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Let your kids choose.
We have a Burwinkel Farms family-four pack for you to win plus parents talk about allowing kids to walk home from school.
Fall Farm Family Frenzy! Season events, fun on the farms, trick-or-treating, festivals and more to inspire your October.
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Seasonal events abound this month. Don't miss a trick! Look for the black cat for Halloween-specific goings on:
The zoo has a new hippo: welcome, Tucker! Plus, what's new for fall and others goings on.
Starting Baby off on solids is a milestone. Take it slowly and pay heed to expert advice from a local doctor.
Outdoor's the call for fall. We've got you covered. cincinnatifamilymagazine.com
14 AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES october 2021 1
the little things
By Amanda Hayward
Let THEM Choose
ids love Halloween. I feel like my kids have been thinking about and carefully planning out their costumes for months now (I’m not even kidding October couldn’t have come any sooner). So now I feel better discussing what they are going to be this year. The one night of the year when they get to be anything they want to be. It’s funny putting it that way, isn’t it? They get to choose and pretend to be anything — something scary, something silly, something beautiful — anything. I think that is why kids love it so much - they get a choice in who they want to be for a whole day. Kids love choices. It makes them feel powerful, and it’s one of the first steps to growing up. They gain some power and control over what they get to do, and having a say in what they want to do or how they want to dress is a great feeling. The magical question they get asked this time of year is: What do you want to be for Halloween? Their little eyes light up and their imaginations go wild. A unicorn? Ghost? Princess? Favorite game character? The sky's the limit. We need to allow our kids to have more opportunities to choose than this one time. Rather than having everything laid out for them, involve them in some daily decision making. Offering options leads to positive behavior and a happier, more independent kid. But the key is to offer up choices that you can agree to. For example, instead of saying, “Do you want to eat lunch now?” Say, “Do you want a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch or peanut butter and jelly?” That way, they can’t just say, “No, I don’t want to eat lunch.” That is a battle you won’t win. Here are other simple daily choices for kids: • Ask if they want to check out books at the library or just play • Let them choose a book at night • While riding in the car, ask if they want to listen to music or play I Spy • Ask if they want their school artwork hung on the refrigerator or the wall
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• Have them help choose snacks for your outings • Ask if they want their banana cut into slices or whole • Ask if they want chips or a cookie in their lunch
It’s that simple! Doing this gives kids a voice, helps you to bond together and enhances their problem-solving skills. Positive reinforcement helps, too: “Wow, you chose some yummy snacks for our picnic today!” Two or three choices are enough, and consistency is a
must. You can actually start offering up age-appropriate choices as early as 12 months old believe it or not! Have a Happy Halloween and let this day be the first of many more days when your kids get to be superheroes! EDITOR 2 october 2021
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Question: My 10 year old wants to get dropped off and walk home from the bus on his own. We live at the end of a cul-de-sac and the bus drops off at the stop sign at the end of our street. Is this OK?
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“You have to assess the situation and go with your gut. So for us it was a no. At 10 years old, my son lived a sixminute walk from school and had to walk the sidewalk on a busy roadway. We also live in the city so while relatively safe you can also encounter a few unsavory types or loose dogs that aren't always friendly. We live by the buddy system in our home even for us adults and since he is an only child with no friends that walk home in our direction, we opted to always walk with him to and from school. He was fine with this. Now he's almost 13 and we use the Life360 app now that he keeps a cell on him and rides public transportation to get home from school many days, and I still meet him at the bus stop — it's at a busy intersection with lots of car and foot traffic that aren't always upstanding citizens. It would be different if he had siblings or a small group of friends to walk with or if we lived in the suburbs or something like that, but too many teens go missing without a trace and sex trafficking is a real issue." Jessica Dooley Adams “Only you know your neighborhood, and your own son, best. When we lived on a cul-de-sac, I would have felt comfortable with this, and I did. With younger children, I waited at the bus stop, because in our case it was two short streets down, and on a main road. All those factors you need to
consider; no one can decide this for you. To me, based on what you said, it sounds perfectly safe. But, you know the neighborhood, your son's personality, and your own comfort level." Kathleen Rideout “My 10 year old walks home from school every day.”
“Way too young!!! No, no and NO!!!!!” David Reid “Sounds exactly like the set-up I had as a kid (bus dropped off at the top of the street, a dead-end cul-de-sac). I was definitely walking home from the bus stop that was six to seven houses down at age 10. My mom sometimes would be sitting on the bench by our front door waiting for us (my brothers and I). So she watches us coming most of the way. Kids thrive on trust and being given small amounts of independence, especially when you know they can handle it. Make sure to go over the “don’t talk to strangers” lesson but let her have this new level of responsibility. You got this!" Mary Cunha “As a school bus driver, I never see parents and I make sure all my kids are safe. I would be ok with it. Also as a mom to 8 with kids in pre-K to a senior in high school, at that age I would be ok with it."
