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Learn the DOs and DON’Ts for a hassle-free first birthday party. Fun tips to inspire the most affordable birthday option there is. Tales from parent survivors!

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y son says I’m a phony! No kidding, my 12-year-old reptile-loving-birthday-around-the-corner son says I’m a fake. Just because I don’t want a slithering, slimy snake as a pet. “I’m a pet lover,” I said, defending myself, telling him again about all the pets I took care of growing up, all the critters I brought home. Birds, turtles, stray dogs and cats, guinea pigs, gerbils. But he says I’m not a REAL pet lover because all creatures great and small are not in my favor. Yeah, I’m not really into tarantulas or pirhanas or other exotic critters, and I’m not doing that kind of thing. I consider snakes “gateway” pets ... once you go there, next thing you know you’re looking at Black Widows and baby alligators. No. It was my neighbor cutting his wet, tall front lawn that caused a small, green garden snake to come gliding across our driveway and raised Tuck’s hopes again. Easily, and oohing and aahing, my neighbor’s wife picked the reptile up with her hands and handed it to Tuck who was smitten on the spot. I watched him fill an old aquarium with cool green leaves and set the small snake inside. Then he lifted the snake out and held him like Leann had done. “Tuck, we’ve talked and talked about this and I’m not changing my mind!” I warned, softly. “Aw, Mom, but they are soooo cool, and I loooove them and I can take caaaaare of one,” he said, eyes fixed on his new romance. And he turns 13 this month. When his Dad came home, he took one look at the now worn-out snake and said, “He’s not a happy dude, man,” to Tucker. “Probably best to let him go so he’ll live.” Tuck’s eyes welled up. “You can hang out with him until it’s dark, honey,” I added. But then you need to let him go. “Where?” Tuck asked. We decided on the edge of the pachysandra near our woods was a good bet. The snake became energized with its freedom and took off quickly. “If he could talk, he’d say ‘thank you,’ Tuck.” And now? I’m getting ready to throw Tucker a party fit for a fantastic 13-year-old boy who I’m fairly convinced will own a pet as soon as he’s old enough to have his own place and equip it with what he needs. Atta boy.

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ay 2 - 8 is Children’s Book Week, and the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton

County is celebrating with favorite characters all week long. As a special finale, Marc Brown, author and illustrator of the popular Arthur series, will join the library on May 7 at the main branch (800 Vine St.) to celebrate Arthur’s 35th anniversary. Brown’s 2 p.m. presentation is free, but families can celebrate Arthur’s birthday at 12:30 p.m. Enjoy a visit and photo with Arthur, activities, a light lunch and of course, birthday cake! Cost is $25 per person, or $75 for a family of four, and reservations are required. Call 513-3694595 or visit cincinnatilibrary.org.

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t’s National Foster Care Month and CHOICES (Children Have Options in Caring Environments), Inc., which offers family and treatment foster care, invites families to get involved. “My wife and I have foster parented for 18 years and we know the powerful impact it has on the family and the child they welcome into their home,” says Rodger Stauffer, LSW. Join CHOICES, Inc. on Thursday, May 5 at 8 a.m. for the Voices for Kids Benefit — learn more about what they do and about becoming a foster care parent. The event is free; donations appreciated. Learn more at 513-521-8111 or choicesfostercare.com.

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incinnati Museum Center (1301 Western Ave.) kicks off 100 Days of Fun on Memorial Day weekend — 100 days of fun all summer long with activities for the entire family, with new adventures cropping up each day. Activities are free with museum admission (all-museum passes are $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, and $4.50 for ages 1 - 2). Check cincymuseum.org for a detailed schedule or call 513-287-7000.

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ontroversy surrounds it. It has firm believers, and equally firm dissenters. And it makes others just plain curious. I fell into the curious category, and so decided to visit the Creation Museum with my kids to see it for myself. Located in Petersburg, Kentucky, not far from the CVG airport, the 70,000 square-foot Creation Museum brings the Bible to life through 160 exhibits that allow personal interaction. The museum also sports an amazing number of lifelike dinosaurs; two dinosaurs guard the parking lot, and another stands at the building’s entrance. Just inside the main hall, a few more cavort with animatronic kids, showing the coexistence of humans and dinosaurs, a key argument for the museum’s founders. We entered, hung our coats on the coat rack and got our tickets and map. The map lists show times, and we were minutes away from “Men in White,” one of several films that run through the day, so we made a quick stop in the very nice restrooms, and headed to the Special Effects Theater. Along the way, displays of fossils, skeletons, and geodes accompany posted questions and Bible-based answers about the age of the planet and the theory of evolution. We got comfortable in the plush theater seats facing three large screens and an animatronic woman gazing into a campfire questioning God and the meaning of life. Angels, the “Men in White” of the title, assure her, and us, that there is a God, a purpose for each of us, and that there is nothing random about the world. It’s fairly innocuous stuff, until the angels go inside a classroom where they dispute a teacher about Earth’s age and the fallibility of Darwin’s theory, amid entertaining graphics, bursts of light and even some rain. After the movie, we continued into the “Dig Site.” The kids’ entrance took us through a cave-like experience with fossils and other artifacts. Inside, we found a diorama of archaeologists digging for fossils, and a challenge to find hidden fossils in the cave wall. The kids had fun finding the fossils that led the way to the Garden of Eden, the first of the biblically-based areas that are the best part of the Creation Museum. Free of anti-evolutionary arguments and other morality lessons, these

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displays almost literally bring HOURS: Mon - Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. the Bible to life with realis(Petting Zoo opens at 10:30 a.m.), Sat tic figures, motion, ambient 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. (Petting Zoo opens at sounds and narration that 9:30 a.m.) and Sun 12 - 6 p.m. teach and entertain. The Garden of Eden is ADMISSION for ONE-DAY Passes: $24.95 ages 13 - 59, $14.95 ages 5 beautiful, a lush landscape 12, free ages 4 and younger filled with singing birds, including a penguin, along with a lamb, deer, and more of the ubiquitous dinosaurs. We loved the sheer enormity of Noah’s Ark, and found the video of the flood fascinating, but couldn’t quite swallow the miniatures, showing dinosaurs two by two along with the tigers and sheep, especially since we thought the “Men in White” movie had argued that dinosaurs died, not because of a comet as prevailing wisdom supposes, but because of the great flood. We didn’t waste too much time pondering the mystery, because another movie was about to start. “The Last Adam” features another person at a campfire pondering the secrets of life, but involves less controversy for Christians. It presents the story of Jesus as the second Adam, here to save us and take away our sins. Much of the story is presented through the eyes of a Roman soldier responsible for Jesus’ crucifixion, making the film feel genuine and moving. After the movie, we exited into still more dinosaurs, and then into the cold evening air. We didn’t have time to visit the Creation Museum’s outdoor trails, gardens, or petting zoo. Instead, on the drive home, we talked about the museum. The kids asked questions, I did my best to answer, and I found real value in our discussion of religion and varying points of view. J Barbara Littner David is a local writer and mother of five. She is also the author of Cincinnati Trips for Kids, a collection of more than 40 great Cincinnati-area attractions.

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Keep the guest list under control.

Don’t overwhelm your child.

The fewer people at a first birthday party, the better. First, it’s less preparation for you. Second, you want to invite people your baby is comfortable with. Karen Cartwright, owner of La Tea La, which hosts children’s tea parties, says, “Keep it limited to immediate family such as mom, dad, siblings, grandparents, and close aunts, uncles and cousins. The more people there are, the more overwhelmed your 1-year-old may get, and that may not make for a very happy birthday.” Lisette Guttery, with daughter, Bridgette, now 2, can vouch for keeping the number manageable. “Our first party was a bit overwhelming. We had way too many people. I would recommend just family or friends with similar-aged children.” Michelle Collier invited only family to her daughter Reese’s first birthday party in February. “We enjoyed spending time with our family for such a wonderful celebration, and I think Reese enjoyed herself, too.”

Your home or another place your child is very familiar with is a good choice for the party setting. “I’d avoid busy party venues and either hold it at the baby’s home, a family member’s home or even at a favorite park,” says Cartwright. Too many unfamiliar people and a strange setting could be threatening to your child.

Plan the party after naptime.

Not everyone knows what makes an appropriate gift for a 1-year-old. If guests ask for suggestions, give a few. Cartwright suggests clothing, US savings bonds for the future or something handmade and unique. “We all know that it doesn’t cost a lot to impress a child, but the best gift of all is to have his family celebrate his special day with him,” she says. Guttery says that if she could do it over, she would have chosen a different path. “What we really wanted was nothing! We would have asked for a donation to be made somewhere in Bridgette’s honor. At 1, she was not interested in opening gifts.”

Schedule the party at a time when your child is likely to be in a good mood. Cartwright suggests keeping both nap and feeding times in mind. After all, nothing’s worse than a cranky baby. And make sure that you get plenty of rest too!

Keep the menu simple. There’s no need for a big spread at a first birthday party. “The best food to serve is anything that’s easy to prepare or already prepared for you,” says Cartwright. “Unless cooking and baking are really enjoyable to you, I’d stay with a simple menu like barbecue, assorted finger foods and soft drinks, lemonade and Capri Sun.” Guttery says to make sure you get an accurate head count. “You hate to be a hostess and run out of kiddie hot dogs.”

Keep it short. “The party length should be no more than one-and-a-half to two hours,” says Cartwright. Otherwise, a 1-year-old will get overstimulated, overtired and will be ready to go over the edge. If that happens before the party is over, just put him down and let the party continue.

Baby takes the cake. Several bakeries in the area make good birthday cakes — Cartwright suggests Kroger, WalMart or Sam’s Club for inexpensive but tasty treats ... and grab a “smash” cake for your little one to dig into — it will make for great pictures and lots of laughs. Guttery also suggests keeping a watchful eye on little guests itching to blow out baby’s candle — it happened to her daughter. “The last thing you want is a 6-year-old blowing out her first candle.” But it was no big deal since Bridgette never noticed. “We just simply re-lit and tried again (holding our rogue candle blower back for the second go),” she says.

Don’t go overboard. If you choose a theme for your party, keep it simple and even let your child be the theme. Collier created a special way to keep the focus on Reese by using photos of her daughter’s monthly birthdays as decorations. Ultimately, the first birthday party is really more for parents and grandparents than the child. Your 1-year-old isn’t going to notice whether you spent $50 or $500, how many people came or how many presents he got.

Limit the gifts.

Don’t forget the camera. You don’t want to miss your baby poking at the smash cake or grinning at the gifts, so make sure someone has a camera pointed his way at all times. If you’re a digital fan, make sure your memory card is cleared. If you’re a film user, make sure you have several rolls on hand. And for different perspectives consider purchasing a few inexpensive disposable cameras and having guests take random party shots.

Don’t forget to have fun. The memories made on this day are for you, so keep things simple and you’ll be able to enjoy the party. Have a little food, eat cake, open a few gifts and snap lots of pictures. Save the rest for when they are older and are able to wake up the next day and remember what an awesome time they had. J Tiffani-Hill Patterson writes about health, parenting, fitness and sports.

