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used to sprawl across my bed and read and read and read when I was a little girl. My father, a voracious reader, lover of books, book editor and author was always bringing us books. They were everywhere in my home growing up — books and newspapers — and I can still see the

bookshelves in our family room that my parents created out of cinder blocks and planes of wood. They painted those blocks in colorful hues and layered them with the wood from floor to ceiling. It was chic of them to do that; I think my talented parents did all kinds of things in unique and creative ways. I can’t help but to think that all of that reading made them creative thinkers. While I don’t want to write about how awful it is that so many kids don’t read like they should (blah, blah, blah ... although it’s true), I DO want to throw a concept at you. It’s a concept I call The Thief. It’s a concept that threatens to take away the very thing good parents want to cultivate in their children: their brains. Reading is the great brain cultivator. It’s being challenged by The Thief. The Thief is in all of the electronics we have today. The Thief whispers, “It’s OK to ignore others at dinner and play with your cell phone instead, everybody’s doing it.” It’s The Thief that makes Moms and Dads fall for that, too. The Thief snickers when little kids pretend they’re reading on the Kindle Fire when, in fact, they’re playing Angry Birds. Yes, The Thief is the metaphor for all of the bad behavior going on these days from texting and driving to hopping from TV to iPad to smart phone and back to TV again. The Thief is addiction — and he’s coming for all of us — especially our children — and making them hate reading. I don’t want The Thief to live at my house. I don’t want him to slyly rub his hands together in my home and make us victims who don’t have time for one another. I want my kids to read great books, poems, articles — and I want to talk about what we read together. The Thief wins when we we ignore reading for our electronic addictions. This is THE challenge of parenting this summer. Like a burglar in the night, our greedy eyes glazed over at all the technology we brought into our homes — we held the door for The Thief. He came on Christmas. He came on birthdays. He lives in bedrooms and playrooms and cars and restaurants and anywhere you’ll allow him to live. He tells us that we are “cool” to stand around on our devices ignoring others and looking like we’re so busy with something else vastly more important than whomever we’re with. This summer I challenge you to create TOTAL UNPLUGGED time at your home everyday for at least an hour. I challenge you to read at home as much as you are doing anything else. To exercise your imagination. Are you laughing at me? Oh no, that’s not YOU. That’s The Thief.

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“I have interjected before when I thought the kid

might fall, but it’s usually by saying, ‘Be careful, sweetie, you could fall and get hurt!’ This is also a way to get the parents attention without accusing them of not watching their child. Then I let them do the disciplining.” Krissy McWhorter

“Being the person I am I would say something back and then to my child. As far as how nicely I reply to that person would depend on the tone they used on my child.” Christy Miller

“I get furious when strangers discipline my child, they have no idea what dynamics they are interjecting — especially those of us with special needs kids.” Kate Prior Ryan

“I’d be more concerned about the stern attitude of the other person vs. them saying something in general. I might say something, but I’d say it kindly to the kid, not because I thought the mom wouldn’t do it or didn’t notice, but because the kid might be more surprised by me saying it and more likely to listen to me than the mom. Or maybe that’s just my kids who listen better to other people than to me!” Alyssa Ferguson Louagie

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“Honestly, I would let him keep doing it because she is not the parent, I am, and if he’s not hurting anyone, who cares?! If it continued, I would tell her that she can parent her own kids.” Sara Thomas

“Oy vey, people. It takes a village. I would be that other person using a stern voice to tell the child to sit down. Obviously the child’s mother was busy. I would want to help and would tell the child to sit down. I would use a stern voice because what the child is doing could result in injury. I would want the child to take the situation seriously. After the child sits down, you can congratulate them with a ‘Good job sweetie’ and a smile. And yes, children listen to the non-mom.” Alice Rericha

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hether it’s your first baby or your fourth, adding a brand new member to your family can be as stressful as it is joyful. That’s why Shalom Baby was born, a program of the Jewish community that offers free Shalom Baby Starter Kits, packed with gifts and resources to help young Jewish families get connected to each other and the Jewish community, with no strings attached!


hese Starter Kits are often a young family’s first introduction to the Jewish community and to the many resources it has to offer, such as the JCC, the PJ Library program, Jewish preschools and camps, congregations, and everything else that makes our community such a great place to raise Jewish kids!” says Pam Saeks, Director of Innovation and Engagement at The Mayerson Foundation.


halom Baby Starter Kits are available to families in the Greater Cincinnati Jewish community with babies 18 months and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish (mother or father). Funded by a generous grant from The Mayerson Foundation, these kits are sent right to the recipient’s front door three times throughout the year and contain gifts and goodies for parents and babies too, such as a Tushy Towelettes To Go container, a Baby’s First Jewish Holiday board book, as well as a Schlep Bag for toting toys and books and a variety of other Jewish cultural and ritual items such as candle sticks, a menorah and more. A step-by-step guide book is also included to help those who are interested in learning a little bit, or a little bit more, about how to use these and other items.


halom Baby is a program of Shalom Family which puts on the biggest events for families with children 12 and under in the Jewish community. For families with children 18 months and younger, Shalom Baby offers free Sensory Sunday playgroups twice a month at Gymboree in Mason. In the fall, Shalom Family will also offer Sensory Sunday playgroups at the Mayerson JCC in Amberley. To sign up for the free Shalom Baby Starter Kit Series and to learn more about Sensory Sunday and Shalom Family events, go to


.never realized that the Cincinnati Jewish community offered so many options for young families,” says Jana Bronstein. “We’ve been going to the Sensory Sunday playgroups in Mason and have met a lot of really nice people,” she continues. “Some of us have started talking about sending our kids to the JCC preschool in a few years! It’s amazing what a difference that box full of goodies has made in our lives!” 6 July 2013

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or the first time, the Cincinnati Observatory invites families to bring their tents and sleeping bags for an overnight campout on the Observatory’s lawn Saturday, July 27, at 8 p.m. to Sunday, July 28, 9 a.m.! Set up your tent, then take a tour of the Observatory, view the planet Venus, and enjoy some stories about constellations around a campfire. Then when the stars come out, view the skies through the historic telescope. The Observatory will be open all night for bathroom access (and use of the telescopes for those who can’t sleep!), followed by a light breakfast the next morning. Cost to camp is $15 per person for nonmembers, and $10 per member. Learn more at 513-321-5186 or — space is limited so be sure to RSVP!


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his month, families can enjoy the talents of the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for free at several summer concerts. On Monday, July 1, head to the Grounds of Union Central Life Insurance Co. in Forest Park (1876 Waycross Road) for a 7:30 p.m. performance that includes Broadway hits and American anthems. On Wednesday, July 3, the Pops Rhythm Section joins John Morris Russell for a concert in Washington Park (1230 Elm St.) at 7 p.m. On Saturday, July 6, the Pops visits Cottell Park in Deerfield Township (5847 Irwin-Simpson Road); and on Sunday, July 14, families can catch a Pops performance, led by Associate Conductor Robert Trevino, at the Fayette County Fairgrounds in Washington Court House (213 Fairview Ave.). For more details, call 513-381-3300 or visit

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ummer is here and that means it’s time for our annual Big Giveaway! Check out pages 21 – 26 for a list of awesome prizes donated by area businesses, and then head over to to register to win! We’re taking entries all month long, and winners will be notified in early August. Good luck!

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ocal children’s illustrator Will Hillenbrand is creating an e-book based on the theme “Everyday Heroes: Local Children and the People Who Inspire Them,” and he needs help from your young artists. Ages 12 and younger can visit their local library branch this summer through Aug. 31 to draw a picture of their hero and submit it for possible inclusion in the e-book. Visit your local library branch or head to for details.

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Meet the 2013 Cover Kids Finalists and VOTE now!

he final stretch of our 2013 online Cover Kids event is here! Our panel of judges have selected 10 finalists in each of the four age categories, and now it’s up to you to cast your vote online. Go to to make your selection. Tell all of your friends and family members to vote, too. Only one vote per person per age bracket is allowed. The child in each age category with the most votes will win a cover on an upcoming issue of this magazine. In addition, our editors will pick a “wild card” winner from the remaining pool of finalists. Voting runs July 1 - 12. Winning Cover Kids (plus the Wild Card winner!) will be announced online Friday, July 13 and shown in print in our August issue!

