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little girl walks down a dirt road and gathers small rocks. They are not ordinary rocks — whatever an ordinary rock is — they are magical rocks. Magical because Nana will like these rocks, the little girl thinks, and she decides to carry her collection home and show her mother. She will show her mother and together they will place the little rocks in a sturdy box and enclose a note and mail the box to Nana in California who also loves rocks. The little girl knows that Nana enjoys rocks because when she visited her last summer they took walks together and picked them up and discussed them and held them beneath water to brighten their various features and even spent some time looking up precious stones in an encyclopedia. The little girl loves her Nana. She really takes an interest in the little girl. Spends a lot of time talking with her and sharing ideas about the world. With Nana, life is an interesting adventure day to day, even her house filled with all kinds of trinkets and interesting things on shelves that make it feel kind of like a museum. The little girl loves going there and spending time with Nana, especially because she listens and answers. _____________

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In thinking about education, in what our kids learn and how they learn it, we all know that certain things today are true. That we are incredibly busy parents with our jobs and our children’s activities and that getting to what’s most important — the educating of them — is painstakingly hard at times. Because it requires knowing our children very, very well. And that not all children are alike. In my mind, that very fact makes educating the masses a problem since there cannot be a one-size-fits-all mode. It would be easier, yes, but it would not work. We are not all good at math. We are not all good at English. Some can sing, some cannot. _____________

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Sept. 1 – 29, 2012 When D’Artagnan and his plucky sister Sabine aspire to join the famed Musketeers, they uncover dangerous rivalries in this action-packed adventure for the entire family.

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In my mind, one parent, grandmother or other critical adult who takes a genuine interest in the life of one child is the most crucial component to their education. If YOU are reading this, you likely are an involved, caring parent who loves your child more than life itself. If you are at all concerned that your child should receive the very best education possible, then turn now to page 23. This feature, “Ten Ways to Improve Your Child’s Education” will give you simple food for thought and simple tools for making education just a bit better for your kids. For instance, even if you insist on 10 hours of sleep a night for your young child you will be helping him when he’s in the classroom. Since we are still dealing with the residual effects of No Child Left Behind — like “teaching to the test” — what you do at home with your child to elevate his learning experiences is most critical. _____________ In the top segment of this Editor’s Note I write about a little girl with a love for rocks and for her Nana that shared it. That was me and that was my Nana. I can honestly say that Nana taught me about educating myself because she showed me that living is learning. She showed me that everyday is an adventure. I hope I am bringing that to my children.

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More nominations! Joseph Leanza, M.D. Springdale Mason Pediatrics, Mason and Springdale Takes time needed with all patients and supports the parents decision to parent and raise children! Heidi Weisman

Douglas Portmann, DC, CCSP, CSCS Wards Corner Chiropractic & Sports Rehab, Loveland He is a great guy, piller of the community, great listener, continues to help my family with all of their aches and pains. Brian Ripperger

Alex Cassinelli, DMD, MS Shiv Shanker, DDS, MS West Chester Orthodontics, West Chester They have superb customer service and the hours are ideal. (Later appts, weekend hours) Even the billing dept is very nice and understanding. My son lost his retainer 2 days after he got it. So of course we had to get another retainer made for him. They cut me a break on the second one. They did not have to do that at all. When my son is ready for braces I will be sure to go back to them with out a doubt! The doctors also are very good with the kids and explaining things to them. Marie Peterson

ON THIS MONTH’S COVER: Cover Kid Winner Olivia, photographed by Bobbi Ratliff of CelJak Photography in front of the ArtWorks mural located on Mullaney’s Pharmacy & Home Health Care in Pleasant Ridge.

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Curtis Dorsch, M.D. St. Elizabeth Physicians, Florence

Amazing professionalism from him and his staff. I always feel like I am getting the best care and he is held in very high esteem by my other professionals when I have mentioned his name. Susan Geresy

Dr. Dorsch specializes in pediatrics and internal medicine. He sees my entire family. He has been treating my husband for years, I have been going to him since I moved to the area 6 years ago, and now my 3 year old daughter sees him as well. My daughter is not especially fond of doctors but she loves Dr. Dorsch. He is extremely gentle and patient with young children. Whenever I have questions, he always answers them. Recently, my daughter was playing “doctor” and she pretended to be Dr. Dorsch which shows how much she likes him. I feel very lucky that we are all seen by such an outstanding doctor! Lisa Hager

Thomas B. Maloney, M.D. Group Health Associates Western Hills Cincinnati Dr. Maloney is a truly caring person, always taking the time to help out or lend an ear. He talked to me for over an hour on the phone recently at 11 p.m. at night regarding a situation with my daughter that was by no means an emergency. I have heard other impressive stories as well from other patients, always involving him giving of his time or making himself easily accessible to help. He can recognize the difference between an emergency and something that is not to be worried about, but never makes you feel dumb for worrying! He is a wonderful doctor, as are the other doctors at this office. Michelle Williams

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hildren’s artwork is on glorious display at the Main Library (800 Vine St.) in “What Children Believe,” an international exhibit resulting from a partnership of Learning Through Art, Inc., and Little Art of Munich in Germany. Students created the artwork after reading and seeing a live performance of the Caldecott Medal-winning book, What a Wonderful World. The exhibit’s on display through Sept. 30 during library hours; be sure to stop by the Children’s Learning Center with your kids so they can make their own work of art, too! Visit or call 513-369-6900 for more information.

Artwork created by local third-grader, Zion Wright.

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iving Green: A Turtle’s Quest for a Cleaner Planet (Mighty Book) is a 2012 shortlist finalist for the National Green Earth Book Award. The children’s book, by local author Artie Knapp, features Thurman the Turtle, and it’s now a free video on Youtube, too. Head there with your youngsters to learn about living green: watch?v=aUs_yQrEOkA&


aturday, Sept. 29 is Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live, an annual event that gives families a chance to visit a museum for free with a pre-printed ticket. Each ticket (one per household) admits two people (does not include parking or special events/ exhibits). Head to the Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati (315 W. Court St., 513-621-5553 or, The Betts House (416 Clark St., 513-6510734 or, and Taft Museum of Art (316 Pike St., 513-241-0343 or To get your ticket, visit and enter your information — a ticket will be emailed to you for printing.


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oin Cincinnati and NKY Family on Saturday, Sept. 22 for Bluegrass for Babies! The festival, which raises funds for the Perinatal Institute of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), aims to raise $50,000 this year. Bluegrass for Babies is a non-profit founded by Mat and Anne Schneider, Mt. Lookout residents who sought to find a way to give back to CCHMC after their son received life-saving surgery at only 2 days old. This year, Bluegrass for Babies takes place at Sawyer Point with Greensky Bluegrass as the headlining act. Other perfomers include The Comet Bluegrass All-Stars and Jennifer Ellis. New this year is the “Healthy Kids for a Brighter Future” initiative where local health experts can give parents knowledge about raising active, healthy kids. At the concert, kids can play games while parents visit educational booths. Get advance tickets online at ($15 adults, free for children), or at the gate ($20 for adults, $4 for children).

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he local non-profit Cincy Kids 4 Kids hosts the Stop, Walk & Roll 5K and Late Summer Carnival on Saturday, Sept. 8 to benefit Shriners Hospital for Children. Several other local organizations are participating, too. Missy Bastin helped grow Cincy Kids 4 Kids to bolster local groups. “Our mission is to make a difference in the lives of needy kids and to teach our own kids lessons on giving and community,” she says. Families can walk (or roll) beginning at 9:45 a.m. at Union Township Veterans Memorial Park (4350 Aicholtz Road), and then enjoy a carnival of fun games for 50 cents each, dunk-a-teacher and more! Advance registration for the walk is $25 adults, $15 children; visit

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limb a tree, take a hike, and gaze at the stars in this year’s Great Outdoor Weekend, hosted by Green Umbrella. On Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23, families can choose from 125 outdoor recreational and nature activities all over Greater Cincinnati — all for free! Included are the Cincinnati Nature Center, Imago Earth Center, county and city parks, Park + Vine, the Boone County Arboretum, and EarthJoy in Northern Kentucky — there’s something for everyone. Get a complete schedule of city-wide activities at

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he schedule of recommended immunizations for kids ages 0 - 6 can overwhelm new parents — that’s a lot of doctor appointments! But according to John Doscher, M.D., of Landen Lakes Pediatrics, there is a wee bit of flexibility built in here, for example, if you happen to miss a particular dose, you don’t have to begin immunizing all over again. Further, many vaccines have been combined today so kids get fewer shots than they used to. That certainly helps when it comes to fears of needles! Speaking of which, if your child’s scared of getting a shot, Doscher advises not to “feed into it,” since kids take their cues from parents and fare better when Mom and Dad project confidence. As children grow, immunization visits become wellchild visits. “These are the years for a child’s growth and development,” Doscher says. And since children grow so quickly, parents need to be aware of their developmental issues along the way. Doscher says well-child visits are a key time for communication — aside from arming you


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with information on nutrition, sleep and other important health topics, it’s the perfect opportunity for you to bring up parenting and medical questions during all-important face time with your child’s doctor. But in today’s economy, some parents wonder why take a child to the doctor if he’s not sick? Doctors caution against this mindset. “Adults hit a plateau,” Doscher says. “They age more slowly, whereas infants grow fast and are constantly changing.” He explains that when a child goes from age 3 to 4, that’s actually one-third of his life he has experienced — a whole lot happens to his body in that amount of time. When scheduling a well-child visit, Doscher advises parents to avoid winter months when more sick children are in the office, and aim for the summer months instead, booking those appointments a solid good month in advance. When your children are infants, and well-child visits are only a few months apart, Doscher says just go ahead and make your next appointment while you’re in the office. One less thing to worry about! 9 mos.

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re you a criminal?” A boy raised his playing card with a sheriff’s badge. “No. I’m not.” The blacksmith hammered the orange glowing iron, shaping the blade of a knife. “Do you know any criminals?” the boy asked. The blacksmith said he’d heard about some bad behavior, and advised the card-carrying deputy to ask around. The boy dashed into Prairietown to continue his investigation, just one of the adventures offered at Conner Prairie, an interactive history park located 25 minutes north of Indianapolis. From Prairietown, our family crossed the covered bridge and joined union forces in the Civil War. Soldiers taught visitors how to march and directed us to stations throughout the re-created Dupont Village, culminating in the story of Morgan’s Raid on Indiana. The experience featured real attitudes and opinions from letters and documents of the time, expressed by lifelike animatronic men, women and children, who appeared and disappeared against a backdrop of three screens that projected ordinary life, disrupted by the invading army, its battles, and explosions. Back at the Welcome Center, two of our boys worked on Lego trebuchets and then used their models to fire pompoms. Meanwhile, our middle son checked out wind-up toys and the workings of a music box, as our two oldest kids built a homestead with Lincoln logs. The kids had more hands-on fun at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, the world’s largest children’s museum. The Dinosphere always attracts interest with its enormous dinosaurs, ambient sounds, rain and interactive displays, but the kids’ favorite spot was the Carousel Wishes and Dreams. We entered through the mirror maze and the kids dove into retro games of Pong, Pac Man, and Super Mario Brothers amid a kid-sized town. Long lines forbade a ride on the Carousel, but my middle son dropped a nickel in the slot of a coin-operated horse, and my cowboy wannabe got tossed and bounced by a mechanical bronco.

