Cincinnati Family magazine June 2022

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JUNE 2022


Throw Your Child a Fab Party! THINGS TO DO!


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Your next birthday bash will be a great success — it's all in the planning.





Editor's Note Birthday party dilemmas — solved!


"June is busting out all over, all over the meadow and the hill!"

Feedback Win one of two party package from the Florence Y'alls, plus readers report on birthday party issues they've faced.

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19 Summer events galore in our award-winning Things to Do family calendar!

Cincinnati News Take the kids along the next time you're heading out to one of these breweries or local hot spots.

Health What happens when a child with a food allergy shows up at your child's party? Plus: how to help a child with a food allergy learn to advocate for himself.


12 Birthday Party Troubleshooter! Make your child's day special and tear-free by anticipating what can possibly go wrong when it comes to invites, games, food, favors and more.

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Birthday Party Dilemmas, Solved


fter a long day of decorating, cooking and overseeing my kids’ birthday party, it’s always delightful to hear, “Wow, Amanda! What a great birthday party, as always! You throw the best parties!” I’m surprised when I hear this because through my eyes, that one thing that went wrong is chugging like a freight train in circles around my brain. That one little thing shifted my focus away from all the good things, including my kids. I think, If only I would have done blah blah blah. I look back, and it wasn’t all that bad. In the end, my kids did have fun, but I also felt like I missed out on some important moments with them. I’ve tried baking the cake and ordering the cake; mailing out invitations and sending evite invitations; organizing games and leaving games out. I bounce back and forth, trying to find the solution to creating that “just right” party, but I can’t make up my mind. Venue or at my house? Should I invite both family and friends or have a separate party for each? No matter which route I take, there always seems to be one tiny thing that goes amiss: the pinata broke too soon; a game went slightly wrong; I didn’t have enough party favors; or a kid started crying. Every party and age will be different, so there isn’t always a “right” way. It will change depending on your kids’ age, how busy life is at the moment, the weather and more. So I’ve learned it's best to plan a party for my family's and birthday star's needs. I made an educated decision to try and simplify things and focus on the most important aspect of the big day — my kids. Once I shifted my mind and “let go” of trying to do too much, do it all, or try and keep everything organized, I focused on my birthday kids more than ever. That is why I relate so much to the “Birthday Party Troubleshooter” article on page 12. Not only do I relate to it, I learned from it through research and talking with other parents who have been in similar situations to me. I was awestruck by some of the feedback I received from our readers about birthday party disasters and birthday party successes. We are all tossing the same ideas around in our heads and trying to make the party just right. These days, there is so much pressure with party etiquette and aspiring to make it all Pinterest perfect. Honestly, the best parties are the ones you don’t overthink. They are the parties held under a park gazebo with the closest friends and families gathered around. They are the parties with less games and more play. The party does not need to be perfect, but you can avoid big disasters and stress on you and the birthday kid. Ask your kid what they want to do. They don’t really care about the fancy cake and hors d'oeuvres. They are just excited for their big day. The best piece of advice I took away from the “Birthday Party Troubleshooter” article was to let the party go naturally. Don’t try and control everything, because you can’t. Also remember to try and put less on your shoulders so you can actually enjoy your kid on their big day.

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What "party fails" have happened at your kids' birthday parties you have thrown? “Booked a birthday party at an indoor swimming pool for my daughter’s January birthday. One hour before the party started, someone pooped in the pool and it had to be closed for the rest of the day for cleaning."



Merideth Robinson Burton “We threw a hotel birthday party one time and I had booked the wrong date! Another time, another hotel party: the manager said we could have a party, but didn’t inform us people having parties could not use the pool. That was fun."

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“We planned an outdoor party at a farm and that day we had a down pour.'" Glyn Mandy Shockley “I'm usually late to my own parties." Tamara L. Cook “Had a small pool party for my young daughter, three cousins and her best friend in the world at the time. Her best friend up the street came down 20 minutes late (my daughter upset she might not make it). She was towing her three younger siblings with her. Her parents wouldn’t allow her to come unless they were invited, too. Not enough life jackets or too small for flotations, so … to save my daughter’s day, my sister-in-law and I got in and held the smallest two on rafts for two hours. Lesson learned, but her party day was very happy for her!" Brenda Huffman Ashcraft “My husband's family brought extra kids with them and didn't ask to. Didn't have enough goodie bags and prizes, so we didn't do them." Natasha Greber

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n general, says Lizzie Post, great-great-grandaughter of Emily Post and co-author of Emily Post's Etiquette, 19th Edition (William Morrow; 2017). It’s expected for a parent or caregiver to stick around during parties for infants and toddlers, even through preschool. After that, Post suggests asking the host what they prefer. If you have siblings to deal with, it’s inappropriate to ask if you can bring them along. Try to make other arrangements, or call the hosts and ask if they would be OK with you dropping your child off instead of staying. That also allows them to say, “Why don’t you bring the whole family?” Even if you’d only be bringing a newborn in a baby sling, Post says it’s still proper to call the host ahead of time to give her a heads up.

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elebrating a grownup's birthday or just looking for a familyfriendly venue?

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HOFBRAUHAUS 200 East Third St., Newport, KY 859-491-7200 Indoor and outdoor dining available. FIFTY WEST BREWING COMPANY 7668 Wooster Pike Cincinnati, OH | 513-834-8789 Kids can play in the sand and enjoy playing cornhole, too.

FOWLING WAREHOUSE 2940 Highland Ave., Cincinnati, OH 513-900- 0959 Football meets bowling. Plus, Fowling offers Family Funday every Sunday. MADTREE BREWING 3301 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH | 513-836-8733 Indoor and outdoor areas available; cornhole and foosball.

BLUE ASH SUMMIT PARK 4335 Glendale Milford Road Blue Ash, OH | 513-745-8644 New this month, Summit Park offers a designated outdoor refreshment area.

NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY | 859-291-0550 Attractions for the family including Bridgeview Box Park, Rotolo and Velocity Esports.

BIRCUS BREWING CO. 322 Elm St., Ludlow, KY | 859-740-3118 Families can see Saturday and Sunday circus matinee shows.

RHINEGEIST BREWERY 1910 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH | 513-381-1367 Adults can grab a beverage and everyone can enjoy ping pong and board games.

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health Throwing a birthday party for your kid is all fun and games until someone shows up with a food allergy. Here is how to turn that sticky situation around. By Amanda Hayward

Food Allergies + Birthdays A

kid shows up at the birthday party with a food allergy — sounds like the beginning of a knock-knock joke, right? In all seriousness, this really can happen. It happened to me, and even worse, I wasn’t prepared for it. What would this dairyfree kiddo eat when I had a smorgasbord of pizza, cheese, cake and ice cream? Luckily, the kid came prepared and knew exactly what to do. He had his dairy-free treat tucked away in our freezer for later, and he patiently picked through the snacks he was allowed to munch on. But what if he wasn’t self-sufficient? What if neither of us knew what to do? This is where communication with the parents of the food-allergy kid and the party host or hostess comes into play. According to Sandy Durrani, M.D., associate professor, UC Department of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus, it is very important for the party host to engage with the parent of a child with a food allergy (FA) on those very questions. Talk with the parents ahead to review the planned menu and activities you will be planning throughout the day. “The parent should guide the host on what steps to take to ensure everyone’s safety,” Durrani explains. “For example, if cake is being served and the child has a milk allergy, it is important to discuss with the parent how they want to handle things if the cake contains milk.” Some of these options include the FA kid avoiding the cake and bringing along a doctorapproved treat so he can still get in on the fun. The FA parent can bring an allergy-friendly

cake, for example, or you both can work together on having menu items that work for the FA kid. “The parent can guide based on multiple factors (child’s developmental age, food/ snacks being served, etc.) on how to handle food,” he says. Food isn’t always the only allergen to look out for. Some arts and crafts, such as PlayDoh, contain wheat which can cause allergic reactions depending on the kid’s allergies. Communicate with parents beforehand and ask if any of the kids have allergies, and plan from there.

Common Food Allergies The most common food allergies in kids to be aware of are milk, peanut, egg, tree nut, wheat, soy, fish/shellfish and sesame allergies. If a kid had a mild reaction once, don’t let your guard down — it can happen again and possibly worse, according to Durrani. “Each reaction can vary in severity, but life-threatening reactions can occur to anyone with a food allergy even if they have not had one before,” he says. “A common misconception is that just because one has had a mild reaction previously, the next reaction will be mild.” The severity of the reaction depends on dose, method of preparation of the food, cofactors such as exercise, illness and more, Durrani explains. Being prepared for the worst is better than assuming you are in the clear.

Plan of Action

kids with food allergies at the party, ask around and see if any parents have what is called, an anaphylaxis action plan (epinephrine autoinjectors, at least two is generally recommended) available and see if someone at the party is trained to handle reactions, suggests Durrani. “While everyone does their best to avoid accidents, accidents and reactions still do occur,” he says. If a kid has a mild reaction, it can be treated with antihistamines. The person at the party who is trained to recognize and treat allergic reactions can take action and use the anaphylaxis. “Epinephrine should be given, and it is very important that the child be placed in a lying position with legs up or on their sides if having gastrointestinal symptoms,” says Durrani. “The rationale for this is, we do not want kids having a reaction to be sitting up or standing if their blood pressure is an issue, plus running around could worsen the reaction.” Having someone at the party who is trained to handle this sort of reaction isn’t always realistic, so in general, call an EMS especially if the reactions are severe.

Turn the page to learn about helping kids advocate for themselves if they have a food allergy.

So how can you be prepared? If you have

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Kids and Self-Sufficiency with Food Allergies


It’s a challenging yet doable road ahead: Educate your child on basic knowledge and emergency procedures early on to help them be confident and independent individuals.

f your child has a food allergy, teaching her self-sufficiency is important to her confidence and safety in the long run. Empowering your kids will make birthday parties and all situations easier and easier to accept. “Empower the child – remind them they don’t have to eat anything if offered,” says Durrani. “There is no shame in not taking any risks. There are plenty of activities at a party that they will still enjoy.”

Taking Control Start them early. Kids are sponges and want to grow up earlier than we want them to, unfortunately. So teaching them self-sufficiency earlier than later is not only beneficial to them, but letting go and trusting them will also relieve stress for you. You will be surprised at how well your kids will handle a situation all on their own. Be Prepared for Anything Depending on your kid’s food allergy, where the food is being prepared, outside food being brought in, cakes, ice creams, pizza and chocolates/candies tend to be at higher risk for reactions in the common food allergies like peanut, tree nut, milk and egg, says Durrani. Discussing all scenarios with your kid is vital to their health. They need to be aware of what foods are safe, which are not, and what they should do if it’s offered to them.

