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the early 1900s, kids walked everywhere. Little kids. It was not uncommon — in fact it was common — for kids as young as 8 to walk several miles to a favorite fishing haunt or to walk several miles to school for that matter. That’s hard to fathom today. I bet you can’t. The freedom to just freely roam is no longer there for our kids. They can’t — or don’t —just run out the door and head out to play like kids once did. They can’t go anywhere without making sure Mom or Dad knows where they are, when they’ll be back, who they’ll be with and what they’ll be doing. When I was a kid, my best friend and I rode bikes to town on a busy road with a narrow shoulder. Cars made large swaths around us as we rode and wind from the passing cars whipped our faces. It was awesome. This just wouldn’t happen today — the riding bikes to town part, that is. You never see kids riding bikes in neighborhoods anymore. Every so often you’ll see the little ones, but there’s always someone there, supervising. So we have to find ways for kids to get back that ability to roam outside in the world, unfettered and carefree. How can we do that? The only place they roam free now is on their cell phones. Research has shown that people deprived of contact with the outdoors are at greater risk for depression and anxiety. But kids aren’t just getting less and less unsupervised time outside, many of them are sorely lacking in just play time. I know you’re in to the idea of free play for your kids — but I think we all have to take it a step further. I think we have to think about ways to let them play outside without us there. Discover safe places for them to roam. Take them to where it’s OK to ride bikes. While no one will allow an 8 year old to walk six miles to a fishing hole today, what CAN we allow? True freedom for kids impacts their ability to be creative later in life. Creativity: The very thing that experts say keeps us humans from depression and stress. My oldest boy loves to be outside. He has a favorite place where he fishes and he loves to be up early with the sunrise to go there. I started letting him go there at 13 because he’s old enough to do it and because I know where it is and that it’s safe. Of my four kids, my outdoor-loving son is probably the happiest. I just think we need to think about it. For quite some time now — at least since the 80s and definitely since 9/11, society and parents have been suppressing kids’ freedoms. Kids are supposed to follow all of these rules, conform to what the world says is appropriate, “fall in.” When are they allowed to walk down a dirt road by themselves picking honeysuckle and daydreaming? Like I said. Think about it.

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TEETH BRUSHING: TIPS FROM LOCAL PARENTS Do you have a creative way to get kids to brush their teeth? “In order to get my youngest to brush his teeth properly, we told him how great his older brother brushes and that he doesn’t want to get beat by him (they’re very friendly/competitive). He was 2 then. He’s 6 now and still tells us every night that he’s sure he did a better job than his brother.” Jennie Klems Bickel

“We use a special tooth brush of (their choice) to get them excited about it. Then, I brush MY teeth to get them shiny. Next, they get their turn for one minute to see if they can make them shinier than mine. My 3-year-old loves it. Great brushing habits now!” Meranda Abercrombie

“We sing a tooth song that we make up as we go. My 2-year-old loves to sing, and I help her brush. Sometimes I’ll have her brush her baby doll’s teeth. No fussing at all!” Stephanie Cook Harris

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“I have a 3-year-old with autism and sensory processing disorder. She has a light up toothbrush that only works when she’s brushing. She also has a vibrating minion toothbrush. It makes a difference when they have special things they enjoy.” Joni Mae Baker

“I tell my kids that brushing their teeth is so important for the tooth fairy, because when they lose their baby teeth they go to another baby when they’re born! My kids are always trying to help others. They’ve been taking very good care of their pearly whites! We can’t give newborn babies rotten teeth now, can we?” Tanisha Carson

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reestore Foodbank’s 14th annual Hunger Walk & 5K Run takes place at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day, May 29 at The Banks, downtown. This makes a great way for kids and families to help others; the event raises funds for the Freestore Foodbank’s 350 partner agencies that distribute 23 million meals each year. Online registration is open until 2 p.m. May 26, and ranges from $20 $25. To join or donate to a team, call 513-482-FOOD (3663) or visit cincinnatihungerwalk.org.

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ockin’ Jump is bouncing into Cincinnati this month! Located at the Crossings of Colerain (8350 Colerain Ave.), the 24,801-square-foot park will include trampolines, X-beam jousting, a dodge ball arena, a vertigo climbing tower

Can’t make the Hunger Walk? You can still make a contribution, right out of your own mailbox! Stamp Out Hunger, takes place May 13; it’s a national food drive hosted by the National Association of Letter Carriers. Just pack up canned goods and other non-perishable food items in a sturdy bag and leave them for your letter carrier to pick up. Donate canned veggies and fruits, canned soups, peanut butter, mac-n-cheese, cereal, canned chicken, tuna and chili. Learn more at freestorefoodbank.org/ stampouthunger/.

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THE PIGGEST RAFFLE EVER! HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CAROL ANN’S CAROUSEL

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arol Ann’s Carousel turns 2 this month, so head on out to celebrate the occasion. Enjoy free rides from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m., special treats, Circus acts like stilt walkers and magicians, face painting, games, prizes and nature programming, all from the Cincinnati Parks Foundation. Head to 8 West Mehring Way from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 13 and join in the fun. Visit cincinnatiparks.com for more details. Photos by Kirk Rhein and Gary Kessler.

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Numerous studies, along with real-life experiences, have shown that kids benefit from reading aloud to a therapy dog. With a nonjudgmental, attention-loving listener kids get the chance to simply enjoy sharing a story, which can make reading fun and exciting and not just a boring task. And since reading aloud is great practice for beginners, chances are also good their literacy skills will improve dramatically. Fortunately, local libraries have caught on to the trend and offer multiple programs throughout the month

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SECRETS OF HAPPY MOMS By Christa Melnyk Hines

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“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”

appiness is an emotion that can come and go, but how do you recapture that bubbly feeling amid the challenges and stresses of parenthood? Here are a few tips from moms for staying positive and feeling good.

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enjoy cooking, find a day when you can slow down and relish the preparation. The process of chopping and measuring ingredients is meditative and soothing. If it’s not your favorite thing to do, at least set a pretty table when you can with cheerful flowers to brighten it up.

SECRETS OF HAPPY MOMS

1) MOMS NIGHT OUT. Several moms polled for this article agree that moms’ night outs with their friends help them feel more optimistic, and science proves it. Studies find that time bonding with friends boosts your oxytocin level, the natural hormone that reduces stress. Check out mothers’ groups in your area to get your support network going.

2) COMMIT TO HEALTHY LIVING. Making time to care for your body helps you to feel more selfconfident and energetic. Exercise, try to get adequate sleep, schedule regular “me” time and make healthy food choices to feel your best. “I know that when I’m reasonably well-rested and happy, I’m absolutely more patient, energetic and empathetic to everyone in my household,” says Erica Wilson, a mom of one.

3) TAKE TIME FOR PERSONAL PURSUITS. Whether you like surfing Pinterest, training for a 5K or simply taking a warm bubble bath, moments stolen throughout the week contribute to your overall sense of well-being. “I try to take at least a few minutes a day outside. I close my eyes, take deep breaths and listen to the sounds,” says Melanie Werner, a mom of one.

4) NOURISH YOURSELF. During the rush of the week, you may throw meals together just to get your crew fed. If you

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5) LAUGH. Family life IS funny — learn to see it that way. Kids say hilarious things and all kinds of things happen. Write those gems down and put’em in a jar. Next time you need a lift, read them. Also, look at family videos or photos, head out to a fun event, watch a silly movie or read a humorous book. Let yourself enjoy!

6) GET SPIRITUAL. Studies find that women — and all people — who lean on an inner belief system are happier. Find a connection to spirituality through joining a church, helping others, personal meditation or journaling. Michelle Hovick, a mom of one, says the “Elevation” church app is one of her favorite spiritual gateways to a mood shift.

7) PRACTICE GRATITUDE. In a gratitude study at Eastern Washington University, researchers found a correlation between gratitude and happiness. “We have found that grateful individuals tend to be happy individuals and that grateful thinking improves mood,” the researchers report. Try writing down three things you’re thankful for each day — tiny moments count, too!