Solve a mystery, play with Legos and take a high-speed ride in an Indy racecar!

The museum includes a Lego Travel Adventure where we marveled at Lego dioramas of ships, trains and famous cities, and a play area lets kids pose in a Lego racecar, smile as the face of an iconic Lego person, or build with countless Lego bricks and pieces. Now through January, visitors can explore Hot Wheels for Real. Flashing lights and the sounds of motors revving greeted us as we passed under the car-covered tunnel. The kids pointed to the cars and toys in their own collections, posed in life-sized versions of the Hot Wheels, and used touch screens to design their own cars and e-mail the pictures to themselves and friends. We learned about the physics, materials, and engineering involved in building real racecars at The Dallara IndyCar Factory. The new factory and tour facility introduced us to the Italian scientists whose ideas make Indy racing possible. Interactive panels and a tunnel filled with informative explanations of aerodynamics, equations, carbon fiber and basic physics led to a room filled with simulators that put the kids (and my husband) behind the wheel. There’s also a theater outfitted with comfortable racecar seats and a film with more about Dallara. But nothing could compete with riding in a street-legal Indy racecar. Age restrictions meant our youngest two could only snap on the helmets, but for the rest of us, it was a thrill. Helmet strapped on, I sat low with my legs and feet tucked around the seat in front. “Ready?” The driver hit the gas. We flew around the first corner. The blur of sky and buildings gained focus at a red light. The air smelled like gasoline. The engine revved. The light changed. We sped forward. The speed pushed me back and I hugged the edge as we turned right, went faster and stopped again. Getting out of the car was tricky, and the kids laughed as I tried to stand. I wiggled, but needed help. When I finally got unstuck, the kids applauded — my personal triumph with an Indy racecar. J Barbara Littner David is a local writer and mother of five. She is also the author ofCincinnati Trips for Kids, a collection of more than 40 great Cincinnat-area attractions.

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Help your child develop the motor skills he needs for handwriting — beginning in babyhood. BY DELIA POYTHRESS


y newborn daughter struggled to raise her head. I had placed her on her tummy while she was awake. Her little body wriggled about, and as she had raised her head just enough to be able to look around, her little neck muscles gave out and down her head came, causing her to begin her struggle all over again. I was on my belly in front of her, talking softly to her, encouraging her to try again, showering her with smiles and praise for her efforts. She began to cry, so I picked her up, holding her close, knowing that at this tender, young age, I was already laying the foundation for her future handwriting skills. As the weeks passed and she made it very evident that she did not enjoy “tummy time,” I learned to sit reclined, on the floor, making my upper body a sort of “incline.” I would place her on my chest and sing, call her name, and talk softly — anything I could do to get her to bear weight through her arms and hands while looking up to see my face. I alternated “sessions” like these with gradually increasing periods of tummy time to work on visual skills while strengthening her upper body through weightbearing, two key pre-writing components. Every developmental stage in a child’s life presents unique opportunities to strengthen upper body muscles, visual perception, and eye-hand coordination, which are skills necessary to enhance future handwriting ability.

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sticky hands to writing hands coordination of the muscles of the upper body, neck and eyes. Newborns work on strength and coordination through learning to hold their head steady and focusing on Mommy’s or Daddy’s face. As babies grow, they begin to push up onto their forearms and then, eventually, their hands. They support the weight of their upper body through their arms, which is often referred to as “weightbearing.” The strengthening and feedback the small muscles of the hands and the large muscles of the shoulder girdle receive is crucial for normal development of the upper limbs, in preparation for fine motor tasks such as handwriting. Visual tracking and reaching are other activities that can be incorporated into playtime; these, too, are crucial to the development of future handwriting skills. While the baby is on her back or tummy, hold a favorite soft toy in front of her and slowly move it vertically and horizontally. The baby will watch the toy, giving her practice in visual tracking. As the baby grows she will also begin to reach for the toy. These efforts at reaching for and grasping the toy are simple child’s play but are so important for developing eye-hand coordination.

The Toddler Years

When you begin feeding your child baby food, the baby may reach out for the spoon. Although your instinct may be to stop him and avoid a mess, allow him to place his hand on the spoon as you feed him, being careful that he doesn’t push the spoon too far into his mouth. When your child is able to chew foods such as soft, cooked vegetables, cut them up into small pieces and allow him to feed himself, one piece at a time. This practice in reaching for and grasping small pieces of food will further develop the small muscles of the hand, working toward the ability to properly grasp a crayon or pencil when the child gets older. Yes, it may be messy to allow your child to self-feed, but these experiences are essential to sensory and fine motor development. Little hands that are allowed to get “sticky” often during self-feeding experiences tend to have well-developed muscles, preparing them for the new experiences the preschool years will present.

Preschool Years

The preschool years can provide a whole new world of opportunities for your child to practice visual-motor and fine-motor skills through their play. Some of these activities may be messy, but the benefits far outweigh the cleanup required! In fact, it is much more time-consuming to try to replicate the benefits of these activities through other, less messy activities and often not as effective (or fun). A prime example of a messy but developmentally supportive activity is the use of play dough. Both strength and coordination are required to manipulate play dough into various shapes. An added benefit is that there are no “lesson plans” required. (Have you ever noticed how a preschooler will occupy himself with his play dough creations for long periods of time?) Creativity and pretend play can also really blossom with play dough, all while enhancing fine-motor strength and eye-hand coordination. Not too many activities can do all that with little preparation by the parent! Finger painting is another messy yet effective activity for prewriting skills. Through finger painting, children can learn which movements produce which markings (i.e., line, circle). Since writing is described simply as “the trace of movement,” finger painting is one of the most perfect pre-writing activities you can use to teach children how to make lines and shapes — without even picking up a pencil. As children begin to show an interest in coloring, encourage the use of crayons instead of markers, and demonstrate a proper crayon grip. Crayons provide resistance that markers do not and therefore are more effective at building

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strength and endurance in the muscles required for writing. A crayon is a “tool for writing,” much like chopsticks are “tools for eating.” It is important to teach your child how to use this “writing tool” properly. Demonstration and positioning the hand on the crayon properly will lead to proper grip of a pencil when your child shows readiness to write letters in the kindergarten and elementary years.

Kindergarten & Elementary Years

The transition to handwriting is made easier for the child and parent when a solid foundation of pre-writing skills has been laid. Before running a race, a wise athlete does some warm-up exercises. In the same way, it is beneficial for the child to warm up the muscles of the hands and arms prior to writing each day. Activities that have been used to develop the muscles of the hands during play, such as the use of play dough, can easily be used to warm up the hands prior to a handwriting lesson. Developmentally, children typically learn to copy vertical and horizontal lines prior to drawing circles and diagonal lines. Therefore, when using a developmental approach to handwriting, teach letters that utilize only vertical and horizontal lines before introducing letters that contain diagonal lines. For example, teach capital F before capital A. Furthermore, teaching capitals first is an effective way to allow children to focus on developing good letter formation habits with letters of one size and position on the line, prior to introducing lowercase letters. Lowercase letters require children to pay attention to various size and placements on the line, which may be overwhelming for a child’s first introduction to handwriting. Regardless of the style chosen, demonstration and consistency are crucial when teaching your child handwriting. Demonstrate the proper formation of letters for your child until she is forming the letter consistently each time. Use consistent language when describing letter formation, since some children, especially auditory learners, will “replay” your instructions in their heads while writing on their own. Continue instructing your child in letter formation until handwriting becomes an automatic skill. Otherwise, too much effort will go into remembering how to write the letter and take away effort needed for the spelling or composition lessons you try to teach later on. The progression to cursive handwriting also requires demonstration and consistency. A key difference is that the connections between letters need to be emphasized as well, for that is what sets cursive apart from print. Regular review until cursive handwriting becomes automatic is also necessary if you want your child to use it every day without it detracting from the effort required for the main purpose of written assignments. Be sure to think through the decision regarding when to start teaching your child cursive as well. Recent research suggests that teaching children to write in slanted manuscript, such as D’Nealian, while learning to read has led to confusion for some children. I have been informed by some parents of the same confusion when the child has been taught to write in cursive first.


Even though my baby did not like “tummy time” or pursue it on her own through her play as she grew, we were able to integrate appropriate, fun activities that enhanced her fine-motor and visual-motor development. Handwriting is now a very automatic skill for her, it is legible, and she enjoys it. With some God-given patience, a structured handwriting curriculum that included consistent demonstration, and a lot of fun fine-motor and visual-motor activities, enhancing handwriting skills, to her, was nothing more than child’s play! J Delia Poythress, an occupational therapist, wife and a homeschooling mom. She speaks on handwriting, learning styles and fun ways to increase attention during learning tasks.

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ggie Kindberg knew she wanted to raise a bilingual baby. Originally from Slovakia, Aggie met and married Cincinnati native Matt Kindberg a few years ago, and now live in Pleasant Ridge with their 11-month-old daughter Annabelle. With her family still in Slovakia, it was very important to Aggie that Annabelle be raised speaking Hungarian. So, she started early, “I began speaking Hungarian to my daughter when she was in my belly!” Aggie says. And she still does. In fact, at home, Hungarian’s the only language she uses with Annabelle. Because her daughter is surrounded by English everywhere she goes, Aggie is confident that Annabelle pick up English easily. As a result of her approach, Aggie says Annabelle already knows several English and Hungarian words. “She knows that ‘cica’ means ‘kitty’ and ‘még’ means ‘more.’ We also use sign language to further emphasize these words,” she says.

Children are hard-wired to easily learn and assimilate language from an early age — so if you begin teaching your child early, you give him the gift of multilingualism.

The Sooner, the Better According to child development experts, the first two years of a child’s life are considered a critical period for the development of language skills. Language activities during this time help to provide a foundation for vocabulary and speech development for the rest of a child’s life, so starting a second language during this period builds a broader foundation. Aimee Hollstegge, a Spanish teacher at St. Nicholas Academy and the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center (CFEC) says, “the sooner children start listening to another language, the better. Children’s ears are very sensitive, and they listen to phonetic sounds that adults just don’t hear as we get older.” As a result, parents wanting to raise a bilingual

child should start from the beginning, explains Jennifer Ortiz, a board-certified music therapist and teacher at the CFEC. Because infants learn by mimicking the sounds and expressions around them, Ortiz says that babies are prime candidates for learning multiple languages. She explains: “While babies babble at first and typically don’t speak their first meaningful words until 9-12 months or after, they listen to us and take things in from birth and even in the womb. As infants vocalize and explore the sounds they can make, their tones and patterns are based on those that they hear around them. Exposing young children to two languages gives them a greater variety of word sounds and patterns to explore.” In addition, explains Ortiz, by taking the time to help teach a child a second language, parents will likely spend more time talking with their child — and this is one of the best ways to help their speech develop. With that in mind, it would seem that families with a bilingual parent would have a leg up, as (please turn the page) •

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the child is more likely to grow up hearing both languages from the beginning. However, Ortiz adds that parents who are learning (or refreshing their knowledge of a second language shouldn’t despair, as long as they get an early start. “Starting early gives those parents more time to become familiar and comfortable with the language, so that as the child is able to seek out more words, the parent can be ready to teach more vocabulary,” concludes Ortiz.