The finalists: Ages 0 - 12 months

Ages 13 - 35 months

Ages 3 - 6 years

Ages 7 - 10 years

Charlotte L.

Corbin C.

Corrigan B.

Frankie H.

Aiden & Lucy B.

Austin S.

Arabella B.

Diego V.

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Emmett W.

Gavin P.

Jacob B.

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Kira B.

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Graham S.

Katelyn S.

Kaylee W.

Jake M.

Keagan & Ryann F.

Lilly F.

Logan C.

Henry H.

Jillian S.

Nolan M.

Otto & Elle B.


Kimiko Y.

Luke C.

Mackenzie C.

Noah M.

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Wyatt M.

Luke B.

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Sarah A.

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our little one’s here, but’s what’s with that yellow tinge on his skin? Don’t worry, it’s normal. Lots of babies have jaundice in the first one to two weeks of life, and although it sometimes requires treatment, it often goes away on its own.

Jaundice defined Jaundice is the elevated level of bilirubin in the blood. “Babies have a lot of red blood cell turnover,” says Ronna Schneider, M.D., of Suburban Pediatrics. “Bilirubin is a product of the breakdown of those red blood cells.” Schneider says enzymes in the liver are in charge of breaking down bilirubin, but not very effectively in the first few weeks of life, so if the bilirubin builds up, Baby has what doctors call “physiological jaundice.” There are several other types of jaundice too, though. Jaundice of prematurity affects preemies, who are even less able to process bilirubin. Breastfeeding jaundice can happen if a baby isn’t getting enough breast milk, whether he’s experiencing latching difficulties or Mom’s milk isn’t in yet. “It’s really important for moms to be ready

for breastfeeding,” says Schneider, “and to recognize signs of poor latching on,” she adds. Less common is breast milk jaundice, in which substances in Mom’s milk cause bilirubin levels to rise. Fortunately, breast milk jaundice is common among babies who are breast-fed exclusively and not necessarily a cause for concern. Your doctor may recommend supplemental feeding for a few days in order to help bring down your baby’s bilirubin levels. A rare, but more serious, form of jaundice stems from an incompatible blood type. Jaundice that develops in the first 24 hours after birth may indicate a more serious condition.

DetectION and TreatMENT Beyond the obvious symptoms like yellowing skin or yellowing whites of the eyes, Schneider says pediatricians check newborns frequently in their first weeks of life. Baby’s checked at birth, and again three to five days after. If there’s any concern about jaundice, your doctor will perform a blood test to determine the bilirubin level in Baby’s blood. Most jaundice doesn’t require treatment, but your doctor may recommend phototherapy — exposure to ultraviolet light, which transforms bilirubin into a form that Baby can break down. •

You may be able to obtain a prescription for a bili-blanket that you can rent for home use, or your doctor may ask you to take your baby to the hospital for treatment. At home with your baby, the easiest way to check for jaundice is to press your finger to her forehead, nose or chest, and then release your finger while looking for a yellow tint. If she has dark skin, look for yellowing in the whites of her eyes. Talk to your doctor if you spot any signs of jaundice, and especially if your baby doesn’t want to eat or becomes hard to waken. With a little intervention, your baby will be free and clear in no time!

Sunny D Some doctors say (if your infant’s jaundice it light) to expose him to sunlight near a closed window for approximately 15 minutes, four times a day. Sunlight dissolves the bilirubin in the skin so that it can be excreted in Baby’s urine.

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Kidsburgh (in Pittsburgh!) From astronaut adventures to sports history and more, there’s plenty to do with the entire family.


hovered beside a tower, suspended, experiencing the zero gravity astronauts endure. I was told to pull myself toward the tower, turn a wheel, lower myself, open a door, lower myself again, and complete my mission by grabbing a second wheel, turning and pushing it at the same time. I couldn’t and ended up back on the ground, mission incomplete. The kids couldn’t do it either. Our astronaut adventure happened at the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nicknamed “Kidsburgh,” Pittsburgh delivers fun for families with attractions like the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, the Duquesne Incline, and Kennywood Park, one of the nation’s first amusement parks. During our visit, we took in two of the city’s most famous and kid-friendly museums, and enjoyed sightseeing downtown. Once we returned to earth at the Science Center, we explored more about space, by flipping switches and controls in a simulated space station cabin, seeing mild explosions in a show replicating rocket launches, and touching a real meteorite. Throughout the Center, visitors can touch almost everything. In Roboworld, we controlled robots and tested our skills against them, competing with mechanical arms in basketball and air hockey, while Hollywood Robots, including HAL, R2D2, and C-3P0 looked on. I snapped my picture with my favorite, “The Robot” from “Lost in Space.” In Seascape, we found “Dory” in an aquarium, peered through a periscope in a submarine model, and activated a wave simulator. Nearby, the kids took turns pointing out weather systems against a meteorologist’s green screen while reading from

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a teleprompter. Next they sat at a table, pushed a button, and experienced earthquake tremors. Time passed so quickly that we didn’t get a chance to explore Highmark Sportsworks, The zero-gravity climbing wall lets you experience weightlessness at the Carnegie Science Center. a whole other building devoted to the physics, anatomy, biology, and chemistry of sports. and a colorful replica of the first Ferris Wheel built However, on another day, we explored the Westfor the Chicago World’s Fair and designed by ern Pennsylvania Sports Museum where the kids George Ferris, founder of Pittsburgh’s metal firm played bocce ball, tossed footballs and learned G.W.G. Ferris & Co. about Pittsburgh’s high school stars, who went After the History Center, we strolled around on to greater fame as professional athletes and town. We saw the ToonSeum, one of only three Olympic boxers, wrestlers, and swimmers. museums in the country dedicated to cartoon art. The Sports Museum is an affiliate of the The gallery is small, and probably not worth the Smithsonian Institution. We took the elevator $6 admission, but kids will enjoy the gift shop, the through its five floors and found endless hands-on free comic books in the outdoor seating area and activities. We turned a railroad’s steering mechathe nearby giant jazz statues. J nism, pushed buttons to bring the sounds of a 1950s kitchen to life, lifted flaps for answers, and Barbara Littner David is a local writer and mother of five. examined 3D images of glass making factories She is also the author of Cincinnati Trips for Kids, a collection of more than 40 great Cincinnati-area attractions. through stereoscopes. While Cincinnati’s Freedom Center boasts a far more expansive exploration of slavery and the Underground Railroad, the Heinz The Carnegie Science Center exhibit is still impressive, as is the overview of the 1 Allegheny Ave., Pittsburgh, PA French and Indian War, but, of course, Heinz, the 412-237-3400 • company, is known for its pickles and ketchup, and we loved learning Heinz history, seeing its Heinz History Center kitschy ads, and measuring ourselves against a 1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh, PA giant-sized bottle of ketchup. 412-454-6000 • In addition to Heinz, the museum celebrates ToonSeum Pittsburgh’s other innovations and innovators, 945 Liberty Ave., Pittsburgh, PA along with celebrities, prompting our kids to pose 412-232-0199 • with a lifelike figure of Mr. Rogers. The children’s area has train tables with boats, toy foods, a slide,

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For a beautiful place to reconnect with nature, look no further than the Cincinnati Nature Center in Milford. Along with 16 miles of hiking trails through forests and fields, you’ll encounter various streams and ponds. My children’s favorite is the enclosed, two-acre PlayScape where they’re free to explore with imaginative play. Children can wade barefoot through a stream, climb rock bridges and trees, crawl through tunnels, draw in a sandbox, construct a forts balance on logs, or rest in a teepee. Parents will appreciate the convenience of nearby picnic tables and facilities, including a diaper changing station. Free to members or with paid daily admission ($8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12).

