org Arts, aquatic adventures, environment, equine, food or garden… Greenacres has a camp for every child! Each Greenacres summer camp is led by of our caring and professional staff who strive to give campers memories and experiences to cherish for a lifetime. Log onto our website for more information or to register.

Kids First Sports Center – Camp-A-Palooza

7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-489-7575 kidsfirstsports.com • msmith@kidsfirstsports.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.

Metroparks of Butler County

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ZOO BLOOMS ALL MONTH LONG!

The Zoo is awash in color as more than a million daffodils, hyacinths and tulips bloom throughout the park, along with thousands of flowering trees and shrubs. Be sure to visit on Thursdays in April in order to catch free Tunes & Blooms concerts from 6 - 8:30 p.m. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; free with general admission, admission is free after 5 p.m. for Tunes & Blooms, $10 parking. Visit cincinnatizoo.org.

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EASTER SUNDAY WITH THE BUTTERFLIES

Purchase refreshments and enjoy the butterflies of Madagascar in the Krohn’s annual butterfly show. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 17; 513-421-5707 or butterflyshow. com.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES: ART STOP

Explore “touchable” art objects at interactive stations in the galleries. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 p.m. April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

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Go on an outdoor search for evidence of nature awakening and return your completed sheet by 3 p.m. for a prize. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

THE NEED FOR A NEST

It’s a boom in the housing market for feathered members of the garden. What will their homes look like and who will move in? Highfield Discovery Garden, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 1 p.m.; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

ZOO BLOOMS

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Mon 2

FREE STORY TIME

Ages 5 and younger are invited for stories, songs and fun all month long. Today’s storytime features a tale read by Cincinnati Reds superfan Audrey, followed by an Opening Day Parade around the store. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. Mon, Wed and Fri, and 11 a.m. Sat in April; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

Tue 3

FREE FOR MOMS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS

Join a circle of support in this gathering for moms and babies-in-arms only. Red Balloon Cafe and Play, 6200 Montgomery Road; 7 - 8 p.m.; 513620-8328 or redballooncafe.com.

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Enjoy great books, easy laughs and sweet songs. Sleepy Bee Cafe, 3098 Madison Road; 10 a.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

NATURE STORIES

Enjoy stories, songs and activities about the natural world. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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Bring the gang for a free library music series — meet in the Popular Library Lounge for performances from area singer-songwriters. Main Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St.; 7 - 8 p.m.; downtownelisteningroom.com/dtlr-othervenues.

LITTLE TYKES

Ages 3 - 6 celebrate Earth Day with lots of fun activities. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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FREE MANATOTS

Enjoy stories and songs on the LePage Stage. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10 a.m. Wed, Fri and Sat in April; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE REC READS

Bring toddlers and preschoolers to the Rosenthal Education Center for art-themed stories, songs and sensory activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. April 4, 11, 18 and 25; 513-7212787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

SENSORY FRIENDLY AFTERNOON

Bring the kids for an afternoon with the lights turned down, the music turned off, and the noise level just a little bit lower. Plus, there won’t be any water in the water table. Red Balloon Cafe and Play, 6200 Montgomery Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; $8 per child, free adults and infants; 513-620-8328 or redballooncafe.com.

Thu 5

ANIMALS ALIVE

Discover what kinds of animals may live in your own backyard and meet a few up close. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE I AM

This exhibit features works that celebrate the rich and diverse contribution that Middle Eastern women make to the global quest for harmony and peace. I AM remains open for viewing through May. Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East 4th St.; 5 p.m.; cincinnaticathedral. com.

FREE STORY TIME WITH MISS ALICIA

Join Miss Alicia for stories and fun, then stick around with your littlest readers for ManaBabies. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10 a.m. April 5, 12, 19 and 26; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: ART FROM EVERYDAY OBJECTS

Use recycled materials and everyday objects to create unique sculptures and paintings, then stick around for some kidfriendly yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free members, $5 nonmembers; 513345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter. org.


