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Parent chat on Facebook: Back-toschool Instagram contest and more giveaways.

cincinnati news

New classes at Art on Fire; Clifton Cultural Arts Center's new programs; Great Outdoor Weekend events round-up; Cincinnati Walks for Kids; new pregnancy support for tri-state moms; and more.

12 kids’ health

How to get kids to read and keep on reading.

14 family outing

In the trees at Koteewi Aerial Adventure Park.

PEEK-A-BOO!

Boost your baby's development with our parent-led collection of fun games.

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"MOM, WHAT'S FOR DINNER?!"

Great solutions for feeding the fam on busy weeknight evenings.

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GETTING PAST AWKWARD

Sociability and kids. Learn why it matters and how cell phones take us away from richer face-to-face connections.

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ometimes moms and dads hesitate about doing things and taking charge only to turn around later and ask themselves, “Why didn’t I do something?” I’m talking about parenting ... and the choice to be a doormat parent who just let’s kids do what they want to do because they want to, or the firm, leader parent who knows he’s a parent first and a friend second. I am the latter. My four kids know I can be a lot of fun to hang out with or I can be a royal thorn in their side. It all depends on behavior. During my entire mom life, I’ve worked very hard to make my expectations clear: my kids should have good manners, care about others, and be present and aware of what’s going on around them. So ... when I see my son with his cell phone, I know I’m parenting a cell phone, too. (By the way, kids can be 100% reliable with a phone once their social life kicks in; at 13, social lives are EVERYTHING). Meanwhile, my son treasures his privacy, as he should, but he knows that I will intrude if he starts acting secretive and makes me worry. I treasure him and want him to be the best he can be for himself and for others. So there’s this cell phone etiquette ... Is Mom speaking to you? Pause, give eye contact and respond. Does Dad need something from you? Put the phone down, see what he needs and follow through. Are you breaking up with someone? Do it in person so you can experience a breakup the way you should without hiding from the responsibility of what you’re doing by texting your rejection. People matter. I believe we’re all better people when we’re in person and present. Look at the fiasco Facebook can be with all of the open hostility, i.e. people hiding on their laptops and phones. Would you say some of those things in person?! No. Kid minds move wickedly fast. They will always be a step ahead of you by the time they’re 13. You’ve got to stay sharp, on top of it, observant and instinctual as you parent them. So to all of you parents with little kids pre-cell phone socializing age? Be aware that once you give your child a phone for texting, you will begin to lose contact with him. He will be happily sucked away. By the time his social life picks up and he hits middle school, you’ll scramble to understand Snapchat only to discover that he’s moved on to the latest app du jour where adults are not. Kids desire to be more grown up than they are, and once sixth grade begins, it’s all about THEIR world sans you. Keep your child human by teaching him to “feel the real” of communicating in person. Observe him to make sure he retains a face-to-face sociability with your family and friends. Don’t let him be one of those cell-phone zombies who can’t converse. Successful people know how to bounce a conversation ball back. Let that be YOUR child.

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LITTLE GIRLS & MAKEUP — READER POST OF THE MONTH — Your daughter watches as you get ready for work and wonders why she can’t wear makeup to school. When will you start letting her? Local Moms Say: “Growing up, makeup was treated as a rite of passage, much like getting ears pierced. As an adult and parent I appreciate that approach — hubby and I plan to do the same. When girls enter their teens, it seems like a good time to allow some experimentation with makeup. I think what I’ll do differently is have my daughter meet with a makeup consultant that focuses on the less-is-more and natural-look approach.”

Since they can’t wear it to school, we don’t allow them to wear it outside of school either, with the exception of occasional nail polish.” Cindy Nieport

“I allow colored lip gloss and every now and then — if it’s a very special occasion — I will put eye shadow on her with sparkles on cheeks.” Patty Grofer Brueneman

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Sunday, September 18, 1–4 p.m. Happy Birthday, President Taft! Celebrate the President’s 159th birthday at his half-brother’s home. Discover portraits of William Howard Taft and other famous faces. Make a cherry blossom tree in honor of his time as President. At 2 p.m., a park ranger from the William Howard Taft National Historic Site will tell us about Taft’s life.

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canvas painting, custom string art and craft nights. All kinds of fun new programs kick off this month: Homeschool students meet Tuesdays beginning Sept. 13 ($10 $15 per week, or $40 for four weeks). Ages 6 and older can join the after-school art club on Thursdays beginning Hailee creates art at Art on Fire.

Sept. 8. Moms can check out the monthly Ladies Craft

NEW CLASSES AT CLIFTON CULTURAL ARTS CENTER Six new courses are available this fall at CCAC: Parents who enjoy Tracy Connor’s Improv for Adults can now take an advanced course. Also available is Dance Explorations or Kids’ Bop for the little ones. Classes begin Tuesday, Sept. 6. Mom and Dad can get in on the classes, too: Check out Mime or digital photography or take a creative writing workshop! Head to cliftonculturalarts.org/ classes/all-classes/ for the complete lineup.

MORE TO LEARN AT A GRADE AHEAD

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MathWizard, Inc., is changing its name to A Grade Ahead to reflect its expanded curriculum that now teaches English and science, in addition to its math program. “Our students really do move ahead,” says co-founder and president Parag Singhal, “and I think our new brand is a reflection of that.” A Grade Ahead serves children in grades K - 12 and has plans to introduce year-round camps to help students sharpen their skills.

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They are located at 7940 MasonMontgomery Road in Mason. Call 513-229-0029 or visit their new website, agradeahead.com, beginning Monday, Sept. 5.

6:30 p.m. featuring string art (prices vary, be sure to RSVP). Paint happens twice a month — preschoolers hear a story then paint a piece of pottery to reinforce the story’s theme ($10 - $12 per child). Story Time With Paint meets this month on Sept. 17 and 28. Get the full scoop at 513-923-FIRE or visit artonfirecincinnati.com.

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adventure. This annual events sampler is completely free to families of all ages and includes more than 100 happenings at places like Great Parks of Hamilton County (greatparks.org), Cincinnati Nature Center (cincynature.org), Boone County Parks in Northern Kentucky (boonecountyky.org), a plant sale at Cincinnati Zoo’s EcOhio Farm (cincyzoo.org), and a zipline adventure at YMCA Camp Ernst (myycamp.org)! Get a complete list of events to find what’s happening in your neighborhood at meetmeoutdoors.org/greatoutdoorweekend. Enjoy more than 100 free nature-themed events during the Great Outdoor Weekend, Sept. 24 and 25.

SUPPORT THE KIDS OF CCHMC Eleven years ago, Cincinnati Walks for Kids was created to help child patients at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). On Saturday, Sept. 24 at 4:30 p.m., Greater Cincinnati families can walk with others at Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (3400 Vine St.) to help raise funds. Meet current and past patients, be inspired by their stories, and enjoy a day of general good-will. Register as an individual or a team at cincywalks.org — cost is $25 adults, and $5 for ages 17 and younger. Can’t make it? You can still register as a “Virtual Walker” (fees remain the same)!

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TRISTATE MOM’S TEAM OFFERS NEW MOM SUPPORT Great news for new and expecting moms! Five area businesses — Becoming Mom Spa + Ultrasound; Mommy’s Dream Team; Nurturing Lactation, LLC; the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center; and Mommy Xpress — are partners for providing support throughout pregnancy, newborn and toddler stages. Enjoy discounts like 10 percent off any one spa service or Ultrasound at Becoming Mom or $10 off any service from Mommy’s Dream Team and more. Check out all the discounts and learn what each business has to offer Greater Cincinnati moms at tristatemomsteam.com.


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kids’ health

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BOOKS AND DEVICES TO GET (AND KEEP) KIDS READING

NEW BOOKS ON THE WAY!

By Sherry Hang

Need ideas for young readers? Check out this list of new books from Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills for upcoming fall titles sure to be a hit!

He’s interested in a book! Now, keep him going! Here’s help.

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f it seems like your kids don’t read as much as you did when you were young, you might take note that technically, kids read more than we ever did. But text messages, e-mails, Facebook posts, and Instagram hashtags may not fit your idea of what counts as reading. But who says that Reading-With-a-Capital-R has to be from books alone? There are tons of ways to enjoy a good story, and in fact, alternative methods like audio books and e-readers might even help a non-reader. Although research is still being conducted on how digital devices can help children with reading disabilities, a few small studies have shown positive results for kids using an e-reader. E-readers allow kids to do things they can’t in books, like adjust the font size to make it more comfortable for

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them, or show fewer passages on the screen so they’re not overwhelmed by too much text. Plus, fewer words on the screen means “turning pages” more often, so kids can feel like they’re reading more and faster, which inspires confidence. Jeff Graham of the Langsford Learning Center points to audio books as a great tool for readers since they can introduce kids to new vocabulary. Audio books also provide critical listening and can help readers get past books written with dialects that might slow them down. Graham cautions against using audio books exclusively. “Audio books have their place as an alternative method for accessing the contents/ stories within books, but audio books are not a replacement for needed reading instruction, at any age,” he says.

Crooked Kingdom (Henry Holt; $18.99) a sequel to Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, author of The Grisha Trilogy.

Stealing Snow (Bloomsbury; $18.99) by Danielle Paige, author of the Dorothy Must Die series.

Empire of Storms (Bloomsbury; $18.99) the fifth book in the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas.

Swarm (Simon Pulse; $19.99) the sequel to Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld.

Fever Code (Delacorte Press; $18.99) Maze Runner #5 and a prequel by James Dashner. Hawkweed Prophecy (Weinstein; $18) a debut teen novel by Irena Brignull. Kids of Appetite (Viking; $18.99) by David Arnold, the Kentucky author of Mosquitoland. Like a River Glorious (Greenwillow, Sept. 2016; $17.99) by Rae Carson; the sequel to Walk on Earth a Stranger. Spontaneous (Dutton; $17.99) by Aaron Starmer, author of The Riverman Trilogy.

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Tales of the Peculiar (Dutton; $24.99) a companion book to the Miss Peregrine series by Ransom Riggs. The Reader (GP Putmans Sons; $19.99) a debut teen novel by Traci Chee. Thousandth Floor (HarperCollins; $18.99) a debut dystopian teen novel by Katharine McGee. Three Dark Crowns (Harperteen; $17.99) by Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood. Torch Against the Night (Razorbill; $19.95) the sequel to Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir.


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TOP VIEWS AT KOTEEWI AERIAL ADVENTURE PARK

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Skateboarding in the trees and zipping through the air are just a couple of fun features here!