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“I always recommend to someone without allergies (or anyone for that matter) to be open about your lack of knowledge and to be nonjudgmental,” he continues. “It is very hard sometimes for parents and children with FA to navigate what should be wonderful moments in a child’s life - like their friend’s birthday party - without feeling ostracized. Work with the parent on how they feel their child would.” Teach Fun and Responsibility Do have a great experience in the activities you have together, but also ensure safety at the same time. Before dropping him off at his first birthday party, it’s important you call the parents ahead of time to make them aware of your kid’s food allergy. Also ask if there is someone available and capable of handling reactions and epinephrine autoinjectors. “I think for quality of life, it is important to remind the child that even if they have a reaction, they are safe as there is epinephrine available and someone is there to take care of them,” says Durrani. “They also can have a caretaker call Mom or Dad immediately if they have questions or if they are having a reaction. If the child is older, they can be trained in recognizing and treating reactions.” Cover the Basics Covering the basics is a good way to begin teaching your kids about food allergies so you don’t overwhelm them: don’t share food; don’t

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share utensils; wash your hands before and after eating; and alert a parent immediately if they think they are having a reaction. You as the FA parent are the true expert, emphasizes Durrani. Parents of the birthday kid should offer to let you help supervise, review the menu and activities and be open to questions on what to do if there is a reaction. This is why it is important to talk to the parents well in advance so that you have time to go over your kids’ needs - it is your kid and their life can depend on it. “If it is at a restaurant or Chuck E. Cheesetype facility, engage the parent on how to handle cross-contamination risk at those facilities especially if food is being prepared there.” Before teaching your kids to avoid reactions and be safe, you should first learn yourself over the course of time. Kids are quick to pick up on any anxiety that you feel. To reduce your own anxiety, become well-informed on the subject of allergies and don’t hold back. Ask the parent to bring an auto-injector trainer and teach you how to administer it if they drop the child off, for example. Your kids will see that and learn straight from the source — you. Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication and a mom of three.

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Birthday Party TROUBLESHOOTING It’s inevitable! Not every birthday party will be picture perfect. But before you send out those invitations, read on for tips on avoiding major mishaps and keeping the birthday kid happy.


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some of these disasters in the future. Many problems begin to arise during the

Ready? Let’s troubleshoot!

Invitation Dilemma Do you invite both friends and family or have a separate party for each? Do you send out the invites digitally or by mail? What about school friends?

Drop-off and Pick-up Dilemma Should you stay or should you go? This is always the question when your kids reach the comfortable and acceptable drop-off age, or over 5 or 6 years old.

TROUBLESHOOT! Party planning and digital invitations go hand-in-hand. However, no matter how high-tech this world gets, we sometimes like to stick with the oldfashioned way of doing things. It’s always tough deciding if you should send out physical party invitations by mail, e-mail, Facebook or evite. It’s not rude to send out a quick evite, but there are benefits to both. Start here: if you have a kiddo who is old enough to write or care about their invitations, ask him how he would like to do it. Yes, evites — or creating events on Facebook — is a time and money saver, but your kid may want to help write out, choose and put stamps on invitations which will save some time and make them feel part of the planning process. Whichever way you go, all options are good and appropriate. Separating a family party and friend party at your home can avoid an overwhelming and overcrowded house. However, again, it’s up to you and renting out a venue is always an option if you can’t accommodate everyone. Having friend-only parties let’s you just focus on the kids. When it comes to inviting school friends, know you are not obligated to invite the entire classroom; some schools won’t allow that anyway. For a general guideline, try following the “age plus one” rule. For example, a party for a 4-year-old should have five attendees.

TROUBLESHOOT! Your troubleshooter begins simply with parent-to-parent communication. If you are the one throwing the party and you would rather have the adults stick around, mention this in the invitation right from the get-go. Otherwise, you may be disappointed when a handful of parents drop off their littles and run out. This will save you lots of time, money and worry. If you are the one unsure whether to drop-off, the solution is ask! No one would be offended by you double checking. You can say, “Is it OK if I stick around for the party? I would love to help out!” or “Is this a drop-off kind of party? Unfortunately, I won’t be able to stay!” Easy as that to avoid any awkward misunderstandings.

Game Planning Dilemma Which games should you have, if any at all? You didn’t plan out enough games and you can’t decide whether you should include competitive prizes or not. The last thing you want are kids fighting over the pinata or a child crying over prizes. TROUBLESHOOT! First, keep the age of the birthday kid in mind when planning games. You don’t want too many, which can be overwhelming for everyone; and too little may cause boredom if there isn’t a main attraction at the party to keep their attention. One way to plan your games is to keep them simple and quick. Another way is to have some extra games, crafts or activities tucked away in case the kids go through the first two or three games quickly. Next, don’t get wrapped up in making sure every single game is played; the party will naturally pan out and a lot of times, kids wind up having a good time simply by playing with each other.

Cake-and-Ice Cream Trouble Choosing flavors to please the crowd can be challenging, especially when you don’t know if the majority likes chocolate or vanilla. Chocolate cake and vanilla cupcakes? Or vanilla cake and small chocolate cake on top? Decisions, decisions. What do you do? TROUBLESHOOT! Kids can be picky eaters, especially toddlers. So, opt for the simple chocolate cake with vanilla frosting versus the strawberry filled, strong-tasting cakes. For ages 4 and younger, a simple vanilla or funfetti cake recipe is quite the winner; and for older kids, ask them what they like! Does your kid care if you make the cake or have it made? No. They don’t. Even though the “guilt” lies on your shoulders, know that no matter where the cake comes from, it came from the heart. Sure the cake is important, but if it causes you stress spending hours slaving over a hot stove the day before the party, let someone else take that off your plate so you can spend those extra hours doing what you’re meant to do: celebrating your kids’ birthday. They will only be that age one time - remember that. Presents: To OPEN OR NOT? Everything seems to be going smoothly and the kids are playing great. Should you interrupt and announce the present opening or wait until everyone leaves? TROUBLESHOOT! Opening gifts at the party is a good chance for your child to practice being a gracious host. However, some kids (and parents) don’t enjoy being in the spotlight. So if this is the case, check with what they want to do. Either way, it is totally appropriate to open presents at the party or later when everyone leaves.

