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As kids head back to school this month, support them with positivity and as little stress as possible.




Editor's Note The "Right" Educational Path for Kids.


Homeschool Check-In

Feedback We're giving away tickets to Cincinnati Zoo and, separately, cheesecake for a year! Plus, moms tell us why they choose to homeschool their kids.

Health As the school year begins, know how to recognize and offset bullying. And, with all of that carpooling about to kick in, brush up on car-seat safety.

“The month of August had turned into a griddle where the days just lay there and sizzled.” — Sue Monk Kid, American author


August is loaded with outdoor evening concerts and fun to help you stretch out summer's end.

Cincinnati News Cincinnati Family's Kidchella is back for family fun, resources and music; Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream is coming to Cincinnati and more parents news briefs.


Nationwide, the educational upheaval wrought by the pandemic caused many parents to become homeschoolers. The overall rate of parents choosing to homeschool their kids has grown from 5.4% to 11.1%, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau.

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the little things By Amanda Hayward

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The "Right" Educational Path for Kids

arents second guess everything, that’s what we do. It’s hard not to wonder if you are “doing the right thing” day to day or choosing the “right” education for your kids. This past month, I’ve been speaking a lot with local moms about their thoughts on homeschooling because I can’t help but notice a lot of parents jumping on the homeschool bandwagon lately, even my closest friends. Why am I not doing it? See, there I go second guessing again. The biggest takeaway I got from speaking with local homeschool parents and experts was that anyone can do it, and we all do it differently. That in itself relieved my mind — I can still work and teach my kids and I am qualified enough to be a homeschool parent. It was also relieving to know if it’s not for you and doesn’t fit your family’s lifestyle, that’s OK. If you tried it — or never even thought about it and know it’s not for you — that’s OK, too. We all have our own unique life journeys and our own ways of educating our kids. There is no “right” way — it’s what is best for your kid. So if you’re feeling guilty about not sending your kids to school and keeping them home; or sending them to school and not keeping them home, stop right now. Doing what is best for you and your family is the “right” thing. After experiencing virtual learning with my kids during the dreaded year no one wants to talk about, I realized it was hard, but it also made me realize that I can do it, and my kids can do it, too. Teaching and tutoring my kids was a tough yet rewarding, eye-opening experience. When they went back to school in-person, you better believe I was second guessing myself all yearlong. I thought: Should they be home with me? Should we have done homeschool? If they stay home, will they miss out on all of the school activities? Honestly a parent can drive themselves mad thinking about the shoulda coulda. These days we are overwhelmed with all of the decisions and choices, and sticking with your decision is the way to go. On the other end of the spectrum, if you are leaning toward a different education path for your kids but you’re afraid to take the leap, it’s OK to give it a try. Nothing is permanent, you can always go a different direction. If you think you can’t do it, think again. It truly is possible with a little trying, research and connecting with other moms and dads who are doing it or who have been there and done that. I want to give a high five to all of the parents, tutors and educators out there. We have all been hit with a whirlwind of decisions, we have made sacrifices and in the end, we put our kids first. Our kids are going to come out just fine and have a fantastic educational experience no matter what. So be happy with your decision and don’t be afraid to take leaps and bounds.

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Homeschool Parents: Why Do You Choose to Homeschool?


“To have complete control over what my kids are learning and who they are exposed to in the most formative years of their life." Heather Ford

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“Many reasons. The public school was not doing well with my special needs children’s learning needs. I am able to personalize my children’s education based on their unique needs and interests. My children are no longer being bullied. I enjoy being with my children. I could go on." Michelle Strite Hortenberry

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“Homeschooling provides the opportunity for us to explore the individual interests of our children, help them to learn in environments that are more productive than larger group settings all day every day, and really grants us freedoms to instill a lifelong love of learning. There is so much more to life than reading, writing, and arithmetic. Homeschooling has allowed us to teach our children about budgets, finances, automotive care, conservation, nature, household management, relationship building, and community service in a handson way. Many other factors come into play as well."

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Kelly Rodamer “It started with me wanting more flexibility in our family schedule and a slower-paced life. Over the past four years, it has turned into SO many reasons that I never anticipated! It is what works best for our family. I love the extra family time, more opportunities for travel, hands-on learning, and much more!" Sara Glenn Crego

“Sooo many reasons ... we control our schedule, I can teach my children according to their interests and at their individual level, they don't have to deal with bullying, they didn't have to deal with any 'C' protocols, we enjoy spending time as a family, we can take all of the field trips that we want, etc., etc., etc ..." Erin Haas “We do both. Nine-year-old triplets. Two go to public school and one learns at home. We are fortunate enough to offer our kids the learning experience that they feel is the best fit for them personally. They have all experienced both schooling options. Our homeschooling daughter loves the stressfree, work-at-her-own-pace environment. We have daily schedules/routines. Being self motivated, she is often done just after lunch and then has the rest of the day to do other things she loves. She participates in a wonderful homeschool cooperative in Wilmington to give her the social environment she needs and teachers beyond Grammy and Mom. Our hardest homeschooling challenge so far is end-of-year testing (currently in the midst of that) because it differs so much from her typical learning style. Next year, we will probably hire someone to do a portfolio review instead of standardized testing. The traditional school environment caused her so much stress she was getting sick almost daily. It fills my heart to see her thrive after two difficult years of public school. As long as we have the ability to do so, each summer our kids will continue to choose what the year ahead of them holds." Lydia Godfrey Donovan august 2022 3