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hat better place to see the changing leaves this fall than from the trees themselves? Koteewi Aerial Adventure Park and Tree Top Trails, located just north of Indianapolis, gets visitors above, below and between trees with its 10 ziplines, positioned among its five courses, stretching 16, 30 and 60 feet in the air. My four sons and I registered and signed waivers at home, but we still couldn’t race to the trees as soon as we arrived at Koteewi. First, we got the rules, including that we wear closed toe shoes, refrain from use of tobacco products, and avoid profanities, the latter rules enforced at home, too. Next we wound through a gravel path to the equipment shed where two Aerial Guides helped us with our gear. They had all five sets of belts, helmets and gloves ready for us, and gave us instructions on how to put them on, then inspected them for the proper fit, and gave us little tweaks as needed. Next, we followed another path into the woods and began our adventure. Johnny volunteered to go first, and we each took a turn learning how to use Koteewi’s Belay Quick Trekker System of steel hooks and plates. Brian Niksch, manager of Koteewi Aerial Adventure Park, says this system “gives participants the security of knowing that they’re 100 percent on the safety line from start to finish.” Maneuvering the steel plates

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was a little tricky, but putting the trolley on the wire and zipping from the platform was easy and fun. Finally, we were ready for the real thing. My sons hopped up the ladder to the main platform and scurried across the plank bridge of one of the two yellow courses, deemed “moderate.” I pulled myself up the ladder, took a deep breath, and stepped onto the first plank of the bridge. It moved. I took another step, and then another, wiggling and wobbling, and wondering how any 7-year-old, the minimum age for the Aerial Adventure, could do this. I said it aloud, as I turned and gave up, and the Aerial Guide said, “Kids are fearless.” She pointed and I watched two little ones take off on green course, a more challenging one than my yellow level. Once on the ground again, I had a great time enjoying the woods, watching my sons, and taking pictures and videos of them. Also, my cowardice didn’t cost anything. “If you pay and try, but just can’t do it, we will refund your money,” says Niksch. “It’s the right thing to do.” And Koteewi Aerial Adventure Park is literally built by doing the right thing. “The goal of our project was to preserve the forest so that people could come out and enjoy nature in a way that they have not enjoyed it before,” Niksch explains. “Very few trees were removed from the forest and nothing is put into the trees; it is all compression fit around the trees.”

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But mostly, Koteewi gets it right with exciting fun. My older boys did one yellow and the most difficult blue course. My younger two did the two yellow and the green. “The two yellow courses are our moderate courses, they are lower in height, the pieces of the elements are closer together and they do not move as much,” Niksch says. “As you increase in difficulty on the courses the elements become more challenging. They may be farther apart, or have a rope instead of a metal cable, and may move a bit more. It takes a little more thought and problem solving to get from one to the next. Additionally the green and blue levels can be a little more physically challenging.” No matter the challenge the boys loved it, each noting their favorite parts: the wall, the variety of elements, the zipping, and the skateboard. “The skateboard was the best,” Tim said, “It is so different, and fun.” Barbara Littner David is a local writer and mother of five. She’s the author of Cincinnati Trips for Kids, a collection of Cincinnati-area attractions.

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ometimes moms and dads can lose sight of self-purpose when they find themselves day in and out with a baby. “The first three years of a child’s life are crucial to a child’s development as the neural connections are being made at a more explosive rate than any other time in their life,” says Casey Reed, Director at Children’s Meeting House Montessori School. “Who and where a child spends these years will make a world of difference in their brain development. Bonding and play through games and joyful interactions help children feel safe and loved, which is a fundamental need of all human beings. Babies seek interaction and play through their senses, so utilizing touch, visual, auditory, olfactory, and taste help them to decode the world around them.” This is important work! Make the most of it by encouraging Baby’s development through simple games and activities.

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6 MONTHS+ Touch and Feel (Show and Tell!) Spend early playtime days showing your baby different objects. Show Baby anything that's safe! Spoons, whisks, books and magazines with pictures, record albums, colorful fabrics or clothes, fruits and vegetables, and so on. Keep a little stash of objects beside you and sit with Baby. Hold an object about a foot from his face and stare at it together, telling him about it. Now it's reading time ... bring out a board book and let him touch. While he probably won't sit through a story right away, he eventually will. Then he'll develop favorite books and stories. Babies love looking at books and cuddling with you, and to keep him interested in books, use different voices and modify stories as needed!

Peek-a-boo! At about 6 months old (or sooner, depends on the baby), take a floaty scarf and fling it into the air, letting it settle on your baby's head. As he gets older, you may notice him starting to play with other items like blankets or towels. Variations on peek-a-boo: The classic: Hold up a towel between your face and your baby's, and ask, "Where's Jack? There's Jack!" over and over again. You can vary this game in a million ways. Hide behind a door and make your baby push it open to see you. Hide behind a chair and pop out first from above then from the sides. Go behind a corner with another person and alternate who gently coos, "Boo!" Keep a selection of hats and pop up wearing a different one each time. Another giggle-getter is to put a hat on your head, low enough to cover your

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eyes, and let your baby take it off, saying "Oh!" in surprise each time he does it.

Sing Songs It doesn't matter one iota if you don't like your singing voice; your baby does. Now's the time to sing away. "The Wheels on the Bus," "Row, Row, Row Your Boat," "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes," and "Patty-Cake," to name a few. (If you don't remember the words to a favorite song, just look online.) You may feel silly at first, but keep at it. As your child gets into it, so will you. Try adding your baby's name to the song: "Old Mac Jackie had a farm," "Kate is my sunshine, my only sunshine," and so on. Try songs with silly sounds or animal noises in them, like "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?"

Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere There's something magical about bubbles, and at 6 months your baby can see far enough away to focus on them. Blow bubbles when he's getting fussy and watch the tears dry up. Blow bubbles in your backyard or at the park where other little ones may come along and entertain your baby in the process. Blow bubbles in the bathtub or out on the porch when it's late afternoon and your baby is cranky. Bubbles are cheap and easy to take along wherever you go.

This Little Piggy This little game goes way, way back. With a barefoot baby on your lap, wiggle one of his big toes and say, "This little piggy went to market," then move on to the toes next to it and say, "This little piggy stayed home," and move through each toe with, "This little piggy had

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your baby will love roast beef," "This little piggy had none," And ... on the last teeny toe squeal, "This little piggy went wee-wee-wee all the way home!" As you say that last part, run your fingers up your baby's belly. Giggles all around!

Tummy Time It's important to have your baby spend time on his tummy, even if he protests vociferously. Get down on the floor with your baby. Look at him as you lie on your own belly. Lay your baby down on a towel and use it to gently roll him from side to side. Try saying, "Oops-a-daisy, oops-adaisy" as you roll him.

Fly, Baby, Fly! Now that your baby can hold his head up, it's time to hoist him into the air. Pretend he's a rocket ship, flying him over you and making realistic rocket noises. You can also play like your baby is in an elevator, which advances up floor by floor before sinking quickly to the bottom.

Touch It, Hold It, Bang It If your baby has one object, he'll bang it on the table. If he has two objects, he'll bang them together! Just make sure you give him bangable objects and do it with him. Bang them separately on the table, hit the table with both at the same time, see if the object sounds different when hit using the left hand rather than the right hand, and so on. Help him by handing over objects that make interesting sounds: hollow containers, metal spoons, bells. Pay attention to tactile sensations as well: Your baby will be fascinated by the way different things feel.

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Roll Play Babies are fascinated by balls and how they move. You'll get a big laugh by juggling or tossing balls up in the air and letting them hit the floor while you make a silly sound effect: "Whoops!" Roll a soft ball toward your baby and watch him grab and squeeze it. Eventually, with encouragement, he'll roll the ball back toward you. Someday, he'll be able to kick and toss the ball or drop it into a big bowl or bucket. For now, bounce and roll.

8 MONTHS+ Rearrange and Re-rearrange Your baby is figuring out the connections between objects in the world. He'll love to stack and arrange objects, as well as fill and empty them. Give your baby a box that's easy to open (like a shoe box) and show him how to put things in and take them out. Another way to play this game: Get a bunch of cups (stackable measuring cups work great) and show your baby how to pour water, sand or cornmeal from one to the other, or into a larger container.

Cruisin' Once your baby is up on his feet, you can encourage cruising by placing a favorite toy at the far end of the couch or over on the coffee table. Try enticing your baby by putting one of your toys, such as your phone or sunglasses, a distance away and cruising on your knees toward it. Your baby may find this

amusing and attempt to join you. Encourage your baby to push an object around the room. Push toys and large empty boxes work well. Avoid folding chairs, which can fold up unexpectedly.

The Bath Is Fun No longer is your baby content to sit in the tub and be washed. Older babies want to stand up, splash, grab your hair, pat the shower curtain and so on. (Note: Never leave a baby unattended in the bath, not even for a minute.) Encourage the fun by adding lots of toys to the tub. Plenty of stuff around the house can be endlessly filled, drained, poured from or into, and floated. Poke holes in the top of a plastic bottle with a flat cap to make a homemade watering can. Let your baby feel the sensation of the water dripping onto him and show him how to cut off the flow by blocking it with his hand. Use your homemade toy to give his rubber ducky a shower. At the end of the bath, drain the toys in a plastic colander or a net bag suction-cupped to the side of the tub. Hopefully your baby is clean, happy and ready to sleep. Wasn't that fun? Sandra Eby is a mom of three, a teacher and a freelance writer.

Sources: Playful Parenting by Lawrence Cohen (Ballantine; 2002) and The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp, M.D. (Bantam; 2013)

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LEFTOVER NIGHT Concoct a meal using ingredients you already have on hand. Make breakfast for dinner or work together to cobble together something fast from the fridge or freezer in the microwave. — Susan Day

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DINNER & LUNCH HACKS

FROM LOCAL MOMS Local moms chimed in on our Facebook page with some great meal ideas!

ON LUNCH …. “I do homemade lunchables; pre-cooked chicken nuggets.” — Brandy Spencer “Sliced up bell peppers of different colors, whole grain pasta, fruit and cheese kabobs, toss broccoli sprouts on peanut butter sandwiches, experiment with sunflower, soy, almond, apple and pumpkin butters.” — Kelly Culver

“Pasta salad, hummus or guacamole with pita and veggies, taco salad, bagel with cream cheese, English muffin pizza.” — Lauren Ettigner Fischer “I put fruit in a thermos topped with yogurt and send a container of granola. A favorite for all my packers, young and old!” — Sara Holliday Naegele

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GETTING PAST

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Getting comfortable with others takes practice — for ALL of us. And we should ALL know when to put the phone down!

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ingers flying fast and furiously, a kid’s dedicated sense of concentration should be enough to make any parent proud. Except all that focus is centered on a phone, and parents are often left bemoaning their child’s inability to make eye contact or utter anything besides monosyllabic answers. OK, yes, adults are often guilty of the same crime, as kids speak up and act out to get Mom to “Look at me!” instead of the phone. Here’s the thing: by now, we know the importance of putting down the phone and being in the present. We get that one-on-one conversation using spoken words, not text messages, are crucial for connecting with each other on a more meaningful level. Our kids? Not so much, and that’s why they need a little help from Mom and Dad.

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technology hurts the quality of conversations with their kids. But if kids are perfectly comfortable communicating digitally, should we maybe consider digi-talk going forward? Or are they really missing out on some important socialization skills that can only be gained by personal interaction? (Think future job interviews!) Strong social relationships correlate with positive mental health and self-esteem, according to Sarah Greenwell, a clinical psychologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Getting off-screen is key to good communication and being present for the person with whom you are communicating. West Chester mom Rachel K. remembers a time when her teenage son was “fighting” with his girlfriend. They were sending messages when Rachel finally told him to stop texting and instead, talk. Her point, she recalled, was that text messages don’t convey tone or body language, making it difficult to correctly interpret the sender’s intent, which in turn can potentially escalate the

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argument rather than resolving it. Talking out a problem face to face can strengthen relationships, while a digital connection is potentially fraught with miscommunication pitfalls. And learning how to navigate live conversation is critical down the road, when kids face college interviews, job interviews, dating, or even just learning to make new friends on their own.

