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feedback & online

Local parents chat, plus, Shaw Farms' selfie contest and more giveaways.

cincinnati news

Meet our Cover Kids 2016 finalists; Jam out with the Jamtones; Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo and more.

12 kids’ health

On the road this month? Defeat your child's motion sickness!

14 family outing

Chill out at Green Lake, WI.

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BABY BITS

Swimming resources for babies; breastfeeding support; doula info and great new baby gear for you and your little one.

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BUMP WEAR

Your expanding belly will need more room as Baby grows. Great tips to make your wardrobe work for you plus a maternity wear round-up.

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BREAST-FEEDING PROBLEMS SOLVED Answers to the five most commonly reported breast-feeding issues from local experts.

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he’s standing in the kitchen, at the sink, looking out the window at a baseball game going on in the backyard. My mother is slicing strawberries. Soon she’ll mix them with sugar and let them steep in a growing juice. She’s baking Bisquick biscuits in shorts and a halter top, and her hair is piled on top of her head — it’s hot. She leans closer to the window every so often, smiling at the kids in the yard. Tod’s really good at baseball. Wendy not so much. But it’s our backyard, and we have enough room for a baseball diamond. And so it’s Wiffle ball or else the hard balls Tod can hit will break a pane of glass on the house — we know. It’s happened. Evening’s beginning to sing outside: crickets and cicadas hum in the trees. We laugh and run, catch and miss, slide and tag. It’s July, and the summer still stretches out for miles and miles. Dad’s got a baseball game on inside and he’s standing in front of the TV. He never sits, because he’s apt to rush back to his typewriter to work on an assignment. Baseball is wildly more interesting than any old deadline. When it gets too dark to see the ball outside, we kids will divide. Carol and Michael and Bonnie and Joe will head home. The five of us will traipse in our backdoor, letting it slam behind us. We’ll have Mom’s shortcake and hang out talking. Maybe we’ll watch TV, but mostly we’ll sit in the kitchen talking at the table. We might play a board game. The days will come and the days will go. I’ll read like crazy and wake up in the morning with bent pages of my book stuck to my arm or leg. Wendy and I will go hunting for frogs. The park is just down the road, and we’re allowed to ride our bikes there. We’ll be gone for hours. We will not have a cell phone or a watch, but Mother will know where we are and that we’re all right. We’ll flip rocks over in the creek looking for critters and walk barefoot in the cool water. We’ll skip stones and roam without talking; other times we’ll chatter non-stop. We’ll head home when we’re hungry and we’ll make our own lunch. Later it will be baseball again or we’ll play “Olympics” in the yard, pretending our cartwheels are worthy of “10s” or not. We’ll do handstands and somersaults and roundoffs. Carol will do her awesome hand spring and we’ll all shout, “Ten!” We might walk across the golf course and go for a swim, or we might just plan a sleepover on the back porch and eat massive amounts of candy while talking into the black night before falling asleep. I look forward to every day; every cotton-picking adventure, because it’s summer and we’re all home. Together. And because my mother wants us to have fun. She literally encourages us to go out and find it. How lucky was I to have a mom like that? And what are YOUR kids doing this month?

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SELFIES WIN AT SHAW FARMS Shaw Farms (shawfarms.com) has lots going on this month and next, and you’re invited to join the fun! Head to the farm throughout July and August and take a family selfie while you’re there (maybe at one of the spots on their super-fun scavenger hunt for kids!). Next, share it with #cinfamatshaw on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. We’ll pick a winner to receive admission passes to Shaw Farms’ Fall Festival kicking off Saturday, Sept. 17!

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JAMMIN’ OUT WITH JOSH & THE JAMTONES! Get up and dance! Bring the gang for a concert with Josh & The Jamtones, winners of multiple Parents’ Choice Awards and kids’ hearts everywhere with their ska and stadium rock influences. Head to the Mayerson JCC (8485 Ridge Road) on Sunday, Aug. 7 at 3 p.m. for an afternoon of jammin’, dancin’ fun. Tickets are $5 per person or $15 per family during the presale, or $10 per person at the door. Purchase tickets at 513-761-7500 or mayersonjcc.org.

CINCINNATI REDS YOUTH FAN CLUBS

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Take the kids out to the Great American Ball Park in style: The Reds

FC Cincinnati has kicked off a great season so far, and there are plenty of opportunities left for you and your crew to enjoy a game and cheer on Cincinnati’s newest sports obsession! This month, FC Cincinnati plays at Nippert Stadium (2700 Bearcat Way) on July 2 vs. Bethlehem Steel FC; July 20 against New York Red Bulls II; July 23 against Louisville City FC; and July 30 against Charleston Battery! Head to the team’s website for all the details on the UDF Kids Zone, where kids can cheer on the Orange and Blue, play free online soccer games, sign up to be the ball kid of the game, and parents can snag some UDF deals and tickets. Visit fccincinnati.com.

have two youth fan clubs for kids that include fun items and free tickets. REDS HEADS is for children 12 and younger. Membership is $30 and includes a Red Heads gym bag, an exclusive Reds sports shirt, a Reds spirit cape/wall banner; a Reds pillowcase; five temporary tatoos; an official 2016 Reds Heads membership card with lanyard; two free tickets to any Sun - Thu home game and more. REDS ROOKIES is the team’s official baby fan club for children 0 - 3 years old. Membership is $20 and includes a Reds hooded towel; a Gapper plush; tickets to Reds Rookies games and more. Head to reds.com and click on “Fans” to sign your child up.

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COVER KIDS

— meet the finalists — Voting Period Ends July 14! The final stretch of our 2016 online Cover Kids event is finally 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 cincinnatifamilymagazine.com/coverkids 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 finalists. Voting runs July 5 - 14. Winners will be announced online Friday, July 15 and shown in print in our August, 2016 issue.

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IT’S NOT EASY BEING QUEASY By Chad Young

Car sickness can strike a child when you least expect it. Be ready if one of your kids turns pale and nauseous during your family’s summer travels.

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Move him to the middle seat: Place a

Keep odors at bay: Travel with Febreze

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queasy child in the middle of the backseat so

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they can see out the front, which is less likely

paper towels for messes.

to hear when you’re

to be a blur. Tell your child to focus outside In case of an accident: Travel with a

traveling with kids. But queasy kids happen

of the car, toward spots far away. Change the

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spot as needed.

handy set of extra clothes … just to be safe.

at amusement parks. The culprit is conflicting Have an accident container handy:

sensory messages going on in your child’s

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Keep a box of zip-lock gallon bags in the car

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in the event your child really does get sick.

immune). Moms who have dealt with queasy

Toss it out as soon as you can so your car

kids before have great ideas for you:

won’t smell.

Consider night driving: If you’re

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Keep Queasy Pops on hand (available at

Walgreen’s, CVS or amazon.com).

early in the morning so your child will sleep through — he can’t get sick if he’s asleep!

Think “ginger”: In the form or tablets or

gum, ginger can really settle a tummy.

Use the power of distraction: Nix Keep him cool: Have a cool face cloth in

reading in the car since it can make a kid

woozy, but DO offer to play car games to

a small bag of your car cabin as well as an ice

distract your child. Try “I Spy,” “Hangman,”

pack for the back of the neck. Give it to your

and “Name that Tune.” Some kids do well

child to use in 10-minute increments.

listening to music in their ear buds or watching a movie.

Consider medicating: With your

pediatrician’s permission, give your child

Try Sea-bands: The bands have small

Benadryl, Dramamine (available over the

plastic studs that press into the wrist like

counter for ages 2 and older), or Bonine.

acupressure. In a pinch, tell your child to

For children over age 12, there’s also a

apply pressure to his wrist with his other

prescription patch made from the drug

fingers at his pulse point.

Scopolomine.

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family outing

CHILL

By Barbara Littner David

AT GREEN LAKE

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Fishing excursions, home-like resorts, water sports and more in a cozy historic town.

felt two tugs on the line. To be sure, I waited to feel another one. When it came, I flipped the lever on the rod. “You got something going on there?” asked Joel, our captain and fishing guide. I nodded. “Reel it in.” I started winding the reel, the wrong way. “No, away from you. Wind away from you.” I did. The rod bowed, a steep arch formed, and it got harder to turn the reel. My arms strained, my heart pounded, and Joel grabbed the net. A catfish, the biggest fish anyone in our group caught that day, wriggled and bounced. We snapped pictures of my prized catch, and Joel released the fish back into the water. My fishing adventure occurred in Green Lake, Wisconsin, the oldest resort town west of Niagara Falls. Joel, of North Bay Sport, has been leading fishing excursions for experienced and novice anglers since 1985. “People get discouraged if hours go by and they catch one or two fish. I bring ‘em out here, and they have fun catching fish after fish.” And that’s exactly what we did. Throughout my Green Lake visit, I stayed at the Heidel House Resort and Spa. Though the design and lighting could use an update, the lake view more than compensated. From the dock, my balcony, and even the couch in my suite, I enjoyed the lake’s cooling breeze, its glittering shine, and its gentle laps against the bank. In addition to the view, the resort offers cruises on its yacht, The Escapade, and makes rentals available for water sports. World class golf courses are just minutes away, and guests can enjoy the complimentary fitness room,

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game room, tennis courts, and indoor and outdoor pools. For deeper relaxation, the resort’s Evensong Spa provides a variety of services. Just walking in calmed me with its soothing sounds, scents, and nature-inspired décor and surroundings. Evensong has earned worldwide recognition, and a #1 ranking among spas in the Midwest. For more than 150 years, vacationers have traveled to the Green Lake area, and numerous museums honor this heritage. Among these, my favorite was the Grand River Valley Museum and Train Depot. Its presidential tie collection, replica movie theater, and pharmacy — with a soda fountain and list of common cures — educated and charmed me. The property also houses a transportation and farming building with hand-painted murals, and a train depot with original railroad office equipment, and separate men’s and women’s waiting rooms. I enjoyed even more historic treasures at the Green Lake Conference Center. In addition to once featuring Martin Luther King, Jr., as one its honored speakers, the Conference Center boasts artifacts including one of only three battery-powered boats ever built, two prayer towers and a chapel car. This railroad car, equipped with stained glass, pews, and a pulpit, along with sleeping quarters and a kitchen for the minister, served communities that were located too far from established churches. Beyond its historic interest, the center offers the general public activities such as hiking, biking, and crafting, providing material

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BABYBITS

By Sherry Hang

THINGS NEW PARENTS SHOULD KNOW.

INFANT SWIM LESSONS It’s never too early to introduce your babies to the water, especially with so many great infant swim programs available! Hubbard Family Swim School inside Kids First Sports Center 7900 E. Kemper Road 513-530-0123 hubbardswim.com Gold Fish Swim School 7058 Ridgetop Drive West Chester 513-857-1700 westchester.goldfishswimschool.com Bear Paddle Swim School & Clubhouse 9376 Mason Montgomery Road 3099 Disney St., Oakley Station 513-285-8855 bearpaddle.com Cincinnati Sports Club 3950 Red Bank Road 513-527-4000 cincinnatisportsclub.com YMCA of Greater Cincinnati myy.org/swim

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BABY CAFÉ FOR BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT Ohio’s first Baby Café opened in April at the West Chester Hospital. The Café, part of a national non-profit network, offers free resources for breastfeeding moms from other moms and experts. Moms and infants meet with a board-certified lactation consultant in a welcoming environment complete with healthy snacks. The Baby Café meets each Wednesday from 10 - 11:30 a.m. in the hospital’s Family Waiting Room, located on the third floor of the Maternity Services Unit (7700 University Drive, West Chester). The waiting room is closed so moms can enjoy privacy while nursing their babies and talking with others. Although registration is encouraged, it is not a requirement to attend. Learn more at WCHchildbirthEd@ UCHealth.com or babycafeusa.org.

