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sually around 5 a.m. my hand flies through the dark to find my iPhone on the nightstand. I hit “snooze” for an extra 9 minutes, then do it again. So that’s how I wake up at 5:18 in the morning. Hey, every minute counts. I am grateful for my gentle-bells wake-up tone; far cry from the angry alarm my mother woke to years ago. Then we’re off! The dogs run down the stairs before me, ready for breakfast and eager to go out. I pour my coffee, hit it with cream, let the dogs in (wipe the paws off, first), throw last night’s wash in the dryer, get the lunches going. Yes, I make my boys’ lunches. Yes, they are old enough to make their own lunches, but I actually like doing it and giving them plenty since they’re both athletes after school. I miss my older two, say quick prayers for them in between slathers of mayo, prayers for all of us, sip my coffee, light a candle. I do. I like my morning kitchen candle, and you’ve got to do what you like. You should try it. It adds a cozy touch to the early morning. Then it’s, “You look handsome, honey,” or “Can’t we try a polo shirt?” or “I said a nicer shirt, please” or “You can’t go to school without eating; your brain needs food to function!” or “Let’s go, let’s go, it’s time to go!” And a splash more coffee and you know what I mean. Once they’re pulling out of the driveway (my oldest drives my youngest), it’s my turn, only it’s a rush because, well, there’s lots to do. I’d love to settle down, chill, hang out. My kids are really good at that; they’re not really aware of the woman in the background doing everything to make that possible for them. And yet life is infinitely easier than it used to be when all four kids were at home and I juggled work, too. It was always a race to this, a race to that, breakfast, lunch, dinner, shopping, cooking, driving ... Speaking of which. After changing my jeans (courtesy of muddy dog paws) before dashing out, I quickly adjusted my makeup and hair and got on my way. Rush, rush, figure out a way to get around the traffic, whip around the back way, my mind a whir of busy thoughts: my kids, my family, upcoming Thanksgiving and family plans, soccer games, football games, this, that and the other thing and then boom! I saw her. Waiting in traffic to get on the interstate, I stared. A woman in a sleek, black Lexus. Cool and collected, her white-blonde hair was pulled back into a thick pony tail with a special clasp, her bracelet glinting in the sun. Staring straight ahead, she was composed, peaceful ... and then I thought ... past the childrearing years. I was suddenly sad. I don’t want these years to end! The too-busy-for-much-else kid years. I love having kids at home. They give me a reason to rush, a reason to pack lunches, to nag about a shirt. I want quick kisses on the cheek. I want the hectic days when there’s too much to do and we can’t do it all. I want the spinning plates and the catching them before they fall! I don’t ever want my life to be as quiet and serene as the Lexus lady. I love a busy family life. I want the ins and outs and ups and downs. But, OK. Stay in the moment. Go to work. Plan on dinner ... one day at a time! And then a thought: Maybe a Lexus will be nice one day.

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— READER POST OF THE MONTH — Your kindergartner comes home from school with a new library book, but he doesn’t want to read it. When you try to get him to read, he acts like he doesn’t know words (which you know he does!). What now? Local Mom Advice: “Try trading off pages. You read one page, then let him read the next. Make a game out of who is getting more words per page, harder words, etc. Also, allow him to earn positive things, such as dessert after dinner if he reads without complaint!” Suzanne Stapleton Collins

“Read it to him instead. Modeling fluency is supremely important for young children, too. Revisit encouraging him to read to you in a few weeks.” Laura Osborne Vogel

“I have the same problem. I read it to him and then ask for his help with some of the words. Seems to work!” Jenni Gilbert

“I would start by talking about the book. Why did you pick this book? What about it appealed to you? The cover? The jacket flap description? What do you think is going to happen to this main character? See if whatever sparked him to pick up the book in the first place will pique his curiosity once again. I would sometimes read my own copy along with my kids so we could talk about a section each day.” Bonnie Jean Feldkamp

“Have him read to silly things such as stuffed animals, the toilet (yes, I know, but they love it, LOL) or a pillow. I’m a teacher and as crazy as this sounds, it really got some of my kids to read (and I’m sure some parents think I’m crazy). Also, try reading the page first and then have him do it.” Amy Hoch

“See if he will read it to the dog or cat. Tell him they also need help learning to read.” Patty Grofer Brueneman

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Buddy the Elf Lives! The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati brings their production of Elf the Musical JR. to the stage next month. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised unaware that he’s actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity — determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas. Show dates are December 10 - 11 and 16 - 18. Learn more at thechildrenstheatre.com. We’re giving away a four-pack of tickets to one lucky winner for either the Dec. 11 or 16 show! Visit us online to register.

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It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and all alone when you’re a first-time Mom or Dad, so the Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center (4244 Hamilton Ave.) has created a new series called Nurturing Your Newborn just for new parents. Bring Baby to a weekly gathering that kicks off this month and hear tips from experts on sleeping, eating, calming and child development. Plus, connect with other parents who are facing the same challenges and joys as you. Best part? You don’t have to be a firsttime parent to attend! Class meets at 10 a.m. on Thursdays, beginning Nov. 3. Cost is $60 for a six-class package, or $12 per class.

Did you know that telling time on Mercury is sometimes tough to do? Because of its variable orbital speed in some places and on some occasions, you could see the Sun rise, travel across the sky, stop, go backwards, and then set in the same place it rose! Just a little tip from the Cincinnati Observatory’s own astronmer, Dean Regas, who you can also catch cohosting PBS’ Star Gazers. Regas has a new book out called Facts From Space, and it’s loaded with unique tidbits perfect for space fans of all ages. “Over the past 16 years of working at the Cincinnati Observatory, I’ve heard almost every question imaginable about space and the universe,” says Regas. “I decided to put those greatest hits into this book of space facts ... My goal with the book is to let your imagination go on a journey where no one has gone before and see the field of astronomy from extraterrestrial locations.”

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local news Giving back is a great way to teach children about sharing and others this season.

TOY DRIVES & MORE … Check out these sites for details on organizations that are always in need of a helping hand or can help you find more volunteer opportunities around town: • cinicnnati-oh.toysfortots.org • cincinnatichildrens.org/giving/gift/ items • volunteermatch.org • givebackcincinnati.org (ideal for young professionals) • dragonfly.org • cancerfreekids.org • neediestkidsofall.com • rmhcincinnati.org (Ronald McDonald House Charities, Greater Cincinnati) • akidagain.org • m25m.org (Matthew 25: Ministries)

PUT HUNGER IN CHECK WITH FREESTORE FOODBANK Help solve hunger this season during Check Out Hunger. From Nov. 14 - Jan. 3, during your trip to your neighborhood Kroger store, pull a donation amount at the register and scan it. It all adds up to put food on the table for our neighbors, children and families at risk of hunger. Learn more at freestorefoodbank.org/ checkouthunger.

CHRISTMAS TOGETHER WITH SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL Help a local family in need with Saint Vincent de Paul’s Christmas Together Program — select the size of the family you want to help and then fulfill their Christmas wish list with toys and gifts. Or, volunteer in December at the Outreach Center in the West End to help parents select gifts for their children while kids make an arts and crafts project and get a bag of candy from Santa. Call 513-421-4673 or visit svdpcincinnati.org.


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RING A BELL FOR THE SALVATION ARMY The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign is an easily recognizable sign of the holidays, and it’s a volunteer activity that all ages can do. Volunteer to man a convenient kettle location for a two-hour shift or organize a group to take over the location for an entire day and put your creative talents into action — sing, dance, play an instrument, bring a pet, anything that helps make it fun! Volunteers younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Learn more at 513-762-5600 or visit swo.salvationarmy.org. “Where Every Family Matters.”

Want to help even more? You can Double Your Dollars on Wednesday, Nov. 16 from 6 a.m. midnight — just call or head online to make a donation to the Freestore Foodbank. Second Helping will match donations, so your gift of $25 will help provide 150 meals to hungry children and families this holiday season. To make a donation, call 513-482-FOOD (3663) or visit freestorefoodbank.org/ doubleyourdollarsday. The Freestore Foodbank is also in need of volunteers to help families enjoy a shared meal. Volunteers can help deliver and distribute holiday boxes containing food for a memorable Thanksgiving — a perfect opportunity for older kids and teens. Available shifts vary, for more info, head to holidayoperations.freestorefoodbank. volunteerhub.com/events/index.

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hursday, Nov. 17 marks a special day for parents whose bundles of joy arrived earlier than expected. World Prematurity Day is designed to raise awareness of the risks of premature birth — now the leading cause of infant mortality in the United States. An estimated one in eight babies are born prematurely, says the March of Dimes, and babies who survive often suffer from lifelong medical and developmental disabilities. But what causes prematurity? It’s often hard to say, according to doctors Louis Muglia, M.D., and James Greenberg, M.D., of the CENTER FOR PREVENTION OF PRETERM BIRTH (cincinnatichildrens.org/ research/divisions/c/pretermbirth) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC). Approximately 70 percent of premature births are spontaneous and without clear causes. The


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need for answers has driven a unique collaboration between CCHMC, local hospitals and health agencies, as well as research facilities around the country. The Center aims to reduce the number of premature births with a multi-faceted approach that includes research, community outreach and education. Research is done through the MARCH OF DIMES’ PREMATURITY RESEARCH CENTER OHIO COLLABORATIVE, which includes more than 100 faculty investigators conducting a range of studies on everything from genetics to racial disparities. (Prematurity disproportionately affects African-American women, according to Greenberg, but it’s also unclear as to why.) The Center’s CRADLE CINCINNATI program (cradlecincinnati.org) includes area hospitals and health agencies like the Hamilton County and City of Cincinnati Health Departments, and offers

resources and information to expecting parents. Two important messages for women: 1) Wait one year between delivery and getting pregnant again 2) Stop smoking The Center’s FAMILIAL PRETERM BIRTH CLINIC provides consultations for high-risk pregnancies — those women who have a family history or previous preterm births. Two maternal fetal specialists are available, who make recommendations for interventions and potential treatments. Expecting moms can contact the clinic at 513-6363882. “We’re very accommodating to schedules,” says Muglia. “We would love for people to come to us. We really want everyone to have a healthy pregnancy.”

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he ride is smooth, the interior sleek, and it’s easy and inexpensive to use. Cincinnati’s street car, The Cincinnati Bell Connector, has exceeded anticipated ridership by more than 500 percent for weekends, and the holiday season will drive even more people to take advantage of its fast and efficient service to some of downtown’s most popular attractions. The route includes stops at Smale Park, the Banks, Jack’s Casino, the Freedom Center, Paul Brown Stadium and Washington Park, but the following stops offer familyfriendly activities throughout November.

