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inally, we are back to sports and doing things. I love the feeling of scooping up the kids again and heading out the door to go do something. I went to drop off my 9-year-old, Will, at his

first football camp. Only this time, I had extra luggage to carry with me — my 2-month-old baby, Catherine (Cate). Just me and my three kids against the world, I knew I could make this new adventure happen. It was a rainy day, and no way were they cancelling this muddy, messy, tough camp unless there was the slightest flash of lightning. I thought of the best way to juggle all of the kids, get there on time and stay dry. Rainboots and an umbrella for my 5-year-old, Eva; extra clothes and a towel for Will; and the loaded diaper bag, stroller and nifty rain cover for Cate. I can do this, I thought. With a little planning and preparation, I can make this work. We showed up on time, and I proudly kept my two littlest ones dry while Will ran around with his football buddies in the drizzling rain. Cate was content, and Eva lasted long enough until it was time to go home. Go us! As Cate, Eva and I slowly worked our way to the car, I heard behind me, “Hi, Amanda!” It was a baseball mom friend — how refreshing to see a familiar face! A homeschooling mom of four — I

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have always wondered, “How does she do it?” — we talked about everything for a few minutes, how it was our boys’ first time playing football, what we’ve both been up to, and then, she offered some helpful advice. “I didn’t know this until my fourth kid, but do you know about the secret car seat hold?” I smiled, knowing what she was getting at because I saw it on a TikTok video. “Can I show you?” I laughed and handed over the car seat. “Go for it!” The “secret car seat hold” hack worked as I readjusted my hands. It was lighter and so much easier to carry! Why have I not been doing this all along? This is parenting. This is learning. We are all trying to “figure it out” and as our kids grow, so do we! Moral of the story: take help when

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“After approximately 1000 years and there is no trick! In all seriousness, they started to sleep in 5-hour stretches occasionally around 6 - 7 months old, and it depended on how long they could make it without needing to eat, best I could tell. They were preemies born at 34 weeks and they weighed four pounds at birth. It took awhile.” Tiffany Beaverson Chouteau

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“I don't remember age but I know it was well before one year. Plenty of play time during the day, naps, a bedtime routine including lowering the lights, quiet reading together, some nights a bath ... and after a while of sleeping through, each one had a phase where they'd wake in the middle of the night. After a few nights of it, we took them to the doctor for a check up, then took the advice to let them cry it out. It was a rough couple of nights, but it didn't last a week and they were back to sleeping through. And we were back to sleeping through also!" SamBeth Whitehead “My baby slept well from the start. Six-hour stretches for a newborn. But around 4 - 6 months old, he was the crankiest baby at bedtime. He was still napping normally, but bedtime was hard because he'd be up and down all night. Around 8 months old, he finally started sleeping through the night again. We reestablished a bedtime routine where there was bath, bottle, snuggles, bed. He's 21 months now and doesn't love going to bed, but he's out most of the nights. There's always gonna be some nights that are a struggle. Also making sure

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your baby is awake the proper hours during the day and sleeping enough during the day helps as well. If the baby is up all day with very few or short naps, then they'll be overtired and bedtime will be a hassle. But on the flipside, if you let a 12 month old sleep for two naps that are each four hours (so eight hours total) when they only need four hours of daytime sleep, then they won't be tired and bedtime will feel more like naptime. I had my son taking a "nap" at bedtime around 6 months old. He was sleeping too much during the day and sleeping in too late. So at 8 p.m. I'd go to put him to bed and like clockwork every night he'd be up at midnight ready to play. That was a hard one to break.” Elizabeth Banfield “Six weeks. A warm, lavender bath at night to get the energy out with play and then relaxation. Rock to sleep with nursing at 8 p.m. and then I would wake her at midnight to feed her and she would go right back to sleep until I woke her at 7 a.m.” Heather Wolff “My 17 month old just started sleeping through since we started going outside all day and wearing him out and he now is only on one nap from 12 - 2 p.m. My 7 month old sleeps through most nights until 5 a.m. and my oldests have slept through since they were 2-ish (they are now 4 and 9). My 4 year old sometimes gets up to pee, but other than that we are now three down, one to go. I will love 9 p.m. 8 a.m. eventually!!!" Holly Siciliano

