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hen I was a teenager, I ignored my mother’s order not to go see The Exorcist. The theater was packed when I walked down the narrow aisle with my boyfriend and crammed into too-tight seats oblivious to her plea. She knew I had a wild imagination that could get the better of me and she was right. I hated that movie. Served me right. I spent half of the movie with my eyes shut, twisting around in my seat, trying to hide. Nightmares woke me up at night for days after that. The stouter hearted among us enjoy screamer movies, haunted houses and being scared to death by ghouls. We fainter-hearted souls are weanies to these antics. We enjoy this time of year for the fall leaves and cooler air, the pumpkin spice and all of that, but our imaginations can easily get the best of us when face-to-face with a shrieking, eye-bulging thing. Even today if I dare to watch a scary movie, I keep a safety mantra in my head: It’s just a movie, it’s just a movie, it’s just a movie. When you have a rich imagination, you’re capable of extending it to believe all wonderful and glorious things, but also you’re susceptible to the bad and the ugly. That’s why I believed that the Wooden Lady from The Secret of the Wooden Lady was after me. It’s why I had a recurring nightmare I called “The Tan Lady.” And it’s why, when I shared a bedroom with my younger sister on the third floor of our Revolutionary War-era home, that I believed the real Mona Lisa was chasing me down the rickety stairs sometimes. (My father wrote up there in an adjacent office; an oversized Mona Lisa poster hung on his wall, and I believed she had it in for me). All of this is to say that this month you should keep your individual children in mind as we ramp up to Halloween: some kids can take it, others cannot. For some reason, Halloween never scared me as a kid, but costumes are a lot more intense now than they used to be with friendly neighborhood hatchet murderers on every corner. And DO remember that if you plan to dress up, be careful. I was a witch one year, thinking nothing of it. I added a wicked cackle and got into acting all hunch-backed and scary. I ended up searing my 3-yearold’s imagination that night to the point of giving HIM nightmares! Play up the fun of the season, and play down the scary. Not everyone enjoys having the living daylights scared out of them. And for the record, I’m still leary of the Mona Lisa. What IS she thinking anyway?

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WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THAT HALLOWEEN CANDY?! — READER POST OF THE MONTH — With Halloween on the way, kids speculate all month long about how much candy they’ll rack up. Meanwhile, parents have plans of their own that don’t quite jive with the kids’! Local Moms Say: “Our school usually has a drive to take candy to the soldiers. We also do science experiments with some or save it to make cookies during Thanksgiving and Christmas.” Deb Kellmel

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Teal Pumpkins Everywhere! Looks like we’ll all be seeing teal this year, but just in case you’re behind on the teal-pumpkin craze, we want to catch you up: It’s The Teal Pumpkin Project ( run by Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE). It gives every child the chance to experience the fun of trick-or-treating without the fear of getting candy with ingredients they’ll have a reaction to. You can help spread the word. Here’s what to do: 1. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate that you have non-food treats available. 2. Provide non-food treats for trick-ortreaters.

SEE RUDOLPH LIVE! The beloved TV classic Rudolph The RedNosed Reindeer soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season. See all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical. The show hits the stage at Aronoff Center for the Arts on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $32 - $62. Learn more at We’re giving away a four-pack of tickets to see the show to one lucky winner! Visit us online to register.

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The Clifton Performance Theater kicks off its fall season with fun classes for kids as young as 3. Check out Baby Box: Creating Characters (ages 3 - 7); Musical Theatre Prep & Auditioning Class (ages 9 - 15); Advanced Professional Development Workshop for TV, Film and Stage (ages 9 - 15) and A Legend of Sleepy Hollow Workshop (ages 5 - 15). Kids ages 12 - 17 can also audition on Saturday, Oct. 9 to join the Advanced Dramatic Workshop that will present the stage production, Almost, Maine. Classes, auditions and performances take place at the Clifton Performance Theater (404 Ludlow Ave.) or the Clifton Cultural Arts Center (3711 Clifton Ave.).

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THE SUMMIT SYMPOSIUM RSVP now for the ninth annual Early Childhood Education Symposium, hosted by The Summit Country Day School (2161 Grandin Road), on Saturday, Nov. 5 from 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Physician, psychologist and author Leonard Sax discusses his recent bestseller, The Collapse of Parenting. Ten different breakout sessions cover topics for children from birth though age 10, including a session with Sax called Why Gender Matters in Early Education and how boys and girls learn differently. The annual Symposium is free for parents, while teachers can earn CEU. Sign up at 513-871-4700, ext. 261, or visit summitcds. org/symposium.


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CLIFTON MARKET COMING SOON! We’ve been hearing the rumbles and it’s nearly here! The Clifton Market, a co-op grocery store located at 319 Ludlow Ave., officially opens later this month with a Grand Opening Gala scheduled for Nov. 3 - 5. The market intends to focus on locally sourced food and homemade products — plans are also in the works for a juice bar and even a “Say Cheese” selfie station. Because it’s a co-op, you can be an owner — just head to to buy a share and have a say in the store’s policies and products (or just shop and enjoy tasty, local, organic treats).

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Hippos, polar bears and more delight all ages at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.


radually, my sons and I inched through the crowd, and finally edged into a spot in front of Hippo Cove’s 70,000-gallon pool. For several seconds, maybe minutes, we could only see fish, which are there, the Zoo guide said, to eat the waste of the hippopotamuses. Then, someone shouted, “Here he comes!” and 4,000 pounds of hippo glided by — its tiny hind leg stumps looked incapable of holding its massive body. Then its head surfaced. Its cute rounded ears, eyes and nose give little hint of the animals’ known ferocity, which we witnessed, on a minor scale, as the hippo bumped into its companion, and the two bellowed at one another. Hippo Cove, the newest exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, houses two hippopotamuses — Henry, a 34-year-old male, and Bibi, a 17-year-old female. Wendy Rice, the Zoo’s head keeper of the Africa exhibit, says that Henry and Bibi have already become friends. “The two have now been fully introduced and all indications suggest that they’re compatible and happy to be with each other.” Kids are happy in the recently completed Africa section, too. In the new play area, kids can climb on rocks and hippo statues, try out a ropes course and learn through interactive


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lease turn on the bathroom light ... and the hall light ... and my nightlight,” says nearly every little kid in the month of October (if not year-round). With scary decorations popping up in the stores and all the spooks and haunts of the season being talked about by one and all, it’s easy to see how your young child can get scared. When it comes to Halloween, he’s excited about picking out his own costume and going door-to-door for candy, but unfortunately, Halloween can also bring other things up for him … like fear. Fear of kids in costumes like zombies, werewolves, Scream masks and more. Fear of walking up to homes or in stores decorated with gravestones, skeletons, vampires and monsters that are designed to make children jump when they get close. In a study, Pennsylvania State University psychologist Cindy Dell Clark found that most parents underestimate just how terrifying Halloween can be for young kids. Many young children are unable to differentiate what’s real and what’s pretend. This inability to differentiate can cause kids anxiety/fear. Unfortunately, you’re not going to be able to completely shelter your child from things that scare him. Help him get through Halloween

and other fears by reminding him what’s real and what’s not, and gently exposing him to what causes his fear.

FEAR’S NORMAL Fears are a normal part of growing up, in a sense a “rite of passage,” and typically disappear as children grow older. Jennifer Wells, LISW-S, and Nicole Bosse, PsyD, with the Linder Center of HOPE concur that, “Childhood fears are developmentally appropriate and most ‘fix’ themselves over time.” Childhood fears often change as kids grow older and understand more about the world around them. You can only hope that your child will outgrow his fears, but rarely, the opposite occurs, and the fear gains more impact on daily life — especially if the cause of the fear is hard to avoid (e.g., dogs/storms). Fears that last extensively can manifest into anxiety or a phobia, which is an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something. Some common childhood fears include: Fears for Infants/Toddlers • Loud noises or sudden movements • Strangers • Separation • Changes in the house • Large/unfamiliar objects

Fears during Preschool Years • Noises at night • Masks • The dark • Insects • Monsters and ghosts • Animals Fears during School Years • Storms/Natural disasters • Being home alone • Snakes/spiders • Criticism/punishment • Scary news/TV shows • Injury, illness, doctors, shots or death • Fear of failure, rejection or social embarrassment

INSTINCTUAL FEAR Some fears are biologically helpful and can keep children safe. They are, in a sense, an “insurance” policy. Children can be fearful of water unless they know how to swim. If a child has heard that dogs bite, he may think they ALL do without some safe interaction. Some fear is inherently instinctual and helps kids stay alert and safe. Speaking of safety, society puts things in place to keep people safe, such as fire drills and tornato sirens. It’s important that you talk to (please turn the page) •

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FEARS your children to ensure them that all is well for the most part and that there is no need to worry. Books to Help Kids Cope • Franklin in the Dark by Paulette Bourgeois • There’s an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer • Curious George Goes to the Hospital by Margret Ray and H.A. Rey • Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt


Ways to help your child cope with fears and anxiety: • Read books about characters who have overcome fears. • Ask why he’s scared. It’s sometimes not what you think. Acknowledge the fear without reinforcing or increasing his concerns. • Expose him to things that may be frightening to him. Help him face his fears but don’t force him and know his limits. • Model calmness for him. • Explain what’s real and what’s pretend. • Have him draw a picture of what scares him and how he could worry less. • Have him teach you about what he’s scared of — this can help him understand facts versus irrational fear. • Be honest! Wells says, “If you tell a child it isn’t going to hurt, but it really does hurt, the lie can reduce your child’s trust.” Explain that the pain is only temporary.


• Be sympathetic and do not try to persuade him into being fearless.


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WHEN FEAR TURNS INTO ANXIETY Sometimes kid fears can grow into anxiety. This occurs when there’s no instant threat to your child’s safety or well-being, but the danger feels real and the self protecting fears are exaggerated. It’s one of the top reasons kids are referred for mental health help; if your child exhibits unusual amounts of anxiety, it’s important to get support. Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s website states, “When fears do not fade and begin to interfere with daily life and activities, an anxiety disorder may be present.”

• • • Seven Steps to Help Your Child Worry Less by Kristy Hagar PhD and et all. • Freeing Your Child from Anxiety by Tamar E. Chansky, PH. D. When to Call the Doctor: • If your child’s fears are repeatedly unreasonable in relation to circumstances • Your child’s fear is not typical for his age • Fear is impacting your child’s daily life • Anxiety is preventing your child from going to school and doing activities he wants to do Seek help early if you have concerns! Tina Pratt is a local writer and mother of two littles. She is a former PreK - 5 special education teacher that now works as a behavior coach.


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HOW EXTREME FEARS CAN MANIFEST TRICHOTILLOMANIA A disorder that involves recurrent, irresistible urges to pull out body hair. It’s not necessarily fear/anxiety related, but may be present in children with anxiety. The urges involve pulling out hair from the scalp, eyebrows or other areas of the body. Symptoms include compulsive hair pulling and hair loss, such as bald patches on the scalp.

OCD or Excessive thoughts (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions). Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is characterized by unreasonable thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to compulsive behaviors. OCD often centers on themes such as a fear of germs or the need to arrange objects in a specific manner. Symptoms usually begin gradually and vary throughout life. PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) A very rare obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and/or tic disorder that suddenly appears following a strep infection (such as strep throat or scarlet fever); or the symptoms of OCD or tic symptoms suddenly become worse after such infection. The symptoms are usually dramatic, happen “overnight and out of the blue,” and can include motor and/or vocal tics, obsessions and/or compulsions. In addition to these symptoms, children may also become moody, irritable, experience anxiety attacks, or show concerns about separating from parents or loved ones.