FOUNTAIN SQUARE’S ICE RINK (myfountainsquare.com) The ice rink provides family entertainment all winter long ... if the weather cooperates. Afterschool specials, Monday through Thursday, give students and children 18 and younger half off on skate rentals (rink admission is $6, skate rental is $4; children 55 inches and shorter must be accompanied by an adult while on the ice). On Saturdays from 12 - 3 p.m., skate and take in a show, as the Fifth Third Bank LED Video Board shows familyfriendly movies. Tuesday, Nov. 22, marks the return of the popular Turkey Bowl. For $5, or two non-perishable items, participants get a chance to knock down pins with a frozen turkey. (No waste here — any turkey bowled is past its expiration date.) Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. and all proceeds benefit the St. Vincent DePaul society. But of course, the biggest event on Fountain Square this month happens Friday, Nov. 25. Macy’s Light Up the Square begins at 5 p.m. and features


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live music, food, fireworks and a special appearance from Santa Claus.

THE CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER (contemporaryartscenter.org) Temporary, ever-changing exhibits from world class artists can be found here. Additionally, on the sixth floor, is the Un-Museum (pictured top center), a hands-on family-friendly gallery of interactive art. And, admission is free!

the Aronoff Center for the Arts has three upcoming events especially for kids. On Wednesday, Nov. 2, kids can enjoy The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure. A month later, on Friday, Dec. 2 the Christmas season kicks off with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. However, perhaps the most unique event happens Saturday, Nov. 5. The All City Boy Choir Festival invites every boy in the region to the Aronoff for singing, music theory games and cookies. And it’s free!

THE CINCINNATI PUBLIC LIBRARY (cincinnatilibrary.org) One of the busiest in the country, the main library branch includes the Children’s Learning Center (pictured top left) and the popular MakerSpace (pictured top right). In addition to a collection of picture books, beginning readers, juvenile fiction, audiobooks, music, and titles for parents, the Children’s Learning Center offers many programs for kids. Weekly offerings include Baby Jam, Preschool Story Time, Family Story Time, Tales for Tails as well as S.T.E.A.M. TEAM for the exploration of science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Then there’s Simply Saturday, a program where kids can relax and enjoy a simple craft, story or game with a Children’s Librarian. And kids and their parents can create more crafts, use professional photography equipment, learn about robotics and use a 3D printer in the MakerSpace.

ARONOFF CENTER FOR THE ARTS (cincinnatiarts.org) In addition to the Broadway Series presentation of Phantom of the Opera,

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FINDLAY MARKET (findlaymarket.org) And of course, November is all about Thanksgiving, a holiday that celebrates family and tradition by giving thanks over a shared meal. What better place to shop for the meal’s ingredients than at Findlay Market? Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market and sells a rich variety of ethnically diverse fresh foods and goods. Many of the specialty shops and booths are family owned and operated, a tradition that has continued for generations. Barbara Littner David is a local writer and mother of five. She’s the author of Cincinnati Trips for Kids, a collection of Cincinnati-area attractions.


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Meet four local families who found the good when faced with big challenges.

Chris Jones, Sr., Danielle Jones, and Christopher Louis Jones, Jr., aka “Junior.”

Lori Highlaner, Kilee Brookbank and her brother Cameron.

The Bray family: parents Dwan and Aaron with baby Ny’Leah Angel, Nadjah, twins Aarion and Aubrey, and Akerah.


t’s difficult to maintain a positive outlook following hardship. Ironically, though, many families who suffer from one of life’s curve balls find a way to give back to those who supported them during their time of need. Meet four families who did exactly that.

This is definitely a recovery story.

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Kilee Brookbank is a typical college freshman — attending class, making friends, figuring out what she wants to do in life. But what’s not typical is that Kilee has already published her own book and started a charitable foundation. Many may remember Kilee’s


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story — in November 2014, Kilee suffered second and third degree burns on 45 percent of her body in a house explosion caused by a gas leak. After multiple surgeries and skin grafts, she endured the painful process of healing, including re-learning everyday tasks like tying shoe laces. Kilee might not have survived the explosion, but she and her mother, Lori Highlander, agree that two important factors were in their favor: family, and the good fortune of living only an hour away from the Shriners Hospital for Children Cincinnati. “We wouldn’t have made it without them, we were lucky to be so close,” says Lori. Kilee remembers that many of the children she met during her stay had to travel from across the country, even from around the world. “I could see how that affected them, being in an unfamiliar place.”

Inspired by their experience and the work done at Shriners, (and as a way to work through the emotional toll of recovery), Kilee and Lori contributed to a book that detailed their journey from each of their perspectives. Titled Beautiful Scars, a portion of the book’s proceeds benefits Shriners Cincinnati. In addition, Kilee and her family also founded the Kilee Gives Back Foundation. In 2015, the Foundation hosted a charity golf outing that raised approximately $40,000, and this year, that same outing raised $55,000. More fundraising activities are in the works. Learn more about Kilee and her mom, the book Beautiful Scars and the Kilee Gives Back Foundation at kicamprojects.com and kileegivesback.org.

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— Dwan Bray

Nadjah Bray, 12, and the oldest of five, discovered an interest in cooking when her sister was born with cerebral palsy. While her mom Dwan spent long days in the NICU, Nadjah would prepare meals for the family, including her twin brothers who have autism. A fan of the TV show Chopped, Nadjah was excited to learn that there was a version just for kids, Chopped Jr. So she went to the show’s website and applied — informing her mom later with an off-hand remark about how the show’s producers in New York might call! Dwan was only a little sur-

prised when the show did call to set up a Skype interview. “There’s nothing she can’t do,” she says. “When she tells me something, I learned quickly that I better listen, take note and be ready!” Nadjah was invited to compete on the show, and traveled to New York with her grandparents, who were there to watch her win the episode, as well as $10,000! What does she plan to do with all that money? Use it to help kids like her. As a child with special needs siblings, Nadjah knows that there are plenty of kids who need a place to go when things get frustrating at home. So she and her mom are working on building a website for kids that will do exactly that — provide a safe place where kids can chat with others who “get it.” “I always feel better finding another mom who understands the way I feel,” says Dwan. “I want to help kids, but I want them to help me, too,” adds Nadjah, describing the site, which is still in development, as a place where kids can share good days and bad days. “I like giving back and that’s one of the ways I can help.”

We want people to leave better than when they arrived.

— Danielle Jones

Chris and Danielle Jones

learned they were expecting their first child two years ago. But things didn’t go as the couple hoped, and after 10 days of life, the Jones’ made the heartbreaking decision to turn off baby Christopher, Jr.’s (“Junior”) ventilator. Going home that night, Danielle remembers feeling all alone. She and Chris looked for ways to grieve as well as give back, including donating Junior’s organs

for research and donating breast milk. They met with a bereavement counselor, and reached out to other parents who experienced similar losses. But Danielle admits that she just couldn’t find what she was looking for. At one point, she mentioned to a friend the idea of starting her own support group. “Let’s do it!” was the reply. With Chris’ support, Danielle organized the Angel Baby Network’s first gathering in December 2015. Aiming to meet six times a year, the Network is designed not only to connect families with each other, but also to link parents to professional resources, like doctors and counselors. “I wanted our support group to be different,” says Danielle. “Our set-up includes an ice breaker, raffle items … it’s a light-hearted gathering.” She explains that while certainly parents may express their frustration and sadness, she wants them to also “feel joyful by the time they leave.” The Jones’, who are currently working on a book about their experiences titled As Sure As Tomorrow: One Couple’s Journey Through Loss and Love, are hoping to grow Angel Baby Network into a national organization. Having already fielded requests about other state chapters, Danielle is working on establishing the Network as a 501(c)(3). “When you feel alone, it’s like adding insult to injury,” says Danielle. “We’re providing families with an outlet to feel normal, to know they’re not alone as they work through this.” Angel Baby Network is open to all parents who have lost a child, according to Danielle. Interested families can learn more at angelbabynetwork.org.

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It’s OK to ask how we’re doing.

— Tiffany Messer

Tiffany and Keith Messer’s pregnancy was not an easy

one. On top of carrying twins, the couple learned one of the babies suffered from congenital heart disease. In spite of many complications along the way, twins Benjamin and Lucas (see the cover of this issue) were born in June 2014 — six weeks early. Both were placed in the NICU, but Benjamin was later taken to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), where he underwent two open-heart surgeries in the first month of his life. Those two surgeries turned out to be the first of many over the next year — a tough journey that earned Benjamin the nickname “SuperBen.” Unfortunately, shortly after the twins’ first birthday, the Messer family had to say good-bye to Benjamin. Throughout that arduous time, the Messers found comfort in their family, friends and even coworkers, who all rallied to support them, whether they helped clean or provided meals, or were just a strong shoulder to lean on. Just before SuperBen’s fourth surgery, Tiffany’s fellow teachers at Sharpsburg Elementary in Norwood wanted to show their support. One of them came up with the phrase BenStrong, and T-shirts were quickly designed. The shirts were initially meant for the staff, but then they were offered to the families of Tiffany’s students. Soon, others purchased them and posted pictures on social media of themselves proudly wearing the shirts with the hashtag #BenStrong. “We didn’t expect it to blow up,” says Tiffany, adding that friends are even traveling with

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their BenStrong shirts and sharing pics from around the world — which the Messers say means more than financial contributions. “The monetary thing is nice,” says Keith, “but we got through what we got through because of our friends and family.” He adds that it’s important to keep the support coming, while Tiffany doesn’t want people to feel they have to shy away from talking about SuperBen. “It’s OK to ask how we’re doing,” she says. “Please do! I want to feel comfortable talking about Ben, even years from now.” Funds raised from the T-shirt sales initially helped support the Messer family, but the couple has since used the funds to donate back to the Heart Institute at CCHMC. They have also organized a toy drive and a Zumba-thon to purchase toys, gift cards and copies of the book Patch: The Braveheart Lion for the Heart Institute’s patients and families. This year, the Messers will host another toy drive on Saturday, Dec. 3 — find the details at their Facebook Page, The Many Adventures of Ben Strong. Sherry Hang is editor for this publication.

The Messer Family taking their babies home from the hospital at 3.5 months old — Benjamin was coming home for the first time.

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We’ve selected some of our favorite toys that your kids will love, too!

Ages 0 - 3 TESLA MODEL S Radio Flyer radioflyer.com $499 and up Ages 3 - 8 Your little speedster will love this sleek, new ride-on featuring an easy gear to switch between six or three miles per hour. It also has working headlights, front trunk, MP3 player and horn — and it looks so much like the real deal! The Lithium Ion battery offers a lower impact on the environment, longest run time and fastest recharge time.

PLAYTIME GIFT PACK Playgro playgro.com $79.99 Ages 0 - 24 months This set is packed with 10 infant developmental toys for endless opportunities for babies to learn, grow and discover. This pack is the ideal gift set to support babies along their developmental journey offering vibrant colors, varied textures and delightful sounds!

MESS-FREE SAND SCRIBBLER Crayola crayola.com/myfirst $24.99 Ages 24 months and older Little ones can create in the sand over and over again with no mess — and no sand in the mouth! The rounded stylus is ergonomically designed for small hands and has a magnetic tip, allowing young children to create drawings in the sand when they connect it to the magnet inside the Sand Scribbler.