The Zoo has undergone a massive transformation in the past several years. The best new features of the Zoo are the interactive exhibits. From giraffe feedings to petting snakes, there are lots of ways kids (and parents) can have a hands-on experience. If you’re taking small kids, consider a stroller and/or carrier since the Zoo is hilly and little legs tire easily. Hands down, the best deal at the Zoo is the Gold membership, which offers free parking, unlimited train rides, and one free guest each visit. If you’re on the fence about becoming a member, purchase single-day passes ($15 ages 13 - 61, $10 ages 2 - 12 and 62+), the cost of which is deducted from a membership if you decide to join. — Sarah McCosham

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Everything about Cincinnati’s Contemporary Art Center (CAC) shouts “hip!” This award-winning architectural gem is set in the buzzing heart of downtown. Head over to the giant elevator, which can accommodate a fleet of strollers, and go to floor six. There you’ll find the UnMuseum, designed to delight children and adults. There’s an art supply station for creating masterpieces and more. While the UnMuseum is specifically geared towards children, the majority of the center is pretty kid-awesome, too! Exhibits are participatory and interactive. The CAC, including the UnMuseum, is free on Mondays after 5 p.m., thanks to Macy’s (daily admission is $7.50 adults, $5.50 educators, seniors and students, free ages younger than 5). — Becca Sontag

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Children are drawn to the large, colorful tanks in kid-sized heights at the Newport Aquarium, featuring thousands of animals from local fish to exotic sharks. Knowledgeable volunteers encourage kids to feel the spiky shell of a spider crab and to inform, for instance, why the dwarf crocodile’s eyes are so large (because they hunt at night!). Our kids loved the Frog Bog play (for ages 3 -12) and discovered the secret frog tanks among the tunnels and crawl spaces in the jungle gym. Summer Family Hours (4 -7 p.m.) include ticket specials on the website: for each full-priced adult ticket, two children are admitted free (general admission tickets are $23 adults, $15 ages 2 - 12). During peak summer hours, check the website for the daily stroller policy. You can borrow a baby carrier or backpack in the lobby free of charge (for kids under 30 pounds). Now you’re talking.

Find everything a kid needs at Parky’s Wetland Adventure Playground. Spray features, a waterslide, water spouts and more will delight your whole crew. If you don’t already have an annual parking pass for the Hamilton County Parks, purchase one at the entrance gate for $10, (it comes with valuable coupons!) or you can buy a one-day parking pass for $3. Admission to the water playground is $2.50 for kids and grownups get in free. Pack a picnic for lunch or take advantage of the onsite snack bar, serving the usual family fare, and enjoy one of the umbrella-shaded tables. — Becca Sontag

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Behringer Crawford Museum 1600 Montague Road, Covington

Tot Tuesday ( the third Tuesday each month), provides a great time to visit the BCM with little ones. Along with story time, kids can make a themed art project (July’s theme is Wild Things; August’s will be planes). After the program, stick around for a taste of Northern Kentucky history. Hit the exhibit, “Rivers, Roads, Rails and Runways” to get a look at the streetcar Kentucky, or learn about Ordovician fossils found in the region then dig for a few yourselves. If you want to gross out your kids, check out the museum’s Amazonian shrunken head, and Dido, the infamous two-headed calf. Now through Sept. 1, the BCM honors Northern Kentucky music legends with an exhibit and summer concerts. — Sherry Hang parky’s wetland

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Although CAM is revamping its youth education facilities for 2014, there are still plenty of current enchantments for kids. Stop by the visitor’s desk to pick up a scavenger hunt worksheet to help in exploring this local treasure. Return the worksheet when done to pick up a prize! While finding your way around the museum can sometimes be a bit tricky, helpful employees and volunteers can guide you. General admission to the Cincinnati Art Museum is free and parking is $4. Be sure to check out the website for events and activities. — Becca Sontag

Cincinnati Museum Center

Gather all train fans and don engineer caps for Entertrainment Junction. Kids love the outdoor electric train ride and the indoor play area. Parents and older children appreciate the interactive, historically accurate displays. Older kids may enjoy the A-Maze-N Funhouse. While our 2-year-old was too young to appreciate it, her older sibling and dad sure did! Posted signs give appropriate age recommendations, and note that there are convenient “emergency escape” exits if needed. Children 3 and older require tickets (Train Journey tickets are $12.95 adults, $11.50 seniors, $9.95 ages 3 - 12). If Thomas the Tank Engine is a staple in your home, schedule your visit between July 29 and September 8 for the Everything Thomas exhibit! — Becca Sontag

Union Terminal, 1301 Western Ave.

There is something for everyone at Cincinnati Museum Center. In the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, there is an area specifically designated for babies, and even areas where moms can nurse. Toddlers will love the water area and ball zone. Older kids will love the “woods,” an indoor play zone featuring tree houses and climbing structures. In the Cincinnati History Museum, kids 5 and younger can play in a giant sandbox, complete with shovels, pails, diggers, and dumpers. For non-members, parking will run $6 (All Museums Pass for non-members is $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2). If you visit on a busy day, you could wind up parking pretty far from the entrance, so bring a stroller! — Sarah McCosham

Washington Park 1230 Elm St.

If you haven’t been to Washington Park lately, you don’t know what you’re missing. From the interactive water park, to the state-of-the-art playground, dog park or performance stage, there’s something for everyone! When it’s a scorcher, kids love running through one of the 130 pop-up jets on the water steps. Directions to the park can easily be found on the website, which is regularly updated and user-friendly. A parking garage ($1 per hour, credit cards only) is located underneath the park, making access quick and easy. We recommend making a play date with a friend so you’ll be able to take in the entire experience. — Sarah McCosham

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4998 Nell Lee Road, Bennington, IN 513-793-5554 Located in the beautiful rolling hills of southern Indiana, Camp Livingston is the place to be for a summer of friends, sports, arts, nature, and positive Jewish experiences. Our caring staff supervises a progressive program that includes athletics, nature, waterfront activities, arts-and-crafts, performing arts, a challenge course, adventure travel and camping trips, and much more!

LOCAL DAY CAMPS The AAC Studio Kids, The Art Academy of Cincinnati

1212 Jackson Street, Cincinnati 513-562-8748 • Learn cartooning and comics, comics in action, drawing and painting, mixed media, screen printing, and much more. Students work in a specific subject for one full week in half-day sessions. Camps feature weekly topics. Full- and half-day with before- and after-care options for ages 5 - 9. Teen summer studio classes allow students to begin at any level and gives room for personal explorations into each subject.

April Eight’s Songs for Peace Music+Arts Camp Would your kids enjoy a week of imaginative play and collaboration? Send them to April Eight’s Songs for Peace Music+Arts Camp! With award-winning musician April Eight, children write songs, create instruments, play games, and do yoga too. Weeks of Jun. 6 - 10, Jun. 6 - 17, or Aug. 5 - 9, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Ages 6 - 11.

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7623 Old 3C Hwy, Maineville 513-683-6860 • bto 2013 International Summer Dance Intensive. Ages 8 - 2 with, among others, renowned instructors Valery Lantratov and Ka-Ron Brown Lehman. Individual attention. Performance opportunities. Musical Movement/Movement Discovery, ages 2 - 4. Kid’s Camps, ages 5 - 7. Adult classes, tae kwon do. Jun. 10 - Aug. 16.

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

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

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

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6408 Thornberry, Mason 513-770-6776 Specializing in the private education of toddler, preschool and pre-K children for 20 years. Our research-based curriculum provides age-appropriate, high-quality academics designed to exceed Ohio Academic Content Standards. Weekly Summer Programs (Jun. 10 - Aug. 2) Toddler, 18 mos. - 3 yrs.; Early 3’s, 2.5 - 3 yrs.; Preschool, 3 - 4 yrs.; Pre-K 4 - 5 yrs. Enrichment programs in Spanish, music, art, yoga, and science. Mon. - Fri., 9 - 11 a.m. 9180 Cincinnati Columbus Road, West Chester 513-531-1180 • Full-day adventures for both younger and older children. Summer camp is a healthy balance of fun and learning. Every day brings something new and exciting. Learning, exploration, physical activities in a safe, nurturing environment. Children participate in teacher support workbook-based activities that focus on math, science and literacy, as well as participate in field trips. Mon. - Fri., 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Ages 5 - 12 yrs.

Gorman Heritage Farm

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

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

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Jacob’s Well

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

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

Mason-Deerfield Arts Alliance

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

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.

SpringHill Day Camp at Faith Community United Methodist Church

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

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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. Jun. 17 - Jul. 12, grades 1 - 8.