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Home parties are the most affordable way to celebrate your child. Start planning three weeks ahead of time for a two-hour block on a sunny Saturday afternoon. Here are a few great ideas to get your

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1 WELCOME TO CAMP KATHERINE! BEST AGE: 8 and up INVITATIONS: Use green construction paper and fold the sides down from the middle to form a tent. Write, “Come to Camp Katherine” (or your child’s name) inside the flaps. Time: 5:30 p.m. 10 a.m., Bring: Sleeping bag, pillow, camp chair, flashlight TO DO: Set up a large tent outside for the number you invite (remember, they’ll all want to sleep in the same tent). Set up a table outside with a green table cloth, a large metal tin filled with ice and beverages and tin pie plates for eating off of. Plan on a weenie roast, chips and homemade cake. Purchase a glow stick for each child and a visor or bandana they can write their name on when they arrive. Play Hot Potato with a slippery snake. Before dark, play freeze tag and go for a group hike. When it’s dark, play flashlight tag and capture the flag. Roast marshmallows around a bonfire or in your fire pit if you have one.

2 BACK TO THE BEACH BEST AGE: 4 and up INVITATIONS: Buy beach balls at the Dollar Store and write your birthday info on it with a Sharpie. Tell kids to come in swim wear and sunscreen. TO DO: Fill a shallow plastic wading pool with sand and sand toys, and fill another with water

B y S u s a n d ay and water toys. Purchase a simple slip and slide and set it up, and set up your outdoor table with juice boxes in a bowl of ice, gold fish snacks and gummy sharks and birthday cake. Use a beach ball for passing the ball to Beach Boys’ music. Have a laundry basket pre-filled with water balloons and let the kids play catch with them. Make a fishing pole out of a stick and string and tie a large swivel magnet on the end of the string. Laminate cut-out paper fish and add a magnet to each one. Spread the fish out on the ground and let each child take a turn fishing. See how many fish they can catch in a minute.

3 CLASSIC LUAU BEST AGE: 6 and up INVITATIONS: Pick out or create an invitation with a summery feel like with seashells, the ocean, Hawaii ... On the front of the invitation in large letters, print ALOHA! TO DO: Get Hula and Hawaiian Steel guitar music ready (head to iTunes to create your own CD and include Don Ho’s “Tiny Bubbles,” Marty Robbins’ “Lovely Hula Hands,” and others. Pick up leis, hula hoops and plastic sunglasses for each guest from Oriental Trading Company. Set up a table and cover it with fake flowers. Get a pineapple and a coconut for a game of Pass the Pineapple, and use a broomstick for your Limbo game. You can also play “Tacky Tourist” by providing a bin full of beach hats, snorkels, flip flops, mumus and other dress up items. Divide your guests into two sets and put a pile of tourist

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gear into two piles at your starting line; set inflatable palm trees down as markers to run around a good distance away. When you say go, the first person in line has to put on all the gear then run to the palm tree and around it and back to the line, taking everything off. Next person goes. First group to finish wins. Provide plenty of fruit cut into chunks and bamboo skewers. Let the kids skewer their own fruit and provide whipped cream for the dipping.

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SLEEPOVERS made easy W BY MYSTI KOONTZ

Having friends over for your child’s special day is a must ... but a sleepover? ABSOLUTELY!

hile some of us may smile at the idea of hosting a house full of squirming, rowdy little bodies for a sleepover, others may cringe at the thought. The amount of energy it takes to deal with our own kids can seem in short supply, let alone trying to occupy other kids! Yet, most of us can think back to our own first sleepovers and those memories move us to a place where losing a night’s peace doesn’t seem so bad. As a mom of three, I’ve hosted a fair share of sleepovers and have found these basics helpful. (please turn the page)

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easy-peasy sleepovers “This is an opportunity to see who your child spends her time with and really get to know them. It’s a chance to be that place where all your kids’ friends want to hang out.” The Best Laid Plans One question parents may ask is, “What is the right age for a slumber party?” There is no hard and fast answer of course, as every child is different. Yet the consensus seems to be around 8 to 10 years old — with family and individual sleepovers occurring at younger ages. When talking to your child about his sleepover, consider the fact that this topic is one not all families agree on. There are heated debates online as to whether or not sleepovers should even be allowed. Some families put a ban on sleepovers, saying they would allow their child to stay for the “party” aspect, but would pick them up that evening. Your child should be aware that not everyone they invite will come. Also, be prepared for some moms or dads to want to meet YOU before they give their approval. Discuss expectations with your child and allow those to guide your plans, but don’t let the desire to not leave anyone out drive your invitation list. Sleepovers are most successful with a limited number of kids, preferably an even number so kids can pair up and no one is left out. Lisa Sackett, mom and family therapist at Deerfield Township Family Counseling Center says that she limits sleepovers to six kids at a time, with any more than that becoming hard to pay attention to. Laura Koontz, mother of two agrees, adding she once made the mistake of hosting 10 kids at one time and was exhausted trying to keep up with them.

Party On! Once the invites are sent, how do you make sure this is a fun time for both you and your child? • Decide in advance if you will have organized activities or free play. Will there be an age-appropriate movie? Which one? Different kids prefer various amounts of structure. Susan Riffle, mom of two, says her kids always wanted to do their own thing in cold weather. But in the summer she would set up water games, which they loved. • Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Older siblings, cousins, trusted baby sitters and other moms are all good people to recruit. • Make sure you let parents know in advance what you will be doing and watching. Nothing is more unpleasant than being the kid who can’t watch a chosen movie.

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• Let parents know what the kids need to bring with them and what you will provide. Do they need sleeping bags? Pillows? Will you feed them dinner or just snacks? This is also the time to ask about food or pet allergies and other medical concerns. • Set a clear pick-up time for the next day. Both you and your child will need some rest and relaxation after playing host. • You may have a child who decides they want to go home. The younger the kids are, the more likely this is to occur. Are you willing to drive them? If not, let parents know. Try not to make a huge issue out of it. Let your child know in advance that a friend may decide he wants to leave. • Once you know about allergies, you can plan for food and drinks. Be prepared to have a supply of healthy and not-so-healthy snacks and drinks. Keeping them easily accessible will allow kids to graze when they want, and save you from constant kitchen duty. I use disposable cups and put the kids’ names on them with permanent marker, so they can use one cup all evening and not mix them up. • Make your house rules clear, such as no food in the living room or shoes off while inside. Remind your child that these are his guests and he needs to help his friends keep to the rules. • Deciding to go for a “lights out” time or an all-nighter depends on you and your child. If the next day will be busy, an all night marathon will be unwise and unpleasant for your whole family. The majority of moms I spoke with favored a later than usual bedtime depending on the age of kids, but they still set a time for lights out. Personally, this is a life-saver for me and even with my teenager, we still have a shut-down time. I can’t go to bed until all the kids are settled, and I am much nicer if I get some sleep! Last but most important, have fun. This is an opportunity to see who your child spends her time with and really get to know them. It’s a chance to be that place where all your kids’ friends want to hang out. What better way to make memories, than opening your home to your child’s friends and allowing them to build happy moments that include you? J Mysti Koontz is a local freelance writer and mother of four.

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1301 Western Ave., Union Terminal 513-287-7021 • cincymuseum.org

Birthday parties in the Duk e Energy Children’s Museum are for ages 4 - 10. Four program themes are available, including pet parties and construction parties. Museum of Natural Histor y and Science par ties are for ages 5 - 10 with themes on dinosaurs or ca ves. A birthday party at Cincinnati Museum Center includes admission for 15 guests (including two adult chaperones) to the selected museum, two parking passes, a 75-minute birthday party with par ty presenters, a themerelated program with activities, a half-sheet birthday cake, beverages, basic decorations, plates, napkins, Polaroid group photo and clean up.

Cincinnati Zoo

3400 Vine St., Cincinnati 513-559-7763 • cincyzoo.org

Perfect for ages 1 - 15 yrs. Multiple packages available: Zootastic Birthdays, Wild World, Birthday in a Bo x, Rainforest Adventure. Each package is designed for 24 total guests. Unlimited rides and animal feedings. Voted Best Day Trip by the readers of Cincinnati Family magazine in 2010.

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The Little Gym

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Our parties are incredibly fun for kids and incredibly easy for you. Our parties are 90 minutes long and include ever ything from invitations to clean up. We send your invitations, provide plates, napkins, balloons and a juice box for each child, a t-shirt for the birthday child and facilitators to run your party. Includes one hour in the gym where children enjoy organized games and supervised free play. The final 30 minutes are in the birthday party room enjoying cake and presents. Voted the #1 party place by Parent magazine in 2010. Call today to reserve your space!

Mad Potter

7754 Camargo Road, Madeira 513-561-1888 • madpottercincinnati.com

Offers birthday parties, kids w orkshops and a summer ar t camp. Kids pick out pieces to paint and can pick up ar twork a w eek later. Studio fee is $ 6 for kids 12 and under, $8 for adults ( 13 and older) and includes painting, glazing and firing. P arents can choose from a kids’ section where price of pieces are $ 10 and under. Party packages for kids’ parties of 8 or more star t at $ 10. We provide all the paper goods and parents pro vide the refreshments .

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Sharon Woods parties for ages 5 - 10 include nature pro gram, party favors, gift for bir thday child and Adventure Station indoor pla y area.

Ideal for kids ages 5 - 12. Unique , interactive indoor and outdoor programs include hands-on activities and demonstrations with air pressure, light and electricity, chemical reactions and ph ysics. Each child completes their o wn make-and-take project. Extend the fun with a variety of e xciting add-on activities and items . Delivering edu-taining parties to your home or location of choice since 2002!

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Parties at Parky’s Farm make any celebration special for children age 1 12. Includes cupcake cake, ice cream, juice box, squawker, keepsake cup and admission to Parky’s PlayBarn hands-on interaction with farm animals.

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A Kids F irst Party Palooza is tw o hours of pure fun for kids and pure ease for parents! Picture a high-voltage obstacle course of trampolines , mountains, rings, tunnels, trapezes and a giant 20-ft. inflatable slide! Then cak e, ice cream, pizza, drinks and presents. Saturda ys or Sunda ys. Ages 3 years and up!

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Parties By Design – Let us create the perfect party for up to 10 guests. Themed game parties, Tea Time, Jungle in the Gym or Parties in the Kitchen are unusual, fun, interactive and creative . We provide all the supplies for a truly unique celebration. Reserve your date and time today!

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

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Plan your ne xt birthday party at our new Ultimate Bar nyard Playground! F amilies will enjo y a park-lik e setting where kids will have access to swings, slides and sand in our amazing play area. For only $60 per hour, you can host a bir thday party or event for up to 60 people! Call no w to reser ve your Ultimate Bar nyard Party!

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Tippi Toes would love to celebrate your child’ s birthday with dancing and fun! We want to mak e your child’ s birthday just what she dreams of – either ballerinas or dancing princesses . We will provide memorable enter tainment for the children and be sure that the bir thday girl will alwa ys remember her Tippi T oes birthday bash. Children 7 - 12 yrs. can enjo y a hip-hop bir thday party with music and dances . Prices will var y. Call for more information.

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Get your kids moving this summer! Your 2011 Guide to Camps, Summer Activities and After-School Programs A Paid Advertising Directory

Academy of Music and Dance

8374 Princeton Glendale Road West Chester, OH 45069 513-829-2345 • wcaomd.com Unique one-week camps for all ages. Daytime and evening options. Dance camps include Fancy Nancy, Cinderella, hip-hop and aa dance dance intensive intensive.. Instrumental camps include steel drum, beginner piano, beginner guitar (starter guitar provided), instrument sampler (a different instrument each day) and Fun with Drums (Djembes and more). Variety Arts includes plate spinning, juggling, magic, balloon twisting and more. Glee(k) for aWeek and It’s a Hard Knock Life sing/dance camps. Acting camps available. Camps conclude with a mini recital.

