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his time of year gets me warm and fuzzy for obvious reasons: cozy sweaters, soothing cups of tea, baking cookies and simmering dinners in the Crock-Pot when we get home. Ahhhh. But this time of year also brings one’ s children sharply into focus. Now that the school year’s humming along and first report cards are out, you should have a pretty good picture of how your kids are doing in school. You have had, or are soon to have, your parent/teacher conferences. If your ear hasn’t been to the ground — meaning firmly tuned-in to other moms in-theknow — you might be surprised to learn things about your children that you didn’t know. You have to make efforts to be connected to each one of your kids more than ever: Who are their friends? What are their days like when they’re away from you? What are their favorite subjects? Are they reading enough? Courteous enough? Caring enough? I am thinking about my middle boy . And the broken pencils I found in his room. He only breaks a pencil when he’s stressed. And I immediately wonder what’s going on. It’s true I can expect too much of my kids. I’m not sure that I’m right to be that way, and I would LOVE to hear back from you on this, so when you finish reading, take a sec to send a note. Of late, I’ve been second guessing myself about my boy. He’s wicked smart, athletically talented but also going through adolescence. When he was a little boy, he was sunny, courageous and he sang his way through the days. Good grades came easy. I know that at 14 it’s difficult to carry the load that his busy life requires, but I think he’s carrying TOO much. He’s an ice hockey AND soccer player and he has very little time to just hang out and be an amiable guy . He has to study in his downtime to get good grades. His sports activities keep him busy almost every day of the week after school — is that why I found not one, but several, broken pencils in his room. If all that I want to do during this fall season is curl up and read and start dreaming about the holidays and fixing things up at home — he’ s gotta feel some of that for himself, too. Running around on sports fields and hunkering down with school books, getting up at 6 a.m. and home at 8 p.m. three nights a week ... it’s no wonder there’s broken pencils! So I need to find ways to just bring him comfort and joy . Simple things to help him along ... so he can feel the support he must be needing. Scratch his back. Cook yummy meals. Hug him more. It’s no wonder that on these cooler days and nights ... with the promise of winter and change in the air ... we need room to dream of other possibilities. We need to see that there’s so much more to life beyond our small individual worlds. I so want my kids to be aware of ALL the possibilities and ALL of the different things and people out there in the world. I am so thankful for my family . For my children. For all of this goodness. I hope he feels that way. With a teenage boy you can’t just come at him and say, “Hey, are you OK?” He’ll look at you like you’re strange. So instead, I’ll just take the pencils as the cue I need. I think he needs to know deep down inside that we’ve got his back. And we do. We really do. ‘Nuf said.

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Tis the season for reaching out and helping others — check out these volunteer opportunities and donation programs for the entire family.

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he Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign is a great opportunity for the whole family to participate. Sign up for a single afternoon (two hours) or make an ongoing commitment throughout the campaign, which runs from Nov. 14 - Dec. 24 at more than 100 retail spots like Kroger. The campaign kicks off with an event on Fountain Square, beginning at 12 p.m. Join a group bell ringing, let your little ones have fun ringing the bell, share some holiday wishes, and watch the donations soar! For details, call Michelle Jones at 513-762-5641 or e-mail michelle.

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leaned and organized your closets? Here are some spots accepting gently used clothes, toys, books, electronics, blankets and coats. Please visit websites or call to determine appropriate donation items and to find out about year-round volunteer opportunities. • Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 513-421-CARE (2273) or • The Salvation Army, Southwest Ohio-Northeast Kentucky Division, 513-762-5368 or • AMVETS of Ohio, 866-388-0046 or • Brighton Center, 859-491-8303 or • St. Joseph Home, 513-563-2520 or WISH%20LIST%202012.pdf

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• Now through Wednesday, Nov. 21, families can drop of f non-perishable food items at Union Pediatric Dentistry (2012 Callie Way, Ste. 202, Union) to donate to the Fairhaven Rescue Mission. Each child who brings in a food item will receive a coupon for a free frozen custard from Culver’s and be entered into a drawing for an iTouch. Call 859-3846050 or • The Freestore Foodbank has plenty of volunteer opportunities for ages 13 and older , including carrying and packing holiday boxes which contains all the fixings for a holiday meal to neighbors in need. Help is needed on Monday, Nov. 19 (7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 12 - 4:30 p.m.), Tuesday, Nov. 20 (7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 4 - 6:30 p.m.) and Wednesday, Nov. 21 (7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 12 - 4:30 p.m.) at the Freestore Foodbank Customer Connection Center (112 East Liberty St.). Call 513-482-7550 or beta/take-action/volunteer. • On Sunday, Nov. 4, the Clay Alliance presents Empty Bowls, a benefit for Kids Café of the Freestore Foodbank, at the Verdin Bell Event Centre (444 Reading Road). For $23 ($6 for children, food only), enjoy your favorite soup in a ceramic bowl of your choosing. Visit

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emperatures are dropping and will soon drop even more as we head into the winter months. But don’t let the cold keep the kids from enjoying the outdoors! Dress them for the weather, thinking “layers.” Start with a base layer that keeps away moisture (unlike cotton), and add a second layer of fleece or wool. Keep your layers thin when you can, so that your mobility isn’t restricted. Your third layer should help cut the wind, but it should also be waterrepellent since your little one is likely to take a tumble in the snow. If it’s cold enough for a winter jacket, aim for those with vents in the sides. Be sure to look for jackets that Velcro or elastic around the cuffs and hem — it will help keep air out and hold gloves and mittens in place. Gloves will give your kids more flexibility than mittens, and they shouldn’t need a scarf if their outer layer covers their neck or if they are wearing a “gator” (a looped piece of fleece they can pull over their head). Scarves can have a tendency to unravel and get caught on sleds or tree branches. CINCINNATI PARKS has plenty of ideas for family fun this winter, and many of their activities are held outdoors. Check out a Mutts & Mittens Hike on Nov. 17 at Mt. Airy Forest (5083 Colerain Ave.), or a Family Pioneer Game Da y on Nov. 17 at LaBoiteaux Woods Nature Preserve (5400 Lanius Lane). Visit for the details, or check out our calendar of events! BENCHMARK OUTDOOR OUTFITTERS (9525 Kenwood Road) hosts a Winter 101 workshop on Nov . 8 at 6 p.m. Join a clinic given by a Master Outfitter on dressing properly for the outdoors. Call 513-791-9453 or visit

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y boys shook the raw eggs, trapping the yolks in their hands and letting the whites ooze through their slimed fingers. The whites collected in a blue bowl, and when the dripping stopped, they slid the yolks into a green bowl. Next, it was time to wash their hands, again. Separating eggs was just one of the things my youngest kids learned at the Young Chef’s Academy. Located in Mason, Ohio, the academy of fers KinderCooks for kids ages 3 - 5, Senior Chefs for 13-16 year olds, and Junior Chefs for the kids in between. There are also party packages and events for adults. Our Young Chef’s class lasted about an hour , and involved the creation and tasting of two delicious dishes. Before we arrived, I filled out registration and release forms and gave these to the kids’ teacher, Miss Chelesa. I stuck around for the class, but parents may simply drop of f kids who are over the age of 5. After greeting my boys, and introducing them to the other young chefs, who preferred to go by nicknames for the evening, Miss Chelsea tied white aprons on children and directed them to wash their hands. While we waited for any other arrivals, she invited the young chefs to peruse the evening’s two recipes, or to draw with markers until it was time to begin. In fact one little girl elected to continue drawing throughout the class, even on the refrigerator (with washable markers, I presume), and while she was gently invited back every step of the way, she was never pressured to participate. Perhaps that’s because there are “no mean teachers” at Young Chef’s Academy, and no homework, “unless you want some, like eating what we cooked at home, or making the recipe again.” W e learned these facts along with the rules, that include “No horseplay, no pushing, no shoving,” and “no cartwheels,” added the marker-wielding young lady. There’s also no running around with knives or scissors, or goofing of f by the stove. Fortunately , the kids were well behaved, and Miss Chelsea never needed to remind anyone to follow these rules or “to respect themselves and others.” Before beginning, Miss Chelsea asked for volunteers to read the recipe. They read it all the way through “so we know what we need, and what we’re doing.” From there, the class was very hands on. The kids did everything, working in teams, and on their own. They learned about measurements, wet and dry ingredients (I didn’t know sugar is a wet ingredient), how to whip egg whites, and how to fold them into other mixtures. Time management played an important role in the class, too. The base for the egg pinwheels went into the oven, while work started on the muf fins. Clean up, along with extra hand washing, happened throughout the class. Miss Chelsea of fered precautions about salmonella, and other potential dangers, and used her sense of humor whenever possible. “W e always wear gloves when we grate cheese, because the grater is super sharp and you don’t want bloody cheese.”

Fortunately, no bodily fluids or foreign substances landed in the food, though there was perhaps “too much nutmeg” in the Cinnamon Sugar Donut Muffins. We sampled these, along with the Egg Pinwheels stuf fed with cheese and crumbled bacon, and some orange juice, and found them all very delicious, and a few days later the recipes arrived in my email, ready for us to try at home. J Barbara Littner David is a local wr iter and mother of five. She is also the author of Cincinnati Trips for Kids, a collection of more than 40 great Cincinnat-area attractions.

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Giving Thanks


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This month, focus on helping your children count the things they can be thankful for. It IS the season!

do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and union.”