A NOTE ON

DOULAS … If you’ve created a birth plan but want support to stick to it, a doula is a great option. Birth doulas offer advice, expertise and support throughout your pregnancy, and especially during delivery. Essentially, doulas are trained to “mother the mother,” providing reassuring answers to your endless questions and making sure your emotional needs are met. After delivery, post-partum doulas are a terrific resource for new moms — they are trained professionals that help you and your family during the first few weeks at home with your newborn. Not only will a doula offer expert advice for you, but she also makes sure you get rest and other things you need to be ready to meet the demands of motherhood. The cost of a doula varies depending upon your needs; some insurance plans provide reimbursement. Head to cincinnatidoulas.org or doulasofcincinnati. com to find a local doula. Sherry Hang is editor for this publication.

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ith your new bundle of delight on the way, your waistline is popping – in fact, it sometimes seems as if everything about you is — including your feet! “Weight gain during pregnancy depends on your initial BMI,” says Dr. Ron Hirth of Hilltop Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates. An average-size mom-to-be can expect to gain 25 – 30 pounds during her pregnancy, while overweight moms will want to aim for 15 – 25 pounds. Underweight moms shoot a little higher, at 30 – 40 pounds, while moms who find themselves in the obese category will want to aim for an 11 – 20 pound gain. Some moms may find that they actually lose weight in the first trimester, according to Hirth, who adds that he watches his patients very carefully and if they gain too much weight or

none at all, he’ll use an ultrasound to take a closer look and see what might be going on. Hirth also says that he will often discuss a well-balanced diet with his patients, as well as the importance of maintaining exercise, even though that first trimester of feeling sick might serve as a pretty strong deterrent. “Delivery is a marathon,” he says. “It takes a lot of strength and stamina.” Not to mention that you just spent nine months building a human being! You’ve got plenty to do before Baby arrives, so you don’t necessarily have the time (or the energy) to shop for an entirely brand-new wardrobe. So here are some tips and tricks to save money and alter a few items yourself to get you through those growing months.

SHOPPING AROUND

“Shopping for yourself while pregnant is not

fun,” says Mary Helen O’Connor, owner of Mary Helen Clothing. And figuring out maternity wear when you’re a very petite person can make shopping even trickier. “A lot of people like maxi dresses,” she says, “but I’m fivefoot-two, so I don’t like them on me.” While O’Connor was able to incorporate much of her own wardrobe during her pregnancy, she did opt for long maternity undershirts (the ones available at Target are her fave) that she could wear under tops and jackets. Mostly it was a matter of finding clothes that weren’t necessarily maternity items, but just a size up. Greater Cincinnati is home to a small handful of shops and boutiques that cater to expecting moms. While some offer cute maternity wear, others are home to an array of services, including massages, lactation consultants, new mom classes, gear for when Baby arrives, and more: (please turn the page)

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MATERNITY SOLUTIONS Blue Cocoon 9361 Montgomery Road 513-791-1089 • bluecocoonbaby.com

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Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center 4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 • theplaceforfamilies.com The Red Balloon Café + Play 6200 Montgomery Road 513-620-8328 • redballooncafe.com And for super cute clothing when Baby finally arrives (and becomes a toddler faster than you can say “Too cute!”): The Spotted Goose 3048 Madison Road 513-351-9600 • thespottedgoose.com Mary Helen Clothing 1981 Madison Road 513-802-5020 • maryhelenclothing.com Castle House 3435 Edwards Road 513-871-2458 • castlehouse.com Hanna Andersson 7875 Montgomery Road #78 (inside Kenwood Towne Centre) 513-253-0832 • hannaandersson.com

CONSIGN ON!

Sometimes it’s just about knowing where to shop. Old Navy stores and the Gap Outlet at 2050 Global Way in Hebron, KY, are great places to buy clothes when you don’t necessarily need maternity wear, so much as just a bigger size. Head online to ebay.com for their own maternity section, or check in with your local MOMS and MOPS Clubs for their semiannual sales, which typically take place in the spring and the fall (find a list of local clubs at our site, under “Directories”). Consignment shops are some of the best places to great deals on gently used maternity wear, so you can add new-to-you items to your wardrobe without breaking the bank! Some of our favorites for both maternity wear, as well as baby equipment and teeny-tiny ensembles, include:

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A WORD ON SHOES

“Summer is the hardest time to be pregnant,” says O’Connor, mentioning her swollen feet. Hirth reminds us that “everything changes” when you’re pregnant — your joints and muscles are relaxing to accommodate a growing baby and that means all kinds of weird things happen — some moms-to-be even find themselves suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome! So don’t forget that even your shoe size will change during pregnancy, whether you’re just swelling or your feet are expanding, thanks to musculoskeletal changes that are happening all over your body. Hirth points out that shoes sizes will generally go back to normal, so don’t chuck those Chanel pumps just yet! Plenty of water, ice packs on her arms and feet, and flip-flops with a wide, high loop have helped O’Connor.

DIY IT!

If you’re handy with a needle and thread, you might want to just keep things on the cheap with a few homemade alterations. Cottonandcurls.com has loads of tutorials on how to alter tops, dresses, leggings and more into maternity wear. Mom Katie Kelso says, “I didn’t drastically alter clothing, but I did make my own nursing tanks. I cut the straps on the spaghetti strap ones and created/sewed a lop to pass my bra strap through.” O’Connor suggests that if you hem any dresses like she does, to leave in the hem so that you can let it out later when your growing belly takes up more room. That will help to keep your dresses from suddenly feeling too short! Head to our Pinterest board, Maternity Wear, for links to tutorials on how to alter everything from tank tops to jeans. Sherry Hang is an editor for this publication. Sarah Blankenship is an editorial intern.

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FROM MOMS IN THE KNOW Those of you who have “been there, done that” are usually the best resources for advice. So we reached out via Facebook and to some moms in the know to ask, “When you were pregnant, did you find yourself buying a bunch of maternity clothes, or were you able to alter some items in your closet? What are some clothing tips to share with expecting moms?” Here’s what we got! “Snooty Fox, Old Navy and Burlington Coat Factory. I bought four pairs of maternity jeans, leggings and four shirts that all worked together. I also purchased some dresses, because they’re so easy. I kept one pair of maternity jeans as my ‘Thanksgiving jeans,’ hahaha!” Lacey Merrill Silvers

“Clothes Mentor and garage sales!” Mary Edwards

“Old Navy for me. I gained 60 pounds both times. Stretch pants and big shirts.” Nikki Palun

“I just bought a bit bigger but things that would still look nice later.” Debbie Berger

“Try long maxi dresses and skirts, they usually fit loose enough to wear while pregnant.” Meganrose Particka

“A hair elastic tie through the loop of jeans and over the button to expand existing jeans. Worked for low-rise, but might not for newer, higher-rise jeans. Order tanks and T’s in tall. Wear husband’s jackets. Buy cheap ‘granny panties’ for post-cesarean so you don’t have anything irritating the incision.” Margaretta Hershey


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COMMON BREAST-FEEDING PROBLEMS & THEIR SOLUTIONS By Bonnie Jean Feldkamp

Whether you’re new to breastfeeding or not, you may run into some issues. We’ve got the answers!

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ust because breastfeeding is natural doesn’t mean it’s a skill that comes naturally to Mom or Baby. There’s still a learning curve involved and every baby (and mom) is different. Two local lactation consultants take time to troubleshoot five common breastfeeding issues.

SORE NIPPLES

Wendy McHale, BS, IBCLC and owner of Nurturing Lactation, LLC, says sore nipples are the number one issue that she gets phone calls about. The majority of the time she says it’s a latch issue and “friction on the nipple causing damage to the tissue.” This was true for Lori Duff. Lori remembers “sitting with the breast pump, crying and watching streams of blood join the milk in the bottle.” Solution: “Pain is always bad,” says Ashley Brown-Combs RN, IBCLC, CLC and Owner of

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Blue Cocoon, LLC, adding that “cracked bleeding nipples are a sign of a latch issue.” Mom Jennifer Moore says, “Lanolin saved my life to get through the pain and frustration of that first week of learning to latch.” When it comes to getting a proper latch, “It’s really a matter of getting the baby’s body in the right position,” says McHale. Combs agrees. She says, “Once we change positions, often times, the pain is gone!” Ideally, babies should lead into the breast with their chins. “Our jaws only hinge down,” says McHale. If the baby is looking straight it’s difficult for him to open his mouth. If the head is tilted back a little then he can open his mouth much wider and get more breast tissue into the mouth - a deeper latch. If a mom is suffering from sore, cracked or bleeding nipples she should contact a lactation consultant to reassess the baby’s latch.

NOT MAKING ENOUGH MILK

It is a common perception, but it’s actually very rare. “Less than 1 percent of the population can not make enough milk,” says McHale. However, it’s one of the worries she gets the most calls about. Solution: The key is getting correct information and understanding how the body works. The breast only knows to make milk when the placenta is born and the progesterone levels plummet. This tells the brain that a baby has been born and that milk volume should increase. However, in the first couple of weeks, new moms have to teach their bodies how much milk to make. “It’s a beautiful system,” says McHale. “The more milk you take out, the more milk you make.” Because of that awesome system, Amy Brown was able to re-lactate after her milk produc-

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tion slowed to a halt due to birth complications. “When I delivered, my preeclampsia spiraled out of control,” says Amy, “I was on a magnesium sulfate IV and couldn’t even hold my baby or breastfeed, so my milk completely dried up.” Brown credits the knowledge of her pediatrician’s lactation consultant on staff. “She was amazing,” she says. “She got me on a schedule of pumping and drinking fenugreek tea and staying hydrated.” With this regimen, Brown was able to stock her freezer with a five-month supply of breast milk as well as nurse her baby. In the hospital, moms are advised to feed their babies every three hours for 15 minutes on each side as the golden standard, “but that’s the bare minimum and each baby is different,” says McHale. “Some babies are more efficient and will be finished in five minutes, while other babies will take up to 30 minutes.” Most


expecting breastfed newborns nurse 14 to 16 times per day, so every hour and a half. Remember their stomachs are growing. Stomachs start off only able to hold a few drops to one ounce of liquid. This means babies will need to nurse more frequently. Babies will often sleep through their own hunger cues and this can cause your milk supply to drop and their weight to drop so it is important to wake them to eat if they sleep past that threehour mark as a newborn. Resist the urge to put an infant on a schedule. “Let them self regulate, except when they’re sleeping,” says McHale. “Also avoid any rubber nipples for the first four to six weeks.” Mom should meet the babies suckling needs until breastfeeding is well established. Milk is produced in direct response to suckling.

RECOGNIZING SIGNS OF HUNGER

If baby is crying due to hunger, earlier cues were missed. Once a baby is upset about being hungry, it’s difficult to get him to latch on because he’s wrapped up in what he’s feeling. Crying is the fourth signal of hunger. Solution: Learn to recognize baby’s three earlier signs of hunger. First, is smacking of the lips. It’s a subtle sign, but moms can clue in to it. This sign is telling you the digestive tract is ready for food. The second sign is rooting. Baby’s mouth is open, looking for a nipple. His head will even bop like a baby bird in search of a nipple. The third thing you’ll see is the baby’s fist go into his mouth and he’ll really suck and gnaw on it.

SUPPLEMENTATION

When moms supplement with formula, many times they do so

without a plan to rebuild their breast milk supply. They end up weaning the baby from the breast rather than weaning the baby from the supplementation. Solution: Jana Counts recalls her milk coming in late and the baby not gaining weight fast enough. She sought the help of a lactation consultant who was able to confirm that her son was getting some breast milk. Counts continued to nurse her son while supplementing through a syringe and line while she built her milk supply. “When we mention the word formula we automatically put doubt, concern and stress into the breast-feeding relationship,” Combs says. “Often times this suggestion is made without backing it up with breast-feeding support, ways to increase supply, and improve the latch.” If there’s a concern with the breast-feeding relationship that requires supplementation, a lactation consultant should be part of the conversation to help moms reach their breast-feeding goals.

ENGORGEMENT

It happens to many moms when milk first starts to “come in” or increase in volume following colostrum. Engorgement can make it difficult to latch on and also cause breast infection. When you give birth in a hospital or have a Cesarean section you will receive IV fluids. These fluids will cause your arms, legs and breast to swell while your body is trying to push the fluids out. This is not milk engorgement, but fluid from IVs. McHale calls this “day three engorgement.” Milk engorgement is usually in days five through eight. Solution: Pumping can help if the baby has difficulty latching on. If he’s latching well then great, have him nurse as often as

he wants. In between breastfeeding, use cool compresses. Make sure to keep a T-shirt or towel between the compress and skin. A cold compress will help reduce the inflammation. Anti-inflammatories are also good. The objective is to get the inflammation down. “Feeling full is not bad,” says McHale, “but pain is always bad. It means inflammation.”