Anderson Dance Academy

8263 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-474-7837 • andersondanceacademy.com Dance and fi tness classes for all ages . Classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and ballroom. F itness classes in Zumba, pilates and yo ga. Da ytime, evening and weekend classes available. Day classes for preschool and home-schooled students. Performance and competitive dance team pro grams as well. The success of each student is assured with a focused, noncompetitive environment and an aim to build self-esteem and self-confi dence.

ing performances of “Grease” and “101 Dalmatians Kids.” High school students can participate in an intensive tw o-week musical theater or acting pro gram.

The Child’s Place

4936 Old Irwin-Simpson Road, Mason, OH 45040 513-398-6928 • montacademy.org Montessori Early Childhood Program with exceptionally low ratios in nurturing environment. Our 2-acre campus pro vides bike and car t paths. Separate play areas for toddlers and preschoolers . Spanish and music classes offered. Full- and par t-time available. Ages 6 wks . - 4 yrs . AMS Affiliate.

Children’s Meeting House

927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland, OH 45140 513-683-4757 • childrensmeetinghousemontessori.com For 37 y ears, CMH has pro vided a Montessori pro gram education children ages 3 - 12. This AMS-affiliated school is located on 300 acres of w ooded property, less than a mile from do wntown historic Loveland. Call for more information or to schedule a tour.

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6905 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243 513-561-7298 • countryday.net CCDS is a co-educational, independent, college-preparatory school for students from 18 mos. - grade 12. Located on a beautiful 62-acre campus in Indian Hill. Merit and need-based tuition assistance is available. Open House May 11.

Baldwin Music Education Center/Music Learning Center, Inc.

1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45203 513-287-7000 • cincymuseum.org All three museums at Cincinnati Museum Center offer enrichment pro gramming throughout each month. The Museum of Natural Histor y and Science offers Music in Motion for children ages 5 and younger. The Cincinnati History Museum offers Once Upon a Story for preschoolers. And Duke Energy Children’s Museum has an intense focus on ear ly childhood education, including daily pro gramming and the Sprouts Institute w orkshops.

6915 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45230 513-388-4515 • andersonparks.com At the Beech Acres Park RecPlex. Spend your summer vacation with us! Jun. 6 - Aug. 19. Ages 5 - 12. Campers enjo y games, arts and crafts and a weekly field trip. Swimming takes place daily at Coney Island’s Sunlite Pool. Detailed information and re gistration forms available online. Register now!

3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45209 513-351-1109 • baldwinmusiceducenter.com For 45 years the Baldwin Music Education Center has offered specially designed piano-based group music classes for ages 6 mos . - grade 12. Classes are taught by trained group music and piano instr uctors and are offered y ear round, 6 days a w eek. BMEC offers referral credits and family discounts .

Ballet Theatre Midwest

3833 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226 513-520-2334 • ballettheatremidwest.com In the Spencer T ownship Hall. Children’ s dance, music and ar t camp offers weekly themes with Friday performances for children ages 4 - 8. Creative and engaging activities . Children ages 9 - 25 can also par ticipate in the Summer Intensive P erformance Workshop. Pro grams run Jun. 13 - Jul. 29. Cost be gins at $ 185 per w eek.

Camp Coney

6201 Kellogg Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45230 513-232-8230 • coneyislandpark.com Email: agartner@coneyislandpark. Coney Island presents Camp Coney 2011, which offers a unique approach to summer “edu-tainment.” In celebration of Coney’s 125th anniversary, Camp Coney will offer a variety of camps including two week-long Stage Camps, multiple Friday Fun Camps and three new Kid’s Night Out events. See website for details.

The Cathedral Domain

800 Hwy. 1746, Irvine, KY 40336 606-464-8254 • cathedraldomain.org The Cathdral Domain has been a ministr y of the Episcopal Diocese of Le xington for 98 y ears. We are located in the Red River Gor ge area of Kentucky and offer traditional or ad venture programs and en vironmental education camps in a Christ centered en vironment at our 800 acre center.

CCM Preparatory Department

CCM Village, University of Cincinnati 513-556-2595 • ccm.uc.edu/prep Ages 4 - adult, beginners - advanced students. We offer aspiring actors, musicians and dancers the opportunity to explore the arts in a variety of programs. Offerings include performing camps and e xploration experiences. Highlights include summer band, orchestra, jazz, piano, guitar and musical theater, includ-

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Cincinnati Sports Club

3950 Redbank Road, Cincinnati, OH 45227 513-527-4000 • cincinnatisportsclub.com Day camps with varied themes. Ages 9 - 12: cooking, theater, art, detective, outer space, marine, farming and leadership. Ages 5 - 12: sports, swimming, arts and crafts, group games. and a special field trip. Ages 3 - 6: half-day gymnastics camp with lots of extras and morning care optional. Personalized training with certified sports trainers make our sports programs unique whether you choose volleyball, soccer, basketball, golf or tennis. Something for ever y age!

Cincinnati Waldorf School Nature Camps

7550 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243 513-541- 0220 • cincinnatiwaldorfschool.org Located next to Turner Farm in Indian Hill, our Waldorf teachers lead both parent-child and child-only camps incorporating w oodlands, meadows and farmlands into activities that engage and challenge children. From egg collecting and hikes for the upper ages, to stories under the Faerie Tree and creek exploration for the tots, a unique summer experience in a uniquely beautiful setting.

Clifton Performance Theatre

404 Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45220 513-861-7469 • cliftonperformancetheatre.com Hands-on learning experience in all aspects of musical theater. Students sing, dance, act and participate in costume, set design and camp fun. No auditions needed! Just come and have fun. All camps finish with full length performances (Oliver, Treasure Island or Cinderella, depending on camp selected). Ages 5-16.

Cornerstone Parent’s Day Out

7600 Princeton-Glendale Road Liberty Twp., OH 45011 513-841-0910 • cornerstonechurch.org Parent’s Day Out is a Christian-based pro gram enriched with numbers, shapes and colors provided in a safe, friendly and fun environment for children 6 mos.- 5 yrs. We offer morning and afternoon classes. All teachers are first aid and CPR certified.

Creative Tots

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6408 Thornberry Court Mason, OH 45040 513-770-6776 • creativetots.com A small private preschool in the heart of Madeira and Mason. vironment which We believe children flflourish in a stimulating stimulating enenvironment ysical emphasizes growth in intellectual, intellectual, social, emotional and and phphysical development. We are committed to creating a warm, caring and supportive atmosphere. We welcome each child child asas ananindividuality, individuality, nurture their self-confidence and develop within them a life-long lo ve of lear ning. We encourage you to visit our website to discover a new approach to preschool

Drake Planetarium and Science Center

2060 Sherman Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45212 513-396-5578 • drakeplanetarium.org Email: pbowers@drakeplanetarium.org Come let your imagination soar in our hands-on summer camps! Featuring our popular Le go Camps (Robotics , Architecture, Crazy Contraptions and Young Builders) and our Science Adventure Camps (Rockin’ Rockets, Battle Bots, Engineering Camp, Amusement Park Science and Destination: Space). Discounts for Drak e Planetarium members , multiple w eeks and siblings .

Gallop Again Horse and Pony Lessons

11546 New Biddinger, Harrison, OH 45030 513-312-5419 Email: prez74@hotmail.com Join us for a week of camp! Have fun, do crafts, ride horses daily and enjoy a mini show on the last day. Summer camps:Jun. 10 and Aug. 8 - 12. Mon.- Fri., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $200 for a eek, w sibling discount. Email for full calendar of events .

The Gardner School

9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-985-9444 • thegardnerschool.com An award-winning, academically-focused preschool for ages 6 wks . through private full-day kindergarten. Our ear ly childhood education curriculum is age-appropriate and is among the highest standards in the industry. Your child will reach their full potential guided by our highly qualified, degreed teachers and may participate in such activities as sign language , the Be Smar t Kids computer program, dance, gymnastics, foreign languages and music and drama.

The Goddard School® (Multiple Locations) 800-GODDARD • goddardschool.com Whether gently holding infants, encouraging toddlers to share, or providing preschoolers with enriching activities , The Goddard School ® supports the health y development of children from 6 wks .- 6 yrs . Gorman Heritage Farm

10052 Reading Road, Evendale, OH 45241 513-563-6663 • gormanfarm.org

Email: email@gormanfarm.org Be a farm kid! Camp activities include interacting with nyard bar animals, exploring the woods, garden fun, games, hiking, crafts, music and more. Special themed camps for wilderness, art, cooking and science. Camp sessions scheduled by age group. Please visit our website for full brochure. You will never want to leave!

Heritage Village Museum Kids Summer Camp

11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, OH 45241 513-563-9484 • heritagevillagecincinnati.org Located in Sharon Woods Park, this co-ed da y camp for ages 6 - 12 offers an active w eek to lear n about and do historic ar ts, chores and to experience the 19th century life of a kid. Camp meets Jun. 20 - 24, Jul. 11 - 15 and Jul. 25 - 29, 9:00 - 9:30 a.m. Ear ly drop-off and late pick-up a vailable. $ 145 for members and $ 170 for non-members .

Kids First Sports Camp-a-palooza

7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45249 513-489-7575 • kidsfirstsports.com Email: sstulz@kidsfirstsports.com Jun. 6 - Aug. 19. K - grade 7. Kids F irst is a 108,000 sq. ft. facility dedicated to children’s sports education. Weekly activities include swimming, gymnastics, arts and crafts, karate, basketball, giant slip‘n slide, putt-putt golf and more. $233 per week, $54 per day. Visit our website for more details . continued on page 22 ...

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Kinder Garden School

10969 Reed Hartman Hwy. Blue Ash, OH 45242 513-791-4300 • kindergardenschool.com

–and– 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C West Chester, OH 45069 513-874-3100 • kindergardenschool.com Ages 6 wks. - 6 yrs. Together with interaction of child, staff and family, we develop the complete child. We provide formative encouragement and knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal interest in family and holistic edu cation decisions for the child. Kinder Garden School is devoted to gro wing a child’s wish to flourish and learn by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving proficiency in a full, supportive, fertile, fun setting. ENLIGHTENMENT IS OUR MISSION .

Kindermusik by Cathy Siebert

513-231-3973 • kindermusikbycs.kindermusik.net kmbycs.blogspot.com For families with children from birth - 6 yrs. Sing, dance and play instruments with your child as they learn basic music concepts. Ages 4 - 5 yrs. compose, create and explore music from different regions of the world by singing and playing glockenspiels, dulcimers, recorders and percussion instruments. See our website for free classes. Birthday parties, too. Voted “Best Music Instruction” by the readers of Cincinnati Family magazine.

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ballet * tap * jazz lyrical * hip-hop musical theatre * ballroom pilates * guitar lessons! Register for Summer Camps and Classes today! * book your birthday party! ages 2 - adult daytime classes available 513.474.7837 • 8263 Beechmont Ave. ANDERSONDANCEACADEMY.com

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7754 Camargo Road, Madeira, OH 45243 561-1888 • madpottercincinnati.com Pottery painting, parties and special events . Choose a piece , paint it and pick it up in a w eek. Special events include Kidz Nite and Ladies Nite .