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Pumpkins & gourds ripe for the picking at Blooms & Berries Farm Market and Garden Center in Loveland (left) or Shaw Farms (right).


here’s no better way to spend fall than by crunching your way around one of the great farms that Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky have to offer. Whether you want to visit the animals at a local farm, make a fall-themed craft, check out one of our area’s traditional fall experiences, or even cheer on a local sports team, we’ve got you covered! And don’t forget to check out our “Things To Do,” beginning on page 31, for plenty of seasonal and Halloween events — just look for this pumpkin >>>


FARM BARN N BUNK FARM MARKET 3677 Wayne Madison Road, Trenton 513-988-9211 • Enjoy weekends on the farm with hayrides, a corn and straw maze, batting cages, pedal tractors, a mini-train ride, games, pumpkins, face painting and more fun, along with special events like

helicopter rides (Oct. 8 - 9), Civil War Weekend (Oct. 15 - 16), and Cowboy Reenactments (Oct. 22 - 23). Hours are 12 - 6 p.m. Sat, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sun. Activity package is $8 per person. BENTON FAMILY FARM 11896 Old Lexington Pike, Walton 859-485-7000 • Pumpkin Days on the Farm take place Oct. 14 - 16 and 21 - 23 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Activities include a hayride to the pumpkin patch, visits with farm animals (including the new alpacas), a kids indoor hay maze and tasty treats. Admission is $7 per person (free ages 3 and younger); pumpkins are sold by size and cost $2 - $10; horse rides are $3. BLOOMS & BERRIES FARM MARKET AND GARDEN CENTER 9669 S. State Route 48, Loveland 513-697-9173 All month long, families can enjoy the seven-acre corn maze, pumpkin patch hayrides through the “I Spy” Woods, cow train rides, a straw maze, farm animals, caramel apples and fresh apple cider, a play area and more. Open 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Mon - Sat, and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun through Oct. 31. Purchase tickets online.

BONNYBROOK FARMS 3779 State Route 132, Clarksville 937-289-2500 Every Saturday and Sunday in October from 12 - 6 p.m., families can enjoy wagon rides, a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, pony rides, giant slingshots, geocaching, farm animals and tasty treats from the Farm Kitchen Café. Admission is free, some activities have a small fee. BROWN’S FAMILY FARM MARKET 11620 Hamilton Cleves Road Hamilton • 513-738-0404 Visit the farm and check out the Tiny Town play village, fall displays and photo op areas, a straw house maze, straw bale maze, corn maze, farm animals, picnic areas and a kiddie pumpkin patch. Hayrides to the pumpkin patch run 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. ($4 per person; pumpkins sold separately). BURGER FARM & GARDEN CENTER 7849 Main St., Newtown 513-561-8634 • Pumpkins, gourds, ghosts and goblins! Bring the family for a hayride to the pumpkin patch, apple cider and funnel cakes, a visit to Pumpkin Land, live music, games, pony rides, pedal cars, craft vendors, farm animals and plenty of great photo ops. Admission is $3 per person. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sat and Sun in October (the last hayride departs at 5:30 p.m.). •

BURWINKEL FARMS 4359 Hamilton Cleves Road, Ross 513-738-1145 • Weekends in October include hayrides, a pumpkin patch, corn maze and a punch-card maze, straw tunnel, a Halloween scavenger hunt, sensory stations and more. Hayrides are $3 per person (includes a pumpkin); $3 for both mazes; $5 for hayride and mazes. COUNTRY PUMPKINS 1835 Sherman Mt. Zion Road Dry Ridge • 859-905-9656 This 250-acre working dairy farm includes admission, parking, a Kiddie Corn Maze, corn boxes, hay maze, petting zoo, picnic area and play area for FREE. Purchase a hayride ticket and pick your own pumpkin, then pay a nominal fee for extra activities like barrel train rides, a turbo slide, the four-acre corn maze, cotton wagon rides and the Extreme Launcher. Hours are 3 - 7 p.m. Mon - Fri, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sat, and 12 - 5 p.m. Sun through Oct. 31. HIDDEN VALLEY FRUIT FARM 5474 OH-48, Lebanon 513-932-1869 Fall Fun Days features hayrides, train rides, a barnyard of friendly farm animals, a kid’s bounce house and playground, and plenty of u-pick opportunities. Activities take place weekends in October. Visit website for hayride pricing. (please turn the page)

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fall fun guide IRONS FRUIT FARM 1640 Stubbs Mill Road, Lebanon 513-932-2853 • Enjoy hayrides for pumpkin runs (wagon ride is free, pumpkins are sold by weight), master the corn maze, visit the bakery for a tasty treat and bring home some apples you’ve picked yourself. Special events take place on weekends, be sure to visit the website before visiting to find out what’s going on. KINMAN FARMS 4175 Burlington Pike, Burlington 859-689-2682 For $9 per person, families can enjoy a hayride, barn animals, games and a bonfire at the picnic shelter, and the five-acre corn maze. Visit the website for details on renting a party shelter. MCMONIGLE FARMS PUMPKIN FEST 7441 Franklin Madison Road Middletown • 937-672-8248 Enjoy u-pick pumpkins, hayrides, a fouracre corn maze, cow train rides, farm animals, a free straw maze, a large play area and homemade seasonal treats. Hours are 12 - 6 p.m. Sat and Sun through Oct. 31. NELTNER’S FARM & EVENT VENUE 6922 4 Mile Road, Melbourne 859-496-7535 • Families can enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, a model train display, a corn maze, u-pick pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, pony rides, tasty treats, crafts, pottery, live music and more. Weekend admission (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.) is $5 ages 3 and older. Weekday admission (9 a.m. - 6 p.m.) is free, but not all activities are available (maze is $3 per person). NIEDERMAN FAMILY FARM 5110 Lesourdsville West Chester Road, Liberty Township 513-779-3228 A 14-acre corn maze and pumpkin patch await your kiddos, along with fall treats, bonfires (RSVP and additional fees required) and more old-fashioned fun. Hours through Oct. 30 are 6 - 9 p.m. Wed and Thu, 6 - 10 p.m. Fri, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sat, and 1 - 6 p.m. Sun. Mon and Tue reserved for large group private events. Admission is $11 per person; buy discounted tickets online.

SHAW FARMS 1737 Ohio 131, Milford 513-575-2022 • Shaw Farms’ annual Fall Festival includes tractor and horse-drawn wagon rides, a corn maze, a playground for kids, and plenty of fun activities each weekend, like pedal kart races, face painting, photo ops and plenty of farm-fresh produce (admission to the farm is free, nominal fees apply to select activities). The Fall Festival takes place weekends in October from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. STATION ROAD FARM 6749 Station Road, West Chester 513-777-3650 Enjoy a farmers’ market featuring seasonal produce and pumpkins, winter squash and gourds, plus pick up all your fall decorations. They will also have a pumpkin patch, hayrides, meet the chickens and bunnies, and more. Open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Mon - Fri, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat, 12 - 5 p.m. Sun. SUNROCK FARM 103 Gibson Lane, Wilder 859-781-5502 • RSVP for a two-hour, hands-on guided tour ($12 per person, free ages 1 and younger) that includes a hayride to the pumpkin field to choose your own pumpkin; meetings with farm animals where kids can learn to milk a goat, gather eggs and hold a chick or bunny, and enjoy apple cider and cookies. A one-hour tour ($10 per person, free ages 1 and younger) is also available for families with very young children.



HALLOWEEN FALL FEST AT JANE’S SADDLEBAG 13989 Ryle Road, Union 859-384-6617 Get ready for Halloween with a FREE warm-up Oct. 15 - 16 that features plenty of candy in the Haunted Kids Village, a haunted hayride and more. HALLOWEEN NIGHTS AT PARKY’S FARM 10073 Daly Road 513-521-7275 • Join the hardly-haunted fun with a hay wagon ride, glow-in-the-dark mini golf, a fun house and slide, festive Halloween displays, and family activities and entertainment for all ages. Hours are 5:30 9:30 p.m. Thu - Sun from Oct. 13 - 30. Tickets are $7 online, $8 at the gate, free for ages 2 and younger. HALLZOOWEEN AT CINCINNATI ZOO & BOTANICAL GARDEN 3400 Vine St. 513-281-4700 • See our “Family Outing” on page 12 for details on this year’s HallZOOween! HAUNTED VILLAGE AT HERITAGE VILLAGE MUSEUM Inside Sharon Woods Park 11450 Lebanon Road 513-563-9484 Six nights of spooktacular fun include a family-friendly wagon ride through the Village (or take a stroll through the cemetery) while you keep an eye out for ghouls, witches and even a mad scientist. Wear your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat throughout the Village, while enjoying face painting, balloon artistry and games for all ages. Open 6 - 10

p.m. Fri and Sat from Oct. 14 - 29. Admission is $8 ages 2 and older. THE HOWL AT VOICE OF AMERICA PARK 7850 VOA Park Drive, West Chester 513-867-5835 • “Bark” your calendars for Sunday, Oct. 23 for a parade and trick-or-treat for both dogs and kids! Bring the pooch in costume for a 1 p.m. parade followed by fun on the trail from 1:30 - 4 p.m. Admission is $5 per dog and supports the Wiggley Field Dog Park Fund. JACK O’LANTERN JUNCTION AT ENTERTRAINMENT JUNCTION 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester 513-898-8000 Walk the trick-or-treat maze for kidfriendly ghosts, check out the miniature Halloweenville display, take a train ride and pick up a free mini-pumpkin from the indoor Pumpkin Patch. The Junction is open during regular hours through Oct. 31, and is included with your Do-It-All Admission ticket (starting at $9.95 kids, $13.95 adults). KINGS ISLAND’S THE GREAT PUMPKIN FEST 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason Running Sat and Sun in October from 12 - 6 p.m., this festival for littles includes live shows, a pumpkin patch, a hay bale maze, trick-or-treating, a petting farm and plenty of open rides in the Planet Snoopy kids’ area. Big kids and grown-ups can head to the park for the super-scary Halloween Haunt that runs 6 p.m. - 1 a.m. Fri and Sat in October.

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FALL-O-WEEN FESTIVAL AT CONEY ISLAND 6201 Kellogg Ave. 513-232-8230 • coneyislandpark. com/fall-o-ween-festival Trick or Treat at the Creep County Fair, check out the Fright Lights’ Musical Light Show, enjoy Coney’s Classic Rides, farmyard friends, pony rides, magic shows, pumpkin launch, pumpkin painting, mini-golf, a hay maze and more. Open 1 - 7 p.m. Oct. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23. General admission is $11, parking is $5 (some activities require an additional fee).

Enjoy fun wagon rides at the Heritage Village Museum’s Hanted Village.


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ALL AGES WELCOME REGISTRATION: DAY OF EVENT at the lodge $5.00 per dog Children FREE with a paid canine



Dog Costume Parade plus a Trick-or-Treat trail for dogs AND children Sunday, October 23, 2016 Registration begins at 12:30pm Parade at 1pm - 1:30pm Trick or treat trail 1:30pm - 4:00pm Voice of America MetroPark 7850 Park Dr., West Chester, OH 45069

FEATURING: Costumed Dog Parade with prizes. Stations around the lodge. Treats/prizes for dogs AND children. Yummy concessions. “Rent” a dog from a rescue center for trail. Vendors selling fun doggy items. Dog obstacle course.

BENEFITING: Wiggly Field Dog Park Fund

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Minutes from Kenwood Town Center

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Fabulous Fall Funday Make a colorful autumn decoration and meet some “spooky” animals! At 2 p.m., enjoy a performance of Madcap’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Madcap Puppets (ideal for kids in grades K–5). FREE. No reservations required.