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elebrate the end of summer and kick off back-to-school season with Cincinnati Family magazine’s FREE annual family music festival, Kidchella! This awesome annual event will take place this year on Sunday, August 14 from

1 - 4 p.m. at Cottell Park (5847 Irwin Simpson Road, Deerfield Township). This exciting in-person event will include rocking live kid-friendly music, including a performance by Zak Morgan! Family-friendly Kidchella experiences include: • Visits with animal ambassadors from Dino Buddies, LLC • Balloon Animals from Gia’s Balloon Buddies • Checking out the vehicles from the Warren County Sheriff Department and Deerfield Township Fire Department • Tasty treats from local food trucks • Fun playgrounds • Shopping at the Market in the Park • Exploring local business booths • Giveaways

+ COVER KIDS! Does your little one have what it takes to be on the cover of our magazine? Cincinnati Family's popular Cover Kids Contest will take place between 2 - 4 p.m. Bring your kids as they are! Learn more about Kidchella by visiting:

Scenes from Kidchella past events! Top: Zak Morgan performs; shaved ice; dancing kids with Jennifer Ellis Music.

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By Amanda Hayward

If your kid is being bullied, his mental health depends on quick and persistent intervention from the school and you.

Mental Health and



f you notice your perky kid who once was excited to ride the school bus suddenly dreads the thought of going to school, they could be getting bullied. Bullying can affect even the happiest of kids, making a simple visit to the playground a living nightmare. In turn, their mental health can also be affected. Luckily, it’s never too late to help. Early intervention is the key to protecting your kids’ mental health, self-esteem and confidence when it comes to mean bullies at school. So what is “bullying”? It is a very broad term, says Colleen A. Furey, Psy.D, a behavioral health consultant and licensed psychologist with Mercy Health Physicians. “If I am working with a family where we have significant concerns, I ask them to use correct specific verbiage appropriate to the scenario,” she explains. “It’s OK to be specific if there are higher risks so that the school can understand the severity.” It’s important that we distinguish the type of bullying that is going on. Bullying is defined

as aggressive behavior that is intentional and involves an imbalance of power, says Furey. It’s repetitive and it can be physical, verbal or relational — it’s not just having conflict, and these days, a lot of bullying is happening online. Some kids bully by shunning others, spreading rumors and some turn to social media or electronic messaging to taunt others or hurt their feelings. Furey says the bully, victims and bully victims (kids who bully others and deal with rejection from their friends) are all more likely to suffer from depression and anxiety. These can be either acute side effects or more long term depending on the severity and time of the bullying. “Kids who are bullied tend to have a decline in their involvement in school — we can see grades drop, we certainly see more missed days,” she continues. “And with that we certainly see more health-related complaints — stomach aches, headaches — which can be a sign of anxiety or distress but can also be something they associate

with being able to escape the school environment.” If you notice behavioral changes in your kid such as not wanting to eat dinner with the family; not sleeping well; feeling more anxious; moody; not wanting to talk about their day and avoid certain situations — it may be time to step in.

Early Signs of Bullying It’s sweet when little tots are playing nicely together, handing toys off back and forth. Then one kid refuses to share and here comes the pushing and biting. Surprisingly enough, that little tot is being a bully. Bullying begins at a young age, around 3 and 4, when kids begin interacting with each other more. It is the early intervention that will keep the bullying from worsening, and luckily, bullying responds well to intervention, according to Furey. “Kids most likely to start at that age, are more than likely seeing it in their own environment,” says Furey. “It does change (please turn the page)

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BACK-TO-SCHOOL CAR SEAT SAFETY by Tina Pratt Carpooling and more kicks back into gear this fall, and the infamous switching of car seats. Keep your child safe by knowing the right height and weight for his seat — and your kid passengers, too.

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over time, but it most certainly can start that young.” It’s when there is an absence of help and intervention that it can grow into a bigger problem. Research shows that intervention at school doesn’t just change the kid, but the culture of school where they will see bullying decrease as well, says Furey. Luckily, many schools these days do offer effective school-based interventions to stop bullying right in its tracks.

Step in, Be Proactive There is no clear research to support that bullying has worsened over the years, but we do know that schools are using curriculums that are helping numbers to go down, and with kids’ involvement online these days, there are increased opportunities for bullying (cyberbullying) which can get tricky. “[Bullying becomes] a higher risk when parents are not monitoring the internet use of the kids,” says Furey. It’s not always easy to distinguish between the bully, the victim and the bully victim, she continues, but there are ways we can step in and help in every case.