Incorporating Multiple Languages With the value of starting early a given – how exactly can a parent do it? There are a few popular approaches for introducing multiple languages, including: • Having each parent speak only one language, so that the child learns to distinguish between the two • Having the family speak one language inside the home, while the child learns the other language from the community outside the home • Total and partial immersion schools • Language classes, playgroups, and books/ videos The first two methods apply to families where at least one parent is already fluent in another language, and is often associated with families with a non-native English speaker. Jill Landis, owner of I Can Play en Français, a French immersion enrichment program for children in Cincinnati, says that it’s best for the non-English speaking parent to interact with the child whenever they are together. “TV and school will tip the scales away from time spent speaking the other language, so parents have to compensate. As children grow older, they will need extra instruction in reading and writing the other language,” so Landis says it’s essential that the other language is practiced as much as possible at home. However, you don’t have to be fluent in another

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language in order to raise a bilingual child. According to Karen L. Mulligan, principal of the Fairview-Clifton German Language School, immersion schools offer children the chance to learn multiple languages by using the same approaches parents use in teaching their children English. “Most children are immersed in English throughout their daily lives. As a result, they will learn English much quicker than a second language,” Mulligan says. She adds, “Immersion programs focus on acquisition of spoken vocabulary using lots of picture clues, repetition, and songs — much like how parents teach their own children to speak English.” Lastly, there are plenty of classes, playgroups, and events in the area that can help expose your child to another language. Megan Meconi, owner of the Cincinnati Spanish Academy, suggests that parents look into bilingual classes or even bilingual child care providers to help kids learn another language. In fact, Meconi says that the Cincinnati Spanish Academy offers weekly classes for kids ages 3 and up. On a day-to-day basis, Meconi suggests that parents incorporate toys, games, and movies in a second language to ensure a steady pace of learning. Whichever approach (or combination of approaches) you decide, Landis says that you must make it fun. “Almost every adult I’ve ever talked to can tell me a story about their bad experience learning a foreign language — and that now they are a ‘dunce’ at it. If children come to associate learning a foreign language with play — especially with people they care about and who take an interest in them — chances are they will thrive as speakers,” she concludes.

Bilingual Benefits It’s difficult to quantify all of the advantages to knowing multiple languages, mainly due to the fact that several benefits (college admission, job placement, etc.) happen well down the line. However, experts agree that bilingual kids generally achieve greater academic achievement in other areas of study, including reading, social studies, and mathematics. Mulligan says that children who study a foreign language “have an improved self‑concept and sense of achievement in school. They show greater cognitive development in such areas as mental flexibility, creativity, divergent thinking, and higher‑order thinking skills.” There are also ways that knowing a foreign language can benefit the entire family. For couples learning a new language together, the process can create a great sense of connection and bonding as a family. For couples with one non-native

English speaker, the process of teaching Baby another language can extend to the other partner. In fact, Aggie’s approach isn’t just working for baby Annabelle — Matt says he is picking up Hungarian, too. Between his immersion in Hungarian during their annual visits to Slovakia, and Aggie’s emphasis on speaking her language at home, Matt says that he now understands a lot of the language. In this way, the process of teaching Annabelle Hungarian has further connected the Kindberg family — and, isn’t that what language is meant to do? Sarah McCosham is a local writer and mom.

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There’s always lots of griping going on about what’s wrong with education, but truth be told, what happens at home directly impacts what happens at school. How you raise your child is the key factor to how he will fare educationally. Here are 10 things you can do NOW to help your child. (please turn the page) •

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“We know from talking with teachers that children are sleepy in the classroom and that this is a significant problem,” says Dr. Carl Hunt, director of the National Center on Sleep Disorders. Families don’t go to sleep as early as they need to, Hunt says, often because of late-running after-school activities combined with homework or watching TV and just plain old losing track of time. Since lack of sleep interferes with your child’s learning, make an effort to help your child get his zzz’s. Elementary school children require at least nine hours of sleep at night to be well rested and some children need even more.



TV. IPad. Facebook. Video games. Cell phones. Yuda yuda yuda, enough. The Kaiser Family Foundation reported in 2010 that heavy media use can lead to poor grades and lower levels of personal contentment, meanwhile media use has only increased since then. Since there’s an obvious relationship between restricting media usage and improving academic performance and personal lives, parents can insist on unplugged zones at home. How about a conversation about world history instead?



Yes, you’re busy, but what’s more important? The work that will always be there or the little boy who will one day move away from home? To really understand how your child is doing in school — and to help him do his best — reach out to his teachers ... and not just at the start of the year. Make a continuing effort to know what’s happening in your child’s classes, what he’s studying, how you can be of help to your child’s teachers, etc. Furthermore, BELIEVE your child’s teachers when they offer assessments and observations of your child. That way you can better guide your child at home.




Every summer when kids get out of school parents and educators worry about “brain drain.” But why should the learning stop just because school’s out or on break? Many successful homeschooling families say the secret to a good education is living with learning. In other words, taking a break from learning is like taking a break from eating. It’s an adjustment for many parents who come to this idea late with their children, but to improve a child’s education, taking the time to teach and explain as a day goes on is invaluable and at the essence of a solid life-long learning.



If your child is prone to negative thinking, once he gets on that negative roller coaster at school, it’s very difficult to stop the disorienting effect it has on learning. What can you do to help your child? According to Attitude is Everything by Jeff Keller, help him build tools that will keep negative thoughts at bay: 1) Develop good study habits and organization at home; 2) Read and reread directions and underline things for emphasis at school and home; 3) Organize thoughts to the task at hand so there’s an order to the work; 4) Don’t panic. Teach your child to ask himself, “What’s the worst that can happen?” 5) Encourage and encourage some more.



Kids are not born knowing what they want to be when they grow up. That’s why parents need to make sure they have plenty of exposure to the different things in life that interest them. Additionally, when your child discovers an interest, help him to be mindful of his experiences and don’t rush him along, says Robert Holden in his book, Happiness, NOW! (Hay House Publishers).





At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, there’s a class offered called “How to Make (Almost) Anything,” which emphasizes handson experience. The “learn by making” idea is like a magnet for kids who love being able to get their hands on anything — often while adults are pushing them away. Educators around the world agree that the physical act of making things helps with learning, so find ways to engage your kids by allowing them to DO things with their hands in order to learn.

If your kids are overscheduled with activities, you can’t demand A’s from them without being cruel. One after-school activity or sport is all a kid needs, says Dr. Alvin Rosenfeld, M.D., in the book The Over Scheduled Child (St. Martin’s Griffin).



Whether your child’s class studies butterflies, your hometown, baby animals, or math, the topic is a way to train kids to think, remember, make connections, and theorize. Help to stoke your child’s curiosity and enthusiasm about whatever subject is being covered at school by engaging in talk at dinner, in the car or during homework time, says the American Academy of Pediatrics.



If your child is not performing well in school, help him with his schoolwork, meet with his teacher, find him the support he needs. Perhaps he needs a tutor. Many schools have ways to help kids overcome their learning problems and many offer peer tutoring for free. Dawn Ramsey is a mother and freelance writer.

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Cincinnati Museum Center

1301 Western Avenue, Cincinnati 513-287-7055, Home to the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Museum of Natural History and Science, Cincinnati History Museum, and the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX Theatre – Cincinnati Museum Center offers something for everyone! Museums open everyday except Thanksgiving and Christmas. OMNIMAX Theater hours vary. Rotunda Tours available Saturday and Sunday. Extended hours may be added for peak periods and special exhibits. Annual Holiday Junction exhibit Nov. Jan. Admission included with an All Museums Pass. Visit our website for complete hours and schedules.

Renowned for Educating Leaders of Character, The Summit Country Day School is committed to the development of each student’s intellect, character and leadership through personalized education that celebrates each child.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati 513-345-2242 Programs for young actors through grade 12, theater tours, Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series, annual holiday tradition ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Tony award winning productions.

Cincinnati Public Schools

2651 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati 513-363-0123 As Ohio’s highest-rated urban district, CPS has become a national model of excellence with innovative and rigorous academic programs, exciting enrichment opportunities, and strong community partnerships that ensure each student’s success. Choose from dozens of highly rated magnet, neighborhood and high school options.

Cincinnati Recreation Commission • 513-352-4000 CRC can help with hectic mornings and those times in your child’s schedule when they are out of school, but you can’t be with them. Camp CRC offers before- and after-school camps (ages 6 - 12 yrs. and 5-year-olds enrolled in all day Kindergarten) from 7 a.m. - 6 p.m. at selected CRC centers. Dates of operation for both before- and after-school camps coincide with the Cincinnati Public Schools calendar. Please call your local recreation center for detailed information.

The Compass School

9370 Waterstone Blvd., Cincinnati 513-683-8833 Outstanding project-based curriculum. Offering full- and part-time infant, toddler, pre-school, kindergarten and afterschool programs. Degreed teachers, excellent parent communication and a welcoming family environment. Setting the standard in early care and education. NAEYC accredited. Schedule your personal tour today!

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6408 Thornberry, Mason 513-770-6776 A small private preschool providing toddler, early 3’s, preschool, pre-K programs and summer camp. Spanish, music, art and yoga enrichment available. Low class ratios. We believe children flourish in a stimulating environment which emphasizes growth in intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. Committed to creating a warm, caring and supportive atmosphere. To discover a new approach to preschool, visit our website and schedule a tour.

Drake Planetarium

2060 Sherman Ave., Cincinnati 513-396-5578 • Come let your imagination soar! Featuring our popular Lego Robotics, Architecture, Crazy Contraptions and Young Builders classes. Science Adventure classes include Rockin’ Rockets, Battle Bots, Engineering, Amusement Park Science and Destination: SPACE.

The El Sewedy International Academy of Cincinnati

8094 Plantation Drive, West Chester 513-755-0169 The Academy provides a place for children to grow and learn the skills necessary to be productive citizens with a multi-culturally diverse environment. The Academy is a licensed preschool through grade 8 program providing a balanced learning experience aimed at total student development.

Erickson Academy of Irish Dance

673 Wilmer Ave., Ste. D, Cincinnati 513-232-1366 Go GREEN - learn Irish Dance! Traditional Irish step-dancing classes for children, teens and adults. Now accepting new students for 2012-13 classes starting the week of Labor Day. Two studio spaces with sprung floors, mirrors, parent observation area. Instructors certified by An Coimisiun le Rinci Gaelacha in Dublin, Ireland.

Fitton Center for Creative Arts

101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton 513-863-8873 We encourage you to experience the artistic, musical, educational and social opportunities designed with you in mind. Discover something new or cultivate your creativity in our arts classes, workshops or private lessons. Stroll through our beautiful galleries showcasing thought provoking exhibits. Join us for Celebrating Self’s enlightening luncheons, the professional performances of Fitton Family Fridays, EntertainmentPlus! and Mad Anthony Theatre Company’s off-beat plays.

Fruit of Zion Child Development Center

9180 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, West Chester 513-531-1180 • Before-/after-care. Children learn social, emotional, physical, and intellectual skills in a positive, supportive environment. Individualized homework assistance is provided. Transportation is available for select schools.

The Gardner School

9920 Carver Road, Cincinnati 513-985-9444 An award-winning, academically-focused preschool for ages 6 wks. through private full-day kindergarten. Our early childhood education curriculum is age-appropriate and is among the highest standards in the industry. Your child will reach their full potential guided by our highly qualified, degreed teachers and may participate in such activities as sign language, the Be Smart Kids computer program, dance, gymnastics, foreign languages and music and drama.