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health Concerned about the yellow in your baby’s eyes or the tint of his skin? More than likely it’s normal. But knowledge, as we all know, is power. By Amanda Hayward

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ven after my third baby, I worried about jaundice. That beautiful baby skin I witnessed at birth would all of a sudden begin to shift to a yellowish color, making me question how “normal” this was. As any worried parent would do, I asked my pediatrician and lo and behold, everything was normal. Despite the reassurance, I was still uneasy. Jaundice occurs in 50 - 60 percent of full-term babies, says Nick DeBlasio, M.D., MEd medical director at Pediatric Primary Care Center, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. An even higher percentage occurs in premature babies, as well as babies born from East Asian or Mediterranean families, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Jaundice is at its highest peak about three-to-five days after your baby’s homecoming. So if family and friends come to visit and say, “It looks like he has a little jaundice,” brush it off and say it is normal and will work its way out on its own. But why does this weird yellowing occur in the first place? “Jaundice occurs because of high levels of bilirubin in a baby’s blood,” says DeBlasio. “Bilirubin comes from the breakdown of old red blood cells and is

removed from the blood by the liver and excreted from the body in the stool.” While your little bundle is awaiting his grand arrival, all cozied up in Mom’s utero, Mom’s liver is working to remove the bilirubin. After birth, it takes a few days for a newborn’s liver to start removing bilirubin from the blood and high levels of bilirubin is what causes the yellow, jaundiced appearance in babies. Typically, it starts in the face and then spreads downward to the chest, abdomen, arms and legs. BREASTFED VS. FORMULAD-FED If you’re breastfeeding, your pediatrician may tell you that jaundice will take a bit longer to work its way out, sometimes up to one month. In formula-fed babies, it typically goes away in about two weeks, DeBlasio says. Formula fed or breastfed, feeding your baby frequently and on demand will help to bring out the white in his eyes. “The main thing that a parent can do to help is to make sure that the baby is feeding regularly,” says DeBlasio. “Bilirubin is excreted in the stool so every time a baby stools, he is excreting some bilirubin which helps with the jaundice level.” It is not recommended to put your cincinnatifamilymagazine.com

baby in sunlight to help decrease jaundice as this may lead to a sunburn. HOW JAUNDICE IS TOO MUCH? To ensure your baby’s jaundice levels are in check, (and overall health is good) you will see your pediatrician three-to-five days after birth (as long as there are no complications). High levels of bilirubin can potentially lead to health issues, but these can easily be prevented if jaundice is treated immediately. If your baby is born with high levels, a special treatment called phototherapy — exposure to ultraviolet light — will be done at the hospital to help break down the bilirubin. In some cases where levels of bilirubin are less high, this can be done at home. Keep a look out if your baby has a worsening yellow color to the skin and eyes. If the yellow color continues to worsen or fails to improve, that is a sign that jaundice could be worsening and the baby should be seen by the pediatrician, says DeBlasio. Your pediatrician will examine your baby to check if additional testing or treatment is needed. Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication and a mom of three.

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id it get easier with your third?” “Which kid is easiest?” I get these questions a lot. Some say after the second and third, parenting comes easier to you. Changing diapers is more of a breeze and you may find that your worry-o-meter is lower than before. Sure this can all be true, but what about now having to juggle more kids? Whether you have one, two or five, the juggle is real. From the day you bring Baby home from the hospital, life takes a turn. A good one, to say in retrospect, but also hard. Tasks you would do with two hands now sometimes must be done with one hand. And that quick trip to the grocery? Well, now it’s a bit more complicated. The juggle really is real, but you don’t have to do it alone — and you shouldn’t have to. With some planning, parenting hacks and teamwork, this new life that sometimes seems impossible and overwhelming can become a little more manageable.

