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editor's Note Don't compare your child's development to others. Enjoy the moments as they are.

cincinnati news Rock the vote with your kids during Election Day Antics and Kids Town Mayor Vote ... Meet the author and il- lustrator of Drew and Stu's Adventurous Shoes ... Shop local holiday markets ... Cirque du Soleil's new show on ice, CRYSTAL ... Win a swim package give away for Goldfish Swim School.

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Does your child have a speech disorder?

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SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS

Success stories prove that technology is more of a help than a hindrance if your child has a special need.

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the little things BY AMANDA HAYWARD

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VISIT THE SUMMIT Parent Preview Day (Age 18 months - Grade 8) Nov. 14 • 8:30 a.m. Upper School Open House (Grades 9 - 12) Nov. 15 • 6:30 p.m. Montessori Information Sessions (18 Months - K) Nov. 29, Jan. 8 & Feb 7 • 8:30 a.m. RSVP required. Please call (513) 871-4700 ext. 261 or email admissions@summitcds.org

DON’T COMPARE

itting in the waiting room watching my 7-year-old bounce around on a trampoline and do somersaults, a mom turns to my little toddler and comments on how cute she is. This simple kind gesture led us to a onehour conversation about kids. Sound familiar? As we laughed about the things that kids do — realizing our children had some things in common such as complaining about going to gymnastics or fighting with their younger sibling — she asked me tons of questions about my little girl’s development: “When did she start talking?” and “When did she start walking?” and “Did you worry about everything with your first child?” Yes, I definitely worried a lot more with the first than with the second. Round two, the worry slowly began to simmer down. She then got an uneasy look on her face and explained how she was afraid that her almost 3-year-old wasn’t saying enough words, and she was concerned about his speech development. She asked, “Should he be talking more?” I didn’t know what to say. I tried my best to help her, and I told her all I know — that every child is different. But, why do parents compare? We look around at how other children act and grow, and it causes unnecessary worry. We shouldn’t compare. Even when we compare quietly to ourselves, it causes us to worry more than we already do. I’m not a doctor, but I am a parent. What I know is, every child is unique. Every child has their own personality, their own way of expressing themselves, and their own individual interests. If your little one despises soccer and wants to go to drama class instead, that’s great. Just because John Doe’s kid is an all-star soccer player doesn’t mean he’s more talented than any other child. Just different. When should you be concerned? If you sit back and focus on your little one’s individual needs, you can work together and bring attention to any problems. This is where pediatricians and specialists come to the rescue. If a child has special needs, there are so many programs out there that can help. In this issue, we touch base on how technology benefits special needs children in addition to programs and specialists. Let your kids be themselves. Spend time helping them learn, building self esteem and gaining confidence. Remember that you are your child’s greatest advocate, so make the most of that and help them grow!

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CINCINNATI NEWS By Amanda Ciani

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Learn more about voting with these great local programs: ELECTION DAY ANTICS Shawnee Lookout Historic Cabin Saturday, Nov. 3 (11 a.m. - 3 p.m.) Cost: Free; must have valid Great Parks of Hamilton County vehicle pass to enter the park Join the Great Parks of Hamilton County for a comical look back into what elections were like in the 1800s. Watch a lively election debate between two local politicians and even tour historic buildings during this fun and educational program. Shawnee Lookout Historic Cabin is located at 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend. Call 513-941-0120 or visit greatparks.org. KIDS TOWN MAYOR VOTE Cincinnati Museum Center (CMC) Nov. 9 - 11 (11 a.m. - 12 p.m.) Cost: Included in general admission Current mayor, Georgina the American Toad, is pleased to open the ballot boxes this month for the next mayor of Kids’ Town. Cast your vote at the ballot box to help decide who will be Georgina the American Toad the next highest elected official of the bustling Children’s Museum Kids’ Town. CMC is located at 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati. Call 513-287-7000 or visit cincymuseum.org.

DRU & STU’S ADVENTUROUS SHOES — LOCAL COLLABORATION

There’s a new children’s book out that aims to inspire readers to go on an adventure of their own — Drew and Stu’s Adventurous Shoes. This colorful, rhyming book follows Drew and his dog Stu as they travel around the world thanks to Drew’s magic shoes. Local author Barbara Hesse Coyle’s grandson, Andrew, and his dog, Stu, served as the inspiration behind the book, illustrated by local artist Maureen Coakley Born. Take the kids to meet the collaborators on Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5 - 8 p.m. at The Chapter (940 Pavilion St., Cincinnati). Purchase a copy of the book online. You can request that your sale benefit Franciscan Friars Mission Programs in Jamaica or the Literacy Network of Greater Cincinnati. Learn more at drewandstubook.com.

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omething very cool (literally!) is coming to Cirque Du Soleil just in time for the winter holidays — a show completely on ice! CRYSTAL comes to U.S. Bank Arena Dec. 27 - 30. It will be extra special for native Cincinnatian and CRYSTAL cast member, Mary Siegel. “I can’t even begin to find the words to describe exactly how excited I am to be performing with Cirque du Soleil in my hometown,” says Siegel. Show times are Thu - Fri 7:30 p.m.; Sat 4 and 7:30 p.m.; Sun 1:30 and 5 p.m. Tickets range from $48 - $140 or more. U.S. Bank Arena is located at 100 Broadway, Cincinnati. Call 513-421-4111 or visit cirquedusoleil.com/crystal.