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ippo Cove at Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden (3400 Vine St.) has a new inhabitant. Welcome to Cincinnati, Tucker! The 18-year-old, 4,500-pound male hippo has been called “huge, dark and handsome!” by zookeepers. The keepers have their fingers crossed that 21-year-old Bibi agrees, as the Cincinnati Zoo would love to have more baby hippos in the future. Tucker, Bibi and fan-favorite Fiona will slowly be introduced, hoping for a smooth transition and happy hippos. Grab a membership to the zoo (10 percent off this month), and see this tremendous trio all yearlong! Call 513-281-4700 or visit cincinnatizoo.org for more information.
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What's New in Local Fall Fun T
he fall just keeps getting better! While our local farm fun roundup begins on page 12, here's some of the "new" you can expect around town.
• Blooms and Berries Farm Market now offers Grandparent Thursdays at Fall on the Farm. On Thursdays, grandparents receive half-price admission with regular admission for grandkids. Be sure to snag tickets online at bloomsandberries.com! Blooms and Berries Farm Market is located at 9669 S. St. Rt. 48 in Loveland; call 513-697-9173 for more information.
• Kinman Farms has added new slides and a straw climbing pyramid for kiddos to enjoy at the Fall Fest this year. Tickets can be purchased in-person; Kinman Farms is located at 4175 Burlington Pike in Burlington, Ky; call 859-689-2682 or visit kinmanfarm.com for more information.
• Operation Pumpkin is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2021, meaning the event will be • Country Pumpkins has lots bigger and better than ever! This art of new things for 2021 including: a and pumpkin festival runs Oct 8 - 10 See all kinds of elaborately carved pumpkins during Operation in Hamilton, Oh and features live new fire pit, corn pit, slide area in Pumpkin's 10th Anniversary celebration, Oct. 8 - 10. Pumpkin Ridge, farm friends and music, HUGE pumpkin art displays, an upgraded party shelter! Counvendors, food and drinks. To learn more, visit operation- try Pumpkins is located at 1835 Sherman Mt. Zion Road in Dry pumpkin.org. Ridge, Ky; call 859-905-9656 or visit countrypumpkinsky.com. (please turn the page)
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ore monumental statues are on display at Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum.
"Leverage" by Bret Price features 10 pieces in the park, transforming the landscape. The large pieces will be on display until September 2022. Families can view the collection during Fall Foliage Tours which are available all monthlong! For $60, families can enjoy a two-hour art cart rental, and grownups can enjoy a bottle of wine. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum is located at 1763 Hamilton-Cleves Road; call 513-868-1234 or visit pyramidhill.org Bring the family to Pyramid Hill to explore 10 new monumental statues as part of "Leverage" by Bret Price, through September 2022.
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Starting Baby on solids marks an exciting milestone, but it also raises lots of questions. Here’s good info to know before opening that first jar of baby food.
Introducing First Foods
ou now have the green light from your pediatrician to begin feeding your precious bundle his first foods. This is a big moment for you and your baby, but you have lots of questions: How much? How often? What’s safe? Whether you’re a new or experienced parent, these questions are normal because as time changes, so do recommendations on everything. Nick DeBlasio M.D., MEd medical director, Pediatric Primary Care Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, says that introducing solid foods between ages 4 - 6 months is OK, but aiming toward the 6-month milestone is the official recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics. But why? “The main thing we look for is really from a developmental standpoint, are the kids ready?” DeBlasio says. “Not only are they interested in eating it, but are they able to physically do it?” Here are some ways you can tell if Baby is ready for that jar of bananas: He doesn’t have the “tongue thrusting” motion; and he has enough neck and head control to sit up and feed. If he does seem to be pushing his food away (aka, tongue thrusting), take a break for a couple weeks and try, try again.
no good science behind which foods are the best, according to DeBlasio — green vegetables or orange, fruit or no fruit first — everyone and every baby is different. However, for those first-food introductions, it’s best to start off with baby rice or grain cereal and single-ingredient foods. Before introducing any new foods to his palette, see how he tolerates those first foods for about three-to-five days and continue the cycle. “Basically start small, and go slowly,” suggests DeBlasio. “Go through your jar foods in no particular order.” The main reason for this is to make sure that if your baby has some sort of reaction, you can pinpoint which food was the culprit. DeBlasio also says to avoid feeding directly out of the jar as this puts Baby at risk to bacteria exposure. This goes for homemade baby food, too. These days, there has been an increase in families wanting to make their own foods due to the concern of heavy metals in jarred food. According to DeBlasio, there are pluses and minuses to both. The plus side is that you know exactly what is going into his food; and the downside is the time commitment. It really comes down to what works for your busy household.