FIRE STATION BRIO brio.us $89.99 Ages 3 and older Batteries make the alarm go off on this sturdy, wooden set from Brio Railway. Characters can slide down the slide to the fire truck which is ready for take-off, with sirens and all. The toughest fireman climbs up to the helipad on the roof.

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CLASSICRIDER TAXI TRIKE Angeles angelesstore.com $269.95 Ages 3 and older Kids can ride and play together on this trike that features all-terrain fat tires, tipproof build, rear seat with back support for one to two passengers and handrails for a safe ride.

LEAPSTART PRESCHOOL LeapFrog leapfrog.com/ leapstart $39.99 hardware; $12.99 books Ages 2 - 4 Kids can learn their ABCs, counting, problem solving, creativity, as well as health, shapes, colors and music with this fun system that attaches different books (sold separately) to it that then become interactive.

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Ages 0 - 3 SUPER WINGS WORLD AIRPORT PLAYSET Auldey Toys auldeytoys.us $44.99 Ages 3 and older The popular Sprout’s show Super Wings flies into action with this huge playset — it’s 35 inches! Complete with electronic sounds, lights and many activities for the kids, your little pilot will love acting out scenes from the show. The accompanying Jett and Donnie easily transform from plane to bot, too.


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DELUXE BEAUTY SALON American Plastic Toys americanplastictoys. com $48.99 Ages 3 and older There’s a sink, storage shelves and a mirror with working lights. Colorful play accessories include a headband, scissors, comb, eye shadow, lipstick, play compact, play shampoo and conditioner bottles, a hair dryer and a cell phone to set up all those appointments.

CUBETTO Primo Toys primotoys.com $225 Ages 3 and older This friendly wooden robot teaches kids the basics of computer programming through adventure and hands on play. Place the coding blocks on the control board for hours of coding fun. It’s made of tactile and hard-wearing wood for durability.

PRETEND & PLAY SCHOOL SET WITH U.S. MAP Learning Resources learningresources. com $24.99 Ages 3 and older Kids can be a teacher for the day and play with friends and family using this tri-fold set that stands up on the table. This role-play set includes 149 must-have supplies — enough to teach, learn and have fun in your own classroom.

WATERFALL DISCOVERY WALL STEP 2 step2.com $49.99 Ages 1-and-a-half and older Scoop up water from the basin and pour it in the top bucket to start the water maze fun! You can recreate the maze by moving the pieces, too. This two-sided water wall includes a 13-piece accessory set.

LITTLE PEOPLE SIT ‘N STAND SKYWAY Fisher-Price fisher-price.com $40 Ages 1-and-a-half - 5 This play set changes from sit-at roadway to stand-up skyway for lots of zip and zoom fun! Zip the vehicles over the roads and down the ramps of the horizontal town, stopping to fill up at the gas pump at the bottom. Then parents can easily change it to a stand-up play set for more interaction. (please turn the page)

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Ages 4 - 7 BARBIE HELLO DREAMHOUSE Mattel mattel.com $299.99 Ages 6 and older Barbie has an awesome new high-tech smart home that’s WiFi enabled complete with speech recognition — it knows more than 100 voice commands. The house reacts when a doll steps into a room, and your child can tell the house to turn on lights, play music, change modes of play and more.


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CODE-A-PILLAR Fisher-Price fisher-price.com $50 Ages 3 - 6 By arranging and rearranging the Codea-pillar’s segments, your child’s imagination can make him move in different paths. It encourages kids to develop their problem-solving, planning, sequencing and critical thinking skills. The segments are easy to connect, and kids can have fun figuring out how to make it reach specific targets.

COJI THE CODING ROBOT Wowwee wowwee.com $59.99 Ages 4 - 7 A great toy promoting STEM skills, Coji teaches kids programming using emoji language. Kids can play with or without the app, and the robot’s motions and sounds are fun and will entertain for a long time. By programming a set of commands, Coji moves around, makes sounds and displays emojis on his screen.

WELLIE WISHERS WILLA American Girl americangirl.com $60 Ages 5 and older This 14.5-inch doll is much like the originals, but sized for younger girls. She comes with a hedgehog tee, a green hedgehogprint skirt trimmed in satin ribbon, a cute headband with fabric bunny ears, light-pink underwear and red wellie boots with sweet ladybug faces. There are more dolls to choose from, too.

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LARGE CITY ZOO Playmobil playmobil.com $49.99 Ages 4 - 10 The newest addition to Playmobil’s City Life collection, the zoo includes seven figures, two adult lions and one cub, two adult and four baby penguins, a peacock, fencing, cash register, wheelbarrow with meat, fish with bucket, baby stroller, mouse, postcards and lots of accessories for hours of imaginative play.

FURREAL FRIENDS TORCH MY BLAZIN’ DRAGON Hasbro hasbro.com $79.99 Ages 4 and older This adorable baby dragon is sure to captivate your child Torch makes more than 50 sounds; touch the charm on his chest to make him roar and breathe out a colored mist replicating flames. He even “toasts” his own marshmallow treat!

Ages 4 - 7 AIRHEADS Hogwild hogwildtoys.com $10.95 each Ages 6 and older Pull the rip cord on these five-inch characters for up to 50 feet of vertical take-off. Prepare for touchdown as the hovering heads prepare to land. Eight different styles and heads can mix and match to form new crazy characters.

IMAGINEXT DC SUPER HERO FLIGHT CITY Fisher-Price fisher-price.com $79.99 Ages 4 and older One side’s Gotham city, one side’s Metropolis, all sides are fun. The playset has four different “power pads” so super heros can take flight. It’s the perfect kind of toy to see beneath the tree on Christmas morning.

PAW PATROL ZOOMER MARSHALL Zoomer Zoomerpups.com $69 Ages 3 and older He’s a cute and interactive pup that loves to go on heroic missions. From the Paw Patrol show, Zoomer Marshall can say 150+ phrases and sounds when you press his head and he does tricks, too!

LEGO CITY FIRE ENGINE The Lego Group lego.com $49.99 Ages 5 and older Build and take apart this cool fire truck and imagine a fire-fighting adventure. The ladder rotates, and the set includes a female fire fighter and two male fighter mini-figures.

MAX AND FRIENDS CLIFF CLIMBER Jakks Pacific jakks.com $59.99 Ages 6 and older Unbelievably, this tough toy can pull up to 100 pounds making it super fun for attaching things and watching it work! It’s built for climbing, though, so put something in its way and over it goes! Cliff also talks and makes sound effects.

GEMMIES DESIGN STUDIO Tech 4 Kids tech4kids.com $24.99 Ages 8 and older Girls love making pretty baubles and these crystals are just the thing. Clip them to elastic rings and join them to completed ones to make 3-D sparkly creations. The set comes with more than 500 pieces for hours of fun.

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Light Up the Levee’s Grand Illumination Tuesday November 22 6 - 8 p.m. Holiday music by Chris Comer Trio

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Ages 8 & Older SKY ROVER VOICE COMMAND MISSILE LAUNCHER Auldey Toys auldeytoys.us $44.99 Ages 8 and older Your adventurous one will love how he can control this helicopter with his own voice using simple commands. Watch it soar through the room (indoor use only) and launch the eight missiles at your command!

THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE KING PIG’S CASTLE LEGO lego.com $89.99 Ages 8 - 14 Relive the movie as the Angry Birds attack King Pig’s Castle — once you build it, of course. Once you’ve got it built, aim the birds at the target zones to collapse the structure! It comes with five figures, too.

MEGA TRACKS CORKSCREW CHAOS STARTER SET Lionel megatracks.lionel. com $99.99 Ages 8 and older This master set includes 20 feet of TwisTrack and 55 construction pieces to build a customized track layout. You can attach a phone to your remote control to enhance your experience.

REMIX HI-DEF DIGITAL KARAOKE SYSTEM Singing Machine singingmachine.com $79.99 Ages 10 and older Rest your tablet on this machine featuring a wired microphone and LED lights and sing your heart out! Search for songs and create custom playlists right from the system. The accompanying flash drive allows you to download music from the app and build your very own go-to karaoke song library.

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AMERICAN GIRL SAIGE’S ART STUDIO MEGA BLOKS americangirl.megabloks.com $19.99 Ages 8 and older The American Girl fun continues with this 198-piece set. It includes a buildable art studio with artist’s easel, paint table and real fabric details; a highly detailed, fully articulated Saige mini figure; accessories and an exclusive storybook.

CRAYON FACTORY Crayola crayola.com $34.99 Ages 8 and older Don’t throw away those unused, broken crayons! Melt them into different shapes with this easy-to-use crayon factory. Having fun shapes adds more life to the coloring experience with your crayons because you can also just play with your creations.

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The winners and finalists for the 2016 Best of Parenting Awards were voted on by our readers — thank you for participating! WINNERS ARE SHOWN IN RED. FINALISTS ARE SHOWN IN BLACK. BEST EATS Best Family Restaurant Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Red Robin Sleepy Bee Cafe

Best Burger Zip’s Cafe Five Guys Burgers and Fries Quatman Café

Best Pizza Dewey’s Pizza Donato’s Pizza LaRosa’s Pizzeria

Best Ice Cream/Fro Yo Graeter’s Ice Cream United Dairy Farmers The Cone

BEST PARTIES Best Party Entertainer Charlie Cadabra Songs for Seeds Party Princess Productions

Best Away From Home Party Sky Zone Trampoline Park Lazer Kraze Red Balloon Cafe + Play

BEST DESTINATIONS Best Day Trip Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden Kings Island Cincinnati Parks

Best Museum Cincinnati Museum Center

Many thanks to all the businesses and services who support parents and Cincinnati Family! Best Live Performance Venue Riverbend Music Center Arnoff Center for Performing Arts Washington Park

Best Family Vacation Disney World, FL Destin, FL Gatlinburg, TN

Best Rainy Day Activity Newport Aquarium Cincinnati Museum Center Sky Zone Trampoline Park

Best Day Camp Kids First Sports Center Cincinnati Parks iSPACE: The STEM Learning Place

Best Sleep Away Camp YMCA Camp Ernst YMCA Camp Kern YMCA Camp Campbell Gard

BEST SHOPPING Best Grocery Kroger Jungle Jim’s International Market Whole Foods Market

Best Shopping Center Kenwood Towne Centre Liberty Center Rookwood Commons Shopping Center

Best Outlet Mall Cincinnati Premium Outlets Tanger Outlets 

Cincinnati Art Museum Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center

BEST AUTOMOTIVE Best Auto Dealer Subaru of Kings Automall Jeff Wyler Eastgate Automall Superior Honda

Best Furniture Store IKEA Furniture Fair Verbarg’s Furniture

Best Book Store Half Price Books Barnes & Noble blue manatee children’s bookstore

Best Toy Store King Arthur’s Court Toys Target Coolest Toys on Earth

Best Maternity Shop Motherhood Maternity Blue Cocoon

Best Specialty Baby Store Treehouse Kids Co. Buy Buy Baby Blue Cocoon

Best Children’s Clothing Store Once Upon A Child Target Kohl’s

Best Consignment/Resale Once Upon A Child Little Sprouts Boutique Rhea Lana’s of North Cincinnati