Mad Science of Cincinnati

513-793-6784 • madscience.org/cincinnati Interactive, hands-on science pro grams for ages 5 - 12. Half- and full-da y programs at locations throughout the area, June through August. Content is correlated to State of Ohio Education standards. Children enjoy “make and/ or take home” projects and activities each day. Pro grams range from $ 10 - $15 per classroom hour. Sibling and ear ly registration discounts a vailable.

Marmon Valley Ministries Summer Horse Camps

7754 State Route 292, Zanesfield, OH 43360 937-593-8051 • marmonvalleyministries.org Email: camp@marmonvalleyministries.org Ohio’s largest horse camp, Marmon Valley Ministries is a trusted, ACA accredited, Christian camp near Bellefontaine , Ohio. Besides our in-depth horsemanship classes , campers enjoy climbing, archery, swimming and more . Learn horsemanship, make friends and get to know Jesus Christ. MVM has been ser ving up farm fun for kids since 1964.

Montessori Academy of Cincinnati

8293 Duke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040 513-398-7773 • montacademy.org Celebrating 22 y ears of individualized Montessori education. New 7.5 acre campus. State-char tered AMS Affiliate program serving ages 3 yrs . - grade 8. Both of our independent, non-sectarian schools pro vide a nur turing approach to a ver y diversified student body in outstanding facilities.

Playhouse in the Park

962 Mt. Adams Cir., Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-345-2242 • cincyplay.com Playhouse camp instr uctors are local theater professionals . Camps focus on acting and acting-related activities . All camp sessions conclude with a culminating dem onstration on stage. All levels of e xperience are welcome. This co-ed da y camp is designed for grades 1 - 12. Two-week sessions begin Jun. 20, Jul. 11 and Jul. 19.

Pump It Up – Jump-N-Art Camp

A giant indoor inflatable playground known for hosting hundreds of parties and events. Jump-N-Art is an art camp for children that combines art projects, playtime and structured physical activities on the facility’s wide variety of indoor inflatables as well as games and guest performers. Ages 5 - 12. Five sessions available between Jun. 20 - Aug. 12

Rock Quest Climbing Center

3475 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati, OH 45241 513-733-0123 • rockquest.com Climbing is a great activity for kids of all ages . While kids are busy getting to the top of the wall, their minds are busy w orking other skills: problem solving, critical thinking, endurance, self confidence and trust. Summer Adventures Camp for ages 4 - 16. Mini Camp for ages 4 - 6, Jun. 13 - 17, 9 a.m. - noon. Day Camp ages 7 - 14, 4 weeks available. Jr. Counselor Program ages 14 - 16, 4 weeks available.

The Springer School

2121 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 513-871-6080 • springer-ld.org “Adventures in Summer Learning” is designed for students of at least average potential who are not making e xpected progress. The mor ning program helps children become confident in the basic skills through small group instruction. The afternoon program consists of specialized courses in math, writing, social skills and creative e xpression. Jun. 20 - Jul. 15, grades 1 - 8.

SummerSMART at Lindner Center of HOPE

4075 Old Western Row Road, Mason, OH 45040 513-536-4673 • lindnercenterofhope.org/smart SummerSMART is a unique program offered by the Lindner Center of HOPE in Mason,Ohio for children age 11 - 14 with impulsivity, socialization difficulties, attention and concentration issues, and anxiety disorders. The program lasts three weeks and will be offered three times during the summer of 2011. Now registering for session 1 (Jun. 13 - Jul. 1), session 2 (Jul .11 - 29) and session 3 (Aug.1 - 19). Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

The Sunshine House: Summer Odyssey

7818 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason, OH 45040 513-336-7799 –and– 6860 Fountains Blvd., West Chester, OH 45069 513-779-0003 • sunshinehouse.com Join us for a summer adventure with The Sunshine House’s 2011 Summer Odyssey! Our creative teaching team has developed a sensational Summer Camp for both preschool and school-age children that offers educational, fun and well-planned activities all summer long. Get ready for an e xciting summer that won’t cost a fortune. Enroll today.

Tippi Toes Princess Camp and Summer Dance Camp

multiple locations in the Greater Cincinnati area 513-578-1280 • tippitoesdance.com Princess Camp is a magical camp that includes dance , stories, special crafts, costumes and visits from princesses like Cinderella, Belle and Snow White, as well as new Tippi Toes Princesses. Space is limited. Summer dance classes are high-energy and fun dance classes which include ballet, tap, jazz; hip-hop and Mommy and Me. Our award-winning dance classes will be sure to get your children mo ving and dancing more than ever before.

Yoseikan Anderson Karate School

7762 Beechmont Ave., Ste. A, Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-232-1035 • yoseikananderson.com Family martial arts for fun,fitness and self defense. “Chito-Ryu” Karate is a traditional form focusing on self defense, self discipline, self awareness and self control,while helping to improve flexibility, strength and balance. Students will learn the physical, psychological and philosophical aspects of Chito-Ryu Karate. Come and explore a well rounded martial art.

YMCA Camp Ernst of Cincinnati

7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY 41005 859-586-6181 • myycamp.org Co-ed, ages 6 - 15, one-week sessions Jun. 12 - Aug. 20. Cost is $500 - $675. Steeped in tradition and built on positive values , we host campers who enjo y top-notch counselors and mak e friends, doing a wide variety of activities including zip line, banana boat, 100-ft. water slide , giant swing, horseback Horse & Pony Lessons riding, The Blob, new ad venture trips and much more! ages 4-adult * Private lessons - 25.00 Group - Call for details YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Mommy and Me Toddler Pony Classes Summer Day Camps 2011 (age 2-5) 513-362-9622 • myy.org * Camps June 10 and August 8-12 Email: info@cincinnatiymca.org * Birthday parties Caring, honesty, respect and responsibility are cor ner* Preschool/Daycare stones of all YMCA camps. Each w eek features a differ field trips ent theme but all pro vide opportunities to lear n, make * Special needs friends and have fun. Registration begins Mar. 5 at all classes & more! Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky locations. Visit our web* Earn your scouting site for locations , camp dates , program guides and costs . badges

7724 Service Center Drive W, Chester, OH 45069 513-829-7867 • pumpitupcincinnati.com

Clifton Performance Theatre S UMME R CAMP

Oliver S CHE DULE June 6 - 10; July 11 - 15

Treasure Island

June 13 - 17; July 18 - 22

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June 20 - 24; July 25 - 31 All camps are musicals and finish with performances Sat. at 7 pm and Sun. at 2 pm. Open to ages 5 - 16. No auditions needed.

Call or visit our website to register. cliftonperformancetheatre.com 513-861-SHOW

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Classes available for adults and children, in a family friendly atmosphere. Visit our website or call for class schedule.

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ZOO BABIES May 1 - 31

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ollow the pink and blue stork statues to visit all the cutest baby faces on display at the Zoo, and enjoy live family entertainment throughout the month.

Come meet the Zoo’s newest member, a baby Maasai giraffe — born April 2 to mother Tessa and father Kimba — and take part in naming the newcomer! It’s been 26 years since the zoo delivered a baby giraffe, so hurry on over! Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free with admission ($14 adults, $10 children and seniors). Visit cincinnatizoo.org.

Photo credit: Dave Jenike, Cincinnati Zoo.

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YOGA FOR YOUNGSTERS (AR)

Ages 3 - 5 can learn to stretch, relax and have fun with Miss Jenny. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

SPOTLIGHT: Curious George Train Ride May 7, 8, 14, 15, 21 & 22

3 tuesday FREE HALF PINT KIDS CLUB (AR)

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ll aboard for a train ride to see Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat. Take a train ride to meet everyone’s favorite monkey, then enjoy a story and craft. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic, Lebanon; 11 a.m., 1:15 and 3:30 p.m.; $18.50 adults, $15.50 ages 62 and older and ages 5 - 16; $8.50 ages 2 - 4, free 23 months and younger. Call 513933-8022 or visit lebanonrr.com.

Ages 3 - 8 and a caregiver are invited to make a yummy teacup card just in time for Mother’s Day. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-4596131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods.com.

HERPETOLOGY PROGRAM

Learn about amphibians from the Greater Cincinnati Herpetological Society followed by light refreshments. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE BRAIN BALANCE INFORMATION SESSION (AR)

Parents of children with neurobehavioral disorders are invited to learn about the program and ask questions of Dr. Robert Melillo, co-founder of Brain Balance. Mason Community Center, 6050 Mason-Montgomery Road; 7 p.m.; 513-257-0705 or brainbalancecenters.com.

1 sunday AMANDA AND HER ALLIGATOR PARTY (AR)

FREE TREE ID ORIENTEERING (AR)

Ages 4 - 8 are invited to celebrate the new Mo Willems book. Bring a favorite stuffed animal to a party with dress-ups, stories, surprises and snacks. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1 p.m.; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Learn to identify trees through a detective game, then use your knowledge to identify the trees in the Arboretum. Mt. Airy Forest, 5083 Colerain Ave.; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; 513542-2909 or cincinnatiparks.com.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S OVO

FREE WILDFLOWERS ON WHEELS

Please see “Now Playing” on page 35 for details.

ELMO’S GREEN THUMB

Please see “Now Playing” on page 35 for details.

HISTORIC CABIN AND SCHOOL OPENING DAY

Join the season opening of the 1795 cabin and school building, including candle dipping for kids and light refreshments. The buildings will be open Sundays from 2 - 5 p.m. through Sept. Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road; 2 - 5 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

This community-wide commemoration includes candle lighting, prayer and a program that remembers the lives lost during the Holocaust and those who survived. Sponsored by The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, the Mayerson JCC, the Center for Holocaust Survivors of Jewish Family Service, and the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 2 - 3 p.m.; 513-487-3055 or info@ holocaustandhumanity.org.

KIDS’ FISHING DERBY

The lake is stocked and ready for fishing. Kids 12 and younger can win a trophy for catching a tagged fish during this day of fishing and fun. Triple Creek, 2700 Buell Road; 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-931-1849 or greatparks.org.

PINKIES OUT (AR)

Girls in grades 1 - 4 are invited to a tea party with their mothers — explore Mercy’s gardens, followed by tea (or lemonade), sandwiches, cookies, crafts and games. Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 Werk Road; 1 p.m.; $5 per person; 513-661-2740, ext. 346 or motherofmercy.org/futurebobcats.

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Meet at the visitor center and take a leisurely bike ride along the Little Miami River Trail in search of wildflowers. Nisbet Park, 198 Harrison Ave.; 1 p.m.; 513-876-9013 or parks.clermontcountyohio.gov.

2 monday FREE BRAIN BALANCE OF CINCINNATI GRAND OPENING (AR)

Join owner Greg Marischen in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 12084 Montgomery Road; 12 p.m.; 513-257-0705 or brainbalancecenters. com.