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Explore wee little ones on the farm with activities, crafts and live animal demonstrations. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: CLAY EXPERIMENTS

Teens can experiment with air-dry clay this afternoon. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

Fri 6

FREE MANABEBES

Join this fun intro to Spanish with stories, rhymes, songs and bouncy times with ages 0 - 1. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. April 6, 13, 20 and 27; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

QUILTFEST

The Ohio County Historical Society presents this annual festival that celebrates all things quilts, from historical exhibits to a fun contest. Rising Sun History Museum, 212 S. Walnut St., Rising Sun; 12 - 4 p.m. April 6 - 8; $10 entry fee for contest; risingsunquiltfest.com.

FIND APRIL EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. American guide. Best for grades 3 and up; presented by the Lexington Children’s Theatre. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 7 p.m.; $7 - $10; 513-867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.

Sat 7

AGENTS OF DISCOVERY

Download the free Agents of Discovery app to play an interactive scavenger hunt in the park, then end your hunt at the Sharon Centre for a prize. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

CINCINNATI ROLLERGIRLS’ SUPER HERO NIGHT

Cheer on the Cincinnati Rollergirls in this double header that features food trucks, fun and of course, super heroes! Schmidt Memorial Fieldhouse, 3900 Winding Way; 6 - 9 p.m.; $15 adults, $7 college students and staff with ID, free ages 6 and younger; 513-818-3372 or cincinnatirollergirls.com.

Help make a difference by clearing the lake and trail area of litter, debris and more, while enjoying one of the last remaining public natural areas in Kenton County. Doe Run Lake, 1501 Bullock Pen Road, Covington; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty.org.

DOLLHOUSE AND MINIATURES SHOW & SALE

Check out artisan-made miniatures, door prizes and more. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. April 7, 12 - 4 p.m. April 8; $5 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

EASTER BUNNY EXPRESS

Hop aboard for a train ride with the Easter Bunny. Kids get a special gift and can join an Easter egg hunt. Trains depart at 10 a.m., 12:15, 2:30 and 4:45 p.m. (no 10 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. departure on April 7). Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic St., Lebanon; $18 adults, $16 seniors and ages 2 - 16, $10 infants (free for infants with no egg hunt); 513-9338022 or lebanonrr.com.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES

Take a docent-led interactive tour with fun facts and hands-on activities for all ages. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 p.m. April 7, 14, 21 and 28; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

SACAGAWEA: DISCOVERING HISTORY

FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY: UNDER THE BIG TOP

Jane’s history buff of a dad is forcing her and her pesky little brother on a road trip along Lewis and Clark’s historical route. Jane will find out what life was like on the trail for Sacagawea, Lewis and Clark’s Native

Lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! Take part in the Circus during this fun-filled day for all ages. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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iami Valley Ballet Theatre presents this performance of the story of Dr. Coppelius, an eccentric toy-maker and magician who dreams of bringing his beautiful Coppelia doll to life. The doll is in fact so life-like that some believe she is a real girl, causing a jealous argument between Swanilda and her fiancé, Franz. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 1 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; April 13 at 7 p.m., April 14 at 2 and 7 p.m., April 15 at 2 p.m., April 20 at 7 p.m., April 21 at 2 and 7 p.m. and April 22 at 2 p.m.; $15 adults, $10 ages 12 and younger. Call 513-867-5348 or visit fairfield-city.org.

Ages 7 - 17 learn basic safety, etiquette and full swing fundamentals in this onehour intro to golf. Meadow Links & Golf Academy, Winton Woods, 10999 Mill Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

GIRLS CHANGING THE WORLD

Girls in grades 4 - 8 are invited to the 2018 Girls Empowerment Summit. Enjoy lunch with superheroes: the amazing women of STEM, including chemists, engineers and more. University of Cincinnati, Corry Blvd.; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $15; 513-739-5678.

KITES N MPX

Enjoy springtime fun with gigantic kite flying demos, learn-to-fly sessions or try your hand at making your own kite. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 12 - 5 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE PARK DAY@BCM

School age children can learn about the Civil War during a family hike and helping to preserve a local historic site. Join other volunteers at Battery Bates, one of the remaining batteries which protected Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati from Confederate forces in 1862. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 1:30 p.m.; 859-491-4003 or civilwar. org/events/park-day/behringercrawford-museum.

