Cincinnati Family Magazine - August 2010

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2010 Arts Directory Boost your child’s creativity! Updated for the new year, our arts’ listings will help you locate the right program. Plus, Jack Louiso on arts for kids and his last season with the Children’s Theater of Cincinnati.

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Family Calendar

See the Gala of International Stars Dance on Sunday, August 14 and enjoy dozens more family activities this month.

7 FYI: local news for you Local Briefs: Starting back-to-school on time, new art joints in town, giveaways and more. Kids’ Health: Got Milk? comes to town, growing pains and backpack tips. Family Getaway: Green Acres Canoe and Kayak Rental in Harrison.

Cincinnati Family Advisory Board Jack Collopy Executive Director Hamilton County Educational Service Center Missy Kucia Children’s Program Director, Cincinnati Sports Club Shannon Kloo Director of Early Childhood Services Children’s Home of Cincinnati Cathy Heizman Executive Director, Child Advocacy Center Betti Hinton Executive Director, FamiliesFORWARD Kris Mooney Early Childhood Program Developer Duke Energy Children’s Museum at Cincinnati Museum Center Susie Louiso Executive Director, Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

On the cover: Dante, photographed at the Clifton Performance Theatre by Donna Lind of Life Photography Studios. Wardrobe and styling by Carol Brammer.


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hen kids or adults use the word “weird” to describe someone, that almost always implies that someone’s not good. To use the word weird is to insert a put down, an insult ... in the most off-putting way. “You’re weird,” is what a kid might say to another kid when he doesn’t understand the other’s sense of humor, or when the child does something not considered “normal” or “cool.” My own mother used the word weird to describe someone in a derogatory way. If a boy was “weird,” it meant he was the “wrong” kind of boy. If she said I was acting “weird,” it meant she was worried about me. But weird is often a shield against what we don’t understand. My oldest child described a girl in her sixth-grade class as weird and all of the kids thought she was, too, and then something ... well, weird happened. They all discovered what an incredible talent the girl had for drawing. And suddenly she wasn’t so weird. She was a gifted artist. No one else could draw like her and the teacher gave her the utmost respect for it. Soon all the kids did. Weird became good. My nephew — who has also been called weird — is preparing to embark on a national tour with his rock band. He and his bandmates bought a 1989 Bluebird bus, painted it the colors of their band, and are prepping it for a tour launching this month. My nephew has tattoos, piercings and a penchant for pyrotechnics on stage, but he is also a health nut, in-touch with current events and one of the most self-realized 23-year-olds I know. Again, weird is good. Kids described as weird are the recipients of an age-old sterotype that continues to work itself into our homes. Long ago, and still today, parents refused to allow their children to go into the arts as a vocation for fear of a life of squalor and ill repute. The catch here is that you have to start out in the arts as a nobody in order to make it. The fact that artists (actors, musicians, painters, dancers and all of the various forms in between) must attempt to achieve success when there’s very little room at the top makes it a risky endeavor indeed. There are plenty of kids who say they love art and plenty of parents who say their child is artistic ... and we all have various aptitudes for the arts, but genuine talent is another thing altogether. Yet the arts are for ALL children. Childhood is the most creative time of life. Learning happens fast, nothing is yet determined for a future pathway and anything goes. As much as we sign our kids up for soccer or baseball we should be signing them up for an art program because they deserve the chance to discover what they’ve got and how to think about life in an individual way. In academic settings we have to follow the rules of the classroom, the rubric, the plan. On the playing field, again, there are rules of play that must be followed. While the arts as a profession involve highly-achieved craftsmanship, initially, in childhood, they are simply a means for finding out about yourself. There are no rules. The answer to all of the early questions is simply YOU. So watch out for “weird,” because it is often good. Careful to judge another by how he looks, because he just might be the next Grammywinner. And when it comes to the arts for your children, know that some of the happiest, most fulfilled souls walking the Earth are the creative ones — and they know themselves best. Email me your thoughts and suggestions. I'd love to hear from you!

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magination runs wild at Madeira’s new arts and crafts studio named Creativ Creativities. The studio offers everything from drawing to classes like Junior Archi Architects and Designing for Your American Girl Doll. Kids can use any material they find to express themselves, all while developing “right brain” skills, says owner Christine Parker. “We love the fine arts, but there are simply so many other ways to exercise your creativity,” she says. Families can enjoy a range of options from art lessons, cooking classes, drama camps, dance classes and more including a drop-in option. Learn more at 513-272-1500 or Also check out the Mt. Washington Educational Arts Center (2127 Beechmont Ave.) Call 513-827-9144 or visit

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est Chester native Jamie Minniear will realize her dream this month as she opens the doors to the Community Montessori School (CMS). With more than 10 years teaching experience and a strong belief in the Montessori philosophy, Minniear is also community-minded. “I think building community among children is a great life lesson to learn how to relate to one another and build self-confidence,” she says. “My hope is that the school can be a caring environment where families know their children are thriving and learning.” CMS is accepting students for the 2010 – 2011 school year – find out more at 513-777-0808 or (please turn the page) •

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ids and families come face-to face with history during The Spirit of America, a live-action show that dates back to pre-World War II — and it’s coming to the Bank of Kentucky Center next month. Featuring active-duty soldiers and the U.S. Army Band, “Pershing’s Own,” the patriotic event features key battle reenactments dating back to the Revolutionary War all the way to current times, as seen through the eyes of the American soldier. A musical ceremony from the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps and The U.S. Army Drill Team is also part of the show. “It is an honor and a privilege to have a part in Military District of Washington’s Spirit of America,” says Sgt. Major Mitchell D. Spray, drum major of Pershing’s Own. “Being able to bring a presentation like this to people who may not normally be able to see the U.S. Army up close and personal is an added bonus.” Taking place September 17 at 10:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m., and September 18 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., the Center is located at 500 Nunn Dr., Highland Heights. Tickets are free, but must be preordered. Call 859-442-2652 or visit For more details about Spirit of America, visit our special, up-close-and-personal look at, or go to mil.

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aking time off to be a stay-at-home mom doesn’t mean you can’t still plan your future career, say the founders of Act Three, a local service that offers seminars and coaching to prepare moms for a return to the work force. “There’s an increasing awareness of needing to be prepared,” says Susanne Quigley, marketing director. An action plan — one that includes networking and maintaining your resumé — will keep skills updated, a big obstacle for women caring for children at home, Quigley says. On August 31, moms can attend Act Three’s workshop, “Bridging the Computer Knowledge Gap,” and coming in November is “Imagine, Then Do It.” To register, visit or call 513-563-3505.

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id you know that moms who drink milk are more likely to have daughters who also drink milk? Find out facts like this and more at the national got milk? Milk the Moment Tour when it arrives in Cincinnati this month. Families can get milk mustache photos taken, enjoy samples from local dairies, join a football toss as part of the National Dairy Council and NFL Fuel Up to Play 60 program, and even enter to win a trip to San Francisco for dinner with celebrity chef Tyler Florence. Head to Tri-County Mall (11700 Princeton Pike) on Aug. 30 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Cincinnati Museum Center (1301 Western Ave.) from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and Newport on the Levee (1 Levee Way) on Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information, visit

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rowing pains, those crampy aches felt in the legs in the late afternoon or overnight, are a common part of childhood and are not usually cause for alarm. But if they hinder a good night’s sleep, try a few simple therapies to ease the discomfort:

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ids shouldn’t slouch under the weight of a backpack! Keep these tips in mind:

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otal relaxation. My feet propped on my son’s inner tube as I rested in my own. As we floated down the river, birds sang and their songs mingled with the sounds of water trickling along the shore, and among the trees on the bank. Trees that were closer than I thought. Trees we were supposed to avoid. Trees that knocked me out of my tube when I crashed into them. My accident happened at Green Acres Canoe and Kayak on the Whitewater River. Located at 10465 Suspension Bridge Road, just off 275, Green Acres is family owned and operated, in fact, owners Dave and Sharon Lutz are the fourth generation to run a business from this location. In the 1920s, Sharon’s grandparents, Earl and Dolores Pope, set up Long Island Beach, a small amusement park that operated until the mid 1950s, with swimming, concessions, and rides built by family members and run by manpower. In the 1990s, the family opened the land to the public again, renaming their venture Green Acres Canoe and Kayak. In addition to water sports, they offer putt-putt golf and a driving range. But we were there for the tubing. We printed and signed waivers at home, entered the office next to the restrooms, and got a bit of training and a briefing on the river map. The office also secures customer keys and sells supplies, including water shoes — a wise investment since the beach and river floor are rocky and often covered with sticks. My daughter wore crocs, and at times had to fight to keep them on. We wore our swimsuits, so we didn’t need the changing rooms until after our adventure, so we next headed to the shed filled with life jackets. We were on our own with the lifejackets and had to make sure the kids chose wisely and secured them correctly. Next, we slathered on the sunscreen, adjusted our sunglasses and waited for the Green Acres van.

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Floating and Skimming My oldest threw his tube in the river, jumped in, and started floating down the river. My middle son threw his tube in, jumped and missed. But soon, everyone was floating down the river, except me. I inched into the water, thought it was freezing, and froze myself. My husband and kids yelled encouragement. I held the tube’s handles, trusted I’d land in the tube, and sat. It worked.Throughout our afternoon, we did our best to keep together, or at least in pairs. Tubing is not recommended for children under 5 years old, and even with our youngest at age 9, we had a few nervous moments. Still, it was mostly wonderfully relaxing and fun. It was also exciting to see an eagle and keep watch for beavers, allegedly plentiful in the area. We never found the beavers, but we did find the beach. A stretch of sand around the bend from an area of river rocks. My youngest found an interesting rock for his collection, while my middle son found a clam shell. The others just hunted for rocks to throw and skip across the river. After a few minutes we were back on the river and in our tubes. And in a few more minutes, I was back off the tube. The tree knocked me off and into the water, but my life jacket kept me from actually going under despite the deep water. After I assured the family I was fine, they all laughed at me, and I floated holding on to the tube until I found a shallow enough area to get back on. Soon after I did, it was almost over. We passed under three bridges, an experience our youngest thought was like an Indiana Jones adventure, and climbed the rocky shoreline back to Green Acres. Barbara Littner David is a local writer and mother of five. She is also the author of Cincinnati Trips for Kids, a collection of more than 40 great Cincinnati-area attractions.

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kindergarten teacher wants you to know BY SHERRY HANG


Your little one is all grown up and heading for his first day of school. Is he ready? Are YOU?

ou’ve watched carefully over your child’s development and celebrated every milestone. Now it’s time to turn him over to someone else who will guide him through the next step of his educational journey. But have you prepared him adequately enough? Maybe you should have spent more time practicing his ABCs, and what if the other kids in his class can read more words than he can? Will his shoelaces stay tied now that he insists on doing it himself? You can breathe easy, according to several local kindergarten teachers. While there are certain acquired skills that will make your child’s entry into kindergarten easier, what’s most important is that you have planted the seeds of curiosity and now your little one is thirsty to learn.

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For Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS), a child must be 5 years old by September 30 before he can attend, which is about the same age he should be able to accomplish certain physical tasks. According to Deborah Bradshaw, director of Early Childhood Education at CPS, your child should be able to perform basic tasks like putting on and taking off a coat, using zippers and buttons, going to the bathroom on his own, and knowing to wash and dry his hands afterwards. Your child should also have had an introduction to manipulating small items, like crayons and pencils. Shari Rush, a kindergarten teacher at the Loveland Early Childhood Center, says that it’s also helpful if your child can follow a simple set of directions, communicate his needs and wants, recognize the letters of the alphabet, count to 10, have a knowledge of shapes and colors, and recognize and begin to write his own name. Both teachers ask that you keep in mind that your child isn’t doomed to a life of academic struggle if he hasn’t mastered these and similar

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tasks. “We are the teachers and we will teach children these skills,” says Rush, adding that the above-mentioned tasks aren’t pre-requisites — their mastery will just make life a little easier for new students. What’s more important, according to Bradshaw, is that you have spent some time encouraging your child to learn and to be unafraid of new experiences. After all, it takes confidence to try something new and that’s what learning is — a series of trying new things.

The Power of Preschool If your 3- or 4-year-old is able to attend preschool a couple days each week, go for it. “There is a huge social advantage to attending preschool,” says Bre Griffith, a kindergarten teacher in the Lakota school district. “It’s completely different from being around your brothers and sisters, and it helps teach children about roles and expectations in a classroom setting.” Like Circle Time. If your child has had this experience, he knows to stay in the circle and pay attention, and is less likely to wander off in search of something else to do. In her experience, Rush has found that kids who attend preschool are usually better able to work and play with other children, and have also had some practice at spending upwards of 15 minutes on a single project or task.