8) GET YOUR GROOVE ON. Whether she participates in a Jazzercise class or switches

on upbeat dance tunes in the kitchen, Jessie Mallicoat, a mom of three, dances. “If I’m in a bad mood, I put on some ‘dancy’ music and it usually helps,” Mallicoat says. Studies find that dancing boosts the body’s feel-good endorphins. Dancing has even helped reverse depression and increase self-confidence — wow!

9) SET BOUNDARIES. Happier moms make conscious decisions each day about who and what is allowed into their lives. Switching to this way of thinking is empowering. You don’t have to be harsh or hurtful to accomplish this goal. Politely decline invitations that don’t fit with your priorities and limit interactions with negative people.

10) ACCESS GOOD CHILDCARE. Seek reliable childcare in order to feel secure pursuing other interests and work. Having trouble finding a sitter? Check out sittercity.com, care.com or ask other parents for references.

11) AVOID COMPARISON. Parenting philosophies that work well in one family may not work well in another. Thanks to the information highway, there’s no shortage of advice out there. Decide what works best for your family, i.e. how you want your family to “be.” But careful: spending too much time on social media can make you feel like you don’t quite measure up. “Being happy with yourself and how you parent is key to accepting other moms and how they parent, which creates a more supportive parenting community all around,” says Mandy Yokim, mom of two. Freelance journalist, Christa Melnyk Hines and her husband are the parents of two boys. She finds happiness in historical romance novels, sunny days and chocolate chip cookies. She’s the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life.

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THIS TOO SHALL PASS

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9 Clichés About Momhood That Just So Happen to be True. Dear Moms,

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THIS TOO SHALL PASS

9 Clichés About Momhood That Just So Happen to be True “This too shall pass.”

When you rock a colicky baby at all hours, this comforting mantra is like a blinking light. I still whisper this oft-spoken phrase to myself in times of stress, and it hasn’t let me down yet.

“I get by with a little help from my friends.”

Don’t underestimate the value of a supportive network of mommy friends. Take it from me, connecting with other moms offers a pressure release valve when you need to talk out your worries and frustrations, much to the relief of your frequently called-on pediatrician.

“The days are long, but the years are short.”

When steering through a tearful toddler tirade or slogging through sick days, you’ll want nothing more than the clock to skip ahead to a less exhausting time or place. When well-meaning individuals told me, “Enjoy these days — they go so fast,” I wanted to give them a swift kick in the derriere. But I understand why they said it. Those long days are quickly becoming bittersweet memories.

“Mother knows best.”

Know your own heart and mind. I recall standing in line at the store with my 2-week-old son sleeping in his baby carrier. “What a tiny baby,” said an elderly woman behind me. “How old is he?” When I told her, her voice hardened. “In my day, I wouldn’t have left the house until he was at least 6 weeks old.” As a sensitive new mom, admonishments like this bothered me despite following doctor’s

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DE-STRESS

“I like to read or turn off the radio and pray no one calls me on my drive home.”

— local mom Kristin Spradlin Fannon

“Life is like a box of chocolates: You never know what you’re gonna get.”

You’ll gain a new respect and appreciation for individuality and the word “quirky.” Many kids have curious interests. My son has loved cars since he was 2. Not sexy sports cars, mind you. Cars like the 1988 Ford Taurus station wagon and the AMC Gremlin make his socks go up and down.

“Keep calm and carry on.”

Your ability to remain calm in a crisis may surprise you. I learned this about myself when my youngest was 3. Across the room he chirped, “Look at me, Mommy!” and sure enough he was hanging upside down from the top of the oak mantle of our stone fireplace. “You need to get down,” I said coolly to avoid sudden movement on his part. I walked fast to lift him down. I still shudder, imagining his brains splattered across the floor.

“Mother is the world’s hardest job.”

Emotionally-charged days with screaming kids may drive you to retreat behind closed doors, curl up in a fetal position and sob. You may tell yourself that mothering is too hard and you aren’t getting any of it right. But surrender isn’t an option. You’ll pick yourself up, splash cold water on your face and get back out there.

“No guts, no glory.”

On especially exasperating days, you might fantasize about packing up and abandoning this motherhood mess you got yourself into. But you won’t run away. Children have a distinctive talent for breaking and repairing your heart daily. You won’t think twice about accepting their vise-like hugs and sloppy kisses. You’ll tuck sentimental notes away for safekeeping that sing your praises in childish scrawl, gussied up with stick people holding hands.

The minute my son arrived on the scene, he naturally became the center of our universe. I forgot how much I still needed to nourish my body and spirit if I was going to be an emotionally stable and healthy mother. Getting out of the house, taking walks, joining a supportive moms’ group and returning to my interests reduced my anxiety levels and helped me feel more content. In the thick of motherhood, you’ll find these sayings will gently assimilate themselves neatly among life’s forthcoming milestones, tragedies and triumphs. And sooner or later, you’ll turn to congratulate a new mom and out will pop the words you swore you’d never say, “Enjoy these days. They go so fast.” Christa Melnyk Hines is the mom of two boys. She’s the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life, a resource for moms seeking asylum from isolation and an out-of-whack social life.

“Put on your own oxygen mask first.”

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Abrakadoodle Summer Art Camps Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati

513-297-5655

Abrakadoodle offers summer camps and camps during school breaks. Our camps include art lessons, music, games, crafts, and more for children ages 3 - 12. Call for locations and dates.

Art Workshop

3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park theartworkshopinc.net

513-406-4009

The best summer art camps in Cincinnati for 25 years. This is a place for kids to create and explore all aspects of art, to exercise their imaginations, and generate ideas. Create your own world, Pokemon or pet, have fun with drawing, painting, and pottery wheel. Ages 6 and up.

Arts and Creativities 7010 Miami Ave., Cincinnati artsandcreativities.com

513-272-1500

Truly the city’s most creative camps: Harry Potter, Jr. Fashionista, Garden, Cook and Create, American Girl Design, Room Redo, Project Runway, Cupcakery, and Sewing and Fashion Design camps every week of the summer!

ArtsConnect Kids Camp 9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati theartsconnect.us/camps

513-522-1410

Your kids are empowered to make a difference through their art with a summer packed full of imaginative, creative, and fulfilling art projects. The ArtsConnect Kids Camp offers before- and after-care if needed. Experience a week or an entire summer of art!

Brazee Street School of Glass 4426 Brazee St., Cincinnati brazeestreetstudios.com

513-321-0206

Introduce your child to the world of glass! Brazee is a national leader in art glass education for children. Day camps for kids 3 - 11 and up.

Camp Art Academy

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

513-562-8748

Camp Art Academy is an award-winning, memorable art experience for your camper! Balancing technical instruction with freedom of selfexpression, Camp Art Academy’s curriculum includes fundamental visual art skill building activities, two and three dimensional hands-on experiences, top-notch guest artists and creative problem solving with lots of fun!

CCM Preparatory & Community Engagement ccm.uc.edu/summer.html • ccmprep@uc.edu

513-556-2595

Experience the performing arts at University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music this summer. Acting, ballet, and music classes and camps for children, teens, and adults.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati thechildrenstheatre.com • info@thechildrenstheatre.com

513-569-8080

Join TCT for our one week long, themed summer camps! Sessions for 6 - 7 year olds and 8 - 10 year olds, weekdays 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at our facility on Red Bank Road. A special opportunity for 11 - 14 year olds the week of June 26. Just $250 per week. Register online!

Cincinnati Art Museum - Summer Camp

cincinnatiartmuseum.org/summercamp • summercamp@cincyart.org

513-639-2334

The Cincinnati Art Museum is the place for fun and creativity in the summer. Jump into art with eight weeks of exciting art projects, gallery games, and more! Explore a different theme each week with activities taught by skilled educators and museum staff. Designed for children ages 6 - 12. Jun. 12 - Aug. 11.

Cincinnati Ballet Center Kids Dance Camp

cballet.org/academy/kids-dance-camp 513-562-1111

Students ages 4 - 8 embark on week-long safaris through Kids Dance Camp! Each day, they’ll dance their way through wildlife adventures and culminate in a performance.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Summer Theatre Camp and Performance Academy

cincyplay.com 513-421-3888

Introduce young theatre fans in your life to the world of performing arts! With Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park’s summer theatre day camp and multi-week performance academy, students learn foundational performance and production skills. Camps held at the Playhouse, Middletown and Mason. Call or visit our website for more information.