PEANUT BUTTER N JAM SESSION

The violin, cello, piano and Madcap Puppets team up to tell the story of Jack and the Beanstalk through the music of Schubert. Heritage Presbyterian Church, 6546 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; $6; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org.

FREE PUBLIC SPANISH TOUR

Explore the CAM en espanol as a Spanish-speaking docent guides you through the galleries. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 1 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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ABCs OF FARM LIFE

Explore the letters K through O with activities, crafts and live animal demonstrations. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

MOMMY & ME

Enjoy a fun morning with crafts, songs and a chance to meet other moms in the area — all in a warm Jewish environment. Registration requested, but walk-ins welcome. Chai Tots Early Childhood Center, 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. April 8, 15, 22 and 29; $10 per session or $30 for series; jdiscovery. com/mommyandme.

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Celebrate today’s opening day on the trails and take a hike on the recently improved Cascade Trail to search for wildflowers. Rentschler Forest MetroPark, 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

Prepare to be delighted with a taste of everything Hispanic heritage has to offer, including folklore dancing, merengue, flamenco, and Sonora bronco rhythms, all presented by Cincinnati Baila! Dance Academy. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 2 p.m.; $5 adults, free ages 0 - 12; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

FREE READ TO A THERAPY PET

Mon 9

Furry friends from Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati are in the store for customers of all ages to read to and pet. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE MINI CAMP: SOILS, MUD AND PLANTS

Explore soil types, mud painting, and plant life cycles, then experiment with soil erosion, plant some young plants to

take home and more. Dress to get messy! Registration is requested but not required. Lincoln Ridge Park, 420 Independence Station Road, Independence; 10 a.m. 12 p.m. April 9 - 10; 859-962-4143 or kentoncounty.org.

FREE NATIONAL UNICORN DAY STORY TIME

Ages 5 and younger enjoy a magical story time all about unicorns. Stick around afterwards to make your own unicorn horn. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

Tue 10

MAGIC LIFE CYCLES

Learn about metamorphosis and take a look at many different creatures and their stages of transformation. Programs held at 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tue - Sat, and 1 p.m. Sun, April 10 - 14. Highfield Discovery Garden, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

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Thu 12

FREE GET THE DIRT ON BACKYARD COMPOSTING

Join a one-hour seminar to learn how to balance a compost bin, what materials are compostible and some troubleshooting. Also on April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Dunham Recreation Center (4356 Dunham Lane). Sharonville Branch Library, 10980 Thornview Drive; 7 p.m.; 513-946-7766 or hamiltoncountyrecycles.org/residents/ composting/compost_seminar.

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GREAT HOMESCHOOL CONVENTION

OFF THE HILL: RAPUNZEL April 5 - May 20

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Families are invited for speakers, workshops, special tracks and events all about beginning or furthering your child’s homeschool career. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.; 2 - 9 p.m. April 12, 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. April 13, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. April 14; $50 - $60; greathomeschoolconventions.com.

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FREE I GOT IT!

Three-time Caldecott Medal-winner David Wiesner will stop by to share his upcoming picture book, I Got It!, which tackles the nerve-wracking seconds between when a batter hits the ball and the catch is made. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 6 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.

LET’S MAKE TEA

All ages learn to make tea from plants that grow in a garden — sample different flavors to see what you like best. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

THE MINI MICROCINEMA

Ann Segal’s documentary Conversations With Photographers explores the work of Cincinnati photographers Helen Adams, Gordon Baer and others. The Mini Microcinema, 1329 Main St.; 7 p.m.; free with suggested $5 donation; 513-381-3248 or mini-cinema.org/ screenings/2018/annsegal.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: CHRIS LARSON ART

Learn about the artist Chris Larson and create art inspired by his work followed by kid-friendly yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free members, $5 nonmembers; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: STRING ART

Stop by to experiment with mix media and string to create wall hangings for your bedroom. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter. org.

Fri 13

ALL ABOUT ANIMAL BABIES

Learn about animal babies making their way into the forests this time of year, then enjoy a story and a craft. For ages 2 - 4. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 11 a.m.; $7.50 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

COPPELIA

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NOW PLAYING BEAUTY & THE BEAST

Bring the family for Cincinnati Ballet Second Company and students of the Otto M. Budig Academy’s performance of a tale as old as time. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 7:30 p.m. April 6, 10:30 a.m. and 2 and 5 p.m. April 7, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. April 8; please see website for tickets; 513-621-5282 or cballet.org.