Countering Bullying • Counter bullying with positive after-school social interactions (karate class, youth groups, etc.). • Be sure your kid knows they can talk to you or a teacher or counselor. • Talk to the school, make sure there is a plan and the bully is addressed.


ar seats should be replaced anytime you are in an accident or if they have reached their expiration date. Camille Graham, MD CLC FAAP, chair of pediatric council at Mercy Health Physicians, recommends having the car seat checked in the car by a certified passenger safety technician (CPST) before the baby is born. She also recommends getting “car seat checks when you get a new car seat, a new car, if you think your child has outgrown the current seat, or when you transition from rear-facing to forward-facing.” So when are your kids ready to make the big switch from rear to forward facing, or booster to riding in the front seat of the car? According to the Ohio car seat law, kids are required to use belt-positioning booster seats once they outgrow their child safety seats until they are 8 years old, unless they are at least 4 foot 9 inches tall. In addition: • Children younger than 4 or 40 pounds must use a child safety seat meeting federal motor vehicle safety standards. • Children younger than 8 years old — unless they are at least 4 foot 9 inches — must use a booster seat. • Children ages 8 - 15 must use a child safety seat or safety belt.

INSPECT YOUR CAR SEAT: LOCAL CAR SEAT FITTING STATIONS (greater Cincinnati) SAFE KIDS COALITIONS HEALTHY CHILDREN A resource developed for parents by the American Academy of Pediatrics. NATIONAL CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY PROGRAM Get connected with a certified tech to ensure your child’s safety.

• Ask that your kid has a buddy or system for when they go to the restroom, for example. • Monitor kids’ digital activity; make sure they are not engaging in risky behavior and being victimized online. • Teach kids to stand up for themselves; practice role playing at home that includes using words to stand up for themselves, ignoring smaller behaviors, practicing to say it outloud. • Raise good bystanders. Socially skilled kids can use this to their advantage to help. According to Furey, more progress is being seen when “good bystanders” step in; it doesn’t only apply to bullies and victims.

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back to school

By Amanda Hayward


Homeschooling is no longer a strange choice; here’s why more and more parents are leaning toward teaching their kids at home.

TODAY P re-pandemic, if someone had told you they were a homeschool parent, you may have thought of it as “weird” or “why would they do that?” Post-pandemic years later, homeschooling your kids has reached a new level of “normal” with more parents flocking toward the idea of teaching their kids at home.

Homeschooling Has Changed Homeschooling began to rise from 10 to 11 percent in 2019, and then in 2020, it grew even more, according to Debbie Gerth, president of the

nonprofit Ohio Homeschooling Parents. “What we found was after 2020 and into last year, a lot of people were surprised on how much better education worked in homeschooling, so they stuck with it,” Gerth says. And the numbers continue to climb. At first, the biggest setback was that parents were unsure whether they were certified to teach their kids at home or not. After being forced into it, they found that the individualized education worked better for their kids, and they could do it, too. They also found individualized curriculum is more helpful for their kids and they could get through to them

HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES OHIO HOMESCHOOL LAWS OHIO HOMESCHOOLING PARENTS Largest and most diverse homeschool group in Ohio; a go-to guide to help get you started; groups, co-ops, playdates and more. EASY PEASY ALL-IN-ONE HOMESCHOOL All-free, non-secular resource. CHRISTIAN HOME EDUCATORS OF OHIO THE HOMESCHOOL MOM

Connect with the local homeschooling community; learn about Ohio homeschool requirements and more. NATIONAL HOME EDUCATION RESEARCH Well-researched organization for homeschooled children.

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quicker than in-person schooling. “It is a true IEP plan (Individual Education Plan),” says Gerth. “There’s nothing better and more individual than homeschooling.” The diversity of homeschooling has taken a positive turn as well, with more than 10 percent of homeschooling families being African American families, the fastest-growing demographic in the homeschooling population. “It’s really cool to see that diversity coming in now,” she says. Of course, there are downsides to everything. Before 2020, some cons were that people got thrown into it, confused and not sure where to begin, and now with countless opportunities for a curriculum, it can be overwhelming. In fact, there are at least more than 5,500 cataloged curriculum options to choose from. Luckily there are resources out there, such as, to help you narrow it down and start from scratch. Choosing your kids’ individual learning style can be another worry. There are seven basic learning styles of homeschooling to choose from including traditional classroom style (workbook and textbooks, one of the original homeschool styles); unschooling (a student-directed, interest-based education, learn by interest); Charlotte Mason (a lot of narratives, read alouds); and classical (study mostly very classical literature and involves a lot memorization); and more. It seems daunting at first, but being with your kid and being the parent, you quickly discover which learning style is best for your kid. Why Parents Choose Homeschool Parents these days are wanting to spend more time with their kids — especially with the uncertainty of a safe school environment and the health and safety of their kids. “The number one reason that I found [why many families are choosing homeschooling] parents want to be able to have that time with their children and they’re learning that it is actually possible to teach them at home which is what they kind of learned during the pandemic,” says Sandra Kim, HSLDA media relations director. Other big reasons include safety, the flexible schedule and ability to tailor a specific learning style to your kid. “People have seen that this is a way of educating that has helped their kids to grow and flourish,’’ says Gerth. “That is why people have stuck with it. They spend more time with their family and they are closer to family.” Families have also found that kids are learning not just to test anymore, they are learning for learning. And for kids with learning disabilities, individualized learning has been proven to be successful. “If your child has had some learning differences at school, other research shows that children with learning differences do better at home because they are getting constant oneon-one time at home rather than one-on-one sometimes at school,” says Kim.