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For a complete list of events, visit 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208 513.871.4700, ext. 261 The Summit Country Day School serves students from age two through grade twelve in a coeducational setting. The Summit combines the academic excellence and one-on-one guidance of a top-tier independent school with the servant leadership and character building environment that are hallmarks of a Catholic education.

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Indian Springs Academy of Music

9690 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, Cincinnati 513-301-0588 We specialize in private instrumental instruction, offer a variety of music theory classes, and national merit certificates in music from the Carnegie Hall - Royal Conservatory Achievement Program. No matter your age or skill level, the Indian Springs Academy can design a program that suits your level and schedule.

Jacob’s Well Christian Learning Center

My Little Red Haus

9429 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati 513-827-9110 Artists and non-artists will enjoy our non-structured classes, private instruction, group sessions, parties, art therapy and open studio time. Come for the fun and go home with your unique creation! Ages 4 and up.

The New School Montessori

5334 Socialville Foster Road, Mason 513-229-0223 • Brand new 100,000 sq. ft. facility. Make new friends, keep your minds sharp and intrigued, learn about God’s love and how to extend that love to others. 2012 Summer Olympics theme. Two or three field trips every week. Swimming at a local pool every week. Grades K - 5.

3 Burton Woods Lane, Cincinnati 513-281-7999 Our wooded playgrounds, home-cooked lunches and family-like setting in North Avondale’s Mitchell Mansion provide a stimulating and nurturing environment for learning. Students thrive in a community that values diversity, passion for learning, and creativity. 3 y rs. - grade 6. AMS and ISACS accredited. Open Houses Oct. 21 and Jan. 27, 2 - 4 p.m.

Jelly Bean Junction Learning Centers

Ohio Virtual Academy/K12

1313 Ohio Pike, Amelia 513-753-1500 533 Clough Pike, Cincinnati 513-528-3333 5994 Winton Road, Fairfield 513-939-1876 3277 Montgomery Road, Loveland 513-683-3400 820 US Route 50, Midford 513-576-0786 Is your child on the right track? Join us for our school age summer camp beginning in June. Children will be attending 2 to 3 engaging and educational field trips each week. We also invite special guests and activities to our centers. Call the location nearest to you for further details about this exciting opportunity.

Kindermusik Classes by Discover Music with Nancy Knauf

2551 Dixie Hwy. Lakeside Park, KY 859-512-7400 • Sing, dance, explore instruments and bond with your child! Music and movement classes designed to stimulate early childhood development and instill a lifelong love of music. Licensed Kindermusik instructor with BA in music. Weekly classes (Tue., Wed., Thu. and Sat.) run Sept. 4 - Dec 15. See available class times at www.kindermusik. com/classes. Join anytime! Free preview class available. 866-339-9071 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 Accredited by CITA and NCA CASI.

Paint by the Glass - Canvas and Cocoa

8179 Princeton-Glendale Road, Ste. G, West Chester 513-874-0806 Bring your precious little ones out for a day of painting. Weekend classes for kids are now available, cost is $17.50 (includes all art materials, instruction and a drink/snack). Ages 5 and up. Schedule on-line or call 513-874-1101.

Piano Lessons In Your Home 513-860-3540 Offering piano, guitar and voice lessons for all ages in your own home with experienced instructors in the Cincinnati area and in Northern Kentucky. Also offers free recitals, a flexible make-up policy, an extensive music library and flexible scheduling.

Langsford Learning Centers

Pied Piper Music Together

The Little Gym

Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian

Locations in Blue Ash and West Chester 513-531-7400 A private educational organization dedicated to developing life-long, independent learners. We have been teaching reading, spelling, comprehension, and writing in an atmosphere of enthusiasm and encouragement. Our successful model includes identifying the root cause responsible for the breakdown in reading process and then applying targeted instruction using research-validated approaches. 7318 Yankee Road, Liberty Township 513-777-1110 8201 Arbor Square Drive, Mason 513-204-1400 Teaching movement skills in a noncompetitive environment to help build young children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual skills. Programs are designed for ages 4 mos. - 12 yrs. and incorporate music with movement and learning.

The Little Songbird Music Studio

240 Main St., Florence 859-547-8765 At our classes, you and your child will move, sing, listen to high-quality music, and explore musical instruments. Children learn music the same way they learn their native language. The earlier they are exposed to music, the more fluent they will become!

The Mad Potter Madeira

7754 Camargo Road, Madeira 513-561-1888 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.

Mason, Liberty Township and Middletown locations 513-767-7134 • All children are musical! From birth, children make sounds and movements in response to the music around them. Our classes help you support their music aptitude. Every week, enjoy 45 minutes of singing and dancing with other music-making families. Then continue at home with our CDs, illustrated songbooks and parent guide DVD. Music Together is an internationally recognized music and movement program. Visit our website to view a descriptive video. 5950 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati 513-631-0170 Professionally qualified teachers develop programs rich in language experiences and reading and math readiness to encourage in each child a love of learning, curiosity, creativity, self-confidence, and independence as a learner.

St. Ursula Academy

1339 East McMillan St., Cincinnati 513-961-3410 St. Ursula is a nurturing, Catholic, educational community for girls grades 9 - 12, best known for its academic excellence. This college-preparatory high school empowers students to become thinkers, leaders, nurturers and prophets. The curriculum challenges each student at her individual academic level and offers enriching choices in fine arts, community service, athletics and co-curriculars.

St. Ursula Villa

3660 Vineyard Place, Cincinnati 513-871-7218 Serving ages 3 yrs. - grade 8, St. Ursula Villa provides academic excellence in the Ursuline tradition. Emphasis is on the individual, family atmosphere, whole-child development, outstanding high school preparation, and championship athletics. Student:teacher ratio of 10:1, and a school enrollment of 495. Informational Coffees Nov. 7 and 15.

Miss Nancy’s Musikgarten

School or Rock, Mason

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Star Glazers

4604 Dry Ridge Road, Cincinnati 513-702-9927 • Offering a sequential program of music and movement classes for children newborn - 8 yrs. Singing, dancing, playing instruments, creativity and fun! 8293 Duke Blvd., Mason 513-398-7773 Celebrating 25 years of offering Montessori education. Providing a supportive learning environment, we focus on individualized education and offer students opportunities for self-paced acceleration. Experienced, degreed teachers committed to the success of each student intellectually, socially and emotionally. We encourage self-motivation and an excitement about learning. 7.5 acre campus. State chartered, AMS affiliated. Extended care available. 18 mos. - grade 8.

The Music Factory 513-545-7125 The Music Factory offers award-winning music education classes for children 6 mos. - 5 yrs. Taught on-site at your preschool or day care!

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755 Reading Road, Ste. 1, Mason 513-770-1257 • We get you playing on stage before live audiences at real rock venues with weekly private lessons and weekly show rehearsals. We have programs for kids 7 - 18 and for adults, from beginner to advanced. We teach guitar, bass, drums, piano/keys, and vocal. 513-474-6364 Star Glazers turns the space of your choosing into a paint-your-own-pottery studio, bringing pieces to match your theme, all materials, with pieces returned within two weeks.

Summit Country Day School

2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati 513-871-4700 summitcds.og The area’s only Catholic, independent co-ed, college prep school serving students 2 yrs. - grade 12. Programs include a classical academic curriculum with a global perspective and a nationally recognized Education for Character program.

Tippi Toes

Multiple locations in Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky 513-578-1280 Tippi Toes Dance mission is to develop a love of dancing in children (ages 18 mos. - 3 yrs.) by creating a positive experience that promotes healthy living habits, helps build self-confidence, and a love for others.

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Try your first class free! New students for Children’s Division, ages 2–7, and Teen Division, ages 12 and up, are welcome to attend their first class for free. Reservations required. Contact the academy at 513.562.1111 to set up your free class today!


THINK A Brain Building Program

Learn more about Dr Jahnke’s approach at a FREE community service event called “What is Sensory Processing Disorder?”

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Providing SUPERIOR Pediatric Service in Mason, OH We’re pleased to announce that the Indoor Trampoline Park is now open in the Erlanger location – Jump off the walls and play air dodgeball! Cincinnati’s only trampoline arena is at Lazer Kraze! Have a “BLAST” at your next party.... Your own private party “SPACE!”

Let us care for those you care for the most! 513-398-5960 •

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day out with thomas! Sept. 7 - 9, 14 - 16


ake a 25-minute train ride with Thomas the Tank Engine, meet Sir Topham Hatt, visit the Imagination Station for crafts and fun, check out the bounce castle, listen to some stories and enjoy live music. It’s a day loaded with fun, and Thomas wouldn’t have it any other way! Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $18 for ages 2 and older. Call 513-933-8022 or visit •

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hen D’Artagnan and his sister Sabine try to join the famed Musketeers, they uncover all sorts of dangerous rivalries that make for an actionpacked adventure the whole family will enjoy. Be sure to register in advance for the Musketeer Training Camp available before Saturday matinees for an additional $10. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; visit the Web site for ticket prices. Call 513-421-3888 or visit

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The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Boogie Band dishes out a battle of the decades as they perform favorite tunes from 70s and 80s. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and be ready to get down. Amphitheatre, Devou Park, Covington; 7:30 p.m.; $5 suggested donation; park-n-ride shuttle from Covington Catholic (1600 Dixie Hwy.) from 6 - 7:30 p.m. for $1; 859-431-6216 or kyso. org.


Raptor, Inc., is on hand to introduce visitors to local, native raptors all weekend long. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 12 - 4 p.m. Sept. 1 - 3; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


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Run your tail off! Join a 5K, chip-timed run through the Zoo, while ages 12 and younger can participate in a free Cheetah “Cub” Fun Run. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; 8 a.m.; $30 pre-registration members, $35 pre-registration nonmembers, $35 day-of registration; 513-474-1399 or

Gear up for fall with a day made for dancing at the CAM, followed by a scavenger hunt and visits with local artists. Cincinnati Art Museum, 952 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or All ages are invited to learn a few simple German words through stories and songs. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-7312665 or


Ahoy, sailors! Join in for stories featuring some famous swashbucklers. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or


The Southwestern Ohio/Northern Kentucky Square Dancers Federation kicks off National Square Dance Month with an all-day event that introduces the public to American Folk Dance. Join the dancers in five different sessions around Greater Cincinnati for a square and round dance demonstration and public dancing. Whitewater Township Fire House, 6736 Ohio 128, Miamitown at 9 a.m.; John Wesley United Methodist Church, 1927 West Kemper Road, Forest Park at 11 a.m.; Victor Stier American Legion Post 123, 450 Victor Stier Drive, Milford at 2 p.m.; Anderson Township Senior Center, 7970 Beechmont Ave. at 4 p.m., Promenade Palace, 3630 Decoursey Pike, Covington at 7 p.m.; 513929-2427 or

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Join other families in the Nature PlayScape for some exploration and play. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


Celebrate the end of summer with a huge party on the river that includes live music, food, family fun, and a monster-sized fireworks show. Sawyer Point, Riverfront; 12 - 11 p.m.;


Learn how to identify the different trees and shrubs that populate our local forests during a short hike. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 9 a.m. Sept. 2 and 3; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks. org.