316 Pike St., Cincinnati 513-684-4516 Taft Summer Art Day Camp participants look at, think about, and create art inspired by the collection and special exhibitions. Each week-long session culminates in an exhibition of campers’ work. Campers entering grades 6 - 8, Jun. 24 - 28, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Instructor: Liz Schanher Lloyd. Campers entering grades 9 - 12, Jul. 15 - 19, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Instructor: Penny Harris. Registration: Family-level members and above, $200; all others, $275. 103 Gibson Lane, Wilder, KY 859-781-5502 • Sunrock camps provide children memorable, hands-on experiences with animals and nature. During each five-hour day, campers ages 4 - 15 enjoy farm activities such as brushing horses and cows, milking goats, bottle feeding animals, gardening, holding chicks and rabbits, hiking, and exploring the woodlands and creek.

Wyoming Fine Arts Center

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

After-School Activities, SUMMER PROGRAMS Baldwin Music Education Center

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

The Campus at Kids First

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

Childtime 877-624-2602 Learn. Play. Grow. Here. A lifelong love of learning starts at Childtime®. We encourage kids to explore, express themselves and learn through their own curiosity. Here, every day is full of wonder and possibility as children discover how to solve problems with confidence.

Children’s Meeting House Montessori House

927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 Celebrating 40 years of authentic Montessori education for students ages 3 - 12 yrs. Half- and full-day programs Before- and after-school care available. After-school enrichment options provide a natural complement to the instructional day. Each classroom is a partnership of experienced, treasured teachers and multi-age communities that enable students to work at a pace conducive to their best learning. Call to schedule a tour.

Kinder Garden School

10969 Reed Hartman Hwy., Blue Ash 513-791-4300 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C, West Chester 513-874-3100 Together with interaction of child, staff and family, we develop the complete child. We provide formative encouragement and knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal interest in family and holistic education decisions for the child. Devoted to growing a child’s wish to flourish and learn by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving proficiency.

The Mad Potter Madeira

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

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


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elebrate Independence Day with a patriotic spectacular, featuring the Cincinnati Pops, the May Festival Chorus, and Classical Roots Community Mass Choir. Enjoy all-American favorites, historical tributes, and post-concert fireworks. Bonus! Get free admission to Coney Island’s classic rides with your ticket (excludes the pool; rides open at 11 a.m.)! Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Avenue; 8 p.m.; tickets from $15 in advance, kids 12 and younger are free on the lawn. Call 513381-3300 or visit


Join Conductor John Morris Russell and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra for this annual orchestral repertoire perfect for the whole family. Held rain or shine. Grounds of Union Central Life Insurance Co., 1876 Waycross Road; 7:30 p.m.; 513-381-3300 or


Bring the gang for games, crafts, popcorn, and fun in the bounce house. England Idlewild, Shelter 1, 5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington; 7 - 8 p.m.;


Bring the gang for a screening of Monte Carlo or Rio on July 2 or 3. Your $1 admission ticket will help benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Deerfield Towne Center Stadium 16, 5500 Deerfield Boulevard, Mason; 10 a.m.;


Enjoy music and other entertainment as you check out plenty of hot air balloons all lit up and glowing in the evening sky. Stick around for a grand finale fireworks show from Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave.; 5 - 11 p.m.; no charge to view the balloons and fireworks, normal rates apply for Sunlite Pool and Coney’s Classic Rides, $8 parking until 2 p.m., $10 parking after 2 p.m.; 513-232-8230 or


Visit the Nature PlayScape and explore the area with tools provided by the Play Facilitator. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 6 - 7 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 active military and seniors; 513-831-1711 or cincynature. org.

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The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati presents this fun story time, while parents can enter a drawing to a future performance! Westwood Branch Library, 3345 Epworth Avenue; 10:30 a.m.; 513-369-4474 or cincinnatilibrary. org.


Join Conductor John Morris Russell and the Pops Rhythm Section as part of the Crown Jewels of Jazz Series at Washington Park. Washington Park, 1230 Elm Street; 7 p.m.; 513-381-3300 or


Take a trip back in time to the Civil War as a Union Army detachment protects the U.S. Government Payroll from an attack by a group of Confederate soldiers, otherwise known as Morgan’s Raiders. Enjoy a two-hour layover before your return trip. Whitewater Valley Railroad, Grand Central Station, 455 Market Street, Connersville; 12:01 p.m.; $22 adults, $14 children (round-trip); 765825-2054 or


The Sisters of Notre Dame hosts a festival complete with games, a petting zoo, pony rides, live entertainment and a silent auction. Sisters of Notre Dame, 1601 Dixie Highway, Covington; 2 - 7 p.m.;


It’s the 10th anniversary for this fun festival, so come out and enjoy tasty food, a free outdoor concert from the Danny Frazier Band, a new kids’ zone featuring feathered friends from the Cincinnati Zoo, bounce house, strolling entertainment, raffle prizes, and a fireworks show from Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks. Shea Stadium, 2603 Harris Avenue; 6 - 10 p.m.;


Join a 5K run or walk in memory of 6-year-old Tony Merk, who lost his battle with cancer on July 4, 2011. The chip-timed event features a morning flag ceremony, age divisions, a Superhero Sprint for little ones, awards and refreshments and plenty of holiday fun. Colerain Township Municipal Complex, 4200 Springdale Road; 8:15 a.m.; prices vary, see site for details;

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Celebrate Independence Day with live entertainment, including a performance from Foreigner, food, games and fun, and an amazing fireworks display. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road; 4 - 10:35 p.m.;


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Join a celebration of the United States of America — make your own style of fireworks and have a parade in the UnMuseum. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 students with ID and seniors, free members and children younger than 5); 513-345-8419 or


Kick off the day with a parade, followed by games and activities for the whole gang, as well as a concert from My Sister Sarah, and a Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks show. Oak Park, 800 Oak Avenue, Wyoming; 9 - 9:45 p.m.;


Enjoy some free outdoor movies with your family this month, including Hotel Transylvania (July 5), Freaky Friday (July 12), Brave (July 19; also July 20 at Walton Community Park) and Wreck It Ralph on July 26. Movies begin at dusk; seating is on the lawn so bring your own blankets and refreshments. Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 8 p.m.;


Ages 5 - 10 look at the way robots help our every day life, and create a solar bug bot. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 2:30 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or


Join JMR and the Pops for an outdoor concert featuring Broadway hits, movie themes, American anthems and more catchy tunes. Concert held rain or shine. Cottell Park, 5847 Irwin Simpson Road, Mason; 7:30 p.m.; 513381-3300 or


Children will learn some simple German vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513731-2665 or


Join the experts from Roads, Rivers, and Trails Outfitters for a day of instruction on what to pack, what to wear, and places to go, then test your new skills on a day hike. Sycamore Park, 4082 Highway 132, Batavia; 10 a.m.; 513-876-9013 or


Warm up for the Reds game with Ooh La La and the Greasers, who perform hits from the 50s and 60s. Smale Riverfront Park, West Mehring Way, Cincinnati; 1 - 4 p.m.; (the “Calendar” continues on page 35)

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njoy this classical piano competition, now in its 57th year and featuring top performers from around the world. The Artist division performs July 8 - 13, while the Young Artist division performs July 22 - 25. See site for complete schedule. Corbett Auditorim, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, East Corry Street; tickets start at $15 for Artist division, $10 for Young Artist division. Call 513381-3300 or visit

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Join a family class that uses movement, instruments and kids’ own ideas to learn about basic music concepts. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Catch a free screening of SpongeBob SquarePants this morning at either the Esquire Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) or the Mariemont Theatre (6906 Wooster Pike), as part of their free summer movie series. Also on July 10! Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and the movie begins at 10:30 a.m. Esquire Theater, 320 Ludlow Avenue;


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Bring the family for face painting, balloon animals and prizes. Plus, kids ages 12 and younger eat free. Hofbrauhaus Newport, 200 East 3rd Street, Newport; 859-491-7200 or


Check out games, a bounce house, refreshments and crafts while exploring the park. Walton Park, Shelter 1, 35 Old Stephenson Mill Road, Walton; 7 - 8 p.m.;

See pianists such as Alexander Yakovlev and more.