Keep Up the Communication “I would never want any of my children’s parents to feel they couldn’t talk to me,” says Griffith, adding that in addition to scheduled conferences and a weekly newsletter, she invites parents to email her with questions, concerns or updates. She says that meeting the teacher before school starts is a great way to share your child’s qualities, and advises parents to check in every few weeks to stay on top of your little one’s progress. Good communication with your teacher will also give you ideas on how to keep the learning going at home. “As the year progresses, I think it’s important to have parents in the classroom,” says Rush. “Parents see what’s going on, and children see their parents’ interest.” Admittedly, not every parent is able to actively participate in the classroom, which is why Rush encourages parents to talk with their child’s teacher in order to learn what’s being covered in the classroom and help reinforce those lessons at home. “Ask your child detailed questions about his schoolwork,” she says, adding that teachers will often advise parents on games to play and activities to do together to enhance a child’s knowledge. “Plus, it shows children that school is important!” Communicating with your teacher helps in other ways as well, according to Rush. If your little boy had a bad night’s sleep, or is eagerly anticipating a special outing, let your teacher know, as that might affect his classroom performance that day. “We inform the parents, but it’s also up to parents to inform us of what’s going on at home.” A team approach can only increase your child’s chances at success.

Reading is Key One of the best things you can do for your child at any time is to read to him.

“Reading to your child is crucial,” says Bradshaw, adding that parents should take it a step beyond just reading aloud a story, and stop to ask questions about the story and encourage children to learn the “who, what, when, where and why” of a tale. This activity, she says, will help them begin to develop critical thinking skills. Rush advises keeping a reading journal that both parents and children can write in and even share with their teacher. “Reading to your kids is so important,” she says, adding that it not only improves vocabulary, but also encourages a love for reading in little ones and shows them that reading is an important activity in everyday life. Even if your child is too little to fully understand the stories you read, reading aloud will familiarize them with how books work, says Griffith. “Just knowing how a book works — where the cover is and what page to read first — will make a huge difference,” she says.

The “Ideal” Kindergartener By the end of the school year, your child should show an improvement in his ability to master tasks requiring fine motor skills. He will be able to do things like count up to 20 objects in sequence, perform some simple addition and spelling, and have a more extensive vocabulary. Even more importantly, you and your child’s teacher will have built the foundation for enthusiastic learning in the years to come. Bradshaw advises parents to keep in mind that since every child is a unique individual, there really is no “ideal” kindergartener. “Every child is not going to look the same at the beginning or end of the school year,” she says. “Schools take children where they are and then take them forward. Yes, we want children to be ready for school, but schools also need to be ready for children.” Sherry Hang is editor of this publication.

Is Your Child Ready? Review this checklist of tasks your child should be familiar with before starting kindergarten, and learn ways to help him master new skills.

Does Your Child …

• Know his first and last name? • Know his parents’ first and last names? • Recognize letters of the alphabet? • Follow rules and simple instructions? • Use the bathroom without assistance? • Dress himself and tie his own shoes? • Play well with other children?

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• Create bedtime routines for things like bathing and toothbrushing? • Give your child small chores to learn responsibility? • Provide materials, such as crayons and puzzles, to help develop fine motor skills? • Play games that will improve your child’s coordination, like playing ball or going to the playground? • Praise your child when he does something well? • Encourage your child to share with others? • Read aloud daily to your child? Source: Ohio Department of Education, •

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ART ArtWorks 811 Race St., Cincinnati 513-333-0388

ArtWorks connects Cincinnati artists of all ages with opportunities in the arts through apprenticeships, community partnerships, summer programs and public art projects.

Color Me Mine 2874 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills 859-344-6463 crestviewhills.colormemine. com

Hundreds of ceramic pieces to paint, fire and take home, or transfer a favorite photo to a piece of pottery. Summer classes available for children.

Covington Clay 16 W. Pike St., Covington 859-491-3900

A pottery-teaching studio and gallery offering parent/child workshops on Saturday mornings. Hand-built clay projects integrate with school curricula and are ideal for homeschoolers.

Creativities Arts & Crafts Design Studio 7010 Miami Ave., Madeira 513-272-1500

A neighborhood studio offering open studio, camps and classes in topics ranging from the fine arts and clay to fashion design. Open to scout and home school programs as well.

Funke Fired Arts 3130 Wasson Road, Cincinnati 513-871-2529

A teaching studio, art gallery and supply house offering ceramics classes for all ages and abilities, from Wheel-Thrown and Hand-Built Pottery, to Tile Mosaics and Sculpture. PaintYour-Own-Pottery is also availble during business hours, or check the web site for Funke Funcationals, a Saturday morning class for the entire family.

Greg Storer Art Studios 108 E. Church St., Mason 513-403-6255

Ages 9 – 14 work independently and in groups to receive an introduction

to studio art and basic art materials. High school students receive further instruction in areas of interest, as well guidance with Advanced Portfolio Studio Art through College Board.

Gymboree Play and Music 3549 Columbia Pkwy., Cincinnati, 513-871-1900 4700 Duke Dr., Ste. 105, Mason, 513-459-4769

Inspire your child’s imagination and self-expression with hands-on art activities, including painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, dramatic play and more.

Happen, Inc. 4210 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati 513-751-2345

A non-profit organization where families can explore their creative side with provided materials. Families can also learn more about the world of art in one of the 45-minute sessions that are taught by a zany surprise character.

Let’s Go Doodlin’ Ceramic and Glass Studio 7707 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, 513-231-3000 885 State Route 28, Milford, 513-831-0200

This paint-your-own-pottery studio offers a range of kids’ classes that teach new techniques of pottery, painting, clay building, molds, mosaics and more.

The Mad Potter Madeira 7754 Camargo Road, Madeira 513-561-1888

Choose a piece to paint, and return in a week to pick it up. Special events include Kidz Nite and Summer Art Camps.

The Mad Potter 6680 Tri-Way Dr., Mason 513-770-5585

Enjoy pottery painting and special events, including Wee Paint, Kids Night and Ladies Night.

Middletown Arts Center 130 North Verity Pkwy., Middletown 513-424-2417

A non-profit art school offering instruction to all ages, including classes in mixed media painting, digital photography, pottery, clay, drawing and young artist workshops.

Scarborough Fair Pottery 2228 Berry Road, Amelia 513-734-7089

Classes offered in six-week sessions with kids’ workshops available by request. Small classes allow for individual attention.

Star Glazers 513-474-6364

Star Glazers turns the space of your choosing into a paint-your-own-pottery studio, bringing pieces to match your theme, all materials, with pieces returned within two weeks.

Young Rembrandts Classes held throughout Greater Cincinnati 513-779-5858 cincinnatieast-oh

An innovative method course, with age-appropriate subject matter and step-by-step instruction designed to instill success in all children, regardless of artistic ability. All classes are created to improve self-confidence, focus, fine motor control, patience and time-on-task development.

DANCE Anderson Dance Academy 8263 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati 513-474-STEP (7837) Offering dance and fitness classes in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, hip hop, ballroom, ZUMBA, pilates and yoga for all ages, including preschool and home schooled students. Other programs include performance and competitive dance teams.

Arts Innovation Movement (AIM, formerly ballet tech cincinnati) 6543 Montgomery Road 513-841-2822

Dance and movement classes for all ages, including movement discovery,

ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, modern, line dancing, salsa, African drum and dance, summer camps and master classes.

Ballet Theatre Midwest 3833 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati 513-520-2334 ballettheatremidwest@fuse. net

Excellence in classical dance training and performance for all ages and levels, including children’s (please turn the page)

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workshops, a pre-professional syllabus program, community outreach and a professional performance ensemble.

Broadway Bound Dance Academy 10580 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland 513-774-9474

Tap, ballet, jazz, hip hop, and musical theater classes in a small group setting, as well as private voice and dance instruction. This year features a new team for dancers looking to participate in competitions.

Cincinnati Baila! 10792 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati 513-828-2197 info@

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Mexican folkloric dance as well as Spanish and rhythm through kids’ games and songs. Classes open to boys and girls, ages 2 – 9, where children will also learn cultural facts and stories from Mexico Latinamerica and Spain.

Cincinnati Ballet/Otto M. Budig Academy1555 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati 513-621-5219

Professional instruction, performance opportunities and a strong connection to the Cincinnati Ballet. Classes are held in state-of-the-art studios

where Company dancers rehearse and interact with students to gain insight into the life of a professional dancer.

Connie Ferguson Dance Studio 7012 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati 513-791-6252

Recreational dance (ballet, tap and jazz) for ages 3 – adult. Students participate in a spring recital, visits to area nursing homes, and a performance group is available for festivals and events.

Contemporary Dance Theater 1805 Larch Ave., Cincinnati 513-591-1222

Cincinnati’s longest-running nonprofit dance studio with classes for the entire family led by professional instructors. Offerings range from introduction dance to Zumba. Classes are scheduled quarterly, but students may join anytime.

Dance 673 Wilmer Ave., Ste. D, Cincinnati 513-232-1366

Serving ages 5 – 18, as well as adults, with traditional Irish step-dancing.

The Little Gym 7318 Yankee Road, Liberty Township 513-777-1110

Teaching movement skills in a noncompetitive environment to help build young children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual skills. Programs are designed for ages 4 months – 12 years and incorporate music with movement and learning.

Mason Dance Center 600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353

Classes for ages 3 – adult including ballet, tap, jazz, musical theater, modern and hip hop. Competitive groups are open to grades 4 and older.

Dance Concepts Studio 8606 Market Place Lane, Montgomery 3950 Red Bank Road (inside Cincinnati Sports Club) 513-745-0678

Patty Pille’s School of Dance 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati (inside Kids First Sports Center) 513-489-7575

Dance, Etc. 5985 Meijer Dr., Milford 513-576-1400

The Studio for Dance 10831 Millington Ct., Cincinnati 513-984-3311 thestudiofordancecincinnati. com

Ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and more. Limited class sizes for ages 3 – adult, and for beginners to advanced students. A new Dance Team is also available.

Classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, boys’ breakdancing, lyrical and pointe. Competitive dance and tumbling teams.

Douce Dance Studios North Bend/Cleves, OH 513-941-0202

Offering instruction in all forms of dance, including baton twirling and gymnastics, for ages 2-and-a-half and older, as well as performance opportunities in variety shows and local parades.

Erickson Academy of Irish

Dance for all ages and all levels, including Magical Movement for ages 2 ½ - 4 years, pre-ballet through advanced ballet, and beginning through advanced levels of jazz, hip hop and tap.

Offering dance lessons for ages 3 – adult, including ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and clogging, with an annual recital in May. Also home to The Studio Cloggers, a performing and competing company.

Tippi Toes Dance Company Classes offered throughout Greater Cincinnati 513-578-1280

High-energy dance classes for boys and girls ages 18 months – 12 years, •

including Mommy and Me, ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop.

MUSIC Academy of the Arts – Pied Piper 106 N. East St., Mason 513-754-8866

Classes in art, cooking and music, including Music Together, an international music and movement class for ages 0 – K; preschool piano for ages 5 – 6; piano classes for elementary to adult students; choir for ages 6 – 10; and private lessons in voice, piano, guitar, bass, strings, woodwinds and brass. Angel’s House of Music 180 Cemetery Road, Milford 513-831-1191 Offering private lessons for ages 4 through adult in piano, voice, guitar, strings and band instruments.

Baldwin Music Education Center 3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati 513-351-1109

Musical Beginnings for ages 6 – 24 months, keyboard-based group music classes for ages 2 – 4, beginning group piano for ages 5 – 6, and placement for older students with experience.

Cincinnati Music Academy 7420 Montgomery Road, Silverton 513-891-7714

Offering private and group music lessons on most instruments for ages 3 and older.

Cincinnati Opera Education 513-768-5562

An in-school program designed to encourage students’ musical experiences with study guides, preand post-performance lesson plans and other activities to accompany each operatic performance.

Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra 1241 Elm St., Music Hall 513-381-3300 Kids and families are treated to

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programs both on-site and in local schools. CSO offers classroom experience, professional development workshops, mentors, a Youth Orchestra, Young People’s Concerts for grades 1 – 12, and the popular Lollipop Family Concerts for ages 3 – 10.

Corryville Suzuki Project 513-231-3523

Music education for violinists and violists ages 4 – 18. The Teen Strings ensemble program is for violinists, violists, cellists, bassists and pianists. Group lessons take place in Corryville two to four times a month, and individual lessons meet in Corryville, Mt. Washington or Blue Ash.

Florence Music Academy 240 Main St., Florence 859-547-8765 Providing lesssons for all ages and levels in piano, voice, guitar, violin, brass and woodwinds.

Indian Springs Academy of Music 9690 Cincinnati Columbus Road, West Chester 513-779-7373

Offering private lessons in piano, jazz piano, guitar, voice, strings, winds and music theory.