Paying close attention to his eating cues will help tremendously as you begin to put together a feeding schedule. “Every baby honestly is a little bit different,” DeBlasio says. “Starting off at around 6 months I’ll give the kids two meals a day and as they get closer to 9 months, I start to transition to three meals a day.” Whether in-between breast or bottle feeding or after, however you do it depends on his preferences. “The one thing I don’t recommend is doing solid foods right before a kid is about to breastfeed or take formula,” he continues. “Typically they will be really agitated because they are hungry. The feeding does require some coordination.” Keep in mind that the bulk of his nutrition is coming from breast milk or formula — that is most important to make sure he is getting the nutrients and calories that he needs. “It really comes down to what works best for that particular baby, and what works best for their schedule,” DeBlasio says. “Don’t drive yourself too crazy, be patient and let the baby get used to things. It can be a big switch.” (Please turn the page for information on allergies and baby food)
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Amanda Hayward is editor of this publication and a mom of three — one of whom is just about to start solids!
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BABY BITS Introducing HighAllergenic Foods
arly introduction to high-allergenic foods is now recommended by the AAP to avoid allergic reactions later on. In fact, waiting too long to serve foods like cheese and peanut butter might raise a child’s allergy risk. Here is how and what to introduce beginning around 6 months, except for honey:
It’s not hard to detect an allergic reaction to something your baby eats, but it’s important to keep track of the foods you’re feeding your baby. A food diary is a life-saver during the early days.
Peanuts - Mix a little water and peanut butter together, add little bits to his food. Eggs - Introduce well-cooked scrambled eggs once he is ready for finger foods. Dairy - Begin with milder, whole cheeses, typically one to two ounces. Wait to introduce milk until he is at least 1 year old. Fish - Gradually introduce small amounts such as bits of salmon or cod with Baby’s solid foods. Honey - Wait to introduce until he is at least 1 year old due to the risk of infant botulism.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Infants with eczema or other allergies are at higher risk of developing peanut allergies. If you notice any signs of allergic reactions, such as hives, diarrhea, vomiting or rashes, call your pediatrician or doctor right away.
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This is what we’ve all been waiting for — a fresh, fun family fall including play, warm
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Tricks, Treats and Souped-Up Fun Jack O’ Lantern Junction EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester, Oh; 513898-8000; entertrainmentjunction. com Through Oct. 31 HallZOOween Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati, Oh 513-281-4700; cincinnatizoo.org Select weekends in October Haunted Village at Heritage Village; 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville, Oh; 513-563-9484; heritagevillagecincinnati.org/events/haunted-village October 8& 9, 15 & 16, 22, & 23 12 october 2021
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Fests & Events City of Trenton Fall Fest Trenton Community Park 440 Dell Drive, Trenton, Oh fb.me/e/1Ey45Cutf October 2, 2 - 10:30 p.m.; Have some fall-tastic fun while enjoying a classic car show, games, vendors, fireworks, live music, a Kid’s Zone for the littles with face painting and more! Kings Island Tricks and Treats 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, Oh 513-754-5700; visitkingsisland.com Weekends through October 31; Put on a cool costume and get in the Halloween spirit while you enjoy tasty treats, watch lively entertainment and go on lots of exciting rides! Or, take the older kids to Halloween Haunt (Fridays and Saturdays through October 30) - and for the in-be”tween” - there is HallowTween that has tons of Halloween excitement for the tween-
age group with plenty of light, spooky-fun for young scare-seekers. Operation Pumpkin High St., Hamilton, Oh; operation-pumpkin.org October 8 - 10; It’s Operation Pumpkin’s 10th anniversary! In historic downtown Hamilton, Oh, this pumpkin and art festival includes lots of sculpted, carved and decorated pumpkins that are eaten all weekendlong! Kids will love all of the crafts, live music, pet parade, pumpkin vendors and rides, too! Monster BASH The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati; 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati, Oh; 513-5698080; thechildrenstheatre.com Enjoy this FUNdraiser filled with spooky good times. Decorate pumpkins, go trick-or-treating, participate in a costume contest, dance, get in on prize raffles, plus enjoy a new carnival interactive experience! The Monster Bash benefits the oldest Children’s Theatre in the world! Sunflower Festival at Gorman Heritage Farm 10052 Reading Road, Evendale, Oh; 513563-6663; gormanfarm.org October 2 & 3; Browse this 122-acre working farm and explore all of the activities: hayrides, pumpkins, craft vendors, food trucks, a corn maze and sunflower maze, farm animals, a Farm Fun Education Station, mule drawn carriage rides, High Grain Beer Garden and Cut Your Own sunflowers! Advance ticket purchase required. Fall Fun at HVO; 5474 North State Route 48, Lebanon, Oh 513-932-1869 hiddenvalleyorchards. com Special themed weekends
at Hidden Valley Orchards include Pumpkin Palooza week, October 8; Jack-OLantern Jamboree, October 14; and Fall Family Fest, October 23 & 24. Fall Food Fest; Findlay Market 513-665-4839 findlaymarket.org/ marketevents/fallfoodfest October 15 - 17; Between W. Elder Street, Elm Street and Essen Strasse in Over-the-Rhine, the whole family will love all of the decadent food and drink, entertaining music, plus a kid’s scavenger hunt and pumpkin painting! The Great Pumpkin Fest; Keehner Park, 7211 Barret Road, West Chester, Oh; bit. ly/3k6ocB8 October 9, 2 - 6 p.m.; Puppet show, costume contest, not-so-scary haunted trail, wagon rides and more.