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PICK A FLEXIBLE ROUTINE Even if you’re not a routine kind-of-person, having some sort of schedule or daily checklist is the key to a manageable day. Robyn Gorman, MD with TriHealth Madeira Pediatrics, says although parenting is not easy no matter how many children you have, it is helpful to maintain routines, especially with the older children. “Try to be consistent with their sleep schedule, sleep routines, feeding times and daytime activities,” she says. “Try to coordinate feeding times and nap times with the different children if feasible. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help!” This being said, also know that being flexible should absolutely be penciled into whatever “routine” you set for you and your family - and every routine is different, whether you work-at-home, stay-athome or you go into the office. “I would go easy on yourself and not focus too much on finding

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a specific routine,” says Monica Hartman, primary care and family medicine doctor at Mercy Health — Liberty Falls Family Medicine. “When each of our four kids were babies, we found at various times that just as we thought we were getting into a routine, things would change, and we would find ourselves looking for a new routine. Be flexible.” PLAN ONE-ON-ONE TIME A big struggle for many parents is the feeling of missing out on the quality time they once had with the other kids before the arrival of the baby. This feeling is normal, but can definitely whip up a little “mom guilt.” “That is an ongoing struggle,” says Hartman. “I would suggest involving the other kids as much as you can with chores and caring for the baby.” Make your other kids feel special with tiny rewards. Do this by asking visitors to bring a gift for the older kids, too, or simply acknowledging them when they walk through the door as the “new big brother or sister” and telling them what a great job they are doing. “Give yourself a break and don’t be too hard on yourself as it is inevitable that your time with each child will not be equal all the time,” she continues. “Also, your time might not be what each kid needs. While we may not have the time to give everyone individual quality time every day, we can make them feel loved and valued in other ways.” Alone time with Baby is important, too. If it fits your family’s schedule, keeping your kids in school, a daycare or with a babysitter can help keep their days consistent (kids love knowing what is happening next!) also equalling more alone time between Mom, Dad and Baby, suggests Gorman. PREPARE IN ADVANCE Prep, prep, prep! A little prep time at night before you call it a day can help mornings go smoother. One way is to have “supply stations” around the

house, suggests Gorman, including diapers, cream, wipes, trash baggies, extra cloths and burb clothes. This is such a great way to have the necessities onhand at all times. “We had one on each floor with our babies,” she continues. “Pack-n-plays are also a great, portable way to have a safe place to put your baby when you need both hands free to fold laundry or prepare meals.” Meal prepping is a great idea, but having the time and energy, let alone to cook, during those early months seems impossible. If your family and friends offer to bring you a meal or help, just say, “Yes!” says Gorman. Plus these days, you can take advantage of all of the grocery delivery services available. For planning meals, rice cooker or slow cooker meals are your best friend, or adding healthy family meals to a calendar (Pasta Night or Taco Tuesday, for example) is the way to go. “Maybe let the older kids come up with some idea options,” she suggests. “Try to plan meals in advance and cook a double batch so you will have leftovers for easy feeding later. You can always freeze extra meals for another day!”

dinner are also good ways to keep older kids occupied and stimulated while teaching them life skills,” says Hartman. “They [my kids] also enjoy looking for bugs, collecting and painting rocks, coloring, playdough, etc.”