MASTITIS OR BREAST INFECTION

Brown had mastitis requiring an ER visit to get antibiotics via an IV. For her, engorgement was the big problem. “Once I got on the plan to build my milk supply I couldn’t stop,” she says. Solution: “If mom is so full she is starting to feel pain she needs to get the milk out of her breast,” says McHale. Keep the milk flowing regularly. Engorgement leads to plugged ducts and plugged ducts lead to breast infection. “Sometimes when the milk first comes in it’s the engorgement that causes the latch issues,” says McHale. Nipple damage can also lead to infection. Whenever there’s a damaged nipple there’s an entryway for bacteria and yeast. In the shower, moms should use soap and water on their nipples, especially if there’s damage. Keeping them clean reduces the risk of infection. Once an infection has set in, see your doctor and call your lactation consultant. Breastfeed regularly to keep the milk flowing. The infection will not hurt the baby. “Rest like you have the flu,” says McHale. Everyone needs to help out and let Mom rest. No matter what problem a mom experiences, she should seek advice from a trusted source. Both Combs and McHale

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emphasize that community support is vital to breast-feeding success. Join Facebook groups, go to meetings, and join a La Leche League group. Combs and McHale both host such groups and all of these things make a big difference. “Often times we are not sure if what we are experiencing is normal so we Google,” says Combs. This gives worst-case scenario information and prompts stress and worry. “We’ve all been there,” she says, “it is important to find and build your village of support!” J Bonnie Jean Feldkamp is a writer and mother of three.

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The best summer art camps! A place for kids to create and explore all aspects of art, to exercise their imaginations, and generate ideas. Celebrate Christmas in July, create your own comic book, throw a pot on the potters wheel, sculpt a hamburger out of clay, make a duct tape dress for you dog, or throw, splatter, and blend paint on canvas. Our teachers are certified art education professionals teaching kids how to make their art dreams come true. We have the best pottery wheel camp in the city!

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

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New facility offering additional classes in drama, vocal music, and dance-specific studios for the ever-growing performing arts classes offered by TCTC. A small 150-seat performance space will also be a key component, along with a costume shop and expanded rehearsal space for both MainStage productions as well as ArtReach touring shows.

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Mary Helen Fashion Sewing Camp is a four-day adventure where kids get to be fashion designers! We’ll teach them all about the fashion design process, from inspiration boards and sketching, to cutting and sewing actual garments. The week concludes with a fashion show for the campers to showcase their designs.

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

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

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Tippi Toes Dance Company cheerfully provides children with a fun, positive and nurturing environment so they are able to experience the joys of dance, self-expression and movement. Classes are specifically designed to develop motor skills and body awareness while enhancing each child’s self-esteem. Open enrollment throughout the year – it’s never too late to join!

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CMH summer camps offer children a great opportunity to extend their learning while having fun on campus. We have a variety of arts, crafts, nature exploration, science activities, and more for children ages 3 - 12. Visit our website for more details.

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Our camps for ages 3 - 14 are voted “Best of the Parenting” for the great value in educational, fun-filled outdoor activities! Hikes, crafts, and games are part of each day. Fees: $45 - $80 weekly. UNPLUG and REBOOT their love for outdoor fun! Visit our website for online registration.

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Specially-designed Bricks 4 Kidz® models, LEGO® games galore, and creative play, makes a Bricks 4 Kidz camp a fresh and fun way for kidz to spend their school break! Themed camps inspired by kidz favorites like Minecraft™, Star Wars™ and more. Technology camps include Jr Robotics and Movie Making. Check out our website for locations. Don’t miss out!

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

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Learn to create video games, produce stop-motion animation movies, code computer programs, and engineer LEGO® robots in a Classroom Antics Tech Camp Kids ages 7 - 13 in Cincinnati and northern Kentucky are attending our affordable week-long Tech Camps in Anderson, Blue Ash, Fairfield, Florence, Ft. Thomas, Loveland, Madeira, Mason, Mt. Healthy, and West Chester. Visit our website for dates and pricing. Join us this summer. Limited space available. Register early!

Voted Best in the City award winning STEM camps at Drake Planetarium & Science Center provide a wide range of enrichment programs for Greater Cincinnati’s youth in grades K - 8. We inspire a lifelong passion for learning and teach kids teamwork, creative problem solving, and follow through in a fun environment.

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

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

513-362-YMCA (9622)

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

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Science Matters in America STEM Camps sciencematters.tv 859-462-3340

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

Music, Dance, Acting, Gymnastics in one location.

TRADITIONAL CAMPS Camp at the J 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati mayersonjcc.org

513-761-7500

Camp Wildbrook 9664 Daley Road, Cincinnati campwildbrook.com

513-931-2196

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

Accredited by the American Camp Association, this active, outdoor six-week program led by adult staff allows children grades K - 6 to connect with nature while exploring and participating in many traditional camp activities including swim lessons, archery, arts and crafts, drama and singing, gaga, team sports, special events, and more. Now in our 65th year! Call for information about our limited openings or visit our website for program/waiting list.

Cincinnati Circus Company cincinnaticircus.com • cincinnaticircus@yahoo.com

513-921-5454

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

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

The Place You Begin:

• Music Pups – Music for ages birth to 4 with a caregiver • Leap and Learn – Dance for ages 2 & up • Tumble Bears – Gymnastics for ages 2 & up

The Place You Stay: • Private Music Lessons for all ages • Dance Classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, Bollywood, Irish, and competitive

513-287-7000

• Acting Classes • Gymnastics • Cheer • Tumbling

Explore science, technology, history, and the arts through creative, hands-on activities and games at Cincinnati Museum Center’s fun and educational Museum Camps! Experience three museums, an OMNIMAX® Theater and behind-the-scenes experiences not available to the average visitor, and go beyond the classroom with visits from curators, community groups, and experts in different fields. Whether there’s a day or a week off from school, there’s a camp for that!

Falcon Camp 4251 Delta Road SW, Carrollton falconcamp.com

$20 discount on each additional group class taken!

513.829.2345 • WestChesterAcademy.com 8107 8 Market Place Drive • West Chester, OH 45069

800-837-CAMP (2267)

Ohio’s premier summer camp since 1959. Beautiful lakefront setting with wide range of activities. Sailing, horseback riding, drama, mountain bikes, much more! Boys and girls ages 6 - 16 choose schedule within general framework, separate activities with planned co-ed events. Most of all it’s a great time! ACA accredited.

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

513-891-4227

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

Kids First Sports Center - Camp-A-Palooza 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati kidsfirstsports.com • msmith@kidsfirstsports.com

513-489-7575

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

859-581-7100

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

Our 19th year! Fun, unique, and challenging. Selected Best in the City by Cincinnati Magazine. Circus camps conducted by My Nose Turns Red, the area’s only non-profit youth circus. Skills taught include: stilt walking, juggling, rolling globe, clowning, and more. Camps for ages 4 - 7 and 7 - 18, plus three two-week intensive camps featuring unicycle, aerials, and German Wheel.

Newport Aquarium Camp Wave One Aquarium Way, Newport KY wavefoundation.org/education/summer-camp

859-815-1467

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Get ready to jump into the deep end and make some waves with Camp WAVE! Each action-packed week will include adventures, activities, river exploration, behind the scenes glimpses, and of course up-close animal encounters all geared around six exciting themes including Sharks, Saving Animals From Extinction, and more.

PVM Camp and Conference Center pvmcamp.com • ted.m@pvmcamp.com

513-907-6436

PVM Camp is a unique overnight camp experience. It’s where kids come to experience, fun, adventure, grow in their faith, challenge their limitations, and make new friends – all outdoors, surrounded by His Glory. It’s the camp experience every parent wants for their child.

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From introducing children to the world of musical theatre (drama, vocal music and dance) to polishing the skills of accomplished student performers, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati teaching artists instill the techniques and principles behind the art of musical theatre. We offer group classes and private lessons for students ages 3 through 18 at our new Red Bank Road facility.

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he Kids Outdoor Adventure Expo, presented by Great Parks of Hamilton County and Green Umbrella, is the largest free outdoor water safety and environmental education event for children in the Midwest! It’s a unique opportunity to encourage kids’ interest in the great outdoors and recreational activities. Come out and spend the day discovering the outdoors with more than 60 exhibitors and interactive activities. Harbor, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Visit meetmeoutdoors.org.

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fri 1 BASEBALL IN THE GARDEN

Do you know how baseball is related to garden plants? Find out in a game of trivia! Programs held at 10:45 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. Tue - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, June 28 - July 3. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Need a break from the summer heat? Enjoy Christmas in July and get in a mid-year check-up with Santa (note that Santa takes a nap from 3 - 3:30 p.m. each day). Santa will be around through July 31! EnterTRAINment Junction, 7879 Squire Ct., West Chester; 12 - 6 p.m.; free with admission (tickets start at $9.95); 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

CLUB SPLASH

Teens can enjoy the amenities of The Beach Waterpark at a discounted price this evening. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason; 8:30 - 11:30 p.m. Fri in July; $10 ages 13 - 18, $5 parking; 513-398-7946 or thebeachwaterpark.com.

FREE HAPPEN’S OPEN STUDIO

Ages 6 - 12 work on projects with their parents like Fourth of July Flags (3:30 and 6:45 p.m. July 1); Beads and Necklaces (3:30 and 6:45 p.m. July 5, 6, 7); Let’s Play with Clay (3:30 and 6:45 p.m. July 12, 13, 14, 27, 28 and 10 and 11:45 a.m. July 16); Design Your Own Sunglasses (3:30 and 6:45 p.m. July 19, 20, 21 and 10 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. July 23); Make Your Own Hummingbird Feeder (3:30 and 6:45 p.m. July 26); and Let’s Play With Clay: Wind Chimes (10 and 11:45 a.m. July 30). Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.; 513-751-2345 or happeninc. com.

FREE MOVIES IN THE PARK

Enjoy free movie screenings this month, including Norm of the North (July 1) and Planes Fire & Rescue (July 15), along with a pre-show activity from the Fairfield Fire Department and giveaways! Movie begins at dusk. Village Green Park, 301 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 6 p.m.; 513867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.

FREE ONE PERSON’S TRASH ...

... is another person’s drawing! No objects are overlooked when Happen’s Junkman shares his collection of drawing materials that can turn trash into masterpieces. Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.; 6 p.m.; 513-751-2345 or happeninc.com.

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JULY events requiring advance registration begin on page 41. FREE SOUNDS OF SUMMER

Bring your blankets and chairs for some summertime tunes. This month, enjoy performances from Eden Park (July 1), The Menus (July 8), The Chuck Taylors (July 15), Smooth (July 22), and The Good Hooks (July 29). Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row; 6 - 9 p.m.; 513644-0900 or liberty-center.com.

FREE SUMMER CONCERTS

Enjoy the sounds of the Billy Rock Band (July 1 at 6:30 p.m.) and The Diamond Jim Dews Band (July 24 at 5 p.m.). Community Park, 5951 Buckwheat Road, Milford; miamitwpoh.gov.

TODDLER MUSIC CLASS

Stop by with your little ones, ages 0 - 3, for an enriching musical environment that nurtures your baby’s musical aptitude at a time when it is crucial to do so. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Mason Montgomery Road; 10 a.m. Fri in July; $12.50; 513-7911089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

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FREE CURIOSITY SATURDAY

The Cincinnati Art Museum is at the park for a wide-range of free, engaging, kid-friendly activities the whole family is sure to love. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sat in July; washingtonpark.org.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES TOUR

Take a docent-led tour with fun facts and hands-on activities for the whole family. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 p.m. Sat in July; 513-7212787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE FOURTH OF JULY JAM

Celebrate July 4 by jammin’ with some live music from Subterranean, Love Alive and more, plus activities for the kids, games, a photo booth, and more. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 3 - 11 p.m.; washingtonpark.org.

