Cincinati Family magazine October 2022

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Editor's Note Your kids' first fall.

Feedback Parents share their thoughts on a four-day school week; and we are giving away two fantastic fall prizes!

FEATURE 12 OHIO'S HIDDEN GEMS Great Spots to Take the Fam!

“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." — From The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, American novelist


Cincinnati News

Daily events including day outings, movies, nature center activities, festivals, concerts, shows & more.

Private school open houses to mark on your calendars; BLINK! returns; plus, dinosaur happenings to roar about.

Health Kids come up with sore throats in the fall, but is it just a seasonal thing or something more? Plus: Things We Like for the multitasking family!


Explore a castle, visit a safari wildlife park, discover the Amish way of life and many more unique road trips for the family and you this fall — all in your home state!

22 Have a Ball This Fall! Editor's Picks for everything fun and festive going on this season.

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the little things

A Study for Formula Fed Healthy Infants

By Amanda Hayward

What This is a study to compare the growth and tolerance of an infant formula containing a new ingredient (human milk oligosaccharide) to a standard infant formula.



Who Healthy infants less than 30 days old who are exclusively formula fed.

Benefits and Pay You will receive up to $400 for 4 study visits, and formula is provided at no cost.

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Your Kids' First Fall

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id you ever break a bone as a kid? Get stitches? It’s one of those moments that sticks in your memory for the rest of your life. As I grew I wondered, how did my parents feel when I fell and got stitches? I remember them being so calm. The truth is, they weren’t — on the inside that is. I mean, what parent is actually calm when their kid takes that first fall? Not me. On the outside, I may seem cool and collected, but inside is a different story. My brother and I were jumping on the bed, surrounded by hardwood floors and a giant, brick fireplace. Innocent, playful fun soon turned into me rolling off the bed. It felt like slow motion and there was nothing I could do about it. There I was, headed straight for that awful fireplace. Head first, I went crashing right into it. My terrified brother stood there crying. I was crying. Then comes my mom — I don’t remember her crying. Only grabbing me, taking me downstairs and straight to the hospital. I remember laying there looking up at the ceiling with my parents looking down at me, calm as can be. That was the day I got my first stitches in my head. Let me tell you, I was livid. After multiple attempts to escape from the nurses down the hallway, stitches were done and I walked right out of that hospital with a lollipop. Still I wonder, how did my mom handle all of that? Now I know after experiencing this for myself. My 6-year-old, Eva, gave us a scare. We were playing a game of basketball, laughing and taking turns shooting hoops as I lowered the hoop to her level. The moment I decided to walk away, asking her older brother to take over while I put the baby to bed, was the moment it happened. Jumping to touch the hoop for a slam dunk, she cut her finger on the metal net. It was the dreadful cry that got me. I could hear her screaming as she walked into the house — it wasn’t the, “My brother is teasing me scream,” it was a scream I had never really heard before. There went her dad sprinting down the stairs. All I saw was blood all over the floor and all over Eva’s hand. On the outside I gasped just a little, but on the inside I was terrified. We did what we naturally should have done (cleaned it up and put on bandages) then wondered if this meant a trip to the emergency room. We were torn — does she need stitches? Do we keep her home? It turns out she didn’t, but days later sitting in Children’s Hospital with Eva, we waited patiently together for the doctor to call us back. I contemplated whether I waited too long to take her and whether we needed to be at Children’s Hospital in the first place. Watching Eva laugh, smile and run around happy as can be, I calmed down a little. She obviously wasn’t in any excruciating pain, are we doing the right thing I thought. We got called back and my mouth went a hundred miles per hour explaining it all. I was a worried mom, second guessing each and every decision I made up until then. In retrospect, that is how my mom had felt — it was awful. No one wants to see their kids go through that, but more than likely, everyone has a scare or two (at least!) throughout their life — it happens! The doctor listened then looked right at me saying, “You did the right thing, Mom. She looks great.” And that is exactly what I needed to hear.

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PARENT POLL: What are your thoughts on a four-day school week?

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“Only if employers will do a four-day week and keep FT pay. Sure, you can adjust hours, but then after-school activities and such have to adjust as well or participation drops. Net: it needs to be a system/culture shift, not just at the school level." Brooke Woods “I like it for 7 - 12 [grades], with the idea that on the fifth day they are doing some sort of real-world learning …community service activities, shadowing for job interests, etc." Leah Aguilar “No no no!!! For working parents this is a nightmare. For kids who need a safe zone, this is a nightmare!" Mary Ann Twidale Flynn

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“Would love a four-day for the kids, but would rather have a fiveday with more recess/movement time. Kids would learn better and more!" Kelly Dalen “Mine go in at 7:45 a.m. and get out at 2:15 p.m. I would like longer time in school because my kids have very short lunch and recess. Most of the time they tell me that they didn’t have time to eat all of their lunch; one told me that the teacher said it was late and they needed to leave — she's only 6, I get it, but it makes me sad. So I tell my kids every morning when I take them not to talk much at lunch, to eat and talk and play outside/recess. I make their lunch, too, to avoid any lines wait, etc." Queenie Shaday

“Shorter school day would be my preference over four days. An 8:45 a.m. to 4:40 p.m. day is long for elementary kids and leaves little time in winter for daylight playing." Nicola Qureshi “Abso-freaking-lutely! That, or a shorter school day would be great! I help with homework anyway, so if there are a couple more things for my kid to do at home and I help if needed to provide clarification, so be it!" Leah Wolf “Nope. Nothing to do with child care, either. I just don’t see how it would be beneficial having to cram five days worth of teaching and work into four days." Lana Smith “I would love to have the extra day home with my kids — my son’s first year of full-day school is this year (first grade) and I miss that time with him. I know that scheduling of four days would be difficult for a lot of families, though." Amanda Renderos “100 percent all for it! School and work should be four-day work weeks with the fifth day being family day. America needs it." Tatyana Baker “Yes. Especially for the high school students who don’t necessarily need a parent at home with them on the fifth day. High school is so hard physically and mentally. High schoolers are always so tired and drained." Renee Roether Boyett

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Private School Open Houses and Tours As the fall season kicks into gear, it's time to explore educational options for your kids. Independent schools are plentiful in our area; one of the best ways to know about anything is to GO!

Students run through a "tunnel" at Seven Hills School.


... and More Coming Up Next Month:

Mercy McAuley High School 6000 Oakwood Ave. Cincinnati, Oh 513-681-1800 | Open House: October 30: 1 - 3:30 p.m.

Bethany School 555 Albion Ave., Glendale, Oh 513-771-7462 November 13: 2 - 4 p.m.

Oaks Career Campus 110 Great Oaks Drive Cincinnati, Oh 513-771-8840 | 360* virtual tour available online

Calvary Christian School 5955 Taylor Mill Road Covington, Ky 859-356-9201 || November 15: 6 - 8 p.m.

Mars Hill Academy 4230 Aero Drive, Mason, Oh 513-770-3223 | November 4: see website for time

Seton High School 3901 Glenway Ave., Cincinnati, Oh 513-471-2600 | Rise & Shine Parent Coffee and Conversation: October 4 and 26: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Open House: November 9: 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Seven Hills School Hillsdale Campus: 5400 Red Bank Road Cincinnati, Oh Doherty Campus: 2726 Johnstone Place Cincinnati, Oh 513-728-2400 | In Person Tours PreK 2- 5: October 11 and 13: 9 - 10 a.m. Grades 6 - 12: October 19 and November: 9 - 10 a.m. Virtual Events: Middle and Upper School October 20: 7 - 8 p.m. Lower Middle School November 3: 9 - 10 a.m. St. Ursula Villa School 3660 Vineyard Place Cincinnati, Oh 513-871-7218 | October 23: 1 - 4 p.m.