ASK FOR HELP This is probably one of the most important words of advice for parents: ask for help. “Having help from your spouse or partner, family and friends is both wise and important,” Gorman says. “As parents, we feel so much love for our babies, but parenting can be exhausting and overwhelming! I think it’s important for parents to realize they aren’t alone and to ask for help.” If you’re a breastfeeding mama, you can get help by having someone burp and change the baby while you gather yourself and organize what you need to; or, just have some time to yourself. Take turns with household chores and get the older kids involved by encouraging them with small rewards. “Helping out with any of the household chores or cooking

SLEEP AND SELF CARE In the midst of it all, remember to take care of YOU. This includes sleep! I know what you’re thinking — what’s sleep? This is where teamwork with your spouse comes in handy and asking friends and family to take over feedings so you can squeeze in a nap or some “me time.” “It is important to prioritize sleep for families and newborns,” says Gorman. “This can be very difficult, but sleep is crucial for healthy growth and development.” Little naps or rest during the day can go a long way. At night, try alternating feedings with your spouse, that way you both can get some rest. For example, if Dad is up with the baby one night, he can get rest during the day while Mom tackles the daytime and evening duties the

KEEP THEM BUSY If you have more little ones to take care of, it can be difficult to keep them occupied during those times you are feeding or getting Baby ready for naptime. Keep little ones active and stimulated with age-appropriate activities. Safe, water-play activities in the backyard or an outdoor playground for them to run and play on can really help. As for activities you can do together while attending to the baby, choose things that engage their motor skills, language development and socialization, suggests Gorman, such as a short walk or hike, and discuss what you see around you. Kids love scavenger hunts, too (see if you can find a pine cone, bird, stop sign, etc). Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky are loaded with great library programs, parks and recreation for you to take advantage of, especially in the summertime, so research away.

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next day. During this draining time, Gorman reminds parents about the importance of safe sleep for Baby. “Even when parents are tired, it is still important to maintain safe sleep practices and follow the ABC’s of safe sleep: put your baby down Alone, on her Back, in a safe sleep environment such as a Crib that is flat and firm, and free of any soft objects or bedding,” she says. Being your best for your kids means you must be the best to yourself. Making time for selfcare is essential for your mental health and will help keep your engine running for the everyday tasks you do need to juggle as a parent. Walk outdoors, take an exercise class, journal, read, meditate, eat healthy, for example. Utilizing the help you already have at home will allow you to pencil in this important time for yourself. Encourage your kids to do the same, says Hartman. “This goes for the kids, too,” she continues. “Making sure they are getting enough sleep, eating healthy food and staying active helps them also to be the best version of themselves.” If you feel you are having a hard time managing stress/anxiety, or feel that it is not improving within a few weeks or is suddenly worsening, talk to your doctor or your kids’ pediatrician right away, says Gorman. “For moments when you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed … if you’re with your baby, it’s OK to put her down in a safe place and take a few moments to collect yourself,” she continues. All-in-all, remember to go easy on yourself and have low expectations for getting anything done apart from caring for your family, reminds Hartman. Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication. She is mom to three children, the youngest of which is 3 months old.

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DAILY EVENTS thu 1 FREE BLUE ASH NATURE PARK STORYWALK Take a walk through the park and read a story, too! Blue Ash Nature Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; all monthlong, daily; blueash.com.

BUTTERFLIES OF BALI (register) Celebrate Krohn’s Butterfly Show’s 25th anniversary. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; daily through September 6, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; 513-421-4086 or cincinnatiparks. com/krohn.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY AT ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION Visit the North Pole and beat the heat with wintry fun. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; Mon - Sat 10 - 6 p.m., Sun 12 - 6 p.m. Call 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

CINCINNATI REDS GAMES Enjoy a Red’s game and take the kids to the new TriHealth Family Zone. Great American Ballpark, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; 7:10 p.m.; see website for ticket pricing and group sales; 1-800440-8539 or reds.com.

FREE MOVIES IN THE PARK Head to the park to see Dolittle. Local vendors will be on-site starting at 5 p.m., the show starts at 7 p.m.; Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; valid vehicle permit is required for park entry; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org/calendar/special-events/ movies-in-the-park.