DRESSING DOWNTON: CHANGING FASHION FOR CHANGING TIMES

This exhibit features costumes, accessories and film stills from the popular BBC show, Downton Abbey that explore the progression of fashion during World War I and the Jazz Age. Taft Museum of Art, 316 PIke St.; July 2 - Sept. 25; tickets ($15 - $20 for nonmembers) will be sold at 30-minute entry intervals and must be purchased online in advance; taftmuseum.org.

HONEY BEES IN THE SUMMER BREEZE

The Krohn Conservatory’s Summer Floral Show is a dazzling display that helps you appreciate some of the world’s smallest, yet hardest, workers. Enjoy the sweet smells of summer from marigolds, coreopsis and celosia, take a walk through honeycomb beds filled with bright yellow petals, and learn how honey bees communicate with each other to find nectar (no real bees will be on display). Stop by on Saturdays in July for family educational and craft activities from 1 - 3 p.m. Exhibit remains on display through Aug. 31; open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tue - Sun. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4; 513-4215707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

FREE OCTICORN STORYTIME

Hello, My Name is Octicorn features a funny, sweet and disarming character who is a champion for anyone who has ever felt a little bit different. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

PATRIOTIC POPS

Join JMR and the Cincinnati Pops as they partner with the USO for its 75th anniversary celebration in this Independence Day spectacular. Complete with singers, dancers, and your patriotic Pops, there’s no better way to celebrate America’s birthday. All ticket holders for Patriotic Pops get free classic rides at Coney Island all day on July 2. Riverbend Music Center, 6201 Kellogg Ave.; 8 p.m.; kids younger than 17 sit free on the lawn, adult tickets start at $15; cincinnatipops.org.

FREE PREPARE FOR THE FOURTH!

Get ready to celebrate the Fourth of July with a full day of holiday activities. Make Independence Day hats, flags and more to show off in the Fourth of July Northside Parade! Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 513751-2345 or happeninc.com.

FREE SHOPKINS TRADING DAY

Come trade Shopkins with other Shopkin collectors today! Learning Express Toys of Crestview Hills, 2812 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills; 11 a.m.; 859331-2094 or learningexpress.com/ stores/crestview-hills.

FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Enjoy some live music this summer, including an Independence Day Celebration (July 2), The Klaberheads (July 12), and Thunderstruck (July 26). Tower Park Amphitheater, 950 South Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas; 7 - 9 p.m.; ftthomas.org.

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FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES ART STOP

Visit a docent at an interactive art cart in the galleries and enjoy some hands-on art making fun. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 3 p.m. Sun in July; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

FIRST SUNDAY AT HERITAGE VILLAGE

Please see “Spotlight” on page 32 for details.

FREE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Enjoy rides, food, music, a cruise-in and fireworks! UC Health Stadium/ Florence Freedom, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence; 4 - 11 p.m.; florence-ky.gov.

LAROSA’S BALLOON GLOW

Bring the family for live music, entertainment, classic rides and an extraordinary display of hot air balloons, all culminating in a spectacular Rozzi Fireworks show. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave.; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; $5 per person, $9 parking before 2 p.m., $12 parking after 2 p.m., normal rates apply for Sunlite Pool and Coney’s Classic Rides; coneyislandpark.com.

FREE LEBANON INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

Bring the family for a hometown parade, followed by live entertainment, free activities, a petting zoo and more. Downtown Lebanon; 4 - 10:30 p.m.; lebanonohio.gov.

FREE RED RHYTHM & BOOM

The fun begins with a carnival and kid zone, complete with ziplines, extreme air trampolines, a climbing wall, bounce houses, strolling entertainment and more. Stick around for stage entertainment, including Andy Grammar, and a Rozzi’s Famous Fireworks display at 10 p.m. Mason Municipal and Community Center campus, 6050 Mason Montgomery Road; 4 - 10 p.m. Visit imaginemason.org.

FREE RED, WHITE & KABOOM!

Fairfield’s annual Independence Day celebration includes festivities at the Harbin Park (1300 Hunter Road), Village Green Park (301 Wessel Drive), and music, games, food and more at the Fairfield Aquatic Center (2605 Augusta Blvd.) 8:30 p.m.; 513-867-5348 or fairfield-city.org/kaboom.


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Let Freedom Ring for Independence Day! FREE 51ST ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS

Celebrate the holiday at Ault Park with your crew and enjoy a day full of fun and an evening with a spectacular fireworks show. Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave.; 11 a.m.; aultparkac. org.

AMERICAN LIMITED

Take a trip back in time and find yourself in the middle of the action as a Union Army detachment protects the U.S. Government Payroll from a relentless group of Confederate soldiers known as Morgan’s Raiders. Whitewater Valley Railroad, Grand Central Station, 455 Market St., Connersville; 12:01 p.m.; $24 adults, $15 children (round trip); 765-825-2054 or whitewatervalleyrr.org.

FREE FOURTH OF JULY

Celebrate Independence Day with an afternoon festival full of fun events, games, and entertainment. Montgomery Park, 10105 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; montgomeryohio.org.

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Voice of America MetroPark 7850Saturday, VOA Park Drive July 16th West Chester, 45069 11 a.m. -OH 3 p.m.

Voice of America MetroPark 7850FEATURING VOA Park Drive, West Chester, OH 45069 : Music • Food • Kids Activities • Vendor Area • Demonstrations and MORE !

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Cardboard Boat Races Music • Food & Drinks • Vendors Kids Activities & Games Demonstrations & MORE!!

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Family-Friendly People’s Choice Fun Event Judge’s Choice

TitanicAdmission Free Best Spectators* Team Spirit For Last Boat Floating

Race Will ThatCatagories: Boat Float The Whole The Fast &Package The Floundering King Neptune

Boats built for speed or for show...the fastest boats Awards for speed, creativity, & move on! SPONSORSHIPS presentation!!

Soggy Bottom AVAILABLE Battle

The last boat floating wins Highlight your business or in this “crash derby” style organization competition!

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The Water Recreation Fund at The Community Foundation

Water Recreation Fund at

www.YourMetroParks.net 513.867.5835 Registration Forms, Boat &Building Rules andunder Sponsorship packages Boat, Vendor, Sponsorship forms available online under General Information / Public Forms General Information at www.YourMetroParks.net

*Motor Vehicle Permit required at The Community Foundation MetroPark locations. Free to Butler Co. residents, Non Residents: $5/ Daily; $10/annually Kjb 3.20.14

FREE HAPPEN’S FAMILY FUN FEST

Join Happen, Inc. at Hoffner Park directly after the Northside Parade and experience the Family Fun Fest with lots of free art activities and live music. Hoffner Park, 4101 Hamilton Ave.; 1:30 p.m.; 513-751-2345 or happeninc.com.

JULY 4 AT THE BEACH

Head to the Beach to celebrate July 4, and enjoy $1 hot dogs! The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason; 10 a.m.; free with admission (general admission $28.99 adults, $23.99 children under 48”); 513-3987946 or thebeachwaterpark.com.

FREE JULY 4 EXTRAVAGANZA

Kick off Independence Day with a morning 5K race (or walk) and a children’s fun run, followed by a parade, and an evening concert and fireworks show. Presidents Park, 385 Dudley Road, Edgewood; 7:30 a.m.; edgewoodky. gov/july-4th-extravaganza.

PRAY HOPE BELIEVE 5K

Help support pediatric brain cancer research in this fifth annual 5K walk and run. Enjoy a special flag ceremony at 8:15 a.m., kids games and more. Colerain Township Municipal Complex, 4200 Springdale Road; 7:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; $15 - $30; prayhopebelieve.org.

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Bring the whole gang for a day filled with music, food, festivities and fun in this annual festival that celebrates the Fourth of July and culminates in a dazzling fireworks display. Blue Ash Summit Park, Glendale Milford Road; 4 - 10:35 p.m.; 513-745-8550 or blueashevents.com.

FREE SISTERS OF NOTRE DAME 4TH OF JULY FESTVIVAL

Enjoy some family-friendly fun, all while benefiting the SND Uganda and East Africa missions, the SND urban and early childhood education ministries, and the SND retirement needs. Sisters of Notre Dame, 1601 Dixie Hwy., Covington; 1 - 6 p.m.; sndky.org.

SUPER SPROUTS: FIREWORK FUN

Little ones can celebrate the Fourth of July by creating a fun and flashy work of art. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. July 4 and 2 - 4 p.m. July 7; free with admission (all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

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FREE SUMMER KIDS SHOWS

AESOP’S FABLES

In Madcap Puppets’ production of the Greek storyteller’s famous tales, audiences are treated to life lessons in stories such as The Boy Who Cried Wolf and more. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive; 11 a.m.; $5; 513-867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.

FREE BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP

Meet other breastfeeding moms in this gathering facilitated by an IBCLC that offers support, answers and companionship. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Mason Montgomery Road; 11:15 a.m. Tue in July; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

CONSTRUCTION FOR KIDS: BUILD, PLAY & LEARN

Kids can explore architecture in this interactive exhibit that lets them play with construction tools, objects and materials as they learn about real-life building concepts. On display through Aug. 18. Hours are 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tue - Thu, and 12:30 - 5 p.m. the second and fourth Saturday of each month. The Betts House, 416 Clark St.; $2 children, $5 adults; 513-651-0734 or thebettshouse. org.

Bring the kids for a free summer movie — this month, check out Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip and Shark Tale (July 5 - 7); Home and The Peanuts Movie (July 12 - 14); Hotel Transylvania 2 and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (July 19 - 21); and Goosebumps and Smurfs 2 (July 26 - 28). Cobb Liberty Luxury 15, 7514 Bales St., Liberty Township; 513-4630470 or cobbtheatres.com.

FREE SLABS AND VESSELS

Happen’s character, The Wiz, is back with all the wrong answers! He will try and figure out what is a vessel? Can you name a famous underwater vessel that is a primary color? Make and glaze your own clay vessels in this session. All clay works of art will be ready to pick up within two weeks. Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.; 6 p.m.; 513-751-2345 or happeninc.com.

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FREE CELEBRATE JULY

Bring the kids for games, a bounce house and slide, crafts, and yummy refreshments in this celebration with Boone County Parks! England Idlewild Park, 5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington; 7 - 8 p.m.; boonecountyky.org.

HUMP DAY CONCERTS

Enjoy some live music in the park! This month, catch performances from Mr. Chris and the Cruisers (July 6); Lisa Bailes (July 13); Amy Sailor (July 20); and the Rabbit Hash String Band (July 27)! Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive; 7 - 9 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

LITTLE TYKES

Which way did the animal go? Help your 3- to 6-year-old begin to observe nature’s animal tracking clues. Participate in fun activities that can lay a foundation for a lifelong love of nature and tap into a child’s early critical thinking skills. Winton Center, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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olunteers bring history alive for visitors to Heritage Village. Step back in time and tour the buildings from Southwest Ohio built between 1804 and 1872. Photo: Caitlin J. Gagnon Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 ages 12 and older, $3 ages 5 - 12, free for members and children 4 and younger. Call 513-563-9484 or visit heritagevillagecincinnati.org. 32

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FREE RECREADS

Join the CAM’s newest story time with a REC staff member for 30 minutes of energetic and silly fun. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. Wed in July; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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FREE STORY TIME WEDNESDAY

Head to Learning Express for fun stories and activities each Wednesday in July, and be sure to stop in on July 20 for a special story with Peppa Pig! Learning Express Toys of Crestview Hills, 2812 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills; 11 a.m.; 859-331-2094 or learningexpress.com/stores/crestviewhills.

FREE THIS LITTLE PIGGY IS GOING TO MARKET

Old MacDonald herds some piggies into Northside so you can glaze a couple of pigs, one to keep and the other to be donated to the Happen fundraiser in the fall. Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.; 6 p.m.; 513-7512345 or happeninc.com.

TODDLER STORYTIME IN THE PLAYSCAPE

Bring your toddlers for a story and play time in the Nature PlayScape. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 - 10:30 a.m. Wed in July; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE WEDNESDAYS ON THE GREEN

Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.