Join a Play Facilitator in the Nature PlayScape to make some art with the help of leaves. 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 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


Ballet Theatre Midwest kicks off their academic year by inviting prospective students to take a free trial class during week-long open house. Dancers of all ages and abilities will further their skills in ballet, creative dance for ages 3 and 4, jazz and musical theater, adult ballet and Middle Eastern dance. Ballet Theater Midwest, 3833 Eastern Ave.; Sept. 4 - 10, call for a complete schedule; 513-520-2334 or

5 wednesday HANDS ON NATURE

Explore both color and light today with help from a Play Facilitator in the Nature PlayScape. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 2 - 4 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


Fall is the season for the apple harvest — bring your little ones for apple stories. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or

6 thursday CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

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The Cincinnati Pops join the Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Ballet and the May Festival for a performance that satisfies all tastes. The concert features a range of music with themes from classical to Broadway, followed by an abridged version of a well-known opera. Greenacres Grand Tent at Greenacres Art Center, 8400 Blome Road; 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7; $25;


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Parents are invited to gather together and learn about the science of wellness, nutrition, child development, birth and pregnancy and more. Each participant receives a free copy of Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine. Apex Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 8624 Winton Road, Ste. B; 7 - 8 p.m.; 513-931-4300 or

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KIDS’ CORNER Saturday, October 20 10:00 a.m.– 4:00 p.m. Duke Energy Convention Center

September 22 Cor win Nixon Park Mason, Ohio

Enjoy fun activities in the Kids’ Corner celebrating the joy and reading of books. Storytime with Children’s Book Authors: • Tad Hills, Duck & Goose • Loren Long, Nightsong • Barney Saltzberg, Arlo Needs Glasses

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 7:30 am: Registration Begins 9 - 12:00: Vendor Fair 9:00 am: Timed 5K Run and Walk 10:15 am: Trophies and Awards Presente d 10:30 am: Walk of Hope (fun, untimed family walk) 11:00 am: Family Picnic begins 11:15 am: Kids Fun Run

Register online at or register the day of the race. Register and submit pledges by credit card.

Meet ‘n Greet: Storybook costume characters • Clifford the Big Red Dog • Curious George • The Berenstain Bears • And many more! Library mascots • Rufus the Reading Dog • Red the Library Card • Browser • Shakespurr the Lion Other Fun Stuff: • Music with Zak Morgan • Join in a Mascot Dance Party • Get a balloon animal • Get your face painted • Make ‘n Take arts and crafts Kids’ Corner Media Partner Visit Cincinnati Family Magazine’s Booth at the Kids’ Corner.

make beautiful music together. Come spend time with your kids in our exciting family classes —a rich musical environment that encourages your child to explore the joy of music. Join infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and the grownups who love them in the fun of moving, singing, and playing instruments. Find out what beautiful music you and your family can make together.

Come spend time with your kids in our exciting family classes - a rich musical environment that encourages your child to explore the joy of music. Join infants, toddlers, preschoolers and the grownups who love them in the fun of moving, singing and playing instruments. Find out what beautiful music you and your family can make together.


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oin a 5K and summer carnival to help benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children and other local do-good organizations. Walk (or roll!), then play some games, dunk-a-teacher and more, in this fun day from Cincy Kids 4 Kids. Union Township Veterans Memorial Park, 4350 Aicholtz Road; 9:45 a.m.; $25 adults, $15 children in advance. Visit



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Join parents and educators for a weekend of informative workshops, speakers, fun for the family and the world’s largest teacher/parent line dance. Parents can learn all about their education options while educators have a chance to learn about the latest in early childhood education. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road; Sept. 7 - 9; $75 for bundled registration; 513-827-6543 or


Enjoy a free screening of Night at the Museum with your whole family. Southfork Park, Florence; 7:30 p.m.; 859334-2283 or


Hike the Discovery Trail and visit the PlayScape while visiting stations to see live animals and learn about nature at night. Enjoy the music of Wild Carrot while picnicking on the Krippendorf Terrace. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 6 - 10 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or

Bring your pooch on a leash for a walk around the Gorge Trail and to learn a little about modern and historical canines. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Buy some books for you and your little ones to explore this coming winter. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sept. 8 - 16; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


Celebrate the telescope with an all-day and all-night open house featuring classes, crafts, safe viewing of the Sun, tours, prizes and evening viewings through the Observatory’s historic telescope (weather permitting). Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place; 12 - 11 p.m., visit site for complete schedule of activities; prices start at $5; 513-321-5186 or


All ages can enjoy stories and songs to help them learn some basic Spanish vocabulary. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or

Birds are moving south for the winter — dress for the outdoors, grab your binoculars and meet in the parking lot for a walk to explore the habits of birds passing through. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 8 a.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-8311711 or


The Cat in the Hat is back to read some of his favorite stories with fans of all ages. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-793-9320 or


Dogs and their owners are invited for one last dip in the pool before it closes for the season. Bring some towels and proof of vaccinations for your pooch. Union Pool, 10165 Old Union Road; 3 - 5 p.m.; $10; 859-334-2283 or


Bring your lunch to cook over a fire in the Nature PlayScape. 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 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


The OKI Forgers demonstrate the forging of iron as it was done hundreds of years ago. You might even get a souvenir to take home. Governor Bebb MetroPark, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid MetroParks Motor Vehicle Permit (see website for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or

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Kids are invited to sit down and read aloud with a certified therapy dog from “The Pawsitive Attitude Canine Krew” to improve their reading skills and boost their self-esteem. In partnership with P.A.C.K. and the Boone County Animal Shelter. Joseph Beth Booksellers, Crestview Hills, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 11:30 a.m. Sept. 8 and 6 p.m. Sept. 26; 859-912-7860 or

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Starting today, families can get their cowboy (or cowgirl) on in this walk back in time to the Old West. Bring the gang in their best period attire if you like, and check out store fronts, period interpreters, refreshments, panning for gold, puppet shows, sing-alongs, shows, live music and an amazing gun fight reenactment by the Big Iron Rangers each day. 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat and Sun through Oct. 7; $12 adults, $6 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger;



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Join a MetroParks Outdoor Educator for a one-hour hike that is open to all ages. Howe Shelter, Governor Bebb MetroPark, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 10 a.m.; a valid MetroParks Motor Vehicle Permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 5130867-5835 or


Meet more than 50 vendors, enjoy a fashion show, fun for the kids, win prizes and take part in some Mommy Class Time at this event just for moms. Elements Conference and Event Center, 11974 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 3 - 7 p.m.; $10; 513-680-5150 or


Join a community celebration of the 150th anniversary of Cincinnati’s Black Brigade, featuring a brief ceremony followed by a concert from the Cincinnati Pops. Smale Riverfront Park, downtown; 5:30 p.m.; 513-543-8109 or 513-324-8610.

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Enjoy special programming, extended hours and free admission to all three museums. Tickets to the OMNIMAX and special exhibits are not included in Free Fridays. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 4 - 8 p.m.; 513-287-7000 or


The popular Australian Christian Band brings their new Cornerstone Tour to Greater Cincinnati. Bank of Kentucky Center, 500 Louie B. Nunn Drive, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights; 7 p.m. $27 - $42 plus applicable fees; 800-745-3000 or bankofkentuckycenter. com.



oin this special walk of either one mile or a 5K to help raise funds for both The Children’s Heart Foundation and the Adult Congenital Heart Association, aiding more than two million families affected by congenital heart defects. Mirror Lake, Eden Park; 9 a.m. registration, 10 a.m. walk. Visit


The Cincinnati Dulcimer Society plays sweet tunes for all ages. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks. org.


Join illustrator Will Hillenbrand for a special story time. Joseph Beth Booksellers, Crestview Hills, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 10:30 a.m.; 859-912-7860 or


Shop for some gently used clothes during this consignment sale in North Cincinnati. Cincinnati Mall, 600 Cincinnati Mills Drive; Sept. 9 - 11; 513-502-5533 or


Explore the Nature PlayScape using a variety of tools like shovels, magnifying glasses, mirrors, and collecting containers. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 2 - 4 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


Join a music jamboree with Dorie Phillips and her kidfriendly tunes that’ll have you dancing and singing along. Stick around for special activities, including character appearances and gifts for Mom. Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton; 10 a.m.; 937-4339834 or

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Bring your babies and toddlers for a research-based literacy program involving books, songs and play. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10:15 a.m.; $5 child members, $7 nonmembers plus admission ($12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-2877000 or

11 tuesday POPS CONCERT

Join the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra in a patriotic tribute to the heroes of 9/11 and our nation’s history, with classic songs and more modern tunes, from Verdi to Springsteen. EKU Performing Arts Center, 1 Hall Drive, Richmond; 8 p.m.; tickets start at $25; ekucenter. com/2012-13-season/1201-cincinnati-pops-orchestra.

12 wednesday THE MUSIC MAN

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Bring your kids to discover new ways they can help out in their community in this expo featuring more than 40 nonprofit organizations with a wide range of volunteer opportunities. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St., downtown; 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.;


Caldecott-winning authors Philip and Erin Stead are at the manatee to share and sign their newest book, Bear Has a Stor y to Tell. Line numbers will be given with purchase or pre-order or the book (released on Sept. 4). Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.


Need to get rid of some gently-used kids’ clothing, or looking to get some back-to-school items on the cheap? Join the Changing Hands Sale, a PTO fundraiser organized by two moms in Madeira. Consignors are asked to pay a $10 registration fee. Madeira Elementary School, 7840 Thomas Drive; $1 admission, all sales cash only;


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The Northern Kentucky Mothers of Twins Club hosts their semi-annual sale featuring children’s clothing, toys and equipment — all in great shape and at great prices. Purchases are cash only, all sales final. Please bring only an empty laundry basket to carry purchases. The METS Center, 3861 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger; 9 - 11 a.m.; $1 admission; 859-547-8700 or


Bring the whole gang for a free screening of The Smurfs. Walton Community Park, 35 Old Stephenson-Mill Road; 7:30 p.m.; 859-334-2283 or


Join an anniversary auction, dinner and gala, showcasing the talent of local artists in support of the museum’s programs for children. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; 6 p.m.; $65; 859-491-4003 or


Explore the Nature PlayScape with help from a Play Facilitator and make some leaf art to take home. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 2 - 4 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or (the “Calendar” continues on page 40)

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Calling all boys: This special story time is just for you — celebrate how great it is to be a boy. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-793-9320 or


Winners from the recent bookmark contest are on hand to sign their winning designs for anyone who stops by. Joseph Beth Booksellers, Crestview Hills, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 1 - 4 p.m.; 859-912-7860 or


Bring the little ones to explore different trucks and equipment, including construction vehicles, fire trucks, police cars and more. Community Center, 801 Cochran St., Fort Thomas; 12 - 3 p.m.;


The cabin, schoolhouse and the lawn come alive with early settlers from 1800, all ready to share their stories. Historic Cabin-School, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road; 2 - 6 p.m. Sept. 15 and 2 - 5 p.m. Sept. 16; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Enjoy a day in the park with live bluegrass music and arts and crafts by area craftsmen. Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 859334-2283 or


Stop by the Nature PlayScape and make some sand art with a Play Facilitator. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 3 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


Join the Wump Mucket Puppets for a free show of original songs, jokes and audience interaction. Julian’s Deli, 200 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland; 2 p.m.; 513-5410504 or


Celebrate the region’s river culture with a walk through the Taft to explore waterways, boating and fishing in art. Enjoy a performance of Fiddles and Flatboats by Russ and Barb Childers at 2 and 3 p.m.; play with traditional folk and Appalachian toys, go “fishing” in the garden and more. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513684-4515 or