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This year’s production from Cincinnati Ballet includes powerful premieres from current and adventurous choreographers. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 7:30 p.m. April 26, 8 p.m. April 27, 2 and 8 p.m. April 28, 6:30 p.m. April 29; please see website for tickets; 513-621-5282 or cballet.org.

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THE KING AND I

Follow the story of the unconventional relationship between the King of Siam and Anna Leonowens, a British schoolteacher whom the King brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; April 10 - 22; see website for ticket prices; cincinnati.broadway.com.

LEGENDS OF DANCE

The CCM Ballet Ensemble presents a mixed bill of classic ballet selections, accompanied by the CCM Concert Orchestra. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Corry St.; 8 p.m. April 12 - 14, 2 p.m. April 14; $27 - $31 general, $17 - $20 students, $15 - $18 UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

MARY POPPINS JR.

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MOTHERHOOD OUT LOUD

Mothers of all ages will relate to this insightful and funny take on being a mom and raising kids. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott St., Covington; weekends April 14 - 29; $23 - $26; 859-957-1940 or thecarnegie.com.

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OKLAHOMA!

The high-spirited rivalry between local farmers and cowboys provides the background as a handsome cowboy and a winsome farm girl play out their love story. Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, April 4 - 29; please see website for tickets; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

RAPUNZEL

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SOONER/LATER

It’s a world premiere with a metaphysical twist that navigates the paths of romance, marriage and parenting. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; through April 21; please see site for prices; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.

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Celebrate spring by decorating a clay pot today through April 28 (closed Sundays). Leave it for others to enjoy or pay a small fee to take it home with you. Pots will be hung throughout the park, where they will remain through May. Nature’s Niche, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

Sat 14

DAFFODIL SHOW

Stop by the Krohn to see hundreds of the most beautiful daffodils on display. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. April 14 - 15; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 17; 513-4215707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

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Check out favorite dolls, including Barbie, Madame Alexander, Monster High and more. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $5, free ages 12 and younger; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

FIRST LIGHT NIGHT

On April 14, 1845, Observatory founder Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel took his first look through the Great Cincinnati Telescope, the third largest in the world. Learn the fascinating story of the people who made Cincinnati the “Birthplace of American Astronomy.” Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 8 - 10 p.m.; $5; 513-321-5186 or cincinnatiobservatory.org.

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK

The Linton Musicians and Madcap Puppets team up to tell the tale of Jack

SPOTLIGHT

and the Beanstalk using the violin, cello and piano. Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave.; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $6; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org.

FREE MEET THE MIMIC EDUCATIONAL ROBOTS

Meet these robots and their creator in an event that includes a robot puppet show, story time, and some hands-on time with the robots. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 4 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

OPEN MIC NIGHT AT THE KSO

Select musicians of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra take their turn in the spotlight to perform short concerti and showpieces, while the KSO has fun with some quirky orchestral works. Greaves Concert Hall, Northern Kentucky University, 500 Louie B. Bunn Drive, Highland Heights; 7:30 p.m.; please see website for ticket prices; 859-431-6216 or kyso.org.

SHABBAT MINYAN & KIDDUSH LUNCH

Enjoy an inspirational service in Hebrew and English, along with singing and dancing, and a children’s program. Registration requested but walk-ins welcome. Jewish Discovery Center, 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason; 9:30 a.m. April 14 and 28; jdiscovery.com.

FREE SUPERHERO STORYTIME

All ages are invited to dress as their favorite superhero for a special story time. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 10:30 a.m.; 859-912-7860 or josephbeth. com.

FREE WoMANChoir

The members of the Cincinnati Boy Choir invite their wives, mothers, sisters, aunts, grandmothers and other special friends for a day of singing and fun, that finishes with a concert. The Sanctuary, 2110 Saint Michael St.; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; cincinnatiboychoir.org.