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GREATER CINCINNATI HOLIDAY MARKET Duke Energy Convention Center 525 Elm St., Cincinnati cincinnatiholidaymarket.com Dates/Times: Friday, Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: $10 on-site, $8 online, free ages 12 and younger Shop more than 350 one-of-a-kind boutiques and specialty stores featuring a wide selection of home décor, specialty clothing and treasures as well as gourmet food from the Cincy Specialty Food & Treats Show. CHRISTKINDLMARKT Germania Park 3529 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati germaniasociety.com/christkindlmarkt Dates/Times: Friday, Nov. 16 from 5 - 10 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 18 from 12 - 5 p.m. Admission: $3, free ages 12 and younger A market with German flare including music, food and imported gifts. Enjoy carriage rides, a petting zoo, visits from Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas, Krampus and more. Stick around for the traditional lantern parade on Saturday at 7 p.m. SMALL BUSINESS SHOPPING FAIR Woodlawn Recreation Center 10050 Woodlawn Blvd., Cincinnati Date/Time: Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. 3 p.m. Admission: Free Browse unique wares from local small businesses and home-based business owners. Enjoy refreshments and activities. CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE Main Street, Waynesville Date/Time: Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Sunday, Dec. 2 from 12 - 5 p.m. Admission: Free Take a carriage ride around Waynesville and shop the quaint stores.


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kids’ health

IS IT A SPEECH DISORDER? BY AMANDA HAYWARD

“Use your words,” you may say to your child. But sometimes that’s not so easy.

“Up, mommy.” “Hi, daddy.” “More please.” These are some of those sweet, long-awaited phrases parents look forward to hearing from their toddler. But what if they’re not saying them? “It’s important to go to well-child visits, because your child’s primary care provider uses questionnaires to determine if certain milestones, such as understanding and talking, are being met,” says Brian Fisher, a speech language pathologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center. “Remember, too, that you are your child’s best advocate. If you are worried, tell your child’s doctor and ask for more information or for a referral for a speech and language evaluation.”

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IDENTIFYING SPEECH DISORDERS

HELP WITH SPEECH THERAPY

It’s hard to say when a speech disorder develops — it may be present at birth or present itself later on down the road. Fisher says speech pathologists look for certain milestones when evaluating children for a possible disorder. “There are foundation skills, like taking turns, playing simple imitation games, smiling and looking at familiar people during interactions,” says Fisher. Another thing to consider, is the gender of your tot. Girls tend to have a larger vocabulary than boys, according to Fisher. “We can expect a 1-year-old girl to have about seven words and for a 1-year-old boy to have about two,” Fisher says. “By 2 years of age, we can expect girls to have almost 350 words and boys to have around 250. And by 2 years of age, we can expect both boys and girls to be putting some short phrases together.”

Speech therapy is about more than helping a child pronounce words. It’s for a variety of disorders such as receptive language difficulties (understanding language/ following directions); expressive language difficulties (using words, putting words together, grammar); pragmatic difficulties (turn taking, social communication skills); and more. To help your child at home, model good language. “For children who are having difficulty communicating, it is important to model good language at home,” says Fisher. “Get down on the floor and play with your child. Let him see your face. Keep language simple by using single words or short phrases.”

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Amanda Hayward is editor for this publication and mother of two.


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Create with Clay Dinosaurs Creativity for Kids kingarthurstoys.com 3040 Madison Road Cincinnati $14.99; Ages 5+ The perfect STEAM kit for building fine motor skills, the clay kit comes with everything needed to create a cool dinosaur out of clay — three plastic dinosaur skeletons, five clay colors, tools and wiggly eyes.

Fisher-Price Classics kingarthurstoys.com 3040 Madison Road Cincinnati $17.99 - $39.99; Ages 1+ Remember the Chatter Telephone when you were a kid? What about Little Snoopy? They make a great way to share your childhood with your little one!

Hix MOLUK; moluk.com $14; Ages 0+ Based on creative and openplay, Hix has four convertible cones that transform into four basic diverse shapes. Kids of all ages can stack them, let them fall, fidget with them and make creations.

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Mack Granite Liebherr Crane Truck Bruder; kingarthurstoys.com 3040 Madison Road Cincinnati $124.99; Ages 4+ This one-of-a-kind crane is realistic and it’ll keep kids active while they lift loads, lower loads with the fast but noiseless device, swivel it 360 degrees and get the job done. The crane extends to 50 inches tall. It’s stable and made with high-quality plastic to last through the years.

Hudson Glow Rattle Kid O; playmonster.com $24.99; Ages 0+ Meet Hudson, the adorable motion-activated rattle that responds to the way your baby shakes it. When Baby pushes the puppy’s green legs down, they glow green. Push his red legs down, the spots glow red. The textured legs are great for teething, too.


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MagnaTab Kid O; playmonster.com $25; Ages 3+ Kids can use their imaginations to draw shapes, letters and pictures with this magnetic stylus. Pop individual beads to the surface for a sensory-based play experience. Start fresh by swiping across the beads to erase using finger tips.

Squishables Squishables; kingarthurstoys.com 3040 Madison Road, Cincinnati $39.99 - $44.99; Ages 3+ Each 15-inch+ Squishable is unique in its own way. They’re available in comfort foods like avocado toast and sushi or as a soft animal. Every little kid can find one that’s just right.

Treat Pet Vet Melissa & Doug kingarthurstoys.com 3040 Madison Road, Cincinnati $29.99; Ages 3+ Pretend play is great for your kids’ creative mind and imagination. Using a stethoscope and the adorable plush dog and cat, they can learn to take care of their own pet animal. Make appointments with the nifty reusable chart, call for follow ups, give treatments and feel like a real vet!