Coupon blogger Andrea Deckard from savingslifestyle. com leads a workshop covering drugstore shopping and saving secrets — learn how to take full advantage of the rewards programs drugstores have to offer and even how to make shopping profitable. Mariemont Branch Library, 3810 Pocahontas Ave.; 6 p.m.; 513-369-4467 or


Celebrate the joy of art with creative, hands-on activities and fun times with Samantha Charek and Jamie Muenzer of Visionaries & Voices. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10:15 a.m.; $5 child members, $7 nonmembers plus admission ($12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-287-7000 or


Grade school students of all ages are invited to cheer on Mercy’s volleyball teams, all while enjoying activities, prizes and of course, Bobcat Spirit. Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 Werk Road; 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.; free admission for all grade school girls; 513-661-2740, ext. 346 or


Celebrate the changing of the seasons with your little one with a story and a leafy craft. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; price included with admission (free members, $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or

19 wednesday HANDS ON NATURE

Explore the Nature PlayScape with tools like shovels, mirrors and magnifying glasses, as well as a little help from a Play Facilitator. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 2 - 4 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


Browse the educational offerings from Cincinnati Public Schools, meet teachers and staff, gather info on extracurricular activities and find out how to enroll. Cintas Center, Xavier University, 1624 Herald Ave.; 4 - 7 p.m.;


Meet author Kaira Rouda, an Ohio native and an awardwinning author, who discusses her newest book, All the Difference. Barnes & Noble, 9891 Waterstone Blvd.; 6 p.m.; 513-683-5599 or


Today marks the first day of fall fun at Meadow View Growers. Families of all ages are invited for an eightacre corn maze, a zip line adventure, petting zoo, hayrides and more. Meadow View Growers, 755 N. Dayton-Lakeview Road, New Carlisle; Fri - Sun, Sept. 21 - Oct. 28; call for prices; 937-845-0093 or meadowview. com.


Enjoy a family fun movie night — bring chairs or a blanket and some change for the concession stand. Bill Cappel Youth Sports Complex, 4403 Decoursey Ave., Latonia; movie begins at dusk; 859-292-2151.


Join the fun with booths and rides, refreshments for purchase, a pig roast, live entertainment from Stagger Lee and The Edge Band, and more all weekend long. Vine Street Park, St. Bernard; 7 - 11 p.m. Sept. 21, 4 11 p.m. Sept. 22, 1 - 9 p.m. Sept. 23; 513-961-4738 or


Join an outdoor show that features fine art exhibits in painting, clay, sculpture, photography, jewelry, glass, fiber, wood and mixed media by local and regional artists. Enjoy live music, refreshments and more. Promont House Museum, 906 Main St., Milford; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 513-248-0324 or


See some birds up close with help from the CNC’s licensed bird bander. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 8 - 10 a.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


Join Cincinnati Family and NKY Family at this charitable bluegrass concert that benefits the Perinatal Institute of Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Families will enjoy live music from Greensky Bluegrass and the Comet Bluegrass All-Stars, as well as children’s music from Jennifer Ellis, a farmers’ market, health information, fun for kids, raffles and more. Sawyer Point, Downtown Cincinnati; 4 - 9:30 p.m.; $15 adults online, free for children or $20 for adults at the gate and $4 for children, $4 parking;


Illustrator Will Hillenbrand returns to the manatee to share and sign his newest illustrated book, Bear in Love. Pre-order or pre-purchase your copy for a line number. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 11:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Students from Hamilton-Fairfield Taekwondo show off their skills and break some boards in honor of The Dragonfly Foundation. The Venue, 26 Donald Drive, Fairfield; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; pledge a board for $15;


Today is the first day of the fall festival! Enjoy fall fun on the farm — check out pumpkins and gourds for sale, a corn maze, petting zoo, straw bale maze, play area and picnic shelter. Families can also enjoy hayrides, barrel train rides, and refreshments available for purchase. Country Pumpkins, 1835 Sherman Mt. Zion Road, Dry Ridge; Sept. 22 - Nov. 3; 859-905-9656 or


Watch on-site demonstrations, enjoy a quilt exhibit, and check out activities for kids, including a donut eating contest and pumpkin painting. Annie Oakley and Company make an appearance during Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show! Heritage Village Museum, inside Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sept. 22 and 12 - 5 p.m. Sept. 23; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or (the “Calendar” continues on page 43)

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ample nature-themed programs and activities this weekend, all for free. Various venues, Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky; Sept. 22 - 23. For a complete schedule visit


Get out the earplugs and get ready for an explosive evening as the United States competes against Canada and Mexico in the first-ever Fireworks Competition, “Fire Up the Night.” After the competition, stick around for a fireworks show from local favorite, Rozzi Fireworks. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave.; 5 p.m.; $20 per carload; 513-232-8230 or


Bonjour! Learn some basic French vocabulary through stories and songs. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


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Today kicks off the annual Jack-O-Lantern Junction — enjoy an indoor family Halloween celebration in a kidfriendly environment with semi-scary ghosts, skeletons, cobwebs and multiple treat stations. Then visit an indoor Pumpkin Patch, where kids get a free mini-pumpkin. Kids will also enjoy crafts, an outdoor straw maze, and much more. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester; Sept. 22 - Oct. 31; prices start at $9.95; 513-898-8000 or


Use your eyes to spy Waldo and favorite Disney characters in this Look and Find event and scavenger hunt. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-793-9320 or


Stop by to learn about the monarch butterfly’s amazing migration to its winter grounds in Mexico, and learn about their feeding and defensive habits. Play a game and help attach an identifying tag to a southbound monarch. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


Get ready to do the Chicken Dance. It’s time for Oktoberfest, and this year has all the popular festivities planned, including the 6th Annual John Morrell Running of the Wieners, games, and of course, the World’s Largest Chicken Dance. Downtown Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - midnight Sept. 22, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sept. 23;


Discover the mysteries of owls and other nocturnal animals this evening with Critters in the Classroom and Kenton County Parks & Recreation. Learn how owls hunt and help maintain a healthy ecosystem, then “prowl” for owls in the park. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 7:30 p.m.; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or


Reps from the Ohio Pawpaw Growers Association share the history and qualities of the pawpaw, including harvesting, cooking, and science and lore. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 2 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


Join Building Blocks for Kids and other families for a 5K walk, run or roll to help support children in the community with health-related needs that are unmet through traditional means like grants. Stick around for a fun family walk, picnic and a kids’ fun run. Corwin Nixon Park, 6249 S. Mason Montgomery Road, Mason; 7:30 a.m. registration; $10 - $25;


Enjoy athletes competing against other delegations for medals and glory. Winton Woods Riding Center, 10245 Winton Road; 8:30 a.m. opening ceremony, 9 a.m. competition begins; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or

23 sunday BIRDS OF PREY


Join some old-fashioned, low-tech fun and games with the family including harvesting produce or planting garlic, sampling tasty treats, hula hoops, scavenger hunts, and pick-a-bouquet. You can also make your own scarecrow (you bring the clothes). Granny’s Garden School, 550 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland; 1 - 5 p.m.; admission is free, but a canned good donation for LIFE (the Loveland food pantry) is appreciated; 513-3242873 or


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Visit CNC’s licensed preschool, where nature is an integral part of the curriculum. Bring along your toddler or preschooler to enjoy the classroom while you meet the director and staff to learn about the program. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 3 - 5 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


Join other families in the Nature PlayScape and cook and eat S’Mores over the fire, followed by some nature exploration. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 3 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


Meet the mysterious and magical Merlin, who helps young Arthur discover the “real magic” he needs to become a king, in this production from the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s ArtReach program. A program of the Wolf Center for Arts & Ideas and funded by ArtsWave presents. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 1 p.m.; 513-761-7500 or

Join Raptor, Inc. as they share the thrilling adventures of hawks, falcons and owls. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 2 - 4 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or (please turn the page) •

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ake in the sights, tastes and smells of the fall in this annual festival that features a trickor-treat trail, farmyard friends, a live show, a Fall-O-Ween Maze and more. Coney’s Classic Rides are included with every admission. Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave.; 12 - 6 p.m. Sept. 29 - 30, Oct. 6 - 7 and 13 - 14; $9 ages 2 and older, ages younger than 2 are free unless they trick-or-treat. Call 513-232-8230 or visit


Explore the properties of color and light with help from a Play Facilitator in the Nature PlayScape. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 2 - 4 p.m.; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


Little yogis ages 3 - 6 learn poses to increase balance, flexibility, coordination, strength and calming techniques through stories, songs and games. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10:15 a.m.; $5 child members, $7 nonmembers plus admission ($12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass); 513-2877000 or


The Liberty Township MOMS Club hosts an open house for mothers interested in learning more about the program and joining in for monthly gatherings that include playgroups, MOMS’ night out, crafts, and more. Please email for time and place.


Ages 2 - 5 explore the museum and enjoy some interactive storytelling stops with specially trained docents. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m.; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

27 thursday PARTY ON THE PLAZA

Enjoy an evening of live music, concessions and family fun. Anderson Center Plaza, 7850 Five Mile Road; 5:30 - 9:30 p.m.;


The Fitton Center invites you and your family for a presentation of The Sword in the Stone from the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s ArtReach program. Meet the magical Merlin, who helps young Arthur go from a fish to a bird to the King of England. The audience will help Arthur defeat a dragon and pull a sword from a stone in this inspirational production. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton; reception begins at 6:30 p.m., performance begins at 7:30 p.m.; $10 adult members, $12 adult nonmembers, $5 member children, $6 nonmember children; 513-8638873 or


The gang from Imago Earth Center are at the manatee to share stories, songs and other fun activities that are all about nature. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Join the annual Bourbon County Secretariat Festival, honoring the legendary race horse, including an Art Walk, a Makers Mark Celebrity Barrel Mane-ia Auction, a 5K run and walk, parades, exhibits, and plenty of fun activities for kids. Paris, KY; Sept. 28 - 29; admission is free, but some activities have a fee;

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Get special deals on children’s books, with prices starting as low as $1.50. Joseph Beth Booksellers, Crestview Hills, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; Sept. 29 - Oct. 6; 859-912-7860 or


Join this 5K run or walk to help raise funds for breast cancer research and to show your support of breast cancer survivors. Kids can join a fun run on the baseball field and stick around for the race expo. Great American Ballpark, downtown; registration fees begin at $20 for children, $30 survivors, $35 adults;

30 sunday FULL MOON HIKE

Enjoy a crisp fall evening with a stroll through the woods and watch the sun set and the moon rise. Tallgrass Prairie Trail, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 6:30 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or greatparks. org.


Discover how the different phases of the moon affect wildlife. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Ages 6 and younger and their grown-ups celebrate the fall holidays with a baby animal petting zoo, playground fun, crafts, stories and a snack. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-761-7500 or


Shhh … don’t tell anyone, but audiences can read popular books that have been banned throughout time in a special NOOK story time. Barnes & Noble, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-793-9320 or

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Super Saturdays! 1st Saturday of every month. Free crafts and games for kids. 60% clearance!

