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Summer Movie Express, summer reading at the libraries, Cover Kids Contest registration deadline EXTENDED, giveaways and more.

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EDITOR’S NOTE BY KIERA ASHFORD

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never realized how much my daughter believes what her friends tell her. When an adult tells her something funny, she almost immediately gets back at ‘em and says stop messing with her. However, she apparently takes everything her friends say to her to heart … and really believes that what they say is true! It’s not something horrible or mean … at least I thought it was pretty funny. Here’s what happened: The other day when I picked my daughter up from school, she jumped in the car excitedly and told me she had a secret to share, but I was NOT allowed to tell Daddy. OK, so spill. She told me that her best friend at school said that if you get in the bath tub after 5 o’clock, put some salt in the water, no toys, no soap, wearing a necklace and wait 5 hours, you will actually turn into a mermaid. “OK,” I said. Then she begged to do it that night! So, here we were, filling the tub with water and she’s patiently waiting for the right amount. She tells me that’s enough and asks for the salt. I didn’t want that much in there, but I poured just a little in her hand and she sprinkled it in. She got in, sat perfectly straight and still. A few minutes later that she asks, “MOMMA! Are my toes turning pink?! I really think they are!” Not really paying any attention, I thought she was just saying something to the effect the water was having on her skin or maybe a hangnail on her big toe. I said, “Yeah, it looks a little pink, but I think you’ll be OK.” I had completely forgotten the reason we were in the bathroom to begin with — then she again sat very still. Soon, I ask her if we could wash her hair and body. “NO!,” she wailed. “It’ll mess the spell up and it won’t work!” Oh, right … After a few more minutes, she asks again if her toes were turning pink. I said “No” this time. She said, “Because I wished for a PINK FIN!” Oh, good grief! She really believed what her friend had told her and thought it would actually happen. I was (silently) laughing my head off! She asked if it had been five hours yet. When I told her, “Nope, sorry honey, you can’t stay in the tub for that long,” she started balling her eyes out! Seriously crying so hard that she was holding her breath! She was so sure it was going to work that now I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry with her. I was so heartbroken to see her so torn! She began screaming, “But she swore on the Bible! She said it would work! She lied to me! Call her right now, Momma!” I told her we were not going to call her friend. I calmed her down and finished her bath. I told her that maybe her friend meant it as a make-believe thing. That you were supposed to just pretend that you turn into a mermaid! I just wanted to give her a big hug. Later on, when she was asleep, I related the entire event to my husband. Then I was laughing so hard that my eyes were watering. I couldn’t do that in front of her, so it all came out then. Poor baby, she thinks her friend was being mean to her. Oh, the things children will believe.

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he Public Library of Cincinnati and H amilton County invites kids to become a superhero reader this summer. Age groups can sign up beginning S aturday, June 1 and keep a reading log for prizes, as well as enter to win some awesome grand prizes like tickets to a Cincinnati R eds game, a LeapFrog LeapPad, gift cards and a S amsung G alaxy Tab 2 7.0. Get the full scoop at cincinnatilibrary.org/summerread.

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incinnati Playhouse in the Park will hold auditions S aturday, June 22 for children interested in participating in this season’s production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This year marks the 23rd anniversary of the holiday tradition. The Playhouse is looking for nine boys and girls ages 8 - 13, as well as a boy age 6 - 8 for the role of Tiny Tim (kids must not turn 14 before Dec. 30, 2013). H ave your child prepare a oneminute monologue, story or poem to present in an English accent. Resume must be submitted with a photograph by Monday, June 10 to auditions@ cincyplay.com or Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, ATTN: AUDITIONS, c/o Michael Haney, PO Box 6537, Cincinnati, OH, 45206. For more information, visit cincyplay.com.

ummer is mostly full of outdoor fun, but sometimes the heat gets to be too much. Those are the perfect days to enjoy a cheap or free flick! Join Cincinnati Family this summer at the Summer Movie Express at Regal Deerfield Township Stadium 16 (5500 Deerfield Blvd., Mason). At 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday from June 11 through Aug. 7, you and the crew can watch a kid-friendly movie for only $1. Proceeds from these movies will contribute to Regal’s support of the Boys and Girls Club of America and the Will Rogers Institute. Get the scoop at regmovies.com and check out our calendar of events at cincinnatifamilymagazine.com for show times and details. Families can also check out the Esquire (320 Ludlow Ave.) and Mariemont (6906 Wooster Pike) Theatres, which will offer free kids’ movies this summer. Doors open at both locations at 9:45 a.m., and the movies start at 10:30 a.m. This month, catch a screening of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius (June 10 and 12), Over the Hedge (June 17 and 19), and Charlotte’s Web (June 24 and 26). Visit esquiretheatre.com or mariemonttheatre.com for the summer’s entire schedule. (please turn the page)

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ith so much health-related information available these days, it’s hard to know just what it means to eat healthy, especially when strolling through the grocery store. But this summer, several community organizations have teamed up to create learning opportunities for both parents and children in a place we’re all familiar with — the grocery store! A Taste of Learning, presented by Remke bigg’s, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, Vision 2015, Agenda 360 and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, invites families to turn an everyday chore into a fun day with activities like “I SPY” in the produce section, food demonstrations tailored to children with help from unique characters, and recipes for parents, all wrapped up with face painting, music and prizes. A Taste of Learning takes place from 12 - 2 p.m. at Remke bigg’s Newport (82 Carothers Road) and Remke bigg’s Highland (3240 Highland Ave.) on select dates through September, see below for the complete schedule:

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ugar has many aliases — barley malt, syrup, just about any word that ends in -ose — so it should come as no surprise that it can sneak its way into foods we don’t even think of as all that sweet. Ketchup? Sure. Bread? Definitely. Nacho Cheese Doritos? You bet. If your food is coming pre-packaged in a box, bag or bottle, chances are good it contains added sugar. And that’s not good for a whole host of reasons, including obvious ones like weight gain and tooth decay, but also for some less obvious ailments. “A diet high in sugar can lead to elevated triglycerides which can lead to heart disease, insulin resistance which can lead to diabetes, and elevated levels of sugar in the body can suppress the immune system,” said Cathy DeFoor, M.D., with St. Elizabeth Pediatrics in Florence. As a nation, we’ve actually reduced our consumption of the sweet stuff in sugary soft drinks and juices, but we still have a long way to go. Fortunately, there are some easy, at-home steps you can take to keep your family healthy — with minimal grousing!

DRESS IT UP: Stick with plain yogurt and sweeten it yourself with chopped fruit or a bit of whole grain cereal. Add peanut butter to celery, or wrap cheese and salsa in a whole grain tortilla, says DeFoor.

need these when they are playing sports.” But it’ s much better to consume water.

MAKE YOUR OWN: Whether it’s bread or salad dressing, making your own means you have control over what goes into the recipe (and your bellies!). Want a summer sweet treat? Blend yogurt and chopped fruit and freeze in popsicle molds.

SWAP IT OUT: DeFoor recommends choosing whole grains when you can — pick up wheat bread or tortillas instead of white, and aim for whole grain cereals instead of the sugary kind. For older kids who are addicted to sports drinks, she advises parents to try adding fresh lemon, lime or orange wedges to water to flavor it, and avoid soft drinks and energy drinks. “They are loaded with sugar and caffeine.”

GO HALVSIES: If your tot is a juicehead, dilute his sippy cup with a half-water, half-juice mix. DeFoor suggests avoiding soft drinks and drinks labeled “-ade, drink, or punch” and limit juice to four to six ounces per day for kids ages 1 - 6. Better yet, she recommends parents of fer a whole fruit instead of juice. Older kids, who have a little more say in what they eat and drink, can be tougher, but DeFoor advises parents to encourage water. “I think a lot of older children and teenagers are drinking sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade because they think they

Changes are usually more successful if done in small steps. Pick a weekly goal. For example, gradually decrease juice intake by one glass per day. Gradually change from whole milk to low fat or skim milk. Increase water intake by one glass per day. Eat a fruit for an after school snack rather than cookies.”

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I desperately wanted to take pictures, but with my camera tucked away , perhaps I was better able to focus on the audio tour’s stories. In the Banquet Hall with its ornate fireplaces, tapestries, and 40-foot table seating 64, we heard about Edith Vanderbilt frantically cutting through birthday cake in search of a dime. She’d feared someone might choke on the party favor , but a young guest had wondered why such a rich woman was so con cerned about losing ten cents. In the library , filled with 23,000 books, we learned that when George was 12, he’d started keeping a list of books that he’d read. When he died in 1914 at the age of 51, his list included 3,159 titles. My favorite stories, though, were about the parties George and Edith’s daughter, Cornelia, hosted. Her soirees took ad vantage of the estate’s stables, in-house bowling alley and indoor pool, along with a fleet of servants to cook and care for the people staying in the Bilt more’s 35 bedrooms. While the Biltmore home is a fantasyland for many adults, especially those of us eager for the next season of Downton Abbey, a series set in an English counterpart of the Biltmore, the estate also provides plenty of entertainment for children. In and around the mansion, kids can count items in scavenger hunts, fly kites on the lawn, and scamper among the pathways of the gardens. Even more fun waits in Antler Hill Village, an area of the Biltmore property where the estate’ s farm

and dairy employees once lived with their families. Now Antler Hill features restaurants with gourmet meals and children’s menus, a creamery with fresh ice cream, demonstrations from blacksmiths and woodworkers, and an historic barn with familyfriendly farm animals. Throughout the year , the village winery also offers events for kids, including crafts and grape stomping. For additional fees, the Outdoor Adventure Center in Antler Hill Village offers many more activities. Families can explore mountains and streams in a Land Rover, float down the French Broad River on a raft or kayak, or try fly-fishing. Also along the river, paved trails invite bike riders to enjoy the scenery on their own bikes, or on rentals — with tandem bikes, children’ s bikes, and trailers read ily available. Guests can also see woodlands on horseback, or step back into the era of George and Edith Vanderbilt, and take a carriage ride that offers exclusive views of the beautiful Biltmore estate. 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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Summer Lovin’ The simple pleasures of no homework, free time and long days into the evening hours make this time of year sublime. Enjoy. BY LAURA LANE

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Running barefoot in the grass. Romping with the dog in the backyard. Reading a favorite book in a shady spot under a huge tree. Summer is the perfect time to unplug and savor the small things. Here are easy ways to enjoy summer with your kids:

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Not only are they naturally sweet and delicious, berries are packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber. Your kids will love eating them plain, sprinkling them on top of ice cream, or using them to decorate Fourth of July cupcakes. For an easy treat, let your child frost a large sugar cookie with cream cheese icing and then top with blueberries, sliced strawberries and raspberries.