Proclamation of Thanksgiving, October 3, 1863

— Abraham Lincoln,

Attitude of Gratitude


e live in a “me, me, me” society that makes it easy to get sucked into a black hole of thankless living, says Drew Leder, M.D., author of Games for the Soul: 40 Ways to Find Fun and Fulfillment in a Stressful World (Hyperion). Because of this, gratitude is counter cultural. For children to be grateful for what they have, parents need to begin instilling gratitude early — as soon as verbal interaction begins — and continually reinforce it throughout adolescence. This is an ongoing operation that requires constant support and encouragement. The bottom line, Leder says: Our children learn from everything we say and do. If we cheat, they’ll cheat. If we lie, they’ll lie. If we complain about all the things that we don’t have and choose to ignore what we do, then so will our children. Ingratitude is contagious and we risk raising ungrateful children if we’re not careful. — susan day

fun at home!

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Find fun products and crafts for kids, yummy appetizers, treat recipes and more ideas for a festive family Thanksgiving at cincinnatifamilymagazine. com and Click on “Thanksgiving At Home” on the homepage.

Well, these aren’t as gigantic as the Macy’ s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons, but they’re balloons! The MyOwnPet Balloon line is an endearing assortment of 27 different animal balloons that you inflate with helium. The attached “leash” allows kids to walk their “pets”(they float in the air). When at rest, weighted feet keep the critters grounded. When the pet defl ates, simply take it back to the store for a refi ll. Fun kid idea: hold your own parade! Available for $13.99 at most area Kroger stores and hospitals, learn more at •

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support our soldiers! Being away from home during the holidays is hard on our dedicated service men and women as well as their families. Here are great ways to do something special for our troops this season.

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onvenient giving options abound online: Support an entire platoon through letters, care packages and more. The Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund is a nonprofit that provides college grants and financial assistance to surviving family members of fallen soldiers of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Find a list of requested items troops need from home, or find out how you can donate. Adopt a troop and family, and send care packages and letters in support to both. A nonprofit dedicated to creating happy holidays for children and families of fallen soldiers through donated Christmas gifts.

i Volunteer program offering support and care packages to our troops every month until they are home.

end a soldier a little piece of home by sponsoring an Operation USO Care Package. For $25, your personal message of support will accompany the package’s contents. Items needed include pre-paid phone cards, disposable cameras, toiletries, sunscreen and more. To sponsor a care package, call 877-USO-GIVE or visit

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amilies can send cards and letters to troops this season at this website. You can log on and donate money or get a list of recommended items to send in care packages. Costs vary , and all of the items, which are taxdeductible, can be purchased at the website or mailed to the company for distribution. The organization’s goal is to get a gift in every soldier ’s hands. Visit for details. Help keep morale high with letters, care packages and more.

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special needs: Learning to Advocate for Your Child By Gina Hol t

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Facing a medical crisis can be intimidating. But when it comes to your child’s health, it’s all about trusting your instincts.

y 10-year-old son Joey woke in the morning with pain. He struggled to get out of bed but then fell to the ground. He found his balance but limped throughout the house. He started using crutches because of the excruciating pain in his right leg. After a few weeks of what seemed like a pulled muscle, I took him to the pediatrician. The pain was worsening and spreading through the leg. The pediatrician ordered X-rays and blood work but it showed nothing. The doctor told me she didn’t see a need to do further testing. I called the nurse a few days later, when it was even worse, but was asked if I had considered he could be faking. I was appalled. Even if he was exaggerating, he was not faking. He limped all the time. He wouldn’t do any activity at all; he wouldn’t even walk to the neighborhood candy store. I decided to have him seen by a local orthopedic doctor who ended up refusing to order the MRI I asked for saying it was probably growing pains and that the test would be stressful. Growing pains? He couldn’t walk at all some days. I didn’t know what to do. Speaking up to a doctor can be very intimidating. As parents, we expect the doctor to be the expert and aren’t always sure how to insist they follow our own instincts. We even begin to doubt our instincts when the professionals say everything is OK.

Make Yourself Heard According to online resource Momtastic, when it comes to advocating for your child, you have to make sure your concerns are heard. Parents need to know the value of their own observations of their children. Be sure to look directly at the doctor and explain the change in behavior or health your child has exhibited. Be persistent, even if that means going to the doctor several times in a week or month. I actually called the doctor at least four or five times plus had a few visits before we got the referral we needed. Ask questions and do research. I researched every possible thing I could think of that would cause leg pain. I learned about ailments I had never heard of and made a point to ask the doctor if it could be any of those. It wasn’t. “My son was swelling and he was using the restroom a lot,” says Carlotta Piastrelli of Fort Thomas. “We met with doctors who gave us the

wrong diagnosis and medication that didn’t help, or even made things worse. I started doing my own research on the Internet. I found the right questions to ask and kept taking him in until they finally figured out what was wrong. I decided I wasn’t taking ‘he’ll be fine’ for an answer.” Piastrelli’s son was eventually diagnosed with Nephritic Syndrome that could be treated with diet changes and medication but was very serious. “You have to ask a lot of questions and tell the doctor you know what your gut is telling you,” she says. “You are the one with your child each day and you see the changes in his health and behavior. Mom, or Dad, always knows best.” “Input from caregivers is very important when evaluating children, as their condition can change very quickly, sometimes for the better, or for worse,” says Christopher A. Cunha, M.D. with Pediatric Associates. “Examination often strengthens the diagnosis, which often can be made by history in many cases. Taking a careful history can often save the child unnecessary and sometimes painful tests, blood draws, lumbar punctures, etc.”

When you are seeing so many doctors and they are giving you all kinds of answers, sometimes you have to put things into perspective and go further. My gut told me there was more to the story and we were right. Don’t settle; get second and third opinions if you need to. — Kelli Peterson of Fort Thomas

Doctors are on Your Side Medical professionals truly want to be helpful says Laura Parrott, a nurse at St. Elizabeth Hospital. They don’t want their patients to be in pain or go undiagnosed. They don’t want the patient or parents to be frustrated. “We are human, but try our best. Like everyone, we also have personal lives and bad days. Sometimes we need to do more research to find the answer. We do want •

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our patients to be healthy. Don’t be intimidated; just speak up. Tell us everything you can think of that might help us help you.” Doctors sometimes need to be reminded that they aren’t seeing everything in the few minutes they can spend with the patient and that blood work and X-rays don’t always show everything that could be going on. Parents also need to make sure they are giving the doctor every detail they can think of. “I was not intimidated when it came to my daughter,” says Jayne Lemkuhl South of Southgate. “I spoke up and pushed for answers. And when we found out the real problem, the doctor thanked me.” “Parents should always feel that they should be able to ask for clarification of an explanation given by a provider and should be honest with a provider when difficult issues arise,” says Cunha.

Find Support My son Joey was eventually referred to the orthopedic center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). The doctor immediately knew it was more than growing pains and sent us for an MRI the next day. Within minutes of leaving the hospital, the doctor called me herself to explain that they did see something unusual in the MRI. At that point, she just thought that maybe it was an odd infection in the leg caused by another infection, like strep, going untreated. I remembered that Joey had an ear infection just a few weeks before all of this started and thought that was probably the answer. I figured he would need an antibiotic and things would be fine. A few days later a radiologist from CCHMC asked me to come in. This is the point at which I learned that you should always take another adult with you if are receiving a diagnosis. Having two people there to listen is helpful since one of you might not understand something, or in my case, go completely numb. I also suggest taking notes. Amy Lococo of Cincinnati agrees. “My son broke his collar bone. It seems like something that happens every day but this was my baby. I was very overwhelmed when the doctor explained the treatment and how he would have to be cared for at home. I had wished that my husband, who was out of town, had been there with me or that I had taken a friend.” (please turn the page)

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special needs: “Many problems can be prevented if the parent takes some notes of the explanation given or asks the provider to write things down for them,” says Cunha, adding that he has gotten into the habit of writing information for parents over the years. The doctor explained to me that Joey had a rare “cancer-like” disease called Langerhan’s Cell Histiocytosis (LCH). Although LCH can be diagnosed in adults, it is usually diagnosed in children between the ages of 0 and 4. He explained that Joey being 10 and having a single cell system (only in his bone) was actually in our favor. Unfortunately though, Joey had to have a biopsy and bone graft of his hip. He was in a wheel chair for nearly three months, then a walker followed by crutches and a lot of physical therapy. He is now walking on his own and, honestly, most people would never know that he dealt with such an aggressive disease earlier this year.

Communication is Key Getting a second or third opinion is OK if you feel you need it for any reason. “When Kassidy was

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sick, we actually moved doctors twice to find one that we felt was on our side and ready to help us find answers,” says Kelli Peterson of Fort Thomas. “When you are seeing so many doctors and they are giving you all kinds of answers, sometimes you have to put things into perspective and go further. My gut told me there was more to the story and we were right. Don’t settle; get second and third opinions if you need to.” Cunha agrees. “I think any reasonable provider should never try to block parents seeking second opinions, and sometimes a provider who is having many such opinions requested should be somewhat introspective and re-evaluate how they deliver information.” Parents need to understand that doctors do make mistakes. However, they should point out their mistakes in a courteous but assertive way. You and your pediatrician are a team united in the care of your children. Good communication is necessary as your family moves forward. I did call the pediatricians’ office that at one point had said my son may be faking or just had

growing pains. I explained what had happened. They were very concerned and have since taken the time to learn about LCH, which only impacts about five in 1 million people. It is important that they understand LCH since it can reactivate at any point in my son’s life and attack any part of his body — skin, bone or organs. Luckily, my son will most likely be OK. But it was a long road to the answers. I will be a better advocate for my children in the future if ever needed. Through it all, I have learned that to be an effective advocate for your children, you must ask questions, research the child’s symptoms, take notes, find support from others, be persistent, and be assertive. Don’t be afraid — you CAN do what’s necessary for your child. Gina Holt is a local writer and mother of two. To read more about Joey’s story, check out Gina’s blog at raising2tweens.