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Join a fast-paced dance showcase, accompanied by live vocals, tunes from the Cincinnati Pops, and guest talent from shows such as Dancing With the Stars, So You Think You Can Dance, and American Idol. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; Sept. 14 - 16; tickets start at $25; 513-381-3300 or


As a family celebrates the 65th birthday of Big Daddy, the tensions rise and the truth slowly starts making the rounds. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; Sept. 6 - 30; $23 adults, $20 senior and students; 513-241-6550 or


Join audiences in an intimate setting for a preview of new ballet works that puts you so close to the action you can practically touch it. This year’s series focuses on female choreographers, and audience members are invited to bring items for the Women’s Crisis Center during all performances. Mickey Jarson Kaplan Performance Studio, 1555 Central Pkwy.; Sept. 6 - 16 (please check schedule, some performances are already sold out); single tickets start at $50;

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Cincinnati Museum Center Union Terminal 1301 Western Ave. 513-287-7000 • Hours: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; All museum pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass, $6 parking DETECTIVE AGENCY

Ages 6 - 12 can solve mysteries around the Cincinnati History Museum while learning about the history of Union Terminal and the era in which it was operational as a train station. “Agents” solve mysteries to move up in rank and earn prizes. To join, see the Chief Inspector in the agency office. There is an initial fee of $5 to join.


Explore the Arctic Circle in this OMNIMAX film from the award-winning director of Everest and narrated by Meryl Streep and featuring songs by Paul McCartney.

Cincinnati Art Museum 953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-ARTS (2787) Hours: Tue - Sun, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free admission, $4 parking 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. Kids can explore “How Instrumental,” including instruments from around the world or from just down the street!


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. The Covedale kicks off its children’s series with The Lady of Bullyb urg (pictured above), the story of Lady Kindness, who has to work extra hard to save her town from a visiting bully. Hopefully the audience can join and help her save the day! Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; 11 a.m.; $5; 513-241-6550 or

Contemporary Arts Center 44 East Sixth St. 513-345-8400 Hours: Mon 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Wed - Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat - Sun 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Admission: $7.50 adults, $6.50 seniors, $5.50 students, $4.50 ages 3 - 13




Follow fast-talking salesman Harold Hill as he cons the people of small-town River City into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he has promised to organize, in spite of not knowing anything about music. But his plans might just be ruined by romance! Showboat Majestic, 435 East Mehring, Public Landing; Sept. 12 - 30; $18 adults, $17 seniors and students; 513-241-6550 or

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.

Handprint Apple Tree Make your own fall craft with these simple steps! All you need is your creativity.

What You’ll Need • Construction paper in brown, blue, green, yellow, orange and red • Scissors • Glue or Glue Stick • Pencil and your hands!

What You’ll Do 1. Using the blue sheet of construction paper as the background cut a tree trunk shape from the brown paper and glue in the center. 2. Trace your handprint on the green construction paper and cut out four to five hands, these will be your tree top! 3. Laying the handprints with the fingers stretching out, make your tree as full as you like and glue them on when you are ready. 4. Use the yellow, orange & red construction paper to cut out your apples — circles of all sizes! Glue these all over your tree, you can even add grass at the bottom and add some fallen apples!


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


Be creative & have fun — this project is great to do on a crisp fall day. Now, enjoy an apple snack! — activity provided by the Parent-Teacher Store

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miscellaneous events FREE BARNES & NOBLE STORY TIMES

Join a free children’s story time every Saturday morning! Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m. on Sat; 513-794-9320.


Enjoy works in a variety of media from members of the Ohio Designer Craftsmen in this juried exhibition. Galleries feature the CReaTioN STaTioN, where you can create and display art of your own. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton; Sept. 14 - Nov. 9; 513-863-8873 or


Families of all ages are invited for an eight-acre corn maze, a zip line adventure, petting zoo, hayrides and more. Meadow View Growers, 755 N. DaytonLakeview Road, New Carlisle; Fri - Sun, Sept. 21 Oct. 28; call for prices; 937-845-0093 or meadowview. com.


Kids can enjoy a free craft or activity along with a free kids’ meal, with the purchase of an adult combo meal. Visit the web site for weekly themes. Chickfil-A, 4980 Houston Road, Florence; 5 - 8 p.m. Tue;


Mothers who plan to breastfeed or are already breastfeeding are invited to attend this support group to meet other moms and have their questions answered. Eastgate Community Church Office Building, 3235 Omni Drive; 9:30 a.m. on the third Mon of each month; 513-232-5853.

Today’s Girl Scouts is everything you’d expect and more. There are more reasons than ever for girls to join. Girl Scouts offers activities that help girls realize their amazing potential and build courage, confidence and character. There are also many ways for adults to volunteer as well. Troops are forming now. To find the nearest Girl Scout recruitment event or to volunteer, call 513-489-1025 or visit girlscoutsofwesternohio. org.




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; 513-6962112 or


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


Moms in Greater Cincinnati are invited to join this networking group and participate in monthly gatherings like the New Member Meet and Greet. RSVP to for meeting locations and times.


Enjoy fall fun on the farm — check out pumpkins and gourds for sale, a corn maze, petting zoo, straw bale maze, play area and picnic shelter. Families can also enjoy hayrides, barrel train rides, and refreshments available for purchase. Country Pumpkins, 1835 Sherman Mt. Zion Road, Dry Ridge; Sept. 22 - Nov. 3; 859-905-9656 or


Explore the newest exhibit focusing on Northern Kentucky’s role in the Civil War. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; Sept. 28 - Jan. 17, 2013; $7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum. org.


Join an indoor celebration of kid’s favorite — Thomas the Train! This exhibit features several layouts, Thomas videos, a scavenger hunt and crafts, and two outdoor train rides. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester; through Sept. 10; ticket prices start at $9.95 per child; 513-898-8000 or

Tour the 1795 cabin and historic stone school building and enjoy select activities throughout the summer. Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road; 2 - 5 p.m. Sun, through Sept.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Enjoy an indoor family Halloween celebration in a kid-friendly environment with semi-scary ghosts, skeletons, cobwebs and multiple treat stations. Then visit an indoor Pumpkin Patch, where kids get a free mini-pumpkin. Kids will also enjoy crafts, an outdoor straw maze, and much more. EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester; Sept. 22 - Oct. 31; prices start at $9.95; 513-898-8000 or


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; 513-396-8960 or Also at 10:30 a.m. on Tue, Thu and Sat at Crestview Hills, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 859-912-7860.


Ages 0 - 4 are invited for an early morning story time while parents enjoy a cup of coffee from the decafe. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 9:30 a.m. Sat; 513-731-2665 or


New moms are invited to meet other moms and get support and insight into the world of parenting. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 10:30 a.m. Thu for birth - 15 months, 10:30 a.m. Mon for 16 months and older; 513-591-2332 or


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; 513-922-0009 or womenshealthcenters. com.


Get your cowboy (or cowgirl) on in this walk back in time to the Old West. Bring the whole family in their best period attire if you like, and check out store fronts, period interpreters, refreshments, panning for gold, puppet shows, sing-alongs, shows, live music and an amazing gun fight reenactment by the Big Iron Rangers each day. 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat and Sun through Oct. 7; $12 adults, $6 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger;


Join Ms. Gail as she presents a different theme each week in this story time for preschoolers. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.


Parents who are going it alone are invited to meet with and gain support from other single parents. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 6 - 8 p.m. first Tue and third Thu of each month; 513-591-2332 or


Bring your little ones for classic stories like Guess How Much I Love You, Good Night Moon, Stella Luna, and other stories about Jesus and his life. Innervisions Religious Books and Gifts, 8556 Beechmont Ave.; 10:30 a.m. Fri; 513-474-5972 or innervisionsbooks. com.


Visit the Parent Teacher Store for free crafts for kids and 60% off of clearance merchandise. Parent Teacher Store, 6914 Burlington Pike, Florence; first Sat of each month; 859-283-0151 or parentteacherstoreusa. com.


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


Join a multi-sensory story time with weekly themes, songs, crafts and fun. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; call or visit site for schedule; 513-591-2332 or

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Trees • Congestion • Grass • Irritation • Allergens • Hypersensitivity • Sneezing Pollen • Symptoms • Ragweed • Watery Eyes • Weeds • Rhinorrhea

A clinical trial is currently underway to test the effectiveness of an investigational oral medication to treat seasonal allergic rhinitis. You may be eligible to participate in the trial if you meet the following criteria: • Are between the ages of 18 and 65 • Have specific allergic rhinitis symptoms • Are able to discontinue your current allergy medications prior to starting this medication • Have not had any recent nasal surgery or sinus surgery • Do not have clinically significant asthma (intermittent asthma is allowed) All study medication and visits are provided at no cost to participants. Compensation may be available for time and travel. Protocol 1210D1526

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• More Signing, Less Whining Learn to “talk” with your hearing baby or toddler using American Sign Language — benefits include preverbal communication, earlier speech development, and less frustration. 6:45 p.m. Sept. 11; $45 (includes pictorial dictionary and Signing Safari DVD).

• Culture Kids Ages 2 - 5 and their grownups will explore color by learning about their relationships, how to mix them, and finally creating their own colorful masterpiece. 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Sept. 14; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers ($3 and $6 for each additional person).

• Happiest Baby on the Block Learn how to soothe and calm your fussy newborn in this two-hour workshop that focuses on your baby’s “calming reflex.” 6:45 p.m. Sept. 17; $50 (includes Parent Kit with DVD).

• Art in the Making Ages 6 - 12 and their parents will explore relief printmaking with local artist Annie Stephens. 1 p.m. Sept. 15; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers ($3 and $6 for each additional person).

• Hypnobirthing Join a unique childbirth series that focuses on the peaceful and empowering experience nature intended. 5:45 or 8 p.m. Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26; $200 per birthing team. • Baby’s Amazing Journey This workshop helps parents prepare for typical newborn challenges with eating, sleeping and fussiness, as well as covering some baby milestones to keep in mind. 6:45 p.m. Sept. 13; $35 per couple.

BLUE MANATEE CHILDREN’S BOOKSTORE 3054 Madison Road 513-731-2665 or

• Bears With Brazee Listen to Bear Has a Story to Tell by Phil and Erin Stead and Bear in Love by Daniel Pinkwater, then create some adorable bears of your own with a safe glass activity from Brazee Street Studios. Best for ages 4 and older; glass pieces will need to be fired and may be picked up a week after the event. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 8; $18 per child. • Make a Mess at the Manatee Ages 2 - 4 can listen to a good book then join an art-making activity with Ms. Kelli. Space is limited. 10 a.m. Mondays; $5. • Music With Miss Meghan Bring your preschooler for fun stories, music and time together. 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 13 and 27; $8. • Captain Underpants Party Ages 6 - 10 and fans of Captain Underpants can have a blast with games, favorite snacks of Harold and George, and a chance to make their own Flip-O-Rama. Wear your cape — a prize will be awarded for the most outrageously decorated cape! 3:30 p.m. Sept. 9; $8 per child.

BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTER 12084 Montgomery Road 513-257-0705 or

• FREE Parent Lecture Learn about the Brain Balance program and how it can help your child succeed academically, socially and behaviorally, as well as receive a copy of founder Dr. Melillo’s book, Disconnected Kids. 7 p.m. Sept. 18.


2070 Woodsdale Road, Madison Twp. 513-867-5835 or • Discovery Kids Ages 3 - 5 and an adult discover what life was like as an early settler. Meet at the Historic Farmstead. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Sept. 19; $2 per child plus a valid MetroParks Motor Vehicle Permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park.