Cincinnati School of Music 9361 Montgomery Road, Montgomery 6682 Tri Way Drive, Mason cincinnatischoolofmusic.com

513-561-1888

7754 Camargo Road, Madeira madpottercincinnati.com

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Get creative on your summer break! Pottery painting, glass mosaics, crafts, and games. Two sessions: Jul. 10 - 14 and Jul. 24 - 28. Ages 6 - 13. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Mary Helen Fashion Sewing Camp 1981 Madison Road, Cincinnati maryhelenstudio.com

513-398-0353

Mason Dance Center provides an opportunity for anyone ages 3 - adult to discover the joys of dance. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes. Summer camps forming soon – sign up now!

Shannon’s All About Dance 8419 U.S. 42, Florence, KY saadance.org

859-331-4122

Committed to the fine arts which emphasizes educating the child as a whole. A professional level studio is qualified to accentuate and strengthen your child’s learning through updates of the latest dance techniques and methods with creative strategies. Open to ages 2.5 adult in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, pointe, and a competition team. Sign ups open during the entire season.

SDA Studios

7398 Liberty One Drive, Liberty Township sdastudios@aol.com

513-779-0135

We are committed to finding and nurturing the beautiful dancer in every student by providing a comprehensive dance learning experience based upon a solid foundation of technique training and quality performing opportunities. We work hard to provide a safe, wholesome, positive, and challenging atmosphere of friendship, guidance, and encouragement that enables our students to achieve their highest potential and become the very best dancer they can be. We believe in our students and we believe in ballet!

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Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati songsforseeds.com/oh/cincinnati

513-510-0439

This weekly, 45 minute, interactive class encourages children, newborn - 6 yrs. to sing, dance, and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards, and instruments from around the world. By mixing our original kids rock ‘n’ roll with popular tunes, the band is sure to please little ones and their adults. It is the most fun you and your child will have all week!

Star Glazers

starglazers.com 513-474-6364

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

West Chester Academy Music, Dance, Gymnastics 8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester westchesteracademy.com

513-829-2345

Your passport to fun all summer! Monday through Friday camps include Beginning Piano and Guitar, Princess Dance, Jungle Gymnastics, Arts and Crafts Galore, and more. The more you take, the more you save. Discounts on each additional summer camp.

EDUCATION/ENRICHMENT Archbishop Moeller High School 9001 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati moeller.org

513-791-1680

Moeller Summer Camps are designed to provide positive, skill-focused environment where highly experienced teachers and coaches provide instructions in a well-structured, character driven atmosphere.

Children’s Meeting House 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland cmhschool.com

513-683-4757

Our camps offer a variety of arts, crafts, nature, science, drama, and fun activities for children ages 3 - 12 on our beautiful 7+ acre campus. Camps are led by experienced CMH staff who are eager to share their passion for learning and having fun with our campers. Childcare is available after day camp until 5:30 p.m. to accommodate working families. Camp dates: Weeks of Jun. 19, Jun. 26, Jul. 17, and Jul. 24. Visit our website to see all our camps. Reserve your space NOW!

Great Oaks Career Camps greatoaks.com

Choose from digital arts, cooking, construction, healthcare, animal science, automotive, and more. For kids entering grades 9 or 10 from Great Oaks affiliated school districts.

Kiddie Academy of Mason 6202 Snider Road, Mason 8178 Highland Point, West Chester kiddieacademy.com/mason

513-234-0699 513-847-1145

Welcome to Camp Adventure, designed for children 2 - 12. Each weekly theme will offer a unique exploration, with arts and crafts, food, games, and more. Camp Adventure participants will enjoy many hands-on, self-directed activities. Camp Atlantis will give your child the opportunity to spend the summer exploring their connection to the world around them during field trips and weekly activities such as Foamtastic, Cool Critters, and Charlie Cadabra.

Kids4Peace

Trusted by over 1,000 families, CSM provides lessons to kids, teens, and adults on piano, voice, guitar, drums, ukulele, violin, and more. New students can enroll at any time. Now with two locations.

The Mad Potter Madeira

600-B Reading Road, Mason masondance.com

513-802-5020

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Join Kids4Peace Cincinnati for our Interfaith Day Camp. Middle school youth will explore interfaith education, develop leadership skills, and take part in social change.

LearnRizon Learning Camps, After School and Test Prep Classes 9393 Fields Ertel Road, Cincinnati learnrizon.com

513-258-7169

New learning summer camps where students learn reading, writing, math, Chinese/Spanish through fun small group activities. Full- and half-day camps. After-school enrichments. SAT/ACT test prep classes all year around.

Embark on a week-long adventure exploring fashion sewing or creative small business at Mary Helen Studio Summer Camps! For ages 7 - 15. More information and registration on our website

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YMCA of Greater Cincinnati myy.org

513-362-YMCA (9622)

At the Y, we ensure that children and teens reach their full potential by helping them grow physically, mentally, and socially. Leadership and academic enrichment programs include school age care (over 85 sites), preschool (two Autism centers), kindergarten, infant/toddler care, teen college and career readiness program, youth and government program, and day and overnight camps.

FITNESS, SPORTS Big Shots Sports Training

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Boots and Bridles Camps

513-BIG-SHOT (244-7468)

Big Shots is a sports training facility that is unlike anything else in the Cincinnati area. We specialize in basketball, volleyball, soccer, and lacrosse training. What makes Big Shots unique is that we offer batting cage style courts and fields for athletes looking to develop and improve their skills in order to compete at the next level.

Earth Explorers Camps Garden Adventures Make a Splash Camps

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11725 Commons Dr., Springdale gofullthrottle.com • info@gofullthrottle.com

Log onto www.green-acres.org to learn more and register today.

513-341-5278

Offering single day and week-long go kart speed camps where drivers 8 - 15 can experience hands-on driving and racing skills. The single day camps serve as an introduction to racing while the week-long camps focus on fundamental racing skills with on track and classroom sessions. All camps include lunch, snacks, and racing-themed entertainment. Camps run from 8:30 - 4:30. Single day camps are scheduled Jun. 15, Jul. 13, and Aug. 10. Week-long camps are scheduled Jun. 5 - 9, Jun. 19 - 23, Jul. 3 - 7, Jul. 17 - 21, and Jul. 31 - Aug. 4. Single day camps are $75, week-long camps are $300.

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Hubbard Family Swim School 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati hubbardswim.com

513-530-0123

Hubbard Family Swim School’s international reputation for excellence is a result of our passion for teaching and our learn-to-swim techniques. We are committed to provide swim lessons that build comfort and confidence in a child centered environment while making them safer around water. Join us for weekly classes.

Bounce houses, horse back riding, laser tag, sign language, performing arts, math & reading and much more!

The Little Gym of Mason 8201 Arbor Square Drive, Mason www.thelittlegym.com/masonoh

513-204-1400

School’s Out, Summer’s In! Combining physical activity, gymnastics, games, and arts and crafts, we’ll help your child beat the heat of summer by staying cool at The Little Gym.

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513.521.3111

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8120 Hamilton Ave. 45231 www.itsplaytimeusa.com

4949 Tealtown Road, Milford cincynature.org • registrar@cincynature.org

513-831-1711

Cincy Nature Camps at Cincinnati Nature Center are a fun way for kids, ages 3 - 13, to use their creativity and imaginations in a safe, friendly environment. These week-long day camps are held in Milford and Goshen, June through August. Register on our website.

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Cincinnati Parks’ Summer Nature Day Camps Multiple Park Locations cincinnatiparks.com

513-321-6208

Our camps for ages 3 - 14 are voted “Best of the Parenting” by YOU for the great value in educational, fun-filled outdoor activities! Hikes, crafts, and games are part of each day. Fees: $50 - $85 weekly. Unplug and reboot their love for outdoor fun! Online registration.