IT AIN’T EASY BEING GREEN (AR)

Last day to register. Homeschool groups can learn about plants’ roles as producers and the magic of photosynthesis with a hike to identify popular plants. Pack a lunch and drink. Avon Woods Nature Center, 4235 Paddock Road; 10 a.m. on May 6; $5; 513-8613435 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE MARVELOUS MONDAY OPEN HOUSE

Learn about educational and enrichment opportunities for students in preschool through grade 8. Liberty Bible Academy, 4900 Old Irwin Simpson Road, Mason; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. today, May 9, 16 and 23; 513-754-1234 or libertybibleacademy.org.

FREE THE SCIENCE BEHIND BRAIN BALANCE (AR)

Dr. Robert Melillo, co-founder of Brain Balance, gives a presentation for professionals and educators on how the program works for children with neurobehavioral disorders. Mason Community Center, 6050 MasonMontgomery Road; 7 p.m.; 513-257-0705 or brainbalancecenters.com.

PAPER ART AND GREETING CARD WORKSHOP (AR)

Use colorful card stock, stamps, rhinestones and ribbon to design cards especially for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 2 - 3 p.m.; $20 members, $27 nonmembers, $5 material fee; 513-7227226 or ccummings@mayersonjcc.org or jointhej.org.

FREE PITCH, HIT AND RUN

Ages 7 - 14 years can show off their baseball skills and maybe even compete at the All-Star game. Central Park Ball Field, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington; 4 - 6 p.m.; boonecountyky.org.

FREE WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT READING AND COMPREHENSION (AR)

Learn about current national research and how to better understand your child’s reading development and learning in a seminar that covers the five critical literacy skills of successful reading. Langsford Learning Acceleration Center, 9402 Towne Square Ave.; 9:30 - 11 a.m. today and 4:30 - 6 p.m. on May 18; 513-531-7400 or weteachreading.com.

4 wednesday LOLLIPOPS: SPRING FLOWERS (AR)

Ages 3 - 5 and their grown-ups can explore the natural world through stories, crafts and games. Timberhill Camping Area, 3976 Hamilton-Middletown Road, Hamilton; 10:30 a.m.; $2 plus a motor vehicle permit (see site for prices); 513-867-5835 or metroparksofbutlercounty.org.

ONE HOUR TRAIN RIDE

Take a one-hour nostalgic train ride through Warren County and listen to the conductors share some railroad history. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic, Lebanon; 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. today, May 12 and 20; $13 adults, $8 ages 62 and older and ages 5 - 16, $5 ages 2 - 4, free for infants; 513-933-8022, ext. 101 or lebanonrr.com.

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FREE WILD WEDNESDAYS

Discover the world of wildlife through stories and activities from the Cincinnati Zoo, Farmer Frank from Sunrock Farm, Mr. Cowpie and his Party Animals, Raptor, Inc. and others. Come early and stay late for additional fun. Today, enjoy the Bird Show from Cincinnati Zoo. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road; 9:45 a.m.; admission is free but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or kentoncounty. org.

5 thursday FREE BLUE MANATEE STORY AT LULULEMON

Join in for stories, songs and fun as blue manatee swims into the community for a special story time. Lululemon Cincinnati Showroom, 3437 Michigan Ave.; 11 a.m.; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

CINCO DE MAYO STORY TIME (AR)

Ages 4 and older can listen to stories about this holiday, make an authentic Mexican snack, learn some simple Spanish vocabulary, and play a game or two. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 4 p.m.; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

FREE A CULINARY HISTORY OF JEWS IN AMERICA

Seth Front discusses the 12 most iconic deli foods in this history of the Jewish deli in America from its origins on the Lower East Side to mainstream America. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; $10 optional kosher deli dinner during the show (RSVP by April 29); 513-722-7226 or ccummings@mayersonjcc.org or jointhej.org.

LOLLIPOPS: SPRING FLOWERS (AR)

Ages 3 - 5 and their grown-ups can explore the natural world through stories, crafts and activities. Voice of America Park Lodge, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 10:30 a.m.; $2 craft fee plus a motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park (see site for prices); 513-867-5835 or metroparksofbutlercounty.org.

MOM’S DAY BOAT RIDE (AR)

Last day to register. Treat mom like a queen aboard the Winton Queen, while enjoying the scenery and learning about local wildlife. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 7 p.m. on May 8; $4 adults, $3 seniors and children plus a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE OHIO CONNECTIONS OPEN HOUSE

Learn about the advantages of a virtual education from Ohio Connections Academy, a fully-accredited free public school. Indiana Wesleyan University Cincinnati, 9286 Schulze Drive; 6:30 p.m.; 800-382-6019 or connectionsacademy.com/OCA.

FREE SPACE NIGHT

Learn about space with special appearances from astronauts, a Star-Gaze with telescopes (weather permitting), space demonstration stations and reduced prices for IMAX films. National Museum of the United States Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St., Wright-Patterson AFB; 937-255-1283 or nationalmuseum.af.mil.

FREE VOICES FOR KIDS

Learn about foster care and the services from Choices, Inc., as well as hear from a young adult who was once in their care in this benefit. Presidential Banquet Center, 4572 Presidential Way, Kettering; 8 a.m.; free but donations are appreciated; 513-521-8111 or choicesfostercare.com.

6 friday APPALACHIAN FESTIVAL

Enjoy crafts, music, storytelling performances, traditional dances and food in this three-day festival celebrating the heritage of Appalachia. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave.; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. May 7, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. May 8; $8 adults, $2 ages 4 - 11, free ages 3 and younger; coneyislandpark.com.

FREE ART, BEAUTY AND CHARITY GALORE

Join Essex Studios for an Art Walk and explore unique creations, entertainment from the Cincinnati Circus, complimentary tours of the American Sign Museum and a chance to meet longtime and emerging artists. A canned food item to support the studio’s canned food drive for the Freestore Foodbank is appreciated. Essex Studios, 2511 Essesx Place; today and tomorrow, call for times; 513-476-2170 or essexstudios.com.

FANTASTIC FARM FRIDAYS (AR)

Help plant the garden, build a scarecrow, watch animal demonstrations and more for youngsters and their grown-ups. Parky’s Farm, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. today, May 13, 20 and 27; small fee for pony and wagon rides, plus a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5213276, ext. 100 or greatparks.org.

GRANNY’S PLANT SALE

Just in time for Mother’s Day! Shop for annuals, perennials and more while kids check out the fairytale houses, dish gardens and miniature garden plants. A portion of all sales funds school garden programs and outreach. Granny’s Garden School, 550 Loveland Madeira Road; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. today and May 7; 513324-2873 or grannysgardenschool.com. (please turn the page)

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FREE MEET ARTHUR

Author, illustrator and creator of the beloved Arthur character is at the library to share stories about his inspiration and characters. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Branch, 800 Vine St.; 2 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

SPOTLIGHT: Family Float Fest Saturday, May 7

FREE NIGHT WITH SATURN

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tep up, paddle down and pig out! Centerpoint Health, who provides mental health services to Hamilton County residents, will celebrate May’s Mental Health Awareness Month with a day of family fun including river paddling, a pig roast, live entertainment, hiking and other activities. Morgan’s Outdoor Adventures, 7040 Whitewater River Lane, Brookville, IN; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $25 per adult, $75 per family of four ($10 each additional child). Call 513221-4673, ext. 253 or visit centerpointhealth.org.

Bring the whole family for an evening look at the stars, with a special focus on the planet Saturn. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket! England Idlewiled Park, Ball Field #4, 5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington; 7:45 - 11 p.m.; boonecountyky.org.

FREE SPA FOR MOMMAS (AR)

Moms are invited to make their own body goodies, sample some wine, chocolate and cheese, learn about summer skin care and enter to win prizes, all in honor of their special day. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods.com.

FREE SPOT THE DOG

IT AIN’T EASY BEING GREEN (AR)

Please see May 2 for details.

MANATEA TIME (AR)

Enjoy a selection of dainties from the decafe while listening to a bevy of books. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; $4 per child; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

MOTHER DAUGHTER TEA (AR)

Play dress-up, make a craft, decorate cookies and enjoy a light snack with your little one in celebration of Mother’s Day. The Enchanted Village, 3 South Sycamore St., Lebanon; 6 p.m.; $30 per child, $25 for siblings; 513-477-2368.

NATURE CRAFTS FOR MOM

Ages 6 and younger can stop by to make a craft for mom or grandma. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

STOMP

Please see “Now Playing” on page 35 for details.

7 saturday BUTTERFLY WALK

Celebrate survivors of pediatric cancers and support CancerFree Kids in this walk, 5K run, and family festival that includes live entertainment, food, games and crafts and more. Cottell Park, 5847 Irwin Simpson Road, Mason; 8 a.m.; $15 - $35; 513-535-2948 or butterflywalk. com.

FREE CCM PREP STRINGS PERFORMANCE

Students from the Starling Preparatory Strings Project will perform several classical pieces and demonstrate the Sassmannshaus Tradition method. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 - 3 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

CIRCUS AND TEA WITH MY FAMILY AND ME (AR)

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a tea party from La Tea La, a circus performance and workshop from Circus Mojo, and get a keepsake family portrait from Simper Expressions Photography. Circus Mojo, 322-6 Elm St., Ludlow; 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.; $35 per person; 859322-9313.

CURIOUS GEORGE TRAIN RIDE

Please see “Spotlight” on page 26 for details.

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DRAMATIC READINGS

Deondra Means from the Cincinnati Children’s Theatre brings to life some favorite children’s stories. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way; 12 p.m. today and May 21; free with admission ($12 adults, $8 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger); 513-333-7500 or freedomcenter.org.

FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY

Explore art that is on the go — chase Madcap puppets through the galleries, catch your breath with local artist Ryan Mulligan and his animated art, enjoy live performances, and save some energy for storytelling, scavenger hunts, tours, and art-making activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FAMILY FLOAT FEST

Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.

FREE GERMAN STORY TIME

Stop by for stories read in German and to learn basic German vocabulary. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ARTHUR (AR)

Celebrate the 35th anniversary of Arthur the Aardvark with lunch, games, stories, a chance to meet the big guy himself, and cake! Space is limited. Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Main Branch, 800 Vine St.; 12:30 p.m.; $25 per person, or $75 for a family of four; 513-369-4595 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

LONG BRANCH FARM & TRAILS CELEBRATION

Stop by to discover new hiking trails, join a scavenger hunt, and learn about the history of the farm. Cincinnati Nature Center at Long Branch Farm & Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or cincynature. org.

MADCAP MUSIC MAKING

Madcap Puppets joins Linton Music’s Peanut Butter and Jam musicians to tell stories set to music. Mason United Methodist Church, 6315 S. Mason-Montgomery Road; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; $4; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org.

FREE MATT MAUPIN MEMORIAL KIDS’ FISHING TOURNAMENT

Ages 15 and younger can drop a line and see what they catch, with prizes awarded in each age group for biggest fish, smallest fish and other categories. A free hot dog lunch will be served to each child participant. Pattison Park, 2227 U.S. Highway 50, Batavia; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 513-732-2977 or parks.clermontcountyohio.gov.

Party with Spot the Dog, who is on the scene to meet and greet all his little fans. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 9891 Waterstone Blvd.; 2 p.m.; 513-683-5599.

FREE SPROUTS IN THE KITCHEN (AR)

Ages 5 - 12 can take a food adventure and learn about good nutrition while making a food craft for Mother’s Day. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@ wholefoods.com.