Cincinnati Christian Schools 7474 Morris Road, Fairfield, Oh 7350 Dixie Highway, Fairfield, Oh 513-892-8500 November 12: Elementary: 1 - 3 p.m. JH/SH: 3 - 5 p.m. Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy 8283 East Kemper Road Cincinnati, Oh 513-247-0900 | Open House: November 5: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Cincinnati Waldorf School 6743 Chestnut St., Cincinnati, Oh 6703 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, Oh 513-541-0220 Lower School Open House: November 5: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. High School Open House: November 5: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.:

Mount Notre Dame High School 711 E Columbia Ave. Cincinnati, Oh 513-821-3044 | November 6: 1 - 5 p.m. Royalmont Academy 200 Northcrest Drive, Mason, Oh 513-754-0555 November 13: 2 - 4 p.m. St. Xavier High School 600 W. North Bend Road Cincinnati, Oh 513-761-7600 | November 13: 1 - 4 p.m. St. Gertrude 6543 Miami Ave., Madeira, Oh 513-561-8020 | November 9: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; and 7 - 8 p.m. The Summit Country Day School 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati, Oh 513-871-4700 | Open House: November 17: 6:30 - 9 p.m.



he Ohio River Sweep offers a great way for families to participate in cleaning up local watershed areas. The Ohio River Sweep is a seasonal event and joint venture between the Ohio River Valley Water Commission (ORSANCO) and the Foundation for Ohio River Educations (FORE). Helping to keep the Ohio River clean is an all-volunteer effort. Volunteers can choose a date and location for their cleanup event and the Ohio River Sweep will provide support and supplies for the event. While kids under 18 need a parent to sign a liability waiver in order to participate, when they do, they can earn community service hours, if needed. If you have a group who is interested in joining or organizing an Ohio River Sweep cleanup event this month, contact ORSANCO coordinator Nick Callahan at 513-231-7719, ext. 102. To learn more about volunteering, visit orsanco. org/river-sweep/where-tovolunteer.

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local news

Ready, Set ... BLINK!


BLINK! brings an experience of light, street art, murals and live performances throughout 30 blocks of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. Photo: Facebook.

ights, camera, action! BLINK, the nation’s largest light, art and mapping event, is back and bigger than ever. Grab a camera and get ready for the action October 13 - 16; the immersive experience will take place nightly from 7 - 11 p.m. Families can explore 30 blocks of amazing murals, music and projections spanning from NKY into Cincinnati. The four-day public art show will kick off with an illuminating parade that will light the way for even more amazing memory making. See the map and learn more by visiting


Dinos Take Over Cincinnati! New Dino Exhibit and IMAX Film

Jurassic World Live Tour Comes to Cincinnati!

Dino and Dragon Stroll Back in Cincy

The Cincinnati Museum Center, located at 1301 Western Ave., has a brand-new, immersive exhibit taking over this month. Opening October 14, Dinosaurs of Antarctica explores fossils and paleontology in a seriously cool way; families will feel like they have traveled back in time 200 million years to ancient Antarctica to investigate prehistoric beasts like the 25-foot-long Cryolophosaurus. This adventure is included with museum admission and free with membership. To complement the Dinosaurs of Antarctica exhibit, the OMNIMAX theater is debuting a film with the same name. Viewers will be surrounded by forests as dinosaurs thunder across the landscape. Visit for tickets and showtimes or call 513-287-7000 for more information on Dinosaurs of Antarctica.

Fans of the Jurassic Park franchise will be excited to learn that the Jurassic World Live Tour is coming to Cincinnati for the first time ever. The groundbreaking tour, which features impressive puppetry and jaw-dropping special effects, will run October 13 - 16 at Heritage Bank Center. Audiences will find themselves invested in the plot where Jeanie, a Troodon, seems destined for a terrible fate. Scientists will have to work together to protect the dinos and save the day. There will be appearances from many fan-favorite dinos like Blue the Raptor, Stegosaurus, Triceratops and the mighty T-rex during this exhilarating show. Ready to be immersed into the world of Jurassic World Live? Head to to

Look out Duke Energy Convention Center (525 Elm St.), Dinos and Dragons are invading on October 1 and 2! Dino & Dragon Stroll features massive life-like dinosaurs, some of which stand more than 28 feet tall or 60 feet long, that move and sound like the real deal. Children can participate in story time and crafts during their excursion, or for an extra fee, participate in additional activities like inflatables, dinosaur scooters, walking dinosaur rides, stationary rides and more. This event encourages visitors to bring food items which will be donated to a local food bank as a part of Dino and Dragon Strolls, “Stomp Out Hunger” initiative. A sensory-friendly session will be offered on October 1 at 8:30 a.m. Head to dinostroll. com to purchase tickets today.

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VIRTUAL EVENT: LOWER SCHOOLS INFO SESSION (Pre-k for 2-yr-olds through grade 5) Thursday, Nov. 3 9-10 a.m.

VIRTUAL EVENT: STUDENT & PARENT PANEL (Grades 6-12) Thursday, Jan. 19 7-7:45 p.m. VIRTUAL EVENT: COLLEGE COUNSELINGOUR COMPREHENSIVE 4-YEAR PROGRAM (Grades 6-12) Wednesday, Jan. 25 12-12:45 p.m.


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Sore Throat Culprits

by Amanda Hayward

The change of season may be why your kid wakes up complaining about a painful, hard-to-swallow throat. However, know the signs that indicate something else may be going on.


t can be confusing and leave you feeling icky trying to decide what is causing your kids’ frequent sore throats — especially during these fall and winter months. Could it mean a trip to the doctor? Hold the phone - more factors come into play when it comes to kids’ sore throats. Nurse Practitioner, Alyse Knapp, with Mercy Health - Southwest Schools Community Clinic at Harrison High School, says there are many reasons your kids can be waking up with a sore or scratchy throat, and it’s not always viral. “Particularly in the fall and winter, when the heat is turned on in your home, kids can wake up with a sore throat,” Knapp says. “When we sleep, we naturally produce less saliva. When we do not have as much saliva to help moisten our mouths and throat and we add the dry air from the heating, we can wake up in the mornings with some throat irritation.” Sore throats can also be caused from smoke exposure, gastric reflux, allergies, viruses or bacteria, she continues. How does a frustrated parent decipher the cause of it all? Begin by asking your kids questions such as: How bad does your throat hurt? Is it painful or scratchy? Does your head hurt? Do your ears hurt? Do you have a bellyache? Does your body hurt? Are you extra sleepy today? Collin Burkart, ear, nose and throat specialist with The Christ Hospital Health Network, says if your kid has a severe sore throat and is not able to tolerate food or liquids - associated with fever and any sort of discoloration of the throat — this is when it’s time to call the doctor.

