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Summer safety slip-ups and solutions.

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Summer Fun

Fill this summer with lots of adventures and memories to cherish for a lifetime.

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Learn about common youth sports injuries and how to take care of them to keep your kids playing the sport they love.


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hink back to your childhood. Did your parents hover over your every move, or were you free to run from your back door, hop on your bike and ride off into the neighborhood? I was. I had all kinds of freedom, just had to let my mom know where I was going. I don’t remember her warning me that I could hurt myself if I wasn’t careful. I DID fall off my bike, I DID break an ankle in a softball game once, I DID get a fish hook stuck in my hand while fishing with my brother one day. It’s called life. But something has happened to good parents everywhere ... through no fault of their own and to each of us in varying degrees. I think we need to get back to less hovering and more living. It’s nearly 13 years since 9/11, and my kids have grown up in that decade. I had three little ones back then and, like you, can remember certain moments of the day, like where I was when I first learned what happened (at a baby shower), how I spent my time after learning it (driving to get my kids), and also how worried I felt for my sweet, innocent loves that night as I was giving them a bath. I think 9/11 can be pinpointed as the hovering age’s starting point, subconsciously at first, and then quite consciously as a parenting culture. New moms are passing it along. Add the impact on parenting related to 9/11 to the explosion of cyberspace and media and BOOM! Suddenly parents everywhere had all the information anyone could ever need at their fingertips. We could read about BAD things happening to children from all over the globe all day long — and faster still with a breaking news app. You can investigate every illness associated with your child’s fever instantaneously and worry yourself to death. And still, economic strife keeps the world an uneasy place. There’s a lot of uncertainty for our children as they grow up. So we say to them, “Don’t climb that fence,” or “Don’t go near that creek,” or “Don’t” so many times over that they’re worn out from our harping, and we’re worn out, too. While peripheral vision is a great thing, we really weren’t designed with eyes in the backs of our heads ... sometimes we have to let go. See, all of this careful parenting can backfire on you. Recent studies show that children with parents who hover and fret are far less likely to engage in spontaneous play and even miss out on experiences. It’s not good to be an ever-present, fretful mother constantly micromanaging your kids. It’s not good for you, it’s not good for them. We ALL worry, but excess of it doesn’t mean you love more, and in fact, can nix experiences for children who want so badly to know what it means to live! Let’s all take a little lesson as we head into the summer of 2014: In one of my all-time favorite kid movies, when little Nemo goes missing in the vast ocean, his frantic father, Marlin, blurts out a line that the foggy headed Dory turns into a crystal clear oxymoron: DORY: “Well that’s a silly thing to promise, you can’t let anything never happen to him cause then nothing would ever happen to him ... not much fun for little Harpo.”

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Editor’s Note Was a Hot Button Topic Dear Editor, You hit a hot button with me in the Editor’s Note “Speak Nicely” in the April Issue. Just yesterday I witnessed a mother and her 5(ish) year old daughter sharing a lunch together. I use the word sharing loosely. The mother was scrolling on her phone the entire time. Her daughter sat there in silence watching the busy lunch crowd go in and out. It broke my heart to see the mother not engaging with her child at all — especially a child that’s at the age that they wan to tell you about and inquire about anything and everything. Would this mother have the same social skills if an adult were joining her for lunch? I hope not. So this sends the message to the child that social interaction is not important. Why would we not show the same common courtesy to our children as we would a friend or business colleague? I got my undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and during my teaching days, my most valuable time of day with my Kindergartners was meal time. While most teachers use this time to check e-mail or get ready for the next lesson, I sat down in the tiny chairs with my students and shared in conversation. You would never believe the things I learned about them — as students and as little people! I laugh out loud right now even thinking about it. I am now a new mother of a 6 month old daughter. We have conversations already! Our conversations consist of eye contact and funny noises — the two things that just happen to be vital for an actual “adult” conversation. I am like you and I get disgusted when I see families out to eat together and everyone is on their individual devices. I’ve even seen it with my extended family at Holiday gatherings! (My 14-yearold niece used to think her mid-20s cousin was cool until I called her out on texting during Christmas dinner. I got the bratty eye roll from her.) Thanks for your article. Hopefully it’s a wake up call to parents who instead of Pinteresting on how to raise their child should just talk to their child! Kind Regards, Emily

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he Cover Kids entries are absolutely adorable! If you want to see your child on our cover, enter him in our Cover Kids contest — deadline is Tuesday, June 10! Be sure to sign up your child for his chance to be on a future cover of Cincinnati and NKY Family magazines! It costs only $10, and a portion of the entry fee will be donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation!

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Devon Beck, program director, and Michelle Seither, operations director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Chester/Liberty were part of a painting party at the new center. (Photo courtesy of Oak Tree Communications)




he Boys & Girls Club of America will welcome Lakota students to their new West Chester/ Liberty Township facility, located at 4845 Smith Road, which kicks off its summer session on June 2. The result of efforts from longtime Lakota teacher Ashley Lang, the Club is open to Grades 2 - 6 and anticipates serving 300 members with an average daily attendance of 125 kids. Membership is $50 per year and includes after school programming. This year’s summer program has additional fees and runs Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., June 2 - Aug. 8 (closed on July 4). Scholarships are available. Visit for details!

New Home for Cincinnati Boychoir The Cincinnati Boychoir moves into its new home this August, the Aronoff Center for the Arts, after struggling to find a location to house more than 150 members. The Boychoir, which presents roughly 40 performances throughout their season in various venues, will also host SongFest 2014 in early August, a summer workshop for boys entering grades 2 - 6. Participants may audition during this summer session, held at Xavier University. Deadline for the four-day session is July 1; call 513-396-7664 or visit

It’s All About Dogs at Paws-A-Palooza! Bring your pooch to downtown Middletown (corner of Verity Parkway and Broad Streets) on June 14 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. for an afternoon that has truly gone to the dogs. Meet the gang from the PAWS Animal Adoption Center, watch search and rescue demos, let your dog take a swim, and enjoy live entertainment, a special Kids’ Corner and plenty of four-legged fun. Call 513-422-PAWS (7297) or visit for a full schedule.

Enjoy More of the Great Outdoors Celebrate National Trails Day on June 7 at the Cincinnati Nature Center (4949 Tealtown Road, Milford)! Stop by between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to discover “trail magic” — unexpected acts of kindness or serendipity, like finding a cold drink at a trailhead or spotting an elusive animal while on the trail. CNC volunteers, or “trail angels,” will offer sweet surprises for hiking families, who can also take the day to learn about the center’s new Hike For Your Health Challenge. Hikers receive a passport, which can be stamped after hiking a trail. After three trails, participants get a prize, and a grand prize after all 15 trails have been covered. Learn more at 513831-1711 or (please turn the page) •

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uit up for this year’s annual Ohio River Paddlefest and Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo! Head to Coney Island (6201 Kellogg Ave.) June 20 - 22 for a “boatload” of fun, including paddling clinics, a fishing tournament, live entertainment, demonstrations, a speaker series and more. The Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo takes place Friday, June 20 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (with FREE admission), and offers one of the Midwest’s largest outdoor environmental programs for kids. Visit all four Villages (Let’s Move, Let’s Explore, Let’s Splash and Let’s Be Green) for hands-on activities, and a new “Get Fit Don’t Sit” program from Interact for Health, designed to teach kids about the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. For a complete schedule of the many planned activities, visit

Camp Out in Your Own Backyard Spend a night under the stars during this year’s Great American Backyard Campout on Saturday, June 28. Families from around the country are invited to join this initiative from the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Just grab your sleeping bags and tents and head out your back door to explore and connect with nature. Make the pledge to camp out at, where you can also donate to NWF and get camping tips, campfire songs and stories and more fun ideas for your big adventure. Or, trek over to Lake Isabella (10174 Loveland-Madeira Road) on Friday, June 20 for a night under the stars — enjoy family programs, a screening of Frozen, and a chance to unplug from technology. RSVP at

LumenoCity Makes its Return! Last year’s groundbreaking free LumenoCity concert from the Cincinnati Symphony returns to Washington Park for three dates this summer — August 1, 2 and 3. Last year, the event brought 35,000 people over two nights to enjoy thrilling music accompanied by stunning animation projected onto the façade of Music Hall. Performances begin at 8:30 p.m. with John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops, followed by Music Director Louis Langree and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. This year will also feature a LumenoCity Village with pre-concert performances, arts and crafts and refreshments. The Village will open at 3 p.m. Aug. 1, and 11 a.m. on Aug. 2 and 3. Tickets are free, but must be obtained in advance at

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Turning your child’s summer into a safety zone is just a matter of a few precautionary tweaks.


ummer can be a dangerous time for accidents. Take these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Comprehensive Children’s Injury Center (CCIC) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) to create a summer safety zone.

SLIP-UP: Leaving your child in the car. Each year, 38 children die from heat stroke after being left unattended in motor vehicles, according to The inside of a car can heat up quickly — to as high as 122 degrees in less than 20 minutes on an especially hot day.

Play it safe: Never leave your child in the car, even with the windows “cracked,” or even just for a few minutes. A change in routine or a bad night’s sleep can easily lead to the unthinkable – driving to work with your sleeping baby in the car and forgetting that it’s your day to drop her off at daycare. To

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help you remember that your baby is in the car, secure something you need, such as a purse or backpack, in the backseat. Keep your car keys out of your child’s reach, too.

SLIP-UP: Assuming someone else is watching the kids. Although even a few unsupervised minutes in the water can be deadly for a young child, it’s easy to assume another parent is serving as lookout at a pool party.

Play it safe: Assign a supervisor — someone needs to be officially on duty and concentrating on the children. Designate an adult, not an older child, and make sure that adult is within arm’s length of infants or toddlers. Keep a phone and rescue equipment, like a shepherd’s hook and life preserver, nearby. The CCIC advises parents to keep in mind that “floaties” are not a substitute for a life vest, and can give children (and parents) a false sense of security. And even if your child is a good swimmer, don’t ever let him swim alone.

SLIP-UP: Letting your child ride his bike without a helmet. In 2013, 525 children were seen at CCHMC for a bicycle accident, according to the CCHMC Trauma Registry Data on Bicycle Injuries for Admitted Patients. Eighty-three percent were between 5 and 14 years and only 4 percent of those children (19 kids) reported wearing a helmet.

Play it safe: Helmets can reduce head injuries from bicycle accidents by up to 80 percent, according to Richard Falcone, M.D., M.P.H., Director of Trauma Services at CCHMC. Buy a bike that’s the right size for your kid, not one he can “grow into” and make sure his helmet meets CPSC safety standards ( A properly fitted helmet is level on the head, not tipped forwards or backwards, and the strap should be securely fastened. You shouldn’t be able to move the helmet in any direction if it fits correctly. Make sure everyone — including you — is protected with a properly fitted helmet every time you ride, no matter how short

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the distance. According to the CCIC, many accidents happen in driveways, on sidewalks and on bike paths.

SLIP-UP: Leaving your medication on the hotel nightstand. When traveling, it’s easy to leave things in suitcases or on nightstands rather than stowing them away like we would at home.

Play it safe: Store your medication out of reach, just like at home. Lock it in your suitcase or put it on a high shelf. Do the same when visiting the grandparents, and be sure to ask them to put away their own medications. Sandra Gordon is a freelance writer. Data utilized is from the Trauma Services Database of the Division of Pediatric and Thoracic Surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. The Division of Pediatric and Thoracic Surgery is not responsible for any claims arising from work based on the original data, text, tables or figures provided.




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Pile on the sunscreen and get ready for some thrills and chills in Santa Claus, Indiana.


