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keeping kids reading with technology

The latest e-readers may be just the thing to motivate children to read.

21 the Arts Find the right dance program for your child and locate a variety of local arts offerings in the area, beginning on page 25.

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cincinnati news The new Marge & Charles Schott Nature PlayScape, Artie Knapp’s book and giveaways.

Catch a movie in the park with family and friends and find lots more fun events this month.

kids’ health Deliverable produce, late talkers and report cards for kids’ weight.

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NEWS

NEW HAPPENINGS IN THE ARTS! Meet the makers behind local arts’ programs to find out what’s new!

Maestro Rusell has plenty of music educational opportunities in store for children and families this season.

cincinnati ballet presents a new nutcracker

meet john morris russell, cincinnati pops conductor

children’s theatre world premiere and more

long-time seasonal favorite is getting a new look! Frisch’s Presents The Nutcracker will feature 15 new sets (including a growing wardrobe and trick kitchen tables), 200 new costumes plus new choreography from Artistic Director and CEO Victoria Morgan, who has danced in numerous versions of the traditional ballet. The new Nutcracker will feature more local children than ever before, dancing as partygoers, gymnasts, baby mice, snowflakes, chicks and more. The Nutcracker takes the stage at the Aronoff Center for the Arts this December 15 - 24. Visit cballet.org for subscription and season details.

ohn Morris Russell is no stranger to the Cincinnati music scene, having served as the Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Now, after leading the Windsor Symphony Orchestra for the past decade, he returns to Cincinnati to oversee the PNC Pops series concerts at Music Hall and Riverbend Music Center. As a leader in music education programming, Russell will also oversee the symphony’s Lollipop Family Concerts. “I’m really looking forward to being back here and supercharging these family concerts,” he says. Get a complete schedule at cincinnatisymphony.org and visit cincinnatifamilymagazine.com or nkyfamily. com for our full interview with “JMR.”

he Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s new 2011 - 2012 season includes classic beloved favorites and a newbie. The season kicks off with The Wizard of Oz (Oct. 14 - 16 and 22), followed by Holiday Follies (Dec. 2 - 4 and 10), featuring a special tribute to Cincinnati. Heading into 2012, families can enjoy Disney’s My Son Pinocchio Jr. (Feb. 10 - 12 and 18), and the world premiere of Rapunzel! Rapunzel! A Very Hairy Fairy Tale (March 23 - 25 and 31), from the writing team that created last season’s How I Became a Pirate. Says new Artistic Director Angela Powell Walker, “Our upcoming season will be exciting, uplifting and tons of fun for the whole family!” Subscriptions are on sale at 513-569-8080, ext. 13 or thechildrenstheatre.com.

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BACK TO SCHOOL Rid youngsters of jitters and be ready for alarm-clock mornings!

Banish Back-to-School Jitters By Malia Jacobson

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ew teachers, new friends, new routines: the first day of school is loaded with fresh experiences and chock-full of excitement. It can also be filled with anxiety, particularly for young children or those transitioning to a new school. Kids who feel uneasy about school starting may be reluctant to attend, or they might display their anxiety by acting out. Fortunately, parents can help ease first-day-of-school jitters and pave the way for school-year-success with some advance preparation.

Schedule Sync Kids will have an easier time adjusting to the new school year if their inner rhythms are in sync. Help ensure that they’ll be awake and alert for their morning classes by transitioning to a school-year sleep routine before the first day. To help them make a smooth transition, establish a school-year bedtime and wake-up time at least a week before school begins.

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BACK TO SCHOOL Visiting their new classroom in advance can help quell these worries before they get out of hand. Even better: contact the school to see if they can meet their new teacher before the first day. During your school visit, give them a mini tour. Show them where they’ll be sitting for class and where they’ll eat lunch. Make sure they know where they’ll get on the bus or where you’ll pick them up each afternoon.

Facilitate Friendships According to child and family psychologist Laura Grashow, Psy.D., having friends and being accepted by peers is a very important part of the school experience. “Depending upon the age of the child, parents can take an active role in facilitating friendships at school,” she says. Help prepare kids for school-year socializing by arranging a couple of playdates with classmates prior to the start of class, and reminding them that they’ll be seeing their familiar school friends again soon.

Share Back-to-School Prep Shouldering some responsibility for back-to-school preparations helps kids feel more empowered and excited about the big day. Arrange a fun back-toschool shopping trip, and allow them to pick out their own backpacks, shoes, and school supplies. Have kids help you with back-to-school chores; let them check items off their back-to-school supply list, sort school paperwork, and plan lunch menus.

Practice Makes Perfect Save your breath; talking too much about the first day of school contributes to pressure and first-day jitters. It’s far more important to actually practice these strategies than it is to talk about them, says Edward Christophersen, Ph.D., clinical child psychologist at Children’s Mercy Hospitals in Missouri. “Practicing new routines teaches them to children. Discussing them just makes children anxious,” he notes.

Don’t Overshare If you’re nervous about the first day of school, kids will almost certainly be nervous too. Kids can easily pick up on parental anxiety, so if you feel anxious about your kids starting school, try to hide your negative feelings. Instead of worrying about the beginning of school, concentrate on enjoying what’s left of summer with your kids. Take the focus off school start-

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ing by planning a late-summer camping adventure, beach trip, or barbeque.

Model Self-Discipline Parents can help kids develop a positive attitude about attending school by modeling a productive, satisfied relationship with their own work and responsibilities, says Grashow. When kids see that a daily routine can be a source of fulfillment and fun, they’ll feel good about attending school. And you can feel good about starting the school year off right. J Malia Jacobson is a freelance writer and mom of two.

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elling your children what to do verbally may work in the moment, but you also may produce kids who need prompting. Here’s a step-by-step approach to literally making a reusable checklist to suit any activity that’s slowing your family down. You CAN get the kids to school on time!

Brainstorm First Break your problem down into parts by identifying what’s holding things up. Phrases you have to repeat to the children over and over such as, “Don’t forget your back pack.”, “Lunch box?”, “Clean socks?”, and “please put on your jacket.”

Adjust by Child The number of tasks should be adjusted depending on the age of your child. One task per year of age is a good estimate. Some kids can handle more, but if your list is too long, try combining or simplifying steps.

Order Your List The order might not be important, but look through your list for a natural sequential order. I made sure “put on your jacket” was before “put on your backpack” to avoid frustration.

Take Photos Next, I took one photo of each child actually doing each activity on the list. Photos are essential for

children that cannot yet read. It’s also more effective for a child to see themselves doing the activity, rather than another child.

Connect Pictures To Tasks On Paper This step can be accomplished in a variety of ways. Let your creativity shine and do what works best for you. I imported pictures from my digital camera to my home computer and then organized them using a word processing program in a formatted table. Visual learners retain more with color so opt for color whenever possible. Put the child’s name at the top in large letters. A small box next to each task allows my sons the satisfaction of checking off the task with a marker when complete.

Laminate for Reuse Home laminating is easy and usually requires no special tools. Inexpensive kits can be purchased at craft stores or national chain department stores. One alternative is to press a piece of clear shelf paper on the front and the back, but be sure to leave a ¼” border of laminate material around all edges. Air bubbles? You’ll get better with practice and the kids won’t mind.

Hang in a Strategic Location Since my checklist was meant for departures, I hung them above their coat hooks. But a bed time list could be hung in the bathroom or near the pajama drawer.

Do a Practice Run We practiced completing each task, and then checking the boxes next to each task with a dry erase marker. The first time through took some guidance, but each subsequent use took less and less time and support. A paper towel wipes the list clean for reuse. Now I only need to say, “It’s time to get ready for school”, and within minutes I usually hear, “Mom, look at me, I’m ready to go. I did it all by myself!” My boys feel more independent and proud of their accomplishment and I don’t have to feel like a hover mother. The next time you feel like a nag, try eliminating yourself as the middleman with a reusable checklist. J Lorraine Wilde is a freelance jour nalist and environmental scientist. She’s published articles in Ithaca Child, Entertainment News NW, and the parenting w eb site Neighborhood-Kids.com, and blogs regularly at My Wilde World (lorrainewilde.com) and Easy to Love But (easytolovebut.com).

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HOW TECHNOLOGY can keep kids reading BY EILEEN WACKER

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eveloping a love of reading in our four children is of paramount importance to us and is critical to most parents. But “how to” is very elusive. Why doesn’t my second child love to read when it seems everyone else’s children are avid and engaged readers? When my son was 2, he would grab his favorite book (We’re Going on a Bear Hunt) and jump on my lap. We read it in silly voices and never skipped a word or missed a page. It was memorized and cherished, and I felt happy at the prospect of having a good reader on my hands. But when he went to kindergarten and was asked to read every night he started to protest! And, when he went to second grade and was asked to keep a reading journal, he became a “short-cut taker.” We needed a strategy! How could we get our son back to being hooked on reading?

