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Parents share their thoughts on the Boy Scouts opening up their programs to girls. Plus, this month's giveaways!

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cincinnati news

Mission 2 Move tackles childhood obesity; the Anderson Township Library Association's used book sale; winter break camps; volunteer opportunities with Freestore Foodbank, Mr. Roger's Neighborhood Sweater Drive, Blue Manatee Children's Bookstore's Giving Tuesday and Toys for Tots.

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THANK YOU CULTIVATING GRATITUDE IN KIDS

Tips for teaching kids how to appreciate what they have.

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day by day By Susan Day

The Tea Leaves Have Been Read ...

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id you hear the one about the leading child psychologist who said giving a young child an iPad is “tantamount to child abuse?” Oh, come on, you think. Please. Get with it. We’re ALL addicted now and we LIKE our addictions ... but do we? There

are times when I want to go completely off grid, hide somewhere in a cabin in the woods and just play Monopoly. But I’d get fidgety, for sure. I’d start to panic. I need to get in touch with someone! Someone needs to get in touch with me! Time to get a grip. But then Toys “R” Us filed for bankruptcy. Well, you probably saw it coming. The toy store felt grave yardy. It’s true that once a child reaches the age of video games and technology, toys don’t fascinate them so much. What’s sad is little kids are being given phones and iPads at earlier ages. So toys don’t matter so much when a child is young anymore. Is that healthy? Is it healthy to hop from one screen to the next and be fidgety when you can’t have a device in your hand? Our kids ride in cars with TV screens, watch TV, binge watch Netflix, play games on iPads, share pics on Instagram and Snapchat ... I sound like a big wet blanket, right?

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BOY SCOUTS NOW TAKING GIRL MEMBERS READERS RESPOND Girl Scouts Have Programs in Place Already!

Boys Scouts is for Boys. Girls Scouts is for Girls.

The Girl Scouts have these programs already in place, though I don’t know if troop locations are an issue in this decision. I worked up to the Marian Award through Girl Scouts. I guess I just don’t understand the need for girls to become Boy Scouts.

Boy Scouts are for boys, Girl Scouts are for girls. I was a girl scout when I was a kid. I don’t think I would be comfortable with boys being at my overnight camping, sleepovers, trips, etc. The same would be for a young boy in that same situation. Especially these days when you look at someone wrong and it’s sexual harassment.

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Leave Boy Scouts As Is! My son is an Eagle Scout and I am 100 percent against it. Let them continue to join Ventures and Explorers but keep them out of Boy Scouts, let them stay in Girl Scouts and revamp the program if need be. Christy Stabler

Why Not? If girls want the education and experience of the Boy Scouts, why not? I’d say the same if a young man would want to join the Girl Scouts. We can’t keep our girls from wanting to learn and do what these guys are doing. There’s a big difference in what they offer, so I say let them in the Boy Scouts, playing football, etc.

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• Automoblox C9 Sportscar (ages 3+; The Experience Depends Upon Your Leaders Boy Scouts is more religion based than Girl Scouts in general ... from what I understand. I would think letting girls in Boy Scouts would be more of a threat for American Heritage Girls since they came about since Girl Scouts was not religious and they wanted a religious group for the girls. In any case, whatever your experience with any of these groups is only as good as the leaders you end up with. Luckily all my girls that are in Girl Scouts now have good stable troops, so it is all good. Melissa Jensen Spahr

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MISSION 2 MOVE: TACKLING CHILDHOOD OBESITY

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ith all that’s known about childhood obesity, it’s alarming to see that Cincinnati’s childhood obesity rate is one in three and rising compared to the national average of one in five. A new local nonprofit is helping to combat that. Mission2Move (M2M), aims to bring movement, meditation and nutrition to kids in underserved communities. M2M serves more than 500 local students in six after-school programs. The group provides development and physical education support to the Cincinnati Public School District and has collaborated with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati, Upspring and SleepyBee Café. Get the full scoop on how the program works and how you can get involved at mission2move.org.

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PLAN AHEAD NOW FOR WINTER BREAK!

The Anderson Township Library Association hosts a holiday used book sale Nov. 2 - 4 at the Anderson Branch Library (7450 State Road). Find plenty of titles for teens and kids, along with games and puzzles to keep the family busy all winter long. Movies and CDs are up for grabs, too, along with several different editions of Trivial Pursuit. Sale hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Nov. 2, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Nov. 3, and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 4. Checks and cash only, please. Learn more at cincinnatilibrary.org/support/atla.html.

Don’t be left out in the cold when winter break rolls around. Make sure your kids are plenty busy. Here are some options: • Big Shots Sports Training (885 OH-28, Milford) offers Thanksgiving and Holiday break camps, including multi-sport clinics on Nov. 22, 24 and Dec. 22, as well as a Holiday Sports Camp from Dec. 27 29. Get the schedule at 513-244-7468 or bigshotstraining.com. • Cincinnati Parks Offers a Winter Break Camp for grades K - 3: Blizzard Blast on Dec. 20; Snowy Owl Camp on Dec. 21; Wonders of Winter on Dec. 22 or 29. RSVP at parks.cincyregister. com/2017wbcamps.

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• Mayerson JCC (8485 Ridge Road) hosts a Thanksgiving Break Camp on Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. and a Winter Break Camp from Dec. 26 - 29 and Jan. 2 - 5. Kids participate in swimming, sports, arts and crafts and more. RSVP at mayersonjcc.org/campafterschool/school-break-camp/. • Kids First Sports Center (7900 East Kemper Road) hosts a Fall Break Camp on Nov. 22 and 24, and Holiday Break Camps beginning Dec. 21. Kids can participate in swimming, gymnastics, crafts, basketball and other fun activities. Call 513489-7575 or visit kidsfirstsports.com/campsevents/holiday-camps.

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Photo left: Bring your canned food donations with you to the Bengals Game on Sunday, Nov. 26. Photo above: Freestore Foodbank’s Check-Out Hunger at your local Kroger takes place Nov. 15 - Jan. 2.

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RAISING AWARENESS WORLD PREMATURITY DAY is Friday, Nov. 17

You’ve been told you’re at risk for premature delivery. Here’s what you need to know. By Sherry Hang

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hile most parents are eager for their new baby’s arrival, they’re not so eager for the day to come too soon! Preterm births though — defined by the March of Dimes as births that happen before 37 weeks of pregnancy — are very common. The March of Dimes says approximately 380,000 babies are born early in the U.S. According to Dr. Mamata Narendran of Obstetrics & Gynecology Associates in Fairfield and Liberty Township, the cause behind over one-third of preterm births is unknown. However, she does point to some known risk factors, including: • A maternal age of less than 20 or older than 40 years • Poor nutrition • Lower socioeconomic status • Stress • Use of tobacco, alcohol or drugs • History of preterm delivery • Pregnancies with more than one fetus (twins or triplets) • Problems with shape of uterus

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• A weak cervix • Infections in the genital tract • Bleeding in pregnancy • Recent delivery (less than a year) • Limited prenatal care “Certain medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes can also lead to premature delivery,” she says.

WHAT TO DO? What can you do when you learn your baby may come prematurely? “Once you are pregnant, establish prenatal care as soon as possible,” Narendran says. “Follow recommendations, keep moving and remain stress free. Next, educate yourself about the symptoms of preterm labor such as contractions or cramps, pressure in the pelvis, mucus like vaginal discharge with or without blood. In short, ‘listen to your body’ and call your doctor if you are concerned,” she adds. Your doctor may recommend certain additional interventions depending on your situation such as weekly progesterone injections,

baby aspirin, limiting weight gain or bed rest.

COMING HOME “When your bundle of joy arrives earlier than planned, it is normal to worry, and feel overwhelmed and underprepared,” says Narendran. But there are steps you can take to alleviate your concerns. Narendran suggests pumping breast milk as soon as you can (if you intend to breastfeed), and to make sure your car seat is appropriate for a preemie. Some pediatricians are more familiar with the unique needs of a premature baby than others, so that’s something you may want to follow through on. Preemies can have life-long health issues, depending upon their condition at birth. For this reason, you will want to minimize allergens, light and noise at home. Keeping your infant comfortably warm will help him adapt to his new home. “ Most importantly,” adds Narendran, “adjust your expectations, relax, and enjoy the baby.”

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Just two months ago, new research lead by Louis Muglia, M.D., at Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center resulted in promising findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine: Researchers found six mutations in six genes that affect whether a woman is likely to have a preterm baby. The findings, from a large international team used data from 43,5000 European women, may lead to ways to test women and possibly intervene to help keep a developing baby safe in the womb for as long as possible.


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Cultivating Gratitude in Children By Heather Lee Leap

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It’s easy for kids take what they have for granted. That’s why it’s good to “center” their hearts at home.

ids learn through modeling and repetition, and gratitude is no exception. The more often your children see or hear you showing thanks, the more seeds you plant in their garden of appreciation. In their book, Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character, Jeffrey J. Froh and Giacomo Bono note that young children first practice thankfulness as politeness, rather than genuine gratitude, which comes when they are old enough to appreciate why others are offering them kindness. The words please and thank you are building blocks of gratitude and for many of us they come easily when our children are learning to talk. If your kids are a bit older though, take a day to observe your interactions, not just with your children, but with everyone you speak with. How often do you use the “magic words?” Looking for more ways to instill an attitude of gratitude in your little ones? Here are a few to consider.

ROSES AND THORNS Sometimes called simply “Highs and Lows,” this is a practice of each participant sharing one positive thing and one negative thing that happened during the day. Consider offering roses last to end on a positive note, or up your gratitude game by taking time as a family to consider what good may have come from the “thorns.” Don’t forget to express thanks for the people with whom you can share these highs and lows.

hoped. These types of downward comparisons encourage empathy. With that empathy, comes greater appreciation for the things we have. Kids also begin to see that everyone has a different perspective, and that their circumstances could spark envy in others.

BASKET OF THANKS Keep a basket or other container in a prominent place in your home, along with index cards and pens or colored pencils. Encourage family members to stop by and write a quick note of thanks for people, pets and things in your home throughout the day.