Deluxe Studio Aquabeads; target.com $24.99; Ages 4+ Create cool 3D designs with more than 1,300 colorful jewels and beads, easy trays, a nifty rainbow pen and more.

Marbelocity Playmonster; playmonster.com $24.99; Ages 9+ A laser-cut wooden STEM kit, this winding marble machine gives kids a building experience to learn from. It comes with a graphic novel that teaches STEM lessons to help children and parents understand the concepts and feel connected.

Wildlife Wow T-Rex National Geographic 3040 Madison Road, Cincinnati kingarthurstoys.com $24.99; Ages 3+ Not as scary as he looks, this soft and squishy dinosaur comes with a wild life app so you can learn all about his habitat, take photos, learn fun facts and mimic every move a real dino does!

Advent Calendar “Santa’s Workshop” PLAYMOBIL; playmobil.us $24.99; Ages 4+ The elves are busy getting ready for Christmas! Help them reveal 24 surprise items for each day leading up to Christmas including an electric lantern. Kids can help Santa load the sleigh and deliver aIl of the toys.

Automoblox Playmonster; playmonster.com $11.99 - $23.99 minis $59.99 Hauler; Ages 4+ Your little one can get creative with these creative mix-andmatch wooden toy cars made of European beech wood. Mini-vehicles are new to the Automoblox collection and are perfect for younger kids. No adult assembly or tools required.

My Very Own Nursery American Plastic; walmart.com $20 - $25; Ages 2+ Bring on pretend play, and teach your little ones to take care of their “little ones.” This complete nursery station will fire up imagination.

Two Bros Bows kingarthurstoys.com 3040 Madison Road, Cincinnati $29.99; Ages 6+ Kids can learn some great archery skills, safely. The lightweight and soft arrows are great for target practice outdoors and encourages active play and marksmanship.

Rideamals Scout, Play & Ride Pony Kid Trax; walmart.com $399; Ages 3 - 7 Feed him, brush him, ride him. Scout comes to life with 100 sounds and movements and features fully motorized eyes, ears, head and wheels. He even has a special pony dance! This little pony goes up to four miles per hour, back and forth, for a interactive fun ride. (please turn the page)

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FAMILY NIGHT & KID’S GAMES

TOP TOYS

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editor’s picks Exit Game Kosmos; kingarthurstoys.com 3040 Madison Road, Cincinnati $15.99 each; Ages 10+ Ever had an escape game in your own home? Solve riddles, crack codes and feel the fun intensity as you try and escape! This is a great way to change up Friday family game night.

Deluxe Busy Time Play Cube Fat Brain Toy Co.; fatbraintoys. com; $79.95; Ages 1+ Embark on a sensory adventure with this wooden play table loaded with activities, lessons, zoo animals and experiences your tiny zoologist will love. Each side is unique and encourages fine motor skills, engages creativity, core strength, balance and endless playtime.

Pass the Pup Playmonster; playmonster.com $17.99; Ages 3+ A great game for the little ones! Sit in a circle and pass the puppy around as he plays music. When the music stops, the child holding the pup draws a card that tells him to act like a dog in various ways: bark, roll over and scratch!

Yeti, Set, Go! Playmonster; playmonster.com $24.99; Ages 4+ Help four Yetis with unique personalities kick meatballs up a snowy mountain. Whoever gets their meatball to the ledges first wins!

MagStix bizybeez.com; $60 with promo code on their website; Ages 2 - 8 This 41-piece magnetic building set will become the most played with toy in the chest. Large magnetic pieces come with a playboard making it easy to travel with. This nifty set keeps the kiddos busy for hours of independent play.

SpinAgain Fat Brain Toy Co.; puzzlepieces. com; $28.50; Ages 1+ It stacks, it twirls and it helps build hand-eye coordination and baby engineering skills. Watch creations

Dimpl Fat Brain Toy Co.; puzzlepieces. com; $9.99; Ages 6+ months Sensory friendly, encourage fine motor skills and sensory exploration with the silicone bubbles built into a sturdy plastic frame. Little fingers can poke at the bubbles endlessly. It’s made with 100 percent food-grade silicone; BPA-free.

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Teeter Popper! Fat Brain Toy Co.; puzzlepieces. com; $29; All ages Kids will love the pop sounds as they sit, rock, stand and wobble around. It’s fun and stimulates senses, engages imagination, encourages creativity and improves core strength, stability and more. It features silicone suction cups and is made of a highly durable plastic body.

BUILDING & PRETEND YBike Explorer YBike; kingarthurstoys.com 3040 Madison Road, Cincinnati $229.99; Ages 6+ Older kiddos can take this go kart for a whirl on various terrain with the power of pedals. The adjustable seat makes it comfortable for any little rider, and the sleek steering wheel makes it easy to conquer turns.

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TECHNOLOGY GIVES A VOICE TO SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS When used correctly, tech devices are great for kids with varied abilities.

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ingston, 9, loves video games, baseball and reading. The smart boy, who at age 4 had limited verbal ability and delayed fine and gross motor skills, is much more advanced today. At first, Kingston’s parents had no idea what was going on with him. They worked hard to get an official diagnosis when Kingston was little, but none was ever precisely made. Frustrated, the family turned to ABC Pediatric Therapy in West Chester. It was a great decision — and a technological one, too. At ABC, Kingston began physical therapy and speech practice and also started using

special needs apps and learning programs designed for a tablet. With a balanced amount of tech time, and often with his parents coaching him along, using apps to address his individual needs became a winning endeavor.