Although guest love watching their friend’s face glow when they open their gift, they are always a phone call, text or even a “Thank You” card away. Discuss with your little ones beforehand about saying, “Thank you,” if they do open their gifts in front of friends and family. Worried about kids getting angry or breaking your kids’ brandnew, opened toys? Set some structure; ask the kids to all sit around your kid, giving them plenty of space to open gifts. Be sure to explain to your birthday kid before the party about playing with their gifts after everyone leaves. This will avoid birthday cries and an angry you. The Party Favor Dilemma Party favors may be tiny and harmless, but they can add up to a BIG expense to an already pricy day. Someone shows up to the party with extra siblings, do you or don’t you have extra party favors when this happens? When do you hand them out? TROUBLESHOOT! Kids are easy to please — remember this when choosing your party favor items. But should you have extra party favors for the guests who bring along extra little family members? This is entirely up to you and your budget, but to avoid this, check in with guests and ask if they plan on bringing extra guests so you can get a complete head count. You are not being pushy, only trying to plan for food, party favors and games. If you are the family wondering if you can bring along the baby or other siblings, politely ask the host if you can bring them along. If not, then arrange for a sitter for the extra kiddos. Knowing when to hand out the party favors is key, too. Handing them out at the end of the party is ideal, otherwise, tiny toys and candy may end up all over the living room (and elsewhere) or get mixed up with the other kids’ party bags. If they are necessary for the party, such as towels and flip-flops, have a permanent marker handy to mark all of the kids’ items or ask their parents to do it if they plan on sticking around. Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication and a mom of three.

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Offering Overnight and Day Camp from Jun. 12 - Aug. 13 for campers ages 6 - 15. Campers stay in cabins with top notch counselors and enjoy the lake, ropes course and activities like archery, team building and biking. Ranch camps available for horse lovers ages 7 - 15. Call or visit our website for full details.

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Enjoy a variety of themes for ages 7 - 18. Focus on music, dance, drama, or all three. All levels welcome. Camps run weekly from May 31 – Jul. 1, from 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. AcademyLive! Summer Camp: Disney’s Winnie the Pooh KIDS. Performances Jun. 10, 17, 24, and July 1.

Week-long camps are offered Jun. 1 - Aug. 13 for campers ages 5 - 15. Your child will grow confident, make friends and create amazing memories by being included in all the fun. Campers rotate with a small group visiting the swimming pool, S.T.E.M. activities, group games and more. 11 Camp Sites serving Anderson, Batavia, Blue Ash, Burlington, Colerain, Ft. Thomas, Hillsboro, Springfield Township, West End, and Western Hills.

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BAKER HUNT 620 Greenup Street Covington, KY 859-431-0020 | Baker Hunt offers art and cooking classes for ages 7 - 15. Camps are Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. in June and July. Topics range from space, comic books, animals, and more! Are you purchasing more than one camp? Use code YCAMPS22 to save $25 on each camp. BRAIN BALANCE 12084 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati 800-877-5500 | Help Your Child Reach Their Potential. Our program focuses on helping kids overcome their challenges by improving their cognitive performance. Brain Balance is like exercise but for the brain. Where exercise builds muscles, the Brain Balance Program helps kids build information pathways in the brain. We offer ongoing enrollment and summer bridge programs. BUCKNER MARTIAL ARTS 8216 Highland Pointe Drive, West Chester 513-779-2413 | Voted one the best martial arts studios in Cincinnati, we combine defense skills with personal development. Students progress quickly while learning leadership and strong values under the teaching of master instructors. Free uniform with class sign-up. CAMP AT THE J 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati 513-722-7245 | Presenting Camp at the J – voted Cincinnati’s Best Day Camp in the 2020 Best of Parenting poll! We cannot wait for another magical summer filled with memories and friendships that last a lifetime. Give your child a summer to remember at Camp at the J! Activities include archery, sports, arts and crafts, drama, music, Israeli culture, and swimming. Jun. 13 - Aug. 12. 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (extended care available). Grades K - 10.

CHILDREN’S MEETING HOUSE 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 | Visit our website to see all the camps we are offering this year. Our camps offer a variety of arts, crafts, nature, science, drama, and fun activities for children ages 3 - 12 on our beautiful 7+ acre campus. Camps are led by experienced CMH staff who are eager to share their passion for learning and having fun with our campers. Reserve your space NOW!

GREAT PARKS OF HAMILTON COUNTY 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati 513-521-7275 Great Parks of Hamilton County Day Camps are a break from school, not from learning! The camps keep kids active, healthy and focused while enjoying the great outdoors. Children ages 2 - 17 can explore nature through hands-on activities, hikes, games, crafts and much more with these full and half-day camps. Offerings include two-day to week-long nature, adventure, farm, fishing, golf and horse camps. HANDS ON ROBOTICS 525 Scott St, Covington, KY Robots, architecture, engineering, and even athletics! Welcome to the Hands-On Robotics Academy. This camp will take place at the Covington Classical academy for one week. You must pre-register. This camp session runs Jul. 18 - 22, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. MASON DANCE CENTER 600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353 | We provide an opportunity for anyone ages 3 - adult to discover the joys of dance. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes. We offer summer and mini-camps!.

MCGING IRISH DANERS 8962 Blue Ash Road, Cincinnati 513-891-6066 | Join us for one of our ever-popular Summer Try It Out Camps! Dancers will learn the basics of Irish Dance, participate in a daily craft activity, enjoy some tasty snacks and have tons of fun while making new friends! Children ages 4 - 10 are welcome and dancers will be grouped by age when applicable. Register today. SNAPOLOGY 513-988-7363 We are the premier partner for STEAM programs, offering year-round programs in schools, community facilities, local businesses and homes. Kids have so much fun in our programs that they don’t even realize they’re learning! Offering a variety of half- and full-day STEAM-based summer camps. Camp themes include: Scientists/Jr. Scientists; Engineers/Jr. Engineers; Stop Motion Animation; Robotics/Jr. Robotics; Video Game Design; Brick Art & Design; Mining & Building; Ninjas and more!

CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati 513-721-2787 | The Cincinnati Art Museum is the place for summer fun and creativity. Jump into art with eight weeks of exciting projects, gallery games and more! Explore a different theme each week with activities taught by skilled museum educators. Themes include Earth Encounters, Make It Mini, Paint Party, Inspiration and Imagination, Geek Out, Art Lab, Decorate It, and Creepy Creations. Convenient before- and after-care available. Member discount available. Camps run Jun. 13 - Aug. 12. Ages 6 - 12. Camps will follow all CDC and Ohio guidelines for COVID-19 prevention. CODE NINJAS – ANDERSON TWP 7426 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati 513-233-2633 Transform your child’s love for technology into an exciting learning adventure. Guided by our team of Code Senseis, Code Ninjas Camps empower kids to gain valuable tech skills and make new friends. It’s an unforgettably fun learning experience! This year we will be offering week-long summer camps. We will offer different sessions each week featuring some of the most popular games/ activities among kids. Camp themes will include Minecraft, Roblox, YouTube, Legos, 3D printing and more. CODE NINJAS – GREEN TWP 6507 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati 513-878-1338 Unleash your child’s inner Ninja! Transform your child’s love for technology into an exciting learning adventure. Guided by our team of Code Senseis, Code Ninjas Camps empower kids to gain valuable tech skills and make new friends. Our camps offer an immersive environment for kids to explore and develop new skills, gain confidence, and have fun with friends. From coding and game building, to STEM and robotics - it’s an unforgettable experience!

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STAR GLAZERS 513-474-6364 | Paint pottery at your location. Pottery experts will bring all the supplies and offer booklets and ideas for your masterpiece. Pricing includes the cost of supplies, glazing and firing. No mess! TAFT MUSEUM OF ART 316 Pike St., Cincinnati 513-241-0313 Our small classes and hands-on activities with experienced teachers will make this a summer of fun. Campers will enjoy painting, sculpting, drawing, and a hybrid of experiences thanks to the great art the Cincinnati area has to offer including right here at the Taft.

WEST CHESTER ACADEMY MUSIC, DANCE, ACTING AND GYMNASTICS 8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester 513-829-2345 | From a child’s very first lesson to the experienced adult, West Chester Academy has something for everyone in music, dance, acting, and gymnastics. Located in West Chester, we specialize in beginners of all ages and offer training through pre-professional levels. We also have camps for all ages.

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A Voice for Northern Kentucky Families Northern Kentucky CAC’s Head Start prepares children for academic success with Center-Based, Home-Based, and Early Head Start Services. Head Start provides quality preschool education for children ages 0 to 5. Combining Early Head Start Services and resources with traditional childcare and family childcare settings creates opportunities to improve outcomes for infants, toddlers, and their families.

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elp to shine a light on the importance of swim lessons for all children. The 23rd World’s Largest Swimming

Lesson event at Coney Island will let your family be apart of the largest world-wide lesson on June 23. Registration begins at 12 p.m. and the event is from 1 - 1:30 p.m. Included free with the cost of daily admission. Coney Island Park, 6201 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, Oh. For more information, call 513-232-8230 or To learn more about the World’s Largest Swim Lesson, visit

NOTEABLES Strawberry Days ............... 22 To Kill a Mockingbird ......................... 22 Great Parks’ Float-In Movies ................ 22 The Masked Singer National Tour ............ 25 Italianfest .......... 25 Jurassic Jungle ..................... 25 MLK Park Family Fun Days ....................... 26 Laurel Park Family Fun Days ...................... 28

The World’s Largest Swim Lesson (June 23), helps aquatic facilities and regional, state and national water safety and drowning prevention organizations work together to bring awareness to the importance of swim lessons in the prevention of drowning.

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wed 1

FREE A TREASURY OF DECORATIVE PAINTING AND ART EVENT An exhibition with a variety of mediums. Fairfield Community Art Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 513405-6100 or FREE BLUE ASH FARMERS MARKET Produce and more. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; Wednesdays, 3:30 - 7 p.m.; residents/farmers_market.php. BUTTERFLIES OF THE NILE: KROHN BUTTERFLY SHOW Be surrounded by butterflies. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; daily through June 19, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; see website for ticket information; 513-421-4086 or cincinnatiparks. com/krohn. FREE HUMP DAY CONCERT SERIES Live music and concessions. Valid vehicle permit required; Voice of America MetroPark, Ronald Reagan Lodge, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; Wednesdays in June, 7 - 9 p.m.; 513-867-5835 or PYRAMID HILL SUMMER SERIES FOR KIDS The activity this week is yoga. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; 12 - 1 p.m.; $5 per student, $10 general admission for adults; 513-8688336 or STRAWBERRY DAYS A festival with a bounce pad, farm games and more. The weekend brings live music, food trucks and a Beer Garden. Tickets online only: $14.95 weekend, $10.95 weekday, free for ages 2 and younger; 20 june 2022

FREE SUMMIT PARK YOGA Family-friendly yoga class on the Great Lawn for all ages. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; 5:30 6:30 p.m.; summitparkblueash. com. TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD All rise for the national tour. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m., additional showtimes online; tickets start at $36; 513-621-2787 or FREE WASHINGTON PARK SUMMER CINEMA Children ages 7 - 17 can learn how to climb, drop and more. Ludlow Theatre, 322 Elm St., Ludlow; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $20; 859-740-3118 or recurring-events. FREE YOGA ON THE LEVEE Weekly yoga classes for all skill levels. Newport On the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport; 6 - 7 p.m.; 859-291-0550 or

thu 2 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. Nationals. “Lou Gehrig Day.” 6:40 p.m. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; ballpark for tickets. FREE JOSEPH-BETH KIDS STORY TIME Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m.; 513-396-8960 or FREE MOVIES IN THE PARK Family-friendly activities and food trucks at 6 p.m. Encanto, begins at 7 p.m. Village Green Park, 301 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 6 p.m.; fairfieldparks. FREE ROCKIN’ THE ROEBLING Thursday concerts; 124 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati; 6 - 10 p.m.; 513-357-2604 or