THANK YOU CARDS Writing thank you notes cultivates thoughtfulness and gratitude, and can become a regular habit. Author and mom Sage Cohen writes and sends thank you cards daily. “My son is very aware of my gratitude practice,” she says. “In my household, writing thank you notes is like brushing your teeth, going to bed on time, and being gentle with the cats. It’s both modeled and required, but in a friendly and integrated way. It’s just a rhythm of life that we co-create and enjoy together.” Rather than an occasional obligation, thank you notes can be an opportunity for family members to talk regularly about what and who they appreciate, as well as a time to consider what our words of thanks mean to the recipient.

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Help your children keep a daily list of people and things for which they are grateful. Spending time to write or draw things we appreciate focuses our attention on them in a way that can magnify their value. Entries can be a simple drawing or more detailed written entries such as “I am thankful for… because…” As a parent, in any season, you can plant seeds of appreciation and watch gratitude grow in your life, and in the lives of your children.

Have your child think of five things he or she is grateful for and allow each small treasure to represent one of those things. Keep them in a special spot or precious container, or take them to school in a pocket as a reminder throughout the day.

DOWNWARD SOCIAL COMPARISONS Rather than lamenting how everyone else has it better than we do, an upward comparison that can breed dissatisfaction, Froh and Bono suggest we bring our attention, and that of our children, toward friends and family whose plans haven’t worked out as they’d

Writer and mother Heather Lee Leap is thankful for her family, her friends, hoola hoops and chocolate, among other things. Find her at wellnessandwords.com.

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JUMP & PLAY Lazer Kraze 7082 Columbia Road, Maineville, 513-339-1030 1335 Donaldson Road, Erlanger, 859-371-5729 lazerkraze.com Players with special needs can bring a friend or family member to play free laser tag or jump in the trampoline park with the purchase of their own admission ticket (jump socks not included and are $2 per pair). Reservations are recommended for Special Needs Night, held on the first Thursday of each month.

Big Shots Sports Training 885 St. Rt. 28, Milford 513-831-7383 7267 Yankee Road Liberty Township • 513-469-1333 cincyswish.com/spirit Swish Spirit offers basketball instruction to children and young adults with disabilities — participants will meet on Sundays from 6 - 7 p.m. to learn fundamentals such as dribbling, passing, shooting, and defense as well as get to be part of a team within a basketball league. The Red Balloon Café and Play 6200 Montgomery Road 513-620-8328 redbalooncafe.com If your child has an aversion to water, head here on Wednesdays for Water Free Wednesday, when the water table is left empty for a different sensory experience!

Scene 75 Entertainment Center 876 State Route 28, Milford 513-965-4045 • scene75.com/ about/special-needs-program/ Head to Scene75 on the first Thursday of each month (be sure to RSVP online in advance!) for good times in the interactive gaming room complete with arcade games, dodge-cars, mini-golf and more. Sky Zone Trampoline Park 7522 Beechmont Ave. 513-815-5400 skyzone.com/cincinnati 11745 Commons Drive 513-671-1333 skyzone.com/springdale Sensory Hours featured a dialeddown version of a typical Sky Zone experience for families with special needs children. Sensory Hours at Springdale are 5 - 8 p.m. the last Monday of each month. Visit the web site for a schedule of upcoming dates and times at the Beechmont location.

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YMCA of Greater Cincinnati cincinnatiymca.org The Y offers adapted swim lessons for ages 3 and older with a disability. Lessons can be offered as an individual or small group and instructions are based on participants’ needs.

ACCESSIBLE PLAY SPOTS Adventure Station in Sharon Woods 11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-7275 greatparks.org/Sharon-woods/ adventure-station-indoor-playground Ages 2 - 12 can enjoy a fully accessible indoor playground that features safety play surfaces that are ODA inspected and certified.

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SPECIAL ADVENTURES: PLAYDATES FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS Duke Energy Children’s Museum in Cincinnati Museum Center 1301 Western Ave. 513-287-7000 • cincymuseum.org You can’t go wrong with an outing here — the Duke Energy Children’s Museum is loaded with fun sensory experiences for children, whether they visit the Energy Zone, Kids Town or join a planned program.

STORY TIMES & MORE Boone County Public Library, Main Branch 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington 859-342-2665, ext. 8143 bcpl.org A story time for children with sensory sensitivities will be held on Nov. 10 and 17 at 10 a.m., and Sensory Playtime will meet on Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Drop by for play and fun designed for children with sensory sensitivities. Campbell County Public Library cc-pl.org Enjoy Family Fun for the Deaf Community on Nov. 11 at the Newport Branch (901 East 6th St.),

as well as Sensory Science Story Time on Nov. 25. A special Baby Sign Story Time is held at the Cold Spring Branch (3920 Alexandria Pike) on Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Also, for events requiring registration, parents can add special requests to the online form and the library will do their best to meet them! Joseph-Beth Booksellers 2692 Madison Road 513-396-8960 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills 859-912-7860 josephbeth.com Regular story times are 10:30 a.m. on Mon, Wed and Fri, and 11 a.m. on Sat (Crestview Hills story times are 10:30 a.m. Tue, Thu and Sat) and feature songs, games and stories and can be adapted to accommodate your child’s needs. Call with any questions or concerns. Kenton County Public Library, Covington Branch 502 Scott Blvd. 859-962-4000 • kentonlibrary.org A sensory-friendly playgroup meets on the second Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. for toys, books, a snack and coffee for the grown-ups.

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MOVIES, PERFORMANCES & MUSEUM TOURS AMC Theatres Multiple locations amctheatres.com/programs/ sensory-friendly-films AMC teamed up with the Autism Society to offer movie screenings with brighter lights, reduced volume and the chance to get up, walk, dance, sing or what-have-you. Films are available on the second and fourth Saturdays for kids and Tuesday evenings for mature audiences. The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati Season performances held at Taft Theater, 317 East 5th St. thechildrenstheatre.com TCT offers sensory-friendly performances this season, aimed at audience members on the autism spectrum as well as those with other special needs. Adjustments to sound and lighting will be made and special effects will be minimized. In addition, specialists will be in the downstairs theater lobby should your child need a break. These performances will take place during the 9:45 a.m. Monday performance for each MainStage at the Taft production.

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Cincinnati Art Museum 953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-2787 cincinnatiartmuseum.org The CAM hosts two programs: Autism Family Exploration, which lets children with autism explore the museum before public hours, visit sensory stops and join an art-making activity (free, RSVP not required); and Connect, which is designed for persons with developmental disabilities and their caregivers and includes a multi-sensory exploration of art and an art-making activity (free, RSVP recommended). Get a complete schedule online. Cobb Liberty Luxury Theatre 7514 Bales St., Liberty Township 513-463-0470 • cobbtheatres. com/libertyluxury15.aspx Sensory Friendly Films feature brighter lighting and a reduced volume while audiences are invited, and even encouraged, to interact with the film and each other without worrying about disturbing others, so dance, sing and enjoy! Held this month on Nov. 11 and 25 at 10 a.m., visit the website for a complete schedule. Contemporary Arts Center 44 East Sixth St. 513-345-8400 contemporaryartscenter.org Free, specialized tours for visitors with disabilities can include an activity if requested in advance (contact Shawnee Turner at sturner@ contemporaryartscenter.org). As well, Thursday Art Play programs can be adapted for families with special needs, just give a call before visiting.


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Pretend & Play Doctor Set Learning Resources learningresources.com Ages 3+ • $39.99 Whether playing doctor to stuffed animals or a friend, this 19-piece set has all the tools your child needs to diagnose the situation. It comes with a batteryoperated stethoscope and a cell phone that makes realistic sounds. The sturdy carrying case keeps everything intact. Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart Leap Frog leapfrog.com Ages 2 - 5 • $39.99 Little kids will love making your order as they pretend to scoop ice cream. The scoop talks and says what flavor your scooping, too! It’s a great way to learn counting and matching while having fun.

2-in-1 Food Truck Little Tikes littletikes.com Ages 2+ • $159.99 There are more than 40 accessories that come with this heavy-duty plastic food truck. The inside of the truck doubles as a mini kitchen with a microwave and fridge. There’s even a chalkboard on the outside to write the menu on. Vintage Play Kitchen KidKraft • kidkraft.com Ages 3+ • $149.99 This kitchen is big enough for a “mommy” and “daddy” to play together. Store play food and utensils, and turn the clicking knobs. It’s made of wood, so it’s extra durable for longer-lasting play.


Bitty Baby American Girl americangirl.com Ages 3+ • $60 Before giving that American Girl doll, start your child with a Bitty Baby. The baby doll line of American Girl is just as impressive. Bitty Baby has a molded head and eyelids that open and close. She comes in a variety of skin tones, and also boasts an impressive line of well-made accessories and clothing. Some of the “new” for Bitty Baby this year includes a changing table and a rocking cradle. Emma Feltman Brothers feltmanbrothers.com Ages 3+ • $149 A beautiful doll, Feltman Brothers celebrated 100 years in 2016, issuing Emma as a limited edition. But all of Feltman’s dolls, clothes and accessories are top notch. Emma has soft skin, gorgeous lashes and a full head of hair. Give Emma when your child is ready to appreciate her! Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby Alive babyalive.com Ages 3+ • $49.99 She comes with 35 different sounds and phrases, and if that’s not enough, she cries! Your girl will love tending to Baby Alive thanks to the included stethoscope, thermometer, tissues and more.

Baby Stella Manhattan Toy Co. manhattantoy.com Ages 12 mo+ • $20 This little soft sweetheart is 12 inches with a cutie-pie face. Her pacifier’s magnetic so it has a gentle “tug” when you pull it away (just like a real baby!). Designed for ages 12 months and older, Baby Stella comes in different hair colors with lots of assorted accessories available, too.