How it All Works Some parents who are on the fence about homeschooling do the research and then back away from the follow through. But why? It can be a little intimidating and scary to take the leap, but once you do, it opens up a whole new world of possibilities for you and your kids. “Ohio is one of the more heavily regulated states when it comes to homeschooling,” assures Amy Buchmeyer, staff attorney at Ohio Homeschool Laws. What qualifications do you need to teach your kids? A high school diploma or GED, or scores from a standardized test demonstrating high school equivalence, according to Buchmeyer. However, if you don’t have any of this, you may still homeschool under the direction of a person who holds a baccalaureate degree until your kids’ test results demonstrate reasonable proficiency. One more qualification you need is being a parent. Yep, that’s all. In Ohio, the homeschooling age begins at age 6 until graduation (age 18).

Path to Homeschool • FIRST: connect with other homeschool parents (Facebook is your go-to to find local homeschooling groups.) • SECOND: submit a notice of intent (NOI) to homeschool to your local superintendent by the first day of school in your district (must include information, such as a brief outline of intended curriculum and a list of textbooks or other basic teaching materials.) • THIRD: prepare to teach the required subjects, including reading, math and science. • NEXT: provide at least 900 hours of home education per school year, remembering that everything counts. For example, a trip to the park or local library.

After submitting the NOI and assurance that you will meet these other requirements, you receive a letter from your superintendent excusing your student from compulsory school attendance for the school year, says Buchmeyer. How do you know which curriculum pattern to teach and how do you know if it’s the right one? This is all tailored around your kids’ learning style: do they do better with books? Or would they thrive more with the “unschooling” method where they get more play and explorative time? Every kid is different and you can choose which path is best for them. Check out our homeschooling resources on page 12 to help you find what you need, even on a budget. With a little extra planning, you can even take advantage of free educational resources (public or college libraries, online, borrowed, etc.).

A Day In the Life Every family is different. For homeschooling families - if you are wondering if you need to go about it a certain way - know that you can do it anyway that works for you and your family. If you work in the evenings, for example, try getting kids set with school in the morning or afternoon. If you work in the mornings, get started before you leave and set the caretaker up with some instruction. When you return, wrap up the day in the evening. It’s completely up to you. No matter what, you will second guess yourself because you are a parent, and that is normal. Some days will be harder than others, you will make mistakes and you will adjust, says Gerth. “I tell people just jump in and do it,” she continues. “It’s kind of like being a parent. It’s great to read up and to get grounded with the different styles and curriculum, meet people and join groups, but you don’t really know what it’s going to be like until you just do it; once you bring your kids home and actually start doing it, that’s when you start learning together as a family.” What Homeschool Parents Say Local homeschooling moms, Rachel Rhinehimer and Jenn Wulf, share about their different homeschooling experiences: Q: Why did you choose to homeschool? A: We felt strongly that God was leading us to homeschool for the preservation of the family. We didn’t want our kids introduced to hours of worldly influence without our guidance. Rhinehimer Q: How has homeschooling worked or not worked for your family? A: Homeschooling definitely has pros and cons. We enjoy the extra time with our kids and getting to watch them learn. Some challenges for my kids have been staying focused on their school work. When you homeschool, you have to be self-motivated and that is challenging for some of my kids. - Wulf Q: What is a homeschool day like? A: We wake up, eat breakfast and log into their first class for the day. They have online classes, and lessons and assignments that they work through on their own. My older kids are able to work independently and I help them when needed. The kids take breaks for lunch and when they don’t have an online class to attend. - Wulf Q: Do you have advice for other parents? A: Don’t let the big picture of homeschooling intimidate you. You are capable of teaching your kids. Also don’t compare yourself to others; everyone’s homeschool day will look different. There is no set way to do it, and it doesn’t have to mimic a traditional school day. - Wulf Q: Do you have a mentor who helped on your homeschool journey? A: My mother. She homeschooled all 10 of us, and she is my go-to for advice. - Rhinehimer Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication and the mom of three kids.

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DAN BEARD COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA 10078 Reading Road, Cincinnati 513-577-7700 • Scouting is fun, character, leadership and unique adventures your entire family will share for a lifetime. In Scouting, boys and girls start with their best right now selves and grow into their very best future selves. It’s fun, actionoriented learning that reinforces your values while helping prepare your child for today — and for life. GREAT PARKS OF HAMILTON COUNTY 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati 513-521-7275 Great Parks offers a wide variety of programs and events that spark curiosity and enable a child to discover the world around them. A child’s ability to explore the natural world around them is as important to their development as breathing clean air, eating fruits and vegetables and reading. Programs are offered year-round at most Great Parks throughout the county. Some are available for all ages and while others are designed for a particular age range or families to enjoy. Whatever your age and whatever your interests, an adventure awaits you at a Great Park! MASON DANCE CENTER 600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353 | We provide an opportunity for anyone ages 3 - adult to discover the joys of dance. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes. We offer summer and mini-camps!