Junior Music Experience 6766 Little River Lane, Loveland 513-683-1766

A piano performance evaluation program that enables young, beginning piano students to participate in a student-friendly evaluation in a one-on-one environment with a piano teacher like their own.

Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (KSO) 859-431-6216

Programs that include an introduction to instruments, a brief history of the orchestra, a survey of America’s musical heritage, and invitations to an open dress rehearsal.


Singing, dancing, listening, playing instruments with your child as they learn basic music concepts and

develop language, singing on pitch and large and small motor skills.

• Cathy Siebert 6131 Campus Lane, Cincinnati 6101 Meijer Dr., Milford Grace Church, South Lebanon Road 513-231-3973, http:// kindermusikbycs.kindermusik. net or • Cindy Sugarman 220 South Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas 859-781-3054, • Kimberly’s Kindermusik 513-933-0675 or 937-3676732, kimberlyskindermusik., kimberlyskindermusik@ Little Songbird Music Studio 859-547-8765 elizabeth@littlesongbirdmusic. com Musikgarten curriculum for newborns to preschoolers, available during the evenings, and held in Northern Kentucky.

Loveland Music Academy 209 West Loveland Ave., Ste. 200, Loveland 513-239-7015 lovelandmusicacademy@

Private instruction in piano, keyboard, voice, acting, guitar, bass guitar, percussion, strings, woodwinds, brass and harp. Both Suzuki and Traditional instruction in piano and strings. Group programs include LMA Music Train (for PreK – Kindergarten), Music Garden, theory and composition, recording and sound engineering, and Musical Theatre/Theatre.

Miss Amanda’s Music Garden 3766 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati 513-221-SING (7464) Musikgarten classes for families with babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

The Music Factory 8005 Pfeiffer Road, Montgomery

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Jack Louiso prepares for his final curtain at The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati


ou’d be hard-pressed to find a Cincinnatian who doesn’t have memories from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (CTC), which staged its first performance more than 80 years ago. And it’s impossible to think of CTC without Artistic Director Jack Louiso, whose been at the theatre’s helm since 1993. Louiso arrived from the School for Creative and Performing Arts with a passion for fine arts and education – a passion that has inspired him and others now into what will be his final season at CTC. “I’m basically an educator,” Louiso says. “I love creating new artists, to see a kid go from our summer program to our productions to Broadway. It’s so nice to be able to pass that on.” And he has — to literally hundreds of thousands of children and their parents, increasing attendance from 25,000 the first year he and his wife took the over, to more than 200,000. “I have an amazing staff,” say Louiso. “They know where I’m going, they know what I’m doing, they speak my language — I call it Jackanese.” Yes, but it’s Louiso’s ability to bring out the best in his performers that just may be his legacy. One of his favorite memories involves a young actress who became dehydrated during a rehearsal and was unable to perform in the show that day. To his surprise, another cast member claimed to know the role — and then proceeded to prove it to him. “Within every show, something exciting happens. I’ve seen so many amazing moments like that,” he says. Louiso believes that educating children in the arts is crucial to their future and ours. After adopting the ArtReach program in 2005, CTC’s commitment to arts education expanded with in-school performances tackling topics like friendship, self-esteem and diversity. Louiso also believes that parents and educators are critical when it comes to growing the next generation of theatre audiences. With CTC’s engaging lineup for the 2010 - 2011 season, audiences are sure to fill seats this year. Aside from it being Louiso’s final hurrah at CTC, the lineup concludes with the premiere of Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr. (following productions of How I Became a Pirate, Holiday Follies 2 and Disney’s Jungle Book Kids). This new version of Peter Pan follows the animated film’s story and reprises the movie’s popular songs. Disney’s mission to make productions smaller and more accessible to younger audiences speaks to Louiso’s belief in arts education. “I really hope that the people who come to our shows will make the effort to continue with kids’ education in the arts,” he says. “The arts are our sanity, and they will make our city a better place.” •

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Music Makers 6131 Campus Lane, Cincinnati 513-231-2303 4601 Eastgate Blvd., Cincinnati 513-943-8192 7567 Mall Road, Florence 859-746-0783

Slater Music Academy 143 N. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas 859-486-1032

Educational group music classes for children ages 9 months through 5 years. Classes available on site for preschools and day care.

Private lessons for all ages and instruments, beginners to advanced, as well as group lessons for chamber music and a rock band camp.

Music Therapy Services LLC 513-474-6064

Musical instruction for those with learning or physical disabilities in guitar, piano, voice, strings, winds, brass and percussion. Early childhood music groups meet weekly. Therapy is used to improve physical, academic, emotional, and language skills for children with developmental delays, behavioral problems and more.

Musical Arts Center 1987 Madison Road, Cincinnati 513-321-2766 Music lessons for all ages and ability levels. Voice, piano, strings, guitar, winds, brass and percussion instruments, as well as Suzuki programs in violin and piano. Private and group study available in drama, music theory and sight singing.

Northern Kentucky Children’s Ensemble and Youth Ensemble Northern Kentucky University campus, Highland Heights 859-572-7737 Grades 2 – 12 can participate in graded choirs through the Northern Kentucky University Music Preparatory Department, as well as audition for the Northern Kentucky Sinfonia, the Youth Orchestra and graded string orchestras.

Piano, Voice and Guitar Lessons In Your Home (PLIYH) 513-860-3540 22 August 2010

Piano, guitar or receive voice lessons in your own home. Serving students ages 4 to adult in West Chester, Mason, Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

Private instruction in piano, voice, violin, viola, electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar, banjo, mandolin and dulcimer. Suzuki method and Music for Little Mozarts programs are also available.

Toedtman School of Music 3660 Hauck Road, Cincinnati 513-772-7900

Private lessons open to preschoolers through adults in piano, voice, strings, guitar, percussion, flute and bass guitar, as well as music theory, sight reading, music history and ear training. Rock University for young and adult.

West Chester Academy of Music and Dance 8374 Princeton-Glendale Road, #5, West Chester 513-829-2345

Music lessons for all ages in piano, voice, guitar, drums, strings, winds and brass. Recreational and competitive dance classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop and more.

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The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships. Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts, it is judgment rather than rules that prevail.

The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer. The arts celebrate multiple perspectives. One of their large lessons is that there are many ways to see and interpret the world. The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving, purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds. The arts make vivid the fact that neither words in their literal form nor numbers exhaust what we can know. The limits of our language do not define the limits of our cognition. The arts teach students that small differences can have large effects. The arts traffic in subtleties. The arts teach students to think through and within a material. All art forms employ some means through which images become real. The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said. When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job. The arts enable us to have experience we can have from no other source and through such experience to discover the range and variety of what we are capable of feeling.

position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the 10. Theyoungarts’what adults believe is important. Source: The Arts and the Creation of Mind by Elliot W. Eisner (Yale University Press; $21)

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The Arts Showcase Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center Professional Instruction. Passionate Learning. Classes for children and adults in drawing, painting, ceramics, pottery, photography, yoga and dance. Classes begin September 13.


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in music, dance and theatre arts for the young and young at heart ages 3 to 83. For classes and calendar of events: 513-556-2959

Sept 17 & 18

A free, patriotic, live-action show! For free tickets: •

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earching for quality, affordable childcare for your infant, toddler or pre-school child?

• Open from 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. • All teachers are CPR certified • Healthy meals and snacks served • Single teacher/student ratio • Infant, toddler, preschool, and pre-K programs • Spanish as a second language and sign language instruction • Clean, home-like environment • Before- and after-care for school-aged children

513-531-1180 is THE place! 9180 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, West Chester go to for more information

s Less Expensive Than Going to a Studio!

Pediatric Dentistry .....building a lifetime of healthy smiles!

Start your child’s school year with a healthy smile! Routine examinations and preventative care will protect your child’s smile now and in the future. We invite you to see one of these Pediatric Dentist’s and let your child experience the difference Pediatric Dentistry can make.


John Gennantonio, D.D.S. Kathryn Stewart, D.D.S. 1319 Nagel Rd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45255


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“Where Every Family Matters.”


Dr. Richard W. Kennedy 1246 Nilles Road, #3 Fairfield, OH 45014 513-858-6576

Academy of Music and the Arts - Pied Piper

106 N. East St., Mason, OH 45040 513-754-8866 •

Classes in art, cooking and music. Including Music Together, an international music and movement class for children birth - K; preschool piano for ages 5 - 6; piano classes for elementary to adult students; Choir for Kids ages 6 10; private lessons in voice, piano, guitar, bass, strings, woodwinds and brass.

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Aldersgate Christian Academy

1810 Young St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-763-6655

Serving grades K - 12. Aldersgate Christian Academy provides academic excellence with an emphasis on fine arts. Enrollment of 120 with a student/teacher ratio of 10:1. Tuition ranges from $2,400 - $2,800 for first child with a prorated scale for each additional child. Aldersgate Christian Academy participates in the Ohio Department of Education Ed Choice Scholarship Program. Before- and after-school care is available.

instruction, performance opportunities and a strong connection to Cincinnati Ballet. Classes are held in the state-of-the-art studios where Cincinnati Ballet Company dancers rehearse. Ballet students frequently interact with company dancers, gaining insight into the life of a professional dancer.

Cincinnati Country Day School

6905 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243 513-561-7298 •

environment. Classes in Spanish, sign language, music, dance and gym are offered. Large, fenced-in playground and equipment for outdoor play.

The Gardner School

9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-985-9444 •

CCDS is a co-educational, independent, college-preparatory school for students from 18 mos. - grade 12. Located on a beautiful 62acre campus in Indian Hill. Merit and need-based tuition assistance is available. Open Houses: Nov. 3 and 10; Feb. 16 and May 11, 2011.

An award-winning, academically-focused preschool for ages 6 wks. through private full-day kindergarten. Our early childhood education curriculum is ageappropriate and is among the highest standards in the industry. Your child will reach their full potential guided by our highly qualified, degreed teachers and may participate in such activities as sign language, the Be Smart Kids computer program, dance, gymnastics, foreign languages and music and drama.

For 45 years the Baldwin Music Education Center has offered specially designed piano-based group music classes for ages 6 mos. - grade 12. Classes are taught by trained group music and piano instructors and are offered year round, 6 days a week. BMEC offers referral credits and family discounts.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

Grand River Academy

Buckeye Online School for Success

Programs for young actors from pre-K - grade 12 include theater tours, acting classes, summer day camp sessions, the annual holiday show (A Christmas Carol) and the Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series.

Baldwin Music Education Center/Music Learning Center, Inc.

3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45209 513-351-1109 •

866-642-9237 •

Serving all Ohio students grades K - 12 with individualized education planned for each student’s needs and abilities. Variety of curriculum choices allows the flexibility to work with each family’s schedule. Tuition free. Enrollment ongoing.

CCM Preparatory Academy

University of Cincinnati 513-556-2595 •

Located in the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, CCM Prep has opportunities for students in preschool - grade 12, including a special learner’s class and some adult classes. Offerings include group classes in drama, musical theater and ballet, as well as private music lessons, music theory classes and numerous student ensembles.

Center for the Arts, Wyoming

322 Wyoming Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45215 513-948-1900 •

Free events Sep. 12 from 12 - 4 p.m.! Classes in music, art and dance, including private lessons in violin, viola, cello, bass, piano, harp, guitar, drums, voice and Musik Kids programs. Over 40 conservatory-trained music teachers with many years of experience. Visit our web site for more information.

Chai Tots Early Childhood Center

7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040 513-234-0600 •

Serving ages 6 wks. - 6 yrs. Infant, toddler and kindergarten. A blend of Jewish and Montessori instruction, including inter-generational programming in expansive, naturally lit rooms with low student ratio. Featuring personalized curriculum for each child. Also offering a flexible schedule, child care, web cams, yoga, music, baby signing, Hebrew, Spanish, art, after school enrichment and a “drop off” service. Separate Discovery Hebrew School. Now enrolling

The Child’s Place 4936 Old Irwin-Simpson Rd. Mason, OH 45040 513-398-6928 •

Montessori Early Childhood Program with exceptionally low ratios in nurturing environment. Our 2-acre campus provides bike and cart paths. Separate play areas for toddlers and preschoolers. Spanish and music classes offered. Full- and part-time available. AMS Affiliate.

Cincinnati Ballet, Otto M. Budig Academy 1555 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati, OH 45214 –and– 11444 Deerfield Road, Ste. A Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-562-1111 •

The region’s only pre-professional training program combines professional

962 Mt. Adams Circle Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-345-2242 •

The Compass School

9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati, OH 45249 513-683-8833 •

Outstanding project-based curriculum. Offering full- and part-time infant, toddler, pre-school, kindergarten and after-school programs. Degreed teachers, excellent parent communication and a welcoming family environment. Setting the standard in early care and education. Schedule your personal tour today!