STORYBOOK FUN

Visitors to the Zoo can enjoy a story book reading with Clifford the Big Red Dog, as part of the Zoo Babies fun. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Wings of Wonder Theater, 3400 Vine St.; 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. today and May 8; free with admission ($14 adults, $10 children and seniors); cincinnatizoo.org.

FREE THESE AREN’T YOUR MOM’S CLOTH DIAPERS (AR)

Learn about the benefits of using cloth diapers to both the environment and your baby, and why cloth diapers aren’t as inconvenient or messy as they used to be. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.

WORLD’S BIGGEST DISC GOLF WEEKEND

Get an introduction to the sport of disc golf through demonstrations, and time to play. Lincoln Ridge Park, 420 Independence Station Road, Independence; 12 p.m.; $15; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or kentoncounty.org.

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Happy Mother’s Day! BRUNCH AT THE TAFT (AR)

Celebrate Mom with a brunch at the Taft, then visit the blooms featured in The American Impressionists in the Garden exhibit. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $30 adults, $20 ages 4 - 15; 513-3525140 or taftmuseum.org.

FLOWER CRAFTS

Stop by to make a flower craft for Mother’s Day. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

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LILLY’S PLASTIC PURSE

Ages 5 and older are invited to this Off the Hill production from Playhouse in the Park, that features a spunky little mouse with a purple purse that takes her on adventures with a special lesson. Center for the Arts, Wyoming, 322 Wyoming Ave.; 12 p.m.; $5; 513-948-1900 or musicartdance.org.

MOM’S DAY BOAT RIDE (AR)

Please see May 5 for details.

MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH (AR)

Bring the family to honor Mom with a special brunch. Mills Race Banquet Center, 1515 West Sharon Road; 10 a.m., 12 and 2 p.m.; $15.75 adults, $7.95 ages 3 - 10, plus tax; 513-825-6467 or greatparks.org.

MOTHER’S DAY MANATEA (AR)

Moms can relax with tea and snacks while their little ones ages 4 and older create a special surprise gift. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; $6 per mom/child pair; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE PAGE TURNERS (AR)

Looking for a book club where you can bring your little one? Join the Page Turners for book talk and support. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.

STORYBOOK FUN

Please see May 7 for details.

9 monday

MORE SIGNING, LESS WHINING (AR)

FREE ISRAEL MEMORIAL DAY

Remember soldiers lost during Israeli wars with prayers, readings and songs with the Rockwern Academy and Cincinnati Hebrew Day School choirs. Follow up this celebration with an honoring of Israel Independence Day, including live music, dancing, refreshments and games and activities. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. Israel Independence Day Celebration; 513-985-1539 or ewoosley@mayersonjcc. org or jointhej.org.

FREE MARVELOUS MONDAY OPEN HOUSE

Please see May 2 for details.

Learn to “talk” to your hearing baby or toddler with American Sign Language in this two-hour workshop for parents. Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road; 6:45 p.m.; call for price; 513-475-4500 or trihealth. com.

11 wednesday FREE PREVIEW DAY

Learn about Cincinnati Country Day’s academic and enrichment opportunities this morning. Cincinnati Country Day School, 6905 Given Road; 9 - 10:30 a.m.; 513-979-0220 or countryday.net.

FREE SCIENCE STORY TIME

10 tuesday

Join Dr. John Hutton for stories all about the ins and outs of the human body. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE HALF PINT KIDS CLUB (AR)

Ages 3 - 8 and a caregiver can make a tasty lunch on a stick in this food craft. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula. mangold@wholefoods.com.

FREE HOLISTIC MOMS NETWORK

Celebrate the launch of the Cincinnati chapter of the Holistic Moms Network, which supports parents in making green and healthy lifestyle changes for their families. Meet the chapter leaders, learn more, and maybe win a door prize. Blue Ash Public Library, 4911 Cooper Road; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-853-1086 or http:// hmnnecincinnati.blogspot.com.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAYS

Kick off the summer season with this Kentucky favorite. Discover the world of wildlife through stories and activities from the Cincinnati Zoo, Farmer Frank from Sunrock Farm, Mr. Cowpie and his Party Animals, Raptor, Inc. and others. Come early and stay late for additional fun. Today, learn about animal adaptations from Cincinnati Museum Center. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road; 9:45 a.m.; admission is free but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or kentoncounty.org.

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 Because of the Covington renovation,

the 5K is being held across the street at the Gateway Community & Technical College’s Covington location (525 Scott Blvd., across from the library).

 Participants receive a technical running T-shirt with registration, while supplies last.

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 Family-friendly with activities for the kids.  Raffle prizes!

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12 thursday BABY’S AMAZING JOURNEY (AR)

This workshop helps parents navigate the first few months of life by offering tips for dealing with eating, sleeping and fussiness issues. Good Samaritan Hospital, 375 Dixmyth Ave.; 7 p.m.; $35 per parenting team; 513-475-4500 or trihealth.com.

BABY/TODDLER MUSIC (AR)

Kids 4 and younger and their grown-ups will move, sing songs, and enjoy time with each other. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. today and May 26; $8 per child; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

BIKE MONTH BIKE RIDE (AR)

Last day to register. Kick off Bike Month with a 1.4 or 7.8 mile bike ride and have your questions about bike maintenance and safety answered. Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 1 p.m. on May 14; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

MOMS MATTER

Beech Acres’ For the Love of Kids program presents this parent workshop just for moms, who will learn that they are not alone, can express their feelings, and talk about ways to handle the stressors of a difficult job. Beech Acres Parenting Center, 6881 Beechmont Ave.; 6:30 p.m. check-in, 7 p.m. workshop; $15; 513-231-6630 or beechacres.org.

ONE HOUR TRAIN RIDE

Please see May 4 for details.

13 friday CULTURE KIDS (AR)

Bring your preschooler to learn about abstract and imaginative art through stories, tours and art-making activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers, $3 and $6 for each additional person; 513721-ARTS (2787) or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

MANATEE MART

Check out a range of handcrafted items from local artisans, including hula hoops, paintings, toys and backpacks, all for sale in this Oakley After Hours event. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 6 - 9 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

14 saturday

MOM PROM (AR)

Boys ages 3 - 14 are invited to bring their moms, aunts and grandmothers to a costume party complete with dancing, pizza, keepsake photographs, and a sundae bar.  Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive; 7 - 9 p.m.; $16 per resident couple ($6 per additional son), $19 per nonresident couple ($7 per additional son); 513-563-2895 or sharonville.org/rec.

FREE OH BABY (AR)

FREE ATTACHMENT PARENT GATHERING (AR)

New and expecting moms are invited to take a tasting tour of the store, join a baby food tasting contest, and learn some easy baby food recipes. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513459-6131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods.com.

BIKE MONTH BIKE RIDE (AR)

Help raise awareness for cancer in this celebration for all members of the family, including a classic car show, golf, activities for the kids, live entertainment, and concessions. Glenview Golf Course, 10965 Springfield Pike; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5 adults, free children; http:// s3cinc.shutterfly.com.

Parents who practice attachment parenting, or those who would like to learn more, are invited to this gathering to meet and make new friends. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com. Please see May 12 for details.

DADDY AND ME PHOTO SHOOT (AR)

Schedule a photo shoot with CFEC’s artistic photographer, Jolene Kroeger, for your little one and his daddy and create a lasting memory that will be perfect for Father’s Day. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; time to be determined; 513-5912332 or theplaceforfamilies.com or photographybyjolene. com.

FRISCH MARIONETTES AT COVEDALE

The Frisch Marionettes will offer two performances today — Peter and the Wolf, and the Frog Prince — for little ones and their grown-ups in the finale of the Covedale’s Children’s Series. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; 11 a.m.; $7 adults, $5 children; 513-241-6550 or covedalecenter.com.

FREE IKEA KIDS’ FAIR

Bring the whole crew for activities inside and outside the store, plus kids eat free today. IKEA West Chester, 9500 IKEA Way; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 513-779-7100 or ikea.com.

MADCAP MUSIC MAKING

Madcap Puppets joins Linton Music’s Peanut Butter and Jam musicians to tell stories set to music. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7701 Kenwood Road; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; $4; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org.

FREE MATHNASIUM TRIATHLON

Grades 3 - 6 will be put to the mathematical test in this challenge featuring three different math events, including the Counting Game, Magic Squares Challenge and Mental Math Workout. Prizes will be awarded for national winners!  Mathnasium, 9525 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash; call for times; 513-984-1212 or mathnasium. com/blueash.

PAYING IT FORWARD

FREE SPANISH STORY TIME

Stop by for stories read in Spanish and learn some basic Spanish vocabulary. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE SPROUTS IN THE KITCHEN (AR)

Ages 5 - 12 can take a food adventure while making a warm peanut butter treat. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula. mangold@wholefoods.com.

STORYBOOK FUN

Visitors to the Zoo can enjoy a story book reading with Curious George, as part of the Zoo Babies fun. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Wings of Wonder Theater, 3400 Vine St.; 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. today and May 15; free with admission ($14 adults, $10 children and seniors); cincinnatizoo.org.

TALES OF FLIGHT WITH THE BROTHERS WRIGHT

Learn aviation history with Madcap Puppets and their life-sized friends. Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Ave.; 2 p.m.; $5; 513-662-9109 or madcapppuppets.com.

FREE THEATRE AND DANCE SHOWCASE

The CCM Prep students are in action all day long, offering samplings of ballet, tap, acting, voice and musical theatre for audiences. Visit the website for a detailed schedule of performances. Patricia Corbett Theater, Corry Street, University of Cincinnati Campus; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; http://ccm.uc.edu/prep/programs.html.

FREE WILD ABOUT WATER

Perform an assessment of the health of Seymour Creek and look for macro invertebrates. Wear sturdy shoes. Seymour Nature Preserve, Seymour and Center Hill Avenues; 10 a.m.; 513-761-4313 or cincinnatiparks.com.

SPOTLIGHT: Sun-day Sunday Sundae (AR) May 15 & 22

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he Sun is the star attraction today as you learn all about this stellar neighbor through hourly programs, tours and safe viewings of sunspots and solar flares (like the picture here), all followed by a special treat. Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place; 1 - 4 p.m.; $6. Call 513-321-5186 or visit cincinnatiobservatory.org.

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FREE JUNIOR STRINGS

The CCM Preparatory Department presents the Cincinnati Junior Strings this afternoon. Patricia Corbett Theater, University of Cincinnati, Cory Street; 3 p.m.; 513-556-2100 or uc.edu/ccm.

FREE MAY BIRDS AND BLOOMS

Follow a naturalist to catch a glimpse of some colorful birds and blooms. Kelley Nature Preserve, 297 Center St., Loveland; 10 a.m.; 513-876-9013 or parks. clermontcountyohio.gov.

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MUSE MANATEE (AR)

Ages 4 and older are invited to a special bookmaking workshop - enjoy a story then make a picture book. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1:30 p.m.; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

Surviving Motherhood presents this workshop on how to feed even the pickiest toddlers, complete with recipes and fun meal presentations. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 7 p.m.; $5; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods.com.

17 tuesday

STORYBOOK FUN

Please see May 14 for details.

SUN-DAY SUNDAY SUNDAE (AR)

FULL MOON WALK (AR)

Please see “Spotlight” on page 30 for details.