Try this easy homemade bubble solution that you can make in minutes. Use a half cup of dish detergent (I prefer “Joy” or “Dawn”), five cups cold water, and two tablespoons glycerin. Carefully measure and stir together the soap and water. Add the glycerin — it helps make the bubbles more durable and last longer. Your children can dip their bubble wands in the mixture, wave the wands around, and giggle with delight as bubbles fill the air.

Get Wet There’s no better way to cool off and relax on a hot day than taking a dip in your favorite watering hole or local pool. If you don’t have easy access to a swimming spot, let your kids run through the sprinklers. They’ll love dashing and diving through the cool spray, and your lawn gets a drink, too. Afterward, bundle the kids up in large beach towels and let them eat popsicles in the sun.

Grab an Ice Cream Cone Nothing says summer like an ice cream cone. Head to your favorite ice cream shop and let your children get a scoop of their favorite flavor. This is the perfect outing after your child’s baseball game or on a warm summer’s night when you want to kick back and relax. Also, if you have a homemade ice cream maker, try this quick and easy recipe for vanilla ice cream. Combine one pint half and half, 1-and-a-half teaspoons vanilla, and one-half cup sugar. Place the mixture in your homemade ice cream maker, following directions, and then enjoy!

Pitch a Backyard Tent Children love camping, but it’s a lot of work for you. Just pitch a tent in your backyard and enjoy the convenience of having a stocked refrigerator and clean bathrooms just a few steps away. Grill hot dogs and hamburgers and eat outside on paper plates. Before night falls, the kids can run around the yard playing tag or hide and seek before settling into sleeping bags for a peaceful night’s rest.

Gaze at the Stars Spread blankets on your lawn and head outside with your kids to gaze at the stars on a clear, summer night. To help your kids learn their way around the night sky, print out a star map at kidscosmos.org or visit spaceplace.nasa. gov/starfinder/ for instructions on how to make a star finder and play a star finder game.

Pack a Picnic Watch your kids’ eyes light up when you tell them you’re going on a picnic. Let them help decide on the perfect spot for the outing, and then involve them in sandwich making, filling water bottles, and helping pack the picnic basket. There’s something special about enjoying simple food outside on a beautiful summer’s day, and your kids will feel proud of themselves for helping make the picnic happen.

Planting flowers gives your kids the perfect excuse to play in the dirt. Native flowers can be a good choice as they use less water and attract birds and butterflies to your garden. Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center atwildflower.org/collections for a list of recommended native plants in your area.

Do Art in the Park Pack crayons, paper, colored pencils, paints and any other supplies your children might like and then head to the park and let your kids breathe in the fresh air and exercise their creative muscles with you.

Read a Good Book One of the best things about summer is that your kids can choose any books they want to read at all.  Participate in local summer reading programs that offer incentives for reading, since plenty of kids seem to need them these days. Encourage your kids to find a shady spot outside and delve into a good book. For suggestions of books your child might enjoy, check out the Association for Library Service to Children’s 2013 reading list at ala.org/alsc/.

Whip Up Family Favorites No-Bake Strawberries and Cream Pie CRUST: Combine 1-anda-half cups crushed vanilla wafers, 1 tablespoon sugar, and a quarter cup melted butter. Press into a pie plate.

FILLING: Combine 2 tablespoons orange juice, 1 tablespoon lemon juice in a sauce pan and bring to boil. Add 1 cup marshmallows and stir until dissolved, remove from heat. Add 1 cup pureed strawberries then let mixture cool slightly before adding 1 cup whipping cream, whipped. POUR the mixture into the crust and refrigerate until it sets (at least two hours). Garnish the top of the pie with sliced strawberries or simply enjoy it as is!

As a freelance writer and mother of two, Laura Lane savors summer by eating ice cream as often as possible.

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If you’ve got a little monkey, try a sport that’s perfect for her deathdefying personality — gymnastics!

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lympian McKayla Maroney’s “not impressed” meme aside, gymnastics calls to mind visions of poise, grace and strength — qualities your tumbling tot likely hasn’t mastered yet. But hey, everyone has to start somewhere, and gymnastics is a great way to take advantage of children’s natural curiosity, as well as help them develop strong bodies, minds, and confidence.

Ready, Set, Grow! “G ymnastics is an ideal sport for preschoolers as it builds on their natural curiosity of how their bodies work, and their curiosity of the world around them,” says R ebecca Bruggeman, owner and operator of G o 2 G row G ymnastics. Young brains absorb and learn quickly, making the preschool years an ideal time to introduce children to new skills. Plus, with Mom or Dad nearby, your child can feel safe and may be more willing to try new things. S ays Page H elmick, owner of The Little G ym in Mason, “G ymnastics is a sport that embraces the preschooler’s desire to run, jump and fly while capitalizing on their willingness to be adventurous and take some risks.” The good thing about beginning gymnastics at a young age is that your child doesn’t have to meet a lot of requirements before hitting the mats. S ays Katie Meinerding, preschool director at Cincinnati G ymnastics, “Kids should be walking before starting a class either with their mom or independently.” “It is more important that each child be socially/emotionally ready versus having any specific skill,” says Bruggeman. S he adds that children under 3 should participate with a parent as they are not necessarily ready to separate from “guided help.” Children who are potty trained show a degree of body control and awareness, she says, and that is often a sign that they are ready to participate in class independent of their parents.

What to Expect When Getting Started At The Little G ym, kids participate in dance, karate and other sports, along with gymnastics. “Each of our classes are centered around a similar structure (warm up, group activity, stations and games),” says H elmick, adding that the elements vary each week. The program includes fun themes like Fantasy Castle and Wild West to keep kids interested. Dance classes include gymnastics, and the karate classes focus on the basics rather than following a belt system. “Our sports classes introduce a new sport every three or four weeks,” says H elmick, “breaking down each one into the fundamental principles, just to get the kids familiar with the various strategies and appropriate equipment for that particular sport.” The sports classes also include a gymnastics element. Children can begin at The Little G ym as young as 4 months of age in a parent/child classes. “We use the parents to assist and get children comfortable taking instruction from the teachers

and learning how to create relationships with other children their age,” says H elmick. Because gymnastics involves a lot of repetition and preschoolers aren’t necessarily ready for that, G o 2 G row focuses on a variety of skills and equipment in a creative way — for example, children will experience a pirate adventure one day, and pretend to be zoo animals the next. “The key in this process is to get all our children’s body parts to be able to talk to one another as they are moving,” says Bruggeman, adding that this also prepares children to enjoy trying new things, along with learning about concepts like taking turns, sharing, and listening. Most classes average 45 minutes to an hour, with sessions lasting from 12 - 18 weeks. Cincinnati G ymnastics moves children through a progression of skills — in the Mommy and Me class, tots will hang, hold, walk, roll and jump while building comfort and confidence with the gym. Two-year-olds focus on learning to follow directions, trusting their teachers and getting along with others, while 3-year-olds learn more about body control while focusing taking turns. As kids get older, class gets a little longer — 60 minutes for ages 4 and 5, and 75 to 90 minutes for “S uperoos,” a class designed for 4- and 5-year-olds who have mastered core skills.

Your Role The amount of time you put into your child’s gymnastics is really up to you at this young age. H elmick recommends parents begin slowly, with maybe devoting only an hour a week, then progressing from three to four days a week. “Children have only limited time to be children,” she says. “We must remember this when we have the urge to have them compete in the primary grades.” A parent’s role during classes is to provide support, encouragement, and role modeling, according to Bruggeman. Meinerding recommends parents involve themselves with moderation. “Parent should be loving and encouraging,” she says, “but allow the teacher and the student to form their own relationship inside the gym.” S ays H elmick, “As parents, it is critically important to let our children know that we will be their champion and we will respect them, while also communicating that we expect them to follow through on commitments and be kind to their friends. We must recognize their accomplishments, as each victory is a stepping stone to the next, and also challenge them to reach the next step.” Whether you’re actually on the floor and joining your child for activities, or being a cheerleader from the sidelines, it’s up to you to bring a positive attitude to the class and make it fun for everyone! Sherry Hang is editor for this publication.

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“Wake up!” “Pressure!” “Pull the trigger!” Poor parents. They mean well, they really do, but when it comes to watching their kids play competitively, some can really lose it. To the detriment of their kids. When it comes to coaching from the sidelines, three words should be your mantra: Just Say No. Not only is coaching from the sidelines annoying to your child on the field, but it doesn’t win you any points with parents or coaches, either . In fact, just the opposite. If you’re standing there on the sidelines unable to control yourself because you think what YOU say will make a difference to your child’s game, think again: the kids who excel in sports are the ones who are passionate and confident about it ON THEIR OWN. These winning qualities can actually be undermined by parents who fail to control themselves during game play. Over the past 20 years, while much has been written about poor sportsmanship and the need for parents to reign it in, the truth is that acts of aggression are still common in youth sports settings. Parents and fans snicker at opponents and harass officials. They put pressure on kids to perform well as though their performance is a reflection of themselves. Most serious is that 70 to 80 percent of kids drop out of sports shortly after middle school when sports become extremely selective — and no longer fun. It’s helpful to note that research has found that youth attrition rates are 80 percent lower for children whose coaches practice positive coaching. That should be the goal, says Jim Thompson, founder of the Positive Coaching Alliance and author of several books on coaching including Positive Sports Parenting. Positive Coaching Alliance has conducted in-person and on-line trainings with coaches from more than 1,700 youth sports organization in the U.S. Learn more at postiviecoach.org.

Use an old towel for quick wipe-downs of any dirty equipment like golf clubs. Use antibacterial wipes (or spray) to eliminate accumulated germs on the handles of equipment. Got cleats? A heavy-duty shoe cleaning brush works wonders. Always keep plastic bags around for those moments when the weather ’s awful and you have to take muddy cleats off at the car.

Avoiding Smelly Stuff Read labels before washing anything to make sure you don’t ruin pricey equipment or lucky jerseys. To remove smells and stains, most sports uniforms (like club soccer shirts and socks) can be tossed in the washing machine, while padding typically needs soaking in a tub filled with hot water , laundry detergent and a little bit of bleach (10 percent bleach to 90 percent water). Let padding soak for an hour to really get the germs and sweat out. When you’re done cleaning, toss the gear right into your dryer or ring out all of the water and air it outside or in your garage. For gear your child uses regularly, air it out after each use on a porch or in the garage. On road trips, stuck in hotel rooms, use spray Febreeze (or a similar deodorizer) before and after use to help kill stinky bacteria and, of course, mask whatever unpleasant smell is left over.