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MAGIC FOREST HALLOWEEN HIKES AT CALDWELL NATURE CENTER 430 West North Bend Road 513-321-6208 • 513-761-4313 mfhallhikes2016 RSVP for an evening walk through a pumpkin-lit trail and meet costumed characters from nature and history in a non-scary holiday walk ideal for ages 3 - 10. Hikes begin at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 and 22, with the last group leaving at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $6 per person (plus a $3 administrative fee per order), free ages 2 and younger. MERMAIDS AT NEWPORT AQUARIUM 1 Aquarium Way, Newport Discover a magical world under water as the Mermaids swim with their favorite Aquarium animals from Oct. 1 - 16. Free with admission (general admission is $23.99 adults, $15.99 ages 2 - 12). Be sure to visit the website for a schedule of meet-and-greet times, or RSVP for a Mermaid and Pirate Breakfast ($42.99; $32.99 passholders) on Oct. 2, 9 or 16. Guests will enjoy a tasty breakfast and a visit through the Aquarium before it opens to the general public, complete with a personal Mermaid and pirate meeting. SUNFLOWER FESTIVAL AT GORMAN FARM 10052 Reading Road 513-563-6663 product/sunflower-festival/ Stroll through fields of blooming sunflowers, pick your own bouquet (or a pumpkin), enjoy treats from local food trucks, check out crafts from local artisans, and listen to live music, all while exploring the farm. The 13th annual Sunflower Festival is held Oct. 1 - 2 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Admission is $8 adults, $5 ages 3 - 17 and seniors, free for ages 2 and younger.


CRAFTS ART ON FIRE 9336 Colerain Ave. 513-923-FIRE Sign up for Ladies’ Craft Night from 6:30 - 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12, featuring fall and Halloween wine bottle and wine glass crafts. Or RSVP for Ladies’ Pottery Night on Friday, Oct. 21. Also, kids can get 25 percent off a piece of pottery Oct. 29 - 30 when they come to store wearing their costumes! THE LEARNING EXPRESS OF CRESTVIEW HILLS 2812 Town Center Blvd. Crestview Hills • 859-331-2094 crestview-hills/ RSVP for a canvas painting night that’s all about decorating a pumpkin on Friday, Oct. 14 at 6 p.m., plus visit the website for more crafting experiences. Visitors can also stop by to vote on the staff’s pumpkin decorating contest (one customer will be drawn at random to win a gift card) or play the store’s candy corn guessing game. MARY HELEN CLOTHING 1981 Madison Road 513-802-5020 Sign up to design and sew your own Halloween costume with help from experts, a design day, and a shopping trip for fabric. All materials included. Meet from 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22; total cost is $210. NEUSOLE GLASSWORKS 11925 Kemper Springs Drive 513-751-3292 Ages 5 and older are invited to join the Pumpkin Blow and make your own pumpkin from hot glass (with help from professional glassblowers!). RSVP for a 30-minute time slot between 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 23 and 29. Cost is $40 per person. QUEEN CITY CLAY 3130 Wasson Road 513-871-2529 • RSVP for a Halloween Pottery Painting Workshop on Oct. 8 and 15 from 1 - 5 p.m. For $95, you can paint a ceramic mobile and candy platter using various techniques. Mom & Me collaborations welcome!

Learn how to make your own blown glass pumpkin at Neusole Glassworks.

THE SILVER DIVA 9797 Montgomery Road, Ste. F 513-873-4561 • Moms and their daughters ages 6 and older are invited to a special night of bonding over jewelry on Friday, Oct. 14 from 7 - 8:30 p.m. Make your own Halloween-themed necklace, ring, bracelet or keychain while enjoying snacks. A $20 deposit will be applied toward whatever the two of you can create!

NEED SOME MORE IDEAS FOR PLACES TO GET CREATIVE? TRY THESE: COLOR ME MINE 2874 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills • 859-344-6463 HOBBY POP SHOP 7723 Five Mile Road 513-231-1471 • MAD POTTER MADEIRA 7754 Camargo Road 513-561-1888 MAD POTTER MASON 6680 Tri Way Drive, Mason 513-770-5585 PAINT AND BAKE CERAMICS 3972 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring 859-415-1909 PAINTING WITH A TWIST 6507 Harrison Ave. 513-445-4472 • paintingwithatwist. com/cincinnati-west/ 6196 Tylersville Road 513-445-2456 • paintingwithatwist. com/mason/


SPORTS FANS CINCINNATI BENGALS’ KIDS CLUB For $25, Bengals fans ages 5 - 13 can sign up for the kids club and get the scoop on player birthdays (as well as their top 40-yard dash records), what Who Dey is up to, play online games, get info on Punt, Pass & Kick, NFL Flag Football and invitations to special events! •

fall fun guide CINCINNATI CYCLONES’ MEIJER KIDS CLUB The season kicks off on Saturday, Oct. 15, and families won’t want to miss a load of fun promotional nights that are guaranteed to keep everyone entertained, including Princess Night (Oct. 22), Superhero Night (Nov. 12), Star Wars Night (Dec. 10), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Night (Feb. 25)! This season will also see the return of the Kids Matinee Game that lets Kids Club Members paint the ice following the Sunday matinee. Head to the website to sign up! NORTHERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY’S NORSE KIDS’ CLUB For $30, kids ages 12 and younger get free general admission to all home regular season NKU athletic events, including men’s and women’s basketball, as well as an official Kids Club T-shirt, membership credentials, fall and winter activity books, the chance to meet Norse student-athletes and coaches, special events and Ball Kid opportunities. UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI’S BEARCATS FAMILY FUN ZONE Head to the Fan Zone at home football games for inflatable games, live entertainment, cornhole, the Kids Club Coloring Contest, and visits from the Bearcat. The Fan Zone opens four hours before the game and ends 30 minutes prior to kickoff, so you have plenty of time to make it to your seats! XAVIER JUNIOR MUSKETEERS Xavier fans in grade 8 and younger can cheer on the Musketeers with their own Junior Musketeers T-shirt, free admission to select home events, invitations to special events like Blue Blob’s Birthday Party, posters and the opportunity to be a ball kid at select games! Sign up online, cost is $25.

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Grade school girls, we invite you to visit Saint Ursula Academy this fall!


Open House

Sunday, October 30, 1:00 - 3:30 pm

Showcase Nights


November 9 and December 6, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

SKY ZONE SPRINGDALE 11745 Commons Drive Springdale, OH 45246 513-671-1333 513-671-1334 FAX

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For information about these events and more opportunities to visit Saint Ursula, visit or contact Michelle Dellecave at (513) 961-3410 x 138

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ARTS The Academy of Music and Dance, West Chester 8374 Princeton-Glendale Road, West Chester

Year round private lessons in piano, most musical instruments, and voice, as well as group dance and music programs with Spring recitals. Music Pups, Young Musicians, Angelina Ballerina, and Mommy and Me classes are popular and fun for preschoolers. Call to schedule a rick-free introductory lesson.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati •


New facility offering additional classes in drama, vocal music, and dance-specific studios for the ever-growing performing arts classes offered by TCTC. A small 150-seat performance space will also be a key component, along with a costume shop and expanded rehearsal space for both MainStage productions as well as ArtReach touring shows.

Cincinnati School of Music 9361 Montgomery Road, Montgomery 6682 Tri Way Drive, Mason


Trusted by over 1,000 families, CSM provides lessons to kids, teens, and adults on piano, voice, guitar, drums, ukulele, violin, and more. New students can enroll at any time. Now with two locations .

HoppyPop 7723 Five Mile Road, Cincinnati


Our goal is to provide “fun unplugged” to the Greater Cincinnati area! If you’re looking for something to do that doesn’t involve “screen time,” HobbyPop is the place for you! Stop in anytime Monday through Friday to make a drop-in craft project or try out one of our awesome games. Check out our calendar for workshops, classes, and special events! If you are looking for a place for a birthday party, moms’ night out, scouts or team parties, parties are our specialty! Parties are available for groups of 8 - 30.

Indian Springs Academy of Music 9690 Cincinnati-Columbus Road, Cincinnati


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.

Mary Helen Fashion Sewing 1981 Madison Road, Cincinnati •


Mary Helen Studio offers private and small group fashion sewing classes and seasonal project classes perfect for all skill levels! Visit our website for more information.

The Mad Potter Madeira 7754 Camargo Road, Madeira


Mason Dance Center 600-B Reading Road, Mason


Pottery painting, parties, and special events. Choose a piece, paint it, and pick it up in a week. Special events include Kidz Nite and Ladies Nite.

Mason Dance Center provides an opportunity for anyone, ages 3 - adult, to discover the joys of dance. Summer camps forming soon. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes.

Premier Studio for Dance 679 Loveland Madeira Road, Loveland


Shannon’s All About Dance 8419 U.S. 42, Florence, KY


Songs For Seeds Cincinnati Kids First Sports Center, 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati


The Silver Diva 9797 Montgomery Road, #F, Cincinnati


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

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

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

EDUCATION/ENRICHMENT Bethany School 555 Albion Ave., Glendale


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


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


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


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

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

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

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

From tap to ballet to hip-hop, you’ll find it all at Premier Tumbling & Dance! Check out our classes today to learn more.

Reflexion Dance Arts 10832 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati


Come see our brand new state-of-the-art studio! We feature dance and tumbling for both recreational and competitive dancers. Classes available for ages 2 - adult. •

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Cincinnati Country Day School 6905 Given Road, Cincinnati


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 Public Schools 513-363-0000

Cincinnati Public Schools rank among the top two percent of Ohio districts for students’ learning growth and offers families highquality school choices and academic programs. The district’s innovative approach to education, it’s investment to effective and caring teaches and vast array of collaborative partnerships have accelerated school performance to the highest level in decadesensuring that students in pre-school to grade 12 thrive and graduate prepared for the 21st century.

College Nannies and Tutors 9600 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati


Kiddie Academy of Mason 6202 Snider Road, Mason


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

513-791-4300 513-874-3100

Hubbard Family Swim School 7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati


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

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Exciting year-round technology skill-building program for kids grades 1 - 8. Following a short introductory course, children rotate through programming, electronics, robotics, engineering, and animation projects during weekly after-school classes. Homeschooling options available. Check our website for more details and locations.

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

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

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

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We offer recreational dance, competitive dance AND tumbling! All in Cincinnati’s newest state-of-the-art facility. 10832 Kenwood Rd, Blue Ash OH 45242 513-954-8951

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

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

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

Founded in 1890, 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 Character Education program. Celebrating 50 years of academic excellence in Montessori education!

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

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


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oin Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they share the heroic stories of your favorite Disney princesses, including adventures with Rapunzel and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, or dance along with Tiana and Naveen, and watch as Cinderella’s dreams come true, thanks to help from her animal friends and her Fairy Godmother. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 7 p.m. Oct. 27 - 29, 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Oct. 29, 1 and 5 p.m. Oct. 30; $14.50 - $66.50. Visit •



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This yearly event is designed to educate the community about the connection between domestic violence and animal abuse. Bring your pets for a fun costume contest (pre-registration required), and learn more about how you can help. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; barkout.


Join a four-mile race or the kids’ run in this annual kick off to fall — prizes will be awarded to top finishers! Waynesville High School, 735 Dayton Road, Waynesville; 8 a.m.; $30; 513897-1346 or


Help knock out colon cancer in this bold underwear-themed 5K that raises funds and awareness, all while being family and pet friendly. The all-ages event also includes a one-mile fun run and more. Lunken Airport Playfields, 4745 Playfield Lane; 9 a.m.; $30 - $40; support.


