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It’s so much fun to name your little one, and there’s so many names to choose from!

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Fall reading for real.



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his time of year all I want to do is curl up with a good book, but it’s often the last thing I can get to. I get text messages from my voraciously well-read sister like this: “You must read Reliable Wife!” When I least expect it, a run-on text sentence announces itself with a ding into my smartphone and I sigh while reading, “Robert Goorick has a new one I just downloaded called Heading Out to Wonderful ... and I just got a sort of modern version of Jane Eyre called The Flight of Gemma Hardy ... oh, and The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin that I cannot wait to get my hands on!” Like I said. Wish I could. Sigh. But I realize how important it is to make time for reading at home since I’m a young reader’s mom. My 9-year-old pulled The Hunger Games out of his backpack, and it startled me. He’s definitely not ready for that content! He’s not even ready to handle that vocabulary. So I brought it up over his morning bowl of Honey Nut Cheerios when he asked if we could download it to my Kindle instead of reading the hard book. “No — not The Hunger Games just yet,” I say. “That’s not the right book for you right now.” Boom. “Mom! I got it off of the shelf in my classroom!” he says mid-chew, put out, looking up. “Well, let’s see ...” I say, walking to get the book and bringing it to him for our experiment. “Let’s read the first page and do the five finger rule.” (Which is to say, if there are five words that he can’t pronounce on one page then it’s over his head; I had him there). He was disgusted. So I started yammering about how to choose a good book. “Why don’t you ask John Robert what’s he’s reading?” I asked. “Mom, no! I’m not a nerd!” he countered. “You mean asking a friend what he’s reading makes you a nerd?” I asked. “Yes!” he said, nodding emphatically. “Well, sometimes I wouldn’t know what to read without Aunt Julie’s help. I always ask her because she reads so much. I guess I’m a nerd.” He shoots me a look like, come on. Case still open, I whisk through the kitchen cleaning off counters and combing my mind for ideas while he grouchily eats. Robinson Crusoe? Swiss Family Robinson? Where the Red Fern Grows? No, no and no. He’s no easy customer. And then I remember the author Matt Christopher and I fly up the stairs to my older boy’s books still on the shelf from years ago, returning with an armload of paperbacks. He’s still a little sore from The Hunger Games rejection, so he’s slow to warm ... “Hey, look at these!” I say, spreading them out before him on the table. “They were on Tucker’s shelf — he read these when he was your age — they’re really cool ...” And Thomas admires his big brother Tucker more than anyone else in the world. Kind of like how I admire my sister Julie. Slowly, thoughtfully, scanning the spread before him, he puts down his spoon, picks up one of the books, walks to the pencil jar by the phone, writes his name on the inside front cover and zips it in his backpack. Then he looks at me seriously for a moment. We’re agreed. I am careful not to let him see me smile as I turn away. Done and done. Yes, kids should pick their own books. But yes, you need to know what they’re reading.

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More nominations! Michael T. Archdeacon, M.D., M.S.E. University Hospital, Blue Ash Dr. Archdeacon saved my leg. I fell off a ladder and shattered my tibia in two places. I went to Fort Hamilton hospital and they told my family that I might lose my leg. I was taken by ambulance to University Hospital where Dr. Archdeacon preformed two surgeries and rebuilt my lower leg. He is the best doctor in the world to me and I thank him that I am able to walk again. Michelle Trauthwein

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Gary Weisenberger, M.D. Group Health Associates Cincinnati Dr. Weisenberger is one of the most genuine physicians that I’ve ever met. He was once my pediatrician and now is my son and daughters’ pediatrician. He has a genuine bed side manner, professional yet extremely caring and concerned of his patients. He and his staff always go the extra mile. He truly is a class act and I’m extremely pleased with the care my children receive from this wonderful, one-of-a-kind pediatrician! Dawn Coyne

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Dennis Lambert, D.D.S. Mason Dr. Lambert’s practice is amazing and such a gift to those of us with kids who have special needs. They make every effort to accommodate individual needs and are patient and kind throughout the process. Of all of the doctors and specialists we see, Dr. Lambert’s office is by far our favorite. They are skilled, knowledgeable and extremely kind. Kathy Kaspar

Cover Kid winner Raegan was photographed at the Highfield Discovery Garden by Rosanna Jacobson of Photography by Jacobson. You can read all about the Highfield Discovery Garden in our online exclusive by our local travel writer, Barbara Littner David. Head to cincinnatifamilymagazine. com or and click on “Getaways” under the “News” tab.

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eens ages 12 - 18 are invited to submit their photos for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County’s annual Teen Photography Contest. This year’s theme is “Harmony Is …” and photographers can submit images representing harmony wherever they find it — in their environment, in music, or with friends and family. Photos may be submitted between October 1 and 31; for details visit

SAVE THE DATE: Cincinnati Family’s Kids & Family Expo!


ark Saturday, Nov. 10 on your calendar, and make plans to attend our Kids & Family Expo at the Mason Community Center (6050 Montgomery Road). From 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., parents can learn about local businesses and children’s enrichment programs, including after-school programs, preschools and day care options, and health and wellness programs. Kids will enjoy live family entertainment, while parents can register for great prizes! Visit for details!

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s the Mason area continues to grow, so does the Jewish Discovery Center and its Chai Tots preschool and Kindergarten (7587 Central Parke Blvd.). An expansion is underway for the Jewish Discovery Center that includes Hebrew school classrooms, a Judaic lending library, and an adult education room. Plans for the Chai Tots Montessori program include an expanded playground, a student garden, and a new health and wellness program for students and their families. For more information, call 513-234-0600 for Chai Tots or 513-234-0777 for Jewish Discovery Center, or visit



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Books by the Banks Cincinnati USA Book Festival


ove books? Check out the 6th annual Books by the Banks, taking place Saturday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Duke Energy Convention Center (525 Elm St., downtown). This FREE festival features more than 100 national, regional and local authors signing their books and answering your questions. Get in on panel discussions on cooking, history, sports, fiction and travel, and bring the kids for the Kids’ Corner, presented by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. Kids can meet storybook characters, enjoy music and story times, arts and crafts, and visit with favorite children’s authors and illustrators like Loren Long, Tad Hills, and Barney Salzberg. Follow up the fun with balloon animals, face painting, a mascot dance party and more! Get a complete schedule at

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isit The Carnegie Center (3738 Eastern Ave.) on Saturday, Oct. 13 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. to learn about creating a safe, non-toxic environment for your little ones. Enjoy eco-friendly products and services from local vendors to a variety of workshops. Reps from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center will talk about CHMC’s Health Outcomes and Measures of the Environment (HOME) Study. There is no cost to attend the exhibits, but be sure to register online at to be eligible for prizes. Cost to attend one presentation is $20 until Friday, Oct. 12 ($25 at the door or $60 for all three). Visit for details!

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Parents of little ones ages 0 - 10 are invited to Parenting Matters!, a free symposium hosted by The Summit Country Day School (2161 Grandin Road) on Saturday, Oct. 27. Start the day with keynote speaker Julie A. Riess, Ph.D., author of Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs. Then choose from a wide range of breakout sessions covering topics such as Montessori education, raising kids with character, understanding educational assessments, developing a “math mind,” and more. A special lunchtime presentation on Parenting Tips for the Seven Critical Skills Every Child Needs will also be offered, and those who register by Oct. 25 will receive a free box lunch. Register online at summitcds. org or call 513-871-4700, ext. 261.

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e all know pesky colds are the culprits that keep plenty of kids out of school, but have you ever noticed that a cold in one child can look completely different from a cold in another? It all depends on that nasty rhinovirus, doctors say. “It depends on where the virus settles,” says John E. Furby, M.D., with Eastern Hills Pediatrics. A virus that makes its home in the nose will start a kid sniffling and hurt the throat, and if it settles a little further in the respiratory tract, might end up producing more cough than nasal problems. It also depends on how large the virus is and how healthy your child is at the onset. It’s normal for babies to have up to 12 colds a year, and for the number of colds to decrease as a child grows (although more colds can occur with a change of environment for a child such as the beginning of daycare or kindergarten). By the time a child hits adolescence, expect approximately seven colds a year with symptoms lasting 10 - 14 days.

Cincinnati Health Fair Coming Good health calls for fun and games! The Christ Hospital and Cincinnati Sports Club, hosts the Get Healthy Cincinnati Health Fair, Family Fun Fest and Open House on Saturday, Nov. 10. Kids can enjoy plenty of fun, games and fitness competitions (think jump ropes and hula hoops!) while parents can get in on cooking and wellness demos, health screenings, flu shots and more.The FREE festival takes place from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. on at Cincinnati Sports Club (3950 Red Bank Road). Learn more at

Building Immunity Parents can do their part in helping kids strengthen their immune systems, says Furby, who laughs, “Of course, it depends on how compliant your children are!” Good nutrition with lots of fruits and veggies is on the list. Furby says vitamin supplements may help finicky eaters. Good sleep habits and exercise are also key as well as keeping second-hand smoke away. Hand-washing throughout the day and definitely before meals is still a child’s best defense. Cold Comfort If a cold disrupts your child’s ability to eat or sleep, a decongestant or expectorant is OK, says Furby. Saline nose drops might come in handy, and neti pots or cool mist humidifiers are fine, provided they’re clean. Furby says to wash these devices regularly with purified water. For infants, controlling congestion is key — elevate their heads just a few degrees, and use bulb suction to keep their nasal passages as clear as possible, Furby suggests. If your little one suffers from a persistent fever, decreased appetite or labored breathing, definitely schedule a visit with your pediatrician. If his nasal discharge is green, that’s OK. But if yellow, odorous stuff is coming up or your child can’t be soothed … make the call! •

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We gave each of our children a second middle name for where they were conceived … this started because we got pregnant in Hawaii with Garrett. So his middle name is Kai for ‘the ocean.

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Top Names of 2011 GIRLS Sophia Isabella Emma Olivia Ava Emily Abigail Madison Mia Chloe BOYS Jacob Mason William Jayden Noah Michael Ethan Alexander Aiden Daniel • • • • •

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Sites for Baby Names Nymbler: Your Personal Baby Name Assistant Type in a name, or choose from a list of names meant to inspire you then learn about it to your heart’s desire. Official Baby Name Guide Names sorted by categories, including country of origin, animal names, moods names, mythology names and unisex names. Baby Name Finder at What to Expect Search for names based on gender, letters, heritage, or notable namesakes; and look up a name you may already have in mind. Nameberry Names based on fun ideas like girl detectives, international variations of a traditional name, and fun nicknames.

I looked at the ‘most popular names’ lists for different countries to try to find ideas and Cian is like the fifth most popular name for little boys in Ireland. We were looking for something a little different but not made up, so Cian was a good fit.