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SPECIALIZING IT CAN WAIT “He dropped out, he’s only playing basketball now,” said the 10-year-old, speaking of a buddy, to his parent. 10-years-old? There’s no doubt that kids are “specializing” in one sport younger than they used to, but is that a good idea? At least one recent study says that it’s not, and that early specialization brings with it a higher chance of injury. The study, out of Loyola and Lurie Children’ s Hospital in Chicago, enrolled 1,206 athletes ages 8 - 18 who had either come in for sports physicals or treatment for injuries. Different types of sports were looked at. More than 850 injuries were seen — including more than 550 overuse injuries such as stress fractures (when tiny cracks are in the bone), elbow ligament and injuries to cartilage and underlying bone. Athletes who suffer serious overuse injuries spend an average of 21 hours per week doing physical activity, including 13 hours in organized sports. Athletes who were not injured spent an average of about 18 hours per week doing physical activity, including only about nine hours in organized sports. Speaking of child athletes, lead researcher Neeru Jayanthi, M.D., said, “Just the fact that you chose to only do one sport and do that the entire time is in and of itself a risk. And that’s simply by using the same muscle groups and stressing the same parts of the body over and over again with no breaking.” Jayanthi’s tips for preventing youth athletes’ injuries include: • Not specializing in one spor t until late adolescence. • Not spending more than twice as much time playing organized sports as you spend in a gym or unorganized play.

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TOP QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS At what age is it appropriate for my child to join team sports? It’s a good idea to wait until your child is 6 years old before beginning team sports, notes the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). In addition to age, parents should consider weight, size and emotional development. Allow your child to participate in making the decision; he shouldn’t be pushed into a sport that he isn’t physically or emotionally ready to handle. On the other hand, if he has a strong interest in a sport, then it may be reasonable to allow him to get involved earlier than age 6.

What if my child tells me he wants to quit playing? Start by gathering information. There are many reasons why a child may decide to stop playing. Find out if his quitting is caused by inadequacy, stress, frustration or not getting along with teammates. While you should take his feelings seriously, you may want to encourage him to “stick it out” for the season at least. However, if you decide the experience is triggering more negativity than growth, consider allowing him to change sports or quit altogether. If it’s not fun, stop.

How should I choose which sport to get my child involved in? The AAP suggests that you consider the following factors in deciding on a sport: • Your child’s physical and psychological maturity • How much emphasis is placed on performance • Quality of the program and coaching • Spectator behavior • Risk of injury • Necessary equipment and its cost

Is it all right for boys and girls to play on the same team? Before puberty, boys and girls are equivalent in size and weight, so there’s no reason why they shouldn’t play together. After puberty, boys gain an advantage in both strength and size. The AAP recommends that boys and girls older than 12 should no longer compete against each other in the interests of safety.

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8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 513-722-7249 jointhej.org/summercamps Day camp for grades K - 3 includes Red Cross swim lessons, sports, nature, crafts, special events, and more. Quest Camp for grades 4 - 8 features day trips and overnights to popular destinations. 1-, 3-, and 6-week camps for all age groups offer flexibility for busy families. Indoor/outdoor pools and facilities for rain or shine fun.

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9664 Daly Road, Cincinnati 513-931-2196 campwildbrook.com • campwildbrook@cinci.rr.com ACA accredited. Family owned and operated. Co-ed, grades K - 6. Six weeks, Jun. 17 - Jul. 26). Day camp, Mon. - Fri., 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 62nd season holding active, outdoor, traditional summer camp activities including archery, arts and crafts, basketball, BB air gun, drama and singing, gymnastics, kickball, nature and camping, soccer, softball, daily swim lessons, and special events. Bus transportation available.

Explore The Arts Summer Camps at The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum

3738 Eastern Avenue Cincinnati, 513-473-5745 thecarnegiecenter.org • events@thecarnegiecenter.org Explore The Arts sponsored by Artswave are providing quality arts exploration at affordable rates. First 8 registrants per class are FREE. Regular registration is $55 per camp. Hip-Hop, Island Dance, Salsa Dance, Nigerian Drumming, Painting from Nature, and Sacred Spaces: Hindu Art and Movement. 1.5 - 3 hrs. per day. Schedule online.

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Children, Inc. SummerCare 2013: GAME ON!

Ft. Wright Elementary School and Ockerman Elementary School 859-431-2075 childreninc.org Mon. - Fri., 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., 8-week session June - July. Ages 5 - 11. Weekly themes, field trips, swimming, special guests, and tons of fun for all ages and interests! All programs are licensed with superior adult-to-child ratios. $130 per week, or $29 per day (2 day/wk minimum). Tuition assistance available for qualifying families.

Cincinnati Occupational Therapy Institute Camp OdakOTa 4440 Carver Woods Drive, Cincinnati 513-791-5688 cintiotinstitute.com • coti@cintiotinstitute.com Camp OdakOTa is a full-day camp for children with occupational therapy and sensory integration needs. Camp OdakOTa campers are children 6 - 12 yrs. who would benefit from a sensory-sensitive approach to summer day camp.

Cincinnati Parks Summer Nature Daycamps

Multiple Park Locations 513-321-6208 cincinnatiparks.com • erin.morris@cincinnati-oh.gov Cincinnati Parks’ Summer Nature Daycamps, voted 2012 “Best of the City,” are filling up quickly! Trailside and LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Centers provide some of the best specialized camps. Fees: $40 - $75 weekly. Hikes, crafts, and games for ages 3 - 17 in parks throughout the city. Register online.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Summer Theatre Day Camp

962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati 513-421-3888 cincyplay.com The Playhouse offers three two-week camp sessions beginning Jun. 17, Jul. 8 and Jul. 22 for students entering grades 3 - 12 and six one-week camp sessions for children entering grades 1 and 2. Classes are taught by theater professionals in a fun, no-fail environment. All levels of experience are welcome!

Cincinnati Zoo

3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati 513-559-7767 opt. 4 cincinnatizoo.org Register today for the wildest summer break yet! Fun, educational and age-appropriate topics every week. Full- and half-day programs available. Zoo member discounts.

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Classroom Antics Tech Camps

Multiple Locations 800-595-3776 classroomantics.com • creativetotsmason@gmail.com Summer camps for ages 7 - 13 in video game design, LEGO robotics, computer programming, and stop motion animation. $199 per camp, less $10 coupon code CF3. Beginners welcome!

Clifton Performance Theatre

404 Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati 513-861-7469 cliftonperformancetheatre.com Spend an exciting week with specialists in acting, singing and dance who will lead campers through the process of putting on a show. We’ll prepare a performance, design costumes and help build sets. No experience necessary and no auditions. After a week of working together, campers will perform a classic Broadway-style musical or show for their family, friends, and the Clifton community.

Contemporary Dance Theater and MamLuftCo. Dance Summer Dance Camp for Kids

1805 Larch Ave., Cincinnati 513-494-6526 mlco.org/camp • dance@mlco.org Winner of the 2012 Cincinnati Magazine Best Summer Dance Camp, MamLuft&Co. Dance and Contemporary Dance Theatre’s all-day camp is for boys and girls, ages 5 - 10. From Aug. 5 - 9 (showing on Aug. 10), kids will learn how to move creatively and confidently through modern techniques. Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m./9 a.m. - 3 p.m. camp, after-care up to 6 p.m. (extra).

Creative Tots of Mason

6408 Thornberry, Mason 513-770-6776 creativetotsmason.com Specializing in the private education of toddler, preschool and pre-K children for 20 years. Our research-based curriculum provides age-appropriate, high-quality academics designed to exceed Ohio Academic Content Standards. Weekly Summer Programs (Jun. 10 - Aug. 2) Toddler, 18 mos. - 3 yrs.; Early 3’s, 2.5 - 3 yrs.; Preschool, 3 - 4 yrs.; Pre-K 4 - 5 yrs. Enrichment programs in Spanish, music, art, yoga, and science. Mon. - Fri., 9 - 11 a.m.

Fruit of Zion Child Development Center

9180 Cincinnati Columbus Road, West Chester 513-531-1180 fozchild.com • fozcenter@yahoo.com Full-day adventures for both younger and older children. Summer camp is a healthy balance of fun and learning. Every day brings something new and exciting. Learning, exploration, physical activities in a safe, nurturing environment. Children participate in teacher support workbook-based activities that focus on math, science and literacy, as well as participate in field trips. Mon. - Fri., 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Ages 5 - 12 yrs.

The Goddard School (Mason)

754 Reading Road, Mason 513-398-2777 Circus Fun in the Summer Sun! Goddard summer camp is a great way to discover that learning is all around. Children 6 wks. - 10 yrs. can explore our exciting curriculum as we have a summer full of big top fun. Enjoy arts, crafts, cooking projects and don’t miss our special visitors and fun-filled trips.

Goddard School Summer Camps (Anderson Twp.)

1280 Nagel Road, Cincinnati 513-474-5292 goddardschool.com/schools/anderson-township-oh/schools.gspx Looking for an active summer camp loaded with high energy, outdoor activities, fun field trips, weekly water days and engaging visitors in a safe environment? Then Let’s Go Exploring with The Goddard School this summer. Camps are specifically designed for ages toddler - 10 yrs. Enjoy our expanded campus, large indoor gym, crafts, cooking projects, sewing school, gymnastics, and more. Full- and half-day camps available.

Gorman Heritage Farm

10052 Reading Road, Cincinnati 513-563-6663 gormanfarm.org • camp@gormanfarm.org Your child will love our Farm Camp. Over 80% of our campers last year called it their favorite camp. Activities include: caring for our animals, exploring nature, garden fun, cooking, hiking, making art, making music, making friends, and more. Camps for age 4 - 15. Visit our website for a full brochure.

Greenacres Summer Camps

8255 Spooky Hollow, Cincinnati 513-891-4227 green-acres.org • camps@green-acres.org Arts, aquatic adventures, environment, equine, food or garden... a camp for every child! Greenacres offers hands-on, small group camps led by a caring staff.

Hubbard Family Swim School at Kids First Sports Center

7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-530-0123 hubbardswim.com Our priority is to teach children starting as young as 2 mos. to love and respect the water. We are committed to providing swim lessons that build confidence and teach water safety skills in a child-centered environment. Our international reputation for excellence in teaching has grown as a result of our learn-to-swim techniques.

Jacob’s Well

5334 Socialville Foster Road, Mason 513-229-0223 jacobswelllearning.com • lwu@jacobswelllearning.com Brand new 10,000 sq. ft. facility with large indoor playground. Make new friends, keep your mind sharp, learn about God’s love and how to love each other. Exciting summer camp for 2013! Two to three field trips each week, including weekly trips to the local pool. Grades K - 5. New camp enrollments will receive a special discount.