Great Parks of Hamilton County Summer Day Camps

greatparks.org 513-521-7275

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

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY Blossom Scholastic

blossomscholastic.org 330-612-2598

Variety of projects including painting ARTONFIRECINCINNATI.COM pottery, canvas & watercolors, tie-dye, 9336 COLERAIN AVE clay work, string art and more. (NEXT TO GRAETERS) 923-FIRE

Don’t want her to be the only girl at tech camp? Blossom STEM camps for girls at University of Cincinnati. Ages 8 - 12.

Camp Invention

campinvention.org 800-968-4332

Imaginations get their rocket fuel at Camp Invention! This summer’s all-new curriculum allows children in grades K - 6 to experience realworld problem solving and creative thinking as they transform a distant exoplanet, take risks as future entrepreneurs, blast rockets and rubber chickens, and wire a circuit to create their own Spy Gadget Alarm Box! Local educators lead a week of hands-on activities that will launch your child’s imagination. Discounts available, register today!

Classroom Antics Tech Camps Multiple Locations classroomantics.com/cincinnati-ohio

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Kids age 7 - 14 get to LEARN what they LOVE by creating video games, producing stop-motion animation movies, coding computer programs, modding in Minecraft, or engineering LEGO robots in a Classroom Antics Tech Camp. These affordable week-long camps are being held in Anderson, Blue Ash, Cheviot-Bridgetown, Fairfield, Florence, Liberty Twp-West Chester, Loveland, Madeira, Mason, NewtownMariemont, Springboro, and Wyoming. Join us this summer. Space is limited so register early!

Drake Planetarium & Science Center 2020 Sherman Ave., Cincinnati drakeplanetarium.org

513-396-5578

Come let your imagination soar in our hands-on summer camps! Featuring our popular Lego Camps (robotics, architecture, Crazy Contraptions, and Young Builders) and our Science Adventure Camps (video game design, Battle Bots, engineering, coding, and Destination: Space). Discounts for Drake Planetarium members, multiple weeks, and siblings.

iSPACE

ispacescience.org/programs/summer-day-camps/ 513-612-5786

iSPACE ignites imaginations and transforms campers into robotics engineers and rocket scientists! In our engaging, hands-on summer day camps, we spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). All camps meet on the Scarlet Oaks Campus in Sharonville.

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Junior Tech Academy

juniortechacademy.com • info@juniortechacademy.com

513-284-7240

Exciting year-round technology skill-building program for kids grades 1 - 8. Following a short introductory course, children rotate through programming, electronics, robotics, engineering, and animation projects during weekly after-school classes. Homeschooling options available. Check our website for more details and locations.

Science Matters in America STEM Camps

sciencematters.tv 859-462-3340

Hands-on STEM camps with locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Every summer, Science Matters in America offers an exciting and educational summer camp program for children 5 - 11 yrs. The Science Journeys summer camp is intelligently designed with a variety of stimulating hands-on activities.

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

TRADITIONAL CAMPS Camp at the J

8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati mayersonjcc.org

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From swim lessons and archery, to arts and crafts. Camp at the J provides great social, educational and cultural opportunities that foster friendships and feature all the good, old-fashioned fun that has made camp a summertime staple for kids. In addition to traditional activities such as weekly theme days, sports and field trips, Camp at the J also incorporates value-based learning and offers enrichment programs such as drama, science, social action projects, and more.

Camp Chabad

2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati Kiddie Camp Facility: 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason campchabad.org • info@campchabad.org

513-731-5111

A camp that has it all! From Jun. 26 - Aug. 4 children ages 2 - 13 yrs. enjoy sports, nature, art, music, character growth, field trips, and swimming lessons. Mix-and-match your weeks or sign up for all six weeks. Lunch and transportation included. ACA accredited. The only full-day Jewish preschool camp in Cincinnati.

Camp Give – Magnified Giving 9940 Reading Road, Evendale magnifiedgiving.org

513-733-9727

Camp Give is designed for children 6 - 14 yrs. We educate, inspire, and engage children in youth philanthropy. Children learn how to serve others using their time and talent, use of random acts of kindness, and will serve local charities combating childhood hunger and homelessness.

Camp Wildbrook, LTD 9664 Daly Road, Cincinnati campwildbrook.com

513-931-2196

Our 66th season! ACA accredited, co-ed day camp for grades K – 6. Active, outdoor six-week program, led by adult staff, includes archery, arts and crafts, basketball, daily American Red Cross group swim lessons, drama and singing, gaga, kickball, nature and camping, soccer, softball, special events, field trips and more!

Cincinnati Circus Company

cincinnaticircus.com • cincinnaticircus@yahoo.com

513-921-5454

If the little ones are making life feel like a circus, send them our way! Your kids will work closely with professional performers to learn how to juggle, make balloon animals, walk on a tight rope, swing on a trapeze, and so much more. This camp is a great way to build confidence, learn teamwork skills, stay physically fit, make new friends, and have a blast all at the same time. We welcome all kids ages 5 - 16 and no prior skills are necessary.

Cincinnati Museum Center 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati cincymuseum.org

513-287-7000

Explore science, technology, history, and the arts through creative, hands-on activities and games at Cincinnati Museum Center’s fun and educational Museum Camps! Go beyond the classroom with visits from curators, community groups, and experts in a variety of fields. Camps are available at Union Terminal and in a neighborhood near you in our offsite camps. Whether there is a day or a week off from school, there’s a camp for that!

Falcon Camp

4251 Delta Road SW, Carrollton falconcamp.com • info@falconcamp.com

800-837-CAMP (2267)

Widely recognized as Ohio’s premier summer camp since 1959. Beautiful lakefront setting with wide range of activities. Boys and girls ages 6 - 16 choose their own schedule within general framework, separate activities with planned co-ed events. 1:4 staff/camper ratio. Most of all, it’s a great time! ACA accredited, many references.

Gorman Heritage Farm

10052 Reading Road, Evendale 513-563-6663 gormanfarm.org • app.campdoc.com/register/gormanheritage • camp@gormanfarm.org

Gorman Heritage Farm offers full- and half-day camps from June to August. Summer camp activities include care for barnyard animals, exploring the gardens, hiking, cooking, crafting, and more! We also offer themed summer camps exploring hobbies and activities around the farm: wilderness, science, cooking/chef, and veterinary camps!

Greenacres Summer Camps 8255 Spooky Hollow Road, Cincinnati green-acres.org • camps@green-acres.org

513-891-4227

NEW CLASSES All About Dance

POUND Workout with AM, PM & weekend classes. Clogging Classes and more.

• Check out our Princess, Broadway & Beach Fun Summer Camps • Family-focused studio Ages 2 1/2 through adult • Budget-friendly tuition • Sign-ups open during entire season

8419 US 42 · Florence, KY · 859-331-4122 · saadance.org Kids First Sports Center – Camp-A-Palooza 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati kidsfirstsports.com • msmith@kidsfirstsports.com

513-489-7575

Campers at Kids First get the very best! A backyard with mini-golf, a climbing wall, and playground as well as 108,000 sq. ft. of everything kids love: basketball, karate, gymnastics, dance, cheer, swimming, volleyball, you name it! Field trips every week outside Kids First and in-house entertainment brought in throughout the week. Leaders in Training course for teens ages 13 - 15 covering topics like leadership, communication, and group dynamics. Teens can look forward to excursions, service opportunities, and more.

My Nose Turns Red Circus Camps Multiple Locations in the Greater Cincinnati Area mynoseturnsred.org • rednose@fuse.net

859-581-7100

Let your child run away and join the circus ... without leaving home. Circus camps held in multiple locations throughout the area – now in our 18th year! My Nose Turns Red Circus Camps are fun, unique, and challenging. MNTR is the area’s only non-profit youth circus. Skills taught include: stilt walking, juggling, rolling globe, physical comedy, unicycle, aerial silks, and more (see schedule on our website). Camps for ages 4 - 7 and 7 - 16.

Playtime USA

8120 Hamilton Ave. Cincinnati itsplaytimeusa.com

513-521-3111

Playtime USA is offering a half/full day summer camp to keep your campers active and learning! Bounce houses, horseback riding, laser tag, sign language, math, and more!