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Stretch FX Hot Wheels toystate.com Ages 3+ • $9.99 You can pull the car to stretch it and then set it down to watch it race off! Or, you can just pull it back and watch the engine light up. Either way, you get lights, music and driving sounds as the vehicle pulls itself back together and drives away. Pop-a-Balls Push & Pop Bulldozer VTech | vtechkids.com Ages 12 - 36 months $24.99 Just learning to walk? This bulldozer has colorful balls that pop up through the smoke stack. Push it around and scoop up the balls to do it all over again, or have a seat and play with the buttons for educational fun with colors, numbers, construction objects and listening to music. Tire Twister Lights Little Tikes littletikes.com Ages 3+ • $39.99 It’s one big wheel filled with lights and sounds that flips, spins and more with a remote control. Kids can create their own light show in a dark room with its forward, backward and even 360 degree motions. The car inside the tire even does tricks, too, and is also removable for even more action.

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Exploding Kittens Exploding Kittens explodingkittens.com Ages 7+ • $19.95 This hilarious card game gives a nod to Uno. You want to avoid the Exploding Kitten cards by using a variety of action cards to cancel other players’ moves, steal their cards and see the future by peeking into the deck. Ghost Fightin’ Treasure Hunters Mattel shop.mattel.com Ages 8+ • $34.99 Work as a team to get out of the house with eight Treasure Jewels before the rooms become haunted. Fight ghosts together along the way. There are basic and advanced play options. Heads Up! Spin Master Games spinmaster.com Ages 8+ • $19.50 It’s the party game version of the app made popular by Ellen Degeneres. Don a headband loaded with cards, then guess the words you’re wearing as other players give you clues.

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Kingdomino Blue Orange Games blueorangegames.com Ages 8+ • $19.99 The fun of dominoes with a kingdom-building twist! The game ends when each player completes a 5x5 grid. Points are counted based on the number of connecting tiles and crowns. Rooster Race RoosterFin roosterfin.com Ages 5+ • $24.99 In this simple card game, help your roosters gather corn by making educated guesses in predicting the high/ low value of the card stack. Soggy Doggy Spin Master Games spinmaster.com Ages 4+ • $19.99 Race around the board taking turns giving the dog a bath. But watch out, because Soggy Doggy love to shake himself dry! Player who makes it all the way around the tub wins. Trivial Pursuit World of Harry Potter USAopoly usaopoly.com Ages 8+ • $19.95 A must for Harry Potter fans, this “bite-size” edition boasts 600 questions based on the films. Categories include The Dark Arts, Spells & Potions, Animals & Magic Creatures, and more.

Telestrations USAopoly usaopoly.com Ages 12+ • $29.95 The classic game of Telephone meets Pictionary in this party game where sketches and guesses pass from one player to the next. When your play book comes back to you, find out if the final guess is accurate to your original drawing. Watch Ya’ Mouth Watch Ya’ Mouth wymgame.com Ages 8+ • $19.95 Players take turns inserting a mouthguard/ cheek retractor then attempt to read words and phrases while others guess what you’re trying to say. Word Slam Thames & Kosmos thamesandkosmos.com Ages 12+ • $29.95 It’s like charades, but instead of acting, you can only communicate with word cards. Yeti in My Spaghetti PlayMonster playmonster.com Ages 4+ • $17.99 Place Yeti on top of the noodles on the bowl, then take turns removing one noodle at a time. If you make Yeti fall into the bowl, you lose.


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Behringer-Crawford Museum Gift Shop 1600 Montague Ave., Covington 859-491-4003 • bcmuseum.org

O’Smiley’s Dolls & Collectibles 2103 Beechmont Ave. 513-233-3655 stores.ebay.com/OSmileys-Dolls-and-Collectibles Parent Teacher Store 6914 Burlington Pike, Florence 859-283-0151 • parentteacherstoreusa.com Rockin’ Rooster Comics & Games 5000 Glenway Ave. 513-661-7625 • rockinroostercomics.com Sci-Fi City in Northgate Mall 9527 Colerain Ave. 513-245-9105 • sci-fi-city.com/cincinnati.htm

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Great Parks of Hamilton County’s Nature’s Niche Gift and Book Stores Farbach Werner Nature Preserve 3455 Poole Road Glenwood Gardens 10397 Springfield Pike Sharon Woods 11450 Lebanon Road 513-521-7275 • greatparks.org

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Cincinnati Art Museum Gift Shop 953 Eden Park Drive 513-721-2787 • cincinnatiartmuseum.org

Joseph Beth Booksellers 2692 Madison Road 513-396-8960 2785 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills 859-912-7860 josephbeth.com

Need to shop for a special needs child? Check out Redwood’s Toy Guide for toys that will meet your child’s needs while supporting his development at redwoodnky.org.

Jungle Jim’s Toy Balloon 5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield 4450 Eastgate South Drive 513-674-6000 junglejims.com/specialty/ToyBalloon.asp

Got-Special Kids offers an array of items for families with special needs children, including products for early intervention, sensory integration, therapy swings and more. Head to got-specialkids.com for tools, toys and more.

Cincinnati Museum Center 1301 Western Ave. 513-287-7000 • cincymuseum.org Cincinnati Nature Center’s The Nature Shop 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford 513-831-1711 • cincynature.org Cincinnati Waldorf School’s The Magic Meadow Market 6743 Chestnut St. 513-541-0220 cincinnatiwaldorfschool.org/magic-meadow-store Contemporary Arts Center’s Gift Shop 44 E. Sixth St. 513-345-8400 • contemporaryartscenter.org Coolest Toys on Earth 6840 Wooster Pike, Mariemont 314 Main St., Milford coolesttoysonearth.com

King Arthurs Court Toys 3040 Madison Road 513-531-4600 • kingarthurstoys.com Learning Express Toys of Crestview Hills 2812 Town Center Blvd., Crestview Hills 859-331-2094 learningexpress.com/stores/crestview-hills The Little Girl in You LLC 306 Harrison Ave., Harrison 513-367-7708 • thelittlegirlinyoullc.com

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Stoney’s Gift and Toy Shoppe 323 W. 6th St., Covington 859-655-9571 • stoneystoys.com Tim’s Trains & Hobbies 3439 Decoursey Ave., Covington 859-261-4920 • timstrainsandhobbies.com United Art & Education 12037 Lebanon Road 513-769-7999 • unitednow.com

Toys “R” Us publishes the Toys “R” U Toy Guide for DifferentlyAbled Kids that highlights toys that help special needs children develop their physical, cognitive and developmental skills. View the guide at toysrus.com/toys/advice/differentlyabled-toy-guide-special-needs-toys.

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BEST CONSIGNMENT/RESALE Once Upon a Child

BEST SLEEP AWAY CAMP YMCA Camp Ernst

Reruns for Wee Ones Little Sprouts Boutique

YMCA Camp Kern YMCA Camp Campbell Gard

BEST FAMILY AUTO DEALER Subaru of Kings Automall

Sky Zone Trampoline Park Kids First Sports Center

BEST DAY CAMP Cincinnati Parks Nature Day Camps

Fairfield Volkswagen Northgate Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

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Cincinnati Nature Center Kids First Sports Center

Flubs Ice Cream The Cone

BEST PARTIES BEST PARTY ENTERTAINMENT Cool Critters Outreach Charlie Cadabra Mr. Cowpie’s Party Animals

BEST AWAY FROM HOME PARTY Recreations Outlet

BEST MUSEUM Duke Energy Children’s Museum Cincinnati Art Museum Boonshoft Museum of Discovery

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AWARD WINNERS

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The winners and finalists for the 2017 Best of Parenting Awards were voted on by our readers — thank you for participating! Many thanks to all the businesses and services who support parents and Cincinnati Family! WINNERS ARE SHOWN IN ORANGE. FINALISTS ARE SHOWN IN BLACK. BEST PERSONAL SERVICES BEST DAY SPA The Woodhouse Day Spa The Village Spa Mitchell’s Salon & Day Spa

BEST FAMILY HAIRCUTS Junior Cuts Great Clips Stylin’ on Main

BEST FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHER Sienna Photography Wendy Magee Photography Erin Dowdy Photography

BEST GYMNASTICS West Chester Academy

BEST PEDIATRIC DENTIST Sea of Smiles

The Little Gym Kids First Sports Center

Montgomery Pediatric Dentistry Smiles 4 Kids

BEST MARTIAL ARTS Buckner Martial Arts

BEST ORTHODONTIST Cassinelli and Shanker Orthodontics

Master K.Kim’s World Class TaeKwonDo Hamilton-Fairfield Taekwondo Center

SmileOdontics Johnson Orthodontics

BEST MUSIC INSTRUCTION Songs for Seeds

BEST EMERGENCY ROOM Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Cincinnati School of Music The Music Factory

BEST VISUAL ARTS INSTRUCTION Painting With a Twist

The Christ Hospital UC Health West Chester

Arts on Fire Uptown Art

BEST HOSPITAL Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Beech Acres Parenting Center Rosemary’s Babies

BEST THEATER INSTRUCTION The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

UC Health West Chester Bethesda North Hospital

BEST ENRICHMENT

The Children’s Theatre of Mason Performing Arts Academy

BEST CHILD CARE CENTER Kids Works Creative Learning Center

BEST PLACE TO HAVE A BABY Bethesda North Hospital

BEST YOUTH SPORTS PROGRAM YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

The Christ Hospital Good Samaritan Hospital

Kids First Sports Center Big Shots Sports Training

BEST EYE CARE Wing Eyecare

BEST SWIM LESSONS Hubbard Family Swim School

Cincinnati Eye Institute Ritter-Hagee Doctors of Optometry

Goldfish Swim School Lori’s H2O Skills

BEST FITNESS CENTER YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

BEST HEALTH AND FITNESS

The Mayerson JCC TriHealth Fitness & Health Pavilion

BEST PARENTING RESOURCES BEST PARENTING RESOURCE Cincinnati Family magazine

The Kinder Garden Schools The Campus at Kids First

BEST PRESCHOOL The Goddard School Children’s Meeting House Chai Tots Early Childhood Learning Center

BEST TUTORING/LEARNING SERVICE Boys & Girls Club of Greater Cincinnati Huntington Learning Center A Grade Ahead

Hilltop OB/GYN For Women

BEST DANCE STUDIO Mason Dance Center

BEST PEDIATRICIAN Suburban Pediatrics

West Chester Academy Tippi Toes

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The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

4015 Red Bank Road, Cincinnati 513-569-8080 thechildrenstheatre.com • info@thechildrenstheatre.com 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.