IME Magazine named our Voyage the country’s #1 wooden roller coaster last year — and USA Today proclaimed Splashin’ Safari the best water park in the nation,” says Paula Werne, Director of Communications at Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari. My kids, well-traveled amusement park enthusiasts, agree with this high praise, and add that Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari is one of their favorite places, period. In addition to renowned thrill rides in both parks, including the two longest water coasters in the world, Holiday World also features a wide variety of attractions for little ones, who can find fun and short lines in Rudolph’s Reindeer Ranch, Holidog’s FunTown, and Safari Sam’s SplashLand! The two-parks-in-one also have plenty of attractions the whole family can enjoy together. We especially love the Gobbler Getaway, a shooting dark ride where riders use a “turkey caller” to catch missing birds and compete with one another for the highest score. I never earned bragging rights as a turkey caller, but did improve my score since the lines were light on our last visit. Unlike

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many parks, Holiday World doesn’t offer a “Fast Pass” to negotiate wait times. Instead, the Holiday World website gives tips for each ride and slide, including the best times to visit. Visitors can easily access those Insider Tips inside the park since Holiday World has free Wi-Fi, among its many free amenities. With paid admission, guests also enjoy free parking, free use of inner tubes in Splashin’ Safari, free Ocean Potion Sport, 30 SPF sunscreen, and free soft drinks. Pepsi Oasis stations are located throughout the park and may be every parents’ favorite perk. Walking, riding, and waiting in line makes everyone thirsty and it’s so nice not to have to ration sips of an outrageously overpriced beverage, or lug around a mug for the discounted refills. The soft drinks are free and readily available. Free drinks make mealtime more affordable too. The website posts all the menus and prices, and of course the park offers customary pizzas, burgers, and tacos, but Werne recommends other food stops as well: “Our new restaurant in Splashin’ Safari, Wildebeestro (my favorite name ever!), includes

a healthier line of wraps and salads. Another favorite restaurant is Plymouth Rock Café in our Thanksgiving section. Thanksgiving dinner in Santa Claus, Indiana? Why not?!” To satisfy a craving for a snack or sweet tooth, Werne recommends Mrs. Klaus’ Kitchen. It “has a whole new look, with lots more treats, a candy shop, and a special place to visit with Santa.” Kids can also catch Santa at his Storytime Theater. When my kids were younger, they enjoyed sitting on the stage with Santa, and visiting with him afterward. Guests can even enjoy photo opportunities with Mr. Claus. Holiday World also entertains audiences with Real Country, 80s Rewind, Rejoice, Legacy, and its popular Dive! Show, featuring athletes performing amazing dives from a platform 80 feet in the air. “We’ve also added Friday Night Fireworks between June 13 and August 1,” says Werne, “to start off the weekends with a celebration.” Another new attraction is the giant swinging Mayflower. “We have lots of happy Pilgrims riding,” says Werne, “with the best ‘airtime’ for those who ride at the bow or the stern.” Tips like these and many more are readily

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available. “We have lots of fun on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, plus we’ve been blogging since 2005, so there are lots of great stories to read on our website,” says Werne as she adds another great reason for a virtual tour before the real visit. “Our best discounts are available at” Barbara Littner David is a local writer and mother of five. She’s also the author of Cincinnati Trips for Kids, a collection of more than 40 great Cincinnati-area attractions.

Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari 452 E. Christmas Blvd., Santa Claus, IN 812-937-4401 • Online tickets printed in advance of your visit are $39.95 for General Admission and $34.95 for guests under 54” and include admission to Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, free unlimited soft drinks, free sunscreen, free parking, free inner tubes and free Wi-Fi

What’s New at Area Amusement Parks! THE BEACH 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason 513-398-SWIM (7946) Thrill-seekers can enjoy a brand new zip line, while smaller ones can splash around in the new kids’ play area, Big Creek Beach, which features smaller slides and a zerodepth entry pool. And don’t miss out on the Family Arcade, High Tide Hoops for some basketball fun, and Lil’ Kahunas Waterworks, where toddlers can explore misting sprays, cascading fountains and shooting geysers. CEDAR POINT 1 Cedar Point Drive, Sandusky • 419-627-2350 There’s something new for just about everyone in your crew at Cedar Point — whether kids want to twist and spin on the new Pipe

Scream, or take flight on Lake Erie Eagles where you control the wildness of your ride. And if you’re really feeling brave, you can launch yourself 360 feet into the air in the new SlingShot. Little ones can explore the re-named Woodstock’s Airmail (formerly the Frog Hopper) and get small-sized thrills on the renamed Wilderness Run (formerly the Jr. Gemini). CONEY ISLAND 6201 Kellogg Ave. 513-232-8230 Go ‘round and ‘round and upside down on the new Wipe Out! Riders will get all topsy-turvy on this ride that takes them more than 30 feet in the air. Not ready for the thrill? No problem, just check out the other classic rides, and be sure to pack a swimsuit for some water fun at Sunlite Pool.

KENTUCKY KINGDOM AND HURRICANE BAY 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville 502-813-8200 Along with old favorites come new rides, including the Lightning Run, a ten-story steel coaster with a 100-foot drop; Fearfall, a 129foot tower drop; Professor John’s Flying Machines, which give you the chance to test your flying skills; a new 5D Cinema; and a new bumper car pavilion. Little ones can head to King Louie’s Playland for new swings, spinning rides, and more.

KINGS ISLAND 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason • 513-754-5700 Kings Island newest ride, The Banshee, is a true twister not for the faint of heart — with a 150-foot drop and up to 68 miles per hour in speed, the ride features a curved drop, a diving loop, an in-line roll, a zero-gravity roll and more twists and turns sure to give your tummies the loop-de-loops.

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Things Every Child Should

DO THIS SUMMER By Christa Melnyk Hines

Summer’s supposed to be fun and full of adventures for kids. Here are some ideas to help you make the most of it with your family.

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he lure of slowing down over summer sounded idyllic in the whir of hectic school schedules, but what to do when your child starts singing the summertime boredom blues? Try filling his dance card with this headspinning assortment of creative, educational and exhilarating activities. Not only will you fight off boredom, you’ll create plenty of new memories while relaxing, playing and learning together as a family!

1. Tend a garden. Together with your child, cultivate containers of herbs, tomatoes or peppers. Take a digital photo each day to track the progress of the plant’s growth. Have your child put the photos in order in a journal and write down any observations. Together, prepare a meal using your child’s homegrown produce. Or, visit the community gardens at Valley View (5330 S. Milford Road, Milford) where you can purchase a plot of land to plant, grow and harvest your own bounty. Call 513-2181098 or visit valleyviewcampus. org.

2. Sleep outdoors. Chris Starnes, a mom of three, says her family loves to camp. They look forward to hiking, biking and swimming and a break from electronics. Want to take your family? Starnes suggests downloading a camping checklist from the internet and reserving a site at a state park. “State parks are cleaner, well-patrolled and usually have activities for the kids at some point during the day or weekend,” she says. “Go where there is a playground. And, don’t camp too far from restrooms — think evening or middle of the

night trips!” Visit for a complete list of places to camp in Ohio; or kentuckytourism. com for Kentucky campgrounds.

3. Stare at the stars. On a clear night, direct your family’s gaze toward the heavens. Try identifying a few of the 88 different constellations, many of which are named after mythological men, women and animals. Is your child interested in learning more about the characters dotting the celestial night sky? Read D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire. Better yet, head to the Cincinnati Observatory Center (3489 Observatory Place; 513-3215186) for Saturnday on June 7 at 9 p.m. Families can look at the “Lord of the Rings” through the Observatory’s historic telescopes and enjoy tours of the buildings, too. Make an afternoon visit from 1 - 4 p.m. on June 22 for Sunday Sunday Sundae and learn all about the sun, sunspots and solar flares, all while enjoying a tasty treat. Cost is $7 per person for both events; visit

4. Build and fly a kite. “The experience never fails to fill adults and kids with wonder every time they fly a kite,” says Sean Beaver, a kite enthusiast and father of two. Kite flying is an inexpensive and relaxing activity. Check out the American Kite Association website, aka.kite. org, which provides educational resources, including the history of kites and the science and math behind kite flying.

5. Pick berries. Bring summer home in a bucket of berries. Check out to find a farm near you. Celebrate the fruits of your labor by baking muffins or enjoying berries over homemade ice cream!

6. Go local. Area farmer’s markets offer an assortment of colorful, seasonal produce. There’s no better time to taste locally grown foods and experiment with new wholesome recipes in the kitchen with your child. Visit our website at cincinnatifamilymagazine. com/directory-categories/ farms-orchards/ for a list of local farmers’ markets.

7. Cook up a story. Recipes help kids practice math and reading skills, but also try giving cooking a literary twist that will delight even preschoolers. Krista King-Oaks of the Kenton County Public Library recommends Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert. “Lois’ books are so colorful and engaging, it feels as if the foods are bouncing off the page,” she says. She also likes Thundercake by Patricia Polacco: “Perfect for those stormy summer afternoons and the recipe from the author’s grandmother is included at the end of the story!” Lastly, King-Oaks likes The Official DC Super Hero Cookbook by Matthew Mead, adding that the book is spiral-bound, making it user-friendly, and full of colorful pictures and easy recipes.

8. Tour a working farm. Show your child how foods make it to grocery store shelves by touring a local farm or dairy. Many places offer tours by appointment and schedule themed events. Sunrock Farm offers family tours during which parents and kids can •

do things like help milk a goat, gather eggs, pet a pig, brush a horse and more fun. Cost is $10 per person and reservations are required. Call 859-781-5502 or visit

9. Chase fireflies. Fireflies like grassy, humid areas near ponds and lakes, as well as treed areas and fields, away from urban lights. To attract fireflies to your garden or yard, try turning off your home’s exterior lights. If you capture any fireflies, put them in a ventilated jar with a wet paper towel to keep the jar humid and allow the fireflies to breathe. Due to light pollution and insecticides, firefly populations have decreased. Be sure and let them go after you’re done admiring their flashing lights. To learn more about fireflies, visit Cincinnati Nature Center’s Long Branch Farm and Trails (6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen) hosts a Firefly Fiddle Fest on Saturday, June 21 from 7 - 11 p.m. Families can explore the trails, chase some fireflies, and eat from the food trucks. A limited number of spaces are available; RSVP to 513-8311711 or community.cincynature. org/firefly-fiddle-fest. Cost is $10 for adults, and $5 for children.

10. Birdwatch. Learning about birds local to the area helps children appreciate and build interest in their natural surroundings. Purchase or make a bird feeder to attract birds to your backyard. Use a local bird guide and listen for different bird song to try and identify the birds visiting your yard. J Freelance journalist Christa Melnyk Hines and her family are doing lots of exploring this summer! Christa is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom’s Guide to a Satisfying Social Life.

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When even your kids are tired of looking at the screen all day, it’s time to get involved in a fun fitness class to keep their bodies healthy and fit. Rainy day? No problem.


ne remedy to all the fuss about overweight kids? Start them early with a fun fitness class so they can learn how good it is to get the body moving! CINCINNATI RECREATION COMMISSION Multiple Locations recreation Cincinnati residents of all ages and abilities can take advantage of the CRC’s offerings, whether visiting a fitness center, taking tennis or golf lessons, or blowing off steam at a playground. CINCINNATI SPORTS CLUB 3950 Red Bank Road 513-527-4000 Programs for children ranging from 10 months to 8 years combine exercise and fun in a recreational, noncompetitive environment, including Superstars tumbling, Terrific Tumblers, Cheernastics, Mini Movers, Kinderiffics and more. GYM SKILLS 513-319-1512 Gym Skills is a mobile gym that brings activities like gymnastics, tumbling and yoga to childcare facilities, preschools, after-school programs, and camps and

Head to a local play center! birthday parties during which kids can play and learn important health and nutrition tips. GYMBOREE 6209 Snider Road, Mason 513-459-4769 Play & Learn classes are organized through seven levels for ages 0 - 6 months all the way up to ages 3 - 5. Each class introduces tots to new physical skills, and instructs parents on different levels of development through the early years so that their play at home can have just as much purpose. HUBBARD FAMILY SWIM SCHOOL Inside Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E. Kemper Road 513-530-0123 Committed to providing swim lessons that build confidence and teach water safety skills in a childcentered environment. As students grow from babies to toddlers to preteens, Hubbard’s lessons focus on teaching more advanced skills. KIDS FIRST SPORTS CENTER 7900 East Kemper Road 513-489-7575 A great place to introduce your tiny tots to a range

of sports and healthy activities, including Tumble Bees for little gymnasts, Soccer Shots, Yoga With Pooja, karate, and recreational gymnastics. THE LITTLE GYM 8201 Arbor Square Drive, Mason • 513-204-1400 masonoh Open to ages 4 months 12 years, The Little Gym offers parent-child classes, gymnastics, dance, karate, flexible summer camps, Parent Survival Nights, birthday parties. MAYERSON JCC 8485 Ridge Road 513-761-7500 Offering AquaBabies and Tots classes for ages 6 months - 3 years, classes for babies and their parents to become comfortable in the water and learn basic swimming skills. The “J” also offers year-round American Red Cross swimming lessons to ages 3 and older. Flexible classes and private lessons are open to all ages and abilities. MERCY HEALTH PLEX Anderson 7495 State Road Fairfield, 3050 Mack Road Western Hills 3131 Queen City Ave. 513-942-PLEX (7539) Mercy HealthPlex offers a

variety of options to keep your 3 -12 year olds active and engaged. The KidsFit programs vary between centers, and include activities like basketball, dance, gymnastics, football, karate, soccer and more. TOWN & COUNTRY SPORTS HEALTH CLUB 1018 Town Drive, Wilder 859-442-5800 A basketball camp begins at age 4, and a soccer camp for ages 3 - 5 is available. Other camps and the Kids Fitness programs are open to ages 6 and older. Private and group swim lessons are also available, starting at 9 months. YMCA OF GREATER CINCINNATI Multiple Locations 513-369-YMCA • The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati teaches thousands of children how to swim each year with parent/child swim lessons starting at six months. The Y also offers soccer, T-ball, gymnastics, basketball, dance and preschool camps for children as young as 2 or 3.