Meet Gabby Grapes, enjoy some food demonstrations, music and face painting, while you gather information on healthy, kid-friendly recipes. You can also catch Gabby at Remke bigg’s Highland (3240 Highland Ave.) on July 7! Remke bigg’s Newport, 82 Carothers Road; 12 - 2 p.m.;


Get an up-close look at a variety of wild animals that can be found in the parks, then complete a scavenger hunt and make a craft. Program begins at 2 p.m. July 6 and 7. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.


From beautiful butterflies to menacing mosquitoes, summer brings an array of interesting insects. Join some insect games and activities and investigate a few creatures up close, then kids can make up to two bugthemed crafts. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; $1 per craft, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or


With a blend of magic tricks, puppets, costumes and audience participation, local fave Charlie Cadabra takes the audience on a tour of early America. George Washington’s false teeth become a lie detector, a drawing of Lincoln will come to life, Harry the Mind Reading Bald Eagle will astound audience helpers, and more surprises await from Harvey the Magic Rabbit, Betsy Ross’ American Flag, and Johnny Appleseed’s apples! Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 1:30 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.59 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-7024400 or


Enjoy a treat and search for summer critters in the Nature PlayScape. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 3 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 active military and seniors; 513-831-1711 or


Bring the kids for an interactive animal experience! Enjoy visiting with all sorts of critters — everything from snakes and turtles to a parrot and lemurs. Visit with all the exhibitors, including Cool Critters Outreach and Valley Exotics Petting Zoo, and enter for a chance to win a $50 Dayton Mall Gift Card. Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road; 10 a.m.;


Lots of families won’t be able to take a vacation this year, so join them for a fun carnival with games, yummy food, prizes and plenty of fun. Volunteers are needed, bringing the whole family for a fun evening with others! Bethany House Services, 1836 Fairmount Avenue; 5 - 9 p.m.; tickets are 10 cents; 513-557-2411 or


Join naturalist Sheila Riley with your telescopes and take a look at the night skies, or enjoy an indoor program if the skies prove to be too cloudy. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7 p.m.; members free, nonmembers pay daily admission ($8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 12); 513-831-1711 or


Have a blast investigating creek critters, fabulous fossils and splashing in the water. Come dressed to get wet and a little dirty. Sebald Park, Elk Creek Road, Middletown; 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


Bring the family for some old-fashioned farm fun — enjoy pony rides, a petting zoo with barnyard animals, trucks, tractors, and a hayride. Please leave your four-legged family members at home today! Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road; 6 - 8 p.m.; $5 per child; 513-388-4513 or

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Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a missionary in Africa? Meet six Comboni Missionaries who serve in Mozambique, Uganda, Chad, South Africa, and Kenya. They will tell stories of their work in Africa, share artifacts from their mission centers, and educate guests about how St. Daniel Comboni’s mission to save Africa is being fulfilled. Comboni Mission Center, 1318 Nagel Road; 7 p.m.; 513-474-4997 or

Examine work by James Paterson in the ON! exhibition and create your own planes and texture-collage sky paintings. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 students with ID and seniors, free members and children younger than 5); 513-345-8419 or


Take a one-hour train ride through the countryside of Warren County, while listening to informative passenger conductors describe railroad history and operations. Train departs at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. on July 11, 17 and 25. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic Street; $13 adults, $8 seniors and ages 5 - 16, $5 ages 2 - 4, free ages 1 year and younger; 513-9338022 or

The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati presents this fun story time, while parents can enter a drawing to a future performance! Hyde Park Branch Library, 2747 Erie Avenue; 10:30 a.m.; 513-369-4456 or cincinnatilibrary. org.


Join the naturalist for a story, craft and a short hike to discover all about butterflies. Sycamore Park, 4082 Highway 132, Batavia; 11 a.m.; 513-876-9013 or


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Grab a net to investigate who calls the wetland home. Search for frogs, tadpoles, turtles and other critters. Chilo Lock 34 Park, 521 County Park Road; 7 p.m.; 513876-9013 or


Discover the fascinating world of wildlife with a little help from Mr. Cowpie’s Party Animals in this program from Kenton County Parks & Recreation. Be sure to arrive early for some pre-program fun with the Kenton County Public Library. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; free admission, but a canned donation is appreciated; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty. org.


Enjoy an evening of great melodies — snacks and beverages will be for sale through the Lodge concessions. Also on July 25. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-867-5835 or


Join other families in the Nature PlayScape to search for insects with your magnifying glasses and bug boxes, then watch an outdoor screening of A Bug’s Life. Bring your own snacks and a blanket; no lawn chairs please. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 8 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 active military and seniors; 513-8311711 or


Enjoy a concert from Tulu Redux! This concert benefits the Northern Kentucky Music Legends scholarship fund to support a student majoring in music at Northern Kentucky University. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 6 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12; 859-491-4003 or


Bring the gang for an evening of Americana-rock tunes from Shoot Out the Lights. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road; 7 p.m.; 513-388-4513 or andersonparks. com.

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Children’s musician Bill Smith performs on stage at blue manatee during Oakley After Hours — bring your dancing shoes and your sing-along voices for this fun night out. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


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


Join in for a fun family morning featuring a little learning, a little snack and lots of fun. Rentschler Forest Metropark, 5701 Reigart Road; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or


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Join the LM&M Railroad for a one-hour train ride behind steam engine Lehigh Valley Coal Company #126! Ride behind the steam engine, talk with the crew, watch the maintenance and servicing, and take pictures of the locomotive in action. Engine #126 will depart from the City of Lebanon on July 13, 14, 20 and 21, and from the Mason Station (5650 Tylersville Road, Mason) on July 27 and 28. Departure times are 10 a.m., 12, 2 and 4 p.m. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon; $18.50 adults, $15.50 seniors and ages 5 - 16, $8.50 ages 2 - 4, free ages 1 year and younger; 513933-8022 or


Learn about the architect’s work with some hands-on activities, and then check out the Build It! Architecture for Kids exhibit. The Betts House, 416 Clark Street; 2 - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($2); 513-651-0734 or

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Madcap Puppets present this fun show for audiences of all ages. Durr Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 1992 Walton Nicholson Road, Independence; 11 a.m.; 859-962-4030 or


Join a Play Facilitator in the Nature PlayScape and build a fort from natural materials. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 2 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 active military and seniors; 513-831-1711 or


Ages 12 - 18 are invited to learn the basics of birding. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10 online preregistration fee is required to join the club; 513-8311711 or


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


Bring the gang for an evening of entertainment from the Frisch Marionette Company with special guests Bullooney Puppet Works, the Cincinnati Circus, and Explore Nature. Smale Riverfront Park, West Mehring Way; 4 - 7 p.m.;


Discover the magic of mirrors as you make your very own kaleidoscope. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 3:30 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Remember the Civil War in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Morgan’s Raid. Re-enactors read samples from Civil War documents with live period music in between, and don’t miss a debate between Abe Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Heritage Village Museum, inside Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 12 - 4 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 ages 5 - 11, free ages 4 and younger, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-563-9484 or


Enjoy music from the Pioneer Church this afternoon, and bring your own instrument to join in! Indian Creek MetroPark, 3000 Indian Creek Road, Oxford; 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or


Learn the techniques to safely view our nearest stellar neighbor and feel the power of the Sun. Enjoy hourly programs, tours of the Observatory, and safe viewings of sunspots and solar flares from the historic telescope (weather permitting). Then enjoy a special sweet treat! Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place; 1 - 4 p.m.; $7 per person; 513-321-5186 or (the “Calendar” continues on page 41)



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ig trucks have always amazed kids! Springfield Township introduces kids to more than 40 vehicles — let them climb aboard a backhoe, be the “driver” of a fire truck, see a real army tank, and even watch a street sweeper in action. Don’t miss the helicopter fly-over at noon! Skyline Chili will be on the scene to sell concessions. Springfield Township Civic Center parking lot, 9150 Winton Road; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Call 513-522-1410 or visit

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Join the Wump Mucket Puppets for songs and silliness this summer. Corryville Branch Library, 2802 Vine Street; 10:30 a.m.; 513-369-6034 or


Rockin’ Rockets with Mad Science of Cincinnati will be on the scene to introduce kids to some fun science concepts, complete with popcorn and lemonade from Faith Community United Methodist Church and pizza from Snappy Tomato Pizza! Be sure to arrive early for pre-program fun! Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington; 10 a.m.; free admission, but a canned donation is appreciated; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty. org.