FREE SMALE FAMILY FUN DAYS Ice cream, face painting, puppet shows and more. Schmidlapp Event Lawn, 124 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 513-861-0023 or programs. SPANISH AT LILYPAD PLAY (register) An immersive language class for ages 2 - 5 years old. LilyPad Play, 2008 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 11 - 11:30 a.m.; $15 per class; 513-321-1379 or

fri 3 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. Nationals. “Fireworks Friday” 6:40 p.m. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; mlb. com/reds/ballpark for tickets. FLORENCE Y’ALLS “Fireworks Friday.” Thomas More Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, KY; 7:03 p.m.; tickets start at $11; 859-594-4487 or ACOUSTIC JAM (register) Sing and dance with live music. Ages newborn - 6. LilyPad Play, 2008 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:15 a.m.; $15 per class; 513-321-1379 or GREAT PARKS FLOAT-IN MOVIE Watch Jungle Cruise from a rowboat; refreshments for purchase. Winton Woods Harbor, 10245 Winton Road; 9:30 p.m.; rent boats online for up to four people; vehicle permit required for park entry; REVOLUTION DANCE PRESENTS: SOUL – A CELEBRATION OF BLACK MUSIC Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati; 8 p.m.; $30; 513-6212787 or SUMMERFAIR More than 300 artists’ works, live music, gourmet food. Coney

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Island, 7850 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati; June 3: 12 - 7 p.m., June 4: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., June 5: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $10 or $15 three-day pass; 513-531-0050 or

sat 4 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. Nationals. “Super Saturday.” 4:10 p.m. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; ballpark for tickets. BREAKFAST WITH THE ANIMALS (register) Eat at the Base Camp Café and tour and chat about lions and tortoises. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; 7 - 9 a.m.; $122 a person; FREE CABVI FUN FEST 2022 Live music, carnival games, carnival food. The cornhole tournament ($50 per team to register) will raise funds for vision loss. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati; 1 - 5 p.m.; 513-222-8558 or FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES Families take a docent-led tour of the CAM. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 2 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or FAMILY CIRCUS PERFORMANCE & CLASS (register) A circus performance plus learning skills. Ludlow Theatre, 322 Elm St., Ludlow; 2 p.m.; $5 children, $10 adults; 859-7403118 or FAMILY SUNSET SAFARI: GOODNIGHT ZOO Night animals hiking the zoo. Ages 5 and older; register for families. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; 6 - 9 p.m.; $50 nonmember, $45 members; 513559-7767 or FAMILY WORKSHOP:

WHIMSICAL BAMBOO CREATIONS (register) Learn art construction with artist Deb Brod. CCAC @ Short Vine, 2728 Short Vine St., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $30 per family registered by June 1; 513-497-2860 or FREE GREAT PARKS SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK Live music, tasty food and drinks for purchase. Glenwood Gardens Great Lawn, 10397 Springfield Pike; valid vehicle permit is required for entry; 7 - 9 p.m.; 513-521-7275 or NKY ROLLER DERBY Cheer on the Blac -N Bluegrass. Hits Entertainment Complex, 3785 Lake Park Drive, Covington; 4:30 OR 6:30 p.m.; $10 general admission, $5 ages 15 and younger, free for ages 6 and younger; 859-795-4042 or FREE SAWYER POINT SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Bluegrass and Americana bands, a kid’s zone, food trucks. Sawyer Point, 705 East Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati; 2 - 10 p.m.; 513-357-2604 or FREE SIDEWALK POP-UP Popsicles, chalk art, a book signing by children’s author Alexis Winthrob and shopping. Wyoming General Store, 514 Wyoming Ave., Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; wyominggeneralstore. FREE WESTSIDE MARKET POP-UP One hundred vendors, food trucks, family activities. Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.;

sun 5 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. Nationals. “Family Sundays.” 1:40 p.m. 100 Joe

Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; for tickets. FLORENCE Y’ALLS “Family Sundays,” (free for ages 12 and younger); Thomas More Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, KY; 1:07 p.m.; 859-594-4487 or for tickets. FAMILY STEM NIGHT (register) Explore real-world problems. The Stem Lab, 11223 Cornell Park Drive, Blue Ash; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; $10 refundable ticket per family; 513-857-3366 or FREE FLEA IN THE FORT Live music, food trucks and local artisans. Tower Park, 900 South Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 859-5721209 or

To Kill a Mockingbird is at the Aronoff Center through June 12.

FREE HYDE PARK FARMERS MARKET Produce, live music and activities. Hyde Park Square, 2700 Erie Ave., Cincinnati; 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; ICE CREAM SOCIAL CRUISE (register) Cruise and enjoy ice cream. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $30 adult, $25 ages 4 - 12; 800-2618586 or FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: GOAT JAMBOREE Visit and learn about goats through activities and crafts; vehicle permit required for entry. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 3 p.m; 513-867-5835 or SUNDAY YOUTH SILKS CLASSES (register) An aerial silks class for ages 7 - 17. Ludlow Theatre, 322 Elm

St., Ludlow; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $20; 859-740-3118 or bircus. com/recurring-events.

mon 6 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. D-backs. “Military Appreciation Day.” 6:40 p.m. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; ballpark for tickets. MUSIC MONDAY AT HAPPY HANGOUT Explore instruments and more. Happy Hangout Westside, 2041 Anderson Ferry Road, Cincinnati; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; included with playpass; 513458-1470 or happyhangoutws. com.

tue 7 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. D-backs. “3-2-1 Tuesdays.” 6:40 p.m. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; reds/ballpark for tickets. FREE AMERICAN SIGN