On the Farms Burwinkel Farms’ Sunflower, Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch Weekends; 4359 Hamilton Cleves Road, Ross, Oh; 513-738-1145; burwinkelfarms.com Weekends in October; Begin all of your fall fun here! Your little pumpkins can go on a fun-filled Halloween scavenger hunt, meet friendly farm animals, pick their own pumpkin, take a selfie in front of the sunflowers, navigate through a corn maze, journey out on a hayride and more! Blooms & Berries Farm Market Fall on the Farm; 9669 OH-48, Loveland, Oh; 513697-9173; bloomsandberries.com Daily through October 31; Fall on the Farm is back! Between corn and straw mazes; their ginormous pumpkin bounce pad;
hayride, petting zoo; and U-pick pumpkins, the kids will have all of the fall fun they need, and that’s just the beginning! Toddler Tuesday is back for ages 2 - 4, and new this year, take advantage of Grandparents Day on Thursdays - Grandma and Grandpa get half-off admission with paying children admission! Niederman Family Farm Fall Fun 2021; 5110 Lesourdsville West Chester Road, Liberty Township, Oh; 513-779-6184; niedermanfamilyfarm.com Through October 31; This family-owned farm gets better every generation. Bring the family and celebrate the season with a four-acre corn maze, hayrides, a jumping pillow, climbing web and more. Want to celebrate further? Why not rent one of their private rings and make some roasty, toasty marshmallows? Learn more and book on their website. Fall Fun Weekends at Brown’s Family Market; 11620 Hamilton – Cleves Road Hamilton, Oh; 513738-0404; brownsfarmmarket.com Weekends through October 31; Celebrate fall with hayrides to their pumpkin patch, a corn maze, pre-picked pumpkins and gourds, photo opportunities, farm animals and more; the market is also open during the week; FREE admission, parking and play; don’t miss out on the tasty food trucks, too! Fall Fun on the Farm Event at Burger Farm; 7849 Main St., (ST. RT. 32) Newtown, Oh; 513-561-8634; burgerfarms.com/fall-event Weekends through October 31; It’s their 48th annual festival! Celebrate with pumpkins, corn stalks, mums, gourds, apple cider, animated pumpkin land characters, rides, games, food, music,
farm animals and crafters at this one-of-a-kind fall event! Kids have a fall birthday? They offer Fall Birthday Party Packages, too! Shaw’s Pumpkin Times at Shaw Farms; 1737 Ohio 131, Milford, Oh; 513-5752022; shawfarmmarket.com/FallFestival Through October 31; Whether you decide to hop on a fun hayride around the farm or take a scenic ride in a nostalgic horse-drawn hayride, you will have a blast! Next, explore a corn maze, pedal karts, a large interactive playground and kick back on the weekends with a bluegrass band! Fall Fest at Kinman Farms; 4175 Burlington Pike, Burlington, Ky; 859-689-2682; kinmanfarm.com/fall-fest Weekends through October 31; Fall Fest is loaded with surprises this year such as a FREE game of laser tag! Hop on a hayride, sit by a bonfire, play games, take a spin on The Great Pumpkin Express Ride, get lost in a five-acre corn maze, barn animals and more! New this year, enjoy tunnel slides, dirt mound climbing and a Straw Pyramid! Tickets can be purchased on-site the day of. Fall Fest 2021 at Neltner’s Farm; 6922 Four Mile Road, Melbourne, Ky; 859-496-7535 neltnersfarm.com/ things-to-do Through October 31; Horse drawn wagon rides, 3-acre corn maze, a unique model train display, a toddler corn maze, kids corn play pit, petting zoo, music on the weekends, plus, adults can enjoy some wine tasting and homecooked food! Garver Farm Family Farm Market Harvest Fest; 6716 Hamilton Lebanon Road, Middletown, Oh; garver-
omething in the fall air screams, “Road trip!” Gaylord Opryland Resort is the perfect getaway this fall for a robust lineup of family fun through October 31. Grab the kids and head down to the resort loaded with seasonal activities and an itinerary full of themed Goblins & Giggles programming including everyone’s favorite square pumpkin, Spookley, as he takes center stage in the Hide & Seek Scavenger Hunt. It’s all treats and no tricks along the Trick or Treat Expedition; bedtime stories with Morgana, the Witch, and Grimm, the Goblin; an imaginative Jack-o’-lantern Walk experience and so much more! Book your trip and learn more at gaylordopryland. com.