VINTAGE BASEBALL

It’s a double-header: The Redstockings vintage baseball team will take on their friendly rivals from Springfield, the Reapers, and then the Reapers will square off against the Cincinnati Buckeyes. Heritage Village Museum, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 p.m.; free with admission ($5 adults, $3 ages 5 - 11); heritagevillagecincinnati.org or 1869reds.com.

16 monday HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK (AR)

Learn how to calm your newborn and help both him and you get a better night’s sleep. Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road; 6:45 p.m.; $50 per parenting team (includes materials); 513-475-4500 or trihealth. com.

FREE MARVELOUS MONDAY OPEN HOUSE

Please see May 2 for details.

TODDLER FOOD WORKSHOP (AR)

Hit the trails by the light of the full moon and enjoy some natural history readings. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 9 p.m.; free members, $8 nonmembers; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

18 wednesday MEDITAINMENT

Relax under the stars in this meditation session complete with stories, music and natural sound effects all set under a canopy of moving space images. Drake Planetarium, 2020 Sherman Ave.; 7 p.m.; $7 in advance, $8 at the door; 513-396-5578 or drakeplanetarium.org.

SNOOPY THE MUSICAL

Please see “Now Playing” on page 35 for details.

FREE WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT READING AND COMPREHENSION (AR)

FREE WILD WEDNESDAYS

Discover the world of wildlife through stories and activities from the Cincinnati Zoo, Farmer Frank from Sunrock Farm, Mr. Cowpie and his Party Animals, Raptor, Inc. and others. Come early and stay late for additional fun. Today, check out birds of prey with Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road; 9:45 a.m.; admission is free but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or kentoncounty.org.

19 thursday FREE (ALMOST) EVERY OTHER THURSDAY SCIENCE

Staff from Cincinnati Museum Center will put chemistry in your hands as little scientists see and feel the evidence of chemical change, in this program from Kenton County Parks and Recreation. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington; 10 a.m.; free but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or kentoncounty.org.

KINDERMUSIK PLAY TIME (AR)

Last day to register. Families with children ages 4 and younger are invited to join in for Summer Fun. Sing, dance, and listen to a story all about summertime activities. Kindermusik by Cathy Siebert at Music Makers, 6131 Campus Lane, Mt. Washington; $15 (includes materials); 513-231-3973, siebertkm@aol.com or kindermusikbycs.kindermusik.net.

Please see May 3 for details.

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K

ick off the running season with the 15th annual RGI River Run, benefiting Kicks for Kids, a non-profit that supports kids who are challenged physically, mentally, or by their environment. The race has raised nearly $500,000 over the years and features a fun run for kids and a heart-warming Special K run, complete with prizes, live entertainment, goodie bags and refreshments. Purple People Bridge, Newport on the Levee, 9:15 a.m. Special K run, 9:30 a.m. 5K run/walk, 10:30 a.m. children’s fun run; registration fees vary. Call 859-331-8484 or visit kicksforkids.org.

20 friday FREE BIRDS ALONG THE OHIO (AR)

Explore the birds that live along the Ohio River, and find out which ones are passing through and which ones are staying for the summer. Fernbank Park, 7351 River Road; 5 p.m.; 513-231-8678 or cincinnatiparks.com.

CAMPFIRE FUN

Bring your campfire dinners and roasting sticks to cook on the coals, followed by live animals and campfire fun. Amphitheater, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

ONE HOUR TRAIN RIDE

Please see May 4 for details.

SUMMER SKIES PREVIEW (AR)

Ages 5 and older are invited to an introducion to the major constellations and the legends behind them. Wolff Planetarium, Trailside Nature Center, Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Drive; 7 p.m.; $3; 513-751-3679 or cincinnatiparks.com.

21 saturday FREE ACHIEVEMENT FESTIVAL

Celebrate the end of the year with music recitals, open theatre and dance classes for students and friends, and pre-register for the fall semester, beginning Sept. 10. Visit the web site for a detailed schedule of performances from CCM Prep students. College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; http://ccm.uc.edu/prep/programs.html.

FREE ADVENTURES AROUND CINCINNATI

Parents looking for ideas to keep their kids entertained this summer can learn more about this unique book that offers a guide to memorable places in Cincinnati to explore with kids. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 9891 Waterstone Blvd.; 2 p.m.; 513-683-5599.

THE BEACH IS OPEN!

Please see Calendar Opener on page 25 for details.

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CINCINNATI WALK NOW FOR AUTISM

FREE KIDS FOOD SAFARI (AR)

This walk aims to increase awareness about the autism epidemic and raise funds for autism research, family services and advocacy. Enjoy entertainment before and after the walk, including an information fair. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave.; 8 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. walk; $25; walknowforautismspeaks.org/cincinnati.

Kids can grab a passport at the Customer Service desk, then visit six different destinations. Visit all six and get a goodie bag, followed by face painting and crafts. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods.com.

CIVIL WAR WEEKEND

Learn about the benefits and mechanics of breastfeeding, and have all your questions answered by experts and fellow moms who have been there before. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; $3 donation is appreciated; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War with re-enactments featuring infantry, artillery and cavalry units from both sides of the battle. Visit with soldiers to learn about camp life and weaponry, hear stories from President Abraham Lincoln, and tour historic buildings. Heritage Village Museum, Sharon Woods Park, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. today, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. May 22, battles take place at 2 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 11 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-563-9484 or heritagevillagecincinnati.org.

DRAMATIC READINGS

Please see May 7 for details.

LACTIVISTS (AR)

FREE LITTLE MIAMI EXPEDITION (AR)

Take a canoe expedition along a scenic stretch of the Little Miami, and learn about the history of the area and the flora and fauna that inhabit it. Wear sturdy shoes and pack a lunch in a secure plastic bag. Two children per adult, please; ages 6 and older. Magrish Riverlands Preserve, 5000 Salem Road; 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 513-861-3435 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE MADCAP MUSIC MAKING

FAMILY CINEMA (AR)

Madcap Puppets joins Linton Music’s Peanut Butter and Jam musicians to tell stories set to music. Emanuel Community Center, 11308 Race St.; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org.

FREE FAMILY DAY

Celebrate Morgan Township’s Bicentennial with a parade, a car show, the Ross High School band, demonstrations from the fire department, quilt shows, refreshments and fireworks. Morgan Township; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 513-8675835 or metroparksofbutlercounty.org.

Bring the gang for a kid-friendly movie this evening. Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive; 6 p.m.; $1 per person; 513-563-2895 or sharonville.org/ rec. Learn all there is to know about helicopters, check out radio-controlled helicopters, listen to stories and check out demonstration stations. National Museum of the United States Air Force, 1100 Spaatz St., WrightPatterson AFB; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 937-255-1283 or nationalmuseum.af.mil.

FREE FISHING FUN (AR)

Bring your small fry for a morning of fishing fun with all kinds of bait. Bring your own pole or use a can pole from the Nature Center. Fishing license is not required. Trailside Nature Center, Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Drive; 10 a.m.; 513-321-6070 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL

Enjoy games, raffles, performances and a sampling of international foods. Academy of World Languages, 2030 Fairfax Ave.; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-363-7800.

MORGAN TOWNSHIP BICENTENNIAL

NF WALK

Join others in a walk to support research and treatments for neurofibromatosis, a condition that happens to one in every 3,000 children. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $25; ctf.org/walk.

NIGHT HUNTERS EXHIBIT OPEN

Check out the Night Hunters exhibit which opens today and learn about the predators who stalk their prey in the dark. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free with admission ($14 adults, $10 children and seniors); 513-487-3318 or cincinnatizoo. org.

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PAIGE’S PRINCESS RUN

Bring your princesses and princes to celebrate the memory of Paige Allessandro, who succumbed to a spinal vascular disease last spring. Proceeds will benefit the physical therapy department of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, where Paige spent much of her time. Wyandot Early Childhood Center, 7667 Summerlin Blvd.; 9 a.m.; $20; paigesprincessrun.com.

FREE SAMPLER SATURDAY (AR)

Check out a sampling of the many classes offered at the CFEC for ages birth - 5 years, including music, signing, creative movement, languages, cooking, and yoga. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 3:30 - 5 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.

STORYBOOK FUN

Visitors to the Zoo can enjoy a story book reading with the Berenstain Bear kids Brother and Sister Bear, as part of the Zoo Babies fun. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, Wings of Wonder Theater, 3400 Vine St.; 10:30 a.m., 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. today and May 22; free with admission ($14 adults, $10 children and seniors); cincinnatizoo.org.

22 sunday DOG PADDLE

A KID AGAIN

Join this 5K or 10K run or walk and support those from A Kid Again, who work to enrich the lives of children with life threatening illnesses. Kings Island, Kings Island Drive; 7 a.m. race start time; $30 pre-registration, $35 race day registration; visitkingsisland.com/akidagainrun.

FREE STAR WARS: A BLUE HOPE

Meet Chris Reiff, illustrator of many Star Wars books. He’ll show and sign some of his work, and answer all your Star Wars and art-making questions. Joining him will be a special guest - R2D2. Wear a costume and you might win a prize! Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 3 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

STORYBOOK FUN

Please see May 21 for details.

SUN-DAY SUNDAY SUNDAE (AR)

Please see May 15 for details.

23 monday KINDERMUSIK PLAY TIME (AR)

Please see May 19 for details.

FREE MARVELOUS MONDAY OPEN HOUSE

Please see May 2 for details.

Bring your pooch for a day of paddling and rafting, lunch, exhibitors and contests — including a hotdog eating contest, a doggie fashion show, dog maze and obstacle course and a fetching contest. Proceeds will benefit CancerFree Kids. Morgan’s Canoe, 5701 State Route 350; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $50 per canoe in advance or $60 walk-up registration; morganscanoe.com.

24 tuesday FREE HALF PINT KIDS CLUB (AR)

Little cooks ages 3 - 8 and their grownups can make a peanut butter quesadilla today. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods.com.

FREE INFORMATIONAL NIGHT

Choices, Inc., a local foster care service, invites parents interested in learning more about becoming a foster parent to this social and dessert information night. Choices, Inc., 779 Reynard Ave.; 6 p.m.; 513-578-8401 or choicesfostercare.com.

25 wednesday DISCOVERIES OF THE GREAT OBSERVATORIES

Using images from the Spitzer Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, this presentation explains interesting phenomenon, like why Cassiopeia A acts like a pinball machine and how black holes are formed. Drake Planetarium, 2020 Sherman Ave.; 7 p.m.; $6 in advance, $7 at the door; 513-396-5578 or drakeplanetarium.org.

FREE WEE WEDNESDAY

You and your preschooler can imagine what you want to be when you grow up. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m.; free admission, $4 parking; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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ONGOING events For more ongoing events, visit cincinnatifamilymagazine.com or nkyfamily.com. Cincinnati Museum Center, Union Terminal 1301 Western Ave., 513-287-7000, cincymuseum.org CLEOPATRA: THE SEARCH FOR THE LAST QUEEN OF EGYPT

Cleopatra’s story fascinates all — view recently discovered artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at the ongoing expeditions of Dr. Sahi Hawass and Franck Goddio as they search for the story of the last queen of Egypt. $15 - $23.

FREE FORM FROM FORM

See works based on metamorphosis, evolution and change from leading Cincinnati artists, as well as the life and work of Charles Darwin. John A. Ruthven Gallery; museum hours.