Covington Latin School

21 E. 11th St., Covington, KY 41011 859-291-7044 •

Covington Latin School has developed a distinctive reputation of fostering an atmosphere of academic and spiritual leadership through its accelerated curriculum. Offering an accelerated program for highly motivated students grades 5 - 7 to advance one to two years, to a curriculum more appropriate to their individual needs. Open House is Feb. 13 with sessions at 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Limited seating, register early on line.

Farmview Montessori Garden

3501 Tylersville Road, Hamilton, OH 45011 513-737-0479

Individualized Montessori education. Offering both half- and fullday programs for children 2.5 - 6 yrs. in an enriched learning environment. Small student/teacher ratio. Special needs programs available. Serving Fairfield, Mason, West Chester and surrounding areas. Stop by our Open House, Sun., Aug. 22, 1 - 3 p.m. or call for an observation appointment. Spots still available for the 2010/2011 school year.

Fitton Center for Creative Arts

101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton, OH 45011 513-863-8873 •

We encourage you to experience the artistic, musical, educational and social opportunities designed with you in mind. Discover something new or cultivate your creativity in our arts classes, workshops or private lessons. Stroll through our beautiful galleries showcasing thought provoking exhibits. Join us for Celebrating Self’s enlightening luncheons, the professional performances of Fitton Family Fridays, EntertainmentPlus! and Mad Anthony Theatre Company’s off-beat plays.

Garden Montessori School

1318 Nagel Road, Cincinnati, OH 45255 513-474-4933 •

Our highly-trained, degreed/AMS certified teachers have over 60 years experience. We offer Montessori preschool including extended-day Kindergarten and full-day care for ages 3 yrs. - K. Individualized instruction, small class size and low teacher/child ratio of 1:8 in a warm and loving •

3042 College St., Austinburg, OH 44010 440-275-2811 •

Grand River Academy is dedicated to working with young men who are not achieving academically in their current school setting. The Academy has success with ADHD students and also specializes with boys in transition.

JCC Early Childhood School

8485 Ridge Road, Amberley Village, OH 45236 513-793-2122 • Email:

Full-day program for ages 6 wks. - 5 yrs.; half-day preschool for ages 18 mos. - 5 yrs., with optional extended day enrichment. Open to the public. Low child-to-staff ratio. Curriculum is rich in sensory and language activities, math, dramatic play, music, art, and science. Full-day program also includes free year-round swim lessons (ages 3+) and fitness activities in the gym. Everyone is welcome, regardless of background or religion.

Kinder Garden School

10969 Reed Hartman Hwy. Blue Ash, OH 45242 513-791-4300 –and– 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C West Chester, OH 45069 513-874-3100

Ages 6 wks. - 6 yrs. Together with interaction of child, staff and family, we develop the complete child. In our Kinder Garden, we provide formative encouragement and knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal interest in family and holistic education decisions for the child. Kinder Garden School is devoted to growing a child’s wish to flourish and learn by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving proficiency in a full, supportive, fertile, fun setting. ENLIGHTENMENT IS OUR MISSION.

Kindermusik by Cathy Siebert

Music Makers: 6131 Campus Lane Cincinnati, OH 45230 Miami Township Civic Center: 6101 Meijer Drive, Milford, OH 45150 Grace Church: South Lebanon Road, Loveland, OH 45140 513-231-3973

For families with children from birth - 6 yrs. Sing, dance and play instruments with your child as they learn basic music concepts. Ages 4 - 5 yrs. compose, create and explore music from different regions of the world by singing and playing glockenspiels, dulcimers, recorders and percussion instruments. See our website for free classes. Birthday parties, too. Voted “Best Music Instruction” by the readers of Cincinnati Family magazine.

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Our top priority is to provide you with the highest quality orthodontic care. We utilize the latest technology to ensure that our patients receive the most effective care possible. Whether youíre an adult, adolescent or child, we will help you achieve the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve!

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Calico Children’s Theatre

Infants • Toddlers • Preschool • Montessori • Kindergarten


6 weeks to school age

I’m comfortable going to work knowing that Charlie is in completely capable hands, with teachers who are caring and compassionate. KGS has been very accommodating and responsive to all of our needs, and Charlie always has a smile on his face when I come to pick him up.




October 28, 2010 - 7pm Recommended for grades 1-8

Season tickets now on sale-buy all 3 for the price of 2!

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-Jene Grandmont 1/2 Day and Full Day Programs Morning Preschool Program 5900 West Chester Rd. • West Chester • 513-874-3100 • 10969 Reed Hartman Hwy. • Blue Ash• 513-791-4300 •

“Where Every Family Matters.”

Kiddie Academy of Mason

The Mad Potter Madeira

A state-of-the-art facility and leading national provider of comprehensive education-based child care programs. Innovative curriculum in a safe and secure environment. Children explore, interact and create. Now enrolling infants, toddlers, preschool, full-day private kindergarten and before- and after-school programs. Ages 6 wks. - 12 yrs. Call today to schedule a personalized tour and see the Kiddie Academy difference!

Pottery painting, parties and special events. Choose a piece, paint it and pick it up in a week. Special events include Kidz Nite and Ladies Nite.

6202 Snider Road, Mason, OH 45040 513-234-0699 •

King of Kings Lutheran Early Childhood Education Ministries

3421 Socialville-Foster Road, Mason, OH 45039 398-6089 •

King of Kings Lutheran Early Childhood Ministries offers Christian programs for ages 2 - 5 yrs. including an all-day Kindergarten program Mon. Thu. Tuition ranges from $87 - $428 per month, Sep. - May. The student/teacher ratio ranges from 5:1 - 9:1. Our curriculum is based on the State Standards. Limited financial aid is available. Our Open House will be Jan. 24, 2011, at 7 p.m. Call for further information.

7754 Camargo Road, Madeira, OH 45243 561-1888 •

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Montessori Academy of Cincinnati

programs and opportunities for socialization through community events and outings. Named Parent’s Choice winner for best public high school in Ohio by Business Week and Accredited by CITA and NCA CASI.

Celebrating 22 years of individualized Montessori education. New 7.5 acre campus. State-chartered AMS Affiliate program serving ages 3 yrs. - grade 8. Both of our independent, non-sectarian schools provide a nurturing approach to a very diversified student body in outstanding facilities.

Piano Lessons In Your Home – Piano, Guitar and Voice Lessons

8293 Duke Blvd., Mason, OH 45040 513-398-7773 •

Montessori Center Room

2505 Riverside Dr., Cincinnati, OH 45202 513-321-3282 •

A child-focused, AMS-affiliated, 41-year-old program for ages 3 - 6, with a student/teacher ratio of 10:1 for pre-K. Before- and after-care available. Musikgarten offered weekly. Open House on Nov. 7 from 1 - 3 p.m.

513-860-3540 •

Offering piano, guitar and voice lessons for all ages in your own home with experienced instructors in the Cincinnati area and in Northern Kentucky. Also offers free recitals, a flexible make-up policy, an extensive music library and flexible scheduling.

Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian Nursery School

5950 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45213 513-631-0170 •

Let’s Go Doodlin’

The Music Factory

A paint-your-own pottery studio that offers kids’ parties and summer camp programs for ages 5 - 12 and teens.

The Music Factory offers fun and educational group music classes for children ages 9 mos. - 5 yrs. The curriculum is specially designed to build musical foundations and encourage learning through music. Over 20 years of teaching experience. Classes available on-site for preschool and day care.

Professionally-qualified teachers provide active, expressive, child-centered learning experiences at this 3-star award-winning program. Choose two-, three-, four- or five-day morning or afternoon sessions for children 30 mos. - 5 yrs. Excellent ratios, degreed teachers and spacious, sunny classrooms await your preschooler. Parent and child classes are also available for infants and toddlers. Call to schedule a tour today.

Ohio Connections Academy

Prodigy School

7707 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati, OH 45230 513-231-3000 •

Liberty Bible Academy

4900 Old Irwin-Simpson Road Mason, OH 45050 513-754-1234 •

Liberty Bible Academy provides a Christ-centered, Bible-based educational program with high academic standards. LBA stresses patriotism and obedience to God’s Word. We offer an academic preschool, full-day kindergarten, and grades 1 - 8. We are chartered by the Ohio Department of Education and a member of the Association of Christian Schools International. Students enjoy enrichment classes in computer technology, music, art, physical education and Spanish. Before- and after-care are also available.

8005 Pfeiffer Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242 513-545-7125

800-382-6019 •

A free, accredited, public education at-home program for grades K - 12, offering support from state-certified teachers and the latest technology tools.

Ohio Virtual Academy/K12

866-339-9071 •

2050 Barbara Lane, Hebron, KY 41048 859-689-0999 •

At the Prodigy School we are committed to providing the highest quality care and education in a safe, nurturing, and fun environment for children ages 6 wks. - 12 yrs. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Serving grades K - 12, we are a tuition-free, statewide eSchool that uses curriculum from K12 — the country’s leading provider of online curriculum. With its individualized approach, the K12 curriculum lets students adjust their learning styles to meet their needs. We also offer tutoring, special needs

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1610 Dixie Highway, Park Hills, KY 41011 (859) 431-7190 •

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Setting The Standard in Early Care & Education Registering Now For Fall Programs! Outstanding Teachers: Talented & degreed early childhood staff!

Family Friendly Programming: Offering flexible full and part‐time programs for children 6 weeks ‐ 12 years in a warm & welcoming environment. Hours 6:30AM‐6:30PM M‐F. Extensive Parent Communication: Outstanding Reggio curriculum supported by amazing documenta‐ tion, including portfolios & journals for every child, and daily e‐mails. Ask about our Spanish & Drama programs! 18 W. Sharon Ave. Glendale, OH 45246

(513) 771-5220 All Day Kindergarten - 8th Grade

St. Gabriel Consolidated School is a Catholic Christian elementary school serving a diverse education community. We are dedicated to nurturing the WHOLE child by providing a quality learning experience. Together with the parishes, we assist parents in the Christian formation of our students.

9370 Waterstone Blvd. Cincinnati, Ohio 45249 Call 513.683.8833 to schedule your personal tour! $200 Off Second Month’s Tuition

Valid for new registrations only. May not combine with other offers. Expires September 2, 2010.


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small classes superb academics early college planning character development strong athletic tradition integrated technology award-winning arts beautiful campus “As a parent, it’s a great comfort to know that CCDS provides an outstanding educational program for each of my daughter’s individual interests and needs... from early childhood and pre-kindergarten to Montessori and beyond. The Country Day community has become our extended family.” tracy, isabel ’24, Caroline ‘24, Grace ’21

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6905 Given Road, Cincinnati, OH 45243

“Where Every Family Matters.”

OPEN HOUSES november 3 & 10, 2010 February 16, 2011 May 11, 2011



Early Childhood Center



• Small Intimate Classes


• Montessori Certified Teachers

• Enriching Academic Curriculum

The Landing school age program 513-229-5405 Koncourse 1/2 day kindergarten program Mason Christian Preschool AM, PM and Extended Day Classes for children 2 - 5 513-229-5400 5165 Western Row Road, Mason | |

• Warm Developmental Environment


• Curriculum Personalized for Your Child • Flexible Schedule and Extended Care


• Secure Webcams in Each Classroom • Instilling Jewish Pride


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Currently Enrolling for 2010-2011 School Year

Traditional AM and PM classes NEW IN 2010! Extended day option available!

For more info call 683-7717

Jamie Coston, Preschool Director • 11800 Mason Road, Cincinnati, OH

Women Less Than 26 Weeks Pregnant (61/2 months) Needed for a Research Study A Supplement Study for Pregnant Women


Pregnant Women 18 to 40 years old who are less than 26 weeks (61/2 months) pregnant


Participants will be compensated for their time up to $150.

Details: Contact Alison at 513-558-7042 or Sarah at 513-558-7035 •

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ish, technology, music and art. Financial aid is available to all students.

St. Gabriel Consolidated School

A National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. Providing a traditional Catholic education for grades K - 8. Students use a state-of-the-art computer lab and have Spanish classes as part of the daily curriculum. Classrooms are equipped with SmartBoard technology. Financial aid is available. Enrichment programs in reading and math, extended day care and a variety of other after school activities, including Mad Science, Young Rembrandts, band, choir, scouts and sports.

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18 W. Sharon Road, Glendale, OH 45246 513-771-5220 •

Serving children from four parishes (St. Max and St. John in West Chester, St. Matthias in Forest Park and St. Gabriel in Glendale), as well as non-parish children from the surrounding area. 93% of our graduates attend Catholic high schools and have earned in excess of $100,000 in scholarships. Featuring leading edge technology, on-line grading, 8th grade algebra and K - 8 Spanish. Our kindergarten is all day and an after-school latchkey program is available daily.

Saint Gertrude School

6543 Miami Ave., Madeira, OH 45243 513-561-8020 ext. 1101 •

Offering academic excellence in the Dominican tradition. We offer 4-yearold pre-K, half- and full-day kindergarten, grades 1 - 8 and after-school care. Chinese, Spanish and Latin and nine enrichment classes available for junior high students and the Orton Gillingham approach in K grade 1. In-parish financial aid available. Student/teacher ratio of 14:1.