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a game of risk How to Keep Kids Safe on the Playing Fields By Tiffani Hill-Patterson

Youth sports can sometimes come with injuries on the field. Here’s what you need to know.


f your child is an athlete, you’ve probably wrapped a few sprained ankles, iced some strained muscles or even signed a cast covering a broken bone. Athletes get injured; it’s part of the game. But many parents aren’t aware that young athletes are at risk of more serious injuries: three that in extremely rare cases can lead to death. Use this guide to help you understand concussions, eating disorders, knee injuries and the overuse of muscle creams so you can help keep your athlete in the game — safely. (please turn the page)


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sports4kids HEADS UP “She got her bell rung.” “Boy, that was a de-cleater.” Ever heard these phrases in reference to your child after a collision on the field or court? If so, there’s a good chance your player suffered a concussion. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates about 300,000 athletes each year suffer a concussion. But that number may be even higher, says John Brannan, M.D., of Beacon Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. “I’ve heard higher stats than that,” he says, explaining that it all has to do with how the numbers are collected. Players who go to their doctors or are treated on the sidelines by a physician or trainer may go unreported. According to Brannan, the true definition of a concussion involves an “immediate change in mental status as a result of trauma.” A concussion doesn’t always result from a blow to the head, either, but can arise from an injury to the neck that jostles the head, such as whiplash. The obvious signs of a concussion include headache, sensitivity to light and sound, nausea and dizziness. A player doesn’t have to be knocked out cold, Brannan notes, and adds that vomiting is not that common, either. Other symptoms include disturbances in concentration, mood and sleep. The good news is that the past five to 10 years of awareness campaigns have had an effect. “I think we’ve done a good job of getting it out there,” says Brannan. “Coaches and parents aren’t letting kids play with a head injury.” Concussions are also the focus of much research, according to Brannan, including studying the connection between mild traumatic brain injury and other issues, like depression and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, or CTE. But he advises that the research is still unsettled and there’s much left

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unknown. Although concussions can’t always be prevented, players can do things to lessen their chances: • Make sure players use properly fitting equipment. • Make sure they wear all mandated equipment, especially mouth guards — even in soccer. • Make sure football players are taught proper tackling techniques: heads up, no spearing. If you think a player has suffered a concussion, remember this: When in doubt, sit them out — until symptoms subside.

RUNNING ON EMPTY Healthy nutrition is an important part of athletic performance. However, some athletes cast aside the importance of healthy eating in favor of thinner bodies, faster times or increased muscle. They face a different danger: eating disorders. According to a 1992 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) study, 62 percent of female gymnasts, figure skaters and ballerinas had eating issues. Another study found that onethird of all female college athletes exhibited disordered eating. “Some sports lend themselves to unhealthy eating,” says Jon Divine, M.D., UC Health Orthopaedic Surgeon, Department of Sports Medicine, adding that this is especially true when appearance or weight is a part of the sport, as it is in activities like figure skating or wrestling. Divine suggests parents keep an eye out for these warning signs: • Not eating in front of parents. • Disappearing after meals (provoking questions of purging). • Different or new food rituals, such as eating only one food group or refusing to mix certain colors or textures. For males, Divine says signs may be a little less hidden — they

simply stop eating or try to sweat excessively to attain a lower weight class in wrestling or boxing. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, set up a consultation with a dietitian or physician. And be sure to make healthy foods available, and model healthy eating behaviors yourself.

BLOW OUTS Most female athletes probably don’t think much about their knees, but basketball, soccer and volleyball players should pay special attention to this joint. Divine says participants in these three sports are at higher risk of tearing their anterior cruciate ligament, or the ACL. Located inside the knee, the ACL connects the thighbone to the shinbone and stabilizes the joint. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says that female basketball players suffer ACL injuries at twice the rate of male players; female soccer players are four times more likely to suffer a tear than males. Divine says there are several theories for why girls are at higher risk and the most popular is biomechanical: It involves the way female athletes activate their leg muscles when they land after a jump. “One foot may hit the ground faster than the other,” Divine explains. He adds that girls often have less hip and core strength as well, which can put more load on the landing leg. According to the AAOS, females don’t bend their knees as much when landing and they stay in a more erect position when cutting. “Learning to crouch and bend at the knees and hips could reduce stress on the ACL,” the group’s website says. Divine says there are lots of training programs that give feedback to the athlete on how they land, teach athletes how to use their legs as hinges rather than shock

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absorbers, and promote strength training. These may reduce the risk of ACL injuries. Treatment of a torn ACL requires surgery that can sideline a player for three to four months. But the injury doesn’t heal by itself, Divine says. You can learn to live without an ACL, but you wouldn’t be able to play sports.

DON’T RUB IT IN When athletes’ muscles ache after a long practice or tough game, many reach for the Icy Hot or Bengay. But that may not be the wisest choice. Although rare, excessive use can cause death: Arielle Newman, a 17-year-old New York high school track star, died after her body absorbed excessive levels of methyl salicylate, the active ingredient in muscle creams. Like any medicinal product, overuse can cause serious trouble. “Ice is always a good remedy,” says Divine, adding that it really depends on the injury as well as getting a correct diagnosis from an expert. He explains that soreness will often go away after two to three days, and that it’s OK to use an OTC medication like Ibuprofen. “Just follow directions,” he advises.

STAY IN THE GAME Research shows that sports help kids develop fitness, camaraderie with teammates and healthy habits that last a lifetime. As long as you make sure your kids are well prepared to play and you keep a close eye on any injuries, these benefits far outweigh the risks. Tiffani Hill-Patterson writes about parenting, health and fitness. She also blogs about her family’s experience with deafness and cochlear implants at Contact her at patterson1723@mac. com or

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CHIROPRACTIC Muhlenkamp, D.C. 4 Kimberly Live Well Chiropractic Center, Mason Dr. Kim is amazing. I went to her for my entire twin pregnancy and when my babies were born I took them there as well. Dr. Kim is always available when you need her. Never met anyone who cares so much about their patients.


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Deignan, D.C. 2 Delphine Elite Chiropractic, Maineville Dr. Delphine works a lot with pregnant moms, newborn babies and young kids, and her patients absolutely love her! She spends a lot of time getting to know her patients, ensuring that the parents are comfortable and understand how the adjustments work. She is absolutely passionate about what she does and it shows every day! Becca



GENERAL DENTISTRY Tammy Baker, D.D.S. West Chester Center for Dentistry West Chester • Dr. Baker at the West Chester Center for Dentistry is amazing with my kids (ages 5 and 2). They are sensitive to their needs and everyone is always incredibly patient with them! They have no problems with allowing me back in the rooms with them, and always answer all my questions. My kids look forward to visiting the dentist — something I NEVER would have expected! Thanks a lot Dr. Baker and team! Lauren

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY Dock, D.D.S. 4 Murray Montgomery Pediatric Dentistry Cincinnati Dr. Dock is the most caring and highly skilled Pediatric Dentist around! Robin

Blomer, D.M.D. 7 Katie Hyde Park Pediatric Dentistry Hyde Park Dr. Katie has so much passion for the children she cares for! She goes above and beyond to make sure the patients and their parents are at ease. There has never been a time where someone has left the office unsatisfied. One thing I love is that she is a parent first, and will always give her best recommendation for that child. She’s patient, sincere, smart, caring and very honest. Dr. Katie also takes her time to listen to the patient, which I believe makes a huge difference. She has this great connection between the patient and the parent, and builds this relationship that makes you want to keep coming back. The children love her and she loves them! They are always so eager to come back to visit her. Dr. Katie Blomer is the best! Crystal Thurmond

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Dr. Dock and the experienced longterm staff make each child feel special as they personalize every visit in a child-friendly and fun environment. Dr. Murray Dock and his team are skilled at providing children with exceptional dental care with state of the art technology that provides comfort, compassion and a positive experience. Dr. Dock initially received his degree in pharmacy from Butler University College of Pharmacy and subsequently earned his DDS and MSD degrees from Indiana University School of Dentistry. He completed his residency in pediatric dentistry and fellowship in cleft palate at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry (ABPD Board Certified) and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He has served as an examiner for the ABPD, is a dental consultant for the United States Air Force, and serves on various committees for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Dock has been at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital for over 25 years and is currently an associate professor of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry serving in a teaching capacity in the residency program. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has numerous publications including chapters in medical and dental textbooks. As a specialist in pediatric dentistry, Dr. Dock appreciates the focus on each individual rather than on the procedure. His unique training allows him to treat infants, children, teens and young adults through college graduation. Because of Dr. Dock’s many years of experience at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, he is also qualified to treat children with mental, emotional, and physical disabilities, as well as complex medical diagnoses. •

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ORTHODONTICS F. Johnson, D.D.S. 12 Gerald Gerald F. Johnson Orthodontics Loveland • Dr. Johnson has such a happy, energetic and enthusiastic personality. He is very professional, knowledgeable, friendly and very down to earth, which is a quality rare to find with all those characteristics. He was wonderful with my daughter and we look forward to visiting his office again soon for her follow-up. Charlene Ferreira

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Cincinnati • Dr. Nelson is hands down the most dedicated and sincere doctor I have ever had the honor of knowing. She is always spot on with her diagnosis and always takes every concern seriously. It is thanks to her that my six children are such healthy children. When my now 16-year-old was a newborn she had to spend 12 days in the NICU at Cincinnati Children’s and I was a wreck. I refused to leave my baby girl and when the nurses tried to get me to leave Dr. Nelson stepped in and talked to the nurses on my behalf and they were golden after that. Dr. Nelson had moved away for a bit and we had to go to another pediatrician and during that time my daughter developed a hormonal issue and her doctor wouldn’t listen to us. My son was also newly diagnosed with a very severe egg allergy at 4 months old and his then doctor gave him a flu shot at 6 months old that landed him in the hospital for three days. This was when I saw that Dr. Nelson had moved back to Cincinnati and we immediately switched to her. She was able to immediately diagnose my daughter with PCOS and start her on hormone therapy and referred my son to an allergist who found many more food allergies that had been missed. There are so many more stories of the things she has done to keep all of my children healthy but these were just a few examples! All in all, Dr. Nelson is simply amazing! Stefani Peoples

Edward R. Garvin, M.D.

The doctors and nurse practitioners at Suburban Pediatric Associates have been committed to providing excellent care to our patients, from infancy through young adulthood, for over thirty years. All of our ten physicians are Pediatric Board certified and specialize in many aspects of general pediatrics. Our providers have expertise in Adolescent medicine, behavioral and mental health, pediatric developmental, asthma, newborns, Attention Deficit Disorders and Learning Disabilities. Two of our nurse practitioners are Certified Lactation Consultants who offer free breastfeeding classes to prospective patients and the general community. We offer three convenient locations in Forest Park, Mason and Liberty Township and same day appointments are available in all three offices. We accept most insurance plans and Caresource is accepted at the Forest Park and Liberty Township locations. We have early morning, evening and weekend hours available in order to accommodate parent and patient schedules.

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Pediatricians of Hyde Park, Cincinnati Dr. Garvin is one of the most genuine, helpful and informative pediatricians I have found (and of course his partners are wonderful). He has been patient with a “high maintenance” mom with premature twins over the past five years. I have asked countless questions, and had countless worries and each time, he handles them with a caring and well-informed perspective. What I love most about him is he is practical and often brings his “own parenting” experience to the table in trying to relate what he has faced in raising his own children. I have referred many families to him and each time, the response I get is, “You were right, Dr. Garvin is fantastic.” I love his practice and partners as well, but he is our primary doctor and I will always recommend him. The Giglio Family

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Montgomery Pediatrics, Montgomery Dr. Roeser is amazing! She is very friendly, knowledgeable, and genuinely seems to care for her patients. She always takes the time to listen, fully explain things, and answer my questions. When my husband and I first came to her as scared and intimidated new parents she was very reassuring, and she continues to be every time I see her. I trust Dr. Roeser, and I know that my daughter is in good hands with her.


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Union Pediatric Dentistry

West Side Pediatrics, Cincinnati She goes above and beyond to make sure my special needs son is healthy and refers us to specialists when needed. She takes what I think and want into consideration.

2012 Callie Way, Suite 202 Union KY 41091 (859) 384-6050

Ashley Owens

Rebecca A. Dandoy, M.D. Children’s Medical Center, Middletown Dr. Dandoy is so sweet and makes my child feel comfortable. She is the best doctor ever! We love her! Always makes me feel better when I am being a worried Mom. Lara Hall

Robert J. Tagher, M.D. Pediatrics of Florence, Florence I believe he is the finest pediatrician in the area. Moving here from Dallas I was concerned about finding a doctor who focused on progressive and individualized treatment for children. Dr. Rob teaches you about the research, gives you advice and then makes a recommendation so you can make an informed decision. I could not ask for anything more! Dorothy Ripka

Thomas B. Maloney, M.D. Group Health Associates, Cincinnati He is an amazing pediatrician! He was my doctor as a child and always is available when needed. He knows his patients on a more personal level and lets us call him any time day or night if we have concerns. He is very knowledgable on ADHD and has group discussions with parents so that they can understand their children better. Amy Luallen

Todd D. Habel, M.D., F.A.A.P. Muddy Creek Pediatrics, Mason Dr. Habel has been our pediatrician of choice since my son was born almost six years ago. He is always very knowledgeable, but without being an alarmist. I always leave feeling like he really listened to all of my concerns and has always made me feel like we are partners in my children’s medical decisions. Lauren

There are even more nominations online at cincinnatifamilymagazine. com/favoritedocs! Don’t see your doctor? Nominate him today!