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BEST APPEARANCE Best Salon Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa Ambiance Nail Salon & Spa Pure Concept Salon

Best Kids Haircuts Junior Cuts Cookie Cutters Great Clips

Best Kids Photographer Little Rascals Photography Sienna Photography Flash Photography at Liberty Center

BEST PARENTING RESOURCES Best Parenting Resource Cincinnati Family Magazine Cincinnati Moms Blog Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center

Best Bank U.S. Bank Fifth Third Bank PNC Bank

Best Real Estate Agency Sibcy Cline Realtors Comey & Shepherd Realtors Coldwell Banker

Best Child Care Center The Kinder Garden Schools The Campus at Kids First JCC Early Childhood School

BEST ENRICHMENT Best Tutoring Sylvan Learning Center

Many thanks to all the businesses and services who support parents and Cincinnati Family! Best Dance Studio Mason Dance Center

Best Pediatrician Suburban Pediatrics

Premier Tumbling and Dance Tippi Toes

Group Health Associates Anderson Hills Pediatrics

Best Gymnastics Instruction West Chester Academy

Best Pediatric Dental Care Montgomery Pediatric Dentistry

Cincinnati Gymnastics The Little Gym

Sea of Smiles Pediatric Dentistry Pediatric Dental Associates

Best Martial Arts Instrucion Cincinnati Tae Kwon Do Center

Best Orthodontist West Chester Orthodontics

PRO Martial Arts-Kenwood Han’s White Tiger Tae Kwon Do

Johnson Orthodontics SmileOdontics

Best Music Instruction Songs For Seeds

Best Eye Care Wing Eyecare

Cincinnati School of Music The Music Factory

Lens Crafters Tri-State Centers for Sight

Best Arts Instruction The Mad Potter, Madiera

Best Emergency Room Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus

Painting with a Twist Fitton Center for Creative Arts

Best Youth Sports Program YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Ronnie Grandison Basketball at Kids First Cincinnati United Soccer Club

Best Swim Lessons Hubbard Family Swim School at Kids First Sports Center Bear Paddle Swim School YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

BEST HEALTH & FITNESS Best OB/GYN Hilltop Obstetrics & Gynecology Seven Hills Women’s Health Center OB/GYN Associates, Inc.

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Best Hospital Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center The Christ Hospital Bethesda North Hospital

Best Place to Have a Baby Good Samaritan Hospital The Christ Hospital Mercy Health, Fairfield Hospital

Best Fitness center YMCA of Greater Cincinnati Blue Ash Rec Center Lifetime Fitness


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

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

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

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

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

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Paint pottery at your location. Pottery experts will bring all the supplies and offer booklets and ideas for your masterpiece. Pricing includes the cost of supplies, glazing and firing. No mess!

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EDUCATION/ENRICHMENT Bethany School 555 Albion Ave., Glendale bethanyschool.org


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

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


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

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

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

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

Founded in 1890, the area’s only Catholic, independent co-ed, college prep school serving students 2 yrs. - grade 12. Programs include a classical academic curriculum with a global perspective and a nationally recognized Character Education program. Celebrating 50 years of academic excellence in Montessori education!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Big Shots is a sports training facility that is unlike anything else in the Cincinnati area. We specialize in basketball, volleyball, soccer, and lacrosse training. What makes Big Shots unique is that we offer batting cage style courts and fields for athletes looking to develop and improve their skills in order to compete at the next level.

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.

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

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From introducing children to the world of musical theatre (drama, vocal music and dance) to polishing the skills of accomplished student performers, The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati teaching artists instill the techniques and principles behind the art of musical theatre. We offer group classes and private lessons for students ages 3 through 18 at our new Red Bank Road facility.


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ake an exciting underwater quest through a world full of adventure and surprises with fan-favorite, the Octonauts! The high-tech production features costume characters, animated projections on a giant screen, a brandnew storyline, and new and old favorite songs! Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; 6:30 p.m.; $29.50 - $39.50. Call 513-621-2787 or visit cincinnatiarts.org.

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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.


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.


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.


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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.


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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This windy program from the Linton Musicians features the oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, and piano. The music they make will blow you away ... Mt. Washington Presbyterian Church, 6474 Beechmont Ave.; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org/pbj-tickets/.


Enjoy a night of family entertainment as the Black-n-Bluegrass Juniors and their adult leagues play a full night of Roller Derby. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and juniors take the track first! Hits Indoor Baseball, 3785 Lake Park Drive, Covington; $10 online, $12 at the door, free for ages 6 and younger; 859-7408758 or nkyrollerderby.com.


Enjoy a mix of memorabilia, souvenirs, books and of course, plenty of different gauges and model railroad displays. Prizes for adults and kids will be given away each day, and be sure to check out the O gauge layout from Boonshoft Museum. Boy Scouts can earn their Railroading Merit Badge, visit the website for details (scouts must register

in advance to participate). Upper Valley Mall, 1475 Upper Valley Pike, Springfield; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nov. 6; $7 general admission, free ages 12 and younger with a paying adult, $6 active military with ID; daytontrainshow.com.


All week long, through Nov. 13, veterans with military ID receive free admission to the Aquarium, while military families receive a discount of $3 off adult tickets and $2 off child tickets. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport; general admission is $23.99 adults, $15.99 ages 2 - 12; 800-406-3474 or newportaquarium.com.

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Visit a docent at an interactive art cart in the galleries for some hands-on artmaking fun for all ages. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 p.m. Nov. 6, 13, 20 and 27; 513-7212787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.


Pick up a supplies kit and sketchbook in the Front Lobby then pick a spot to sketch, or use one of the CAM’s prompts to jump start your creativity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 - 4 p.m.; a $5 refundable deposit is required to check out a supplies kit; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.


The season ends with a bang when international jazz vocalist Mandy Gaines rocks the house with an hour of soulful and exciting interpretations of jazz, pop, R&B, and soul classics. Head to the Montgomery Inn across the street after the concert to meet the artist and other music lovers. Universalist Church, 9471 Montgomery Road; 7 p.m.; donations accepted; montgomeryohio.org.


PJ Library is a Jewish family engagement program for ages 8 and younger. Each month, families are sent free books and music — come out to hear stories about Jewish tales, holidays, life cycle events and more. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3054 Madison Road; 10:30 - 11 a.m. Nov. 7 and 21; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

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The library reserves four to six public computers for students to use for online research, plus, students struggling with various topics can get help from librarians on duty. Newport Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 901 East 6th St.; 3 - 5 p.m.; 859-572-5035 or cc-pl.org.


Ages 3 - 6 enjoy messy stories that make for great art. Scheben Branch, Boone County Public Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 6:30 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

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here’s no business like monkey business! Max and Vinnie are expert zookeepers, but keeping the rascally monkeys from getting into trouble is easier said than done. When Mr. Cleaver, the zoo manager, decides to send one of the monkeys to another zoo, it’s time for their great escape! Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; $8 general admission, free ages 1 and younger. Call 513-4972860 or visit cliftonculturalarts.org. 38

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Bring your little ones for a fun story, music, rhymes and activities, all designed to help develop pre-reading skills. Scheben Branch, Boone County Public Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 10 a.m.; 859342-2665 or bcpl.org.

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Dance company will convert the Clifton Cultural Arts Center’s historic auditorium into a double-sided performance space that is uniquely intriguing and intimate. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10, 8 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12; $14 - $28; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.


Check out the UnMuseum’s newest addition! Deep Space first premiered at The People’s Liberty but now calls the CAC home. Get a look at the new piece and create artwork inspired by what you see. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free members, $5 per child nonmembers; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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You’re invited to the Opening Reception of the Golden Ticket Artists Exhibition, now in its seventh year, and which features artists living or working within 25 miles of CCAC and showcases the region’s diverse creative talent. All awards will be announced at 7 p.m. at the Opening Reception. Winners of The Golden Ticket will be invited to give Artist Talks; dates will be announced soon after the opening reception on the CCAC website. The Exhibition runs from Nov. 11 - Dec. 10. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 6 p.m.; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.


Kick off the holiday season with your family and head to Waynesville for shopping, dining, and a chance to preview some fabulous holiday decorating and unique gift-giving ideas from the specialty shops of downtown. Downtown Waynesville, Waynesville; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Nov. 11 and 12, 12 - 5 p.m. Nov. 13; waynesvilleohio.com.


The Cincinnati Chamber Opera opens the season with a new production of Manuel de Falla’s La Vida Breve, presented as the company’s first co-production with Northern Kentucky University’s School of the Arts. The epic work features themes of passion and unfulfilled love in a society of social stratification, against a backbone of Spanish heritage. Greaves Concert Hall at Northern Kentucky University, 1 Louie B Nunn Drive; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 2 p.m. Nov. 13; $25 adults, $20 students and seniors; 513-580-4440 or cincinnatichamberopera.com. (“Things to Do” continues on page 41)

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Enjoy art by local artists on display alongside the works of nationally known artists Charley, Eddie and Brett Harper. Meet the artists at the Friday night reception on Nov. 11, with appetizers, a silent auction, wine tasting, live music and demonstrations. Most art will be for sale then enjoy a quieter browse through the gallery on Nov. 12. Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Road; 7 - 10 p.m. Nov. 11, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Nov. 12; 513522-1410 or theartsconnect.us/artlocal.

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

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The 2016 Holiday Show at the Krohn Conservatory has a new twist on holiday traditions: Unwrap your imaginations and explore poinsettias of a different color, including royal blue, lively orange, and deep purple. Plus, check out the interactive train display, as well as a new “Photo Loco” feature for families — visitors can step behind an oversized botanical train engine to pose for pictures (and kids will love to ring the bell!). Be sure to get a look at the brand new Enchanted Forest and Whimsical Creatures exhibit, the Schmalz Family Display, and enjoy special events throughout the season. The holiday show remains on display through Jan. 8, 2017. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily, visit the website for special holiday hours. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger; 513-4215707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.


Enjoy the magic of Christmas at the World’s Largest Indoor Train Display. Take a journey to the North Pole to meet Mrs. Claus and Santa, check out the Main Street Holiday Trains, and more. Christmas at the Junction is open through Jan. 3, 2017. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court, West Chester; please see website for prices and holiday schedule; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.


More than 70 vendors sell a variety of unique items including fashionable jewelry, scented bath and beauty products, whimsical children’s books and toys, cozy hats and scarves, fall and winter decorations for home and garden, colorful arts and crafts and more. Santa visits from 12 - 3 p.m., bringing two special elves who are sign language interpreters, giving St. Nick a chance to visit with friends who may be hearing impaired. Eastern High School, 12400 Old Shelbyville Road, Middletown; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 502-425-3946.

Cincinnati Sports Club and The Christ Hospital present this annual health fair for all ages that features wellness demos including yoga and Zumba, Q&A’s with health experts, cooking demos, health screenings, flu shots, fitness competitions, and loads of kid activities including games, face painting and visits with local sports mascots. Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road; 10 a.m. 4 p.m.; cincinnatisportsclub.com.