“Other symptoms that suggest seeing a doctor quickly would be systemic symptoms such as body aches, chills, muscle aches and or rash,” continues Burkart. “If the child has just a mild sore throat and no fever and no other systemic symptoms, they can try hydration and rest to see if this helps symptoms. If it does not improve, then see a medical specialist.” Also keep a lookout to see if your kids’ throat is severely swollen, or if they have trouble swallowing or breathing – if this is the case, seek medical attention right away. Could it Be COVID-19? To add some more confusion, isn’t a sore throat a symptom of COVID-19? Yes, however, according to Knapp, sore throats only occur in approximately 30 percent of children who are symptomatic with COVID-19. Since with a sore throat comes cough, fever, fatigue, body aches, nasal congestion or runny nose, diarrhea, and an upset tummy, the only way to know if a sore throat is caused by the COVID19 virus is to be tested, she says. “It is much more common that a sore throat could be due to the typical reasons that a child gets a sore throat such as the reasons mentioned above,” Burkart adds. “These include allergies, viral causes other than COVID and bacterial infections.” When in doubt, call your pediatrician. Common Causes of Sore Throats A viral infection, including adenoviruses (which typically cause mild cold or flu-like symptoms) and Coxsackie viruses (hand, foot and mouth disease — sometimes causing small blisters in the mouth, making the throat sore — more

common in young children), decreases in frequency as they get older, according to Knapp “It is important to note that viral infections are not treated with antibiotics,” she continues. Common non-viral conditions include strep throat and, in infants, oral thrush. Amanda Hayward is editor of this magazine and a mom of three kids.

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES Help your kiddos wake up ready to take on their day! • Keep up-to-date on vaccinations • Keep away from the germs • Maintain distance from the sick • Practice good hand hygiene • Do not share food or drink utensils • Teach kids to not touch their face, eyes or mouth • Provide nutritional diets to kids • Give kids plenty of fluids • Make sure kids get lots of sleep • Place a humidifier in bedrooms Editor Note: If your kids have allergies, talk to your family doctor or pediatrician about appropriate allergy medications.


SOURCE: Knapp and Burkart (please turn the page)

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Baby Bits

Things We Like

by Amanda Hayward

for the Multitasking Family

Make juggling kid paraphernalia a little more feasible with these nifty products you can take anywhere. If you’re on the road with Baby, there seems to be no way around packing what feels like your whole life. That’s why items with multiple uses are a must! Multifunctional items (and those on-the-go items to entertain and educate along the way) are perfect for saving space, time and your sanity.

Explore 2 Stage Portable Booster Seat and Diaper Bag; $49.99

Don’t end up down the road without a booster seat ever again – whether at a restaurant or at a family/ friend’s house. This cool diaper bag takes care of it all - a booster seat and diaper bag all in one - genius! Easily unzip and securely attach to a chair. Your little one can now safely participate in on-the-go mealtimes and mama, your lap is now free. Transition it to diaper bag mode and you’re on your way.

Pack n SnoozeShade Play Blackout Travel Crib Canopy Cover;; $89.99

Babies and tots can sleep safe and sound on-thego no matter how bright the room is. This cool travel cover not only protects your littles from the sun, Baby can nap peacefully in a recreated dark cozy nursery - just how he likes it; fits all standard rectangular pack-n-plays sized up to 41 inches long and 31 inches wide (when assembled), as well as travel cribs and portable cribs.

Anthem Classic 4-seater All-Terrain Wagon Stroller; $599

Storypod;; $99.99

This adorable, educational audio play system captures your kids’ imaginations as it brings stories to life. For ages 0 - 6, it’s perfect for different developmental stages. It’s an audio experience built around a special speaker that encourages kids to engage with audio characters, read-along books and flashcards, too. Choose from a wide variety of interests and subjects.

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An all-terrain workhorse with rugged all-terrain wheels and welded aluminum frame for strength and stability. Your little ones will have a smooth and comfy ride thanks to the slick and sleek steering. Convert to recline mode for rest time and it quickly folds up flat when it’s time to hit the road; includes two extra-large canopies that zip closed to protect your littles from rain, wind and sun.

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hidden gems

by Charles Infosino

Family-Friendly Spots

Around Ohio

The African Safari Wildlife Park, located in Port Clinton, will have your family experiencing animal encounters whether drive-thru or walk-thru!

Ohio is full of wild, wondrous and mysterious adventures for the whole family. Embark on a journey this fall to one of these unique spots the kids will love.


re we there yet?” That is probably the most common question that children ask their parents on family road trips. The family road trip is an American family tradition, and Ohio offers many interesting venues for families to visit, and not all of them are in big cities. Ohio has a few gems off the beaten path that offer families with kids more bang for their buck.

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African Safari Wildlife Park 267 South Lightner Road, Port Clinton 419-732-3606 African Safari Wildlife Park offers two kinds of safaris and several other animal experiences. The Drive-Thru Safari features alpaca, American bald eagle, American bison, Ankole-Watusi cattle, Bactrian camel, elk, emu, fallow deer, gemsbok, giant eland, giraffe and Grant’s zebra, to name a few. In addition, there are many species of wildflowers and plants on the safari. Families can encounter unique animals

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through the Walk-Thru Safari, too from African crested porcupines, to the African grey parrot and sacred ibis, to the African spurred tortoise and warthog, to red kangaroos and tons more distinctive animals. This one-of-a-kind experience is a favorite amongst the whole family! Kids get a kick out of the camel rides, Zooit-all encounters, EdZOOcational programs, HogWILD experiences and gem mining. Note to help you plan ahead: park rules prohibit guests from leaving their cars and touching the animals during the drive-thru safari.

Cuyahoga Valley National Park 6947 Riverview Road, Peninsula 440-717-3890 The best place to begin your visit to this national park is at the Boston Mill Visitor Center. Cuyahoga Valley has over 125 miles of hiking trails, including deep forests, rolling hills and open farmlands. Families looking into a more physically fit journey can partake in hiking, biking, fishing, birding, backpacking, paddling the river, horse trails, questing, picnicking, golfing and even winter sports. If you have little ones or pysically-taxing activities aren’t on the agenda, you may want to take a ride on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad, which races along with the rushing Cuyahoga River. The national park features over 90 species of grasses, over 70 species of sedges and a large variety of wildflowers. Explore the wilderness with the kids and keep a lookout for amphibians, birds, insects, mammals and reptiles lurking throughout the park. Note: Camping is not offered at Cuyahoga Valley however, families wanting to lodge at the park can opt for Stanford House or the Inn at Brandywine Falls. Hocking Hills State Park 19852 State Route 664 South, Logan 740-385-6841 Hocking Hills offers hiking, camping, cabins, and cottages. This gorgeous state park offers lots of family fun adventures including fishing, picnicking, archery, canoeing, horseback riding, golfing, gem mining, Adventure Golf at Rempel’s Grove, an 18-hole mini-golf course, and more. Shopping anyone? There are tons of unique shops in the area: the Shops by Olde Dutch Restaurant, Grandma Fayes Grocery & C/O, Hocking Hills State Park Gift Shop, Midwest Glassware Outlet, Hocking Hills Antique Mall and Hocking Hills Craft Mall are amongst the favorites. Families looking to lodge and absorb the beautiful Hocking Hills scenery, choosing one of the seven types of Hocking Hills Cabins is the way to go: Comfort in the Woods, Whispering Oaks Cabin, Nature’s Retreat Cabin, Brimstone Ridge Cabins, Queen Bee Cabins and Cottages, LLC, Beverly Hills Cabin and Eagle’s Nest Cabin. Camping is available, too, or families can also lodge at Hocking Hills State Park Cottages. There are 40 cottages with heating and air-conditioning that accommodate up to six people, and Hocking Hills State Park Campground has 156 electric sites and 13 non-electric sites. Maumee Bay State Park 1400 State Park Road, Oregon 419-836-7758 park_in_ohio.html Located near Lake Erie and is nestled among scenic meadows, wet woods and lush marshes with wildlife habitats. The wetlands are home to over 300 species of birds, fox