Kiki Magazine – Kiki LIVE! Workshop for Girls

Held at Seven Hills School, Cincinnati www.kikimag.com/live • trish.knapke@kikimag.com Kiki LIVE! is a brand new event for girls who want to unleash their creativity and explore the world around them through the lens of fashion design. This all-day workshop will feature unique sessions and activities developed to entertain, enrich, and empower! Visit our website to learn more about Kiki LIVE! or to register for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Sign up today to guarantee your spot! Jul. 27, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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Mad Science of Cincinnati

cincinnati.madscience.org 513-793-6784 Interactive, hands-on science programs for ages 5 - 12. Half- and full-day 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. Programs range from $10 - $15 per classroom hour. Sibling registration discounts available.

Mason-Deerfield Arts Alliance

5847 Irwin-Simpson Road, Mason 513-309-8585 masonarts.org • masonarts@gmail.com The MDAA will offer 17 unique Summer Art Camps this year! Drawing, painting, tie-dye, recycle art, collage, pop-up art, kite making, music making, and more. Camps are held at Cottell Park in Deerfield Township. Morning and afternoon sessions are available. Camps are Mon. - Thu. and range in price from $40 - $145.

Michaels Stores Inc.

Multiple Locations 800-MICHAELS (642-4235) michaels.com Kids explore the seven continents and their amazing landmarks on a seven-week voyage around the glode during Michaels Passport to Imagination! Two-hour crafting adventures meet three times each a week. Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. - 12 noon for just $2 per child each session, ages 5 and up. Jun. 17 - Aug. 23. Call or visit our website for more information.

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Baldwin Music Education Center

3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati 513-351-1109 baldwinmusiceducenter.com The Baldwin Music Education Center, a division of Music Learning Center, Inc., has been serving the tri-state area for 50 years. Specially-designed preschool group music classes are offered for students ages 6 mos. - 4 yrs. and piano classes for 5 yrs. and older. All classes are taught by trained music educators and piano pedagogues. Classes are offered six days a week year round. Convenient location in Hyde Park/Oakley and family discounts. “Every Life Needs Music”

Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cincinnati

brainbalancecincinnati.com 513-257-0705 Groundbreaking program combining sensory motor, cognitive, and nutrition coaching into one solution for children ages 4 - 17 with ADD, autism, dyslexia, and other learning/processing disabilities.

The Campus at Kids First

7900 E Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-629-KIDS (5437) thecampuskf.com • info@thecampuskf.com Located inside the state-of-the-art Kids First Sports Center, The Campus offers the premier early learning experience for children ages 6 wks. - pre-K. As the only early learning center in the area that makes physical education a top priority, The Campus is able to give your child an academic edge by integrating a top-notch physical education curriculum in to the daily schedule and special summer programs.

9429 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati 513-827-9110 mylittleredhaus.com Offering art day camps in half-day sessions all summer long. Theme camps will allow artists to create a whole new world each week. Each camp will explore a variety of media and processes, ultimately transforming the studio into a world of wonder. Fine arts camps will allow older artists to focus on a specific medium or process, honing skills and developing new ones.

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1259 Swann Beatty Road, Camden 937-452-3347 pvmcamp.com This is not your typical camp! Pleasant Vineyard is a nondenominational Christian summer camp located near Camden Ohio. PVM Camp offers a wide variety of exciting camp programs to choose from which include: paintball, paintball extreme, rock climbing, Nascamp, digital photography, drama, art, Mythbreakers, LIT, crew, and Rez Classic Camp.

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AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES, SUMMER PROGRAMS

8230 Cox Road, West Chester 513-777-9533 faithcommunityumc.org • lynne.martini@emailfcumc.net SpringHill Day Camp is scheduled Aug. 5 - 9 (Mon. - Fri.), 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. for any child who has completed K - grade 4. Cost for the week is $159. The camp provides small and large group opportunities. SpringHill provides trained counselors plus fun activities including giant waterslides, large inflatables, giant swings, climbing walls, low ropes, and more. Your kids will learn about Jesus while having an absolute blast!

Springer School

2121 Madison Road, Cincinnati 513-871-6080 springer-ld.org • center@springer-ld.org Adventures in Summer Learning is designed for students of at least average potential who are not making expected progress. The morning program provides strategic instruction in language arts, math, and critical thinking. In the afternoon, classes are available in math, writing, social skills, and creative expression. Jun. 17 - Jul. 12, grades 1 - 8.

Summer Art Day Camp, Taft Museum of Art

316 Pike St., Cincinnati 513-684-4516 taftmuseum.org Taft Summer Art Day Camp participants look at, think about, and create art inspired by the collection and special exhibitions. Each week-long session culminates in an exhibition of campers’ work. Campers entering grades 6 - 8, Jun. 24 - 28, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Instructor: Liz Schanher Lloyd. Campers entering grades 9 - 12, Jul. 15 - 19, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Instructor: Penny Harris. Registration: Family-level members and above, $200; all others, $275.

Sunrock Farm Summer Day Camp

103 Gibson Lane, Wilder, KY 859-781-5502 sunrockfarm.org • email@sunrockfarm.org Sunrock camps provide children memorable, hands-on experiences with animals and nature. During each five-hour day, campers ages 4 - 15 enjoy farm activities such as brushing horses and cows, milking goats, bottle feeding animals, gardening, holding chicks and rabbits, hiking, and exploring the woodlands and creek.

Wyoming Fine Arts Center

322 Wyoming Ave, Wyoming 513-948-1900 musicartdance.org For the past 18 years the Wyoming Fine Arts Center has provided top-notch teachers and programs, including summer camps, for children interested in fine arts, music and dance. Open to all – you don’t have to live in Wyoming to participate. Let your creativity soar!

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps

12 locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky 513-362-YMCA (9622) myy.org At the YMCA we make learning fun while giving kids the perfect setting to appreciate nature, build skills, create memories, and establish friendships that will last a lifetime. All of our Summer Day Camps are accredited by the American Camping Association which promotes summers of growth and fun in an environment committed to safety.

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9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati 513-683-8833 thecompassschool.com Outstanding project-based curriculum. Offering full- and part-time infant, toddler, pre-school, kindergarten and afterschool programs. Degreed teachers, excellent parent communication and a welcoming family environment. Setting the standard in early care and education. NAEYC accredited. Schedule your personal tour today! 10969 Reed Hartman Hwy., Blue Ash 513-791-4300 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C, West Chester 513-874-3100 kindergardenschool.com 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 education decisions for the child. Devoted to growing a child’s wish to flourish and learn by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving proficiency. 11 Cincinnati Area locations kindercare.com It’s not just the beginning of summer. It’s the start of fun. Every child is different, but they all have one thing in common. They like to have fun! That’s why we’ve designed six summer programs that combine learning and fun with a flexible, family-friendly schedule. So not only will your child have a chance to be part of something they’re already interested in, they’ll have a chance to discover something brand new.

The Mad Potter Madeira

7754 Camargo Road, Madeira 513-561-1888 madpottercincinnati.com Pottery painting, parties and special events. Choose a piece, paint it and pick it up in a week. Special events include Kidz Nite and Ladies Nite.

Mathnasium

9525 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash 513-275-7000 mathnasium.com/blueash 9225 Floer Drive, West Chester 513-296-2000 mathnasium.com/westchester Mathnasium offers a fun, individualized math curriculum that builds students confidence in math as they catch up, get ahead, and stay ahead. Our conceptual math teaching techniques and use of hands-on manipulatives helps students gain a deeper mathematical understanding. Our instructors are highly specialized, and teach math for grades 1 - 12. Students attend two to three times a week for about an hour. Call today! Summer sessions filling up quickly.

Primrose School

5888 Snider Road, Mason 513-336-6756 primrosemason.com 8378 Princeton Glendale Road, West Chester 513-870-0630 primrosewestchester.com Our experience matters! At Primrose School, we are passionate about nurturing young children and dedicated to providing excellence every day. Our proven early childhood education is built on trust, personal character, and highly experienced and trained staff. The highest standards found in early childhood education create the genuine ”Primrose Difference.” Call or stop in today for a tour and just ask a Mom about our school.

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Summit Academy Transition High School (grades 8 - 12)

5800 Salvia Ave., Cincinnati 513-541-4000 summitacademies.com Summit Academy Schools is a FREE, non-profit Public Community School for students K - 12 with AD/HD, Autism Spectrum Disorders and related disorders. We have 26 schools in 14 communities throughout Ohio. Our therapeutic curriculum includes targeted social skills training and is fully aligned with College and Career readiness Standards. Call for a summer tour.

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Parents are invited to meet with vendors who sell family-friendly products and services related to retail, health care and education. EnterT rainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, W est Chester; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; free admission to expo with discounted tickets to EnterTrainment Junction; babyboomkidbloom.com.

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See a program produced by Bat Conservation International on North American bats and learn about our local bats. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach W erner Nature Preserve; 8:30 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor V ehicle Permit ($3 daily , $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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Say hello to June in the great outdoors by hiking with the naturalist along a park trail, searching for interesting plants and animals along the way . Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor V ehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

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Cheer on the runners and walkers, or join the 5K or 10K race yourself, which starts at Great American Ballpark and ends inside the park near home plate! Kids can enjoy the one-mile family run, or test their speed in Gapper’s Kids Fun Run (for ages 10 and younger). Great American Ballpark, 100 Joe Nuxhall W ay; 8 a.m.; $15 (kids’ fun run) to $40 for the 10K; cincinnati.reds.mlb. com/cin/community/race.jsp.

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Are you a car collector or enthusiast that enjoys the history and beauty of classic cars at your fingertips? This event is a double feature: stroll the lot looking at award winning automobiles and take a ride on the LM&M Railroad’s vintage train cars for a day packed with nostalgic Americana. Brazenhead Irish Pub, 5650 Tylersville Road, Mason; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; train rides are $10 per person; 513-933-8022 or lebanonrr.com.

SUMMERFAIR 2013

Share nature stories around the fire and explore nocturnal animal adaptations. Bring your own s’more supplies. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 8 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

Check out over 300 fine artists and craftspeople from around the country, along with regional performers, gourmet arts, and a Youth Arts Rocks! area just for kids. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Road; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. June 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 2; $10 adults, free ages 12 and younger; summerfair.org.

FREE GERMAN STORY TIME

Enjoy a day of free events, including musical drama, ventriloquist and illusionist shows, followed by an animal extravaganza, featuring Extreme Creation with Todd St. Clair, Realm of the Reptile with Marissa Dubina, and Snakes Alive with Rick Teepen. New Hope Community Church, 3707 Edgewood Dr ive; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; visitnewhope.org.