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Oh ... I don’t Know ...

(take a vow of silence!) B y L i z S heffield


hen I was pregnant with Henry, my first son, I knew that if someone said the wrong thing about his name, I’d be devastated and I would forever doubt my skills as a parent before he was even born. If I couldn’t even pick a name, what was I doing having a kid?! So, when it came to the name of our baby, my husband and I decided to take a vow of silence. We didn’t tell anyone his name until he was born. And, based on our positive experience with silence, we took the same approach while I was pregnant with our second son, Eli. Are you on the fence about whether to share the name you’ve chosen? Here are a few reasons to consider keeping quiet until after the baby arrives.

Personal preferences When it comes to names, people often have no boundaries and openly share their likes or dislikes. Responses include everything from, “That’s a beautiful choice!” to “Are you kidding?” or “No way!” My neighbor Sharilyn and her husband, Josh, were excited to tell her mother-in-law that they planned to name their soon-to-be daughter after her greatgrandmother, Virginia. Her mother-in-law’s response? “Oh, I’ve always hated my mother’s name.” For the next four months, Grandma continued to suggest other names for Virginia. Mom and Dad stuck with it. Today they are the proud parents of a happy, healthy 7-year-old named … Virginia.

Negative associations In addition to declarations of dislikes, another fear for me was that if we shared our sons’ names, we would hear too many unsolicited associations with their names: the friend whose Uncle Henry is in jail. The Eli my co-worker knew who dropped out of high school. I feared my baby boys would be stuck with preconceived notions of who they were before they were even born. My fears are not unfounded. “Before I realized how rude I’d sound, I told a friend her baby name reminded me of an ad for an exotic dancer or escort,” says Kellie, who hasn’t had kids yet. I knew I didn’t want this type of comment following me or my babies into the delivery room.

Territorial issues Other friends of ours found themselves in the middle of a family conflict when they announced the name they had chosen for their baby. One of their cousins, also expecting a baby, had chosen the same name. Although our friends’ son was born first, they decided to alleviate family tension by choosing a different name. They still admit some frustration over how their original plans for their child’s name were thwarted.

Potential changes Sometimes parents choose a name for their baby but when the baby arrives, they realize he’s not a Sam. Or, she’s not a Sally. “We really wanted to meet our kids before we decided which name fit them best,” says Dawn, the mother of a 3-year-old girl and a 3-week-old baby boy. “In both cases, we were leaning towards one name in particular, but wanted to be sure before we actually named them.” If you wait to share the name, not only will you be able to confirm the name is a good fit, you’ll also avoid any issues with monogrammed or personalized gifts you might receive before the baby is born.

Element of surprise In today’s world of 3D ultrasounds, genetic tests and scheduled C-sections, parents might feel that there aren’t many surprises left in having a baby. Sharing the name after Baby arrives is one way to keep some surprise. “We told people we were pregnant quite early and also revealed the gender when we found out, so keeping the name secret gave us some time to bond with our kids on our own,” says Dawn. If you decide to keep quiet about your baby’s name, just be prepared. Your silence may infuriate friends and family members. Grandparents have been known to try to interrogate older siblings, eavesdrop on private conversations and search for hidden lists of names just to find out Baby’s name before the arrival. Regardless of your decision to share or not share the name, trust your instincts. Choosing your baby’s name is one of the first steps on your journey as a parent — embrace it and know that you’re capable of this task and many more to come. J Liz Sheffield is a freelance writer and the mother of tw o young boys. •

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erri Denton’s 4-year-old son, James, has a genuine fear of witches. “It’s because I scared him last year all dressed up as a creepy, ugly hag,” Denton admits. “He hasn’t forgotten that.” “Toddler fears often stem from one scary experience,” says Kristy Hagar, Ph. D., co-author of Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less (Specialty Press; $18). For example, a child who cries when his birthday balloon pops might become afraid of all balloons. Fear transforms in ages and stages. Around 9 months, babies experience stranger anxiety, clinging to parents when confronted by people they don’t recognize and becoming distressed when one or both parents leave. From ages 4 - 6, kids can worry about things that aren’t based in reality, such as monsters and ghosts. Help your baby and toddler develop a sense of fun about things — it’s a powerful tool for handling scary situations. Try these fun ideas for building your child’s inclination to laugh:

ages 0 - 1 Peekaboo: This is thrilling for babies because there is a brief threat — Mom or Dad disappears (the threat) but quickly reappears (the surprise). Wacky songs: Sing a well-known song like “Pop Goes the Weasel.” Once your child is familiar with it, you can pause dramatically before singing the “POP!” Your child will anticipate the pause, feel the comedic tension and laugh loudly when the punch line arrives.

ages 1 to 3 Add-ons: Sing any well-known nursery rhyme and add nonsense phrases like “in the tub” to the end of every line. The surprise is funny to your child, who expects to hear familiar lines. Rhyming names: Make up funny rhyming names for friends, relatives or pets — for example, “Silly Billy” or “Bitty Kitty.” Kids this age will laugh heartily. Susan Day is the Editorial Director for this publication. (please turn the page) •

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Silly Glitter Bats Get started on your homemade Halloween décor with this cute little bat craft for kids. It’s super easy and you can make a ton of them pretty quickly — aside from the drying time for the styrofoam balls. What You Need Styrofoam Balls Black or Purple Spray Paint or Craft Paint Purple Glitter Scrapbooking Paper (found at most scrapbooking stores) Or, you can make your own with black poster board, purple glitter and glue Scissors Fishing Line Push Pins Several sticks from around the yard Tall Plastic Cup Googly Eyes

What You Do • Take one of your sticks you found in your yard and stick a styrofoam ball on the end of it. This will help you hold the ball in place as you paint it. • Cover the entire styrofoam ball with your black paint and then stick it in the tall plastic cup to dry. • Grab another stick and another styrofoam ball and do the same. Continue to do this until all your balls are painted. Let them dry completely. • Take your glitter paper and cut out wings. It is OK if they are different shapes and sizes, it will give your little bats a silly and fun look. • Take a wing and carefully stick it into the styrofoam ball. • Glue on a couple googly eyes. • Take a long piece of fishing line and tie one end into a knot. • Take a push pin and stick it through the knot and then push it into the top of the bat. This will be how your little bat hangs. You may also want to add a touch of glue under the push pin just to help keep it in place.

Guide Barn-n-Bunk 3677 Wayne Madison Road, Trenton 513-988-9211

Barn-N-Bunk Fall Festival Weekends — six weekends of family fun! Sept. 22 and 23 through Oct. 27 and 28. Sat., 12 6 p.m., and Sun., 12 - 5 p.m. Hayrides, mazes, bounce pillow, mini-train ride, duck races, mining, face painting, wax hands, games, food and pumpkins. Free entertainment, free parking and admission. Brunch buffet, Sun. only 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Benton Farm 1146 Old Lexington Pike, Walton 859-485-7000

Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkins on Sat. and Sun. in October.Visit and feed barnyard animals and try out our corn maze. Have fun at our fourth generation family farm. Admission is $7 per adult, free for ages 3 and younger. Check out our web site for special events like sheep shearing and cow milking demonstrations.You want a real farm, come see us! Pumpkins and horse rides are an extra charge.

The Black Barn 1161 West Main St., Lebanon 513-32-2093


What are your best costume ideas — creative and cheap? Donna J Hittner My 19-month-old son is going as baby Beetlejuice. I think a trip to Goodwill, paint stripes on the suit with face paint. Lauren Kuykendall Love using a large clear trash bag and blowing up multiple colored balloons, putting the bag on, stuffing it with the balloons and going as a bag of jelly beans! Super cheap and easy!

Come enjoy FREE hayrides and corn maze every Sat. and Sun. in October. Includes face painting and pumpkin decorating. Hayrides are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., weekends only. Farm market includes apples, cider, pumpkins, mums, pansies, straw bales, Amish jams and jellies, old-fashioned candies, corn shocks and more. The Black Barn is open seven days a week, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Located one mile west of Historic Downtown Lebanon.

Beth Hans Payton My son has been creative things for the past 3 years. Pinocchio, a scary old lady carrying a baby on her back (optical illusion — he was the baby) and a “cereal” killer. Erica DeMott This was in a movie, but my dad loved the idea ... wrap yourself in tin foil and go as a baked potato.

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Take a hayride tour of the farm and Scarecrow Village and pick your own pumpkin.Visit the play area and straw maze but don’t miss the live animals and caramel apples. We are open seven days a week with hayrides Mon. - Fri. at 1, 3 and 5 p.m. and running continually on Sat. and Sun. Open Mon. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Parking, admission and play area are free; maze, Cow Train and other attractions purchased individually.

Bonnybrook Farm’s Fall Festivals 3779 St. Rt. 132, Clarksville 20 minutes east of Kings Island

Adventure Hayride, Crazed Corn Maze, Giant Slingshots, Clodhopper Golf, Horseshow Hill, Tunnel and 80’ underground slide, Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin Patch, Pony Rides, Friendly Petting Animals, Farmyard Play Area, Sept. 22 - Oct. 28 from 12 - 5:30 p.m. GREAT birthday parties. Free admission (fee for some activities). Lantern Light Wagon Ride 7:30 - 10:30 p.m.

Halloween Sites for Kids These sites offer a great amount of ideas for either costumes, spooky treats, crafts, printables — or even all of the above!

Burger Farm & Garden Center 7849 Main St. (St. Rt. 32), Newtown • 513-561-8634

The Pumpkin Festival takes place weekends in October and includes hay rides to the pumpkin patch, puppet shows, festival food, rides and bounce houses for children, Pumpkinland, a straw maze, the League of Animal Welfare and more. Hours are Sat. and Sun., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Group tours can be arranged Tue. - Fri. ($4 per person, call for reservations). Admission is $2; free parking; straw maze requires a ticket purchase.

Charlie Cadabra’s Halloween Magic Show 513-702-4400

Charlie Cadabra’s Halloween Magic Show is a family-friendly, non-scary themed show. The show is full of hilarious surprises, lots of audience participation, costumes, silly fun and eye-popping magic tricks. Bunnicola, the live rabbit, makes a surprise appearance, and everyone gets to pet him after the show. On the Winton Woods Campgrounds at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26, as well as in the Duke Energy Children’s Museum on Oct. 27 at 1:30 p.m.