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Disney’s Encanto the sing-along film concert Friday, Aug. 26, 6 p.m.


isney Animation Studio’s Academy-Award-winning film comes to life in a one-of-a-kind concert event featuring the feature-length film and an on-stage band performing all of the hit songs from the soundtrack. This is a 32-city tour! The entire concert runs two-and-a-half hours including an intermission. Riverbend Music Center, 6295 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati; 6 p.m.; tickets start at $29.50; VIP packages are available; for tickets, head to riverbend. org. To learn more about the event, go to

NOTEABLES Bengals Training Camp ........................... 18 Great Parks’ Float-In Movies ................... 20 Hamilton County Fair ............................... 20 Family Fun on the Hill .............................. 20 The Lights Lantern Fest ........................... 20 Kidchella 2022 ........................................... 23 Charm at the Farm ................................... 23 Redlegs Run 2022 ..................................... 24 Make plans to take the kids to sing-a-long with Encanto on August 26!

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FREE BENGALS TRAINING CAMP See the Cincinnati Bengals practice. Kettering Health Practice Fields, 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati. Additional dates: Aug. 2, 4, 5, 10, 14 & 18; field opens at 1:30 p.m. Practice begins at 2:15 p.m.; bengals. com/team/trainingcamp.

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EVERYTHING THOMAS Celebrate Thomas the Train! EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun 12 - 5 p.m.; $16.95 adults, $12.95 ages 3 - 12, $14.95 seniors 65+, free for ages 2 and younger; add-ons available; 513-898-8000 or

FREE KIDS CREW AT THE LEVEE A new activity for kids each week. Newport On the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 859-291-0550 or

PRISMATICA AT KROHN CONSERVATORY A world of color with giant pivoting prisms. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; daily, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 ages 5 - 17 years old, free for ages 4 and younger; 513-421-4086 or SHARK SUMMER Everything sharks! Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way,

FLORENCE Y’ALLS It’s $2 Tuesdays where everything’s $2! Thomas More Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence; 6:32 p.m.; $2 tickets and select concessions; 859594-4487 or

FREE LIBERTY CENTER MOVIE NIGHTS The movie is Encanto; come early for fun pre-event entertainment. Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row, West Chester; 8:30 p.m.; 513-6440900 or events/summer-movie-nights. POSTPARTUM YOGA (register) Yoga encourages physical, and emotional relaxation. Nurture Cincinnati, 3443 Edwards Road, Cincinnati; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; $20 per class or $85 for fiveclass-pass ; 513-257-0955 or

RECREATIONS OUTLET CHARITABLE PLAY Kids can test out play sets with profits donated to a local non-profit. Recreations Outlet, 885 Ohio 28, Milford; 9 - 11 a.m.; discounted rate Tuesday Thursday: $4 per child; 513-8317383 or FREE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Get your groove on with at the Blue Ash Nature Park. On-site concessions will be open. Concerts are 7 - 9 p.m.;

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FREE KENNEDY HEIGHTS PLAY IN THE PARK Arts and crafts, live performances and interactive activities for children and adults. Kennedy Heights Park, 6000 Kennedy Ave., Cincinnati; 6 - 10 p.m.;

FREE TOME SUMMER STORYTIME Story time for ages 3 - 6. The Tome Bookstore, 2123 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati; 9:30 - 10 a.m.; 513-206-0377 or

FREE WASHINGTON PARK SUMMER CINEMA Movie night and food trucks. Tonight: Inside Out; Aug. 10: Cruella; Aug. 24: The Wizard of Oz; Aug. 31: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati; 9 - 11 p.m. Concessions available;

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FREE BLUE ASH FARMERS MARKET Browse goods from local farmers and bakers; crafty creations and more. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; 3:30 - 7 p.m.;

FREE LIBERTY CENTER SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Enjoy live music every Thursday this summer. Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row, West Chester; 6 - 9 p.m.; 513-6440900 or

SHREK, THE MUSICAL The fairy tale adventure by East Side Players. Blue Ash Nature Park, 4337 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 7:30 p.m., see website for additional showtimes; $10 per ticket, for 3 and older; FREE HUMP DAY CONCERT SERIES Wind down with live music. Voice of America MetroPark, Ronald Reagan Lodge, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 7 - 9 p.m.; valid vehicle permit required for park entry; 513-8675835 or

The Cincinnati Bengals hold several training camps open to the public this month (see Monday, Aug. 1).