farmmarket.com October 2; Pick the perfect pumpkin for Halloween, hop on a hayride, and get a load of all the delicious food trucks, live music, vendors, tons of kids activities and more! Stay up to date and find more information on their Facebook page at facebook. com/Garver-Family-FarmMarket-113818051997875. Iron’s Fruit Farm;1640 Stubbs Mill Road, Lebanon, Oh; 513-9322853; ironsfruitfarm. com/page_13.html Weekends through October 31; Celebrate their biggest time of the year! Take a hayride on their side-railed, tractor-driven wagon and pick the perfect pumpkin; master the corn maze; enjoy special weekend events; head to the fresh bakery for some tasty apple fritters, pies, cinnamon-cider donuts and cookies and more. Weather conditions can change everything; call ahead or check the weather on their website, compliments of Local 12 WKRC.
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2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati 513-871-4700 • summitcds.org 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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927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 • cmhschool.com Children’s Meeting House fosters the development of the whole child by implementing the philosophy and curriculum of Dr. Maria Montessori, using the abundant natural resources of our seven-acre campus. Voted Best Preschool by the readers of Cincinnati Family magazine.
8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester 513-829-2345 • westchesteracademy.com From a child’s very first lesson to the experienced adult, West Chester Academy has something for everyone in music, dance, acting, and gymnastics. Located in West Chester, we specialize in beginners of all ages and offer training through preprofessional levels. We also have camps for all ages.
650 Walnut St., Cincinnati 513-396-7664 • cincinnatiboychoir.org The Cincinnati Boychoir is one of the premiere boychoirs in the United States. The Boychoir meets the needs of each boy who enters the program with a curriculum that teaches not just musical skills but self-discipline, intellectual curiosity, empathy, and a spirit of volunteerism. Boys in grades 3-12 in the 2021-2022 school year and love to sing are encouraged to audition! cincinnatiboychoir.org/audition
1339 East McMillan St., Cincinnati 513-961-3410 • saintursula.org St. Ursula Academy, located in the East Walnut Hills neighborhood of Cincinnati, Ohio, is a Catholic college-preparatory high school for young women that offers an intensive four-year program in the fields of English, mathematics, science, social studies, French, Spanish, Latin, and religion. Join us for our Open House, Oct. 24 from 1 - 4 p.m. Register on our website.
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4324 Homer Ave. Cincinnati 513-445-4793 • cwccincinnati.org A free charter school that challenges students to develop to their full potential in a diverse society so they can connect with others, be part of any community, and decide who they are in the world. Enrolling grades K - 2.
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600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353 • masondance.com Mason Dance Center provides an opportunity for anyone ages 3 - adult to discover the joys of dance. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes.
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“Slight Fright”at Heritage Village The Haunted Village takes Place Through Oct. 23
troll through a spooky 19th-century village to encounter ghosts, witches, a fortune teller and a cursed
archaeologist. Feeling brave? Walk through the haunted cemetery ... but beware, the headless horseman will be roaming the village the last two weekends of the event! This familyfriendly “slight-fright” event includes games, storytelling, balloon art and so much more. Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; Fri and Sat in Oct through Oct 23; 6 - 10 p.m.; $10 per person, free for Photo from Heritage Village’s Facebook page.