BCM’s beloved trains roll again with 250 feet of tracks and more than 30 guest-activated displays, plus Polar Express readings, Santa visits, a Charles Dickens display, special holiday exhibits and more. Holiday Toy Trains is on display through Jan. 8, 2017 during museum hours. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; free with admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17). Call 859-491-4003 or visit bcmuseum.org.


Join a series of homemade holiday events during the Krohn’s Holiday Show to learn to make crafts, foods, and to support local artists. This month, families can Make it Local (Nov. 12), Make it Edible (Nov. 19), and Make it Natural (Nov. 26). Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 1 - 3 p.m.; Nov. 12, 19 and 26; free with admission ($7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 12, free ages 4 and younger); 513-4215707 or cincinnatiparks.com/krohn.


Meet other babywearing families and learn the benefits of carrying your baby in a sling or carrier. Cincinnati Family Enrichment Center, 4244 Hamilton Ave.; 12:15 - 2 p.m.; 513-591-2332 or theplaceforfamilies.com.


Join Cincinnati Family and NKY Family for our annual Kids & Family Expo! Meet with area private schools, pediatricians, dance and music programs and more. Plus, register to win prizes and enjoy live and strolling entertainment. Special thanks to our sponsors, Hilltop Obstetrics & Gynecology, Mason Dance Center,

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The Linton Musicians amaze the audience with music from the oboe, clarinet, bassoon, French horn and piano. Heritage Presbyterian Church, 6546 Mason Montgomery Road, Mason; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $5; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org/pbjtickets/.

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Join Interfaith Hospital Network of Greater Cincinnati for this second annual walk — bring the gang for a relaxing stroll through the park’s fall foliage, all to benefit families experiencing homelessness in the community. Participants will enjoy refreshments upon arrival, and swag bags once the walk is complete. Special event T-shirts are an additional $10. Eden Park, 950 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m.; $25 adults, free for children; 513-471-1100, ext. 118, or ihncincinnati.org/events.html.


In Penguin Problems, a penguin levels with human readers about what penguin life is really like. Have you ever considered running away to Antarctica? Of course you have! Because it’s a land free of worries and responsibilities ... or is it? Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

See the Butterfly Lady and the Bear Boy, the Strong Man and the Misfit Clown in Luigi Bullooney’s Circus Menagerie. Come to the puppet circus where all manner of strange and delightful characters come to life. Hosted with pizzazz by Luigi Bullooney, the alter ego of a certain well-known puppeteer, Jesse Mooney-Bullock Puppets. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 2 p.m.; $5 adults, free ages 0 - 12; 513497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.




Meet a “pilgrim” from the 1600s who will share the story of the First Thanksgiving Feast through hands-on activities, stories, songs and a snack. Registration is requested, but walk-ins are welcome. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.


Step back 200 years in the past to the first Thanksgiving on the Ohio frontier. The Society of Northwest Longhunters reenactors portray Shawnee Native Americans, early European settlers and military personnel. Exchanges between Native Americans and settlers will occur on the half hour. Samples of period fare will be available. Historic Log Cabin, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend; 2 - 5 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

The 19th-century parlor often included a feathered friend, and a well-to-do lady might show her wealth by owning an exotic bird. In this afternoon talk, Margo Jang follows the feathered trail of birds in 19th-century life, from pets to taxidermy to idioms of the English language. She will be assisted by pets from her own aviary — don’t miss the chance to meet them! Heritage Village Museum, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; $3 members, $5 members, plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-563-9484 or heritagevillagecincinnati.org.


Ever wanted to be a scientist? Be one for the day and enjoy some self-guided experiments. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.


BCM honors veterans today with free admission and parking. BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; general admission is $9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17; 859-4914003 or bcmuseum.org.

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Engage your child’s natural curiosity at this science-based program designed for ages 3 and older. Tonight, learn how to do science in your own backyard. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas; 7 - 7:45 p.m.; 859572-5033 or cc-pl.org.


Bring your toddler for on-the-floor, interactive fun that encourages a love of books and begins to build pre-reading skills through stories, songs and playtime. Scheben Branch, Boone County Public Library, 8899 U.S. 42, Union; 10 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.


Visit the museum’s Holiday Toy Trains exhibit, and learn more about locomotives through some fun activities and stories. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $1 plus admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.


Learn all about turkeys, from their parts to their behavior. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Nov. 16 - 27. 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.


Use sensory rich materials to create art inspired by nature. Make leaf mobiles, use grass and flowers as paintbrushes and more, as you bring the outside into the UnMuseum. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; free members, $5 per child nonmembers; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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This 30-miute experience introduces infants ages 0 - 2 to the world of art with a music-filled tour designed to stimulate their young minds. Please note that strollers are not permitted. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11 a.m., 2 p.m.; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.


It’s a three-day festival celebrating all things Christmas, including a 5K fun run, arts and crafts, festival food, a special Children’s Tent, an entertainment tent, a parade and more. Historic Springboro, Springboro; 6 - 10 p.m. Nov. 18, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Nov. 19, 12 - 5 p.m. Nov. 20; admission is free, visit website for race registration info; springborofestivals.org.


Unforgettable characters burst through the looking glass and onto the stage in this production from the Lexington Children’s Theatre. Join Alice, the Cheshire Cat, and the Mad Hatter for a fantastical evening of fun with one of the most popular children’s stories ever. A reception precedes the 7:30 p.m. performance. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Ave., Hamilton; 6:30 p.m.; $11 members, $13 nonmembers; 513863-8873 or fittoncenter.org.


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


Enjoy holiday scenes created out of more than a mile of seasonal lights all from the warmth of your car. While you’re there, head into the Sharon Centre for live entertainment, a visit with Santa, a train display, holiday shopping, and pick up a sweet treat from Mrs. Claus’ Confectioneries. Santaland remains open 6 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu and 5:30 - 10 p.m. Fri -Sat, Nov. 18 - 20 and Nov. 25 - Dec. 23. Holiday in Lights is on display from 6 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu and 5:30 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat, Nov. 18 - Dec. 31. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; $13 per car, $45 per bus and 15-passenger van; 513-769-0393 or holidayinlights.com-

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lick clack along the tracks and hop aboard the North Pole Express! Last year, my son Dominic and I enjoyed a MommySon date train ride together. He got all decked out with a button-down shirt, bow tie and even holiday suspenders. There’s some old and new to expect this year: We boarded the train and headed toward the caboose as the train filled with happy folks. Some were decked out in their finest holiday pajamas, others displayed their cheer by smiling ear to ear. It was downright frigid outside, but we were toasty warm inside! We heard two long train whistles, “Chooooo Chooooooo,” meaning it was time to depart. The train’s cars swayed back and forth, as kids started singing holiday jingles. Dominic clung to his ticket, since we recently watched The Polar Express movie. We saw a couple of mysterious lights (car brake lights, but don’t tell Dominic, he firmly believes it was Rudolph’s nose!). This year, hot chocolate and cookies are available on the platform before you board the train, along with fun and games for kids and volunteer carolers on select days. During the actual train ride, Santa and his elves make their way through the train to visit each family, so be sure to bring a camera! At the end of each visit, Santa gifts a bell from his sleigh. You’ll be back where you started and your trip is complete! On our way out, Dominic asked the conductor, “Excuse me mister conductor, can we get a picture?” The conductor found a nice spot for the picture and now this mommy-son date will be a treasured memory. A trip on the North Pole Express with the LM&M Railroad is the stuff that holiday memories and traditions are made of; you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the North Pole via the North Pole Express! LM&M Railroad is located at 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon. Trains depart Nov. 26 - 27, as well as Dec. 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, 17, 18, 22, 23 and 24. Departure times are 6 and 8 p.m. weekdays; 12, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. weekends; with special departure times at 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 3, and 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 24. Ticket prices are $22 - $32 adults, $28 - $28 seniors and ages 2 - 16, free ages 1 and younger. Premium pricing (add $2) applies on Dec. 3, 22, 23, and 24. Call 513-933-8022 or visit lebanonrr.com. (“Things to Do” continues on page 45)


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Private School Open Houses ARCHBISHOP MCNICHOLAS HIGH SCHOOL 6536 Beechmont Ave. 513-231-3500 • mcnhs.org Nov. 6, 1 - 3 p.m. CHILDREN’S MEETING HOUSE 927 O’Bannonville Road Loveland • 513-683-4757 cmhschool.com Nov. 6, 2 - 4 p.m. CINCINNATI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 6905 Given Road 513-979-0220 countryday.net Discovery Day, Nov. 2 ELDER HIGH SCHOOL 3900 Vincent Ave. 513-921-3744 • elderhs.org Panther Preview Night (grades 7 - 8), Nov. 10, 6:30 - 8 p.m. THE KINDER GARDEN SCHOOL 5900 West Chester Road 513-874-3100 10969 Reed Hartman Hwy. 513-791-4300 kindergardenschool.com Nov. 3, 10 and 17, 4:30 - 6 p.m. MOTHER OF MERCY HIGH SCHOOL 3036 Werk Road 513-661-7240 motherofmercy. org Nov. 6, 1 - 4 p.m.

SAINT EDMUND CAMPION ACADEMY 4100 Taylor Ave., Cincinnati 513-871-0331 stedmundcampion.info Open House Nov. 6, 1 - 4 p.m. SAINT URSULA ACADEMY 1339 E McMillan St. 513-961-3410 saintursula.org Showcase Nights, Nov. 9, Dec. 6, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. THE SEVEN HILLS SCHOOL Hillsdale Campus 5400 Red Bank Road Doherty Campus 2726 Johnstone Place 513-728-2400 • 7hills.org Hillsdale Campus, Nov. 8, 9 a.m. (lower school; Doherty Campus, Nov. 9, 9 a.m. (lower school) SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 2161 Grandin Road Cincinnati 513-871-4700 summitcds.org Montessori Preschool - Grade 8 Preview Day, Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m.; Looking Ahead Toddler 3- and 5-Day Program, Nov. 9, 8:30 a.m.; Upper School Open House, Nov. 17, 6:30 - 9 p.m.

It’s a dazzling wintertime display, when the sculptures of this outdoor museum are brought to life with over a million twinkling lights, all of which you can enjoy from the warmth and comfort of your car in this drive-through holiday exhibit. Exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 1, 2017; hours are 6 - 9 p.m. Mon - Thu, and 6 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sun. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton; $20 per carload Mon - Thu, $25 per carload Fri - Sun; 513-8688336 or pyramidhill.org.


The popular train ride returns for another year of Christmas joy. Take a journey to the North Pole to visit with Santa, listen to the famous story, and enjoy some hot chocolate and a cookie. Trains depart Nov. 18 - Dec. 18, please visit website for a complete schedule of departure times. Whitewater Valley Railroad, Grand Central Station, Connersville; $29 - $32.50; 765-8252054 or whitewatervalleyrr.org.