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There are numerous apps available today that make a positive impact on special needs children. Apps can be used for developing hand-eye coordination, problem solving skills, speech, reading and more. “Children have access to iPads, tablets, and Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices to use for educational games and communication devices,” says Jodie

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Reed, ABC Pediatric Therapy Network director of marketing. “Computers, tablets and Smartboards are used in classrooms as well,” Reed says. “Over the years, the technology, speed and amount of picture symbols has become clearer and more user-friendly. We have technology like the Interactive Metronome program and therapeutic listening to work on a child’s regulation, sensory, motor planning, attention and executive functions,” she adds. Kingston’s progression from age 4 to now is basically night and day. He pronounces words better and expresses himself. His motor skills have improved tremendously, and his self esteem is high. (please turn the page)

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TECH GIVES VOICE TO SPECIAL NEEDS KIDS “Before starting at ABC, my son was so far behind I honestly did not think he would ever be age appropriate,” says his dad, John. “He was extremely behind in all his milestones when we started ABC. Now, you would never know he was ever delayed for such a long time.” According to Linda Wnek, senior director of the Perlman Center at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, technology has made a massive impact on many special needs children and families. “Technology has changed lives,” says Wnek. “Children that have no verbal ability to talk can interact with friends and families with augmentative communication,” she says. Along with helping children progress in speech ability, technology helps children with physical disabilities, too. “Those who are dependent on others can move around independently in power wheelchairs,” Wnek continues. “Technology can be used to support computer use for children who are unable to use their hands,” she adds. Recreation and wellness is now possible for many children who couldn’t participate in years past. Numerous hi- and lo-tech adaptations can be made to accommodate day-to-day needs.

TALK IT UP

Technology can introduce new skills and provide a new “voice” to children with communication issues. “Exposing your child to as much language as you can is always a positive,” says Reed. “Make sure they hear the names of objects and actions (i.e., “Look! That little boy is swinging”), and interact with them as much as you can. The best way to teach language is by modeling it!” Reed adds. Online games or board games are especially beneficial when mom or dad are involved because it facilitates language through engagement with an adult. Playing a game or using a math app together is key for communication development.

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ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Kingston needed and continues to use therapies he learned through ABC Therapists. For other special needs kids, an assistive device such as an alternative keyboard or even audio books may be helpful. “Currently, I use Alternative Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices to help some children communicate and decrease frustrations when they are not understood or unable to communicate wants and needs,” says Reed. The term AAC means alternative ways of communicating by using devices to help children communicate with others if using speech is not their primary way of communicating. It’s done with a hi-tech approach — such as speech-generating devices — or with a low-tech approach — using devices with recorded messages, or simply with photos and sign language. “I use certain iPad apps to work on speech sounds in a more engaging way; flipping through pictures instead of using paper cards to target sounds,” Reed says. Computer games can be used to work on turn taking, initiating conversation, topic maintenance, and asking questions, she suggests. According to Wnek, there are different forms of technology that are more beneficial than others, depending on the special needs child. “For a child who cannot move around independently, some form of mobility may be most valuable, especially for the very young child,” she says. “Once a young child has the ability to actively explore, there is a positive impact on his overall cognitive development. For the child who cannot speak, having a highly customized communication device gives him a ‘voice.’ That’s difficult to top.” Amanda Hayward is editor for this publication and mother of two.

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MATH SKILLS • TeachMe — Reinforces writing, math and spelling skills through sight words, addition and subtraction while keeping kids engaged with a reward system. • Math Evolve — Practice math facts, mental skills and have fun with the interactive music, games, facts and quizzes.

READING AND WRITING • Super Why — Helps achieve better comprehension by breaking down words and using activities that use rhyming and spelling as a way to improve reading and writing. • Write My Name — Builds sensory and fine motor skills. Children trace letters and words and use other expressions of writing such as fingerpainting.

SOCIAL CUE SKILLS • Learn with Rufus — Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) have a difficult time recognizing emotions and identifying facial expressions. Rufus the Robot has apps such as “Feelings and Emotions” which helps in learning facial expressions that correspond to “happy,” “sad” and “angry.” Customize games to meet your child’s skill level and learning style. • ABA Flashcards and Games — Teaches children of all ages to read emotions by having them match the emotion with the photo.


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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 have camps for all ages.

The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati

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Cincinnati Ballet

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

Circus Classes presented by My Nose Turns Red Youth Circus

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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. Summer camp options to be announced soon!

Mason Dance Center

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.

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It’s the day of the Great Adventure Bay Race, but Mayor Goodway is missing! Using unique skills and teamwork, the Paw Patrol pups show that “no job is too big, no pup is too small” as they make several heroic rescues and race to the finish line. US Bank Arena,100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; Sat 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sun 12 and 4 p.m.; $23 and up, see website for pricing. Call 800-745-3000 or visit pawpatrollive.com.

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Teens can celebrate The Day of the Dead at the library as they create sugar skull candy boxes and fill them with goodies. Greenhills Branch, 8 Enfield St., Cincinnati; 3 - 4 p.m.; 513-3694441 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

ROALD DAHL’S CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

From his journey to find a golden ticket to his tour of Willy Wonka’s magical chocolate factory, Charlie Bucket sure has a sweet journey. This everlasting showstopper will be a delectable treat for the whole family. Aronoff Center, 650 Walnut St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; tickets start at $31; 513-621-2787 or cincinnatiarts.org.