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JANE AUSTEN: FASHION & SENSIBILITY Garments worn in Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Emma; and Mansfield Park. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; Wed - Sun, 11 a.m. -

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FREE MOVIES IN THE PARK Family-friendly activities and food trucks followed by Clifford, the Big Red Dog. Harbin Park, 300 Hunter Road, Fairfield; 6 p.m.; fairfieldparks. FREE ROCKIN’ THE ROEBLING Enjoy weekly concerts on the Schmidlapp Event Lawn, 124 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati; 6 - 10 p.m.; 513-357-2604 or programs/free-neighborhoodprograms. FREE SMALE FAMILY FUN DAYS Ice cream, face painting, balloons, puppets and more! Schmidlapp Event Lawn, 124 East Mehring Way, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 513-861-0023 or

consultant leads. Nurture Cincinnati, 3443 Edwards Road, Cincinnati; 10 10:45 a.m.; $20 per class or $85 for five-class-pass; 513-257-0955 or

FLORENCE YALLS It’s Thirsty Thursdays with discounts on beers. Thomas More Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence; 6:34 p.m.; tickets starting at $11; 859-594-4487 or

FREE OWLS NEST PARK FAMILY FUN DAYS Food trucks, the symphony, bounce houses, games and more. Owls Nest Park, 1984 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 7 - 9 p.m.; 513-861-0023 or

TODDLER THURSDAYS Kids can play on the sand table and more. Dig ‘N Play, 9405 Cincinnati Columbus Road, West Chester; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $6 for toddlers 2 and younger; 513-847-1055 or

PRINCESS CRUISE (register) Cruise, dance and meet Kids can enjoy Farmyard Storytime and animals at Gorman Heritage Farm on August 6. princesses. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport; 12 - 2 p.m.; $33 FARMYARD STORYTIME (register) FREE SUMMIT SUMMER JEDI TRAINING (register) adults, $28 ages 2 - 12; 800-261CONCERT SERIES Story time and farm animals. Training and games plus 8586 or Summer and music. Blue Ash Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Darth Vader. Milk & Beans, FREE SAWYER POINT SUMTowne Square, 4343 Cooper Reading Road, Cincinnati; 10 - 11 574 Buttermilk Pike, Crescent MER CONCERT SERIES Road, Cincinnati; 8 - 11 p.m.; a.m.; $10 non-member children, Springs; 4:30 p.m.; $35 Funk and jam bands and a kid’s cost of admission for adults/ $7 per child; 859-360-0257 or zone. Sawyer Point, 705 East concert_series_information/ member children; 513-563-6663 Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati; 2 - 10 index.php. or p.m.; 513-357-2604 or cincinPIRATE CRUISE (register) FREE FC CINCINNATI PREAn afternoon cruise for the MATCH AT THE PARK entire family. BB Riverboats, FREE WESTSIDE MARKET Family-friendly activities at the 101 Riverboat Row, Newport; BABY + ME YOGA (register) A pop-up market featuring park and food trucks. Washing3 - 4:30 p.m.; $30 adults, $25 Parents and babies (12 weeks vendors, food trucks and more. ton Park, 1230 Elm St., Cincinages 4 - 12; 800-261-8586 or - 12 months) do yoga together. Westwood Town Hall, 3017 Harnati; 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.; Nurture Cincinnati, 3443 rison Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 3 Edwards Road, Cincinnati; p.m.; PURPOSEFUL PLAY CLASS FC CINCINNATI HOME MATCH Saturdays, 10 - 10:45 a.m.; (register) Head to TQL for a Football Club $20 per class or $85 for fiveYOUTH PIZZA COOKING Caregivers and their infants, (8 Cincinnati home game. Stadium, CLASS (register) class-pass; 513-257-0955 or weeks to 6 months old) enjoy Ages 9 - 11 can make pizza 1501 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati; developmental play. Nurture dough and fresh sauce. Baker 7:30 p.m.; see website for ticket Cincinnati, 3443 Edwards BREAKFAST WITH THE pricing; 513-977-5425 or fccincin- Hunt Art and Cultural Center, Road, Cincinnati; 10 - 11 a.m.; ANIMALS (register) 620 Greenup St., Covington; 10 $20 per class or $85 for fiveBase Camp Café breakfast deck a.m. - 12 p.m.; $40; 859-431class-pass; 513-257-0955 or and a tour. Cincinnati Zoo and MAKE YOUR OWN HIKING 0020 or STICK Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Make a stick and hike. Cincinnati Cincinnati; 7 - 9 a.m.; $122 per STORY TIME IN THE GARDEN Nature Center at Rowe Woods, person; Outdoor story time. Highfield 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; DARYL HALL WITH TODD CAMP JERSEY PRESENTS Discovery Garden, 10397 8:30 OR 10:30 a.m.; $14 RUNDGREN ANNIE JR! Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; (includes daily admission), $8 Daryl Hall performs. Timberwolf End-of-camp show at Jarson10 - 10:30 a.m.; included in members; 513-831-1711 or Amphiteatre at Kings Island, Kaplan Theatre at the Aronoff, admission, $6 per person + 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason; 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati; 3:30 valid parking permit required 6 p.m.; tickets starting at $20 + OR 7 p.m.; $15 tickets, $11 NOURISH: A BREASTFEEDfor park entry; 513-771-8733 or fees; ING/BABYFEEDING SUPPORT students/seniors; 513-621-2787 GROUP (register) or A board-certified lactation

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THINGS TO DO ICE CREAM SOCIAL CRUISE (register) Ice cream and cruising the Ohio River. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport; 3 4:30 p.m.; $30 adult, $25 ages 4 - 12; 800-261-8586 or FREE FLEA IN THE FORT Live music, food trucks and local vendor booths. Tower Park, 900 South Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 859-572-1209 or

mon 8 FREE MADCAP PUPPETS PRESENTS FANTASTIC FAIRY TALES AT FAMILY SHOWTIME (register) The Madcap puppets present a fairy tale show! Hirsch Recreation Center, 3630 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 3 - 4:30 p.m.; 513-497-2860 or

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wed 10 FREE DAYS AT HERITAGE VILLAGE Discover what life was like in Ohio during the 1800s.