snakes, northern water snakes, painted turtles, chorus frogs, green frogs, spotted salamanders, raccoons, muskrats, dragonflies, caddis flies and water striders. They also feature plant life diversity, such as cattails, buttonbush, phragmites, burRavenwood Castle, located in New Plymouth is a medieval-themed hotel that is reed, cottonwood sure to spark your kids’ imaginations to know more about that period in time. and black willow. The state park offers golf, from. Plus, stay overnight and get a free fishing, hiking, bicycling and lodging. Maumee breakfast in the Great Hall! A delicious buffet Bay State Park has a campground with 256 dinner is usually offered on Friday and Saturday sites, featuring shower houses, flush toilets, nights in the Great Hall, and grown-ups can electricity, and playground equipment. There enjoy a craft beer, wine, cider or mixed drink at are also deluxe cottages equipped with a Raven’s Roost Pub. Kids will really have a blast gas fireplace, heating, air conditioning, a fully at the unique Ravenwood Castle playing board equipped kitchen, a living area, and bedrooms. games and more. Maumee Bay features Quilter Lodge, overlooking the Maumee Bay of Lake Erie, which offers The Wilds 120 guest rooms, each with a balcony. There 14000 International Road, Cumberland are also two sand beaches, one on the Lake 740-638-5030 Erie shore and the other lines the park’s inland lake. A safari park and conservation center that combines science and education programs, Ohio Amish Country – Holmes County and should we mention, truly lives up to its 6 West Jackson Street, Millersburg name. The Wilds offers daily, specialty and 330-674-3975 zipline tours — the Open-Air Safari being the most popular, taking you on a wild adventure In Ohio Amish Country, families can learn in an open-air vehicle through open-range about the Amish at the Amish and Mennonite animal areas. Families will see rhinos, giraffes, Heritage Center. More importantly, you can and many other rare, endangered animals. even meet the Amish, and do business with Tours last at least two hours and stop at Lake them. Several Amish businesses operate Trail and the Carnivore Center. For smaller there, such as Walnut Creek Cheese, Country groups, the Wildside Tour (also at least two Fabrics, Lehman’s Hardware, and Kauffman’s hours long) offers specially modified fourCountry Bakery. Families wanting to learn wheel drive trucks; watch the kids’ eyes light more about Amish life can sign up for tours, up as you drive up to herds of rhinos and even workshops, and other exciting experiences; feed a giraffe! If you’re interested in a more some tours will even bring you to Amish specialty tour, checking out Secrets of the homes and Amish businesses. If you’re lookZoo Wildside Tour, Wildside Tour, Sunset Safari ing for an opportune teaching moment for the Tour, Fishing Safari Tour, Horseback Safari, kids, learning about Amish canning, quilting Sunset Wildside Tour and more is worth your and lifestyle are some more options to look time. Feeling very wild? The Wilds also offers into. Finish the evening with a fine dinner at a variety of Zipline Safari Tours. Call it a day an Amish home or a local restaurant (check for or extend your stay and take advantage of reservations before you go). the lodging offered at the safari park. Nomad Ridge is an adult-only (21 and older) private Ravenwood Castle yurt with bamboo flooring and Asian-inspired 65666 Bethel Road, New Plymouth décor; or, The Lodge is a private luxury cabin 740-596-2606 with six cabins that can accommodate up to 12 guests. Cabins at Straker Lake are also Ravenwood Castle is a medieval-themed hotel nestled in the woods of Hocking Hills with cool worth your “wild” and are for up to six guests each. We also recommend giving Wildnight at medieval themes that cater to your little one’s the Outpost a gander where you can actually big imagination: Rapunzel’s Tower, The Duke’s spend the night with giraffes, rhinos and other Dungeon, Queen Elizabeth Suite, Queen rare animals. Victoria Suite, Empress Matilda Suite, Shakespeare Suite, King Arthur Suite, Candlemaker’s Cottage, Cinderella’s Coach House, Forester’s Cabin, and so much more where that came

Charles Infosino is a freelance writer who resides in Cincinnati.

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Perfect for birthdays, schools, scout programs and private events!

See, touch, and hold the amazing Dino Buddies during a WILD, up-close encounter, all while learning how to protect and preserve wildlife and wild places!

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Innovative career training for high school students and adults 14 october 2022

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


290 CCM Blvd., Cincinnati 513-556-2595 | CCM Prep offers music, dance and theatre arts for students of all ages and abilities — including classes for adults, children, teens and pre-professional students preparing careers in the performing arts. Both at CCM and through satellite locations and partnerships, we provide excellent, enjoyable and accessible performing arts opportunities that educate and inspire the whole student and serve as a catalyst for transforming lives and empowering communities.


600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353 | We provide 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. We offer summer and mini-camps! please turn the page...

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A SPECIAL ADVERTISING DIRECTORY BLUE MARBLE BOOKS 1356 S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas, KY 859-781-0602 | Blue Marble Books was founded in 1979 as a way to promote youth literacy and a joy for reading. We continue that legacy to this day, curating a space where children can discover the magic of books and the adventures to be found therein. We also enjoy special ordering for adult books, kid-friendly events, virtual Story Times every Saturday, and customer rewards. We also work closely with schools, providing special discounts and free delivery. Thank you for supporting your local indie bookstore!

CHILDREN’S MEETING HOUSE 927 O’Bannonville Road, Loveland 513-683-4757 • 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. Open House, Jan. 29 from 2 - 4 p.m.

GIRLS RUGBY Teams in Fairfield, Oxford and Norwood Each Girls Rugby program focuses on helping every participant lead and succeed by focusing on teaching positive core values and life skills through non-contact, flag rugby. Flag Rugby is a fun, all-inclusive way to introduce participants to the fundamental skills of rugby with a big emphasis on having fun! No experience is needed to play and all are welcome. MOSS PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMY 1671 Park Road #2, Ft. Wright, KY 859-344-6362 Moss Performing Arts Academy is the only all-inclusive performing arts studio in the NKY and Greater Cincinnati area. They offer 150 classes in acting, dance, theatre, voice, acro, tumbling, piano, stage tech, college prep and fitness. Moss offers classes for the recreational student, as well as the student preparing for a career in the performing arts. Try your first class for free! STAR GLAZERS 513-474-6364 | Paint pottery at your location. Pottery experts will bring all the supplies and offer booklets and ideas for your masterpiece. Pricing includes the cost of supplies, glazing and firing. No mess!

CINCINNATI QUEST MARTIAL ARTS 11711 Princeton Pike, Ste. 451, Cincinnati 513-671-0239 | We are Cincinnati’s elite martial arts and self-protection location. The training is fun, informative, and effective. Best of all, they are for everyone! We have classes for students as young as age 4 as well as classes for adults of every age, fitness level, and ability. CODE NINJAS – GREEN TWP 6507 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati 513-878-1338 Unleash your child’s inner Ninja! Transform your child’s love for technology into an exciting learning adventure. Guided by our team of Code Senseis, Code Ninjas empowers kids to gain valuable tech skills and make new friends. We offer an immersive environment for kids to explore and develop new skills, gain confidence, and have fun with friends. From coding and game building, to STEM and robotics - it’s an unforgettable experience!

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WEST CHESTER ACADEMY MUSIC, DANCE, ACTING AND GYMNASTICS 8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester 513-829-2345 | 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 pre-professional levels. We also have camps for all ages.

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Burwinkel Farms October Fall Extravaganza * apples and cider * corn mazes * skid maze * Halloween scavenger hunt * farm animals * corn pool * weekend hayrides * duck racing * u-pick pumpkin patch * sunflower fields

Your one stop shop for therapy items, weighted blankets, toys and gifts. Offering Sensory Boxes, easy online shopping and curbside pickup, and Sensory Room design at your home, office or school.