Ghost Lanterns This Halloween craft for kids is easy AND fun! You are sure to make plenty to line your driveway or sidewalk. What You Need White lunch bags Black construction paper Craft glue Scissors

What You Do • Take a bag and round out the top of the bag as it lies flat. • Then open it up and cut off the flaps that are from the sides. • Take your black construction paper and cut out eyes and a mouth and then glue them on. To finish this craft, you will need to put something with a little weight to it in the bottom of it so that your ghosts don’t FLY away. If you have a few battery operated votive candles, put a couple of them in a bag. Or, if you have a small strand of battery operated white Christmas lights, you can stick them in there, too. There are many ways you can add light to them — or, you can just fill them with rocks. •

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Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be short, soft, and flexible. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. Fasten reflective tape to costumes and bags to help drivers see you. E xamine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them.

Hold a flashlight while trick-or-treating to help you see and help others see you. Don’t run. A lways test make-up in a small area first and remember to remove it before bedtime. L ook both ways before crossing the street. Use established crosswalks wherever possible. L ower your risk for serious eye injury by not wearing decorative contact lenses. Only walk on sidewalks whenever possible, or on the far edge of the road facing traffic. Wear well-fitting masks, costumes, and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, and falls. E at only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers. E nter homes only if you’re with a trusted adult. Never walk near lit candles or luminaries. Be sure to wear flame-resistant costumes. Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (

Pumpkin Donuts

What You Need Pack of mini chocolate covered donuts Orange chocolate melts Black icing in a tube Green gumdrops Wax Paper

What You Do • Melt your orange chocolate melts in either the microwave or on the stove following package instructions. • Spread out a piece of wax paper. • Take a fork and set a chocolate donut on it. • Dip it into the orange melted chocolate covering it completely. You may have to flip your donut. • Once covered, take it out and set it on the wax paper to dry and let the chocolate harden. • While the chocolate is still wet, add a green gumdrop to the center where the hole is. • Once the chocolate has hardened, take your black icing and draw in a face.

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Get into the spirit of Halloween with Batfest 2012! Meet some live bats that aren’t that scary and learn about all the cool things bats can do. See bats from local conservation organizations, watch a flight demo, and learn about bat ecology. Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free with admission — all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2, free infants under one year.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s HallZOOween 3400 Vine St. 513-281-4700

Dress up in your wildest costume and go trick-ortreating with the animals and search for the Golden Frisch’s Big Boy hidden somewhere in the Zoo. Enjoy the Beauty Shop of Horrors, Phil Dalton’s Theatre of Illusion, pumpkin carving demos, pumpkin patch, animal pumpkin pandemonium and the Wizard of Oz 4D Experience. HallZOOween, presented by Frisch’s Big Boy, takes place Oct. 6 - 7, 13 14, 20 - 21, 27 - 28 from 12 - 5 p.m. and is FREE with Zoo admission ($15 adults, $10 ages 2 - 12, parking is $8).

Daniels Petting Farm 1850 Walton Nicholson Pike, Walton 859-240-0834

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Cincinnati Museum Center’s BATFEST 2012 Museum of Natural History and Science and Rotunda Cincinnati Museum Center Union Terminal 1301 Western Row Road 513-287-7000

The Daniels Family is pleased to invite you to tour our beautiful Petting Farm in the heart of Kenton County. Come visit our friendly animals, take a pony ride, play in our picnic area, or pick your very own pumpkin. Fall Season Oct. 1 - 31, Sat. - Sun., 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. $8 admission per person (includes one cup of feed and hayride). We are a short bus ride from most schools and day care centers in the Northern Kentucky area. Group tours can be scheduled in advance.

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Don’t miss out on Destination Treats! Come trick-or-treat and enjoy fun children’s events and great giveaways (while supplies last). Treat Street Event will take place in front of Talbots and Coldwater Creek on Oct. 26 from 6 - 8 p.m.

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Haunted Village Heritage Village Musuem Inside Sharon Woods Park 11450 Lebanon Road 513-563-9484

Is the candy haul a bit overwhelming?

Enjoy an evening of familyfriendly fun as you trick-or-treat through the Haunted Village. Enjoy wagon rides, the Monster Mash Dance, a haunted cemetery, kids games, and much more! Oct. 12 - 13, 19 - 20 and 26 - 27, 6 - 10 p.m. (gate closes at 9 p.m.) Admission is $8 per person.


ave yourself some tummy aches by donating your extra candy to one of our area dentist’s candy buy-back programs. Whether donating your candy to the troops or getting cash for each pound, it’s a good way to keep the sugar rushes to a minimum and share with others.

Irons Fruit Farm 1640 Stubbs Mill Road, Lebanon 513-932-2853

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Your fall family tradition starts at Irons Fruit Farm. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkin, then challenge yourself to a corn maze or shop the farm’s market. Check out our bakery with homemade donuts, fritters and fresh cider. Cincinnati Reds Maze and hayrides, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sat.; 12 – 5 p.m. on Sun. Hay rides are free and pumpkins are paid for by the pound.

Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch Express 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon 513-933-8022

Join the LM&M Railroad on a train ride through Warren County to the Schappacher Farm where you can walk through a real working farm, pet the animals, find your way through the corn maze and select a pie pumpkin for your very own. Weekends in Oct. at 9:45 a.m., 1 and 4:15 p.m. Admission is $18.50 adults, $15.50 seniors (62+) and children (5 - 16), $8.50 toddlers (2 - 4) and free infants (1 and younger).

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What’s your favorite Halloween or Fall tradition with your family? Emily Schmidt Young Going to the pumpkin farm and picking out pumpkins. We then carve them together as a family. Amy Brockhoff Neal My family loves the Jack O Lantern walk in Boone County. We always carve a pumpkin and it is fun to go to the walk and spot our pumpkin. Lisa Desmith-Nelson Kinman Farms, and the Pumpkin Walk at Central Park in Boone County also. Brenda Hale Rath My own haunted house creation and getting my 5 & 6 yr old grandsons to help. Awesome! Nanette Dolby Berkemeyer Niederman Farm in Liberty Township and their free Christmas display is one of the best around. Two traditions that we don’t pass up! •

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Spoon a bowl of hot navy bean soup after watching the parade, hitting the carnival rides, or catching the music from the main festival stage. A special Kid-Zone features face painting and an extreme magic show. Oct. 12 - 13. It’s just a short drive to Rising Sun, Indiana!

Ghostly Cookies Make a batch of your own spooky ghosts for your guest to devour.

Schappacher Farm 3829 South U.S. Route 42, Lebanon • 513-398-0904

What You Need Nutter Butters White Chocolate Bark (meltable chocolates) Wax Paper Mini Hershey Drops Bowl Fork

What You Do • Spread out a big piece of wax paper. • In a big bowl, slowly melt your chocolate in the microwave 10 seconds at a time and stirring thoroughly between each stop until melted. • Take a Nutter Butter, rest it on a fork and gently dip it into the white chocolate. • Set it on the wax paper. • Immediately add the mini Hershey drops as eyes to the ghostly figure while the chocolate is still wet. • Allow to dry. • Repeat steps until all Nutter Butters are used. • Once they are all dry, place them in your bowl.

Painted Pumpkins Take the mess out of your pumpkin decorating by painting them instead of carving them. What You Need Pumpkins of varying sizes Paint (maybe even a glow-in-the-dark paint) Paint brushes Cups of water (to rinse paint brushes) Newspaper

• Set out a nice spread of newspaper on the ground where you are going to be painting to protect it. • Grab a pumpkin and the rest of your supplies and have a seat. • Paint your pumpkin to your liking and let dry. You can get really creative with this and make an entire pumpkin family. If you use the glow-on-the-dark paint, you will be able to see only faces at night, which can make for a cool effect.

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USS Nightmare 101B Riverboat Row, Newport 859-740-2293

America’s premiere haunted steamboat returns! This 30-minute tour is a Cincinnati seasonal favorite. Offering everything from the kid-friendly lights-on matinee to the Unrated Captain’s eXtreme show, the USS Nightmare is the perfect destination for Halloween fun! Operating weekends Sept. 14 - 15 with a full schedule beginning Sept. 21. Lights On Matinee, Sun., Oct. 21, 4 - 6 p.m., $6; Captain’s eXtreme Show, Sat., Oct. 27, 11 p.m. - 2 a.m., $20; normal shows run Wed. - Sun. Weekdays 7 - 11 p.m., Fri. - Sat., 7 p.m. - 1 a.m., $16. Limited free parking.

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Join us for free weekend hayrides to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, and a free corn maze.Visit the friendly farm animals on our working farm including goats, donkeys, horses, sheep and cattle. Finish your trip with an Apple Juice Slushy, Hand Dipped Caramel Apples, Pumpkin and Apple Pie. Open daily from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. with fall decorations and apples and cider for sale. Family owned and operated, and we’d love to share it with you!

Bring the family for an afternoon of fun and the special memory of a real train ride. Pumpkinliner runs Oct. 27 - 28 from Connersville Grand Central Station to the pumpkin patch. Fall Foliage Flyer runs every Thu - Fri during Oct. Metamora Canal Days Limited, Oct. 5 7. Call or check out times and fares on our website. All Aboard!

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Fall Activities and After-School Programs Children’s Meeting House Montessori

927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 Celebrating 40 years of authentic Montessori education for students 3 - 12 yrs. Offering half- and full-day programs, early bird care and after-care, as well as after school enrichment options for all ages. Located on 8 acres in which to offer an extensive outdoor education program, along with Spanish, fitness, library and music. Please attend one of our Open Houses – Oct. 21 or Jan. 27 – or call to schedule a tour.

Central Montessori Academy

1904 Springdale Road, Cincinnati 513-742-5800 At CMA, children from preschool - grade 6 are all taught by Montessori-trained teachers in environments that cultivate their natural love of learning – including our new natural playground and outdoor learning environment. We offer extended day programs for both before- and after-school, and our new Montessori My Way program allows parents of preschool-aged children flexible scheduling options. Call today to schedule a tour!

Cincinnati Ballet, Otto M. Budig Academy

1555 Central Pkwy., Cincinnati 513-562-1111 11444 Deerfield Road, Ste. A, Cincinnati The region’s only pre-professional ballet training program combines professional instruction, performance opportunities and a strong connection to Cincinnati Ballet. Classes are held in the state-of-the-art studios where Cincinnati Ballet Company dancers rehearse. Ballet students frequently interact with company dancers, gaining insight into the life of a professional dancer.

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Academy of Music and Dance, West Chester

8374 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester 513-829-2345 Music lessons for all ages in piano, voice, guitar, drums, strings, winds and brass. Dance classes in tap, ballet, jazz, hip-hop and lyric. Other popular programs: Music for Young Children, a keyboard program for ages 4 and up; Music Pups, for preschoolers with a caregiver; Jumbie Jam, a kid-sized steel drum ensemble; and Fun with Drums. Special one-week camps throughout the summer. Free sample classes.