Heritage Village, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; August 10 and 14, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 513-563-9484 or GREAT PARKS FLOAT-IN MOVIES (register) Enjoy Ghostbusters: Afterlife from a rowboat and concessions. Winton Woods Harbor; 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati; 9:30 p.m.; boats can be rented online for $40 for up to four people; valid vehicle permit required for park entry; 513-5217275 or POKEMON CLUB Bring cards or borrow some! Dinner provided. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Ave., Cincinnati; 5:30 - 7 p.m.; $13 public, $10 J Member; 513-761-7500 or FREE SUMMIT CINEMA Coco on the big screen. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; 8 p.m.;

thu 11 HAMILTON COUNTY FAIR The 167th fair features rides, exhibitors, refreshments, a rodeo, motorcycle racing and more! Hamilton County FairGrounds,

7700 Vine St., Cincinnati; Thursday and Friday 4 - 11 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Sunday 12 - 10 p.m.; $10 per person; $5 parking on grounds; 513-761-4224 or FLORENCE Y’ALLS (see Thu., Aug. 4)

fri 12 FAMILY FUN ON THE HILL See a meteor shower then watch Home. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; 8 p.m. - 12 a.m.; included with daily admission, $10 adults, $5 children; free for members and ages 5 and younger; 513-868-8336 or YOUTH IMPROV COMEDY CLASS (register) Ages 11 - 13 learn the “rules” of improv and play fun games. Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center, 620 Greenup St., Covington; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $15; 859-431-0020 or

sat 13 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. Cubs. 6:40 p.m. Go to reds. com for more information. FREE AMAZING ANIMALS (register) Learn about animals; valid vehicle permit required for park entry; Village Green Park, 301 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-867-5835 or FREE CONSTELLATIONS UNDER THE DOME Constellations and legends. Valid vehicle permit required for park entry. Sharon Woods, Sharon Centre, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 11 a.m.; 513563-4513 or

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GARDEN ADVENTURES: BUTTERFLIES (register) Learn how butterflies help gardens and make a butterfly, too. Highfield Discovery Garden, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; 10 - 11:15 a.m.; $8 child non-member, $6 adult non-member, $7 child member - includes one adult with child. 513-771-8733 or FREE GREAT PARKS SUMMER CONCERTS IN THE PARK Music and concessions. Valid vehicle permit required for entry; Fernbank Park, 50 Thornton Ave., Cincinnati; 7 - 9 p.m.; 513521-7275 or FREE LAUREL PARK FAMILY FUN DAYS Live music, bounce houses, face painters and more familyfriendly activities. Laurel Park, 500 Ezzard Charles Drive, Cincinnati; 5 - 7:30 p.m.; 513-8610023 or FREE O.F.F. MARKET Enjoy the outdoors, browsing a variety of businesses, artisans, farmers and more. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; FREE STORY TIME AT JOSEPH-BETH Author Julie Whitney reads her book, shows a related video and signs books. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m.; 513396-8960 or THE LIGHTS LANTERN FEST Thousands of lanterns lighting the sky, music and more. Renaissance Park, 10542 Ohio 73, Waynesville; 4 p.m.; $42 adult entry, $10 children entry, ages 4 - 12 (no lantern), free for ages 3 and younger + $20 parking;

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sun14 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. Cubs. 1:40 p.m. Go to reds. com for more information. FREE KIDCHELLA 2022 Celebrate summer with Cincinnati Family’s family-friendly music festival. Live performances by Zak Morgan and others. Giveaways, treats from The Mobile Cone, playgrounds, vendors booths and more! Sponsored by Once Upon a Child; Lods Express; Mason Dance Center; Hen of the Woods; Pediatric Associates of Fairfield; The Little Gym; Hilltop Obstetrics & Gynecology. Kidchella’s partner is CancerFree Kids, who work to eradicate childhood cancer. Cottell Park, 5847 Irwin Simpson Road, Mason; 1 - 4 p.m.;

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wed 17 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. Phillies. 12:35 p.m. Go to for more information. FREE YOGA ON THE LEVEE Sage Yoga Hot + Pilates offers this weekly yoga classes for all levels. Newport On the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport; 6 - 7 p.m.; 859-291-0550 or


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CHARM AT THE FARM An open-air vintage market on a 56-acre farm from 4 - 7 p.m. Charm at the Farm, 4953 Bunnell Hill Road, Lebanon. Additional dates: August 20, 12 - 4 p.m.; August 21, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; see website for ticket details;