Lynn Trefzger is a ventriloquist and comedienne with a trunk full of zany characters, including a lovable camel, a cantankerous old man and a feisty little girl. Her vocal illusion talents were first brought to national audiences on TVs popular Star Search and she has since performed with artists including Jeff Foxworthy, Ray Romano, Drew Carey and Faith Hill. Best for grades K - 8. UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia; 7 p.m.; $7; 513-558-2787 or ucclermont.edu/ community/arts.


Madcap Puppets presents Monkey See, Monkey Do in the first show of the annual Hats Off Series. Zookeepers Max and Vinnie are having a tough time keeping their rascally monkeys from misbehaving, especially when they spot their chance to escape their cage! Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Nov. 19 and 20; $8; 513-721-2787 or madcappuppets. com.


Peruse the handmade works of more than 60 artists, including pottery, jewelry and gifts, plus get a treat from the food trucks and enjoy activities for the kids. Queen City Clay, 3130 Wasson Road; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 19, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 20; 513-871-2529 or facebook.com/ events/225993547795298/.

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Every part of the Cincinnati Pops orchestra brings this charming musical adventure to life, plus notable local illustrator C.F. Payne creates works of art to accompany the Pops’ performance of Prokofiev’s delightful classic in this concert specially designed to introduce children to the world of music. Be sure to visit the Family Fun Zone before and after the concert to try an instrument, make a craft, and more! Taft Theatre, 317 East 5th St.; 10:30 a.m.; $15 adults, $10 children; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony.org/pops.


It’s the area’s longest running tradition — the 34th Annual PNC Festival of Lights. Bring the family to enjoy a new wild lights show on Swan Lake, the Gingerbread Village, s’mores, a Madcap Puppet show, strolling entertainment, visits with Santa (through Dec. 23), the Toyland Express train ride, and more. Festival of Lights is on full display 5 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu and 5 - 10 p.m. Fri and Sat though Jan. 1, 2017. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; general admission is $18 adults ($16 online) and $13 children and seniors ($12 online); 513-281-4700 or cincinnatizoo.org.


Volunteer with MetroParks to help prepare the VOA athletic fields for the winter season. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; a valid MetroParks of Butler County motor vehicle permit (see site for prices) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.


In celebration of Thanksgiving, read two special stories, There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey. and The Great Thanksgiving Escape. Coloring and activities to follow. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.


This historic look at holidays during the Victorian era returns to Hillforest Mansion. This year, families can enjoy a unique exhibit featuring Mr. Teddy’s Holiday Tea Party. Open 1 - 5 p.m. Tue - Sun, Nov. 20 - Dec. 30. Hillforest Mansion, 213 5th St., Aurora; $7.50 adults, $3.50 ages 7 - 13, free ages 6 and younger; 812-926-0087 or hillforest.org. (please turn the page)

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The Freestore Foodbank and the Cincinnati Bengals are teaming up again for this annual canned food drive. Bring a non-perishable food or monetary donation to the game, where volunteers will be stationed to collect your contributions. Paul Brown Stadium, 1 Paul Brown Stadium, Cincinnati; ticket prices to game vary; freestorefoodbank. org/bengalsfooddrive/.


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The angel Gabriel’s message to Mary is musically depicted across nearly 400 years of music. Hear Gabrieli’s 16th-17th century antiphonal brass and choir music as was performed in Venice’s St. Marks, as well as the regional premiere of Norwegian composer Kim Arnesen’s 2015 Grammy nominated Magnificat with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and St. Peter in Chains Cathedral Choir. St. Peter in Chains Cathedral, 325 West 8th St.; 3 p.m.; $19 - $37; kyso.org.


Ages 5 - 12 enjoy making up to two Thanksgiving crafts. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 - 3 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.


No leaves? No problem! There are plenty of other ways to identify trees in winter time. Walk the trail and learn tips and tricks to identifying trees by their bark, buds and fruit. You’ll even learn a few interesting facts along the way. Little Turtle Trail, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend; 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.


Parents can bring their littles ages 0 - 2 for a storytime that introduces early literacy concepts with stories, songs, rhymes and playtime. Make new friends, learn and have fun! Cold Spring Branch Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring; 10 - 10:30 a.m.; 859-7816166 or cc-pl.org.

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Head to the Levee for an evening of holiday music featuring the jazzy stylings of the Chris Corner Trio, plus tenant goodies, ice sculpting demos and prizes. Then watch the lighting ceremony at 6:50 p.m. with a tree lit by 1.4 million twinkling lights! Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way, Newport; 6 p.m.; newportonthelevee.com.

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Ages 3 - 7 are invited to this story time that explores a science theme with books, songs and learning stations. Cold Spring Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring; 4 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.; 859-781-6166 or cc-pl.org.


Work up an appetite with a 10K run and walk, plus the McDonald’s Kids Run! Enjoy a run through downtown, Overthe-Rhine, into Newport and Covington before returning across the Clay Wade Bailey Bridge to the finish line where you can celebrate with family and fellow runners. Paul Brown Stadium; 8 a.m.; $32 - $38; thanksgivingdayrace.com.

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Live penguins twirl around the Carousel. Enjoy family holiday fun with crafts, giveaways and a penguin program. On Friday, families can make a craft and check out special deals on token packages, as well as enter for a chance to win a prize every hour. Saturday, have more fun with live penguins on the Carousel. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 100 West Mehring Way; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26; 513357-2602 or cincinnatiparks.com.



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et into the Thanksgiving spirit! Make a turkey centerpiece, learn about animal textures at the Art Cart, and enjoy a guided or self-guided tour of the Museum. At 2 p.m., join hip hop dancers from Elementz as they teach a few moves to help work off that Thanksgiving Day feast. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m. Call 513-6844517 or visit taftmuseum.org. 46

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Gather the family and get up close and personal with some of the amazing creatures that call Sharon Woods home. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 1 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26; 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.

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Head downtown to Fountain Square to kick off the holiday season and enjoy live music, a special appearance by Santa, food, ice skating, and a fireworks show! Fountain Square, Vine St.; 5 - 11 p.m.; 513-621-4400 or myfountainsquare.com.


Take a horse-drawn trolley carriage ride through the heart of the city. Boards at corner of Fifth and Race Streets; 12 - 5 p.m. Nov. 25 - 27; downtowncincinnati. com.


Bring your own camera for photos with downtown’s only Santa in a festive North Pole setting. Macy’s Fountain Place, 505 Vine St.; 12 - 8 p.m. Nov. 25 and 26, 12 - 6 p.m. Nov. 27 - 30; downtowncincinnati.com.


PBS sensation and classical-folk artist, Annie Moses Band, well-known for their fiery string playing and soulful renditions of beloved American songs, are bringing their holiday cheer back to Cincinnati! McAuley High School, 6000 Oakwood Ave.; 7:30 p.m.; see website for prices; anniemosesband.com.


Watch Santa and friends rappel down the side of the Huntington Center to the Macy’s rooftop to kick off a fireworks display in a program that includes performances from local choirs. Then head inside to Macy’s Fountain Place for a story time with Mrs. Claus, balloon artists and face painters. Macy’s Fountain Place, 505 Vine St.; 5:45 p.m.; downtowncincinnati.com.


Stop by the UnMuseum for a photoinspired festival — experiment with photography, design camera necklaces and create your own photo booth backdrops. Learn how to make photo transfer stickers and then stick around to decorate some camera cookies. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.


Join a storytime featuring the Moana and the Ocean picture book based on the upcoming Disney Animation Studios’ film Moana. In this engaging picture book Moana’s unique relationship with the Ocean is playfully interacted with stylized artwork. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513755-2258.


Board the train for a unique visit with Santa, who will spend some time with each child on the train. Whitewater Valley Railroad, Grand Central Station, Connersville; 9:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 2 p.m.; $10 ages 2 and older; 765-8252054 or whitewatervalleyrr.org.

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Bring the kids to the park for ornament and gift-making, along with a visit from Santa! Washington Park, 1230 Elm St.; 1 - 3 p.m.; 513621-4400 or washingtonpark.org.


The LM&M Railroad is decorated for the Christmas season. Hot chocolate and cookies are available on the platform while you wait for your train, along with carolers and activities for the kids. Then take an hour-long journey with Santa and his elves, be sure to bring your camera for some fun pictures. Train departs Nov. 26 - 27, Dec. 2 - 4, 9 - 11, 15 - 18, 22 - 24: weekdays at 6 and 8 p.m., weekends at 12, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m., as well as 10 a.m., 12:30 and 3 p.m. on Dec. 3, and 6 and 8 p.m. Dec. 24. Lebanon Mason & Monroe Railroad, 127 South Mechanic St., Lebanon; $18 - $32; 513-933-8022 or lebanonrr.com.


Teens are invited to this program to work on their art projects, be inspired by the CAM’s collection, and meet other young artists. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.


Search the forest for signs and sounds of wild turkey and other critters. Venture along the forest path and seek out signs of wildlife before testing your skills during an outdoor challenge. Fitness Trail, Winton Woods, 10245 Winton Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-5217275 or greatparks.org.

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Enjoy activities for the whole family. The house is decorated inside and out with lights, garlands and Antique Christmas displays. Take a picture with Santa, make an old-fashioned ornament, and enjoy carolers in the galleries. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; taftmuseum.org.


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Kids of all ages can bring the whole family to the library to play different types of games including card games and board games. Erlanger Branch Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 7 - 8 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary.org.


Bring the littlest readers for some pre-literacy fun with stories, songs and playtime. Cold Spring Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike, Cold Spring; 11 - 11:30 a.m.; 859-781-6166 or cc-pl.org.

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Ages 4 - 7 are invited to this story time that is designed to keep new readers excited about books as they develop better reading skills. Carrico/Fort Thomas Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas; 4 - 4:30 p.m.; 859-572-5033 or cc-pl.org.


Ages 3 - 5 and their grown-ups can enjoy stories and songs followed by early stations that will help promote key early literacy, science and math skills, as well as kindergarten readiness. Covington Branch Library, Kenton County Public Library, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington; 10 - 10:45 a.m.; 859962-4077 or kentonlibrary.org.


Buddy the Elf from the upcoming production Elf the Musical Jr. with the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati joins little ones for a very special story time. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 - 11:30 a.m.; free with admission (single museum $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2, free infants); 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum. org.


Bring your preschoolers for this open house program full of learning stations, storytellers and a hands-on art activity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-7212787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.



The Children’s Theatre of Mason presents this timeless musical plucked from the Little Orphan Annie comic strip. Annie gets a chance to escape the orphanage when a wealthy billionaire (Oliver Warbucks) takes on a charitable cause. Annie wins the hearts of everyone she meets, and inspires “Daddy” Warbucks to help her find her real parents. A portion of the show’s proceeds will be donated to Circle Tail, Inc., which provides service and hearing dogs for people with disabilities. Mason High School, 6100 Mason Montgomery Road; 7 p.m. Nov. 4, 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 5, 2 p.m. Nov. 6; $25 VIP, $12 general; 513-398-0116 or ctm-kids.com.


This show full of dance and humor is based on the smash-hit film and features a score by Elton John. Billy Elliot is the tale of a young boy’s struggle to make his dancing dream com true. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Nov. 4 - 12; $20 - $24; 513-6212787 or cincinnatiarts.org.