Growing Engaged Readers As children grow, there is a critical step that occurs. The step is when the child switches from “learning to read” to “reading to learn.” This is why, as parents, we strive to create a love of reading and a core competence in reading in our kids. When children are “learning to read” it can be a wonderful journey with their excited teachers and parents. When they begin to have science and other subjects (starting around second grade), kids have to use their reading skills to understand directions, read materials and complete work. So how can we grow engaged readers who can later become great learners? My husband and I had an idea. Our kids are addicted to electronic devices and have been since they could ask for a DS. Every gift list now includes a request for a Kindle, an iPad, an iTouch or an iPhone. We say no to many of these gift requests as electronic

devices are expensive. And, we worry that when our kids are on their electronics, they do not glance at the scenery from a car window, engage in table conversation or even utter complete sentences. But what if instead of being the “electronics police,” we could use them toward scholastic achievement, most specifically reading? We began to research and found the digital revolution offers even more than we hoped to get our kids hooked back on reading. All children excel and struggle in different areas. They learn differently and they may need to read differently to increase their satisfaction and confidence. Children usually like what they are good at and do not like what they struggle with. Today’s children feel very comfortable with technology, especially their hand-held electronics. And, the biggest trend in building reading skills and reading comprehension in the best schools is using a multimedia approach. At more and more schools, using the computer and increasingly electronic tablets in addition to traditional books is a core piece of the reading curriculum.

Using Multimedia at Home So how can we use this multimedia reading approach at home? We still sit on the bed and read an “ink” copy of a book with our child or let them read it independently. But now the tablet market is coming to life and kids are going to soak up reading on their brand new devices. We’re betting big on ibooks coming to the iPad just as my kids have music on their iPods. Children’s books with illustrations are making their way quickly onto these emerging platforms. These are populations that are still “learning to read.” We are embracing the content on new technologies as well. We look for children’s series with multiple books and multimedia choices. For example, we are exploring animated books for one of our children who loves cartoons, so he can watch the stories unfold and follow the words as he goes along. The

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dynamic nature of animated books motivates him to read more and content can be downloaded immediately. The NOW factor is huge — if our child wants to continue reading or find the next book in the series, we can capitalize on it, buy it and tell him he has it ready for tomorrow.

Motivating Non-Readers A very good friend of mine recently told me, “I just got this Kindle and I am not sharing it. It will get ruined by smudgy hands.” I responded, “But you just said you are concerned with your daughter’s poor grades on her book reports — what if letting her read on your Kindle would motivate her?” She let her daughter use the Kindle for her next book report and her grade rose dramatically. As all our children are asking for the various devices available today, we need to take the opportunity to insist the device is used for reading as well. Insert the content that you know they need. As parents, we have to look at reading as two things — a gift and a tool. My oldest loves to read on her Kindle, a beloved Christmas gift. These tablets are the reading devices of the present and future. Adult books have been moved and consumed on modern technology at an alarming speed, and young adult content is following rapidly. These populations are reading for enjoyment and some read to learn as well. As the devices are able to handle color and illustrations, this market will explode with demand for children. Ink books will always have a place in our hearts as the classic way to read and bond with our kids. But in 2011, we must also embrace technology and use multimedia approaches to keep our kids hooked on reading.  Eileen Wacker, a Harvard Business School graduate, is the author of the new children’s book, Silent Samurai and the Magnificent Rescue, the third installment of the Mom’s Choice Award-winning Fujimini Adventure Series. For more information on the series, please visit oncekids.com.

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So you think she can dance? “To watch us dance is to hear our hearts speak”

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dren, it is also the beginning of independent expression. So it’s time for dance classes! But where do you start, how do you afford it and what’s the right program for your child? Read on to discover answers to these basic questions.

locate the person who your child gravitates toward, so don’t just sign up your child for a class based on “where everyone goes.” You know your child best and need to look out for what will benefit him most.

Recreational vs. Competitive Recreational dance programs are all about fun. Children in a rec dance program will typically do one or two classes a week, in jazz, low-cost and a season of lessons will culminate in a recital where

“Most parents are looking for a kid-friendly environment and nurturing teachers,” says Patsy Rabinowitz, owner of West Chester Academy of Music and Dance. But Rabinowitz says when selecting a program, parents should also consider what fits into their family’s schedule and suggests that they find a school that can address their needs. Getting started, it’s an excellent idea to observe a variety of programs (and that will be fascinating to do, too). Some dance centers, like West Chester Academy, offer sample classes for children. Observe a class or two, preferably with different teachers so you can meet the staff, and find out which one will interact best with your child and what level of discipline is expected of your child. If you like what you see in class, hang around to ask about the teacher’s teaching philosophy. This will open the teacher up to you (or it should) and you’ll be able to see if the teacher’s personality will be right for your child. Keep in mind that the younger a child is, the less expectation there should be in a class; a 5-year-old should not be expected to remember a long dance sequence complicated by techniques. Your child’s first dance teacher should focus initially on fun but also have a dance background you can admire. A good dance teacher will have your child loving to go to class while offering quality instruction. The more fun a youngster has in the beginning, the more eager he will be to stick with it. After that, each year of dance that follows will find him gaining confidence, skills and ability. Just remember in the

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parents will foot the bill for a costume or two (depending on how many dances your child performs in). If you’re on a tight budget or if your child is pre-school age, take a look at recreational programs or even ones offered through your local community center. For kids who become serious about dance, everything’s about competition now. “Competitive programs means going out to competitions several times a year, so it’s a bigger commitment of time and money,” says Rabinowitz, and it’s also competitive in class. Children in a competitive programs will likely do a minimum of five classes a week, with extra practices before competitions, and competition weekends. Besides being more expensive and advanced because of the extra classes, competitive programs involve extra costs for travel, competition entry fees, costumes and other needs. Some schools and studios place more emphasis on their competitive programs than others. If you want your child in a program like this, increase your homework. Get a feel for what your child wants and needs, and then interview the people running the dance programs at a number of studios or schools. The bottom line is, there are many good reasons to enroll your child in a dance program, and many different programs available, as well as many different places to do them. Every child is different. Assess your child’s needs, and talk to the people offering dance programs, and visit their facilities, where possible. J Dori Richards is a freelance writer and mom.

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1. What you can do to get your child started in dance Offer your child early exposure to the fun of dance and movement through many activities: • Encourage your child to experience movement by asking questions like, “How many ways can you balance yourself besides standing?” and, “How many different ways can you move your head (arms, leg, upper body)?” • Provide a place and times for your child to explore and invent movement. • Have your child tell a story by acting it out with body movements. Or, ask him to move with different types of walks (downhill, on parade, stiff, up stairs) or to pretend to use different kinds of vehicles (bicycle, skateboard, car, horse, etc.).

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• Encourage him to relate movement to rhythm. This can be as simple as getting a child to clap, rock or hop to music or a rhythmic beat. Your child may also enjoy moving or dancing to familiar songs and nursery rhymes. The goal is to get the child to experience movement as it relates to music or rhythm.

Learn about the teacher and class

• Allow him to experiment with basic movements. Walking, running, jumping, skipping and such are basic locomotor movements. Bending, stretching, twisting and swinging are non-locomotor movements. By varying the size, level and direction of these basics, children discover a large number of movements which can be combined to form basic dance steps.

Be informed as you begin the search for the right program: • Can I observe the class before enrolling my child? • Does the teacher seem aware of the physical, emotional and social development and needs of the students? • Does the teacher seem enthusiastic about the work? • Is the teacher supportive of each student’s abilities, potential and goals? • Does the teacher use imaginative, varied and interesting approaches to the material being taught? • Is the teacher well trained and qualified? • Does the teacher seem well prepared and able to effectively communicate his or her knowledge? • Is the teacher familiar with human anatomy and the proper use of the body? • In the same spirit, ask these questions about the classes: • Are the students grouped according to age, physical abilities and social development? • Are class and time allotments appropriate for the age group? • Does the teacher give time for movement exploration? • Does the class provide satisfaction and enjoyment? • Is required attire appropriate and comfortable? Source: National Endowment for the Arts

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1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati 513-287-7000 • cincymuseum.org All three museums at Cincinnati Museum Center offer enrichment pro gramming throughout each month. The Museum of Natural Histor y and Science offers Music in Motion for children ages 5 and younger. The Cincinnati History Museum offers Once Upon a Stor y for preschoolers . And Duke Energy Children’s Museum has an intense focus on ear ly childhood edu cation, including daily pro gramming and the Sprouts Institute w orkshops.

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Fitton Center for Creative Arts

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

We encourage you to e xperience the ar tistic, musical, educational and social opportunities designed with you in mind. Discover something new or cultivate your creativity in our ar ts 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.

Gallop Again Horse and Pony Lessons

11546 New Biddinger, Harrison 513-312-5419 Email: prez74@hotmail.com Join us for a w eek of camp! Ha ve fun, do crafts , ride horses daily and enjoy a mini sho w on the last da y. One-da y camps on Jul. 21 and Aug. 28. Week-long camp Aug. 8 - 12, Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. $200 for a w eek, sibling discount. Email for full calendar of events .

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The Gardner School

9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati 513-985-9444 • thegardnerschool.com 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 Smar t Kids computer program, dance, gymnastics, foreign languages and music and drama.

Grand River Academy

3042 College St., Austinburg 440-275-2811 • grandriver.org Grand River Academy is dedicated to w orking 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.

Kinder Garden School

10969 Reed Hartman Hwy. Blue Ash 513-791-4300 • kindergardenschool.com

–and– 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C, West Chester 513-874-3100 • kindergardenschool.com Ages 6 wks. - 6 yrs. Together with interaction of child,staff and family,we develop the complete child. We provide formative encouragement and knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal interest in family and holistic education decisions for the child. 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 Miami Township Civic Ctr.: 6101 Meijer Drive, Milford Grace Church: South Lebanon Road, Loveland 513-231-3973 • kindermusikbycs.kindermusik.net For families with children from bir th - 6 yrs . Sing, dance and pla y instruments with your child as the y 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.