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children 5 years and older; one adult must register per family group. Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; 6 - 9 p.m.; $50 nonmember, $45 member; 513-5597767 or FREE FITTON CENTER SEASON LAUNCH Kick off the new season with art, music, a gallery opening and more. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Ave., Hamilton; 5 - 9 p.m.; 513-8638873 or PYRAMID HILL MEMBERS HAPPY HOURS Enjoy live musical performances and signature cocktails. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-8688336 or RENT Poor bohemian artists strive to find purpose and happiness in East Village, NYC. Not appropriate for children under age 13. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott St., Covington; 7:30 p.m., see website for additional showtimes; tickets start at $25; 859-9571940 or

sat 20 FREE CITY FLEA 2022 A market featuring vendors of all kinds, food trucks and the playground. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; FLORENCE Y’ALLS Stay around for fireworks after the game. Thomas More Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence; 7:03 p.m.; tickets start at $11; 859-594-4487 or

Get out during Charm at the Farm starting Friday, Aug. 19.

FREE LET’S GO HIKING! INCREDIBLE INSECTS (register) See what insects live in the area — nets provided. Huffman Park, 2100 John Gray Road, Fairfield;

THINGS TO DO valid vehicle permit required for park entry; 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-867-5835 or FREE MLK PARK FUN DAYS Inflatables, yard games, face painters and more. 3740 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 2 - 6 p.m.; 513-861-0023 or FLORENCE Y’ALLS Rockin’ Saturday means music performed on the bandstand after the game. Thomas More Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence; 6:36 p.m.; tickets starting at $11; 859-594-4487 or SUN PAPER ART (register) Use solar print paper to create prints from nature. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 2 p.m.; $12 non-member adult, $10 nonmember children, includes daily admission, $5 members; 513831-1711 or SUPERHERO CRUISE Learn the ins and outs of being a superhero and enjoy a DJ dance party. BB Riverboats, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport; 12 - 2 p.m.; $30 adults, $25 ages 4 - 12; 800-261-8586 or

sun 21 FLORENCE Y’ALLS Family Sunday: kids can run the bases after the game. Thomas More Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence; 1:07 p.m.; tickets starting at $13, buy online for savings; 859-594-4487 or FREE PJ LIBRARY BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY (register) Kick off school at Weller Park, 8828 Weller Road, Montgomery; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; 513-761-7500 or

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sun 28 FREE MAINSTRASSE VILLAGE BAZAAR Local sellers. Mainstrasse, West 6th St., Covington; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 859-669-1425 or FREE RAPTOR INC. OPEN HOUSE See birds of prey up close. Raptor Inc., 961 Barg Salt Run Road, Milford; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513825-3325 or raptorinc. org.

mon 29 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. Cardinals. 6:40 p.m. Go to for more information.

Release your light! The Lights Lantern Fest on August 13 will send hundreds of lanterns into the night sky. TWENTY ONE PILOTS: THE ICY TOUR Rock out with dynamic duo. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 8 p.m.; tickets starting at $39.50; 513-421-4111 or event/2022/08/twenty-onepilots-the-icy-tour.

wed 24 MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE With special guests Turnstile and Dilly Dally. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; tickets starting at $59.50; 513-421-4111 or

thu 25 FREE MOVIE NIGHT ON THE LEVEE Watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1. Levee Way, Newport; 6 - 8 p.m.; 859-291-0550 or 24 august 2022

fri 26

sat 27

ENCANTO SING ALONG (see Things to Do opener on page 17)

FASHION DOLL SHOW AND SALE Barbie; Monster High; Madame Alexander and other dolls. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $5 adults, free for ages 12 and younger; 513-2078409.

GARTH LIVE! – A TRIBUTE TO GARTH BROOKS Go wild for the Garth Brooksstyle, high-energy performance. Jarson-Kaplan Theatre at Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati; 8 p.m.; tickets start at $45; 513-621-2787 or FREE MOONLIGHT MOVIE NIGHT Bring a lawn chair, blanket and snacks to see Spiderman No Way Home on a 16-foot screen. Hot dogs, popcorn and soda available for purchase. Movie begins at dark. ArtsConnect Front Field, 9158 Winton Road, Cincinnati; 6:30 p.m.; 513-5222108 or

REDLEGS RUN 2022 (register) Participants receive a medal, T-shirt, one view-level ticket voucher for the September 12 Reds vs. Pirates game, a postrace party in the Fan Zone and more. Great American Ball Park, 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati; 8 a.m.; $15 - 45; SIGN CRAFTING SATURDAY Sign-making fun. American Sign Museum, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $15 adult, $10 youth 13 -18, three children (12 and younger) free with each paid adult;

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ZUMBINI AT MILK & BEANS (register) Music and movement for a child and caregiver. Milk & Beans, 574 Buttermilk Pike, Crescent Springs; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; $15; 513673-0797 or

tue 30 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. Cardinals. 6:40 p.m. Go to for more information. FLORENCE Y’ALLS (See Tue., Aug. 4).

wed 31 CINCINNATI REDS Vs. Cardinals. 6:40 p.m.; reds. com for more information. FLORENCE Y’ALLS Bark in the park. Thomas More Stadium, 7950 Freedom Way, Florence; 6:31 p.m.; tickets start at $11; 859-594-4487 or

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