Apex Chiropractic & Wellness Center

8624 Winton Road, Cincinnati 513-931-4300 Is your child struggling with behavior, learning or sensory challenges? Maximize your child’s potential with a comprehensive drug-free approach.

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7623 Old 3C Highway, Maineville 513-683-6860 Students travel from all over the tri-state area to Maineville for the opportunity to be taught by founding director Claudia Rudolf Barrett, and her internationally renowned faculty. ballet tech® of ohio offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance. We provide training for those who seek a professional career as well as classes for those who just want to dance.

Ballet Theatre Midwest

3833 Eastern Ave., Spencer Township Hall, Cincinnati 513-520-2334 • Ballet Theatre Midwest provides pre-professional classical ballet training and performance program, engaging children’s curriculum, creative dance for 3 and 4 year olds, jazz and musical theater repertoire and adult ballet classes.

Bethany School

555 Albion Ave., Cincinnati 513-771-7462 Highly diverse student population. We offer services to students in grades K - 8, including before- and after-school care, tutoring, athletics, wireless laptop computers, a state-of-the-art computer lab, Spanish classes and elective courses. Student/teacher ratio is 15:1. Open House Nov. 4 and Feb. 10, 2 - 4 p.m.

Broadway Bound Dance Academy

10580 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland 513-774-9474 Broadway Bound Dance Academy is a young, energetic and highly skilled dance academy that offers private instruction and small group classes to students of all ages. The studio offers classes that fit into almost everyone’s busy schedule. With smaller class sizes we are able to offer more personalized attention to make sure students learn good fundamentals and do not develop improper techniques.

Elementary Campus: 7350 Dixie Highway, Fairfield 513-874-8500 Junior/Senior High Campus: 7474 Morris Road, Fairfield 513-892-8500 Cincinnati Christian Schools is a non-denominational Christian school system offering outstanding, Biblically centered academic and extracurricular opportunities for young people from preschool age through grade 12. We deeply believe in each child’s ability to believe, belong, and to become. Winter Open House (both campuses) Sun., Jan. 27, 2 -4 p.m.

Cincinnati Country Day School

6905 Given Road, Cincinnati 513-561-7298 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.

Cincinnati Museum Center

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

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

Clifton Performance Theatre

404 Ludlow Ave., Cincinnati 513-861-7469 Enjoy a workshop with specialists in acting, singing and dance and learn the process of putting on a show. Prepare a performance, design costumes and help build sets. No experience necessary. No auditions. At the end of the week students will perform a classic Broadway-style musical or show for their family, friends, and the Clifton community.

Drake Planetarium

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

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Fitton Center for Creative Arts

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

Fruit of Zion Child Development Center

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

The Gardner School

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

Indian Springs Academy of Music

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

Jacob’s Well Christian Learning Center

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

Jelly Bean Junction Learning Centers

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

Kindermusik Classes by Discover Music with Nancy Knauf 2551 Dixie Hwy. Lakeside Park, KY 859-512-7400 • Sing, dance, explore instruments and bond with your child! Music and movement classes designed to stimulate early childhood development and instill a lifelong love of music. Licensed Kindermusik instructor with BA in music. Weekly classes (Tue., Wed., Thu. and Sat.) run through Dec 15. See available class times at Join anytime! Free preview class available.

Langsford Learning Centers

Locations in Blue Ash and West Chester 513-531-7400 A private educational organization dedicated to developing life-long, independent learners. We have been teaching reading, spelling, comprehension, and writing in an atmosphere of enthusiasm and encouragement. Our successful model includes identifying the root cause responsible for the breakdown in reading process and then applying targeted instruction using research-validated approaches.

The Little Gym

7318 Yankee Road, Liberty Township 513-777-1110 8201 Arbor Square Drive, Mason 513-204-1400 Teaching movement skills in a noncompetitive environment to help build young children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual skills. Programs are designed for ages 4 mos. - 12 yrs. and incorporate music with movement and learning.

The Little Songbird Music Studio

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

The Mad Potter Madeira

7754 Camargo Road, Madeira 513-561-1888 Pottery painting, parties and special events. Choose a piece, paint it and pick it up in a week. Special events include Kidz Nite and Ladies Nite.

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Mad Science of Cincinnati

793-6784 • Programs for Grades PreK - 6 with student teacher ration of 12 - 18:1 delivered to your school or center. Mad Science offers “edu-taining” inquiry-based, hands on, proficiency correlated “In-School Field Trip” workshops and parent funded after-school programs. Our Special Event Assembly programs are ideal for schools, community centers, and Boy/Girl Scout Troops Packs. Summer Camp and Birthday Party programs too.

Miss Nancy’s Musikgarten

4604 Dry Ridge Road, Cincinnati 513-702-9927 • Offering a sequential program of music and movement classes for children newborn - 8 yrs. Singing, dancing, playing instruments, creativity and fun!

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

Paint by the Glass - Canvas and Cocoa

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

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

Pied Piper Music Together

Mason, Liberty Township and Middletown locations 513-767-7134 • All children are musical! From birth, children make sounds and movements in response to the music around them. Our classes help you support their music aptitude. Every week, enjoy 45 minutes of singing and dancing with other musicmaking families. Then continue at home with our CDs, illustrated songbooks and parent guide DVD. Music Together is an internationally recognized music and movement program. Visit our website to view a descriptive video.

Pleasant Ridge Presbyterian

5950 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati 513-631-0170 Professionally qualified teachers develop programs rich in language experiences and reading and math readiness to encourage in each child a love of learning, curiosity, creativity, self-confidence, and independence as a learner.

St. Ursula Academy

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

St. Ursula Villa

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

School or Rock, Mason

755 Reading Road, Ste. 1, Mason 513-770-1257 • We get you playing on stage before live audiences at real rock venues with weekly private lessons and weekly show rehearsals. We have programs for kids 7 - 18 and for adults, from beginner to advanced. We teach guitar, bass, drums, piano/keys, and vocal.

Star Glazers 513-474-6364 Star Glazers turns the space of your choosing into a paint-your-own-pottery studio, bringing pieces to match your theme, all materials, with pieces returned within two weeks.

Summit Country Day School

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

Tippi Toes

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

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his musical extravaganza features favorite Dr. Seuss characters including The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, and all the Whos of Whoville! Enjoy the classic tales brought to life by The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati and Jojo, a young boy and “thinker of strange and wonderful thinks!” Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth St.; tickets start at $7. Call 513-569-8080 ext. 10 or visit



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ohn Morris Russell leads the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra through the music of superhero movies and TV shows, including iconic themes from Batman, Superman and Spiderman. You might even notice a few favorites of the villains in the mix. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 8 p.m.; tickets from $25. Call 513-381-3300 or visit

Welcome Caroline — the newest addition to the American Girl Family — in this story time and craft activity. Be sure to bring your dolls! Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-7949320 or


Bring your family, friends and pets for the annual Blessing of the Animals. Please keep pets on a leash or in a crate, and enjoy free refreshments and pet treats. St. Stephen’s Church, 9191 Daly Road, Mt. Healthy; 2 p.m.; 513-522-8628 or


Ages 5 - 10 create their own shadow puppets then put on a show. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2:30 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or



Bring your baby for a fun literacy development program with books, songs and finger-plays. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Stroll through fields of sunflowers and enjoy live entertainment, crafts, activities for the kids, refreshments, a corn maze, a pumpkin slingshot, games and more. Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Evendale; Oct. 1 - 2; $7 adults, $4 seniors and ages 3 17, free for members, some activities have an additional charge; 513-563-6663 or


Please see “Now Playing” on page 47 for details.


Please see “Now Playing” on page 47 for details.


Join a non-scary, family-friendly celebration of the season with thousands of lights, the Hardly Haunted House, wagon rides, campfires and live entertainment, including performances from Charlie Cadabra at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26. Parky’s Farm, Winton Woods, 10073 Daly Road; 6 - 10 p.m. Oct. 4 - 28; $6 per person plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or

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Join the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Boy Choir and the women of the May Festival Chorus for an evening of song. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4, 8 p.m. Oct. 6; tickets from $10; 513-381-3300 or


Meet other moms in your Ft. Wright community and learn about the MOMS Club’s monthly meetings, weekly activities for kids, book clubs and more. 10:30 a.m.; please email for location.


Help set a world record! Join the many children from around the world for a story time with Ladybug Girl and The Bug Squad, then stick around for a fun craft for ages 2 and older. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


It’s a Cincinnati tradition! Prepare for big scares (or little scares during the matinee shows on Oct. 27 and 28), enjoy concessions and more. St. Rita School for the Deaf, 1720 Glendale Milford Road; Oct. 4 - 31, doors open at 7 p.m.; tickets start at $10, visit site for coupons and specials; 513-771-1060 or


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Enjoy a visit from Lazer Kraze, large inflatables including a giant slide and obstacle course, carnival games, prizes, food, face painting, a balloon artist, a photo booth and more. Adena Elementary, 9316 Minuteman Way, West Chester; 3:30 - 9 p.m.; 513-777-0100 or lakotaonline. com.

Franc D’Ambrosio, best known for his portrayal of the Phantom in Phantom of the Oper a, performs this evening, sharing tidbits and stories with the audience in between songs. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave.; 8 p.m.; $15 members, $20 nonmembers; 513-863-8873, ext. 110 or


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


Explore the CAM and some “fearless” art today! Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or


Bring your family for a healthy dose of art and an afternoon of creating. Each monthly program features a different open-ended project to allow for play and experimentation with art materials. Wyoming Fine Arts Center, 322 Wyoming Ave.; 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.; $10 per family; 513-948-1900 or


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


The Center for Better Health and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center hosts a 5K run and walk and walks of six and 12 hours, all to benefit the CCHMC summer camp for overweight and obese children. Participants under the age of 18 are limited to one hour of competition. Voice of America Park, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester;

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Meet ‘n Greet Storybook Costume Characters: • Clifford the Big Red Dog • Curious George • Llama Llama • Splat the Cat • The Berenstain Bears • And many more! Other Fun Stuff: • Music with Zak Morgan • Join in a Mascot Dance Party • Brain Quest Trivia Challenge • Balloon Animals • Face Painting

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njoy live music, mule-powered wagon rides courtesy of Gorman Heritage Farm, pumpkin painting, kids activities and crafts, and even a pumpkin slingshot! Chilo Lock 34 Park, 521 County Park Road, Chilo; 12 - 4 p.m. Call 513-876-9013 or visit