St. Louis School

250 N. Broadway, Owensville, OH 45160 513-732-0636 .

Now serving pre-K - grade 8. Offering a small-family atmosphere (student/ teacher ratio 16:1). Spanish classes offered for grades 6 - 8. Smart Boards and computers in every classroom. Fully-equipped computer lab, United Streaming, Success Maker Math, Accelerated Reading, Renaissance Place, Edline and other technological resources. Extras such as piano, violin, choir, First Lego League, scouts, and sports are offered. Call to schedule a tour. More information on line.

St. Mark’s Lutheran School

5849 Buckwheat Road, Milford, OH 45150 513-575-3354 •

St. Mark’s Lutheran School is a faith-based, accelerated academic school serving preschool - grade 8. We know and teach the ABC’s: Academics, Belief, Character and Service. Base subjects are supplemented with P.E., Span-

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St. Michael School

11136 Oak St., Sharonville, OH 45241 513-554-3555 •

Skidaddles - Drop-In Anytime Kid Care 8660 Bankers St., Florence, KY 41042 859-647-7529 •

Tzur Shalom Religious School at

Rockdale Temple and Temple Sholom 8501 Ridge Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236 513-891-9900 3100 Longmeadow Lane, Cincinnati, OH 45236 513-791-1330

Offering pre-K - grade 8 Jewish Studies on Sunday mornings. Founded upon the principle that children are the future of every congregation. Children learn in a safe, welcoming and age-appropriate environment. Children being raised in the Jewish faith by an inter-faith couple are welcome. We offer several junior youth groups: Club 456 (for grades 4 - 6); Yeshivat Noar (for grades 7 and 8); and YGOR (for grades 9 - 12).

Virtual Community School of Ohio

Offering top quality, drop-in, hourly child care for ages 12 mos. - 12 yrs. Our convenient and reliable care is available days, evenings and weekends for a few hours or all day. Our preschool program provides a hands-on curriculum, low student/teacher ratio, flexibility and enrichment classes. Enrichment activities include sign language, music, magical story telling, Spanish, cooking and tumbling. Stop in anytime for a tour or visit our website for more information.

866-501-9473 •

Star Glazers

Weekday Ministries

513-474-6364 •

Offer a Star Glazers clay class or pottery painting class for your enrichment program! Star Glazers brings all the supplies to your space, sets up, teaches and cleans up. You just need tables and chairs. Classes are project-based and everyone succeeds – no need to be an artist. Number of classes tailored to your program. Grades K - 8. $10 per day per student.

Sycamore Presbyterian Preschool

11800 Mason Road, Mason, OH 45249 513-683-7717 •

Sycamore Presbyterian Preschool is a Three-Star Step-Up-To-Quality rated preschool serving children from 3 - 5 yrs. Our developmentally appropriate, hands-on curriculum is individualized to meet each child’s needs and developmental level. We offer low teacher/child ratios, competitive tuition rates and a convenient drop off service. Please call for an individual tour.

“Where Every Family Matters.”

VCS Ohio is a free, flexible online school for grades K - 12. Students go to school from the comfort and safety of home. All students receive computer equipment and internet access. VCS offers a special education program, a new talented student program as well as many social opportunities. Our mission is to make a difference in the life of a student.

5165 Western Row Road, Mason, OH 45040 513-229-5400 (Mason Christian Preschool) 513-229-5405 (Koncourse/Landing)

Weekday Ministries includes Mason Christian Preschool, Koncourse and The Landing. A ministry of Christ’s Church at Mason, Weekday provides quality programs for children 2 yrs. - grade 6. Age-graded programs and quality staff provide a safe, fun, loving, Christian environment. Tours available.

West Chester Academy of Music 8374 Princeton-Glendale Road, #5 West Chester, OH 45069 513-829-2345 •

We provide private lessons for all ages and levels in piano, voice, guitar, strings and winds, along with computer stations for theory, musicianship classes and performance opportunities. Ask about our popular programs: Music for Young Children - a keyboard-based group music education program for beginners ages 4 and older; and Music Pups - a program just for preschoolers and their parents.

St. Gertrude School Celebrate With Us!

76 Years of Academic Excellence in the Dominican Tradition 1935-2010

We provide a Christ-centered atmosphere, guiding children to grow in truth and love. Pre-school through 8th Grade. 6543 Miami Avenue | Cincinnati, OH 45243 513-561-8020 |

Getting Boys Back on the College Prep Track

Individualized Method of Education Ages 2 1/2 - 6 years Pre-school and Kindergarten Full Day, a.m & p.m. sessions

Open House: Sun., Aug. 22 • 1 - 3 p.m. Serving Liberty Township, West Chester & Mason

Call for Observation Appointment

West Chester/Fairfield Area

3501 Tylersville Road 737-0479

St. Mark’s Lutheran School Our program is based on small classes, supervised study and individual attention. We are now accepting applications for the fall semester which begins September 7, 2010.

Has Your Child Reached their Potential? CHiLd deveLoPMent Cognitive, emotional, Language, Physical, Social, Spiritual technologically forward 97 Percentile on iowa Achievement test

Boys 5- and 7-Day Boarding Grades 9-12/PG Office of Admission • Shepard Hall Austinburg, Ohio 440-275-2811 e-mail: The Grand River Academy admits students of any race, color, nationality, origin, religion or disability.

5849 Buckwheat Rd., Milford • 575-3354

Preschool, PK, K-8

Children of All Faiths Welcome Faith Based

Quality education

Ensuring student overall well-being Art, Music, PE, Spanish, Technology. Accredited by State of Ohio 13:1 Student: Teacher ratio Tuition Assistance Available •

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It’s America’s Story! Exhibit Now Open! America I AM: The African American Imprint is developed in partnership with Tavis Smiley, and is organized by Cincinnati Museum Center and Arts and Exhibitions International (AEI).

Match the names to the facts listed below, then find them in the puzzle. 1. Official photographer of the 25th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. 2. Artist of the eight landscape murals located inside the Taft Museum of Art. 3.

A. Theodore M Berry B. James P Ball C. Powhatan Beaty D. Ezzard Charles E. Robert S Duncanson

F. Frank A B Hall G. John Leahr H. Lucy Oxley I. Jennie D Porter J. Penn Zeigler

A member of the Tuskegee Army Air Corps.

4. Held both the world light heavyweight and world heavyweight boxing titles. 5.

Cincinnati’s first African American mayor.

6. First African American woman to become a principal in Cincinnati. 7. Entered politics at the age of 71, served as mayor of Cincinnati and was the first African American to serve on Cincinnati’s Dan Beard Region Boy Scout Council. 8.

Medal of Honor winner during the Civil War.

Enter to Win 9. First African American woman to earn a medical degree from the University of Cincinnati. 10.

First Africian American detective in Cincinnati.

Complete activity along with the entry form and mail in for a chance to be one of fifteen winners to receive a pair of tickets to the newest exhibit, America I AM: The African American Imprint. Submit entries by September 10, 2010. Mail to: Cincinnati Family Magazine, 10945 Reed Hartman Hwy., Suite 221, Cincinnati, OH 45242

Answer Key: 1-B, 2-E, 3-G, 4-D, 5-A, 6-I, 7-J, 8-C, 9-H, 10-F

Name Address Locally, support is provided by Fifth Third Bank, Enquirer Media, Cincinnati Marriott at RiverCenter, Radio One, WCPO-TV, the Cincinnati Reds, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./US Bank Foundation, Duke Energy, Cincinnati Bell, WCET and Toyota.



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he Fab Four are back! Breathe in the smell of Hot Poppin’ Popcorn and join the excitement of A Big Big Show with The Wiggles, and their friends Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and all the Wiggly Dancers. Help keep Purple Wiggle awake throughout the show and enjoy the circus with a wiggly twist! Bank of Kentucky Center, 500 Louie B. Nunn Dr., Highland Heights; 6:30 p.m.; $12 - $77; 800-7453000, or

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CURIOUS NATURALISTS Ages 7 – 12 are invited to interview a spider during the Curious Naturalist Club meeting. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or HAPPY BIRTHDAY SMOKEY Smokey the Bear is 66 years old – help celebrate by learning about Ohio’s black bear. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or HARBOR HUNT Follow the partial picture clues as they take you on a hunt throughout the harbor. Clue packets can be picked up at the Visitor Center. Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 1 – 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or

MAGIC TRAIN Take a ride to LM&M Junction for a visit with Magician Brett Sears, who will wow you with his magic show for all ages. Lebanon Mason Monroe

Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic, Lebanon; 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m.; $18.50 adults, $15.50 seniors and ages 5 – 16; $8.50 ages 2 – 4, free ages 1 and younger; 513-933-8022 or POND HOPPING 101 Ages 8 and older are invited to explore a vernal pond and the creatures that live there. Dress to get wet. Juneberry Parking Lot, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or ROCK LASER SHOWS Please see “Now Playing” on page 42 for details. WHAT AMERICA MEANS TO ME Vocalist Christiana will sing along with her acoustic guitar today. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr.; 12:30 p.m.; free admission, $4 parking; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or

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A WEEK OF GROWING HOME Celebrate all things local all week long, meet local farmers and a dinner celebration. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; Aug. 2 – 8; 513-398-9358 or or

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BOONE COUNTY FAIR Enjoy rides, music, 4-H shows, tractor pulls and favorite festival food. Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington; today – Aug. 7; $8 ages 3 and older for unlimited rides; 859-586-9968 or ONCE UPON A STORY Bring your little ones to hear stories related to the America I AM exhibit. Cincinnati History Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10:30 a.m.; free with admission ($8.50 adults, $6.50 ages 3 – 12); 513-287-7000 or WETLAND EXPLORATION (AR) Last day to register! Join a naturalist-led wetland experience – be sure to wear clothes that can get muddy. Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 10 a.m. on Aug. 8; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or

3 tuesday

CLUB AQUA This teens-only outdoor dance club will rock out at The Pearl with DJ Toad and his crew. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Dr., Mason; 9 p.m. – midnight today and Aug. 10; free with admission (please turn the page) •

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6 friday

SPOTLIGHT: GREEN INSPIRED ART August 5, 12, 19 and 26

DOWNTOWN DASH Enjoy a 5K race, kids’ fun run, live music, a cornhole tournament and all-around block party. St. Xavier Church, 607 Sycamore St., downtown; 5 – 11 p.m.; $25 entry fee for 5K, kids’ fun run is free;


ummer is winding down, but you can still enjoy Mother Nature through some environmentally-inspired art projects at the UnMuseum, inside the Contemporary Arts Center (44 East Sixth St., downtown). This month, you and the kids can create Shepard Fairey stickers on Aug. 5; use fruits and veggies to make art on Aug. 12; create prints and rubbings from sun and sand on Aug. 19; and use backyard plants for paint on Aug. 26. Each session meets from 1 – 2 p.m. and is included with admission to the UnMuseum ($7.50 adults, $4.50 ages 3 – 13). For more information, visit or call 513-345-8400.

($27.99 adults, $10.50 children 48” and under, $7.50 parking); 513-398-7946 or FREE FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL Enjoy a free screening of “Wallace and Gromit” today! Regal Cinemas, Deerfield Towne Center 16, 5500 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-7703186 or NATURE CRAFTS WEEK Make nature-themed crafts all week long for a small fee. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. today – Aug. 7; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks. org. PASSPORT TO FISHING (AR) Spend time with kids ages 6 – 16 during an afternoon of fishing and some talk about the dangers of drugs with West Chester’s Crime Prevention Officer. Ronald Reagan Lodge, Voice of America Park, 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester; 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 513-759-7312 or

4 wednesday

FREE FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL Families can enjoy a free screening of “Open Season.” Regal Cinemas, Deerfield Towne Center 16, 5500 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-7703186 or THE NERD Please see “Now Playing” on page 42 for details. FREE SUMMER NIGHTS Kids can enjoy a free craft activity this evening! Panera Bread Eastgate, 876 Eastgate North Blvd. and Panera Bread Finneytown, 8420 Winton Road; 5:30 – 7 p.m.; FREE WILD WEDNESDAY Learn about beekeeping in this nature-themed day of fun. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; free, but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or

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FREE GLIER’S GOETTAFEST Gotta love goetta! Enjoy this Cincinnati favorite with rides, music and games. Daily river cruises available at 12, 3 and 7 p.m. Newport Riverfront; 5 – 11 p.m. today, 12 – 11 p.m. Aug. 7, 12 – 9 p.m. Aug. 8; 859-291-1800 or

5 thursday

FREE (ALMOST) EVERY OTHER THURSDAY SCIENCE Crystal Clear Science will leave you spellbound with the magic of science in today’s interactive program. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington; 9:30 – 11 a.m.; free, but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or kentoncounty. org. FREE NO WATER OFF A DUCK’S BACK Lynn White from the Butler Soil and Water Conservation District will talk about what happens to birds during an oil spill, and then participants can try their hand at cleaning feathers. Sebald Park, 5580 Elk Creek Road, Middletown at 10 a.m. and Voice of America Park, 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester at 1 p.m.; a motor vehicle permit ($5 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or POTTERY PAINTING FUN (AR) Kids ages 5 and older and their parents can paint interesting pottery pieces together in this day from Star Glazers. Miami Township Civic Center, 6101 Meijer Dr., Milford; 10 a.m. today and Aug. 12; $10 adults, $25 children; SPANISH SIGNING SAFARI (AR) Add a third language to your child’s vocabulary and introduce him to signing in Spanish. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m. today and Aug. 12; $13; 513-591-2332 or THURSDAY ART PLAY Create your own Shepard Fairey-like stickers inspired by his environmental posters. UnMuseum, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 1 – 2 p.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $4.50 ages 3 – 13); 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter. org.