King of Kings Lutheran Early Childhood Education Ministries

3421 Socialville-Foster Road, Mason 398-6089 • koklcms.org King of Kings Lutheran Ear ly Childhood Ministries offers Christian pro grams for ages 2 - 5 yrs . including an all-da y Kindergarten program Mon. Thu. The student/teacher ratio ranges from 5: 1 - 9: 1. Our curricu lum is based on the State Standards . Limited financial aid is available. Our Open House will be Jan. 30, 2012. Call for fur ther information.

The Little Gym

7318 Yankee Road, Liberty Twp.: 513-777-1110 8201 Arbor Square Drive, Mason: 513-204-1400 thelittlegym.com Teaching movement skills in a non-competitive environment to help build young children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual skills. Programs are designed for ages 4 mos. - 12 yrs. and incorporate music with movement and learning.

The Mad Potter Madeira

7754 Camargo Road, Madeira 561-1888 • madpottercincinnati.com 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. continued on page 26 ...

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Montessori Academy of Cincinnati

8293 Duke Blvd., Mason 513-398-7773 • montacademy.org 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 pro vide a nur turing approach to a ver y diversified student body in outstanding facilities.

Montessori Center Room

2505 Riverside Dr., Cincinnati 513-321-3282 • montessoricenterroom.com 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 a vailable. Musikgarten offered weekly. Open House on Nov. 6 from 1 - 3 p.m.

The Mount Washington Educational Arts Center

2127 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati 513-827-9144 • mweduarts.com Enjoy creative fun-filled classes that challenge and inspire kids from ages 2.5 - 14. Cooking, science, architecture, pottery, drawing, wizardry and computer gaming are a few of the themes that will be mix ed with gym, dance, crafts, games and other fun and creative activities. Before- and after-care options are available.

The Music Factory

513-545-7125 • themusicfactoryonline.com Offering educational group music classes for children ages 9 mos. - 5 yrs . onsite at your preschool, day care or summer camp.

The New School Montessori

3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati 513-281-7999 • thenewschool.cc Founded on Montessori principles in 1970, our w ooded playgrounds, home-cooked meals and family-lik e setting in Nor th Avondale’s Mitchell Mansion provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for learning. We value diversity and create a caring and suppor tive community. Our graduates e xcel academically, but more impor tantly, are empo wered as citizens of our global community. 3 yrs. - grade 6 (Accredited by AMS and ISACS). Open House No v. 13 and Jan. 29, 2 - 4 p.m.

Ohio Connections Academy

800-382-6019 • connectionsacademy.com A free, accredited, public education at-home pro gram for grades K - 12, offering support from state-certified teachers and the latest technology tools.

Ohio Virtual Academy/K12

866-339-9071 • k12.com/ohva 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 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 greatschools.net. Accredited by CITA and NCA CASI.

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

513-860-3540 • pianolessonsinyourhome.com Offering piano, guitar and voice lessons for all ages in your own home with e xperienced instructors in the Cincin nati area and in Northern Kentucky. Also offers free recitals, a flexible make-up policy, an e xtensive music librar y and flexible scheduling.

Progressions Dance Studio

9900 Old Union Road, Union, KY 859-663-8456 • progressionsdancestudio.com Ages 3 through adult will enjo y Ballet, Tap, Jazz , Hip Hop, Lyrical Contemporary and more with flexible schedules and Competition Teams.

Rock Quest Climbing Center

3475 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-733-0123 • rockquest.com Climbing is a great activity for kids of all ages . While kids are busy getting to the top of the wall, their minds are busy w orking other skills: problem solving, critical thinking, endurance, self confidence and trust. Summer Adventures Camp for ages 7 - 13, Jul. 11 - 15 and 19 - 22. Jr. Counselor Program ages 14 - 16, 4 weeks available.

St. Ursula Villa

3660 Vineyard Place, Cincinnati 513-871-7218 • stursulavilla.org Serving ages 3 yrs . - grade 8, St. Ursula Villa provides academic e xcellence in the Ursuline tradition. Emphasis is on the individual, fam-

ily atmosphere, whole-child development, outstanding high school prepa ration, and championship athletics . Student:teacher ratio of 10:1, and a school enrollment of 495. Informational Coffees No v. 2, 7 and 10.

Star Glazers

513-474-6364 • starglazers.com Star Glazers tur ns the space of your choosing into a paintyour-own-pottery studio, bringing pieces to match your theme, all materials , with pieces retur ned within tw o weeks.

The TEA House Martial Arts and Learning Center

8182 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati 513-367-9673 • theteahousemartialarts.com With over 30 years experience, our instructors teach Samurai Swordsmanship, Hwa Rang Do Karate , Tai Chi, Burmese Bando and Aikido. After-school programs include anti-bully/kids a wareness, yoga, public speaking, first aid/CPR/AED and nature/wilderness studies.

Tekulve Acceleration Training

8182 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati 513-474-4525 • accelerationtraining.com By concentrating on the fundamentals of athletic mo vement, running, jumping and agility mechanics , we are able to help an y individual improve speed, balance, coordination, strength and quick ness to become more self-confident while playing a spor t.

Tippi Toes

Multiple locations in the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area 513-578-1280 • tippitoesdance.com Our award winning dance classes will be sure to get your children mo ving and dancing more than ever before .

Yoseikan Anderson Karate School

7762 Beechmont Ave., Ste. A, Cincinnati 513-232-1035 • yoseikananderson.com Family martial arts for fun, fitness and self defense. “Chito-Ryu” Karate is a traditional form focusing on self defense , self discipline , self a wareness and self control, while helping to impro ve flexibility, strength and balance. Students will lear n the physical, psychological and philosophical aspects of Chito-Ryu Karate. Come and explore a well rounded martial art.

Do the words “math homework” strike fear in your child…or you? What if we told you that we can change that fear into better grades and higher self-confidence, and eliminate the frustration, tears, and fights over math homework? Imagine how much better homework time would be. Discover how a better understanding of math can change your child’s attitude. Before you know it, your child could be crazy about math.

Your neighborhood center is at The Crossings of Blue Ash, 9525 Kenwood Rd. Call or visit to learn how convenient and affordable your child’s soaring self-confidence can be!

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ALL ABOARD with CLIFFORD August 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 & 28

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oin everyone’s favorite big red dog for a train ride that includes a visit with Clifford, story readings and a craft. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127

S. Mechanic, Lebanon; 11 a.m., 1:15 and 3:30 p.m.; $18.50 adults, $15.50 seniors and ages 5 - 16, $8.50 ages 2 - 4, free ages 1 and younger. Call 513-933-8022 or visit lebanonrr.com.

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FREE WILD WEDNESDAY

Learn about beekeeping during the Civil War era with Kayla and Granville Griffith and catch an early program from RiverWorks Discovery in this program from the Kenton County Parks and Recreation Department. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 9:30 a.m.; free admission but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or kentoncounty.org.

SPOTLIGHT: RIVER CRITTERS Thursday, Aug. 4

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xplore the underwater world of the East Fork River and learn what it means for a waterway to be healthy. Wear closetoed shoes for the FREE event and prepare to get wet! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Sycamore Park, 4082 State Route 132, Batavia; 6:30 p.m. Call 513-876-9013 or visit parks.clermontcountyohio.gov.

1 monday RHEA LANA CONSIGNMENT SALE

Shop for your kids’ needs or sell items as a consignor in this children’s consignment event. Cincinnati Mall, 674 Cincinnati Mills Drive; today and Aug. 2; cortney@ rhealana.com or 513-502-5533 or rhealana.com.

WINTON WOODS WILDLIFE

Learn about the many different animals that call the woods home through games, activities and a visit with a live animal guest. Harbor, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

2 tuesday ART IN NATURE WEEK

Explore your artistic side using various media and make some nature crafts to take home. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. today - Aug. 7, 6 - 8 p.m. Aug. 3; a small fee will be charged for certain crafts plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

PASSPORT TO FISHING (AR)

Enjoy fishing with kids ages 6 - 16 while sharing an important discussion about the dangers of drugs with West Chester’s Crime Prevention Officer. Fishing poles and lunch provided. Ronald Reagan Lodge, Voice of America Park, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 8:15 a.m.; a motor vehicle permit ($5 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-759-7312 or lgroff@ westchesteroh.org.

RHEA LANA CONSIGNMENT SALE

Please see Aug. 1 for details.

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3 wednesday BARNYARD BONANZA: PARKY’S POULTRY (AR)

What do chickens eat and what do we use turkey feathers for? Find out as you care for Parky’s poultry. Parky’s Farm, Winton Woods, 10073 Daly Road; 9 a.m.; $1 per person plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

CATERPILLAR CRAWL

Take a closer look at who is hiding under the leaves in the butterfly garden. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FRIDAY NIGHT FLOAT (AR)

Last day to register. Enjoy a canoe outing in the cool of summer’s evening — get pointers on canoeing, learn the natural history of the lake, and end the evening with some light refreshments. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 8 p.m. on Aug. 5; $10 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

HERPETOLOGY PROGRAM

Enjoy some light refreshments and learn about the world of herps. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7 - 9 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 children, free ages 3 and younger; 513-831-1711 or cincnynature.org.

LITTLE TYKE HIKE

Bring a lunch and your little one ages 3 - 6 to walk past the newly restored wetland and the tallgrass prairie in search of butterflies. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

4 thursday BARNYARD BONANZA: WANDER BY THE WETLAND (AR)

Discover the importance of wetlands during a walk along the marsh where you can try your hand at netting some critters. Parky’s Farm, Winton Woods, 10073 Daly Road; 3 p.m.; $1 per person plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE BLUE MANATEE STORY TIME

Enjoy a free story time today with the folks from blue manatee children’s bookstore, along with songs and fun. Lululemon, 3437 Michigan Ave.; 11 - 11:30 a.m.; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE RIVER CRITTERS

Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.