Cincinnati Ballet’s Otto M. Budig Academy

1555 Central Parkway, Cincinnati 513-562-1111 cbacademy@cballet.org cballet.org/academy Building foundations for a future for students from 2 - 92 through the joy of dance and a strong connection to the area’s preeminent ballet company.

Cincy Dance

8143 Camaro Road, Ste. B, Cincinnati 513-846-4835 cincydance.com LIVE, LEARN, DANCE, BE YOU! Offering dance to all levels, from the absolute beginner to the advanced student. Classes are offered in ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, pointe, hip-hop, technique, and fitness. Ages 3 and up, beginner to advanced.

My Nose Turns Red Circus Arts Classes

Evendale Cultural Arts Center, 10500 Reading Road, Cincinnati 859-581-7100 Blue Ash Recreation Center, 4433 Cooper Road, Blue Ash mynoseturnsred.org • rednose@fuse.net Our 21st year! Skills taught include unicycle, German wheel, tight wire, rolling globe, juggling, Chinese yo yo, hooping, and more for ages 7 - 18. Circus Fun classes for ages 4 - 7. My Nose Turns Red is the area’s only non-profit dedicated to youth circus. Register by May 1 for early bird discount.

The Mad Potter Madeira

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

Mason Dance Center

7398 Liberty One Drive, Liberty Township 513-779-0135 sdastudios@aol.com We are committed to finding and nurturing the beautiful dancer in every student by providing a comprehensive dance learning experience based upon a solid foundation of technique training and quality performing opportunities. We work hard to provide a safe, wholesome, positive, and challenging atmosphere of friendship, guidance, and encouragement that enables our students to achieve their highest potential and become the very best dancer they can be. We believe in our students and we believe in ballet!

Star Glazers

starglazers.com 513-474-6364 Paint pottery at your location. Pottery experts will bring all the supplies and offer booklets and ideas for your masterpiece. Pricing includes the cost of supplies, glazing and firing. No mess!

Tippi Toes

Multiple Cincinnati Locations tippitoesdance.com/cincinnati Tippi Toes Dance Company cheerfully provides children with a fun, positive, and nurturing environment so they are able to experience the joys of dance, self-expression, and movement. Classes are specifically designed to develop motor skills and body awareness while enhancing each child’s self-esteem. Open enrollment throughout the year – it’s never too late to join!

West Chester Academy Music, Dance, Gymnastics

8107 Market Place Drive, West Chester 513-829-2345 westchesteracademy.com From a child’s very first lesson to the experienced adult, West Chester Academy has something for everyone in music, dance, and gymnastics. Located in West Chester, we specialize in beginners of all ages and offer training through pre-professional levels. We are home to over 50 highly qualified, professional, and nurturing instructors.

EDUCATION/ENRICHMENT Bethany School

555 Albion Ave., Glendale 513-771-7462 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.

600-B Reading Road, Mason 513-398-0353 masondance.com Mason Dance Center provides an opportunity for anyone ages 3 - adult to discover the joys of dance. Ballet, tap, jazz, hip-hop, modern, pre-professional ballet, pre-dance combos, adult classes. Summer camps forming soon – sign up now!

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati

600 Dalton Ave., Cincinnati 513-421-8909 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.

The Campus at Kids First

7900 E. Kemper Road, Cincinnati 513-629-5437 thecampuskf.com 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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Cincinnati Country Day School

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

Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy

11525 Snider Road, Cincinnati 513-247-0900 chca-oh.org Open House Nov. 11, 10 am - noon. PK2 - grade 12 learning community, where students flourish spiritually, academically, and socially.

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio

gswo.org 888-350-5090 In partnership with more than 13,000 adult volunteers, Girl Scouts of Western Ohio serves more than 42,000 girl members in 32 counties throughout Western Ohio and Southeastern Indiana. A United Way funded agency, all Girl Scouts activities are supported by adult volunteers using girl-led, hands-on, and cooperative learning practices. Chartered by Girl Scouts of the USA, we build girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

Kiddie Academy of Mason

6202 Snider Road, Mason 513-234-0699 8178 Highland Point, West Chester 513-847-1145 kiddieacademy.com/mason Welcome to Camp Adventure, designed for children 2 - 12. Each weekly theme will offer a unique exploration, with arts and crafts, food, games, and more. Camp Adventure participants will enjoy many hands-on, self-directed activities. Camp Atlantis will give your child the opportunity to spend the summer exploring their connection to the world around them during field trips and weekly activities such as Foamtastic, Cool Critters, and Charlie Cadabra.

The Pampers Discovery Center is looking for babies wearing size 2 diapers to participate in a take home diaper study. If your baby meets all study requirements, you could earn free diapers and up to $300.

Register online at: PampersStudy.com

Questions? Call: 513-945-0002 or Email: discoverycenter@pg.com Babies in a full-time day care center or individuals employed in areas of conflict with P&G will not qualify.

Royalmont Academy

200 Northcrest Drive, Mason 513-745-0555 royalmont.org Private preK - grade 12 Catholic school located in Mason. The school is located within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Royalmont is divided into a half-day and all-day preschool, a K - 8 division, and the Royalmont Academy Classical Preparatory High School. Open House Nov. 12, 2 - 4 p.m.

Summit Country Day School

2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati 513-871-4700 summitcds.org Founded in 1890, the area’s only Catholic, independent co-ed, college prep school serving students 2 yrs. - grade 12. Programs include a classical academic curriculum with a global perspective and a nationally recognized Character Education program. Celebrating 50 years of academic excellence in Montessori education!

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YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

myy.org 513-362-YMCA (9622) 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.

FITNESS, SPORTS Big Shots Sports Training

885 State Route 28 (inside Recreations Outlet), Milford 513-BIG-SHOT (244-7468) bigshotstraining.com • hello@bigshotstraining.com 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.

Buckner Martial Arts

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

The Little Gym of Mason

8201 Arbor Square Drive, Mason 513-204-1400 thelittlegym.com/masonoh We are a children’s gym offering activities for kids including parent/child classes, kids dance, gymnastics, sports skills, and karate. Register now!

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THINGS TO DO 38 school open houses • 41 celebrating the holidays • 46 now playing

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t’s the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters — Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers who entrance him with their make-believe adventures. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Nov. 7 - 19; tickets start at $30. Call 513-621-2787 or visit cincinnatiarts.org.

LOOK FOR THE TURKEY TO FIND THANKSGIVINGTHEMED EVENTS!

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FREE CANDY BUY BACK

Bring your leftover Halloween candy and get some cash in exchange for your sweets ($1 per pound up to $5). Also at the Montgomery location (9505 Montgomery Road) on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Friday (Montgomery location only) from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Cassinelli & Shanker Orthodontics, 7242 Tylers Corners Drive West Chester; 11:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Nov. 1, 8:45 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 2, and 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Nov. 3; westchesterorthodontics.com.

CATHERINE PALACE AT CHRISTMAS

Catherine Palace is back at the KSB Miniatures Collection and decorated for the holidays! See the special exhibit depicting the lavish Russian castle at Christmas along with hundreds of other 1/12-scale buildings and fine art miniatures all celebrating the season. Open through Jan. 20,

FIND NOVEMBER EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. 2018. Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, 215 Sutton St., Maysville; $10 adults, $2 students; 606-564-5865 or ksbminiaturescollection.com.

ICE SKATING ON FOUNTAIN SQUARE

It’s a favorite holiday tradition, iceskating downtown on Fountain Square. Bring your skates or rent a pair and get ready for the holidays. Ice Rink is open 12 - 10 p.m. Mon - Thu, 12 - 11 p.m. Fri, 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. Sat, and 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sun. Hours will change after Dec. 14. O’Keefe’s Ice Rink presented by Fifth Third Bank, West 5th St.; please see website for prices; myfountainsquare. com.

IT DEVOURS

Welcome to Night Vale podcast creators Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor present their latest independent novel for ages 14 and older. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; tickets are free with purchase or pre-order of It Devours; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth. com.

KIDS TOWN ELECTION

Create your own silly, sweet or scary monster. 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.

FREE MANATOTS

Join Miss Alicia for stories and fun, then stick around for ManaBabies with your littlest ones for a fun introduction to language at 10:30 a.m. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10 a.m. Thu in Nov.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

Enjoy good books, songs and fun times on the LePage stage. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10 a.m. Wed, Fri and Sat; 513731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

PUMPKINS

Take a closer look at this classic fall favorite plant. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Tue - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, through Nov. 12. No programs on Nov. 6 - 7. 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.

FREE REC READS

SPOTLIGHT

Bring toddlers and preschoolers to the Rosenthal Education Center for a morning of art-themed stories, songs and activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Wed in Nov.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE STORY TIME

Bring the kids ages 6 and younger for stories, games, songs and fun. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. Mon, Wed, Fri and 11 a.m. Sat; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

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very barnyard has its bully! But two of the barnyard’s chickens, Marge and Lola, will not stand idly by. ArtsPower’s musical portrays the colorful story of these two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert. But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks, led by Mac who loves to play the bully. UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia; 7 p.m.; $7. Call 513-558-2787 or visit ucclermont.edu. 36

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SPLAT MONSTERS

Cast your vote for the next mayor of Kids’ Town — your vote helps decide a new addition to the Kids’ Town exhibit. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Nov. 1 - 3; 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.

This traveling water circus features performers from around the world as they juggle, contort and clown around all in a dazzling stage with an ultramodern water curtain. Florence Mall, 2028 Mall Road, Florence; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2 - 4, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Nov. 4 - 5; $10 - $50; cirqueitalia.com.

SHOW & TELL ON THE FARM: PILGRIM ADVENTURE

Visit with a pilgrim and learn how they farmed in the old days. Then visit with some animals and make a pilgrim hat to take home. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

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FREE STORY TIME WITH MISS ALICIA

THURSDAY ART PLAY: EDIBLE ART

Create art from some edible materials then enjoy kid-friendly yoga, all in 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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FREE AN EVENING AT THE PLANETARIUM

Enjoy an hour-long, full-dome show that’s “From Earth to the Universe.” NKU’s Haile Planetarium, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Newport; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3 and 10; nku.edu.