Celebrate the holidays with Taft’s annual display of antique ornaments, toys and decorations. Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $12 adults, free for members and ages 18 and younger; 513-241-0343 or taftmuseum.org.

RUMPELSTILTSKIN

Is your name Harry? Or Sam? Or could it be Rumpelstiltskin? This musical retells this classic tale of the miller’s daughter, her boastful father, a handsome prince and the ability to spin straw into gold. Discover the magic and wonder of one of the world’s best loved fairy tales. Presented by TCT on Tour. Fairfield Community Arts Center, 411 Wessel Drive, Fairfield; 7 p.m.; $10 adults, $7 children; 513-867-5348 or fairfield-city.org.

Celebrate Cincinnati Art Museum’s special exhibit The Fabric of India during this month’s Family First Saturday. The Cultural Centre of India and CAM host performances, artist demonstrations, storytelling, a family fashion runway and more. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 1 - 3:30 p.m.; event is free, but admission to The Fabric of India is $12 adults, $6 ages 6 and older, free for CAM members and ages 5 and younger; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

FREE HALLOWEEN CANDY BUY BACK

Save your teeth from tooth decay and help sweeten a soldier’s day. Peter Dentistry pays $1 per pound of unopened Halloween candy. The candy is donated to servicemen and women through Operation Gratitude. Peter Family Dentistry, 2025 Declaration Drive, Ste. B, Independence; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 859-534-9031 or peterfamilydentistry.com.

FREE MT. WASHINGTON PUMPKIN CHUCK

Try your hand at pumpkin bowling, or chuck your rotting pumpkin with one of three trebuchets. Enjoy live music and food trucks, too. Stanbery Park, 2221 Oxford Ave., Cincinnati, 12 - 5 p.m.; facebook.com/events/21005089735 51980/?ti=icl.

ORCHESTRA TOYBOX PRESENTED BY CINCINNATI POPS ORCHESTRA

Musicians play instruments, but have you ever seen a musician create music with a toy? Enjoy beloved tunes from Toy Story, The Nutcracker and other favorites. Then hear something completely new during a fun symphony that uses toys as instruments. Arrive early to experiment with sound at the pre-concert Family Fun Zone, create a craft and more — doors open at 9:30 a.m.; Music Hall: Springer Auditorium, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m.; $15 adults, $10 children; 513-381-3300 or cincinnatiarts.org/ events/detail/orchestra-toybox.

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Get the whole troop together and enjoy the day exploring tanks filled with exotic sea life from around the world. All Scouts receive an all-new Ring of Fire: World of the Octopus patch when they arrive. Newport Aquarium, 1 Aquarium Way, Newport; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $13.99 per scout, free for members; 859-8151478 or newportaquarium.com.

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FREE SUPER SATURDAY: SUNROCK FARM

The barnyard heads to the library. Come pet adorable animals, rain or shine. Fort Thomas/Carrico Branch, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas; 1 - 2 p.m.; 859-572-5033 or cc-pl.org.

sun 4 FREE BACH AND BOOMBOX: BACH’S KIDS

Go from Bach to rock and hear how all great music is put together the same way. Get to know Bach’s cello music, then hear songs by James Brown and Macklemore. Scheben Branch, 8899 US-42, Union; 2 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

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FREE LETTERS TO SANTA, LETTERS FROM SANTA

Drop off your own letter to Santa at one of several special mailboxes located throughout Kenton County through Dec. 5 and Santa will write you back. Kenton County Public Libraries, Kenton County Courthouse, Kenton County Animal Shelter; Available during regular business hours; kcpl.org.

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The Blue Manatee tradition of great books, easy laughs and sweet songs continues with this program for pint-sized book enthusiasts ages 0 - 4. Blue Manatee, 3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 10 a.m.; 513-260-1998 or bluemanateebooks.com.

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Let’s talk turkey! How do turkeys live in the wild or on a farm? Why do they strut and gobble? What does a turkey feather look like up close? Learn all the answers to these questions and more. Glenwood Gardens/Highfield Discovery Center, 10397 Springfield Pike, Cincinnati; 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m.;


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thu 8 FREE SHOW AND TELL ON THE FARM: TURKEY TALK

Explore the world of turkeys down on the farm though activities and crafts. A snack is provided. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; A valid MetroParks vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-867-5835 or yourmetroparks.net.

WHIRLIN’ GOOD TIME

How many iconic Cincinnati landmarks can you discover as you whirl around the carousel? Take as many trips around the carousel as you like, with an unlimited ride band. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 E. Mehring Way, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; $6 per unlimited ride band; 513-381-3756 or cincinnatiparks.com.

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Cast your vote for the next mayor of Kids’ Town — your vote helps decide the next elected official of the Kids’ Town exhibit. Current mayor, Georgina the American Toad, is excited to see which animal candidate will become her successor. Cincinnati Museum Center, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Free with admission, $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, $5.50 ages 1 - 2; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum. org.

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Animal homes are all around, but often go unnoticed. Explore the trails of the Cincinnati Nature Center to spot nests, burrows and more to reveal a hidden, busy world of forest friends. Cincinnati Nature Center, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; $10, includes daily admission; 513-8311711 or cincynature.org.