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DAILY EVENTS READERS! Fall farm events are happening all monthlong — turn to page 12 for complete details. For specific Halloween events, see the black cat!
fri 1 CINCINNATI FIRE MUSEUM SCAVENGER HUNT Search for 10 hidden pumpkins receive a Halloween treat from the gift shop. Cincinnati Fire Museum, 315 West Court St., Cincinnati; Tue - Sat in Oct, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $8 adults, $6 ages 7 - 17 years old, free for ages 6 and younger with admission of an adult; 513-621-5553 or cincyfiremuseum.com. FAMILY FLASHLIGHT SCAVENGER HUNT (register) Experience nature in a new light. Long Branch Farm & Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen; 8 - 9:30 p.m.; $12 non-members, includes daily admission, $7 members; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.
festival food. 48 Concord Caddo Road, Falmouth; Oct 1 & 2, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m., Oct 3 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $5 per person, free for ages 5 and younger; kywoolfest. org. FREE NEWPORT NIGHTS ON THE LEVEE Acoustic tunes with popular, local musicians! The Deck at Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport; Fridays in Oct, 7 - 9 p.m.; 859-291-0550 or newportonthelevee.com/ newport-nights. OMNIMAX : ASTEROID HUNTERS Take a look at asteroids; see website for schedule; Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m.; $9.50 adult, $7.50 child/senior, $6.50 member adult, $5.50 member child; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org. WE ROCK THE SPECTRUM TODDLER TIME Themed activities each week plus story time! We Rock The Spectrum Kid’s Gym, 4060 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $8 per child; 513429-5905.
sat 2 CARPOOL CINEMA: MONSTER HOUSE (register) Enjoy a movie on Saturday nights. Concessions available; costumes encouraged! Clifton Recreation Center, 320 McAlpin Ave., Cincinnati; 7:45 p.m.; $5 per vehicle; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org/events/ carpool-cinema. KINGS ISLAND TRICKS AND TREATS FALL FEST (register)) Get in the harvest spirit with treats, entertainment and rides. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason; Sat and Sun in Oct; 12 p.m.; see website for ticket information; 513-754-5700 or visitkingsisland.com. MONARCH FESTIVAL Everything monarch butterflies. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; free with regular zoo admission, see website for ticket pricing and advance tickets; 513-281-7400 or cincinnatizoo.org/events/ monarch-festival. OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Explore a 16th century English
village filled with more than 150 costumed characters activities, food and more! Ohio Renaissance Festival, Harveysburg; 10:30 a.m. 7 p.m.; $23 adult general admission, $9.50 child general admission (5 - 12) + $3 parking; buy online for savings; 513-8977000 or renfestival.com. PAWPAW PALOOZA (register) Hike, hear, pluck, and taste everything pawpaw! Bowyer Farm, 2120 Mason Montgomery Road, Lebanon; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $65 -90; 513559-7767 or cincinnatizoo.org/ education/kids-families/familyprogramsactivities. PEANUT BUTTER AND JAM: A ROYAL RENAISSANCE! Experience a mythological, fairy tale. Heritage Presbyterian Church, 6546 S. Mason Montgomery Road, Mason; 10 - 10:45 a.m., see website for weekly show locations; $6 or 4/$20; peanutbutterandjam.org. PORTOPIA Fourteen artists transformed more than 5,000 square feet into a sensory experience full of whimsy and surprise. Torchlight Pass Building, 1131
FAMILY GAME NIGHT AT HAPPY HANGOUT Family game night. Happy Hangout Westside, 2041 Anderson Ferry Road, Cincinnati; 5 - 8 p.m.; $6 per play pass for kids walking to age 12, adults are free; 513-4581470 or happyhangoutws.com. FREE ENTRY DAY AT GREAT PARKS Explore nature without the need of a Great Parks Motor pass. Great Parks of Hamilton County, parks open dawn until dusk; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org. KENTUCKY WOOL FESTIVAL Baa! Celebrate sheep, live music, vendor booths and 18 october 2021
The Cincinnati Zoo celebrates the monarch butterfly during the Monarch Festival on Sat., Oct. 2.
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Central Ave., Middletown; Thu and Fri, 6 - 9 p.m., Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 - 4 p.m.; $21 adults, $16 students and seniors 65+, $14 children 5 12, free for children ages 4 and younger; portopia.org. FREE WYOMING FALL FESTIVAL 2021 Browse more than 80 vendor booths, enjoy live performances, visit a petting zoo and so much more at the 38th annual Fall Festival! Wyoming; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; wyomingohio.gov. YOUNG AT ART (register) Kids will build a toolbox of social connections. Kennedy Heights Art Center, 6546 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; sliding scale, $12 - $120; 513-631-1723 or kennedyarts.org.
sun 3 FREE FALL JAZZ SERIES (register) Thr 22nd event with an assortment of artists. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; 3 - 4 p.m.; 513-2410343 or taftmuseum.org. HEROES AND VILLAINS - CINCINNATI BALLET’S COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE SERIES Watch as legendary characters dance! Cincinnati Ballet Center for Dance, 1801 Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati; 11:30 a.m., 1:30 OR 3:30 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children; 513-621-5219 or cballet.org.
thu 7 FREE ART PLAY HIKE (register) Ages 2 - 7 explore with a naturalist. Fleischmann Gardens, 524 Forest Ave.; contemporaryartscenter.org.