Trick-or-treat, enjoy animal encounters, a beauty shop of horrors, pumpkin patch, the Hogwarts Express Train Ride, Phil Dalton’s Theater of Illusion Show at 1 and 3 p.m., and the Scare-ousel. Wear a costume and help the Zoo go green by bringing your own treat bag. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; 12 - 5 p.m. Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28; free with admission ($15 ages 13 - 61, $10 ages 2 - 12 and 62 and older);


Lots of non-scary fun to be had, including a costume contest, a hay bale maze, petting zoo, pony rides, a giant foam pit, Tractor Town, and more! Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive; Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28; visit site for ticket prices;


Enjoy pedal tractor races, hayrides, a straw maze, a petting zoo, fun for the kids and much more. Proceeds benefit The Dragonfly Foundation. H.J. Benken, 6000 Plainfield Road; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-891-1040 or


The MOMS Club of Mason United Methodist Church hosts a sale for gently used children’s items like clothing, books, toys, games, bedding, equipment, furniture, DVDs and more. All proceeds benefit the local and global missions of the church. Mason United Methodist Church, 6315 S. Mason-Montgomery Road; 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-398-4741 or


Families step back in time to a bustling 1830s village, full of crafts, music, food samplings and the sights, sounds and smells of an Ohio River Valley settlement. Governor Bebb MetroPark, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Oct. 6, 12 - 4 p.m. Oct. 7; free to Butler County residents, a $5 motor vehicle pass for non-residents is required; 513-867-5835 or


Take a train ride through Warren County to Schappacher Farm to see farm animals, a corn maze, select a pie pumpkin to take home and more. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon; 9:45 a.m., 1 and 4:15 p.m. Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 21, 21, 27 and 28; $18.50 adults, $15.50 seniors and ages 5 - 16, $8.50 ages 2 - 4, free infants 1 year and younger; 513933-8022, ext. 101 or

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It’s officially Star Wars Reads Day across the U.S.! All Jedis, Sith Lords and Wookies are invited for stories and special give-aways. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 11:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Join in for galaxy-sized fun including Star Wars origami, story times and crafts. Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or


Little ghosts and goblins can trick-or-treat with candy stops, pumpkins, prizes and crafts and best of all, over 60 life-sized, moving dinosaurs! Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive; Oct. 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28; visit site for ticket prices (tickets to trick-or-treat not included with park admission);


Learn about the birds you can find in your own backyard and how to attract new ones. For ages 9 - 15. Museum of Natural History & Science, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 - 3 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Ages 2 - 5 learn about basic musical concepts in this program based on the Musikgarten curriculum. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Learn more about the educational and enrichment offerings of St. Ursula Academy. St. Ursula Academy, 1339 East McMillan St.; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Oct. 8 and 18; 513-961-3410 or


Join Jennifer Ellis for a fun dance party, followed by character appearances, activities and a special gift just for Mom. Wear your favorite Halloweeen costume — the mall will have a professional photographer at the event, and you can get your picture taken with a rescued animal from Cool Critters Outreach. Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road, Dayton; 10 - 11:30 a.m.;

9 Tuesday Be sure to visit our “Fall Fun Guide” on page 17 for Halloween fun and find more events at our website, or!

10 Wednesday MRS. MANNERLY

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Please see “Now Playing” on page 47 for details.


Please see “Now Playing” on page 47 for details.


Ages 5 - 10 make a one-of-a-kind little critter out of paper mache. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 3:30 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or

Enlist in the Union Army for an afternoon and play some games to learn about the life of Civil War soldiers. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $25; 859491-4003 or


The Headless Horseman rides again in this slightly-scary Haunted Village. Kids can wear their costumes and trick-or-treat throughout the village, watch as the Mad Scientist makes his crazy concoctions and stroll through a haunted cemetery and outrun zombies. Take a wagon ride, shop for treats and more. Heritage Village, inside Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 6 - 10 p.m. Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27; $8 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or

Bring a favorite mug to fill with some hot cocoa to sip while you explore the Nature PlayScape. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-8311711 or

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Eco Baby


What is best for you and your baby? Learn from local experts how to: • Create a non- toxic home • Prepare healthy, organic meals for little ones • Identify chemicals to avoid during pregnancy & after Talk to natural & organic vendors about: • Doulas • Diaper services • Organic food delivery • Clothing, toys, gear, furniture, flooring, paint… and more!

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• Visit our website to see our internationally renowned faculty • Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Tap & Tae Kwon Do • Teen/Adult, Homeschool, Musical Movement for ages 2-3 years old • Annual Nutcracker and Anniversary Gala • Pas de deux & pointe variations

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Including beautiful ritual items such as candlesticks, a menorah, a Passover seder plate, recipes, books and more!

*Program is also open to couples and families in Greater Cincinnati in which one or both have converted to Judaism. Fusion is an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation

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SPOTLIGHT: BLUE MAN GROUP Tuesday, Oct. 16 - 28

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

ard to describe, the Blue Man Group provides a high-tech show that features interesting special effects, old-fashioned comedy, music and plenty of theatrical showmanship. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; ticket prices start at $28. Visit

Take a one-hour hike with your gang in the natural world and explore an area of the park. Chrisholm MetroPark, Woodsdale Regional Park, 1917 Woodsdale Road, Madison Twp.; 10 a.m.; free to Butler County residents, a $5 motor vehicle pass for non-residents is required; 513-867-5835 or





Enjoy a bowl of yummy navy bean soup after checking out carnival rides, or listening to some live music in this annual festival. Be sure to bring the kids for the special Kid Zone with face painting and magic shows. Downtown Rising Sun, IN; Oct. 12 - 13; 812-438-2750 or


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Families with older children are invited for tours and information about this historic home of the Amish families that settled in the area. Chrisholm Historic Farmstead, Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free to Butler County residents, a $5 motor vehicle pass for non-residents is required; 513-867-5835 or


Bring your little ones for a special visit from Biscuit the Dog, who will join the fun for canine crafts, pictures and a puppy story time. Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or


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This 5K race and one-mile walk benefits Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Surviving the Teens program, designed to guide teens and their families through the challenges adolescence has to offer. Stick around for after-race fun, including good, music, games and a movie. Bell Tower Park, corner of Wooster Pike and Pleasant Street, Mariemont; 5:30 p.m.; preregistration starts at $12 for ages 13 - 18, day of registration starts at $15 ages 13 - 18; cincywarriorrun. org.


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Learn all about raising your little ones in a safe, nontoxic environment in this expo that introduces family to local vendors of eco-friendly products, workshops and programs from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Please RSVP for presentations. The Carnegie Center, 3738 Eastern Ave.; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free to attend exhibits, $20 for one presentation, $25 at the door, or $60 for all three;


New York Times best-selling illustrator Loren Long signs his newest book, Nightsong. As a warm-up, local bat education group Echobats will have live bats and discuss this animal’s role in our ecosystem. Line numbers will be given with book purchase. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 11:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Madcap Puppets presents When You Wish Upon a Fish for families of all ages. After the performance, cheer on the performers in a parade along Montgomery Road, followed by a second 15-minute performance. Kennedy Heights Art Center, 6546 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-557-3850 or


Bring the family for a day filled with activities like bird of prey shows, close encounters with snakes and other reptiles, children’s crafts, strolling entertainment, inflatables and food vendors. Mt. Airy Forest, Oak Ridge Lodge, 5083 Colerain Ave.; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $1 per person or $3 per family;


Join the OKI Forgers as they demonstrate how the forging of iron was done hundreds of years ago. Governor Bebb MetroPark, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 1 p.m.; free to Butler County residents, a $5 motor vehicle pass for non-residents is required; 513867-5835 or


Get to know the music of Mozart and learn about the oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn and piano with help from the musicians of Linton Music. Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Hwy., Lakeside Park; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; $5, free ages 2 and younger; 513381-6868 or


Costumes are encouraged for this 5K and Kids Fun Run, as prizes will be awarded! Check out a nice flat course that ends in a “spooky” cemetery, followed by door prizes, refreshments and plenty of after-run fun! The Kids Fun Run takes place in the early afternoon, but don’t let that stop you from coming back for the evening run! Reading Veteran’s Memorial Stadium, 1600 West St., Reading; 6 p.m. race, 6:30 - 11 p.m. post-race party, 1 - 3 p.m. Kids Fun Run; $25 - $35 plus additional for t-shirt, $5 for Kids Fun Run; 513-309-7464 or

Stop by and make a fun autumn craft. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Enjoy a range of world and classic music in this concert created in response to the 2002 kidnapping and murder of reporter Daniel Pearl. In collaboration with the Constella Festival of Music & Art. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 1 p.m. 513-761-7500 or ccummings@ or


Survey the goods of a local farmers’ market, sponsored by Whole Foods Market. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 seniors, $1 children; 513-421-5707 or


Preschoolers are invited for some green planting activities, sponsored by the Cincinnati Police Department Community Preventative Education Grant. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 seniors, $1 children; 513-421-5707 or


Ages 2 - 5 are invited for creative, hands-on activities while parents learn how to encourage and understand their children’s artistic point of view. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


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Have a spooky time with your preschooler, as you listen to ghost tales while making a haunted craft. Behringer Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; price included with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859491-4003 or (the “Calendar” continues on page 40)

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Author Louise Borden is at the manatee to officially launch a beautiful new picture book from blue manatee press, benefitting Every Child Succeeds. The book is a guided tour of Greater Cincinnati and its people and history, will illustrations from area children. Developed as The Storyteller’s Project by C-Change Class 7 of the Cincinnati Regional Chamber, and with support from the Public Library, ArtWorks, and other generous individuals and groups, this important book provides much-needed funds for Every Child Succeeds, as well as free books for underprivileged area children. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or

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The Greater Cincinnati Storytelling Guild conjures up some ghoulish tales for Halloween. Bring your hot dogs and roasting sticks for an evening by the fire. Amphitheater, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Check out 30 antique dealers from across the country displaying and offering for sale 18th and 19th to mid-20th Century American, English and Continental furniture, silver, art, prints and more. Sharonville Convention Center, 11355 Chester Road; Oct. 19 - 21; $10 three-day general admission;


Children’s author Barney Saltzberg introduces readers to his newest books, Arlo Needs Glasses and Andrew Drew and Dre w this evening. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 6:30 p.m.; 513-7312665 or


Join the astronomy club and learn about the stars above. Rain date is Oct. 26. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


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Crack some walnuts and savor their fresh insides, then use shells and hull ink to create crafts. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Oct. 20, 12:30 - 4 p.m. Oct. 27; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


Ages 10 and younger are invited for some fun, non-scary trick-or-treating. Follow the path to different doors, knock and receive a special treat! Blue Ash Nature Park, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 12 - 3 p.m.;


Meet with more than 100 national and local authors, including children’s authors, in this day-long celebration of books that includes panel discussions, and the Kids’ Corner, presented by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation! Kids can meet costumed characters, join some story times and craft activities and laugh along with some live entertainment. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.;