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Meet some feathered, furry and scaly friends and learn about their adaptations to survive in the wild. Also at Miami Whitewater Forest (9001 Mt. Hope Road) at 1 p.m. Playground, Fernbank Park, 50 Thornton Ave.; 10:30 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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BACTERIA BREAKDOWN

Explore these small but mighty organisms that help break down the farm with activities and a craft. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

HORSE SHOW

Outside riders and Winton Woods Riding Center novice level and above students may compete in the disciplines of Hunt Seat and Western speed events in this all-day event. Winton Woods Riding Center, Winton Woods, 10073 Daly Road; 9 a.m.; $10 per class for riders; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

FREE MOMMY & ME MEETUP

Stop by the PJ Patch and chat with fellow moms about all things motherhood, including sleep training, solid foods and even just plain old venting. Bring your swimsuits for an after-meeting pool party. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; mayersonjcc.org.

PRESCHOOL SPRING OPEN HOUSE

See how children learn through nature experiences at the Nature Preschool at Rowe Woods. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 2 - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($9 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $4 ages 4 - 12, $2 dogs); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG SCAVENGER HUNT

Discover the great outdoors and see what things are sprouting in the park, then return your completed findings for a prize. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE THIRD SUNDAY FUNDAY: WACKY ART

Solve art puzzles at the Art Cart, and find new and silly ways to look at the Taft’s artworks. Sculpt your own Dr. Seuss-inspired character to take home, and at 2 p.m., The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati on Tour will get you in a crazy mood with a performance of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat. Then stop by the Honey Hill Farm petting zoo at 3 p.m. and meet a kangaroo. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-2410343 or taftmuseum.org.

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PHOTOGRAPHER NIGHTS

Photographers and their tripods are welcome this evening to get great shots of the butterflies after hours. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. April 16, 23 and 30; $12 (includes unlimited admission pin); 513-421-5707 or butterflyshow.com.

Tue 17

BIG WEEK OF BIRDING REFRESHER

Novice birders and those who need a refresher are invited to this indoor program to get ready for the upcoming Big Week of Birding. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FLOWER POWER

Flowers come in a rainbow of colors and more shapes than we can count. Learn the parts of a flower and then make a piece of art. Programs held at 10:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tue - Sat, and 1 p.m. Sun, April 17 - 29. Highfield Discovery Garden, Glenwood Gardens,

FIND APRIL EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

FREE HAIKU STORY TIME

Today is Haiku Poetry Day, so read stories featuring haiku poems, then write a few of your own. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 4 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

TOT TUESDAYS: BIRDS

Bring the little ones to make a birdfeeder and learn what our feathered friends like to feed on. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $1 craft fee plus admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

Wed 18

FREE EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

Learn to live a more sustainable life and celebrate Planet Earth. Meet ecofriendly organizations from around the region who share their expertise and resources. Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 4 - 7 p.m.; blueash.com.

Thu 19

EVERY DAY IS EARTH DAY

See what MetroParks is doing to be in the “green” and learn how to be good stewards of the earth while caring for the garden and the animals. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

RAISING RESILIENT CHILDREN

Acclaimed researcher and author Lucy Hone discusses how parents can build personal resilience for themselves and their children in the final session of the Raising Positive Children series from Mayerson Academy, in partnership with Beech Acres Parenting Center and Children, Inc. Mayerson Academy Interactive Learning Center, 2650 Highland Ave.; 6 p.m.; $25; 513475-4100 or raising-positive-children. eventbrite.com.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: GO PLANET! IT’S YOUR EARTH DAY!

Enjoy earth-friendly art making with seed bombs and natural materials, all followed by kid-friendly yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free members, $5 nonmembers; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

WEE WONDER ABOUT WEATHER

Ages 3 - 5 use activities, crafts and a story to learn about weather. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m.; $7.50 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE YOM HAATZMAUT

The J’s Israel Independence Day celebration includes delicious Israeli food, arts and crafts, games and more. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 4:30 p.m.; mayersonjcc.org.