Children will learn some simple German vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 1 1 a.m.; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE KIDS’ FISHING DERBY

It’s Fish Free in Kentucky weekend, so bring the kids for a fishing derby to show them around bait and poles. Kids will practice catch and release fishing to learn about good conservation. Lunch will be available for purchase, and parents can pick up fishing-related materials from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty.org.

CRITTERS ALIVE

Meet a variety of animals that you can find in your own backyard, as well as a few that are not from our neck of the woods. V isitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

oin the Wump Mucket Puppets for songs, silliness and fun in the Youth Art Rocks! area of Summerfair. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Avenue; 2:30 p.m.; free with admission ($10 adults, free ages younger than 12). Visit wumpmucketpuppets. com.

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FREE ZAK MORGAN CONCERT

Grammy-nominated and local fave Zak Morgan will perform with a four-person ensemble, preceded by entertainment from Cincinnati Circus and Explore Nature! Smale Riverfront Park, West Mehring Way; 4 - 7 p.m.; mysmaleriverfrontpark.org.

Join the naturalist to get information on common nature artifacts. Decide if the naturalist is lying or telling the truth and you could win a prize. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily , $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

NORTHERN KENTUCKY MUSIC LEGENDS

This exhibit, opening today and running through Sept. 8, features the performers, bands, DJs, composers and other musicians of Northern Kentucky who have contributed to the region’ s musical heritage. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 12 p.m.; free with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

FREE OUTDOOR SOCIAL

Enjoy a variety of programs and make new friends in the Nature Playscape while you search for summer critters. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe W oods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

PANCAKES IN THE PARK

Guinness World Record Holder Chris Cakes will flip some pancakes for families in this breakfast that includes sausage links, beverages and fruit. Beech Acres Park RecPlex Patio, 6915 Beechmont Avenue; 8:30 - 11 a.m.; $6 adults, $5 children, $20 per family (two adults, two children), free ages 4 and younger; 513-3884513 or andersonparks.com.

WUMP MUCKET PUPPET SHOW

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mon 3 FREE REPEAT DAY

Ages 6 - 12 are invited to share stories that they know really well and make a great-great craft. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 11 a.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary.org.

FREE SUPERHERO TRAINING COURSE

Get ready for summer reading and make your way through the course to become a superhero! Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Avenue; 2 - 3 p.m.; 513369-6038 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

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SPOTLIGHT: ULTIMATE DINOSAURS Thursday, June 13

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ased on research from scientists around the world, this exhibit features unusual-looking dinos. The exhibit brings these bizarre creatures to life with environmental murals, real fossils, skeletons, and 20 full-scale skeleton casts. Don’t miss Giganotosaurus, possibly the largest land predator to have ever lived, and learn about the use of Augmented Reality (AR), which layers virtual experiences over real environments to give you new perspective on these giant beasts. Be sure to catch a screening of the OMNIMAX film, Dinosaurs: Giants of Patagonia while you’re there! Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; $9 member adults, $7 member children, $15 nonmember adults, $11 nonmember children, $13 seniors. Call 513-287-7000 or visit cincymuseum.org.

tue 4 FREE INSECT-O-RAMA

Learn more about some amazing insects and their superhero potential, then create your own insect-inspired superhero. Main Library, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine Street; 10:30 a.m.; 513-3696900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

Ages 3 - 5 are invited for music, stories, movement and laughs with Joel the Singing Librarian. Durr Branch, Kenton County Public Library , 1992 W alton Nicholson Road, Independence; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 859-962-4030 or kentonlibrary.org.

wed 5 CRAFTY CRITTERS

Ages 3 - 12 can make up to two different themed crafts to take home. Seasongood Nature Center , Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 1 a.m.; $1 per craft, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily , $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

LITTLE TYKE HIKE

It is dinosaur dance day for ages 3 - 6, accompanied by an adult. Explore the amazing world of these awesome giants in an outdoor setting. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 1 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAYS

Discover the fascinating world of wildlife with Farmer Frank and his Barnyard Animals -- be sure to arrive early for pre-program activities. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; free, but a canned good or personal care item donation is appreciated; 859-5257529 or kentoncounty.org.

thu 6 MUSIC@BCM

The Brotherhood has the spirit and you will too in this outdoor concert. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 6 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

FREE PATHWAYS CONNECT

Take charge of your family’s health. Find info, resources, and support with other parents who can share ideas and fun. Presented by Apex Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Bilog Cof fee, Tea & Gelato, 1212 Springfield Pike, Wyoming; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.; 513-931-4300 or facebook.com/groups/pathwaysconnectcincinnati.

FREE SUMMER CONCERT

Enjoy big band sounds in a free evening concert from Monday Night Big Band. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road; 7 p.m.; 513-388-4513 or andersonparks.com.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: YUMMY ART

It’s OK to play and paint with your food today -- create a tricked-out lunchbox, finger paint with pudding, and design some edible architecture. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages 2 and younger); 513-345-8430 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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WEEKDAY ONE HOUR TRAIN RIDE

Experience a nostalgic one-hour train ride through the country side of Warren County, and listen to conductors describe railroad history and operations. Train departs at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on June 6, 12, 20 and 28. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon; $13 adults, $8 seniors and ages 5 - 16, $5 ages 2 - 4, free ages 1 year and younger; 513-9338022 or lebanonrr.com.

fri 7 FREE COLUMBUS ARTS FESTIVAL

The Columbus Riverfront will be transformed into an outdoor art gallery as over 200 of the nation’ s top artists display their work. In addition, the festival will feature gourmet fare from some of the city’ s local restaurants, live music, hands-on art activities and more. Festival hours are 1 1 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. June 7 and 8, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 9. Scioto Mile, Columbus; columbusartsfestival.org.

FREE DCCH’S MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

Enjoy live music and fun activities for the kids, including carnival booths and rides, plus a performance from Madcap Puppets. DCCH Center, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell; 5 p.m. - 12 a.m. June 7, 2 - 12 p.m. June 8; 859-331-2040 or dcchcenter.org.

sat 8 BUILD IT! ELECTRICITY

Take a look at the Betts House’s exhibit, Build It! Architecture for Kids, and join some hands-on activities to learn about electricity in building with IBEW-NECA Electrical Training Center. The Betts House, 416 Clark Street; 2 - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($2); 513-6510734 or thebettshouse.org.

H2OLYMPICS

“Drop” by to enjoy activities and experiments and to explore some of the amazing things that water can do. Participate in at least five events to earn your H2Olympic medal! Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road; 12 - 4 p.m.; $1 per person, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or greatparks.org.

HANDS ON NATURE

Join a Play Facilitator in the Nature Playscape to inspire and interact with your children - every day is a new surprise! Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 2 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

RADIO DISNEY

The Radio Disney Crew turns Shark Ray Bay into party central with music, dancing, games and giveaways. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way; 2:30 - 4 :30 p.m.; free with admission ($23 adults, $15 ages 2 - 12, free ages younger than 2); 800-406-3474 or newportaquarium.com.

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SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE POPS

Join the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra and special guest, Motown legend Smokey Robinson, for an evening of hits, including favorites like “I Second That Emotion” and “The Tracks of My Tears.” For those sitting on the lawn at Riverbend, bring your own picnic, borrow a free lawn chair, and ages 12 and younger will get free admission to the lawn, thanks to a grant from Toyota. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Avenue; 8 p.m.; single tickets start at $20 in advance; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatipops.org/riverbend.

FREE SPANISH STORY TIME

Learn some basic Spanish vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’ s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE TASTE OF LEARNING

Bring the kids to meet Sammy Strawberry , enjoy some food demonstrations, music and face painting, while you gather information on healthy , kid-friendly recipes. You can also catch Sammy at Remke bigg’ s Highland (3240 Highland Ave.) on June 9. Remke bigg’s Newport, 82 Carothers Road, Newport; 12 - 2 p.m.; uwgc.org/ tasteoflearning.

THE CAT IN THE HAT TRAIN RIDE

Although the Cat in the Hat knows a lot of things, he doesn’t know everything and he’s curious to learn more! Come aboard and join an adventure in learning and exploring nature at the LM&M Junction. Be sure to bring your camera! Train departs at 10 a.m., 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. on June 8 - 9 and June 15 - 16. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon; $18.50 adults, $15.50 seniors and ages 5 - 16, $8.50 ages 2 - 4, free ages 1 and younger; 513-933-8022 or lebanonrr.com.

VINTAGE BASEBALL FESTIVAL

Watch baseball being played as it was in 1869, including period uniforms and no gloves! In addition to the baseball, you are welcome to tour the historic 19th century village. Heritage Village Museum, inside Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $3 adults, $1 ages 5 - 11, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-563-9484 or heritagevillagecincinnati.org.

Sawyer Point and join a celebration party . Form a team or ride on your own! Yeatman’s Cove, Sawyer Point, 705 East Pete Rose Way; 6:30 a.m.; $45 adults, $20 ages 12 and younger after June 3; ridecincinnati.org.

Trillium ART FAIR

Stroll the gorgeous gardens while viewing the artwork of highly talented local artists. Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; 1 1 a.m. - 5 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor V ehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

mon 10 FREE SUMMER MOVIE

Catch a free screening of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius this morning at either the Esquire Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) or the Mariemont Theatre (6906 Wooster Pike), as part of their free summer movie series. Also on June 12. Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and the movie begins at 10:30 a.m. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati; esquiretheatre.com.

FREE MOMTOPIA BIRTHDAY PARTY

Celebrate six years of Momtopia Mondays with Dayton Mall, including fun with Mike Hemmelgarn and Mr . Cowpie’s Barnyard Buddies, as well as a photographer to take some cute pics and more fun. Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road; 10 a.m.; daytonmall.com.

tue 11 GREEN WEEK

Visit the exhibit to see how nature recycles and learn how to live lightly on the earth through games, animal encounters, and other fun activities. A craft is available for a small fee. Open 1 1 a.m. - 3 p.m. June 1 1 16. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach Werner Nature Preserve; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

HANDS ON NATURE

FREE WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

Join a Play Facilitator in the Nature Playscape to inspire and interact with your children - every day is a new surprise. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 6 - 7 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

WINE FESTIVAL

Catch a $1 screening of The Three Stooges or Ice Age: Continental Drift on June 11 or 12 — a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Deerfield Towne Center Stadium 16, 5500 Deerfield Boulevard, Mason; 10 a.m.; regmovies.com.