Bourbon ‘n Blues and The Bluebirds are back together for an evening of musical fun. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 6 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12; 859-491-4003 or


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Celebrate the joy of art with hands-on activities that help you understand your child’s artistic point of view. Led by Jamie Muenzer of Voices + Visionaries. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Catch a free screening of Kung Fu Panda 2 this morning at either the Esquire Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) or the Mariemont Theatre (6906 Wooster Pike), as part of their free summer movie series. Also on July 17! Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and the movie begins at 10:30 a.m. Esquire Theater, 320 Ludlow Avenue;


Bring your kids for a night out at the park, complete with crafts, a bounce house and games. Central Park, Shelter 2, Camp Ernst Road, Burlington; 7 - 8 p.m.;


Join Cincinnati Family for a screening of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax or Big Miracle on July 16 or 17. Your $1 movie ticket will help benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Deerfield Towne Center Stadium 16, 5500 Deerfield Boulevard, Mason; 10 a.m.; $1;


Is your tot a Wild Thing? Bring them along to enjoy the classic story and then make a fun craft. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or

Stop by the playground for lunch in the park — bring sides for your picnic, or purchase additional items from the concession stand. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; $1 per grilled cheese; 513388-4513 or


Enjoy a family concert of classic rock tunes from Slim Tempo and The ChangeUps. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road; 7 p.m.; 513-388-4513 or andersonparks. com.


Explore and play with James Burgerman’s My Great Movie. Afterwards, make a movie poster and create a Burgerman inspired sculpture. Moksha Yoga is on hand to teach your little ones how to use movement to tell a story. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 students with ID and seniors, free members and children younger than 5); 513-345-8419 or

Ages 6 - 17 can stop by for experiments, crafts, recipe tastings, and playing in the community garden. Middletown Community Garden, 800 Lafayette Avenue, Middletown; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or

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The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati presents this fun story time, while parents can enter a drawing to a future performance! Madeira Branch Library, 7200 Miami Avenue; 10:30 a.m.; 513-369-6028 or cincinnatilibrary. org.


Head over to the amphitheater for a free juggling show from the Cincinnati Circus Co., thanks to sponsor Sea of Smiles, then stick around for the popular Grilled Cheese Wednesday. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; there is a small fee for grilled cheese; 513-388-4513 or


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It’s the return of Breyer’s annual Model Horse Festival and Horse Fair! Enjoy a plethora of activities for the whole family, including splash dogs, a look at Smart and Shiney, owned by Lyle Lovett and presented by Tim McQuay, more than 40 live horse performances, a free craft activity tent, pony rides and a petting zoo, a hobby booth, live music, contests for kids and more. See site for complete schedule. Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington; $10 child single day, $20 adult single day, $62.50 child three-day ticket, $92.50 adult three-day ticket;


Take a fun family hike that will teach you all about fossils. Rentschler Forest Metropark, 5701 Reigart Road; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or

It’s Feet, Feathers and Fur and Tom Turkey with Meggy Cooper and Out of Control Wildlife in this summer fun program from Kenton County Parks & Recreation. Be sure to arrive early for pre-program fun! Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; free admission, but a canned donation is appreciated; 859525-7529 or (please turn the page) •

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Catch a free screening of Madagascar this morning at either the Esquire Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) or the Mariemont Theatre (6906 Wooster Pike), as part of their free summer movie series. Also on July 24! Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and the movie begins at 10:30 a.m. Esquire Theater, 320 Ludlow Avenue;


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ool off from the hot summer sun and explore the East Fork of the Little Miami River. Search for crayfish, snails and other creatures and discover what those bugs tell us about the health of the river. Sycamore Park, 4082 Highway 132, Batavia; 6:30 p.m. Call 513876-9013 or visit


Local author and WGRR on-air personality Janeen Coyle reads, discusses and signs her book A Pug With a Plan, the true story of a family’s love and loss of their dear pet and the idea that there is another pet out there, waiting for a family to love it. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Bring your own blankets, chairs and refreshments for a free concert on the lawn. Swing Time performs on July 20, while Elvis Tribute Artist Kaven appears with Third Degree Sidebarn on July 27. Boone Woods Park, Creekside Stage, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 7 8:30 p.m.;


Ahoy Matey! Check out this popular and crazy community event where people race boats they have built from cardboard. Cheer on your favorite boats, and watch as prizes are awarded, including one for best sinking! Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 10 a.m. - 3 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


Ages 9 - 15 explore Newton’s laws of motion and gravitation, and learn about the basis for classical physics. Museum of Natural History & Science, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 2 - 3 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Bring the kids to the Nature PlayScape to make a mobile out of natural materials. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 active military and seniors; 513-831-1711 or


Head to Sawyer Point for an all-day music festival featuring music of the 80s and 90s, include a performance from Firehouse, a kids’ zone, festival food, face painting, games and performances from the Cincinnati Circus. Sawyer Point, 705 East Pete Rose Way; 12 - 10 p.m.; $3, free ages 14 and younger; 513357-2604 or

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Kenton County Parks & Recreation, the Cincinnati Observatory Center, and Midwestern Astronomers present an evening program featuring Venus, Saturn, and our own moon. Weather permitting, the program will move outdoors for a look at the nighttime sky. Lincoln Ridge Park, 420 Independence Station Road, Independence; 8:30 p.m.; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty. org.


Join the Circle D Rangers as they protect the Metamorabound train — come see bandits, marshals, robber barons and more as you roll through the scenic countryside. Whitewater Valley Railroad. Grand Central Station, Connersville; 12:01 p.m.; $22 adults, $14 children (round-trip); 765-825-2054 or whitewatervalleyrr. org.


The Dry Dredgers will be available in the Visitor Center lobby to identify your fossils and share information about fossil hunting. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 2 - 4 p.m.; free members, nonmembers pay daily admission ($8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12); 513-831-1711 or


Use the Family Guide to explore the exhibit Photographic Wonders: American Daguerreotypes from The NelsonAtkins Museum of Art, put yourself in the picture with a hands-on activity, and experiment with a camera obscura at the Art Cart. At 2:30 p.m. ArtReach will perform Cincinnati: A City of Immigrants, following six characters representing the largest six waves of immigrants to Cincinnati over the past 180 years (best for ages 10 and older). Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike Street; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-684-4515 or


Eliana Corredor, a registered Music Together teacher, leads a workshop that includes dancing, chanting and playing with instruments. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or


Who’s up for some fun in the park? Enjoy games, crafts, refreshments and more! Boone Woods Park, Shelter 3, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 7 - 8 p.m.;


The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati presents this fun story time, while parents can enter a drawing to a future performance! Green Township Branch Library, 6525 Bridgetown Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-369-6095 or


Catch a screening of Yogi Bear or Journey 2: The Mysterious Island on July 23 or 24 as part of Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express! Deerfield Towne Center Stadium 16, 5500 Deerfield Boulevard, Mason; 10 a.m.; $1;


The Wump Mucket Puppets are bringing their silly songs to the library today! Hyde Park Branch Library, 2747 Erie Avenue; 6:30 p.m.; 513-369-4456 or


The gang from Circus Mojo entertains all ages with juggling, tightrope walking, stilt walking and more. Bring your own blankets, chairs and refreshments for an evening of zany fun. In case of rain, festivities will he held at the Main Branch of the Boone County Public Library on Route 18 in Burlington. Boone Woods Park, Creekside Stage, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 7 - 8 p.m.; 859-334-2283 or


Come to the Nature PlayScape and join the Play Facilitator for a lesson on making your own solar print. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 6 - 7 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 active military and seniors; 513-831-1711 or


Discover the fascinating world of wildlife with John James Audubon and Fishtrap and Field Programs on Fowler Creek. Be sure to arrive early for fun pre-programs with the Kenton County Public Library. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; free admission, but a canned donation is appreciated; 859-525-7529 or