Safety Town at Tri-County Mall 11700 Princeton Pike, Cincinnati tricountymall.com

This program is taught with the help of the Springdale Fire Department, Springdale Police Department, and Mason City Schools bus system. We help kids learn the basics of safety, plus get them acquainted with starting school. Jul. 10 - 14, 17 - 21 and 24-28 from 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Registration starts May 1. The application can either be printed from the Tri-County mall website and mailed/dropped in, or can be picked up at the mall office. Registration is $20/child.

YMCA Camp Ernst

7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY myycamp.org

859-586-6181

Come see why generations of campers love to tell stories about their adventures at camp Ernst. Enjoy top notch counselors, new friends and doing a wide variety of activities including ziplines, banana boat,100-ft waterslide,horseback riding, the BLOB and more.

Arts, aquatic adventures, environment, equine, food or garden…Greenacres has a camp for every child! Each Greenacres summer camp is led by of our caring and professional staff who strive to give campers memories and experiences to cherish for a lifetime. Log onto our website for more information or to register.

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elebrate the newest arrivals at the Zoo all month long. Look for pink and blue stork statues to lead you to all the cutest new creatures. Be sure to stop by the Zoo’s Gift Shop on May 6 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. for a poster signing with local fave, Loren Long! Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily in May; $17 adults, $12 children and seniors when purchased online; $10 parking. Call 513-281-4700 or visit cincinnatizoo.org. cincinnatifamilymagazine.com • nkyfamily.com

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See spring migrants up close in the Bird Banding Station then enjoy birding throughout the park. Hueston Woods State Park, 6301 Park Office Road, College Corner; 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

2017 KROHN CONSERVATORY BUTTERFLY SHOW: THE MAJESTIC MONARCH PHOTOGRAPHER NIGHTS

Photographers and tripods are welcome to the Krohn’s Butterfly Show after hours to get great shots. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. May 1, 8, 15 and 22; $12; 513-4215707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

FREE PLANETARIUM SHOWS

Bring the kids for some free planetarium shows that include a look at the night sky and the full-dome feature Kentucky’s Cascade Cave. Haile Planetarium, Northern Kentucky University, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Newport; 12 p.m. May 1, 15 and 29, 7:30 p.m. May 5; planetarium.nku.edu.

SUPER SPROUTS: SWEEPING STROKES

CINCY BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

BIG WEEK OF BIRDING

BUSY BEES

Learn about all the jobs a honeybee maintains while making delicious honey. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Tue - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, May 2 - 7. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

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Try your hand at a new painting technique inspired by artist Gerhard Richter. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. May 1, 2 p.m. May 4; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

Check out the birds in the newest addition to MetroParks. Elk Creek MetroPark, 5580 Elk Creek Road, Middletown; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

ZOO BABIES

Head to the Rosenthal Education Center for art stories, songs and sensory activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

Please see “Things to Do” opener on page 27 for details.

See de la Dance’s performance of Cinderella May 5 - 6.

FREE REC READS

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BIG WEEK OF BIRDING

For the last three years, this park has had the highest number of birds. Governor Bebb Metropark, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

Meet other breastfeeding moms and get your questions answered by a certified lactation consultant. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; May 4 and 18; donations are appreciated; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.

FAMILY FUN NIGHT

Head to the Carousel for an evening dose of rides, music and fun for all ages. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 W. Mehring Way; 5 - 8 p.m.; see website for prices; cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE MANABABIES

Bring your littlest ones for a fun intro to language with stories, songs and more. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. May 4, 11, 18 and 25; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE STORY TIME WITH MISS ALICIA

Bring ages 2 and older for stories and fun with Miss Alicia. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10 a.m. May 4, 11, 18 and 25; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: COLOR EXPLOSION

An explosion of neon paint is coming to the gallery walls — celebrate with paint bombs, decorations and a collage of color. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 10:30 a.m.; $5; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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Sycamore Bluffs is open to the public for a hike on undeveloped trails. Four Mile Creek MetroPark, 2385 Treiber Road, Hamilton; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE BOOKS FOR KIDS

Bring the kiddos to pick up a free book (valued at $5) every Friday. Wall of Books, 7739 Tylers Place, West Chester; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; 513755-2206 or gottwalsbooks.com/ Westchester/.

CINDERELLA

This band new re-telling of the classic story is choreographed by Artistic Directors Meridith Benson and Mario de la Nuez to music by Prokofiev. de la Dance, 5141 Kennedy Ave.; 8 p.m. May 5 - 6, 2 p.m. May 6; $15 - $25; 513-871-0914 or deladancecompany.org.

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FLYING PIG MARATHON

Running, walking or cheering ... marathon weekend has something for everyone including a health and fitness expo, runs for kids, team relays, the marathon itself and more. Downtown Cincinnati, 12 - 9 p.m. May 5, 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. May 6, and 6 a.m. - 3 p.m. May 7; see website for registration info; 513-721-7447 or flyingpigmarathon.com.

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FREE AUTISM FAMILY EXPLORATION DAY

Families with children with autism can explore the CAM before public hours and visit sensory stops and make some art of their own. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 - 11 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

BIG WEEK OF BIRDING

Search for crested flycatchers and waterthrush while enjoying the spring wildflowers. Indian Creek MetroPark, 6500 Springfield Road, Oxford; 7:30 9:30 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

BIG WEEK OF BIRDING

Wrap up the Big Week with a walk through a forested area near a creek. Rentschler Forest MetroPark, 5701 Reigart Road, Fairfield; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

CINCINNATI ROLLERGIRLS STAR WARS NIGHT

Check out this triple-header featuring the CRG and the Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls. Schmidt Memorial Fieldhouse, Xavier University, 3900 Winding Way; 6 - 9 p.m.; please see website for prices; 513-818-3372 or cincinnatirollergirls. com.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES

Join a docent-led interactive tour with fun facts and activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 p.m. May 6, 13, 20 and 27; 513-7212787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY: JAPANAMANIA

Collect badges and view great art, while making a project of your own, listening to campfire stories, and enjoy a musical performance. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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Take a walk on the wild side! Explore animal life in art, create your own geometric animal to take home, and get your face painted like your favorite animal.

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Explore gems, minerals, fossils and jewelry and earn merit badges, along with earth science games and more. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. May 6, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. May 7; $9 adults, $3 children; geofair.com.

FREE GERMAN STORY TIME

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

HIDDEN STREAM CREATURES

Peer into the lives of hidden creatures that help determine the health of streams. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($9 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $4 ages 4 - 12); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

JUNIOR CLINIC

A one-hour intro on the basics of safety, etiquette and swing fundamentals for junior golfers ages 7 - 17. Meadow Links & Golf Academy, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

JUPITER NIGHT

Learn about Jupiter, its blustery hurricanes, its shrinking red spot and its 67 moons before taking a look at the Moon through the historic telescope (weather permitting). Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 9 - 11 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children; 513321-5186 or cincinnatiobservatory.org.

FREE MARKET IN THE PARK

Celebrate the arrival of summer with a visit to the market to shop one-of-akind items from local vendors. Warren County Armco Park, 1223 Ohio 741, Lebanon; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; facebook. com/wcmarketinthepark.

PARKERS DERBY PARTY

Join friends for “the greatest two minutes in sports” and support the Great Parks of Hamilton County Winton Woods Riding Center, home of the Special Olympics Hamilton County Equestrian Team. Parkers Blue Ash Tavern, 4200 Cooper Road; 3:30 - 7:30 p.m.; $15; 513-891-8300 or parkersblueash.com.

PEANUT BUTTER ‘N JAM CONCERT

Join the Linton Musicians and Madcap Puppets for a spring concert that tells the tale of Little Red Riding Hood using the violin, French horn and piano. Kenwood Baptist Church, 8341 Kenwood Road;

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PET PATCH UP DAY

Celebrate National Pet Month — bring your favorite stuffed animal for a checkup. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m.; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

PLANT SALE

Choose from a large supply of hostas, daylilies and perennial plants from local growers. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($7 adults, $4 ages 5 17); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks. com/krohn.

