NOVEMBER events requiring advance registration begin on page 51.
FORT MITCHELL FALL BREAK DAY
CINCY BREASTFEEDING GATHERING
Fort Mitchell families are invited to a special program to explore NaturePlay@ BCM and participate in an animal-track scavenger hunt, a staged archaeology dig, crafts and other activities. BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free with admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.
FREE HAILE PLANETARIUM SHOWS
Head to NKU’s Haile Planetarium for some free, hour-long public shows. This month, families can enjoy the night skies with themes Experience the Aurora and Solar Quest. Friday night shows include a look at the evening and morning skies, along with a video about recent astronomy news. Haile Planetarium, Northern Kentucky University Campus, 1 Louie B Nunn Drive; 12 p.m. Nov. 1, 7, 15, 21, 29, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4, 18; 859-572-5600 or planetarium.nku.edu.
SKATING ON FOUNTAIN SQUARE
The U.S. Bank Ice Rink is officially open for the season! Bring the gang for some ice-skating fun downtown all winter long. The rink will remain open through Feb. 20, 2017 — be sure to visit the website for a schedule of hours and special events like the Turkey Bowl, Skating with Santa, Family Skates, Light Up the Square and more. U.S. Bank Ice Rink, Fountain Square, Vine St., Cincinnati; $6 admission, $4 skate rental; 513381-0782 or myfountainsquare.com.
wed 2 THE OCTONAUTS AND THE DEEP SEA VOLCANO ADVENTURE
Please see “Things to Do” opener on page 35 for details.
VOTE 4 ME
The Discovery Garden presidential election is really heating up. Frog feels strongly about water quality and Mr. Lily couldn’t be more adamant about the importance of vegetables. You’re invited to drop in for any of the scheduled debates. After listening to the candidates, you’ll have the chance to cast your vote for Highfield Discovery Garden President. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Nov. 2 - 13. Highfield Discovery Garden inside Glenwood Gardens, 10397 Springfield Pike; $5 plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
TODDLER TIME AT SKY ZONE
Looking for other mothers who are parenting in a similar style to you? Wendy McHale, IBCLC, will facilitate and be available to address any and all concerns. Each gathering will focus on a different topic but have plenty of time for questions and answers as well as socialization. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and 17; donations are appreciated; 513591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.
SUPER SPROUTS: MONSTER MASH
Kids can make an awesome monster for monstrous fun. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 2 p.m.; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.
THURSDAY ART PLAY: PLAYFUL PORTRAITS
Artist Glenn Brown often takes portraits from history and repaints them in a new way. Experiment with different portrait styles using light tables, mirrored selfie drawings and life-sized portrait paintings. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free members, $5 per child nonmembers; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.
fri 4 ANIMALS ALIVE
Discover backyard animals and meet a few up close. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 11 a.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
Experience the wonder and joy of an Antique Christmas with beautiful ornaments, decorations and old-fashioned toys. The Taft is open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tue - Fri, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sat and Sun. Exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 8, 2017. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; $12 adults, $10 ages 6 - 18 and seniors, free ages 5 and younger, free to all on Sundays; taftmuseum.org.
SPANISH PLAY GROUP
Kids and adults with any level of comfort in the Spanish language are invited for stories, songs and free play. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nov. 4 and 18; donations are appreciated; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies. com.
Bring your little ones through age 5 for fun and games. Toddlers must be 40” or under in height, must wear SkySocks, and parents must sign a liability waiver. Sky Zone Trampoline Park, 11745 Commons Circle; 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. Nov. 4, 11, 18 and 25, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27; $10; 513-671-1333 or skyzone. com/springdale.
FREE 2ND ANNUAL BARNES & NOBLE MINI MAKER FAIRE
The Mini Maker Faire at Barnes & Noble brings together tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, engineers, science club members, students, entrepreneurs, hobbyists and Makers of all kinds to learn from each other, get craft ideas and science fair project ideas, hear the experts, and work on projects. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6; 513-755-2258.
FREE ALL-CITY BOYCHOIR FESTIVAL
Three hundred boys united in song. On this day only, any and every boy in the region is invited to join a day of singing, music theory games, and cookies to end the day, all on stage at the 2,000-seat Procter & Gamble Hall in the Aronoff Center for the Arts! Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 4 p.m.; tickets available in person at the ticket office only prior to the performance; 513-6212787 or cincinnatiarts.org.
FREE EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION SYMPOSIUM
Parents and educators are invited to this 9th annual gathering for crucial information on raising your young child. Listen to keynote speaker Leonard Sax, MD, Ph.D., who discusses his recent bestseller, The Collapse of Parenting. Then choose from an array of breakout sessions including Dr. Sax’s session on “Why Gender Matters in Early Education.” RSVPs requested, but walkins are welcome. CEUs for teachers. Summit Country Day School, 2161 Grandin Road; 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; 513-871-4700, ext. 261, or summitcds. org/symposium.
FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES
Meet a docent in the front lobby for a tour filled with fun facts and handson activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 p.m. Nov. 5, 12, 19, 26; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
“Where Every Family Matters.”
FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY: CAMERA CLUB
Celebrate the world of photography and the CAM’s exhibit, Kentucky Renaissance: The Lexington Camera Club and Its Community, 1954 - 1974, with a special scavenger hunt, visits from local artists, a photo booth, and more. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.
FREE FOOTLOOSE STORYTIME
Time to cut loose: Have a rockin’ time at this storytime to the fun of Footloose, rewritten for children by the one and only Kenny Loggins. To add to the fun, the book includes a CD with new recordings by Kenny Loggins. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.
FREE GERMAN STORY TIME
Learn simple German vocabulary through stories and songs. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.
HOW ANIMALS PREPARE FOR WINTER
Survival is tough enough without adding in frigid temperatures and wintry precipitation. Explore the strategies local wildlife use to make it to spring and meet a few animals up close. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.
MEET A METORITE
Like rocks? These are out of this world! Check out rocks from outer space, including rocks from the Moon and Mars, learn how meteorites are formed and collected, discover how to distinguish meteorites from “meteor-wrongs,” and adopt a meteorite. Plus, get a look at the stars through the historic telescope (weather permitting). Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Place; 7 - 10 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children; 513-321-5186 or cincinnatiobservatory. org.
MUSIC & MORE
Nashville band The Red Wine Effect pours out easygoing country-pop sounds paired with smooth harmonies. They will be joined by Cincinnati area singersongwriter Kevin Stokley, who will open with his melodic country-rock. Enjoy free snacks and soft drinks. DownTowne Listening Room, 151 West 7th St.; 7:30 p.m.; $15; downtownelisteningroom. com.
(“Things to Do” continues on page 38)
Cincinnati Family magazine November 2016