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We will have vendors set up in their cars and will be 11912 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati handing out candy, and the store will also be open! Open Tue.-Sat., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


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Now Offering Mommy/ Daddy & Me Classes Buckner Martial Arts 8216 Highland Pointe Drive West Chester Like Us On Facebook! BucknerMartialArts

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Interactive Playground • Hayrides Corn Maze • Farm Fresh Pumpkins

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Our warm and loving environment gives children space to explore their sense of self.

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THINGS TO DO by Amanda Ciani


Fall Fun GALORE! 20-28

Daily Events Find a happening any day of the month.


Editor’s Picks: Have a Ball This Fall! We’ve rounded up the not-so-scary seasonal events for all of your Littles! The best time of the year is finally here! Dig in!

When you see the little ghost next to an event in the Daily Events, it signifies a scary event.

PHOTOS: Burwinkel Farms; Shaw Farms’ Facebook pages.

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BURGER FARM FALL FESTIVAL Turn to page 22. BURWINKEL FARMS FALL FESTIVAL Turn to page 22. COUNTRY FIRESIDE NIGHT Turn to page 22. FALL ON THE FARM Turn to page 22. JACK O’LANTERN JUNCTION Turn to page 22. BURGER FARM FALL FESTIVAL Turn to page 22. NELTNER’S FALL FEST Turn to page 22. SHAW FARMS PUMPKIN TIMES Turn to page 22. WYOMING FALL FESTIVAL Turn to page 22. KINGS ISLAND HALLOWEEN HAUNT Scary highlights include the haunted Madame Fatale’s Cavern of Terror and rides like The Beast. Not recommended for kids under 13. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason; 6 p.m. - 12 a.m.; buy online for savings; PRISMATICA AT KROHN CONSERVATORY Pivoting prisms provide light and reflections. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; daily through Oct. 16. 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 ages 5 - 17, free for ages 4 and younger; 513-4214086 or FREE CINCINNATI BLOCK PARTY Join Cincinnati Ballet for a family fun evening of dance, performances, food trucks, community art projects and more. Cincinnati Ballet, 1801 20 october 2022

Gilbert Ave., Cincinnati; 3 - 7 p.m.; 513-621-5219 or cballet. org. FREE CAM KIDS DAY A day of art activities, performances and a scavenger hunt. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or FREE CREEPY NATURE HUNT Make mysterious discoveries under logs, beneath rocks, etc., then turn in a finished hunt sheet for a prize. Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 1 - 4 p.m.; vehicle permit required for park entry; 513-521-7275 or FREE CURIOUS KIDS EXPLORERS CLUB (register) Explore the world through stories, songs, activities and discussions. For kids in grades 1 - 3. Clifton Branch, 3400 Brookline Ave., Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-369-4447 or

FREE FALL VENDOR FAIR AT COUNTRY PUMPKINS Celebrate fall by browsing more than 50 booths. Extra activities available for purchase. Country Pumpkins Farm, 1835 Sherman Mount Zion, Dry Ridge; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 859-905-9656 or FC CINCINNATI HOME MATCH Wear orange and blue and head to TQL for a Football Club Cincinnati home game. 1501 Central Parkway, Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; see website for ticket pricing; 513-977-5425 or GREAT PARKS BACKYARD CAMPOUT (register) Enjoy nature together! Precampsite reservations ($60 for a shared fire ring; $30 without) required. Check-in begins at 2 p.m. Free programming takes place in the evening

starting at 4 p.m. Lake Isabella, 10101 Montgomery Road, Montgomery; 2 p.m.; 513-5217275 or HAMILTON The smash musical about Alexander Hamilton. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; see website for more showtimes; tickets start at $59; 513-6212787 or KIDSPACE OPEN STUDIO Combine science, play and art to create something new. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 2 p.m.; $16.50 adults, $12.50 seniors and ages 3 - 12, free for members; 513-287-7000 or MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS This Agatha Christie murder mystery is for ages 12 and

DINO & DRAGON STROLL Life-size dinosaurs and dragons! Extra ticketed activities include inflatables, dino scooters, rides and more. Sensory-friendly session on Saturday, October 1 at 8:30 a.m. Duke Energy Convention Center, 525 Elm St., Cincinnati; Saturday, October 1: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sunday, October 2: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $19.99 + service fee; free for military, veterans and ages 23 months and younger; dinostroll. com/events/cincinnati-oh. DONAUSCHWABEN OKTOBERFEST Celebrate German culture with music, dance, food and a play area for kids. The Oktoberfest Car Show is Sunday, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Donauschwaben, 4290 Dry Ridge Road, Cincinnati; Saturday, October 1: 1 - 11 p.m. Sunday, October 2: 12 - 8 p.m.; $5 admission; 513-385-2098 or donauschwabenreceptionhalls. com.

Disney’s Descendants: The Musical helps to launch the Children’s Theatre of

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older. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati; 2 or 7:30 p.m.; see website for additional showtimes; tickets start at $33.50; 513-621-2787 or OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Time Travelers Weekend; dress like a movie/TV/book character. Ohio Renaissance Festival, Harveysburg; 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.; $25 adult general admission, $7 child general admission (5 - 12) + FREE parking; 513-897-7000 or FREE OWLS NEST PARK FAMILY FUN DAYS Enjoy live music, food trucks, inflatables, face painters, balloons, games and more! Owls Nest Park, 1984 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 2 - 6 p.m.; 513-861-0023 or

TWISTED TRAILS HAUNTED ATTRACTION What’s lurking in the woods? Kids 12 and younger must be with an adult. Twisted Trails, 5719 Ohio 73, Wilmington; 7 - 10:30 p.m.; admission includes a game of Alien Invasion Gel Soft and 18 holes of Eaglewood Mini golf; $22 general admission, $30 fast pass admission + group pricing available; 513-317-0983 or

sun 2 FREE FLEA IN THE FORT AND TOUCH A TRUCK Families can have lots of fun at this NKY flea- jam to live music, food trucks and local artisan and craftsman vendor booths plus touch a truck! Tower Park, 900 South Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 859572-1209 or

mon 3 SUPER SPROUTS Kids create art each week. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m.; $16.50 adults, $12.50 seniors and ages 3 - 12, free for members; 513-287-7000 or FREE A IS FOR AUTUMN STORY TIME: KINDERBRIDGE Get ready for kindergarten with stories, songs and activities. Ages 4 - 6; no registration required; every Monday through October 17. Harrison Branch, 10398 New Haven Road, Harrison; 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.; 513369-4442 or SWEET CHEEKS GOLF OUTING (register) The annual outing contributes to distributing diapers and needed items to local babies. Traditions Golf Club, 2035 Williams Road, Hebron; 10 a.m.; foursomes available for $500;

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WEEKDAY HAYRIDES AT BURGER FARM Turn to page 22. KIDS CREW AT NEWPORT ON THE LEVEE Every week is something new. Newport On the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; 859-291-0550 or NATURE TOTS (register) A four-week nature-based for toddlers with games, stories and animals. LaBoiteaux Woods, 5400 Lanius Lane, Cincinnati; 9:30 - 11 a.m.; $40 for an adult and child age 1-and-ahalf to 2-and-a-half years old;

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MASTER CHEF LIVE TOUR The high-energy, interactive stage production. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; tickets starting $25; 513-621-2787 or QUEEN CITY ZUMBINI AT OWL’S NEST PARK Littles ages 0 - 5 can explore music, movement, instruments and more with their caregivers! Owl’s Nest Park, 1984 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m.; $13 per class, weekly sessions offered through October 11; 513673-0797 or WEE WEDNESDAYS Preschoolers can make friends and do activities with Ms. Barbara every Wednesday. The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m.; $15 pp per day; 513-473-5745 or

thu 6 HOOTIN’ IN THE HOLLER (register) Learn about area owls, then take a hike to visit birds of prey with RAPTOR Inc. Ages 10 and older with an adult; Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 6 - 8 p.m.; $26 non-members, includes daily admission, $20 members; 513831-1711 or

fri 7 FREE OPERATION PUMPKIN Turn to page 22. FREE FRIGHT NIGHT WEEKEND Spooktacular Halloween movies all weekend. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati; 8 p.m.; KENTUCKY WOOL FESTIVAL All-things sheep plus live bluegrass, arts and crafts vendor booths and festival food. 48 Concord Caddo Road, Falmouth; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. - 10 (please turn to page 25) october 2022 21


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for Farm Visits with Littles • Bring a lightweight stroller: Little legs can tire quickly. • Dress for the weather: If it rains on your parade, have ponchos at the ready. • Dress in play clothes: Put play clothes under costumes and bring boots for mud! • Let them explore: Follow your child’s lead and when they are done, let them be done. • Pack snacks: A happy belly equals a happy kiddo! • Bring cash • Go early and plan ahead: Know that most farms will close early on Halloween.