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FREE BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

Meet other moms who are breastfeeding in this group led by an international board certified lactation consultant, and get tips and advice on common questions and troubles. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. July 7 and 21; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.

FREE CONCERT ON THE LAWN

Enjoy a free concert as Wild Carrot and Their Roots perform contemporary folk music that is rooted in tradition. Shopping and food booths open at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Lawn, Springfield Township Civic Center, 9150 Winton Road; 6 - 9 p.m.; 513-522-1410 or theartsconnect.us/ concerts.

FREE CRAFT DAY

Bring the kids for a special summertime craft to share with a friend or keep! Learning Express Toys of Crestview Hills, 2812 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills; 1 p.m. July 7 and 21; 859-3312094 or learningexpress.com/stores/ crestview-hills.


daily listings CREEKING IN THE PARKS

Come dressed in clothes that can get wet and closed-toe shoes for some fun in the creek! Rentschler Forest MetroPark, 3976 Hamilton Middletown Road, Hamilton; 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 yourmetroparks.net.

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P&G Pampers Discovery Center is looking for little ones to test disposable diapers. If your baby qualifies = Free Diapers + $$$

MUSIC@BCM

Get ready for some summer tunes with more concerts at BCM! This month, enjoy performances from Son del Caribe (July 7), Robin Lacy and DeZydeco (July 14), The Cheryl Renee Project (July 21), and Hot Magnolias (July 28)! Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 6 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum. org.

Register your little one online: www.PampersStudy.com Questions? Call: 513-945-0002 Email: discoverycenter@pg.com

FREE STORYTIME IN THE PARK

Boone County Parks and the Boone County Library are teaming up to share fun stories and crafts with your family. Central Park, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union; 10 a.m.; boonecountyky.org.

Babies in a full-time day care center or individuals employed in areas of conflict with P&G will not qualify.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: FIBER ART

Swing by Art Play to learn about CAC’s newest exhibit, Unraveled: Textiles Reconsidered. Make fiber collages from recycled materials and experiment with fabric printing and natural dyes. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per child; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 8 A UNICORN NAMED SPARKLE

Meet author and illustrator Amy Young as she reads and signs her new book. What do you get when you mail in 25 cents for a unicorn? More than you expect! blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 - 11 a.m.; line numbers available for signing with purchase of book; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FAMILY FRIENDLY FRIDAY

Jump-start the weekend with fun activities and performances for families of all ages! Check out Circus Mojo (July 8), Joel Caithamer, The Singing Librarian (July 15), Madcap Puppets (July 22), and Mad Science of Cincinnati (July 29)! Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 7 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 ages 3 - 12; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum. org.

FREE MOVIE NIGHTS

It’s a summer full of free movies for the kids at Boone County Parks. This month, enjoy screenings of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Trip (July 8), Good Dinosaur (July 15), Minions (July 16 at Walton Park, 35 Old Stephenson Road), Inside Out (July 22), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (July 29). Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 7 p.m.; boonecountyky.org.

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daily listings OHIO CHALLENGE

Enjoy the sight of fantastic hot air balloons, visit with arts and crafts vendors, take a balloon ride, check out a car show, enjoy some live entertainment and much more in this festival. Middletown Regional Airport, 1800 Germantown Road, Middletown; 4 p.m.; $10 per truck or car; ohiochallenge.com.

FREE SCHOOLS FOR THE CITY OPENING RECEPTION

This exhibition focuses on the architecture and construction history of Cincinnati elementary public school buildings and examines the buildings the Cincinnati Board of Education built from its beginning in 1829 up through World War II. From small simple buildings, to civic showplaces, and on to obsolescence and reuse, public school buildings can teach us how our city grappled with changes including an influx of immigrants, adjustment to an auto-centric urban landscape, and changing construction technology. Exhibit remains on display through Aug. 12. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

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FREE A DAISY-HEAD STORYTIME

When a daisy suddenly sprouts from the top of Mayzie McGrew’s head, she is faced with her classmates’ taunts and her parents’ dismay (not to mention a publicity agent’s greed). In Daisy-Head Mayzie, she learns that love is more important than fame and fortune. Bring the kiddos for this storytime and fun activities. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

FREE ANIMATIONS AND MORE

Experience different ways to create an animation. Learn about the history of animation and create your own zoetrope, flip book and more. Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 513-751-2345 or happeninc. com.

FREE BLUES & BBQ

Bring your chairs and blankets to relax at the park and enjoy the sounds of The Lisa Biales Band. Huffman Park, 2100 John Gray Road, Fairfield; 6 p.m.; fairfield-city.org.

CIVIL WAR WEEKEND

Come to meet Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, learn about early war scenarios from 1861, take a turn drilling with soldiers, enjoy tours of the historic buildings, and hands-on activities, and check out a daily battle influenced by the battle of Ball’s Bluff. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10

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JULY events requiring advance registration begin on page 41. a.m. - 5 p.m. July 9, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. July 10; $8 adults, $5 ages 5 - 11, free for members and children younger than 5; 513-563-9484 or heritagevillagecincinnati.org.

GEOCACHING FUN

Learn about geocaching and meet other geocachers on the trail. Great Miami River Recreation Trail, Carmody Blvd., 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; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE KID’S KAMP

Kids who have been impacted by cancer are invited for an afternoon of fun, including hands-on cooking, discussion, and crafts. Registration is not required, but recommended. Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 513-719-4060 or cancersupportcincinnati.org.

KSO SUMMER SERIES

Spend a bit of your summer with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and enjoy the KSO Boogie Band as they play five decades of pop music from the Beatles to Bruno Mars. Band Shell, Devou Park, Covington; 7:30 p.m.; $1 for TANK shuttle from Covington Catholic High School; a $5 donation is appreciated; 859-431-6216 or kyso. org.

SUMMER CONCERT

Enjoy a free evening of music with Cincinnati Brass Band, a classic 35-piece brass ensemble! Harbor Amphitheater, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 7 - 9 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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FREE KENDAMA CLUB

Jake Fischer leads kids in this Kendama Club. Learning Express Toys of Crestview Hills, 2812 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills; 6 - 7 p.m. July 10 and 24; 859-331-2094 or learningexpress. com/stores/crestview-hills.

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FREE STORY TIME WITH PJ LIBRARY

PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement program for ages 8 and younger. Stop by for stories about Jewish tales, holidays, life cycle events and more. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m. July 11 and 25; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

MOM REPORT: Main Event Entertainment By Tina Pratt It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a gravity ropes course! Main Event is the newest attraction in West Chester and offers fun for all ages. I took my daughter and as soon as we entered, she was raring to go. She ran from game to game, testing them out, along with her hand eye coordination, gross motor skills and strength. Surprisingly, she is quite the little gamer! On multiple machines she hit the 75+ ticket jackpots, but honestly she was more into playing the games then collecting tickets. My son is all about the tickets though! Ready to take a break from video games? Head to the billiards tables, test your skills at the bowling lanes, battle on the laser tag course, or head on up to the “sky” and as my son would say, “Test your ninja skills!” Are their tummies growling? Grab a beverage and a tasty bite before heading back out to play! We went the gelato-before-dinner route … which of course made my daughter happy! The smile on her face said it all … Main Event is fun for all ages! Main Event Entertainment is located at 9477 Oxford Way, West Chester. Call 513-777-1700 or visit mainevent.com/locations/west-chester-oh. Note: There’s a 48” height requirement for Laser Tag and Gravity Ropes.

“Where Every Family Matters.”


JULY events requiring advance registration begin on page 41. SUPER SPROUTS: YARN WORKS

Little ones are invited for a sensory adventure and to create a textured masterpiece. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. July 11 and 2 - 4 p.m. July 14; free with admission (all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

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FREE CREATE YOUR OWN DRAG RACER

Create a drag racer toy car and see how fast it will go. Happen supplies the materials (racer shaped block of wood, wheels and art supplies), while Trixie races and picks the most creative cars. Look forward to lots of prizes and fun! Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.; 6 p.m.; 513-751-2345 or happeninc. com.

NATURE PLAY FOR HEALTH WEEK

Join in any time for games and nature play and to see how connecting to nature can contribute to your family’s health and wellness. Crafts are available for a small fee. Stop by between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., July 12 - 16. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Groesbeck; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

SPACE

Looking up at the stars can be a lot of fun, but can also raise a lot of questions. Stop by this week to learn the answers to some of your questions about the stars, our planet and our solar system. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Tue - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, July 12 - 17. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

SUN-DAY SUNDAY SUNDAE

The Sun is the star attraction today — learn all about our nearest stellar neighbor with short talks, tours of the Observatory, and safe viewing of sunspots and solar flares from the historic telescopes (weather permitting). Then follow it up with a free sundae! Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 1 - 4 p.m.; $7; 513-321-5186 or cincinnatiobservatory. org.

FREE TUESDAY NIGHTS IN THE PARK

Bring the family for a wide-range of summer concerts this month, including Keith Jones & the Makeshifts (July 12), the UC Alumni Band (July 19), and the Cincinnati Brass Band (July 26). Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 7 - 9 p.m.; blueash.com.

wed 13 4H COMMUNITY FAIR

Rides, animals, tasty treats, live entertainment and tons of fun are all in store at this four-day festival! Stricker’s Grove, Hamilton Cleves Road; 12 p.m. July 13 - 16; $4 - $10; hc4hcommunityfair.org.

FREE BOONE COUNTY PARKS’ CELEBRATE JULY

It’s summer and that means it’s time for games, bounce houses, slides and more park fun! Walton Park, 35 Old Stephenson Mill Road, Walton; 7 - 8 p.m.; boonecountyky.org.

FREE LISTEN AND DRAW

Bring your ears and your creativity to listen to this program that takes Jack and the Beanstalk to new heights of imagination. Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.; 6 p.m.; 513-751-2345 or happeninc.com.

FREE REWIND WEDNESDAYS

10 a.m.; a non-perishable food or personal care item for Be Concerned is appreciated; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty.org.

FREE DO A DOT

Time to get dotty with some do-a-dot painting! Learning Express Toys of Crestview Hills, 2812 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills; 11 a.m. July 14 and 28; 859-331-2094 or learningexpress. com/stores/crestview-hills.

FREE RITMO

Turtle and Stone Productions presents Ritmo, an exciting activity that incorporates rhythm, movement and games to build strong bodies and agile minds! With live musical instruments and hands-on learning, participants develop important mind-body skills as they drum, dance and play. This interactive and fun program is open to all ages who have been impacted by cancer. Registration is not required, but recommended. Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. July 14 and 29; 513-791-4060 or cancersupportcincinnati.org.

FREE SEE AROUND CORNERS

The answer isn’t always right in front of you so you’re going to need to figure out a way to see around corners. Design your own periscope so you can discover the world just around the bend! Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.; 6 p.m.; 513751-2345 or happeninc.com.

FREE STORIES IN THE PARK

Enjoy some free movies this summer with the family! This month, check out Back to the Future (July 13), Hocus Pocus (July 20), and Matilda (July 27). Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row; 8 p.m.; 513-644-0900 or liberty-center.com.

It’s time for stories, crafts and fun with Boone County Parks and the Boone County Public Library. Conservancy Park, Burlington Pike, Burlington; 10 a.m.; boonecountyky.org.

WILD WEDNESDAY: MR. COWPIE’S PARTY ANIMALS

THURSDAY ART PLAY: WONDERFUL WEAVING

Discover the fascinating world of wildlife with some animals who really know how to party, thanks to local favorite, Mr. Cowpie. Arrive early for best seating and a pre-program activity with the Kenton County Public Library. Then stick around for some post-program fun with Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; a non-perishable food or personal care item for Be Concerned is appreciated; 859-5257529 or kentoncounty.org.

