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the little things BY AMANDA HAYWARD

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want to begin by introducing myself: I am a mom of two beautiful, curious, energetic children, William and Evelyn. I am also a Cincinnati-an, a military wife and if you don’t see me cooking up healthy vegetarian recipes in my kitchen, you might see me training for a marathon while running around beautiful local trails like Loveland Bike Trail, Voice of America Park or across the Purple People Bridge connecting Cincinnati and Newport. Actually, you might just find me running around my neighborhood, because finding the time to run anywhere far away from home has ALMOST been impossible with two kiddos. That being said, I know that some of us are in the same boat: juggling life, children, work, hobbies, free time, you name it. That is one reason why I am more than excited to be a part of such a fantastic publication that reaches out to local families. We are all in it together. Life is hard, but it also has its rewards. And from a mommy’s standpoint — children are truly our greatest distraction. Kids fill our days with questions like, “Why do zebras have stripes?” or, “Where do babies come from?” or, “How far away is the moon?” They keep us thinking and guessing all day long. When times get tough and we feel like we are not doing a good job, we have to remember that we are doing the best we can, and that’s what counts. It’s easy to miss a major milestone (I can be with my kids all day long, but the one time I’m not there, the first step is taken — go figure), or order pizza three days in a row because there’s no time to cook. None of this makes us bad parents. We are each only one person. We are not perfect, but our children think we are. We can listen to our children’s ideas, guide them, hug them, and be there with them every step life gives us. My little boy asked me once if he could someday go to the moon. And what did I say? YES! Of course you can! No one said this parenting thing would be easy, but I’m pretty sure they said it would be a fun ride. September is here and so is a new school year, which means we have to help our children with their back-to-school jitters while handling our own, and we need to help them prepare the best we can. We need to take the time to listen to what they’re learning at school, meet with their teachers, sign them up for their favorite after-school activity and set aside that special family time. We need to encourage their reading, going for walks and making a point to sit at the dinner table together. Moving forward, I’m thrilled to learn and connect with all of you Cincinnati and Kentucky families out there. We all have so many questions; I am here with you on this wonderful, tough and neverending journey to help you find answers and to share my stories ... and your stories, too!

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DIAPER DONATIONS THAT HELP THOUSANDS OF BABIES GO THE DISTANCE: CHILDREN’S 5K The second top children’s hospital in the nation, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, hosts the Go the Distance fundraiser walk and run on Saturday, Sept. 15. This year, walk a one-mile loop or run a timed 5K. The race begins and ends on the corner of Mehring Way and Central Avenue. Check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race begins at 9 a.m. Following the race, celebrate on the field of Paul Brown Stadium (1 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati) until 1 p.m. with food, live music, face painting and games. Registration is $35 runners, $25 adult walkers, $5 ages 17 and younger. Find more information at cincinnatichildrens.org.

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by dropping off disposable diapers to tri-state Once Upon A Child locations. You also have the option to donate cash at Sweet Cheeks’ website, or by mailing in a check. Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank is located at 1615 Republic St., Cincinnati. Visit sweetcheeksdiaperbanks.org to learn how you can help.

A NEW BOOK & A FUN MUSICAL STORYTIME FOR ALL Local author and illustrator Loren Long premieres his newest children’s book, There’s a Hole in the Log on the Bottom of the Lake, this month. Make sure to pre-order a copy of this great new picture book from the Blue Manatee, so you can get a ticket to attend a musical storytime featuring Loren Long on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 2 p.m. Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore is located at 3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati. Call 513-731-2665 or visit bluemanateebooks.com.

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DOWNTOWN MOM’S- 2. THE CANDLE LAB Located in OTR, The Candle Lab allows you DAY-OUT IDEAS! Shake up your boring, routine night out with gal pals and a more unique experience. Here are three luxurious ladies’ excursions to check out:

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kids’ health BY AMANDA HAYWARD

EASING BACK-TOSCHOOL ANXIETY Anxiety is one thing, overcoming it is another. Here’s help for batting back your child’s back-to-school jitters.

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ou can get anxious about a new school year, but what about your child? Meeting new friends and teachers while trying to prepare his little mind for the upcoming year can sometimes become a little overwhelming. No matter what, let him know he’s not alone. Anxiety is something that many kids face day to day. It can be dealt with in a natural manner, and the good news is, it can be reversed with tender, loving care. Lynne Merk, Ph.D., a psychologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center for Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, says there are ways a parent and child can handle anxiety together. “Help children see anxiety as a natural part of life,” says Merk. “We all feel anxious sometimes, but there are things we can do to feel better. Ask your child what

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he thinks would help him feel better. Share with him things you do to calm yourself when you’re anxious,” Merk adds. Evidence suggests that anxiety is genetic, Merk says, so some of us may be more prone to it than others. However, building a proper routine and lifestyle can help ease anxiety that some of us experience in our everyday lives. “There are environmental factors that can contribute such as experiencing significant conflict in daily life, not having daily needs met, facing significant change, being overscheduled, etc.,” says Merk. “In busy families, children often feel rushed, and this can also heighten their anxiety,” she says.

IDENTIFYING ANXIETY Each child is unique. Your child has his own way of expressing stress and you can help him identify that and let him know it’s OK. “Many children just tell their parents they’re feeling

nervous about school starting back, but other children are not as up-front,” says Merk. “Young children exhibit anxiety in different ways — increased irritability, complaints of physical symptoms (like headache or stomachache) and changes in sleeping or eating patterns.” School avoidance is often another sign of anxiety. “If a child’s anxiety is especially frequent, intense and is impairing functioning,” Merk continues, “that may be a sign to seek help from a therapist.” Other ways you can ease your child’s nervousness is to show him that he has control over his anxiety using calming techniques. This can be done by simply going for a walk, listening to soft music, giving him time to relax in between school, sports and homework, and applauding him for sharing new ideas or trying new things. Amanda Hayward is editor for this publication and mother of two.

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TO CALM KID STRESS 3WAYS 1. ACKNOWLEDGE THE ANXIETY AND NORMALIZE IT. This can be done by telling your child about the anxieties you may have as a parent. Listen to him and help him to understand what makes him anxious and why. 2. ARRANGE A VISIT WITH YOUR CHILD’S TEACHER. Visiting the school and your child’s teacher is a great way to get acquainted. Keep it light and friendly and from there, you and your student can work forward together. 3. PLAN AND FOLLOW ROUTINES. Come up with a realistic plan for your child and family that includes a balance of school, activities and relaxation time. A plan that involves a good balance can help him relax and enjoy the new school year. — Lynne Merk, Ph.D.