Union Pediatric Dentistry is located on Callie Way across from Ryle High School in Union, KY and has been providing dental care to infants, children and teens since 2008. We strive to provide each child with quality dental care in a warm and friendly environment. Our goal is to provide a dental home to children and to educate parents on the importance of oral health to help fight the increasing dental decay rates among young children. We have the latest state-of-the-art equipment to make sure your child has access to everything he or she needs at their dental visits. We pride ourselves in practicing ethically and honestly, taking the time to explain our findings. We offer a variety of sedation options including the help of a board certified pediatric anesthesiologist. Dr. William A. Greenhill, his wife, and four children have lived in Union since 1999. Dr. Greenhill is an adjunct faculty member at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Dr. Greenhill received his dental degree in 1989 from the University of Mississippi and completed a one year advanced education in general dentistry residency at Langley AFB, VA. He was on active duty in the United States Air Force until 1999. His pediatric dental training was completed at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital in 1995. Dr. Greenhill was also recently elected as a director on the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry and serves as a national spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Call today…and let us exceed your expectations! •

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ACADEMIC CAMPS Academy of Music and Dance, West Chester

8374 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester 513-829-2345 Music lessons for all ages in piano, voice, guitar, drums, strings, winds and brass. Dance classes in tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyric. Other popular programs: Music for Young Children, a keyboard program for ages 4 and up; Music Pups, for preschoolers with a caregiver; Jumbie Jam, a kid-sized steel drum ensemble; and Fun with Drums. Special one-week camps throughout the summer. Free sample classes.

Children’s Meeting House Montessori

927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 Celebrating over 40 years of authentic Montessori education for students 3 - 12 yrs. Offering half- and full-day programs, before- and after-school care, and after-school enrichment options. Each classroom is a partnership of experienced, treasured teachers and multi-age communities. CMH summer camps offer children a great opportunity to extend their learning while having fun around the campus. More information and a camp schedule on our website.

Creative Tots of Mason

6408 Thornberry, Mason 513-770-6776 Creative Tots has specialized in the private education of toddler, preschool and pre-K children for more than 20 years. Our holistic approach allows children the opportunity to learn, explore, play, and grow while engaging in the fine arts and Montessori activities. Our modernized curriculum is rich in opportunities to use creativity, solve problems, use language, develop new vocabulary and reading skills, while engaging in intellectual activities. Toddler, preschool, and pre-K and beyond camps held each summer. Details and registration available on our website.

The Seven Hills School

Hillsdale Campus: 5400 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-728-2400 Doherty Campus: 2726 Johnstone Place, Cincinnati An award-winning independent, non-sectarian and coeducational school serving students 2 yrs. - grade 12 on two campuses. An intellectually vibrant environment encourages personal attention and the average class size is 15. Educating the whole child with a college-prep, 21st century curriculum. Our summer program offers a full spectrum of high-interest activities, from architectural modeling and wakeboarding to top-secret science, fantasy football, gourmet cooking, Lego robotics, kite making, space exploration and many more.

Springer School

2121 Madison Road, Cincinnati 513-871-6080 • 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. June 17 - July 12, grades 1 - 8.

ANIMALS Cincinnati Zoo

3400 Vine Street, Cincinnati 513-559-7767 opt. 4 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.

ARTS CAMPS The Art Academy of Cincinnati

1212 Jackson St., Cincinnati 513-562-8748 • Camp Art Academy is an award-winning, memorable art experience for your camper. This program will cultivate and direct your child’s creativity and imagination in the visual arts! Small class sizes ensure each child receives individual attention. Campers work in unique and unusual art materials to unlock creativity. Mornings focus on 2-D art and afternoons “take it to the next level” with 3-D projects. Campers are grouped by age with activities that maximize interest. Classes are taught by highly trained artists and art educators from an accredited institution. Classes are available for full-day and half-day, with optional before- and after-care, at two convenient locations: the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Clifton Cultural Arts Center. With six great and unique weekly themes, Camp Art Academy is sure to capture the interest and skills of each young artist!

Art Workshops at FUNKe Fired Arts

3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park 513-406-4009 • the Awesome art camps with 14 different art subjects to explore including pottery wheel, creative clay, painting, drawing, make a pet, pop art, project runway, recycled art, sculpture and cartooning. Camps offered for children as young as 6 yrs. Some special camps for 4 - 5 year-olds. Before- and after-care available. Half-day and full-day camps with special pricing for families. Morning camps run 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Afternoon camps run 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Christ Church Cathedral

318 E. 4th St., Cincinnati 513-621-1817 • (art) • (choir) Music and Art in a Sacred Space. Children can explore Christian spirituality through music and art camps. Choir Camp, June 16 - 20. Art Camp, June 23 - 27. Ages 6 and up. $75 first camp registration; $50 for second camp or second child.

Dance Etc.

5985 Meijer Drive, Milford 513-576-1400 We offer four-day dance and tumbling camps for ages 3 and up. These offer the perfect introduction to dance and tumbling. Choose one or all of our camps in a variety of themes including Broadway Kids, Tinkerbell Camp and Cheerleading Camp. We also offer weekly classes throughout the summer.

Mad Potter Pottery Studio

7754 Camargo Road, Cincinnati 513-561-1888 Get creative on your summer break! Pottery painting, glass mosaics, crafts and games. Two sessions July 14 - 18 for ages 6 - 8, and July 21 - 25 for ages 10 - 13. Classes meet 10 a.m. - 12 noon daily. Discount for additional siblings.

The Music Factory 513-545-7125 Celebrating 10 years of music education classes, for children 6 months to 5 years, taught onsite at your preschool or day care! These 30-minute award-winning classes lay the musical foundation through seasonal activities, creative movement, singing and the use of rhythm instruments. This musical environment also enhances the listening, language development and gross motor skills for children.

Young Rembrandts

Cincinnati West and Hamilton 513-779-7278 • Young Rembrandts uses art as a way to develop essential learning skills. We offer child-friendly and relevant subject matter to spark children’s interest and increase knowledge retention, never losing sight that children learn best when they are engaged and entertained. We will teach basic to advanced drawing skills, art techniques, and vocabulary while expressing creativity in a positive environment. All new lessons every session. All supplies are provided.

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Camp at the J

Cincinnati Parks Summer Nature Daycamps

Multiple Park Locations 513-321-6208 • Our camps for ages 3 - 14 are voted “Best of the City” for the great value in educational, fun-filled outdoor activities! Hikes, crafts, and games are part of each day. Fees: $45 - $80 weekly. New this year: Harry Potter and 50 Plus Camp. Online registration on our website.

Gorman Heritage Farm – Farm Camp

10052 Reading Road, Cincinnati 513-563-6663 • Be a farm kid! Camp activities include: interacting with barnyard animals, exploring the woods, gardening, games, hiking, cooking, crafts and more. Special themed camps for wilderness, art, cooking, vet and science. Camp sessions scheduled by age group. Please see our website for full brochure. You will never want to leave.

SCIENCE CAMPS Camp Invention • 800-968-4332 Led by local educators, the week-long Camp Invention experience immerses elementary school children in hands-on activities that reinvent summer fun. Children spend their time building original prototypes, creating a personalized motor-powered vehicle and taking apart electronics to construct a pinball machine. Discounts available, register today!

Mad Science of Cincinnati 513-793-6784 Interactive, hands-on science programs for ages 5 - 12. Half- and full-day programs at locations throughout the area, June - Aug. Content is correlated to the 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 and early registration discounts available.

SPORTS CAMPS Chris Mack Basketball Camp

Cintas Center, Xavier University,1624 Herald Ave., Cincinnati 513-745-3417 • For boys grades 2 - 9 – Day camp is an exciting four day experience in one of the college basketball’s best facilities. From individual instruction to exciting five-on-five tournament play, this is a camper’s unique opportunity to be a part of our program. June 16 - 19, June 30 - July 3, or July 14 - 17. For boys and girls ages 4 - 7 – Little Dribblers Camp offers younger campers an opportunity to experience Xavier Basketball firsthand focusing on the fundamentals of basketball, teamwork and sportsmanship. June 20, July 18.

Cincinnati Recreation Commission 805 Central Avenue, Suite 800 Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-352-4000 To register:

Cincinnati Sports Club

3950 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-527-5026 Ages 3 - 12: Kidsports Summer Camp – All summer long we provide a field trip and a special guest appearance every week, games, weekly themes, crafts, swimming and more. Ages 3 - 6: Tumbling Camp – Campers will be active and healthy while having fun and making new friends and learning introductory tumbling. Ages 4 - 12: Junior Racquet Camp – Children will learn the proper strokes and strategies for four exciting racquet and paddle sports.

Hubbard Family Swim School at Kids First Sports Center 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-530-0123 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.

McCallie Sports Camp

500 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga, TN 800-672-2267 • An action-oriented sports camp for boys with an emphasis on fun. Open to boys ages 9 - 15 of all athletic abilities. Along with team and individual sports, boys enjoy off-campus activities that include Six Flags Over Georgia, an Atlanta Braves game, white water rafting and paint ball.


916 West River Road, Mentone, AL 256-634-4066 • Camp Laney is an independent, traditional boys’ camp located on Lookout Mountain in northeastern Alabama. Camp Laney is accredited by the ACA and offers four two-week sessions for ages 8 - 14 and a one-week junior camp session for boys finishing grade 2. Activities include canoeing, water slide, swimming, team sports, ropes course, climbing wall, mountain biking, bouldering, archery, riflery and tennis.

Camp Wildbrook, LTD

9664 Daly Road, Cincinnati 513-931-2196 • ACA accredited summer day camp. Family owned and operated for 63 years. Dedicated staff leading active, outdoor, traditional camp activities: daily swim lessons, archery, arts and crafts, basketball, BB air gun, drama and singing, gymnastics, kickball, nature and camping, soccer, softball, tennis, and special events. Six weeks (Jun. 16 Jul. 25), Mon. - Fri., 9:30 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.

Camp Woodmont

381 Moonlight Drive, Cloudland, GA 423-472-6070 • Camp Woodmont is a traditional, overnight camp for boys and girls ages 6 - 14. Just 30 minutes from Chattanooga, Camp Woodmont features horseback riding, high ropes/climbing, sports, dance, crafts, canoeing, archery and more. Founded on Christian principles in 1981, Camp Woodmont is the perfect place to build lifelong friendships and memories. Open House May 18, 2 - 5 p.m.

The Campus at Kids First - Early Learning Center

7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-629-KIDS • An early learning center for active kids - 6 wks. - preK. For 40 years, the Kids First Sports Center family has been dedicated to our mission of helping kids grow into happy, healthy, responsible adults. It’s true, Campus Kids receive the area’s finest academic and physical education. Your child’s long-term happiness and emotional well-being always comes first at The Campus.

Cincinnati Recreation Commission

805 Central Avenue, Ste. 800, Cincinnati 513-352-4000 Camp CRC Summer Day Camps are offered at many Cincinnati Recreation Commission recreation centers. Camps run 11 weeks, June 2 - Aug. 15. Themed activities include trips and outings, swim lessons and pool time and outdoor play and sports. Camps fees range from $110 to $95 per week. All camps are 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. 2048 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights, KY 859-491-9960 • Students dig CMS Summer Camp! Themed weeks include: science, gardening, sports and movement, movement and music, art and more. Children ages 3 - 12 are invited to join our certified Montessori teachers for exploration and fun. Cost: $160 per week, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday - Friday. Aftercare is available from 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. Call for details.

The Goddard School Summer Camps

1280 Nagel Road, Anderson Township 513-474-5292 Looking for an active summer camp for your kids? Then come join The Goddard School Summer Camp. This year’s theme is “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?” Our camps are designed for young and curious minds, ages toddler - 10 yrs. Children will enjoy our expanded campus, large indoor gym, crafts, cooking projects, sewing, gymnastics, garden activities, sports, behind the scenes tours and lots of field trips. Full and half day camps available.

Great Parks of Hamilton County - Summer Horse Camp

Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville 513-563-4513 The Winton Woods Riding Center (WWRC) offers enjoyable Summer Horse Camp programs for children ages 7 - 17. Topics covered are all aspects of horse safety, breeds, colors and markings of horses, anatomy of the horse, grooming, tacking and riding. July 21 - 25, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Greenacres Summer Camps

8255 Spooky Hollow Road, Cincinnati 513-891-4227 • Arts, aquatic adventures, environment, equine, food, or garden ... a camp for every child! Greenacres offers handson, small group camps led by a caring, professional staff.

Jewish Federation 513-985-1500 Our kids are our future. This summer, give them a strong Jewish identity, pride in their heritage and a personal connection to Israel. The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati, in partnership with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, offers generous funding for overnight Jewish camping and Israel travel grants. Learn more and apply today.

Kids First Sports Center – Camp-A-Palooza

5040 Sheridan Line, Croswell, MI 810-679-2505 • • Girls who love horses and horseback riding have come to the BR since 1962 for a worry-free and friend filled summer. Set away from the hustle and bustle of the city on 360 acres, girls ages 5 - 15 enjoy our excellent western riding program and our wide variety of activities.

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Cornerstone Montessori Summer Camp

Just added! Sports camps at Lunken Playfield are offered for boys and girls of different ages and include camps for lacrosse, kayak, outdoor adventure, youth multi sport, preschool multi sport and flag rugby. Various camp dates in June, July and August. Camp fees range from $75 - $250 for the week.