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Join Crystal Clear Science for today’s program that’s all about the power of play. The Kenton County Public Library is on the scene at 9:30 a.m. for some pre-program fun, and Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy offers a postprogram demonstration. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington;

Make some art inspired by the exhibit Unraveled! Work together on some giant weaving with hula hoops and PVC pipe, then learn about the artist Mark Smith and create some felt collages. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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FREE BABY TOUR: HAPPY FACES

Parents are invited to bring their infants for a 30-minute tour designed to stimulate developing minds. Learn the positive effects of visual stimulation with masterpieces that mesmerize the CAM’s youngest visitors. Please note that strollers are not permitted. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11 a.m., 2 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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daily listings FUN TO BE FIT DAY

Join a fitness competition between kids, or just join in for some physical fitness fun! Registration is available in advance, and at the event. Whole Again, 10765 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 9 a.m. 3:30 p.m.; $5 per child, free for adults; 513-731-1888 or whole-again.org/ fun-to-be-fit/.

sat 16 ALEXIS GOMEZ CONCERT

Head to The Beach Waterpark for a fun performance from American Idol alum, Alexis Gomez! The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason; 6 8 p.m.; free with admission (general admission $28.99 adults, $23.99 children under 48”); 513-398-7946 or thebeachwaterpark.com.

FREE ARE WE THERE YET? STORYTIME

Every parent has heard this classic kid question, but after this storytime, you’ll never look at being bored the same way again! Join a fun storytime with activities, then check out the in-store display for books and ideas to keep kids busy on vacation. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

FREE BASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION

Enjoy live music on two different stages, along with fun for the kids like a performance from Cool Critters’ Animal Show, street cafe vendors, a kids’ area, pony rides, face painting and more. Downtown Montgomery, Cooper Road; 12 - 11 p.m.; montgomeryohio.org.

FREE BBQ AND TRIVIA NIGHT

Join an evening of delicious BBQ and trivia games in this event that is open to the community! Faith Community United Methodist Church, 8230 Cox Road; 5 - 7 p.m.; 513-777-9533 or faithcommunityumc.org.

FREE CONCERTS AT CREEKSIDE

Enjoy concerts in the great outdoors! This month, check out performances from Blue Chip City Big Band (July 16), The McCartney Project, a tribute band (July 23), and the Florence Community Band (July 30). Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 7 - 8:30 p.m.; boonecountyky.org.

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daily listings CRAZY CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA

It’s a day of cardboard boat racing fun — head to the website to sign up to enter a boat, or just make plans to come out and enjoy the fun! Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive; 11 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 yourmetroparks. net.

FREE OUTDOOR FUN WITH KIDS

Learn simple ideas for nature crafts and activities, great natural places to visit with kids, and even get a couple of snack ideas. Meet Mr. Jay from Little Schoolhouse in the Woods and learn how to engage young ones with nature. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 12:45 p.m.; 513591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

FREE PIZZERIA HAPPENINO

Fix the perfect pizza and learn how to build clay slab objects as the Happen space turns into Happen’s Pizzeria. Guess who the chefs will be? Your clay pizza will be ready to show off in about a week following the session. Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m.; 513-751-2345 or happeninc.com.

JULY events requiring advance registration begin on page 41. SUMMER CONCERT

Enjoy a free evening of music with the UC Community Band! This volunteer organization includes 50 musicians of various backgrounds who range in age from high schoolers to retirees. Harbor Amphitheater, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 7 - 9 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE VIVIAN’S VICTORY 5K

Vivian’s Victory celebrates its 5th annual 5K this year by adding a new 1.1-mile Family Victory Lap! Join others to support this non-profit that assists families who experience a prolonged hospital stay or transitional period due to a child with an illness. Fun is planned for all ages including raffles, clowns and a cookout! Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; 7:30 a.m.; $40 for 5K, $15 for Family Victory Lap; 513-5329360 or viviansvictory.org/events.

sun 17 BUTTERFLY SUNDAE

Complete a butterfly craft or scavenger hunt, then enjoy tastes of teeny-tiny ice cream sundaes, lemonade, iced tea and grilled corn, and get 10 percent off all butterfly merchandise at Nature’s

Niche gift shop. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Groesbeck; 1 - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE PJ PLAY TIME

Children ages 6 months to 8 years and their parents/caretakers enjoy a fun, kid-friendly environment in which to meet other families while kids interact in active gym activities. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 9 a.m.; 513-761-7500 or mayersonjcc.org.

SPLISH SPLASH BASH

Wear clothes that can get wet, because you are in for a messy good time as you play all sorts of water games. Explore the world of water as nature’s essential ingredient. All ages enjoy hands-on fun and learning for all. Harbor, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

SUNDAY FUN DAY!

Bring your family for a fun day at the pool, complete with games and prizes, concession specials and more. Dress in tropical paradise theme attire for a special prize! Fairfield Aquatic Center, 2605 Augusta Blvd., Fairfield; 1 - 5 p.m.; daily admission rates apply; 513867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.

FREE THIRD SUNDAY FUNDAY: MAGIC IN THE AIR

Bring the gang for a magical day at the Taft! Create your own magic wand to take home, learn some card tricks that will leave friends and family astounded, and at 2:30 p.m., magician Brett Sears will dazzle the crowds with his amazing feats of magic. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-684-4517 or taftmuseum.org.

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spotlight: FREE WEDNESDAYS ON THE GREEN July 6, 13, 20 and 27

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njoy free evening concerts this month for music, dancing, art making for kids, picnics, summer treats and plenty of memories. This month, enjoy performances from Andrea Cefalo Quartet (July 6); The YOLO Band (July 13); Jake Speed and The Freddies (July 20); and Fresh Funk (July 27). Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati; 7 p.m. Call 513-497-2860 or visit cliftonculturalarts.org.

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Be inspired by the amazing murals around Cincinnati and help create a mural to display in the museum. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. July 18 and 2 - 4 p.m. July 21; free with admission (all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

WARREN COUNTY FAIR

Make plans now to join the fun, including all-new Grandstand entertainment and grounds attractions, with animals, exhibits and a performance from Colton Dixon on July 18. Warren County

“Where Every Family Matters.”

Fairgrounds, 665 North Broadway St., Lebanon; July 18 - 23; $5 per person on Mon, $8 per person Tue - Sat, free ages 8 and younger; warrencountyfairohio. org.

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FREE EGYPTIAN MYSTERIES

The desert is no place to be lost as participants explore Egypt and all of its mysteries. Make your own 3D paper pyramid and get ready to go back in time. Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.; 6 p.m.; 513-751-2345 or happeninc.com.

TASTY PLANTS

The veggie garden is full of tasty plants that are fun to grow and eat. Learn about what is growing and which parts of the plants are good to eat. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Tue - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, July 19 24. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

TOT TUESDAY: ICE CREAM SOCIAL

We all scream for ice cream — get the scoop on this yummy treat with a fun craft designed just for preschoolers and their caregivers. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

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FREE CELEBRATE JULY

Families can celebrate all things summer with crafts, games, bounce houses, refreshments and more. Central Park, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union; 7 - 8 p.m.; boonecountyky.org.

MACY’S KIDS, CULTURES, CRITTERS AND CRAFTS FESTIVAL

Head to the Zoo for this special event and support Learning Through Art’s childhood literacy programs, all while enjoying cultural dance and music. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $1 plus parking ($10 for Zoo Adventure tickets); learningthroughart.com.

FREE OLD MACDONALD HAD A FARM

Meet Old Macdonald and watch out for pigs, chickens and cows as he teaches all about geometric shapes. Barns are raising with creativity in this fun and educational session that keeps everyone straight about geometric shapes. Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.;


JULY events requiring advance registration begin on page 41. 6 p.m.; 513-751-2345 or happeninc. com.

SHAZAAM SERIES

Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and The Goddard School of Anderson Township present a fun concert from local fave, Zak Morgan. Stick around after the show for Grilled Cheese Wednesdays, where you can enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich for just $1. Beech Acres Park Amphitheater, 6910 Salem Road; 10 a.m.; andersonparks.com.

WILD WEDNESDAY: CRITTERS IN THE CLASSROOM

Join Critters in the Classroom for a look at their collection of skulls. Usborne Books & More offers a pre-program activity at 9:45 a.m., and Jang’s Taekwondo Centers offers some post-program fun. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; a non-perishable food or personal care item for Be Concerned is appreciated; 859-5257529 or kentoncounty.org.

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Science Matters in America is on the scene to bring the crowd a polymera-palooza! Meet Usborne Books & More before the program begins, and stick around for some fun with Jang’s Taekwondo Centers. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington; 10 a.m.; a non-perishable food or personal care item for Be Concerned is appreciated; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty.org.

FREE COPY CATS WITH PRINTS AND PATTERNS

Learn how you can copy your art and create your very own prints. This session will have you laughing over and over and over again as Happen’s Copy Cat leaves a great impression again and again. Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.; 6 p.m.; 513-751-2345 or happeninc.com.

CREEKIN’ IN THE PARK

Creeking is super fun! Come try it out, just be sure to wear clothes and shoes that can get wet! Four Mile Creek MetroPark, 2385 Treiber Road, Hamilton; 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 yourmetroparks.net.

FREE FAMILY FUN NIGHT

The Madcap Puppets brings the history and tradition of baseball alive through songs, stories and poems as Roscoe sneaks a little monster, Gus, in to see a baseball game. Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 7 p.m.; boonecountyky.org.

INFANT CPR

Parents, grandparents and caregivers learn CPR and techniques to use if your baby or toddler is choking, the use of a defibrillator, and home safety tips. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Mason Montgomery Road; 6:30 p.m.; $40 or $50 for a CPR certification card; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

MOVIES IN THE PLAYSCAPE

Head to the meadow hill for a special outdoor movie experience, a screening of Kung Fu Panda! Enjoy a brief children’s activity at 8 p.m. Please, no lawn chairs so everyone can see. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 8 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT

Enjoy a free concert as 2nd Wind performs, one of Cincinnati’s hottest jazz and R&B bands. Shopping and food booths open at 6 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m. Lawn, Springfield Township Civic Center, 9150 Winton Road; 6 - 9 p.m.; 513-522-1410 or theartsconnect.us/concerts.

FREE OUTDOOR STORY TIME

Join the Boone County Public Library and Boone County Parks for stories and crafts. Giles Conrad Park, 7500 River Road, Hebron; 10 a.m.; boonecountyky. org.

FREE SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL

Catch some reggae tunes with the band Seefari, and enjoy fun activities with the Cincinnati Circus and Cincinnati Parks. Food, beverages and adult beverages will be available for purchase. Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave.; 6 p.m.; aultparkac.org.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: BLANKET FORT BUILDING

The artist Do Ho Suh uses the places he has lived as his inspiration and recreates life-sized fabric replicas of these apartments, stairwells and arches from his past. Use similar materials to create fabric houses, blanket forts and building prints. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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FREE BOOTYARD BASH

Washington Park goes country with a free music festival, complete with games, cornhole, giant jenga and more. It all adds up to a boot-stomping good time! Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 7 - 10

p.m.; washingtonpark.org.

BREYERFEST 2016

This year’s theme for Breyerfest is A Carnival of Horses and features live and model horses, and loads of activities for all ages. Check out Jeff Wilson with Birds of Prey, and meet the stars of the upcoming film Albion: The Enchanted Stallion (including the horses!). Families also won’t want to miss the Splash Dogs Eastern Regional Championships, pony rides, a petting zoo, the Tonka Truck Zone, craft zones, a marketplace and much more. Kentucky Horse Park, 4089 Iron Works Parkway, Lexington; 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. July 22 and 23, 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. July 24; single day tickets start at $15. Visit breyerhorses.com.

FREE KIDS OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EXPO

Please see “Things to Do” opener on page 29 for details.

sat 23 CREEKIN’ FUN

Don your old clothes and closed-toe shoes for some creek exploration! Rentschler Forest MetroPark, 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton; 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 yourmetroparks.net.

FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL: UNRAVEL, UNWIND, REINVENT

The artists show in the exhibit Unraveled often reconstruct used objects to give them a new life. Take recycled materials and collaborate on a large scale weaving project with hula hoops and PVC pipe. Then create life-sized selfportraits using found objects that focus on each young artist’s own personality. Don’t forget to check out the inventors’ station filled with recycled electronics just waiting to be turned into something new. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

FREE PATTERNS, PATTERNS, PATTERNS

Happen’s character RePete can’t stop seeing things over and over again. Learn why patterns are so important and how repetition is used in art. You can also make your own Andy Warhol masterpiece while learning all about Pop Art. Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m.; 513-751-2345 or happeninc. com.