Resources for Parents Greater Cincinnati is home to many support groups for parents of children with special needs. Here are just a few: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center CCHMC offers a bevy of resources and support for parents, including links to local groups, the online community known as Special Connections, the Family Resource Center for further education, the Kelly O’Leary Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, and a Special Needs Resource Directory.

Families with ASD Offering support and resources to families with children affected by autism, including an annual expo, a family resource center in Milford, and the Autism Yellow Pages — an online directory of doctors, therapists and organizations.

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Hamilton County Board of Developmental Disabilities Providing services and resources to families with infants and toddlers who have disabilities, as well as children ages 5 - 21, and adults.

Red Treehouse was created to provide an online community for both families and professionals to discover and share resources that help children from babies to young adults.

Redwood Redwood provides educational and therapeutic programs for children and adults with multiple disabilities.

Stepping Stones This non-profit has been aiding people and families with disabilities since 1963, encouraging independence for its participants with social programs, day and overnight camps and more.

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Academy of Music and Dance, West Chester

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

Baldwin Music Education Center

3799 Hyde Park Ave., Cincinnati 513-351-1109 The Baldwin Music Education Center, a division of Music Learning Center, Inc., has been serving the tri-state area for more than 45 years. Specially-designed preschool group music classes are offered for students ages 6 mos. - 4 yrs. and piano classes for 5 yrs. and older. All classes are taught by trained music educators and piano pedagogues. Classes are offered 6 days a week year round. Convenient location in Hyde Park/Oakley and family discounts.

ballet tech of ohio

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

Ballet Theatre Midwest

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

Brain Balance Achievement Center of Cincinnati 513-257-0705 Groundbreaking program combining sensory motor, cognitive and nutrition coaching into one solution for children ages 4 - 17 with ADD, autism, dyslexia and other learning/processing disabilities.

Cincinnati Ballet, Otto M. Budig Academy

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

Cincinnati Country Day School

6905 Given Road, Cincinnati 513-561-7298 CCDS is a co-educational, independent, college-preparatory school for students from 18 mos. - grade 12. Located on a beautiful 62-acre campus in Indian Hill. Merit and need-based tuition assistance is available.

Cincinnati Museum Center

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

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park

962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati 513-345-2242 Programs for young actors through grade 12, theater tours, Rosenthal Next Generation Theatre Series, annual holiday tradition ‘A Christmas Carol’ and Tony award winning productions.

Cincinnati Public Schools

2651 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati 513-363-0123 As Ohio’s highest-rated urban district, CPS has become a national model of excellence with innovative and rigorous academic programs, exciting enrichment opportunities, and strong community partnerships that ensure each student’s success. Choose from dozens of highly rated magnet, neighborhood and high school options.

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

Fall Activities and After-School Programs Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra

1241 Elm Street, Cincinnati 513-381-3300 The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s community learning programs reach over 65,000 people annually In the Hall, In the School, and In the Community. The popular Cincinnati Pops’ Lollipops Family Concerts are interactive, creatively themed performances designed for children ages 3 - 10 and their families as a fun introduction to the symphonic experience. The CSO’s educational activities also include programs such as Young People’s Concerts, master classes, Musicians in Schools, adult programs and the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestras.

Cincinnati Waldorf School

5555 Little Flower Ave., Cincinnati 513-541-0220 Offering a classical education for children pre-nursery - grade 8. Qualified teachers dedicated to providing a rich, developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to education to inspire life-long learning and enable each student to fully develop their capacities. Observation tours at 9 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month. Tuition assistance available. Ohio Ed Choice Scholarships available. Open Houses Nov. 10 and Feb. 9.

Drake Planetarium

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

Fruit of Zion Child Development Center

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

Garden Montessori School

1318 Nagel Road, Cincinnati 513-474-4933 • Montessori preschool in Anderson Township off of Nagel and Beechmont Roads. Established in 1973, we offer full- or half-day and Kindergarten programs. Masters degreed teachers with 7:1 ratio; small classrooms with emphasis on individualized learning. Call us for a tour. “Where young minds grow.”

The Gardner School

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

Jacob’s Well Christian Learning Center

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

Jelly Bean Junction Learning Centers

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

Kinder Garden School

10969 Reed Hartman Hwy., Blue Ash 513-791-4300 5900 West Chester Road, Ste. C, West Chester 513-874-3100 Together with interaction of child, staff and family, we develop the complete child. We provide formative encouragement and knowledge with hands-on staff taking a personal interest in family and holistic education decisions for the child. Devoted to growing a child’s wish to flourish and learn by cultivating curiosity and problem-solving proficiency.

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Langsford Learning Centers

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

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The Mad Potter Madeira

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

Montessori Academy

8293 Duke Blvd., Mason 513-398-7773 Providing a supportive learning environment, we focus on individualized education and offer students opportunities for self-paced acceleration. Experienced, degreed teachers committed to the success of each student intellectually, socially and emotionally. We encourage self-motivation and an excitement about learning. 7.5 acre campus. State chartered, AMS affiliated. Extended care available. 18 mos. - grade 8.

My Little Red Haus

9429 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati 513-827-9110 Artists and non-artists will enjoy our non-structured classes, private instruction, group sessions, parties, art therapy and open studio time. Come for the fun and go home with your unique creation! Ages 4 and up.


Paint by the Glass - Canvas and Cocoa

Sign your school up for Drake Science Center’s after school-program: S - Science T - Technology E - Engineering M - Math

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

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

For more information and to reserve your spot call 513-396-5578

Pied Piper Music Together

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

Rockwern Academy

8401 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati 513-984-3770 • Rockwern Academy (formerly Yavneh Day School) is Cincinnati’s Jewish community day school serving children preschool - grade 8. Founded in 1952 and located on a beautiful campus in the Kenwood neighborhood, Rockwern prides itself on providing an excellent Jewish and general academic education in a warm and nurturing environment.

St. Ursula Villa

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

School or Rock, Mason

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

Springer School

2121 Madison Road, Cincinnati (513) 871-6080 For 40 years, Springer School and Center has empowered students with learning disabilities to lead successful lives. Springer offers a day school for students ages 6 - 14 and outreach programs and learning disability resources for students, parents and teachers in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Springer Experience. Success Changes Everything.

Summit Country Day School

VISIT OUR OPEN HOUSE Saturday, November 17th, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Unleashing a passion to learn, lead and ser ve.

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

Tippi Toes

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

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8401 Montgomery Road * Cincinnati, OH 45236 * (513) 984-3770 *

What is Rockwern? 

Cincinnati’s pluralistic Jewish community day school (Early Childhood Education Center through 8th grade).

Founded in 1952 as Yavneh Day School, Rockwern Academy has a 60 year history of providing an excellent Jewish and general education in a warm and nurturing environment.

Rockwern is a community that celebrates the life of the mind by providing a rigorous and integrated curriculum that promotes high levels of student effort and academic achievement.

Rockwern is also a community that teaches Jewish heritage, Jewish values, Hebrew and a strong bond to Israel.

Rockwern provides a multi-faceted program with music, art, after school activities, and sports, as well as strong academics.

2013 - 2014 Open Houses Rockwern Academy cordially invites prospective 2013-2014 Kindergarten - 8th Grade families to one of our Open Houses. You may choose to attend on one of the following dates and times: Thursday, November 1, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Monday, November 5, 2012 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. “In retrospect, I am often astounded at the amount that I learned while at Yavneh. When I graduated, I moved immediately into the honors program at Walnut Hills and found myself already toward the top of the class academically. This, in and of Itself, is an impressive task, and dayenu, this would have been enough, especially considering the high academic standards for which Walnut Hills is known. However, I was not only given that, but also and perhaps equally important, I was given a strong Jewish education that provided the foundation for me to continue living my life with a proud Jewish identity.” Michael Sarason, Class of 2001 Reservations are required. Please contact Rex or Kathy in the Rockwern Academy office at 513-984-3770 with the names of those who would like to attend. GENEROUS FINANCIAL AID AVAILABLE. For information about Rockwern Academy’s Early Childhood Education Center (ages 2, 3, & 4), please call Ms. Nancy Mendelson, ECEC Director, at (513)766-3112 •

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Held at the Ohio National building at I-71 and Pfeiffer Road, the Victorian Holiday Village is a free outdoor event for the entire family. Featuring a free 5x7 photo with St. Nick (one per family), free hot cocoa and cookies and free goodies for the little ones. The Village will be open rain or shine.

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isit the Mason Community Center and meet with more than 40 familyfriendly businesses and children’s programs, including private schools, after-school enrichment programs, preschools and day cares, pediatricians, and more. Enjoy live entertainment, giveaways and fun! Presented by Group Health Associates and Comforts for Baby at Kroger. Mason Community Center, 6050 MasonMontgomery Road; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Visit cincinnatifamilymagazine. com. •

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Bring ages 2 - 4 to learn all about the bird that was almost our national symbol — the turkey! Program will be followed by a short story time. V isitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 10 a.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily , $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or



ges 5 - 10 are inspired by the beautiful designs of Native American beadwork and use a loom to create their own unique piece of jewelry. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2:30 p.m.; $5 per member, $7 per nonmember plus museum admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2). Call 513-287-7000 or visit

3 saturday BOOKFAIR

Stop by the Fields-Ertle location of Barnes & Noble for their bookfair , supporting Salem Township Primary School. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 9891 W aterstone Blvd., Mason; 11 a.m.; 513-683-5599 or


Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.