In-Person Sociability It’s never too early to help your child develop socialization skills. In fact, it’s a critical part of her growing up, and it all begins with talking to her. “Verbal language (communication through speech) is developed first through watching and listening as the parent or caregiver talks to the child,” says Ann Kummer, Senior Director of the Division of Speech-Language Pathology at CCHMC. “The child learns to produce the specific speech sounds of the language used in his environment. In addition, the child learns to initiate communication by requesting food or items from the caregiver. In addition, the child learns nonverbal communication cues


growing up and the skill of turn-taking, which is essential in communication.” Beware of the educational apps at this stage. While Kummer says that apps can provide a way to learn names of objects and understand concepts, she points out that they don’t provide the kind of live give-and-take where one person reacts off another. “They do not offer the emotional rewards of eye contact, empathy for others, joint attention and mutual understanding,” she says. “In addition, the child does not learn conversational skills, such as how to begin and end a conversation, maintain a topic, change the topic, and understand idioms/ expressions based on context.” Beyond parent and child talk, your baby or toddler’s playgroup is another step in learning to build relationships. At home, toddlers interact with parents, caregivers, older siblings … all people who have an authoritative role. But in a playgroup, kids are on an even playing field, which gives them more opportunities to try out roles they may not get a chance to explore at home. Plus, early exposure to social settings helps kids learn flexibility. As Greenwell points out, “Adults take turns well.” Mom and Dad are more patient with little ones, they model how to share and take turns, whereas a toddler’s peers don’t have those same skills, leaving him to find ways to work out issues with others. If you’re not entirely confident about plunking down your child in a group and letting the chips fall where they may, you could always check out a developmental play program. A more structured setting might be a way to introduce your tot to others his own

age, where he can see and learn from others while working on mastering his own skills.

Getting Past Polite So you’ve been working hard to get your kid to practice things like making eye contact and responding to questions when asked. But now he can’t seem to offer more than the “Fine, thanks, how are you?” kinds of responses that are, while certainly polite, also a little bit fake. Getting him past just being polite, however, is really just a matter of encouraging curiosity in the lives of others and practicing. Think about when you run into your doctor outside of his office – it’s kind of strange to see him in a different setting, right? Suddenly you realize that he has a life outside tending to your family’s medical needs. “Encouraging curiosity is lifelong and begins early in childhood,” says Greenwell, who suggests that parents start right away by introducing kids to new experiences and new people. The benefits are far-reaching – as Greenwell points out, some of the most successful and charismatic people that we meet in life are the ones who spend time asking after others, and showing interest in their lives. It just takes a little practice, praise and positivity. “Talking to a lot of people makes it easier to do it,” she says, adding that praising a child for his good communication reinforces belief in his ability. “Positive interactions keep things positive, it makes you want to keep doing it more.” Next thing you know, you’ll have an expert conversationalist on your hands.

Beware of the educational apps: They don’t provide the kind of live give-and-take where one person reacts off another.

GETTING PAST THE JITTERS New social situations can be intimidating for anyone, child or adult. A few tips can help you encourage your child, whether he’s making a class presentaion or meeting new people. • Share your own experiences — It helps for a child to hear about your past successes as well as your failures • Tell him to breath — Like those nervous contestants on “The Voice,” breathing air slowly out through the lips really helps calm nerves! • Stop thinking the worst — Everyone get nervous, not just him! That can help bring composure. • Be prepared — Have questions at the ready for meeting new people • Role play — Work through different meet and greet scenarios at home. • Use the home-field advantage —Invite friends to your house a lot so meeting others becomes old hat. • Get busy — Have a game or activity ready for when new friends visit.

Sherry Hang is editor for this publication.

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Committed to the fine arts which emphasizes educating the child as a whole. A professional level studio is qualified to accentuate and strengthen your child’s learning through updates of the latest dance techniques and methods with creative strategies. Open to ages 2.5 - adult in ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, pointe, and a competition team. Sign ups open during the entire season.

This weekly, 45 minute, interactive class encourages children, newborn - 6 yrs. to sing, dance, and play along with a live, threepiece band. Kids rock out with children’s instruments, as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards, and instruments from around the world. By mixing our original kids rock ‘n’ roll with popular tunes, the band is sure to please little ones and their adults. It is the most fun you and your child will have all week!

Stamping jewelry is a great after school activity or you can bring your children in for our Wednesday evening classes from 7 - 8:30 p.m. to hand stamp bracelets, keychains, necklaces, dog tags and so much more! No experience required. Fun for ages 6 and up. Instruction is always free. Make jewelry and accessories from this store or our sister store Stampin Off The Path.

Tippi Toes Dance Company cheerfully provides children with a fun, positive and nurturing environment so they are able to experience the joys of dance, self-expression and movement. Classes are specifically designed to develop motor skills and body awareness while enhancing each child’s self-esteem. Open enrollment throughout the year – it’s never too late to join!

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Bethany School 555 Albion Ave., Glendale bethanyschool.org

513-771-7462

Dr. Melinda Kelly’s services are educational assessment, consultation, and planning for any student who is struggling. She can collaborate with the schools to get students the appropriate services and help parents understand their children’s needs and what services are available to them.

Offering a one-of-a-kind educational experience for grades K - 8 including a dedicated faculty, a rigourous curriculum, and a strong sense of “family” and community. Dedicated to the development of the “whole child” and fostering the spirit, the mind, and the “heart” of our students. Offering a wide array of academic enrichment, fine arts, and athletic opportunities. With our small class sizes, our teachers get to know each student well and help each one reach his or her fullest potential. Open House Oct. 8.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati 600 Dalton Ave., Cincinnati bgcgc.org

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The Campus at Kids First 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati thecampuskf.com

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati has been building great futures for kids who need a safe and positive place to go after school. Our mission is to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

Private, full-day Kindergarten! Located inside the nationally acclaimed Kids First Sports Center, we offer the premier early learning experience for children ages 6 wks. - Kindergarten. As the only early learning center in the area to make physical education a priority, we give your child an academic edge by integrating a physical education curriculum into every child’s daily schedule. Campus Kids receive the most well-rounded physical and academic education, but your child’s long-term happiness and emotional well-being always comes first at The Campus.

Chai Tots Early Childhood Center 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason chaitots.com

513-234-0600

Cincinnati Country Day School 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati countryday.net

513-561-7298

College Nannies and Tutors 9600 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati collegenannies.com/montgomeryoh

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Chai Tots provides a blend of Jewish and Montessori education offering strong academics stressing life skills, interpersonal relationship skills and nurturing a love for life-long learning. We customize a curriculum for each student. Now offering a cutting edge technology enhanced program, web cams, yoga, music, Hebrew, French, art, tae kwon do, after-school enrichment and a “drop off” childcare service. Separate Discovery Hebrew School. Limited space. Now enrolling.

CCDS is a co-educational, independent, college-preparatory school for students from 18 mos. - grade 12. Located on a beautiful 62-acre campus in Indian Hill. Merit and need-based tuition assistance is available.

Getting into college is no accident. It takes preparation and individual focus starting as early as 7th grade. First, we personally match your child with the right tutor for their learning style and individual needs. Then we put your child in a flexible, focused Learning Center with all the resources and support they need to improve their testing scores. And you – you get the peace of mind knowing you have a true partner in your child’s success.

Kiddie Academy of Mason 6202 Snider Road, Mason kiddieacademy.com/mason

513-234-0699

The Kinder Garden School 10969 Reed Hartman Hwy., Blue Ash 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C, West Chester kindergardenschool.com

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Mason United Methodist Church 6315 S. Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason masonumc.org

513-398-4741

Mayerson JCC 8485 Ridge Road, Cincinnati mayersonjcc.org

513-722-7221

Mother Of Mercy High School 3036 Werk Road, Cincinnati motherofmercy.org

513-661-7240

A child care learning center that will exceed your expectations. We provide care that focuses on days filled with learning and fun, the key ingredients of our educational philosophy. The smiles you’ll see on our children’s faces will delight you. You want your child to thrive in an environment that’s as clean, safe, and nurturing as your home. Kiddie Academy is more than day care. We set the standards for safety, education, and trust.

Celebrating 11 great years! Together with interaction of child, staff and family, we develop the complete child. We provide formative encouragement and knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal interest in family and holistic education decisions for the child. Devoted to growing a child’s wish to flourish and learn by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving proficiency.

Parent’s Day Out is a ministry of Mason United Methodist Church and has been established as a support system for parents in the church and the community. Our mission is to provide a safe, fun, and nurturing Christian environment for the children of the church and community on a weekly basis, while the parents free time. Parent’s Day Out is not a preschool and focuses on socialization and nurturing, not academics. Children ages 6 mos. - 5 yrs., one day a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday).

Our children and family classes offer exciting and interactive programs that give your entire family unique and playful learning experiences. From music and cooking to travels and fitness, every theme is sure to be an exciting new adventure!

Mother of Mercy High School is a Catholic college preparatory school, inspiring, educating, and empowering young women to become faith-filled leaders through the Core Values: Faith, Compassion, Service, Leadership and Excellence. Open House: Sun., Nov. 6, 1 - 4 p.m.

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A premiere Jewish day school focused on academic excellence since 1952. Educating students from 18 mos. - grade 8. Rockwern Academy is a community of learners where students, families and teachers join together to ensure that every individual child is free to rise to challenges and soar, academically and personally. Rockwern Academy has created a culture of excellence, reflected by our teachers, programs, curriculum and our commitment to fostering a love of Jewish life and learning.

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Hubbard Family Swim School’s international reputation for excellence is a result of our passion for teaching and our learn-to-swim techniques. We are committed to provide swim lessons that build comfort and confidence in a child centered environment while making them safer around water. Join us for weekly classes.

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An award winning, non-sectarian and coeducational school serving students 18 mos. - grade 12 at two campuses. Educating the whole child with a college prep, 21st century curriculum. Seven Hills School not only focuses on the acquisition of knowledge, but go far beyond – teaching inquiry, discovery and methods to apply these skills.

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The Spark School of Experiential Jewish Learning involves, inspires, and ignites Jewish learning through hands-on experiential education. The school focuses on learning through art, cooking, music, and more! The classes are small and feature experienced educators giving individual attention to your child. The school offers classes in pre-K - grade 7. Special tuition offer. Call Brian Freedman for more information.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati myy.org

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At the Y, we ensure that children and teens reach their full potential by helping them grow physically, mentally, and socially. Leadership and academic enrichment programs include school age care (over 85 sites), preschool (two Autism centers), kindergarten, infant/toddler care, teen college and career readiness program, youth and government program, and day and overnight camps.

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Goldfish Swim School West Chester provides swim instruction to children ages 4 mos. - 12 yrs. in a unique setting with highly trained instructors, small class sizes (max 4:1 student to teacher ratio), shiver-free 90-degree pools, and a state-of-the-art water purification system. Goldfish Swim School also offers weekly family swims and party packages.