Black River Farm & Ranch

8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 513-722-7249 Camp at the J provides great social and cultural opportunities that foster friendships and features good old fashioned fun. In addition to traditional activities such as swimming and archery, Camp at the J offers recycled art, silly science, social action projects and more. For children entering grades K - 8.

7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-489-7575 • Campers at Kids First get the very best! A backyard with mini-golf, a climbing wall and playground as well as 108,000 sq. ft. of everything kids Love: basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, karate, dance, cheer, swimming, you name it! New this year: Leaders in Training course for teens covering topics like leadership, conflict resolution, communication and group dynamics. Teens can look forward to excursions, service opportunities and more.

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Marmon Valley Ministries

7754 St. Rt. 292, Zanesfield 937-593-8051 • Trusted, ACA accredited, Christian horse camp near Bellefontaine. With 160 horses, it’s Ohio’s largest horse camp! Campers also enjoy climbing, archery, swimming and more. Develop skills, make friends and build a relationship with Jesus Christ. MVM has been serving up farm fresh fun for kids 7 - 17 since 1964.

My Nose Turns Red Circus Camps

Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati/Northern KY 859-581-7100 • Camps held in multiple locations in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati area. Our 17th year! CIRCUS CAMPS – Fun, unique and challenging. Selected Best in the City by Cincinnati Magazine. Circus camps conducted by My Nose Turns Red, the area’s only non-profit youth circus. Skills taught include: stilt walking, juggling, rolling globe, clowning and more. Camps for ages 4 - 7 and 7 - 16 plus two-week intensive featuring unicycle, aerials, and German Wheel.

Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp

4654 Pleasant Hill Road, Perrysville 419-938-3715 • Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp is a traditional Christian summer camp. Comprised of 250 wooded acres and 850 acre lake, days are filled with traditional camp activities led by counselors committed to helping your child develop essential life skills socially, spiritually and physically. Pleasant Hill Outdoor Camp, one great camp where kids make friends!

Pleasant Vineyard Ministries

1259 Swann Beatty Road, Camden 937-452-3347 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.

YMCA Camp Carson

2034 Outer Lake Road, Princeton, IN 812-385-3597 campcarsonorg • Where all kids are accepted, challenged, empowered. Join campers and staff from around the country and the world as you dive into daily adventures. Archery, pottery, horseback, dirt bikes, water ziplines and more. It’s a non-stop week of opportunity, wrapped in the YMCA character development values. Only 3.25 hours southwest of Cincinnati.

YMCA Camp Ernst

7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, KY 859-586-6181 • Steeped in tradition and built on the YMCA values of honesty, caring, respect and responsibility, Camp Ernst hosts campers who enjoy top-notch counselors, making friends, and participating in a variety of activities including zipline, banana boat, 100 ft. waterslide, giant swing, horseback riding, the blob and much more.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Summer Day Camps

12 locations in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky 513-362-YMCA The YMCA of Greater Cincinnati offers themed day camps, preschool camps, teen camps, counselor-in-training programs, specialty camps and sports camps for children ages 3 - 15. Camps at the Y are all about discovery. Kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And of course, it’s fun, too! Camps run May - Aug.; dates for each camp are available on our website.

YMCA Camp Kern

5291 State Route 350, Oregonia 513-932-3756 Providing a safe, fun, magical, and educational experience for all children, plus the opportunity for growth in character, mind, spirit, and body. We don’t just teach swimming, canoeing, climbing, horseback riding and more, we teach values through programs. For ages 5 - 16, we offer residential and semi-residential accommodations, a 485-acre facility, and a chance to reconnect with nature. Register online.

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Great Parks Backyard Campout

Join us June 20 for a night under the stars at Lake Isabella! Unplug from technology and connect with nature at a special campout. Enjoy free family programming and activities, including a showing of “Frozen.” Free primitive campsites are available with advance registration. Only 125 sites are available, so reserve your site early at

Lake Isabella Friday Night Grill Outs Enjoy fresh grilled food and live music 5–8 p.m., during the campout and every Friday, May 23–August 29.

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Day Out with Thomas June 20 - 22 & 27 - 29


oin an amazing ride with Thomas the Tank Engine and the Whitewater Valley Railroad! Enjoy some fun stories and videos, temporary tattoos, an Imagination Station with crafts, and a chance to meet Sir Topham Hatt, the Chairman of the Railway on the Island of Sodor. Trains depart every 45 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. most days, June 20 - 22 and 27 - 29, please visit website for a complete schedule. Whitewater Valley Railroad, Connersville; $20 $34. Call 765-825-2054 or visit •

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Learn the basics of what a plant needs to thrive, and then plant your own container garden to take home. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Residents of Springfield Township are invited for free admission to the Y to enjoy games in the pool, door prizes, dancing, shopping with local merchants and more. The Y’s Olympic-sized outdoor pool, indoor waterpark and gymnasium will all be open. Powel Crosley Jr., YMCA, 9601 Winton Road; 6 - 9 p.m.; 513522-1410 or


Enjoy an afternoon of music by local bands, playing rock and pop hits from the 70s to today! Organized by LifeNets, a non-profit that offers assistance to promote the well-being and self-sufficiency of disadvantaged people all around the world. All donations benefit the Light of Love Orphanage in Vinogradov, Ukraine. Donations also accepted online. Nisbet Park, 198 Harrison Ave., Loveland; 1 p.m.; 513-716-8429 or


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Enjoy a morning walk along the Ohio river and look for wildlife as you learn about the area’s history. Fernbank Park, 50 Thornton Ave.; 9 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Hamilton County residents get free admission to all Great Parks, as well as other fun freebies and discounts. Great Parks of Hamilton County; 9 a.m.; 513-521-7275 or


Summerfair celebrates its 47th year of showcasing more than 300 fine artists and craftspeople. Enjoy four stages of local and regional entertainers, a variety of food vendors, and a youth arts area complete with handson activities and entertainment for kids. New this year, national folk artist Jen Chapin will perform Saturday night during Summerfair After Hours! Coney Island Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave.; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 513-531-0050 or


Join an outdoor family exercise class. The morning class, Parent & Me Yoga, is for ages 1 - 5; while the afternoon class, Kids Zumba and CrossFit, is for ages 5 and older. Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Ave.; 10 a.m., 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Enjoy an afternoon of Camp with your family. Explore the grounds, meet the staff, make a s’more and check out the Rockin’ E Ranch, the new home for the camp’s horses. YMCA Camp Ernst, 7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington; 1 - 4 p.m.; 859-586-6181 or


Ages 2 - 10 are invited for a bilingual story time that includes stories, songs, crafts and plenty of new friends! Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 4 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or


Bring your toddlers, ages 2- to 3-and-a-half years old, for stories, songs and playtime, all designed to help them build early language and literacy skills. Main Library, Boone County Public Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 10 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or


The winners of the 2013 - 2014 Great Parks Photo Contest are unveiled. Come see the fabulous photos that made picking monthly winners so fun — and so difficult — at this special showing. Open through June 8: 9:30 am. - 5 p.m. Tue - Sat, 12 - 5 p.m. Sun. Cotswold Visitor Center, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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Enjoy a talk about bats and meet a big brown bat in person — and see some at a known roost. Meet at the Historic Farmstead. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 8 - 9:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or

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Race against the clock on a two-mile course all summer long and improve your time each week. Awards will be given at the end of the series — all ages and skill levels are welcome! England Idlewild, 5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington; 7 p.m. June 4, 11, 18 and 25; 859-334-2283 or


Cheer on the Reds as they face the San Francisco Giants this evening — arrive early to collect your Aroldis Chapman Bobblehead! Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; 7:10 p.m.; ticket prices vary, see site for details;


Many animals can be found living in the park. Kids ages 3 - 12 take a short hike to search for these animals and then make a craft to take home. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m. June 4, 11, 18 and 25; $1 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Ages 2 - 9 can explore healthy eating and craft activities that are all about flowers and gardening. Open to the first 20 children in attendance; please arrive 10 minutes early. Whole Foods Market Mason, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.;


Babysitting a grandma means a sleepover at her house in this heartwarming book on grandparents and grandchildren. Meet the author and purchase a signed copy! Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 6 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or


The Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church Choir and artists from the Cincinnati Opera perform for audiences of all ages. Admission is free, but tickets are required; limit of two tickets per household. Lincoln Heights Missionary Baptist Church, 9991 Wayne Ave.; 7 p.m.; 513-241-2742 or


Discover the fascinating world of wildlife in this free program featuring Howard McDaniel as Hickory, a Shawnee Indian. Come early for pre-program fun, and stick around for a presentation from Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy and $1 snack lunch. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; free, but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-5257529 or

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low down and cool off by discovering what lives in the creek. Meet a live turtle, and use one of the nets and containers to catch and release small critters. Please wear closed-toe shoes and dress to get messy. Wood Duck Trail, Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Cleves; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. Call 513-521-7275 or visit •

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Science Matters of America is on the scene to introduce kids to some fun science experiments and knowledge. Arrive early for a pre-program from the Kenton County Public Library and stick around afterwards for $1 lunches. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington; 10 a.m.; free, but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859525-7529 or


Winner of a truckload of local music awards, Jake Speed and the Freddies perform a refreshing mix of folk, bluegrass and ragtime. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12; 859-491-4003 or


Listen to conductors describe railroad history and operations during this one-hour ride. Train departs at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. June 5, 11, 20 and 26. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic Street, Lebanon; $13 adults, $8 children and seniors, $5 ages 2 - 4, free infants 1 year and younger; 513-9338022 or


Learn about Buildering and create some artwork inspired by the exhibit. Afterwards, strike a pose with friends from Modo Yoga and show off your skills. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8400 or


Enjoy a free concert on a balmy summer evening — this month features Monday Night Big Band (June 5), Stagger Lee Band (June 12), Hickory Robot (June 19) and Six Pac (June 26). Concessions available for purchase; please bring your own seating. Beech Acres Park, 6915 Beechmont Ave.; 7 p.m.;


Join a free “Hello to Summer” dance party and workout, right on Fountain Square! Fountain Square, Downtown; 12 - 1 p.m.; 513-362-9622 or


Check out a stunning outdoor gallery as artists from across the nation gather to showcase their work. Enjoy treats from local restaurants, live music, hands-on art activities for the kids and more. Riverfront, Columbus; 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. June 6 - 7, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 8;


Stop by every Friday night for a cruise in with music, $1 hot dogs, door prizes, photos, and more fun. Jane’s Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Road, Union; 5 - 8 p.m.; admission is free, additional activities available for a small fee; 859-384-6617 or

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Make plans for two stages of amazing live music, a Craft Beer garden for the grown-ups, treats from local food vendors, kids’ entertainment and a Bounce House Village. DCCH Center for Children & Families, 75 Orphanage Road, Fort Mitchell; 6 - 11:30 p.m. June 6, 4 - 11:30 p.m. June 7; $5 per vehicle, donation entrance fee; 859-331-2040 ext. 8555 or

Children ages 5 - 12 make crafts about gardening, including some that will grow! Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; $1 per craft, plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

Bring your chairs, blankets and snacks for a summer screening of The Croods. Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd., Florence; 8 p.m.; 859-334-2283 or

Learn simple German words through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


It’s Fish Free in Kentucky this weekend, and you and the kids can learn all about fishing from the experts at Kenton County Parks & Recreation. Bring your camera, purchase lunch in the park, and take this change to learn about good conservation habits and good sportsmanship as you practice “catch and release” fishing. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 859-525-7529 or

Clara’s ordinary day takes an unexpected twist when Mark Twain’s most beloved characters escape from her book! Putting them back where they belong is going to take help from Mark Twain himself, and possibly the audience as well. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 7 p.m.; call for prices; 859491-4003 or




Families and kids can make and fly their own kite with some help from PIGS Aloft (People Interested in Getting Stuff Aloft). Parking lot of the Boone County Administration Building, 2950 Washington St., Burlington; 12 - 3 p.m.; 859-334-2283 or

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Everyone is invited to this poolside luau featuring plenty of food, pool games, inflatables and family activities. Blue Ash YMCA, 5000 YMCA Drive; 6 - 8:30 p.m.; 513791-5000 or


Joseph Beth Booksellers hosts a bookfair today and tomorrow morning! Stop by to check out all the latest offerings and get your summer reading in order. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 10 a.m.; 859-912-7860 or


Dive deep into the world of arthropods with special guests, live insects, hands-on activities and more, all in the Rotunda and the Museum of Natural History & Science. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or

FREE COLUMBUS ARTS FESTIVAL Please see June 6 for details.


Enjoy a range of free kid-friendly activities every Saturday at the park — including visits with Happen, Inc., the Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County, Home Deport and others. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. June 7, 14, 21 and 28;

DCCH MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL Please see June 6 for details.


Head to the park for fun and music from Ooh Lala and the Greasers! Smale Riverfront Park, West Mehring Way; 1 - 4 p.m.;

“Where Every Family Matters.”