SPRING FUN RUN CRUISE-IN

Check out cars, trucks and motorcycles, complete with prizes, a DJ and more. Deerfield Towne Center, 5085 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; a $5 donation to Hospice of Cincinnati or American Heart Association upon registration is appreciated; 513-7700273 or deerfieldtownecenter.com.

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DANCE PARTY

Get active with your the little ones during this dance workout. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 4 p.m. May 7, 14, 20 and 27, 3 p.m. May 12 and 26; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES ARTSTOP

Visit a docent at an interactive art cart in the galleries for a hands-on art project. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 3 p.m. May 7, 14, 21 and 28; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

FREE FLYING PIG STORY TIME

Celebrate Flying Pig weekend with stories and songs, while race participants get 10 percent off all purchases when they show their race bib. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 1 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

HISTORIC CABIN & SCHOOL OPENING DAY

Join the season opening of the 1795 log cabin and historic stone school building. Buildings remain open from 2 - 5 p.m. on Sundays through September. Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE OPEN HOUSE

Learn about the education and enrichment offerings during an open house for prospective families. Both campuses are open for touring. Cincinnati Christian Schools, 7474 Morris Road, Hamilton; 2 - 5 p.m.; lisa.coombs@cincinnatichristian.org or cincinnatichristian.org.

SKETCHING SUNDAY

Slow down and sketch at the museum. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 4 p.m.; a $5 refundable deposit is required to check out a supplies kit; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park presents this re-telling of the classic tale of good versus evil with only two actors. The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Ave.; 2 p.m.; free with advance registration or $5 per person at the door; 513-473-5745 or thecarnegiecenter.org.

TOWNBALL AT HERITAGE VILLAGE

Please See “Spotlight” on page 34 for details.

FREE YMCA CAMP ERNST OPEN HOUSE

Try some activities, meet the counselors and learn about summer camp. YMCA Camp Ernst, 7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington; 1 - 4 p.m.; 859-586-6181 or myycamp.org.

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MOM & ME YOGA

New moms regain core strength and bond with baby. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m. May 8, 15 and 22; $12.50 (includes admission to play+cafe); 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

SPANISH STORY TIME

Enjoy a story, songs and free play all in Spanish. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 - 11:30 a.m. May 8, 15 and 22; donations are appreciated; 513-5912332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

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SUPER SPROUTS: FLOWERS FOR YOU

Create a colorful bouquet of flowers for someone special. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. May 8, 2 p.m. May 11; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

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TUMMY TIME

Lay the foundation for Baby’s developmental motor skills. Bring a blanket for babies 0 - 6 months. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 10 a.m. May 9, 16, 23 and 30; $12.50 (includes admission to play+cafe); 513-7911089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

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FREE CHILD SLEEP CLASS FOR PARENTS

Parents learn the seven main strategies to help their baby or child sleep better and longer in a workshop from pediatric sleep consultant Karolyn Kritikos. Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road; 10 a.m., 5:30 p.m.; 513-4004069 or sleepandsensibility.com.

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CIRQUE DU SOLEIL’S OVO

Immerse yourself in the world of insects, teeming with joy and amazement, in this spectacular display of impressive feats of skill from Cirque du Soleil. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway; 7:30 p.m. May 11 - 13, 4 p.m. May 13, 1:30 and 5 p.m. May 14; tickets start at $43; cirquedusoleil.com/usa/cincinnati/ ovo/buy-tickets.

FREE GROOVIN’ ON THE GREEN

Bring your blankets and lawn chairs for live music in this summer concert series. Village Green Park, 301 Wessel, Fairfield; 6:30 p.m. May 11, 18 and 25; 513-867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.

FREE SUMMER ACTIVITIES EXPO

Meet with more than 20 summer programs for ages 3 and older and make your family’s plans for summer. Village Green Park, 301 Wessel, Fairfield; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.


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Make a handmade gift for Mom — decorate a ceramic vase, pick out flowers and enjoy a breakfast treat. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 10:30 a.m.; $5; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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APPALACHIAN FESTIVAL

Enjoy music, storytelling, traditional dances and lots of food, while craftsmen demonstrate their techniques and sell their wares. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave.; 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. May 12, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. May 13, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. May 14; $10 adult, $5 seniors, $2 ages 2 - 12, free ages younger than 2; 513-232-8230 or coneyislandpark. com.

FREE TEEN TAKEOVER NIGHT

The CAC’s Teen Council hosts a night of art-making for other teens, all while enjoying stories and pizza. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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FREE ASIAN FOOD FEST

Enjoy authentic Asian and Asian-inspired cuisine, games for kids, live entertainment and merchandise. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 12 - 9 p.m. May 13 14; asianfoodfest.org.

FREE BABYWEARERS SUPPORT GATHERING

Learn the benefits of wearing your baby in a wrap or sling. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-5912332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

CANCERFREE KIDS BUTTERFLY WALK

Join a 5K run, a special Survivors’ Ceremony, followed by an inspirational one-mile walk through the park and a festival to honor the children who have faced cancer and help support CancerFree KIDS mission of eradicating childhood cancer. Cottell Park, 5847 Irwin Simpson Road, Mason; 8 a.m. 12 p.m.; see website for registration info; butterflywalk.com.

FREE CAROL ANN’S CAROUSEL 2ND BIRTHDAY

Celebrate the birthday of the Carousel with free rides, tasty treats, a magician and the Cincinnati Circus Company. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 W. Mehring Way; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; cincinnatiparks. com.

FREE CLOTH DIAPERING

Learn the basics of cloth diapering including cost, care and more. Stick around for Cloth Diapering 102 to dive even deeper (cost for 102 is $10 per family). Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 3 p.m.; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

KROHN MARKETPLACE WEEKEND

Local vendors and artists sell a variety of earth-friendly products during the Butterfly Show. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. May 13 - 14; free with admission ($7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 17); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

NAMI WALKS

Support the National Alliance on Mental Illness with a 5K walk for families. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way; 9 a.m.; see website for registration info; 513-351-3500 or namiwalks.org.

NATURE CRAFTS FOR MOM

Ages 6 and younger can make a nature craft for Mom or Grandma. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 12 - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

THANK A BEE

Get the buzz on beekeeping, the uses for honey and how to attract these pollinators to your own garden. Registration requested, but not required. Forest Run MetroPark, 1810 New London Road, Hamilton; 9 and 10:30 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

MOTHER’S DAY CELEBRATION

Celebrate Mom with a lunch or dinner special, live music, a complimentary flower for Mom and free entry for her into the Petting Zoo. Jane’s Saddlebag, 1389 Ryle Road, Union; 12 - 6 p.m.; 859-384-6617 or janessaddlebag.com.

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Bring Mom for a ride on the Carousel and to make her a special craft. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 W. Mehring Way; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; see website for prices; cincinnatiparks.com.

2ND SUNDAY FAMILY SHOWTIME

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Playhouse in the Park presents The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in a two-man adaptation. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 2 p.m.; $5 adults, free ages 0 - 12; 513-4972860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

MOTHER’S DAY AT THE KROHN

Bring Mom to the Butterfly Show for halfprice admission. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 17, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

SUPER SPROUTS: STARRY NIGHT

Paint a swirling, sparkling sky inspired by Vincent Van Gogh. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. May 15 and 2 p.m. May 18; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

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REDLEGS RUN

Participate in a 5K or 10K run followed by a post-race party in the Kroger Fan Zone, along with one view level ticket to the Reds game against the Colorado Rockies on May 21. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way; 8 a.m.; $15 - $40; 513-765-7240 or reds.com/run.

SONDHEIM VS. WEBBER: THE BATTLE OF BROADWAY

Homegrown Broadway stars Pamela Myers and Jessica Hendy dish about Stephen Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber, and deliver standout songs from 17 of their hit musicals, accompanied by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Greaves Concert Hall, Northern Kentucky University, 1 Louie B Nunn Drive, Newport; 7:30 p.m.; $19 - $35; 859-431-6216 or kyso.org.

FREE SPANISH STORY TIME

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

FREE SUMMER ACTIVITIES KICK-OFF

Learn about summer offerings while the kids enjoy bounce houses, the mobile library bus and more. Boone County Farmers Market, 6028 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; boonecountyky.org.