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MANA-TEA TIME (AR) Ages 2 – 6 can come for tea time in the decafe with tasty treats and fun. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. today and Aug. 20; $4 per child; 513-731-2665 or NIGHT FISHING Fish actually love the dark, so it’s a great time to go fishing. Voice of America Park Lake, 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester; dusk – 1 a.m.; fishing license and motor vehicle permit are required, see site for rates; 513-867-5835 or PARENTS’ SURVIVAL NIGHT (AR) Take a night off and let the kids have some fun playing games, dancing, hanging with friends and more. The Little Gym, 7318 Yankee Road, Liberty Township; 6 p.m.; call for pricing; 513-777-1110 or SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS (AR) Last day to register! Families are invited for one last summer adventure before school – camp out at Cincinnati Nature Center with a night hike, stories, a campfire dinner and more. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7 p.m. Aug 20 – 9 a.m. Aug. 21; $20 adult members, $10 child members, $25 adult nonmembers, $15 child nonmembers; 513-831-1711 or cincynature. org. SURF ROCKIN’ CONCERT Enjoy the surf-inspired tunes of The AmpFibians on the Kokomo Kove Stage. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Dr., Mason; 6 – 8:30 p.m. today and Aug. 13; free with admission ($27.99 adults, $10.50 children 48” and under, $7.50 parking); 513-3987946 or FREE TOUCH A TRUCK Kids can check fire trucks, ambulances, backhoes, dump trucks, police cars and military vehicles of all sizes in this afternoon outing. Gorman Park, 12153 Centerdale Dr., Sharonville; 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.; 513563-0252. VISITOR APPRECIATION DAYS All visitors to the Zoo this weekend can enjoy half price parking and admission! Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; today – Aug. 8; $7 adults, $4.50 seniors and ages 2 – 12, free ages under 2, $3.50 parking; 513-281-4700 or

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WHAT AMERICA MEANS TO ME Bi-Okoto invites the whole family for a student drum circle. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr.; 12:30 p.m.; admission is free, $4 parking; 513-721ARTS (2787) or FREE WHO HAS SCALES? Visit with some live reptiles and search for “dinosaur eggs” while learning all about muscle strength and keeping your speed and strength up like the animals do. Cummins Shelter, Rentschler Forest Preserve, 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton; 10 a.m.; a motor vehicle permit ($5 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or

7 saturday

FREE THE 90-MINUTE NAP SOLUTION (AR) Hear one parent’s successful strategy to help your child sleep better and learn about the benefits of napping, the ideal time to take a nap and have all your sleep-related questions answered in this session based on the sleep research of Polly Moore. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or THE AMAZING SUMMER SCAVENGING RACE Bring your family or a team of friends and join an adventurous course that requires some nature knowledge. Prizes will be awarded! Parcours Trail,

Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or

The Beach Boys, Monkees, Supremes and more. Amphitheatre, Devou Park, Covington; 7:30 p.m.; admission is free, but a $5 donation is appreciated; 859-431-6216 or

APPALACHIAN HERITAGE DAY Enjoy live Bluegrass music, food and fun during this all-day festival. Miami Whitewater Forest Harbor, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 1 – 10 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or

FREE I’M GONNA DANCE LUAU Check out this free dance class from Dance Concepts – come dressed in Hawaiian attire and get ready to learn some new moves. Dance Concepts Studio, 8606 Market Place Lane, Montgomery; 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 513-745-0678 or

BUTTERFLY WEEKEND Fill your afternoon with butterflies, including a butterfly display and craft activity, as well as a chance to test your reflexes as you try to catch them in the field. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 – 4 p.m. today and Aug. 8; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or DIVE-IN MOVIES Pull up a lounge chair or float in an inner tube while watching a movie. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Dr., Mason; 8:30 p.m. – midnight today and Aug. 14; free with admission ($27.99 adults, $10.50 children 48” and under, $7.50 parking); 513398-7946 or FUN FUN FUN The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra will present a tribute to the music of the 60s, including tunes from

LADY DISTANCE CLASSIC This women’s only run and walk will celebrate women’s health and fitness and help support education efforts in the community. Join a 5K or 10K run-walk, races just for kids, and a family festival! Corner of Plainfield and Cooper Roads, Blue Ash; registration beginning at 6 a.m.; race day registration $35; 513-793-8383 or MOVIE MUSIC SPECATCULAR Film music legend John Williams will conduct the Cincinnati Pops in this movie music tribute, including selections from Harry Potter, E.T., Jaws, Schindler’s List, Star Wars and more. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave.; 7:30 p.m.; $18 - $60; 513-3813300 or FREE SALAMANDER SEARCH Find amphibians under logs and in other fun places. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes. McFarlan Woods, 2848 Mcfarlan Park Dr.; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 513-8613435 or (the Calendar continues on page 34)

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FREE SPROUTS IN THE KITCHEN (AR) Ages 5 – 12 can learn about good nutrition while visiting a community garden in Cottell Park to talk about veggies, buying locally and more. Cottell Park, corner of Irwin Simpson and Snider Roads; 10 a.m.; 513-398-9358 or paula.mangold@ or

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ANIMAL ADVENTURES Drop by the harbor to learn about the animals you might find in this park. Live animal visits take place on the hour. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 – 3:30 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks. org. BUTTERFLY WEEKEND Please see Aug. 7 for details. TASTE THE HARVEST Stop by the garden to experience the taste of the harvest when vegetables are at their freshest. Student chefs from the Art Institute of OhioCincinnati will show off their culinary skills and turn your kids on to eating their greens. Granny’s Garden School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road; 10 – 11 a.m. today and Aug. 28; 513-324-2873 or WETLAND EXPLORATION (AR) Please see Aug. 2 for details.

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FREE HOMEWORK HELP Get into an academic frame of mind with a week’s worth of books, computer activities, crafts and help with last-minute or new-year homework. Main Library, 800 Vine St.; 1 – 4 p.m. today – Aug. 13; 516-369-6900 or FREE MAKE A SPLASH WITH RONALD MCDONALD Ronald and his buddy Stoogie the Bookworm will dive into a world of books and water fun with ages 5 and older. Boone County Public Library, Walton Branch, 21 S. Main St., Walton; 6:30 p.m.; 859-342BOOK (2665) or

FREE MARBELIZED PAPER ART (AR) Marbleizing is a method of decorating paper that dates back to 8th century Japan. Learn more about this art form and create your own design. Kenton County Public Library, Mary Ann Mongan Branch, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington; 6 – 8 p.m.; 859-9624070 or

10 tuesday

FREE ADOPTION WEBINAR (AR) Learn more about becoming an international adoptive parent in this free webinar from Families Thru International Adoption. 12 p.m. today and 7 p.m. on Aug. 19;

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CLUB AQUA Please see Aug. 3 for details. FREE FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL Enjoy a free screening of “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” this morning. Regal Cinemas, Deerfield Towne Center 16, 5500 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-7703186 or FREE HALF PINT KIDS CLUB (AR) Ages 3 – 8 and a caregiver can learn how to make a s’more with no fire required. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513398-9358 or or MORE SIGNING, LESS WHINING (AR) Learn how to “talk” to your hearing baby or toddler using American Sign Language in this course taught by a certified Child Sign Language Specialist. Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road; 6:45 p.m.; $45 per couple (includes a pictorial dictionary and DVD); 513-4754500.

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FREE ART IN THE PARK (AR) Bring your little ones to explore their senses of sight and touch. Cummins Shelter, Rentschler Forest, 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton; 10 a.m.; 513867-5835 or

FREE FAMILY FILM FESTIVAL Families are invited to enjoy a free screening of “Fantastic Mr. Fox” this morning. Regal Cinemas, Deerfield Towne Center 16, 5500 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-770-3186 or LITTLE TYKE HIKE Ages 3 – 6 are invited to hike through the forest on a “bear hunt.” Great Oaks Trail, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or FREE WILD WEDNESDAY Linda Salsbury will be on the scene with her Eagle Bend alpacas. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; free, but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525PLAY (7529) or

12 thursday

BABY & TODDLER MUSIC Little ones and their grown-ups are invited to a music and movement program with Miss Meghan. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; ages 17 months and younger at 9:45 a.m., ages 3 and younger at 10:30 a.m., and ages 18 months – 4 years at 11:15 a.m., also on Aug. 26; $8 per child; 513-731-2665 or

MOMS CLUB OPEN HOUSE The MOMS Club of Colerain will host an open house for new moms to learn more about the organization. Activities include a magic show from

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Ron Frank, The Amazing Mr. Magic, as well as snacks and beverages. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; please contact Gina at momsclubcolerain@zoomshare. com for meeting location. POTTERY PAINTING FUN (AR) Please see Aug. 5 for details. ROCK & FOSSIL SWAP All ages are invited to join a fossil swap where you can add to your collection and learn something new. Winton Center, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 – 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or SHHH … DID YOU HEAR THAT? Instruments make interesting sounds, but did you know that African American scientists also discovered ways to improve sound for telephones and microphones? Try some experiments in sound today! Musuem of Natural History and Science, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m.; free with admission ($8.50 adults, $6.50 ages 3 – 12); 513-287-7000 or SPANISH SIGNING SAFARI (AR) Please see Aug. 5 for details. THURSDAY ART PLAY Make art with fruits and vegetables and frame them by recycling newspaper. UnMuseum, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 1 – 2 p.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $4.50 ages 3 – 13); 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter. org.

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FREE MUD MANIA Celebrate the end of summer with this mud obstacle course – prepare to get dirty! Learn about critters in the ground and the benefits of playing outside. Cummins Shelter, Rentschler Forest Preserve, 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton; 10 a.m.; a motor vehicle permit is required to enter the park ($5 daily, $10 annual); 513-867-5835 or SURF ROCKIN’ CONCERT Please see Aug. 6 for details.

WHAT AMERICA MEANS TO ME Join Matthew Taylor – actor, magician and master of ceremonies – as he presents a magical program with live animals and patriotism. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr.; 12:30 p.m.; admission is free, $4 parking; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or

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ALL AMERICAN PASTIMES Explore board games, corn hole, favorite baseball tales like “Casey at the Bat” and an all-American cookout. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Dr.; 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; admission is free, $4 parking; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or (the Calendar continues on page 36)


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ANIMALS ALIVE Stop by the Sharon Centre to meet some of the animals that call the park home – everything from the cute to the creepy will be in attendance! Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or FREE BABY FOOD MADE SIMPLE (AR) Believe it or not, baby food is actually easy to prepare at home. Learn how to make your own baby food using fresh and healthy ingredients for a fraction of the cost. Cincinnati Family

Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or BUILD YOUR OWN SKYSCRAPER Bring the entire family to build a skyscraper in this drop-in program. Betts House, 416 Clark St.; 12:30 – 5 p.m.; $2; 513-651-0734 or DIVE IN MOVIE Please see Aug. 7 for details.

FAMILIES CREATE (AR) This building project is super sweet! Use pretzels, graham crackers and other goodies to make your structure. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; $8 members, $12 nonmembers; 513-6844524 or GALA OF INTERNATIONAL DANCE STARS Please see “Now Playing” on page 42 for details.