Strike a pose! Bring the gang for a fashion-filled afternoon to explore clothes, costumes, performances from Madcap Puppets, face painting and more. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or



Mother of Mercy High School’ s Theatre Department presents this Broadway hit, with comedy , romance and plenty of dancing. Grade school students and their families are invited to this preview performance which includes discounted tickets, a cast meet and greet, and giveaways. Discounted tickets available at the door today only. College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road; 7 p.m.; $6; 513-661-2740, ext. 346 or


Members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team join gymnastic stars like Nastia Liukin and Alicia Sacramone for an evening of acrobatic and rhythmic feats. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $28; 800-745-3000 or


Meet other parents and community members to discuss topics such as wellness and nutrition, child development, birth and pregnancy, and more. Participants receive a copy of Pathways to Family Wellness Magazine. Apex Chiropractic & Wellness Center, 8624 Winton Road, Ste. B; 7 p.m.; 513-931-4300.


Enjoy displays of antique ornaments, toys and cards, in a historic museum that also feature an Art Deco Christmas display. An antique feather tree adorned with patriotic ornaments will commemorate this election year, along with post-World War II memorabilia and much more. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; Nov. 2 - Jan. 16, 2013; 513-684-4515 or


ArtReach, a division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Follow the story of Ichabod Crane, his sweetheart Katrina, and a Headless Horseman that is more funny than scary. Recommended for grades K - 6. Krueger Auditorium, UC Cle rmont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia; 7 p.m.; $5; 513-558-1215 or


Please see “Now Playing” on page 42 for details.


Holiday Junction, featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains, opens today for families of all ages to enjoy. Take a trip for holiday décor , a super-sized tree, music and plenty of activities for railroad enthusiasts. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 W estern Ave.; museum hours (10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Mon. - Sun., 1 1 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sun.); all-museums pass $12.50 adults, $1 1.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or


Playhouse in the Park brings their production of Accidental Friends, thanks to Springfield Township and The Wyoming Fine Arts Center. Blinded by a head injury, Jonathan is befriended by quirky Hilda, who helps him find his way. Will he be able to return the favor? A preshow performance features local high school shows and a healthy snack for kids. The Grove Banquet Hall, 9158 Winton Road; 7 p.m.; free, but a $2 donation is appreciated; 513-522-1410 or springfieldtwp. org/playhouse.cfm.


Clever Container hosts a free workshop with professional organizers to help you get organized. Learn to problem solve in the area you need the most help. Antonelli College West Chester, 9100 West Chester Towne Centre Road; 7 p.m.; 513-494-6774 or clevercontainer . com/TheMessyMoms.

Join a bird walk through the Nature PlayScape to look and listen for some of the area’ s most common feathered friends, then make a special craft to take home. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe W oods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 2 - 3 p.m.; $8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


Learn about the rich culture of dif ferent tribes through stories and crafts. Barnes & Noble Booksellers Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road; 1 1 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or


Hear and get to know the oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn and piano through the music of Mozart. Heritage Presbyterian Church, 6546 S. Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason; 10 and 1 1:30 a.m.; $5; 513-381-6868 or


The Salvation Army Toy Shop Auxiliary hosts its 56th annual fundraiser, featuring live and silent auctions, a gift boutique, sports collectibles, and an assortment of hand-dressed dolls, including a special Bengals collectible package. Proceeds provide books and dolls given away during the Salvation Army’s annual Toy Shop in December. Armstrong Chapel, 5125 Drake Road; 1 1 a.m., live auction begins at 12:30 p.m.; free admission;


Join the American Diabetes Association and families from all around the Tri-State in a walk to raise funds and help stop diabetes. Great American Ball Park, downtown; 7 a.m. registration, 8:30 a.m. opening ceremony , 9 a.m. 5K run, 9:15 a.m. 5K walk; $25 for runners, raise or donate $100 to receive 2012 Step Out T-Shirt; 513-7599330, ext. 6667 or

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Sunday - Thursday 6:00 - 9:00 pm Friday & Saturday 6:00 - 10:00 pm

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Activities include:

• Santa Claus (Photos starting at just $6.50) • Mrs. Claus’ Bakery • Model Train Display

• Free indoor play area • The Dickens Carolers: Fri., Sat. & Sun.Evenings

Admission to Santa Land is FREE! More information can be found at or at (513) 825-6467.

A Great Holiday Family Tradition Christmas Train Layouts and Photo Op Areas

Visit Our Winter Wonderland

with Reindeer Stables, the Toy Workshop, Mrs. Claus in her kitchen, and Santa in his study Open Nov. 17th through Jan. 1st

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adcap Puppets kicks off its Hats Off series with The Cinderella Files. Ever wonder what would happen if Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother went on vacation? Join a twisted take on the classic tale when Ralph, the Fairy Godfather, has to help Cinderella get to the ball. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $8. Call 513497-2860 or visit


Join a special concert from Linton Music designed just for ages 6 - 12 that educates their musical minds. Heritage Presbyterian Church, 6546 S. Mason-Montgomery Road, Mason; 2 p.m.; $5; 513-381-6868 or


Learn to differentiate between the calls of turkeys, crows and coyotes and get some insight into their lives — a special favorite of little ones since they will get to make a lot of noise! Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe W oods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 2 p.m.; $8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


Meet local writers and talk to them about their writing process and have a book signed just for you. Barnes & Noble Booksellers Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road; 2 p.m.; 513-794-9320 or


Pediatrician Dr. John Hutton will field questions regarding your baby’s health — with a special focus on the impact of electronic media on the very young — as well as discuss and sign his book series, Baby Unplugged. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra performs classic Bond music, along with tunes from iconic spy thrillers like Mission: Impossible, Austin Powers and The Pink Panther. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; 7 p.m. Nov . 4, 2 p.m. Nov . 11; tickets from $25; 513-381-3300 or


Join an open house to meet the faculty and staf f and learn more about education and enrichment offerings. Bethany School, 555 Albion Ave.; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513-7717462 or


Learn more about the educational and enrichment opportunities available to grades 6 - 8, and meet the faculty, administration and staf f. Ursuline Academy, 5535 Pfeiffer Road; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 513-791-5791 or


Bring your favorite mug for some hot cocoa and fall nature fun in the Nature PlayScape. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe W oods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 3 p.m.; $8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-171 1 or


Expectant or new parents are invited to stop by the Norwood library to meet community organizations such as the United W ay, the Norwood Health Department, 4C for Children and Kids Exchange. Learn about literacy, vaccinations, car seat safety and more. Enjoy a snack and a special craft you can make for your baby. Norwood Branch, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, 4325 Montgomery Road; 5 - 7 p.m.; 513-369-6037 or


Meet the faculty and staff and learn more about the education and enrichment offerings at this co-ed, college prep school. Cincinnati Country Day School, 6905 Given Road; call for time, Nov . 7 and 14; 513-979-0220 or


“The Villa” hosts an informational gathering to talk about Montessori and traditional preschool (Nov. 7), as well as programs for grades K - 8 (Nov. 15). St. Ursula Villa, 3660 Vineyard Place; 8:30 - 10 a.m. Nov. 7 and 15; 513871-7218 or


Help your children, ages 3 - 5, build language and literacy skills through stories, songs and play . Scheben Branch, Boone County Public Library , 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 1 p.m.; 859-342-BOOK (2665) or


Let your imagination run wild and create a masterpiece with the library’ s collection of Legos. William E. Durr Branch Library, Kenton County Public Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road; 4:30 p.m.; 859-962-4030 or


Get into the holiday spirit with cookies and treats in Luther Hall while listening to carols and seasonal tunes from the Steve Schmidt Trio. Kids can make an ornament to take home and meet a special guest from the Cincinnati Zoo. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 6 - 8 p.m.; 513-684-4515 or


Glenn Singer uses visual comedy, optical illusions and a warm friendly style to spoof a circus equestrian act that will have children and adults laughing for days to come. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 S. Monument Ave., Hamilton; 6:30 p.m. reception, 7:30 p.m. show; $10 adult members, $12 nonmembers, free ages 16 and younger with the purchase of an adult ticket, otherwise $5 child members, $6 nonmembers; 513-863-8873, ext. 1 10 or

Madcap Puppets presents Rumpelstiltskin for little ones, then stick around for character appearances, giveaways, fun activities and more. Be sure to get your Breakfast with Santa tickets while you’re there. Dayton Mall, 2700 Miamisburg Centerville Road; 10 - 1 1:30 a.m.; Bring your baby for a literacy development program with books, songs and finger-plays. Duke Energy Children’ s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 W estern Ave.; 10:15 a.m.; $5 per member , $7 per nonmember plus museum admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


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Join in for music, stories, movement and laughs with Joel the Singing Librarian. William E. Durr Branch Library, Kenton County Public Library , 1992 W alton-Nicholson Road; 10:30 a.m.; 859-962-4030 or


Learn more about the Christ-centered education offered to families. Cincinnati Christian Schools, 7350 Dixie Hwy. (elementary) and 7474 Morris Road (high school), Fairfield; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513-874-8500 (elementary) or 513892-8500 (high school) or

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Mention the bookfair when you make your purchases and help support Cincinnati Hebrew Day School. Barnes & Noble Booksellers Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road; 513-794-9320 or

cast of colorful characters takes audiences on a journey to find “The Button People.” Enjoy a musical voyage that introduces children to rhythms and sounds, featuring more than 30 different instruments from the bongos and congas of Cuba to the giant Taiko Drumz of Japan. Muntz Theatre, UC Blue Ash College, 9555 Plainfield Road; 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.; $5 per person. Call 513-745-5705 or visit

Ages 5 - 10 make a dream catcher for themselves and work together to make a large dream catcher to hang in the museum. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 W estern Ave.; 3:30 p.m.; $5 per member, $7 per nonmember plus museum admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or




Bring a mug to mix up your own hot cocoa, then hike with a naturalist to learn how nature gets ready for winter. Pink Oak Trail, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 10 a.m. or 2 p.m.; $5 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-P ARK (7275) or


Bring the kids to explore some simple toys that require skill and a sense of adventure, and make a toy or two for a nominal fee. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Reduce, reuse, recycle! Through stories and crafts, learn how to make recycling easy at home and help save the planet. Barnes & Noble Booksellers Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or


Author Missy Griffin and illustrator Frederic Pissarro sign, read and discuss their picture book, Gigi’s Window, a tale about a young girl visiting her grandma in New York City. Follow it up with a craft for ages 2 and older . Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 11:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


“Old MacMaestro” (otherwise known as John Morris Russell) leads the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra through some farmland fun with Flight of the Bumblebee and more animal-friendly tunes. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; pre-concert fun begins at 9:30 a.m., concert at 10:30 a.m.; $12 adults, $7 children; 513-381-3300 or

FREE CINCINNATI FAMILY/NKY FAMILY’S KIDS AND FAMILY EXPO Please see Calendar opener on page 31 for details.