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MUSIC @ BCM 2021 Devou Park is the destination for some live tunes on Thursday evenings; weekly concerts will showcase a variety of musical styles like bluegrass, country, Latin, jazz, rock and more; Devou Park, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; Thursdays in July, 6 - 9 p.m.; $5 adults, free for children; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

NATURE’S FIREWORKS! A FIREFLY EVENING PROGRAM (register) Discover nature’s magical night time light show with a leisurely hike to learn all about fireflies! Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 9 p.m.; $11 non-members, includes daily admission; $6 members; 513-8311711 or cincynature.org.

FREE POP UP IN THE PARK Spend time in the parks of Blue Ash and snag a pre-packaged activity! This program rotates locations so visitors can see all of Blue Ash’s great parks. First Thursday of the month, Oakwood Park (11110 Kemper Ave.), second Thursday of the month, Hunt Park (9385 Floral Ave.), third Thursday

of the month, Nature Park (4335 Glendale Milford Road). Blue Ash; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; facebook.com/ blueashrecreation.

FREE ROCKIN’ THE ROEBLING Rock out to a free concert, hosted by Cincinnati Parks and Moerlein Lager House, every Thursday through September 2. Schmidlapp Event Lawn, East Mehring Way, Cincinnati; 6 - 10 p.m.; 513-3572604 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE STORY TIME IN THE PARK: MAGNIFICENT MUD Dig into nature through hands-on activities and hear a story, too. Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope Road, Harrison; 10 11 a.m. OR 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; valid vehicle permit required for entry; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

TODDLER THURSDAYS AT DIG ‘N PLAY Kids can explore a sand table, play area and a three-story play structure. Dig ‘N Play, 9405 Cincinnati Columbus Road, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $4 for toddlers two and younger; 513847-1055 or dignplay.com.

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fri 2 BEYOND BALLET (register) Little dancers can join Mrs. Kristin from Beyond Ballet Kids for a ballet and creative movement class. Lilypad Play, 2008 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 10:30 or 11 a.m.; $15 per class; 513-321-1379 or lilypadplay.com.

GOODNIGHT FIREFLIES (register) Hear an evening story outside while watching the fireflies! Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7:30 p.m.; $10 non-members, includes daily admission; $5 members; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

sat 3 BALLOON GLOW See page 17 opener.

FREE FOURTH OF JULY PARTY (register) Celebrate the Fourth of July with games, crafts and trivia at the library. Cold Spring Branch, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring; 11 a.m.; 859-781-6166 or cc-pl.org.


FREE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION AND FIREWORKS This full day of celebration includes a parade at 10:30 a.m., live music, shopping, food, drinks and a fireworks show at 10 p.m. Fort Thomas, Ky; see website for full itinerary; 859-572-1225 or ftthomas.org.

FREE INDEPENDENCE DAY IN INDEPENDENCE Celebrate Independence Day with a car show (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.), parade (3 p.m.) and more at 4 p.m. plus Vito’s firework show! Memorial Park, 2003 Jackwoods Pkwy, Independence, Ky; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; cityofindependence.org.

FREE UNION TOWNSHIP SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Families can enjoy a fun free evening concert by Wild Rice Review (July 3) or Chuck Brisbin & The Tuna Project (July 17). Union Township Civic Center Amphitheater, 8 - 10 p.m.; 513752-1741 or union-township.oh.us/ concerts.

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Happy Independence Day! FOURTH OF JULY AT STRICKER’S GROVE

FREE RED WHITE & BLUE ASH Celebrate Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks show! Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; 7 p.m.; see website for more information; fireworks start at 10 p.m.; blueash.com.

RED, WHITE AND BOOM Celebrate independence with John Morris Russell and the Pops and fireworks. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati; 8 p.m.; see website for ticket information; doors open at 6:30 p.m.; 513-232-5882 or riverbend.org.

FREE KIDS MYSTERY FISH CHALLENGE (register) Kids 16 and younger can try to catch a tagged fish for a trophy! Bring your own equipment; bait for purchase. Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland; 9 - 11 a.m.; vehicle pass required to enter park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE ALL THINGS LOCAL: ART ON VINE Head to Fountain Square for a day of local fine art and handmade goods. Reds fans can sit back

and watch the game on the big screen! Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., Cincinnati; 12 - 6 p.m.; artonvinecincy.com.

Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; 3:30 - 7 p.m.; summitparkblueash.com/ residents/farmers_market.php.

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FREE JAZZ IN THE PARK Monday nights mean music at the park; families can enjoy jazzy performances each week, presented by PPG Paints. Washington Park’s Porch, 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati; 6 - 9 p.m.; bit. ly/3x305qz.

tue 6 FLORENCE Y’ALLS HOME GAME Head to UC Health Stadium to watch the Y’alls play some ball! See the website for promotions. UC Health Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence; 6:30 p.m.; tickets starting at $10; 859594-4487 or florenceyalls.com.

wed 7 FREE BLUE ASH FARMERS MARKET Browse goods from local farmers, bakers and more.

Enjoy this outdoor weekly summer concert series, food vendors, a Kids’ Art Corner and beverages rom HighGrain Brewing Co. Burnet Woods Bandstand, 3251 Brookline Ave., Cincinnati; 7 - 9 p.m.; 513-4972860 or cliftonculturalarts.org/ events/signature-event-series/ wednesdays-in-the-woods.

fri 9 FREE IHM SUMMER FEST This summer festival features games, rides, food and music. Fri 6 p.m. - 12 a.m., Sat 5 p.m. - 12 a.m., Sun 6 - 10 p.m. 5876 Veterans Way, Burlington; ride and game tickets + food and drink available for purchase; 859-6895010 or ihm-ky.org.

sat 10 43RD ANNUAL DOLLHOUSE AND MINIATURE SHOW & SALE

Enjoy rides, food, friends and fireworks! Stricker’s Grove, 11490 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; 3 - 11 p.m.; free admission; $17 unlimited rides band or $10 for 7 ride tickets, $2 for 1 ride ticket + $5 parking before 6 p.m., $8 parking after 6 p.m.; 513-7383366 or strickersgrove.com.

FREE HAMILTON’S 4TH OF JULY Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the 58th annual 4th of July Parade. Butler County Fair, 1715 Fairgrove Ave., Hamilton; 3 p.m.

FREE LIBERTY TOWNSHIP 4TH OF JULY PARADE Wear red, white and blue and enjoy a fun parade. Lakota East High School, 6840 Lakota Lane, Liberty Twp; 10 a.m.; 1-888-4622282 or gettothebc.com. Kids will meet dinosaurs during The Dino Encounters on Sat., July 10 at Memorial Hall.

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THINGS TO DO Browse dollhouses and miniature displays presented by the Miniature Society of Cincinnati. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $5 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12 years old; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

THE DINO ENCOUNTERS SHOW WITH ROCKY THE T-REX Discover dinosaurs during this interactive dinosaur puppet experience. Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati; 12 or 2 p.m.; $14; 513-977-8838 or memorialhallotr.com/cincinnatishows/dino-encounters.

mon 12 FREE KENTON COUNTY FAIR 2021 Families can enjoy a demo derby, pageants, tractor pulls, Barnyard Olympics and more! Through July 17. Gates open at 4 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. on Saturday. See website for daily lineup. Kenton County Fairgrounds, 2836 Harris Pike, Independence, Ky; $12 admission, free for ages two and younger; 859-356-3738 or kentoncountyfair.com.

tue 13 FREE EDGEWOOD SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Enjoy live tunes at Presidents Park with the Tuesday Night Concert Series. Presidents Park, 283 Dudley Road, Edgewood; 7 p.m.; edgewoodky.gov.

thu 15 FREE AULT PARK SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL Enjoy kids’ activities from 6 - 8 p.m. and the band Marsha Brady. Ault Park, Observatory Circle, Cincinnati; 6 - 10 p.m.; proceeds benefit Ault Park; aultparkac.com.