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Homeschooling 101:

DECIDING IF IT’S RIGHT FOR YOU BY AMANDA HAYWARD

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Imagine This: You accompany your kids to a casual play date with the kids next door. The mom turns to you and says, “So, I’ve decided I’m going to homeschool!” You say, “Wow that’s great!” At that moment, so many questions pop into your head: “Why?” or, “Should I do that, too?” Homeschooling has become so popular lately, it’s hard not to wonder if you should jump on the bandwagon. The internet has made it easier to access curriculum and connect with other homeschoolers, and there are many homeschooling communities in various cities. Besides, research suggests homeschooled children tend to do better on standardized tests, stick around longer in college and do better once they’re enrolled. In both content and style, it’s all about personalization. Belinda Boone, mom of four, has been homeschooling her kids for four years now and describes it as very rewarding. “I love being able to teach my kids the curriculum I choose, and I get to have conversations with them during the day that

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I wouldn’t,” Boone says. “Cincinnati has such a huge homeschool following now, and there are many options for extra programs. Curriculums lay out lesson plans so easily that anyone can follow them. But how do you know if homeschooling is right for your family? It comes down to personal preference, Boone says. So far it has been a plus for her family’s lifestyle. “I only have my experience to pull from, but I’ve loved the relationship I’ve formed with my kids as their primary teacher,” says Boone. “I can work at their pace, and take my time on subjects they may be struggling with.” And those nagging doubts about whether you should or not? They’re normal and a part of it all. Just remember this: you have been your child’s teacher from day one, so you’re already a huge part of his education.

HOMESCHOOL NUTSHELL Requirements vary state-to-state when it comes to homeschooling. According to Brittany Halpin, deputy director of the Office of Communications & Outreach for the Ohio Department of Education, Ohio requires homeschool

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students to have a minimum of 900 hours of instruction per school term in language arts, geography, math, science, physical education, fine arts, first aid and safety and fire prevention. In Kentucky, it’s a minimum of 1,062 instructional hours covering similar subjects. So, where can a parent begin? First, to be a homeschooling parent in Ohio you must have one of the following: • A high school diploma • A certificate of high school equivalence • Standardized test scores that demonstrate high school equivalence • Another equivalent credential found appropriate by your district superintendent In Kentucky, any parent can homeschool their child, there are no educational requirements. Next? Dig into resources — they are plentiful! “There are a wide variety of resources available to parents selecting curriculums and instructional materials,” says Halpin. “Start with your local school district. Review curriculum and pacing guides on district websites. State and national homeschool associations are also a good source for materials and recommendations,” she adds.


One of the best sources though will be other homeschooling parents. Get yourself connected to a local group, then it’s as simple as grabbing a cup of coffee with another homeschooling parent.

PROS & CONS OF HOMESCHOOLING

Of course, all children are different and what works for one may not work for the other — but isn’t that one of the reasons that draws you to homeschooling to begin with? Often schools don’t have the time or manpower to reach all children and their different learning styles. “Every child is unique,” says Halpin. “Parents interested in homeschooling are generally looking for the option that allows them to customize their child’s education.” The only caveat being that homeschooling is a significant commitment. When you sit down with your family to try and come to a homeschooling or not decision, weigh the pros and cons. Pros: • Educational freedom • Day to day flexibility and control • Knowing your child better • No busywork Cons: • Personal time restraints • Seeking out social situations for your kids • Feeling “out of the loop” with local kids in public or private schools According to Rebecca Kochenderfer, founder of homeschool.com, there are pros and cons no matter which way you go. “With homeschooling, we a have the freedom to educate as we see fit, on a schedule that fits our family, and we have time to explore hobbies and pursuits that would be difficult for the typical schooled student,” Kochenderfer says. “Homeschooling offers the ability to tailor fit a child’s education to his specific needs. A few cons may include the parent feeling burnt out at times and the fact that some parents don’t feel qualified to teach some subjects.” Again, homeschooling your children is all about personal preferences, resources and time. Use your discretion, and do what works best for your family. Include your kids in the homeschool decision making process and they will partner with you willingly, knowing that a decision was made as a team. Amanda Hayward is editor for this publication and mother of two.

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“Where Every Family Matters.”

2/13/2017


BY GINA STEGNER

CHOOSING THE RIGHT

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM How do you choose the right afterschool activity for your child? Finding the “right” one can be a bit of trial and error, but kids love trying all kinds of things!

S

couts, drama,

Finding the right activity

the Minds is an international

grade, we also found that Cub

chess, choir,

that my son Joey enjoyed was

creative problem-solving

Scouts was a good fit. Joey

art club,

difficult. When he was little, we

program that engages students

enjoyed the camaraderie,

martial arts,

tried all the obvious choices —

in learning by allowing their

camping, archery and all the

cheerleading,

soccer, basketball, baseball, etc.

knowledge and ideas to come to

activities that went along with it.

gymnastics,

He didn’t enjoy any of them. In

life in a productive environment.

Many schools and churches offer

marching band, dance,

fact, he was always relieved at

This allowed Joey to work

Cub Scouts.

engineering club, swim team,

the last game and only tried each

as part of a team while using

Michelle Hathorn, Cub Scout

video gaming club — phew!

sport for one season. Choir was

his intelligence and creativity

master of Troop 437, advisor

That’s a lot of stuff! And those

a bust after one year and chess

instead of physical abilities. His

with Crew 437 and Cub master

are just a few of the activities

club only lasted two. I figured

team stayed together through

of Pack 437, says Cub Scouts is a

kids can get involved in!

out early on that I was going to

the seventh grade. He was able

great choice for all kids.

have to think outside of the box

to make great friends and do

“It allows each child to come

in after-school activities is

when it came to my now 16-year-

something he loves. Odyssey of

and learn skills that they will

important for his social and

old.

the Minds is offered at many

carry with them throughout their

emotional development and it’s

We discovered Odyssey

schools, and the teams are made

lives,” says Hathorn. “They can

also just plain, old fun. So how

of the Minds when Joey was

up of schoolmates.

learn about everything from

do you choose the right activity?

in kindergarten. Odyssey of

From second through fourth

fishing, boating, first aid and

Getting your child involved

(please turn the page)

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT

FILL THE GAPS Brown says to look for

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM even skills that may someday

My daughter, Andi, went

translate into a career.” She

the more traditional route by

says some of her Scouts have

playing soccer and being a

used lifesaving and first

Girl Scout. Soccer of course

aid skills in their daily lives

taught her how to be part

when a family member had a

of a team. In Girl Scouts,

medical emergency.

she learned how to plan

“Our pack is STEM-based,

activities, run a meeting,

so we are planning on rocket

prepare for a campout and

launching and geocaching

more. She also loved the

in addition to the traditional

camaraderie of Girl Scouts

scouting activities,” says

and is still friends with the

Hathorn. “We recently had

girls in her troop.

a CO2 car race for all our

Andi was also a member

Scouts that was a ton of fun.

of the speech team in middle

I know for my son, he has

school. Speech team is a

a strong circle of friends, and

great extracurricular for kids

they challenge each other

who enjoy writing, speaking

and support each other,”

in public or want to improve

Hathorn continued about

their public speaking skills.

her 15-year-old son who is in

Being a member of this team

Scouts. “All of our Scouts are

gave her the confidence to

rooting for each other.”

take speech as a freshman in college and to speak in other

FIND WHAT FITS

classes and at work. There

One activity Joey found is

are many schools that offer

outside the box — he started

speech teams.

going to circus camp when

Annie Brown, homeschool

he was 11 years old and now

mother of two and after-

works for Cincinnati Circus

school instructor for Pones

Company. Over the years, he

Inc. and Classroom Antics,

has learned to juggle, ride

says after-school activities

the unicycle, walk on stilts,

should expose children to

perform diablo, walk on a

things not offered in the

rolling barrel, make balloon

classroom.

animals, perform magic and

“The most important place

more. This started as a week

to start is with what the

of summer camp and turned

child is interested in,” Brown

into lifelong love that allows

says. “Followed by what is

him to learn new skills

important to the parent that

including showmanship and

their child be exposed to

work ethic. There are at least

and then, will this program

three circuses in the Greater

expand on what they already

Cincinnati area that offer

know about the subject?

experiences that expose your kids to what they lack at school: opportunities for more creativity, the ability to freely explore a subject, autonomy in some of the choices of what to study and exposure to the real world.