5 friday BARNYARD BONANZA: MAKE A BARNYARD FRIEND (AR)

Get up close and personal with the animal of the week — donkeys — and find out how they help people. Parky’s Farm, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 9 a.m.; $1 per person plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

BEAVER BASH

Explore the unique world of our local beavers during a hike that will search for their lodge. Wear long pants and bring your binoculars. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

CONCERT BY THE LAKE

Enjoy a concert from Twig, who will treat audiences to a combination of classic British invasion rock with hints of modern alternative country. Voice of America Park, 7805 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 7 p.m.; a motor vehicle permit ($5 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or metroparksofbutlercounty.org.

FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

Bring your chair, blankets and snacks for a free screening of a family-friendly movie. Creekside Stage, Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; dusk today, Aug. 12, 19 and 26; 859-334-2283 or boonecountyky.org.

FRIDAY NIGHT FLOAT (AR)

Please see Aug. 3 for details.

HEALTH NUTS

Bring the entire family to learn how to eat like a bird with hands-on activities and games. Cummins Shelter, Rentschler Forest Preserve, 5701 Reigart Road, Fairfield; 10 a.m.; a motor vehicle permit ($5 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or metroparksofbutlercounty.org.

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LATE NIGHT FISHING

Catch some fish after dark! Voice of America Park, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; dusk to 1 a.m.; a motor vehicle permit ($5 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-755-4402 or metroparksofbutlercounty.org.

FREE MADCAP PUPPETS

Madcap Puppets presents Tales of Flight With the Brothers Wright today. Amphitheatre, Independence Memorial Park, 2001 Jackwoods Pkwy., Independence; 7 p.m.; 859-356-5302 or madcappuppets.com.

LADY DISTANCE CLASSIC

Lace up your sneakers for this women’s only run/ walk benefitting Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Cervical Cancer Prevention Project. Family activities include a stroller 5K, a girls’ power challenge, a kids’ fun run and a one-mile run, along with a family festival, games, snacks, pony rides, face painting and more. Corner of Plainfield and Cooper Roads, Blue Ash; 7 a.m.; registration fees vary; 513-793-8383 or ladydistanceclassic.com.

MUSIC FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY

MANA-TEA TIME (AR)

The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra presents the jazz of Bolling, Brubeck and Guaraldi this evening. Devou Park, Covington; 7:30 p.m.; free admission but a $5 donation is appreciated; 859-431-6216 or kyso.org.

ONE HOUR TRAIN RIDE

Hike the trail in search of zebra swallowtail and pawpaw trees and fruits, and learn about the connection between this butterfly and tree. Miami Fort Trail, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road; 9 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

Ages 2 - 6 are invited for tasty treats from the decafe menu. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; $4 per child; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com. Take a train ride through Warren County and listen to conductors describe history and railroad operations. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic, Lebanon; 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. today, Aug. 11, 19 and 25; $13 adults, $8 seniors and ages 5 - 16, $5 ages 2 4, free ages 1 and younger; 513-933-8022 or lebanonrr. com.

FREE OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT

Bring the whole family, along with some blankets and lawn chairs, for a free screening of Tangled. Refreshments will be available for purchase from the Montgomery Recreation Department. Weller Park, 10021 Weller Road, Montgomery; dusk; 513-891-2424 or montgomeryohio.org.

FREE SUMMER CONCERT

Enjoy a performance from Big Rock Club this evening. Amphitheatre, Tower Park, 950 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas; 7 p.m.; 859-781-1700 or ftthomas.org.

VISITOR APPRECIATION DAYS

The Cincinnati Zoo wants to thank its visitors and supporters by offering half off admission. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; today - Aug. 7; $7 adults, $5 children, free ages younger than 2; 513-2814700 or cincinnatizoo.org.

6 saturday FREE CICADA KILLERS (AR)

The cicada killer wasps appear in the field this time each year, but don’t be afraid. They’re only interested in food, mates and digging holes for their nests. Learn about their life and habits in this one-hour session. LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane; 10 - 11 a.m.; 513-542-2909 or cincinnatiparks.com.

DOG DAYS OF SUMMER (AR)

It’s camp for your dogs! Special guest speakers will share info and techniques on caring for your dog, including representatives from The Nutro Company, Active Paw’s, and Pet WOW Home Veterinary Care, followed by a 30 - 45 minute hike. All dogs in attendance must be on a leash and have current vaccinations. One dog per person; camp size is limited. Ault Park, 3600 Observatory Ave.; 10 - 11:30 a.m. today, Aug. 13, 20 and 27; $25 for all four sessions; 513-321-6070 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE GERMAN STORY TIME

Learn simple German vocabulary through stories and songs. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

PAWPAWS AND ZEBRAS

SUMMER TREATS (AR)

Ages 5 and older can learn to make some homemade fruit sorbet and other summer treats to beat the heat. Young Chefs Academy, 6649 Western Row Road, Mason; 5 - 6:30 p.m. today and 6 - 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12; $45; 513-549-CHEF (2433) or youngchefsacademy. com/cincinnati.

FREE TODDLER TANTRUM SURVIVAL GUIDE (AR)

Find out why toddlers have tantrums, what can trigger them, and how to cope when they happen in a one-hour workshop that teaches you to avoid conflict without crushing your child’s spirit. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

CHARITY RUMMAGE AND BAKE SALE

Check out an assortment of clothes, toys, books, furniture, electronics and more, along with plenty of baked goods, snacks and grill items, all to benefit TriCounty Police Wives, a non-profit that provides support for families of local Law Enforcement Officers injured or fallen in the line of duty.  Mason Municipal Center, 6000 Mason-Montgomery Road; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; tricountypolicewives.org.

7 sunday BRIGHT IDEAS: FIBER FUN

Learn about the history of T-shirt graphic design and create your own to take home. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 3:30 p.m.; $5 members, $7 plus admission nonmembers (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-2877000 or cincymuseum.org.

BUTTERFLY FASHIONS

Learn the basics of butterflies and then watch them show off their colors as they float along the “cat walk.” Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

DAVID ROGERS’ BIG BUGS: CONCERT WITH ZAK MORGAN

Grammy-nominated Zak Morgan delights all ages with an interactive performance in the Big Bugs exhibit. Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 6 - 8 p.m.; $7 adults, $5 ages 2 - 12, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE SUMMER SANITEE CHAPTER BOOK CHALLENGE

Ages 6 - 10 can join this chapter book challenge — read a book and then see how well you can answer the trivia questions. This month’s book is Bunnicula by James Howe. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 - 3 p.m. today and Aug. 14; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

WILD WORLD OF WATER

Water has amazing properties that make life on Earth possible — learn about those properties then take a short hike to Sharon Creek to explore aquatic life. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

8 monday BOONE COUNTY FAIR

Enjoy the Fairgrounds while you check out horse shows, pageants, rides, games, art and photography exhibits, special events and hobby shows. Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington; today - Aug. 13; $8 ages 3 and older; 859-586-9968 or boonecountyfair.org.

HAPPIEST BABY ON THE BLOCK (AR)

Learn how to calm your fussy newborn in a few simple steps, and help him sleep better at nights. Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road; 6:45 p.m.; $50 (includes Parent Kit with DVD); 513-475-4500 or trihealth.com.

SUPER SPROUTS: MISS MEGHAN’S MUSIC

Based on the Musikgarten curriculum, this program will have ages 2 - 5 dancing, singing and making music with their favorite adults. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10 a.m.; $5 members, $7 plus admission nonmembers (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

9 tuesday FREE HOLISTIC MOMS NETWORK (AR)

Bring a healthy dish and recipes to share for this potluck get-together that’s for the whole family. Weller Park, 16 Vintage Walk; 6 - 8 p.m.; hmn.necincy@gmail.com or hmnnecincinnati.blogspot.com.

LITTLE NATURE NUTS (AR)

Preschoolers and their parents can explore the creepy critters of the outdoors in this hands-on class. Johnson Hills Park, 7950 Bridle Road; 10 a.m.; $5 per resident, $10 non-residents; 513-388-4515 or andersonparks. com.

HALLELUJAH BROADWAY

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DAVID ROGERS’ BIG BUGS: MAGIC OF PHIL DALTON

Witness the wonder of the Big Bugs exhibit and a magic show from Phil Dalton. Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 6 and 7 p.m.; $7 adults, $5 ages 2 - 12, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

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ONE HOUR TRAIN RIDE

elebrate summer’s end with a mud obstacle course — yucky fun! Then, check out the Butler County soil trailer to see what lives below the ground. Cummins Shelter, Rentschler Forest Preserve, 5701 Reigart Road, Fairfield; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; motor vehicle permits ($5 daily, $10 annual) are required to enter the park. Call 513-867-5835 or visit metroparksofbutlercounty.org.

Please see Aug. 5 for details.

FREE PAGE TURNERS (AR)

Stop by with the kids for a laid-back book club discussion. Call for title. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

ROCK & FOSSIL SWAP

Bring your rocks and fossils to this gathering to swap and learn about your treasures with help from the Dry Dredgers, a local association of amateur geologists. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE SUMMER CONCERT

MORE SIGNING, LESS WHINING (AR)

Learn some basic American Sign Language to “talk” to your hearing baby or toddler, even as early as 6 months of age, from a Child Sign Language Specialist. Bethesda North Hospital, 10500 Montgomery Road; 6:45 p.m.; $45 (includes pictorial dictionary and Signing Safari DVD); 513-475-4500 or trihealth.com.