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thu 1 CINCY BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT

Meet with other breastfeeding moms in this session led by a certified lactation consultant. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 1 and 15; donations accepted; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

DO A DOT PAINTING

Create a masterpiece with your little ones every Thursday. Learning Express Toys Crestview Hills, 2812 Town Center Blvd.; 11 a.m. Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; call for prices; 859-331-2094 or learningexpress.com/stores/crestviewhills.

DRESSING DOWNTON: CHANGING FASHION FOR CHANGING TIMES

Costumes, accessories and film stills from the popular BBC show, Downton Abbey, exploring the progression of fashion during World War I and the Jazz Age. On display through Sept. 25 at the Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; tickets ($15 ages 6 - 12, $20 adults) sold at 30-minute entry intervals starting at 10 a.m., with a limited number of tickets available per interval; 513-241-0343 or dressingdowntoncincy.com.

EVERYTHING THOMAS

Celebrate Thomas with several layouts, a scavenger hunt, coloring and crafts and more. Everything Thomas will be on display through Sept. 11. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; tickets start at $9.95 for ages 3 - 12, $11.95 for seniors, and $13.95 for adults; 513898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction. com.

FREE MANABABIES

Bring the littlest readers to the manatee for a fun intro to language through rhymes, songs and bouncy times. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m. Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

MUD PIE MADNESS

Find out why mud is important to both humans and animals then have a little hands-on mud-pie fun. Program held at 10:45 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. Tue - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Aug. 30 - Sept. 4. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE STORY TIME WITH MISS ALICIA

Ages 2 and older are invited for stories and fun with the manatee’s Miss Alicia. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 - 10:30 a.m. Sept. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE STORYTIME IN THE PARK

Enjoy an outdoor story and a craft with the Boone County Public Library and Boone County Parks! Central Park, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union; 10 a.m. Sept. 1 and 29; boonecountyky.org.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: BUILDING A HOME

Help say goodbye to Do Ho Suh’s exhibit with a program about the many journeys we all take in life. Build tiny neighborhoods with chalkboard blocks and create transparent houses with colored vellum. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per child; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 2 FRIDAY NIGHT GRILL OUT

Bring the family for a relaxing evening on the lake for grilled food and local live entertainment. Dine on the patio pier or in the air-conditioned Chart Room. Playground and boathouse will be open before and after dinner. Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland; 5 - 8 p.m.; $9.25 - $12, plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

SPANISH PLAY GROUP

Join in for stories, songs and free play while using Spanish. Speakers of all abilities are welcome. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sept. 2 and 16; donations accepted; 513-5912332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

TODDLER TIME AT SKY ZONE

Bring your little ones through age 5 for fun and games. Toddlers must be 40” or under in height, must wear SkySocks, and parents must sign a liability waiver. Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 11745 Commons Circle; 9:30 - 11 a.m. Fri and 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sun in Sept.; $10; 513-671-1333 or skyzone.com/ springdale.

sat 3 CREATURE FEATURE

Join the naturalist to meet a few live animals before letting the littles enjoy the wet playground. Parky’s Wetland Adventure, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

FREE CURIOSITY SATURDAY

The Cincinnati Art Museum is at the park for a wide-range of free, engaging, kidfriendly activities the whole family can love. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; washingtonpark.org.

FALL FLORAL SHOW

The Krohn Conservatory introduces its fall show, Fall Back in Time, featuring formal gardens of the Victorian England. In an era when flowers held special meaning and were often used to convey secret messages, the gardens will offer colors of the season, as well as a few creative conduits of “steampunk,” a style that steals its inspiration from Victorian fashions and blends with modern amenities. Show will be on display daily from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. (excluding Mondays) through Oct. 23. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks. com/krohn.

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES TOUR

Families can take a docent-led tour with fun facts and hands-on activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 p.m. Sept. 3, 10, 17 and 24; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY

It’s time for feline fun in this monthly fest that includes art making, campfire stories and a family friendly musical performance. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE GERMAN STORY TIME

Learn simple German vocabulary through songs and stories. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

KROHN’S TAKE HOME CRAFTS

Step back in time during the Krohn’s annual fall show to enjoy Victorian-era themed crafts. This month, make a fragrant pomander (Sept. 3 and 4); a dainty hat in a recycled k-cup (Sept. 10 and 11); and plant a “SteamPunkulent,”

a mini pumpkin with succulents in steampunk style (Sept. 24 and 25). Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m. Sept. 3, 4, 10, 11, 24 and 25; free with admission ($4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

FREE MUSIKGARTEN OPEN HOUSE

Get ready for a new year of musicmaking fun in this open house that includes crafts, instruments, games, songs, snacks and more. Parents can explore materials, play with their kids, enter a raffle, and meet the instructors. Two free demo classes are available for ages 0 - 4 at 10:30 or 11:30 a.m. Little Songbird Music Studio, 240 Main St., Florence; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 859-5478765 or littlesongbirdmusic.com.

OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Step back in time for a day of feasts, festivities and fearless feats for audiences of all ages. Enjoy nearly 100 shows on 11 different stages, arts and crafts, games of skill, human-powered rides, costumed characters, and more. The festival is open Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sept. 3 - Oct. 23. Festival Grounds located at 10542 Ohio 73, Waynesville; $9.95 ages 5 - 12, $21.95 ages 13 and older, $19.95 seniors, military, police, fire and EMS; renfestival.com.

OLD WEST FESTIVAL

Grab your boots and mosey on over for a western-themed festival complete with old-fashioned, boot-stompin’ fun for the whole family. Guests will be treated to gun fighting, old medicine and magic shows, a saloon, live bluegrass entertainment, and more. Festival Grounds located at 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat and Sun through Oct. 16; $12.99 adults, $9.99 children, free ages 2 and younger (additional activities available for extra fees); oldwestfestival. com.

RAPTORS

Stop by to view a variety of local, native raptors on display from Raptor, Inc., a local organization with a mission to rescue injured and orphaned birds of prey. Cameras and sketchpads are welcome. Quarry Bluff, Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland; 12 - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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SEASON’S END CREEK WALK

Wind up the summer with a trip to Sharon Creek to look for tadpoles, crayfish and other aquatic animals. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE STORYTIME AT B&N

Magnolia is determined to have the best show-and-tell of the class in the story, If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! Stick around for fun activities after the story is read. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

STRAUSSING OUT

Head to the Bandshell with blankets and lawn chairs for a New Year’s style shindig with the family von Strauss. Enjoy choirs, cartoons, singing, dancing and more fun. Bandshell, Devou Park, Covington; 7:30 p.m.; donations appreciated; 859-431-6216 or kyso. org.

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ANIMALS AT WORK

Animal engineers build amazing creations. They rearrange the land, remove trees and design houses of all shapes and sizes. Bring a team of family and friends to try your hands at constructing a beaver lodge with man-made materials during this open house. Harbor Pavilion, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

DISCOVERY HIKE

Explore Kroger Hills nature preserve to discover the animals and plants living by the trail. Avoca Trailhead, Kroger Hills, 8529 Wooster Pike; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

Visit a docent at an interactive art cart in the galleries for fun activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 3 p.m. Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FIRST SUNDAY AT HERITAGE VILLAGE

Take a guided tour of the historic buildings of the Village and step back in time to Southwest Ohio between 1804 and 1872. Heritage Village Museum inside Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 - 5 p.m.; $5 ages 12 and older, $3 ages 5 - 12, free members and children 4 and younger; 513-563-9484 or heritagevillagecincinnati.org.

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FREE BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP

Please see Sept. 3 for details.

Meet local, native raptors on exhibit during the holiday weekend. Stone Shelter, Mitchell Memorial Forest, 5401 Zion Road, Cleves; 12 - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

Join other breastfeeding moms in this discussion facilitated by a certified lactation consultant. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 11:15 a.m. Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby. com.

REGGAE SUNDAY

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SKETCHING SUNDAY

Bring sketchpads (or borrow one) to get a look at the CAM in a whole new way — through your own drawings! Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 4 p.m.; a $5 refundable deposit is required to check out a supplies kit; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE WESTERN & SOUTHERN/WEBN FIREWORKS AT RIVERFEST

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LABOR DAY VALLEY FLYER

Take a train ride through the Whitewater Valley to visit the historic town of Metamora. Whitewater Valley Railroad, Grand Central Station, Connersville; 12:01 p.m.; $24 adults, $15 children (round trip); 765-825-2054 or whitewatervalleyrr.org.

OLD WEST FESTIVAL

Enjoy reggae sounds at the Waver Rider Bar & Grill this month. The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason; 2 - 5 p.m.; free with admission (general admission $28.99 adults, $23.99 children under 48”); 513-3987946 or thebeachwaterpark.com.

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bait is permitted. For children ages 15 and under, accompanied by an adult. Boathouse, Lake Isabella, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

The traditional, end-of-summer blowout is here and families are invited for a funfilled day of music, food and fireworks! Sawyer Point, 705 East Pete Rose Way; 12 - 10 p.m.; riverfestcincinnati.com.

mon 5 KIDS MYSTERY FISH CHALLENGE

Catch the mystery fish! Prizes are awarded in three age groups to each kid who weighs in a fish closest to the mystery weight. Every child who catches a fish receives a trophy. Any species can be weighed, and live

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Learn about the amazing life cycle of monarch butterflies, the plants they need to survive, and the amazing journey they make each year. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Tue Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Sept. 6 - 11. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

wed 7 FREE B&N LEGO CLUB

Ages 4 and older are invited to help create some amazing Lego masterpieces and have some fun. Call to confirm time. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 513-755-2258.

FREE BUBBE, ZAYDE AND ME

Ages 0 - 4 and a caregiver are invited to Cedar Village for an hour of intergenerational activities and fun as toddlers get to meet new faces, and the residents of the Village get to spend time with PJ Library families. Cedar Village Retirement Community, 5467 Cedar Village Drive, Mason; 10:30 a.m. Sept. 7 and 21; 513-761-7500 or mayersonjcc.org.


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Stop by on Wednesdays for a fun story. Learning Express Toys Crestview Hills, 2812 Town Center Blvd.; 11 a.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28; 859-331-2094 or learningexpress. com/stores/crestview-hills.

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Upcoming September and October Diaper Studies • Babies wearing size 2 diapers • Babies wearing size 4 diapers

FREE REC READS

Bring your toddler or preschooler to the Rosenthal Education Center for a morning of artthemed story books, songs and sensory activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

Earn $100 & Free Diapers* Register your little one:

STORY TREE TIME

Ages 4 and younger can enjoy a story full of playing, dancing, singing and fun. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10:15 - 11 a.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

www.PampersStudy.com Questions? Call: 513-945-0002 discoverycenter@pg.com

THREE NIGHTS OF NOSTALGIA

Explore Victorian history while enjoying the Krohn’s annual fall show. Learn about Nicoholas Longworth of Eden Park and taste a few wine samples (Sept. 7); explore George Remus, King of the Bootleggers, and taste a few bourbon samples (Sept. 14); and take a tour with the Paranormal Society (Sept. 21). Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 6 - 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7, 14 and 21; free with admission ($4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks. com/krohn.