ANTIQUE CHRISTMAS

Bring the whole family to experience the wonder and joy of beautiful antique ornaments, decorations and toys. Exhibit remains on display through Jan. 7, 2018. Timed tickets are recommended, and required on Sundays in December. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; please see website for prices and hours; 513684-4517 or taftmuseum.org.

CALICO CHILDREN’S THEATER: CHICKEN DANCE

Please see “Spotlight” this page for details.

FREE HEARTH WARMING HOLIDAYS

Head to Waynesville for a weekend of holiday decor, treats and sweets. Downtown Waynesville; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Nov. 3 and 4, 12 - 5 p.m. Nov. 5; waynesvilleohio.com.

JOHNNY PEERS & THE MUTTVILLE COMIX

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Bring your babies for a fun introduction to Spanish with finger plays, rhymes, songs and bouncy times. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m. Nov. 3, 10 and 17; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE STORY TIME

Join others in the Children’s Discovery Center for stories, songs, puppets, snacks and more. Discovery Center, Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row; 11:30 a.m. Fri in Nov.; 513-644-0900 or liberty-center.com.

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UNITED PET FUND BENEFIT

Visit Ten Thousand Villages this evening and 15 percent of your purchase will be donated to United Pet Fund. Ten Thousand Villages in the Shops at Harper’s Point, 11316 Montgomery Road; 5 - 9 p.m.; unitedpetfund.org.

Good for up to 4 people. Limit one discount per visit. Coupon must be presented to receive discount. Coupon not valid with other offers.

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FREE BOYCHOIR FESTIVAL

Join the All-City Boychoir Festival — boys in grades 1 - 12 are invited to spend the day working on a choir performance that will debut that same afternoon. No need to prepare anything in advance. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., and the boys begin work at 1 p.m., with the final performance at 5 p.m. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; cincinnatiboychoir.org.

NOVEMBER 18 -JANUARY 7 O P E N D A I L Y 1 0 AM - 5 PM *

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Adults $7 • Youth (5-17) $4 • Children 4 and under FREE

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FREE BRUCE’S BIG MOVE STORYTIME

The curmudgeonly bear is fed up with the mice in his home and sets off to find a rodent-free household, but as usual for Bruce, nothing goes according to plan. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-7552258.

CRITTER PUPPET THEATRE

A wild cast of animal puppets entertains audiences of all ages — be sure to stay after the show to meet a real animal ambassador. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

DAYTON TRAIN SHOW

Train lovers won’t want to miss this extensive exhibit featuring model trains, new and pre-owned locomotives, rolling stock, and structures in every scale. Pick up small hobby tools, scenery making supplies, books and much more. Upper Valley Mall, 1475 Upper Valley Pike, Springfield; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 4, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nov. 5; $7 adults, free ages 12 and younger with an adult ticket purchase; daytontrainshow.com.

DIAPER SWAP

Shop, sell or do both at this cloth diaper consignment sale. Blue Cocoon’s Mommy + Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

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FREE FAMILY FIRST SATURDAY

Celebrate the world of fashion in the exhibit Iris Van Herpen: Transforming Fashion with a scavenger hunt, visits from local artists and more. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 12 - 4 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE GERMAN STORY TIME

Learn simple German vocabulary through stories and song. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE MARKET IN THE PARK

Head to the market to shop one-of-akind items from local vendors. Warren County Armco Park, 1223 Ohio 741, Lebanon; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; facebook. com/wcmarketinthepark.

MT. WASHINGTON PUMPKIN CHUCK

Launch your leftover pumpkins from a trebuchet and enjoy kid games, live music, food, craft beer and a great viewing area to watch pumpkins fly. Stanbery Park, 2221 Oxford Ave.; 12 5 p.m.; free to attend, $3 to launch your own pumpkin, $5 to buy a pumpkin to launch, cost for food and drinks; mwcc. org.

PEANUT BUTTER ‘N JAM

Join the Linton Musicians for an adventure through a musical zoo. Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 2690 Dixie Hwy., Fort Mitchell; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $6; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org.

FREE PIANO PAINTINGS

Young pianists from Greater Cincinnati performs a recital based on great works of art. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum. org.

PREHISTORIC ENCOUNTER

Stop by to learn about the prehistoric inhabitants of Shawnee Lookout. See artifacts up close and speak with a naturalist about the people, plants and animals that once dominated the landscape. Miami Fort Trail, Shawnee Lookout, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend; 12 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.

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PUMPKIN CHUCKIN’

Get rid of your old jack-o-lantern and contribute to a good cause — bring your pumpkins and a donation to use the catapult to hit the school’s fundraising target. Kids can check out fall activities and enjoy some snacks. Proceeds will contribute toward a new play yard. Hyde Park School, 3401 Edwards Road; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; free to attend, suggested donation of $5 to launch a pumpkin; 513-745-3251 or hpscpy.org.

FREE TIGER LILY PRESS PRINT SALE

Tiger Lily Press, a non-profit fine art printmaking studio, invites the community to its annual sale featuring work by regional print makers. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

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FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES: ART STOP

Visit an art station in the galleries for an interactive tour that lets you get to know the CAM’s collections. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 p.m. Sun in Nov.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

SHOW & TELL ON THE FARM: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME

Come out to the farm for a visit with the animals and to learn why we “fall back” in autumn. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks. net.

STUMP THE RANGER

Bring in artifacts, photos and naturethemed items to see if you can stump a ranger on what they are. 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.

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FREE TUESDAY MANATOTZZZ

Bring the littles up to age 4 for great books, laughs and sweet songs. Sleepy Bee Cafe, 3098 Madison Road; 10 a.m. Tue in Nov.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

wed 8

FREE A MUSICAL ZOO

Join the Linton Musicians for a musical adventure in this Peanut Butter ‘n Jam session that’s for kids of all ages. Child Focus, 555 Batavia Pike; 6:30 p.m.; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org.

HARPER ART SHOW

View works and pick up prints by Charley, Edie and Brett Harper in this “Family Owlbum” exhibit. Brett Harper signs books on Nov. 11 and 12 from 1 - 3 p.m. Ellenwood Nature Barn, Farbach-Werner Nature Preserve, 3455 Poole Road; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nov. 8 - 12; 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.

FREE LUNCH AND LEARN

Learn how to address the barriers in five domains of life: physical, emotional, spiritual, financial, and relational, and find opportunities to volunteer, employ members and become a community partner. Life Learning Center, 20 West 18th St., Covington; 11:30 a.m.; 859431-0100 or lifelearningcenter.us.

thu 9

SHOW & TELL ON THE FARM: SCAVENGER HUNT

Use your five senses to explore the farm on a scavenger hunt that includes a visit with the animals. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: COMMUNITY CREATION

MEET MARISA MEYER

Ages 12 and older are invited to join Marissa Meyer, as she returns for a special party to celebrate her new novel. Dress in your finest for a costume contest, and get ready for Renegades. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; tickets are free with purchase or pre-order of Renegades; 513-3968960 or josephbeth.com.

Check out the UnMuseum’s new mural and create hands-on collaborative art inspired by the work. 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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SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES

FREE FAMILY ARTVENTURES

Take a docent-led tour with fun facts and activities for all. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 2 p.m. Sat in Nov.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FIND NOVEMBER EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. CINCINNATI COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 6905 Given Road 513-979-0220 countryday.net Discovery Day on Nov. 1. CINCINNATI CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS 7474 Morris Road, Hamilton (junior/senior high campus) 7350 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield (elementary campus) 513-892-8500 cincinnatichristian.org Open House Nov. 12 from 3 - 5 p.m. at Hamilton. Open house Nov. 12 from 2 - 4 p.m. at Fairfield. CINCINNATI HILLS CHRISTIAN ACADEMY 11525 Snider Road 513-247-0900 chca-oh.org Open House Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. CINCINNATI PUBLIC SCHOOLS 513-363-0123 cps-k12.org Magnet Application opens online Nov. 13 ROYALMONT ACADEMY 200 Northcrest Drive, Mason 513-754-0555 royalmontacademy.org Student-led tours of the campus on Nov. 12 from 2 - 4 p.m. Please RSVP. ST. GERTRUDE SCHOOL 6543 Miami Ave. 513-561-8020 stgertrudesch.org Open house Nov. 8 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 7 - 8 p.m. ST. URSULA VILLA 3660 Vineyard Place 513-533-7373 stursulavilla.org Open house on Nov. 6 and 7 from 8:30 - 10 a.m. SUMMIT COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL 2161 Grandin Road 513-871-4700, ext. 261 summitcds.org Parent Preview Day (ages 18 months - grade 8) on Nov. 9 at 8:30 a.m.; and Upper School Open House (grades 9 - 12) on Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. Please RSVP.


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Get in on the green thumb movement by creating tiny ceramic planters using air dry clay, then take home potting soil and succulents to plant. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter. org.

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FREE ART LOCAL’S ART SHOW

ArtsConnect hosts an art show of local artists’ works with live music, appetizers and wine tastings. Centennial Barn, 110 Compton Road; 7 - 10 p.m.; theartsconnect.us.

CINCINNATI MINERAL SOCIETY MEETING

A children’s program about rocks and minerals begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by one for all ages. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 7:30 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.

FITTON FAMILY FRIDAY

Join Trip Jones for a choose-your-ownadventure opera as he tries to solve the mystery of the Diva’s missing music before the curtain goes up. Fitton Center for Creative Arts, 101 South Monument Ave., Hamilton; 7:30 p.m.; $5 members, $7 nonmembers; 513863-8873 or fittoncenter.org.

FREE GOLDEN TICKET OPENING

This exhibition is open to 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. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 6 - 9 p.m.; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE CENTER AND SCIENCE MUSEUM DAY

Please see “Spotlight” on page 42 for details.

sat 11

45TH ANNUAL WOODCARVING SHOW

The Cincinnati Carvers Guild hosts this two-day event featuring 50 woodcarving artists from six states with wood art on display and for sale. Check out Christmas shopping, demos, tools, books, supplies and prizes. Clarion Hotel-Cincinnati North, 3855 Hauck Road; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Nov. 11, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Nov. 12; $5 adults, free ages 12 and younger and Scouts in uniform; cincinnaticarversguild.org.