10 wednesday FREE ART IN THE PARK (AR)

Artist and educator Jalah Harris leads ages 6 - 12 and their parents on a nature-inspired art adventure, featuring Kuma Indian Mola salamanders. Cummins Shelter, Rentschler Forest Preserve, 5701 Reigart Road, Fairfield; call for time; a motor vehicle permit ($5 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or metroparksofbutlercounty.org.

BARNYARD BONANZA: A PRETTY MINI (AR)

Learn the importance of grooming and the proper tools to use when caring for a mini-horse. Parky’s Farm, Winton Woods, 10073 Daly Road; 9 a.m.; $1 per person plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

Bring your preschooler for a special story time in the park, followed by crafts and hikes with naturalists Laura and Angie from the Batavia branch library. Sycamore Park, 4082 State Route 132, Batavia; 1:30 p.m.; 513876-9013 or parks.clermontcountyohio.gov.

RAISING RESPONSIBLE KIDS (AR)

This workshop from Beech Acres’ For the Love of Kids program gives parents insightful information on teaching children to tackle challenges at school and when it’s time for you to step in and help. Beech Acres Parenting Center, 6881 Beechmont Ave.; 7 p.m.; $15; 513-2316630 or beechacres.org.

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SUMMER SHAZAAM

Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy a free concert from David Kisor of Growing Sound. Make it a picnic in the park and stick around for Grilled Cheese Wednesday, where kids can get a grilled cheese lunch (or a hot dog) for $1 - $2. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road; concert 10 a.m., lunch 11 a.m. today and Aug. 31; 513388-4513 or andersonparks.com.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAYS

Raptor, Inc. demonstrates the top predators of the food chain today, preceded by a program from the Kenton County Public Library. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 9:30 a.m.; free admission but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or kentoncounty.org.

11 thursday FREE (ALMOST) EVERY OTHER THURSDAY SCIENCE

Crystal Clear Science takes you through a whirlwind of topics as you take a look at the science of spinning objects and spraying and learn how to make your own spinning sprinkler and water gun. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington; 9:45 a.m.; free admission but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or kentoncounty.org.

BABY/TODDLER MUSIC WITH MISS MEGHAN (AR)

Green Hills Big Dance bring some movin’ and groovin’ tunes to the Amphitheatre. Tower Park, 950 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas; 7 p.m. today and Aug. 25; 859-781-1700 or ftthomas.org.

FREE SUMMER STROLL

Join the naturalist for a leisurely walk through Clermont County’s newest park to take in the sights and sounds of summer. Shor Park, 4659 Tealtown Road, Batavia; 6:30 p.m.; 513-876-9013 or parks.clermontcountyohio.gov.

12 friday BARNYARD BONANZA: MAKE A BARNYARD FRIEND (AR)

Celebrate the year of the rabbit by joining some rabbit games, meeting some live examples, and learning how to care for them. Parky’s Farm, Winton Woods, 10073 Daly Road; 9 a.m.; $1 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

Please see Aug. 5 for details.

FREE MOVIE AT DUSK

Bring the whole gang out for a free screening of Toy Story 3. Amphitheater, Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road; dusk; 513-388-5091 or andersonparks.com.

MUD MANIA

Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.

Little ones 4 and younger and a favorite grown-up can move, sing songs and enjoy some time together. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. today and Aug. 25; $8 per child; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

OAKLEY AFTER HOURS

BARNYARD BONANZA: FISHING FEVER (AR)

Dr. John Hutton tells children all about the ins and outs of the human body. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Learn the basics of fishing and then fish in the catch and release pond. Bait and poles provided. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 3 p.m.; $1 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

Stop by for evening fun during this after-hours treat. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 6 - 9 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE SCIENCE STORY TIME

SUMMER TREATS (AR)

Please see Aug. 6 for details.

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13 saturday APPALACHIAN HERITAGE DAY

Families and friends are invited to a day of bluegrass music, traditional food, and craft demonstrations, including tatting, wood carving, basket making, spinning and needlepoint. Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 1 - 10 p.m.; free admission but a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-321PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE COLLEGE PREP FOR PARENTS (AR)

Meet members of the Dry Dredgers and learn about hunting, finding and identifying fossils of all types. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 children, free ages 3 and younger; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE DRAWING WORKSHOP (AR)

Ages 8 and older are invited to hike under the light of the full moon and enjoy hot dogs, popcorn and lemonade around the fire at Abner Hollow Cabin. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 8, 8:15 or 8:30 p.m.; $5 members, $8 nonmembers; 513831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE ATTACHMENT PARENTING GATHERING (AR)

Local illustrator Tammie Lyon is in the store to read, sign and discuss her books, as well as lead a drawing workshop for ages 6 - 12. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1 - 2 p.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

BIRD WALK (AR)

Ages 5 and older can celebrate the end of summer with rootbeer cake, Sunscreen sipper smoothies and beach blanket wraps! Young Chefs Academy, 6649 Western Row Road, Mason; 5 - 6:30 p.m.; $45; 513-549-CHEF (2433) or youngchefsacademy.com/cincinnati.

Parents interested in learning more about attachment parenting, or who just want to meet other parents, are invited to this informal gathering. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-238-3183.

Bring your binoculars for a morning stroll in search of birds and their nests. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 8 - 10 a.m. today and Aug. 27; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 children, free ages 3 and younger; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

BRIGHT IDEAS: JAPANESE BENTO

Bento, or box lunches, has been a tradition in Japan for years, and were often used to encourage children to try new foods. Practice making a Bento lunch with colorful, healthy foods. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2:30 p.m.; $5 members, $7 plus admission nonmembers (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

FOSSIL IDENTIFICATION

Parents are invited to “Test Stress: A Parent’s Real Guide to College Preparation” to obtain advice from leading college admissions experts on developing a plan to make sure your student is college ready. Sylvan Learning Center, 7841 Tylersville Road, West Chester; 10 a.m.; 513-755-4949 or tutoring.sylvanlearning.com/ Westchester/index.cfm.

END OF SUMMER CELEBRATION (AR)

EXPLORERS’ UNIVERSITY

Ages 9 - 15 can learn how medieval engineers used simple machines to build weapons like catapults and trebuchets. Then test what you’ve learned by building your own table-top catapult. Museum of Natural History and Science, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 p.m.; $5 members, $7 plus admission nonmembers (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-2877000 or cincymuseum.org.

FULL MOON WALK (AR)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SMOKEY

See how Smokey Bear’s message has evolved over the years and celebrate his upcoming birthday by learning about Ohio’s own black bear. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

LOOKING FOR CLUES

Ages 8 and older are invited to take a hike in the woods and practice the basics of tracking animals. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE MADCAP PUPPETS

Madcap Puppets present Jack and the Gentle Giant with their life-sized puppets today. Amphitheater, Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road, Covington; 12:30 p.m.; 859-6559299 or covingtonky.org. (please turn the page)

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ring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic food to enjoy a full Moon rise at 8:30 p.m., plus safe solar viewings, tours of the historic Observatory and a guided star gaze after dusk. Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place; 7 - 10 p.m.; a donation of $4 per person is appreciated. Call 513-321-5186 or visit cincinnatiobservatory.org.

FREE MUSIKGARTEN OPEN HOUSE

Celebrate the end of summer with crafts, music games, snacks and instrument making, as well as explorations of real instruments. Gather info about the fall semester and bring gently used formal dresses, shoes or accessories to donate to Cinderella’s Closet for $10 toward tuition. Little Songbird Studio, 240 Main St., Florence; 10 a.m. 1 p.m.; 859-547-8765 or littlesongbirdmusic.com.

PICNIC UNDER THE STARS

Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.

FREE SPANISH STORY TIME

Learn simple Spanish vocabulary through stories and songs. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

FREE TOUCH A TRUCK

Kids can have fun climbing, pretending to drive, and blowing air horns in all kinds of trucks from organizations like the Burlington Fire Department, Urb’s Garage, Bavarian Trucking Company and more. England/Idlewild Park, 5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 859-334-2283 or boonecountyky.org.

TRAIN RIDE WITH CLIFFORD

Please see Calendar opener on page 29 for details.

TRILOBITES (AR)

Join Don Bissett, Dry Dredgers members, for a onehour presentation as he discusses hunting for trilobite fossils. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 9:30 - 10:30 a.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 children, free ages 3 and younger; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE TUMMY TO TUMMY (AR)

Learn about the benefits of using a baby sling or carrier and get advice on choosing the one that’s best for you and your baby. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

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14 sunday FREE ART EXHIBIT

Enjoy an exhibit of art created by the students at Art Works in Anderson (formerly Mt. Washington Art Works). Children and adults alike will showcase their paintings, drawings and sculptures in the atrium. Enjoy free art activities, refreshments, music, awards and fun. Anderson Center, 7850 Five Mile Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513232-3648 or cincinnatiartclasses.com.