Take a one-hour hike to explore the world of bugs. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 Voa Park Drive, W est Chester; 10 - 11 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. Check out 15 local and regional wineries in this first annual festival, which includes live music, vendors showcasing their jewelry and crafts, and plenty of good food. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center . Jane’s Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Road, Union; 12 - 6 p.m.; $10 per person (includes complimentary wine glass and four tasting tickets); 859-384-6617 or janessaddlebag.com.

sun 9 RIDE CINCINNATI

Join other cyclists for this annual bike ride to support breast cancer research at the Barrett Cancer Center . Choose from a length of rides, anywhere from 62.8 miles to a kid-friendly one-mile bike ride. Finish your ride at

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wed 12 GROWING STRONG

Ages 6 - 17 can stop by for experiments, crafts, recipe tastings, and playing in the community garden. Middletown Community Garden, 800 Lafayette Avenue; 10 - 1 1:30 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.

FREE SUMMER SHAZAM

Head to the amphitheater for free children’s entertainment from Mad Science, thanks to Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry , then stick around from 1 1 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. for Grilled Cheese Wednesday. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; grilled cheese $1, additional items vary; 513-388-4513 or andersonparks.com.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAYS

Join Raptor Inc., for a presentation about birds of prey and what puts them at the top of the food chain. Arrive early for a pre-program activity with the Kenton County Public Library. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; free, but a canned good or personal care item donation is appreciated; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty.org.

WONDERS OF WIND KITE-A-THON

Bring your own kite or buy one for a nominal fee at the event (while supplies last) and come join the fun. Butterfly Bluff Picnic Area, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; $1 - $2 per kite, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE WUMP MUCKET PUPPET SHOW

Enjoy a free show full of songs and fun from the Wump Mucket Puppets. Cheviot Branch Library 3711 Robb Avenue; 10:30 a.m.; 513-369-6015 or wumpmucketpuppets.com.

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thu 13 FREE (ALMOST) EVERY OTHER THURSDAY SCIENCE

Who says science is boring? Not Out of Control Wildlife, who will teach kids all about the critters that live in the “crick.” Arrive early for some pre-program fun, and stick around afterwards for more good times. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington; 10 a.m.; free, but a canned good or personal care item donation is appreciated; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty.org.

CONCERT BY THE LAKE

Enjoy a concert from The Makeshifts this evening! Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 Voa Park Drive, W est Chester; 6 - 8 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.

MOVIE IN THE MEADOW

Join the CNC at 8 p.m. for a short program, followed by a screening of Toy Story. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 8 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

MUSIC@BCM

Join the Brass Fellowship for a summer evening of music. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 6 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12; 859491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

FREE SUMMER CONCERT

Bring the family for some bluegrass tunes in a free concert from Hickory Robot. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road; 7 p.m.; 513-388-4513 or andersonparks. com.

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heck out a display of a complete town made entirely of Lego bricks, a creation of volunteer Sam Lapin. The town features running trains, an operating amusement park, an airport, castle, space center, water area, stores, homes, boats, cars and a few special surprises. Visitors are invited to play the “Find the Lego Celebrities Contest” — look for Darth Vader, Brandon Phillips, Joey Votto, The Beatles, Batman, The Hulk, Harry Potter and more. Find ten or more and you can enter to win a Lego set! Proceeds will benefit Camp Ernst Middle School. Camp Ernst Middle School, 6515 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington; 1 - 8 p.m. June 20 - 21, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 22; $3, free ages younger than 4. Call 859-663-5683 or visit facebook.com/legoky.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: POLKA DOT PARTY

Learn about Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama and her love of spots, then design your own t-shirt, mosaic and sculpture inspired by her art. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages 2 and younger); 513-345-8430 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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fri 14 DATE NIGHT

Join the LM&M Railroad for something dif ferent that won’t break the bank. Take a nostalgic train ride from historic Lebanon to The Brazenhead Irish Pub in Mason. After a night of fun at the Pub, you can re-board the train for a relaxing ride back to Lebanon. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon; 7 p.m.; $30 ages 12 and older , $25 ages 13 months to 12 years, free infants up to 12 months; 513-933-8022 or lebanonrr.com.

DAY OUT WITH THOMAS

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FREE PAJAMA PARTY STORY TIME

Share some sleepy stories and songs for anyone who’s still awake. blue manatee children’ s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 7 - 7:30 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

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sat 15 FROGTASTIC FUN & TOADILY TERRIFIC

Jump into the fun with a program all about frogs and toads. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

NATURE ART FOR KIDS

Stop by to learn about nature in an artistic way, including experiments with different art mediums, and using items from nature to create your own masterpiece. Sharon Centre, Sharon W oods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; $5 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

sun 16 FATHER DAUGHTER HIKE

Come share Father ’s Day in a memorable way and explore the hills by Kingfisher Creek. Outdoor exercise and nature-themed fellowship will be on deck for this day. Great Oaks Trail, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily , $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FATHER’S DAY AT THE MANATEE

To celebrate Father ’s Day, all dads receive free drip coffee and tea from the decafe and 10 percent off all purchases from the bookstore. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Bring your rod and reel for fishing with Dad! All children must be accompanied by an adult, and prizes will be awarded. Dad gets free entry into the petting zoo, and check out the lunch and dinner specials. Jane’ s Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Road, Union; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; prices vary, see site for details; 859-384-6617 or janessaddlebag.com.

HANDS ON NATURE

Join a Play Facilitator in the Nature Playscape to inspire and interact with your children - every day is a new surprise. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe W oods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 2 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

SPELLBOUND: A NIGHT OF ILLUSION

Local magicians Donavan and Sir Pat-Trick will share the stage with guest magicians Shayna Reed and Artie Kidwell for an afternoon and evening performance of magic, illusion and fun for all ages. Thompson House, 24 East 3rd Street, Newport; 2 p.m., 7 p.m.; $10, $8 children for the matinee performance; 859-261-7469 or thompsonhousenewport.com.

mon 17 FREE SUMMER MOVIE

Catch a free screening of Over the Hedge this morning at either the Esquire Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) or the Mariemont Theatre (6906 W ooster Pike), as part of their free summer movie series. Also on June 19! Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and the movie begins at 10:30 a.m.; esquiretheatre.com.

PILL BUG PARTY

Collect pill bugs to observe and then enter your collection in a pill bug race. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 11 a.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Ages 6 - 8 are invited to spend a week at Vacation Bible School, while enjoying a light supper each evening, and ending with a fun parent night and carnival on June 21. Tri-County Baptist Church, 8195 Beckett Park Drive, West Chester; 6 - 8:30 p.m.; 513-860-5100 or tricountybaptist.org.

tue 18 SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS

Catch a $1 screening of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days or Parental Guidance on June 18 and 19 — a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Deerfield Towne Center Stadium 16, 5500 Deerfield Boulevard, Mason; 10 a.m.; regmovies.com.

TOT TUESDAY: PICNIC

Grab your basket and your blanket for some summer fun! Make the perfect craft to take on future picnics, and hear a story that will make you want to go on a picnic every day . Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

FREE WUMP MUCKET PUPPET SHOW

Enjoy a free show from the W ump Mucket Puppets! Clifton Branch Library , 351 Ludlow Avenue; 10 a.m.; 513-369-4447 or wumpmucketpuppets.com. (please turn the page)

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SPOTLIGHT: CURIOUS GEORGE TRAIN RIDE Saturday, June 22

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ake a train ride to see Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat. Play on the LM&M play set, participate in educational themed games, and create a craft. Be sure to bring your camera! Train departs at 10 a.m., 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. on June 22 - 23 and June 29 - 30. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon; 10 a.m.; $18.50 adults, $15.50 seniors and ages 5 - 16, $8.50 ages 2 - 4, free ages 1 and younger. Call 513-933-8022 or visit lebanonrr.com.

The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra is joined by guest artist and Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell for music from blockbuster Broadway musicals such as Les Miserables, Chicago, My Fair Lady and more. Lawn ticket holders are invited to bring their own picnic, and children ages 12 and younger can sit on the lawn for free, thanks to Toyota. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Avenue; 8 p.m.; single tickets start at $20 in advance; 513-3813300 or cincinnatipops.org/riverbend.

BUILD IT! CARPENTRY

Bring your budding architect for a look at the Build It! Architecture for Kids exhibit, and join some hands-on activities about carpentry with Callidas Construction. The Betts House, 416 Clark Street; 2 - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($2); 513-651-0734 or thebettshouse.org.

FREE CHILDREN’S THEATRE IN THE PARK

Bring the kids for performances from Madcap Puppets, Wump Mucket Puppets, the Cincinnati Circus, and Explore Nature. Smale Riverfront Park, West Mehring Way; 4 - 7 p.m.; mysmaleriverfrontpark.org.

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wed 19 FREE WILD WEDNESDAYS

Join Farmer Joan as she brings you the Equine Show, featuring a miniature horse, pony and donkey . Arrive early for a pre-program activity , and stick around for more fun afterwards. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; free, but a canned good or personal care item donation is appreciated; 859-5257529 or kentoncounty.org.

thu 20 LEGO TOWN

Please see “Spotlight” on page 39 for details.

MUSIC@BCM

Mike Wade and Dannita return to BCM for a night of red hot jazz! Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 6 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12; 859491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

PADDLEFEST: KIDS’ OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EXPO

Bring the kids for activities, exhibits and presentations all about the natural world. This year’s expo will be organized into four villages: Let’ s Move, Let’ s Explore, Let’s Splash, and Let’ s Be Green. Groups will visit a particular village every 45 minutes. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Road; 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; free with admission ($6 parking); 513-787-5755 or ohioriverpaddlefest.org.

FREE SUMMER CONCERT

It’s a night of classic rock and country tunes in a free concert from Stagger Lee Band. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road; 7 p.m.; 513-388-4513 or andersonparks.com.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: POOL PARTY

Say hello to summer with pool themed art that includes bubble painting and pool noodle prints, then fill up the wading pool with shaving cream for a crazy, colormixing experiment. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 a.m. - 1 1:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages 2 and younger); 513-3458430 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 21 HEALTH NUTS

Bring the gang for a fun morning of activities and a healthy snack and learn all about mammals. Rentschler Forest Metropark, 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton; 10 11:30 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.

FREE MADCAP PUPPET SHOW

Madcap Puppets presents The Cinderella Files this evening — find out what happens with the Fairy Godfather is in charge. Memorial Park Amphitheater, Jackwoods Parkway, Independence; 7 p.m.; 859-3632934 or madcappuppets.com.