September 2018

Find the perfect after-school program for your child with all of the choices in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

STEM HAPPEN INC.

Tricia Gibbons, mother of

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one who has surveyed plenty

CLASSROOM ANTICS

of activities in Northern Kentucky agrees with Brown. “Extracurricular activities fill the gap between requirements and interests,” Gibbons says. “Our schools have so many demands on what they can offer. Activities give young people an opportunity to explore their passions. I recommend no more than three so they can develop leadership in at least one.” Between the programs offered at schools, the

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PONES INC.

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THE LITTLE GYM

YMCA, Pones Inc.,

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Classroom Antics, The

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Children’s Theater, Daniel Beard Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, public library programs and hundreds

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SCOUTS GIRL SCOUTS OF WESTERN OHIO

of other businesses and

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organizations in the Greater

DANIEL BEARD COUNCIL OF BOY SCOUTS

Cincinnati area, you’re sure to find a program that is the

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perfect fit for your child.

ART, DRAMA & MORE

Gina Stegner is a freelance writer and mother of two.

THE CHILDREN’S THEATRE OF CINCINNATI 513-569-8080 thechildrenstheatre.com

Turn to Page 20 for our Fall Activities Guide!

circus camp and classes.

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ENRICHMENT

“Where Every Family Matters.”

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Star Glazers

Art Workshop

3130 Wasson Road, Hyde Park 513-406-4009 theartworkshopinc.net Art enrichment for kids ages 3 and up. Pottery wheel, clay, drawing, painting and cartooning. Mom and Me, Freestyle (choose your own project) and teen classes offered weekdays and Saturdays.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-569-8080 thechildrenstheatre.com • info@thechildrenstheatre.com Join TCT for our one week long, themed summer camps! Sessions for 6-7yr olds, 8-10 yr olds at our facility on Red Bank Rd. Register online!

Cincinnati Ballet

1555 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati 513-562-1111 cballet.org/academy • cbacademy@cballet.org Building foundations for a future for students of all ages through the joy of dance and a strong connection to the area’s preeminent ballet company.

starglazers.com 513-474-6364 Paint pottery at your location. Pottery experts will bring all the supplies and offer booklets and ideas for your masterpiece. Pricing includes the cost of supplies, glazing and firing. No mess!

Visionarium

3054 Madison Road, Cincinnati 513-417-8491 visionariumcincy.com Room On The Moon — weekly art classes held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. All ages welcome. $10/person. Different art activities at each session. Please see website for details.

West Chester Academy Music, Dance, Gymnastics

8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester 513-829-2345 westchesteracademy.com From a child’s very first lesson to the experienced adult, West Chester Academy has something for everyone in music, dance, and gymnastics. Located in West Chester, we specialize in beginners of all ages and offer training through pre-professional levels. We have camps for all ages.

EDUCATION/ENRICHMENT

Circus Classes presented by My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus

The Campus at Kids First

The Mad Potter Madeira

Kiddie Academy of Mason

mynoseturnsred.org • rednose@fuse.net 859-581-7100 Classes for beginner and intermediate students include unicycle, German wheel, and circus skills class (juggling, wire walking, physical theater, and more). MNTR has been teaching circus arts to youth for more than 20 years. Open House Sep. 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Evendale Cultural Arts Center. 7754 Camargo Road, Madeira 513-561-1888 madpottercincinnati.com Pottery painting, parties, and special events. Choose a piece, paint it, and pick it up in a week. Special events include Kidz Nite and Ladies Nite. Summer camp options to be announced soon!

Mason Dance Center

600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353 masondance.com Mason Dance Center provides an opportunity for anyone ages 3 - adult to discover the joys of dance. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes. Summer camps forming soon – sign up now!

Peraza Music Workshop

perazamusicworkshop.com • perazamusicworkshop@gmail.com (513) 681-5551 Founded in 2005, we have grown to one of the finest and strongest violin studios in the Tri-County area. Classes for ages 3 and up starting now. Conveniently located in Wyoming.

SDA Studios

7398 Liberty One Drive, Liberty Township 513-779-0135 sdastudios@aol.com We are committed to finding and nurturing the beautiful dancer in every student by providing a comprehensive dance learning experience based upon a solid foundation of technique training and quality performing opportunities. We work hard to provide a safe, wholesome, positive, and challenging atmosphere of friendship, guidance, and encouragement that enables our students to achieve their highest potential and become the very best dancer they can be. We believe in our students and we believe in ballet!

7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-629-5437 thecampuskf.com The Campus at Kids First is the only early learning center in the area that makes physical education a top priority. Located inside Kids First, we combine intentional brain-stimulating physical education with a top-notch academic curriculum to give children an early learning experience like no other.

6202 Snider Road, Mason 513-234-0699 8178 Highland Point, West Chester 513-847-1145 kiddieacademy.com/mason Days filled with learning and fun are the foundation of our academy’s Life Essentials® educational philosophy. We make this foundation part of every facet of our school, from fun activities to the hot nutritious meals we provide every day. We maintain this environment to foster wellbeing and creativity in every child. Accredited by the NAEYC.

The Red Balloon Play and Café

6200 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge redballooncafe.com Classes, events, parties and play café. Visit our Facebook page for our monthly calendar.

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St. Gertrude School

6543 Miami Ave, Madeira 513-561-8020 stgertrudesch.org Attentive to each student’s need for intellectual challenges and with innovative learning as a focus, St. Gertrude School cultivates responsibility and problem-solving within a loving and supportive community. Visit us to learn more about academic excellence in the Dominican tradition.

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

myy.org 513-362-9622 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.

SPORTS/FITNESS Buckner Martial Arts

8216 Highland Pointe Drive, West Chester 513-779-2413 bucknermartialarts.com Voted one the best martial arts studios in Cincinnati, we combine defense skills with personal development. Students progress quickly while learning leadership and strong values under the teaching of master instructors. Free uniform with class sign-up.

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TRADITIONAL Boy Scouts of America, Dan Beard Council

10078 Reading Road, Cincinnati 513-577-7700 danbeard.org With our move to serve the entire family, boys and girls alike can thrive through exciting activities that your family will experience together. Your child will build confidence and learn core life values all along the way.

Girl Scouts

gswo.org/join • customercare@gswo.org 888-350-5090 Unleash Strong. Be a Girl Scout! Picture this: a safe, no-limits place designed specifically for girls, where they’re inspired to seek out new challenges, build important skills, and take the lead.