FREE A LOUD WINTER’S NAP STORYTIME

Will Tortoise sleep through another winter or will his friends convince him to stay awake and experience the frosty fun? Find out in this tale of friendship. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-7552258.

CHRISTMAS AT THE JUNCTION

See the magic of Christmas as you take a Journey to the North Pole, where you can meet Mrs. Claus and Santa himself. Christmas at the Junction runs through Dec. 31. EnterTRAINment Junction, 7379 Squire Court; Do It All tickets start at $14.95 online; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

MEET A METEORITE

See and hold rocks from outer space, including the Moon and Mars; learn how meteorites are formed and how to distinguish between meteorites and meteor-wrongs; and adopt a meteorite in the gift shop. Plus, get a look at the stars through historic telescopes (weather permitting). Cincinnati Observatory Center, 3489 Observatory Place; 7 10 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children ; 513321-5186 or cincinnatiobservatory.org.

PEANUT BUTTER ‘N JAM SESSION

It’s a Musical Zoo with the Linton Musicians today — what animal do instruments sound like? Wyoming Fine Arts Center, 322 Wyoming Ave.; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m.; $6; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org.

PET ACADEMY

Kids can explore the downsized Banfield Pet Hospital to learn about the life of a veterinarian. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 11 a.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.

FREE SPANISH STORY TIME

Learn simple Spanish vocabulary through stories and song. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

FREE STEAM CONFERENCE

Check out the works and projects of budding scientists in this science fair invitational, hosted by Docere4Parents. Orion Academy, 1798 Queen City Ave.; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 513-550-5394 or docere4parents.org.

THANKSGIVING ON THE OHIO FRONTIER

Step back 200 years into the past to the first Thanksgiving on the Ohio frontier, as the Society of Northwest Longhunters reenact encounters between Native Americans and settlers at 2:30, 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. 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.

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SPOTLIGHT

CLOTH DIAPERING

Join the 101 class at 3 p.m. to learn the basics of cloth diapering, then stick around for the 102 class at 4 p.m. for a deeper dive (cost for 102 class is $10 per family). Blue Cocoon’s Mommy + Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 3 p.m.; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

FREE HEALTH FAIR AND OPEN HOUSE

Tour the club, enjoy samples and demos, and learn about the offerings of the newly renovated facility for all members of your family. Cincinnati Sports Club, 3950 Red Bank Road; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; cincinnatisportsclub.com.

HOLIDAY TOY TRAINS

The beloved trains roll again with more than 30 guest-activated displays, plus Polar Express readings, Santa visits, a Charles Dickens display and more. Exhibit remains on display through Jan. 14, 2018. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; free with admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

JOHNNY PEERS & THE MUTTVILLE COMIX Friday, Nov. 3

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owl with laughter as Johnny Peers leads more than a dozen personality-plus canines through challenging and hilarious tricks. Johnny has performed at venues all over the country, including Disneyland and the White House. He has also appeared on such shows as Late Night with David Letterman and Primetime Live. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive; 7 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 ages 12 and younger. Call 513-867-5348 or visit fairfield-city.org.

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TOTALLY TURKEYS

Ages 8 and older discover the fascinating facts about the turkey. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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CINCINNATI DULCIMER SOCIETY

Enjoy the sweet music of the mountain dulcimer and feel free to join in. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 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.

MAD SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

Become a scientist for a day and enjoy a few 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; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

SECOND SUNDAY FAMILY SHOWTIME

This original two-person interactive fairy tale will have kids “thinking like scientists” as they follow the Princess of Floralee, who is searching for the kidnapped king kept in the clutches of a wicked witch. Along the way, children will help the princess solve a variety of math, engineering, science, and even dance challenges as she uses her brains, wit, and sound judgment to find her father. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 2 p.m.; free ages 0 - 12, $5 adults; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

SHOW & TELL ON THE FARM: BETWEEN THE FENCES

Visit the farm animals, explore the gardens and learn about the different kinds of fences. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

TURKEYBRATION

Make turkey crafts, enter a turkey story contest and make turkey noises. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 2 p.m.; a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County Motor Vehicle Permit ($3 daily, $10 annual) is required to enter the park; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

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FREE MEET AUTHOR CHUCK COLLINS

Bestselling author Chuck Collins speaks on inequality in Cincinnati and gives local leaders solutions to take action. A second lecture takes place on Nov. 14 at 8 a.m. at the Community Action Agency, located at 1740 Langdon Farm Road. Christ Church Cathedral, 318 East 4th St.; 7 p.m.; please see website for free tickets; cincinnaticathedral.com.

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FREE PLAY AND LEARN GROUP

Bring kids ages 5 and younger to learn and explore through play. Perfect for kids not in preschool. Parents receive free materials to continue the fun at home. Florence Branch, Boone County Public Library, 7425 US Hwy. 42; 10 a.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

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TALKIN’ TURKEY

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. 15 - 26. 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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A GOOD CRY

Poet and activist Nikki Giovanni presents A Good Cry, a rumination on her life and the people who have shaped her. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 7 p.m.; tickets are free with purchase or pre-order of A Good Cry; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

SHOW & TELL ON THE FARM: TURKEY TALK

Kids will explore the world of turkeys on the farm using games and activities. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: ENVIRONMENTAL ART

Use sensory rich materials to create art inspired by nature, like leaf mobiles, tree ring pins and more. 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.

WEE WONDER ABOUT SNAKES

Ages 3 - 5 learn all about slithery snakes with crafts, stories, and a meeting with a live snake. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 11 a.m.; $7 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.

FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: POST IT NOTE ART

Teens experiment with the process of postit note mosaics to create large, pixelated images. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East Sixth St.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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ANIMALS ALIVE

Discover the animals that live in your own backyard 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.

FREE CHRISTMAS IN SPRINGBORO

Enjoy live music, crafts, games, theatrical performances and get a jump start on your holiday shopping during this three-day festival. Historic Springboro; 6 - 10 p.m. Nov. 17, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Nov. 18, 12 - 5 p.m. Nov. 19; springborofestivals.org.

HOLIDAY IN LIGHTS

Enjoy a holiday tradition, and check out over a mile of seasonal lights from the warmth of your car. See more than 120 moving and standing holiday themed figures depicting everything from Santa to the 12 Days of Christmas. Holiday In Lights is open 6 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu, and 5:30 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat, Nov. 17 - Dec. 31. Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; $13 cars, $45 buses and 15-passenger vans; 513-769-0393 or holidayinlights.com.

CELEBRATING THE HOLIDAYS

FIND NOVEMBER EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE.

HOLIDAY TOY TRAINS Nov. 11 - Jan. 14, 2018 Behringer-Crawford Museum CATHERINE PALACE AT CHRISTMAS Now through Jan. 20, 2018 Kentucky Gateway Museum ANTIQUE CHRISTMAS Now through Jan. 7, 2018 Taft Museum of Art CHRISTMAS AT THE JUNCTION Nov. 11 - Dec. 31 EnterTRAINment Junction HOLIDAY IN LIGHTS Nov. 17 - Dec. 31 Sharon Woods HOLIDAY LIGHTS ON THE HILL Nov. 17 - Dec. 21 Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum SANTALAND Nov. 17 - 19 and Nov. 24 Dec. 23 Sharon Centre THE POLAR EXPRESS Nov. 17 - Dec. 17 Select Dates Whitewater Valley Railroad FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS Nov. 18 - Jan. 1, 2018 Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden KROHN HOLIDAY SHOW: THE CINCINNATI CHOO CHOO Nov. 18 - Jan. 7, 2018 Krohn Conservatory A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS Nov. 21 - 30 Hillforest Museum LIGHT UP THE LEVEE Nov. 21 Newport on the Levee WATER WONDERLAND WITH SCUBA SANTA Nov. 24 - Dec. 31 Newport Aquarium NORTH POLE EXPRESS Nov. 25 - Dec. 24 Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad

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Take a two-mile drive through the outdoor museum to see the sculptures decorated in dazzling lights for the holidays. Holiday Lights on the Hill is on display through Dec. 21; hours are 6 - 9 p.m. Mon - Thu, 6 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sun. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road; $20 per car Mon - Thu, $25 per car, Fri - Sun; 513-868-8336 or pyramidhill.org.

NICKELODEON NIGHT WITH THE CYCLONES

The Ninja Turtles are back to cheer on the Cincinnati Cyclones as they take on the Toledo Walleye! The first 3,000 fans receive a Ninja Twister Bobblehead. U.S. Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St.; 7:30 p.m.; $15 - $28; usbankarena. com.

NIGHTTIME EXPLORATIONS

Enjoy the evening’s sights and sounds while you take a hike in the woods. Registration requested, but walk-inswelcome. Governor Bebb MetroPark, 1979 Bebb Park Lane, Okeana; 6 - 8

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SANTALAND

After your tour of Holiday in Lights, head inside the Sharon Centre for live entertainment, a visit with Santa, a train display, holiday shopping and sweet treats. Santaland is open 6 - 9 p.m. Sun - Thu, and 5:30 - 10 p.m. Fri - Sat, Nov. 17 - 19, and Nov. 24 - Dec. 23. Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 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.

STYLE & STEPS

Grown-ups can enjoy an evening of food, drinks, shopping and great fashion in this annual fundraiser for Cincinnati Union Bethel. Macy’s Fountain Place, 505 Vine St.; 6 - 10 p.m.; $45; cubcincy.org.

THE POLAR EXPRESS

Take a magical train ride for a journey through the quiet countryside for a special stop at the North Pole to visit with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate and a cookie, and listen along to the classic tale. The Polar Express departs select dates between Nov. 17 and Dec. 17, please see website for a complete schedule. Whitewater Valley Railroad, 455 Market St., Connersville; $35 ages 2 and older; 765-825-2054 or whitewatervalleyrr.org.