The Warrior Run: The Race for Life features a 5K race and a one-mile walk, followed by an after party, all to commemorate the life of avid runner and life-long Mariemont resident, Jim Miller. Bell Tower Park, Wooster Pike; 5:15 p.m.; $7 - $15 children, $25 - $30 adults;


Join a free, daylong music, food and arts festival that features live bluegrass music, children’s activities, gourmet food trucks, arts and crafts, and much more, all to benefit the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. Bandshell, Devou Park, Covington; 12 p.m.; devougrass. com.


Enjoy the Krohn’s fall floral show then make a paper doll craft to celebrate the Victorian era explored in the exhibit. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4; 513-421-5707 or


The Krohn’s Fall Floral Show takes visitors to an era of formal gardens and inspired designs during Victorian England. Open 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tue - Sun, through Oct. 23. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks. com/krohn.


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All ages are invited to take a docent-led tour with fun facts and hands-on activities. Meet in the front lobby! Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 p.m. Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 513-7212787 or


Collect badges while viewing great works of art and enjoy art-stops that include an art-making experience, campfire stories, and a family-friendly musical performance. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or


Wilkommen! Learn simple German vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.


Enjoy activities and fun with features from Highlights magazine, including puzzles, group activities, and a makeand-take book (while supplies last). Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-7552258.


Soar in for a payload of hands-on family activities and demos to celebrate all things space with iSPACE and presenting sponsor TechSolve! Ride a hovercraft, try on a space suit, launch a rocket, drive a robot, make some cosmic crafts, touch a meteorite, and learn about NASA’s past, present and future. Kids can also get a look at 3D printing, drone technology and more. Scarlet Oaks Campus, 100 Scarlet Oak Circle; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.;


The Halloween fun can be found at EnterTRAINment Junction — walk the trick-or-treat maze for kid-friendly ghosts, stop and color, check out the Halloweenville miniature animated display, enjoy two outdoor kid’s train rides, and pick up a free mini pumpkin from the indoor Pumpkin Patch. Jack O’Lantern Junction is open through Oct. 31. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; tickets start at $9.95 for ages 3 - 12, $11.95 for seniors, and $13.95 for adults; 513898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction. com.


and magic shows, a saloon, live bluegrass entertainment and more. Old West Festival, 1449 Greenbush Cobb Road, Williamsburg; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 16; $12.99 adults, $9.99 children, free ages 2 and younger (additional activities available for extra fees);


Ages 4 - 6 (2 and 3:30 p.m.) and ages 6 - 14 (2:45 and 4:15 p.m.) can check out a free class while parents take advantage of new student membership discounts. ProMartial Arts Loveland, 784 Loveland Miamiville Road; 2 - 5 p.m.; 513-683-2787 or loveland/events.

Ages 8 and older are invited to this LEGO Star Wars Rogue One Build event, an open activity where kids can build designs from the exciting new film coming out this year. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 4 p.m.; 513-755-2258. Enjoy a performance from Jeff Miller and Jordon of Frankly Speaking this evening while enjoying free refreshments! Musician Jeff Miller is a master of the loop pedal, weaving cutting-edge technology with skillful songwriting to create a layered pop-rock soundscape, while singer-songwriter Jordon of Frankly Speaking opens the show with marvelous melodic rock. DownTowne Listening room, 151 West 7th St.; 7:30 p.m.; $12; downtownelisteningroom. com.


Discover a magical world under water with mermaids as they swim with their favorite aquarium animals in the Amazon Tunnel exhibit, then visit with a mermaid on dry land during daily meet and greets! Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way; free with admission (general admission is $23.99 adults, $15.99 ages 2 - 12); newportaquarium. com.


Bring the gang for crafts, a kid zone, bounce houses, raffles, games and music from My Brother’s Keeper and Michael T & Friends. Peruse the wares of vendors from Tastefully Simple, Pampered Chef and more, all while enjoying some tasty treats from Jon Jon’s BBQ! New Hope Community Church, 3707 Edgewood Drive; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 513-661-2428 or


Step back in time for a day of feasts, festivities, and fearless feats that will thrill audiences of all ages. Enjoy nearly 100 shows on 11 different stages, arts and crafts, games of skill, human-powered rides, costumed characters and more. There’s something for everyone at this annual gathering of Robin Hoods, damsels, swordsmen, pirates and daring jugglers! The festival is open Saturdays and Sundays, 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. through Oct. 23. Ohio Renaissance Festival, 10542 Ohio 73, Waynesville; $9.95 ages 5 - 12, $21.95 ages 13 and older, $19.95 seniors, military, police, fire and EMS;



The Linton Musicians are back for another season of Peanut Butter n’ Jam sessions for ages 2 - 6. This month, enjoy a “windy” program featuring the oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn and piano. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7701 Kenwood Road; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m.; $5; 513381-6868 or


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


Stroll through fields of golden sunflowers while collecting some to take home ($1 each or 12 for $10), pick a pumpkin to purchase, explore the sunflower maze, take a hay ride, and visit the animals of the farm in this annual festival that includes local food trucks, crafts and live music. Gorman Farm, 10052 Reading Road; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Oct. 1 and 2; $8 adults, $5 ages 3 - 17 and seniors, free ages 2 and younger; 513-563-6663 or product/sunflower-festival/.



Bring your little ones for some non-scary fun including live shows, a pumpkin patch, a hay bale maze, trick-or-treating, a petting farm and rides in Planet Snoopy! Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Kings Mills; 12 - 6 p.m. Sat and Sun in Oct.; please visit website for prices;


Grab your boots and mosey on over for a western-themed festival complete with old-fashioned, boot-stompin’ fun for the whole family. Guests will be treated to gun fighting, old medicine

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Plant a mini-terrarium in a recycled jar or bottle then learn about the Victorian era during the Krohn’s fall floral show. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4; 513-421-5707 or


Visit a docent at an interactive art cart in the galleries and enjoy some hands-on activities designed for all ages. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 3 p.m. Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; 513-721-2787 or


Stop by to learn the steps of recycling paper, and using newspaper and scrap craft paper, make some new paper to use again and again. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Grab a supplies kit and sketchbook from the Front Lobby (or bring your own) and tour the CAM for some sketching fun. Pick your own subject or use a prompt to jump start your creativity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 4 p.m.; a $5 refundable deposit is required to check out a supplies kit; 513721-2787 or


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


Ages 5 and younger can make a masterpiece that appears like magic! Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. Oct. 3, 2 p.m. Oct. 6; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


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Take a closer look at the sights, tastes and smells that represent fall. Programs are held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Tue - Sat and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Oct. 4 - 9. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Join the naturalist for a story and activity that’s all about the fall season. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or


Bring your toddler or preschooler to the Rosenthal Education Center for a morning of art-themed story books, songs and sensory activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.


Play, dance and listen to a new story — today, join Alice from The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s upcoming production of Alice in Wonderland! Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513287-7000 or


Meet other breastfeeding mothers in this support group facilitated by a local lactation consultant. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Oct. 6 and 20; donations accepted; 513-5912332 or


Bring ages 2 and older for stories and fun with Miss Alicia! Then stick around for Manababies, a story time for the youngest readers in your crew. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 a.m. Oct. 6, 13 and 20; 513-731-2665 or

This Art Play combines science, art, music and dance, all led by some special guests from The Contemporary Dance Theater and the creative studio, Intermedio. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. Sixth St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per child; 513-345-8405 or


Columbus sailed west in 1492 with faulty information. Today his journey is both celebrated and condemned. What makes him so controversial? The audience plays The Spanish Royal Court as Columbus attempts to explain his goals and deeds from 1492-1506, and must decide whether the Admiral is hero or villain. Best for ages 10 and older. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive; 7 p.m.; $7 - $10; 513867-5348 or .


The Madcap Puppets present Madcap’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow, just in time for the Halloween season. Main Library, Boone County Public Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 7 p.m.; 859342-2665 or


Take a scenic train ride to the historic town of Metamora and visit interesting landmarks, more than 40 shops and restaurants, and celebrate the Canal Days Festival before your return trip. Whitewater Valley Railroad, Grand Central Station, Connersville; 10 a.m. Oct. 7 - 9, 12:01 p.m. Oct. 8 - 9; $24 adults, $15 children (round trip); 765825-2054 or


It’s a tasty tradition that features great food, festival rides, live music, a parade, and the 5K Bean Stalk to benefit outreach projects at Rising Sun United Methodist Church. Rising Sun Riverfront, Rising Sun; 5:30 p.m. Oct. 7, 11:30 a.m. Oct. 8; festival admission free, race registration is $25 day of race;


Bring the littles for story time, songs and free play while using Spanish. Children and adults with any level of comfort in the language are welcome. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; donations accepted; 513-5912332 or

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Looking for a fun night out? Enjoy a performance from comedian Jeff Jena, whose humor includes a blend of oneliners, storytelling, and touching personal tales focused on family and coming to fatherhood later in life. Stick around for some dessert after the performance! Faith Community United Methodist Church, 8230 Cox Road; 7 - 9:30 p.m.; $10; 513-777-9533 or faithcommunityumc. org.


Trick or treat at the Creep County Fair, enjoy a Fright Lights Musical Light Show, Coney’s Classic Rides, meet farmyard friends, catch a magic show, wander through a hay maze and more fall fun! Coney Island, 6201 Kellogg Ave.; 1 - 7 p.m. Oct. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23; $11, $5 parking (some activities require an additional fee); 513232-8230 or


Visit the kid-sized Banfield Pet Hospital to explore the reception area, exam tables, grooming station, kennels and real vet tools, then practice checking vital signs of stuffed animal pets, plus meet some local therapy dogs! Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513287-7000 or


Don your Halloween costumes for a trick-or-treat around the Cincinnati Zoo! Kids can enjoy special animal encounters, the Beauty Shop of Horrors, Phil Dalton’s Theater of Illusion Shows, a Hogwarts Express Train Ride, plus, search for the Golden Frisch’s Big Boy! Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; 12 - 5 p.m. Oct. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30; general admission $16 online ($18 at gate) for adults, $12 online ($13 at gate) children and seniors; 513-281-4700 or


Bring your sociable canine and join other doggie friends on a fun hike. MetroParks will provide waste bags. All dogs receive a prize at the end of the hike (dogs must be on a six-foot leash with updated vaccinations). Great Miami River Recreation Trail, 50 Oxford State Road, Middletown; 10 a.m. 12 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513867-5835 or


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


Learn about the benefits of wearing your baby in a sling or carrier and meet other families who can share their experiences. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 12:15 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.


Bring the family for s’mores, crafts, a hayride around the park, pony rides, juggling shows, face painting, sack races and archery games. Kids can also explore a smokehouse and a fire truck with the Montgomery Fire Department. The historic Wilder-Swaim House will also be open for festival goers to enjoy. Swaim Park, Cooper Road; 5 - 8 p.m.; small fee for pony rides and face painting; 513-891-2424 or


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Take a trip to Waynesville for this annual festival that features arts and crafts, live entertainment, tasty treats, and of course, everything sauerkraut! Downtown Waynesville, Waynesville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Oct. 8, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Oct. 9;

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Enjoy a windy concert full of music from the oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn and more. Wyoming Fine Arts Center, 322 Wyoming Ave.; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-3816868 or


Enjoy a day of entertainment, food, raffles, live and silent auctions, and music by Doghouse. Join a 5K run that helps benefit Redwood, BAWAC, New Perceptions, and Special Olympics, all organizations that serve children and adults with disabilities. Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road, Florence; 10 a.m.; $5 admission to bash, visit website for 5K registration info; 859-331-0880 or


This annual race takes participants along a flat course through a “spooky” cemetery and ends at a fabulous Halloween Fest and is all about supporting youth education. Bring the kids for a super fun run that includes the race, festival, tasty refreshments, live entertainment, and a roaring fire to keep you warm. Kids Fun Run begins at 1 p.m. Grown-ups’ run begins at 6 p.m. Veterans Memorial Stadium, 1600 West St., Reading; 1 - 10 p.m.; $20 - $25;

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


Join NAMI and others in support of those struggling with mental illness in this walk designed to raise awareness and reduce social stigma. Proceeds provide free education, support and advocacy services to individuals with mental illness and their families and caretakers. Pioneer Park, 3951 Madison Pike, Covington; 10 a.m.; $10 - $20;


Tek is a caveboy in love with technology — his gadgets keep him in his cave, away from family and friends. Can anyone convince him to unplug and come outside? Find out in this storytime! Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-7552258.