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rab a magnifying glass and explore the mysterious life of critters living in the Nature PlayScape, then make a special creature habitat craft. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($9 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $4 ages 4 - 12, $2 dogs). Call 513-831-1711 or visit cincynature.org. 40

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FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: RECORD ART

Celebrate Record Store Day by making art from old album covers and vintage Rolling Stone magazines. Feel free to bring some records of your own to listen to. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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Fri 20

FITTON FAMILY FRIDAY

The Lexington Children’s Theatre brings Why Mosquitoes Buzz to the Fitton Center. In this African folktale, learn what happens when Mosquito’s loud mouth causes a jungle catastrophe. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Ave., Hamilton; 7:30 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers; 513-863-8873 or fittoncenter.org.

Sat 21

FREE BABYWEARING 101

Interested in babywearing but not sure where to start? Join this class for an intro to the benefits of keeping baby close and to check out some basic types of carriers. Red Balloon Cafe and Play, 6200 Montgomery Road; 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.; 513-620-8328 or redballooncafe.com.

BEYOND THE FAIRY TALE

The Northern Kentucky Skating Club takes audiences on a journey that leads them beyond the fairy tales for a surprising and delightful performance. Northern Kentucky Ice Center, 2638 Crescent Springs Pike, Erlanger; 3 and 6 p.m. April 21, 1 p.m. April 22; $25 VIP on ice, $15 general seating, $10 students (K - 12) and seniors, free ages 4 and younger; nkyicecenter.com.

FREE CINCINNATI EARTH DAY

Head to Summit Park for a day of fun and games, scavenger hunts, live entertainment and more, all in celebration of Planet Earth. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; 12 - 7 p.m.; cincinnatiearthday.com.

CRITTERS ON THE LAWN

Stop by to meet animal ambassadors as they enjoy the outdoors. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE EARTH DAY AND GREAT CLOTH DIAPER CHANGE

Celebrate Earth Day and do your part to keep waste to a minimum by participating in the Great Cloth Diaper Change. Red Balloon Cafe and Play, 6200 Montgomery Road; 10 - 11 a.m.; 513-620-8328 or redballooncafe.com.

EARTH DAY FUN: STONE STACKING CHALLENGE

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FREE EARTH DAY OPEN HOUSE

Celebrate Earth Day with activities, live animal demos, door prizes and more. Middletown Community Gardens, 800 Lafayette Ave., Middletown; 9 a.m. 12 p.m.; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FAMILY PIZZA TRAIN

Bring the gang for a ride on a historic train to Hageman Junction, all while listening to passenger conductors describe railroad history and enjoying a slice of pizza. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic St., Lebanon; 6 p.m.; $24 - $30 adults, $22 - $28 seniors, $16 - $25 ages 2 - 16; 513-933-8022 or leb.

FREE GET OUTDOORS WEEKENDS

Roll up your sleeves and help make the parks beautiful in time for spring. Assist with invasive species removal, litter removal, trail maintenance and more. Cincinnati Parks, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. April 21 and 28; cincinnatiparks.com.

MADCAP MUSIC-MAKING

Join this Peanut Butter n Jam session with the Linton Musicians and Madcap Puppets as they use the music of Schubert to tell the tale of Jack and the Beanstalk. Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 4418 Bridgetown Road; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $6; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org.

FREE SIGN LANGUAGE STORY TIME

Bring your little one to learn simple signs through songs and stories. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Sun 22

BREAK OUT OF YOUR SHELL

Use activities and crafts to explore the life cycle of the farm’s chickens. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE EARTH DAY

Visit the park and meet with vendors, including Cincinnati Parks, to learn what you can do to help preserve the environment. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 12 - 5 p.m.; washingtonpark.org.

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EARTH DAY PARTY

Celebrate Earth Day with stories about the planet and how we can all help to keep it clean and green, then create a seed bomb to plant wildflowers and make a craft with recycled materials. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 1 p.m.; $5; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

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Celebrate Earth Day with a scavenger hunt — pick up a hunt sheet at the nature center and return it by 4 p.m. for a prize. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 12 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FAIRFIELD FANTASTIC RACE

Grab a team of three to five people to earn points by completing as many challenges as possible, like collecting random items or performing unusual tasks or acts of kindness. Prizes are awarded, too. Village Green, 1485 Corydale Drive, Fairfield; 1 - 5:15 p.m.; $20 ages 13 and older, $15 ages 8 - 12, free ages 7 and younger (late registration begins April 10 and is $25); 513-519-6484 or fairfieldcoalition.org/ fantastic-race.