Christ Hospital and Cincinnati Sports Club hosts their annual health fair , including fun games and fitness competitions for the kids, health screenings, cooking and wellness demos, flu shots and more. Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road; 1 1 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 513-527-4000 or


Please see “Spotlight” on page 34 for details.


Madcap Puppets presents Rumpelstiltskin today, followed by a puppet-building workshop. Middletown Arts Center, 130 North Verity Pkwy., Middletown; 12:30 p.m.; free, performance, registration and fee required for workshop; 513-424-2417 or


Learn about Inspired Learning, a developmentally appropriate, experiential approach to education, as used in a Waldorf education. Children are welcome, and be sure to stop by the Magic Meadow Store while you’re on campus for unique toys, crafts and gifts. Cincinnati Waldorf School, 5555 Little Flower Ave.; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 513-541-0220 or


Step back in time to the first day of public Thanksgiving on the Ohio frontier . Talk with historical interpreters of the Society of Northwest Longhunters, and watch a special exchange between Native Americans and settlers at 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. Samples of period fare will be available between 2 and 5 p.m. Historic Cabin-School Area, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrencburg Road; 2 - 5:30 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-P ARK (7275) or

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Ages 2 - 5 and their parents are invited for a music and movement program based on the Musikgarten curriculum. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10:15 a.m.; $5 per member, $7 per nonmember plus museum admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2): 513-287-7000 or


Ages 2 - 5 develop their pre-reading skills with stories, songs, rhymes and activities with help from their grownups. Scheben Branch, Boone County Public Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 6:30 p.m.; 859-342-BOOK (2665) or


Learn how to spend, save and give right from the start in this program from the PNC Grow Up Great initiative. For ages 3 - 5. William E. Durr Branch Library , Kenton County Public Library, 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road; 10:30 a.m.; 859-962-4030 or


Please see Nov. 7 for details.


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Get your tushy to the best playdate in town!

Shalom Family’s

• Visit our website to see our internationally renowned faculty • Ballet, Pointe, Modern, Tap & Tae Kwon Do, Pas de deux & pointe variations • Teen/Adult, Homeschool, Musical Movement for ages 2-3 years old • Family friendly Nutcracker with Guest Artists Sat., Dec. 8th, 2:00 & 7:30 p.m.

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Featuring the ever engaging, always entertaining,

The 2nd & 4th Sunday of every month at Gymboree, Mason. Snack and chance to win a $50 Target gift card every time. Advance RSVP required!


And get lots of FREE stuff for you & your parents! Including: A Tushy Towelettes-to-Go container, books, resources and other great items just for Jewish babies, delivered right to your door 3 times a year!

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Please see Nov. 16 for details.


llustrator C.F. Payne signs his latest work, Mousetronaut, today. Written by a retired astronaut, Mousetronaut tells the story of a small mouse who wants to travel to outer space. He works hard and makes the cut, and then gets his chance to save the crew when the mission goes awry. To keep waiting time at a minimum, please bring only two books form home to the signing. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2 p.m. Call 513-731-2665 or visit


Parents and their little ones are invited to join the naturalist for a story all about turkeys. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 1 a.m. and 1 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily , $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


The staff and faculty of St. Ursula Academy is on hand to talk about the school’s curriculum, activities and more. St. Ursula Academy, 1339 East McMillan St.; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; 513-961-3410 or


Meet a live turkey and learn how they live in the woods and fields surrounding the garden. Then take a look at some Thanksgiving customs. Highfield Discovery Garden, Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; Nov. 14 - 25, 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. W ed - Sat, 1 and 4 p.m. Sun; $5 ages 12 and older , $4 ages 2 - 12, free ages younger than 2 plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-771-8733 or greatparks. org.

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Meet author Obert Skye and have him autograph his new book Beyond Foo, Book 2: Geth and the Deception of Dreams. Barnes & Noble Booksellers Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road; 6:30 p.m.; 513-794-9320 or


Please see Nov. 7 for details.


The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra introduced a new, city-wide program that brings people of all ages together through music. While last month featured short performances in various venues around town, this month will feature a performance of Beethoven’ s Symphony No. 9, concluding with the well-known Ode to Joy with the May Festival Chorus. Music Hall, 1241 Elm St.; Nov. 15, 17 and 18; tickets start at $10; 513381-3300 or


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Join this three-day holiday festival complete with a 5K run, a parade, craft tents, plus plenty of food and entertainment. South Main Street, Springboro; Nov . 16 - 18; free admission;


Madcap Puppets presents an audience favorite with Rumpelstiltskin. Oxford Community Arts Center, 10 S. College Ave.; 7 p.m.; 513-524-8506 or index.htm.


Read along with the popular story as the train makes its round-trip journey to the North Pole. Meet Santa and enjoy caroling, hot cocoa, and a special gift for each little one. Whitewater Valley Railroad, departs Grand Central Station, 455 Market St., Connorsville, IN; 5 and 7:30 p.m. Sat and 5 p.m. Sun Nov . 16 - 18, 23 - 25 and 30; $29 ages 2 and older; 765-825-2054 or whitewatervalleyrr . org.


Reminisce about sock hops and doo-wops, or introduce a newer generation to the feel-good music in this show featuring performers such as Jimmy Beaumont & The Skyliners, The Marcels, and The Motown Experience. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 8 p.m.; tickets start at $35; 513-621-ARTS (2787) or


Kick off your holidays with a beautiful display of hot air balloons, crafters, food vendors, roaming performers and more. Mirror Lake, Eden Park, Eden Park Drive; 4 - 6 p.m.;

THE BUTTON PEOPLE: A WORLD MUSIC SAFARI ADVENTURE Please see “Spotlight” on page 36 for details.


Take a journey to the North Pole where you can meet Santa and Mrs. Claus, enjoy some winter train displays, and start a holiday tradition for your family . EnterTrainment Junction, 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester; Nov. 17 - Dec. 31; visit site for ticket prizes; 513-898-8000 or


To celebrate National Adoption Day, author and illustrator duo Nadine Huf fman and Marilyn Lebhar , sign their book A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas, in which a child awaits his new sibling while enjoying our city’s holiday traditions. All of the book’s proceeds go to area adoption organizations. Blue manatee children’ s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-7312665 or


Ages 9 - 15 can explore a variety of methods used to analyze the Dead Sea Scrolls and discover what it’s like to study ancient texts. Museum of Natural History & Science, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 W estern Ave.; 2 - 3 p.m.; $5 per member, $7 per nonmember plus museum admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


Bring your lunch to cook over a fire in the Nature PlayScape. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe W oods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; $8 adults, $3 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or


Give the gift of family to a child, and learn more about becoming a foster care or adoptive parent. DCCH Center for Children & Families, 75 Orphanage Road, Ft. Mitchell; 1 - 3 p.m.; 859-331-2040 or dcchcenter .org.


Go for the gold in a chip-timed, challenging 5K course through the park that also takes runners through the Holiday in Lights display . Runners and walkers are invited to post-race activities and food inside a heated tent. Presented by the Alleen Company and Hamilton County Park District, proceeds from the race will benefit the Hamilton County Parks Foundation, Kids Against Hunger and the City of Sharonville Christmas Fund. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; $26 adults, $21 ages 12 and younger plus a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-769-0393 or greatparks. org or


Today is the first day in the 21st annual exhibit, featuring more than 250 feet of tract, Lionel trains and an interactive layout. Families of all ages will enjoy this Northern Kentucky Holiday tradition. BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; Nov. 17 - Jan. 13, 2013; free with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or


Explore winter nature with your furry friend — meet other dog lovers for an hour-long hike, followed by hot tea and a snack. Lingo W oods Parking Lot, Mt. Airy Forest, 5083 Colerain Ave.; 10 a.m.; 513-861-3435 or

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Learn about the school’s offerings while enjoying a hayride, apple cider and other refreshments, and fun fall crafts. Liberty Bible Academy, 4900 Old IrwinSimpson Road; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 513-754-1234 or


Hear and get to know the oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn and piano through the music of Mozart. Kennedy Heights Presbyterian Church, 6312 Kennedy Ave.; 10 and 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-381-6868 or


Please see Nov. 16 for details.