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Join the library to explore nature with your child through stories, activities and crafts. Reading Branch, 8740 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 513-369-4465 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

HOLIDAY TOY TRAINS

The Behringer-Crawford Museum’s 27th annual train display dazzles and delights families with more than 30 animated, guest-operated features and 250 feet of track rolling through busy cities

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FREE THANKSGIVING ON THE OHIO FRONTIER

Step back 200 years in the past to the first Thanksgiving on the Ohio frontier. The Society of the Northwest Longhunters reenactors portray Shawnee Native Americans, early European settlers and military personnel. Samples of period fare are also available. Shawnee Lookout-Historic Log Cabin, 2008 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend; 2 - 5 p.m.; A valid Great Parks of Hamilton County vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-941-0120 or greatparks.org.

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Tinkerbell needs to hire a detective to solve the mystery of Peter Pan’s disappearance. Who better to solve this case than Alice, the best detective in all of Wonderland? Presented by The Know Theatre. Clifton United Methodist Church, 3416 Clifton Ave., Cincinnati; 2 p.m.; $5 adults, free for ages 0 - 12; 513-497-2860 or cliftonculturalarts.org.

CINCINNATI WOODCARVING SHOW

The Cincinnati Carver’s Guild showcases unique vendors’ carved artwork, items for sale and demonstrations on carving techniques. Clarion Hotel, 3855 Hauck Road, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; $5, free for children 12 and younger and scouts in uniform; 513-283-4062 or cincinnaticarversguild.org.

MORE S’MORES IN THE NATURE PLAYSCAPE

It’s never too late in the year to enjoy s’mores and campfire snacks. Drop in the Nature PlayScape for a free campfire treat to fuel you up for a full afternoon of fun. Cincinnati Nature Center at Rowe Woods, 4949 Tealtown Road, Milford; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; Included in admission, $9 adults, $4 ages 4 - 12; 513-831-1711 or cincynature.org.

FREE READ TO A THERAPY PET

Furry friends from Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati are at Blue Marble for customers of all ages to read to and pet. This is a fantastic way for kids to practice their reading skills with a sweet, non-judgmental listener. Since this is an all-ages event, Blue Manatee staff will read a few favorite books about furry friends. Blue Manatee Bookstore, 3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 2 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks. com.

TURKEY TIME CRAFTS

Make a turkey-themed craft or two to celebrate Thanksgiving. Woodland Mound-Seasongood Nature Center, 8250 Old Kellogg Road, Cincinnati; 1 - 3 p.m.; $1 craft fee, payable at the door plus a valid Great Parks of Hamilton County vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-521-7275 or greatparks.org.

SPOTLIGHT FREE KING TUT’S DAY CRAFT Monday, Nov. 5

It’s Dino-vember and the Terrible Lizards are on the move. Help track down all the dinosaurs at the library. Fort Thomas/ Carrico Branch, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-5725033 or cc-pl.org.

FREE HANDS-ON CHEMISTRY

Miami University’s Chemical Society is on hand at the library to conduct experiments. Learn all about polymer chemistry during this program for ages 6 - 12. Reading Branch, 8740 Reading Road, Cincinnati; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; 513-3694465 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

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Celebrate Dino-vember with stories, songs and early learning stations that promote early literacy, science and math skills, and kindergarten readiness. Covington Branch, 502 Scott Blvd., Covington, 10 - 10:45 a.m.; 859-9624077 or kentonlibrary.org.

FREE NON-NAPPER STORY TIME

Are your little ones wide awake and ready to go? Head to Blue Marble for story time featuring songs, stories and silliness with Miss Erin. Blue Manatee, 3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 1:30 p.m.; 513-731-2665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

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Join the library to learn the art of cookie decorating. Each child decorates and takes home six cookies. Anderson Branch, 7450 State Road, Cincinnati; 7 - 8 p.m.; 513-369-6030 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

FREE LEGO BUILD WITH SANTA

Meet up with Santa to “make ‘n take” a merry LEGO creation. King Arthur’s Court, 3040 Madison Road, Oakley; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; 513-531-4600 or kingarthurstoys.com.

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Get your little ones excited about art with this 30-minute class in the Rosenthal Education Center featuring art-themed stories, songs and sensory activities. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

thu 15 THURSDAY ART PLAY: THE NATURE OF IT

Stop by the CAC for a nature-themed Art Play inspired by the exhibition, No Two Alike. Create botanical sun prints, design clay nature nests and make portraits using natural materials. Stick around for kid-friendly yoga in the UnMuseum following each Art Play session. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E. 6th St., Cincinnati; 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.; $5, free for members; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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Dress in your favorite ninja costume for stories, games, a craft and snack at the library. Green Township Branch, 6525 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati; 6 - 7 p.m.; 513-369-6095 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

KIDS EAT FREE: CINCINNATI CYCLONES

Cheer on the Cincinnati Cyclones as they take on the Komets. Ages 2 - 12 receive a free meal voucher, courtesy of John Morrell. US Bank Arena, 100 Broadway St., Cincinnati; 7:30 p.m.; $15 and up; cycloneshockey.com.

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Enjoy more than a mile of fantastic seasonal lights, including 120 moving and standing figures, all from the warmth of your car. Head inside Fri - Sun for Santaland at the Sharon Centre, too. Enjoy family-friendly entertainment, share your wish list with Santa, check out the train display, do some holiday shopping and pick up a sweet treat. Sharon Woods,11450 Lebanon Road, Sharonville; Sun - Thu 6 - 9 p.m., Fri - Sat 5:30 - 10 p.m. through Dec. 31; $15 per car, $45 per bus/15 passenger vehicles; 513-769-0393 or holidayinlights.com.