JENNIFER’S JAZZY JUMPIN’ SING-A-LONG Dance and sing with professional singer/songwriter Jennifer Ellis as she leads with jazz tunes, and even nursery rhymes. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2:30 p.m.; free with admission ($8.50 adults, $6.50 ages 3 – 12); 513-287-7000 or


ake a train ride to see everyone’s favorite dog, Clifford! He and Emily Elizabeth are waiting to play, tell stories and create a craft with your little ones. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic, Lebanon; 10 a.m., 12:15, 2:30 and 4:45 p.m. today, Aug. 14, 21 and 22; $18.50 adults, $15.50 seniors and ages 5 – 16, $8.50 ages 2 – 4, free ages 1 and younger; 513-933-8022 or

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DOG DAYS SCAVENGER HUNT Bring the whole family to help with this scavenger hunt that takes you around the Harbor and the Shaker Trace Trail’s inner loop. Return before 6 p.m. and get a prize! Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or

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FREE FROM HIVE TO HONEY BEAR Learn how beekeepers get honey from a hive. LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane; 1 – 2 p.m.; 513-542-2909 or

KINGFISHER TRAIL HIKE This 1.1-mile trail is often the first trail that adults hiked as children. Expose your own little ones to this popular outing. Kingfisher Trail, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 9 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or FREE SPANISH STORY TIME Enjoy stories told in Spanish and learn a few basic vocabulary words. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513731-2665 or FREE SPROUTS IN THE KITCHEN (AR) Learn how to make a no-bake orange cookie while learning a few things about healthy eating. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-398-9358 or paula.mangold@wholefoods. com or SYSTEMS GO Systems Go is a popular music combo from the United States Air Force Band of Flight sure to delight the entire family with their high-energy show. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 7 – 9 p.m.; a

FREE WEED ROUNDUP Learn about some invasive plants, then help round up a few in the woods. Big piles get big prizes! Parker’s Woods, Bruce Avenue; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 513-231-8678 or

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BUTTERFLY SUNDAE HIKE Enjoy a puppet show and a short hike, followed by an ice cream sundae. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Ave.; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or FIND THAT PHOTO Each family will receive a series of photos and clues of specific objects and places in the park. Find what’s on the photo then take a picture of your team at that exact location. Return to the Sharon Centre with your photos and earn a prize! Please bring your own digital camera and expect to spend about

two hours. Strollers not recommended. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or HAPPEN, INC. Join Happen, Inc. to celebrate the achievements of African American innovators in this handson session. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2:30 p.m.; free with admission ($8.50 adults, $6.50 ages 3 – 12); 513-287-7000 or FREE THIRD SUNDAY FUNDAY Find dogs in art, hear a story about dogs in a museum, make a pop-up puppy and meet some real canines, along with Rufus the Reading Dog from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 – 4 p.m.; 513684-4524 or WINTON WOODS RIDING SHOW Riders of different skill levels are invited to compete in various class groupings during this open horse show. Winton Woods Riding Center, 10073 Daly Road; 8 a.m.; entry fees are $8 - $9 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-931-3057 or

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HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK (AR) Learn how to help your newborn sleep better and how to soothe even the fussiest of babeies in just minutes with a calming reflex. Bethesda Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road; 6:45 p.m.; $50 per couple; 513-475-4500.

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FREE HALF PINT KIDS CLUB (AR) Ages 3 – 8 and a caregiver can learn how to make some tasty cookies – no oven required. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-398-9358 or paula.mangold@wholefoods. com or

OWL JAMBOREE (AR) Last day to register! Ages 3 – 5 can learn all about owls, play games, make a craft, and even meet a special guest. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Ave.; 10 a.m. on Aug. 20; $4 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or TOT TUESDAY Bring your toddlers for games, songs, crafts, stories and more, then explore the museum and visit the play tables and train displays. BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 – 17); 859-491-4003 or

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GROWING SOUND CONCERT Enjoy a concert with children’s musician David Kisor, along with a gooey grilled cheese sandwich – or bring your own picnic. Beech Acres Park Playground, 6910 Salem Road; 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; $1 for grilled cheese, $2 for a combo meal; 513-388-4513 or FREE KIDS CAN COOK (AR) This demonstration class will give you ideas for the lunchbox, followed by some bites and recipes to take home. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 7 p.m.; 513-398-9358 or paula. or wholefoodsmarket. com/mason. LIVE ANIMALS Meet the naturalist for an educational program on local animals. Wedding Setting, Withrow Nature Preserve, 7075 Five Mile Road; 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or FREE WILD WEDNESDAY Raptor, Inc. will be at the park to talk about birds of prey and what puts them at the top of the food chain. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; free, but a canned

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one parent is Jewish. Snyder House at Cottel Park, 5847 Irwin Simpson Road, Mason; 3 p.m. on Aug. 29; MANA-TEA TIME (AR) Please see Aug. 6 for details.

FREE ADOPTION WEBINAR (AR) Please see Aug. 10 for details.

OWL JAMBOREE (AR) Please see Aug. 17 for details.

FREE (ALMOST) EVERY OTHER THURSDAY SCIENCE COSI on Wheels will bring some simple chemistry tasks to the park today. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington; 9:30 – 11 a.m.; free, but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525PLAY (7529) or

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE (AR) Reap the rewards of recycling and tell some natural recyclers thank you in this day of games and activities for ages 2 – 5. Dudley Woods Shelter, 5591 Hankins Road, Liberty Township; 10 a.m.; $2; 513-867-5835 or

O’BRYONVILLE THIRD THURSDAY WALK Browse the stores of O’Bryonville, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Mennonite Central Committee for school kits sent around the world, including places like Iraq, Nicaragua, North Korea and schools in need in the United States and Canada. 2000 block of Madison Road, O’Bryonville; 5 – 8 p.m.;

TOT SHABBAT SERVICE Share the joy of Shabbat in a service designed especially for families with pre-readers. Rockdale Temple, 8501 Ridge Road; 5:30 p.m.; 513-891-9900 or

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME Preschoolers can hear stories about what goes bump in the night – learn about owls and other nocturnal animals, followed by games and songs. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 10 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks. org. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE (AR) Reap the rewards of recycling and tell some natural recyclers thank you in this day of games and activities for ages 2 – 5. Chrisholm Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 a.m.; $2; 513-867-5835 or metroparksofbutlercounty. org. SUMMER GAMES Test your skills with some outdoor games designed for all ages. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or THURSDAY ART PLAY Enjoy one last day at the beach with some sun and sand that will help you create prints and rubbings. UnMuseum, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 1 – 2 p.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $4.50 ages 3 – 13); 513-345-8400 or

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FREE HONEYBEE BUZZ ABOUT (AR) Last day to register! Celebrate the Jewish New Year by decorating your own honey jar and reusable bag, along with honeycomb candles and edible jewelry. The check out the Boonshoft Museum’s Honeybee a Buzzin’ road show. Open to families with children ages 10 and younger, in which at least

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SLEEPING UNDER THE STARS (AR) Please see Aug. 6 for details.

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FREE AMAZING ARTHROPODS Find out why insects are the most successful animals on earth and get a closer look at how they find food, shelter and soul mates. Kennedy Heights Park, 6037 Kennedy Ave.; 9:30 – 11 a.m.; 513-7513679 or

AS TIME GOES BY Learn the story of Winton Road and the early settlers of Ohio, including foods of the time and more. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or CARP CRAZY FISHING TOURNAMENT Show off your angling skills. Two-person teams can fish with no limit on the amount they weigh-in, and the top three teams will win a prize. Winton Woods Lake, 10245 Winton Road; registration begins at 6 a.m.; $40 per team plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-931-1849 or FREE GERMAN STORY TIME Enjoy stories told in German and learn a few basic vocabulary words. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513731-2665 or ICE ICE BABY Cool down at the park during this program about glaciers, including ice-age themed activities and a hike on the Gorge trail. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m. today and Aug. 22; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or FREE NATIONAL AVIATION DAY Celebrate Orville Wright’s birthday by building and flying your own egg-carton glider, followed by stories

and aerospace demonstration stations. National Museum of the United States Air Force, WrightPatterson AFB, 1100 Spaatz St.; 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.; DOG DAYS OF SUMMER Visitors to the store can celebrate the dog days of summer with pet food sample and a pet food taste taste. Or view dogs up for adoption or treat your pooch to a pup washing with proceeds benefitting Recycled Doggies and the Cincinnati Pet Food Pantry. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $5; 513-398-9358 or paula. or mason.

FREE SPROUTS IN THE KITCHEN (AR) Ages 5 – 12 are invited to learn how to make a healthy spiral sandwich for their lunchbox. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-398-9358 or paula.mangold@wholefoods. com or SUMMER ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR Enjoy live music while you browse the creations of artists and crafts persons throughout the Covedale theatre. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 513-241-6550 or covedalecenter. com. FREE TUMMY TO TUMMY (AR) Wearing your baby in a baby sling or carrier has a number of emotional, intellectual and social benefits. Find out more, and learn how to choose your own baby sling. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-5912332 or

FREE PAWS FOR READING (AR) Beau the Boxer will visit the center for some reading fun – let your child improve his reading skills by joining in. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 10:30 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or

YOU FISH LIKE A GIRL No boys allowed today! All girls are invited to learn how to fish with a short lesson and then test out their new skills in the lake. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 10 a.m.; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or

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ICE ICE BABY Please see Aug. 21 for details.

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FREE FRUITALICIOUS (AR) Ages 2 – 5 can create a fruit kabob with dip on the side and enjoy a smorgasboard of books. Boone County Public Library, Lents Branch, 3215 Cougar Path, Hebron; 10:30 a.m.; 859-342-BOOK (2665) or

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FULL MOON WALK (AR) Ages 8 and older and an adult are invited to hit the trails at night followed by some natural history readings. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 9:30 p.m.; free members, $5 nonmembers; 513-200-0991 or FREE HALF PINT KIDS CLUB (AR) Ages 3 – 8 can create mini-cheesecake bites with their favorite grown-up today. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513398-9358 or or (please turn the page)

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STROLLER WALK Bring your little ones in their strollers or wagons and take a walk with stops to observe the wildlife. Harbor, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or

THURSDAY ART PLAY Learn how to use the plants in your own backyard – including dandelions – to make beautiful works of art. UnMuseum, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 1 – 2 p.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $4.50 ages 3 – 13); 513-345-8400 or

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WIGGLY CIRCUS LIVE The Fab Four are back! Breathe in the smell of Hot Poppin’ Popcorn and join the excitement of A Big Big Show with The Wiggles, and their friends Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog and all the Wiggly Dancers. Help keep Purple Wiggle awake throughout the show and enjoy the circus with a wiggly twist! Bank of Kentucky Center, 500 Louie B. Nunn Dr., Highland Heights; 6:30 p.m.; $12 - $77; 800-7453000, or bankofkentuckycenter. com. FREE WILD WEDNESDAY Naturalist Josh Batkins from Big Bone Lick State Park will bring a nature-themed program for little ones to enjoy. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.; free, but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525PLAY (7529) or

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BABY & TODDLER MUSIC (AR) Please see Aug. 12 for details. FREE MOMS’ NIGHT OUT Leave the kids at home for the evening and get out to meet other moms while being pampered with goodies, prizes and a special guest speaker – Jo Wehage of Healthy Alter Ego. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 6 – 8 p.m.; 513398-9358 or paula.mangold@ or wholefoodsmarket. com/mason.

CAMPFIRE FUN Bring your campfire dinners and roasting sticks to cook on the coals, then enjoy a program with live animals and other campfire fun. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m. today and Aug. 28; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or

FREE NATURE STORY TIME Join the staff of Imago Nature Center for stories, songs and other activities. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513731-2665 or ROCK SHABBAT SERVICE (AR) Join an upbeat Shabbat service ideal for children and teens, followed by a dinner. Rockdale Temple, 8501 Ridge Road; 6:15 p.m.; 513-891-9900 or TASTE OF BLUE ASH Enjoy cuisine from local favorites, along with live music from bands like the Little River Band, Night Ranger and Phil Vassar all weekend long. Blue Ash Towne Square; 6 – 11 p.m. today, 12 – 11 p.m. Aug. 28, 12 – 9 p.m. Aug 29;

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19TH CENTURY GAMES Wonder what kids did before video games? Find out in this exploration into games of the past. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way; 12 p.m.; free with admission ($12 adults, $8 ages 6 – 12, free ages 5 and younger with a paying adult); 513-333-7500 or FREE ANTIQUE CAR DISPLAY Check out the vehicles and other machinery of olden time. Governor Bebb Preserve, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; a motor vehicle permit ($5 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or metroparksofbutlercounty. org.