Take a train ride with the kids and enjoy fun activities at the station like a small hay maze, fall treats and more. Train departs at 10 a.m., 12, 2 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, and 12 and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30. Lebanon Mason & Monroe Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon; $15 adults, $11 seniors and ages 2 - 16, free infants 1 and younger; 513-933-8022 or


Take home a craft — a fragrant sachet — that celebrates the Victorian Era explored in the Krohn’s fall floral show. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4; 513-421-5707 or


Meet some of your favorite YA authors and learn about the writer’s life with Liz Coley, Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, Geoffrey Girard, Tracie Vaughn Kleman and Jennifer McGowan. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 2 p.m.; 513-755-2258.


Alice is positively bored. So bored, in fact, that this curious white rabbit is the most exciting thing she’s seen all day. Of course following the rabbit is her most thrilling option at this point, so she’ll follow the rabbit all the way down the rabbit hole. Performance presented by Lexington Children’s Theatre, for kids

ages 4 and older and their families. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 2 p.m.; free ages 0 - 12, $5 adults; 513-497-2860 or


Learn about the secrets in the flowers of the Victorian Era, then design a small hand-held group of flowers called a Tussy Mussy. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4; 513-421-5707 or krohn.


The Cincinnati Pops welcomes Broadway and film star Vanessa Williams for some of her chart-topping hits in a one-night only appearance. Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th St.; 7 p.m.; please see website for prices; 513-381-3300 or


Kids ages 5 and younger get a little dizzy this week by mixing art and movement. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. Oct. 10, 2 p.m. Oct. 13; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513287-7000 or

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Join firefighters from the Harrison Fire Department to learn what to do in case of a fire, how to protect yourself and your home, and see a real fire truck up close! Harrison Branch Library, 10398 New Haven Road; 11 a.m.; 513-3694442 or


It’s time for Pirate School, thanks to UC Clermont’s Calico Children’s Theatre series. Set sail on a swashbuckling adventure with Pirate Billy Bones as he teaches zany lessons on how to stand, talk, laugh and eat like a boisterous buccaneer. Using slapstick antics, skillful magic and eye-popping puppetry, kids learn to become “good pirates” while getting the chance to live out their dreams in the Golden Age of Exploration! UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia; 7 p.m.; $7; 513-558-2787 or community_arts.


It’s time for some hardly-haunted fun with hay rides, Halloween displays, glow-in-the-dark mini golf and plenty of fun family activities. Halloween Nights is open 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. Thu - Sun, Oct. 13 - 30. Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods, 10073 Daly Road; 5:30 p.m.; $7 online, $8 at the gate, plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or

What’s better than eight legs, two body parts and many eyes? Find out how great it is to be a spider! Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Tue - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Oct. 11 16. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


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Join other young professionals ages 21 - 35 to socialize, and enjoy tasty refreshments. Ten percent of drink purchases benefit Mayerson JCC. All dollars raised go to programs such as Meals on Wheels, family wellness, cultural arts and special needs services. Proceeds also help fund scholarships for membership, Camp at the J, Early Childhood School and sports leagues in an effort to make the J accessible to everyone. Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St.; 5:30 - 8 p.m.; $20 in advance, $25 at the door; 513-7617500 or


Ages 3 - 7 are invited for a bi-monthly storytime in which kids explore a new science theme with books, songs and learning stations. Cold Spring Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring; 4 p.m. Oct.; 859-781-6166 or

Learn about the CAC’s newest exhibition celebrating the artwork of Roe Ethridge. Be inspired by Ethridge’s photography and create your own piece influenced by his work. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per child; 513-345-8405 or


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Join a “slight-fright” family-friendly evening with the kids. Visitors are invited to wear their costumes, enjoy trick-ortreating, balloon art, wagon rides and a slightly haunted house. The 19th-century village is the perfect place for some oldfashioned Halloween fun! (Please note that gates close at 9 p.m.) Heritage Village Museum inside Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 6 - 10 p.m. Oct. 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29; $10 per person, free ages 2 and younger and members, visit website for coupon; 513563-9484 or heritagevillagecincinnati. org.


Ages 2 - 8 can hop on a hayride to pick out the perfect pumpkin, visit some animals, check out fall crops, and play in the Playbarn. (Adult admission does not include pumpkin, but additional pumpkins may be purchased separately.) Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods, 10073 Daly Road; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Oct. 14, 21, and 28; pre-register online by two days prior: $6/child, $2.50/adult; day of event: $7/child, $3/adult plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Journey back in time as Big Bone Lick returns to days long past. Enjoy handson demonstrations and activities for all ages, including flint-knapping, pioneer life camps, salt making, weaving, spear throwing, storytelling, music, atlatl tossing and more. Browse the crafter’s corner to see the many hand crafted items for sale; then refresh yourself and your family at the food court. While you are visiting don’t forget to see the bison herd! Big Bone Lick State Park, 3380 Beaver Road, Union; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Oct. 14, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Oct. 15, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Oct. 16; $5 per person; 859-384-3522 or parks.


Bring the kids in costume for crafts and a non-scary, nature-inspired Halloween celebration. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m.; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4; 513-421-5707 or krohn.

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Join Cincinnati Family and NKY Family at this annual book festival where participants can meet with more than 100 authors (including children’s authors), join panel discussions, and make a visit to the Kids’ Corner for fun and games. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St.; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.;


The Linton Musicians present their PB&J sessions — today, kids ages 2 - 6 will enjoy some “windy” music. Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 4418 Bridgetown Road; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513381-6868 or


Jane’s is reprising a fall favorite with a warm-up to Halloween, including a Haunted Kids Village, a haunted hay ride, free candy and more! Jane’s Saddlebag, 13989 Ryle Road, Union; 12 - 6 p.m. Oct. 15 and 16; 859-3846617 or


Celebrate Sweetest Day the healthful way! Join a four-mile run or walk that’s family and dog friendly and support the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Center for Better Health and Nutrition. Proceeds will support the HealthWorks! Camps Out, a week-long overnight summer camp for overweight and obese children. Otto Armleder Park, 5057 Wooster Pike; 9 a.m.; $27; vice/b/ better-health/hearts-run/.


Parents and teachers of children in preschool through grade 5 are invited to learn about the many supplemental enrichment after-school programs in the community. Meet with local English and Spanish tutoring services, scouts, dance, music providers and more, plus check out STEM mini-workshops as expert panelists explain the importance of these globally competitive fields and how you can help your child be on the cutting edge. Fairfield Receptions Conference Center, 5975 Boymel Drive, Fairfield; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; docere4parents@ or


Help Pete the Cat and his friends find the missing cupcakes in this delicious story time that’s followed by fun activities. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-7552258.


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larger full moon. Think you can tell the difference? Head to the Observatory to watch the Supermoon rise above the eastern horizon to see for yourself! Bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnics! Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 6 - 9 p.m.; $5 per person; 513-3215186 or


Gather your friends and learn to play the featured game for this celebration of tabletop gaming. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 7 p.m.; 513-755-2258.


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


A classic car show, kids in costumes (and grown-ups, too!), music, games, prizes and candy combine for this annual event. Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road; 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.; $5 festival activities ticket;

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ary as I was about visiting Topgolf, my 5-year-old (who took golf lessons last summer) taught me how to hold a club and how to swing, so off we went. An on-site

instructor walked us through all of the different games you can play and how to set them up. Golf clubs are available and sorted by men’s, women’s and children’s types and instructors can help you feel more confident, as did mine, when he gave me positive feedback on my swing!

Topgolf features 102 bays on three levels and it’s open year-round (bays are heated in cold weather). All of the balls contain microchips that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while awarding points


Take a stroll through the Krohn and enjoy the remaining days of the fall floral show. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4; 513-421-5707 or

for hitting targets in the outfield. It’s not a typical driving range, and requires zero golf experience to enjoy! Feeling hungry? Order food off of the tantalizing menu; a national culinary director makes it up. The food is delicious! Make sure you get the Mushi and the Injectable Donut Holes — I promise you won’t regret it! Brunch is available on Saturdays and Sundays. You can also


Playhouse in the Park presents this modern take on a classic tale. When the Sheriff of Nottingham attempts to capture Robin Hood once and for all, Robin and his merry band of heroes rally to defeat the Sheriff and support those who cannot fight for themselves. Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Ave.; 2 p.m.; free with advance registration or $5 per person at the door; or


Make an autumn decoration to take home, meet live “spooky” animals from Great Parks of Hamilton County, become an art detective at the Art Cart, and, at 2 p.m., enjoy a performance of Madcap Puppets’ Legend of Sleepy Hollow (ideal for grades K - 5). Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-6844517 or

head up to the third floor where there is a rooftop terrace (and bar), Cornhole, Jenga, ball pong, and a stage for live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Oh and the BEST part … it’s family friendly! Kids can enjoy billiard tables, Xbox Kinect and shuffleboard on the first floor. If you take young kids, request a first-floor bay which is safer than playing on the second or third floors. Topgolf also offers programs for kids and families in addition to kid’s camps each summer, kid’s golf leagues and tournaments. You can also throw your child’s birthday at Topgolf: For $25 a child, a party includes two hours of Topgolf play, a meal from the kid’s menu, drinks and a bay host to manage your event. I know a certain 5-yearold who already wants to have his November birthday party there! Topgolf is located at 9568 Water Front Drive, West Chester. Call 513-342-6249 or visit

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Turn your favorite animal into a work of art inspired by the work of artist Laurel Burch. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. Oct. 17, 2 p.m. Oct. 20; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or



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They’re red, green, sticky, sweet ... lots of reason to love apples. Toddlers and their parents learn what makes this “smart” fruit so delightful in a read-aloud session, a craft and a tasting. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 17); 859-491-4003 or


Enjoy the kickoff to the Linton Musicians’ Peanut Butter ‘n Jam sessions for kids with a performance that spotlights the oboe, bassoon, French horn and more. Child Focus Training Center, 555 Batavia Pike; 6:30 p.m.; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic. org.

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Wump Mucket Puppets presents a 30-minute variety puppet show featuring Morty the Ghost and Witch Willie in The Ghost Who Couldn’t Say BOO! It’s gentle Halloween fun for the whole family. Northside Branch Library, 4219 Hamilton Ave.; 6 p.m.; 513-369-4449 or

Step inside the 1,300-square-foot sukkah highlighting the works of art created by more than 40 organizations from around the city. View the large multimedia fabric panels exploring this year’s theme, Home, on display to celebrate the festival of Sukkot. Exhibit will remain on display during Mayerson JCC building hours from Oct. 17 - 30. Mayerson JCC, 8485 Ridge Road; 513-7617500 or


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The artists Glenn Brown often uses flowers in his still life paintings. Use this as inspiration to make floral crowns, blooming necklaces and a flowerthemed collage. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per child; 513-345-8405 or

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Puppeteer Terrence Burke presents The Ghost Who Couldn’t Say BOO! with his friends Morty the Ghost and Witch Willie. Elmwood Place Branch Library, 6120 Vine St.; 4 p.m.; 513-369-4452 or

ARCHBISHOP MCNICHOLAS HIGH SCHOOL 6536 Beechmont Ave. 513-231-3500 • Nov. 6, 1 - 3 p.m.