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Great Miami River First Peoples Celebration

Great Miami River First Peoples Celebration WHEN

Saturday, September 22, 2018 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE

Governor Bebb MetroPark 1979 Bebb Park Lane Okeana OH 45053

PRICE

$5/Ages 5+ FREE/Under 5 No registration required

CHECK IT OUT!

INTRODUCING A NEW METROPARKS EVENT! Butler County is rich with cultural history! Come experience ďŹ rst-hand the vibrant culture of Native Americans while embracing the opportunity to honor their traditions. Activities will include a drum circle, dancers dressed in regalia, and intertribal traditional/contemporary dance & song demonstrations! Food, beverages, and Native American vendors will also be available to delight guests outside of the dance ring. And dive even deeper into Butler County's history by exploring the Pioneer Village with our historical interpretation tours running throughout the day! Please note: Grand entry will be at noon

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SEPTEMBER THINGS TO DO USE “THINGS TO DO” ON YOUR SMARTPHONE!

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MARVEL UNIVERSE LIVE! AGE OF HEROES SEPT. 20 - 23

Marvel fans, assemble! Watch your favorite Marvel superheroes like SpiderMan, The Avengers, Iron Man, Hulk and new fan favorites, like the Guardians of the Galaxy. There’s even a few threatening villains, as they come to life in an action-packed arena extravaganza. The show features tons of cutting-edge special effects, pyrotechnics, aerial stunts, martial arts, motorcycles and more. Join Marvel fans of all ages for this once-in-a-lifetime performance. The fate of the universe just might depend on it. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; Thu - Sat 7 p.m., Sat - Sun 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; $20 - $120. Call 513-421-1111 or visit marveluniverselive.com/tickets.

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daily listings

Sat 1 FREE CINCINNATI MUSEUM CENTER STEM GIRLS UNIVERSITY

This program introduces girls to STEM concepts through in-depth discussion and activities featuring women in science. Main Branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-287-7001 or cincymuseum.org/ stemgirls.

EVERYTHING THOMAS

Please see “Spotlight” on this page for details.

FREE MEET THE RANGERS DAY

Meet “Parky,” the Great Parks ranger mascot, at this fun event promoting safety in the great outdoors. Rangers are on hand to meet guests and take pictures with them. Winton Woods Harbor, 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE THE AMAZING RACE

Do you love deciphering clues and solving challenges? Come see if you have what it takes to complete this around-the-park family adventure. Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mount Hope

FIND SEPTEMBER EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. Road, Harrison; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL

Watch the Queen’s Parade while you gnaw on a turkey leg and enjoy a day of medieval fun including games, rides, shops and shows. 10542 East State Route 73, Waynesville; through Oct. 28; online tickets are $23 adults, $9.50 ages 5 - 12; 513-897-7000 or renfestival.com.

THE OLD WEST FESTIVAL

Join period interpreters at the Old West town right in our own town. Kids can pan for gold, watch puppet shows and take a covered wagon ride. Big kids will love the gunfight reenactment at the saloon at High Noon. The Old West Festival, 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg; $12.99 adults, $9.99 ages 3 - 12 (season passes are $34.99 adults, $24.99 ages 3 - 12); 513-3040444 or oldwestfestival.com.

Sun 2 RUBBER DUCK REGATTA

Get your ducks in a row for the 24th annual Freestore Foodbank Rubber Duck Regatta. As many as 200,000 rubber duckies swim down the Ohio River near Serpentine Wall to determine the winner of a brand-new Honda Accord, Kroger gift cards and cash prizes from KEMBA

Credit Union. Ducks are available online and in-store at local Kroger stores. 613 Front St., Cincinnati; 3 p.m.; event is free; 513-929-3825 or rubberduckregatta.org.

STEAM TEAM: ART BOTS

Discover the relationship between art and science as you experiment with circuits and create a doodle bot with a mind of its own. KidSPACE in Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 3 - 4 p.m.; free for CMC members or with admission into the Duke Energy Children’s Museum ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12; free ages 2 and younger; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

Mon 3 FREE KIDS’ MYSTERY FISH CHALLENGE

Can your kiddo catch the fish that weighs in closest to the mystery weight? Every kid who catches a fish receives a trophy, and prizes are awarded to the kids who come closest to the mystery weight in each age group. For children 15 and younger, accompanied by an adult. Lake Isabella Boathouse, 10174 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

Tue 4 BASEBALL IN THE GARDEN

Did you know baseball is related to garden plants in many ways? Enjoy a game of baseball trivia for all. Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; 10:45 and 11 a.m.; $5 admission per person; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE NATURE STORIES

Join the naturalist for a nature-themed story time. Sharon Woods, 11555 Swing Road, Cincinnati; 5:30 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or greatparks.org.

SPOTLIGHT EVERYTHING THOMAS

FREE TEEN BLING RINGS

Sept. 1 - 16

C

elebrate Thomas the Train with Thomas-themed train layouts, videos, a scavenger hunt, coloring, crafts and a kids train ride. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court; $13.95 adults, $11.95 seniors, $9.95 ages 3 - 12, free ages 2 and younger. Call 513-898-8000 or visit entertrainmentjunction.com. 24

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Create your own ring or necklace and emblazon it with images of power, strength and awesomeness. Clifton Branch, 3400 Brookline Ave., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-4447 or cincinnatilibrary.org/branches/clifton.html.

“Where Every Family Matters.”

Wed 5 FREE HOMESCHOOL SAMPLER

Kick off the school year with a tech toy meet-and-greet as kids in grades 1 - 5 try Spheros, Ozobots and Makedo Kits. Main Library BCPL, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 859-342-2665 or bcpl. org.

FREE MANATOTS

The Blue Manatee tradition of great books, easy laughs and sweet songs for ages 0 - 4 continues on the LePage stage. Blue Manatee, 3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 10 a.m.; 513-2601998 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE REC READS

Please see “Spotlight” on page 26 for details.

Thu 6 FREE ANIMALS ALIVE!

The Great Parks of Hamilton County showcases education animals from their collection including amphibians, reptiles and maybe even a dove up close and personal. Norwood Branch, 4325 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE CRIME SCENE SCIENCE

There’s been a crime in the library. Kids in grades 3 - 5 try to uncover the clues to solve the mystery. Scheben Branch, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

FREE CURIOUS KIDS CLUB

Ages 5 - 12 enjoy a fun, educational after-school program featuring crafts, games, movies and STEM based activities. Anderson Branch, 7450 State Road, Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-6030 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE FAMILY FUN NIGHTS

Participate in family activities for all ages like giant board games, creative crafts, scavenger hunts and even Olympic games. The theme is Princess & Superhero — dress like your favorite princess or superhero. Pioneer Park Shelterhouse Kenton County Parks & Rec, 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; KCP&R collects donations of nonperishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty.org.