CREEK CREEP

Explore the Dry Fork Creek and learn about the creatures that live there. Wear waterproof or old shoes. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

DAVID ROGERS’ BIG BUGS: DOG DAYS OF SUMMER

Bring your favorite canine to walk the trail through the Big Bugs exhibit. Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $7 adults, $5 ages 2 - 12, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FIND THAT PHOTO

Each family will be given a series of photos and clues to specific objects or places in the woods. Find what’s in the photo and take a picture of your team at that spot. Return with all your photos and win a prize. Teams provide their own digital camera, strollers not recommended. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 - 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

MOTHER NATURE’S CHILD (AR)

Parents and grandparents are invited to join a screening of Mother Nature’s Child, a film that demonstrates the importance of nature in children’s lives, followed by a discussion circle and a preview of the new Nature Playscape. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 2 - 5 p.m.; free members, $8 adults; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

PRAIRIE BIRDS & BLOOMS

Enjoy the colors of the flowers and listen for birds during a walk through the prairie. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE SENSORY SUNDAY (AR)

Shalom Family and the Mayerson JCC invite parents and babies to connect to one another and the Jewish community with Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun for You and Your Little One. These private interactive playgroups feature the popular Miss Meliss, who keeps babies and their parents engaged and entertained with her unique brand of fun.  Play dates include a snack.  Dates and times are subject to change, please check the web site for updates.  Sensory Sunday is a partnership between Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation for families in the Jewish Community with children 10 and younger, and the Mayerson JCC. Sensory Sunday is open to families in the Jewish community with children 18 months and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish.  The Gymboree Mason, 5595 Deerfield Blvd.; 2 - 3 p.m. today and Aug. 28; myshalomfamily.org.

FREE SUMMER SANITEE CHAPTER BOOK CHALLENGE

Please see Aug. 7 for details.

SUPER SUNDAY

Bring the whole family dressed as your favorite Beatle — either the two-legged or the six-legged kind — for a visit with the exhibit Cincinnati Meets the Beatles and a beetle craft with the Cincinnati Zoo. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; 1 p.m.; free plus museum admission (free members, $7 adults, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

15 monday FREE MOMTOPIA MONDAY

Moms and their little ones are invited for a high-energy comedy show from local favorite Mike Hemmelgarn who will amaze with feats of juggling, puppetry and magic. Then check out games, activities, special discounts and a $50 gift card giveaway. Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; daytonmall.com or facebook.com/pages/Dayton-MallMomtopia/108492353094.

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PARENTING TEENS WITH ADHD AND ASPERGER’S (AR)

This presentation from Life Management Strategies is for parents of children ages 15 - 25 who have ADD/ ADHD, high functioning autism spectrum disorders or other hidden disabilities. Topics will include the role of executive function, daily living skills, educational success and more. Holiday Inn Eastgate, 4501 Eastgate Blvd.; 6:30 - 8 p.m.; $15; 513-947-8387 or lifestrat.net.

16 tuesday FREE BRAIN BALANCE SEMINAR FOR PARENTS (AR)

Learn about the Brain Balance approach to working with kids affected by ADD, Autism and other neurobehavioral disorders. Parents have the opportunity to hear about the program and speak to parents of students currently enrolled. Brain Balance Achievement Center, 12084 Montgomery Road; 7 p.m.; 513-257-0705 or brainbalancecenters.com.

CREEK STOMP

Explore prehistoric and present aquatic life in the creek. Bring an empty metal coffee can and be ready to get wet! Indian Creek Preserve, 1899 Oxford-Reily Road, Oxford; 10 a.m.; a motor vehicle permit ($5 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or metroparksofbutlercounty.org.

NATURE PLAYSCAPE GRAND OPENING

Join the CNC for the Grand Opening of the Marge and Charles Schott Nature Playscape. The “vine-cutting” ceremony will kick off the celebration, followed by tours and play, as well as info on upcoming programs and how to create a nature playscape in your own backyard. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road; 11 a.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 children, free ages 3 and younger; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

PARENTING TEENS WITH ADHD AND ASPERGER’S (AR)

This presentation from Life Management Strategies is for parents of children ages 15 - 25 who have ADD/ ADHD, high functioning autism spectrum disorders or other hidden disabilities. Topics will include the role of executive function, daily living skills, educational success and more. Doubletree Guest Suites Cincinnati Sharonville, 6300 E. Kemper Road; 6:30 - 8 p.m. today and Aug. 17; $15; 513-947-8387 or lifestrat.net.

TOT TUESDAY

Ages 2 - 4 and a grown-up are invited to play some games in the summer sun. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $1 plus craft fee, plus museum admission (free members, $7 adults, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

17 wednesday ART IN THE AFTERNOON (AR)

Ages 7 - 10 will create their own board games, including rules, game pieces, and even design your own die. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 4 - 5 p.m.; $8 per child; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

ENDANGERED SPECIES CSI

Investigative team to track down clues. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

GROWN UPS IN NATURE (AR)

Parents, grandparents and educators are invited to join a Play Facilitator inside the Nature Playscape for a class on how to best utilize the Playscape to encourage their child’s love of the outdoors. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 - 11 a.m.; free members, $8 adults; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

NIGHT BIKE (AR)

Last day to register. Ages 10 and older are invited for a late evening bicycle ride followed by some refreshments by the fire. Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 8 p.m. on Aug. 19; $5 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

PARENTING TEENS WITH ADHD AND ASPERGER’S (AR) Please see Aug. 16 for details.

PUNT PASS AND KICK

Boys and girls ages 6 - 15 can show off their skills and aim for a shot at competing at a Bengals and NFL Playoff game. Participants must show a birth certificate when competing. Soccer Field, Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 4 - 6 p.m.; 859-334-2283 or boonecountyky.org or nflyouthfootball.com.

SUMMER GAMES

Test your skills and challenge your family to some lawn games. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAY

Go on a scavenger hunt and tree identification hike with KC Forester, and catch an early presentation from the American Red Cross. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 9:30 a.m.; free admission but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or kentoncounty.org.

18 thursday BRAZEE STORY TIME (AR)

Blue manatee children’s bookstore and Brazee Street Studios are teaming up for a special story time, followed by a fused glass art activity perfect for ages 3 - 6. Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St.; 10 - 11 a.m.; $18 per student; 513-321-0206 or brazeestreetstudios.com.

PRESCHOOL STORY TIME

Read a story about how animals keep cool then head outside to find ways you can stay cool too. Wear clothes that can get wet. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 10 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

19 friday FREE BACK TO SCHOOL BASH

Get in one last summer celebration as school starts with live music and fun for the whole family. Amphitheatre, Tower Park, 950 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas; 7 p.m.; 859-781-1700 or ftthomas.org.

FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

Please see Aug. 5 for details.

HANDS-ON NATURE: OPEN DISCOVERY

Play Facilitators provide a variety of tools and toys for children to use as they discover the new Nature Playscape, including shovels, magnifying glasses, mirrors, rope, insect boxes and balls. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 5 - 7 p.m. today, 1 - 3 p.m. Aug. 21, 5 - 7 p.m. Aug. 25, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Aug. 29; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 children, free ages 3 and younger; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE KINDERMUSIK CLASS (AR)

Learn about the Kindermusik program during a free sample class. Kindermusik by Cathy Seibert, 6131 Campus Lane; today and Aug. 20, call for time; 513-2313973 or siebertkm@aol.com.

LOLLIPOP PROGRAM (AR)

Ages 3 - 5 and an adult companion can explore the natural world through stories, crafts and activities. Today, learn all about the importance of dirt. Rentschler Forest Preserve, 5701 Reigart Road, Fairfield; 10:30 a.m.; $2 plus a motor vehicle permit ($5 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or metroparksofbutlercounty.org.

NIGHT BIKE (AR)

Please see Aug. 17 for details.

ONE HOUR TRAIN RIDE

Please see Aug. 5 for details.

SPANISH PLAYDATE (AR)

Preschoolers are invited to join Ana Gallegos-Yavorsky, a native Spanish speaker, for a simple lesson in Spanish, followed by coloring, playing and songs. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

20 saturday FREE ACING THE ACT/SAT (AR)

Students are invited to this two-hour workshop that includes an overview of the test, test-taking strategies, guided practice and a take-home study guide. Sylvan Learning Center, 7841 Tylersville Road, West Chester; 10 a.m.; 513-755-4949 or tutoring.sylvanlearning.com/ Westchester/index.cfm.

ART IN THE PARKS

The Queen City Art Club displays the works of member painters, sculptors, ceramists and more. FarbachWerner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Mon - Sat, 12 - 4 p.m. Sun, today - Aug. 28; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE CLOTH DIAPER WORKSHOP (AR)

Learn about the benefits of using cloth diapers, for both the environment and your baby — it’s not as messy as you might think! Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

DAVID ROGERS’ BIG BUGS: BUG VOYAGE

See the Big Bugs exhibit one last time and sign the Bug Voyage cards while playing in the garden. Glenwood Garden, 10397 Springfield Pike; 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. today and 12 - 5 p.m. Aug. 21; $7 adults, $5 ages 2 - 12, plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

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23 tuesday FREE DISCOVERY TIME: BUILDING WITH RECYCLED MATERIALS

SPOTLIGHT: HANDS-ON NATURE: BOAT RACES August 20 & 27

Children develop awareness of science and math concepts through stories and hands-on experiences. Recommended for ages 4 - 8 with an adult. Green Township Branch Library, 6525 Bridgetown Road; 6 p.m.; 513-369-6095 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

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ids can build floating boats they make from natural elements in the Nature Playscape. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. today and Aug. 27, 2 - 4 p.m. Aug. 27; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 children, free ages 3 and younger. Call 513-831-1711 or visit cincynature.org.

FREE KINDERMUSIK CLASS (AR)

Please see Aug. 19 for details.