Elephant and Piggie from the popular series by Mo Willems are at the manatee to hear a special reading of their new book, My New Friend is So Fun. Please call for time. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 513-731-2665 or


American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day is the country’s largest celebration of trails, inspiring thousands of people to enjoy trails all on the same day. Spend the day at Rowe Woods, pick up a Hike for Your Health passport, hit the trails, and discover some trail magic along the way. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


Conductor John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra invite families to Riverbend Music Center for this performance of popular classics, from Respighi’s Pines of Rome to Stravinsky’s Firebird. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave.; 8 p.m.; tickets start at $20 for adults, $12.50 children for pavilion tickets, ages 17 and younger are free to the lawn; 513-381-3300 or


The “Lord of the Rings” shines in prime time — Saturn takes center stage tonight, bring the family to view the rings through the Observatory’s historic telescope (weather permitting), and tour the building. If clear, portable telescopes will show the Moon and Mars as well. Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 9 - 11 p.m.; $7 per person ; 513-321-5186 or

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Visit with Super Why on this special train ride and take part in all kinds of games and activities. Train departs at 10 a.m., 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. on June 7 - 8. 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; 513-933-8022 or

Join thousands of other cycling participants for this ride featuring various lengths for riders of all abilities, including a 62.8-mile ride, down to a one-mile Kids Bike Rally. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research at The Barrett Cancer Center. Yeatman’s Cove, Sawyer Point, 705 East Pete Rose Way; 6:30 a.m.; $20 - $45;





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Drop by for a fun-filled celebration all about turtles and tortoises. Participate in activities and meet a live turtle up close. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 - 4 p.m. June 7 - 8; $2 per child, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.


Grab your magnifying glass and a net to hike through forest and field to discover how wildlife is enjoying summer as much as we are! Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or Please see June 7 for details.

Pick up a fantastic piece of local art while enjoying food, drinks and live music. More than 40 artists and craftspeople will showcase their unique works at this free, fun outdoor arts festival. Gatehouse, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

Join the Art Academy of Cincinnati for a one-day, handson art experience for the entire family. Parents and kids will explore a variety of media forms while sampling themes of Moroccan Bazaar, Planet Art and Artucopia. Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Ave.; 1 - 3 p.m.; $10 per person or $25 per family; 513473-5745 or




Ballroom for Kids is a great way to connect with other kids while getting physical exercise, gaining confidence and developing musicality. Ages 8 - 12 can drop in for one day, or visit all four sessions to learn the Cha-Cha, Swing and the Waltz. Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Ave.; 3 - 4 p.m.; $10; 513-4735745 or


Joseph Beth Booksellers hosts a bookfair today and tomorrow morning! Stop by to check out all the latest offerings and get your summer reading in order. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 10 a.m.; 859-912-7860 or

FREE COLUMBUS ARTS FESTIVAL Please see June 6 for details.

Please see June 7 for details.

Bring the gang to the outdoor pool for games and summertime fun. Also held at the Clippard YMCA (8920 Cheviot, 513-923-4466). Campbell County YMCA, 1437 South Ft. Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas; 1 - 4 p.m.; 859781-1814 or


Start your summer out right by bringing the kids to volunteer in the Nature PlayScape. Have fun sprucing up the place, and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy afterward (treats and lemonade will be provided). Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-8311711 or

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STAY-CATION WITH THE BUTTERFLIES Please see “Spotlight” on page 37 for details.


In a garden full of beautiful things, it might be hard to select one piece to display. Families are invited to learn about and look for art in the garden and then create a piece of art to take home. Stop by at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. June 10 - 14, and 1 and 4 p.m. June 15. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 adults, $2 ages 2 - 12, plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Wendy Hart Beckman discusses and signs her book that details the history of some of Cincinnati’s most famous families. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or


Join your friends at the meadow hill in the PlayScape for a special outdoor movie screening. Bring a blanket (please, no lawn chairs) and a snack or picnic dinner. There will be a short children’s program at 8 p.m. as we wait for it to get dark. 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

STAY-CATION WITH THE BUTTERFLIES Please see “Spotlight” on page 37 for details.


Catch a flick for only $1 this summer! Stop by on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week through Aug. 5 for $1 movies — proceeds benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Regal Deerfield Towne Center Stadium 16, 5500 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; $1 admission;

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SPOTLIGHT: FREE Wump Mucket Puppet Show Saturday, June 7


ave some fun with the Wump Mucket Puppets in this 30-minute show full of songs, skits and silliness, and meet a new character, Unka Unka the Caveman! Corryville Branch Library, 2802 Vine St.; 3 p.m. Call 513-369-6034 or visit •

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Visit the butterflies after hours for family fun activities and crafts for all ages. Free cheese coney for the first 50 guests, thanks to Skyline Chili. (Please note that unlimited admission pins are not valid at this event.) Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 children, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or


Ages 2 - 9 are invited to celebrate Father’s Day while exploring healthy eating, gardening and crafts. Open to the first 20 children in attendance; please arrive 10 minutes early. Whole Foods Market Mason, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; wholefoodsmarket. com/mason.

ONE HOUR TRAIN RIDE Please see June 5 for details.

STAY-CATION WITH THE BUTTERFLIES Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.


Enjoy a performance from Zak Morgan in a kids’ concert presented by Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry. Afterwards, enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich, courtesy of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and other items for only $1. Beech Acres Park, 6915 Beechmont Ave.; 10 a.m.;



The Mt. Auburn Brass Fellowship performs its wide repertoire of varying styles, from inspirational and patriotic to toe-tapping trips down memory lane, all under the baton of Northern Kentucky Music Legend Gary Johnston. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12; 859-4914003 or


Enjoy an outdoor family concert with singer and songwriter Chip Richter, who has performed around the country with shows that feature acoustic instruments, songs, humor and plenty of audience participation. Bring picnic blankets and lawn chairs for this show that encourages children to discover their gifts and use them to help others. The Grove Park, 9150 Winton Road; 7 - 8:30 p.m.; 513-522-1410 or

STAY-CATION WITH THE BUTTERFLIES Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.


Friends from Parlour are at the UnMuseum to give everyone some rainbow streaks! They’ll show the kids how to chalk their locks while they create some crazy hair art with shaving cream, curlers and combs. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street, Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8400 or

This fundraiser benefitting the Freestore Foodbank is hosted by Cincinnati Bengals Running Back BenJarvus Green-Ellis (#42). Green-Ellis will be joined by co-host Stephen Williams of Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar. Enjoy a dinner-by-the-bite, featuring over 40 favorite restaurants, Bengals alumni and coaches, as well as a silent and live auction. Club Lounge West, Paul Brown Stadium, 1 Paul Brown Stadium; 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.; $150; 513-482-4501 or

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Farmer Joan and The Equine Show delights kids of all ages with a miniature pony, horse and donkey. Arrive early for a pre-program, and stick around afterwards for $1 lunches. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; free, but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-7529 or


Ages 9 - 14 are invited to compete in running and field events for a chance to compete at the state level, and eventually in Hershey, Pennsylvania! Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. Please bring a valid birth certificate. Cooper High School, 2855 Longbranch Road, Union; 859-334-2117.

FREE THURSDAY NIGHT CONCERT Please see June 5 for details.

Please see June 6 for details.


Enjoy the summer with a free, family-friendly flick — Despicable Me 2. Movie begins at dusk. City of Union, 1843 Mount Zion Road, Union; 8 p.m.; 859-334-2283 or


Head to Smale Riverfront Park for fun, games and a free outdoor movie! Smale Riverfront Park, West Mehring Way; 7 - 11 p.m.;


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Author Tammy York discusses and signs her book that details some of the best and little-known hiking areas perfect for families and children. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or


Don’t miss out on this exciting team tournament. Any species of fish can be weighed in with no limits (except bass), and a Bass Pro Shop gift card will be awarded to the top team. Children must be age 16 or under. Registration begins one hour before the start of the tournament and includes boat rental. Boathouse, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $20 per team, plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


The Cat in the Hat is where it’s at! Join this favorite Dr. Seuss character for a special train ride full of fun and games. Train departs at 10 a.m., 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. on June 14 and 15. 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


Join this nationwide celebration of the end of legal slavery in the United States during this two-day festival that features a wide variety of entertainment, historical and cultural attractions, children’s activities, and good food! Daniel Drake Park, 5800 Red Bank Road; 12 - 9 p.m.;


Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Cincinnati’s Great Western Sanitary Fair — an event from 1864 that raised money for sick and wounded Civil War Soldiers. Help recreate the Fair and get an up-close look at Civil War style, alongside other Civil War info and memorabilia. Activities on the lawn, Rotunda and Reakirt Auditorium are free; activities in the Cincinnati History Museum are included with admission. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or

Join families, friends and the American Cancer Society in the fight against cancer. Dixie Heights High School, 3010 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 859372-7873 or (please turn the page)

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elebrate the kick-off to summer with carnival games, ice cream, sidewalk chalk and sprinklers for the kids June 9 - 13. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 children, free ages 4 and younger. Call 513-421-5707 or visit •

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Stop by to check out kids’ clothing, books, games, household goods, DVDs/CDs, furniture, baby equipment, toys, outdoor equipment, small appliances, purses, electronics and much more. Cash only, please! Mason United Methodist Church, 6315 South Mason Montgomery Road, Mason; 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 513-398-4741.


Bring your own chairs, blankets and refreshments to enjoy a free concert from Blue Chip City Big Band. Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 7 8:30 p.m.; 859-334-2283 or


The Cincinnati Vintage Baseball Club hosts four other vintage teams from around the Midwest to a day of baseball as it was played in 1869. Experience the game before gloves, contracts and more. Heritage Village Museum inside Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park;


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Enjoy a free evening concert with Ohio Valley Big Band! Harbor Point, Miami Whitewater Forest, Mount Hope Ave.; 7 - 9 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or



FREE CURIOSITY SATURDAY Join a 5K run/walk in memory of Nash Lindsay, who passed away from SIDS. Help celebrate his life, and raise awareness and funds for the CJ Foundation for SIDS. Loveland Bike Trail, Branch Hill-Loveland Road; 9 a.m.; please visit site for registration fee; pges/dash-for-nash.


Bullooney Puppetworks and Madcap Puppets presents a free, family-friendly show at the park! Smale Riverfront Park, West Mehring Way; 4 - 7 p.m.;


Vendors of all stripes sample and sell their goods, from local honey to honey-infused desserts, honey-inspired dishes and beeswax-based products. The day includes a slew of kid-friendly activities, observational hives, a bee tattoo contest and fun classes. Whole Foods Market Mason, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.;


Look for dads in nature during this hike for families. Also at Rentscheler Forest MetroPark (5701 Reigart Road, Fairfield Township) at 2 p.m. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or


Bring your pooch for an afternoon of doggone fun. Meet the staff from the PAWS Animal Adoption Center, watch search and rescue demos, let your dog take a swim, and enjoy live entertainment, a special Kids’ Corner and plenty of four-legged fun. Downtown Middletown, South Broad St.; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-422-7297 or

Kids ages 4 - 12 are invited to stop by for some popcorn and a movie, visit the web site to find out the title! Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Ave.; 1 - 3 p.m.; 513-473-5745 or


Joe and Jack Heffron, authors of The Local Boys: Hometown Players for the Cincinnati Reds, stop by to discuss their book, which spans the 150-year history of the Reds and takes a look at all the players who cam from Greater Cincinnati. Loveland Branch Library, 649 Loveland Madeira Road; 6 p.m.; 513-369-4476 or

Use stories and songs to learn some simple Spanish vocabulary. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or

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Fly on over to BCM for some butterfly fun, including a story and a craft designed for ages 2 - 5. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or

BEGINNING BALLROOM DANCE FOR KIDS Please see June 8 for details.

CAT IN THE HAT TRAIN RIDE Please see June 14 for details.


Come share Father’s Day in a unique way as you explore the hills by Kingfisher Creek. Outdoor exercise and nature-related fellowship are the theme for this day. Great Oaks Trail, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


In honor of Father’s Day, Dads get free admission to the Krohn’s Butterfly Show! Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 children, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or butterflyshow. com.


Bring Dad in for a special day during this annual Fishing Derby. Bring your own rod and reel. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Prizes will be awarded, and Dad gets free entry to the Petting Zoo! Jane’s Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Road, Union; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; free admission, lunch and dinner specials offered all day; 859-384-6617 or

SPOTLIGHT: Curious George Train Ride June 21, 22, 28 & 29


oin Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat for games, activities, and a “trainload” of fun! Train departs at 10 a.m., 12:45 and 3:30 p.m. June 21, 22, 28 and 29. 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

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Investigate creek critters, fabulous fossils and just splash around. Be ready to get dirty! Meet at the lower parking lot near the campsites. Governor Bebb Metropark, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 10 a.m. - 12 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


Head downtown for a special lunch that benefits Josh Cares, a nonprofit that provides companionship and comfort to children hospitalized in critical and chronic care units at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Proceeds from the event help fund the work of Josh Cares Child Life Specialists who are dedicated to the care of these children. Tickets may be purchased for $2 and redeemed for items at any of the ten participating food trucks. Fountain Square, Downtown; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $2 per ticket; 513-459-1911 or

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Ages 2 - 9 learn about staying fit through healthy eating as they explore gardening and crafts. Open to the first 20 children in attendance; please arrive 10 minutes early. Whole Foods Market Mason, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.;



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Celebrate the middle of the week with an evening concert — bring your lawn chairs, blankets and friends for a relaxing evening. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive; 7 - 9 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or


Sunrock Farm and their barnyard animals meet and greet little ones at this nature-themed program. Enjoy a pre-program from Cincinnati Children’s Outpatient NKY, and stick around for $1 snack lunches. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; free, but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-7529 or


Enjoy a brand-new skit from the Wump Mucket Puppets in a show full of songs and silliness and laughter and giggles. Bond Hill Branch Library, 1740 Langdon Farm Road; 11 a.m.; 513-369-4445 or wumpmucketpuppets. com.