FREE JACQUELINE WOODSON IN CONVERSATION WITH SHARON DRAPER

National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jacqueline Woodson, returns to Joseph-Beth with two new books — Harbor Me and The Day You


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FREE RAISE THE BARZ

Calling all musicians. Join local hip-hop artists Siri Imani and Pxvce from Triiibe to create your own music. Main Branch, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

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FREE FALL JAMBOREE

Ages 3 - 5 participate in a nature jamboree with fallthemed crafts and festive activities. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 4 - 5:30 p.m.; $7.50 per child, payable at the door; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE JAY JESSE JOHNSON BAND CONCERT

Award-winning blues performer Jay Jesse Johnson performs on the back deck of the Springfield Township Community Arts Center. Carbonera food truck arrives at 6 p.m., concert begins at 7 p.m. Springfield Township Community Arts Center, 9150 Winton Road, Cincinnati; 513-522-2108 or theartsconnect.us/concerts.

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Join Maggie Ann Martin, author of The Big F, as she debuts her newest book, To Be Honest. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 6 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

FREE MAINSTRASSE OKTOBERFEST

Celebrate Oktoberfest with delicious food, unique vendors and fun children’s rides. You’ll love doing the funky chicken dance as you listen to live music — it will be wunderbar (that’s “wonderful” in German). Mainstrasse Village, 406 W. 6th St., #201, Covington; Fri 5 - 11 p.m., Sat 12 - 11 p.m. and Sun 12 - 8 p.m.; mainstrasse.org.

Sat 8 A NIGHT AT THE ROLLER DERBY

Join the Blackouts as they take on the Appalachian Hellbetties at 7 p.m. Bring the kids out to see the Junior League at 5 p.m. 3785 Lake Park Drive, Covington; $10 adults, free ages 6 and younger; 859-740-8758 or nkyrollerderby.com.

FREE BLUES & BBQ SUMMER CONCERT SERIES

Join Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department for their finale event in a great summer concert series. Wild Carrot performs while you visit with vendors including Hammann’s Catering and Flubs (vendors subject to change). Huffman Park, 2100 John Gray Road, Fairfield; 6 p.m.; food items for sale; 513-867-5348 or fairfieldoh.gov/parks.

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daily listings FREE COUNTRY PUMPKINS FALL FESTIVAL

U-pick pumpkins, hayrides, barrel train rides, a corn maze, corn boxes, farm animals and more across a 250-acre dairy farm. Country Pumpkins Farm, 1835 Sherman Mount Zion Road, Dry Ridge; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; 859-9059656 or countrypumpkinsky.com.

FUN ON THE FARM

Enjoy an old fashioned day of fun on the farm. Feed the petting zoo animals, visit the farmers’ market, dance in the barn and taste some delicious food samples of open hearth cooking. Then, take a tour of the 1874 Amish-Mennonite Augspurger Home. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 12 - 4 p.m.; $5 per vehicle; a MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

GREATER CINCINNATI TWIN SALE

Browse aisles of clothes to stock your child’s fall and winter wardrobes, and be sure to also check out the great toy deals, too. Loveland Middle School, 801 S. Lebanon Road, Loveland; 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $1 admission, cash only; purchases can be made with a credit card (with a $2 convenience fee); nemotmc.com.

FREE UP WITH THE BIRDS WALK!

Ages 8 and older take an early bird hike with an interpreter to learn about

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Sun 9 FREE CINCINNATI DULCIMER SOCIETY

Join in on the jamming as The Cincinnati Dulcimer Society plays sweet mountain music. Sharon Woods, 11555 Swing Road, Cincinnati; 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE RETHINKING PORKOPOLIS & OPEN DOORS EVENT

Join Friends of Chrisholm and MetroParks of Butler County for an exhibition on the historical importance of pigs and pork to the Greater Cincinnati Area. Open Doors, a statewide event, promotes the opening of landmark buildings, so be sure to check out the Augspurger House at Chrisholm Historic Farmstead during your visit for a tour. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 1 - 4 p.m.; a MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE WEEKEND IN 1800’S

Go back in time to learn about life in the 1800’s as you visit the cabin, schoolhouse and lawn. History comes to life as you encounter early Ohio settlers, too. Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend; 9 - 11 a.m.; some crafts have a small fee; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

Mon 10 FREE FIRST RESPONDERS WEEK AT NEWPORT AQUARIUM

In recognition of Patriots Day, on September 11, 2018, First Responders receive FREE admission to the Newport Aquarium today through Sept. 16. Family members and friends who accompany police, firefighters and first responders at the Newport Aquarium ticket window can also receive discounts of $3 off adult and $2 off child (ages 2 - 12) admission; must provide credentials, and valid government-issued ID; 800-4063474 or newportaquarium.com.

FREE MAGIC @ MAIN

Learn how to play Magic: The Gathering and compete for the Teenspot Champion title. Main Branch, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE MORNING SERVICE AND SHOFAR SOUNDING

Join our “user-friendly” Rosh Hashana Services, featuring a warm and inspirational sermon along with Kiddush — a delicious Rosh Hashana Lunch. The Jewish Discovery Center, 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason; 8 a.m.; 513-2340777 or jewishdiscovery.com.

FREE READY FOR K THROUGH PLAY!

Get kindergarten ready at the library with songs, stories, games and other fun activities. Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 10 - 11 a.m.; 859572-5035 or cc-pl.org.

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In the style of Ed Emberley, draw fun creations using your fingerprints. Reading Branch, 8740 Reading Road, Reading; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; 513-369-4465 or cincinnatilibrary.org/branches/reading. html.

FREE CUPCAKE WARS

Fun cupcake challenges to see who can win the competition. All supplies provided. Madisonville Branch, 4830

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FREE RAPTOR

A variety of local native raptors are on exhibit. Cameras and sketchpads are welcome. Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Ellenwood Nature Barn, 3455 Poole Road, Cincinnati; 9 - 10 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or greatparks.org.

Wed 12 FREE GEODE PAINTING

Use the acrylic pouring technique with acrylic paint, glue and water to create your own geode painting. All materials provided. Sharonville Branch, 10980 Thornview Drive, Cincinnati; 7 - 8 p.m.; 513-369-6049 or cincinnatilibrary.org/ branches/sharonville.html.

FREE HAPPY BIRTHDAY TALES!

It’s a birthday party for Tales, the library dragon. Ages 2 - 5 celebrate his big day with stories, games and cookie decorating. Main Library BCPL, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

FREE TEEN CHEF

Teens learn how to make tasty and easy snacks and meals. Main Branch, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.com.

Thu 13 FREE GAMING UNPLUGGED

Challenge your friends to classic and new card and tabletop games. Main Branch, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

GLASSROOM

Brazee is thrilled to introduce the glassroom ­— a stop-in glass classroom. Create a colorful glass project such as a plate, coasters, ornaments and more. Brazee Street Studios, 4426 Brazee St., Cincinnati; 4 - 8 p.m.; $10 - $65; 513321-0206 or brazeestreetstudios.com/ products/glassroom-stop-in-anytime-tocreate.

FREE PUZZLE PIECES PARENTS NIGHT OUT

Puzzle Pieces is an autism and special needs retail store, with the goal to make life easier for those with special needs. Join them for a parents night out event featuring Star Glazers Pottery. Puzzle Pieces, 11912 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; 513-583-1874 or puzzlepiecesllc.com.