The Russians offered some of the most recognizable and iconic symphonic music of the late 19th and 20th centuries, including Sergei Rachmaninof f and Piotr Hyitch Tchaikovsky. Listen to their powerful music as performed by the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion, 642 Mt. Zion Road, Florence; 8 p.m.; $19 - $35; 859-431-3097 or


See the finest meteorite samples in the tri-state and hold a piece of outer space! Take a tour through the observatory, and look through the historic telescope (weather permitting). Cincinnati Observatory , 3489 Observatory Place; 7 - 9 p.m.; $7 adults, $5 children; 513-321-5186 or


Get the real story behind America’s largest fowl — there’s more to turkeys than just Thanksgiving. For ages 8 and older. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor V ehicle Permit ($3 daily , $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-P ARK (7275) or


Celebrate Thanksgiving and make place cards and quill pens for all your dinner guests. Rotunda, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nov. 17 - 21; all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or


Make a craft celebrating the season of Thanksgiving and nature’s harvest. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Nov. 17 - 18; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily , $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or


Share with others what you are thankful for and listen to some stories about the yummiest holiday of the year . Barnes & Noble Booksellers Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road; 1 1 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or


The Krohn’s popular holiday display returns today with colorful blooms, a train and holiday light experience, poinsettia photos and plenty of special activities and fun in the Education Room. Krohn Conservatory , 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 17 - Jan. 6, 2013; $6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 ages 5 and older , free ages 4 and younger;

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he ETC presents this magical retelling of Lewis Carroll’s classic story — follow Alice as she encounters a cool cat, a wild hare, and the Queen of Hearts, aka, the original “Dancing Queen.” Ensemble Theatre of Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St.; Nov. 28 - Dec. 30; $38 - $42 adults, $16 ages 12 and younger. Call 513421-3555 or visit ensemblecincinnati. org.

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Nadine Huffman and Marilyn Lebhar sign their book A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas — a holiday story that showcases our city . Barnes & Noble Booksellers Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513-7949320 or


Kick off the 2012 Holiday Harmonies Performance Series with music from the Chris Corner Trio. Santa, Mrs. Claus, Holly Claus and Caboose the Elf arrive by carriage to light the tree in the Rotunda, then Santa will head to Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Trains. Rotunda, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 W estern Ave.; 11 a.m., 12 p.m. tree lighting; all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or



Please see “Spotlight” on page 38 for details.


Please see Nov. 16 for details.

ONE CITY, ONE SYMPHONY Please see Nov. 15 for details.


Bring the family and your appetites for this fundraiser! Sample holiday pies from local bakeries including Busken, Kroger, Frisch’s Big Boy , and Little Dutch Bakery. Then purchase pies to take home, and enter to win a raf fle with great prizes, while the kids can join some games and activities. All proceeds from pie sales will benefit the Aubrey Rose Foundation, created in memory of Aubrey Rose who succumbed to a rare heart defect as a young child, and will support families with critically ill children. Cincinnati Mills Mall, 600 Cincinnati Mills Drive; 1 - 5 p.m.; pies range in price from $10 - $15; 513-728-2680 or


Please see Nov. 16 for details.


Who were the animals of the first Thanksgiving? Find out during an outdoor exploration. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor V ehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521PARK (7275) or

THANKSGIVING CRAFTS FOR KIDS Please see Nov. 17 for details.


Help your children, ages 2 - 5, build language and literacy skills through stories, songs and play . Lents Branch, Boone County Public Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Hebron; 10:30 a.m.; 859-342-BOOK (2665) or


Children who are not native English speakers, or children who want to boost their reading skills, are invited to join this club — ages 2 - 12 spend time reading with an adult volunteer and earn prizes in the process. Erlanger Branch Library, Kenton County Public Library , 401 Kenton Lands Road; 4:30 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or

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Avoid the crowds and visit the Taft instead — check out the Antique Christmas exhibition, complete with an I-Spy hunt for kids, and on Nov . 25, bring your camera for photos with Santa (11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.), ornament making (1 - 3 p.m.) and Christmas carolers (3 - 4 p.m.). Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 1 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 513241-0343 (call 513-352-5140 for Lindner Family Café reservations) or


Welcome in the holiday season with fun festivities like concessions for sale, music, and of course, the lighting of the tree. Fountain Square, downtown; 7 - 9 p.m.;


Let your tot get into the Thanksgiving spirit by exploring the past and learning about American Indians through crafts and stories. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington; 10:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $4 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or

Ages 2 and older can join a monthly installment of stories, songs and other nature-themed activities with friends from Imago Nature Center. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Kick off the holidays with one of Cincinnati’ s favorite traditions! Visit with the animals, all while enjoying performances from Madcap Puppets, visits with Santa, a wild lights show on Swan Lake, themed areas, and a North Polar Express train ride. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; 5 - 9 p.m. Nov. 23 - Jan. 1 (closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day); free with admission ($15 ages 13 - 61, $10 ages 2 - 12 and 62 and older);

Visit the Hillforest Museum, which will be decorated in Victorian splendor for the holidays. Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Hillforest, 213 Fifth St., Aurora, IN; 1 - 5 p.m. Nov. 20 - Dec. 30; $6 adults, $3 ages 7 - 13, free ages 6 and younger; 812-926-0087 or

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Bring the family for a friendly flick! Popcorn and drinks will be available for purchase. Armory Gymnasium, Tower Park, S. Fort Thomas Ave., Fort Thomas; 6:30 p.m.;

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Work up an appetite in this 10K run and walk that is celebrating 103 years, and winds through downtown and over a couple gently rolling hills in the form of bridges. Paul Brown Stadium, downtown; 9 a.m. race time; $30 online through Nov. 14 (add $20 for T-shirt), $40 race day;



Please see Nov. 16 for details.


Board the train and make a stop to pick up Santa Claus along the way , who will visit with each child aboard. Whitewater Valley Railroad, departs Grand Central Station, 455 Market St., Connorsville, IN; 10 a.m., 12 and 2 p.m.; $7 ages 2 and older; 765-825-2054 or


Did you know Santa can scuba? He loves it so much he’s scuba diving all through the holiday season. Check him out as he dives underwater and shares his favorite story with young and old. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport on the Levee; Nov. 23 - Jan. 1; general admission tickets $23 ages 13 and older , $15 ages 2 - 12; (please turn the page) •

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Bring the kids for some family fun including crafts and a scavenger hunt. Visitor Center, Miami Whitewater Forest, 9001 Mt. Hope Road; 12 - 4 p.m. Nov. 24 and 25; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Get some holiday shopping done, and be sure to mention the bookfair when making your purchases to support the Cincinnati Children’s Choir. Barnes & Noble Booksellers Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road; 513794-9320 or


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


Join in for stories and crafts to teach you how to keep your body healthy and happy . Barnes & Noble Booksellers Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road; 11 a.m.; 513-794-9320 or


Madcap Puppets continues its Hats Of f series at the CAM — help Ralph the Fairy Godfather get Cinderella to the ball. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., also 1 and 3 p.m. Nov. 25; free for members, $8 nonmembers; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or


Stop by for some crafts offered for a small fee. Winton Centre, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 - 4 p.m. Nov. 24 - 25; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-PARK (7275) or


Enjoy live music from local choirs, watch Santa Claus rappel down the side of the 525 Vine Building to the Macy’s rooftop, ooh and ahh at fireworks, and then enjoy a story time with Mrs. Claus. Fountain Square, downtown; 5:45 p.m. Nov. 24, Dec. 1, 8 and 15; 513421-4400 or


Visit Cincinnati’s largest greenhouse and create your own holiday craft made out of nature-inspired materials. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 3 p.m. Nov. 24 - 25; free with admission ($6 adults, $5 seniors, $4 children); 513-861-3435 or


Take a train ride to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, and get a small gift. Stop at the Holiday Post Express to color pictures or write a letter to Santa, enjoy a holiday cookie and a cup of hot chocolate while you are entertained by Santa’s Elves. Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon; 10 a.m., 12:15, 2:30 and 4:45 p.m. Nov. 24 - 25, Dec. 1 (see site for adjust departure times), 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23; additional 7 p.m. departure Dec. 8, 15 and 22; $20.50 adults, $15.50 seniors and ages 5 - 16, $8.50 ages 2 - 4, free ages 1 year and younger; 513-933-8022 or


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Stop by for a park scavenger hunt that takes you both indoors and outside. Seasongood Nature Center , Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 - 3 p.m.; a valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513521-PARK (7275) or

25 sunday AFTER THANKSGIVING FUN Please see Nov. 24 for details.


Ages 5 - 10 discover the ancient processes used by the Maccabbees to refine olive oil for the temple Menorah. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 p.m.; $5 per member , $7 per nonmember plus museum admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $1 1.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or


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


Please see “Spotlight” on page 41 for details.


Neil Simon’s famous script comes to life on the Playhouse stage with the memories and tales of 15-year-old Eugene, who dreams of baseball and girls, all while trying to sort out his adolescent years. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; through Nov. 10; visit site for prices; 513-4213888 or


U.S. Bank presents this Cincinnati favorite by Charles Dickens. Ebeneezer Scrooge gets one last chance to redeem himself as he views his life with assistance from the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future. Will he learn to change his ways? Due to length of show , children younger than 5 cannot be admitted. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; Nov. 29 - Dec. 30; tickets start at $30; 513-421-3888 or


Covedale presents a traditional version of this romantic fairy tale, as originally presented on television in 1957 starring Julie Andrews and the music of Rodgers & Hammerstein. Children and grown-ups alike will marvel at this Christmas fantasia with a Prince’ s Ball, sparkling slippers and a crystalline castle. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; Nov. 29 - Dec. 23; $20 students and seniors, $23 adults; 513-2416550 or


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Please see Nov. 24 for details.


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Please see Nov. 16 for details.