MOTHER OF MERCY HIGH SCHOOL 3036 Werk Road 513-661-7240 Nov. 6, 1 - 4 p.m.

BETHANY SCHOOL 555 Albion Ave. 513-771-7462 Oct. 8, 2 - 4 p.m.

THE NEW SCHOOL MONTESSORI 3 Burton Woods Lane 513-281-7999 Oct. 18, 2 - 4 p.m.

CHILDREN’S MEETING HOUSE 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland • 513-683-4757 Nov. 6, 2 - 4 p.m. CINCINNATI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 6905 Given Road 513-979-0220 Discovery Day, Nov. 2 ELDER HIGH SCHOOL 3900 Vincent Ave. 513-921-3744 • Panther Preview Night (grades 7 - 8), Oct. 5 and Nov. 10, 6:30 - 8 p.m.; Open house, Oct. 30, 1 - 3:30 p.m. THE KINDER GARDEN SCHOOL 5900 West Chester Road 513-874-3100 10969 Reed Hartman Hwy. 513-791-4300 Oct. 6, 13, 20 and 27, 4:30 - 6 p.m.

SAINT URSULA ACADEMY 1339 E McMillan St. 513-961-3410 Oct. 30, 1 - 3:3 p.m.; Showcase Nights, Nov. 9, Dec. 6, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. THE SEVEN HILLS SCHOOL Hillsdale Campus 5400 Red Bank Road Doherty Campus 2726 Johnstone Place 513-728-2400 • Hillsdale Campus, Oct. 16, 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. (middle and upper school); Hillsdale Campus, Nov. 8, 9 a.m. (lower school); Doherty Campus, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. (lower school) SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 2161 Grandin Road 513-533-5314 Montessori Preschool - Grade 8 Preview Day, Oct. 27 and Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m.; Looking Ahead Toddler 3 and 5 Day Program, Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m.; Upper School Open House, Nov. 17, 6:30 - 9 p.m.


This 30-minute experience introduces you and your infant to the world of art with a tour designed to stimulate developing minds. Please note that strollers are not permitted. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11 a.m., 2 p.m.; 513721-2787 or


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


This haunted trail is a quarter mile of fright and drama (so best for ages 6 and older, but parents, use your best discretion). Horror lurks in the woods, including ghosts, goblins, witches and creatures ready to frighten all. Stay upon the torch lit trail and you might just survive. Middleton Mills Park, 3415 Mills Road, Covington; 7 - 10:30 p.m.; $1 or free with a non-perishable food donation; 859-525-7529 or


Bring the littles for story time, songs and free play while using Spanish. Children and adults with any level of comfort in the language are welcome. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; donations accepted; 513-5912332 or


Called the total package by America’s Got Talent’s Piers Morgan, this two-time Guinness World Record holder creates a sense of awe in every audience member as he beat-boxes, dances, jokes, sings funny songs and juggles while sharing his mastery of physical comedy. With insane amounts of energy, Alex zigzags between absurd ideas and odd skills. During the show, vegetables are sliced in half by flying playing cards, flaming torches and bowling balls are juggled with ease and every audience volunteer leaves the stage in triumph. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive; 7 p.m.; $7 - $10; 513-8675348 or

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The Greater Cincinnati Orchid Society presents their annual fall show this weekend, as the Krohn wraps up its fall floral exhibit. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Oct. 22 and 23; $4 adults, $2 ages 5 - 12, free ages 1 - 4; 513-421-5707 or


Little Blue Truck is picking up his friends for a costume party in a story for little ones, followed by a reading of I Need My Monster, a unique under-the-bed story. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.


Parents are invited to celebrate Neusole Glassworks’ second birthday in their new location with live entertainment from Kathy Wade and the Trio, glassblowing demos, silent and live auctions, food from Hammann’s Catering and more. Neusole Glassworks, 11925 Kemper Springs Drive; 3 - 11 p.m.; $25 (includes free drinking glass); 513-7513292 or


Help raise funds for breast cancer research and life-saving education in this annual non-competitive walk that lasts for three or five miles. Start a team or walk on your own, the important thing is to take the first step! Yeatman’s Cove, Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way; 8 a.m.; donations are appreciated; .


The CAM has teamed up with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for a book club for ages 12 18. Meet up to share your thoughts on this month’s selection, Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 - 3:30 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or


Teens are invited to hang out, geek out, mess around and generally have fun working on art projects of their own, or using one of the CAM’s selected prompts. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513-7212787 or

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“Bark” your calendar for a parade and trick-or-treat trail for both dogs and children. Registration for the parade begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by the parade at 1 p.m., while the trail is open from 1:30 - 4 p.m. All dogs and kids walk away with bags of goodies, while proceeds benefit the Wiggley Field Dog Park Fund at West Chester/ Liberty Community Foundation. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive; 12:30 p.m.; $5 per dog plus a valid MetroParks of Butler County Motor Vehicle Permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or


Join this inspiring 5K run/walk to benefit the research and educational efforts of the UC Brain Tumor Center at the University of Cincinnati Gardner Neuroscience Institute, and to support survivors, caregivers and family members. Sawyer Point, 705 E. Pete Rose Way; 8:30 a.m.; $45 adults, $15 ages 12 and younger;


Learn about this Mexican holiday and create a colorful collage. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. 2 p.m.; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Morty the Ghost and Witch Willie have a serious problem on their hands. Help the Wump Mucket Puppets teach a shy ghost to say boo! Hyde Park Branch Library, 2747 Erie Ave.; 6 p.m.; 513369-4456 or


Visit the Spooky Stations, take photos with local mascots and ride the hayride for Florence’s version of trick or treat! Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd.; 5 - 7 p.m.;


Puppeteer Terrence Burke and the Wump Mucket Puppets present The Ghost Who Couldn’t Say Boo! with special help from Morty the Ghost and Witch Willie. St. Bernard Branch Library, 10 McClelland Ave., Saint Bernard; 6:30 p.m.; 513369-4462 or


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Learn about a nocturnal favorite: owls! Are your eyes as big as an owl’s? How can they fly so quietly? Learn the answers to these questions and more. Programs are held at 10:45 a.m. and 1 and 4 p.m. Tue - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Oct. 25 - 30. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or

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Halloween treats — don’t forget to wear your costume! Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5 per child; 513-345-8405 or


Head to the CAM for an evening exploration of the galleries that incorporates this month’s theme, Into the Hallow’s Night. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 5 - 9 p.m.; 513721-2787 or



From impassioned wildlife conservationist and four-time Academy Award nominee comes a look at the changing world of wildlife on the planet as a result of human incursion, and the work being done by scientists, zoologists and environmentalists. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.


Ages 2 - 5 are invited for interactive learning stations, story tellers and a hands-on art project. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or


Cincinnati Observatory Astronomer Dean Regas presents “Facts From Space!” Discover space facts and celestial trivia designed for all ages to enjoy. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or


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Join others around the world in this global reading event that features Julia Sarcone-Roach’s book, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10 - 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Join a super spooky Halloween-themed Art Play inspired by some of Glenn Brown’s creepy characters and paintings. Create some slimy, scary artwork and then stick around for some tasty

Ages 3 - 12 can make up to two spooky crafts. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m.; $1 per craft plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Robin Hood and his merry band of underground heroes rally to support those who cannot fight for themselves. But when they run afoul of the greedy Prince John, the deceptive Sheriff of Nottingham devises an elaborate plot to discover Robin’s hideout and capture him once and for all. Full of swordfights and wordplay, this decidedly modern take from Playhouse in the Park is a high-powered, action-packed adventure. The Grove Banquet and Event Center, 9150 Winton Road; 7:10 - 8:30 p.m.;


Enjoy a walk through a forest in your Halloween best! Get creative with your costume design and then show it off on a not-so-creepy, one-mile adventure. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 10 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or


Light up the CAC with extra bright artwork inspired by the UnMuseum’s newest addition! Celebrate the opening of Deep Space, which first premiered at the People’s Liberty Globe Gallery and will now call the CAC home. Families can create LED lanterns and geometric jewelry, design a glow fort dome from recycled materials, and experiment with light play and reflection. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. 6th St.; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-345-8405 or

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Head to the park for seasonal fun with the whole gang! Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 12 - 8 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30;


Round out your fall festivities with a hayride, scare crow hunt, face painting, games and a hay bale maze. Concessions available for cash-only purchase. Forest Run MetroPark, 1976 Timberman Road, Hamilton; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $3 per child plus a valid MetroParks of Butler County Motor Vehicle Permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or


Construction is underway to turn the Durr Branch into a haunted wrecked ship — thrills, chills and laughs await all who dare to enter the familyfriendly Halloween experience. Durr Branch Library, Kenton County Public Library, 1992 Walton Nicholson Road, Independence; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29, 2 - 4 p.m. Oct. 30; please bring a canned good or non-perishable food item for a charity donation; 859-9624030 or


From the New York Times bestselling team of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond comes the ninth picture book in the blockbuster If You Give ... series. With its spare, rhythmic text and circular tale, If You Give a Mouse a Brownie is perfect for beginning readers and storytime. Fun activities to follow! Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.


Enter your carved pumpkin in the contest, then come to the walk and see it displayed along the trail in this nonscary event for all ages. Visit the website for drop-off details. Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road, Burlington; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; 859-3342117 or


Jack-o’-lanterns light your path as you discover the wonder of nature at night along the trail. Bring a flashlight and arrive any time between 7 - 8 p.m. to check in for this self-guided hike. A limited number of pumpkin tickets will be sold for the 8:30 p.m. jack-o’lantern drawing. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road, Groesbeck; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or

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Bring the family for an afternoon of fun — take a train ride to the pumpkin patch where kids can pick a pumpkin! Whitewater Valley Railroad, Grand Central Station, Connersville; 10:01 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m. Oct. 29 and 30; $10 (includes a pumpkin for ages 12 and younger); 765-825-2054 or whitewatervalleyrr. org. Head to the Town Center for some trick-or-treating fun to get you in the mood for Halloween! Crestview Hills Town Center, Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.;


Ever wonder what a mealworm tastes like? How about a cricket? There are many edible insects eaten all over the world. Learn about some exotic arthropods, what you can and can’t eat, and how to prepare those yummy bugs from the Cincinnati Parks. REI Rookwoods Commons, 2643 Edmondson Road; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 513231-8678 or

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Goblins and pirates and fairies, oh my! All creatures are welcome for a slightly spooky Halloween story, with songs and a trick-or-treat around the bookstore. Costumes are encouraged! Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-396-8960 or


Bring the littles for PJ Library stories and crafts! blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-761-7500 or

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Visit Raptor Inc. during this open house and learn about the conservation of birds of prey through rehabilitation and education. Meet avian ambassadors up close, learn about the role raptors play in the environment, and speak to the knowledgeable staff. Raptor, Inc., 961 Barg Salt Run Road; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-825-3325 or



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Kids can make an awesome monster to celebrate this spooky time of year! Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. Oct. 31, 2 p.m. Nov. 3; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or 513-345-6508

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This brand-new, world premiere musical takes audiences down the rabbit hole with the ever-curious Alice, White Rabbit, Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum, Mad Hatter, Chesire Cat, Queen of Hearts and all your other favorites form Lewis Carroll’s beloved books, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Zany characters, mad tea parties, flamingo croquet and tap dancing playing cards all make for a fun musical adventure the whole family will enjoy. Taft Theatre, 317 East Fifth St.; 2 p.m. Oct. 15, 16, 22 and 23, 5 p.m. Oct. 16 and 22, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 21; $10 - $30; 513-569-8080, ext. 10, or

See The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati’s production of Alice in Wonderland this month.