FREE RAISING A READER

Join an Usborne Books Consultant to learn some practical and easy strategies to promote literacy at different ages and stages of childhood, including laying the

daily listings foundation, learning the fundamentals of reading, reading for purpose, and tips to excite kids about books and reading. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 12:45 p.m.; 513591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

SUPER WHY TRAIN RIDE

Take a ride with Whyatt from Super Why, and travel through Warren County as you visit with this beloved character (parents, don’t forget to bring your cameras!). Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic St., Lebanon; 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. July 23 and 30; $14 adults, $10 seniors and ages 2 - 16, free infants 1 year and younger; 513-933-8022 or lebanonrr.com.

FREE TOO MANY MOOSE!

When Martha gets an unusual pet, she’s delighted by all of the fun things they can do together. And if one moose is marvelous, two must be better, right? Join a reading of Too Many Moose! followed by activities. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

sun 24 ROCK & FOSSIL FEST

Calling all amateur rock and fossil enthusiasts! Gather rocks or fossils to show off or swap. Try hands-on games and activities or show off your collection in the “Exploration Zone.” Harbor Pavilion, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE THE GOOD PEOPLE FESTIVAL

Enjoy live music by Kim Taylor, Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle, Warrick & Lowell, and more. Food and beverages will be provided by Son & Soil, Sweets & Meats BBQ, and more, and enjoy more than 25 local artisan vendors, as well as a Gratitude Wall, and a children’s craft corner. Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Covington; 12 - 6 p.m.; facebook.com/ events/994438570645512/.

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FREE HARRY POTTER QUIZ NIGHT

Kick off Harry Potter with a quiz! Teens sample the Three Broomsticks menu, and compete against resident Potterheads for fabulous prizes. No RSVP necessary, but space is limited. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 6 p.m.; 859-912-7860 or josephbeth. com. (please turn the page)

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There’s no need to be afraid of the dark — light your way with a glowing work of art! Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. July 25 and 2 - 4 p.m. July 28; free with admission (all museums pass $14.50 adults, $13.50 seniors, $10.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

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FREE HARRY POTTER MAGICAL STORY TIMES

All ages are invited for a Hogwarts story time with Miss Caitlin and her magical tales. No RSVP required, but space is limited. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 10:30 a.m. July 26, 28 and 30; 859-912-7860 or josephbeth.com.

NATURE ARTS & CRAFTS WEEK

Are you inspired by nature? Join us to explore your artistic side using various media, and make some nature crafts to take home! Several nature-related crafts will be available for a small fee.

JULY events requiring advance registration begin on page 41. A limited number of free crafts will be available. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Groesbeck; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE SNITCH SCAVENGER HUNT

Ages 15 and older use a map and the help of some booksellers to hunt down the Snitch — winner gets a prize! No RSVP required, but space is limited. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 6 p.m.; 859912-7860 or josephbeth.com.

wed 27 CHRISTMAS IN JULY

Enjoy Christmas carols and holiday lights at The Beach! Bring your donations for the Mason City Food Pantry and get $1 off admission for one can of food (up to $5). The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason; 10 a.m.; free with admission (general admission $28.99 adults, $23.99 children under 48”); 513-398-7946 or thebeachwaterpark.com.

FREE JULY CELEBRATION

Enjoy refreshments, crafts, games, and a bounce house and slide for the kids in this party from Boone County Parks. Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 7 - 8 p.m.; boonecountyky.org.

FREE KIDS’ FAIRY GARDENS

Kids impacted by cancer are invited to create their own fairy or gnome home that’s truly a construct of their imaginations. Registration is not required, but is recommended. Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road; 1:30 - 3 p.m.; 513-791-4060 or cancersupportcincinnati.org.

FREE LIGHTEN UP WITH COWBOY VALUE

There is a cowboy in town and you can teach him that the color palette is big enough for all the colors from light to dark! Learn the gray scale with Cowboy Value and help turn Value Cows into the gray scale. Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.; 6 p.m.; 513-751-2345 or happeninc.com.

WILD WEDNESDAYS: THE WATER SHOW

fun with the Kenton County Library, and then the waterslides follow! Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; a non-perishable food or personal care item for Be Concerned is appreciated; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty.org.

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There is a forecast for fun as participants use their imaginations to help Happen’s Weather Man, Vic McCloud, report the weather. Happen, Inc., 4201 Hamilton Ave.; 3:30 p.m.; 513-751-2345 or happeninc.com.

FREE FAMILY HEALTHY STEPS

Families impacted by cancer are invited for an hour of dance with fun props and upbeat music. Registration is not required, but is recommended. Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-7194060 or cancersupportcincinnati.org.

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The Boone County Public Library and Boone County Parks offer stories and crafts this morning in the great outdoors. Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 10 a.m.; boonecountyky.org.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: WHALE WATCHING

Ages 3 - 6 and their caregivers learn about the exhibit Chasing the Whale and create artwork inspired by what they see. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter. org.

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FREE GREATER ANDERSON DAYS

Enjoy games, rides, live entertainment, tasty festival fare and fireworks! Beech Acres Park Amphitheater, 6910 Salem Road; July 29 - 31; andersonparks.com.

SHARONFEST

Party with a purpose at the annual Sharonfest, designed to support local non-profit organizations and connect the community through a great lineup of entertainment, rides, attractions and other fun festivities. Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive; 6 p.m. July 29, 3 p.m. July 30; please visit website for admission info; sharonfest.com.

THE BEE MOVIE FAMILY NIGHT

Bring the gang to the Krohn for a screening of The Bee Movie — bring your lawn chairs and blankets! Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 6 - 9 p.m.; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

sat 30 BABY & BEYOND EXPO

Peruse an array of baby-focused vendors, pick up some toys, books and gear, meet breastfeeding experts and healthcare professionals, and register for prizes and giveaways! Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road; July 30 - 31; $8 adults, free ages 12 and younger; hartproductions.com.

FREE CRITTERS IN THE CRICK

Join Kenton County Parks & Recreation and the Foundation for Ohio River Education (F.O.R.E.) for an in-the-stream hike at Banklick Creek. Although the water depth will range between a few inches and a couple of feet, you’ll likely get wet, so be sure to dress appropriately and bring a towel! Meet

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FREE FAMILY NATURE DAY

Discover what life lurks in the water of the park’s creek beds, examine local fossils, and find natural treasures hidden all around in this fun and educational event for preschoolers through adults. Plus, enter to win giveaways and enjoy free hot dogs and drinks! Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; boonecountyky.org.

FREE HARRY POTTER COUNTDOWN TO MIDNIGHT PARTY

Join a special party leading up to the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I & II, a special rehearsal edition script book, which goes on sale at midnight. Bring your wands and come dressed in your wizarding finest for a special Muggle Wall to share favorite memories, fun giveaways, and more! Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 8 p.m.; 513-7552258.

FREE SNACK & MEAL PREP WITH KIDS

A Montessori and mom expert shares some techniques, tools and recipes for promoting healthy eating with your kids, as well as how to pack easy, nutritious and tasty lunches that encourage your child to be involved in the process. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 12:45 p.m.; 513591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

FREE STARS OF CHILDREN’S THEATRE

Students ages 9 - 18 in The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s audition-based STAR Program offer a one-act festival today and tomorrow. Families are invited to enjoy performances of The Diviners, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs of the Old Republic. Visit the website for a complete schedule of performance times and theaters. Northern Kentucky University’s Corbett and Stauss Theatres, Louie B Nunn Drive, Highland Heights; July 30 and 31; thechildrenstheatre.com.

FREE HARRY POTTER GAMES FOR KIDS

Ages 8 - 14 are invited for fun games like Scene It, Trivial Pursuit, Butterbeer Quidditch Pong and more. Please note that space is limited. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 3 p.m.; 859-912-7860 or josephbeth.com.

FREE HARRY POTTER SCAVENGER HUNT

Join Miss Caitlin as she leads ages 3 - 8 on a scavenger hunt for the elusive dragon egg. Come dressed as your favorite witch or wizard! Please note that space is limited. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 1 p.m.; 859-912-7860 or josephbeth. com.

FREE HEDWIG’S CREW

Meet a crew of owls just like Harry Potter’s Hedwig as Raptors, Inc., makes a visit to the bookstore! Please note that space is limited. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 4 p.m.; 859-912-7860 or josephbeth. com.

FREE MEET PEPPA PIG

Stop by Learning Express today, when Peppa Pig makes a visit! Be sure to bring your camera! Learning Express Toys of Crestview Hills, 2812 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills; 11 a.m.; 859331-2094 or learningexpress.com/ stores/crestview-hills.

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The O.F.F. Market is Oakley’s neighborhood monthly marketplace and the stomping ground to specialty food and beverage vendors, independent small businesses, artists, and farmers from across the region. Come get a taste of the culture and creativity of this city and make The O.F.F. Market part of your routine! The O.F.F. Market, 2980 Madison Road; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; theoffmarket.org.

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FREE BIRDS OF PREY MEET AND GREET

Meet Raptor Inc.’s avian ambassadors up close, learn about the important role they play in the environment, hear the sounds of their calls, touch some interesting artifacts, and ask questions of the knowledgeable staff. Raptor, Inc., 961 Barg Salt Run Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-825-3325 or raptorinc.org.

NOW PLAYING!

Is there anything more exciting (and frightening) than impending parenthood? Check out this musical examination of parents-to-be as they anticipate and welcome their bundle of joy. Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre, 801 Matson Place; July 6 - 31; see website for tickets; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

FELLOW TRAVELERS

The Cincinnati Opera presents this tale that takes place at the height of the McCarthy era in 1950s Washington, D.C. Recent college grad Timothy Laughlin is eager to join the crusade against communism, but soon finds himself entangled in a forbidden love. Best for older teens and adults. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 7:30 p.m. July 8, 3 p.m. July 10; please see website for tickets; 513-241-2742 or cincinnatiopera.org.

FIDELIO

When wrongfully imprisoned and condemned to death, Florestan has but one hope left — his adoring wife, Lenore. The Cincinnati Opera presents Beethoven’s only opera in this thrilling ode to freedom. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 7:30 p.m. July 7 and 9; see website for tickets; 513-241-2742 or cincinnatiopera.org.

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This all Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band provides covers of favorite songs from the Beatles best years. Audience members get a chance to meet John Lennon’s sister, Julia Baird, and pick up a signed copy of her book, Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 8 p.m. July 22; $41.75 - $71.75; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

TOSCA

The fiery diva Tosca, star of the Roman stage, is desired by two men — one who loves her sincerely, and the other who longs to possess her. With her lover’s life on the line, she must submit to a repulsive proposition … until she sees the knife. Presented by the Cincinnati Opera. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 7:30 p.m. July 23, 27 and 29; please see website for tickets; 513-241-2742 or cincinnatiopera.org.

WEST SIDE STORY

Cincinnati Young People’s Theatre presents their annual summer performance with this classic tale of star-crossed lovers. Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; July 28 - Aug. 7; $12 - $16; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.


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ASHLAND AVENUE BAPTIST CHURCH 4255 Ashland Ave., Norwood 513-531-3626 ashlandavenuebuddybreak.weebly.com

•FREE Ashland Avenue Buddy Break RSVP to Stephanie.BuddyBreak@outlook.com. Buddy Break is a respite program for families with children with special needs, ages 2 - 16. Children participate with a one-on-one “buddy” in a variety of age-appropriate activities while parents get a much-needed break. 11 a.m. the second Saturday of each month.

BEHRINGER-CRAWFORD MUSEUM

10 - 11 a.m. July 18; $10 per child.

2715 Reading Road 513-221-0981 • civicgardencenter.org

•Harry Potter Mugglefest Excitement is building for the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Come dressed as your favorite character for a party full of games, activities, treats and more. 10:30 p.m. - midnight July 30; call to reserve your copy and release party ticket.

•Junior Gardeners Ages 5 - 15 learn all about solar energy by constructing their own solar oven and cooking under the sun. 2:30 - 4 p.m. July 26; $5.