PADDLEFEST: OHIO RIVER MUSIC & OUTDOOR FESTIVAL

Enjoy live entertainment, exhibits, boat demos, raf fles, a climbing wall, a kayak fishing tourney, cardboard boat race and plenty more. Also, for those participating in the next day’s paddlefest, check in and pick up your packet and drop of f your boat. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Road; 9 a.m. - 1 1:30 p.m.; free with admission ($6 parking); 513-787-5755 or ohioriverpaddlefest.org.

sat 22 BLACK-N-BLUEGRASS ROLLERDERBY DOUBLE HEADER

The Black-n-Bluegrass Roller Girls of NKY will take on the Cincinnati Roller Girls in the annual Crosstown Knockdown. Get there early for meet-n-greet with skaters and join an action-packed night of hard hits perfect for the whole family . Cinderella’s Closet will be the night’s featured charity, and enjoy exciting halftime activities including performances by Circus Mojo and a national anthem performance by B-Soul. Bank of Kentucky Center, 1 Louie B Nunn Drive, Highland Heights; 5:30 p.m.; $12 presale, $15 at the door , free ages 6 and younger; 859-474-0809 or nkyrollerderby . com.

Be part of the largest mud race every with more than 2.1 miles of racing and over 50 mud obstacles. Stick around to enjoy food, drinks, and musics, along with prizes. Cincy Nation, 8730 Union Center Pavillion Drive, W est Chester; 7:30 a.m.; registration prices vary , see site for details; cincynationrun.com.

CURIOUS GEORGE TRAIN RIDE

Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.

FAMILY SATURDAY

Join a celebration that’ s all about home. Artist Jiemei Lin will create an installation with the public in the Kaplan Hall with a special project for families to create their own memories using origami and simple materials. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 1 - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages 2 and younger); 513-345-8430 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

HANDS ON NATURE

Join a Play Facilitator in the Nature Playscape to inspire and interact with your children — every day is a new surprise! Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE HONEY FEST

Stop by for a fun-filled day of honey and pollinatorfriendly activities. Learn how to start beekeeping, learn how to plant pollinator-friendly plants in your yard, and taste some yummy honey-based recipes. Whole Foods Market Mason, 5805 Deerfield Boulevard, Mason; 1 1 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-398-9358 or wholefoodsmarket.com/ stores/mason.

PADDLEFEST AND CINCY PEDALFEST

Paddle down the Ohio River this morning, then follow up your trip with food, refreshments, vendors and live music. Get a complete schedule of activities online. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Road; 6:30 a.m.; registration prices vary, see site for details; 513-787-5755 or ohioriverpaddlefest.org.

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sun 23 SUN-DAY SUNDAES

Stop by for a chance to see sunspots, solar flares, and other activities, then enjoy an ice cream sundae. If clouds are near the sun, please note that program will be cancelled. There will be a small fee for ice cream. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe W oods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 1 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

WALK FOR NEUROFIBROMATOSIS (NF)

Join the third annual NF W alk to benefit the Children’ s Tumor Foundation and help raise awareness and funds for NF research, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body . Kids can join a kids’ run, and follow up your walk with face painting, a petting zoo, raffles and more fun activities! Registration begins at 9 a.m., the walk begins at 10:45 a.m., and lunch and activities take place from 12 - 2 p.m. Lakeside Lodge, Sharon W oods, 11450 Lebanon Road; $25 adults, $10 children; nfwalk.org/cincinnati2013.

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The Train Station at Highfield Discovery Garden will be buzzing with activity this week as you explore the world of trains, from the small garden railway to the history of steam and diesel. You may see some of your favorite train characters in the garden this week! Programs take place at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. June 25 - 29, and 1 and 4 p.m. June 30. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 adults, $4 children, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

wed 26 GROWING STRONG

Ages 6 - 17 can stop by for experiments, crafts, recipe tastings, and playing in the community garden. Middletown Community Garden, 800 Lafayette Avenue; 10 - 1 1:30 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.

FREE SUMMER SHAZAM

fri 28 HEALTH NUTS

All ages are invited to learn about native versus nonnative species during an exploration hike. Rentschler Forest Metropark, 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton; 10 - 11:30 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.

FREE MOVIE IN THE PARK

Enjoy a free screening of Over the Hedge , preceded by entertainment from Cincinnati Circus. Smale Riverfront Park, West Mehring Way; 4 - 7 p.m.; mysmaleriverfrontpark.org.

FREE NATURE STORY TIME

Ages 2 and older are invited for some fun nature stories with friends from Imago Earth Center . blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 1 1 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

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FREE SUMMER MOVIE

Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry presents a free morning concert from local children’ s musician, Zak Morgan! Be sure to stick around for Grilled Cheese Wednesday from 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; grilled cheese $1, additional items vary; 513-388-4513 or andersonparks. com.

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Sunrock Farm will be on the scene with some barnyard animals, and kids will get to learn about how to milk a goat. Arrive a little early for a pre-program activity from the Kenton County Public Library . Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; free, but a canned good or personal care item donation is appreciated; 859525-7529 or kentoncounty.org.

Stop by and see what’ s growing! Join a guided tour , or check out the Green Learning Station and Civic Garden Center for yourself with educational signs and QR codelinked videos. Civic Garden Center of Greater Cincinnati, 2715 Reading Road; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-221-0981 or civicgardencenter.org.

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Catch a free screening of Charlotte’s Web this morning at either the Esquire Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) or the Mariemont Theatre (6906 W ooster Pike), as part of their free summer movie series. Also on June 26! Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and the movie begins at 10:30 a.m.; esquiretheatre.com.

HANDS ON NATURE

Join a Play Facilitator in the Nature Playscape to inspire and interact with your children - every day is a new surprise! Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 6 - 7 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE HOMESCHOOL POETRY GROUP

Homeschool students of all ages are invited to share their favorite poems, or ones they’ve written themselves. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2:30 - 3 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE OPEN HOUSE

Visit the Compass School to learn about their education offerings while kids check out a petting zoo from Honey Hill Farm. The Compass School, 9370 Waterstone Boulevard; 5:30 - 7 p.m.; 513-683-8833 or aboutcompass.com.

SUMMER MOVIE EXPRESS

Catch a $1 screening of Mr. Popper’s Penguins or Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked on June 25 or 26 — a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Deerfield Towne Center Stadium 16, 5500 Deerfield Boulevard, Mason; 10 a.m.; regmovies.com.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAYS

FREE (ALMOST) EVERY OTHER THURSDAY SCIENCE

Crystal Clear Science will explain the science of toys today — be sure to arrive a little early for some pre-program fun. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington; 10 a.m.; free, but a canned good or personal care item donation is appreciated; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty.org.

MUSIC@BCM

BCM is “takin’ care of business” with music from Paul Halverstadt as Elvis and his band. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 6 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

FREE SUMMER CONCERT

Get funky with some Creole funk and blues tunes in a free concert from Robin Lacy & DeZydeco. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road; 7 p.m.; 513-388-4513 or andersonparks.com.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: SMELLY ART

Give your nose a workout with smelly sculptures, scented painters and scratch-and-snif f stickers. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 - 1 1:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students with ID, $4.50 ages 3 - 13, free ages 2 and younger); 513-345-8430 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

FREE FANTASTIC FAIRYTALES

Watch giant puppets from Madcap Puppets bring your favorite fairy tales to life — all with a clever twist! In case of rain, the performance will be held at Connor Middle School (3300 Cougar Path, Hebron). Boone W oods Park, 6000 V eterans Way, Burlington; 7:30 p.m.; 859334-2117 or madcappuppets.com.

FREE GREEN LEARNING STATION TOUR

MADEIRA CRITERIUM & 5K

Pro and amateur bikers are invited to the fourth annual criterium to compete for cash prizes as well as enjoy fun, food, live entertainment and more. Runners can join a 5K race, and be sure to bring the kids for a kiddie race and a special kids’ zone. Part of the day’ s proceeds will benefit The Arthritis Foundation. City of Madeira, Madeira; 7:30 a.m.; registration prices vary , see site for details; madeirabike.com.

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• Hypnobirthing This unique childbirth series counters the idea that labor must involve suf fering. 5:45 or 8 p.m. June 19 and 26; $200 per team for a ten-week package.

BLUE MANATEE CHILDREN’S BOOKSTORE 3054 Madison Road 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com

• Bloom manatee at Brazee Create a beautiful flower in two mediums with Miss Kelli and Sandra Gross from Brazee Street Studios, using the artist Hundertwasser as inspiration. Make a collage flower to take home and a glass flower to be fired and picked up later. Best for ages 6 and older. 2 - 3 p.m. June 8; $18. • Swimmy Celebration Ages 3 and older celebrate the 50th anniversary of Leo Leonni’s Swimmy with a special art project, fishy cookies and a dramatic reading. 2 - 3 p.m. June 9; $8. • Dramanatee Friends from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati bring the picture book Otis and the Puppy to life for ages 4 - 8. 3 - 4 p.m. June 26; $8. • The Pigeon Wants a Birthday Party Celebrate 10 years of Mo Willems’ Pigeon books with games, crafts, snacks and stories. Best for ages 3 - 6. 2 - 3 p.m. June 28; $5. • Make a Mess at the Manatee Join Miss Kelli for a good book and an art-making activity. 10 - 10:30 a.m. June 3, 10, 17 and 24; $5. • Amazing Amy’s Writing Club Ages 8 and older are invited for some creative writing activities. 4 - 5 p.m. June 3, 10, 17 and 24. The junior club for ages 4 - 7 will meet at 4 p.m. June 6. $8 per session or $40 for six, $5 per workshop for the junior club. • Little Yogis Ages 2 - 4 practice their yoga poses. 10:30 a.m. June 6 and 20; $9. • Miss Meghan’s Music Ages up to 4 and their grown-ups are invited for songs and fun. 9:45 or 10:30 a.m. June 13 and 27; $8. • Tummy Time Join Tummy Time instructor Amber Lowe to learn ways to enrich your baby’ s play and growth in this class for babies 0 - 5 months. Please bring a blanket for your baby to play on. 10:45 a.m. June 4, 11, 18, 25; $12.

CHRISHOLM METROPARK

2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net A valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park • Bats! Learn about bat research and visit a bat up close and in person. Weather permitting, the group will move to the Bank Barn to watch a bat emergence. 8 - 9:30 p.m. June 5. • Discovery Kids RSVP by June 18. Preschoolers and their adults learn about the only flying mammal: bats! 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. June 19; $3 per child.