Enjoy a production of The Sword in the Stone from the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s ArtReach Touring Productions. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; 11 a.m.; $5; 513-241-6550 or


The Greater Cincinnati Orchid Society presents their fall blooms. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Oct. 20 - 21; $3 adults, $2 seniors, $1 children; 513-421-5707 or


Bring your lunch to cook over a fire in the Nature PlayScape. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


Learn about Latin cultures, create beautiful crafts and stay for a bilingual story time. Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or


Join the Butler County Ohio Horseman’s Council as they offer fun activities, food, games and more, all to help raise funds for the public horse trails and shelters. Sebald Park, 5580 Elk Creek Road, Middletown; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; free to Butler County residents, a $5 motor vehicle pass for non-residents is required; 513-867-5835 or


Sample food, listen to music, enjoy art and more from cultures including Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Brazil, Cuba and Panama. Meet a live alpaca and learn about wool and the carding process. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; Oct. 20 - 21; all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or

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Madcap Puppets presents Rumpelstiltskin this afternoon. North Dearborn Public Library, 25969 Dole Road, West Harrison, IN; 2 p.m.; 812-637-0777 or


Join local geologists to share your passion and fossil collections for a hands-on day of fossil fun! Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or


Get to know the music of Mozart and learn about the oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, and piano with help from the musicians of Linton Music. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7701 Kenwood Road; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; $5, free ages 2 and younger; 513-3816868 or


Big Bone Lick State Park hosts their annual salt festival, featuring the Thunder With the Hands American Indian drum group, saltmaking, blacksmithing, live music, pioneer school, tomahawk throwing, handcrafts and more. Big Bone Lick State Park, 3380 Beaver Road, Union; Oct. 20 - 21; 859-384-3522 or


Ages 5 - 10 can celebrate and learn about Latin American culture and create a pan flute of their own. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 3:30 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Enjoy food booths, arts and crafts, carriage rides, a kids’ zone, petting zoo, music and entertainment, all to celebrate Fall. Drees Pavilion and Overlook Area, Devou Park, Covington; 12 - 5 p.m.; 859-292-2151 or


Join a 5K or 10K walk and run to support the Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education’s mission of combating hate, prejudice and indifference. Follow up the race with food, prizes, activities for the little ones and live entertainment. Lunken Airport Playfield, Playfield Lane; 9:30 a.m. Kids Fun Run, 10 a.m. race; $25 before Oct. 14, $30 after Oct. 14;


The New School Montessori introduces parents to the Montessori method as well as showcase the campus and faculty. The New School Montessori, 3 Burton Woods Lane; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513-281-7999 or thenewschool. cc.


Learn about the half and full day programs, as well as after-school enrichment opportunities during an open house to meet the faculty and staff. Children’s Meeting House Montessori, 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland; call for time; 513-683-4757 or

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he Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s ArtReach program presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow — the story of Ichabod Crane, a Headless Horseman, and plenty of audience participation. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton; 6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. performance; $10 adult members, $12 adult nonmembers, $5 child members, $6 child nonmembers. Call 513-863-8873, ext. 110 or visit


Bring the younger set for a “lights on” version of the USS Nightmare’s haunted steamboat tour. USS Nightmare, 101B Riverboat Row, Newport; 4 - 6 p.m.; $6; 859-740-2293 or


Ages 9 months - 3 years and their grownups learn some basic sign language to better communicate with each other. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10:15 - 11 a.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers plus admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Join other homeschool families as children read favorite poems or ones they’ve written. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2:30 p.m.; 513-7312665 or


It’s a treasure chest full of favorite Disney princesses, including Rapunzel, Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Mulan, Tiana and of course, Snow White. Sail away with Peter Pan, discover the “Circle of Life,” and don’t be late for a visit with Alice in Wonderland! U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway,; Oct. 24 - 28; tickets start at $15; 800-745-3000 or


Grades 5 - 8 spend a day in the life of a scientist as you use the scientific method to verify hypotheses about native nut trees. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; $5; 513-831-1711 or


Walk a wooded trail lit with 1,000 luminaries and Jack-O-Lanterns, followed by some light refreshments. Please, no pets or strollers. Tower Park, Douglas Drive, Ft. Thomas; 7 - 9 p.m.;


Please see “Now Playing” on page 47 for details.


Trick-or-treat and enjoy some fun events and giveaways for the kids. Treat Street will take place in front of Talbot’s and Coldwater Creek. Deerfield Towne Center, 5305 Deerfield Blvd., Mason; 6 - 8 p.m.;


Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.


Visit all three museums for free, in honor of the Duke Energy Children’s Museum’s Difference Makers. Enjoy special programming and extended hours today. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 4 - 8 p.m.; free admission does not include parking, OMNIMAX or special exhibits; 513-287-7000 or


It’s one night of fright, so bring your older kids for a torch-lit, twisty trail through the woods where ghosts, goblins and witches dwell. Prepare to be scared! And whatever you do … stay on the trail! Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 7 - 11 p.m., gate closes at 10:30 p.m.; $1 or a canned good donation is appreciated; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or


Celebrate 25 years of National Chemistry Weekends with local American Chemistry Society Partners and nanotechnology. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; Oct. 26 and 27; all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or


Ages 2 and older are invited to join their friends from Imago Nature Center for nature stories, songs and fun activities. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


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Everyone’s gone batty! Meet a children’s author, local bat enthusiasts, and an expert from the Fish and Wildlife Services, as well as visit an amazing 106-foot Rotunda climb by Greater Cincinnati Grotto members, food tastings, a costume parade and more. Rotunda, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or


Bring the whole family for a 5K walk or run designed to bring communities together, both as stops along the 5K route, and as people of different neighborhoods facing similar challenges. Stick around for an after- party that includes lunch, entertainment and a kids’ zone. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, 50 E. Freedom Way; 9 a.m.; $25; 513-381-4660 or


Join a non-scary magic show full of surprises, lots of audience participation, costumes, and of course, eyepopping magic tricks. Bunnicola, the live rabbit, makes an appearance and he promises to let the kids pet him after the show. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 1:30 p.m.; free with admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2);


Don your Halloween best and join a costume contest, and enjoy crafts, treats and prizes. Also, find out who won the Scarecrow Craft Contest from this month’s Super Saturday! Parent Teacher Store, 6914 Burlington Pike, Florence; call for time; 859-283-0151 or


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


Join the naturalist for a fun puppet show that’s all about these not-so-spooky animals. Meet a special guest afterwards. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Cheer on your pumpkin, or just come out for the fun, in this annual race of the veggies. Bring your fastest pumpkin, decorated with paint only, to race in its appropriate weight class, then visit with the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s creepiest creatures. Middleton-Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 12 p.m.; 859-525-PLAY (7529) or


Bring your little goblins for holiday crafts and stories. Barnes & Noble Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or


Drop off your carved or decorated pumpkin between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m., then return in the evening for a walk through the Arboretum, all lit up with glowing faces, both fun and scary! Boone County Arboretum at Central Park, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; 859-334-2117 or (please turn the page) •

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Anne Horne leads a fun activity that guides participants through the busy hidden world found beneath fall’s leaves. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 2 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


Jack-o-lanterns light the way as you discover nature at night along the trail. Bring a flashlight and check in for a self-guided hike. A limited number of pumpkin tickets will be sold for the 8:45 p.m. jacko-lantern drawing. Ellenwood Nature Barn, FarbachWerner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 7 - 8:45 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or



he beloved children’s series makes its return with a production of Rumpelstiltzkin from the Frisch Marionettes! Hand-crafted marionettes will tell the story of what happens when you exaggerate the truth and make a promise you just can’t keep. UC Blue Ash College, 9555 Plainfield Road, Blue Ash; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $5. Call 513-745-5705 or visit


Get to know the music of Mozart and learn about the oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, and piano with help from the musicians of Linton Music. Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave.; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; $5, free ages 2 and younger; 513-381-6868 or


Bring the family for an afternoon train ride to the pumpkin patch, a hay ride, and a pumpkin from the field. Whitewater Valley Railroad, Connersville Grand Central Station, 455 Market St., Connersville, IN; 10 a.m. (Oct. 27 only), 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28; visit site for ticket prices;


Bring the little ones for a not-so-scary version of St. Rita’s traditional Halloween Haunted House. St. Rita School for the Deaf, 1720 Glendale Milford Road; 3 - 5 p.m.; tickets start at $2, visit site for coupons and specials; 513-771-1060 or


Playhouse in the Park presents Accidental Friends, the story of Jonathan who is temporarily blinded in a head injury and Hilda, a classic Greek. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 1 p.m.; 513-761-7500 or ccummings@ or


Madcap Puppets bring out their favorite puppets for a production of Rumpelstiltskin this afternoon. Women’s Art Club Cultural Center, 6980 Cambridge Ave., Mariemont; 2 p.m.; call for price; 513-272-3700 or


Enjoy Acoustic Root music from John Ford — bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy a view of the lake while listening to great tunes. Voice of America MetroPark, Lodge, 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester; 5 - 7 p.m.; free to Butler County residents, a $5 motor vehicle pass for non-residents is required; 513-867-5835 or


Wear your costume and “hop” down Kids’ Row in Oakley to get treats from blue manatee children’s bookstore, The Spotted Goose, Aglamesis, and King Arthur’s Court. With a $10 or more purchase from each store, you’ll be entered to win a Grand Prize Package from all four stores. Kids’ Row, Oakley; 2 - 5 p.m.;

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Bring your family and friends for a free community festival full of games and activities, face painting, bounce houses, food and live music. Bring along a canned good donation to support the Mason Food Pantry. Water’s Edge United Methodist Church, 108 E. Church St., Mason; 4 - 6 p.m.;

Take a look at the creepy critters often found in a witch’s brew — toads, spiders, bats and owls! Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 4 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or


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The popular puppets from MadCap Puppets presents When You Wish Upon a Fish in conjunction with Pipsqueak Theater. 20th Century Theater, 3021 Madison Road; 11 a.m.; $5; 513-731-8000 or facebook. com/PipsqueakTheater.