SPOTLIGHT: TASTE OF BLUE ASH Friday, August 27 - Sunday, August 29


njoy cuisine from local favorites, along with live music from bands like the Little River Band, Night Ranger and Phil Vassar all weekend long. Blue Ash Towne Square; 6 – 11 p.m. today, 12 – 11 p.m. Aug. 28, 12 – 9 p.m. Aug 29;

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BUG HIKE Bring a bug jar and net for a search of grasshoppers, butterflies, dragonflies and more. All bugs will be returned to the wild at the end of the program. Gatehouse, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 10 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks. org. CAMPFIRE FUN Please see Aug. 27 for details. CREEK ROMP (AR) Take a guided hike and canoe ride to search for water creatures, fossils, animal tracks, signs of a beaver and more natural happenings. Long Branch Farm and Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen; 1 – 3 p.m. or 4 – 6 p.m.; free members, $6 adult nonmembers, $3 child nonmembers; 513-831-1711 or FANTASTIC FOSSILS Practice your fossil skills then head outdoors to see what you can find in the park. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or FAMILY SATURDAY: SPLASH Use some unusual techniques in your paintings, like blowing paint into a straw or adding salt to it for texture. UnMuseum, Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 1 – 4 p.m.; free with admission ($7.50 adults, $4.50 ages 3 – 13); 513-345-8400 or FREE FRENCH STORY TIME Enjoy stories told in French and learn a few basic vocabulary words. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513731-2665 or FREE FUN IN THE SUN FESTIVAL Join the Licking Valley Cluster of the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council for a free festival of fun, including live music, games, crafts, door prizes, face painting and free food and drinks. Erlanger Girl Scout Office, 607 Watson Road, Erlanger; 1 – 4 p.m.; free admission, but a canned good donation for the Kids Café at the Freestore Foodbank is appreciated; 859-342-6263 or lotten@ POWDER KEG 5K Let the kids play in the art activity tent while you join a 5K trail run or walk to benefit the Mason-Deerfield Arts Alliance. Historic Kings Mansion near Kings Island, 1840 King Ave.; 9 a.m.; $10 per person; 513793-0508 or FREE SPROUTS IN THE KITCHEN (AR) Ages 5 – 12 are invited to learn how to make a little ball of tasty energy that’s just right for their lunchbox or afternoon snack. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513398-9358 or or

TASTE THE HARVEST Please see Aug. 8 for details. TOILET TRAINING WITHOUT TEARS (AR) There are so many theories on toilet training, it’s hard to know where to start. Join a one-hour workshop to discuss your child’s readiness, dealing with accidents and regression, common mistakes during toilet training and more. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; $4; 513-591-2332 or



heck out the school’s brand new location, take a free class, learn about the upcoming season, and register for fall classes all week long. Ballet Theatre Midwest, Spencer Township Hall, 3833 Eastern Ave.; Aug. 30 – Sept. 4; 513-520-2334 or

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BACK TO SCHOOL HIKE Back to school is a busy time for most families – take a break and enjoy the outdoors on a hike. Timberlakes Program Shelter, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or FREE HONEYBEE BUZZ ABOUT (AR) Please see Aug. 20 for details.

FREE HOT MUSIC, COLD TREATS Join an old-fashioned ice cream social with the United Dairy Farmers Little Dipper vintage truck, live music and more. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 – 3 p.m.; 513-241-0343 or

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SPIDER FUN Learn about the eight-legged world of arachnids, including jumping, spitting and writing spiders. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 11:30 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or WACKY WEATHER Join some experiments to see how weather really works. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($5 annual, $2 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or

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week long, concluding with a puppet show on Sept. 3. Sharonville Recreation Department, 10990 Thornview Dr.; Aug. 30 – Sept. 3; 513-563-2895.

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FREE BFF (AR) Ages 8 – 12 and their friends are invited to make slap bracelets and have a photo shoot with props to make it unique. Boone County Public Library, Lents Branch, 3215 Cougar Path, Hebron; 6:30 p.m.; 859342-BOOK (2665) or

FREE HALF PINT KIDS CLUB (AR) Ages 3 – 8 and a grown-up are invited to make yummy and healthy spiral sandwiches. Whole Foods Market, 5805 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 10 a.m.; 513-398-9358 or or

BE IN THE CALENDAR! To have your events listed in our September calendar, send details by Thursday, August 5 to Sherry Hang at or fax to 513-252-0081.

FREE SHARONVILLE RECREATION SAMPLER WEEK Families are invited to try out a variety of free classes from the Sharonville Recreation Center all


AIM (arts innovation movement) Cincinnati, formerly known as ballet tech cincinnati, will present this ninth annual dance extravaganza, featuring choreographers such as Darrell Grand Moultrie (from Broadway’s “Billy Elliot”) and performers like Brooklyn Mack from the Washington Ballet. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Aug. 14 at 8 p.m.; $26 - $92; 513-621-ARTS (2787), or


Ex-GI Willum Cubbert owes a debt to the man who saved his life, but when that man shows up unexpectedly, Cubbert finds out that the hero is actually a complete nerd -- antics ensue until the nerd himself surprises everyone. Showboat Majestic, Riverfront; Aug. 4 – 22; $17 adults, $16 seniors and students; 513-241-6550 or

ongoing events Cincinnati Museum Center, Union Terminal 1301 Western Ave., 513-2877000, AMERICA I AM: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN IMPRINT

Browse artifacts from every period of U.S. history including documents, music, media and more. Through Sept. 6.


Enjoy hundreds of images from James Presley Ball, a 19th century entrepreneur, and abolitionist who lived for a time in Cincinnati. Through Oct. 24, 2010.

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Check out a laser light show set to classic rock tunes, and enjoy this year’s newest addition to the songs of Miley Cyrus. Drake Planetarium, 2020 Sherman Ave., Norwood; Laser Beatles on Aug. 1 and 7, Legends of the Night Sky on Aug. 1, 4 and 8, Laser Green Day on Aug. 6, Laser Vinyl on Aug. 6, Laser U2 on Aug. 6, Laser Beatles on Aug. 7, Laser Metallica on Aug. 7, Laser Zeppelin on Aug. 7, Laser Pop on Aug. 8; $7 in advance, $8 at the door ($25 or $30 for a family four-pack); 513-396-5578 or

Get your tickets today for the Gala of International Dance Stars!


Enjoy a Friday night screening of a favorite OMNIMAX film. Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; single film, $7.50, adults; $6.50, seniors; $5.50, ages 3 – 12; double feature, $13 adults, $11 seniors, $9 ages 3 – 12.

The following programs are free with admission (for any one museum: $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2):



This OMNIMAX film explores the technology and people behind the airplanes of the 20th century and their influence on flights in the 21st century, including a flight test on the new 787 Dreamliner.

Meet a scaled, feathered or furry friend. Museum of Natural History & Science; Mon – Fri at 12:30 p.m., Sat and Sun at 2:30 p.m.


Watch a brown bat take flight at the Cave and learn more about these creatures. Museum of Natural History and Science; Mon – Fri at 11 a.m., Sat and Sun at 1 p.m.

Take a dramatic OMNIMAX journey from the headwaters of Lake Superior to the edge of Lake Ontario and discover the mysteries that flow past 40 million people and 10,000 miles of coastline.

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Join an activity that will encourage the blossoming of scientific interest. Duke Energy Children’s Museum; Sat and Sun at 1 p.m.


Meet a variety of African American Cincinnatians, with stories told by a costumed interpreter. Cincinnati History Museum; Wed, Fri and Sat at 2 p.m.


Use the interactive SMART Board technology to learn about Cincinnati history. Cincinnati History Museum; Thu at 2 p.m.


Visit the 19th century print shop and meet the master printer, who demonstrates historic printing techniques. Cincinnati History Museum; Mon – Fri, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., Sat at 1 p.m.


Celebrate spring by exploring Cincinnati in Motion and discover this month’s hidden object. Cincinnati History Museum; museum hours in August.


Junior scientists ages 6 years and younger can learn about everything from the five senses to color mixing. Museum of Natural History and Science; Thu at 11:30 a.m.


Kids can learn about art, science and culture in these sessions with plenty of hands-on activities. Duke Energy Children’s Museum; Sun at 4 p.m.


Visit Merrell’s drug store to learn about 19th century health and medicine. Cincinnati History Museum; Mon at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.


Bring little ones to hear stories relating to Cincinnati and told by a costumed interpreter. Cincinnati History Museum; Mon at 10:30 a.m.


Experience an adventure with activities ranging in topic from the human body to dinosaurs. Museum of Natural History and Science; Mon – Fri at 11 a.m., Sat and Sun at 2 p.m.


Visit the Little Sprouts Farm for a story! Duke Energy Children’s Museum; Wed at 11 a.m.


Play a game, make a craft or participate in an activity from around the world. Duke Energy Children’s Museum; Sat and Sun at 2 p.m.


Children can express themselves in these open-ended art activities. Duke Energy Children’s Museum; Tue, Sat and Sun at 3 p.m.

Miscellaneous events continuing this month: FREE AN AMERICAN CELEBRATION

Enjoy an exhibit featuring 40 watercolors from America’s best watercolorists. Middletown Arts Center, 130 North Verity Pkwy., Middletown; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tue – Thu and 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sat – Sun, through Aug. 15; admission is free, but donations are accepted; 513-4242417 or



Get ready for finger puppet fun with Miss Gail. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; Wed at 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665; bluemanateebooks. com.

Stories and activities with weekly themes for ages PreK and older. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 7800 Montgomery Road; Thursdays at 11 a.m.; 513-7949320.


Teens ages 13 – 19 are invited for an outdoor dance club with a live DJ and fun. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Water Park Dr., Mason; 9 p.m. – midnight, Tuesdays through Aug. 10; $10 at the gate, $8 online; 800-866SWIM (7946) or


Railroads and traveling circuses have a long history, and the Mackay’s Mighty Small Circus exhibit delves into that history with gusto. Enjoy a 1,200-squarefoot display with 1,500 had-carved pieces portraying the life and times of an American circus in the 1900s. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester; through Dec. 31, 2010; included with admission ($12.95 adults, $9.95 children); 513-8988000 or


This exhibit features paintings by Benjamin Swallow Duke, photos by Doug McLarty and an installation from Michael Willett, all designed to break the rules of selfconception, natural form and gravity. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton; through Aug. 6; 513-863-8873 or




These weekend tours led by CAM docents feature touchable objects and hands-on ARTSTOPS. Meet at 1 p.m. on Saturdays; 3 p.m. on Sundays.


Stop by the front desk to pick up an American-themed family-friendly guide based on America’s “Melting Pot.”

Ages 12 and younger can play unlimited laser tag for $12! Lazer Kraze, 3187 Western Row Road, Maineville, or 1335 Donaldson Hwy., Erlanger; 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturdays; $12; 513-339-1030 or 859-371-5729 or


Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) 953 Eden Park Drive 721-ARTS (2787)



From 1780 – 1850, creative women made some extraordinary quilts from chintz applique, including familiar designs like the Tree of Life to the Star of Bethelehem. This exhibit, organized by the International Quilt Study Center, will showcase some of the most beautiful samples of women’s artistic expression. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; Aug. 28 – Nov. 7; $8 adults, $6 students and seniors, free for ages younger than 18 and free on Sundays; 513-241-0343 or

Bring the whole family for an evening of grilled meals that can be eaten outdoors or inside, live music, and information from a Park District Naturalist. Kids can check out the brand-new playground before or after dinner. Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland-Madeira Road; through Sept. 4, 5 – 8 p.m.; $7 - $9.25; 513-521-PARK (7275) or

Stop by the CAM between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for hands-on activities and artmaking inspired by current exhibitions.

displays, including free-flying monarchs in the Seasongood Nature Center’s atrium. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; July 4 – Sept. 30, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. through Labor Day weekend, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in September; 513-521-PARK or

Children ages 6 months – Kindergarten can have fun while moms get a little me-time. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; every Tue, Wed and Thu, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.;


Ages 2 – 4 are invited to read a picture book with Miss Kelli and create an art project. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 a.m.; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or


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Some fish love the night. Find out for yourself when the sun goes down! Voice of America Park, 7850 VOA Park Dr., West Chester; sunset – 1 a.m. the first Friday of each month through September; a motor vehicle permit ($10 annual, $5 daily) and a MetroParks’ fishing permit is required; 513-755-44002 or metroparksofbutlercounty. org.



Play and explore in the cooler temperatures of the nature center’s stream and meet with a naturalist who will have collecting equipment and ID sheets at the ready. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; Sat from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in August; $5 adults, $1 ages 3 – 12; 513-831-1711 or


Join other moms as they walk or run with strollers to get back in shape and exercise with friends. Group meets at a variety of community parks on Monday mornings; 513-591-2332 or


Bring the whole gang for free movies on Fountain Square – snacks and beverages available for purchase. The first movie is a family-friendly film, followed by a second feature appropriate for older kids and grownups. Fountain Square, downtown; 7 p.m. Saturdays, through Aug. 28;


Parents and grandparents with children ages birth – 5 are invited to experience activities like guest speakers, crafts, games, stories and snacks. Trinity Community Church, 3850 E. Galbraith Road, 1 – 2:30 p.m., first and third Tuesday; 513-791-7631 or


Enjoy a day out with and for the kids, including lunch! Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; 9 – 11:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (lunch bunch) and 12:30 – 3 p.m. on Tuesdays and 9 – 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday; $10 for one child, $15 for families, $5 additional for lunch bunch; 513-7913142 or


Join this multi-sensory story time that features stories, singing and crafts. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 114, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, 28, 31; 513-591-2332 or

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