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Fri 14 FREE CINCINNATI MINERAL SOCIETY

The public is invited to an educational program on rocks and minerals, with a children’s program starting at 7:30 p.m. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE MONARCH MANIA

Monarch butterflies are beautiful, but do you know about the amazing journey they take each year? Learn all about the monarch life cycle, and the plants these amazing pollinators need to survive. Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; 10:45 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 1:15 p.m.; $5 admission per person; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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Grab your lawn chair or blanket and join MetroParks for an evening in the parks for a free outdoor screening of Brother Bear. Conservation-related short films from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival are shown at 8 p.m., followed by the feature film at 8:30 p.m. Rentschler Forest MetroPark, 5701 Reigart Road, Hamilton; 8 - 10:30 p.m.; a MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

THE WIZARD OF OZ

Join The Frisch Marionettes as they tell the story of Dorothy and her adventures over the rainbow. Showtime Stage, 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati; $15 tickets plus service fees; through Sept. 16; 800-745-3000 or thechildrenstheatre.com.

FREE UPTOWN & AROUND COMMUNITY ART SHOW RECEPTION

CCAC is celebrating the artist in each of us with their annual community art exhibi-

tion. The opening reception celebrates artworks from artists residing in Avondale, Clifton, Corryville, Camp Washington, CUF, Mt. Auburn, Northside, North Avondale and Spring Grove Village. Avondale Business Center, 3635 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

Sat 15 ANYTHING FOR KIDS FALL SALE

This consignment sale features more than 75 parents of multiples selling gently used items from baby to teen, maternity, furniture, toys and more. Organized by the West Chester Mothers of Twins and More Club. Lakota East High School, 6840 Lakota Lane, Liberty Township; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $1 cash admission fee, accepts credit cards for purchases with a $2 processing fee; wcmultiples.org.

FREE ASL TOUR AT THE CAM

A certified ASL interpreter join a museum docent to tour Collecting Calligraphy: Arts of the Islamic World. Meet in the main lobby, and be led to the gallery. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 1 p.m.; 513-7212787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

CHANGING HANDS SALE

Browse aisles of great fall and winter children’s items at the Madeira Elementary School (MES) as you shop, save and feel good about helping out the students of MES — 30 percent of sales are donated to the Madeira PTO. MES, 7840 Thomas Drive, Cincinnati; $1 admission; items available for purchase; changinghandssale.com.

FREE FANCY NANCY TEA PARTY

Calling all Fancy Nancy and Dapper Dan fans. Dress up in fancy attire and enjoy tea and cookies, a story, craft, etiquette and a fashion show. Green Township Branch, 6525 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.; 513-369-6095 or cincinnatilibrary.org/ branches/greentownship.html.

SPOTLIGHT SCOPEOUT 2018

FREE FRESHART ARTISTS AT WORK IN DEVOU PARK

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Bring your family to Devou Park to watch dozens of talented local artists as they create original works of art for the Behringer-Crawford Museum’s freshArt auction. A great opportunity to inspire young minds to be creative, and enjoy a day at the park. Devou Park, 1201 Park Drive, Covington; 10 a.m.; 859-4914003 or bcmuseum.org.

FREE ONE-STOP-DROP FOR RESPONSIBLE RECYCLING

venient for residents and families to dispose of unwanted clutter, please check their website to see an up-to-date list of accepted items to donate. Donations benefit Matthew 25 Ministries, Goodwill Industries and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Cincinnati Restore. Public Works Facility, 7315 Cornell Road, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 513-8912424 or onestop.montgomeryohio.org.

FREE OPEN HOUSE AND VINTAGE BASE BALL

Visit Heritage Village and learn all about vintage baseball matches with 1869 rules. Hands-on activities, craft demonstrations and tours of select buildings are also available. Heritage Village & Educational Center, 11450 Lebanon Road, Cincinnati; 1 - 5 p.m.; 513-563-9484 or heritagevillagecincinnati.org.

SCOPEOUT 2018

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FREE UNICORN PARTY

Enjoy a magical party with games, crafts and snacks — be sure to wear your favorite costume and accessories for your photo with a “real” live unicorn. Scheben Branch, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 2 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

Sun 16 FREE 3RD SUNDAY FUNDAY AT TAFT

Magician Brett Spears performs close up magic from 1 - 2 p.m., and a dazzling show at 2:30 p.m. Kids can also learn how to do a magic trick, make a craft to take home and meet rabbits from Sunrock Farm at 3 p.m. Cincinnati Art Museum, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-241-0343 or taftmuseum.org.

BROADWAY PRINCESS PARTY

Brush off your tiara, put on your fancy dress and unleash your inner princess as four singing starlets belt out all of your favorite fairytale songs. Liberty Township Funny Bone, 7518 Bales St.; 5 p.m.; $40 - $80; 513-779-5233 or liberty. funnybone.com.

CINCINNATI WALK FOR APRAXIA

Help children find a voice of their own with this walk to support children with apraxia, a neurological speech disorder. Raised funds go toward speech therapy scholarships, research education, workshops and more. Registration begins at 9 a.m., walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way, Cincinnati; $20 adults, $15 students ages 18 and older, $10 ages 17 and younger; community.apraxia-kids.org.

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FIND SEPTEMBER EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. FREE CRAFTY FUN

Kids can make up to two fall-themed crafts to take home. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 9 - 10:30 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE FAMILY BOARD AND CARD GAME DAY

Bring the family to the library for a fun game day. Choose from our collection of more than 60 games, or bring your own from home. Cold Spring Branch, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring; 1 - 5 p.m.; 859-781-6166 or cc-pl.org.

Mon 17 FREE MAKE IT FLOAT

Use provided materials to make a boat to help the gummy bears float across the water to safety. Bond Hill Branch, 1740 Langdon Farm Road, Cincinnati; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-369-4445 or cincinnatilibrary.org/branches/bondhill.html.

FREE READ IT FIRST! YA REVIEW TEAM

Middle and high schoolers read new books before they hit the shelves and provide the publishers and authors reviews. Main Library BCPL, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 6:30 p.m.; 859342-2665 or bcpl.org.

Tue 18 CREATURES OF THE NIGHT

Learn all about the adaptations that help nocturnal animals thrive while we sleep. Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; 10:45 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 1:15 p.m.; $5 admission per person; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE CUBELETS ROBOT CONSTRUCTION

Play with Cubelets blocks and learn all about coding as you build a robot. Reading Branch, 8740 Reading Road, Reading; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; cincinnatilibraries.org.

TOT TUESDAYS: JOHNNY APPLESEED

Tot Tuesday’s are designed to promote reading readiness and socialization in preschoolers through a fun craft and story time. This month’s theme is Johnny Appleseed. How many ways can you think of to enjoy fall’s favorite fruit? Pies, tarts, caramel, right off of the tree. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $1 adult members, $9

adult non-members, $8 seniors, $5 for children (plus $1 craft fee per child); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

Wed 19 FREE ART SUPPLY FREE STORE

Take your pick from our gently used arts and crafts supplies at no cost — while supplies last — and bring your extras to swap if you’d like. Durr Branch in Kenton County Public Library, 1992 Walton Nicholson Road, Independence; 4 - 5:30 p.m.; 859-962-4200 or kentonlibrary.org.