SPOTLIGHT 2017 KROHN CONSERVATORY BUTTERFLY SHOW: THE MAJESTIC MONARCH Through June 18

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housands of beautiful butterflies — including the marvelous Monarch — live among the colorful hydrangeas, marigolds and celosia. The exhibit’s on display through June 18. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 17, free ages 4 and younger. Call 513-421-5707 or visit butterflyshow.com.

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FREE FIRE SAFETY DAY

Bring the gang to learn about fire safety while enjoying a visit to the park. Smale Riverfront Park, 100 Ted Berry Way; 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.; cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE THIRD TUESDAY NATURE SERIES

Celebrate National Love a Tree Day with books, activities, games and more. Lincoln Ridge Park, 420 Independence Station Road, Independence; 6:30 - 8 p.m.; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty. org.

TOT TUESDAY: TURTLES

Toddlers and turtles (not live ones!) get acquainted through crafts and songs. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-4914003 or bcmuseum.org.

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FREE ESSENTIAL OILS 101

Learn the basics of using essential oils and how they support your health. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 7 - 8 p.m.; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby. com.

FAMILY NIGHTS: BUTTERFLY PAJAMA PARTIES

Bring the family to visit the butterflies after show hours, and enjoy yoga, and tasty, nutritious samples from Juice Plus and Tower Garden. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 5 - 8 p.m. May 17 and 31; free with admission ($7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 17); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAY

Enjoy nature programs in the park that include visits with animals, living history, music and fun. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m. May 17, 24 and 31; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty.org.

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THURSDAY ART PLAY: SEND IN THE CLOWNS

It’s a circus themed day in honor of Ugo Rondinone’s clown sculptures. Decorate a ringmaster top hat, design a circus animal mask and get your face painted. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 10:30 a.m.; $5; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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Ages 3 - 5 explore the world through a magnifying glass, followed by a craft, a story and a short hike. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m.; $6 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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FREE FRENCH STORY TIME

Bonjour! Learn simple French vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE MAIFEST

Enjoy rides for children, unique crafts and more in this annual festival complete with German music and fun. Mainstrasse Village, Goebel Park, 501 Philadelphia St., Covington; 5 - 11 p.m. May 19, 12 - 11 p.m. May 20, 12 - 8 p.m. May 21; mainstrasse.org.

FREE MUSIC ON MAIN

Celebrate the beginning of summer with this cruise-in and musical festival. City of Rising Sun, Main St., Rising Sun; 6 - 8 p.m.; 812-438-2750 or enjoyrisingsun. com.

sat 20

FREE BABYWEARING 101

Learn the benefits of babywearing while you discuss and sample different types of carriers. Stick around for Babywearing 102 at 3:30 p.m. (cost is $10 per family). Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 2 p.m.; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

THE BEACH GRAND OPENING

Get your swim on, the Beach Waterpark opens for the season today! The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason; visit website for season pass info; 513-398-7946 or thebeachwaterpark. com.

CHARACTER DAY AT THE KROHN

Volunteers from the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati are on hand, along with special storybook characters, to greet and entertain the Krohn’s youngest visitors. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 17); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/ krohn.

LAUREN HILL’S CRUISE FOR CURE

Support Lauren’s Fight for Cure while admiring classic cars and enjoying music, food, giveaways and Coney’s Classic Rides (rides open at 1 p.m.). Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave.; 12 p.m.; $5 parking, $7 unlimited Classic Rides ticket; 513-232-8230 or coneyislandpark.com.

FREE LET’S GO HIKING

Meet at the Bait House for a guided tour around the lake. Marsh Lake, 6440 River Road, Fairfield; 10:30 a.m.; 513867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.

PET ACADEMY

Future vets can practice their skills at the kid-sized Banfield Pet Hospital, complete with reception area, exam tables, grooming stations, kennels and real vet tools. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m.; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

FREE THE CITY FLEA

Head to the park to enjoy the weather and peruse the wares of local jewelers, potters, craftspeople and more. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; thecityflea.com.

WINE FESTIVAL

Learn more about Kentucky wine and crafts at this annual festival featuring food, wine, crafts and more. Jane’s Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Road, Union; 12 - 6 p.m. May 20 - 21; see website for ticket info; 859-384-6617 or janessaddlebag.com.

FREE YOUTH FISHING DERBY

Ages 15 and younger can fish for prizes, while enjoying drinks, popcorn and more. England Idlewild Park, 5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington; 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.; boonecountyky.org.

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AUTISM SPEAKS WALK

Start a team, join a team or come on your own to walk and fundraise to enhance the lives of people living with autism. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave.; 8:30 a.m.; $5 parking; 513-2328230 or coneyislandpark.com.

CINCINNATI NF WALK

Join the Children’s Tumor Foundation in a walk to support those researching neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; 9 a.m.; see website for registration info; nfwalk.org/cincinnati.

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FREE THIRD SUNDAY FUNDAY: WILD ART

Take a walk on the wild side and explore animal life in art, get your face painted, and meet some real animals from Cincinnati Zoo. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-6844517 or taftmuseum.org.

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RETURNING TO WORK & PUMPING

New moms returning to work can get expert advice on expressing, storing and feeding pumped milk. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 6 p.m.; please see website for prices; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

SUPER SPROUTS: FIZZY SCIENCE

Watch your artwork pop and fizz as art mixes with a fun science experiment. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. May 22 and 2 p.m. May 25; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

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FIELD OF MEMORIES

Pay tribute to the men and women who defend our nation and preserve our freedom with a weekend of festivities, starting with a special Field of Memories ceremony with hundreds of flags to honor veterans. Activities take place through May 31; visit the website for a complete schedule. Arlington Memorial Gardens, 2145 Compton Road; cost of flag is $35; 513-521-7003 or amgardens.org.

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FREE (ALMOST) EVERY OTHER THURSDAY SCIENCE

Science and nature go hand-in-hand when Cincinnati Museum Center presents Phenomenal Physics. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 859-5257529 or kentoncounty.org.

MUSIC@BCM

Enjoy a family-friendly music performance from Cheryl and Shorty Show as they offer an evening of the blues. BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 7 - 9 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org. (“Things to Do” continues on page 34)


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Experiment with different flying objects and make some sky-inspired art like that of artist Tomas Saraceno. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 10:30 a.m.; $5; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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FREE ARTSCONNECT CAFE FOOD TRUCK & CONCERT

Take a break with music and lunch from a food truck under a canopy of trees. Springfield Township Community Arts Center, 9150 Winton Road; 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; theartsconnect.us.

FRIDAY NIGHT GRILLOUTS

Bring the family for an evening of flamegrilled food and local live music. Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road; 5 - 8 p.m.; meals available for $8.95 - $10.95, plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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FREE TASTE OF CINCINNATI

Bring your pooch for live Bluegrass music, food, vendor info and tons of fun. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 7 - 10 p.m. May 26 and 3 - 10 p.m. May 27; washingtonpark.org.

Live music, rides, and plenty of tasty food to sample at this weekend’s festival. Fifth Street, Downtown Cincinnati, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. May 27 - 28, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. May 29; tasteofcincinnati.com.

sat 27

FREE YOUNG ARTIST OPEN STUDIO

FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL: SUPERHERO ART

Create the perfect costume pieces to showcase your superhuman powers — design capes, masks and cuffs all inspired by the causes you believe in. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

FREE INTRODUCE YOUTH TO FISHING

Ages 17 and younger learn about fishing and honor Cpl. Nicholas Olivas who was killed in action while serving in the United States Army in Afghanistan. Limited supplies of fishing poles and bait are available. Marsh Lake, 6440 River Road, Fairfield; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; 513867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.

Teens can use the CAM’s materials to work on their projects while meeting other young artists. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513521-7275 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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FREE BIRD OF PREY MEET AND GREET

Meet live avian ambassadors up close and learn about the important role they play in the environment. Raptor, Inc., 961 Barg Salt Run Road, Milford; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-825-3325 or raptorinc.org.