* If your baby qualifies, receive free diapers & Prepaid Visa for your time and travel. Babies in daycare or individuals working in areas of conflict with P&G will not qualify.

thu 8 HARVEST HOME FAIR

It’s “The Biggest Little Fair in Ohio!” Join an annual parade through Cheviot, followed by a fair full of live entertainment, tasty food, amusement rides, 4-H animal and horticultural exhibits, plus horse, flower and art shows. Harvest Home Park, 3961 North Bend Road, Cheviot; 6 p.m. Sept. 8, 5 - 11 p.m. Sept. 9, 12 - 11 p.m. Sept. 10, and 12 - 10 p.m. Sept. 11; $5 adults, free ages 11 and younger, free Saturday and Sunday until 3:30 p.m.; 513662-0524 or harvesthomefair.com.

Every girl wants to find her perfect fit. A school that fits her learning style. A community that fuels her creativity and intellectual curiosity. A place she can excel.

Head to the shelter for a craft and storytime this morning. Conservancy Park, Burlington Pike, Burlington; 10 a.m.; boonecountyky.org.

FREE THE STANDARD’S 2016 VOLUNTEER EXPO

Families can meet with more than 40 nonprofit organizations to discover unique volunteer opportunities. Match your child’s interests, whether it’s the arts, the environment, animal welfare or something else. Fountain Square, 520 Vine St.; 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; standard.com/volunteerexpo.

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R T HERE. A T S S E R U T G R E AT F U When you think back to school, think after school at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati! We serve youth at 12 great locations. Membership is FREE and includes a daily hot, nutritious meal and snack, high-quality programs that support academic success so that kids stay on the path to graduate on time, and caring staff and volunteers. Clem & Ann Buenger Club, Newport Findlay Street Club, West End Larry & Rhonda Sheakley Club, Price Hill Amelia Middle School, Batavia Glen Este Middle School, West Clermont John P. Parker Elementary School, Madisonville

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SEPTEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 47. THURSDAY ART PLAY: UP IN THE CLOUDS

Tomas Saraceno has built beautiful tetrahedral kites that seem to float above the CAC lobby. Experiment with different flying objects and make skyinspired artwork. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per child ; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 9 AN EVENING OF GRACE AND CONVERSATION

Join local bestselling authors for live music, a panel discussion, a Q&A session and a book signing. New Thought Unity Center, 1401 East McMillan St.; 7 - 10 p.m.; $20 - $35; 513-800-7233 or eventbrite.com/e/ an-evening-of-grace-and-conversationtickets-26331137140.

CINCY COMICON

Celebrate comic books and their creators in this three-day convention that includes the area’s largest Lego exhibition, a costume contest with cash prizes, panel discussions with top industry talent, and more. Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 West Rivercenter Blvd., Covington; 1 - 7 p.m. Sept. 9, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sept. 10, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sept. 11; $25 - $75; cincycomicon.com.

FREE OAKLEY AFTER HOURS WITH MISS ALICIA

Kids can join Miss Alicia for a PajamaJammin’ story time — wear your favorite jammies for a bedtime tale! blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 7 - 7:30 p.m.; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

PREPARING FOR NIGHT

Please see “Spotlight” on page 34 for details.

FREE ST. CLEMENT FESTIVAL

Enjoy food and games for all ages, along with rides, live entertainment, and a special “Sports Bar” area. Saint Clement Catholic Church, 4536 Vine St.; 7 - 11 p.m. Sept. 9, 3 - 11 p.m. Sept. 10, 1 - 8 p.m. Sept. 11; 513641-3176.

TCT ON TOUR PERFORMANCES

Please see “Spotlight” on page 42 for details.

sat 10 FREE ADA TWIST, SCIENTIST

Ada Twist is on a mission to use science to understand her world in this fun storytime and activity for other curious minds. Barnes & Noble West Chester,

9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

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FREE BLUES & BBQ

PREPARING FOR NIGHT

Bring chairs and blankets for a free concert from 46 Long and feast on tasty BBQ! Huffman Park, 2100 John Gray Road, Fairfield; 6 p.m.; fairfield-city.org.

COFFEE AND TEA

Head to the Krohn Zone for an exploration of coffee and tea in the Victorian era. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($4 adults, $2 ages 5 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-4215707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

FREE GOLDFISH SWIM SCHOOL GRAND OPENING

Check out the new swimming facility and enjoy open swim, facility tours, complimentary snacks, games, raffles and more good fun for all ages. Goldfish Swim School West Chester, 7058 Ridgetop Drive; 2 - 5 p.m.; 513857-1700 or goldfishswimschool.com.

FREE INCLINE DISTRICT STREET FAIR

Enjoy artisan vendors, food trucks and local craft beer in this fair designed to benefit the mission and ministry of Holy Family Parish. Holy Family Parish, 3001 Price Ave.; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; holyfamilycincinnati.org.

FREE INTERNATIONAL BABYWEARERS’ PLAY GATHERING

Meet other babywearing families to learn about the benefits of wearing your baby in a sling or carrier. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 12:15 - 2 p.m.; 513591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.

FREE KEEP CALM & PROTECT YOURSELF

Please see Sept. 3 for details.

Please see “Spotlight” on page 34 for details.

SCOPEOUT 2016

Celebrate the telescope with an allday (and all-night) open house. Check out classes, educational materials for teachers, kids’ crafts, safe viewing of the Sun, a swap table, meteorites, tours of the historic buildings and astronomical door prizes. An evening dinner and lecture from Dava Sobel is also on the schedule (RSVP required), and nighttime viewing through the telescopes (weather permitting). Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 12 - 11 p.m.; all activities free except for dinner and Sobel lecture ($25 per person); 513-321-5186 or cincinnatiobservatory.org.

FREE SPANISH STORY TIME

Use stories and songs to learn basic Spanish vocabulary. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

WEEKEND IN 1800

Go back in time to visit people from the year 1800, as dressed re-enactors from the Society of Northwest Longhunters share info on the lives of early Ohio settlers. Historic Log Cabin, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend; 2 - 6 p.m. Sept. 10, 2 - 5 p.m. Sept. 11; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

sun 11 DOG DAY AT THE BEACH

Blue Cocoon is partnering with former Cincinnati Police Officer and Independent Damsel Pro, Robin Pruitt, for a free seminar on safety tips, self-defense tools, and hands-on training to keep you and your littles safe. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 10 a.m.; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

Celebrate the end of summer and bring your pooches to enjoy the Wave Pool at The Beach! The Beach Waterpark, 2590 Water Park Drive, Mason; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; general admission $28.99 adults, $23.99 children under 48”; 513-3987946 or thebeachwaterpark.com.

NATURE HUNT

FREE WHERE THE WILD THINGS PLAY

It’s time to go in search of natural things. Take photos and leave only your tracks behind. Return after your adventure to claim a prize for your efforts. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

OLD WEST FESTIVAL

Please see Sept. 3 for details.

Bring your kids to the park for a fun activity! Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 1 - 3 p.m. Sept. 11, 18 and 25; washingtonpark.org.

mon 12 FREE GAME NIGHT

Stop by and try out a new game and find out what the kids like best! Learning Express Toys Crestview Hills, 2812 Town

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tue 13 FREE LOCKER MAGNETS

Teens can create a one-of-a-kind locker magnet for the new school year. Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave.; 3 p.m.; 513-369-6038 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

wed 14 FREE GROWING SCIENTISTS

Ages 3 - 7 explore a new science theme with books, songs and learning stations. Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring; 4 p.m. Sept. 14 and 18; 859-781-6166 or cc-pl.org.

FREE MASTERPIECES IN THE MAKING

Kids join the staff of the Kennedy Heights Arts Center to discover the art of Wassily Kandinsky, then make their own masterpiece to take home. Oakley Branch Library, 4033 Gilmore Ave.; 3 p.m.; 513-369-6038 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

thu 15 FREE STORYTIME IN THE PARK

It’s a fun-filled morning with the Boone County Library and Boone County Parks! Join in for a story and a craft. Giles Conrad Park, 7500 River Road, Hebron; 10 a.m.; boonecountyky.org.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: ALTERING HISTORY

Artist Glenn Brown uses paintings from the past as inspiration for his work. Experiment with famous works from art history and see how you can change them into something new. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per child; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 16 FREE BABY TOUR: TINY DANCERS

This 30-minute experience introduces you and your baby to the world of art with a tour designed to stimulate developing minds and eyes. Please note that strollers are not permitted. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11 a.m., 2 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org. (please turn the page)

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FREE FRENCH STORY TIME

Learn simple French vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 11 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

HARVEST MOON NIGHT HIKE

Join a nighttime excursion to look for bats and owls under the light of the full moon. Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 7:30 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

HOLLYWOOD ACTION AND ADVENTURE

Join the Cincinnati Pops for a concert of epic proportions featuring movie music from favorites like Star Trek, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Mission Impossible. Taft Theatre, 317 East 5th St.; 8 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17, 2 p.m. Sept. 18; tickets start at 25; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony.org.

POPULAR WOODWORKING IN AMERICA

Check out Shop Talk demos and a marketplace in this woodworking exhibit. See works by Roy Underhill and Chris Schwarz. Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 West Rivercenter Blvd., Covington; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sept. 16, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sept. 17; please visit website for admission info; 877-746-9757 or woodworkingamerica.com.

sat 17 15TH ANNUAL MUSIC IN THE WOODS

Enjoy local food and beverages, activities for the whole family, a silent auction filled with unique experiences, and great music … all while supporting Imago’s variety of environmental programs and preservation of urban nature. Imago Earth Center, 700 Enright Ave.; 4 - 11 p.m.; $20 - $25 adults, free ages 12 and younger; 513-9215124 or imagoearth.org.

FREE BATMAN DAY

Celebrate the Dark Knight’s legacy with activities, trivia, coloring and more. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 2 p.m.; 513-7552258.

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MOM REPORT: The Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati By Tina Pratt A trip to The Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati is a must for kids who aspire to grow up to be firefighters or adults who love history. When you step inside, you take a step into the past. My kids immediately wanted to run and start climbing on things, but I reeled them back to explain that many of the items in the museum are antiques and we have to look with our eyes and not with our hands! My kids enjoyed seeing all of the different firefighting vehicles. My son was surprised to see that there used to be firefighting horses — he thought that was really cool! My kids liked looking at the tools and guessing what they were used for and my son correctly guessed that the large circle on the wall was to catch people that had to jump out of burning buildings. Their mouths dropped when they spotted a fire truck that they could climb into and push buttons. They scrambled in and began “talking” to the station to get directions on where they needed to go. My son grabbed the wheel and told me, “Don’t worry, I have my driver’s license!” I bet he wishes he does, but luckily I have about 10 years before that happens. He spun that wheel as hard as he could in both “Where Every Family Matters.”

directions. I joined in on their pretend play and told them to buckle up! My daughter was in charge of the lights and sirens. She kept hollering, “Get out of the way! We have an emergency!” Her tiny little voice always puts a smile on my face. When they finished with the fire truck we headed downstairs. I took the stairs, but they took the fire pole again and again and again! When their upper bodies were finally tired, we went to see what else waited for us downstairs. My kids enjoyed the “play” house that had fire safety tips all throughout. They played house with imaginary food. We also checked out the hand pump where they worked hard to get the water to squirt and they both decided they never wanted to be 18th century firefighters! Before leaving we — of course — had to play with the lights and sirens one more time! The Fire Museum of Greater Cincinnati also has a gift shop and offers birthday party options for kids that want to spend their birthday playing fireman at the museum. It’s located at 315 W. Court St. Call 513-6215553 or visit cincyfiremuseum.com.