FREE YOM KIPPUR CHILDREN’S PROGRAM

Children enjoy a fun and engaging program during Neila closing service. The Jewish Discovery Center, 7587 Central Parke Blvd., Mason; 7 - 8 p.m.; 513234-0777 or jewishdiscovery.com.

Thu 20 FREE MAKE YOU A HOBBIT

Ever wanted to be a hobbit? Ages 10 - 18 transform a regular pair of flipflops into hobbit feet. Hyde Park Branch, 2747 Erie Ave., Cincinnati; 3:15 - 4 p.m.; cincinnatilibrary.com.

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WEE WONDER ABOUT FALL

Ages 3 - 5 enjoy an activity, craft and story. Sharon Woods, 11555 Swing Road, Cincinnati; 1 - 3 p.m.; $7.50 per child, payable at the door; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

Fri 21 KINGS ISLAND HALLOWEEN HAUNT

Kings Island for Halloween Haunt opens today and features haunted attractions like Backwoods Bayou and Urgent Scare, and nightmare inducing rides like Banshee and The Beast. This is a frightful event that is open until 1 a.m. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Mills; 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.; weekends through Oct. 27; buy online and save ($31.99 Fri, $46.99 Sat, $32.99 junior/senior Sat; visitkingsisland.com.

LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTER OPENING WEEKEND

ily fun with two rides, 10 LEGO build and play zones, a 4D cinema and more. Limited online early bird tickets available for $19 each, see website for more information; LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 165 Easton Town Center, Columbus; 614-407-7721 or columbus. legolanddiscoverycenter.com.

FREE MOVIES IN THE PARK

Grab your lawn chair or blanket and join MetroParks for an evening in the parks for a free outdoor screening of The Jungle Book. Conservation related short films from the Wild & Scenic Film Festival are shown at 8 p.m., followed by the feature film at 8:30 p.m. Ak Pavilion, Carmody Blvd., Middletown; 8 - 10:30 p.m.; a MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.

Sat 22 FREE AUTISM FAMILY EXPLORATION AT THE CAM

This program is designed for families with children who have autism or other developmental disabilities to explore the museum in a comfortable environment. Grab a map indicating multisensory learning centers, which are led by specially trained docents. Be sure to stop by the Rosenthal Education Center to participate in an all-ability art making activity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 9 - 11 a.m.; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

CHARLEY HARPER QUILT SHOW

Enjoy a display of more than 130 quilts inspired by the art of Charley and Edie Harper in this exhibit from the RiverCity Quilt Guild. Plus, meet son Brett Harper on Sept. 30 for a book signing and raffle drawing. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Cincinnati; through Oct. 2; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; rivercityquiltguild.com.

GREAT MIAMI RIVER FIRST PEOPLE’S CELEBRATION

Celebrate the rich cultural history of Butler County as you explore Native American traditions like drum circles and powwows, or learn how to play a traditional Native American game. Vendors are on site, and tours are available throughout the day at Pioneer Village. Governer Bebb Pioneer Village, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $5 ages 5 and older, free ages 4 and younger; a MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

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FREE HOMESCHOOL HANG OUTS

Homeschoolers, head to the library for a fun field trip to hang out, learn and make friends. Main Branch, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

MINI-BOAT FLOAT CHALLENGE ON AVEY’S RUN

Join us for a STEM program for ages 6 - 10 (with an adult) that explores the principles of floating, sinking and boat building. Test your construction skills as you test your boat down Avey’s Run. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10 (includes daily admission); cincynature.org.

FREE PLOGGING

Part jogging, part picking up litter. Put on a pair of gloves, grab a bag and get moving. Fernbank Park, 50 Thornton Ave., Cincinnati; 10 - 11:30 a.m., 12 - 1:30 p.m. and 2 - 3:30 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

SEW WHAT?! CONSTELLATION EMBROIDERY

Learn how to sew constellations to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox. Whether you sew by hand or with a machine, your embroidered art will be out of this world. KidSPACE in Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 2 - 3 p.m.; free for Cincinnati Museum Center members or with admission into the Duke Energy Children’s Museum ($10.50 adults, ​$9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12; free ages 2 and younger); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

Sun 23 ART BUILD: TINY TOWN

Use art, engineering and design to create a tiny town with tiny buildings and people. Who will live in your unique town? What buildings will there be? You decide. KidSPACE in Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 2 - 3 p.m.; free for Cincinnati Museum Center members or with admission into the Duke Energy Children’s Museum ​($10.50 adults, ​$9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12; free ages 2 and younger); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

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Stroll through Steinfeld Park as you look through antiques, crafts and handmade products. Be sure to check out the local Goebel Park after you shop until you drop. Mainstrasse Steinfeld Park, 636 Main St., Covington; mainstrasse.org.

FREE PAWPAW QUEST

Join us on an off-trail hike as we search for the pawpaw tree. Enjoy the harvest at the Sharon Centre — papaw tastes like a mix between mango and banana — yum. Sharon Woods, 11555 Swing Road, Cincinnati; 6 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

Mon 24 CHARLEY HARPER FOR LITTLE NATURALISTS

Bring your little nature artists to create an art project reminiscent of Charley Harper’s style. Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve/Ellenwood Nature Barn, 3455 Poole Road, Cincinnati; through Sept. 29; 12 p.m.; $3 admission per person; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County

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FREE FAMILY TECH NIGHT

Discover and explore the latest technology through hands-on demonstrations including virtual reality goggles, Lego Wedo, Ozobots, 3D printing and more. Forest Park Branch, 655 Waycross Road, Cincinnati; 5 - 7 p.m.; 513-3694478 or cincinnatilibrary.org/branches/forestpark.html.

FULL MOON HIKE

The Cincinnati Nature Center trails are beautiful during daytime, and they’re also breathtaking at night. Ages 8 and older experience a night hike under a full moon. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 8:30 - 10 p.m.; $10 (includes daily admission); 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

Tue 25 FREE MAKER LAB!

Utilize STEAM to learn new skills from kitchen chemistry to robotics. Main Branch, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE NATURE STORIES

Join the naturalist for a nature-themed story time. Sharon Woods, 11555 Swing Road, Cincinnati; 5:30 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE NON-NAPPER STORY TIME

A story time for all ages featuring songs, stories and silliness with Miss Erin. Blue Manatee, 3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 1:30 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

THE FUN SHOW WITH CAT AND NAT

You know those two hilarious moms who sit in their van, speaking #MOMTRUTHS on Facebook each week? The ones who make you laugh until you cry? Well, they’re taking their hilarious antics on the road, and are bringing the Fun Show with Nat and Cat to the Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom. Wear yoga pants to the show if you want, they won’t judge you. Cincinnati Music Hall Ballroom, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati; 8 p.m.; $25 - $100; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

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Wed 26 ARCHITECTURAL TOURS OF HERITAGE VILLAGE

Take an architectural tour of the buildings at Heritage Village. Learn about where they came from, how they were moved to Heritage Village, their modification over time and more. Heritage Village, 11450 Lebanon Road, Cincinnati; 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.; guided tours are $5 adults, $3 ages 5 - 11, free for members and ages 4 and younger; 513-5639484 or heritagevillagecincinnati.org.