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Make some feather art inspired by Atelier’s installation, Pillow Fight. Jump in for some action as feathers fall on a giant mural and add some colored goo and spray bottle art too. Keep moving with a special class from Moksha Yoga. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 students with ID and seniors, free members and children younger than 5); 513-345-8419 or

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Enjoy live music, games, rides, tasty food, an “Anderson’s Got Talent” competition, and a Rozzi Famous Fireworks display, courtesy of Beechmont Automotive Group. The fun takes place from 5 - 11 p.m. July 26 and 27, and from 5 - 10 p.m. on July 28. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road; 513-388-5093 or


Enjoy a free screening of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, with pre-screening entertainment from the Cincinnati Circus. Movie starts at 9 p.m. Smale Riverfront Park, West Mehring Way; 7 - 11 p.m.;


Join Sharonville’s community celebration! Check out inflatable rides, live entertainment, a silent auction, Family Fun Time on Saturday afternoon with a free hot dog and chips for ages younger than 12 (one per child, please), and a demonstration with Cool Critters! Learn about the community’s non-profit organizations, city assets and more. The fun begins at 6 p.m. on July 26 and 3 p.m. on July 27! Gower Park, 10998 Thornview Drive; free admission, $6 all-day ride pass; 513-9369122 or



This festival for pets and pet-lovers includes exhibits, offleash fun in the Kenton County Paw Park, a pool party for pooches, contests and demos, and more. Proceeds from the day benefit Friends of Kenton Paw Park and the Kenton County Animal Shelter. Pioneer Park, 3950 Madison Pike, Covington; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; admission is free, but a $5 donation is appreciated;


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


Take a family-style tour through CAC with a docent at 1 p.m., then enjoy a musical performance by Cincinnati’s own Shiny and the Spoon in the lobby. In the UnMuseum, staff will host a fun screen printing project based around the living room, using printed wallpapers and individual designs by Able Projects. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th Street; 1 - 4 p.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $5.50 students with ID and seniors, free members and children younger than 5); 513-345-8419 or


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


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


The Greater Cincinnati Radio Control Club presents the 53rd edition of its annual Flying Circus — watch non-stop action as radio control modelers present air shows in miniature, along with giant scale models, jets, and acrobatics, along with recreations of Pearl Harbor, a Salute to Veterans, and the launch of a rocket-powered Space Shuttle. Butler County Regional Airport, 2820 E. Airport Dr., Hamilton; 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. July 27 and 28; free admission, parking is $5 for one in a car, or $10 for carload;


Test the limits of water in the Nature PlayScape today! Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 2 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 active military and seniors; 513-831-1711 or


Worms are everywhere! Learn how they travel underground, what they like to eat, and what likes to eat them! How many worms can you find and observe in the Nature PlayScape. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 11 a.m.; free members, $8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 active military and seniors; 513-831-1711 or


Thomas the Tank Engine rolls into town wooden train layouts, a Thomas HO scale electric train display, videos, coloring and crafts, scavenger hunts with prizes, and more fun. Thomas will be on display until Sept. 8; open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon - Sat, and 12 - 6 p.m. Sun. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; admission begins at $9.95; 513-898-8000 or


The Children’s Theater of Cincinnati presents this fun story time, while parents can enter a drawing to a future performance! Symmes Township Branch Library, 11850 Enyart Road, Loveland; 1:30 p.m.; 513-369-6001 or

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Have fun with your infant or toddler in this program that teaches the basics of sign language for better communication during the early childhood years. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Avenue; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Catch a free screening of Chicken Run this morning at either the Esquire Theatre (320 Ludlow Ave.) or the Mariemont Theatre (6906 Wooster Pike), as part of their free summer movie series. Also on July 31! Doors open at 9:45 a.m. and the movie begins at 10:30 a.m. Esquire Theater, 320 Ludlow Avenue;


Check out the zany Wump Mucket Puppets this afternoon! Westwood Branch Library, 3345 Epworth Avenue; 2 p.m.; 513-369-4474 or wumpmucketpuppets. com.


Time for games, crafts, refreshments, and a bounce house, all while you explore the park! Giles Conrad Park, 7500 River Road, Hebron; 7 - 8 p.m.;


Bring the gang for a screening of Racing Stripes or Happy Feet Too on July 30 or 31. Your $1 movie ticket will help benefit the Will Rogers Institute. Deerfield Towne Center Stadium 16, 5500 Deerfield Boulevard, Mason; 10 a.m.; $1;


All ages are welcome to join a guided walk by the creek. Indian Creek MetroPark, 3800 Indian Creek Road, Oxford; 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


Did you search for Waldo around Cincinnati this month? Then come and celebrate with host Thane Maynard from the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Enjoy some tasty treats, and stick around for prize drawings. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Kenton County Parks & Recreation presents It’s the Land Down Under with Kentucky Down Under. Arrive early for some pre-program fun. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; free admission, but a canned donation is appreciated; 859-525-7529 or


The Wump Mucket Puppets says good-bye to July with songs and silliness. Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Avenue; 1:30 p.m.; 513-369-4467 or

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1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington 859-491-4003 or • My Doll and Me RSVP by July 15. Girls ages 6 10 are invited to bring their American Girl dolls to travel back in time to 1904 and learn the games that American Girl Samantha might have played. Follow it up with a craft and a tea party. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. July 30; $20 members, $25 nonmembers.

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• More Signing, Less Whining Learn to “talk” to your hearing baby or toddler with American Sign Language for benefits like preverbal communication, earlier speech development, and less frustration. This SmallTalk workshop is taught by a Child Sign Language Specialist. 6:45 p.m. July 9; $45 (includes pictorial dictionary and DVD). • HypnoBirthing Sign up for a unique childbirth series that explodes the myth that suffering must accompany labor. 5:45 or 8 p.m. Wed in July; $200 per team (10-week package). • Happiest Baby on the Block Learn how to turn on your newborn’s calming reflex and how to calm even the fussiest of babies. 6:45 p.m. July 22; $50 per couple (includes Parent Kit with DVD). • Baby’s Amazing Journey Join this workshop to learn about developmental milestones and for effective strategies to deal with common newborn issues like eating, sleeping and fussiness problems. 6:45 p.m. July 11; $35.

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• Amazing Amy’s Build a Book Workshop Join Amy Dean, a certified teacher and writing instructor, for a summer writing workshop. Writers will review the blueprints of story structure and development, before designing and writing their own story. Each child will take home their story in a hardcover book, and receive a Jr. Smoothie as a snack to help refuel them as they write. For ages 8 and older. 1 - 3 p.m. July 8; $12 per child. • Spanish Play Date Join an interactive play date with Miss Ana where children and parents will discover Spanish together. Best for amigos and amigas ages 3 - 6. 1 - 1:45 p.m. July 7;$3. • Gymboree Story and Play Time Friends from Gymboree will make stories come alive with songs, movement, activities and parachute play. 10:30 - 11 a.m. July 12; $3. • Make a Mess at the Manatee Join Miss Kelli for a good book and an art-making activity you can do with your child. 10 a.m. July 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; $5. • Little Yogis Join Hollie Nesbitt from Omya Studio in Northside for a yoga class designed for ages 2 - 4. 10:30 - 11 a.m. July 18; $9. • Miss Meghan’s Music Join Miss Meghan for songs and fun with your little one! 9:45 or 10:30 a.m. July 11; $8.

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• Tummy Time Join instructor Amber Lowe to learn ways to enrich your baby’s play and growth in this class for ages 0 - 5 months. Tummy Time is awake time Baby spends lying on her tummy and is important for core strengthening and to developmental skills. Please bring a blanket for your child to play on. 10:45 - 11:15 a.m. July 2, 9, 26, 23 and 30; $12.