Have a Ball This Fall! Fall is a wonderful time for Littles to run and play, so mark some fall fun on your calendar and most importantly, have yourselves a ball!

Festive Farms

Wagon and pony rides, corn mazes, petting zoos and fall-themed games are all part of the fun this fall. Little kids love to explore and take in all of the excitement made especially for them at the farms and festivals, and dig into sweet treats, too! Brown’s Family Farm Market 11620 Hamilton - Cleves Road Hamilton, Oh; 513-738-0404 Now open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; fall activities include pick your own pumpkin patch, hayrides, corn maze, straw maze, farm animals, picnic area, several play areas and lots of photo opps! Fall decor and fresh produce include corn stalk bundles, Indian corn, squash, gourds, mums, and pumpkins; school groups can attend sessions during the week; call ahead to reserve. Private parties welcomed on weekends. Call to reserve your picnic area. Burger Farms’ Fall on the Farm 7849 Main St., Cincinnati, Oh 513-561-8634; Saturdays and Sundays every weekend in October from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; free parking, hayrides to the Pumpkin Patch (last hayride at 5 p.m.) pumpkin Land (story book world walk through with animated characters and scavenger hunt); puppet show (help the “Pumpkin Pals” solve the missing pumpkin mystery. Shows start at 12 p.m. and runs on the hour); giant straw

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castle; playset area; giant jumping pillow and a whole lot more. Plus, Weekday Hayrides from 1:30 - 5 p.m.; take the little ones on a relaxing hayride and pick up some pumpkins, gourds, hay and more at the Garden Center while you’re at it; $5 hayrides + additional fees for fall produce and merchandise. Burwinkel Farms Fall Festival 4359 Hamilton Cleves Road Ross, Oh; 513-738-1145 Fall Festival is Saturdays and Sundays through October 31, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Burwinkel Farms open daily, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Jump on a hayride through the blooming sunflower fields to the pumpkin patch, corn mazes, and then scurry on over to a Halloween scavenger hunt. Don’t forget your camera there will be tons of photo opps, too. Be sure to shop for your fall décor and so much more. Check their Facebook for weekday public hayride announcements, additional weekday time openings and more. Note: Saturday, October 1, public hayrides will end at 5 p.m.

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Country Pumpkins Fall Festival 1835 Sherman Mount Zion Dry Ridge; 859-905-9656 Through October 30, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; hayrides, a corn maze, barrel train, petting zoo, U-pick and pre-picked pumpkins, delicious concessions and more are all at this 250-acre farm! Activity options for added fun include: Gold Bundles (U-Pick Hayride (includes a large pumpkin), Cotton Wagon, barrel train ride, Turbo Slide, four-acre corn maze, and two shots from the Chunkin’ Pumpkin launcher; Pumpkin Ridge includes two pre-picked pumpkins, a petting zoo, giant slides, corn box, photo spots, the all-new Pumpkin House and more. Plus, don’t miss out on special events such as Country Fireside Nights, October 1 OR October 7 from 7 - 10 p.m.; $15 admission per person; admission includes bonfire, lantern-lit hayride, corn maze in the dark and five shots from the Chunkin’ Pumpkin Launcher. Head to their website for more details and early bird savings; rides and U-Pick available Friday nights 5 - 7 p.m. and

(farms, cont.) weekends only; rides and corn maze weather permitting; concessions available weekends only; and for Little Boos: Candy Express Barrel Train, Saturday, October 29; 2 - 3 p.m.; little pumpkins (12 and younger). Fall on the Farm at Blooms and Berries Farm Market 9669 Ohio 48, Loveland, Oh 513-697-9173 Through October 31, Sunday Saturday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; wind through a corn maze, hop on the pumpkin bounce pad, take a hayride or spin around the bee train, pick a pumpkin, explore the petting farm, browse tasty seasonal baked goods and more. Neltner’s Fall Fest 6922 4 Mile Road, Melbourne, Ky 859-496-7535 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. weekends through October 31 + music will be performed on weekends 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.; take a ride on a horse-drawn wagon ride, check out a cool model train display, browse craft vendors, listen to live music, visit the petting zoo and more. Shaw Farms Pumpkin Times 1737 Ohio 131, Milford, Oh 513-575-2022; Shaw Farms open daily 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Pumpkin Times, featuring live bluegrass music available on weekends; grab a camera, and get ready to experience the best of fall! Littles will love the interactive playground with themed cut-outs, plump pumpkin people and more for fun photos. You can’t have a fall fest without a hayride - hop on a tractor drawn hayride, find fresh pumpkins, venture through a challenging corn maze, enjoy pedal carts, horse drawn hayrides, the little blue train and even live bluegrass music on weekends. Trick or Treat on the Farm Hidden Valley Orchards 5474 Ohio 48, Lebanon, Oh 513-932-1869; hiddenvalleyorchards. com October 29 & 30, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; put on a costume, and don’t forget your candy pail! Kiddos will visit “spooky” treat stations throughout the farm. Be sure to grab some treats from the bakery before you go, and grown-ups can try a pumpkin beer from the Crate Room; must register.

Trick-or-Treating & More Fall Fest at Washington Park 1230 Elm St., Cincinnati, Oh 513-621-4400 October 22 - 23: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; dance to a fantastic entertainment lineup, check out local craft vendors, kids’ activities, animal encounters and a free pumpkin patch! Halloween Walk in the Woods Blue Ash Nature Park 4337 Cooper Road, Blue Ash Saturday, October 22; 12 - 3 p.m.; kiddos will love testing out their Halloween costumes with some fun trick-or-treating at the Blue Ash Nature Park. HallZOOween Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden 3400 Vine St., Cincinnati 513-559-7781 October 15 - 16, 22- 23 and 29 - 30, 12 - 5 p.m.; ghouls and little boos can visit trick-or-treat stations, watch animals enjoy enrichment, see Phil Dalton’s Theater of Illusion Show and more. Haunted Village at Heritage Village 11450 Lebanon Road Sharonville; 513-563-9484 events/haunted-village October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29: 6 - 10 p.m.; the 19th century village inside Sharon Woods Park is the perfect setting for a spooky October evening! Trick-or-treat through the village meeting ghosts, witches and a fortune teller along the way. The littles will surely enjoy the balloon art, games, theater, storytelling, a maze, a creepy critter zoo and more!