Dress up like your favorite nature creature and join other families in the Nature PlayScape for fun, games and a costume parade. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 6 - 7 p.m.; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military); 513-831-1711 or


Join horticulturalist Mark House to learn how to choose the best bulbs, prepare the ground and plant for Spring color. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; $3 adults, $2 seniors, $1 children; 513-421-5707 or


Meet the faculty and staff during an open house that introduces you to the Montessori method of educating young children. Montessori Center Room, 2505 Riverside Drive; 12 - 2 p.m.; 513-321-3282 or


Mother of Mercy hosts an open house for parents interested in learning more about the school’s curriculum and programming. Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 Werk Road; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 513-661-2740 or


Learn about Saint Ursula Academy’s educational opportunities and meet with faculty and staff. Saint Ursula Academy, 1339 East McMillan St.; 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 513-961-3410 or


Grades K - 6 celebrate “Poppin’ Popcorn Month” with a popcorn treat and read some poppin’ fun books, too. Open to the first 30 in attendance. Durr Branch Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Indpendence; 4:30 p.m.; 859-962-4030 or


Purchase bargain plants left over from the Krohn’s Fall Show. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free until 12 p.m., $3 adults, $2 seniors, $1 children; 513-421-5707 or

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The candidates of the Discovery Garden are running for president — cast your vote for incumbent LuLu the Bunny or newcomer Carl the Corn Snake. Winner will be announced on Nov. 11. HIghfield Discovery Garden, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, 1 and 4 p.m., Oct. 31 - Nov. 4; $4 ages 2 - 12, $5 ages 12 and older plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Ages 2 - 5 can don their Halloween costume and trick-or-treat through the CAM, while visiting storytelling stops. Stick around for a kid-friendly lunch afterward for a small fee. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m.; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

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Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park kicks off their Off the Hill season with community-wide performances for grades 3 - 6. Accidental Friends features the tale of sports-loving Jonathan who is temporarily blinded in an injury. The only person brave enough to visit him is quirky Hilda, who teaches him some very valuable lessons about friendship. Performances take place throughout Greater Cincinnati; Oct. 2 - Nov. 2; visit for schedule and pricing.


Acting Up Young Performers Community Theater of Mason brings to life the favorite characters of Dr. Seuss’ books in a music fest that teaches audiences about friendship, loyalty, family and community. Mason High School Theater, 6100 S. Mason Montgomery Road; Oct. 5 - 7; $10;


Neil Simon’s famous script comes to life on the Playhouse stage with the memories and tales of 15-year-old Eugene, who dreams of baseball and girls, all while trying to sort out his adolescent years. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; Oct. 13 - Nov. 10; visit site for prices; 513-421-3888 or


This show follows Michael and Agnes from their wedding day to their 50th anniversary, when they sell their home to a pair of newlyweds, all while watching them raise a family, raise a fuss, and raise each other’s spirits. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; Oct. 18 - Nov. 11; $23 adults, $20 seniors and students; 513-2416550 or


The CCM 2012 - 2013 Studio Series kicks off with this comedy-horror-rock musical about a florist who raises a charming plant that soon takes on a life of its own. Cohen Family Studio Theater, CollegeConservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati Campus; Oct. 11 - 13; admission is free, call to RSVP beginning Oct. 8; 513-556-4183. Limit two tickets per order.


One of Shakespeare’s most popular plays makes for a perfect introduction to a master of comedy, silliness, love and magic, as performed by students from UC’s College-Conservatory of Music. Patricia Corbett Theater, University of Cincinnati Campus; Oct. 3 (preview) - Oct. 7; $30 adults, $19 non-UC students, $17 UC students; 513-556-4183 or ccm.


Acting Up presents Seussical Oct. 5 - 7.


Wonderland awaits you, just down the rabbit hole you go! Follow Alice in this a production from the Cincinnati Ballet as she lands in a world of curious adventures and even curiouser characters. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; Oct. 26 - 28; tickets start at $31; 513-621-5282 or


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Will, who has fled his hometown after a church scandal, works at the Hobby Lobby to earn some income while trying to rekindle a relationship with his adopted son. Between hapless employees and a foul-mouthed manager (parents, be warned!), this comedy touches on issues of modern faith. Clifton Performance Theatre, 404 Ludlow Ave.; 8 p.m. Fri - Sun, Oct. 12 - 28; call 513-861-SHOW (7469) or visit for ticket prices.

Young Jeffrey is studying etiquette under the careful watch of Mrs. Mannerly. No student in her 36 years of teaching has ever received a perfect score, but armed with a little-known secret of his teacher’s past, Jeffrey might be the first to change that. Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St.; Oct. 10 - 28; $16 - $42; 513-421-3555 or


Marketing executive Nick is being transferred to a new position across the country, sending his grandparents (whom he visits every Sunday) into a tizzy. They pull out all the stops as they do their best to keep their only relative left in the area safe at home in this production from the Mad Anthony Theatre Company. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton; Oct. 17 - 21; $15 members, $20 nonmembers; 513-863-8873, ext. 110 or

Black Cat This black cat won’t bring you bad luck and he’s a fun project for Halloween!

What You’ll Need • 1 paper plate • Black paint • Paintbrush • Scissors • Tape • White craft glue • 2 large green wiggle eyes • 1 small pink pom-pom

What You’ll Do 1. Paint the backside of the paper plate black and let dry. 2. Turn the plate over to the unpainted side. Cut out the body in a crescent shape. Cut out the tail (long and thin curve) and head (circle with two triangle ears) from the remaining plate. 3. Use tape to attach the tail and the head to the back of the plate, using the photo as a guide.


4. Glue on wiggle eyes and pink pom-pom for the nose.

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5. From the scraps of black plate, cut 6 thin whiskers of equal length and glue to the cat’s face.

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• Happiest Baby on the Block Learn how to calm your newborn with this unusual trick that will give both you and Baby better, sleep-filled nights. 6:45 p.m. Oct. 15; $50 per couple (includes Parent Kit and DVD). • Hypnobirthing Expecting parents are invited to this unique childbirth series that focuses on its beauty and empowering experience. 5:45 or 8 p.m. Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24; $200 per team.

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

• Make a Mess at the Manatee Ages 2 - 4 can listen to a good book then join an art-making activity. Space is limited. 10 a.m. Mondays; $5. • Music With Miss Meghan Bring your preschooler for fun stories, music and time together. 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 11. • FREE I Can Play En Francais! Join a French celebration of every toddler’s favorite book: Brown Bear Brown Bear by Eric Carle. Read it together, then create an easy French language game to take home in this presentation from Jill Landis of I Can Play En Francais, a new French immersion program. 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2. • Snoozapalooza! Join a pajama party in honor of Dr. Seuss’ Sleep Book! Ages 3 and older can wear their PJs and bring a pillow for stories, a bedtime snack and games. 5 p.m. Oct. 12; $5 per child. • Brain Quest Challenge Kids can show off their smarts by answering questions in a quiz-show setting. Attendees will receive giveaways and winners will take home products from the Brain Quest® line. For ages 8 - 12. 12:30 p.m. Oct. 21; call for pricing.

BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTER 12084 Montgomery Road 513-707-0125 •

• FREE Parent Lecture Learn about the Brain Balance program and how it can help your child succeed academically, socially and behaviorally, as well as receive a copy of founder Dr. Melillo’s book, Disconnected Kids. 7 p.m. Oct. 23.


430 W. North Bend Road 513-321-6208 • •

Magic Forest Halloween Hike Walk through a pumpkin-lit trail meeting costumed characters from nature and history. A non-scary holiday walk for ages 3 - 10. Each hike lasts approximately one hour. Hikes start at 7 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes until 8:30 p.m. Oct. 19 - 20; $5 per person.

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8401 Montgomery Road 513-487-3055 • • Become a Docent Learn more about the Holocaust and join a training session to help educate and share those lessons with today’s youth. Docents volunteer their time to help with tours of “Mapping Our Tears” and student activities. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wed, Oct. 3 31.


• Culture Kids Ages 2 - 5 go on an animal safari through the CAM to search for all kinds of creatures. 10 a.m. Oct. 12; $10 per parent/child members, $20 per parent/child nonmembers ($3 and $6 for each additional person).

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

Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth St. 513-569-8080 ext. 10 • • Seussical JR. Family Gala Share the experience of a private performance of Seussical Jr. in the historic Taft Theatre and a fun after-party with food, games, face painting, dancing, magicians and more. 5 p.m. Oct. 20; $125 adults, $50 children.


2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton 513-867-5835 • •

The Great Pumpkin Hunt Bring your family to search for hidden pumpkins, then decorate the one you find to take home. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Oct. 13; $2 per pumpkin hunter plus a $5 motor vehicle pass for non-residents is required.


• Attachment Parenting Learn about the benefits of this method of parenting from parents who are pros at it. 4 - 6 p.m. Oct. 13. • FREE Dadtography Dads, you have all the cool equipment, now learn how to put it to best use and gather beautiful images of your family. 12:45 p.m. Oct. 20. • CFEC Classes Register for the center’s classes for ages birth to 5 years, including Tummy Time, Little Sprout Yogis, Tiny Tunes, Head & Shoulders Knees & Toes, Movers & Shakers, Crawlers and Climbers, The Next Step, Silly Science, Jitterbugs, Wiggle Worms, Crazy Maze, Tip Tap Toe, and new classes Music Express Jr., Preschool Prep, and Expressive Adventures. Class packages range from $50 - $150.

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PLAN AHEAD • Family Classes Register for classes for the family including Whale of a Tale, Imagination Station, Family Fiesta, Animal Action, Cupcake Kids, PeaWee Patch, Cultural Club, Yoga Adventures, Rise & Shine, DRUMatic, Hands Up, and new classes Grossology and Music Express. Class packages range from $50 - $110. • Parent Classes Register for parent workshops including BellyRobics, Signing Safari and more. Class package prices vary. • FREE These Aren’t Your Momma’s Cloth Diapers Learn about the benefits of cloth diapering — for Baby, for you and for Mother Earth — with help and advice from Good Natured Baby, the city’s only diaper service. 12:45 p.m. Oct. 13. • FREE Tummy to Tummy Wearing Baby in a sling or carrier has multiple benefits for both him and you. Find out more and learn how to choose the right sling or carrier for you. 12:45 p.m. Oct. 6. • FREE Toilet Training Without Tears Getting frustrated with toilet training efforts, or just don’t know where to begin? Join this workshop to learn the physical, intellectual and psychological readiness signs and how to deal with the challenges of mastering potty training. 12:45 p.m. Oct. 27.