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Division of Speech Pathology, Anderson Satellite, 7495 State Road, Ste. 355 513-803-2755 or • Early Childhood Development: A MultiDisciplinary Perspective Register by Sept. 14 or when occupancy of 60 is met. Parents and educators are invited to this day-long seminar that touches on the first six years of life — how children develop, common delays or problems, and Q&As with pediatricians, nutritionists, physical and occupational therapists, and speech-language pathologists. 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sept. 29; $15.

CINCINNATI FAMILY ENRICHMENT CENTER (CFEC) 4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 or

• CFEC Classes Register for the center’s classes for ages birth to 5 years, including Tummy Time, Little Sprout Yogis, Tiny Tunes, Head & Shoulders Knees & Toes, Movers & Shakers, Crawlers and Climbers, The Next Step, Silly Science, Jitterbugs, Wiggle Worms, Crazy Maze, Tip Tap Toe, and new classes Music Express Jr., Preschool Prep, and Expressive Adventures. Class packages range from $50 - $150. • Family Classes Register for classes for the family including Whale of a Tale, Imagination Station, Family Fiesta, Animal Action, Cupcake Kids, PeaWee Patch, Cultural Club, Yoga Adventures, Rise & Shine, DRUMatic, Hands Up, and new classes Grossology and Music Express. Class packages range from $50 - $110. • Parent Classes Register for parent workshops including BellyRobics, Signing Safari and more. Class package prices vary. • Belly Blessings Henna is a traditional blessing and rite-of-passage with an ancient history. Moms will use non-toxic henna paints to create a design of special significance to celebrate their pregnancy. 2:30 p.m. Sept. 16; $25 (includes supplies and up to three guests to help Mom). • Breastfeeding Realities Expecting parents are invited to a breastfeeding class that will debunk old myths, explain the benefits, and cover what to do if breastfeeding doesn’t go according to plan. 3 p.m. Sept. 22; $25 per couple.

• Attachment Parenting Parents are invited to learn about attachment parenting — how it works, why it’s good for Mom and Baby, and more. 4 p.m. Sept. 8; RSVP to • FREE Best Paw Forward Learn how to ease the adjustment for your pet when you bring your baby home, and how to teach your baby to be gentle with your pets. Presented by the president of Good Buddies Canine Rescue. 12:45 p.m. Sept. 29.


1301 Western Ave. 513-287-7000 or • Bright Ideas: Fiber Fun Join local artist Arynn Blazer and transform your original design into an embroidered piece of fiber art. 2:30 p.m. Sept. 1; $5 per child members, $7 per child nonmembers plus museum admission ($12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass). • Bright Ideas: Little Foodies Use other artists’ works as inspiration and create little food sculptures from clay. 2:30 p.m. Sept. 2; $5 per child members, $7 per child nonmembers plus museum admission ($12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass). • Explorer’s University: Butterflies Ages 9 - 15 discover native butterflies that live year-round in Greater Cincinnati, and those that just pass through. 3 p.m. Sept. 22; $5 per child members, $7 per child nonmembers plus museum admission ($12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 toddler pass).

CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER AT ROWE WOODS 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 or

• Young Birders Club Ages 12 - 18 are invited to meet others interested in bird identification. Visit various spots around the nature center to learn species habitats and preferences and more. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sept. 8; open to members plus $10 for the Ohio Young Birders Club. • Nature Smash T-Shirts Bring your own white t-shirt and use natural materials and a hammer to make a creative design. 1 and 3 p.m. Sept. 9; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 12. • Babes in the Woods Introduce your tot to the wonders of the natural world in this three-part program. Designed for ages 1 - 2 and an adult caregiver. 10 a.m. Sept. 22, Oct. 20 and Nov. 17; $30 members, $38 nonmembers. • Daddy Longlegs Demystified Join a family hike filled with role plays and games that explore the territorial displays of these famous spiders, plus their defensive abilities and dining preferences. 3 p.m. Sept. 29; free members, $8 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $3 ages 4 - 12. • Full Moon Walk Ages 8 and older are invited for an evening hike and natural history readings. 8:30 p.m. Sept. 29; free members, $8 nonmembers.

• FREE These Aren’t Your Mom’s Cloth Diapers Learn the benefits of cloth diapering - both for the Earth and for your family - with some important info and instruction from Good Natured Baby, Cincinnati’s only diaper service. 12:45 p.m. Sept. 15.

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1501 Bullock Pen Road, Covington 859-525-PLAY (7529) or • FREE Doe Run Nature Trail Hike Join biologist and educator Peggy Kelly and Kenton County Parks & Recreation for an informational hike at medium pace. Best for ages 11 and older, hike will last approximately two hours. 11 a.m. Sept. 22.


3 S. Sycamore St., Lebanon 513-477-2368 or • Enchanted Village Princess Tea Parties Join the folks at the Enchanted Village for crafts, dress-up, a tour through five whimsical rooms, and or course, tea. 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. on the third Wed of each month; $30 per child, $20 per sibling.


• Fusion Family’s Funday School Register by Sept. 5. Learn something new in this brand new series that combines interactive lessons about Jewish holidays and concepts with activities, snacks, and surprises. Check out Gummy Yummy New Year: treat your taste buds to an assortment of candy, learn about Rosh Hashanah with the popular Miss Meliss, make candy necklaces and other crafts, decorate cupcakes, and sample baked goods from Busken. Plus, little ones can play a larger-than-life Candyland game where they become the game pieces and win prizes! This event is open to families with children 10 and younger in which one parent is Jewish and the other is not, or in which one or both parents have converted to Judaism. Fusion Family is an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation. 3 p.m. Sept. 9 at Weller Park, 8832 Weller Road, Montgomery.

LONG BRANCH FARM AND TRAILS 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen 513-831-1711 or

• Creek Romp Discover the marvels of the stream during a guided hike that allows you to search for mussels, crayfish and other creatures. Please wear old sneakers or suitable shoes and bring some old towels. Sept. 1; free members, $6 adults, $3 children.


8485 Ridge Road 513-761-7500 or • Hang at the J Grades K - 5 are invited for games, swimming, crafts, a movie or special activity, and a kid-friendly dinner. Be sure to bring a swimsuit and towel! 7 - 11 p.m. Sept. 22; $20 members, $27 nonmembers.


9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) or • Night Bike Ride Register by Sept. 26. Take your bike for an evening ride along the Shaker Trace Trail followed by some light refreshments. 7 p.m. Sept. 28; $6 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park.


• FREE Family to Family Join this 12-week course designed for family members and caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road, Sept. 4 - Nov. 20; MassMutual Financial Group, 7755 Montgomery Road, Ste. 250, Sept. 6 - Nov. 15; College Hill Presbyterian Church, 5742 Hamilton Ave., Sept. 6 Nov. 15.

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• FREE Family to Family Join this 12-week course designed for family members and caregivers of individuals with severe mental illnesses. New Hope Tabernacle Church of God, 1401 Walton-Nicholson Road, Walton, Sept. 10 - Nov. 26.


Medical Village Drive, Edgewood Room 249, Doctor’s Building 859-750-3430 or • FREE La Leche League Meeting Join the La Leche League of Northern Kentucky for support and conversation for breastfeeding mothers. 6:30 p.m. second Thu each month.

SHALOM FAMILY • FREE Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun For You and Your Little One These private interactive playgroups feature Miss Meliss, who keeps both parents and their little ones engaged with her unique brand of fun. Play dates include a snack and are open to families in the Jewish community with children ages 2 and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Two families will each win a $50 Target gift card at each event. Presented by Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation. The Gymboree, 6209 Snider Road; 2 p.m. Sept. 9 and 23.


11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-PARK (7275) or • Adventure Into Nighttime Register by Sept. 17 Ages 3 - 5 will learn what animals do at night. Program is both indoors and outdoors, so please dress for the weather. 10 a.m. Sept. 18; $5 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park.


6131 Campus Lane, Mt. Washington 513-652-6267 or or • FREE Simply Music Introductory Session Families with children ages 7 and older who want to play a variety of piano pieces from the very first lessons are invited to a free intro session about the Australian method, Simply Music. 4 and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 13; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 15; 4 and 5:30 p.m. Sept. 20; and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 22.


Dr. Laurie Jahnke of Apex Chiropractic & Wellness Center will present a free lecture on brain and nervous system function and their roles for social, motor and academic learning. Parents of children with ADD/ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, or other learning disorders will learn about drug-free treatment options. Space is limited to the first 50 people to register.


234 Goodman St. 513-584-2230 or • Childbirth Classes Expecting moms are invited to sign up for a range of childbirth education classes, including BabyCare Basics and a tour on Sept. 6, Little Bit of Everything on Sept. 8, C-Section Class on Sept. 12, Breastfeeding Class and tour on Sept. 13, Prepared Childbirth Part I on Sept. 17, Sibling Class on Sept. 18, Prepared Childbirth on Sept. 22, Prepared Childbirth Part II on Sept. 24, tours on Sept. 24 and 25, and Infant CPR on Sept. 25. Meet in the lobby; prices range from free maternity unit tours to $80.


7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 5130867-5835 or • Discovery Kids Ages 3 - 5 and their adults will learn what life was like as an early settler. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Sept. 20; $2 per child plus a valid MetroParks Motor Vehicle Permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park.


10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) or • Friday Night Float Register by Sept. 5. Ages 8 and older can get some pointers on kayaking, learn a little natural history of the lake, then head out to enjoy the sunset. Participants must fit properly in provided personal flotation devices. 7 p.m. Sept. 7; $12 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park. • Growing Up a Farm Kid Register by Sept. 17. Ages 2 - 5 with an adult will help bring in the harvest, explore the garden and make a pot of vegetable soup to taste. 9:30 a.m. Sept. 18 or 19; $10 per child, free adults, plus a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park. • Glow Disc Golf Register by Sept. 19. Play a round of disc golf at night with friends and family on the glowing woodland course. 8 p.m. Sept. 21; $5 per player, $5 per rental disc plus a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park.


8250 Old Kellogg Road 513-521-PARK (7275) or • Apple Jamboree Register by Sept. 18. Ages 3 - 5 while make an apple craft and learn all about this delicious fruit. 10 a.m. Sept. 18; $5 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks District Motor Vehicle Permit ($10 annual, $3 daily) is required to enter the park.

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COURAGE, TEAM SPIRIT & SPORTSMANSHIP GO A LONG WAY At The Little Gym, we know a little encouragement builds big-time confidence. In addition to non-competitive gymnastics classes for boys and girls, we offer a full range of experiential learning and physical development programs for children 4 months through 12 years.

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Cincinnati Public Schools


A One-Stop-Shop for Your Child’s Education Cincinnati Public Schools invites you to browse its portfolio of high-quality schools to discover the many ways we prepare our students for success throughout their lives. Meet teachers, students and principals; gather information about unique academic programs and extracurricular activities; and find out how to enroll.

• Learn more about our 22 popular magnet schools with programs to match your child’s interests and learning styles. Choose from Montessori, Paideia, Foreign Language, STEM and more!

• Visit with our awardwinning high schools to get the scoop about college preparatory and career technical programs that give our students the 21st-century skills they need to compete for high-paying jobs.

• Explore our many neighborhood schools designed as Community Learning Centers that offer a wide range of services to students and families long after the school day.

CPS All-Schools Showcase Thursday, September 20, 2012 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Xavier University’s Cintas Center 1624 Herald Avenue, Evanston

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