Bring your infants and toddlers for an introduction to sign language with a program that makes it easy to learn and implement. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center , 1301 W estern Ave.; 10:15 a.m.; $5 per member, $7 per nonmember plus museum admission (all museums pass $12.50 adults, $11.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $4.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-2877000 or (the “Calendar” continues on page 45)


Mother of Mercy High School’s Theatre Department presents this Broadway favorite, featuring comedy , romance, and of course, breathtaking dance routines. Tickets available in Mercy’ s Main Of fice, 3036 Werk Road, from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. or online at Tickets also on sale two hours prior to each performance at the Box Office. College of Mount St. Joseph, 5701 Delhi Road; Nov . 2 - 4; $12;


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


Fans of the Four Seasons will enjoy a trip down memory lane in this production that details the story of the group, and those new to the quartet will enjoy classic songs like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and much more. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Nov. 28 - Dec. 9; tickets start at $28; 513-621ARTS (2787) or


A blending of European opera and American musical theatre, this production tells a simple story of love, greed and death in a tenement house that features a range of characters and Kurt Weill’s TonyAward winning music. Patricia Corbett Theatre, UC Campus; Nov. 15 - 18; $30 adults, $17 UC students, $19 non-UC students; 513-556-4183 or

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Help your toddler develop language and literacy skills with a fun story time for both of you. Lents Branch, Boone County Public Library, 3215 Cougar Path, Hebron; 10:30 a.m.; 859-342-BOOK (2665) or


Grades 6 - 12 are invited to a free screening of Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World. Erlanger Branch Library , Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road; 6 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or


Join other homeschooling families as children read their favorite poems or ones they’ve written themselves. Blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 2:30 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or


Please see “Spotlight” on page 41 for details.


Please see “Now Playing” on page 42 for details.


Ages 2 - 5 are invited for a sensory exploration of the CAM, including storytelling stops. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m.; 513-721-ARTS (2787) or


Please see “Now Playing” on page 42 for details.


Please see “Now Playing” on page 42 for details.


Back for its 11th year, the Victorian Holiday Village from Ohio National features child-sized houses decorated with lights and holiday scenes, and the Century House, a replica of a Habitat for Humanity home — a hat tip to Ohio National’s 100th anniversary commitment to build ten new homes in the Cincinnati area over the next five years. Enjoy cocoa and cookies and free photos with Santa while you visit. Southeast corner of Pfeiffer Road and I-71 exchange; 6 - 8:30 p.m. Nov. 30, Dec. 6 - 7, and 5 - 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1;


Please see Nov. 16 for details.

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4235 Paddock Road 513-861-3435 or • Ohio Native Americans RSVP by Nov. 13. Ages 6 - 12 will learn about the Shawnee and other tribes in the Ohio Valley region, including their day-to-day lives, village customs and more. Pack a lunch and dress for the weather. 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Nov. 16.

BAKER HUNT ART & CULTURAL CENTER 620 Greenup St., Covington 85-431-0020 or

• When You Wish Upon a Fish Madcap Puppets will bring the tale of the Grimm Brothers to life with a magical talking fish, audience participation and a surprise ending. Seating is limited. 2 p.m. Nov. 5; $2

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• As My Child Grows Learn to identify what is considered age-appropriate behavior, normal developmental tasks, and ways to encourage and support the stages of a child’s growth from birth to pre-adolescence. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13; $15. Also Nov. 29 at the Glenmore location (3325 Glenmore Ave.).


1600 Montague Road, Devou Park, Covington 849-491-4003 or • Polar Express Reading Kids can listen to a reading of the classic tale, have a snack, join a scavenger hunt while exploring the Holiday Toy Train display, and visit with Santa. 2 p.m. Nov. 25. Included with admission ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $$ ages 3 - 17).

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• Happiest Baby on the Block Learn how to calm your newborn and give the both of you the gift of a good night’s sleep. 6:45 p.m. Nov. 12; $50 per couple (includes a Parent Kit and DVD). • Baby’s Amazing Journey Parents will learn to navigate the challenges of infancy, including sleeping, eating and fussiness issues. 6:45 p.m. Nov. 11; $35 per couple. • Hypnobirthing Join a unique childbirth series that “explodes the myth that suffering must accompany labor.” 5:45 or 8 p.m. Nov. 7, 14 and 28; $200 for 10-week package. • More Signing, Less Whining Learn to “talk” to your hearing baby or toddler using American Sign Language, and help your baby develop better communication skills as he grows. 6:45 p.m. Nov. 13; $45 (includes pictorial dictionary and DVD). •

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

• Make a Mess at the Manatee Let your children ages 2 - 4 explore their creative sides by listening to a good book and participating in an art-making activity. Space is limited! 10 a.m. on Mondays; $5. • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Release Party Love is in the air, but what does that mean for Greg Hef fley? Ages 7 - 12 are invited to join a release party for Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel that includes a snack, a trivia challenge and more. 5 p.m. Nov . 13; $18 per child (includes copy of new book). • Miss Meghan’s Music Kids 4 and younger and their grownups are invited for songs, movement and time together. 9:45 and 10:30 a.m. Nov. 8, 9:45 a.m. Nov. 15; $8 per child. • Holiday Card-Making Ages 6 and older will learn watercolor techniques to create a set of six holiday cards with artist Lisa Merida-Paytes. 2 p.m. Nov. 11; $10 per child.


102 Wooster Pike, Milford 513-516-7366 • Children’s Art Workshop Create a Mandala, a Sanskrit word meaning “circle,” with a variety of fabric, paper and recycled items. A short story and visualization will lead into the art session. For ages 4 - 8. 11:30 a.m. Nov. 3; $12, $20 per family. • Create Your Own Personal Practice Workshop Moms and Dads are invited to create a personal practice based on warming the spine, opening the hips and chest, and centering the spirit to be ready for the day or rest for the evening. 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Nov. 10; $25. • Prenatal Wisdom Workshop Learn the basics of prenatal exercise in this session led by Jayne Cardell, teacher of pre-natal yoga for several years. Pillows and blankets provided. 1:30 - 4 p.m. Nov . 17; $35.

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

• FREE Parent Lecture Learn about the Brain Balance program and how it can help your child succeed academically, socially and behaviorally, as well as receive a copy of founder Dr. Melillo’s book, Disconnected Kids. 7 p.m. Nov. 27.


UC Clermont College 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia 513-558-1215 or • It Isn’t WHAT You Say, It’s HOW You Say It Grades 2 - 4 explore the power of their voices and how to use that power wisely. Serious discussions about bullying, emotional expression and self-awareness make for a fun and effective workshop. 5 p.m. Nov. 1; $15.

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PLAN AHEAD • Actors and Directors Grades 5 - 8 will learn what it takes to be a director. Kids will work in small groups and perform scenes from classic fairy tales. 6 p.m. Nov. 1; $15. • The Science of Theatre Learn about sound designers, special effects and how other scientific concepts make theatre a dazzling display. 5 p.m. Nov. 8; $15. • Play in a Day Grades 3 - 8 will write, design, build and perform an original play in this workshop designed to help foster creativity and teamwork. 10 a.m. Nov. 19; $35.

CALIFORNIA WOODS NATURE PRESERVE 5400 Kellogg Ave. 513-231-8678 or

• Campfire on the Bluff Meet a live owl and learn about the nighttime forest while enjoying a campfire and some hot chocolate. There is a short but steep hike to the bluff. 7 p.m. Nov. 18.


953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-ARTS (2787) or • Culture Kids Kids will explore culinary creations in works of art through a tour, story time, an art project and a snack. 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Nov . 9; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers, $3 and $6 per each additional person. • Art in the Making Ages 6 - 12 and their grown-ups will explore photography and bookmaking with local artist Terry Oestreicher. 2 - 4 p.m. Nov. 17; $10 per pair members, $20 per pair nonmembers, $3 and $6 for each additional person.

CINCINNATI DANCE AND MOVEMENT CENTER 880 Compton Road 513-521-8462 or

• FREE Moving With Mommy/Dancing With Daddy Ages 2 - 4 and their grown-ups are invited for a free class to discover the joy of music and movement with upbeat children’s music and props to help develop coordination, balance, musicality, timing and flexibility. 10 a.m. Nov. 13.

CINCINNATI FAMILY ENRICHMENT CENTER 4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 or

• CFEC Classes Register for the center’s classes for ages birth to 5 years, including Tummy Time, Little Sprout Yogis, Tiny Tunes, Head & Shoulders Knees & Toes, Movers & Shakers, Crawlers and Climbers, The Next Step, Silly Science, Jitterbugs, Wiggle Worms, Crazy Maze, Tip Tap Toe, and new classes Eating the Alphabet, Jumpin’ in Our Jammies, Setting Sun, Movin’ and Groovin’ and Expressive Adventures. Class packages range from $50 - $150. • Family Classes Register for classes for the family including Whale of a Tale, Imagination Station, Family Fiesta, Animal Action, Cupcake Kids, PeaWee Patch, Cultural Club, Yoga Adventures, Rise & Shine, DRUMatic, Hands Up, and new classes Grossology and Music Express. Class packages range from $50 - $110.

These events require advanced registration. Registration is ongoing until event is filled or otherwise noted.

• Get Plastered! Bring up to three “plasterers” with you for an afternoon of belly casting. 2:30 p.m. Nov . 11; $50. • Breastfeeding Realities Expecting moms will learn the basics of breastfeeding, including some typical problems and ways to overcome them. 3 - 5 p.m. Nov. 17; $25 per couple. • FREE Tummy to Tummy Learn about the benefits of using a sling or carrier and how to find the right one for you and Baby. 12:45 p.m. Nov. 10. • FREE Buckle Up! Join a one-hour presentation led by a safety specialist from Cincinnati Children’ s Hospital Medical Center on the basics of child safety seats. 12:45 p.m. Nov. 3. • FREE Cloth Diapering Learn about the benefits of using cloth diapers - they’re not as messy as you think! 12:45 p.m. Nov. 17.