You can’t eat puppets, but you can enjoy them while munching on your own picnic lunch. After an opening act, Madcap Puppets will delight the crowd with a hilarious slapstick adventure known as Twain’s Twisted Tales. The Grove Park, 9150 Winton Road; 12 - 2 p.m.; 513522-1410 or


Circus Mojo and The Goddard School of Crestview Hills present this series. Enjoy a performance from local fave, Circus Mojo, followed by a circus workshop to teach kids how to find their inner “mojo.” Stop by Kona Ice following the show, and enjoy some post-program fun with Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy! Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; 859-5257529 or


Dave Edmundson & the Ramblers take audiences down some forgotten roads and up some beautiful trails. The OK Ramblers perform traditional American music in the style of the founders of country music. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12; 859-491-4003 or


Flowers have always been a great inspiration for contemporary artists. Examine bloom-filled works by other artists and create some powerful petal paintings of your own. Then practice your poses with Modo Yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8400 or

Please see June 5 for details.

Please see June 7 for details.

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Please see June 6 for details.

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Please see Calendar opener on page 31 for details.


Bring the kids for a free screening of Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 this evening. City of Union, 1843 Mount Zion Road, Union; 8 p.m.; 859-334-2283 or


Learn basic French words through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or

ONE HOUR TRAIN RIDE Please see June 5 for details.


Suit up for this year’s annual Ohio River Paddlefest and Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo for a “boatload” of fun, including paddling clinics, a fishing tournament, live entertainment, demonstrations, a speaker series and more. The Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo takes place on June 20 from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (with FREE admission), and offers one of the Midwest’s largest outdoor environmental programs for kids. Visit all four Villages (Let’s Move, Let’s Explore, Let’s Splash, and Let’s Be Green) for hands-on activities, and a new “Get Fit Don’t Sit” program from Interact for Health, designed to teach kids about the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave.; 9:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.;


Enjoy a classic family-friendly movie this evening with the kids — Mary Poppins! Walton Park, 35 Old Stephenson Mill Road, Walton; 8 p.m.; 859-334-2283 or


Volunteer members of Dry Dredgers help identify your fossils and share information about fossil hunting. Enjoy fossil exhibits in the lobby all summer long! Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-8311711 or


Join Dry Dredgers member George Grossenbaugh for this one-hour presentation which includes geology, fossil types, collecting methods and cleaning. Please remember CNC does not permit fossil collecting on its properties. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 9:30 a.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


The Sweet and Lows, an acapella duo, bring you the sounds of the 1940s and 1950s. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Highway, Crestview Hills; 3 p.m.; 859-912-7860 or


Madcap Puppets presents this fun show full of hilarious high-jinx and slapstick fun! Creekside Stage, Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 7 p.m.; 859-334-2283 or

Bring your pillows and blankets for a family-style viewing of a kid-friendly flick, while you enjoy popcorn courtesy of the Y. Please call for time. Clermont County YMCA, 2075 James E. Sauls Sr. Drive, Batavia; 7 p.m.; 513724-9622 or

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Join friends by the outdoor pool and sing some karaoke. All ages are welcome to this family-friendly gathering. Clippard Family YMCA, 8920 Cheviot Road; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; 513-923-4466 or


Collect a Ken Griffey Jr. 500th Home Run Bobblehead this evening, as you arrive at the ballpark to cheer on the Reds! Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way; 4 p.m.; ticket prices vary, see site for details;


The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra is joined by one of the world’s most sought-after jazz trumpeters, Chris Botti, who returns to the Queen City two years after his last sold-out concert. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave.; 8 p.m.; tickets start at $20 for adults, $12.50 children for pavilion tickets, ages 17 and younger are free to the lawn; 513-381-3300 or

Please see June 8 for details.

BEGINNING BALLROOM DANCE FOR KIDS Please see June 8 for details.


This family-friendly event has been made possible thanks to a generous donation from the CMAC Memorial Fund in memory of avid angler, Chris Macarthy. Youngsters ages 12 and under who catch one of 75 tagged fish win a trophy. Every child who catches a fish receives a special certificate. River Hill Pond, Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Cleves; 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or

CURIOUS GEORGE TRAIN RIDE Please see “Spotlight” on page 38 for details.


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Stop by the Cincinnati Silver exhibit and learn more about how to make silver shine. Kelly Schulze, Associate Conservator of Objects, will be in the exhibition to talk with families about how she cares for the CAM’s silver collection. Then try your hand at polishing some silver. Cincinnati Art Museum , 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or

The Sun is today’s star attraction — learn all about the nearest stellar neighbor through programs, tours and safe viewings of sunspots and solar flares out of the Observatory’s historic telescope (weather permitting). Then enjoy a free sundae! Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 1 - 4 p.m.; $7 per person ; 513-321-5186 or


Head to the Ballpark to cheer on the Reds as they take on the Toronto Blue Jays. The first 8,000 fans ages 14 and younger can pick up a free mascot magnet! Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way; 1:10 p.m.; ticket prices vary, see site for details;


Join the fourth annual NF Walk 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. Raffles, lunch and fun activities for the kids! Registration begins at 9 a.m., the walk begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by lunch and fun from 12 - 2 p.m. Lakeside Lodge, Sharon Woods, 4661 East Kemper Road; $20 adults, $10 children;


EnterTrainment Junction’s ready to get you into the holiday spirit with a mid-year check-in with the Big Guy himself! Cool off at the North Pole and visit Santa (note: Santa takes a nap from 3 - 3:30 p.m. each day), and get in some early Christmas shopping with the “Buy two toys and get one half off” deal. Christmas in July runs daily through Aug. 1; open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon - Sat, 12 - 6 p.m. Sun. Santa visits from 12 - 6 p.m. each day. EnterTrainment Junction, Squire Court, West Chester; $9.95 - $13.95; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction. com.

Momtopia celebrates seven years of fun — enjoy comedy and juggling from Mike Hemmelgarn, plus kids can get a free photo (one per child, please) with legendary movie characters! Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.;


Bestselling author Karen White discusses and signs her book, A Long Time Gone, a novel that explores the relationship between mothers and daughters and caring for each other. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or


Circus Mojo and The Goddard School of Crestview Hills present this series. Enjoy a performance from local fave, Circus Mojo, followed by a circus workshop to teach kids how to find their inner “mojo.” Stop by Kona Ice following the show, and enjoy some post-program fun with Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy! Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; 859-5257529 or


Join other homeschooling families as children read favorite poems or ones they’ve written themselves. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2:30 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Bestselling author Jennifer Weiner discusses and signs her latest book that explores the addiction of a wife and mother who seemingly has it all. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or

FREE BIKE TIME TRIAL SERIES Please see June 4 for details.


Please see June 4 for details.


Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.

SPOTLIGHT: FREE Madcap Puppets Wednesday, June 25


ring kids of all ages to enjoy this performance of The Enchanted World from Madcap Puppets. A traveling showman must compete with a local character for the town’s attention as he tries to weave three different fairy tales together. Wyoming Recreation Center, 9940 Springfield Pike; 7 p.m. Call 513-821-5200 or visit

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Dr. Tom Sproat brings his African Skulls, and Critters in the Classroom brings their own unique finds for this morning presentation for kids of all ages. Come early for fun with the Kenton County Public Library and stick around for $1 snack lunches. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; free, but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty. org.


Crystal Clear Science and SOUNDS Like Fun introduce kids to the wonders of science. Come early for some fun with Usborne Books and stay for $1 lunches. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington; 10 a.m.; free, but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-7529 or


Nature has many stories to tell. Families are invited to join a naturalist for a nature-themed story. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

MUSIC@BCM: NIGHT OF THE LEGEND Best known for his 1982 hit “Pepsi Man,” Bobby Mackey performs traditional country music in the style of Hank Williams and Merle Haggard, and brings an energy to his live performances that has made him a local favorite for over 40 years. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12; 859-4914003 or

ONE HOUR TRAIN RIDE Please see June 5 for details.


Garnet Ferrari is used to being an outcast, what with her red hair and port-wine stains on her body. But when a group of pilgrims set up camp outside her city, convinced she is Saint Garnet, healer of skin ailments, she has to learn that her source of shame can also be her greatest strength. Meet the author and purchase a copy of the book to be signed. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.

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Summer is officially here! Celebrate with some pool party paintings and water play, then cool down with a delicious ice cream bar. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8400 or

FREE THURSDAY NIGHT CONCERT Please see June 5 for details.


Explore Sharon Creek with a naturalist to find out what lives in and along this body of water. A limited number of nets and containers will be available for use. Wear closed-toe shoes and dress appropriately. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10:30 a.m., 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Please see June 6 for details.



Madcap Puppets presents this tale of a touring showman competing against a local peddler for the audience’s attention as they each spin their fairy tales. Memorial Park, 5409 Madison Pike, Independence; 7 p.m.;


Forever Diamond presents an evening of music in a tribute to Neil Diamond. Bring snacks and your lawn chairs for this outdoor concert! Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 7 - 8:30 p.m.; 859-334-2283 or

FREE CURIOSITY SATURDAY Please see June 7 for details.

CURIOUS GEORGE TRAIN RIDE Please see June 21 for details.


Please see Calendar opener on page 31 for details.




Adam Watkins’ book, R is for Robot: A Noisy Alphabet, makes for a great story time, full of goofy noises, silly robots, and some letter lessons. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-3968960 or

Please see June 8 for details.



Join friends from Imago for nature stories, songs and other fun games. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Enjoy a free screening of Despicable Me: 2 this evening, and be sure to arrive early for fun and games for the whole family! Smale Riverfront Park, West Mehring Way; 7 - 11 p.m.;


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Stimulate your senses and explore the UnMuseum! Bring the family to create music by making your own sound sculptures and investigate your sense of touch with textured paints and collage. You can even play with scents to see just what your nose knows! Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 seniors, free ages 4 and younger); 513-345-8400 or

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Have a great time at this fun run/walk/cycle and help raise money to support a good cause — whether it’s CancerFree Kids, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the Cancer Support Community or others. After the race, stick around for a block party full of dancing, eating, and celebrating. Hyde Park, Monteith Ave.; 6:30 a.m.; registration fees vary, see site for details;


Enjoy a free evening concert with Infinity Ball! Fernbank Park, 50 Thornton Ave.; 7 - 9 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

Please see June 21 for details.

Please see Calendar opener on page 31 for details.


Celebrate the upcoming holiday with your own Fourth of July visor (no purchase necessary), then stick around to play a game of laser tag or jump in the indoor trampoline (please see site for waiver and requirements). Lazer Kraze, 1335 Donaldson Highway, Erlanger; 12 - 2 p.m.; please see site for laser tag and indoor trampoline rates; 859-371-5729 or


Celebrate National Mud Day by participating in squishy, muddy fun in the PlayScape. Prepare to get messy and have a lot of fun! Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


A specialist from the Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District leads a fun learning activity, featuring an introduction into the composition, layers and life forms in our soil. Using pudding, sprinkles, cookies and chocolate chips, kids will learn about what soil is made from and how important it is to our everyday life. Please note: Food will be distributed that could cause allergic reactions. Blue Ash Branch Library, 4911 Cooper Road; 2 p.m.; 513-369-4464 or


This environmental story is interactive as children enter into a Dr. Seuss tent with life-sized scenery and help to hang up characters and images from the story as it is being read. Presented by the Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District. Walnut Hills Branch Library, 2533 Kemper Lane; 3 p.m.; 513-369-4492 or


The mysterious Spanish beauty is both hypnotic and cruel, but when she finds herself spellbound by a soldier, her obsession spirals into something sinister. Bring the older kids in your crew to enjoy this long-time favorite among opera fans. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 7:30 p.m. June 12, 14 and 20, 3 p.m. June 22; tickets start at $25; 513-241-2742 or


The Syrian Shrine and The Scottish Rite of Cincinnati present an original musical comedy featuring a capella songs that accompany the check-in process at St. Peter’s Gate of Heaven. Suitable for the entire family. Cincinnati Masonic Center, 317 East Fifth St.; 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. June 14; $18 - $23; 513-621-2787 or


Al Lewis and Willy Clark make up a one-time vaudevillian team who, over the course of 40 years, not only grew to hate each other but refused to speak to each other off-stage throughout the final year of their act. But it’s now 1972, and the two are reuniting for a CBS special — laugh along as these two cranky actors are put in the same room for rehearsal and the shenanigans they devise during the broadcast. Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; June 19 - June 29; 513-2416550 or (please turn the page) •

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PLAN AHEAD BEHRINGER CRAWFORD MUSEUM 1600 Montague Road, Covington 859-491-4003 •

• Junior Grand Discovery Camp: Makin’ Music Ages 4 - 6 and their grandparents or other special adults will enjoy skits, music, games, crafts and good times together. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. June 11 - 12; $30 member couples, $40 nonmember couples, $15 for each additional person. A Senior Grand Discovery Camp for ages 7 - 10 will be held 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. June 17 18. • My Doll and Me: Colonial Times Girls and their American Girl dolls (or other dolls) can step back in time to learn how people lived in the past, then make a fun craft and learn a song and dance of the era. Finish it up with a “Little Lady and Doll Tea.” 10 a.m. 12 p.m. June 13; $20 members, $25 nonmembers.