TORNADO ALLEY

Join Sean Casey from Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers on a mission to experience a tornado’s power at point blank range. Armed with customized vehicles, you can join the effort to understand the origins, structure and evolution of tornadoes, all in Tornado Alley — “the severe weather capital of the world.”

Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) 953 Eden Park Drive 721-ARTS (2787) cincinnatiartmuseum.org

FREE BARNES & NOBLE STORYTIMES

Stories and activities with weekly themes for ages PreK and older. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 9891 Waterstone Blvd.; 10:30 a.m. on Tue and Thu; 513683-5599.

BIBLE BUDDIES (AR)

This class teaches simple Bible truths to children 20 months - 5 years using the FaithWeaver Friends curriculum that includes Bible stories, crafts, snacks and activities. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; 9 - 11:30 a.m. Wed; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more; cos-umc.org.

BIG BUGS!

Check out the Big Bugs exhibit, where larger-than-life creations descend upon the park, along with special programs, movies, concerts and a 5K bug run. Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; through Aug. 21; $7 adults, $5 ages 2 - 12 (includes admission to the Highfield Discovery Garden), a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual); 513521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

BUTTERFLY SHOW

Enjoy the butterflies from Brazil in this annual tradition that features a range of activities for the whole family. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Dr.; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. through June 26; $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 ages 5 17, free ages 4 and younger; butterflyshow.com.

FREE CHATTERPILLAR

Kids can learn new languages at an astonishing rate — help them out by joining a weekly foreign language play group. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 10 a.m. Tue, 11:30 a.m. Wed, 10 a.m. Sat; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

FREE CHILD AFRICAN DANCE

ARTWORLD

Stop by the CAM between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for hands-on activities and art making inspired by current exhibitions.

Ages 6 - 12 can learn about the beauty and strength behind African dance. Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, Ste. 662; 11:15 a.m. Sat; 513-696-2112 or bi-okoto.com.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES

FREE CHILD AFRICAN DRUM

These weekend tours led by CAM docents feature touchable objects and hands-on ARTSTOPS. Meet at 1 p.m. on Saturdays; 3 p.m. on Sundays.

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East Sixth St., 513-345-8400, contemporaryartscenter.org FAMILY SATURDAY

An artist will join families to help create art projects in the UnMuseum. Meet from 1 - 4 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month.

THURSDAY ART PLAY

Ages 3 - 7 and a caregiver can explore their imaginations and express their creativity in the UnMuseum. Meet at 10:30 a.m. on the second and fourth Thursday of each month. $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages younger than 3.

Miscellaneous events continuing this month: ARTSTOP WORKSHOPS (AR)

Children are invited to explore their creative side in these artistic series that meet once a week for eight weeks. The Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington; $10; 859-491-2030 or thecarnegie.com.

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Ages 6 - 12 are invited to build confidence, listening skills and discipline through African drumming. Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, Ste. 662; 10 a.m. Sat; 513-696-2112 or bi-okoto.com.

FRIDAY NIGHT GRILL OUTS (AR)

Bring the family to Lake Isabella for a Friday evening of grilled meals, scenic views, live music, and fishing demonstrations. Lake Isabella Boathouse, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road; Fri through Sept. 3; $3.95 ages 10 and younger, $8 adults, $8.75 fried fish dinner, $9.25 specialty dinner, plus a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

GOD’S BIG BIG WORLD (AR)

Ages 20 months - 5 years can learn how to praise and worship with songs, dancing, puppets, play games and more. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; 9 - 11:30 a.m. Thur; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more; cos-umc.org.

FREE JOSEPH BETH STORYTIMES

Bring your little ones to hear favorite stories and listen to new tales each week. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. Mon, Wed and Fri; 513-3968960 or josephbeth.com.

KIDS DAY OUT (AR)

Ages 6 months - Kindergarten can make crafts, play games, and have a snack with friends while parents run errands, meet with friends, or have some time away from the demands of parenthood. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; 9 - 11:30 a.m. or 12 - 2:30 p.m. Tue, lunch bunch from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more, $5 lunch bunch; cos-umc.org.

MAKE A MESS AT THE MANATEE (AR)

Ages 2 - 4 can join blue manatee’s artist-in-residence, Miss Kelli, to read a picture book, followed by an art project based on the book. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 a.m. Mon; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

MAKE A BIGGER MESS AT THE MANATEE (AR)

Ages 4 - 7 can explore the elements of art with Miss Kelli. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1:30 p.m. Fri; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE MANATOTS

Babies up to age 4 and their grown-ups are invited for stories and songs. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 9:30 a.m. Sat; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE MOM TO MOM

Moms are invited to meet other moms, get answers to their questions, and make new friends. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 10 a.m. Thu and Fri in May; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.

MONDAY MORNING CARE PROGRAM

Each Monday, new and established patients who arrive between 8 - 9 a.m. will be seen for a wellness or problem visit with the nurse practitioner, no appointment necessary. Please bring your insurance card and co-pay (20 percent discount for self-pay patients). Seven Hills Women’s Health Center, 9312 Winton Road; 8 - 9 a.m.; 513-922-0009 or womenshealthcenters.com.

MUSE MANATEE (AR)

Ages 4 and older can express themselves in words and pictures - enjoy a story followed by a bookmaking workshop inspired by pictures, a certain author, type of book or whatever muse inspires for the day. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1:30 p.m. Tue; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE PRESCHOOL STORY TIMES

Get ready for stories, fun and songs with Miss Gail. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. Wed; 513-731-2665; bluemanateebooks. com.

FREE SENSORY SUNDAYS (AR)

Private interactive playgroups, offered twice a month for Jewish families with children 18 months and younger from Shalom Family and the Mayerson JCC. These playgroups are free and feature the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with songs and stories, followed by a snack. The Gymboree Mason, 6209 Snider Road; 2 - 3 p.m. first and third Sun; myshalomfamily.org.

FREE TRINITY TOGETHER TIME

Parents and grandparents with children ages birth - 5 are invited to experience activities like guest speakers, crafts, games, stories and snacks. Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road, 1 - 2:30 p.m., first and third Tue; 513-791-7631 or trinitycincinnati.org.

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FREE WHALE OF A TALE

Bring your little ones for a multi-sensory story time that features weekly themes, stories, songs and crafts. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; ages 0 - 5 at 10:30 a.m. Tue and Thu, 12 p.m. Sat; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

ZOO BABIES

Follow the pink and blue stork statues to visit all the cutest baby faces on display at the Zoo, and enjoy live family entertainment throughout the month. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free with admission ($14 adults, $10 children and seniors); cincinnatizoo.org.

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S OVO

Featuring the first female director at Cirque du Soleil, OVO explores a colorful ecosystem where insects work, eat, crawl, play, fight and search for love. When a mysterious egg appears in their midst, the insects are curious to welcome its new inhabitant. Grand Chapiteau, Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave.; April 21 May 8; prices start at $45; cirquedusoleil.com/ovo.

ELMO’S GREEN THUMB

Elmo’s sunflower friend, Sunny, needs a new home and Elmo needs help! Having raised Sunny since it was just a seed, Elmo and his friends have to locate a new home that fits the flower perfectly. With a little magical mixup, the Sesame Street gang finds themselves looking at the natural world from a much smaller perspective. Bank of Kentucky Center, 500 Nunn Drive, Highland Heights; April 30 - May 1; $14 - $52; 859-442-2652 or bankofkentuckycenter.com.

SNOOPY THE MUSICAL

This sequel to the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown focuses on the life of Snoopy — enjoy more than 15 toe-tapping tunes performed by Charlie Brown, Lucy, Sally, Linus, Peppermint Patty, Woodstock and everyone’s favorite beagle. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton; May 18 - 21; $15 members, $17 nonmembers, $10 on Wed and Thur; 513-863-8873, ext. 110 or fittoncenter.org.

STOMP

It’s a stompin’ good time with some amazing performers in this high-energy show that’s all about keeping the beat with some unusual instruments. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; May 6 - 8; $22.50 - $57.50; 513621-ARTS (2787) or cincinnatiarts.org.

daily LISTINGS FREE WILD WEDNESDAYS

Discover the world of wildlife through stories and activities from the Cincinnati Zoo, Farmer Frank from Sunrock Farm, Mr. Cowpie and his Party Animals, Raptor, Inc. and others. Come early and stay late for additional fun. Today, meet Farmer Frank from Sunrock Farm and his barnyard animals. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road; 9:45 a.m.; admission is free but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or kentoncounty.org.

BUTTERFLY FASHION SHOW

26 thursday FREE (ALMOST) EVERY OTHER THURSDAY SCIENCE

Please see May 26 for details.

Crystal Clear Science introduces young ones to the mysteries of what makes a magnet a magnet, in this program from Kenton County Parks and Recreation. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington; 10 a.m.; free but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859525-PLAY (7529) or kentoncounty.org.

BABY/TODDLER MUSIC (AR)

Please see May 12 for details.

MINI TRIATHLON (AR)

Last day to register. Challenge yourself and your family with a mini-triathlon, including a 1.5-mile walk or run, a 3-mile bike, and a 1-mile paddle, followed by a cookout. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 10 a.m. on May 29; $20 per person plus a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

27 friday FREE NATURE STORY TIME

Join the staff from Imago Earth Center for nature stories, songs and other fun activities. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

28 saturday ART SHOW AND SALE

Join in for a day of shipping and activities, all to benefit the Whole Planet Foundation. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-4596131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods.com.

FREE FRENCH STORY TIME

FOLLOW THE NORTH STAR

Kids can practice their handwriting skills with a quill pen, using ink they’ve made themselves, just like people living in the early 19th century. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way; 12 p.m.; free with admission ($12 adults, $8 ages 6 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-333-7500 or freedomcenter. org.

RGI RIVER RUN

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29 sunday Learn the basics of butterflies the watch them float down the cat walk to show off their colors, followed by a butterfly craft. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

Stop by to hear stories read in French and learn some basic French vocabulary. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

See Snoopy and the gang during Fitton Center for Creative Arts’ performance of Snoopy the Musical.

FREE SPROUTS IN THE KITCHEN (AR)

Ages 5 - 12 can learn how to make kabobs for their lunch today. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@ wholefoods.com.

MINI TRIATHLON (AR)

NATURE FESTIVAL

Join in for some family fun, including a scavenger hunt, hands-on activities and games, crafts and face painting. Harbor, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 1 - 4 p.m. today and May 30; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

ROBOT RUCKUS (AR)

Ages 5 - 10 can listen to stories about robots, have some snacks, and learn to make robots out of recycled materials. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; $6 per child; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

30 monday HUNGER WALK

Join the Hunger Walk 5K Run and Walk, with proceeds benefiting Freestore Foodbank Member Agencies in Northern Kentucky, Ohio and Southeast Indiana. Choose your favorite agency when registering online. After the walk, enjoy a barbecue and live entertainment. Sawyer Point; 9 a.m.; $15 - $20; cincinnatihungerwalk. org.

NATURE FESTIVAL

Please see May 29 for details.

NATURE’S GARBAGE COLLECTORS

Meet some local scavengers and learn how important their jobs really are. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 and 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

31 tuesday FREE HALF PINT KIDS CLUB (AR)

Ages 3 - 8 and a caregiver can learn how to make some no-bake cinnamon rolls today. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-459-6131 or paula.mangold@wholefoods.com.

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