Charles Dickens’ iconic story returns to the Playhouse with a heartwarming message that reminds us all of the true nature of the holiday spirit. A great way to introduce children to the theater (please note that children younger than 5 will not be admitted). Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; Nov. 23 - Dec. 31; $30 - $45; 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.


The beloved fairy tale comes to the CCM stage in a new, operatic production. Cinderella endures the tyranny of her evil stepmother and stepsisters, but when she gets a chance to attend the prince’s ball, she meets the man of her dreams. What happens at midnight? This production is sung in French with English supertitles. Corbett Auditorium, College Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati campus, Corry and Jefferson Streets; 8 p.m. Nov. 17 and 19, 2 p.m. Nov. 20; $31 - $35 adults, $22 - $25 non-UC students, $18 $21 UC students.


This sequel to last year’s hit continues the story of what happens following “happily ever after.” What happens when Prince Freddy and Cinderella move into the palace with her diva stepmother and her stepsisters in tow? Change can be hard, and when Gwendolyn the Well Wisher tries to bring peace to the kingdom, she sets off a series of chaotic events. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St.; 7 p.m. Nov. 30 - Dec. 30; $18 - $44; 513-421-3555 or ensemblecincinnati.org.

about growing up and finding love in and around the City of Fairfield in the mid-1950s. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive; 8 p.m. Nov. 4 - 5; $18 adults, $15 seniors and students; 513-867-5348 or Fairfield-city.org.


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


Explore the lives of women through 28 interwoven characters who share their memories of love and loss as framed through the clothes they wore. From prom dresses to miniskirts, the obsession with black, and the hunt for the perfect purse, this production will have you laughing and sympathizing with the female experience. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington; Nov. 5 20; please visit site for ticket prices; 859-491-2030 or thecarnegie.com.


This spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s classic story of love, loss and a mysterious mentor returns to Cincinnati with newly reinvented staging and scenic design, complete with a cast and orchestra of 52 performers. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Nov. 15 - 27; see website for ticket prices; broadwayincincinnati.com.


Enjoy a blast of holidazed laughter to blow away the emotionally-charged chaos of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and everything in between. Best for adult and older teens. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; Nov. 5 - Dec. 31; $35 - $40 ($30 for teens and students); 513-421-3888 or cincyplay.com.


Kids and adults of all ages are welcome to this fall musical — a fun, high-energy, exciting show based on the books of Dr. Seuss. His beloved characters including the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, and Gertrude McFuzz are brought to life in this fantastical, musical extravaganza. Mother of Mercy High School, 3036 Werk Road; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11, 12, 18 and 19, 2 p.m. Nov. 12; $12; 513-661-2740 or motherofmercy. org.


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


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9336 Colerain Ave. 513-923-FIRE • artonfirecincinnati.com •Kids Cupcake & Canvas RSVP for little artists ages 5 - 12 to work on an art project then celebrate their completion with a tasty treat. 11:30 a.m. Nov. 12; $18 per child. •Story Time & Paint Preschoolers are invited for a fun story and a painting project. 11:30 a.m. Nov. 19; $12 per child. •Ladies’ Night Enjoy a night out with friends while you get creative. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 18; half off studio fees plus the price of pottery. •Ladies’ Craft Night Create a fun wooden pallet sign to share or keep for yourself. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30; $35 per person.

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

AVON WOODS NATURE PRESERVE 4235 Paddock Road 513-861-3435 • cincinnatiparks.com

Harvest Day RSVP by Nov. 21. Grades K - 3 celebrate the fall harvest, learn about local Native American culture and make a craft to take home. Pack a lunch and a drink, and be dressed for the weather! 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Nov. 23; $15.

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

Polar Express Reading Local children’s librarians read the classic book, then guests can create a Christmas craft and enjoy hot chocolate, cookies and a visit from Santa. Holiday finery or comfy PJs are encouraged! 2 p.m. Nov. 27; free with admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17). •American Indian Cultures Homeschool students explore ancient American cultures and study authentic artifacts. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18; $5 per person.

BETHESDA NORTH HOSPITAL 10500 Montgomery Road 513-475-4500 • trihealth.com

•Birthing With Ease RSVP for a birthing series that explores the myth that suffering must accompany labor. 6:45 p.m. Wed in Nov.; $200 for eight-week package. •Baby’s Amazing Journey Learn to navigate the milestones of the first year of life and how to deal with typical sleeping, eating and fussiness issues. 6:45 p.m. Nov. 10; $35. •The Toddler Tantrum Survival Guide Learn tips to avoid conflict without crushing your child’s spirit and help him learn to communicate his wants effectively. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nov. 12; $30.


•SmallTalk Learn to “talk” to your hearing baby or toddler using sign language — it will greatly help reduce frustration for both you and your little one! 6:45 p.m. Nov. 8; $50.

•FREE Garden Tools 101 Learn about using the right tool for the job, as well as how to maintain them. 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. Nov. 3.


953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-2787 • cincinnatiartmuseum.org

3054 Madison Road 513-731-2665 • bluemanateebooks.com •FREE Happy Sandwich Day The sandwich has been around for a long time - since 1762! Ages 3 - 6 enjoy a delicious day as you read a few favorite sandwich stories and create your own version with a yummy craft. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nov. 3. •FREE It’s Election Day! Ages 8 - 11 can stop in to play a “Who Was … “ trivia game in honor of Election Day. The game is based on the Who Was biography series and the store will offer 20% off any Who Was/Who Is title during the event. 1 - 1:30 p.m. Nov. 8. •Make a Mess Ages 2 - 4 and their adults listen to a good book and then make an art project together. 10 - 11 a.m. Nov. 14; $10 per child. •Buttons, Buttons and More Buttons! It’s Button Day and ages 3 - 6 listen to button stories and make a button craft. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nov. 16; $3. •Miss Meghan’s Music Ages 4 and younger and their grown-ups move, sing songs and enjoy time together. 10 - 10:30 a.m. Nov. 28; $10 per child.


5400 Kellogg Ave. 513-231-8678 • cincinnatiparks.com •A Pioneer Experience Homeschool students ages 9 - 13 are invited to learn how pioneer children and families lived in the early 1800s. Play an “Oregon Trail” game and meet interesting characters on your trek. Pack a lunch and a drink and dress for the weather. 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Nov. 10; $5 per child/ chaperone, assisting adults free. •FREE Campfire on the Bluff Meet live owls and learn about the night time forest and lore while enjoying a roaring fire on a beautiful bluff. Enjoy hot chocolate and make a s’more. There is a short but steep luminaria-lit hike to the bluff. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Nov. 18.

CAMPBELL COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE 3500 Alexandria Pike, Highland Heights 859-572-2600 • Campbell.ca.uky.edu

FREE Cookies for the Holidays Learn about different cookies and their baking ingredients in a class that includes some handson baking. Gather tips on entertaining during the holidays. 1:30 p.m. Nov. 2. Holiday Treasures Get some holiday gift ideas, as well as some food and recipe suggestions for entertaining during the busy season. 6 p.m. Nov. 17; $5 Homemaker members, $8 nonmembers (cash only at the door).

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•Art in the Making Ages 6 - 12 and their parents take a tour of the exhibit, Kentucky Renaissance before going on their own photo-adventure in the CAM with the help of a special guest artist. Please bring a camera. 1 - 3 p.m. Nov. 19; $5 members, $10 nonmembers. •FREE Fandom: Sherlock This gallery conversation brings together fans of art and pop culture with a humorous look at the CAM’s galleries. 2 - 3 p.m. Nov. 26.


4244 Hamilton Ave. 513-591-2332 • theplaceforfamilies.com •Work & Play Sign up to use the center’s work area while your children have some fun. 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. Tue and Fri in Nov.; $10 per hour. •Toddler Times This gathering prepares your 2-yearold for the preschool experience. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; $20 per day. •Playful Learning Use this class as an alternative or addition to preschool for ages 3 - 5. 9:30 a.m. 12 p.m. Mon and Fri in Nov.; $25 per day. •Crisis in Play This learning through play workshop focuses on the critical skills needed for success, like problem solving, collaboration, empathy, creativity and resiliency. 12:45 p.m. Nov. 12; donations appreciated. •Gentle Sleep Solutions Join certified Gentle Sleep Coach Kate Ibrahim to get all of your baby sleep questions answered and learn to get the sleep you and your child both need. 12:45 - 2:15 p.m. Nov. 5; $30. •Tummy2Tummy Learn about the benefits of wearing your baby in a sling or carrier and try a few samples to decide what works best for you. 11 a.m. Nov. 12; donations appreciated.

CINCINNATI NATURE CENTER 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 • cincynature.org

•Full Moon Walk Ages 8 and older can hit the trails at night and enjoy the full moon as well as some natural history readings. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14; $5 members, $9 nonmembers. •Make and Take: Craft Your Own Hiking Stick Choose your own pre-harvested honeysuckle branch, and craft it into a customized hiking stick. Use simple tools to cut, smooth and work the stick, then add embellishments. 2 - 4 p.m. Nov. 6; $5 members, $9 nonmembers (fees are per stick kit). •Fire Making Fun Ages 10 and older learn how Native Americans made fire with natural materials, then try their hand at making fire with a bow drill. Discover native plants prized for their fragrant smoke then help make popcorn and wild tea. Bring your own food to cook if you like. 5 p.m. Nov. 5; $5 members, $9 nonmembers.

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PLAN AHEAD •Naturalist Challenge for Youth Ages 8 - 13 and their families join a round-robin style challenge that takes you through the basics of using keys, binoculars and field guides to identify a track, a bird, a live reptile and other local natural specimens. 10 a.m. 12 p.m. or 1 - 3 p.m. Nov. 10; $6 members, $10 nonmembers. •Falling Leaves Preschoolers and their adults learn why leaves change colors and how dead leaves contribute to the forest ecosystem. Please dress for playing outdoors and to take a short hike. 3 - 4 p.m. Nov. 13; free with daily admission.


Held at the Bell Event Centre 444 Reading Road freestorefoodbank.org/events/empty-bowls/ •Empty Bowls Enjoy over a thousand ceramic bowls handmade by potters from the Clay Alliance, a simulated soup kitchen line with food from the American Culinary Federation of Greater Cincinnati, live entertainment, and pottery demos. Proceeds support the Freestore Foodbank’s Kids Café program. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 1:30 - 3 p.m. Nov. 6; $25 adults, $6 children. Each adult ticket includes a handmade bowl to take home.


5985 Meijer Drive, Milford 513-576-1400 • dance-etc.com •Frozen Princess Party Ages 4 - 5 are invited to a winter wonderland adventure with Elsa. Play games, make a craft and learn a fun new dance. 4 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19; $15 students, $20 guests. •Ninja Warriors Party Boys and girls ages 7 and older work on strength, endurance, agility and more at this high-energy party that will put little Ninjas to the test. 4 - 5:30 p.m. Nov. 5; $15 students, $20 guests.