10500 Montgomery Road 513-475-4500 • • Toilet Training Without the Tears Frustrated by toilet training woes? Don’t know where to begin? Try this one-hour workshop to discover if your child is ready, dealing with accidents, common mistakes and reward systems. 10 a.m. June 14; $30.


9393 Montgomery Road 513-791-1089 • • Blue Cocoon Classes Register online for classes for babies and parents including Tummytime, YogaBaby, Baby Led Weaning, DIY Babyfood, Healthy Toddler Food, Infant Massage, Miss Tisha’s MusikGarten for Babies, Momtography 101, Hypnobabies, Fit Mommies, and Dogs and Storks. Class prices range from free to $50 for a series.


These events require ADVANCED REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted.


2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton 513-867-5835 •

A valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park

• Discovery Kids: Summer Games Create and play Olympic-style games with ages 3 - 5, followed by a craft and a snack. 10:30 a.m. June 18; $3.


4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 • • Infant Massage Learn about the benefits of infant massage for both you and your baby, including improved sleep patterns, immunity, neurological development, digestion and more. 7 - 9 p.m.; $30. • FREE Working Without Weaning Listen to one breastfeeding mom’s tips on how to make the transition back to work as stress free as possible, and learn the new legal information about pumping at work and preparing your child care provider for using and storing your milk. 12:45 p.m. June 21. • Tree of Life Yoga is an ideal way for pregnant moms to increase flexibility, strength, circulation and balance. Drop in as your schedule allows. 2 p.m. June 14, 21 and 28; $10 per class. • Simplifying Breastfeeding Get some tips from a lactation consultant and other moms during this session that prepares expecting parents for breastfeeding. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. June 16; $30.

CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER AT ROWE WOODS 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 •

Daily admission for nonmembers $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 -12

• DIY Nature Smash Bandanas RSVP by June 6. Meet at the Outdoor Learning Center to decorate a bandana using natural materials. Learn a special technique to smash materials onto a bandana you can take home. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. June 15; $5 per bandana plus admission. • Firefly Fiddle Fest Grab your picnic blanket and bring your family for an evening of fun at Long Branch Farm & Trails (6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen). Enjoy live music and activities while exploring the trails, then make a purchase from the food trucks. Bring chairs and flashlights! A limited number of tickets are available. 7 - 11 p.m. June 21; $10 adults, $5 children. • Walking Sticks Meet at the Outdoor Learning Center to decorate a walking stick, then try it out on a hike. Best for ages 6 and older with a parent. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. June 28; $7 per walking stick.


2715 Reading Road 513-221-0981 • • Solar Cooking Have you ever tasted sunshine? Join a fun-filled day of solar oven construction and experimental cooking using energy from the sun. 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. June 14; $5.

• FREE These Aren’t Your Momma’s Cloth Diapers Learn about the benefits of cloth diapering for you and your baby. It’s not as messy as you think! 12:45 p.m. June 28.


• FREE Tummy to Tummy Learn about the benefits of wearing your baby and get some tips on choosing the right sling or carrier for you. 12:45 p.m. June 7.

• Little Linkers Golf Clinic Ages 6 - 9 learn pre-swing fundamentals, swing motion, balanced finish, golf fitness and more. 9 - 9:45 a.m. June 28; $15.

3054 Madison Road 513-731-2665 •


• Meet Duck and Goose Beach Party RSVP by June 20. Join a beach party with Duck and Goose to celebrate the first day of summer! Read Duck and Goose Go to the Beach, play some games and enjoy a snack. 11 a.m. June 26; $5.

All Museums Pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2

• Tween Eagles Golf Clinic Ages 10 - 14 cover tour quality setup, efficient swing motion, golf fitness, peak performance training and more. 10 - 11:15 a.m. June 11 and 18; $20.


• FREE Paul Bunyan Day In honor of this special day, all writers are invited to read the tall tale classic and then create your own tall tale. 11 a.m. June 28. • Make a Mess at the Manatee Join Miss Kelli for a good book and an art project. 10 a.m. June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; $7. • Little Yogis Join Hollie Nesbitt from Omya Studio in Northside for a yoga class just for ages 2 - 4. 10:30 a.m. June 5 and 19; $9. • Miss Meghan’s Music Join Miss Meghan to sing songs and have fun with your little ones. 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. June 12 and 26; $10.

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• Bright Ideas Ages 5 - 10 are invited to an interactive workshop featuring Pigs in the City (2:30 p.m. June 14) or an Ice Cream Party (2:30 p.m. June 28). $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission. • Explorers’ University Ages 9 - 15 explore the world of science and evolution in this afternoon workshop. 2 - 3 p.m. June 14; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission. • Sprouts Institute Bring your little ones for fun workshops with an early childhood consultant. This month, it’s all about Songs and Stories (June 2), Music in the Garden (June 16), the Joy of Art (June 9), and Music and Movement (June 23). All programs begin at 10:15 a.m. $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission.


GAMBLE NIPPERT YMCA 3159 Montana Ave. 513-661-1105 •

• FREE World’s Largest Swim Lesson Find out how you can help break the record! June 20.


2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills, KY 859-912-7860 • • • Author Signing Join an author discussion and signing with Elin Hilderbrand, author of Beautiful Day. Participants must purchase a voucher for the book and receive a line ticket for the signing. 7 p.m. June 27.


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4426 Brazee St. 513-321-0206 •

• Breakfast With Butterflies Enjoy a nice continental style breakfast while getting a sneak peek of the butterflies for the day. Unlimited admission pins not valid at this event. 8:30 - 10 a.m. June 14; $12 adults, $5 children, free ages 4 and younger

• June Family Open House Stop by to create a fun fused glass art project to hang in the SOG Kids Gallery Show: Brazee Street School of FISH! Using a variety of glass materials, then let your artwork hang in the gallery all summer long. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. June 7, 14, 21 and 28; $15 per fish.

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“Where Every Family Matters.”


10174 Loveland-Madeira Road 513-521-7275 •

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

• Great Parks Backyard Campout Families can camp in the park and connect with nature — free primitive camping sites will be available via advanced registration. Events begin at 6 p.m. 3 p.m. June 20 10 a.m. June 21.


1335 Donaldson Hwy., Erlanger 859-371-KRAZ (5729) 7082 Columbia Road, Mason 513-339-1030 • Father’s Day at Lazer Kraze Dad will have a blast playing free laser tag or jumping in the indoor trampoline park. Dads must be accompanied by their own child that has a paid ticket for the same activity. All jumpers must be at least 4 years old and have a signed waiver from their parent or legal guardian. Those wearing less than a size two shoe, please bring a clean pair of tennis shoes for approval for jumping (all need socks for the trampoline). Laser tag is open to anyone big enough to wear their own vest. 12 - 8 p.m. June 15.


These events require ADVANCED REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted.

and get back to basics with the whole family for an afternoon adventure in the great outdoors. Enjoy tons of activities and amenities, including a lake front aqua park with giant waterslide, climbing wall, ropes course, zip line, canoeing, kayaking, arts and crafts, sports, a s’mores cookout and much more! The event is open to families in the Jewish community with children 12 and younger. Grandparents are welcome! Shalom Family is an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation, in partnership with the Mayerson JCC. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 8. • 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 22. Dates subject to change, please call to confirm.


11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-7275 •

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park


• Solar Cooking RSVP by June 12. Learn about the sun before building a solar oven to bake a delicious treat. 2 p.m. June 15; $6 per family.

• Better Babysitters Would your child know what to do in an emergency while babysitting little ones? Sign them up for this class to get a grounding in topics like CPR for a child and infant, basic first aid, and appropriate toys and activities for kids. A policeman and fireman will also attend the class. 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. June 17 and 19; $80.


7500 Oakbrook Drive, Florence 859-371-5227 •

• Lab Chess and Lego Club Learn to play chess or just practice your skills! 1 - 3 p.m. June 11; $5.


9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) •

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

• Moon Over Miami Whitewater Forest RSVP by June 11. From werewolves to lunacy, the moon is a source of fascination and folklore - learn some of the myths and facts about the moon and explore it through a telescope. 8 p.m. June 13; $6.

9797 Montgomery Road, Ste. F 513-873-4561 • • Father’s Day Keychain Class Ages 6 - 8 can show their love for Dad by making him a keychain from scratch with their own hand-stamped personalized message on it. 1 - 2:30 p.m. June 7; $15. • Make a Tie Bar or Money Clip for Dad Ages 6 - 8 make a personalized tie bar or money clip for Dad at this hand-stamping jewelry studio. 1 - 2:30 p.m. June 1 and 8; $15.

VOICE OF AMERICA METROPARK 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 or

A valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park

• Discovery Kids: Summer Games Create and play Olympic-style games with ages 3 - 5, followed by a craft and a snack. 1 p.m. June 19; $3.



• Growing Up Wild Mini-Camp RSVP by June 7. Ages 6 - 12 can enjoy a day in the park learning new survival skills, like shelter building, tracking and more. Lunch is provided. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. June 13; $6.

• FREE Gluten Sensitive Store Tour Learn how to shop to avoid gluten with a Healthy Eating Specialist, and receive a free goodie bag. 7 p.m. June 2.

5701 Riegart Road, Hamilton 513-867-5835 •

SHALOM FAMILY • FREE One-Day Sunday, Family Fun Day at Camp Livingston Shalom Family and Mayerson JCC invite families in the Jewish community to a day at Camp Livingston, located less than two hours away in Bennington, IN! Ditch the distractions of everyday life

5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason 513-398-9358 • stores/mason

• FREE New Customer Store Tour Learn the ropes of shopping on a budget at Whole Foods Market with a Healthy Eating Specialist, and receive a free goodie bag. 4 p.m. June 9. • 14-Day Summer Shape-Up Raw Food Challenge Swimsuit season is here, so take this time to learn more about healthy eating, especially with nutrientdense raw foods. This 14-day immersion program •

includes shopping lists, raw food education, recipes, a good bag and samples. 7 p.m. June 9, 16 and 23; $15. • Kids Wellness Camp Ages 3 - 6 are invited to create delicious recipes, play in the dirt with gardening and compost, learn about healthy foods, and try different types of exercise. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. June 23 - 26; $30.


10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) •

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

• Barnyard Bonanza: Pen Pals RSVP by June 8. Get a close look at some of the animals at Parky’s Playbarn to learn what farm animals provide for people. Optional package includes time for the Playbarn and a wagon ride. 9 and 10 a.m. June 10, 9 a.m. June 12; $2 for the program, $6 per child, $4 per adult for package. • Barnyard Bonanza: Fishing Fever RSVP by June 11. Go fishing at the catch-and-release pond and see what is splashing around. Optional package includes time for the Playbarn and a wagon ride. 9 a.m. June 13 and 25; $2 for the program, $6 per child, $4 per adult for the package. • Father/Child Classic RSVP by June 11. Fathers and their little golfers can enjoy a nine-hole event today. Children must be 17 years old or younger. 8 a.m. June 14; $35 per team. • Barnyard Bonanza: Meet the Farmer RSVP by June 15. Meet the farmer and learn how he cares for livestock at Parky’s Farm. Optional package includes time for the Playbarn and a wagon ride. 9 a.m. June 17 and 19; $2 for the program, $6 per child, $4 per adult for the package. • Barnyard Bonanza: Pretty Pony RSVP by June 22. Brush and decorate a real pony and learn how to care for it. Optional package includes time for the Playbarn and a wagon ride. 9 .m. June 24 and 26; $2 for the program, $6 per child, $4 per adult for the package.


Held at Clough United Methodist Church’s Kitchen, 2120 Wolfangel Road 513-739-9516 • • Cooking Classes Explore Hispanic cuisine and become your family’s International Chef in this cooking class that features a fun menu full of breakfast items, beverages and desserts. Space is limited to 15 children per session. 5:30- 7:30 p.m. June 3, 10, 17 and July 1; $56.

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Pleasent Ridge Presbyterian Nursery School Enrichment classes for infants and toddlers to enjoy with a parent or caregiver. Each session includes facilitated play, music & movement, art explorations and informal parenting discussions.

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Kidz Home Alone, Better Baby Sitters classes along with Empowering Girls with Confidence classes. Complete within one week. Classes offered in Mason, West Chester, Anderson, Oak Hills, NKY, Dayton, Terrace Park, Miami Township, Evendale and Fairfax

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Enroll today in our group music classes for infants, toddlers and preschoolers now located in Loveland Music Academy in historic downtown Loveland! Space is limited.

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