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• CFEC Classes Register for the center’s classes for ages birth to 5 years, including Rock n Rollers, The Pottery Train, Little Sprout Yogis, Tiny Tunes, Head & Shoulders Knees & Toes, Movers & Shakers, Crawlers and Climbers, The Next Step, Silly Science, Jitterbugs, Wiggle Worms, Crazy Maze, Tip Tap Toe, and new classes Eating the Alphabet, Jumpin’ in Our Jammies, Setting Sun, Movin’ and Groovin’ and Expressive Adventures. Class packages range from $50 - $150. • Family Classes Register for classes for the family including Whale of a Tale, Imagination Station, Family Fiesta, Animal Action, Cupcake Kids, PeaWee Patch, Cultural Club, Yoga Adventures, Rise & Shine, DRUMatic, Hands Up, and new classes Grossology and Music Express. Class packages range from $50 - $110. • Parent Classes Register for parent workshops including BellyRobics, Signing Safari, The Potty Train and more. Class package prices vary. • FREE These Aren’t Your Momma’s Cloth Diapers Learn the benefits of cloth diapering for you, your baby, and for the environment. It’s not as messy as you might think! 12:45 p.m. July 27. • Breastfeeding Realities Why do mothers struggle with breastfeeding? Join this class that covers typical problems and answers, how to identify things like hunger cues, and what to do when breastfeeding just doesn’t go to plan. Taught by Wendy McHale, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. 3 - 5 p.m. July 20; $25 per couple. • FREE Working Without Weaning Listen to one breastfeeding mom’s tips and advice on making the transition back to work, including advice on pumping and storing breast milk and preparing your child care provider for using your milk. 2 p.m. July 13.

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

• Harvestman Hike Join CNC’s resident Harvestman on a hike as he shares his passion for Opiliones. Best for ages 6 and older. 7 - 9 p.m. July 26; free with admission. • Earthworm Village Ages 6 and older will search for worms, then use wool from sheep to make your own earthworm village. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. July 6; $5 plus admission.

• Full Moon Walk Ages 8 and older will take a nighttime hike to enjoy the full moon, followed by natural history readings. 9:15 p.m. July 22; free members, $8 nonmembers.


3489 Observatory Place 513-321-5186 or • Family Astro-Campout Bring your tents and sleeping bags to camp out on the Observatory’s lawn for a special night under the stars. Join a tour, a viewing of the twilight planet Venus, constellation stories around a campfire, and stargazing throughout the night. The Observatory will remain open all night for access to the restrooms and the telescope! A light breakfast will be served at 8 a.m. 8 p.m. July 27; $10 per member, $15 per nonmember.


2715 Reading Road 513-221-0981 or • Munch Your Way Through the Garden July is a great time of year to eat tomatoes ripe off the vine. We love to eat straight from the garden in the summer, and so do some insects. Munch your way through the garden and discover what insects help the garden grow. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. July 20; $5.


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


Held at Seven Hills School, 5400 Red Bank Road • Workshop for Girls Ages 9 - 12 are invited for an all-day workshop featuring fun, fashion, crafts and more, all designed to entertain, enrich and empower your daughters. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. July 27; $65 $75 plus service fees.

LANGSFORD LEARNING ACCELERATION CENTER 9402 Towne Square Ave., Blue Ash 513-531-7400 or

• FREE What Parents Should Know About Reading and Comprehension RSVP by July 15. Learn about current national research on successful readers, and how to better follow and how to better follow your own child’s reading development and learning. This seminar will cover the five critical literacy skills of successful reading and compensation skills that mask successful development. 4:30 - 6 p.m. July 17.

• Use Your Feet to Make a Tasty Treat Celebrate National Ice Cream Day by making your own ice cream! Learn about necessary ingredients and how you will use your feet to mix them. 1 or 3 p.m. July 21; $5 per ice cream container plus admission. (please turn the page)

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9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) or A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Night Bike Ride RSVP by July 10. Ages 8 and older are invited for an evening bike ride around the Shaker Trace Trail, followed by a celebration with light refreshments. Helmets and front/back lights are recommended. 8:30 p.m. July 12; $6. • Bugs in the Backyard RSVP by July 24. Ages 2 - 4 will learn all about the bugs we can find in our own backyards, followed by a story and a craft. 11 a.m. July 26; $5.


5580 Elk Creek Road, Middletown 513-867-5835 or A valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park • Discovery Kids Preschoolers and their adults will explore the natural world through stories, crafts, songs and hands-on activities. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. July 17; $3.

SHALOM FAMILY • 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. July 14 and 28.


234 Goodman St. 513-584-2230 or • Childbirth Classes Expecting moms are invited to a range of childbirth classes including: Prepared Childbirth on July 6 and 20; Baby Car Basics on July 8; Breastfeeding on July 9 (July 16 at the Walnut Hills Health Center); Infant CPR on July 11; Natural Childbirth on July 17; Prepared Childbirth on July 20 (West Chester Hospital); Adoptive Parents Baby Care Basics and Infant CPR on July 22 (West Chester Hospital); and Maternity Tours on July 8 and 25.


7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 or A valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park • Discovery Kids Preschoolers and their grown-ups will explore the natural world with songs, stories, crafts and a small snack. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. July 18; $3.


5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason 513-398-9358 or mason • FREE Half Pint Kids Club Ages 2 - 9 will explore healthy eating, gardening and craft projects on select Wednesdays in July. Themes include Independence Day (July 3); Cherries (July 10); Strawberries (July 24); and the Beach (July 31). 10 a.m. • Kids’ Camp Ages 3 - 9 will learn about cooking, fitness, gardening and other wellness topics. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. July 15 - 18; $25.


10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) or A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park


Mark Twain’s timeless classic takes audiences down the mighty Mississippi with Huck Finn as he helps his friend Jim, a slave, escape to freedom. Enjoy an award-winning score from Roger Miller, in this theatrical celebration of Americana. Showboat Majestic, 435 East Mehring, Public Landing; July 10 – 28 (see site for complete schedule); $20 adults, $19 seniors and students; 513-241-6550 or

• Fishing Fever RSVP two days in advance. Learn the basics of fishing and go fishing at the catchand-release pond. Bait, poles and equipment will be provided. 9 - 10 a.m. July 5, 12, 19, 26; $3. • Barnyard Boogie Fun Pack RSVP by July 7. Strap on your dancing shoes and hop, trot and waddle your way around the farm to see how the animals dance the day away. Program includes Playbarn admission and a wagon ride. - 10:30 a.m. July 9; $6 per child, $4 per adult. • Barnyard Boogie RSVP by July 9. Check out how animals dance the day away and learn a few new moves yourself. 9 a.m. July 11; $2. • Pretty Pony Fun Pack RSVP by July 14. Brush and decorate a real pony and learn how to care for it. Program includes Playbarn admission and a wagon ride. 9 - 10:30 a.m. July 16; $6 per child, $4 per adult. • Pretty Pony RSVP by July 16. Brush and decorate a real pony and learn how to care for it. 9 a.m. July 18; $2. • Nibble & Gnaw Fun Pack RSVP by July 21. Explore ways animals find and eat tasty tidbits. Program includes Playbarn and a wagon ride. 9 - 10:30 a.m. July 23; $6 per child, $4 per adult. • Nibble & Gnaw RSVP by July 23. Explore ways animals find and eat tasty treats. 9 a.m. July 25; $2. • Pen Pals Fun Pack RSVP by July 28. Meet some of Parky’s Farm animals, and help the farmer care for them. Program includes Playbarn admission and a wagon ride. 9 - 10:30 a.m. July 30; $6 per child, $4 per adult.


8250 Old Kellogg Ave. 513-521-PARK (7275) or A valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park • Shotgun Start RSVP by July 8. This parent/child tournament features a nine-hole event consisting of three-hole best ball, three-hole select drive alternate shot, and three-hold scramble formats. Boys and girls must be 17 years old or younger; parent may play with only one child. 5 p.m. July 14; $50. • Animal Appetites RSVP by July 25. Ages 5 and older learn about the animals at Seasongood Nature Center and what it takes to care for them, followed by a snack and a craft. 2 p.m. July 27; $5. •


Grease is definitely the word, as the Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre presents this everpopular musical featuring a star-crossed love story, toe-tapping tunes and plenty of local talented youngsters. Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; July 26 - Aug. 4; $14 adults, $12 seniors and college students, $10 high school students and younger; 513-241-6550 or

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Have a Music Pups Birthday Party for your 1 to 4 year old. Singing, dancing, music instruments, parachutes, bubbles, puppets, & more.

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