AUGUST events requiring advance registration begin on page 48.
JOSH & THE JAMTONES CONCERT
Get up and dance! This energetic band creates music for 21st-century children and their parents. With ska and stadium rock influences, the award-winning Josh & The Jamtones make their songs danceable, fun and inclusive, and have shared the stage with everyone from The Wiggles to Dave Matthews. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 3 p.m.; $5 $15; 513-722-7221 or mayersonjcc. org.
Learn about Leonardo da Vinci as you practice taking notes by writing backwards just like he did! Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 12 p.m. Aug. 7 and 1 p.m. Aug. 18 and 24; free with admission (single museum $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free infants); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.
FREE REFLEXIONS DANCE ARTS OPEN HOUSE
Check out Cincinnati’s newest dance studio and learn about their recreational and competitive classes that include jazz, tap, ballet, contemporary, acro, hip hop and more. Reflexions Dance Arts, 10832 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Aug. 7 and 6 - 8 p.m. Aug. 18; 513-954-8951 or reflexionsdancearts.com.
Enjoy some reggae sounds at the Waver Rider Bar & Grill this month! The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason; 2 - 5 p.m. Aug. 7, 14, 21, and 28; free with admission (general admission $28.99 adults, $23.99 children under 48”); 513-398-7946 or thebeachwaterpark.com.
View the CAM in a whole new light — through sketching. Pick up a supplies kit in the Front Lobby, along with a prompt to jump start your creativity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 4 p.m.; a $5 refundable deposit is required to check out a supplies kit; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
mon 8 BOONE COUNTY FAIR
It’s an annual celebration at the Boone County Kentucky 4H & Utopia Fair, featuring horse and livestock shows, tractor and motor sports, exhibits, laser tag, a demolition derby, the Miss Sweetheart Pageant and more. Visit the web site for a complete schedule of events. Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington; 6 p.m. Aug. 8 - 13; $10 ages 3 and older (cash only, please); boonecountyfair.org.
MOM REPORT: Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum By Tina Pratt After a very busy weekend, we needed some down time and Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum looked like a perfect place to relax. We started off with a visit to the visitor’s center to pay for our admission for the day. We were greeted by a very friendly cat (which we learned later is named Pyramid!) that my kiddos immediately fell in love with. While they played with Pyramid, I got a ton of great information from an employee. I learned that you can rent an art cart to tour the grounds and that they offer a Summer Series for Kids ages 5 - 12. I also learned that they have a free app called Otocast; it allows you to see images of the sculptures and hear audio from or about the artists. We had our map, the app on my phone, a blanket and were ready to go! My kids ran around on the grass and admired the sculptures near the visitors’ center. They found one that they really liked, so we opened up the blanket in the shade that it provided. I gave my kiddos each a packet of clay that I brought with us. They squished, pulled and molded the clay to create their own sculptures. While they were busy being sculptors, I played the audio from the app to learn more about the pieces. “Where Every Family Matters.”
After a while, we decided it was time to load up in my car and drive to see the rest of the art. We slowly followed the Gallery Loop signs to see more of the sculptures. I was thankful for the signs which insured I didn’t get lost or drive circles around the 300+ acres. We stopped and got back out of my car at the Overlook Patio. It was AMAZING! My son quickly climbed up on a rock to take in the view. He was QUIET. Yes, QUIET, for a few minutes before he said, “This place is so peaceful and quiet. Look how pretty, Mom!” My daughter and I joined him up on the rock and just sat listening to the birds, feeling the breeze on our face, and looking at the park. We sat until their tummies began to rumble. Unfortunately, I didn’t pack lunches, so this was my cue it was time to head out. Next time I am packing a picnic to eat up at Overlook Point. We had an absolutely beautiful and much-needed relaxing time together at Pyramid Hill. We look forward to going back again soon. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum is located at 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton. Call 513-868-8336 or visit pyramidhill.org.
Cincinnati Family magazine August 2016