CAMPFIRES AT THE J Head to the J for a night of fun, s’mores and games. Bring chairs for a night under the stars. Mayerson JCC Baseball Fields, 8485 Ridge Ave., Cincinnati; 7 - 8:30 p.m.; $6 public, $3 J members; 513-722-7245 or mayersonjcc.org/programs/youthfamily-events.

FREE ITALIANFEST 2021 Head to Newport for Italian food, live music and a celebration of heritage. Riverboat Row, 1 Levee Way, Newport; July 15 - 18; see website for daily schedule and list of participating restaurants; italianfestnewport.com.

fri 16 FIREWORK FRIDAY AT THE Y’ALLS Enjoy the ballgame and Rozzi’s Firework show. UC Health Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence, Ky; 7:03 p.m.; $10+; 859-594-4487 or florenceyalls. com.

fri 23 FULL MOON WALK (register) Hit the trails under the full moon. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 9 - 10:30 p.m.; $10 non-members, includes daily admission; $5 members; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

sat 24 BEGINNER CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP (register) Learn the basics with graphic artist Lindsey Buck. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $75 nonmembers, $65 members; 513684-4516 or taftmuseum.org/ tickets.

FREE KIDS MYSTERY FISH CHALLENGE (register)

catch a fish for a trophy. Bring equipment; bait for purchase; Campbell Lakes Preserve, 10431 Campbell Rad, Harrison; 9 - 11 a.m.; vehicle pass required; 513521-7275 or greatparks.org.

sun 25 FIONA’S SUNDAE FUNDAE (register) Roam the zoo after hours and sample six tasty flavors of ice cream during this fundraiser. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; 6 - 9 p.m.; see website for ticket details; 513-281-4700 or cincinnatizoo.org/events/fionassundae-fundae.

MUD PIES IN THE NATURE PLAYSCAPE (register) Kids can make mud pies with delights found in the Nature PlayScape. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 3 p.m.; included with daily admission, $9 adults, $4 children; free for members; 513831-1711 or cincynature.org.

tue 27 KNOCK KNOCK, WHO’S THERE? DISCOVERY AT THE NATURE NOOK (register) Explore the creatures who lived in the nook during a miniprogram led by a Nature Center staff member. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 p.m.; included with daily admission, $9 adults, $4 children; free for members; 513831-1711 or cincynature.org.

wed 28 FREE WASHINGTON PARK SUMMER CINEMA Grab a lawn chair to watch National Treasure! Food trucks will be on-hand. Activities start at 4 p.m., movie at 9 p.m. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati; washingtonpark.org.

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thu 29 FREE BOARD GAME TIME @ MILK & BEANS (register) Families can enjoy a variety of board games or even bring one from home during game time. Snacks provided. Milk & Beans, 574 Buttermilk Pike, Crescent Springs, Ky; 4 - 6 p.m.; 859-3600257 or milkandbeans.net.

FREE GLIER’S GOETTA FEST Enjoy treats, vendor booths, entertainment, a kids’ tent and more family festivities. The fun runs July 29 - Aug 1 and Aug 5 8. Riverboat Row, 1 Levee Way, Newport; goettafest.com.

sat 31 FREE ARTS WAVE: ENJOY THE ARTS @ PARKS Get to know the region’s parks and catch local performing artists the last Saturday of each month. Woodland Mound Park, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 1 - 5 p.m.; 513-632-0121 or artswave. org/impact/events/enjoy-the-arts@-parks.

ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION EXTRAVAGANZA Take joy in all things Thomas the Train and Friends during this one-of-a-kind train extravaganza presented by The Tank Engine Society. EnterTRAINment Junction Expo Center, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5 admission; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com/ calendar.

FREE HAPPY BIRTHDAY HARRY POTTER (register) Harry Potter turns 41 this year! Celebrate the magical world of Harry Potter with crafts, trivia and games. Cold Spring Branch, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring, Ky; 11 a.m.; 859-781-6166 or cc-pl. org.


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