1261 Race Track Road, Alexandria 859-572-2600 • campbell.ca.uky.edu •FREE Agriculture Issues Discussion Grown-ups are invited for a conversation about the challenges facing the field of agriculture. 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9.

FAIRFIELD COMMUNITY ARTS CENTER 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield 513-867-5348 • fairfield-city.org/classes

•Sing Along Stories Ages 4 - 6 enjoy a sing-along storybook designed to get kids singing and dancing, all followed by a fun craft. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Nov. 2; $15 residents, $20 nonresidents. •Little Pre-fessor Ages 3 - 6 love a hands-on class that explores the fun things you can do with everyday household items. 10 - 10:45 a.m. Nov. 2, 9 and 16; $30 residents, $35 nonresidents. •Sewing 123 Ages 7 - 12 learn how a sewing machine works while creating a cool project. 6:30 - 8 p.m. Nov. 3, 10 and 17; $45 residents, $50 nonresidents.

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•Where in the World Ages 7 - 12 travel to a new country to explore the art, food and culture of new places and people. Please specify any food allergies when registering. 10 - 11:30 a.m. Nov. 5, 12 and 19; $40 residents, $45 nonresidents.


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FREE Thanksgiving Food Distribution Volunteers are needed to help families enjoy a shared meal together. Help deliver and distribute the holiday boxes containing food for a memorable Thanksgiving. 7:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Nov. 21 - 23, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Nov. 21 - 22, 12:30 - 3 p.m. Nov. 21, 3 - 6:30 p.m. Nov. 21 22, 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Nov. 23. GLENWOOD GARDENS

10397 Springfield Pike 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County motor vehicle permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

•Bear Badge Day RSVP by Nov. 2. Cub Scouts can earn their Fur, Feathers and Ferns badge today. 10 a.m. Nov. 5 and 2 p.m. Nov. 6; $6 per scout. Turkey Day Table Décor RSVP by Nov. 16. Kids help decorate the table for the big meal by creating some fall décor. For ages 6 and older. 10 a.m. Nov. 19; $5 per child.


Inside Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road 513-563-9484 • heritagevillagecincinnati.org •Echoes of the 1800s Ages 16 and older are invited for a “walking theater” program that explores the darker historical scenes of the Cincinnati area. Take a lantern-lit journey and meet the rogues that don’t show up in history books! 7 p.m. Nov. 4 and 5; $20.


10990 Thornview Drive 513-491-3573 • facebook.com/ imaginationyoga.greatercincy.dayton/ •Imagination Yoga Ages 6 - 8 use an adventure theme to stimulate creativity, and learn yoga poses and calming techniques. Yoga mats and materials provided. 5:30 - 6:10 p.m. Thu, Nov. 10 - Dec. 15; $55 for five classes. •Yoga’sup Tweens and teens can learn new yoga poses that will stretch and strengthen their body and calm their minds. 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. Thu, Nov. 10 Dec. 15; $55 for five classes.


1501 Eden Park Drive 513-421-5707 krohn.cincyregister.com/behindscenesholiday Holidays Behind the Scenes Adults are invited to get a special behind-the-scenes look at the Holiday Show with Applied Imagination (the force behind the botanical buildings and train bridge) in a special demo and walking tour. Admission includes refreshments, a craft and a copy of the Krohn Crafters book. 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Nov. 22; $15.


5400 Lanius Lane 513-542-2909 • cincinnatiparks.com First Thanksgiving Assembly Learn about America’s first Thanksgiving celebration — create a turkey call, try writing with a feather quill, and enjoy some pilgrim games and a nature scavenger hunt. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Nov. 19; $5 per person or $15 per family. •Hike Badge Cub Scouts, Brownies and Tenderfoots can complete requirements to earn their Hiker belt loop and badges. Create first aid kits and go on an adventurous hike filled with scenarios to challenge your skills. 1:30 - 3 p.m. Nov. 7; $6 per scout and chaperone, free for leaders.


9402 Towne Square Ave., Blue Ash 513-531-7400 • langsfordcenter.com/RSVP •FREE What Parents Should Know About Reading and Comprehension Do you have concern for a struggling reader? In our communities, about 20% of the population has difficulty learning to read. This presentation simplifies the complex process of reading by explaining the five critical skills that support successful reading. Learn about the developmental path of successful readers, the root causes of reading difficulties, and why some good readers struggle with comprehension. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Nov. 2 and 29, 12:30 - 2 p.m. Nov. 17.


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


2812 Town Center Blvd, Crestview Hills 859-331-2094 learningexpress.com/stores/crestview-hills Painting Night Kids can get step-by-step instructions on painting a Christmas tree canvas. Space is limited to eight children. 6 p.m. Nov. 18; $10.


8485 Ridge Road 513-761-7500 • mayersonjcc.org •Global Day of Jewish Learning Join communities across the globe to explore themes of environmentalism, water and global sustainability, including presentations from experts, movement workshops, and more. Featuring keynote speaker Dr. Adrian Parr, UNESCO co-Chair of Water Accessibility and Sustainability. 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20; $10.

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•FREE Jewish Hospital-Mercy Health Speaker Series: No Butts About It, What You Need to Know About Colon Cancer Adults are invited to a discussion about the benefits of a regular colonoscopy, as well as factors that can affect the colon such as diet, lifestyle and environment. A Q&A is led by Mercy general surgeon and Medical Director of Surgical Specialties, Dr. Cari Ogg. 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1. •FREE Math Circle Grades 6 - 8 are invited to meet other kids who share a passion for math in this program with professors from University of Cincinnati and award-winning area high school teachers. Students are challenged and inspired with intriguing math activities, topics and puzzles. 2:30 - 4 p.m. Nov. 6. •Shining Stars Sports Basketball Clinic Ages 6 - 12 advance their basketball skills in this fun clinic taught by trainers from the Shining Stars Sport elite basketball program. All abilities and skill levels are welcome. Sign up for one or both clinics! 1 - 3 p.m. Nov. 6 and Dec. 11; $30 members, $40 nonmembers. Eating Healthy Through the Holidays Adults can learn some healthy eating tips for those tempting holiday parties and get some menu ideas for your own gatherings. 6 - 7 p.m. Nov. 9; free members, $15 nonmembers. Thanksgiving Break Camp Grades K - 6 can enjoy a day of swimming, sports, arts and crafts and more. 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (extended hours available) Nov. 23; $48 members, $58 nonmembers.

MIAMI WHITEWATER FOREST 9001 Mt. Hope Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org

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•Webelos Adventure Day RSVP by Nov. 3. Take a hike and enjoy activities while earning the Into the Woods Elective Adventure. 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 5; $6 per scout. •All About Owls RSVP by Nov. 9. Ages 2 - 4 learn all about the mysterious world of owls with a story and a craft. 11 a.m. Nov. 11; $6 per child. •Homeschool Science West: Spiders RSVP by Nov. 15. Homeschool students ages 5 - 12 explore spiders through learning stations, activities and a guided hike. 1 - 3 p.m. Nov. 17; $6 per child.

MOTHER OF MERCY HIGH SCHOOL 3036 Werk Road 513-661-2740, ext. 401 motherofmercy.org/holidayfuncamp

Holiday Fun Camp The school hosts a Black Friday Holiday FUN Camp for kids ages 3 and older, including games, holiday crafts, a holiday show and physical activities. Kids should bring a packed lunch and wear comfortable clothing. 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Nov. 25; $15 per child.


11925 Kemper Springs Drive 513-751-3292 • neusoleglassworks.com

glassblowing. For ages 5 and older. RSVP for a 15 or 30 minute slot between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Nov. 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 26 and 27; $40 per pumpkin, $35 per ornament.

PARKY’S FARM AT WINTON WOODS 10073 Daly Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org

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•Daisy Girl Scouts: Birdbath, Red Robin and Tula Awards RSVP by Nov. 3. What do Daisies, goats and chickens have in common? Find out while learning about these fun farm animals, see them play and do your part to care for them. 9 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 5; $5 per scout, $3 per adult. •Brownie Girl Scouts: Pets RSVP by Nov. 10. Get ready to help with farm chores — feed the cow, clean out a horse stall and check on the rabbits. 9 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 12; $5 per scout, $3 per adult. •Junior Girl Scouts: Playing the Past RSVP by Nov. 10. Jump into life in the early 1800s — go to school, complete your farm chores, try some pioneer games and dance! 9 and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Nov. 12; $5 per scout, $3 per adult. •Spacey Tall Tales RSVP by Nov. 10. Lift your eyes to the starry skies and learn about the legends of nighttime with the Cincinnati Astronomical Society. 6 p.m. Nov. 12; $2 per person. Growing Up a Farm Kid RSVP by Nov. 13. Meet the turkey and play some turkey games. For ages 2 - 5 and their adults. 9:30 - 11 a.m. Nov. 15 and 16; $10 per child with one adult, $5 for each additional adult.


11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org

A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park

•Webelos Adventure Day RSVP by Nov. 22. Webelos Cub Scouts can complete the Into the Wild Adventure badge today. 10 a.m. Nov. 26 and 1 p.m. Nov. 27; $6 per scout.


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FREE Antique Christmas Celebration Get into the holiday spirit with this party! Make a festive craft and enjoy holiday treats while listening to your favorite carols and viewing the Antique Christmas displays. 6 - 8 p.m. Nov. 4. WINTON WOODS

10245 Winton Road 513-521-PARK (7275) • greatparks.org

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•Wilderness Skills: Fire and Marshmallow Challenge RSVP by Nov. 3 or 17. Learn the skills to create fire, then enjoy a s’mores challenge. 1 2:30 p.m. Nov. 6 and 7 - 8:30 pm. Nov. 18; $7 per person.

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PLAN AHEAD •Outdoor Archery RSVP by Nov. 10. Learn the basics of shooting a compound bow then try out your skills on the practice range. For ages 8 and older. 1 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12; $15 per person. •Full Moon Compass Course RSVP by Nov. 10. Practice some basic orienteering skills while the sun sets and the nearly full moon rises. Compasses provided. 5 - 6:30 p.m. Nov. 12; $7 per person. •Wilderness Skills: Survival in a Bottle RSVP by Nov. 17. Everything you need to survive can fit in a 32-ounce bottle — learn how to stash the keys to fire, water, shelter, food and signal. 2 p.m. Nov. 19; $6 per person.

WOMEN WRITING FOR (A) CHANGE 6906 Plainfield Road • womenwriting.org

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


8250 Old Kellogg Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org

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•Homeschool Science East: Planets and Stars RSVP by Nov. 2. Homeschool students ages 5 - 12 explore learning stations and take a guided hike. 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Nov. 9; $6 per child. •Bear Cub Scouts Badge Day RSVP by Nov. 7. Scouts can complete the Fur, Feathers and Ferns plus the Paws for Action badges today. 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nov. 12; $6 per scout. •Snake Jamboree RSVP by Nov. 16. Ages 3 - 5 learn about snakes with crafts and activities. 10 a.m. Nov. 18; $6 per child.



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