GORMAN FARM FAMILY FIELD TRIP Plant seeds, tast veggies, meet animals and more. Gorman
Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.; $7; 513-967-0058 or eventbrite.com/e/family-fieldtrip-day-tickets-169658722807. FREE MOVIE NIGHT ON THE LEVEE Goosebumps (Oct 7); Scoob (Oct 14); The Addams Family (Oct 21); Hocus Pocus (Oct 28); The Gallery at Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport; 7 - 9 p.m.; 859-291-0550 or newportonthelevee.com/movienight-on-the-levee.
fri 8 HAUNTED VILLAGE AT HERITAGE VILLAGE (register) (See page 17 opener.) FREE OPERATION PUMPKIN Live music, kids activities, a pageant, pup parade, vendors, food and giant carved pumpkins. 1 High St., Hamilton; Oct 8 and 9, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Oct 10, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; operation-pumpkin.org.
sat 9 FREE CITY FLEA 2021 A market featuring local vendors and food trucks. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; thecityflea.com.
sun 10 FREE CONSIGNMENT SALE Rhea Lana’s children’s consignment at 4450 Montgomery Road, Norwood; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; VIP shopping passes available, see website for details; 513-258-3699 or northcincinnati.rhealana.com.
thu 14 FREE ART PLAY CAMP OUT Kids can join the Contemporary Arts Center Thursday mornings for creative play at
Washington Park’s Porch, 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati; 10:30 11:30 a.m.; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org.
sat 16 FARM ENCOUNTERS (register) Taste veggies, pet animals and tour the farm. Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; $7 - 10; 513-967-0058.
Reading Road, Cincinnati; 6 - 7 p.m.; $7 - 9; 513-967-0058. FREE R.C. DURR YMCA TRUNK-OR-TREAT Wear costumes and visit decorated tailgates. R.C. Durr YMCA, 5874 Veterans Way, Burlington; 6 - 8 p.m.; 859634-5700 or myy.org/location/ rc-durr-ymca.
HALLZOOWEEN Trick-or-treat stations and fun Oct 16 - 17, 23 - 24 and 30 - 31. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati; 12 - 5 p.m.; included with zoo admission; free for members; 513-559-7781 or cincinnatizoo.org.
“THE SCIENCE BEHIND PIXAR” EXHIBIT OPENING (register) See how the movies are made with more than 50 interactive components. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $19.50 adult, $15.50 child/ senior, $13.50 adult member, $9.50 member child; 513-2877000 or cincymuseum.org.
FREE SHIVER IN SHARONVILLE Halloween story time on the patio, costume parade and trick-or-treating. Sharonville Branch, 10980 Thornview Drive, Cincinnati; 7 - 8 p.m.; 513-3696049 or cincinnatilibrary.org.
ANIMAL BONE MYSTERIES IN THE NATURE PLAYSCAPE Kids can check out mysterious specimens and excavate bones in the digging area. Cincinnati Nature Center - Nature Playscape, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $9 nonmember adult, $4 non-member child, includes daily admission; free for members; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.
thu 21 PRESCHOOL STORY TIME A story, dancing and fun with friends. Happy Hangout Westside, 2041 Anderson Ferry Road, Cincinnati; 10 a.m.; included with playpass; 513458-1470 or happyhangoutws. com. TINKER TRAYS Thursday art play creating collages and building with repurposed supplies. Washington Park’s Front Porch, 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org.