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE (AR)

Take a leisurely walk through the wooded Dry Fork Creek Valley and explore the shades of late summer. Governor Bebb Preserve, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 10 a.m.; a motor vehicle permit ($5 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or metroparksofbutlercounty.org.

21 sunday BUSTIN’ SCIENCE MYTHS

Can you really get warts from a toad? Find out in these science experiments that will separate myth from fact. Amphitheatre, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

DAVID ROGERS’ BIG BUGS: BUG VOYAGE

Please see Aug. 20 for details.

FOSSILS

Join the naturalist to learn about the animals that lived in the Ordovician Sea and then search for fossils in the creek. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

HANDS-ON NATURE: OPEN DISCOVERY

Please see Aug. 19 for details.

LIVE CRITTERS

Meet a variety of animals you can find in your own backyard as well as a few that aren’t from our neck of the woods. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

MOUNTAIN BIKE RICE

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FREE TEENS COOK

Make bento-ready foods for your Bento Lunches, try your hand at charaben, and earn some Japanese bento supplies. Durr Branch Library, 1992 WaltonNicholson Road, Independence; 6 p.m.; 859-962-4030 or kentonlibrary.org.

24 wednesday LOLLIPOP PROGRAM (AR)

Idlewild Park, 5550 Idlewild Road, Burlington; 9 a.m. registration; $10 - $30, free for juniors 15 - 18, 11 - 14 and the kids’ race; 859-334-2283 or boonecountyky.org.

REDUCE REUSE ROBOTS (AR)

Ages 5 and older can build robots using scrap materials. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 - 3 p.m.; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE SUNDAY FUNDAY

Enjoy the dog days of summer with art projects, face painting, and meet live rescue dogs from Queen City Greyhounds (1 - 2 p.m.) and the Queen City Dog Training Club (2 - 3 p.m.), as well as Rufus the Reading Dog from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County (3 - 4 p.m.). Sorry, please leave Fido at home. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-6844515 or taftmuseum.org.

TREE ID

Join the naturalist for a short hike to look at the variety of trees in the area and learn a few tips on how to identify them. Parcours Trail, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE WETLAND WALK

Join the naturalist for a walk along the water’s edge in search of frogs, turtles, dragonflies and other creatures that make their home in this important habitat. Be prepared to get your feet wet as you use dip nets to see what’s living beneath the water. Chilo Lock #34 Park, 521 County Park Road, Chilo; 1:30 p.m.; 513-876-9013 or parks.clermontcountyohio.gov.

22 monday HANDS-ON NATURE: FORT BUILDING

Play Facilitators will help kids use natural materials to create their own forts in the Nature Playscape. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. today and 1 - 3 p.m. Aug. 28; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 children, free ages 3 and younger; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

Ages 3 - 5 and an adult companion can explore the natural world through stories, crafts and activities. Today, learn all about the importance of dirt. Voice of America Park, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 10:30 a.m.; $2 plus a motor vehicle permit ($5 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or metroparksofbutlercounty.org.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAY

The Kenton County Public Library will be on hand as well as members from Big Bone Lick State Park in today’s nature program for kids. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 9:30 a.m.; free admission but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or kentoncounty.org.

25 thursday FREE ADOPTION WEBINAR (AR)

Get an introduction to the international adoption process in this free webinar from Families Thru International Adoption. 7 p.m. CST; adopt@ftia.org or ftia.org.

FREE (ALMOST) EVERY OTHER THURSDAY SCIENCE

Cincinnati Museum Center will help you uncover fossils during a paleontological dinosaur dig. Learn how fossils are formed and make a plaster cast of a fossil, followed by snacks and a demo from Dominach’s Taekwondo Academy. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington; 9:30 a.m.; free admission but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or kentoncounty.org.

BABY/TODDLER MUSIC WITH MISS MEGHAN (AR) Please see Aug. 11 for details.

HANDS-ON NATURE: OPEN DISCOVERY

Please see Aug. 19 for details.

ONE HOUR TRAIN RIDE

Please see Aug. 5 for details.

FREE SUMMER CONCERT

Please see Aug. 11 for details.

26 friday CAMPFIRE FUN

Bring the family and your campfire dinners and roasting sticks to cook on the coals, followed by a program featuring live animals. Ellenwood Nature Barn, FarbachWerner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 p.m. today and Aug. 27; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor

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FREE FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT

Please see Aug. 5 for details.

FREE NATURE STORY TIME

Join the staff from Imago Earth Center for stories, songs and other fun activities. Blue manate children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Taste of Blue Ash

Sample local restaurants, enjoy live entertainment, festival rides, games, a Family Fun Area and more all weekend long. Blue Ash Towne Square, corner of Hunt and Cooper Roads; 6 - 11 p.m. today, 12 - 11 p.m. Aug. 27, 12 - 9 p.m. Aug. 28; blueash.com.

FREE YOUNG CHEFS OPEN HOUSE

Learn all about Young Chefs Academy and enjoy a Black Chefs Jacket Ceremony at 7 p.m. Young Chefs Academy, 6649 Western Row Road, Mason; 5 - 8 p.m.; 513-549-CHEF (2433) or youngchefsacademy. com/cincinnati.

27 saturday AUGUST WOODS

Explore the August woods by going off-trail with the naturalist to see the back country. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 9 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

through nature. Timberlakes Program Shelter, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE FRENCH STORY TIME

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

FREE GIRLS TAKING OVER THE WORLD

BIRD WALK (AR)

Please see Aug. 13 for details.

BUG HIKE

Bring a bug jar, magnifying glass and bug net for a walk to catch some bugs, then release them back to the wild. Gatehouse, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 10 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

Young adult authors Sara Bennett Wealer, Saundra Mitchell, Lara Zielin, Rhonda Stapleton, and Christine Johnson will discuss their books and talk to young women about celebrating their strength and choices. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

CAMPFIRE FUN

Please see Aug. 26 for details.

DOG DAYS SCAVENGER HUNT

Bring the family to pick up your scavenger hunt sheet return with your complete hunt before 6 p.m. and receive a prize. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. today and Aug. 28; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 Nov. 6, 2011 annual) is required to enter 1pm-3pm the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

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HANDS-ON NATURE: BOAT RACES

Please see Aug. 19 for details.

MOVIE NIGHT

30 tuesday

Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details. It’s too dark to swim, but come to the pool to watch a movie from the deck. Union Pool, 10165 Old Union Road, Union; dusk; free for pass holders, $3 non-pass holders; 859-334-2283 or boonecountyky.org.

PAPER MAKING

Learn how to reuse magazines to make envelopes in this earth-friendly craft. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 - 4 p.m. today and Aug. 28; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

THAT STINKS!

Skunks are much maligned, but are actually very interesting animals. Find out more about them and their cousins the weasels. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE WORKING WITHOUT WEANING (AR)

Listen to one mom’s breastfeeding tips and advice for making the transition back to work as stress-free as possible, all without having to wean your baby before you are ready. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11:15 a.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

28 sunday CREEK WALK

Join the naturalist for a walk in Sharon Creek - bring a bug box and net if you have them and wear closed-toe shoes. Bad weather? Stop by anyway for an alternate activity inside. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

DOG DAYS SCAVENGER HUNT

Please see Aug. 27 for details.

END OF SUMMER SCAVENGER HUNT

Nature still has a lot to do before fall arrives - pick up a scavenger hunt sheet and hike the trail while checking off items on your list. Return by 4 p.m. for a prize! Great Oaks Trail, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

HANDS-ON NATURE: FORT BUILDING

Please see Aug. 22 for details.

FREE HOT MUSIC, COLD TREATS

Enjoy an old-fashioned neighborhood band concert and ice cream social, featuring the foot-tapping tunes of the Firelytes Streel Drum Band and ice cream from United Dairy Farmers. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513-684-4515 or taftmuseum.org.

PAPER MAKING

Please see Aug. 27 for details.

FREE SENSORY SUNDAYS (AR)

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FREE JEWELRY MAKING OPEN HOUSE

Stop by with your creative ideas and make good use out of the library’s beads and supplies. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Independence; 6 - 8 p.m.; 859-962-4030 or kentonlibrary.org.

FREE LEGOS IN THE LIBRARY (AR)

Bring your friends and family to build awesome Lego creations. Recommended for ages 12 and younger with a caregiver. Harrison Branch Library, 10398 New Haven Road; 6:30 p.m.; 513-369-4442 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

ONGOING events For more ongoing events, visit cincinnatifamilymagazine.com or nkyfamily.com. Cincinnati Museum Center, Union Terminal 1301 Western Ave., 513-287-7000, cincymuseum.org 100 DAYS OF FUN

Head over to Cincinnati Museum Center all summer long for different activities and themes every day, all designed to keep kids busy.

CLEOPATRA: THE SEARCH FOR THE LAST QUEEN OF EGYPT

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Cleopatra’s story fascinates all — view recently discovered artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at the ongoing expeditions of Dr. Sahi Hawass and Franck Goddio as they search for the story of the last queen of Egypt. $15 - $23. On view through Sept. 5.

ANIMAL TALES

TORNADO ALLEY

Bring your imagination and explore the magic of fairies. After a story, build your own fairy house. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 12:30 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

LITTLE NATURE NUTS (AR)

Preschoolers and their parents can explore the great outdoors during this wildlife walk. Johnson Hills Park, 7950 Bridle Road; 10 a.m.; $5 per resident, $10 nonresidents; 513-388-4515 or andersonparks.com.

SUMMER SHAZAAM

Please see Aug. 10 for details.