FREE MAINSTRASSE VILLAGE BAZAAR

Peruse everything from antiques and art to vintage and re-purposed items, including furniture, home decor, jewelry, collectibles and more. Mainstrasse Village, West 6th St., Covington; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 859-491-0458 or mainstrasse. org.

MEMORIAL DAY CELEBRATION

Celebrate the beginning of summer with activities, an artist’s corner, and some live animals. Harbor, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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HUNGER WALK & 5K RUN

Fight hunger among children and families in this annual race to benefit the Freestore Foodbank and its partner agencies. The Banks, Downtown Cincinnati, 9 a.m.; $20 - $25; 513482-3663 or cincinnatihungerwalk.org.

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Ages 15 and younger can join this fishing tournament for prizes and fun. Boathouse, Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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MEMORIAL DAY AT THE KROHN

All active military and veterans get in free today to enjoy the Butterfly Show. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 17, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/ krohn.

FREE MEMORIAL DAY PARADE

Join veterans groups, military units, the Fairfield High School Marching Band, the Fairfield Police and Fire departments for a parade with music and fun. Parade begins at Express Scripts, 4865 Winton Road, Fairfield; 10 a.m.; 513-8675348 or fairfield-city.org.

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Explore reptiles’ unique qualities and the role they play. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., and 1 and 4 p.m. Tue - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, May 30 - June 4. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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HUMP DAY CONCERT

An evening concert with Stagger Lee. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 7 9 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE SUMMER CINEMA

Grab your blankets and lawn chairs for an evening screening of Breaking Away. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 7 p.m.; washingtonpark.org.

FREE WEDNESDAY ON THE GREEN

Kick off summer with this concert series — tonight’s performers include the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, along with food vendors like Quite Frankly, Dojo Gelato, and the Fairview-Clifton Baseball Bake Sale. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 7 p.m.; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

FREE WEE WEDNESDAY: FLY AWAY

Preschoolers and their parents look at contemporary art through learning stations in the galleries, followed by stories and art projects. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.


Now Playing! BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL

Carole King fought her way into the music business as a teenager (named Carol Klein) and by the time she reached her twenties, she was married and had a successful career. Her true voice emerged when her personal life began to crack in this inspiring true story. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; May 2 - 14; tickets start at $30; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

DISNEY’S THE LION KING JR.

Grades 5 - 12 and their grown-ups will appreciate the tale of a curious cub named Simba as he struggles to accept the responsibilities of adulthood and his destiny as King. Colorful characters and favorite songs are woven throughout this fun production. The Performing Arts Academy, 4400 Lewis St., Middletown; 7 p.m. May 5 and 6, 3 p.m. May 7; $14 adults, $10 seniors and children 10 and younger; 513-594-7242 or theperformingartsacademy.com.

KEN LUDWIG’S BASKERVILLE: A SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY

Everyone’s favorite detective will take on his most famous case in a pulsepounding, murderously funny ride. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; through May 20; please see web site for prices; 513-4213888 or cincyplay.com.

THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park continues its Off the Hill series with this two-actor production that takes audiences to a land of talking animals and eternal winter under the spell of the White Witch. Can Lucy and her siblings break the spell and will good triumph over evil? Multiple locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, please see web site for a complete schedule of venues, dates, times and admission prices; 513421-3888 or cincyplay.com.

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MY FAIR LADY

Enjoy the story of Eliza Doolittle, a cockney flower girl who is transformed into a proper lady in this take on George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion that features all of the greatest songs from the Broadway musical. Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; through May 21; please see web site for ticket prices; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

SHREK THE MUSICAL

Cincinnati Music Theatre presents this side-splitting fairy tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey with a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 7:30 p.m. May 12, 13, 17 - 20, and 2 p.m. May 14; $20 - $24; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN JR.

The “Greatest Movie Musical of All Time” has been adapted by the talented students of CCM Preparatory’s Junior Musical Theatre Intensive program. Cohen Family Studio Theater, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Corry and Jefferson Streets; 7 p.m. May 4 - 6, 3 p.m. May 6; $15 general, $10 students, free UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm. uc.edu.

WEST SIDE STORY

This take on Shakespeare’s classic love story is presented by The Children’s Theatre of Mason and features an award-winning story, lyrics and music, and a memorable look at young love. Mason High School, 6100 Mason Montgomery Road; 7 p.m. May 26 27, 2 p.m. May 27 - 28; $12 - $25; ctm-kids.com.

CALL AHEAD TO RESERVE YOUR CHILD’S SPOT! These events require ADVANCE REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted.

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•Colors of Spring Take a family hike with ages 3 - 6 to explore the rainbow of colors found in spring. 1 - 2 p.m. May 14; free with admission.

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•Garden Party Celebrate spring with an afternoon among the flowers, make a decoration for Mother’s Day, and enjoy games, refreshments and door prizes. 2 - 4 p.m. May 13; $15 adult members, $10 children members, $20 adult nonmembers, $15 children nonmembers.

•Canoe Days by Gary Paulsen Head to Long Branch Farm & Trails (6926 Gaynor Road, Gosehn) for a relaxing time of canoeing inspired by Gary Paulsen’s book, Canoe Days. 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. May 23; $6 members, $10 nonmembers.

•Girls in Gloves Enjoy a motherdaughter brunch filled with great food, memories and entertainment. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. May 13; $30 adults, $20 children.

•FREE Animal Encounters and Nature Games RSVP by May 25. Ages 6 and older will play some favorite summer games while learning important ecological principles. 1 - 2:30 p.m. May 28.

1600 Montague Road, Covington 859-491-4003 • bcmuseum.org

•NaturePlay@BCM Clean-up Dress to get dirty and help prepare the NaturePlay@BCM for summer. 9 a.m. 12 p.m. May 20. •Splash Bash Preschoolers to age 8 play staff-guided water activities and games, enjoy a summer story, and a light snack. 1 - 2 p.m. May 30; $2 per child, free for adults.

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GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL 7058 Ridgetop Drive West Chester 513-857-1700 • westchester. goldfishswimschool.com

•FREE Safety Day Goldfish and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will provide stations for kids to learn about keeping safe in the water, at home, in the car, on their bikes and more. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. and 4 - 6 p.m. May 20.

4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 • cincynature.org

NEUSOLE GLASSWORKS

•Fantastic Eggs and Where to Find Them Crack open the mysteries of the egg as you take a guided hike to search for eggs of insects, birds, reptiles and plants. 1:30 - 3 p.m. May 6; $4 members, $8 nonmembers.

•Mother’s Day Blow your own vase for Mom with the help of a professional glassblower. RSVP for a 30-minute slot between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. May 6 - 7; $50.

Daily admission is $9 adults, $6 seniors and active military, and $4 ages 4 - 12

•Full Moon Walk Hit the trails at night and enjoy the full moon and natural history readings. 8:45 p.m. May 10; $5 members, $9 nonmembers.

11925 Kemper Springs Drive 513-751-3292 neusoleglassworks.com

1185 Kemper Meadow Drive 513-550-5394 docere4parents.org

THE SILVER DIVA

2221 Oxford Road 513-321-6070 cincinnatiparks.com

7594B Voice of America Centre Drive, West Chester 513-873-4561 thesilverdiva.com

TAFT MUSEUM OF ART

•Dad and Me Stamping for Mother’s Day Bring your dad to make some keepsake jewelry for Mom and enjoy some pizza and ice cream. 6 - 8 p.m. May 5; see website for price.

FIND MANY MORE EVENTS THAT REQUIRE ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE!

•Mother’s Day Brunch and Stamping Bring Mom or Grandma for stamping and a tasty brunch to celebrate her wonderfulness. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. May 14; see website for price.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP SENIOR & COMMUNITY ART CENTER 9156 Winton Road theartsconnect.us

•Constructing Engineering Minds Family STEAM Event RSVP by April 28. Explore the wonders of science, technology, engineering, arts and math in this event for the whole family. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. May 3; $7 adults, $3 children.

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316 Pike St. 513-684-4517 • taftmuseum.org

•Taft Jr.: Draw the Line Turn simple lines into art after listening to a story of a boy who uses a line to go on an adventure. 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. May 11; free members, $10 in advance nonmembers, $12 at the door.

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