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FREE AGES & STAGES: A NEW ERA OF PARENTING

RSVP for this workshop hosted by experts from Cincinnati Children’s on depression and anxiety and how to survive the teenage years. Cincinnati Children’s Liberty Campus, 7777 Yankee Road, Liberty Township; 9 - 11 a.m.; cchmcages.eventbrite.com.

BABYWEARING

Join the 2 p.m. class for an introduction to babywearing and types of carriers, then stick around for the 102 class at 3:30 p.m. for a look at wrapping your baby (cost for 102 class is $10 per family). Blue Cocoon’s Mommy + Me Play Cafe, 9361 Montgomery Road; 2 p.m.; 513-791-1089 or bluecocoonbaby.com.

SPOTLIGHT

FREE BEAR SAYS THANKS STORYTIME

Bear decides to throw a feast for his friends, but his cupboards are bare. Find out what happens in this thankful storytime. Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

CAMPFIRE SNACKS

Drop by the Nature PlayScape for a free campfire treat (think s’mores) and get fueled up to play. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 3 p.m.; free with admission ($9 adults, $6 seniors and active military, $4 ages 4 - 12, $2 dogs); 513-831-1711 or cincynature. org.

INTERNATIONAL SCIENCE CENTER AND SCIENCE MUSEUM DAY

CULTURAL CENTRE OF INDIA PERFORMANCE

Friday, Nov. 10 in for a day of celebrating our love of science — J oin participate in hands-on activities and crafts, show off your

dance moves at a party that promotes a healthy lifestyle, and discover how you can make a difference in your neighborhood or for the planet. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2). Call 513-287-7000 or visit cincymuseum.org. 42

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FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

Bring the family to admire three million LED lights, a Madcap puppet show, plus ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fairyland, and grab a snack at one of two S’mores-n-More stands. New this year, Santa will be available for visits starting at 4 p.m., an hour before the festivities begin. Festival of Lights is open daily 5 - 9 p.m. (5 - 10 p.m. Fri and Sat) through Jan.

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1 (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 3400 Vine St.; any day tickets are $12 - $17 online, $13 $19 at the gate; cincinnatizoo.org.

FREE FROM VOICE TO ACTION

Join the Hamilton County Heroin Coalition to connect, brainstorm, educate and share ways to address the opioid epidemic in the community. Hamilton County Heroin Coalition, 2020 Sherman Ave., Norwood; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-946-4311 or facebook. com/injecthope/.

HARVEST DAY

Enjoy a hayride, face painting, treats and more, along with a Scarecrow Hunt or Pumpkin Painting (while supplies last). Registration requested, but walk-ins welcome. Forest Run MetroPark, 1810 New London Road, Hamilton; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $5 plus a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

HATS OFF!

The CAM welcomes Madcap Puppets, as they present their holiday offering, A Madcap Christmas Carol. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 1 p.m., 3 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19; $8; madcappuppets.com.

HOLIDAY IN LIGHTS 5K

Run or walk 3.1 miles through the lit-up Holiday in Lights pathway! Sharon Centre, Sharon Woods, 11450 Lebanon Road; 5 p.m.; $22 - $27 in advance, $27 - $32 day of race; holidayinlights.com.

IN THE SWING

Swing music bops in as the KSO musicians chronicle two different swing eras — the original swing sound, and the late 90s swing revival. Northern Kentucky Convention Center Event Hall, 1 West Rivercenter Blvd., Covington; 7:30 p.m.; $19 - $35; 859-431-6216 or kyso.org.

FREE KIDS KAMP: HEAD TO TOE HEALTH

Join Sarah Thompson, LSW, CSW for a fun and educational event about being physically and emotionally healthy with games, crafts and more. Cancer Support Community, 4918 Cooper Road; 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; 513791-4060 or cancersupportcincinnati. org.

KROHN HOLIDAY SHOW: THE CINCINNATI CHOO CHOO

The Conservatory is filled with ruby red poinsettias, fanciful evergreens and more of your favorite holiday plants, plus check out the amazing train display and historical buildings created by Applied Imagination. Enjoy the sights and sounds


daily listings of chugging trains, along with the Schmalz Family Collection’s display of vintage holiday decorations. New this year is the Who Lives Here display that features whimsical critter homes to delight all ages. Exhibit remains on display through Jan. 7, 2018. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 17, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com.

MUSICAL ZOO

Join the Linton Musicians for a Peanut Butter ‘n Jam session that’s all about how instruments can sound just like animals. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7701 Kenwood Road; 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m.; $6; 513-381-6868 or lintonmusic.org.

FREE SIGN LANGUAGE STORY TIME

Bring the kids to learn simple signs through songs and stories with Ms. Alison. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 10:30 a.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

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STEPPING FORWARD SERVICE DAY

Teens and adults are invited to help prepare the VOA athletic fields for the winter season. Registration requested, but walk-ins welcome. Voice of America MetroPark, 7850 VOA Park Drive; 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

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FREE STORY TIME WITH JACOB GRANT

Author and illustrator Jacob Grant introduces his newest book, Through With the Zoo. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 3 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

THE KROHN ZONE EXPLORES HOLIDAY FOODS

Chef Ursula samples fun new holiday appetizers and treats and shares her recipes for you to make at your next gathering. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 17, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com.

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SHOW & TELL ON THE FARM: FOOD VS FAST FOOD

Try out some treats and play the slow food versus fast food game, then visit the farm’s animals and gardens. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 2 - 4 p.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

FREE THIRD SUNDAY FUNDAY: MAGIC IN THE AIR

Magician Brett Sears dazzles the crowds with his up-close magic from 1 - 2 p.m. and perform amazing feats in an all-new show at 2:30 p.m. While the magician might not be able to share his secrets, you will learn card tricks to wow your friends, make a magical craft to take home, discover the magic of perspective at the Art Cart, and meet rabbits (no need to pull them from a hat!) from Sunrock Farm at 3 p.m. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 1 - 4 p.m.; 513-684-4517 or taftmuseum.org.

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daily listings TURKEY TIME CRAFTS

Ages 5 - 12 can make up to two Thanksgiving-themed crafts. Seasongood Nature Center, Woodland Mound, 8250 Old Kellogg Road; 1 p.m.; $1 per craft 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.

mon 20 FREE TOT TIME

Bring your toddlers for fun and games with stories, songs and playtime. Cold Spring Branch, Campbell County Public Library, 3920 Alexandria Pike; 9:30, 11:30 a.m.; 859-781-6166 or cc-pl. org.

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A VICTORIAN CHRISTMAS

Experience Christmas past and visit beautiful Hillforest decorated for the holidays, from Nov. 21 - 30. Hillforest Museum, 213 5th St., Aurora; 1 - 5 p.m.; $10 adults, $4 ages 7 - 13, free ages 6 and younger; 812-926-0087 or hillforest.org.

FREE LIGHT UP THE LEVEE

Kick off the holiday season with holiday music, treats and hot cocoa, a visit from Santa, ice sculpting demos, hulahooping elves, prizes and the lighting of the Levee’s 50-foot tree. Newport on the Levee, 1 Levee Way; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; 859-291-0550 or newportonthelevee. com.

TOT TUESDAYS: TURKEYS

Toddlers and their caregivers get ready for Thanksgiving with songs and crafts all about turkeys. 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.

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FREE WILD WEDNESDAY DANCE PARTY

It’s the night before Thanksgiving, come burn off some extra energy to make more room for a big meal with GoNoodle videos and favorite dance songs. Erlanger Branch, Kenton County Public Library, 401 Kenton Lands Road; 7 p.m.; 859-962-4148 or kentonlibrary. org.

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LIFETIME FITNESS THANKSGIVING DAY RACE

Start off the day with a 10K or 5K run or a 5K walk and work up an appetite for a Thanksgiving Day meal. Lifetime Fitness Deerfield, 8310 Wilkens Blvd., Mason; 8 a.m.; $25 - $30; deerfieldrec.com.

THANKSGIVING AT THE KROHN

Take a trip to the Krohn today and enjoy the holiday show, The Cincinnati Choo Choo, before enjoying a big Thanksgiving meal. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 17, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com.

THANKSGIVING DAY RACE

Work up an appetite with this 10K run and walk, and bring the kids along for the McDonald’s Kids Run too! Paul Brown Stadium, 1 Paul Brown Stadium; 8 a.m.; $33, $10 kids run; thanksgivingdayrace.com.

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A MADCAP CHRISTMAS CAROL

If you think you know the story of miserly old Scrooge, think again. Madcap turns this Christmas ghost story into a fantastically funny tale, bringing your favorite Dickens characters to life with giant puppets and exciting new twists. Clifton Cultural Arts Center, 3711 Clifton Ave.; 11 a.m., 1 p.m.; $8; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

FREE ARTSWAVE CINCY SINGS CAROLERS

Enjoy holiday tunes at Fountain Square from choirs that competed in this year’s Cincy Sings competition. Fountain Square, West 5th St.; 3 - 5 p.m.; downtowncincinnati.com.

FREE AUTISM FAMILY EXPLORATION

Families with children who have autism are invited to explore the museum with specially trained docents. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 9 - 11 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

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FREE EVERYTHING IS MAMA STORYTIME

This lighthearted tale from a baby’s point of view features different animals trying to teach their children that there are other words in addition to “Mama.” Barnes & Noble West Chester, 9455 Civic Centre Blvd.; 11 a.m.; 513-755-2258.

FREE FAMILY FESTIVAL: LIFE AQUATIC

Join other families in the UnMuseum for an underwater adventure featuring ocean-themed snacks and an underwater submarine booth. Create a giant mural using blue tape, decorate a coral crown or captain’s hat, and even design your own wooden boat to sail in the wading pool. And don’t miss the Wave Foundation’s visit from 12 - 2 p.m., when they’ll bring in a giant tank with stingrays! Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 12 p.m.; 513-3458405 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

FAMILY HOLIDAY DIY

Join a special homemade event to learn how to make and celebrate the holidays with a “back to nature” flair. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive; 1 p.m.; $7 adults, $4 ages 5 - 17, free ages 4 and younger; 513-421-5707 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE SANTA VISITS MACY’S

Bring your camera for fun pics with Santa as the little ones tell him all their holiday wishes. Santa is all ears from 12 - 8 p.m. Fri and Sat Nov. 24 - Dec. 16; 12 - 6 p.m. Sun Nov. 26 - Dec. 17; and 12 - 5 p.m. Mon - Sun, Dec. 18 - 24. Macy’s Fountain Place, 505 Vine St.; downtowncincinnati.com.