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Join the 8th annual Bluegrass for Babies Benefit Concert as the event returns to its roots and heads to its original location, the Seasongood Pavilion. Enjoy live music from the likes of Jennifer Ellis, the Comet Bluegrass All Stars and Hickory Robot. Enjoy tasty treats for sale and check out the Family Experience from 3 - 7:30 p.m. It’s all fun, and it’s all to support Cincinnati Children’s Center for the Prevention of Preterm Birth. Seasongood Pavilion, Art Museum Drive; 3 - 9 p.m.; $20 adults, free ages 12 and younger; healthyrootsfoundation.org.

FREE CLOTH DIAPER SWAP

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Horse Rides • Tractor Drawn Hayrides Demonstrations • Horse Photo Opportunity Games & Activities

Cloth diapering families are invited to buy and sell new or gently used cloth diapers and accessories in this swap-style sale. Anything cloth diapering related may be sold, along with baby carriers. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

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FREE CURIOUS GEORGE STORYTIME

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2016 marks the 75th birthday of the beloved monkey. Join the fun and celebrate with a story and activity. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

FALL BONSAI SHOW

The Bonsai Society of Greater Cincinnati presents their annual fall show — be sure to check it out then visit the Krohn’s Victorian themed exhibit, Fall Back in Time. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sept. 17 and 18; free with admission ($4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.

HORSE DAZE

MetroParks teams up with Butler County Horseman’s Council for a fun-filled day the whole family can enjoy. Take a guided horse ride and check out activities and demonstrations that are all about horses. Sebald MetroPark, 5580 Elk Creek Road, Middletown; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

OLD WEST FESTIVAL

Please see Sept. 3 for details.

FREE ONE-STOP-DROP RECYCLING

The City of Montgomery Environmental Advisory Commission offers this free event for families to dispose of household items like computers, latex paint, used furniture, appliances, clothing, toys and more. Donations benefit Matthew 25 Ministries, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati Restore, and Goodwill Industries. Public Works, 7315 Cornell Road; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 513-891-2424 or montgomeryohio.org.

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SEPTEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 47. SHAW FARMS FALL FESTIVAL

Enjoy farm-grade adventures, including a tractor hayride or horse-drawn wagon ride, bluegrass music, pedal kart races, a corn maze, a playground for little ones and more fall fun. Shaw Farms, 1737 Ohio 131, Milford; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends through October (9 a.m. - 7 p.m. in Oct.); free admission, some activities have a small fee; 513-5752022 or shawfarms.com.

TEAL POWER 5K RUN AND WALK

Help support the Ovarian Cancer Alliance of Greater Cincinnati in this 5K run and walk that includes awards for top runners, a kid’s corner, food and beverages, free t-shirts for participants, a raffle and a survivor celebration. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; 8:30 a.m.; $30 adults, $15 ages 6 - 12, free ages 5 and younger and ovarian cancer survivors; tealpower. org.

FREE THE CITY FLEA

Fall Consignment Sales Swap out your kids’ wardrobes and discover new finds at area consignment sales. Find more sales in our online calendar! Changing Hands Sale Madeira Elementary School, 7840 Thomas Drive changinghandssale.com 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Sept. 17 Faith MOPS Baby and Kids Sale Faith Church, 5910 Price Road, Milford mopsbksale.com 8 - 11 a.m., Sept. 10 $1 admission per adult, credit cards accepted ($1 credit card transaction fee) West Chester Mothers of Twins and More Lakota East High School, 6840 Lakota Lane, Liberty Township wcmultiples.org 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., Sept. 24 $1 cash only entry; accepting cash and major credit cards

Head to Washington Park for an urban flea market featuring vendors of all kinds selling crafts and more. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; thecityflea.com.

sun 18 FREE BOONE WOODS ARTS & CRAFTS SHOW

Enjoy the works of area artists, along with live music on the Creekside Stage. Check out the scarecrows local residents have created over the summer! Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 859-3342117 or boonecountyky.org.

FREE JCC FARMERS’ MARKET

Visit the Farmers’ Market for fruits, vegetables, and art from local vendors and Cincinnati’s best food trucks. Enjoy honey and apple tastings and round challah to add to the delicious festivities. Live nutrition demos, Rosh Hashanah, and PJ Library activities make the market interactive for everyone. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; 513-761-7500 or mayersonjcc. org.

OLD WEST FESTIVAL

Please see Sept. 3 for details.

FREE THIRD SUNDAY FUNDAY

Celebrate the 27th President’s 159th birthday at his half-brother’s home. Discover portraits of William Howard Taft and the other famous faces in the Museum’s collection. Make a cherry blossom tree in honor of Taft’s time as President. At 2 p.m., a park ranger from the William Howard Taft National Historic Site will visit to talk about Taft’s life. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-684-4517 or taftmuseum. org.

WALK FOR APRAXIA

Help support children with apraxia and who struggle with the ability to produce sounds, syllables and words in this annual walk designed to raise awareness and funds for research. Yeatman’s Cove, Sawyer Point, 705 East Pete Rose Way; 8 a.m.; visit website for registration information; apraxiawalk.org.

mon 19 FREE PJ LIBRARY STORY TIME

Enjoy PJ Library stories and crafts with your little ones. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

tue 20 TOT TUESDAY: DOGS

Preschoolers and a caregiver can share a story about their pet and make a craft in honor of their four-legged friends. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

wed 21 FREE AUTHOR MEET AND GREET

Debut science fiction author J. Patrick Black signs and discusses his new book Ninth City Burning, a battle between humans and aliens for the planet. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills; 7 p.m.; 859-912-7860 or josephbeth.com.

thu 22 FREE STORYTIME IN THE PARK

Head to the stage for a fun story and craft this morning with Boone County Parks and the Boone County Library. Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington; 10 a.m.; boonecountyky.org.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: EDIBLE ART

The CAC has a new book inspired by food and art! Use some nontraditional materials to make some incredible, edible art. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per child ; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

fri 23 FREE CINCY CARE TO SHARE

Advance Dentistry offers free dental services to those in need, including a cleaning and one filling or one extraction for anyone 18 and older. Services provided on a first come, first served basis. Advance Dentistry, 5823 Wooster Pike; 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 513271-0821 or seaofsmilesdds.com.

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music festival created by the local residents of Clifton, business owners, neighborhood sponsors and volunteers. Clifton, Clifton Ave.; 6 - 10 p.m. Sept. 23, 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sept. 24; cliftonfest.com.

FREE HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEARNING EXPRESS!

Learning Express of Crestview Hills celebrates their birthday this weekend from 4 - 6 p.m. on Sept. 23. Stop by to meet a minion. From 11 a.m. 1 p.m. on Sept. 24, kids can meet Marshall from Paw Patrol, then enjoy cupcakes from 2 - 4 p.m. And on Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. 1 p.m., get a treat from the Kona Ice Truck and visit with a balloon artist from 2 - 4 p.m.! Learning Express Toys Crestview Hills, 2812 Town Center Blvd.; 859-3312094 or learningexpress.com/stores/ crestview-hills.

sat 24 AMERICAN LIMITED

Relive a bit of the Civil War on a train ride through Whitewater Valley to the historic town of Metamora. Enjoy a two-hour layover before your return trip to Connersville. Whitewater Valley Railroad, Grand Central Station, Connersville; 12:01 p.m.; $24 adults, $15 children (round trip); 765-8252054 or whitewatervalleyrr.org.

APPLEFEST TRAIN RIDES

Kick off fall with a train ride through the scenic countryside of Warren County, then enjoy tasty local produce, live entertainment and more during the Lebanon Country Applefest. Lebanon Mason & Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic St., Lebanon; 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 7 p.m.; $14 adults, $9 seniors and ages 2 - 16, free infants 1 year and younger; 513-933-8022 or lebanonrr.com.

FREE ART AFFAIRE

The 11th Annual Art Affaire returns to Milford for a juried outdoor show featuring art and fine crafts in various mediums, including clay, drawing, glass, jewelry, leather, mixed media, photography, wood and more. Milford, Main St.; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; milfordhistory. net/special-view/artaffaire/.

FREE B&N STORYTIME

Bring the gang for a couple of stories from the Elephant & Piggie Like Reading series: The Cookie Fiasco and We Are Growing, all followed by activities and coloring. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

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CINCINNATI WALKS FOR KIDS

More than just a fundraising walk, this annual event is a day of fun and celebration for families. All proceeds benefit Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Change the Outcome Campaign. The walk includes a halfmile stroll through the Zoo, followed by fun and festivities. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; 4:30 p.m.; $25 adults, $5 ages 17 and younger; 513-636-5647 or cincywalks. org.

FREE COUNTRY APPLEFEST

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FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL: PORTRAIT PALOOZA

Artist Glenn Brown often works with and alters portraits from well-known artists. Explore the many ways your face can be a work of art, and create light portraits, flower faces and a 3-D selfie. Then let your skin be the canvas at the extra special face-painting station. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

FREE FOSSIL FUN

Explore Lick Run Creek and find fossils from the ancient Ordovician Sea, which used to cover Cincinnati. Encounter modern-day creek creatures along the way. Wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes. California Woods Nature Preserve, 5400 Kellogg Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 513-231-8678 or cincinnatiparks. com.

FREE GREAT OUTDOOR WEEKEND

Kids and grown-ups can sample the best of the best in outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Enjoy more than 100 events that are free and open to the public. Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky; Sept. 24 and 24, please visit website for a complete schedule of activities; meetmeoutdoors. org/greatoutdoorweekend.

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FREE THE O.F.F. MARKET

Oakley’s neighborhood monthly marketplace features specialty food and beverage vendors, independent small businesses, artists and farmers from across the region. Come get a taste of the culture and creativity of this city and make The O.F.F. Market part of your routine. The O.F.F. Market, 2980 Madison Road; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; theoffmarket.org.

OLD WEST FESTIVAL

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FREE YOUNG ARTIST OPEN STUDIO

Teens can hang out in this open studio format that lets them bring a current project or use a prompt from the CAM to get started. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513-7212787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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Bring the family and your appetites to sample the Levee’s food choices (each food item is $3 or less), enjoy live music and street performer entertainment throughout the day. Newport on the Levee Plaza, 1 Levee Way, Newport; 12 - 7 p.m.; newportonthelevee.com.

Join this run to help bring awareness and financial aid to veteran-focused charities in Greater Cincinnati, Northern Kentucky, and Southeast Indiana. Awards will be given to top finishers in each age group. Summit Park, 4335 Glendale Milford Road, Blue Ash; 8:30 a.m.; $25 - $35 before Sept. 16, $30 - $40 Sept. 17 through race day; honorrunllc.org.