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CINCINNATI FAMILY ENRICHMENT CENTER 4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com

• CFEC Classes Register for the center’s classes for ages birth to 5 years, including Rock n Rollers, The Pottery Train, Little Sprout Yogis, Tiny Tunes, Head & Shoulders Knees & Toes, Movers & Shakers, Crawlers and Climbers, The Next Step, Silly Science, Jitterbugs, Wiggle Worms, Crazy Maze, Tip Tap Toe, and new classes Eating the Alphabet, Jumpin’ in Our Jammies, Setting Sun, Movin’ and Groovin’ and Expressive Adventures. Class packages range from $50 - $150. • Family Classes Register for classes for the family including Whale of a Tale, Imagination Station, Family Fiesta, Animal Action, Cupcake Kids, PeaWee Patch, Cultural Club, Yoga Adventures, Rise & Shine, DRUMatic, Hands Up, and new classes Grossology and Music Express. Class packages range from $50 - $110. • Parent Classes Register for parent workshops including BellyRobics, Signing Safari, The Potty Train and more. Class package prices vary. • Toddler Tantrum Survival Guide Why do toddlers have tantrums? Get the answer to this question and others, and learn how to effectively handle your little one’s meltdowns. 12:45 p.m. June 22; donations appreciated. • FREE Best Paw Forward Join a workshop all about pet safety for infants and kids and learn how to keep all members of your family living together in harmony. 12:45 p.m. June 15. • FREE Tummy to Tummy Learn about the benefits of using a baby sling or carrier, and get tips on how to find the one that works best for you. 12:45 p.m. June 1. • FREE Cloth Diapering Learn about the benefits of using cloth diapers - it’s not as messy as you think! Cloth diapering mom and owner of Good Natured Baby will be on hand to answer all your questions. 12:45 p.m. June 29.

CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER AT ROWE WOODS 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org Daily admission for nonmembers $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 -12

• Harvestman Hikes Join CNC’s resident Harvestman on a hike to explore Opiliones and learn what makes them unique for studying and collecting. Best for ages 6 and older. 7 p.m. June 5; free with admission. • Build Your Own Bug Box Join others in the Outdoor Learning Center and make your own bug collecting box, then venture into the Nature Playscape to see what you can find. 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. June 8; $15 plus admission. • Nature Smash Bandana Meet in the Outdoor Learning center to collect natural materials to “smash” on to your bandana. 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. June 15; $5 per bandana plus admission. • Family Volunteer Day RSVP to help remove invasive species and weeds from the Nature Playscape. Bring your lunch to enjoy after you’re done. 9 a.m. June 20.

• Dyeing With Natural Materials Find out what materials in nature can be used to make dye, then make your own natural dyed bandana. 1 p.m. June 30; $5 per bandana plus admission.

CONVERSA THE FRENCH SCHOOL IN CINCINNATI

Held at The Spotted Goose, 3048 Madison Road 513-651-5679 or facebook.com/ ConversaTheFrenchSchoolInCincinnati • French Activities for Kids Ages 4 - 5 and ages 6 - 8 are invited for a fun and educational program designed to expose them to basic communication skills in French through story-telling and creative projects. All classes are taught with a nativespeaking French instructor. Call for complete schedule; $24 for four sessions.

FRIENDSHIP PARK

1135 Riverside Drive 513-751-3679 or cincinnatiparks.com • FREE Stroller Tot Walk RSVP by May 30. Bring your tot for a walk along the paved trail in the park to explore nature and learn about trees, flowers and birds. Program is for babies 6 - 24 months old and their adults. 10 a.m. June 1.

GLENWOOD GARDENS/HIGHFIELD DISCOVERY GARDEN

10397 Springfield Pike 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Flower Pounding for Kids RSVP by June 17 to 513-771-8733. Ages 6 - 12 use a hammer to pound the colors and shapes out of leaves, flowers and other plants onto a specially treated cloth to create a unique piece of art. 10 a.m. June 22; $10 per child, $8 per Highfield Discovery Garden pass holders. • Breakfast With the Engineers RSVP by June 17. Kids and adults are invited to meet the engineers who care for the trains that run throughout the Highfield Discovery Garden. 8:30 a.m. June 29; $12 adults, $10 children.

GREAT WOLF LODGE

2501 Great Wolf Drive, Mason • ngrc2013.com • 29th National Garden Railway Convention Train lovers can enjoy a visit to Great W olf Lodge for vendors, steam tracks, workshops, model train contests, door prizes and more. Be sure to RSVP for a special dinner at EnterTrainment Junction! June 5 - 9; convention packages vary, see site for complete schedule and price info.

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10174 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Great Parks Backyard Campout Support the National Wildlife Foundation’s (NWF) Great American Backyard Campout initiative. Families can camp in the park and connect with nature. One hundred primitive sites will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sites are free, with an optional $5 donation to the NWF. Free programs and events start at 6 p.m. 3 p.m. June 21 - 10 a.m. June 22. (please turn the page)

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9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Reptiles RSVP by June 12. Ages 2 - 4 explore the world of reptiles and even meet a few up close, followed by a story and a craft. 11 a.m. June 14; $5. • Night Bike Ride RSVP by June 20. Take a 7.8-mile or 15.6-mile evening bike ride, followed by light refreshments. Helmets and front/back lights are recommended. 9 p.m. June 22; $6.

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Held at St. Patrick Church 859-261-4080 or naminky.org • FREE Family to Family Class Families members caring for and supporting individuals with serious mental illness are invited to this free 12-week series that includes information on the brain, medications, problem solving, communication and more. 6:30 - 9 p.m. beginning June 6.

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6 Paul Brown Stadium 513-482-7539 or freestorefoodbank.org • Taste of the NFL This annual dinner-by-the bite to benefit the Freestore Foodbank features chefs from over 40 local restaurants who have been paired with players, coaches and alumni from the Cincinnati Bengals team. The evening will include a silent auction of sports themed items, a live auction of dinners and other experiences with Bengals players and coaches, and a raffle featuring gift certificates to some of Cincinnati’s top restaurants. 6:30 p.m. June 12; $150.

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myshalomfamily.org • Family Camp Daycation: A Great Outdoors Getaway Just for the Day! RSVP by June 6. Take a vacation from video games when Shalom Family presents Family Camp Daycation at Camp Livingston in Bennington, IN. Featuring a lake front aqua park with a giant waterslide, climbing wall, rope swing and more. Plus, enjoy a ropes course, zipline, canoeing, kayaking, arts and crafts, sports, and a campfire cookout. Ride the Shalom Family Shuttle to and from camp, and be entertained along the way with magicians and snacks. Shuttle departs at 10 a.m., and leaves camp at 4 p.m.; 10 a.m. June 9.

call ahead to reserve your child’s spot!

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• FREE Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun For You and Your Little One These private interactive playgroups feature Miss Meliss, who keeps both parents and their little ones engaged with her unique brand of fun. Play dates include a snack and are open to families in the Jewish community with children ages 2 and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Two families will each win a $50 Target gift card at each event. Presented by Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation. The Gymboree, 6209 Snider Road; 2 p.m. June 23.

UC HEALTH - UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL

234 Goodman St. 513-584-2230 or universityhospital.uchealth.com • Childbirth Classes Expecting moms are invited to a range of childbirth classes including: Prepared Childbirth on June 1 and 12; Baby Care Basics on June 3; Infant CPR on June 6; Breastfeeding at West Chester Hospital on June 13; Baby Care Basics and Infant CPR on June 17; Breastfeeding at Walnut Hills Center on June 18; Little Bit of Everything on June 22; and Maternity Tours on June 3 and 17.

VOICE OF AMERICA METROPARK

7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net A valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park • Discovery Kids RSVP by June 19. Ages 3 - 5 and their adults learn about the only flying mammal: bats! 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. June 20; $3 per child.

WHITE OAK CHRISTIAN CHURCH 3675 Blue Rock Road 513-385-0425 or thewocc.com

• FREE White Oak Christian Church VBX Sign up your kids for a week of exploring God and the Bible. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. June 3 - 7.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET MASON

5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason 513-398-9358 • wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/mason • FREE Half Pint Kids Club Ages 2 - 9 explore healthy living and recipes with crafts. This month’s themes include Fitness (June 5), Father ’s Day (June 12), Summer Smoothies (June 19) and Honeybees (June 26). 10 a.m. on Wed in June.

WINTON WOODS

10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Pretty Pony Fun Pack RSVP by June 2. Brush and decorate a real pony and learn how to care for it. This program includes a wagon ride and a visit to the Playbarn. 9 - 10:30 a.m. June 4; $6 per child, $4 per adult.

• Lake Tour RSVP by June 6. Treat your family to a cruise aboard the Winton Queen, and learn some fun facts about nature. 11 a.m. June 8; $5 adults, $4 per child or senior. • Pen Pals Fun Pack RSVP by June 9. Get an up-close and personal chance to say hello to some Parky’s Farm animals. Help the farmer care for them and learn what the animals provide for us. Program includes Playbarn and a wagon ride. 9 - 10:30 a.m. June 11; $6 per child, $4 per adult. • Pen Pals RSVP by June 11. Meet some Parky’s Farm animals and learn how the farmer cares for them. 9 a.m. June 13; $2. • Friday Night Float RSVP by June 12. Get pointers on kayaking, learn a little natural history of the lake and then head out to enjoy Winton Lake and the sunset. Led by an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor. Flotation devices must fit properly and be worn at all times. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 8 p.m. June 14; $12. • Father/Child Classic RSVP by June 12. Fathers and one child can enjoy a 9-hole event together comprised of a 3-hole scramble format, 3-hole best ball and 3-hole alternate shot. Open to boys and girls 17 years old and younger. 8 a.m. June 15; $35 per team. • Nibble & Gnaw RSVP by June 16. Explore the ways animals find their tasty tidbits, and enjoy a wagon ride and a visit to the Playbarn. 9 - 10:30 a.m. June 18; $6 per child, $4 per adult. • Feathery & Fuzzy Farm Friends RSVP by June 23. There are many feathery, fuzzy friends around the farm. Learn what makes them fluffy or furry in this interactive puppet show. Afterwards, meet the live animals. Program includes Playbarn and wagon ride. 9 - 10:30 a.m. June 25; $6 per child, $4 per adult. • Feathery & Fuzzy Farm Friends RSVP by June 25. There are many feathery, fuzzy friends around the farm. Learn what makes them fluffy or furry in this interactive puppet show. Afterwards, meet the live animals. 9 a.m. June 27; $2.

WOODLAND MOUND

8250 Old Kellogg Ave. 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • H2O Wonders Jamboree RSVP by June 18. Ages 3 - 5 hike, make a craft and play games to discover the importance of water. Be prepared to get a little wet! 10 a.m. June 21; $5. • Small Wonders: Water World RSVP by June 25. Ages 18 - 24 months and their parents learn about wondrous water with activities, crafts and outdoor adventures. Be prepared to get a little wet! 10 a.m. June 28; $5.

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