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

• Young Birders Club Ages 12 - 18 are invited to spend the morning learning about birding. 9 a.m. 12 p.m. Oct. 13; families must be members of CNC and pay a $10 registration fee to the Ohio Young Birders Club. • Songs Stories and S’Mores Join an evening of sing-alongs and stories while you create a Magical Chameleon Fire. 7 - 8:30 p.m. Oct. 12; $5 adult members, $1 child members, $13 adult nonmembers, $4 child nonmembers. • Whooo Cooks for You? Dissect an owl pellet and learn about owl diets. 1 - 3 p.m. Oct. 14; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military). • Family Challenge and Cookout Learn how animals adapt by using their “tools” to complete family challenges. Bring your own food and beverages for some refreshments around the campfire. Best for ages 6 and older. 3 - 6 p.m. Oct. 20; free with admission ($8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12, $6 seniors and active military). • Outdoor Japanese Tea Ceremony Ages 10 and older are invited to learn about the Japanese tea ceremony — a social act founded on reverence for life and harmony. 1:30 and 3 p.m. Oct. 20; $9 members, $13 nonmembers. • Hunter’s Moon Progressive Potluck Dinner Hike Join Executive Director Bill Hopple for an on-the-trail dining experience. Bring a dish to share, along with your own silverware, plate and cup. Best for ages 8 and older. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27; $7 adult members, $3 child members, $10 adult nonmembers, $3 child nonmembers.

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5591 Hankins Road, Liberty Twp. 613-867-5835 • • There’s Smore at Dudley Woods RSVP by Oct. 25. Families are invited for an evening hike to discover the pioneer cabin, followed by a campfire dessert. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26; $2 per person or $5 per family plus a $5 motor vehicle pass for non-residents is required.


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


9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • • Wetland Night Watch RSVP by Oct. 4. Explore the wetlands during the sunset, when nighttime animals are just beginning to wake. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7. • Night Bike Ride RSVP by Oct. 25. Grab your bike for a 7.8 or 15.6 mile evening ride around Shaker Trace Trail. Then celebrate your ride with light refreshments. Helmets and front/back lights recommended. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 27; $6 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park.


3976 Hamilton-Middletown Road, Fairfield 513-867-5835 • •

FARBACH WERNER NATURE PRESERVE 3455 Poole Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • •

Nature at Night RSVP by Oct. 18. Limited registration will be accepted for a guided hike along the enchanted forest path lit by jack-o-lanterns. Hikers receive a treat bag and some hot chocolate. 7 p.m. Oct. 26; $5 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park.


550 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland • • Make a Difference Day Bring your gardening gloves and help put the gardens to bed with mulching the paths, removing honeysuckle, transplanting perennials and planting bulbs. Come for an hour or stay for all five! 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28.

LANGSFORD LEARNING ACCELERATION CENTER 9402 Towne Square Ave., Blue Ash 7616 Cox Lane, West Chester 513-531-7400 •

• FREE What Parents Should Know About Reading and Comprehension Learn about current research focused on the path of successful readers, and how to better follow your own child’s reading development. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Oct. 3 in Blue Ash; 6:30 - 8 p.m. Oct. 15 in West Chester.

LONG BRANCH FARM & TRAILS 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen 513-831-1711 •

• Beaver Canoe at Creekside Barn Learn about beaver biology before hiking to the creek and climbing into a canoe. Bring a flashlight! 7 p.m. Oct. 5; free members, $5 adults, $3 children.


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

Discovery Kids Ages 3 - 5 and a grown up learn why leaves change their color and fall to the ground in this craft activity. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Oct. 17; $2 per child plus a $5 motor vehicle pass for non-residents is required.

• Make a Difference Day RSVP by Oct. 19. Sign up for a variety of tasks in this community-wide effort to keep the parks beautiful. 10 a.m. Oct. 27.


1 Sperti Drive, Edgewood 859-344-9322, ext. 15 • •

Halloween Fun RSVP by Oct. 18. Join a Halloween decorating party - bring a pumpkin to paint or carve or participate in a Halloween art project. This event is part of the Arts & Socialization Series, which addresses difficulties in social interaction and communication for individuals with autism. 5 - 7 p.m. Oct. 22; $10 per family.


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

SHALOM FAMILY • FREE Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun For You and Your Little One These private interactive playgroups feature Miss Meliss, who keeps both parents and their little ones engaged with her unique brand of fun. Play dates include a snack and are open to families in the Jewish community with children ages 2 and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Two families will each win a $50 Target gift card at each event. Presented by Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation. The Gymboree, 6209 Snider Road; 2 p.m. Oct. 14 and 28.


11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • •

Fall Into Fall RSVP by Oct. 18. Ages 3 - 5 will learn about fall through stories, crafts and a short hike. 10 a.m. Oct. 23; $5 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park.

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513-474-6364 • • Paint Your Own Pottery Let Star Glazers bring their studio to you. Choose from selected pieces, starting at $8, to decorate as you please or to give as a gift. 6 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Snyder House in Cottell Park, 5847 Irwin-Simpson Road, Mason. • Clay Pieces Craft your own unique pottery piece from clay. 6 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Beech Acres RecPlex, 6915 Beechmont Ave.; $25 residents, $35 nonresidents.

SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700 •

• Parent Preview Day Parents of little ones are invited to learn about Summit Country Day School’s Montessori program for ages 2 - 6. 8:45 a.m. Oct. 25. • FREE Minds in the Making Parents of little ones are invited to this symposium featuring author and expert Julie A. Riess, Ph.D., as well as a wide range of breakout sessions covering topics of importance in early childhood education. A special lunchtime presentation includes a free box lunch for those who register by Oct. 25. Oct. 27.



234 Goodman St. 513-584-2230 • • Childbirth Classes Expecting moms are invited to sign up for a range of childbirth education classes, including a sibling class on Oct. 6, natural childbirth technique on Oct. 9, breastfeeding on Oct. 11, infant CPR on Oct. 12, prepared childbirth on Oct. 20, baby care basics on Oct. 23, and maternity tours on Oct. 10, 12, 22 and 23. Meet in the lobby; prices range from free maternity unit tours to $80.


11340 Century Circle East, Springdale 513-695-3001 • CommonThreadsEdRights10-11-12 • Common Threads Network Meeting Families of special needs children are invited to join the Common Threads Network, a group dedicated to connecting and strengthening families, for a meeting about special needs law and education rights. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Oct. 11; a $2 donation is requested from all professionals who attend.


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4082 State Route 132, Batavia 513-876-9013 • • FREE Preschool Story Time RSVP by Oct. 15. Join the Clermont County Park District and the Batavia Branch of the Clermont County Public Library for stories, a hike and a craft that’s all about seeds. 1:30 p.m. Oct. 17.


316 Pike St. 513-684-4528 • • FREE Of Great Merit Artist-in-Residence Nikkole Salter performs a shortened version of her oneperson show about the life or Robert S. Duncanson, designed especially for ages 8 and older and their families. 2:30 p.m. Oct. 28.


Krueger Auditorium 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia 513-558-1215 • • Theatre in Real Life Calico Children’s Theatre presents an acting workshop for grades K - 2 with Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati teaching staff. Through theatre games, participants will explore the ways in which we communicate and how acting skills help in daily life. 5 - 6 p.m. Oct. 25; $15. • Stage Fright Grades 3 - 6 learn skills the pros use to help them cope with stage fright, as well as how those skills can help in real life. Participants learn about historical figures, courage and how to find it in themselves. 6 - 7 p.m. Oct. 25; $15.

Howl-Costumed Dog Parade Dress up the family dog for fun and help raise funds for the Wiggly Field Dog Park. Prizes will be awarded! 12 - 4 p.m. Oct. 14; $5 through the West Chester Liberty Community Foundation, $10 day of event, plus a $5 motor vehicle pass for non-residents is required.

• Discovery Kids Ages 3 - 5 and a grown up learn why fall leaves change their color and litter the ground each year. 10:30 a.m. or 1 p.m. Oct. 18; $2 per child plus free a $5 motor vehicle pass for nonresidents is required.


10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • • Friday Night Float RSVP by Oct. 3. Get pointers on kayaking, learn a little natural history of the lake and then enjoy the view at sunset. Best for ages 8 and older; children must fit properly in provided personal flotation devices and be accompanied by an adult. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5; $12 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. •

Pumpkin Patch Online registration closes Wed prior to program date. Stop by Parky’s Farm for a hayride to pick the perfect pumpkin, corny games, and more fun. Pumpkins are purchased separately. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26; $7 per child, $3 per adult or $6 per child and $2.50 per adult in advance plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park.

• Outdoor Archery RSVP by Oct. 4 or 25. Ages 8 and older who are able to draw a minimum of 10 pounds are invited to learn some basic archery skills on a compound bow. 1 p.m. Oct. 7 and 28; $15 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. •

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• Growing Up a Farm Kid RSVP by Oct. 15. Explore the “spooky” woods at Parky’s Farm during a wagon ride, a hike and more. Best for ages 2 - 5 and an adult. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Oct. 16 or 17; $10 per child, plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. • Glow Disc Golf RSVP by Oct. 17. Challenge your family and friends to a round of glow-in-the-dark disc golf. Bring your own disc or rent one. 7 p.m. Oct. 19; $5 per player, $5 disc rental plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. • Autumn Color Boat Ride RSVP by Oct. 18. Enjoy the fall colors, smells and sounds during this afternoon boat ride. 4:30 p.m. Oct. 20 and 21; $5 adults, $4 children and seniors plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park.


Burnet Woods, 3251 Brookline Drive 513-751-3649 • • Fall Planetarium Show Ages 5 and older are invited for an intro to the constellations and some of the legends behind them. 7 p.m. Oct. 19; $5.


8250 Old Kellogg Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • • Owl Jamboree RSVP by Oct. 16. Ages 3 - 5 make a craft and join some other activities to learn about our feathered friends. 10 a.m. Oct. 19; $5 plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. •

Pumpkin Party RSVP by Oct. 17. Bring the gang for games, treats and a little history lesson on pumpkins. Then carve a pumpkin to take home and enjoy. 2 p.m. Oct. 21; $10 per family plus a valid Hamilton County Parks Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park.


322 Wyoming Ave. 513-948-1900 • • Junk Jam Friday Ages 7 - 12 can express their creative selves through making instruments from junk and recording their parents. Parents get a night out while kids will sing and dance the night away. 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. Oct. 19; $45 per child.

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Dr. Richard W. Kennedy 1246 Nilles Road, #3, Fairfield 513.858.6576

I like Dr. Grenhill and his nurses because they help you not to feel so jittery and they put you at ease. - Lydia


David Sullivan, D.D.S., M.S.

Dr. William Greenhill, D.M.D.


2012 Callie Way, Suite 202, Union, KY 859.384.6050

5177 North Bend Rd, Cincinnati

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Having grown up with unpleasant dental experiences, I was apprehensive about bringing my first child to the dentist. Dr. Kennedy was great! He immediately put both me and my child at ease and took time to answer all of my questions. The staff is excellent and Dr. Kennedy is awesome!

9/14/12 12:06 PM

Cincinnati Family Magazine - Oct 2012  
Cincinnati Family Magazine - Oct 2012  

Cincinnati Family Magazine - Oct 2012