Meet local therapy dogs and receive a stethoscope to use on your pets at home during this fun and educational Pet Academy Program. Banfield Pet Hospital at Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, free for members and ages 2 and younger; 513-2877000 or cincymuseum.org.

CHRISTMAS AT THE JUNCTION

Feel the magic of the holidays at the world’s largest train display and take a journey to the North Pole to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus. EnterTRAINment Junction 7379 Squire Ct., West Chester; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; $13.95 adults, $11.95 senior 65 and older, $9.95 ages 3 12, free for members and ages 2 and younger; 513-898-8000 or entertrainmentjunction.com.

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS

The 36th Annual PNC Festival of Lights once again transforms the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden into a “Wild Wonderland.” Bask in the glow of 3 million LED lights, watch a Mad Cap blacklight puppet show, ride the BB&T Toyland Express, search for fairies in Fairy Land, marvel at the spectacular Swan Lake show and enjoy seasonal treats like hot chocolate and s’mores. Be sure to visit Santa Claus each day starting at 4 p.m., an hour before the rest of the festival festivities begin. Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, 5 - 10 p.m.; Prices vary, see website for more information, free for members; 513-281-4700 or cincinnatizoo.org.

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oes space rock? Join the Cincinnati Observatory to learn more about meteorites and experience holding rocks from the moon. You can even adopt a meteorite from the gift store! Cincinnati Observatory, 3489 Observatory Pl., Cincinnati; 7 - 9 p.m.; $10 adults, $5 children, free for military veterans and observatory members. Call 513-321-5186 or visit cincinnatiobservatory.org. 34

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Holiday Junction featuring the Duke Energy Holiday Trains pulls into its new home. Step into a children’s storybook and get a new perspective on the expanded, more-accessible Duke Energy Holiday Trains. Holiday Junction has limited extended hours on select dates, please visit cincymuseum.org for more information. Admission to Holiday Junction includes entry to Cincinnati History Museum and the Museum of Natural History & Science. Cincinnati Museum Center, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. through Jan. 27, 2019; $14.50 adults, $13.50

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ORNAMENT-MAKING WORKSHOP: OLD FASHIONED TINPUNCHING

Learn how to create a holiday ornament using the pioneer technique of tinpunching. Behringer-Crawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road, Covington; 2 - 3 p.m.; $7 members, $9 non-members, plus general admission, $9 adults, $8 seniors, $5 children; 859-491-4003 or bcmuseum.org.

sun 18 ARTAPPRENTICE: SCREEN PRINT WITH ABLE PROJECTS

Pull your own screen print designed by Able Projects with the art of Charley Harper. Cincinnati Museum Center, KidSPACE, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 2 - 4 p.m.; $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, free for members and ages 2 and younger; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

CHRISTKINDLMARKET

The 21st annual Germania Christkindlmarkt celebrates the holidays with German flare including music, food and imported gifts. Enjoy carriage rides, a petting zoo, visits from Santa Claus, Saint Nicholas and Krampus, and more. Germania Park, 3529 West Kemper Road, Cincinnati; 12 - 5 p.m.; $3, free for ages 12 and younger; germaniasociety.com/christkindlmarkt.

mon 19 FREE WEEKLY STORY TIMES

Enjoy weekly story times at Joseph Beth Booksellers, featuring interactive songs, beloved children’s books and more. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 10:30 a.m.; 513396-8960 or josephbeth.com.

tue 20 FREE DUCK HUNT: THANKSGIVING STYLE

Try your hand at hunting at the library using marshmallows and paper turkeys. Norwood Branch, 4325 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati; 4 - 5 p.m.; 513-3696037 or cincinnatilibrary.org.

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daily listings FREE TWEEN SCENE: MINI PUMPKINS

With Thanksgiving looming right over our heads, get crafty at the library and decorate mini pumpkins. Use them as decor, put them on your heads, use them in a photo-op with a squirrel, you decide. Snack provided. Newport Branch, 901 East 6th St., Newport; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859572-5035 or cc-pl.org.

wed 21 FREE STORYTELLING WITH SANTA

Join Santa for stories and learn how Rudolph got his red nose, how reindeer fly, how Santa gets down chimneys and more at this jolly event. King Arthur’s Court, 3040 Madison Road, Oakley; 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.; 513-531-4600 or kingarthurstoys.com.

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PEPPA PIG LIVE!

FREE LIGHT UP MIDDLETOWN

Enjoy twinkling holiday lights from the comfort of your car as you drive through this 100-acre park. Visit on Fridays and Saturdays from 7 - 9 p.m. to meet Santa. Smith Park, Tytus and Verity Parkway, Middletown; 6 - 10 p.m.; Choose your donation and set your own price; lightupmiddletown.org/home.aspx.

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SANTA’S ARRIVAL TO CMC

Kick off the holidays with Santa’s arrival to Cincinnati Museum Center. Cincinnati Museum Center Rotunda, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, free for members and ages 2 and younger; 513-2877000 or cincymuseum.org.