LANGUAGE CLASS (register) Ages 6 and older can learn beginning sign language. Covedale Branch Library, 4980 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati; 3 - 4 p.m.; 513-369-4460 or FREE KIDS CREW AT NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE Every week brings a new activity for kids. Newport On the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 859-291-0550 or LITTLE FARMER PRE-K FUN Ages 2 to 5 can learn about being a farmer with fun activities. Benton Family Farm, 11896 Old Lexington Pike, Walton; 10 - 11 a.m.; $25 per session; $5 for participating siblings; 859-496-7144 or PRESCHOOL STORY TIME Ages 2 - 5 can hear a naturethemed story at Cincinnati Nature Center’s Playscape, 4949 Tealtown Road., Milford; (please turn the page) june 2022 21

THINGS TO DO 10 - 10:30 a.m.; included with daily admission, $10 adults, $6 children; free for members; 513831-1711 or THE LUMINEERS Enjoy a date night! Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; tickets starting at $35; 513-232-6220 or THE MASKED SINGER NATIONAL TOUR Music and mystery, hosted by Natasha Bedingfield. Taft Theatre, 317 East 5th St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $39.75; FREE TOME SUMMER STORY TIME Story time on Tuesday for ages 3 - 6 years old. The Tome Bookstore, 2123 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati; 9:30 - 10 a.m.;

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National Best Friends Day CINCINNATI REDS Vs. D-backs. “Bark in the Park.” 6:40 p.m. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; for tickets. PYRAMID HILL SUMMER SERIES FOR KIDS Kids make a universe collage. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; 12 - 1 p.m.; $5 per student, $10 general admission for adults; 513-8688336 or

thu 9 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. D-backs. 12:35 p.m. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; mlb. com/reds/ballpark for tickets. FREE ITALIANFEST 2022 Food, live music and heritage. 1 Levee Way, Newport; June 9 and 10: 5 - 11 p.m., June 11: 12 - 11 p.m., June 12: 12 - 9 p.m.; see website for daily schedule 22 june 2022

TODDLER THURSDAYS Explore the sand table and more. Dig ‘N Play, 9405 Cincinnati Columbus Road, West Chester; Thursdays in June, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $6 for ages 2 and younger; 513-847-1055 or

fri 10 CHARM AT THE FARM An open-air vintage market, food trucks and photo opps; 4953 Bunnell Hill Road, Lebanon; June 11: 12 - 4 p.m., June 12: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; charmatthefarm. com. DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS: THE MUSICAL EVENT A modern spin on classic characters presented by Acting Up; 6100 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason; 7 p.m.; $15, group tickets available; 513-494-6062 or The Masked Singer National Tour is at the Taft Theatre on Tue., June 7. FARMHANDS (register) org. GOODNIGHT FIREFLIES (regExplore farming through games, ister) MADCAP PUPPETS activities and animals. Gilbert Story time outside with the A performance of The Story Farms Park, 6181 Ross Road, fireflies. Cincinnati Nature Quest. Cincinnati Art Museum, Fairfield; 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; vehicle permit required for park Milford; 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.; $11 1 or 3 p.m.; $10 general public; entry; 513-867-5835 or yourmenon-members, includes daily 513-721-2787 or admission; $5 members; 831-1711 or FREE CITY FLEA 2022 MAKE A HIKING STICK Local vendors and food trucks. MOM’S COFFEE BREAK Hike with a stick you make. Washington Park, 1230 Elm (register) Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 St., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Drop off kids for activities so Tealtown Road, Milford; 8:30 you can run errands. Fairfield 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; Community Arts Center, 411 JANE AUSTEN: FASHION & $14 (includes daily admission), Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 10 SENSIBILITY $8 members; 513- 831-1711 or a.m. - 12 p.m.; $35 non-Fairfield Fashion brings characters to life. resident, $30 Fairfield resident; Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., 513-867-5348 or Cincinnati; Wed - Sun, 11 a.m. - 4 MARCHING THROUGH TIME p.m.; $18 non-members, $16 Military history through demos, NICK CANNON PRESENTS: seniors, free for Taft members + artifacts and music. Heritage MTV WILD ‘N OUT LIVE $8 for guests of members; 513Village Museum, 11500 Lebanon An adult night of laughs. 241-0343 or Road, Sharonville; 10 a.m. - 5 Riverbend Music Center, 6295 p.m.; $10 adult, $5 per child; Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati; 8 p.m.; FREE JURASSIC JUNGLE free for members and ages 4 tickets start at $22; 513-232Dino puppets in performance. and younger; 513-563-9484 or 6220 or Elite Athletics Sports Complex, 1155 Cincinnati-Batavia Pike, Batavia; 8 - 9 a.m., 10 - 11 a.m., 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., 3 - 4 p.m.; tickFREE CALLING ALL ets start at $17.99; jurassicjungle.

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FREE O.F.F. MARKET Browse businesses, artisans and more. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.;

sun 12 FREE HYDE PARK FARMERS MARKET Produce, live music, activities. Hyde Park Square, 2700 Erie Ave., Cincinnati; 9:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; hydeparkfarmersmarket. com. FREE LATONIA SECOND SUNDAY MARKETS Artists and local food trucks. Local Studio 325, 3622 Decoursey Ave., Covington; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; localstudio325. com/latonia-markets. FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM Celebrate fathers with activities and a craft; vehicle permit required for entry. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 3 p.m.; 513-867-5835 or