Halloween fun kicks off this month at EnterTRAINment Junction — walk the trick-or-treat maze for kid-friendly ghosts, stop and color, check out the Halloweenville miniature animated display, enjoy two outdoor kid’s train rides and pick up a free mini pumpkin from the indoor Pumpkin Patch. The junction’s open through Oct. 31. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court; tickets start at $9.95 for ages 3 - 12, $11.95 for seniors, and $13.95 for adults; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

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Bring the family for a 5K run or a 1.8-mile walk through the park, all followed up by a fun fall festival. Miami Meadows Park, 1546 Ohio 131, Milford; 4 - 6 p.m.; $10 for run or walk, free admission to festival; mccormickpto. com.

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This class includes expert instruction, discussion, demos and hands-on practice. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy and Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 5 p.m.; $30; 513791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

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sun 25 Enjoy this annual arts festival featuring emerging artists, cultural enthusiasts, tasty food and plenty of live entertainment. Art Off Pike, East 7th St., Covington; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; artoffpike.org.

FREE BIRDS OF PREY MEET & GREET

Visit Raptor Inc. during this open house and learn about the conservation of birds of prey through rehabilitation and education. Meet avian ambassadors up close, learn about the role raptors play in the environment and speak to the knowledgeable staff. Raptor, Inc., 961 Barg Salt Run Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513825-3325 or raptorinc.org.

OLD WEST FESTIVAL

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Bring little artists to create an art project in Charley Harper’s child-friendly style of nature art. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Groesbeck; 12 p.m.; $3 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.


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THURSDAY ART PLAY: MARVELOUS MARBLING

Some of Glenn Brown’s portraits seem to melt on the canvas and resemble a marble surface. Get inspired by this effect and experiment with marbleized art making. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per child; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter. org.

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The creepy and kooky family you know from TV comes to life in this production staged by Acting Up Young Performers Community Theater (pictured below). The family-friendly musical comedy features an original story and lyrics as it follows a grown-up Wednesday Addams, her new boyfriend, and the fateful night her family hosts a dinner party to meet his parents. Mason High School, 6100 Mason Montgomery Road; 7 p.m. Sept. 23, 2 and 7 p.m. Sept. 24, and 2 p.m. Sept. 25; $12.

CINCINNATI BALLET’S DIRECTOR’S CUT

Celebrate 20 years of excitement and innovation at the hands of Cincinnati Ballet’s artistic director, Victoria Morgan, with multiple pieces in various styles, never before seen world premieres, and choreography by some of the current greats, like Justin Peck of New York City Ballet. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 8 p.m. Sept. 16 and 17, 2 p.m. Sept. 17; please visit website for ticket prices; 513-621-5282 or cballet.org.

DISGRACED

Hotshot lawyer Amir Kapoor has spent a lifetime distancing himself from his strict Muslim upbringing while his artist wife finds her own work increasingly inspired by Islam. When the two host a dinner party for their friends, polite conversation escalates into an explosive exploration of identity, religion and politics. Suitable for adults and older teens. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; Sept. 24 - Oct. 23; ticket prices start at $40; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay. com.

GODSPELL

One of the most successful musicals in history, Godspell is a whimsical and inspiring view of Jesus, as His followers and disciples re-enact parables and scenes from the New Testament in a rock musical that features popular hits like “Day by Day,” “All Good Gifts” and more. Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; Sept. 8 - Oct. 2; please visit website for performance schedule and ticket prices; 513-2416550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

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upheaval in American during the 1960s, this story recounts the bond between Owen and John, who remain forever linked by a tragic childhood accident. Best for adults and older teens. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; Sept. 3 - Oct. 1; ticket prices start at $40; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.

ROBIN HOOD

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park kicks off their Off the Hill series with Robin Hood, Greg Bank’s modern take on the classic story. Good and evil take center stage in this tale of a legendary outlaw who robs from the rich to give to the poor — full of fights and swordplay, it’s a high-powered action production best for ages 8 and older. Various locations throughout Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, please see website for a complete schedule; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S THE SOUND OF MUSIC

The hills are alive! Audiences of all ages will enjoy this brand-new production of a classic tale about the Von Trapp Family that features famous tunes like “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” and of course, the title song itself. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Sept. 27 - Oct. 9; tickets start at $30; 513-621-2787 or cincinnati.broadway.com.

ROMEO & JULIET

UC’s College Conservatory of Music presents this tragic tale from the master of drama. Witness the deadly feud between the Monatgues and Capulets in this retelling of Shakespeare’s iconic story. It’s a comedy … until it’s not. Patricia Corbett Theater, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Corry and Jefferson Streets; 8 p.m. Sept. 29 - 30, and Oct. 1, 2 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2; $27 - $31 general, $17 - $20 students, $15 - $18 UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.uc.edu.

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ART ON FIRE

9336 Colerain Ave. 513-923-FIRE • artonfirecincinnati.com •Ladies’ Craft Night Learn the basics of string art this evening. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 14; prices vary based on piece selected. •Story Time With Paint Preschoolers listen to a story then paint a piece of pottery to match the tale they heard. 11 a.m. Sept. 17 and 28; $10 - $12 per child. •Canvas Night Adults get some experience working on canvas. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 9; $30. •Canvas and Cupcakes Kids enjoy cupcakes and juice after working on a special project. 11 a.m. Sept. 10; $18. •Ladies Night Paint your own pottery selection and enjoy half-off studio fees, snacks and BYOB. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 23; prices vary based on piece selected.

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•FREE Ashland Avenue Buddy Break RSVP to Stephanie.BuddyBreak@outlook.com. Buddy Break is a respite program for families with children with special needs, ages 2 - 16. Children participate with a one-on-one “buddy” in a variety of age-appropriate activities while parents get a much-needed break. 11 a.m. the second Saturday of each month.

AVON WOODS NATURE PRESERVE 4235 Paddock Road 513-861-3435 • cincinnatiparks.com

•Fall Preschool Camp Bring your preschoolers for fun games, nature-based crafts, story time, hikes and a chance to meet some local animals up close. 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 12 - Oct. 3; $45.

BEHRINGER-CRAWFORD MUSEUM 1600 Montague Road, Covington 859-491-4003 • bcmuseum.org

•Annual freshART Auction and Gala Dozens of artists spend the day in Devou Park creating original works that will be auctioned that same night. Enjoy cocktails, a gourmet dinner, music, and live and silent auctions. 6 p.m. Sept. 17; $100.

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•Birthing With Ease Join a unique childbirth series that explores the myth that suffering accompanies labor. 6:45 p.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28; $200 for eight-week package. •Baby’s Amazing Journey Join a workshop that details the first year milestones as well as offers help with issues like fussiness, and eating and sleeping troubles. 6:45 p.m. Sept. 8; $35. •Toddler Tantrum Survival Guide Learn why toddlers have tantrums, how to avoid them, and what to do when one actually happens. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sept. 10; $30.

•Small Talk Learn how to “talk” to your hearing baby using American Sign Language and enjoy the benefits of preverbal communication, like less frustration, earlier speech development and more. 6:45 p.m. Sept. 13; $50.

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•Toddler Music Bring your baby for an enriching musical environment and enjoy folk tunes, singing, dancing and time spent together. 10 a.m. Sept. 2, 9, 16, and 23; $12.50. •Tummy Time This class incorporates baby massage, reflexology and baby yoga with tummy time position. Please bring a blanket. 10:30 a.m. Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27; $12.50. •Sensory Play Class Bring your baby to explore materials designed to stimulate his senses, then create a busy bag or sensory bottle to take home. 9:45 a.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28; $14.50. •Prenatal Yoga Students of all levels of yoga practice are invited to prepare for labor and delivery by working on specific areas used. 6 p.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21 and 28; $12.50. •FREE Cloth Diapering 101 Learn about the benefits of cloth diapering, as well how to care for cloth and get suggestions for travel, babysitters and more. 3 p.m. Sept. 10. •Cloth Diapering 102 Take cloth diapering even further with tips on getting a great fit, nighttime solutions, wool, and more. 4:15 p.m. Sept. 10; $10. •Mommy + Me Yoga Moms and their babies can relax and bond together. Please bring a mat and water! 11 a.m. Sept. 12, 19 and 26; please call for price. •Returning to Work + Pumping Learn everything you need to know about expressing, storing and feeding pumped milk, plus how to increase your milk production and logistics for returning to work. 6:15 p.m. Sept. 19; $35. •FREE Babywearing 101 Get safety lessons, carrier demos and learn how to breastfeed in a carrier in this supportive gathering. 2 p.m. Sept. 17. •Babywearing 102 Learn how to wrap your baby, explore different fabrics, and get some one-on-one help. 3:30 p.m. Sept. 17; $10.

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3054 Madison Road 513-731-2665 • bluemanateebooks.com •FREE An Afternoon with Illustrator Chris Eliopoulos Ages 3 - 9 are meet the illustrator of Brad Meltzer’s Ordinary People Change the World series, and learn about his new books. 4 - 5 p.m. Sept. 7; line numbers availale for signing with purchase of I am Jane Goodall and/or I am George Washington. •Make a Mess Ages 2 - 4 and their grown-ups listen to a good book and then make an art project together. 10 - 11 a.m. Sept. 12; $10 per child.

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PLAN AHEAD •Make a Hat Day Ages 3 - 5 can listen to some silly stories about hats, then make their own paper hat creation. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 15; $3 per child. •Elephant Appreciation Day Help honor the largest animal on the planet with some elephant-sized fun that includes stories and … elephant toothpaste! 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Sept. 22; $5 per child. •Miss Meghan’s Music Ages 0 - 4 and their grown-ups enjoy time together as they sing and move. 10 - 10:30 a.m. Sept. 26; $10 per child.

CINCINNATI ART MUSUEM

953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-2787 • cincinnatiartmuseum.org •Art in the Making Ages 6 - 12 and their parents will enjoy a gallery tour and a hands-on art activity led by a local artist. 1 - 3 p.m. Sept. 17; $10 per parent/child pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers ($3 and $6 for each additional person). •FREE Ancient Meets Contemporary Visitors enjoy a lively interaction with Ancient art and compare old with new through touchable objects and pop culture references. 3 - 4 p.m. Sept. 17. •FREE Fandom: Harry Potter Fans of the pop culture icon are invited for an interactive gallery tour that’s a playful exploration of the CAM. 2 - 3 p.m. Sept. 24.

CINCINNATI FAMILY ENRICHMENT CENTER

4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 • theplaceforfamilies.com •Work & Play Parents who work part-time or on freelance projects are invited to RSVP some time in the co-working space while their kids have a chance to play. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tues and Fri; $10 per hour. •Tummy2Tummy Learn about the benefits of using a baby carrier or sling and try out a few samples to decide what works best for you. 11 a.m. Sept. 10; donations accepted. •Gentle Sleep Solutions Get tips from a certified Gentle Sleep Coach to help your baby sleep better at night. 12:45 - 2:15 p.m. Sept. 17; $30. •Pregnancy Related Back & Pelvic Pain Join a TriHealth physical therapist for a workshop designed for women who experience low back, pubic symphysis, and tailbone pone, urinary incontinence, and rectus diastasis, during pregnancy. 12:45 p.m. Sept. 24; donations accepted.