Oct. 23; ticket prices start at $40; 513-421-3888 or


“Froggy” LeSeuer has brought along a very shy friend to a fishing lodge in Georgia, so shy that they tell the other guests that he is from a foreign country and speaks no English. Of course, the shy guest overhears more than he should, all of which leads to a hilarious climax between the “bad guys” and the “good guys!” Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; Oct. 20 - Nov. 13; see website for ticket prices; 513-241-6550 or


One of the most successful musicals in history, Godspell is a whimsical and inspiring view of Jesus, as His followers and disciples re-enact parables and scenes from the New Testament in a rock musical that features popular hits like “Day by Day,” “All Good Gifts” and more. Covedale Center for Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; through Oct. 2; please visit website for performance schedule and ticket prices; 513-241-6550 or


August Wilson’s play follows a group of men hustling to survive while operating an unlicensed car service in Pittsburgh’s Hill District during the 1970s. Best for adult and older teenage audiences. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; Oct. 15 - Nov. 12; tickets start at $40; 513-421-3888 or


One of the longest running productions in Broadway history, this show is a brutally honest look at the backstage world of musical theatre as 17 dancers vie to make the final cut for the latest smash hit. But as auditions proceed and lives are revealed, they find that their lives are all changed forever. Patricia Corbett Theater, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati, Corry and Jefferson Streets; Oct. 20 - 30; $31 - $35 general, $22 - $25 students, $18 - $21 UC students; 513-556-4183 or


Dr. Coppelius’ dream comes true when his latest creation comes to life, but the doll has created quite a stir among the villagers, in this treasured ballet from Cincinnati Ballet where love conquers all. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 8 p.m. Oct. 21 - 22, 2 p.m. Oct. 22, 1 p.m. Oct. 23; ticket prices vary;


Hotshot lawyer Amir Kapoor has spent a lifetime distancing himself from his strict Muslim upbringing while his artist wife finds her own work increasingly inspired by Islam. When the two host a dinner party for their friends, a polite conversation escalates into an explosive exploration of identity, religion and politics. Suitable for adults and older teens. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; through


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


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


Hunter and Jeff and friends are braving the gauntlet of self-expression — writing a musical. In the process of creating and performing, they learn a lot about themselves as people, friends and artists. Warsaw Federal Incline Theater, 801 Matson Place; through Oct. 16; please visit website for performance schedule and ticket prices; 513-241-6550 or

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9336 Colerain Ave. 513-923-FIRE • Ladies’ Craft Night Enjoy a night out with the girls as you create fall and Halloween wine bottle and wine glass crafts. 6:30 - 10 p.m. Oct. 12; prices vary by piece. •Ladies’ Pottery Night Create a beautiful piece of pottery while enjoying an evening out. Oct. 21; please call for time; prices vary by piece.

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

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

•Brownie Badge Day RSVP by Sept. 30 at Brownie Scouts can earn a hiker badge as they learn about essential hiking skills on an outdoor trek. Be sure to bring your hiking gear, a packed lunch, and plenty of water. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Oct. 15; $10 per scout, $6 per parent.

BETHESDA NORTH HOSPITAL 10500 Montgomery Road 513-475-4500 •

•Birthing With Ease Join a unique childbirth series that explores the myth that suffering must accompany labor. 6:45 p.m. Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26; $200 for eight-week package. •Happiest Baby on the Block Learn how to calm your newborn and help him and you sleep better at night. 6:45 p.m. Oct. 10; $50 (includes parent kid and DVD). •Toilet Training Without Tears Wondering where to begin with toilet training? Check out this workshop that discusses all the readiness signs, plus what to do when regression and relapses happen, and whether or not a reward system is right for you. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Oct. 1; $30.

stories, games and treats. Line numbers available for signing with purchase of book. •Miss Meghan’ Music Ages 0 - 4 and their grown-ups enjoy songs and time together. 11 a.m. 12 p.m. Oct. 29; $10 per child.


430 W. North Bend Road 513-761-4313 •Weather 101 RSVP by Sept. 30. Homeschool students ages 8 -12 enjoy a series of demos to learn how air, water and heat produce Earth’s weather. Kids learn to read a weather map, perform experiments, and take a hike. Please pack a lunch and drink. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Oct. 4; $5. •Magic Forest Halloween Hikes Walk a pumpkin-lit, non-scary trail and meet costumed characters from nature and history. Ideal for ages 3 - 10. Hikes begin at 7 p.m. and leave every 15 minutes until 8:30 p.m.; each hike lasts approximately one hour. 7 - 9:30 p.m. Oct. 21 22; $6. Call 513-321-6208 or parks.cincyregister. com/mfhallhikes2016.


953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-2787 • •Art in the Making: Stories and Art Ages 6 - 12 and their parents are invited to share an art experience led by a local artist, followed by a gallery tour. 1 - 3 p.m. Oct. 15; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers ($3 and $6 for each additional person). •FREE Ancient Meets Contemporary: Ideal Beauty Visitors enjoy a lively interaction with ancient art, thanks to a partnership with the University of Cincinnati’s Classics Department. 3 - 4 p.m. Oct. 15. •FREE Fandom: American Horror Story Fans of the TV show are invited to gather and explore popular culture in the CAM’s galleries. 2 - 3 p.m. Oct. 22.


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•Toddler Times This gathering is designed to prepare 2-year-olds for the world of preschool and includes hands-on learning activities, pre-reading skills, and plenty of singing, rhyming and fun. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25; $20 per day.

•Make a Mess Bring ages 2 - 4 for a good story and a fun art-making activity you can do together. 10 - 11 a.m. Oct. 3; $10 per child.

•Playful Learning A great preparation program, or alternative, to preschool in which ages 3 - 5 learn while building, dancing, experimenting, creating, exploring and having fun. 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Mon or Fri in Oct.; $25 per day.

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•World Smile Day! It’s a smiley story time featuring your pearly whites and a yummy craft best for ages 3 - 5. Please note that peanut butter will be used. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Oct. 7; $5. •Brown Bear’s Birthday Celebrate an old favorite, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See, as it turns 50 years old, then read a few more favorites and enjoy a party craft. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Oct. 11; $5. •FREE Author Meet and Greet Author/illustrator Nick Bruel shares his latest Bad Kitty title: Bad Kitty, Scaredy Cat! Come dressed in costume and enjoy

•Work and Play Parents who work from home can schedule some time in the CFEC’s working space while kids have a little fun playing with a childcare provider. 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Tue and Fri in Oct.; $10 per hour. •Crisis in Play This learning through play workshop focuses on the critical skills needed for the 21st century, like problem solving, collaboration, empathy, creativity and resiliency. Facilitated by Discovery Toys educational consultant, Nancy Tunnat. 12:45 p.m. Oct. 29; donations accepted. •

PLAN AHEAD •Pregnancy Related Back & Pelvic Pain Join a TriHealth physical therapist for an informative workshop for women who experience low back pain, urinary incontinence and other problems. 12:45 p.m. Oct. 1; donations accepted. •Tummy2Tummy Learn the benefits of wearing your baby in a sling or carrier and try a few samples to determine what works best for you. 11 a.m. Oct. 8; donations accepted. •Breastfeeding Realities Breastfeeding couples are invited to join a workshop to discuss some basics struggles that new moms face and gather information and support from a local lactation consultant. 1 - 3 p.m. Oct. 15; $35. •FREE These Aren’t Your Momma’s Cloth Diapers Learn the benefits of using cloth diapers for you, Baby and the Earth — it’s not as messy as you think! 12:45 p.m. Oct. 22.

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Single Museum Tickets $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free infants younger than 1

Mini Makers Ages 5 - 10 explore Gourd Lamps (Oct. 15), Pumpkin Pin Art (Oct. 22) and the Jedi Academy (Oct. 29) this month! 2:30 p.m.; $8 per child members, $10 per child nonmembers.

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•Family Fall Tree Nuts Ages 6 - 10 and their grown-ups explore the bounty of fall nuts as they gather the fruits of oak, hickory, walnut and hazel. Dig into the importance of nuts to wildlife, how squirrels serve as the “legs” of trees, the ways animals open nuts, and how nut trees contributed to Cincinnati’s name, Porkopolis. Then crack and eat nuts and make black walnut scratchers to take home. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Oct. 7; $7 per member child, $11 per nonmember child. •International Observe the Moon Night Listen to a short story, take a hike while soaking up facts about the moon, and look through telescopes and binoculars at Earth’s nearest neighbor. Best for ages 5 - 8 with a caregiver; meet at Abner Hollow Cabin. 7 - 9 p.m. Oct. 8; $6 members, $10 nonmembers. •Go Nuts! Take a fall hike to learn about the role of nuts and seeds in the forest ecosystem, then make a Black Walnut Scratcher. Ages 4 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Oct. 15; $5 members, $9 nonmembers. Legends and Folklore of Fall RSVP for a fall hike and discover autumn through the eyes of Shawnee hunters, early settlers, witch-fearing peasants and more. Ages 6 and older accompanied by an adult; meet in the Green Cottage. 1 - 3 p.m. Oct. 22; $5 members, $9 nonmembers. •Fire Making Fun Learn how Native Americans made fire with natural materials, and try your hand at making fire with a bow drill, as well as how to make a natural torch. If desired, bring your own food to cover on the fire. For ages 10 and older with adults; meet at the Outdoor Learning Center. 5 p.m. Nov. 5; $5 members, $9 nonmembers.

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PLAN AHEAD •Nature Connections for Families Deepen your connection to the natural world with your family in this ongoing series that explores mapping, journaling, using bird language and more. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Oct. 5 and Nov. 2; $6 member child, $10 nonmember child.


2715 Reading Road 513-221-0981 • Baby Greens Ages 0 - 4 explore fall leaves with songs and stories and a stroll through the garden. 10 a.m. Oct. 14; $5. •Junior Gardeners Ages 5 - 15 explore natural dyes. Stop by to learn about plants that color our world and experiment with some plant dyes on fabric. 2:30 - 4 p.m. Oct. 25; $5.

CLIFTON CULTURAL ARTS CENTER 3711 Clifton Ave. 513-494-6526 •

•School Holiday Camp MamLuft&Co. Dance offers a day full of dance and arts and crafts for boys and girls ages 5 - 12. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Oct. 19; visit web site for prices.


•Advanced Dramatic Workshop Ages 12 17 are invited to audition to join a five-week class resulting in the performance of Almost, Maine. From audition to handling challenging themes and developing complicated characters, from set design and stage management to performance, 20 roles are available and will be cast from a city wide audition. Oct. 9, RSVP for audition time slot; class price is $150. •Advanced Professional Development Workshop for TV, Film & Stage RSVP by Oct. 31 for this two-day workshop for ages 9 - 15 that focuses on working in a professional environment, including resumes and headshots for theatre, acting techniques, marketing yourself as an actor, working with an agent, unions and more. 2 - 5 p.m. Nov. 5 - 6; $210.


Held at Gateway Community & Technical College, 525 Scott Blvd., Covington •FREE Disabilities Empowerment Conference: Together We Are Able Bringing together people with disabilities, their families, and organizations that assist them in their quest to stay independent. Enjoy speakers on topics important to the disability community, vendors and refreshments. 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Oct. 15.