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concessions. Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 7 - 9 p.m.; blueashevents. com. FREE LOCAL STUDIO 325: KCPL STORY TIME Stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays. Local Studio 325, 3622 Decoursey Ave., Covington; 10:30 a.m.; 859-8780591 or

wed 15 PYRAMID HILL SUMMER SERIES FOR KIDS Use ordinary objects to make musical compositions. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; 12 - 1 p.m.; $5 per student, $10 general admission for adults; 513-868-8336 or FREE SUMMIT CINEMA Feature films at dusk on a big screen. June 15: Sing 2 and June 29: Space Jam. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; 8 p.m.;

thu 16 FREE CREEKING IN THE PARKS Explore creeks in the parks of Butler County. Elk Creek MetroPark, 5580 Elk Creek

Road, Middletown, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; vehicle permit required for park entry; 513-867-5835 or

fri 17 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. Brewers. “Fireworks Friday.” 6:40 p.m. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; ballpark for tickets. FREE FOOD TRUCK FEST Food trucks, music, face painting and more. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; cincinnatifoodtruckassociation. org. PIRATE CRUISE (register) A cruise with fun and games. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; $30 adults, $25 ages 4 - 12; 800261-8586 or

sat 18 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. Brewers. 4:10 p.m. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; mlb. com/reds/ballpark for tickets. FREE CREEKING Make nature while exploring a creek. Fairfield Family YMCA, 5220 Bibury Road, Fairfield; 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; FISHING DERBY A catch-and-release tournament in age groups plus prizes. Pyramid Hill, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10 for adults, $5 for children, free for members and ages 5 and younger; 513868-8336 or LA BOHÈME Giacomo Puccini’s most famous opera sung in Italian. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; 513-621-2787 or

FREE MLK PARK FAMILY FUN DAYS Inflatables, face painting, balloon artists, live music and more. MLK Park, 3740 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 2 - 10 p.m.; 513-861-0023 or PEACH TRUCK TOUR 2022 The very freshest of peaches are coming to town; register for a crate. Multiple dates and locations at PRINCESS CRUISE (register) Little princesses can cruise, dance to tunes and meet fairy tale princesses. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport; 12 - 2 p.m.; $33 adults, $28 ages 2 - 12; 800-261-8586 or

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Father’s Day

CINCINNATI REDS Vs. Brewers. “Family Sundays.” 1:40 p.m. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; ballpark for tickets. FREE HYDE PARK MARKET See Sunday, June 12 FREE SUMMER SOLSTICE YOGA Yoga in the park and live music. Burnet Woods Bandstand, 3251 Brookline Ave., Cincinnati; 3 - 5 p.m.; 513-861-0023 or

tue 21 Summer Solstice

CINCINNATI REDS Vs. Dodgers. 6:40 p.m. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; mlb. com/reds/ballpark for tickets. THE CHICKS TOUR With special guest Patty Griffin. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $30; 513232-6220 or (please turn the page)

Enjoy a catch-and-release fishing derby at Pyramid Hill on the 18th.

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wed 22 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. Dodgers. 6:40 p.m. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; mlb. com/reds/ballpark for tickets. PYRAMID HILL SUMMER SERIES FOR KIDS Learn about animal adaptations. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; 12 - 1 p.m.; $5 per student, $10 general admission for adults; 513-8688336 or

thu 23 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. Dodgers. 12:35 p.m. 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; for tickets. KENNY CHESNEY: HERE AND NOW TOUR With special guest Carly Pearce. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $39; 513232-6220 or FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM (register) Learn about the sun and make a mini-solar oven for s’mores; vehicle permit required for entry; Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 513-867-5835 or WORLD’S LARGEST SWIM LESSON @ CONEY ISLAND See “Things to Do” opener on page 21.

fri 24 FAMILY FUN ON THE HILL A magic show at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; 6 - 8 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children; free for members and ages 5 and younger; 513868-8336 or 24 june 2022

Get all kinds of information for life with your baby during Babies and Bumps on Saturday, June 25.

FREE FC CINCINNATI PREMATCH AT THE PARK Family activities and local food trucks. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati; 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.; FREE LAUREL PARK FAMILY FUN DAYS Live music, inflatables, face painting, balloon artists, food trucks and more. Laurel Park, 500 Ezzard Charles Drive, Cincinnati; 5 - 7:30 p.m.; 513-861-0023 or

sat 25 BABIES AND BUMPS Prepare for pregnancy, birth and life with Baby with the experts. Marriott Cincinnati North, 6189 Muhlhauser Road, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $20 general admission; $65 premium admission; FARM ENCOUNTERS (register) Come see the pro soccer team play! TQL Stadium, 1501 Central Parkway, Cincinnati; 5 p.m.; tickets $19 - $53 depending on location; 513-977-5425 or

FREE FIREFLY FIDDLE FEST (register) Music under the stars. Long Branch Farm & Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen; 6 - 10 p.m.; $18 non-member adult, $14 non-member child, $12 member adult, $8 member child; 513-831-1711 or SIGN CRAFTING SATURDAY Learn about sign making. American Sign Museum, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; included with admission: $15 adult, $10 ages 13 -18, three children (12 and younger) free with each paid adult; 513-541-6366 or

sun 26 FREE RAPTOR INC. OPEN HOUSE Learn about birds of prey upclose. Raptor Inc., 961 Barg Salt Run Road, Milford; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-825-3325 or

tue 28 HAIRSPRAY A teenager dreams about dancing on a TV dance show. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; tickets

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start at $34; 513-621-2787 or KINGS ISLAND CONCERT SERIES Celebrate Kings Island’s 50th anniversary with The Avett Brothers. Timberwolf Amphitheatre at Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason; 8 p.m.; 513-754-5700 or

wed 29 MUD BALL THROWING An evening of muddy fun including mud ball corn hole. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; included with daily admission, $10 adults, $6 children; free for members and ages 3 and younger; 513-8311711 or

thu 30 FREE MOVIE NIGHT ON THE LEVEE Kick back and relax with a classic film on a jumbo LED screen. Space Jam: A New Legacy. The Gallery at Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport; 6 - 8 p.m.; 859-2910550 or newportonthelevee. com.



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