WATER WONDERLAND WITH SCUBA SANTA

Scuba Santa returns to the Aquarium for a holiday dive in an enchanted Water Wonderland, surrounded by lights and bubbles and even dancing. Meet Scuba Santa one-on-one, or write your holiday wishes on a magic bubble and drop it in his mailbox. Scuba Santa will be in town through Dec. 31, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. (except Christmas Day). Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way; general admission $24.99 adults, $16.99 ages 2 - 12; newportaquarium.com.

FREE WEEKEND CARRIAGE RIDES

Enjoy a free horse-drawn trolley carriage ride through the heart of the city. Macy’s Celebration Station, West 5th St.; 12 - 5 p.m.; downtowncincinnati.com.

SPOTLIGHT CULTURAL CENTRE OF INDIA PERFORMANCE Saturday, Nov. 18

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oin the Cultural Centre of India in the Corbett Theatre for a performance celebrating music and dance. Duke Energy Children’s Museum, Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave.; 1 p.m.; free with admission ($10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2). Call 513-287-7000 or visit cincymuseum.org.

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daily listings HILLS OF NORTHERN KENTUCKY DULCIMERS

The popular dulcimer group performs Christmas songs today with the premiere of their new CD. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 2 p.m.; free with admission ($9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 ages 3 - 17); 859-4914003 or bcmuseum.org.

LOCAL AUTHOR SHOWCASE

During Small Business Saturday, support your local bookstore by also supporting your local authors. Joseph Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road; 2 - 4 p.m.; 513-396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

LOLLIPOPS CONCERT: THE POLAR EXPRESS

This holiday adventure of a mysterious train bound for the North Pole includes original storybook imagery as the orchestra plays music from the classic film. Be sure to arrive early for a free family fun zone. Music Hall, 1214 Elm St.; 10:30 a.m.; please see website for prices; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatisymphony.org.

FREE MACY’S DOWNTOWN DAZZLE

Head to Fountain Square to watch Santa rappel down the Huntington Center to the Macy’s rooftop to kick off a fireworks display. This 20-minute program features performances from local choirs, along with local faves John Morris Russell of the Cincinnati Pops (Nov. 25), Victoria Morgan of the Cincinnati Ballet (Dec. 2), and the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati (Dec. 9). Be sure to head inside Macy’s after the fireworks for story time with Mrs. Claus. Fountain Square, West 5th St.; 5:30 p.m.; downtowncincinnati.com.

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Enjoy hot chocolate and cookies on the platform before boarding a train for an hour-long journey with Santa and his elves, where children receive a special gift from the Jolly Old Elf himself. Trains depart at 6 and 8 p.m. weekdays, 12, 2, 4, 6 and 8 p.m. Saturdays, 12, 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Sundays, Nov. 25 and 26, and Dec. 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 21, 22, 23 and 24 (4 and 6 p.m.). Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, 127 S. Mechanic St., Lebanon; $18 - $32; 513-9338022 or lebanonrr.com.

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Board the train and pick up Santa Claus during your ride, he stops for a special visit with each child aboard. Whitewater Valley Railroad, 455 Market St., Connersville; 9:30 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 2 p.m.; $10 ages 2 and older; 765-825-2054 or whitewatervalleyrr.org.

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A MADCAP CHRISTMAS CAROL

The Madcap Puppets present their take on the classic story featuring life-sized puppets, and fun for audiences of all ages. Woodward Theater, 1404 Main St.; 2 p.m., 4 p.m.; $8; madcappuppets. com.

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daily listings The Taft is decorated inside and out with lights, garlands, and Antique Christmas displays. Take a picture with Santa, make an ornament and holiday card, meet birds from the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Traveling Bird encounter, and enjoy carolers in the galleries. Due to popularity, timed tickets are recommended. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St.; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; 513684-4517 or taftmuseum.org.

FREE READ TO A THERAPY PET

Furry friends from Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati are in the store for kids to read to and pet. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 2 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

mon 27

FREE AN AFTERNOON AT THE PLANETARIUM

Bring the gang for the hour long, full dome show, “Experience the Aurora.” NKU’s Haile Planetarium, 500 Louie B Nunn Drive, Newport; 12 p.m.; nku. edu.

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‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Inspired by the timeless poem A Visit from St. Nicholas and by the real life of its author, Clement Moore, this hilarious musical introduces Santa in a particularly beneficent light. This classic from Virginia Rep has been charming audiences nationwide for many years. UC Clermont College, 4200 Clermont College Drive, Batavia; 7 p.m.; $5; 513-558-2787 or ucclermont.edu.

LLAMA LLAMA PAJAMA DAY

It’s Giving Tuesday, and blue manatee is partnering with Random House for a story time and a chance to give back to the community. blue manatee children’s bookstore, 3094 Madison Road; 4 p.m.; please bring a donation of new pajamas for a child in need; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

wed 29 JAZZ HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA

Swing into the holiday season with the big band sounds off CCM’s hottest bands and coolest voices. Corbett Auditorium, CCM, University of Cincinnati Campus, Corry Blvd.; 8 p.m.; $15 general, $10 students, free UC students; 513-5564183 or ccm.uc.edu.

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NATURE ART

Use the colors of fall to get inspired — examine art inspired by nature and make some art of your own to take home. Programs held at 10:45 a.m., 1 and 4 p.m. Wed - Sat, and 1 and 4 p.m. Sun, Nov. 29 - Dec. 10. 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 parks; 513-521-7275 or greatparks. org.

FREE WEE WEDNESDAY

Ages 3 - 5 and their parents enjoy learning stations in the galleries, storytellers and a hands-on art project that explores sculptures of all sorts. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513-7212787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

thu 30

SHOW & TELL ON THE FARM: BROOM SHAKE A BROOM

Learn what broom corn is, how it’s grown, and then sweep away the pounds from Thanksgiving by helping to feed the animals. Chrisholm MetroPark, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; a valid MetroParks motor vehicle permit (see site for rates) is required to enter the park; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

THURSDAY ART PLAY: IT’S MAGIC!

The artist Glenn Kaino turns magic into art — create some illusions of your own with the help of a special magician from the Cincinnati Circus. 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.

FREE YOUNG ADULT LAB: STRING ART

Teens can experiment with canvas, mixed media and string. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 East 6th St.; 4 - 6 p.m.; 513345-8405 or contemporaryartscenter. org.

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THINGS TO DO! To see your events listed in our DECEMBER’S THINGS TO DO, send details by Friday, Nov. 3 to Sherry Hang at sherryh@daycommedia.com or fax to 513-252-0081.

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FIND NOVEMBER EVENTS REQUIRING ADVANCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. 42ND STREET Ursuline Academy presents one of show business’s most beloved tales — the story of Peggy Sawyer, a talented young performer with stars in her eyes who gets her big break on Broadway. Ursuline Academy, 5535 Pfeiffer Road; 7 p.m. Nov. 9, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 12; $10 adults, $8 students; 513-791-5791 or https://search.seatyourself. biz/webstore/accounts/ ursulineacademy/buy-tickets?d=1. ANNIE It’s the classic tale of a redheaded orphan who turns a millionaire’s life upside down and inside out as she charms him into helping her find her parents, and ultimately, a place in his heart just for her. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; Nov. 30 - Dec. 23; $26 - $29; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com. THE ART OF MOTION CCM’s Department of Dance offers a concert of mixed repertoire featuring The Little Mermaid, Paquita, and the world premiere of Shaker Loops. Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM, University of Cincinnati Campus, Corry and Jefferson Streets; 8 p.m. Nov. 30 Dec. 2, 3 p.m. Dec. 3; $27 - $31 general public, $17 - $20 students, $15 - $18 UC students; 513-5564183 or ccm.uc.edu. A CHRISTMAS CAROL It’s an annual favorite that combines faithful storytelling with spellbinding stage magic to bring to life the familiar tale of Scrooge and his last chance at redemption by four ghosts. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; Nov. 22 - Dec. 30; tickets start at $40; cincyplay.com. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT TIME The Broadway smash puts you inside the mind of a teenage boy who is highly intelligent but has trouble adapting socially. When his quest to clear his name of murdering the neighbor’s dog, he unearths a second, more personal mystery. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; through Nov. 11; tickets start at $40; cincyplay.com.

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THE DANCING PRINCESSES Wanting the best for his daughters, an overprotective king locks the castle doors each night, but each morning, the princesses’ shoes are worn to tatters. In order to solve the mystery, he resorts to drastic measures in a heartfelt and humorous take on the classic fairy tale. Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati, 1127 Vine St.; Nov. 29 - Dec. 30; $27 - $55; ensemblecincinnati.org. AN EVENING WITH GROUCHO Award-winning actor Frank Ferrante re-creates his acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx in this 90-minute performance that contains all the best one-liners, anecdotes and songs. Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, 962 Mt. Adams Circle; Nov. 4 - Dec. 17; tickets start at $40; cincyplay.com. FINDING NEVERLAND It’s the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters — Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers who entrance him with their make-believe adventures. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Nov. 7 - 19; tickets start at $30; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts. org. SISTER ACT Cincinnati Music Theatre presents this feel-good musical comedy based on the 1992 film that features a disco diva who brings her unique style and voice to the convent where she must hide, breathing new life into the church and the community. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St.; Nov. 10 - 18; $23 - $26; 513-6212787 or cincinnatiarts.org. YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN When the grandson of the famous mad scientist decides to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps, hilarity ensues when the monster comes to life and then proceeds to escape. With memorable tunes, this production has all the panache of the screen version. Covedale Center for the Performing Arts, 4990 Glenway Ave.; through Nov. 12; see site for ticket prices; 513-241-6550 or cincinnatilandmarkproductions.com.

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