Held at Cincinnati Country Day School 6905 Given Road 513-544-8444 • •FREE EduMaker Cincy The Maker Movement has been catching steam for years, encouraging children to think, design and create to solve problems. Bring them along for robotics demos, crafts, lasers, 3D printing and more. 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Oct. 15.

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GREEN ACRES ARTS CENTER 8400 Blome Road 513-965-5103 •

•Bloom for Stepping Stones Join the 12th annual Bloom gala, presented by Huntington, and dance the night away, dine on tapas from 20 of Cincinnati’s finest restaurants, bid on silent auction items, and enjoy guest emcees Jeff and Jenn from Q102, all while raising funds for people with disabilities. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 1; $150.


10990 Thornview Drive 513-491-3573 • imaginationyoga.greatercincy.dayton/ •Imagination Yoga Ages 6 - 8 join a guided class that stimulates creativity with yoga poses and calming techniques. Yoga mats provided. 5:30 - 6:10 p.m. Oct. 6 - Nov. 3; $52 for five sessions. •Yoga’sup Ages 10 - 13 learn realistic stress management options through yoga and wellness techniques like aromatherapy, mindfulness and music. Mats provided. 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Oct. 6 - Nov. 3; $55 for five sessions.


2692 Madison Road 513-396-8960 • •FREE Author Presentation Nicole Curtis, star of HGTV and DIY Network’s Rehab Addict, reveals her personal struggles and victories and the lessons we can all learn. 7 p.m. Oct. 28; tickets are free with purchase or pre-order of Better Than New.


9402 Towne Square Ave., Blue Ash 513-531-7400 • •FREE What Parents Should Know About Reading and Comprehension Do you have concern for a struggling reader? In our communities, about 20% of the population has difficulty learning to read. This presentation simplifies the complex process of reading by explaining the five critical skills that support successful reading. Learn about the developmental path of successful readers, the root causes of reading difficulties, and why some good readers struggle with comprehension. 12:30 - 2 p.m. Oct. 18.


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


2812 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills 859-331-2094 Canvas Painting Night It’s all about pumpkins in this evening of painting fun. 6 p.m. Oct. 14; prices vary.


1981 Madison Road 513-802-5020 • Halloween Costume Workshop Design and sew your Halloween costume, complete with a design day and a shopping trip for fabric. 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22; $210.


8485 Ridge Road 513-761-7500 • •FREE March of the Living Info Session It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience for Jewish high school seniors from around the world. Find out more about this life-changing trip, learn about available travel grants, and hear first-hand experiences from past participants. 7 p.m. Oct. 10 and 20. •FREE Jewish Community Blood Drive Make a difference in the lives of others by giving a blood donation in partnership with Hoxworth Blood Center, Golf Manor Synagogue, Congregation Zichron Eliezer, Sha’arei Torah and Northern Hills Synagogue. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Oct. 9. Visit hoxworth. org/groups/jewishcommunity.html. •FREE Under One Roof Community Art Reception Enjoy, art, music and light appetizers in the sukkah, and meet the artists and organizations who created the canvases. Under One Roof is presented by Rockwern Charitable Foundation. 5 p.m. Oct. 19. •Eat the Rainbow Adults learn the benefits of fruits and vegetables, the importance and role of vitamins and minerals in our bodies, consumption recommendations, and various ways to incorporate fruits and veggies into your diet. 6 - 7 p.m. Oct. 5; free members, $15 general public. •FREE Win Your Battle Before it Starts: What You Need to Know About Breast Cancer Discuss ways you can detect breast cancer in a Q&A led by Mercy Health breast cancer surgeon and Medical Director of Breast Surgery, Dr. Hilary Shapiro-Wright. The Mercy Health-Mobile Health Mammography Unit will be on site from 3 - 5:30 p.m.; please verify Mercy Health and The Jewish Hospital are in-network providers. 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27. •Bricks 4 Kids Building Workshop Ages 6 - 12 enjoy a Lego lesson, then work in pairs to construct a Lego model that illustrates the lesson. Participants take home handouts and overviews of what they learned, so parents can join the fun at home. 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. Oct. 27; $8 members, $10 general public. •FREE Math Circle Grades 6 - 8 can meet other kids who share a passion for math in this program from professors at University of Cincinnati and award-winning high school teachers. Students will be challenged and inspired with intriguing math activities, topics and puzzles. 2:30 - 4 p.m. Oct. 9 and 23.

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CALL AHEAD TO RESERVE YOUR CHILD’S SPOT! These events require ADVANCE REGISTRATION. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted. •Night Bike Ride RSVP by Oct. 13. Take an evening ride once or twice around the Shaker Trace Trail. Front/back lights and helmets required. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15; $6. •Homeschool Science: Tree ID RSVP by Oct. 18. Homeschool students ages 5 - 12 learn about trees through learning stations, lessons and a guided outdoor exploration. 1 - 3 p.m. Oct. 20; $6.


11925 Kemper Springs Drive 513-751-3292 or Pumpkin Blow Ages 5 and older get help from a professional glassblower to make their own pumpkin from hot glass. Sign up for a 30-minute time slot between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2, 8, 9, 14, 15, 23 and 29. $40 per person.

NEWPORT AQUARIUM 1 Aquarium Way, Newport

•Mermaid & Pirate Breakfast Enjoy breakfast with your family (and a pirate!) in the Riverside Room overlooking the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati. After breakfast, explore the Aquarium before it opens to the general public, meet a Mermaid up-close and out of the water, and see one swim in the Amazon Tunnel Exhibit. 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. Oct. 2, 9 and 16; $42.99 general, $32.99 passholders.

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Fall Festival RSVP by Oct. 9. Celebrate fall by harvesting apples and making a scarecrow. For ages 2 - 5 and their adults. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Oct. 11 and 12; $10 per child with one adult, $5 per additional adult.


Held at Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road •Paw Joggers Rescue Run Join a chip-timed 5K or a relaxing 2K walk with or without well-behaved dogs, all to benefit 34 members of the local animal welfare community. Prizes will be awarded! 8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Oct. 16; $35 for 5K, $25 for 2K, $15 per dog (fees increase after Sept. 29).


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•Stepping Forward: Service Days Volunteer to help prepare the Timberhill Activity area for winter — take down shelters, perform clean up, trail maintenance and other general tasks. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Oct. 22.


11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-7275 •

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•Webelos Adventure Day RSVP by Oct. 18. Scouts can earn the Geology Rocks Adventure badge with a short hike and activities. 10 a.m. Oct. 22 and 1 p.m. Oct. 23; $6.




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•Great Miami River Cleanup RSVP by Oct. 21. Help clean up sites along the Great Miami River and make a difference in this very important waterway. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Oct. 22.

•Intro to Backpacking RSVP by Oct. 8. Learn the basic pre-trip preparation tasks, and get on-the-trail tips and essentials to make your time in the great outdoors enjoyable and safe. 7 p.m. Oct. 12; $6.


•Outdoor Archery RSVP by Oct. 13. Ages 8 and older learn the basics of shooting a compound bow before trying out their skills on the practice range. 2:30 - 4 p.m. Oct. 15; $15.

9797 Montgomery Road, Ste. F 513-873-4561 or •Mom & Daughter Night Moms and their daughters ages 6 and older are invited to a special night of bonding over jewelry. 7 - 8:30 p.m. Oct. 14; a $20 deposit will be applied toward your selection.


Dracula: The Radio Play Remember the good old days of radio, when listeners had to use their imagination? Those days are back, only better! See and hear the radio program of Dracula as performed by the Cincinnati Radio Actors Theater, as they tell the tale of Professor Van Helsing. Best for older teens and adults. 6:30 p.m. Oct. 14; $40 (includes dinner and show). Pumpkin Stained Glass Workshop Ages 14 and older learn the Tiffany copper foil technique of stained glass with step-by-step instruction and all the tools you need. Choose from a variety of glasses to make a stained glass pumpkin to hang. 6 8 p.m. Oct. 12; $50. Fall Photography at Winton Woods Workshop It’s time to take your digital SLR camera off of AUTO and on to taking breathtaking images. Focus your attention on landscapes with an hour of classroom learning, then an hour off-site at Winton Woods. Oct. 24 for class and walk; Oct. 27 for class only; Oct. 30 for walk only; $25.


Held at Washington Park, 1230 Elm St. •Diaper Dash Mayor Cranley declared Oct. 2 Diaper Need Awareness Day in Cincinnati, and in honor, Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank hosts its inaugural Diaper Dash, a family-friendly non-competitive fun run. Enjoy a morning of music, food and fun, including a dash around the park for all ages. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Oct. 2; $30 adults, $20 children, free ages 4 and younger.

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•FREE Live at the Uni Enjoy well-loved music in this concert series featuring No Promises Vocal Band on Oct. 10 and Frank Proto and Tim Berens on Oct 24. Meet with the musicians after the performance at Montgomery Inn, directly across the street. 7 p.m. Oct. 10, 24. •

•Archery Games RSVP by Oct. 13. Ages 8 and older who have taken Outdoor Archery can improve upon their skills with some fun games. 1:30 - 3 p.m. Oct. 16; $15. •Paul Farm Trek RSVP by Oct. 13. Go off-trail and visit land once owned by Allen Paul — learn local history, search for beaver evidence, and enjoy fall colors. 2 p.m. Oct. 16. •Reforestation Celebration RSVP by Oct. 13. Thanks to volunteer and community support, Great Parks met and exceeded a commitment to plant 60,000 trees by 2016. Help commemorate this feat by planting a few more — including the ceremonial 100,000th tree. Stick around afterwards for a live animal program and lunch. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Oct. 22. •Silt Basin Exploration RSVP by Oct. 27. Venture off-trail to a protected habitat and view a unique spot where beavers have taken up residence. 3 p.m. Oct. 30.

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•Mothers & Daughters: Cultivating Connections Through Writing & BookMaking Girls in grades 4 - 7 and their mothers or other adult women are invited to join a writing exercise and create a letter writing journal that can be shared. Limited to 10 pairs. 1 - 4 p.m. Oct. 16 and Nov. 20; $50 per pair, per class.


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Fall Jamboree RSVP by Oct. 12. Ages 3 - 5 will learn all about the season of fall with stories and crafts. 10 a.m. Oct. 14; $6.



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“We love Dr. Kennedy! They are not only the best at what they do but everyone who works there has a loving spirit. Every time I take my children in each person welcomes my kids with big smiles. They truly care about the comfort of your children.”

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“Thank you for the excellent care Tom has received from age 3 to 18! Once again, thanks for the really great dental care he received and the kindness of your office, staff and Dr. Sullivan. We recommend your services to anyone who needs a great children’s dentist!”

John Gennantonio, D.D.S. Katie Lubitz Stewart, D.D.S. Sarah Husted, D.D.S.

William Greenhill, D.M.D.

2012 Callie Way, Suite 202, Union, KY 859.384.6050 •

1319 Nagel Road, Anderson 513.474.6777 • “We absolutely LOVE Sea of Smiles. Our daughter has been going since she was a year old and they are SO friendly. They’re extremely patient with her and do everything they can to make her laugh and help the process go smoothly. We’ll be with them for a while! (Plus the cool Sea decor in the waiting room is a BIG bonus. What two year old doesn’t like slides and fish?!)”

“My kids can’t wait to go to the dentist...enough said! Every single member of the staff is exceptional, as if they were trained by Walt Disney himself. I don’t have enough good things to say about Dr. Greenhill. He is thorough, patient, and genuinely loves the kids.”

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Cincinnati Family magazine October 2016

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