FREE WILD WEDNESDAY

Join Sean Casey from Discovery Channel’s Storm Chasers on a mission to experience a tornado’s power at point blank range. Armed with customized vehicles, you can join the effort to understand the origins, structure and evolution of tornadoes, all in Tornado Alley — “the severe weather capital of the world.” Through Oct. 13.

Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) 953 Eden Park Drive 721-ARTS (2787) cincinnatiartmuseum.org ARTWORLD

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

The Reptile House, LLC brings along some live reptiles for kids to meet this morning. Come a little early for a presentation from the Northern Kentucky Health Department. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 9:30 a.m.; free admission but a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or kentoncounty.org.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES

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HALLELUJAH BROADWAY

Incoming Pops conductor John Morris Russell leads the orchestra on a journey of beloved Broadway songs, including tunes from The Sound of Music , Billy Elliot, and more. Cincinnati Opera’s Rodrick Dixon and the May Festival Chorus join a star-studded team for this performance. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave.; 8 p.m.; advance tickets from $18, kids younger than 12 sit free on the lawn; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatipops.org.

BE IN THE CALENDAR To have your events listed in our September calendar, send details by Friday, Aug. 5 to Sherry Hang at sherryh@daycommail.com or fax to 513-252-0081.

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.

Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East Sixth St., 513-345-8400, contemporaryartscenter.org

FAMILY SATURDAY

An artist joins families to help create art projects in the UnMuseum. Meet from 1 - 4 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month.

THURSDAY ART PLAY

Ages 3 - 7 and a caregiver can explore their imaginations and express their creativity in the UnMuseum. Meet at 10:30 a.m. every Thursday in June. Free with admission.

Miscellaneous events continuing this month: FREE ACT/SAT PRACTICE (AR)

Take a free practice test for the ACT or SAT. Sylvan Learning Center, 7841 Tylersville Road, West Chester; 9 a.m.; 513-755-4949 or tutoring.sylvanlearning.com/ Westchester/index.cfm.

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Enjoy the art of Ali Hansen and friends, featuring fiber art, drawings, collages, quilts and more weaving together the story of Alice in Wonderland. YWCA Women’s Art Gallery, 898 Walnut St.; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon - Fri through Sept. 16; 513-241-7090.

FREE B&N STORYTIMES

Enjoy stories with a weekly theme designed for ages 3 and older. This month’s stories include “I’m a Manatee,” “Today I Feel Silly,” Day is Done,” “Tea for Ruby,” and more. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m. on Thu; 513-794-9320.

FREE BARNES & NOBLE STORYTIMES

Stories and activities with weekly themes for ages PreK and older. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 9891 Waterstone Blvd.; 10:30 a.m. on Tue and Thu; 513-683-5599.

BIBLE BUDDIES (AR)

This class teaches simple Bible truths to children 20 months - 5 years using the FaithWeaver Friends curriculum that includes Bible stories, crafts, snacks and activities. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; 9 - 11:30 a.m. Wed; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more; cos-umc.org.

BIG BUGS!

Check out the Big Bugs exhibit, where larger-than-life creations descend upon the park, along with special programs, movies, concerts and a 5K bug run. Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; through Aug. 21; $7 adults, $5 ages 2 - 12 (includes admission to the Highfield Discovery Garden), a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual); 513521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

FREE BORDERS CRESTVIEW HILLS STORYTIME

Enjoy good fun for both kids and adults, including stories, stamps, stickers, crafts and a parade. Borders Crestview Hills, 2785 Dixie Hwy.; 11 a.m. on Tue; 859-331-8200.

FREE CHATTERPILLAR (AR)

Little ones can learn new vocabulary in a weekly foreign language play group. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; German at 9:30 a.m. Tue, Spanish at 10 a.m. Sat, French at 11:30 a.m. Wed; 513591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

FREE CHILD AFRICAN DANCE

Ages 6 - 12 can learn about the beauty and strength behind African dance. Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, Ste. 662; 11:15 a.m. Sat; 513-696-2112 or bi-okoto.com.

FREE CHILD AFRICAN DRUM

Ages 6 - 12 are invited to build confidence, listening skills and discipline through African drumming. Bi-Okoto Cultural Centre, 7030 Reading Road, Ste. 662; 10 a.m. Sat; 513-696-2112 or bi-okoto.com.

CINCINNATI MEETS THE BEATLES

The Beatles are returning to the Tri-State! This exhibit featuring the Fab Four will highlight their two visits to Greater Cincinnati, along with the photography of Gordon Baer. Did you attend the 1966 concert at Crosley Field? Identify yourself in any of the images on display and win a free membership to BCM. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; through Oct. 9; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17; 859-491-400 or bcmuseum.org.

CINCINNATI SNAPS

Learning Through Art (LTA) presents the Kroger Cincinnati Snaps Photo Exhibition. The exhibit features past winners of the Kroger Cincinnati Snaps Photo Exhibition in a virtual photo exhibit on the Macy’s Jumbotron on Fountain Square. The competition itself is taking a

break this year, but in the meantime, take advantage of the opportunity to check out some favorite photos of Greater Cincinnati. Macy’s Jumbotron, Fountain Square, Downtown; through Aug. 31; learningthroughart.com.

CLUB SPLASH AT THE BEACH

Teens are invited to an outdoor dance club designed just for them with a live DJ. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason; 9 p.m. - midnight Tue, through - Aug. 9; $10 at the gate, $8 online in advance; 513-3987946 or thebeachwaterpark.com.

DIVE IN MOVIES

Dive into a great family flick — pull up a lounge chair or float on an inner tube in Kahuna Beach. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Dr., Mason; 9 p.m. midnight Sat July 2 - Aug. 13; $24.99 general admission online, $10.99 online for youth 48” in height and under and seniors, $14.99 general admission online after 3:30 p.m.; special $7.99 youth admission for Dive In Movie Saturdays online; thebeachwaterpark.com.

FRIDAY NIGHT GRILL OUTS (AR)

Bring the family to Lake Isabella for a Friday evening of grilled meals, scenic views, live music, and fishing demonstrations. Lake Isabella Boathouse, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road; Fri through Sept. 3; $3.95 ages 10 and younger, $8 adults, $8.75 fried fish dinner, $9.25 specialty dinner, plus a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks.org.

GOD’S BIG BIG WORLD (AR)

Ages 20 months - 5 years will learn how to praise and worship with songs, dancing, puppets, play games and more. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; 9 - 11:30 a.m. Thu; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more; cos-umc.org.

FREE JOSEPH BETH STORYTIMES

Bring your little ones to hear favorite stories and listen to new tales each week. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. Mon, Wed and Fri; 513-3968960 or josephbeth.com.

KIDS DAY OUT (AR)

New and established patients who arrive between 8 and 9 a.m. will be seen for a wellness or problem visit with the nurse practitioner, no appointment necessary. Please bring your insurance card and co-pay (20 percent discount for self-pay patients). Seven Hills Women’s Health Center, 9312 Winton Road; 8 - 9 a.m. Mon; 513922-0009 or womenshealthcenters.com.

MUSE MANATEE (AR)

Ages 4 and older can express themselves in words and pictures - enjoy a story followed by a bookmaking workshop inspired by pictures, a certain author, type of book or whatever muse inspires for the day. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 1:30 p.m. Tue; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

PICK A BOUQUET

Join the Pick a Bouquet Club, then visit the garden to pick 10 bouquets of up to 24 stems (excluding sunflowers). Granny’s Garden School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland; through - Oct.; suggested donation of $35; 513-324-2873 or grannysgardenschool.com.

FREE PRESCHOOL STORY TIMES

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

REGGAE FEST

Enjoy a new reggae band each week on the Kokomo Kove Stage. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Dr., Mason; 2 - 5 p.m. on Sun through Aug. 14; $24.99 general admission online, $10.99 online for youth 48” in height and under and seniors, $14.99 general admission online after 3:30 p.m.; thebeachwaterpark.com.

SATURDAY SIZZLIN SOUNDS

Enjoy a variety of live music each week on the Kokomo Kove Stage. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Waterpark Drive, Mason; 2 - 5 p.m. Sat through Aug. 13; $24.99 general admission online, $10.99 online for youth 48” in height and under and seniors, $14.99 general admission online after 3:30 p.m.; thebeachwaterpark.com.

Ages 6 months - Kindergarten can make crafts, play games, and have a snack with friends while parents run errands, meet with friends, or have some time away from the demands of parenthood. Church of the Saviour United Methodist, 8005 Pfeiffer Road; 9 - 11:30 a.m. or 12 - 2:30 p.m. Tue, lunch bunch from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; $10 for one child, $15 for families of two or more, $5 lunch bunch; cos-umc.org.

SATURDAY STREAM EXPLORATION

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FREE SOLO (AR)

Ages 2 - 4 can join blue manatee’s artist-in-residence, Miss Kelli, to read a picture book, followed by an art project based on the book. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 a.m. Mon, closed July 4; $5 per child; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

Splash and play within the boundaries of Stream Access B and meet with a naturalist who will provide you with collecting equipment, ID sheets and more. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sat through Aug.; free, members, daily admission nonmembers ($8 adults, $3 children); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org. Single parents are invited to this support network for encouragement and stories from others “flying solo.” Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; first Tue and third Thu each month, call for times; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

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Babies up to age 4 and their grown-ups are invited for stories and songs. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 9:30 a.m. Sat; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

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Moms are invited to meet other moms, get answers to their questions, and make new friends. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 10:30 a.m. Thu in Aug.; call for time; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

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