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