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•Sprouts Institute Bring your baby for a fun, research-based literacy development program with books, songs and finger plays. 10:15 - 11 a.m. Sept. 5; $8 per child members, $10 per child nonmembers plus admission.

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2715 Reading Road 513-221-0981 • civicgardencenter.org •Baby Greens Ages 0 - 4 enjoy a welcome song, circle time, and the chance to stroll the garden and collect natural items. 10 - 11 a.m. Sept. 16; $5. •Junior Gardeners Ages 5 - 15 make a minigarden for some magical friends. 2:30 - 4 p.m. Sept. 20; $5.

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5985 Meijer Drive, Milford 513-576-1400 or dance-etc.com •Belle Princess Party Come sing and dance with Belle! Ages 3 - 8 enjoy crafts, games and learn a new princess dance. 3 - 4:30 p.m. Sept. 17; $15 students, $20 guests.

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33 North Cherry St., Germantown, OH 937-855-6020 • twistedpretzeltour.com •Twisted Pretzel Tour Join a family friendly bike tour and pretzel party twisted into one beautiful ride through the Germantown countryside. Three routes from flat to rolling and of various lengths provide for all ages and skills. Two breaks offer fresh warm pretzels, homemade dips (vote for your favorite), and apple cider slushies along with the standard fare. Proceeds from the ride support local food pantries and participating civic organizations. 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sept. 24; $15 - $25.

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•Stepping Forward: Service Days Sign up to help maintain the historic pioneer village with some cleanup and trail maintenance. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sept. 24.

IMAGINATION YOGA

10990 Thornview Drive 513-491-3573 • facebook.com/ imaginationyoga.greatercincy.dayton/ •Imagination Yoga With a Twist Ages 6 - 8 explore a yoga adventure through calming exercises, movement activities, and a project related to a yoga theme. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and 29; $16 per class.

JOSEPH-BETH BOOKSELLERS

2785 Town Center Drive, Crestview Hills 859-912-7860 • josephbeth.com •Author Meet and Greet Meet NYT Best Selling author Sarah J. Maas in conversation with Emery Lord about their new books, Empire of Storms and When We Collided. Maas will sign three books per ticketed customer, one of which may be personalized. No posed photographs or video permitted. For teens and adults. 7 p.m. Sept. 22; ticket includes copy of Empire of Storms.

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•Wonderland Tea Party Ages 0 - 12 can join a fantastical tea party with Alice, the Queen of Hearts, and the Mad Hatter. 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sept. 24; $10.95 children, $12.95 Gives Back Member adults, $13.95 nonmember adults. Please note that all children must be accompanied by a ticketed adult; ages 18 months and younger are free with a ticketed adult.

KROHN CONSERVATORY

1501 Eden Park Drive 513-421-5707 • cincinnatiparks.com/krohn •An Ephemeral Evening of Extraordinary Iron and Glass Adults are invited to enjoy an evening that’s all about Victorian-themed steampunk. 6 - 9 p.m. Sept. 24; please visit website for ticket prices.

LABOITEAUX WOODS

5400 Lanius Lane 513-542-2909 • cincinnatiparks.com •FREE History in Motion Ages 3 - 12 meet Johnny Appleseed and Sacajawea during an evening of family fun, storytelling, and live musical performances around the campfire, all while enjoying s’mores and hot apple cider. 6 - 8 p.m. Sept. 10. •Detective Badge Scout Program Junior Girl Scouts can grab their magnifying glasses and dive into the science of detecting. Learn basic evidence collection techniques and solve a mystery as you communicate in code and earn your Detective Badge. 3 - 4:30 p.m. Sept. 10; $6.

LANGSFORD LEARNING ACCELERATION CENTER

9402 Towne Square Ave., Blue Ash 513-531-7400 • langsfordcenter.com/RSVP •FREE What Parents Should Know About Reading and Comprehension Do you have concern for a struggling reader? In our communities, about 20% of the population has difficulty learning to read. This presentation simplifies the complex process of reading by explaining the five critical skills that support successful reading. Learn about the developmental path of successful readers, the root causes of reading difficulties, and why some good readers struggle with comprehension. 12:30 - 2 p.m. Sept. 14 and 9:30 - 11 a.m. Sept. 29.

LAZER KRAZE

7082 Columbia Road, Maineville 513-339-1030 1335 Donaldson Road, Erlanger 859-371-5729 lazerkraze.com •Special Needs Night Players ages 4 and older with special needs can play laser tag or jump on the trampolines for free with their family member’s paid admission. Please see web site for jump rules; jump socks not included and are $2 per pair. Held the first Thursday of each month from 4 - 9 p.m.

LEARNING EXPRESS TOYS CRESTVIEW HILLS

2812 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills 859-331-2094 learningexpress.com/stores/crestview-hills •Canvas Painting Night Sign up to paint a Shopkin or a Pokemon in tonight’s project. 6 p.m. Sept. 9; please call for price.

MAYERSON JCC

8485 Ridge Road 513-761-7500 • Mayersonjcc.org •Recipe Makeover Liven up your plate and discuss healthy alternatives for making recipes more nutritious without sacrificing taste. 6 - 7 p.m. Sept. 14; free members, $15 nonmembers. •FREE YP Sukkah Panel Decorating Ages 21 - 35 are invited to join other young professionals to gather in the sukkah to create their own artistic panel to be used in the Under One Roof exhibit. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7.

MIAMI WHITEWATER FOREST 9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

•All About Butterflies RSVP by Sept. 7. Ages 2 4 learn all about butterflies with a story and a craft. 11 a.m. Sept. 9; $6. •Homeschool Science: Matter & Motion RSVP by Sept. 13. Homeschool students ages 5 - 12 and their parents explore learning stations, lessons, and a guided outdoor exploration. 1 - 3 p.m. Sept. 15; $6. •Night Bike Ride RSVP by Sept. 14. Enjoy an “after hours” bike ride around the Shaker Trace Trail. Front and back lights and helmets required. 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16; $6.

MITCHELL MEMORIAL FOREST 5401 Zion Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

•Trail Time With REI RSVP by Sept. 19. Hit the trails and make way for more adventure during this volunteer event that aims to clear invasive plants, bag litter and work on a mountain bike trail project. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sept. 24.

PARKY’S FARM AT WINTON WOODS 10073 Daly Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

•Barnyard Boogie Family Dance RSVP by Sept. 8. Swing your partner ‘round and ‘round and learn some basic dance steps during this family hoedown. 6 p.m. Sept. 10; $10 per family. •Garden Harvest RSVP by Sept. 11. Explore the garden, help bring in the harvest and make a pot of vegetable soup to try. For ages 2 - 5 and their adults. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Sept. 13 and 14; $10 per child with one adult, $5 for each additional adult.

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684 Loveland Miamiville Road, Loveland 513-683-2787 promartialarts.com/loveland/events •Women’s Defense Seminar Teens and adults are invited to this seminar to learn self-defense techniques such as how to block/dodge, how to strike, vital target areas, how to escape a hold, how to escape a pin, and who to contact. 2 - 4 p.m. Sept. 10; $50 (20% discount for groups of three or more). •Jedi Training Academy All ages are invited to learn weapons training in a fun and entertaining way. Participants will leave with the ability to perform at least one of three routines, while adults will gain knowledge to create their own routines. Younglings (ages 4 - 9) meet at 5 p.m.; Padawans (ages 10 - 15) meet at 6 p.m.; and Jedi/Sith (ages 16 and older) meet at 7 p.m. 5 - 9 p.m. Sept. 16; $35 Younglings and Padawans (includes toy light saber), $85 Jedi/Sith (includes bokken, a wooden training sword). Discounts available.

SEA OF SMILES

Moms can enjoy yoga time with their wee ones during Mommy + Me Yoga at Blue Cocoon’s Mom + Me Café.

•FREE Cincy Care to Share Sea of Smiles provides free dental treatment for children in need today. 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sept. 23.

SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP GROVE BANQUET

1319 Nagel Road 513-474-6777 • seaofsmilesdds.com

SEBALD PARK

5580 Elk Creek Road, Middletown 513-867-5835 • yourmetroparks.net

A valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park

•Stepping Forward: Service Days Sign up to help prepare the park for the upcoming Horse Daze! Perform trail maintenance, honeysuckle removal, and park clean up. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Sept. 3.

9158 Winton Road 513-522-1410 theartsconnect.us/dinner-theater

•Post Comedy Theater It’s a one-man variety show unlike anything you’ve ever experienced. Once Robert Post takes the stage, audiences will be delighted with his hilarious, poignant and physically dazzling sketches. Best for ages 10 and older. 6:30 8:15 p.m. Sept. 9; $40 (includes dinner and show).

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10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

•Up With the Birds Walk RSVP by Sept. 19. Take a stroll with the naturalist to see what our feathered friends are up to. For ages 8 and older. 8:30 a.m. Sept. 24; $12.

•Outdoor Archery RSVP by Sept. 1. Learn the basics of shooting a compound bow on the outdoor range, then try out your skills with some target practice. For ages 8 and older. 1 p.m. Sept. 3; $15.

SHARONVILLE CONVENTION CENTER

•Friday Night Float RSVP two days in advance. Enjoy a relaxing evening kayaking on Winton Lake. For ages 8 and older. 7 p.m. Sept. 9 and 6 p.m. Sept. 30; $14.

11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org

11355 Chester Road sharonvilleconventioncenter/com/ taste-through-time/ •A Taste Through Time RSVP for this grown-up event featuring multiple courses of food and wine pairings, with an educational twist to highlight the historical and cultural significance of the dishes. Proceeds benefit SPCA Cincinnati and St. Joseph’s Home. Sept. 10; $125 - $150.

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

•Fall Parent/Child Tourney RSVP by Sept. 7. Take a nine-hole challenge with your kids as the format changes from best ball to scramble and alternate shot. 8 a.m. Sept. 10; $35 per team.

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•Kayak Smart Start RSVP by Sept. 8. Get a short intro to flat water kayaking and learn some basic safety practices and paddling techniques. For ages 8 an older. 1 p.m. Sept. 10; $18.

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

•Evening Kayak Float RSVP by Sept. 13. Get some pointers before heading out on the lake. For ages 8 and older. 7 p.m. Sept. 15; $14.

•My Great Parks in Pictures Photo Walk RSVP by Sept. 8. Capture the beauty of the Blue Jacket Trail with help and advice from photojournalist Malinda Hartong. 4 p.m. Sept. 10.

•Autumn Tea on the Lawn RSVP by Sept. 14. It’s tea time on the grassy terrace overlooking the lake. Wear your party finery, and sample some tea-time favorites. 3 p.m. Aug. 18; $15.

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•Sunrise Kayak RSVP two days in advance. Ages 8 and older and their parents are invited for an early morning kayak trip to watch the sun rise. 6:30 – 8 a.m. Sept. 21 and 28; $14.

WOODLAND MOUND

8250 Old Kellogg Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org

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•Frog Jamboree RSVP by Sept. 14. Ages 3 - 5 learn all about frogs with crafts and activities. 10 a.m. Sept. 16; $6.

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