The Howl Voice of America MetroPark Wiggly Field Dog Park 7850 VOA Park Drive 513-867-5835 Saturday, October 15, 4 - 7 p.m.; bring the kids and their furry best pals for a costume parade, a trick-or-treat trail for owners and pups, an obstacle course, vendors and more! Stick around for a screening of Disney’s 101 Dalmatians at sundown. Don’t have a dog of your own? Adoptable dogs from Animal Friends Rescue Society will be available for loan for the duration of the event. Must register; $5 per pup, free for families without dogs (yet!); valid vehicle permit required for park entry. Howl-O-Ween Hootenanny ArtsConnect Front Lawn 9158 Winton Road, Cincinnati 513-522-2108 Saturday, October 29, 12 - 3 p.m; This not-so-scary, outdoor celebration will have your little ones saying “Scooby, dooby doo!” Kids can put on their best costumes for some trunkor-treating, a fun hay maze, Scooby-Doo scavenger hunt, DJ, face painting, mini pumpkin painting ($4), hot cocoa, a pet costume contest at 2 p.m. (must register for pet contest) and more! Sponsored by ArtsConnect and Powel Crosley YMCA. Jack O’ Lantern Junction EnterTRAINment Junction 7379 Squire Court, West Chester, Oh; 513-898-8000 Through October 31, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; navigating through a maze has never been so fun. You’ll find friendly ghosts, skeletons and trick-or-treat candy. Plus, kids can check out the pumpkin-filled cargo trains making their way all around scale train neighborhoods and cities and Halloween mini scenes.

Kings Island Tricks & Treats Fall Fest 6300 Kings Island Drive Mason; 513-754-5700 Through October 30, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tasty treats, lively entertainment and of course, tons of exciting rides are all part of this annual fall fest. Nighttime Trail Fest Cincinnati Nature Center 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 Friday, October 28, 7 - 9 p.m.; spiders, bats and bones, oh my! Don a costume for this nonspooky woodland Halloween adventure. Little ones can enjoy hands-on, on-trail nature crafts, activities and festive treats; must register. Operation Pumpkin 1 High St., Hamilton, Oh October 7 - 9, 11 a.m. - 10 p.m; get ready to celebrate 11 years of awesomeness at this pumpkin and art festival; live music, kids’ activities, a pageant, pup parade, vendors, food and HUGE carved pumpkins. Sensory Friendly Mornings at the Contemporary Arts Center: Halloween Treat 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati Oh; 513-345-8400 October 29, 9 - 10 a.m.; the CAC has made extra welcoming to sensory sensitive guests. Get into the spooky spirit with fun activities during this morning adventure. Wyoming Fall Festival Wyoming, Oh Saturday, October 1, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; browse more than 80 vendor booths, enjoy live performances and more.

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Your story is waiting to be told. Begin your adventure at the 33rd Annual Ohio Renaissance Festival ENTERTAINMENT We feature over 100 shows daily. Hold your breath watching the dueling swordsmen, daring fire jugglers, or the joust.

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sat 8 FREE CREATIVE REUSE Head to the Rosenthal Education Center for art-making using reclaimed materials from Indigo Hippo. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11 a.m.; 513-7212787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org/events-programs/events-list. DISNEY’S DESCENDANTS: THE MUSICAL Watch the offspring of Maleficent, Cruella De Vil and Jafar navigate school. Fellow students include their parent’s sworn enemies! Taft Theatre, 317 East 5th St., Cincinnati; 2 or 5 p.m.; see website for additional showtimes and ticket pricing; 513-569-8080 or KROHN CRAFT CORNER Create a pumpkin and black cat craft and take home a live plant. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 ages 5 - 17 years old, free for ages 4 and younger; 513-421-4086 or OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Viking Weekend.Ohio Renaissance Festival, Harveysburg; 10:30 a.m. 7 p.m.; $25 adult general admission, $7 child general admission (5 - 12) + free parking; 513-897-7000 or PARENTS NIGHT OUT @ PERFECTION GYMNASTICS (register) Drop off kids ages 4 and older for Halloween crafts, games and a movie plus pizza. Perfection Gymnastics, 5637 Union Center Drive, West Chester; 6 - 10 p.m.; $30 for one child/$20 each additional; 513-860-3351 or

QUEEN BEE HALF MARATHON (register) Runners can participate in a half marathon, obtain a finisher’s medal and enjoy a post-race party. Cincinnati, 644 Linn St., Cincinnati; $90 half marathon, $45 4-miler; 513-721-7447 or

sun 9 FULL MOON WALK (register) Hit the trails at night and enjoy a Hunter’s Moon! Recommended for adults and children 12 and older. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 7:30 p.m.; $13 non-members, includes daily admission; $7 members; 513-831-1711 or

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FREE STORY TIME IN THE FOREST Gather round the tree for a nature-themed story each Monday in the Nature Center at The Summit. Nature Center at The Summit, 1580 Summit Road, Cincinnati; 12 p.m.; vehicle permit required; 513521-7275 or

tue 11 FREE FAMILY YOGA (register) A certified yoga instructor introduces families to yoga. Hyde Park Branch, 2747 Erie Ave., Cincinnati; 6 - 6:45 p.m.; 513-369-4456 or

wed 12 UNDER THE BOARDWALK: FISH AND TURTLE FEEDING Meet critters, see them get fed and learn from a Nature Center Naturalist. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 3 - 3:15 p.m.; included in daily admission; $10 non-

Kids ages 12 and older can take a full-moon hike at Cincinnati Nature Center on Sunday, Oct. 9 member adults, $6 non-member children, free for members; 513831-1711 or FREE SKATEFEST AT SAWYER POINT Let the good times roll with the Cincinnati Parks Foundation and Skate Downtown Cincinnati. Skating events run Oct. 12 15; see website for schedule. Outdoor Skating Rink, 925 Riverside Drive, Cincinnat cincinnati

thu 13 FREE GHOSTS OF NATURES PAST Stop by the “spooked out” nature station for a self-guided exploration of the creatures that once called Ohio home. Through October 30. Sharon Woods, Sharon Centre, 11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; vehicle permit required; 513-521-7275 or JURASSIC WORLD LIVE TOUR Scientists unravel a corrupt plan and save a Troodon from a terrible fate in this interactive show. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; October 13, 14: 7 p.m.; October 15: 11 a.m., 3 and 7 p.m.;

October 16: 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; tickets start at $19; 513-4214111 or

fri 14 HAUNTED VILLAGE AT HERITAGE VILLAGE Turn to page 22. THE HOWL (register) Turn to page 22. CHARM AT THE FARM The open-air vintage market features home decor, gifts, food trucks and photo ops. 4953 Bunnell Hill Road, Lebanon; 3 p.m. October 15: 12 - 4 p.m.; October 16: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; see website for ticket details;

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FAMILIES CREATE! FASHION TO A “T” (register) Kids can decorate a “Black Box” T-shirt. Weston Art Gallery, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati; 10 a.m.; $5 per child; 513-977-4165 or GARDEN ADVENTURES: CHILLS AND THRILLS (register) Ages 2 - 5 can have fun with crafts, games and visits from not-so-creepy critters. Glenwood Gardens Highfield Discovery Garden, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; 10 - 11:15 a.m.; $9 child nonmember, $6 adult non-members, $7 child member (includes one adult caregiver); 513-5217275 or GET YOUR GLOW ON Learn how signs glow plus create flashlights and glow-in-the-dark signs. American Sign Museum, 1330 Monmouth Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; included with daily admission, $15 adults, $10 youth/senior, free for ages 12 and younger; 513-541-6366 or americansignmuseum. org. FREE ISPACE DAY Hands-on STEM activities and demonstrations. Kids can try on a space suit, launch rockets, drive a robot and more. iSPACE, 10020 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 513-554-0425 or OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Romance weekend. Ohio Renaissance Festival, Harveysburg; 10:30

a.m. - 7 p.m.; $25 adult general admission, $7 child general admission (5 - 12) + free parking; 513-897-7000 or

sun 16 FREE HALLOWEEN HOOPLA Halloween crafts and games, spooky stories, critters. Woodland Mound, Seasongood Nature Center, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 12 - 3 p.m.; valid vehicle permit required; 513-5217275 or

mon 17 MUSIC MONDAYS Explore instruments, the indoor playscape, the city and more. Happy Hangout Westside, 2041 Anderson Ferry Road, Cincinnati; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; included with playpass; 513-458-1470 or

tue 18 AEW: DYNAMITE AEW Dynamite is wild wrestling. Heritage Bank Center, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 7 p.m.; tickets starting at $33.40; 513-421-4111 or

wed 19 FREE STEAM TEAM Scientists from UC’s College of Engineering talk robots and competing in STEM contests. Ages 8 - 14; College Hill Branch, 1400 West North Bend Road, Cincinnati; 3 - 4 p.m.; 513-369-6036 or