RAPUNZEL

Playhouse in the Park performs this adaptation designed for ages 4 and older. Young Rapunzel lives in a tower with her overprotective grandmother, but as her curiosity grows, she meets a local boy whose friendship gives her the courage to be free. The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Ave.; 2 p.m.; free in advance, $5 at the door; thecarnegiecenter.org.

FREE RUNNING OF THE GOATS

Bring the gang for food and craft vendors, live music, a kids’ tent, fine craft beer, and of course, the running of the Goebel Goats at 6 p.m. They’ll need your help to run to their summer home in Goebel Park. Goebel Park, 501 Philadelphia St., Covington; 2 - 6 p.m.; mainstrasse.org.

Mon 23

FREE PLAYHOUSE IN THE PARK BOOK CLUB

Ages 12 and older discuss Treasure Island, both the book and the on-stage adaptation presented by Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.

Tue 24

FREE COUNT THE WINGS

Local author Michelle Houts presents Count the Wings: The Life and Art of Charley Harper, a book designed to introduce middle grade readers to the renowned artist’s work. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.

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Wed 25

FREE WEE WEDNESDAY

Preschoolers and their parents enjoy interactive learning stations in the galleries, storytellers and a hands-on art project. This month, explore cultures of the past. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

Thu 26

ACORN FOR ARBOR DAY

Celebrate Arbor Day with crafts and activities all about acorns and other products from trees. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE ALL OUT OF PRETTY

Author Ingrid Palmer presents her new book, a gripping and thoughtful look at one girl’s journey to figuring out what really matters to her in a world where there are no responsible adults for her to rely on. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE RICHTER DAY CELEBRATION

Celebrate the birthday of the Richter Scale creator, Charles Francis Richter. Place a rock at the Richter Marker, enjoy an Earthquake cookie and learn about Richter from local resident Alesia Beckett. Roundabout at Busenbark and Hamilton-Trenton Roads, Trenton; 11 - 11:45 a.m.; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: ON THE MOVE

Shake and create as you use movement to make art — experiment with spinning canvases, vibrating drawing machines and rolling paint balls. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free members, $5 nonmembers; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: GUERILLA GARDENING

Celebrate Earth Day with guerilla gardening inspired art, including seed bombs and drawings on plantable seed paper cards. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

Fri 27

SPRING YOUTH BALLET CONCERT

The CCM Youth Ballet Companies feature talented students ages 9 through adult, performing traditional and contemporary works choreographed by CCM and CCM Prep faculty. Patricia Corbett Theater, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, East Corry St.; 7:30 p.m. April 27 - 28; $15 general, $10 students, free UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

WEST SIDE STORY

The Cincinnati Pops joins the worldwide celebration of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th birthday — relive the brilliance and emotion of the Oscar-winning film on the big screen above the stage while JMR and the Pops perform every note of the iconic score. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 8 p.m. April 27 - 28, 2 p.m. April 29; tickets start at $25; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony.org.

Sat 28

A LIFE EXTRAORDINARY

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela with the Cincinnati Boy Choir, who draws on the rich culture of choral singing in South Africa. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 7 p.m. April 28, 3 p.m. April 29; $20 - $35; cincinnatiboychoir. org.

FREE AUTISM FAMILY EXPLORATION

Families with children who have autism or other developmental disabilities are invited to discover the CAM with specially trained docents and multisensory learning centers. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 9 - 11 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

BIG WEEK OF BIRDING

This park is a treasure trove of birds, including cormorants, egrets and great blue herons, along with spring warblers. Gilmore MetroPark, 7950 Gilmore Road, Hamilton; 7 - 9 a.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

BIG WEEK OF BIRDING

Take a walk to look for wildflowers, along with Cerulean Warblers, Crested Flycatchers and waterthrush. Indian Creek MetroPark, 6500 Springfield Road, Oxford; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.