CANCER SUPPORT COMMUNITY

•Junior Grand Discovery Camp Grandparents and grandchildren will experience life together on the Northern Kentucky frontier with crafts, music and more. Explore the outdoor world in the NaturePlay@ BCM, the new play space where kids can run free, uncover fossils, dig in the dirt, and play in a log cabin. 10 a.m. - noon, ages 4 - 6 meet July 26 - 27; ages 7 - 10 meet July 28 - 29; $40 per couple members, $60 per couple nonmembers.

•FREE Taking Control of the Reins … Family Style Ages 6 and older who have been impacted by cancer are invited for a day of discovery in a country atmosphere at Bay Star EquiCenter. This experimental workshop involves Equine Assisted Learning — no riding is involved. 2 - 5 p.m. July 23.

10500 Montgomery Road 513-475-4500 • trihealth.com

•Birthing With Ease Join a childbirth education series that explores the myth that suffering must accompany labor. 6:45 p.m. July 6, 13, 20 and 27; $200 for eight-week package. •Baby’s Amazing Journey Learn about those all important first-year milestones and get some practical advice on dealing with common sleeping, eating and fussiness issues. 6:45 p.m. July 14; $35.

BLUE COCOON

9361 Montgomery Road 513-791-1089 • bluecocoonbaby.com •Imagination Yoga Ages 3 - 6 enjoy an adventure theme that guides them through fun movements designed to stimulate creativity and calming techniques. Parents are welcome to attend if their child needs support. 10:45 - 11:25 a.m. Thu, July 14 - Aug. 4; $44. •FREE Cloth Diapering 101 Interested in using cloth diapers? Get the scoop on all the basics of cloth diapering, including popular brands, accessories, benefits of using cloth diapers and more. 3 p.m. July 9. •Cloth Diapering 102 Go beyond the basics of cloth diapering and get input on proper fit, care techniques, nighttime solutions, and more. 4:15 p.m. July 9; $10. •Breastfeeding 101 Expecting moms are invited to this class to start preparing you and your baby for breastfeeding — get tips and support and learn the basics along with your support person. 6:15 p.m. July 19; $30.

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•Let’s Jump on the Moon Ages 4 - 7 read beautiful moon books and make their own astronaut helmet from paper bags. Then take a trip outside to see how far you can jump if you were on the moon. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. July 20; $2.

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CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM

953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-2787 • cincinnatiartmuseum.org •See the Story Book Club Join Librarians from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County and CAM staff for a book club that combines a look at authors and artists. 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. July 16; please call for ticket info.

CINCINNATI FAMILY ENRICHMENT CENTER

4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 • theplaceforfamilies.com •Tummy2Tummy Learn more about the benefits of babywearing for you and your little one, and get a chance to explore a variety of sling and carrier choices. 11 a.m. July 9; donations gratefully accepted.

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

Daily admission $9 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $4 ages 4 - 12, free ages 3 and younger

•Creek Splash for Preschoolers Ages 4 - 6 and their adults enjoy a morning of stream exploration. Be ready to get wet as you look for crayfish, minnows, frogs and more. Program held at Long Branch Farm and Trails. 2 - 4 p.m. July 10; $3 members, $5 nonmembers. •Family Camping Overnight RSVP by June 24. Spend time together with family on a night hike, treats by the campfire, and a look at the night sky through a telescope (weather permitting). 6:30 p.m. July 8 - 10:30 a.m. July 9; $17 adult members, $8 child members, $25 adult nonmembers, $11 child nonmembers. •Family Pond and Canoeing Explore Long Branch’s big pond from the seat of a canoe and learn about life under the surface of the water. Program held at Long Branch Farm and Trails. 6:30 p.m. July 17; $3 members, $10 nonmembers.

•Baby Greens Ages 0 - 4 and their caregivers enjoy Sunny Days with a story or action poem and a stroll through the garden. 10 - 11 a.m. July 15; $5.

GLENWOOD GARDENS

10397 Springfield Pike 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

•Nighttime Garden Party RSVP by July 14. Enjoy nighttime crafts and games, visit with nocturnal animals in Highfield Discovery Garden, and gaze at the stars with the Cincinnati Astronomical Society. 8 9:30 p.m. July 16; $5 per child.

GREAT MIAMI ROWING CENTER 110 North B St., Hamilton rowhamilton.com

•Learn to Row Teens and adults are invited to give rowing a try — learn from seasoned rowers and coaches. Wear close-fitting gym shorts and T-shirts, bring sunscreen and shoes that don’t come off easily. 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. July 9; $15.

HARBIN PARK

1300 Hunter Road, Fairfield 513-867-5348 • fairfield-city.org •Poetry in the Park Ages 8 - 16 experience how poets throughout the ages have been inspired by nature, then write their own poetry as well as work on a community poem. 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. July 6; $5 residents, $10 nonresidents.

HUFFMAN PARK

2100 John Gray Road, Fairfield 513-867-5348 • fairfield-city.org •FREE Stargazing Enjoy a look at the stars with the Cincinnati Astronomical Society and their telescopes. 9 - 11 p.m. July 22.

JOSEPH-BETH BOOKSELLERS

2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills 859-912-7860 • josephbeth.com •Hungry Hungry Caterpillar Ages 3 and older join Miss Caitlin for a creepy crawly storytime filled with caterpillars, followed by a fun craft. 11:30 a.m. July 6; $5 (limited to 20 children). •Don’t Let the Pigeon Do Storytime Ages 4 and older join Miss Caitlin for a Mo Willems story and pigeon-inspired craft. 11:30 a.m. July 13; $5 (limited to 20 children). •Neverland Tea Party Calling all fairies, lost boys, pirates, mermaids, and children … come to a tea party with Peter, Tink, Wendy, Hook and more! Enjoy tea and cake, make a craft, and take your picture with friends from Neverland. Limited to 30 children; parents must accompany child. 1:30 p.m. July 9; $10.95 children, $12.95 Gives Back member adults, $13.95 nonmember adults.

•Make a Mess With Miss Sarah RSVP by July 15. Join Miss Sarah for a wonderfully messy outlet for your child’s creative side — listen to a good book, and then make an art project with kids ages 2 - 4.

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CALL AHEAD TO RESERVE YOUR CHILD’S SPOT! These events require ADVANCE REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted. •Harry Potter Wand Workshop Is it time for a new wand? Ages 8 - 12 should RSVP to create a magical wand suited to their personality, then get sorted into your house, conjure a Patronus and make a Three Broomsticks sweet treat. 2 p.m. July 27; $5 (limited to 20 children). •Harry Potter Wand Workshop for Teens and Adults Who says kids get to have all the fun? Ages 15 and older are invited to create their own magic wand! 6 p.m. July 30; $12.95 for Gives Back members, $13.95 for nonmembers (limited to 30).

LANGSFORD LEARNING ACCELERATION CENTER

9402 Towne Square Ave., Blue Ash 513-531-7400 • langsfordcenter.com/RSVP •FREE What Parents Should Know About Reading and Comprehension Do you have concern for a struggling reader? In our communities, about 20% of the population has difficulty learning to read. This presentation simplifies the complex process of reading by explaining the five critical skills that support successful reading. Learn about the developmental path of successful readers, the root causes of reading difficulties, and why some good readers struggle with comprehension. Please call for July date and time.

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7082 Columbia Road, Maineville 513-339-1030 1335 Donaldson Road, Erlanger 859-371-5729 lazerkraze.com •Special Needs Night Players ages 4 and older with special needs can play laser tag or jump on the trampolines for free with their family member’s paid admission. Please see website for jump rules; jump socks not included and are $2 per pair. Held the first Thursday of each month from 4 - 9 p.m.

•FREE The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health Speaker Series: Men’s Health Adults are invited for a relaxing evening of appetizers, wine and valuable medical information that focuses on the all-around health for men, including tips on fitness and health, career balance, relationships, nutrition and recipes, weight loss, and muscle building. 5:30 p.m. July 12. •FREE Fun Family Fitness Hour Work out as a family! Fitness instructor Adi Nulson leads an hour-long class that incorporates exercises for all ages. Children must be 5 or older, and a parent or caretaker must be present. 3:15 p.m. July 24.

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8485 Ridge Road 513-761-7500 • mayersonjcc.org •FREE Israeli Scout Concert Part Mouseketeers, part Broadway, the Israeli Scouts Friendship Caravan brings an energetic show that exudes the spirit and traditions of Israel. 6:30 p.m. July 6. •FREE Judaism and the Importance of Wine Young professionals are invited to sample various wines while Rabbi Meredith Kahan leads a discussion about the importance of wine in Jewish history and culture. 6:30 p.m. July 7.

•L.E.A.P. and Splish Splash Preschoolers and their adults learn, explore and play water games, make crafts and discover who lives in the watery world of the lake. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. or 1 - 3 p.m. July 11; $10 residents, $15 nonresidents.

•Paddle Camp Ages 10 - 13 join paddling experts and spend the day on the lake learning to kayak, canoe and more. 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. July 12; $20 residents, $25 nonresidents.

•Fishing Fever RSVP two days in advance. Kids learn the basics of fishing at the catch-and-release pond. Optional package includes wagon ride and playtime in Parky’s Playbarn. 9 and 11 a.m. July 1, 8, 29, and 9 a.m. July 15; $3 per person program only, $7 per child and $5 per adult for package. •Superhero Vegetables RSVP two days in advance. Discover the secret superpowers of vegetables. Optional package includes wagon ride and playtime. 11 a.m. July 1, 9 a.m. July 19 and 21; $2 per person program only, $6 per child, $4 per adult for package. •Challenge a Farmer RSVP two days in advance. Flex your mind and stretch your muscles as you work together to complete fun farm tasks — can your team outdo the farmer? Best for school-aged kids with a parent. 9 a.m. July 5 and 7; $6 per child, $4 per adult.

•Canvas Painting Night Kids create their own special canvas painting to give to a special someone or keep for themselves. 6 p.m. July 18; $10.

•FREE Let’s Go Hiking! Take a guided hike through the park and learn about the history and future of the Bald Eagle. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. July 16.

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

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

10073 Daly Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org

•Hook, Line & Sinker RSVP two days in advance. Explore fish tackle, experiment with bait, and test your skills at hooking a fish in the catch-and-release pond. Optional package includes wagon ride and playtime. 9 a.m. July 20; $2 per person program only, $6 per child, $4 per adult for package.

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7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 • yourmetroparks.net

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•You’re All Wet Ages 6 - 12 are guaranteed to get wet today with fun-filled activities that are all about the water. 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. July 11 - 12; $40 residents, $50 nonresidents.

•Pony Pals RSVP two days in advance. Help make the ponies and their tack shine! Optional package includes wagon ride and playtime. 9 and 11 a.m. July 12; $2 per person program only, $6 per child, $4 per adult for package.

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•Barnyard Friends Puppet Show RSVP two days in advance. Meet some barnyard friends and learn what makes them special, then greet the real deal after the puppet show. Optional package includes wagon ride and playtime. 9 a.m. July 26 and 28; $2 per person program only, $6 per child, $4 per adult for package.

RENTSCHELR FOREST METROPARK 5701 Reigarat Road, Hamilton 513-867-5835 • yourmetroparks.net

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

•A Walk in the Park Walking is great for the mind and the body. Meet with friends for a walk, followed by a cool-down stretch with YMCA trainers. 8:30 a.m. Tue and Thu in July.

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650 Walnut St. 513-977-4165 • cincinnatiarts.org •Families Create: Book It Have some fun with wonderful WordPlay, a community-based literacy organization for grades K - 12. 10 a.m. July 9; $5 per child.

WINTON WOODS

10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

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

•Grandparent/Grandchild Golf Tournament RSVP by July 25. Teams for this nine-hole scramble format are comprised of grandparents and grandchildren ages 8 - 17. 8 a.m. July 28; $35 per team.

WOODLAND MOUND

8250 Old Kellogg Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

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

•Parent/Child Golf Tournament RSVP by July 6. This nine-hole event features scramble, best ball, and select drive alternate shot formats for teams comprised of a parent and child ages 10 - 17. 5 p.m. July 10; $50 per team. •Butterfly Tea Party RSVP by July 19. Ages 3 - 5 discover the fascinating world of butterflies while enjoying crafts, games, tea and snacks. 10 a.m. July 21; $6 per child.

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