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FREE ARTLOCAL ART SHOW An art show with works throughout the Art Center through Nov. 18. ArtsConnect, 9158 Winton Road, Cincinnati; 7 - 10 p.m.; 513-5222108 or theartsconnect. us.


FAMILY FLASHLIGHT SCAVENGER HUNT (register) Use flashlights to experience nature in a night scavenger hike. Long Branch Farm & Trails, 6926 Gaynor Road, Goshen; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; $13 nonmembers, includes daily admission, $7 members; 513-831-1711 or FITTON FAMILY FRIDAYS: SLEEPY HOLLOW Madcap Puppets perform a production of Sleepy Hollow full of pranks and ghost stories. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Ave., Hamilton; 7:30 p.m.; $8 general public, $6 members; 513863-8873 ext 110 or


FREE HALLOWEEN WALK IN THE WOODS Turn to page 22. FREE CREEPY CRITTERS Meet a few critters up close to see why they exhibit odd behaviors and have strange features. Woodland Mound/ Seasongood Nature Center, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 1 p.m.; vehicle permit required; 513- 521-7275 or OHIO RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Feast of Fools weekend. Ohio Renaissance Festival, Harveysburg; 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.; $25 adult general admission, $7 child general admission (5 - 12) + free parking; 513-897-7000 or

MAGIC FOREST HALLOWEEN HIKES (register) Non-scary, for ages 3 - 10: Walk through a pumpkin-lit trail and meet costumed characters. Hikes begin at 6 p.m. and last one hour. Caldwell Nature Center, 430 West North Bend Road, Cincinnati; 6 - 9 p.m.; $8 per person, ages 2 and younger, free; 513-321-6208 or explorenature.regfox. com.

S’MORES IN THE NATURE PLAYSCAPE (register) A free campfire treat and an afternoon of fun. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; included with daily admission, $10 adult, $6 child; free for members; 513- 831-1711 or FREE SENSORY SATURDAY Enjoy a less crowded visit. Kids can borrow a bag with hands-on materials to make the visit more interesting. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org. SIGN CRAFTING SATURDAY Kids can explore the skills needed to become an expert sign-maker. American Sign Museum, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; included

Madcap Puppets present Sleepy Hollow on Friday, Oct. 21 and Sunday, Oct. 23.

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THINGS TO DO with admission: $15 adult, $10 youth 13 -18, three children (12 and younger) free with each paid adult; 513-541-6366 or FREE THINGS WITH WINGS: LET’S GET BATTY (register) A fun bat program including a nighttime hike. Governor Bebb MetroPark, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; valid vehicle permit required for park entry; 513-867-5835 or

sun 23 FREE HALLOWEEN HOOPLA Turn to page 22. CINCINNATI BENGALS HOME GAME Get ready to holler, “WHO DEY!” at a roaring Cincinnati Bengals home game at Paycor Stadium. Today the Bengals are taking on the Falcons. Paycor Stadium, 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati; 1 p.m.; see website for ticket details; 513-621-8383 or FREE MADCAP PUPPETS: SLEEPY HOLLOW Head to the Carnegie Center of Tusculum for performance full of pranks and ghost stories. The Carnegie Center of Columbia Tusculum, 3738 Eastern Ave., Cincinnati; 1 p.m.; 513-473-5745 or FREE PUZZLE PIECES TRUNK OR TREAT Trunk-or-treat with vendors from around the area; there will be decorated vehicles. Puzzle Pieces, 11912 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513583-1874 or puzzlepiecesohio. com. THE DENT SCHOOLHOUSE LIGHTSON TOUR Get an up close look at the deathly décor without actors inside. All tickets include entry to The Monster Midway. Ages 11 and older; free photo opps, 28 october 2022

mini escape rooms, axe throwing, The Cincinnati Haunted House Museum, The Jack O’ Lantern Showcase and more. The Dent Schoolhouse, 5963 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati; 4 The puck drops on the Cyclones’ 2022 - 23 season on Saturday, Oct. 29. - 6 p.m.; $12 adults, $10 FREE CREATIVITY CENTER Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road, children; 513GRAND OPENING Sharonville; 6 11 p.m.; vehicle 445-9767 or The celebration invites all ages permit required; 513-521-7275 THE USS to explore, play and create with or NIGHTMARE LIGHTS-ON activities and entertainment. TOUR Contemporary Arts Center, The lights are on, the crew is 44 East 6th St., Cincinnati; 11 away and most of the spooky a.m. - 2 p.m.; 513-345-8400 or FREE CANDY EXPRESS surprises are on break. The BARREL TRAIN lights- on tour lets you see Turn to page 22. details of the show and the FREE HALLOWEEN FAMILY massive equipment located on NIGHT HIKE FREE HOWL-O-WEEN the historic dredge. Children Get into the spooky spirit HOOTENANNY under 10 must be accompanied by wearing a costume for a Turn to page 22. by an adult. Riverboat Row, 101 treat-seeking hike at Sharon OHIO RENAISSANCE Riverboat Row, Newport; 4 - 6 Woods! Sharon Woods, Sharon FESTIVAL p.m.; tickets starting at $8; 859Centre, 11450 Lebanon Road, Turn to page 22. 740-2293 or Sharonville; 6 p.m.; vehicle permit required for entry; 513FREE SENSORY- FRIENDLY 521-7275 or MORNINGS AT THE CAC: HALLOWEEN TREAT NATURE AT NIGHT PUMPKIN Turn to page 22. FREE MOVIE NIGHT ON THE HIKE (register) LEVEE Take a self-guided jack-oTRICK-OR-TREAT ON THE Kick back and watch The FARM (register) lantern-lit hike; families can Nightmare Before Christmas Turn to page 22. enjoy a campfire and take part on a jumbo LED screen. The in a drawing to take a Jack-o’Gallery at Newport on the CINCINNATI CYCLONES FIRST lantern home. Farbach-Werner Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport; FACE OFF Nature Preserve/ Ellenwood 6 - 8 p.m.; 859-291-0550 or The first home game face-off Nature Barn, 3455 Poole Road, is tonight! Enjoy $2 hot dogs, Cincinnati; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; $5 sodas and beers, plus the per person + $3 to take home a first 5,000 fans will receive pumpkin of your choice; vehicle a Cyclones calendar. 100 permit required; 513-521-7275 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 7:30 NIGHTTIME TRAIL FEST or (register) p.m.; tickets starting at $19 for entry; 513-521-7275 or Turn to page 22. ($21 day of, front row $31 ($33 day of), family packages FREE HOCUS POCUS AT THE available; 513-421-7825 or PARK Food and drinks will be available for purchase; movie begins Happy Halloween! promptly at dusk. Sharon

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