FREE HGTV FIXER UPPER STAR CLINT HARP PRESENTS HANDCRAFTED

Master carpenter Clint Harp, of HGTV Fixer Upper fame, celebrates his new book Handcrafted. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 6 p.m.; tickets to this event are free with the purchase of Handcrafted; 513-3968960 or josephbeth.com.

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Discover interactive learning stations at the Cincinnati Art Museum as you explore the wonderful world of sound through stories, hands-on art projects and more. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE YAY! YOUTH ADVOCATING FOR YOUTH

Youth Advocating for Youth (YAY!) is a safe, welcoming, non-judgemental group for teens to learn stress-management techniques, hear outside speakers, discuss books and overall navigate life’s challenges successfully. Main Branch, 800 Vine St., Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-369-6900 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

Thu 27 CINCINNATI FOSSILS

Paleontologists from all over the world are drawn to the Cincinnati area for our amazing fossils. Take a look at fossils from prehistoric times. Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Garden, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; 10:45 - 11 a.m.; $5 admission per person; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE DIY PAPER FUN!

Explore how to make simple paper projects for home, school or as a gift. Materials provided. Mt. Healthy Branch, 7608 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati; 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.; 513-369-4469 or cincinnatilibrary.org/branches/mthealthy.html.

FREE SMALL TOWNS & LONG VIEWS RECEPTION

CCAC presents Small Towns & Long Views, a body of work by Jens Rosenkrantz, Jr., as part of FotoFocus 2018. Esquire Theatre, 320 Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati; through Feb. 8, 2019; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

FREE TASTE THE WORLD

Enjoy food from all over the world, and discover your new favorite treat. Cheviot Branch, 3711 Robb Ave., Cheviot; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; cincinnatilibrary.org.

Fri 28 FREE ARTSCONNECT CAFE

Join ArtsConnect for an acoustic concert with Lauren Schloemer and food by Pit to Plate food truck. Springfield Township Fire Station/Civic Center, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; food available for purchase; 513-522-2108 or theartsconnect.us/ concerts.

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As the moon goes down, the pumpkins go up. Enjoy a corn maze in the dark, a lantern-lit hayride and five shots at the “Chunkin’ Pumpkin” pumpkin launcher. Country Pumpkins Farm, 1835 Sherman Mount Zion Road, Dry Ridge; 7 - 10 p.m.; $15 per person; 859-905-9656 or countrypumpkinsky.com.

FREE INTERNATIONAL FAIR TRADE SHOW

Shop for unique, hand-crafted fair-trade items and help improve lives around the globe in this sale that features diverse groups of volunteers and vendors who represent Fair Trade and Direct Trade organizations designed to empower people through fair wages, education and a healthy work environment. Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, 2944 Erie Ave., Cincinnati; 4 - 8 p.m.; items available for purchase; 513-260-1998, missy@redeemer-cincy.org or redeemercincy.org.

MERMAIDS RETURN TO NEWPORT AQUARIUM

Prepare to be mesmerized by an underwater mermaid at Newport Aquarium. You also have a chance to meet a mermaid on dry land during one of the mermaid meet and greets in the Shark Ray Bay Theater. Be sure to bring your camera to get a once-in-a-lifetime photo — included in regular admission; New­ port Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way Newport; through Oct. 14; 800-4063474 or newportaquarium.com.

Sat 29 ANIMAL MASK AND TAIL MAKING IN THE NATURE PLAYSCAPE

Use your artistic talents to become your favorite animal as you craft animal masks and tails. Go wild as you stay and play in the Nature Playscape. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 - 11 a.m.; non-members pay daily admission; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE GOT MILK DAY AT COUNTRY PUMPKINS

Watch cow milking demonstrations, bottle feed a baby calf and meet a farmer during the annual Got Milk Day. The first 100 guests receive free chocolate milk. There’s also hayrides, u-pick pumpkins, farm animals, barrel train rides, a corn maze and more. Country Pumpkins Farm, 1835 Sherman Mount Zion Road, Dry Ridge; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 859-9059656 or countrypumpkinsky.com.

FREE GREAT OUTDOOR WEEKEND

Each fall there are more than 100 outdoor recreation and nature awareness programs available for free to tri-state residents. Explore all of these

amazing program options at the Great Outdoor Weekend, presented by Green Umbrella; 513-541-1538 or greatoutdoorweekend.org.

FREE GREAT OUTDOOR WEEKEND: ROCK CLIMBING

Visit the Adventure Outpost to climb the rock tower and learn about playing outside responsibly with Leave No Trace. Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE GREAT PARKS GREAT CREEKS CHALLENGE

Join Great Parks’ interpreters as they battle to find the coolest creek finds. Post photos of your finds on social media to be voted on. Great Parks, 1 - 4 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit (see website for prices) is required to enter the park; 513521-7275 or greatparks.org.

FREE HARRY POTTER TRIVIA NIGHT ROUND II

Come to the Wyoming Community Coffee (WCC) for Harry Potter Trivia Round II. Compete as an individual or a team for a chance to win awesome WCC swag and other prizes. Wyoming Branch, 500 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; 5 - 7 p.m.; 513-369-6014 or cincinnatilibrary.org/branches/wyoming.html.

PRIMITIVE FIRE STARTING SAMPLER AND MARSHMALLOW ROASTING

Venture out to the Fernwood Cabins to try your hand at primitive fire making. Finish up your visit with a toasting marshmallow treat at our campfire. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 3:30 - 5 p.m.; non-members pay daily admission; 513831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE RAPTORS WITH DR. TOM SPROAT OF BOISE INC.

Meet live owls and a hawk as Dr. Tom Sproat of BOISE inc. showcases an assortment of raptors. Don’t miss a rare opportunity to see these birds up close and personal. This event is part of the Great Outdoor Weekend through Green Umbrella. Lincoln Ridge Park Shelterhouse #1, Independence Road, Independence; 6 - 7 p.m., KCP&R collects donations of non-perishable food and personal care items for Be Concerned; 859-525-7529 or kentoncounty.org.

THE GREAT PUMPKIN FEST AT KINGS ISLAND

Enjoy fall family fun during the day with The Great Pumpkin Fest at Kings Island. Pet barnyard animals, create crafts with

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Woodstock, ride a pedal tractor, go trick-or-treating, take in an entertaining Charlie Brown and Friends show, and enjoy all of the rides Planet Snoopy has to offer. This event is festive and fun, not scary. Buy tickets online for big savings. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Mills; through Oct. 28; visitkingsisland.com.

Sun 30 FREE ANDREW SMITH PRESENTS RABBIT AND ROBOT

Join Andrew Smith as he celebrates the release of Rabbit and Robot. JosephBeth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 6 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

MEDDLING WITH NATURE: ENTOMOLOGY WORKSHOP

Delve into the world of bugs as Meddling with Nature guides you to mount your own insect for display. Be sure to check out this creepy, crawly, cool activity. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 12 - 3 p.m.; admission to the Duke Energy Children’s Museum required ​($10.50 adults,​ $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12; free ages 2 and younger); items range in price, starting at $5; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

TREASURE HUNT IN THE NATURE PLAYSCAPE

Test your map skills as you seek the loot, each participant gets to take home a piece of treasure. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; non-members pay daily admission; 513831-1711 or cincynature.org.

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