KINGS ISLAND WINTERFEST

Kings Island transforms into 10 enchanting winter wonderlands featuring ice skating on the Royal Fountain, the Eiffel Tower turned into a magical Christmas tree, more than 5 million lights, up to 19 rides including Mystic Timbers, live entertainment and holiday characters spreading merriment. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason; 5 - 10 p.m.; Online tickets as low as $25.99, visit website for more information; 513754-5700 or visitkingsisland.com.

sat 24 FREE ARCTIC BLAST

Live penguins slide into Carol Ann’s Carousel from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. Learn the basics of ornithology and the different penguin habitats and participate in other cool penguin programming all day long. Carol Ann’s Carousel, 8 E. Mehring Way, Cincinnati; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Carousel ride tokens available for additional purchase; 513-381-3756 or cincinnatiparks.com.

FREE AUTISM FAMILY EXPLORATION AT THE CAM

This program is designed for families with children who have autism or other developmental disabilities to explore the museum in a comfortable environment. Families get a map indicating multisensory learning centers, which are led by specially trained docents. Be sure to stop by the Rosenthal Education Center to participate in an all-ability art making activity. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 9 - 11 a.m.; 513-721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

SPOTLIGHT PEPPA PIG LIVE! Saturday, Nov. 23

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eppa is back with an action-packed live show featuring characters as life-size puppets and costumed characters too, in Peppa Pig’s Surprise! Come join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and more in an all singing, all-dancing adventure full of songs, games and surprises! Taft Theatre, 317 E. 5th St., Cincinnati; 6 p.m.; $29 and up. Call 513-2326220 or visit tafttheatre.org/events/2018/11/peppa-pig-live.

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HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET

Kick off your holiday shopping with vendors selling unique, handmade items as well as children’s crafts and holiday movies playing in the Otto M. Budig Theatre. The Carnegie, 1028 Scott Blvd., Covington; 12 - 5 p.m.; $5 for an individual; $15 for families of up to four people; 859-957-1940 or thecarnegie.com.

FREE SANTA’S VILLAGE AT VISIONARIUM!

Stop by for holiday shopping, a hot chocolate and to see the winter wonderland. Photographer Michael Kearns is on-hand to take your child’s photo with Santa from 12 - 2 p.m. (a digital photo will be shared with you). Visionarium, 3054 Madison Road; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 513-417-8491 or visionariumcincy.com.

sun 25 DESIGNCHALLENGE: NEWSPAPER STRONG STRUCTURES

Can you create a structure out of newspaper that can hold the weight of a heavy book? Can you build one that can support your own weight? Learn tips and tricks to designing a super strong structure. Cincinnati Museum Center KidSPACE, 1301 Western Ave., Cincinnati; 1 - 2 p.m.; $10.50 adults, $9.50 seniors, $8.50 ages 3 - 12, free for members and ages 2 and younger; 513-287-7000 or cincymuseum.org.

mon 26 FREE ADVENTURE CLUB: THE CHILDREN’S THEATRE PRESENTS REINDEER GAMES

Santa’s reindeer are playing games at the library as The Children’s Theatre presents a special Christmas game show. Fort Thomas/Carrico Branch, 1000 Highland Ave., Fort Thomas; 4 - 5 p.m.; 859-572-5033 or cc-pl.org.

FREE HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS

Give a gift from the heart with a handmade make ‘n take ornament from the library. Erlanger Branch, 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger; 6:30 - 8 p.m.; 859-962-4000 or kentonlibrary.org.

Stop by the UnMuseum for this photo inspired Family Festival. Experiment with various forms of photography, design camera necklaces and decorate camera-shaped cookies. Contemporary Arts Center, 44 E 6th St., Cincinnati; 12 - 3 p.m.; 513-345-8400 or contemporaryartscenter.org.

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wed 28 FREE WEE WEDNESDAYS

This open house-style program for preschoolers includes storytelling, touchable objects and more for a fun and memorable learning experience. Join the CAM for themed preschool programs. This month’s theme is Finding Patterns. Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Cincinnati; 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.; 513721-2787 or cincinnatiartmuseum.org.

thu 29 FREE AUTHOR VISIT SHERRI DUSKEY RINKER

Help MetroParks prepare a Thanksgiving feast to share with the farm animals. Chrisholm MetroPark Historic Farmstead, 2070 Woodsdale Road, Trenton; 10 - 11 a.m.; A valid MetroParks vehicle permit is required to enter the park, see website for more information; 513-8675835 or yourmetroparks.net.

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Visit the Victorian Holiday Village to start your jolly season right. Enjoy hot cocoa, cookies and goodies for the kids, and be sure to get a festive family photo with Santa. Ohio National Financial Services, 1 Financial Way, Cincinnati; 6 - 8:30 p.m.; 513-794-6100 or facebook.com/ohionational.

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FREE VICTORIAN HOLIDAY VILLAGE

Get in the Christmas spirit with a visit to Waynesville. Browse the historic village storefronts for holiday gifts, enjoy a delicious hot meal, take a carriage ride with your family as strolling carolers sing and be sure to visit with Santa Claus. Historic Waynesville, Main St.,Waynesville;

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Unplug and imagine what life was like in the 1800s. Play games and understand how times have changed. Scheben Branch, 8899 US-42, Union; 6:30 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

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Take your slime-making skills to the next level with new recipes and all kinds of fun add-ins. Compete to win a prize for the best slime. Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington; 6:30 p.m.; 859-342-2665 or bcpl.org.

Santa’s arrival in the new children’s book Construction Site on Christmas Night. Buy your copy, and then meet the author at this festive event. Blue Manatee Bookstore, 3094 Madison Road, Cincinnati; 4:30 p.m.; 513-7312665 or bluemanateebooks.com.

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