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CINCINNATI ROLLERGIRLS’ STAR WARS NIGHT

Enjoy a double header and all things Star Wars in this bout from the Cincinnati Rollergirls. Schmidt Memorial Fieldhouse, 3900 Winding Way; 6 - 9 p.m.; $15 adults, $7 college students and staff with ID, free ages 6 and younger; 513-8183372 or cincinnatirollergirls.com.

FREE CLOSING THE HEALTH GAP

Learn how to take better care of your and your family’s health at this outdoor expo. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; closingthehealthgap. org/healthexpo/.

EMPOWERING FAMILIES SYMPOSIUM

This symposium helps families better access community resources, meet special education advocates and work with others who are facing similar challenges. Xavier University Cintas Center Schiff Family Conference Center, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; tickets start at $25; eventbrite.com/e/2018empowering-families-symposiumtickets-42459226690.

FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL: TOPSY TURVY HOUSES

Construct unusual forts using recycled materials like artist Chris Larson, create drawing machines using found objects, and design a customized artist tool belt to keep all your supplies close at hand. Don’t miss out on some edible architecture at the snack table. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

FREE FRENCH STORY TIME

Bonjour! Learn simple French vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

HEALTHY KIDS DAY

Get moving for this fun event from the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati and hosted by Great Parks of Hamilton County. Enjoy fitness class demos, a scavenger hunt, an inflatable bounce house, wagon rides and more. Parky’s Farm at Winton Woods, 10073 Daly Road; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; myy.org.

FREE INDEPENDENT BOOKSTORE DAY

Stop by to celebrate your local independent bookstore with popcorn, special limited edition bookstore gifts, prizes and a local author showcase from 2 - 4 p.m. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10 a.m.; 513396-8960 or josephbeth.com.


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Head to the area’s only independent children’s bookstore for fun and games all day long, including a special visit with the authors and illustrators of blue manatee press at 10 a.m., and an afternoon manaTots story time at 2 p.m. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10 a.m.; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

LEMONY SNICKET: THE COMPOSER IS DEAD

Whodunnit? Join the Inspector for a fun and musical murder mystery that introduces young audiences to the instruments of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 10:30 a.m.; $6 - $15; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony.org.

FREE SPRING FEST IN THE WOODS

Celebrate Spring with children’s activities, raffles, live music, wild edible cooking demos, crafts and vendors. Visitors can also take guided tours of Burnet Woods to learn the area’s ecology and history. Trailside Nature Center, Burnet Woods, 3400 Brookline Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 513-861-3435 or cincinnatiparks.com.

WALK MS CINCINNATI

Help end multiple sclerosis for good by taking a few steps with friends, family and teammates. Sawyer Point, 705 East Pete Rose Way; 8:30 a.m.; fundraising efforts appreciated; main. nationalmssociety.org.

WORLD MAKER AND INVENTOR EXPO

It’s a celebration of making, inventing, problem solving and innovation with robotics, graphic design, engineering, computer coding and more. Enjoy workshops and competitions, drone relays, and plenty of interesting inventions. Boone County High School, 7056 Burlington Pike, Florence; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $8 - $10; themakerexpo.com.

Sun 29

KIDS FISHING DERBY

Ages 16 and younger get an intro to fishing in this competition that rewards with trophies, certificates and derby buttons. Equipment is not provided, but bait will be available for purchase. Pond, Triple Creek, 2700 Buell Road; 8 a.m. 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily,

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BIG WEEK OF BIRDING

Because of this park’s location to the Great Miami River, spring migrants like to hang out here. Chrisholm MetroPark, 1917 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 7 - 9 a.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

BIG WEEK OF BIRDING

Take a walk to search out birds like orioles and scarlet tanagers. Salamander Run Preserve, 4821 Layhigh Road, Hamilton; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

MARCH FOR BABIES

It’s an annual walk to help more babies be born healthy, as well as to celebrate those affected by the work of the March of Dimes. Paul Brown Stadium, 1 Paul Brown Stadium; 8 a.m.; fundraising efforts appreciated; marchforbabies.org.

RABBIT ROUNDUP

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Mon 30

BIG WEEK OF BIRDING

Keep a lookout for birds as you visit a variety of habitat, including a meadow, forest, pond and stream. Forest Run MetroPark, 1810 New London Road, Hamilton; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

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