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

• Young Birders Club Ages 12 - 18 are invited to join this new club that teaches all about birding, with an emphasis on field work. Families must be members of the CNC and pay a $10 registration fee to Ohio Young Birders Club. 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nov . 10. • Full Moon Walk Ages 8 and older are invited for a moonlit hike to learn about the Beaver Moon. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27; $8.


3489 Observatory Place 513-321-5186 or • Jupiter Night The king of the solar system is back. See the cloud tops of Jupiter and the four largest moons through the Observatory’s historic telescopes (weather permitting). Also, get a closer look at the moon’s craters. RSVP required for 30-minute classes at 8 or 9 p.m. 8 - 10 p.m.; viewings and self-guided tours; $7.

CINCINNATI ZOO & BOTANICAL CENTER 3400 Vine St. 513-281-4700 or

• Signing Safari Goes to the Zoo Staff from Signing Safari and the Cincinnati Zoo join forces for a program featuring weather, nature and animal signs, all learned through songs, rhyming, stories, creative movement and special animal visits. 9:30 or 11 a.m. Nov. 10, 13, 16 or 17; $17 members, $20 nonmembers.


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

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4309 Cooper Road 513-304-1127 or

• Holiday Dinner Fundraiser RSVP by Nov. 4. Celebrate 42 years of early childhood education with a free lasagna dinner with an assortment of appetizers and desserts, as well as a silent auction, Split-the-Pot, and more. All proceeds will benefit First Step Cooperative Preschool, where parents are the teachers. 7 p.m. Nov. 14.


5400 Lanius Lane 513-542-2909 or • Family Pioneer Game Day Find out what families of yesterday did to have fun - make a craft and enjoy some traditional refreshments. Some activities are held outdoors, please dress for the weather. 2 p.m. Nov. 17; $5 per person or $15 per family .


8485 Ridge Road 513-761-7500 or • Hang at the J Grades K - 5 are invited for games, swimming, crafts, a movie or special activity, and a kid-friendly dinner. Be sure to bring a swimsuit and towel. 7 - 11 p.m. Nov. 17; $20 members, $27 nonmembers. • Thanksgiving School Break Camp Grades K - 5 will splash in the waterpark, play games in the gym, create some unique art projects and enjoy the game room. 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Nov. 21 (drop off as early as 8 a.m., pick up as late as 6 p.m.); $48 members, $58 nonmembers (add $6 for before care, $8 for after care, $12 for both).


333 Wilmer Ave. 513-761-4313 or • Founder’s Day Join a tour of one of the oldest cemeteries in Hamilton County and learn about Major Benjamin Stiles and the founding members of Columbia, later annexed by Cincinnati. If time permits, participants will also visit neighboring Fulton Cemetery. 2 p.m. Nov. 18.


130 North Verity Pkwy., Middletown 513-424-2417 or • First Friday Kids Art Class Kids will enjoy mixed media projects in this monthly art class. 6 p.m. Nov . 2; $12.50.


8401 Montgomery Road 513-984-3770 or • Open House Prospective 2013 - 2014 Kindergarten - 8th grade families are invited to an open house for an overview of the school’s program and mission, and a tour of the campus. 8:30 a.m. Nov . 1, 1:30 p.m. Nov. 5, 7 p.m. Nov. 13.


Medical Village Drive, Edgewood Room 249, Doctor’s Building 859-750-3430 or

• Parent Classes Register for parent workshops including BellyRobics, Signing Safari, The Potty Train and more. Class package prices vary.

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• FREE La Leche League Meeting Join the La Leche League of Northern Kentucky for support and conversation for breastfeeding mothers. 6:30 p.m. second Thu each month.

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1339 East McMillan 513-961-3410 or • High School Placement Test All 8th grade students must take the high school placement test to apply. Take the test and stay for lunch! 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Nov. 17.

SHALOM FAMILY • FREE Sensory Sunday: Stories, Songs and Fun For You and Your Little One These private interactive playgroups feature Miss Meliss, who keeps both parents and their little ones engaged with her unique brand of fun. Play dates include a snack and are open to families in the Jewish community with children ages 2 and younger in which at least one parent is Jewish. Two families will each win a $50 Target gift card at each event. Presented by Shalom Family, an initiative of The Mayerson Foundation. The Gymboree, 6209 Snider Road; 2 p.m. Nov. 11 and 25.


2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700, ext. 261 or • Parent Preview Day Parents interested in learning more about Summit’s Montessori programs are invited to visit. 8:45 a.m. Nov. 8 • Parent Preview Day Learn more about Summit’s offerings for students in grades 1 - 8. 8:45 a.m. Nov . 13. • Open House Students in grades 9 - 12 and their parents are invited to visit the school and learn more about its curriculum and programs. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15. • Entrance Exam A scholarship and entrance test for 9th grade candidates takes place today. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 17. • Montessori Interview Bring your little ones to meet the faculty and staff. 8:30 a.m. Nov. 27.


234 Goodman St. 513-584-2230 or • Childbirth Classes Expecting moms are invited to sign up for a range of childbirth education classes, including Infant CPR on Nov. 1; tours on Nov. 1, 6, 8, 27 and 29; sibling class on Nov. 2; Baby Care Basics (West Chester) on Nov. 7; Breastfeeding on Nov. 8; A Little Bit of Everything on Nov. 11; Prepared Childbirth on Nov. 17; Baby Care Basics on Nov. 27; and Early Pregnancy on Nov. 29. Meet in the lobby; prices range from free maternity unit tours to $80.


10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) or A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. • Climbing Basics RSVP by Nov. 1. This outdoor class will cover basic knots, equipment use, and climbing techniques. Participants ages 8 and older will then climb the 23-foot rock wall. 3 p.m. Nov . 4; $8.

• Growing Up a Farm Kid RSVP by Nov. 5. Look at the fall colors on Parky’s Farm and discovered who is colored like the leaves. Recommended for ages 2 - 5 with an adult. 9:30 a.m. Nov . 6 or 7; $10 per child, free for adults. • Glow Disc Golf RSVP by Nov. 7. Challenge your family and friends to a round of glowing disc golf at night. 7 p.m. Nov. 9; $5 per player, $5 per rental disc. • Orienteering I RSVP by Nov. 8. Learn the basics of orienteering and test your map and compass skills. 12 p.m. Nov. 10; $6. • Orienteering II RSVP by Nov. 8. Follow a bearing, learn to travel around large obstacles and get back on the right track. 2 p.m. Nov. 10; $6. • Orienteering III RSVP by Nov. 15. Back azimuths, triangulation and declination will be discussed and demonstrated. Orienteering II is a pre-requisite. 1 p.m. Nov. 17; $6. • Outdoor Archery RSVP by Nov. 15. Ages 8 and older can learn the basics of shooting a compound arrow. 4 p.m. Nov. 17; $15. • Wilderness Skills RSVP by Nov. 15. Ages 8 and older will observe and use a variety of outdoor skills to survive an emergency winter woodland situation. 2 p.m. Nov. 18; $6.


Trailside Nature Center, Burnet Woods 3251 Brookline Drive 513-751-3679 or • The Secret Life of Stars Ages 5 and older are invited for an intro to the constellations and the legends behind them. 7 p.m. Nov. 16; $5.


8250 Old Kellogg Road 513-521-PARK (7275) or A valid Hamilton County Park District Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park. • Enchanted Night Hike RSVP by Nov. 8. Take a one-mile, guided hike where the trail will come alive with characters sharing secrets about the nocturnal world. Then enjoy some refreshments by the fire. 7 - 9 p.m. Nov. 10; $4. • Winter Jamboree RSVP by Nov. 13. Ages 3 - 5 are invited for crafts and activities to teach them all about winter. 10 a.m. Nov. 16; $5.

Be in the Calendar! To have your events listed in our December calendar, send details by Wednesday, Nov. 7 to Sherry Hang at sherryh@ or fax to 513-252-0081. •

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hands-on kids

Paper Bag Turkey Puppet Here’s a Thanksgiving Turkey Puppet that’s fun and easy to make and will give the kids hours of fun.

What You’ll Need • paper craft bag • colorful construction paper for feathers • Yellow, brown & red construction paper for body • scissors and glue • large wiggle eyes

What You’ll Do 1. Cut 6 leaf shaped tail feathers from construction paper. Cut beak and feet from yellow, a waddle from red and round chest piece from dark brown. 2. Glue all your pieces on the paper bag as shown. Be sure his “mouth” is facing forward and glue his beak is on the fold. 3. Add 2 large wiggle eyes. Your turkey is complete! Put your hand inside and make your turkey talk! What is his name? Is he excited for Thanksgiving Day? — activity provided by the Parent-Teacher Store

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Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains

Exhibit Opens November 2 Give a Year of WOW! Buy One, Get One Half Off November 2 – January 6

Thanksgiving Crafts

November 17- November 21 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.









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Rocky Mountain Express Opens November 2

Santa’s Arrival & Tree Lighting

November 23: 11:50 a.m.

Take the ride of a lifetime as this OMNIMAX® film relives the age of steam, on the original route of the Canadian Pacific Railway from Vancouver through the Rockies.

Grandparents’ Weekend

North Pole Pajama Party

December 8 & 9

December 21: 6:30 p.m.

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