fri 22 FIRE-BUILDING and S’MORES A family-friendly program at Gorman Heritage Farm, 10052
FREE HALLOWEEN WALK IN THE WOODS Kiddos can test their Halloween costumes with trick-or-treating in the woods! Blue Ash Nature Park, 4337 Cooper Road, Blue Ash; 12 - 3 p.m.; blueash.com. FREE JACQUELINE AND THE BEANSTALK The heroine climbs to great lengths to help her family! Memorial Hall, 1225 Elm St., Cincinnati; 12 OR 2 p.m.; free event, tickets required; 513-9778838 or memorialhallotr.com. MONSTER BASH (register) Decorate pumpkins, enjoy trick-or-treating, costume contests, dancing, prize raffles, (please turn the page) october 2021 19
THINGS TO DO a carnival interactive experience and more. Benefits The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, 4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati; 5 p.m.; $60 adult, $40 children, family packages available online; 513-569-8080 or thechildrenstheatre.com. FREE SENSORY SATURDAY Families with children who have developmental disabilities can visit the CAM before public hours for a less crowded visit. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org. THE HOWL (register) A costume parade, trickor-treat trail for pups and people and more! Borrow a dog from the Animal Friends Rescue Society or bring your own. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 Voice Of America Park Drive, West Chester; 12 - 3 p.m.; $5 per dog + valid vehicle permit required for park entry; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net. “THE I MOM SO HARD GETAWAY TOUR” A fun evening with Jen Smedley and Kristen Hensley, creators of #IMOMSOHARD: The Getaway Tour. Taft Theatre, 317 East 5th St., Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; tickets starting at $49.75; 513-232-6220 or tafttheatre.org.
sun 24 THE DENT SCHOOLHOUSE LIGHTS ON TOUR This is a great way to introduce thrill-seeking kids to haunted houses or to get a look at the décor without actors inside. The Dent Schoolhouse, 5963 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati; 4 - 6 p.m.; $20; 513-445-9767 or frightsite.com.
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FREE TRUNK OR TREAT Go trunk-or-treating and participate in a costume contest! Clippard Family YMCA, 8920 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; 513-923-4466 or myy.org/location/clippard-familyymca.
FREE CANDY EXPRESS BARREL TRAIN Little pumpkins (13 and younger) can travel through the farm on the Barrel Train while making several stops to collect free candy. It will be a sweet night getting treats — don’t forget to wear a costume! Country Pumpkins Farm, 1835 Sherman Mount Zion, Dry Ridge; 2 - 3 p.m.; 859-905-9656 or countrypumpkinsky.com.
HALLOWEEN PARTY Thursday Art Play and costumes are welcome! Make art and join in a mini-costume parade around the park. Washington Park’s Front Porch, 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org.
fri 29 MADCAP PUPPETS’ LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW Ichabod Crane gets pranked in this Madcap Puppet show! Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 7 - 8:30 p.m.; $17 adult, $12 ages 12 and younger; 513-867-5348 or fairfield-city. org. NIGHTTIME TRAIL FEST Don a costume for a nonspooky Halloween adventure roasting marshmallows, games, photos and a craft. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7 - 9 p.m.; $8 per person, includes daily admission; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org. FREE SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP ARTCONNECT AND YMCA FALL FESTIVAL Get in the spooky spirit with trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, ghost busting in the hay maze, crafts, games and the movie Scoob! at dark. ArtsConnect Lawn, 9158 Winton Road, Cincinnati; 6 p.m.; 513-522-2108 or theartsconnect.us.
FREE CHILI COOKOFF + HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION Celebrate the hearty tastes of fall and get into the Halloween spirit! There will be live music, a spooky pooch parade and more! Wyoming Meat Market, 513 Wyoming Ave., Cincinnati; 513-821-1304 or facebook.com/ WyomingMeatMarket. CINCINNATI CYCLONES FIRST FACE OFF The Cyclone’s first home game of the 2021-22 season includes $1 hot dogs plus the first 5,000 fans receive a Cyclones calendar. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; tickets starting at $17, family packages available; 513-421-7825 or cycloneshockey.com. FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL: THE NATURE OF IT Visit the CAC’s lobby for a nature-themed family festival, exploring the habits of plants, animals and insects. Discover how growing weeds can be good for gardens and help bees and butterflies pollinate. Then decorate and plant a dandelion home, paint wearable monarch butterfly wings and do some migration path mapping. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org
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sun 31 Happy Halloween! • Trick or Treat at the Market, 4 - 6 p.m. Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., Cincinnati; findlaymarket.org. • Jack O’Lantern Junction Trick-or-treating and more. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; entertrainmentjunction.com. • Hallowtween Scary fun for the big kids. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Dr., Mason; visitkingsisland.com.
FINAL DAY FOR THE FARMS! (See page 12 for details) • Blooms and Berries bloomsandberries.com • Burwinkel Farms burwindelfarms.com • Brown’s Family Market brownsfarmmarket.com • Burger Farm burgerfarms.com • Country Pumpkins countrypumpkinsky.com • Iron’s Fruit Farm ironsfruitfarm.com • Kinman Farms kinmanfarm.com • Neiderman Family Farm neidermanfamilyfarm.com • Neltner’s Farm neltnersfarm.com
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